Have you ever decided to quit your job all of a sudden for a totally new industry? Or stayed with someone you were dating for months and one day just woke up thinking it’s time to break up with them? There might be an astrological reason for that.
If you’ve ever wondered why there are certain periods of time when you feel like everything in your life is changing, an eclipse may have been the cause.
Eclipses happen in a set of two opposite signs for a period of about one and a half to two years. In 2023, we’re entering the Aries/Libra eclipse series, but there are also a couple of eclipses in the previous Taurus/Scorpio set. This is pretty normal—eclipses will often overlap when they’re switching over into new signs. We had the first Aries eclipse on April 19, and the Aries/Libra series will last until March of 2025, so settle in because we’ll be here for a while.
When are the next eclipses?
- October 14, 2023: Solar eclipse in Libra
- October 28, 2023: Lunar eclipse in Taurus
- March 25, 2024: Lunar eclipse in Libra
- April 8, 2024: Solar Eclipse in Aries
- October 2, 2024: Solar Eclipse in Libra
Why are eclipses a big deal?
Eclipses are basically like supercharged new and full moons. New and full moons happen every month, so they’re more frequent than eclipses. When there’s a new moon, you can expect beginnings in different areas of your life, while you could have something end or come to a close around full moons. You’ll experience the same effects with eclipses, just ramped up.
Whenever an eclipse happens, you’ll see serious changes in the area of your life (based on your birth chart) where that eclipse is occurring. That’s part of the reason why some years are all about work, others are all about dating, and others are focused on money issues.
Eclipses often speed things up, and they’ll push you in the direction you should be going. For example, if you’ve been stuck at a job where you’re miserable for months when an eclipse comes around, you could get laid off or suddenly decide to quit, giving you the opportunity to find a job you actually like.
Which signs will be most affected by these eclipses?
The signs most affected by the upcoming Aries/Libra series are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, aka the cardinal signs. This doesn’t just mean people who have those as their sun sign. It includes anyone with a lot of those signs in their chart, and especially those with personal planets or their ascendant (rising sign) in Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. (As a reminder, the personal planets are Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, and Mercury.)
And since there are two eclipses to finish up the Taurus/Scorpio series this year, the people most affected last year will still feel the effects strongly: Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, and Aquarius.
But even if you don’t have a lot of planets in those signs in your birth chart, you’ll still feel the impact of these eclipses. Keep reading to find out what each zodiac sign can expect for the next year and a half during the eclipses in Aries and Libra.
PSA: If you’re wondering why the signs are combined, it’s because each sign is grouped with its opposite sign. Opposite signs (like Taurus and Scorpio or Leo and Aquarius) are located across from each other on the zodiac wheel, and they’ll be experiencing the same themes because the eclipses are moving through the same parts of their birth charts.
How the eclipses will affect your zodiac sign
Aries & Libra
With the eclipses moving into your sign, you’ll be experiencing a lot of personal change. You might find a new hobby you enjoy or develop an interest in something completely new. You could evolve your sense of style or decide to try a totally different haircut—you might not even recognize yourself at the end of it. The eclipses will also impact your close relationships. This could mean becoming engaged or married or getting into a serious relationship. Or if you’ve been having doubts or issues with your significant other, you might decide to break up with them. You could also be doing some soul-searching to figure out what you want your ideal partner to be like.
Taurus & Scorpio
We’re finishing up the eclipses in your sign, so rather than dealing with your relationships with others, you’ll be shifting your focus inward. You might start going to therapy or take up a meditation or journaling practice to improve your mental health. You’ll be getting more comfortable with being alone and not always having plans. Work/life balance and developing healthier habits might become really important to you, too. Even if you usually order in every night and rarely step foot in a gym, you could feel the urge to try a new recipe or exercise class.
Gemini & Sagittarius
Lucky you—the Aries and Libra eclipses are falling in the parts of your birth chart associated with fun, creativity, romance, and community. You’ll have a lot of opportunities to network and meet people, and you’ll probably wind up with some new friends. You could start dating someone who gives you butterflies, or you might decide to keep things casual and just have fun with dating. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. You could lose some friends during this time, too, but it will likely be people who you’ve outgrown and who were already on their way out of your life anyway. If you’re in a relationship and considering starting a family, you might get pregnant or begin planning for a baby during this time.
Cancer & Capricorn
Home and family will be important to you during these eclipses. You might be making a major move to a new city or state, or you could be saving up to buy your own place. Even if you’re not moving, you’ll probably still have changes going on with your home, whether it’s renovating or redecorating. You could be prioritizing time with family or getting back to your roots by visiting where your ancestors lived. You can expect lots of action in your career, too. You might be entirely rethinking your career path or trying to find a new position. If you don’t plan on leaving your current job, you might get a promotion or have shifts going on with your team.
Leo & Aquarius
Get your thinking cap on because the Aries and Libra eclipses will be all about reading, learning, and exploring. If you’ve been mulling over going to grad school, you could start looking at schools or certificate programs. Or you might want to audit a class just for fun and to learn something new. If you haven’t been reading much in the past few years, you might suddenly become a bookworm. You might even do some creative writing or journaling as a hobby, and if you already write, there could be an opportunity to get your work published. Travel will be a big theme for you, too. You’ll definitely be feeling the wanderlust and will want to jet off every chance you get.
Virgo & Pisces
You might decide to become a full-on entrepreneur and turn your side hustle or hobby into a full-time gig during the Libra/Aries eclipses. Money will be a prominent theme, and you could be combining finances with your partner or trying to be better at budgeting. If you’ve made any investments in the past, you might earn money from them, too, or you might start dipping your toe into the stock market. You’ll also be reconsidering what you consider to be valuable. You could decide to stop spending money on cheap items, like clothes and accessories, and start focusing on higher quality pieces that will last for a long time. Aside from money, you could take an interest in psychology and occult subjects, like astrology.