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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

Compiled by Julene Packer-Louis, Evan Bortnick, and Jackie Goldstein

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The total or partial blocking of light from one heavenly body by another. Also called "occultation." Solar Eclipses occur when the Moon is between the Sun and Earth. Lunar Eclipses occur when the Earth is between the Sun and Moon, thus blocking the Sun's light from the Moon.

Traditionally, the influence of an eclipse has been regarded as negative, however, contemporary astrologers tend to see an eclipse as emphasizing the affairs of the house in which it occurs and many astrologers currently refer back to the origin or Saros Series of the eclipse in question to determine what sort of influence it will have.

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