Common Misconceptions — How Eclipses Work in Astrology + Magic
For as much attention as Eclipses get, they aren’t very well understood – mechanically or magically. Here are some of the most common misunderstandings or blind spots I encounter about Eclipses:
On a Technical Level
- Eclipses always occur on what would already be the New Moon or a Full Moon, so saying things like “The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius” is redundant. What occurs on June 5th 2020 is simply a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius. The next Eclipse, on June 21st, will be a Solar Eclipse in Cancer.Note: I understand things might be phrased this way for keywords or convenience, but it is still a technical fact many don’t understand. The type of Eclipse it is already tells us whether it fell on the New or Full Moon cycle. Those that happen during the New Moon phase are always Solar Eclipses, and those that fall on the Full Moon phase are always Lunar Eclipses.
- Eclipses generally occur in pairs on what would be the Full or New Moons falling within a certain degree of the Nodes. The Lunar Nodes, or Head and Tail of the Dragon, are actually points of calculation for where Eclipses will take place. This is part of why the Nodes moving from one house to another means something in your chart – it’s where the next sets of Eclipses will start hitting your life. They normally happen on a single sign axis, but in some cases the first Eclipse can be on one sign axis and the next can be on another if the Nodes are early or late in a sign.There are also rare cycles where there are 3 Eclipses in a row, such as in the summer of 2018, and upcoming June 5th, June 21st, and July 4th 2020.
- There are two weeks between when each set of Eclipses occur, the amount of time between any other New and Full Moon. Austin Coppock refers to this period as The Bardo, since effects from this time are often disruptive, excessively still, or even surreal.
On a Magical Level
- Eclipses are not good times to do any standard Lunar of Solar work, on a mundane or magical level. Their real-time energies are life-averse and toxic. Eclipses are the OG bad celestial omen. This is especially true when it is visible over any given geographical area. Think about the Great American eclipse from August 2017. Is America great again?
Do NOT make a standard/ benefic Solar of Lunar talisman during an Eclipse. It won’t be good for normal Solar or Lunar things, in fact, it will destroy their desirable qualities. This much is obvious by the fact that the light they carry is blotted out, which is the defining point of the event. The Sun and Moon derive their power from the amount and quality of light they radiate or carry. Eclipses are an assault on that light, making them malefic events.
Many a magician has fallen victim to their astrological ignorance by talismanifying or working an Eclipse, because they are mistaken that the drama, coolness, and rarity are all the matters.
Eclipses are malefic events for the Sun and Moon. The primary thing you want to use Eclipses for is destroying, cursing, concealing, unconcealing, or banishing – but be warned, because you’ll likely need to channel it to direct it, especially if care isn’t taken to remediate, and again, the energies aren’t good or life-giving.
Eclipses frequently manifest in the body in the form of eye issues, headaches, sinus issues, ear aches, and sore throats (the head of the dragon) and nausea, digestive upsets, the runs, or constipation (the tail of the dragon).
To remediate Eclipses, the Vedic tradition offers many mantras. We often chant and listen to the mantras during the live Eclipse window. Energetic clearings and ritual salt baths are also recommended, especially for South Node Eclipses.
If you would like to upgrade your Eclipse understanding, here is a 4-series recorded class called Here There Be Dragons: Nodes and Eclipses.
Do you have an Eclipse magic or Eclipse talisman story? Or know someone else’s? Share it on social media with the hashtag #eclipsemagicstories or #eclipsestories.