There are lessons and important trade-offs that take place during an Eclipse. The most important object to have is an accurate birth chart. One of the many distinctions Astrologers have is the orb they use in any given aspect.  In my experience Eclipses have been intensely active at 3 degrees.  Other Astrologers may opt for 5 degrees or more.  It is a matter of personal technique as to which one will work better for you.


 Another observation to make is the house the Eclipse occupies.  The sign location and its quadruplicity and element are very significant.  If in a Cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), the action is to attack the problem head-on.  If the Eclipse is in a Fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), you are reluctant to make changes and try to adapt to the crisis.  If in a Mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces), you immediately try to pretend there is no crisis.


The element of the sign designs the fabric of the Eclipse.  If in a Fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), the emphasis is a personal challenge.  If in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), this Eclipse will be a physical one dealing with things.  If in an Air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), a crisis involves the intellect. If in a Water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), the crisis is emotional and involves feelings.


Now that you know what to expect from the sign and elements, allow’s look at the house polarity of the Eclipse as that is also an excellent way to understand what dynamic is taking place.


If the Eclipse takes place in the First or Seventh House, it speaks to the need for an individual identity (1st house)  and the polarity suggests that to gain this identity you must also be willing to give recognition (7th house) to others.  The exchange being,  “ I will accept you for who you are if you will accept me in the same way.”


If the Eclipse takes place in the Second or Eighth House, it speaks to the need someone has for tangible possessions (2nd house) and the desire to share in the possessions of others (8th house).  The exchange being, “ I will give you something I can do for you if you will give me something in return just as valuable to you.”


If the Eclipse takes place in the Third or Ninth House, it speaks to the need to have freedom to exchange concepts, ideas (3rd house), in order to obtain greater knowledge and wisdom.  The exchange becomes, “ Let’s share our thoughts and ideas for in the end, we will both be free.”


If the Eclipse takes place in the Fourth or Tenth House, it speaks to the need for personal security (4th house) and how to achieve personal power (10th house).  The exchange is, “How much of your personal security will you give up to achieve personal power?”


If the Eclipse takes place in the Fifth or Eleventh House,  it speak to the need to exchange intangible commodities, such as, like love, vacations, children (5th house), and our desire for woo and attainment of our goals (11th house).  The exchange is, “Love me and I will love you.”


If the Eclipse takes place in the Sixth or Twelfth House, it speaks of service to others (6th house) and what we can expect in return (12th house).  The exchange declares, “Care for me and I will care for you.”


Throughout this article I have given you the basics that you need to interpret any New Moon Eclipse.



Mary MacLean has been a Prediction Astrologer for 40 years and is widely respected for her knowedge and intuition. Born in Chicago, Il. however moved to Denver, CO for the scenery and weather. You can visit her website for more Marisms’.

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