Solar Eclipse

part of Astrological Glossary

- is generally stronger than a lunar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is situated directly between the Earth and the Sun. This can only happen at the time of a New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are in a conjunction. During an eclipse, the Moon’s ecliptic latitude needs to be as small as possible. In the natal chart, this is graphically portrayed by the conjunction being close to the lunar nodes. Solar eclipses reinforce lunar tendencies (retrograde perspective, desire for good old times). In the past, most people thought that eclipses heralded disastrous times ahead. Modern astrologers see eclipses are powerful triggers that can activate other horoscope factors, whether in the personal horoscope or that of a country. The effects of an eclipse are felt until the next eclipse of a similar kind, usually in around six months. A solar eclipse can sometimes be felt three to four months before it actually occurs.


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