Interpreting Solar and Lunar Eclipses in Your Birth Chart

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Episode 215 features a recording of a live workshop where astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim demonstrate how to interpret the astrological significance of eclipses, based on the houses in which they fall in your birth chart.

This is a recording of a meeting of the Denver Astrology Group that was held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, starting just after 3:00 PM, at the Mercury Cafe in downtown Denver.

For the first 30 minutes or so of the meeting we talked in general about the astrological significance of solar and lunar eclipses, and what they mean symbolically in astrology.

Eventually we transitioned into talking about how to determine what specific eclipses will mean for individuals based on which of the 12 houses they fall in in your birth chart.

During the course of the meeting we took examples from the audience, and audience members shared stories about how past eclipses have worked out in their lives, which helped to clarify how eclipses work in a very practical way.

We focused in particular on how eclipses come in pairs, and highlight a specific axis of houses for about two years. For example, the 1st house/7th house axis, or the 2nd house/8th house axis and so on.

This meeting was timely because it fell in between a solar eclipse in Cancer and a lunar eclipse in Capricorn.

We made a special handout which lists all of the eclipse dates from 1950 through 2030:

Solar and Lunar Eclipse Dates List (PDF)

If you have a good story that you want to share about how an eclipse has worked out for you in the past, please post it in the comments section below!

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Comments

  1. Hello,

    I am Gemini rising, pisce sun and in my first Saturn return. While I am not so sure how this eclipse is playing out. It was a few difficult days. I have been very hard at work. I took on this job because I wanted to have some stability but I realised it doesn’t suit me at all. I almost don’t care about the money and would be prefer to work less or have more flexible hours. I feel trapped having to be responsible and save money aside etc… and wanting to have more time and a better quality of life. Not action was taken at the moment but I feel like I am in pressure cooker yet the steam cannot be let off.

  2. Rhys Chatham says

    Very interesting about eclipses on the H1/H7 axis representing beginning and closing chapters of our lives.
    I’m Cancer rising and around the time of the recent 10° Cancer solar eclipse, I was waiting for something to happened and nothing did!
    I was kind of mystified, until I looked at your handout and saw that there was an earlier eclipse last January in Capricorn (my 7th house) where I broke up with a business partner and suffered many negative ramifications over a months-long period. So thanks to your talk I realized that the recent solar eclipse season marked its end of focusing on the partner and heralded a new positive focus on myself. Indeed, it was an end of a chapter and new beginning!

    Thanks to you and Leisa for sharing, the talk was very helpful in has made me rethink my approach to interpreting eclipses.

  3. Thanks for the awesome podcast on eclipses and how they work! I’ve recently uncovered a bizarre chain of events regarding eclipses and the 6th/12th houses. I’ve got my moon at 24Capricorn in the 6th. We’ve had pets from the 1990s, 5 of them that have died since then. There have been 8 eclipses that have aspected my moon over those years, either by conjunction, opposition or square, and every one of the pets died on a day that a fast moving planet triggered the eclipse degree and therefore also aspected my moon.
    DOG…Solar Eclipse on 7/13/18 at 20Cancer and Lunar Eclipse on 7/16/19 at 24Capricorn. Died on 6/25/19 with transiting Mars at 26Cancer. At his last Vet visit a few days before, where the decision was made to euthanize, Mars was at 22Cancer and Mercury at 24Cancer.
    CAT….Lunar eclipse of 4/15/14 at 25Libra, square my Moon in the 6th. Died 7/29/15 with transiting Mars at 23Cancer, oppose my Moon and square the eclipse point.
    DOG….Solar eclipse 1/15/10 @ 25Cap. Died on 7/16/11 with transiting Sun opposing at 24Cancer. This one was a busy eclipse. I also had major surgery when Mars and Saturn at 21 and 24Libra came around to square my Moon and eclipse point on 8/10/12. My mother also died on 9/1/14 (a blessing) with Venus at 24Leo and transiting Moon at 23Scorpio, altho I’m not sure if this links to her death.
    DOG….Solar eclipse of 10/14/04 @ 21Libra and Lunar eclipse of 10/17/05 @24Aries. Died 6/1/05 with transiting Saturn at 24Cancer squaring eclipse points and opposing natal Moon.
    Dog….total solar eclipse of 7/16/2000 was at 24Capricorn….total solar eclipse of 1/9/01 was at 19Cancer….he died on 9/17/01 with Venus at 25Leo, Sun at 24Virgo, Mercury at 21Libra.
    Oddly enough, this dog was co-owned with my roommate, who has Jupiter in his 6th at 1Libra, and the Solar eclipse of 6//21/01 @0Cancer and the Solar eclipse of 12/25/00 at 4Capricorn were triggered on the day of death by Mars at 4Capricorn.
    The associations with pets and surgery with the 6th are obvious, and also the link to the mother with the Moon…..but I think the 12th house becomes involved with the grief associated with all of this. I still work part time, semi-retired in 2009, but couldn’t recollect much that has to do with my job over those years.

  4. That was such a great podcast! I was struggling with whole sign/quadrant systems before looking at eclipses in my life. I’ve been attached to my Placidus chart as it’s so literal but I can’t deny the whole sign works betters for these events.
    In 1999 during the Leo/Aquarius eclipses I came down suddenly with meningococcal septicemia on solstice weekend, I contracted it from a person at work. I was in hospital for 2 months, I died at one point and had a NDE, I remember a lot but apparently I was unconscious. After my NDE I had a miracle kind of recovery. It was a major turning point in my life, changes on the soul level, changes on the personality level. I’m a Virgo rising so that was all in my 12th/6th houses.

