Astronomy deals with all the aspects of celestial bodies while Astrology studies the positions of the planets, the moon and the sun especially their influence in human affairs. Since ancient times, the celestial bodies played a big part in individuals and communities. Not only did the positions of these heavenly bodies used to tell the passage of time, but they were also believed to foretell events and serve as a guide for the people. Today, Astrology is consulted especially when making important decisions like when starting a new business or in matchmaking. Behaviour and compatibility are taken into consideration especially when star signs are affected by the different celestial events happening each year.
Celestial events change the energy in the environment, which affects the behaviour of individuals. We are not talking about those misconceptions like the blood moon being a time where evil spirits awaken as the veil between worlds open and a dark shadow befalls upon the earth, or that the full moon triggers werewolf transformations.
While these misconceptions are untrue, celestial events have been scientifically proven to have significant influences on the energy on earth, which can yield various possibilities for us. Here are the celestial events happening in 2021 in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC):
A Full Moon happens when the orbit of the earth is directly aligned in between the sun and the moon, illuminating the whole phase of the moon which can be seen on earth. It is during this period that the moon shines at its brightest and then gradually decreases at it leaves the shadow of the earth. As the earth is directly in between the sun and the moon, the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun affects earth’s waters, moving it in the same direction, creating king tides. In popular culture, the Roman Goddess, Luna is inspired by the full moon. It is also from here that the term lunatic was created due to various illnesses associated during this period.
The full moon can cause some disruption and result in erratic behaviour, stress, or tiredness. You may find yourself feeling more anxious during a full moon. According to research, a full moon keeps people up at night, leading to sleep deprivation and tiredness.
Dates: January 28, February 27, March 28, April 27, May 26, June 24, July 24, August 22, September 20, October 20, November 19, December 19
A New Moon happens when the moon is directly aligned in the middle of the sun and the earth. During this period, the moon will not be visible on earth as it faces the same side as the sun, giving it another name, the Invisible Moon. The glare from the sun will obscure the light of the moon making it easier to see the neighbouring celestial bodies and other celestial phenomena from the earth. Since the moon and the sun is directly aligned with the earth, the gravitational forces of the sun and the moon will affect that on earth, creating spring tides. The new moon also marks the start of a new calendar in different cultures and religions, taking into consideration that the first crescent of the moon appears during this period, after being in conjunction with the sun.
How does the new moon affect our behaviour? Studies show that we tend to become more calm and reflective during a new moon. We use the time to look inward and think about what we want in our life and set intentions to get it. The self-assessment often leads to a fresh start and life changes.
Dates: January 13, February 11, March 13, April 12, May 11, June 10, July 10, August 8, September 7, October 6, November 4, December 4
Supermoon & Micromoon
A Supermoon occurs when the moon orbits closest to earth, making it very visible and appear large on earth. A supermoon can only be a new moon or a full moon in perigee since to be a supermoon, the position of the moon must be closest to earth either in between the earth and the sun or in opposite locations. Though this is the case, a new moon is not popularly known as a supermoon since even though the moon is close to the earth, it is not illuminated, still making it very hard to be visible in the sky. On the other hand, a Micromoon happens when the moon is in apogee or orbits the farthest from the earth. This makes the moon appear smaller and less bright compared to an ordinary day. Since the supermoon and the micromoon is also a new moon and a full moon, this also affects the gravitation pull on the earth, creating spring or king tides.
Some studies found a link between a supermoon and human reproduction, like fertility and birth rates, but others did not. This means that the effect of supermoon and micromoon on human behaviour is still to be tested.
Supermoon Dates: April 27, May 26, June 24
Micromoon Dates: Micro New Moon (May 12), Micro Full Moon (November 19), Micro Full Moon (December 19)
A Blue Moon is a rare occurrence and refers to the second full moon in a single month. Coincidentally, during this period, blue moons that have been recorded before, appear to have a hue of blue, giving it its popular name, the blue moon. According to scientists, not all second full moons of the month appear blue since this would depend on the atmospheric condition at the time. Generally, any full moon that happens rarely, just like the third full moon in a season, is also called a blue moon since this these only happen depending on the number of days in the lunar calendar.
Despite the fact that a Blue Moon doesn’t occur often, its impact on human behaviour is believed to be similar to the impact of a full moon.
