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The Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse rather than in a circle. Sometimes it's closer to us — and thus looks bigger — and sometimes it's further away, and so it appears smaller. For two reasons, people generally don't notice the difference: first, Full Moons only happen once a month, so it's a long time to wait between comparisons. Secondly, and more importantly, most Full Moons don't coincide with apogee or perigee, so their size is somewhere in between maximum diameter and minimum.
For those of you who are reading, have a look at this diagram on the right. It graphically represents the size—contrast between a perigee and an apogee Full Moon. You'll see that it's pretty dramatic, actually. 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. 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.
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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.
Lunar Eclipse January ~ Imperial Swoop - Darkstar Astrology
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.
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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.
You may have trouble relaxing because of an unsettling feeling or anticipation of something new just around the corner. This is not a good eclipse for making sudden changes, especially in close relationships. New encounters may meet your need for a thrill but would cause a great deal of upset to your life and have a negative effect on loved ones. You may experience emotional outbursts from friends or family that would need extra patience and sensitivity. Mercury square Uranus can cause nervous tension because of the unsettling feeling mentioned above.
You may receive shocking news or experience something unexpected that forces you to change plans. The normal tempo of life increases and you may have an unsettling feeling of always having to catch up. This is not a good eclipse for making plans or attending to detailed paperwork due to lack of concentration. Mishaps are likely in your communications whether in person, in writing or on the internet where misunderstandings could lead to arguments. On the positive side, you have an increased ability to view things through a different perspective, which can lead to original ideas and breakthroughs.
Chance encounters with others are possible, but most new friendships will probably be short-lived. Think twice before making bold statements, and double-check and travel plans. Avoid making spontaneous decisions or agreeing to things on the spur of the moment. So remaining flexible and open-minded is key to dealing with any unexpected events, from your car breaking down to printer jams. This bright pale yellow star in the neck of the Eagle gives a bold, confident, valiant, unyielding, ambitious and liberal nature, great and sudden but ephemeral wealth and a position of command.
Altair conjunct Sun gives public honor, notoriety, favors from superiors, many friends and some envious ones who cause trouble through writings, some ill-health and losses, and danger of bites from venomous animals. Lunar Eclipse January is opposite Mercury and square Uranus. This signals unexpected events and news that are likely to cause anxiety and uncertainty about the future.
So keeping an open mind and staying calm and patient is key to dealing with this erratic and unpredictable energy. Otherwise, impulsive reactions, rapid mood swing and miscommunication could cause panic and chaos.
Although the fixed star conjunct the Sun does not moderate this erratic energy, it does offer help by giving confidence and courage. Self-control and patience will counter a tendency to overreact and argue when faced with stressful situations. So take small steps and be adaptable. If Lunar Eclipse January directly impacts your horoscope decan you can read about its effect in your monthly horoscope. For more detail about how it affects your natal chart see Full Moon Transits. Yes, you will be personally impacted.
As to how cannot be answered without assessing your whole chart. In a general sense, though, Venusian issues will, obviously, be highlighted for you.
January 12222 Eclipse Astrology
Venus rules a wide range spheres which include money, relationships of all kinds — romance, love, friendships, business partnerships — pleasure, luxuries, beauty, design, fine arts — including music, indulgence and over-indulgence, harmony, sensuality, indolence, valuables, and justice and the law, just to name a few examples. You may experience a sudden change related to one of these areas. Thank you HeavenSent! I consider Venus somewhat weakened and challenged at this lunar eclipse.
You may be luckier than most, with your Venus supported by the Sun. Use comedy, poetry and music to bridge the divide. Yet the Mars trine Venus aspect today, and thru the eclipse, has built up a strong flow between the sexes, it is possible your natal Venus is better positioned to enable actual conjugation. Very interesting, thank you! Venus is not too well positioned….
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Thanks for reminder about asteroids. The eclipse on my 0 Leo Mercury. Opportunity just passed my IC. Something from the past. Who knows. Her birthday is the day of the eclipse, Jan 20th. So she will be experiencing a solar and lunar return simultaneously.
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Any thoughts on how she can fully take advantage of this moon and what to expect? I was asked to leave the job end Dec and we are having discussions since then. Can you advise if I can regain this position through Jan 21st eclipse please? I have never seen such a challenging chart for the US. Eclipse was tightly conjunct my Mercury but nothing happened that I know of. Where is your North node? This point is said to guide your destiny. Glad to hear it. My NN is 21 Taurus. But my Sun is 17 Leo and asc is 12deg45 Leo. Nothing has clicked. So about 6 months from now. You just made my day.
I checked 6 months from now and you were spot on. Uranus will be conjunct my MC at that time. And the full moon in June will be smack on my progressed MC. Plus a couple of conjunctions to that stellium you mentioned. Progressed Moon in 10th house. Almost forgot, SA Moon conjunct that stelllum. Any more thoughts? Prog Moon angular 10th will hone your command of day-to-day activities, while undergoing personal resurrection during the evenings. Priorities become clearer now. During this 9 year period, which you are in, Go To the South Node until age When the eclipse series is over at this age, revert to following your NN.
I was looking at the progressed Gault discovery chart today, and I believe it has prophetic value. What do you think? You would know a lot more than me. Tertiary is third level.