From the point of view of who is on the planet Earth, the eclipse is when the Moon or the Sun is covered by each other. In the lunar eclipse, the Sun is in front of the Moon. In the solar eclipse, it is the Moon that enters in front of the Sun. Each year, there are two solar eclipses and four to six lunar eclipses.
The Sun symbolizes our truths, the true expression of being, all the mental potential that each person carries within it. It is also linked to male power and ego and how it can manifest its essence to the world. The Moon, on the other hand, symbolizes intimate life, unconscious emotions, intuition, and sensitivity. It is linked to the feminine power of pregnancy and contact with other plans.
Going back to eclipses, let’s talk one at a time:
In the lunar eclipse, the Sun is ahead of the Moon, which shows us an energetic indication that we tend to put mental aspects overlapping the emotional aspects of everyday life, which can generate conflict. In life, we must always seek balance and, by acting only with the mind and disfavoring emotions, we run the risk of becoming insensitive and working only by the ego. Therefore, when we are in the vicinity of a lunar eclipse, we must be careful not to hide our emotions too much. This can create a variety of effects depending on how much light is interrupted. For example, part of the moon can be illuminated and part of it can be completely dark.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon stands between the sun and the Earth during the day. This causes the sunlight to be canceled briefly. For primitive cultures that knew little about astronomy, this was sometimes considered a frightening event. Like lunar eclipses, not all solar eclipses are total. Most of the time, the moon only blocks a fraction of the sunlight. Even in a total eclipse, the moon is not large enough to block all sunlight from all of Earth. In fact, whether a person sees a solar eclipse depends on where on Earth a person is looking from.
Viewing an Eclipse
Viewing a lunar eclipse is easy, it does not take on any special equipment and is not harmful. It is also safe to use a telescope to see a lunar eclipse. A solar eclipse is different. Looking at a solar eclipse, even very briefly, with the naked eye can damage a person’s vision. For safe viewing of a solar eclipse, a pinhole projector typically consists of paper or cardboard.
According to the University of California Observatories, there are 2.44 lunar eclipses per year and 2.38 solar eclipses. Not all of these are full or visible from every part of the Earth. The institute estimates that every individual in one place on Earth will be able to see about one in every six solar eclipses and about one in every two lunar eclipses.