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What is Eclipse Season?

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

Roughly every 6 months we experience a season of Eclipses which come both in the form of Solar and Lunar Eclipses. What is even the difference between a Solar and Lunar Eclipse? And what is even an Eclipse or Eclipse season for that matter?





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So first thing is first: Solar Eclipse happens solely on a New Moon, when the moon goes dark, however in combination with an Eclipse, we see a ring around the moon. A Lunar Eclipse happens solely on a Full Moon, when the moon appears to have a redness to its light.


Eclipses happen due to the positioning of the Earth, Moon and Sun which create unique rare lunar events. Such as when an Eclipse occurs on a New Moon, we see the shadow of Earth on the moon when normally a New Moon is always completely dark to the naked eye. On the Full Moon moves into the shadow of Earth creating a red hue.




Eclipse season


Eclipses occur every time the lunar nodes intersect with the moon and sun’s path. The lunar nodes are energetic vortices that show us in which direction our society is heading in, or where our karma lies in this and past-lifetimes.


The Eclipse season is marked by the lunar nodes being no further away than 17° from the sun. Since the Lunar nodes are energetic vortices that show where we are heading karmically, it is attached with lessons. About twice a year we enter a season of 2-3 eclipses.


Seeing the shadow of the Earth on the Moon during an Eclipse makes it not an optimal time to manifest intentionally due to the chaotic shadow energy. It is a time to be present and observe what is ready to be transformed. Eclipses bring in radical change and transformation. Something that would have taken months for it to clear and heal is brought drastically to the surface to be witnessed, recognized and thus integrated into our being.


This lunar event is asking you to reconnect in a deeper way. It is about giving gratitude about the lessons that came through and implementing this new found awareness into your life.


Looking up where your lunar nodes are located on your personal astrological chart could also give further indications onto what you might be internally working through during this Eclipse season.




Solar Eclipse


When an Eclipse occurs on a New Moon, we see the shadow of Earth on the moon when normally a New Moon is always completely dark to the naked eye. Eclipses are powerful energetic portals that are tied to the past and future. The energy is felt collectively helping us change lang-lasting patterns.


On the Solar Eclipse, the energies of the New Moon are even more amplified than usual and takes on the energy similar to the Full Moon. Release, breakthroughs and fresh starts are all themes on a Solar Eclipse. It is recommended to refrain from praticiting any manifestation or intention setting rituals during the chaotic energy of the Eclipse. Be open for karmic lessons and find ways to ground your energy and physical body during this shadow period.




Lunar Eclipse



On a Lunar Eclipse, we see the shadow of the Earth on the Moon giving it a red hue. Making it not an ideal time for manifestation. However, to be present with what is true for you in this moment. A Lunar Eclipse happens solely on a Full Moon, when the moon appears to have a redness to its light.


The Lunar Eclipse is revealing in nature. It shows us what significantly needs to change. It is an opportunity to detach ourselves from emotions and situations that no longer are serving our evolution. It can be felt on our emotional body strongly. The change that the Eclipses bring can come abruptly and dramatically. Although it might have been already simmering under the surface for a while until the Eclipse unearthed the truth and possibility for change.




Lunar Nodes


To understand Eclipses, we first need to understand the lunar nodes. Eclipses occur when these energetic points are being activated by the current signs of the Sun and Moon. These are energetic vortices and placements that intersect the Sun’s path and Moon’s orbit. Like the Sun and Moon, the pull of the Nodes is ruled by the astrological sign they are in. Each Node takes on the zodiac constellation where it is placed, which always are in opposition to one another.




South Node Housescopes


1st House or Aries South Node: You came here to learn how to cultivate connection with others. You are meant to be in relationships professionally and otherwise. How can you engage in deeper connections around you and steer away from the mentality that you have to do it all on your own?


2nd House or Taurus South Node: You are here to transform and transform again. Life is calling you to dig deeper and show up for the inner work that keeps showing up on your path. Create emotional security from within. Know and understand that nothing outside of you will ever give you the stability you crave. It is all within.


3rd House or Gemini South Node: Dissolve the illusion of needing to have all the information. You have all you need to know. How can you believe that the Universe will provide you with what you need to know otherwise? You are here to journey afar, learn new philosophies, and discover what is the meaning of life. What gives you purpose?


4th House or Cancer South Node: You know the safety of home and family. You are here to experience complete independence from family and home life. Professional success is inevitable on your journey. Allow this to happen for you. What work craves to be expressed by you?


5th House or Leo South Node: Your Soul knows creativity and self-expression. Having to prove yourself in the past, you are being asked to step up to something bigger. Your vision is expansive and is meant to reach a larger scale. What positive change do you desire to contribute to humanity?


6th House or Virgo South Node: You know perfection and structure. In the past you have mastered it. Now you are here to stop the overthinking. What if you are not in control of everything? What if you just surrender and trust the Universe? You are here to dissolve your past beliefs, live in the moment, and find a spiritual practice that nourishes you.


7th House or Libra South Node: This lifetime is about cultivating a stronger sense of self. Who are you and who did you come here to be? How can you cultivate stronger self-love, purpose, determination and truly discover who you really are? The focus is on you.


8th House or Scorpio South Node: You are here to experience wealth, beauty and let go of limiting beliefs. No need to keep fixing yourself, you are whole the way you are. How can you enjoy the pleasures of life more? How can you cultivate material security for yourself?


9th House or Sagittarius South Node: Your Soul traveled far and it feels safe to wander the world in the name of truth. You feel at home and free when you are boundless and free. All the wisdom your Soul contains is now meant to be passed on. For that you need to stay in one place for a while to do so. You know enough, now be the natural teacher you came here to be and share the information you have at heart.


10th House or Capricorn South Node: Your Soul knows the professional world and experienced the drive to achieve. Release the need to prove your worth through your ambitions and professional life. How can you nourish your home life? Cultivate a home life that is filled with people who do you good.


11th House or Aquarius South Node: You are here to find your self-expression and live your creativity. Your Soul feels the duty to serve at a larger scale. Yet how can you let that go and know that your biggest gift to the world is the one of sharing your creative self?


12th House or Pisces South Node: Your natural state is the one of compassion, hope and trust. You have cultivated a strong connection with the Universe. Work on becoming more structured, planned and analytical. This is what your Soul signed up for: to put that brilliant mind at work. Give it a problem to solve.







Overall, the Eclipses are here to create massive change. It supercharges the lunar phases in such a way that it creates chaos (or what seems to be chaos at first) for clarity to come in later. Expect a season of transformation, which might occur a lot more quicker in a short period of time.


My main tip for you this Eclipse season is to be more, do less, observe life occurrences, sit with the meanings behind them and surrender as much as possible to the process.


Learn more in my biweekly moon musings, available on the blog, for the upcoming Eclipses. Also a new Seasonal Guide will be shared every astrological Sun season starting with the Scorpio Guide. Stay tuned and subscribe below to stay in the loop!




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About the writer



Inés is a space holder and integral guide in Human Design and astrology. Her multi-cultural background has given her the insight into various cultures, rituals and traditions. Bringing the ancestral and the honoring of the natural cycles to the community is a deep value she holds. Find more articles on her blog.


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