Eclipses are very important astrological (as well as astronomical) events. And, we have a total lunar eclipse headed toward us and due to arrive on Sunday, September 27th. Lunar eclipses occur at the time of a full Moon, and this one will occur in the sign of Aries. It’s a strong and important one because of its placement in early Aries. Some astrologers believe that the effects and influence of an eclipse only lasts a few weeks (at the most). Others believe that the effects can last and influence what might happen for up to two or three years. The eclipse point is activated a few days before the eclipse, and as other planets pass over the eclipse point in the future, the energy of the eclipse is again activated. I’ll give you a couple of quotes from different prominent astrologers to give you an idea of what I mean.
From Debbi Kempton-Smith:
Don’t mess with eclipses.
Those old eclipses will stir you up all right. All sorts of feelings leap out of you. And if you regard an eclipse as a period of instability where new attitudes come up into view, you’ll find they’re wonderful for getting rid of old muck inside of you.
The trick is not to act more than necessary when an eclipse is operating. It may be necessary to act more than you would during normal times because of outside changes, but do not do more than you must. People are stirred up now.
Ten days before and three days after the eclipse is the unstable period. We call it the shadow of the eclipse. Big business deals and big love deals swirl around in the ethers; don’t initiate action or decide issues until you count one, two, three days after the eclipse.
Do you want that new job badly? Wait. You’ve fallen madly in love? Fine. That’s what eclipses are for, to stir you up. But keep your cotton pickin’ hands to yourself until you count one, two, three days after the eclipse if you want the romance to last. Well, you can neck a little bit.
From Celeste Teal:
Several formulas exist for determining the life span of an eclipse, with conflicting formulas purportedly coming from the same highly reputable source, none other than Ptolemy, so this has been a somewhat murky area. As already mentioned in the introduction, the most often heard rule is that a Solar eclipse has an effect that lasts as long in years as the eclipse lasts in hours, which gives the average Solar eclipse a life span of about three and a half years. This means that at certain times within that period, events signified in the eclipse chart will occur and that conditions symbolized by the eclipse will continue.
The most often heard rule applied to a lunar eclipse is that it has an effect duration, or life span, of one month for every hour of the eclipse shadow, equaling up to about six months at most.
However, in many years of research, I was never able to get the Lunar eclipse to fit this formula. Lunar eclipses and their effects consistently gave results indicating that they were sensitive much longer than a few months.
By now, I am convinced … that the Lunar eclipse, like the Solar eclipse, [should] be given a life span of one year for every hour of the eclipse shadow.
This means that the average eclipse life span is 3.5 years during which the degree of the zodiac where the eclipse formed remains sensitive. It is sometimes longer or shorter than that.
The duration of this eclipse is five hours and eleven minutes, however the duration of the TOTAL or full eclipse is only one hour and twelve minutes. So, the effects will be strongest for a little over a year. But, the point (four degrees and thirty-seven minutes of Aries) will remain at least a little bit sensitive for another four years. If this eclipse hits one of your personal planets or important points in your chart (by conjunction or opposition), you will experience its effects more intensely and overtly; but, everyone will experience it at some level.
From Jacqueline Bigar:
Eclipse Frenzy: Where Is The Popcorn Remember the movie or movies when an eclipse occurs and the primitive people of that film script think the world is ending? Sometimes when I see people upset with the knowledge but not the understanding of an eclipse, I am reminded of those scenes. The sky darkens, the winds etc.. Yes, the world is ending.
Eclipses really are no big deal unless one of your planets is hit by them and within 2 degrees. That is where it ends and begins. So pull back if you are nervous about the eclipse on September 27. We are looking at a Lunar eclipse at 4 Aries (impacting 2 Aries or Libra to 6 Aries/Libra)
Translation: this is a Full Moon eclipse, so Full Moon energy will add to the impact of the eclipse that day, or days around it.
Eclipses tend to drain energy from people the day before and the day. Lunar eclipses, I have been told will impact you physically less if you eat food grown in the earth on the days around the eclipse. Bring on the potatoes...
Eclipses are about conjunctions and oppositions. Those planets hit in conjunction and opposition are most likely to be hit with the 2 degree range and this is a large orb. Trust me, as one who has worked with eclipses on people's chart a lot.
The timing is such (for a lunar eclipse): within seven days you will have a clue as to what it means. 1 month more. 6 months you are sure of the issue and the implications. 12 months are a marker but completion takes 18 months.
For a solar eclipse: One week, three months, six months and finally a year, at which point you can see the total picture. One can rarely imagine the outcome at the beginning because of the Uranian activity and the individualization of each chart, even those with near identical charts.
From Robert Hand:
I am not among those who believe that an eclipse may have a great effect years later, unless it is reinforced by more recent transiting events, which in my experience are usually sufficient to explain the event. But, oddly enough, the triggering transit sometimes precedes the eclipse by a couple of months.