Eclipses & Astrology

North Node Solar Eclipse:

The Moon is conjunct the North Node and therefore provides an opportunity for higher intuitive faculties to be integrated into the personality. This requires an adjustment to new circumstances or acceptance of current conditions. The Sun is "overpowered" by the Moon conjunct the North or South Node (in total eclipses) and reiterates the Moon's instinctive powers of reaction and persuasion. The Moon absorbs the Sun's power during this eclipse which accentuates issues that need to be examined: ego, dependency needs, selfishness, and emotional deprivation. A North Node Solar Eclipse focuses us on areas of our lives where we are compulsive, enchained to habits and rituals, and to somatic disorders which arise from stress.

South Node Lunar Eclipse:

The Moon is conjunct the South Node which brings forth the Sun as the most powerful factor. A renewal of solar will and purpose overrides the Moon's dominance at a North Node Solar Eclipse. With the Sun dominant, attachment to the past falls away. Stress from working out North Node new growth abates, in favor of rational, directed thoughts and actions. A South Node Lunar Eclipse focuses the psyche heroically, but sacrifices the intuitive, soulful fluctuations of the North Node's Lunar power base. The psychic nature and "feeling nature" are temporarily out of balance. At this time one faces psychological complexes without the Moon's "feeling-tone" which allows the psyche to dream, visualize, and imagine creative solutions to current dilemmas.

South Node Solar Eclipse:

The Moon is conjunct the South Node during this Solar Eclipse. She is receptive to the Sun and is enabled to release new feelings and emotions accumulated and examined during the North Node eclipse cycle. Intensification of the Sun's heroic powers to excel and succeed combine forcefully to give one a "sense of destiny," of renewed purpose and courage. South Node Solar eclipses may give rise to social upheavals (Mundane events) which bring forth the strongest and best within. Meeting challenges fearlessly for the good of the whole may be the calling during a South Node Solar Eclipse.

North Node Lunar Eclipse:

The Moon is conjunct the North Node following the South Node Solar eclipse. Reactions to events and demands spawned at the South Node Lunar Eclipse now must be integrated and balanced within the psyche. What was deferred under the heroic call of the Sun must now be owned, assimilated and integrated by the lunar function. Delayed reactions to crisis, the need for counseling, and the need to balance heroics with parts of the psyche that are wounded is necessary to restore stability.


  • Solar Eclipses occur when New Moon falls within 18 degrees of zodiacal longitude on either side of North/South Node.

  • Nodes lie within a 36° region wherein an eclipse can fall yearly.

  • Sun takes +- 37 days to pass through nodal region; Moon takes 29 1/2 days to pass through one cycle to the next.

  • Max number of eclipses possible in one year: 5. Five eclipses in one year: every 3 centuries.

  • In 1935, we had 5 eclipses. These eclipses were the harbingers of WWII.

  • Moon nodes move at rate of +- 3 mins. a day.

  • Complete Nodal cycle: 18.6 years.

  • Eclipse year: 346 2/3 days.

  • An eclipse "season" is 9 to 10 years in duration where eclipses touch same natal planet(s) after first eclipse contact (cycle) has commenced.

Eclipse Questionnaire:

  1. In which house does the eclipse fall?

  2. Do the eclipse Sun/Moon aspect your Ascendant, Midheaven, and/or other planet(s) in your chart within a 5° orb? (Use only the conjunction [0°], the square [90°], or opposition [180°])

  3. Does the eclipse have a planetary ruler within 5° of a transiting planet's position on the date of the eclipse? Does this transiting planet impact your natal chart, progressed chart, or Solar Return?

  4. Does the eclipse conjunct a fix star in your chart? What is the nature of the star and what is its planetary dispositor? Where does the planetary dispositor fall in your chart?

  5. To what Saros cycle does the eclipse belong? What is the basic nature of the eclipse series? To learn more about Saros cycles, please read Brady's "The Eagle and the Lark." It is available for purchase at Amazon Books.

  6. Did the umbra of the eclipse pass over your geographical area? What have you noticed happening in your part of the world?

  7. Was the eclipse partial, annular or total? Assess the strength of the eclipse for its overall impact.


Date of Eclipse
Longitude and Latitude of Eclipse
Type of Eclipse: total, annular, North Node, South Node
Eclipse Conjuncts my:
Eclipse Squares my:
Eclipse opposes my:
Saros Cycle No.:

Write Journal Notes of Personal Observations, Events and Feelings.

Thanks to Karen McCauley, Astrodynamics of Venice, for Eclipse checklist and Jandro notes. Karen is my teacher and dear friend.



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