Tokyo annular solar eclipse 2012
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Whether you’re well-versed in the language of Astrology, or are just learning about the ancient art, you’ve probably been hearing about “eclipse season” for the past week or two. And although this seems like a new age buzz term, it is actually an accurate description of our current astrological state — and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

We got the low-down on what eclipse season is, what it means, and how we can use it to our advantage from astrologer extraordinaire Amelia Quint. Besides running her own platform, The Midheaven, Amelia also writes horoscopes for Rookie, MyDomaine, and The Coveteur (so it’s safe to say she knows astrology).

Read on to see how you can benefit from the potent energetic portal known as eclipse season.

We are currently smack dab in the middle of eclipse season, thanks to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse that happened on February 10th, which will be followed by the New Moon Solar Eclipse on February 26th. A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth’s shadow blocks the Sun’s light, while a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, blocking the Sun’s light. Every month, we experience the ups and downs that come with the Moons 28-day cycle — think about the tides or your period — and eclipses are like a giant magnifying glass for this energy.

So what does this mean for you? Quite literally, that things are going to change. Whether it’s an unexpected opportunity, a new adventure, or a sudden ending (aka something getting “eclipsed” out of your life), this season is all about transformation. And how you navigate this change can depend on where the eclipse is in your personal birth chart, which you can calculate here.

Eclipses are major energetic milestones for us, and if we work with their energy instead of against it, they can really help guide us in our own personal growth. Amelia says you’ll be able to feel the energy of the eclipses for a week leading up to the season, as well as for the following month. Mark the days of the eclipses on your calendar, note who you meet or any special interactions you have, how you feel, and what happens.

With that as your mantra, go take the world! The cosmos are forever working in your highest favor, no matter what it seems like. But by knowing more about the energies of the cosmic climate, like eclipse season, you have an arsenal of spiritual tools you can use to help make the most of it.

Be intentional, be curious, and go forth with stardust under your belt. You got this.