Here's the point of this astronomy lesson: on January 20, we get the double—whammy: a nice, big perigee Full Moon that just happens to go into total lunar eclipse. That combo—platter is obviously rare. I bet even aliens will be setting up their lawn chairs. Switch your perspective for a moment: what if you were looking at this event from the surface of the Moon rather than from here on Earth? Well, lunar eclipses occur when Earth lies directly between the Sun and the Moon — so Earth's shadow is cast on the lunar surface.
But if you were watching from the Moon, something more like a solar eclipse would occur, as Earth blocked out the face of the Sun. It would actually be a magnificent thing to behold. You would see Earth as black disk with a brilliant flickering ring of orange, red, and crimson light surrounding it. If you think about what you would be contemplating, it'll give you goose—bumps.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will discover what this means for us. Second eclipse this season: 21 January — Total Lunar Eclipse. Virgo This Solar Eclipse occurs in your sector of romance, creative self-expression, recreation, children, and hobbies, dear Virgo. Information on solar and lunar eclipse photography, and tips on eclipse observing and eye safety may be found at:. They are more likely to cause inner turmoil and dark emotions to surface.
That flickering ring of orange, red, and crimson light is actually all of the sunsets and sunrises happening on the Earth at that particular moment, combined. Our next step is closer to Earth, and it builds on what we just learned.
What you are seeing projected onto the surface of the Moon during a lunar eclipse is actually the light of all those sunsets and sunrises. That's why a lunar eclipse is generally more "coppery" than black. Of course we all know that sunsets and sunrises come in a variety of shades, ranging from Ho—Hum to Oh My God. This is why the color of each total lunar eclipse is so unpredictable.
Can you predict whether tonight's sunset will be a memorable one? Probably not. Really, what you will be looking at on January 20 is Earth's weather, and even the weatherman gets that wrong a lot. Less romantically, a lunar eclipse also reflects the level of pollution in our atmosphere. The volcano, Mount Pinatubo, blew its top in June A year and a half later, a lot of that dust was still in the air — and the next lunar eclipse was nearly black.
What will the eclipsed Moon look like on January 20? No one knows. Here we get a bit more technical. Read on anyway!
For reasons that lie on the other side of a short science class, we just might possibly also be close to a real technical breakthrough in evolutionary astrology — one pioneered by an Australian fellow named Murray Beauchamp. There is a Sun—Moon opposition every month — that's just a simple Full Moon. Why then is there no lunar eclipse every month? Simple: Earth's shadow typically misses the Moon entirely. The Moon lies a bit above it or a bit below it.
There may be a nearly—invisible penumbral eclipse, as the Moon passes through the faint edges of Earth's shadow. Another possibility is that the darker umbra of Earth's shadow might graze the Moon, creating a partial eclipse. Or it might be the Real Deal — a Total eclipse — like what's in store for us this month.
For a lunar eclipse to occur, the Moon must lie fairly close to the north node or south node. That assures that the Moon and the Sun are lined up not only in terms of their sign positions, but also in terms of their declinations. That's the critical ingredient. The same is true for solar eclipses. Each eclipse, whether solar or lunar, has unique properties.
How long does it last? Is it total or partial? How big does the face of the Sun or the Moon look? Is Moon lined up with the north node or the south node? Well over two millennia ago, Chaldean astrologer—astronomers discovered that these identical eclipse—producing conditions repeat like clockwork.
This enabled them to predict eclipses with great accuracy. They called this cycle the Saros. Its length is 18 years, 11 days, 8 hours. After that precise interval, Sun, Earth, and Moon return to approximately the same relative geometry. They are lined up the same way, and a nearly identical eclipse happens. That last phrase — a nearly identical eclipse — is critical here. Earlier we saw that after this January's lunar eclipse, we will have another one in May That's only two years and four months later — way short of a Saros cycle.
But it will be a different kind of event in terms of length, the visual size of the Moon, and so on. So all of the eclipses linked to a specific Saros cycle are like a family—line, with strands of astronomical DNA held in common. Together, they are called a Saros Series. There are separate solar and lunar Saros series, by the way. All of them are assigned numbers. Currently, for example, there are 41 active lunar Saros series happening.
But each Saros series evolves, and eventually dies. Their life spans vary a lot, but you can think in terms of a Saros series lasting a very long time — say, a thousand years. Obviously this is complicated territory. Space and format mercifully prevent me from getting "book length—technical" in this newsletter. If you want to learn more, there is a fine article about the Saros cycle in Wikipedia — just Google "Saros astronomy " and it will take you directly to Virgo paradise.
You may be wondering what any of this has to do with astrology. Fair enough. Your mileage may vary, but in my experience lunar eclipses, while visually captivating, have not impacted me much more than the monthly Full Moon — like you, I just grow a coat of fur, sharp fangs, and a compelling jones for human blood. But, taken as a Saros series, these same lunar eclipses might provide a powerful missing link in the foundational logic of evolutionary astrology.
The key is to remember that the nodes of the Moon are critical to eclipses — and that the nodes of the Moon are also the heart of what makes evolutionary astrology a unique discipline within the field. They are what links your chart to reincarnation — the long journey of your soul through human history. And just maybe lunar eclipses — and the Saros seris — can focus our attention on certain specific periods in history, perhaps periods which feel inexplicably familiar and real to you.
Earlier, I mentioned Murray Beauchamp. He has been part of my Australian apprenticeship program pretty much from the beginning, and he has developed some intriguing ideas about the lunar Saros series. You can still get it via the American Federation of Astrologers.
You can also contact Murray directly at lunarsaros gmail. Murray has lectured quite a lot in Australia and New Zealand, but his work is pretty much unknown in the northern hemisphere. His ideas are still formative, but I already find them extremely intriguing. Look for the lunar eclipse immediately prior to your birth. It does not have to be Total; it can be umbral, or even penumbral. They fall on either full or New Moon. Solar eclipses happen in New Moon and lunar eclipses in Full Moon. It has been 11 years since this same cycle of eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn signs happened.
Even though everyone will be affected differently, there are some things you should expect from this season and try to make connections with the other year this cycle happened. We may focus on balancing earthy Capricorn and intuitive Cancer sides; pay attention in family issues, we may need to heal relationships; we may focus in our career and get things done; we may focus in our projects, leadership, power, money and they will flourish; focus on our health and respect our emotions and sensibility because of Cancer eclipses.
Solar eclipses are typically for new beginnings and great opportunities. Because they happen in the New Moon , it is important to meditate and write down all your intentions and what new things you want to manifest for this period.