Date: August 22
An Eclipse happens when any celestial body directly or partially comes across the shadow of another celestial body in its orbit. A solar eclipse happens when the moon aligns with the sun and seemingly covers its view when the moon is positioned between the sun and the earth. On the other hand, a lunar eclipse happens when the earth aligns with the sun and filters the sun rays passing through the earth as it is positioned in between the sun and the moon, making the moon look red. During this period, which usually lasts about 2 hours or so, the sky will turn red due to the colour of the moon, that is why a lunar eclipse is also called the blood moon. Scientific studies also found that eclipses also influence animal behaviour just as the energy during an eclipse can cause an imbalance to human hormones as the eclipse is happening. Eclipses also have a significant effect on the earth’s atmosphere which affects the different energies present on earth.
Many people believe that rare occurrences such as solar eclipse has psychological effects on humans. Research found that an eclipse can increase agitation, unusual dreams, sudden bursts of creativity, and even relationship difficulties during a solar eclipse.
Dates: Total Lunar Eclipse (May 26), Annular Solar Eclipse (June 10), Partial Lunar Eclipse (November 19), Total Solar Eclipse (December 4)
The Solstice marks the change in the sun’s direction, rising from east to north of the east and then setting from west to north of the west. The solstice depends on the equator, winter solstice on the northern hemisphere would be a summer solstice on the southern hemisphere and vice versa. The summer solstice marks the brightest and the longest day of the year while the winter solstice has the darkest and shortest day of the year. The solstice is very important in many cultures since it serves as a transition period. One of the most popular festivals dedicated to the solstice is the erected Stonehenge in England that shows the sun rising above the Heel stone during the summer solstice.
Solstice has been found to have a significant impact on human behaviour. Some people struggle with seasonal changes and may develop the seasonal affective disorder, which is a type of clinical depression. High temperatures are believed to increase conflicts and violence.
Dates: June Solstice (June 21), December Solstice (December 21)
The Equinox marks the period where the sun crosses the equator, making night and day almost equal in length. Happening in between the solstices, the equinox marks a transition to the spring and fall season. The March Equinox also marks the start of the tropical year or the time it takes the earth to orbit the sun. Festivals are celebrated by different cultures in different parts of the world to commemorate last season and to welcome the new one. One of the most popular celebrations of the equinox remembers Persephone’s return to the underworld whose festival also happen within the season. Another celebration is the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated on the Harvest Moon or the day where the full moon is closest to the September Equinox.
Similar to Solstice, equinox also has a huge impact on human mood and behaviour.
Dates: March Equinox (March 20), September Equinox (September 22)
Greatest Elongation and Opposition
A planet at Greatest Elongation from the sun makes it easier to see on earth. The greatest elongation refers to the greatest angle created when a planet is farthest from the sun. When viewed on earth, this places a planet on an angle that makes it most visible in the sky since the farther it is from the sun, the slower it moves, making it visible for a long time on earth. On the other hand, outer planets in our solar system are most visible during an Opposition when the earth is passing in between the sun and the planet and orbiting at its closest distance.
Greatest Elongation Dates: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation (January 24), Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation (March 6), Venus at Greatest Western Elongation (March 20), Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation (May 17), Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation (July 4), Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation (September 14), Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation (October 25), Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation (October 29)
Opposition Dates: Saturn at Opposition (August 2), Jupiter at Opposition (August 19), Neptune at Opposition (September 14), Uranus at Opposition (November 5)
A Meteor Shower occurs when debris from asteroids and comets orbiting the sun, heats up they enter the earth’s atmosphere, creating a shower of meteors as they descend from the sky. Meteors that enter earth can affect the atmospheric temperature of its surrounding when it is large enough. Its size and weight can also cause an impact on its surroundings and the ecosystems in it when the meteor eventually crashes on the ground or in water. The meteor showers are named after the constellations where the rocks fall from.
Dates: Quadrantids Meteor Shower (January 2, 3), Lyrids (April 22, 23), Eta Aquarids (May 6, 7), Delta Auqarids (July 28, 29), Perseids (August 12, 13), Draconids (October 7), Orionids (October 21, 22), Taurids (November 4, 5), Leonids (November 17, 18), Greminids (December 13, 14), Ursids (December 21, 22)
All these celestial events affect our environment especially in terms of changes to gravity and electromagnetism. These in turn affect our energy and respond to our environment differently. Depending on the position of these heavenly bodies, each zodiac will have a different response – some may be more sensitive to the energy around them and be emotionally or physically tired, while others may be more energetic and creative during these periods.