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Eclipses - Part 2

When is the Next Eclipse?

There are 77     days until
the Lunar Eclipse on Oct. 08, 2014.
  There are 92     days until
  the Solar Eclipse on Oct. 23, 2014.
A table is at the bottom of this page

Ecliptic Patterns: (continued from previous page)

There is always, at the minimum, one eclipse season (family) per calendar year. When there is more, it is due to the shift of the season over time, since the "Season" is approximately 350 days long. Because of this, it is quite possible to have two families present themselves within the 365.25-day calendar year. We last saw this shift occurring during the calendar years of 2000 and 2001. The next time we will see this shift occur will be between 2011 and 2018. You can see by the tables below, that the node families are grouped by color (pale to bright based on number). The last eclipse of the year (one for lunar and one for solar) will be underlined in the chart.

There are 19 node families present and accounted for. On the Solar side, there is one from the North and one from the South. The same holds true for the Lunar side with one from the North and one from the South. A Solar Eclipse ['SE'] and a Lunar Eclipse ['LE'] may share the same Series number, but each will be distinctly different, having originated at vastly different times and circumstances. Rose Lineman, in her book, "Eclipse Interpretation Manual" (1986), compiled information based on her extensive research of the subject. With the exception of a few minor errors, she was able to track the majority of the 'SEs' and describe their characteristics. She did not include the 'LEs' but still provides excellent advice on the overall topic. I have included the astrological series (node family) numbers in the table below.

Lunar Eclipse:

A 'LE' will only be observed during a Full Moon and is caused by the Moon passing into the total shadow of the Earth; the umbra. A partial eclipse can occur when the Moon passes through only a portion of the umbra. Another type of partial eclipse is a penumbral. This is the result of the Moon passing through a partial shadow cast by the Earth; the penumbra. During a penumbral, we may not even see the effects of the eclipse. The color of the Moon may change a little without much else being noticeable to the human eye. Not a very dramatic effect. The neat aspect of a total eclipse, or even a partial, is the fact that anyone in the world can see it if the eclipse occurs while it is dark (and cloudless) in their portion of the world.

Solar Eclipse:

A 'SE' will only be observed during a New Moon. In basic terms, this is when the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun. As the Moon becomes aligned between the Earth and the Sun, it is capable of blocking the Sun's rays and casting a shadow on the Earth. 'SEs' will only be observed within a narrow zone or band on the Earth. Even though the Sun is massive, in comparison to the Moon, the Moon will appear to be almost as large as the Sun because it is much closer to the Earth and capable of totally blocking the Sun's rays for a very short amount of time. This is why a total 'SE' can be viewed only from certain areas (in the direct path of the eclipse). The Moon is not fixed in distance from the Earth, so we are more likely to observe an annular (appears smaller than the Sun) or most likely to observe a partial. Almost like the total 'SE', an annular is observed when there is a thin strip of light from the Sun surrounding the Moon. The effect is very awe-inspiring to see. A partial 'SE' is noted when the Moon obstructs only a section of the Sun, giving the appearance of a crescent. (Note - never look at a 'SE' without proper protective eye covering to prevent blindness from occurring. Sunglasses are not strong enough to protect your eyes from the powerful rays during a 'SE'. On the other hand, a 'LE' is always safe to look at without damaging your eyes.)

Read about the astrology factor of the Eclipses in relation to your natal chart.

Solar Eclipses through the houses

Lunar Eclipses through the houses

Lineman, R. Eclipse Interpretation Manual. American Federation of Astrologers, Tempe, AZ (1986).
Littmann, M., Willcox, K. & Espenak, F Totality; Eclipses of the Sun, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, NY, NY (1999).

