Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius, May 26th, 2021
If you have been reading these horoscopes for awhile, you’ll know that my shtick about eclipses is that they are common. There are multiples a year, clustered into eclipse “seasons,” and they vary in type and visibility. This eclipse is a total lunar eclipse, in which the moon is briefly completely hidden by the shadow of the earth. Astrologically, they are regarded as portents of change, once considered to foretell the death of a king. Contemporary online astrology can get a little click-baity around them, predicting massive change or upheavals in your life.
Well, such things can certainly happen, but personally I shy away from predicting them. This eclipse comes right before a Mercury retrograde in Mercury’s home territory of Gemini, with the sun also in the sign of the twins and the moon in Gemini’s opposing sign of Sagittarius. This polarity is about information and learning; growth and expansion; ideas and action. This is the polarity of teacher and student, and the way these two roles are mutable and rely on each other.
In the spirit of the Sagittarius-Gemini opposition, and to hopefully dispel some Internet astrology myths, here’s some quick facts about eclipses and the moon:
-Full moon/lunar eclipse = sun and moon opposite
-Lunar eclipse = supercharged full moon
-New moons/solar eclipses = sun and moon conjunct
-There are about six eclipses a year: generally 2-3 lunar, and 2-5 solar.
-Eclipses happen in the same pair of signs for a period of about 1.5 – 2 years.
-The signs of the north node (also called the true node) and the south node are the same as the signs that eclipses will be happening in.
-Solar eclipse = supercharged new moon
Hopefully these factoids help clear up any lunation confusion. Wishing you all the best for this fun and exciting astrology.
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