Why eclipses are meaningful
It’s only human to look up into the stars, to watch the sun set and rise, and to think of our place in the grand scheme of it all. Eclipses, being relatively rare events, have always held special significance. Throughout history civilizations have created myths and astrological calendars based around eclipses. Today, people will still flock to places that will give them the best chance of capturing a total eclipse. This is why we talked to Dr. Athena Perrakis, an expert in the field of astrology and owner of the Los Angeles based company Sage Goddess, about the solar eclipse on August 21. With over 30 years of experience in the metaphysical space, Perrakis has spent much of her time contemplating the meaning of solar eclipses.
The main thing to know, besides the best places to watch the solar eclipse, is that eclipses are very special events that have been recorded and marked and measured by our ancestors for thousands of years. “The reason they’re so special, just in terms of the actual astronomical phenomenon, is that the sun, the moon, and the earth have to be in the exact, perfect, right line for the eclipse to occur,” she explains. “We go back sometimes to history and mythology and look at the stories that our ancestors created about why eclipses occur, and they believed it was a sign for us that we were coming to the end of a cycle and a new cycle was beginning.” So with centuries of pondering behind us, what have we determined that an eclipse means for our horoscope?
A pivotal time
Eclipses don’t just have a visual impact, but they have a great personal impact as well, according to Perrakis. “Eclipse cycles tend to run in 18-month periods,” she explains. “And so for people who are trying to understand it personally, they might want to look back first to the last solar eclipse, which happened in March of 2016. It’s going to be the end of that cycle for people. So they’re gonna say, ‘What have I learned since March 2016 until August 2017? What themes have come up for me? What challenges have come up for me?’ It’s about seeing this eclipse moment as an opportunity to change the way you’re orienting yourself to those challenges or those experiences or those lessons and themes.” An eclipse is the best time—astrologically speaking—to take stock of your life and yourself. It should be a time of reflection and learning, a time when understanding your past can give you a better concept of your future. (Your horoscope might have just changed—should you care?)