Lunar Eclipses
Solar Eclipses
 Date   Type   Saros   Family   Moon in     Date   Type   Saros   Family   Moon in 
2009 Feb 09 Pe 143 11S Leo   2009 Jan 26 A 131 11N Aqu
2009 Jul 07 Pe 110 11N Cap   2009 Jul 22 T 136 11S Can
2009 Aug 06 Pe 148 11N Aqu
2009 Dec 31 P 115 12S Can   2010 Jan 15 A 141 12N Cap
2010 Jun 26 P 120 12N Cap   2010 Jul 11 T 146 12S Can
2010 Dec 21 T 125 13S Gem   2011 Jan 04 P 151 13N Cap
2011 Jun 15 T 130 13N Sag   2011 Jun 01 P 118 13S Gem
2011 Jul 01 P 156 13S Can
2011 Dec 10 T 135 14S Gem   2011 Nov 25 P 123 14N Sag
2012 Jun 04 P 140 14N Sag   2012 May 20 A 128 14S Gem
2012 Nov 28 Pe 145 15S Gem   2012 Nov 13 T 133 15N Sco
2013 Apr 25 P 112 15N Sco   2013 May 10 A 138 15S Tau
2013 May 25 Pe 150 15N Sag
2013 Oct 18 Pe 117 16S Ari   2013 Nov 03 H 143 16N Sco
2014 Apr 15 T 122 16N Lib   2014 Apr 29 A 148 16S Tau
2014 Oct 08 T 127 17S Ari   2014 Oct 23 P 153 17N Sco
2015 Apr 04 T 132 17N Lib   2015 Mar 20 T 120 17S Pis
2015 Sep 28 T 137 18S Ari   2015 Sep 13 P 125 18N Vir
2016 Mar 23 Pe 142 18N Lib   2016 Mar 09 T 130 18S Pis
2016 Sep 16 Pe 147 19S Pis   2016 Sep 01 A 135 19N Vir
2017 Feb 11 Pe 114 19N Leo   2017 Feb 26 A 140 19S Pis
2017 Aug 07 P 119 1S Aqu   2017 Aug 21 T 145 1N Leo
2018 Jan 31 T 124 1N Leo   2018 Feb 15 P 150 1S Aqu
2018 Jul 27 T 129 2S Aqu   2018 Jul 13 P 117 2N Can
2018 Aug 11 P 155 2N Leo
2019 Jan 21 T 134 2N Leo   2019 Jan 06 P 122 2S Cap
2019 Jul 16 P 139 3S Cap   2019 Jul 02 T 127 3N Can
2020 Jan 10 Pe 144 3N Can   2019 Dec 26 A 132 3S Cap
2020 Jun 05 Pe 111 4S Sag   2020 Jun 21 A 137 4N Can
2020 Jul 05 Pe 149 4S Cap
2020 Nov 30 Pe 116 4N Gem   2020 Dec 14 T 142 4S Sag
2021 May 26 T 121 05S Sag
2021 Jun 10 A 147 05N Gem
2021 Nov 19 p 126 05N Tau
2021 Dec 04 T 152 05S Sag
2022 May 16 T 131 06S Sco
2022 Apr 30 P 119 06N Tau
2022 Nov 08 T 136 06N Tau
2022 Oct 25 P 124 06S Sco
2023 May 05 PE 141 07S Sco
2023 Apr 20 A-T 129 07N Ari
2023 Oct 28 p 146 07N Tau
2023 Oct 14 A 134 07S Lib
2024 Mar 25 PE 113 08S Lib
2024 Apr 08 T 139 08N Ari
2024 Sep 18 p 118 08N Pis
2024 Oct 02 A 144 08S Lib
2025 Mar 14 T 123 09S Vir
2025 Mar 29 P 149 09N Ari
2025 Sep 07 T 128 09N Pis
2025 Sep 21 P 154 09S Vir
2026 Mar 03 T 133 10S Vir
2026 Feb 17 A 121 10N Aqu
2026 Aug 28 p 138 10N Pis
2026 Aug 12 T 126 10S Leo
2027 Feb 20 PE 143 11S Vir
2027 Feb 06 A 131 11N Aqu
2027 Jul 18 PE 110 11N Cap
2027 Aug 02 T 136 11S Leo
2027 Aug 17 PE 148 11N Aqu
 
Lunar Eclipse Types:
  • T  = Total
  • Pe = Penumbral
  • P  = Partial
 
Solar Eclipse Types:
  • T = Total
  • P = Partial
  • A = Annular
  • H = Hybrid

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