Some people still seem to view eclipses with alarm and to consider them to exert dangerous influences on events. But are they really harbingers of doom? The ancients feared them because they seemed to have the power to black out the moon or in the case of solar eclipses, to momentarily plunge the world into darkness.

In the earliest astrological texts eclipses really were described as evil portents, usually signifying the death of kings who would be overcome by usurpers (the symbolism here, of course, is obvious). But today the majority of astrologers think of eclipses in quite a different way–as activators of points they set off in individual horoscopes or markers that depict time frames.

Eclipses occur several times a year in pairs. A solar eclipse will generally be followed by a lunar eclipse and if either one falls within 5 degrees of a planet or the cusp of an angle in the horoscope (normally by conjunction, though oppositions are also considered) the effect is said to bring attention and activity to that planetary placement and what it represents. What’s more, these effects are reputed to last several years in the case of solar eclipses (months in the case of lunar eclipses) and the duration is based on the actual  length of the eclipse.

The total lunar eclipse of April 4, 2015 occurs at 14 degrees of Libra and is connected within a degree to the lunar eclipse that occurred on October 8th, 2014 which happened when the Sun was 15 degrees of Libra and the Moon was 15 degrees of Aries. This shows that events on those two different dates are somehow linked and that they would activate the same issues which would come up on the first eclipse and be resolved on the following one.

Prenatal eclipses–those that occurred within six months preceding birth–are also said to pinpoint sensitive points in individual horoscopes that remain active throughout a life time. But these points aren’t particularly negative or anything to get in to a panic about.  In fact the way eclipses are now viewed in astrology makes them an intriguing phenomena for study and for observation rather than frightening events that prompt us to run for cover.