A total solar eclipse will occur on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 3:16pm Eastern Time. However, it will not be observable from North America, which is probably why you haven’t seen much hype about it in the US. The total solar eclipse will be visible just before sunset from small parts of Chile and Argentina; other parts of South America and the Pacific may be able to view a partial solar eclipse. Whether you can see the event or not is irrelevant to the magickal opportunity this moment presents. Eclipses are always energetic gateway events, and my witchy senses tell me that this one is going to provide a Hard Reboot to consciousness where Cancer rules, in the realm of family, home, tradition and creativity.
Science: For solar eclipse to occur, four things must happen
- It must be the moment of Dark Moon, when the Moon passes between the earth and the sun. This is often referred to as “New Moon,” though I really wish they wouldn’t. From Earth we see the dark side of the moon, blocking out the sunlight. The moon then casts a shadow across some part of the earth which we call an Umbra, or Penumbra.
- The moon is at or near a lunar node, which means it is very close to one of the two points where the orbital planes meet. Some degree of Solar eclipse happens 2-5 times per year. If it weren’t for the 5º angle of the Moon’s orbital path around Earth, we would have an eclipse at every full and dark moon. But because of the varying angles of the orbital planes of earth, moon and sun, they only intersect perfectly for a total eclipse a little less than once a year.
- There is a perfect syzygy alignment of Sun–>Moon–>Earth. Syzygy is what we call that straight alignment between astronomical bodies.
- Moon is near perigee, or at a closest point to earth on her elliptical orbit. (The furthest point is called apogee.)