Eclipses are pretty major events, especially in Astrology, but that doesn't mean everyone understands the difference between a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse -- not to mention how they affect your life.
A Personal Moon report can help explain just how much the Moon affects your emotions. But in terms of eclipses, let's start with the basics: A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun.
Full Moon vs. the New Moon
With a Solar Eclipse, which can only happen at the New Moon, the shadow of the Moon is cast on the Earth and fully or partially blocks the Sun. Sometimes you can see a "ring of fire" glowing around the Solar Eclipse, but when there is a Total Eclipse of the Sun, the sky can grow dark in the middle of the day.
In Astrology, the darkness associated with a Solar Eclipse also casts a shadow on our innermost selves -- it's a time when we are reminded to turn inward, tap into our emotions and reconnect with the past. Solar Eclipses are about taking care of unfinished personal business before you can move on to new projects.
With a Lunar Eclipse, which can only occur at a Full Moon, the shadow of the Earth is cast on the Moon. This happens when the Moon passes behind the Earth and the Earth blocks the Sun's rays, so it can only happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are very closely aligned.
Lunations to spur personal growth
It's much more common to view a Lunar Eclipse because they last longer (hours as opposed to minutes) and they can be seen from anywhere on Earth where you can see the Moon. During a Lunar Eclipse the sky will be very dark, but the Moon will appear Full and luminous, with a soft orange or pinkish hue.
Just like its softer visual appearance, the Lunar Eclipse has a softer astrological effect on our emotions, too. A Lunar Eclipse is a bit less intense, as it helps you to question less and feel more ready to let go of the past, shed old fears and habits, and finally feel light enough to move forward.
To dig deeper into the meaning of each Solar Eclipse or Lunar Eclipse, you'll want to know in which sign each is taking place, as that will affect the overall forecast. But generally speaking, both Solar and Lunar Eclipses are special lunations that spur personal growth.