The bulk of articles that are available on eclipses mainly discuss the worldly impact of these potent lunations. And, you will notice the news explode during eclipse season. In this post, I am going to bring eclipses down to the personal level by exploring the meaning of eclipses in the personal houses of the horoscope.
If you do not have a copy of your horoscope, you can get one from astro.com. You can enter your data, and the site will generate one for you.
I want to begin with a bit of general information about houses. Houses are the 12 stages of life in the chart that cover everything from your personal identity to your relationships, and everything in between. Now, you will notice that some of the houses in your horoscope do not have planets in them, and that is ok, each house has a ruler based on the sign on the house cusp. You can look to the house the ruler is in to get further information about the eclipse.
Since the bulk of my work involves natal astrology for life coaching, I am going to gear this article towards self-improvement and using an eclipse as a tool. Remember, eclipses are potent lunar phases, meaning they are still New and Full Moons. New Moons reflect new beginnings, new opportunities, planting new seeds, and the beginning of a new cycle; whereas Full Moons reflect things that come to a culmination or climax, revelations of circumstances that are hidden from view, and the completion of a cycle. So, not surprisingly, eclipse seasons can be a powerful month for intention and magical work.
Before we begin, I want to let you know that eclipse cycles have a 19-year span. So, an exercise you can do to see the themes of this eclipse for you is to look at what was happening in your life 19 years ago. The themes will repeat themselves, even though the events may be different.
Now, let’s dive in…
The first house of the chart is all about you. It is the way you look at the world and the way you want to be seen by others. An eclipse in the 1st house is going to color your identity for the next six months, and you may need to embrace the general themes of the eclipse. If this is the solar eclipse that lands in the first house, then you will want to start new things, create a new you, or reinvent yourself. If this is the lunar eclipse in the 1st house, then you may be forced to change some things about yourself that are no longer working or are causing you pain and discomfort.
Second House: The second house of the chart is about money and resources. Money is a symbol of what we value, and the things that we spend our money on can often reveal where our priorities are. An eclipse in the 2nd house is going to highlight your values. If this is the solar eclipse that lands in the 2nd house, then new financial opportunities, new investments, and new resources are on the way. If this is the lunar eclipse that happens in your 2nd house, then you may need to look at how you are spending your money and managing your resources.
Third House: The third house of the chart is about ideas. This house reflects how you formulate your thoughts and how you implement them into the world. So, an eclipse in the 3rd house is going to highlight your intellectual capacity and your ability to voice opinions to others. If this is the solar eclipse that lands in the 3rd house, then new ideas and education may be your focus over the next six months. If this is the lunar eclipse, then you may need to re-evaluate the way you think and how you express your opinions to the people around you. Since the 3rd house also deals with siblings, issues surrounding your brothers and sisters may surface.
Fourth House: The fourth house is about your home and family. This house describes your early childhood and relationship with one of your parents, usually the father. If this is the solar eclipse that lands in your 4th house, it is a great time for remodeling, redecorating, or even making a real estate purchase. If it is the lunar eclipse, then past familial issues that are unresolved could ripen and need to be dealt with to clear up matters once and for all.
Fifth House: The fifth house of the chart is about love, appreciation, your ability to shine and be an individual, and your ability to experience happiness in your life. If the solar eclipse lands in your 5th house, it’s time to bring new experiences into your life that add to your personal joy and make you feel that life is worth living. If it’s the lunar eclipse in your 5th house, then you need to focus on the things in your life that are not making you happy and are adding to your personal misery, and ultimately letting them go. Since the 5th house also rules children, issues surrounding your children, real or potential, or a child, in general, may surface over the next six months.
Sixth House: The sixth house has to do with day-to-day living, the rituals, and ways you manage your life. An eclipse in the 6th house can reflect that there are areas of your life that need to be repaired or managed more effectively. If this is the solar eclipse in your 6th house, then it’s a great time to begin a new diet, focus on a healthier way of life, and even taking on new hobbies. If this is the lunar eclipse in your 6th house, old ways of living may no longer be effective, and you may need to make some changes. Since the 6th house also has to do with jobs, issues surrounding your work could be highlighted.
Seventh House: The seventh house has to do with your relationships, not only who you love, but people you are partnered to, and even people that you loathe. An eclipse in the 7th house will bring your relationships front and center for good or ill. If this is the solar eclipse in the 7th house, then opportunities to build new relationships and connections to new people may surface. If this is the lunar eclipse, then you may need to let go of relationships that are no longer working for you.
Eighth House: In traditional astrology, the eighth house is the house of death and taxes. However, modernly, we interpret the eighth as the house of crisis and change. An eclipse in the 8th house will often bring endings to situations in your life that have been stagnant or that you have refused to change despite knowing that you should. If this is the solar eclipse in the 8th house, opportunities for renewal and transformation will be highlighted. If it’s the lunar eclipse, you may need to look at your self-defeating behaviors and transform them into something useful to you.
Ninth House: The 9th house is about beliefs and higher education. If an eclipse happens in the 9th house, then you may be interested in new forms of learning or expanding your mindset. If this is a solar eclipse in the 9th, then new opportunities for education, workshops, and belief systems are on the menu. If this is the lunar eclipse, then you may need to look at how your current beliefs are serving you or whether they are limiting your growth. Since the 9th house is the house of teachers, you could find new people entering your life that will play a powerful role in the formulation of your beliefs.
Tenth House: The tenth house has to do with our vocation and our reputations. An eclipse in the 10th house often brings us face to face with people that have authority over us and affect the way we present ourselves in the outer world. If this is the solar eclipse, you may need to look at your attitude towards the authority figures in your life because your relationship with them may define you in the eyes of others. If this is the lunar eclipse, then you may need to do some reputation repair or try to repair work relationships that may have been damaged over time. Since the 10th house does have to do with your career, this could be a point where a new career path or opportunities is presented to you.
Eleventh House: The eleventh house is the house of the group. An eclipse in the 11th opens us up to people we have in our lives that are bonded to us through an idea or like-minded attitudes. If this is the solar eclipse in the 11th, then new opportunities to expand your social circle or network may be a good thing to focus on in the next six months. If this is the lunar eclipse, then it may be time to let go of groups and organizations that are no longer of use to you. If people don’t make you feel good, then it is time to move on. Since the 11th house is also the house of friends, then issues regarding your current friendships could surface.
Twelfth House: The twelfth house is the house of self-undoing. An eclipse in the 12th house reflects unconscious issues that may be controlling or creating chaos in your life. However, since the 12th house is connected to the collective unconscious, it’s a potential reservoir of intense creativity. If this is the solar eclipse landing in your 12th house, then new creative expression is possible, and you may want to find a medium (such as art or music) to channel your inspirations. If this is the lunar eclipse, then it is time to let go of the past that may be unconsciously holding you back and begin to create new patterns that are more viable in your life.
That’s it for this post. Make sure you check out my post on Eclipsed Planets!