Solar and Lunar Eclipses that are Coming Up, and How They Influence Us

Solar and Lunar Eclipses that are Coming Up, and How They Influence Us

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2020

Solar and Lunar Eclipses occur when the Earth, Sun and Moon align at the Moon’s nodal axis, usually four times a year, but this year, we are graced with a total of six eclipses! Eclipses happen during New and Full Moons. The South (past) and North (future) Nodes symbolize our evolutionary path. Eclipses catalyze destiny’s calling.

Use eclipse degrees in your birth chart to identify potential release points. Eclipses serve as catalysts for us to aspire to our destiny’s deeper calling. Use creative self-reflection to experience inner alignments and transmute the past into new sources of energy.

January 10: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Cancer

The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 19° Cancer opens us to watery, dreamy realms where healing can happen. Expose your heart to the wonders of wholeness. Be well.

June 5: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius

This Lunar Eclipse at 15° Sagittarius fires up our questioning mind, asks us to aim for moral high ground. As the light returns find mutual learning opportunities to spread shared wisdom.

Full Moon in Sagittarius

This Penumbral Lunar Eclipse occurs on a Full Moon in Sagittarius, and the apex of the eclipse will be at 12:25 pm pacific daylight time (PDT) It will be visible from Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

"When the Moon is in Sagittarius we get moving: around the globe, into the woods, or into our minds. It’s time to explore, hike, and dance the night away. It loans us fresh honesty (we speak directly and often tactlessly), a philosophical perspective and an easy rapport with the wild natural world.

"One born under a Sagittarius Moon is naturally restless, youthful, cheerful, and radically honest; she can speak truth with little conflict because she speaks uncharged, with acceptance. She is challenged to learn tact, and solve problems, rather than seek a geographical cure."

—by Heather Roan Robbins © Mother Tongue Ink 2012

Eclipse Art by Deedee Sanderson 2002 

Eclipse © Deedee Sanderson 2002

June 20: Annular Solar Eclipse in Cancer 

The Annular Solar Eclipse at 0° Cancer releases memories of who we used to be. Let the returning light feed the emergence of your wings. Let fresh parts of yourself flutter into being.

July 4: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 13° Capricorn

The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 13° Capricorn commits us to retracing our steps. As the light returns make your path holy ground.

November 30: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Gemini

The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 8° Gemini reminds us: by our example, we will be known—honesty speaks volumes.

December 14: Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius

The Total Solar Eclipse at 23° Sagittarius highlights our desire for influence and meaning. Let the returning light spread your cultivated wisdom. Exchange views and enlighten hearts.

Adapted from an article written by Sandra Pastorius, published on page 22 of We'Moon 2020 © Mother Tongue Ink 2019

Sandra Pastorius aka Laughing Giraffe (Ashland, OR) has been a practicing Astrologer since 1979, and writing for We’Moon since 1990. Look for her collected We’Moon essays under "Galactic Musings" at As a Gemini she delights in blending the playful and the profound. Email her about Birth chart readings and local Astrology Study Groups. Peace Be!

New Moon Visions moon art

What is the difference between an Annular, Total and Penumbral Eclipse?

There are 3 types of eclipses that we list in the We'Moon Calendar: Penumbral, Annular and Total. Understanding what the difference between these can be complicated. Let's break it down:


A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:

Imagine the shadow that is cast by the Earth, directly opposite the Sun. In the very center, or umbra, is complete darkness, but as we look further out from the center of the shadow some light is visible. This shadowy ring around the umbra is called the penumbra. When the Moon passes through this shadowy veiled penumbra, we experience what we call a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The Moon does not completely disappear, but her light becomes more dim. 

A Total Solar Eclipse:

As you may already know, a Solar Eclipse happens when the Moon crosses between the Earth and the Sun, blocking our Sun momentarily from view. As you might imagine, these rare occurrences were very frightening for our early ancestors. Imagine not being sure if the Sun would reappear at all! If you have ever been lucky enough to be in position on Earth to witness a Total Solar Eclipse, you will know the dramatic effect the complete blotting out of the Sun has, wherever the Moon casts her shadow. As the Moon begins eclipsing the Sun, all the Earth's creatures become silent. The Birds still their songs and light on the branches. The bees and damselflies wait and watch from petaled perches. And as the sky darkens mid day, all in the shadow of the Moon grows more silent, and a chill begins to descend. We are, indeed, plunged momentarily into the night, mid day. But our sweet companion, the Moon, stays on Her trajectory in orbit around the Earth, and before long the Sun is again fully revealed. The heat of the Sun reaches us again. The birds sing in celebration of the return of Amataratsu the Sun Goddess. The bees and damselflies buzz and flit in relief. We humans, did we doubt for a moment the Sun's return? Perhaps, from way back in your most distant ancestral memories, you felt the panic of impending doom, of seasons and cycles out of sync, of apocalypse. For surely that experience was indelibly etched in our ancestors cells, this and respect for and appreciation of the Sun. 

Sun Goddess Art Amaterasu by Hrana Janto 1991
When the Moon completely blocks our view of the Sun, we call it a Total Solar Eclipse. When this happens, the Moon is close enough to us in her orbit that she appears larger than she would if she were further from us in her orbit. (Read more about Apogee and Perigee in our Astrology Basics Article) And just like when we hold our hand up close in front of our eyes, our hand will eclipse any objects that were otherwise in view.

That brings us to Annular Solar Eclipses:

When the moon is further away from us in her orbit, she appears smaller. Again, put your hand in front of your eyes, right there at the end of your nose. Can't see much, can you? Probably can't even read this anymore, unless you are peaking! Now, draw your hand further away from your nose, straight ahead. The objects right at the very center of your field of vision are still eclipsed by your hand, but your hand appears to be getting smaller. Because your hand seems to be getting smaller, more is visible in your field of vision. The same thing happens when the moon passes directly between the the Earth and the Sun when the moon is further away from the Earth. The Moon appears smaller, and we here on Earth get a dramatic view of the Moon blocking our view of the center of the Sun, but she's far enough away from us that a thin boarder of the Sun, or corona, is visible surrounding the Moon. 

To learn more about the Astrology around what sign the Moon is in, or what sign the Sun is in, read more: 

What Sign is the Moon in, What is My Moon Sign, and What Does it all Mean?

What Sign is the Sun in, What is my Sun Sign, and What does it all Mean?

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