All eclipses, whether solar or lunar eclipses, have astrological significance. The upcoming Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius, however, is afflicted by other astrological events which give it added weight. We could be heading into tumultuous times indeed.
A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun and Moon form a kind of Earth sandwich, for lack of a better term. The Lunar Eclipse is essentially a Full Moon – in astrological terms, this is a Sun-Moon opposition. However, during a Lunar Eclipse, the orbital paths are such that the earth’s shadow briefly stops the light from the Sun being reflected off the Moon. The Moon emits no light of its own – we can only see it at all because of the Sun’s light. So, when the Earth’s shadow blocks this, the only light reaching the Moon is refracted light – this is why, during a total Lunar Eclipse, the Moon appears to glow red; it’s the same reason that sunsets appear red or orange.
Every year, there are at least two Lunar Eclipses, and there can be as many as five in a year. Not all eclipses are total, although there is a total Lunar Eclipse on average at least every two to three years.
What is the Astrological Significance of a Lunar Eclipse?
In astrology, a Lunar Eclipse, total or not, signifies a dramatic and usually highly emotional event, which comes into our lives out of the blue and may significantly shake things up. Note that such events are not necessarily ‘bad’ – happy shocks also occur, or events which may seem to be negative at the time are later revealed to have been positive in the long run.
The exact effect of a Lunar Eclipse on an individual depends upon that individual’s natal chart – if the eclipse occurs at a sensitive point in the chart, you are much more likely to be strongly affected by it. If it occurs in a relatively unimportant area of your chart, it may pass almost unnoticed in your personal life – although eclipses of all kinds do tend to have geopolitical repercussions which shape our shared history.
What Does the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius Mean?
This particular Lunar Eclipse occurs in Sagittarius, which in astrology is a zodiac sign associated with freedom, exploration, justice, humanitarian issues and learning.
However, this Lunar Eclipse comes to us with a very tight square aspect to angry Mars, suggesting that simmering anger may well be at the root of any dramatic events reflected by this Eclipse.
The eclipse is also in opposition to Venus, which is currently retrograde – so this is not great news for love relationships, which may bear the brunt of the eclipse’s effects in personal lives.
Geopolitically, emotions are likely to be running very high, and recklessness on the world stage is highly possible. Impulsive behavior could have consequences, and it’s worth noting that traditionally both Mars and Venus retrograde have associations with war in astrology.
On the plus side, this Lunar Eclipse during the Full Moon may prompt a change in how we deal with Sagittarian issues. Emotional connections to what is happening with the climate, for example, may finally swing the balance with regards to what action the world takes.
How Will the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius Affect Each Zodiac Sign?
As mentioned, each zodiac sign will experience this Lunar Eclipse slightly differently. For all, however, an unexpected and emotional event may have repercussions.
Aries Zodiac Sign (Aries Dates: March 20 – April 19) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
A burning desire for freedom could lead to reckless action on your part during this Lunar Eclipse. While you’re desperate to expand your horizons and explore new territory, you must remember that your actions have repercussions for other people too, especially for your family. Try to get everyone on board before you make any rash decisions regarding travel or lifestyle.
Taurus Zodiac Sign (Taurus Dates: April 20 – May 20) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
An illicit or controlling situation may explode during this Lunar Eclipse, and this can bring trauma and tears. If you have been involved in anything underhand or secret, be prepared for it to be served up for the world to see. Take proactive action by owning your own misdeeds and by being honest and sincere about your part in getting this to event.
Gemini Zodiac Sign (Gemini Dates: May 21 – June 20) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
A relationship comes under an uncomfortable spotlight during this Lunar Eclipse, and if your partnership has been struggling Gemini, this could be a make or break point. If you do want to salvage your relationship, however, don’t lose hope– this eclipse can be cathartic in its revelations, clearing the way for you to move forward with greater intimacy and honesty.
Cancer Zodiac Sign (Cancer Dates: June 21 – July 21) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
Sometimes, this eclipse may bring a health- or wellbeing-related shock – but this can be a helpful warning sign to you, prompting you to take much-needed action to get healthy again. This eclipse can also bring organizational chaos and a need to somehow muddle through without having all the tools and information you need. Hang in there and know that your best is good enough.
Leo Zodiac Sign (Leo Dates: July 22 – August 21) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
The eclipse and full moon highlight a need to take a risk. If you don’t, you may simply perpetuate your rut in the mundane and lose out on valuable opportunities, especially in love or in your creative endeavors. Taking a leap of faith may seem scary and ill-advised, but really, you have far more to lose by not taking that chance than you could ever lose by taking it. It’s about having the courage to make that leap.
Virgo Zodiac Sign (Virgo Dates: August 22 – September 21) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
Expect some kind of household or family crisis, Virgo – enough to jolt you out of your comfort zone, but not something you can’t handle. Your roots are being shaken, but in doing so, the cosmos is reminding you how valuable those roots are. Spend time with loved ones and get back in touch with those you’ve neglected. Look into your history too, and note how history repeats itself.
Libra Zodiac Sign (Libra Dates: September 22 – October 22) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
The eclipse may bring embarrassment of some kind, especially professional, or you may be found out if you’ve been bluffing about something at work. There’s a need here to own up to what you simply don’t know – and a chance to seek training, education or experience to put that right. There are opportunities for growth in this eclipse, but only if you first admit that you need them.
Scorpio Zodiac Sign (Scorpio Dates: October 23 – November 21) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
The eclipse is a very de-stabilizing influence on your money and your perceived security. There could be poor financial news, or perhaps a loss of a treasured item. Your challenge is to understand that everything you have of real value is intangible – so focus your value and attention on life’s true blessings rather than on money and possessions.
Sagittarius Zodiac Sign (Sagittarius Dates: November 22 – December 20) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
The eclipse in your own sign is intensely emotional and perhaps unsettling too. Events may leave you feeling that you’re not in control of your own life, or that you’re simply an appendage to someone else’s dreams. There’s a sense of a struggle for freedom and independence, but try to avoid doing anything you can’t later undo while the eclipse is at work. You’re not seeing things as clearly as you might.
Capricorn Zodiac Sign (Capricorn Dates: December 21 – January 18) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
Something is revealed to you during this eclipse, Capricorn – something which may move you to tears, humble you or make a big difference to your life outlook moving forwards. Spiritually, you may gain a greater intuition and understanding of your life path or your reason for incarnation, but this understanding is likely to come at an emotional cost. There is much to consider as you process these events, Capricorn, so take your time and don’t rush to conclusions.
Aquarius Zodiac Sign (Aquarius Dates: January 19 – February 17) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
How you behave in groups is likely to change following an event triggered by this eclipse, Aquarius. You may feel that you have been undermined or betrayed by a friend, or let down by a club or association. Your loyalty is challenged, and you feel that others have been disloyal to you. The events which unfurl here may end in you needing to break away from a particular group, perhaps for good – but something else will replace what you lose, and with every ending comes a new beginning.
Pisces Zodiac Sign (Pisces Dates: February 18 – March 19) During the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
Your role as an authority figure is shaken by this eclipse, Pisces. Whether you have this role at work, or within the family, or simply among your friends and acquaintances, you suddenly feel the pressure of being in charge; you’re expected to have all the answers and you suddenly don’t have them anymore. This can be a humbling experience, but you are learning that losing control is okay, Pisces. It’s not always necessary to know what’s coming next.
*Note: The exact date and time of the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius differ depending on your timezone. This planet update was published the day the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius in Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the year 2020, which was June 5, 2020 @ 15:12.