The Significance of a Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipses tend to create new beginnings and bright new opportunities.


A solar eclipse occurs when the moon stands between the Sun and earth, cutting off the light of the Sun. This is what we typically think of when we use the word “eclipse,” with the moon covering the Sun.

We have a finite focus as human beings, and it’s natural to concentrate on what’s in front of us. At times, this can limit our perspectives, and cause us to miss out on opportunities. Solar eclipses might snatch away the familiar temporarily, forcing us to consider options we would never otherwise explore. Although this can cause upheaval, eclipses are “cruel to be kind.” Major growth can happen during these cosmic power outages. This is when we should leap into new (and generally improved) terrain, even if we feel forced there by circumstances beyond our control.


Eclipses almost always bring up all kinds of unexpected changes of direction, assuming your Sun, moon, or a planet is touched.

Solar eclipses fall at new moons, so a ritual or intention-setting could focus on helping you start anew. Themes could include: finding the courage to make a fresh start, embracing change, taking a risk (even if you’re scared), putting yourself out there, making a big reveal/coming out of the metaphorical closet.

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