Everything You Need To Know For Eclipse Season 2020

It’s eclipse season again! After a truly wild 2020, we’re culminating the year with some of the most intense astrological energy of the year. 

Eclipses are dynamic, dramatic events that often bring in sudden change and unexpected transformation. 

We kicked off this particular eclipse season in June 2020, and it continues on November 30 with the upcoming Lunar Eclipse in Gemini. Two weeks later on December 14, we’ll have a Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. 

The Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse season will continue until the end of 2021, with 3 more eclipses occurring on the axis next year.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about this Eclipse season, and how it will affect you. 

Lunar Eclipse - September 27 2015 - Diagonal Progression
“Lunar Eclipse – September 27 2015 – Diagonal Progression” by Eric Kilby is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

How Eclipses Work

Every year there are 12 lunar cycles – each beginning with a new moon and culminating with a full moon. When working with lunar cycles, we use new moons to plant the seeds we want to manifest for the month, and full moons to release what no longer serves us. 

Eclipses are like regular New & Full Moons on overdrive. They happen every 6 months, when the New and Full Moons are in close proximity with the nodes of the moon.

As the Earth orbits around the Sun, the Moon follows Earth. Because the moon’s orbit spins on a slight pivot, it occasionally reaches the upper and lower boundaries of its rotation. These boundary points are known as the lunar nodes.

As the moon reaches these lunar nodes, it lines up perfectly with the latitude and longitude of the Sun. This results in solar and lunar eclipses. 

Eclipses symbolize one of the great mysteries of the Universe. Somehow the Moon matches up perfectly with the diameter of the Sun from our POV on Earth, creating eclipses.

And eclipses have had a profound effect on human civilization since Ancient times. 

Lunar Eclipses: Happen on Full Moons

Diagram showing lunar eclipse with earth and sun Free Vector
  • When the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. 
  • The Earth’s shadow effectively blocks the Sun’s light, and the Moon is caught in its Umbra. When this happens, the Moon can turn red – often called Blood Moons. 

Solar Eclipses: Happen on New Moons

Diagram showing solar eclipse on earth Free Vector
  • When the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. 
  • From the path of totality on Earth, the light of the Sun is completely obstructed. And for a few moments there is total darkness in the middle of the day. 

Eclipses: Agents of Change 

Eclipses have always been big events. For Ancient civilizations, an eclipse often brought panic, fear, and chaos.

The Ancients organized their lives around the sun’s daily rise and fall. So when the sky suddenly went black during a solar eclipse, there was mass pandemonium. Eclipses appeared to disrupt the natural order of the world. 

And eclipses still carry a deep symbolism today.

There is something unsettling when a bright day suddenly turns pitch black. But now that we understand the science behind an eclipse, modern Astrology interprets them a little differently. 

They aren’t bad omens that foretell auspicious events. Rather, eclipses are dynamic, transformative events that often bring sudden changes to our lives. 

“‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse” by NASA Johnson is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Eclipses happen on the lunar nodes, which are highly symbolic in astrology – they signify destiny, soul purpose, and past lives. The places we’ve been and the places we’re going, what we need to rise towards in this lifetime.

  • The North Node represents our future, purpose and destiny: the lessons we are meant to learn in this lifetime.
  • The South Node symbolizes our past, where we’ve been, what we’ve mastered: the unconscious habits that we’re trying to break free from in this lifetime. 

Because eclipses happen on these lunar nodes, they tend to manifest events that are related to our destiny and the larger themes in our life. Things that transform us and bring us closer to our soul purpose.

Because of this, eclipses are known as agents of change: they disrupt the natural order, forcing us to break old patterns and shift dynamics to align with our destiny.

The change they bring is always inevitable, but the process can feel chaotic and uncomfortable. 

Think suddenly leaving a job that you’ve been unaligned with. Or ending a relationship you’ve been contemplating for months. It could be something a little less dramatic, like kicking a bad habit that no longer serves you or moving into a new home. 

Events triggered by eclipses are often sudden and unexpected, so these changes can feel uncomfortable as we’re experiencing them.

Just remember that the changes are inevitable, and things always fall away in life to make room for something better. And the transformation brought by eclipse season is meant to bring you closer to your purpose.

Solar Eclipses: New Beginnings 

  • Resets, fresh starts
  • Bold ideas for new beginnings  
  • Opening up to new vision and perspectives
  • Excitement for change 
  • Heightened creativity 

Lunar Eclipses: Culminations & Endings 

  • Endings, releases and closure 
  • Deep realizations 
  • Heightened sensitivity 
  • An awareness of our shadow self
  • Oppositions, tension in relationships

How Eclipse Season Will Affect You

To find out exactly how the upcoming Eclipses will affect you, you’ll have to look at your birth chart and see what houses Gemini and Sagittarius fall in. (If you’ve never pulled your full birth chart before, I recommend Astro.com or Time Passages.) 

Events occurring on an eclipse will form a larger narrative on a personal and collective scale for that eclipse season. So, we can expect the themes from the first Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse on June 5, 2020 to carry through to the final Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on Dec 4, 2021.

Sag and Gemini rule knowledge and learning – so this eclipse season is all about how we acquire and disseminate information. 

As the mutable Air sign, Gemini symbolizes the childlike curiosity to learn new things about the community around us. 

As the mutable Fire sign, Sagittarius is all about the bigger picture: connecting to Universal truths, faith and spirituality. 

annular solar eclipse
“annular solar eclipse” by kubotake is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Themes You Can Expect From This Eclipse Cycle:

  • Duality in perspectives – learning to understand other viewpoints
  • Balancing universal truths with individual experiences 
  • Our willingness to listen others – and how we integrate new learnings
  • Wanderlust during a time of travel restriction; finding new ways to explore the world
  • Dogmatic viewpoints; being overly philosophical
  • Moving too quickly with new information; speaking without getting all the facts

Eclipse seasons are always a dynamic and – occasionally – chaotic time. As we move into this highly energized season, try to remember that this is all part of a larger transformation in your life. Although they can often bring sudden changes and unexpected endings, eclipses are meant to serve us exactly what we need. 

As the old saying goes, things fall apart so that better things can come together. It’s your destiny.

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