  5. Scorpio rising here with a set of 3H – 9H examples of eclipses. This year my brother helped me obtain a job editing/translating a book on metaphysical matters. That same brother got engaged this year. One day after the solar eclipse in Cancer, I gave my first paid astrology reading. I have my natal sun, moon, venus, and south node in Cancer in 9H, and my natal neptune, uranus, and north node in Capricorn 3H.

  6. This was a great episode. Thanks so much for putting it out! I had a few examples I thought I’d share.

    I’m an Aries rising and in 2015, one month after the lunar eclipse in Aries I met my boyfriend and started dating him after being single for 4 years and we have no been together for going on 4 years.

    The craziest example however is with the current set of eclipses in cancer/capricorn which clearly rule my 4th and 10th houses. I live in a rent control apartment in Venice, CA and my landlord passed away late last year. There was some back and forth between his family on who the building should go to and eventually an attorney took over managing the estate. On the day of the eclipse that just happened (July16th) I got an email stating that they’ve accepted an offer on the building and that it was now in escrow. We’ve since had to let the real estate agents, buyers, and probate attorney’s tour our units and I’m most likely being bought out of my apartment and will most likely need to move before the end of the year. I’m also killing it at work and getting a bunch of praise and recognition for my hard work. It was a job that I struggled intensely with for the first 8 months or so of my new position and I’ve overcome the obstacles and have been increasing revenue by almost 40% etc and getting lots of praise from my bosses.

  7. Just wanted to share a Cancer/Capricorn eclipse story as requested on the recent ecilpse podcast. A coworker of mine with Sag rising—so Cancer/Cap are 2nd/8th house for him—was able to retire early this month right during these eclipses. He is a Nurse who has been having increasing problems with a difficult female boss in the past few years, but he was the primary breadwinner and could not just quit. He is very caring and outgoing, and he and his partner had been looking after an elderly neighbor without family of his own and who had been housebound for many years…..cooking meals, shoveling his driveway, caring for him after hospital stays, etc. Jose always refused any payment and never expected anything in return. Well, the neighbor passed away this year right after the eclipse in January, and he left Jose a HUGE amount of money to say “thank you” for the years of kindness and caring they had provided to him. At the same time, his terrible boss made changes in his department and did away with his position entirely. He would have forced to take a big demotion and pay decrease…..but instead, he because of this unexpected inheritance, he was able to work it out so that he could retire early instead!!!! And now he’s planning to do some long wished for traveling and other fun things instead of having to go through the humiliation of a demotion and pay cut right at the end of his career!!! I just LOVE a poetic justice story. I haven’t been able to stop smiling about it!!!

  8. Danielle says

    Just wanted to share an interesting eclipse example… my daughter-in-law’s mother passed away unexpectedly a week after the July 16 2019 lunar eclipse in Capricorn. This is the first time I have experienced multiple correspondences for an astrological event.
    – Her mother’s Sun was in Capricorn.
    – My daughter-in-law’s whole sign 8th house (death) is Capricorn.
    – My son’s whole sign 7th house (spouse) is Capricorn.
    – My whole sign 5th house (children) is Capricorn.

  9. Piyali Kundu-Veldhoven says

    Wanted to share my experience with current Cancer-Capricron eclipse series occuring in my 5th – 11th house (Pisces rising, WS house). My children and friends have been going through prominent and/or heavy experiences since the start of this cycle last year – so it is more external manisfestation in my life.

    5th house Cancer manifestations:
    – my daughter, who is Cancer rising herself, is in the midst of lots of changes as we have had to change her elementary school this time last year, followed up by further changes as we prepare for our move back to the US. On the 2 July eclipse date she sat the assessment exam for the school she would like to go to in New York, and overall she has been in the spotlight with teacher evaluations and all sorts of admin related to finding and getting into schools. Preparing for the move has primarily been about organizing things for her and my other kids so 5th house topics have been highlighted throughout these past 6 months and will continue to dominate until we move later this year.
    – minor thing for me but I also started flower arranging as a hobby in the past 6 months as a way to bring more creativity into my everyday life

    11th house Capricorn
    – Several of my closest friends are going through their Capricorn Saturn returns since 2017, and since the eclipse series last year have either gotten engaged, married, changed jobs, or bought houses. All have prominent capricorn signatures (moon in night charts or rising signs) in addition to Saturn return.
    – My best friend, who has early Capricorn Saturn in her 8th house, copresent with Mars, Uranus, and Neptune is in the middle of divorce that started with the January ecplise. She is in her 8th house profection year, and Saturn also rules her 9th house MC in Aquarius and the divorce was percipitated by changes to both her and her ex-partner’s careers. The nature of the divorce is very much tied in with finances: mortgages, debt, and scholarships. Intense time for her but reflected in my chart as well as she is a very close person in my life.

  10. Great topic! The current eclipses are hitting my 3/9 axis. Last week I quit my college writing program job. I am planning to move to Spain in December. It may be a temporary move but I’ll see when I get there. I lived there for many years and left in 2007.

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