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Lunar Eclipse – 15 May 2022

The Lunar Eclipse of 15 may 2022 is a Total Lunar Eclipse. During a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Sun and Moon are exactly opposite each side of the Earth. The darkest part of Earth’s shadow (umbra) is cast upon the entire Moon but some Sunlight still reaches the Moon. The sunlight filters out most of the blue light from the Earth’s atmosphere when this happens and the Moon appears to be red. This is known as a Blood Moon.

Total, partial and penumbral lunar eclipse diagram
Diagram Source: Luca, Lunar eclipse, modified, CC0 1.0

The website TimeandDate.com says this eclipse “Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: South/West Europe, South/West Asia, Africa, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

The Total Lunar Eclipse will be occurring at 25° Scorpio 17′. The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse degree is 26° Scorpio – “Indians making camp.

All dates in this article are in USA Central Standard Time (CST) unless otherwise specified.

When is the May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse happening?

  • 9:14 pm Sunday, 15 May 2022 in Los Angeles, California (PDT)
  • 10:14 pm Sunday, 15 May 2022 in Denver, Colorado (MDT)
  • 11:14 pm Sunday, 15 May 2022 in Chicago, Illinois (CDT)
  • 12:14 am Monday, 16 May 2022 in New York, New York (EDT)
  • 5:14 am Monday, 16 May 2022 in London, UK (BST)
  • 6:14 am Monday, 16 May 2022 in Berlin, Germany (CEDT)
  • 7:14 am Monday, 16 May 2022 in Athens, Greece (EEDT)
  • 9:44 am Monday, 16 May 2022 in New Delhi, India (IST)
  • 12:14 pm Monday, 16 May 2022 in Singapore, Singapore (AWST)
  • 2:14 pm Monday, 16 May 2022 in Brisbane, Australia (AEST)
  • 4:14 pm Monday, 16 May 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand (NZT)

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs at the time of a Full Moon (Sun and Moon opposite each other/ 180 degrees apart). When the Sun, Earth, and Moon are all in alignment during a Full Moon, and the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, a lunar eclipse occurs. It is safe to look at lunar eclipses. 

Lunar eclipse diagram
Diagram Source: NASA

Full Moons are traditionally a time of completion, harvest, or culmination. A lunar eclipse amplifies the full Moon’s power and may bring sudden change or bring something that has been hidden out in the open. Lunar eclipses tend to be associated with endings, more emotional and focused on change from within.

You are unlikely to feel the full impact of this eclipse unless you have natal or secondary progressed planets that closely aspect the eclipse degree (25° Scorpio 17′).

Astrology Chart for the 15 May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse

Astrology chart for the Total Lunar Eclipse of 15 May 2022
Astrology chart for the Total Lunar Eclipse of 15 May 2022, set for Chicago, Illinois, USA

Astrological conditions of the 15 May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse

The Total Lunar Eclipse takes place at 25° Scorpio 17′. The Moon is said to be in fall in Scorpio, meaning that it is not able to comfortably carry out the significations of the Moon. Also perhaps complicating matters, is that the Sun (opposite the Moon) is very close to the degree of the fixed star Algol (associated with the Medusa, and losing your head). 

The planet Mars rules Scorpio in traditional astrology, and so it is the ruler of this Lunar Eclipse. Mars is in the mutual water sign of Pisces, and in his own triplicity, bound and face. This gives Mars some essential dignity, empowering Mars to stride ahead, take action and act courageously. 

Mars is trine (a positive helpful aspect) the Lunar Eclipse degree, so this should help matters somewhat. Mars is also sextile the Sun. This should energize Mars to do what is needed with regard to what may be revealed or exposed during this Lunar Eclipse.

However, Mars is conjunct Neptune at this time and Neptune can tend to sap some of the natural energy of Mars. It could also mean that Mars pushes itself too far, too soon, as the fog of Neptune blinds it to its limits.

The blending of Neptune and Mars can make for a spiritual or idealistic urge to the Mars drive for action. Negatively expressed it could lead to martyrdom. 

The South Node is with the Moon, so this is a South Node Lunar Eclipse. South Node Lunar Eclipses can mean that we need to deal with matters from the past before moving forward, or ahead with our plans. 

Saturn, the greater malefic squares the eclipse degree, which may bring delays, set-backs and just the general feeling of running up against a brick wall. Saturn loves to say no.  

Saturn is also square the North and South Node, a placement said to be the “bendings of the nodes”.  Planets at the bendings of the nodes can signify a crisis of some type. As Saturn is more than 2° away from making the square to the nodes, perhaps this will not be too severe. 

Wrapping matters up, we have Mercury, which is currently retrograde. When Mercury is retrograde, matters tend to be prone to delays, mix-ups and misunderstandings. 

With the two malefics (Mars and Saturn) making close aspects to this Lunar Eclipse, the Moon in the sign of its fall, and opposed by the fixed star Algol, I am anticipating that this is not going to be an overly joyful eclipse.

Mars is quite strong at this time, but may not know or realize its limitations. Saturn is in a sign that it rules, and therefore strong as well. Saturn is there to slow things down, and set boundaries. 

