There’s always a quote from Shakespeare I want invoke for eclipse patterns. From King Lear, act I, scene 2: “These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us.”The tradition of the eclipse, what Stonehenge was built for, and that tradition of the eclipse patterns, from Chaucer to Shakespeare, and to Mark Twain, all indicate that these patterns are unsettling and potentially harmful astrological occurrences.
In the simplest form, it’s all a natural and episodic part of the Solar-Lunar cycle.
The first piece of the eclipse puzzle is understanding the greater cycles. The effect of the Sun and Moon on the tides, just as a graphic and easy-to-grasp example, that’s a starting place. As the Moon rotates around in its orbit, the effect pulls stronger at certain times, and the effect is high tides.
High tide and low tide, the gravitational effect of the Moon on large bodies of water.
The tides run greater, a larger displacement, when the Moon is full, and when the Moon is new. When I ran a bar, I noticed that liquor sales spiked upwards, greater revenue, under a full moon. Then, two, three days afterwards, there was a greater chance of having to call the cops to break up a fight.
That’s the simplest explanation of the lunar cycles. Extended, then, when the eclipse patterns unfurl?
A lunar eclipse is a super full moon, and a solar eclipse is a super new moon. The lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth gets in the way of the full moon, so that, in effect, the Sun, Earth and the Moon are all in straight line. It’s also easy to imagine that kind of energy just pulling a person apart, split in too many directions.
The solar eclipse occurs when the Moon lines up right between Earth and the Sun. It’s like a supercharged New Moon.