Many people find a solar eclipse to be this otherworldly phenomenon. While it is a rare type of event, when it does occur, it tends to draw one’s attention and curiosity. A solar eclipse is defined as an astronomical event where the Sun is completely, or in part, obscured by the Moon.
First and foremost, it is important to note that there are four types of solar eclipses: (1) partial, (2) annular, (3) total, and (4) hybrid. By definition, a partial eclipse is when the Moon partly obscures the Sun and only the Moon’s penumbra is cast. An annular eclipse is when the outer edges of the Sun are still visible because the Moon does not completely obscure the Sun. In this instance, the appearance is like that of a ring of fire. An annular eclipse will only occur when the Moon is near apogee, and as a result, the Moon’s antumbra is cast. A total eclipse is when the Moon is near perigee and completely obscures the Sun, resulting in the Moon casting it’s umbra (the darkest part of the shadow). A hybrid eclipse, also known as an annular-total eclipse, is when there is a change that causes the eclipse to shift from annular to total or vice versa. Additionally, a solar eclipse will only occur when there is a New Moon.
Due to the nature of a solar eclipse, one may notice energy, much like what one may feel during a solstice, or equinox, or even similarly to that of a full seasonal cycle. Additionally, given the nature of the Moon’s phase during the eclipse, it is important to be aware of the energy you will be working with.
The New Moon is symbolic of transition, transformation, and change. And so, a beneficial point of focus would be change. Perhaps consider what changes may be in store for you in the future. Or on the other hand, what can you change about your current situation?
The energy you may feel is great for preparing yourself for welcoming change. In other words, opening up to something new, i.e. new beginnings, new paths, or perhaps even a new love. On the other hand, the energy you might feel may be better suited for ridding yourself of negativity, or things that are adverse, or pernicious, i.e. negative energy, or even unhealthy habits and/or patterns.
Areas of focus for rituals and spellwork can include:
- Honoring deities associated with the Moon and the Sun
- Personal development and growth