For those with natal planets or chart points closely aspecting the eclipse degree, there may be endings that are quite sobering. Unexpected matters may arise or be revealed, but they may be limiting in some way.

For all that there may be a strong desire to push through, to bulldoze the path ahead, it may just not be possible. At least for right now. Patience may be what is needed at this time. 

What the 15 May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse means for you

First, you need to discover where the Total Lunar Eclipse is occurring in your natal chart. When you know which natal house the eclipse degree is in, reading the relevant information for that natal house below will indicate where you might expect sudden changes. These might also be the areas of your life where new beginnings or hidden situations are brought to light.  

Not all eclipses are likely to strongly affect you. The eclipse degree usually needs to be making a close aspect to a planet in your natal or secondary progressed chart for it to really be felt. See the section below on sensitive degrees for the July 2020 Lunar Eclipse to see if you are likely to be strongly impacted. 

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Sensitive degrees for the 15 May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse

Zodiac degrees conjunct, opposite & square the Lunar Eclipse

Those with natal or secondary progressed planets at 23° to 27° of Scorpio and Taurus are likely to feel this eclipse’s effects more than others as these degrees are conjunct and opposite the eclipse degree.

Those with natal or secondary progressed planets at 23° to 27° of Leo and Aquarius may significantly feel an impact. These positions will square the eclipse degree.

Squares and oppositions are said to be hard or challenging aspects. If you have natal or secondary progressed Venus or Jupiter being squared by the eclipse degree, the changes you experience may be positive but possibly short-lived. 

Zodiac degrees sextile or trine the Lunar Eclipse

Those with natal or secondary progressed planets at  23° to 27° of Virgo, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer may feel some impact of the eclipse. These positions are sextile and trine the eclipse degree. Sextiles and trines are helpful and easy aspects, so potentially any changes will be good ones.

Zodiac degrees inconjunct the Lunar Eclipse

Those with natal or secondary progressed planets at  23° to 27° of Aries and Gemini may find that they feel some impact of the eclipse. These positions are quincunx the eclipse degree, and quincunxes often ask us to make adjustments of some kind.

The May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse through the natal houses

Scorpio Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 1st house

The 1st house is associated with you, your body, your appearance, and how you appear to others. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

If your ascendant is close to 23° to 27° Scorpio, the lunar eclipse’s impact may be more prominent or evident as it will be very close to the eclipse degree. If you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 or 84 years of age, there is an even more substantial possibility of this Lunar Eclipse affecting you.  

Libra Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 2nd house

The 2nd house is associated with your income, finances, and possessions. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

Virgo Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 3rd house

The 3rd house is associated with siblings, early education, short educational courses, general communications, local neighborhood, and day-to-day travel. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

Leo Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 4th house

The 4th house is associated with your family, particularly your parents, home, homeland, and real estate. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

As Leo is the sign square this lunar eclipse degree, the impacts of this eclipse might be more evident than those with other ascendants. If your ascendant is close to 23° to 27° Leo, this is even more applicable. If you are 15, 27, 39, 51, 63, 75, or 87 years old, there is an even more substantial possibility of this Lunar Eclipse affecting you.  

Cancer Ascendants – Lunar Eclipse in the 5th house

The 5th house is associated with your children, creativity, romance, and what you do for fun. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

Gemini Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 6th house

The 6th house is associated with your health and fitness, daily routines, pets, and work, especially in connection to those that you work with or work for you. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

Taurus Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 7th house

The 7th house is associated with close one-on-one relationships, such as romantic or business partners and close friends. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

As Taurus is the sign opposite this eclipse degree, the impacts of this eclipse might be more prominent or evident than for those with other ascendants. This is even more applicable if your ascendant is close to 23° to 27° Taurus. If you are 18, 30, 42, 54, 66, 78, or 90 years old, there is an even more substantial possibility of this Lunar Eclipse affecting you.  

Aries Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 8th house

The 8th house is associated with shared finances and possessions. This can include shared funds with partners, inheritances, taxation, insurances, and loans from institutions. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

Pisces Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 9th house

The 9th house is associated with expanding our horizons through long-distance travel, foreigners, other cultures, higher education, religion, philosophy, publishing, and the law. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

Aquarius Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 10th house

The 10th house is associated with your career and public reputation, honors, and infamy. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

As Aquarius is the sign square this eclipse degree, the impacts of this eclipse might be more prominent or evident than for those with other ascendants. If your ascendant is close to 23° to 27° Aquarius, this is even more applicable. If you are 21, 33, 45, 57, 69, 81, or 93 years old, there is an even more substantial possibility of this Lunar Eclipse affecting you.  

Capricorn Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 11th house

The 11th house is associated with groups, friends, organizations, and your hopes and dreams. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

Sagittarius Ascendant – Lunar Eclipse in the 12th house

The 12th house is associated with hidden and secret matters as well as places of confinement and seclusion. This can also relate to addictions, our undoing, or illnesses. A Lunar Eclipse in this natal house may have sudden changes, endings, culminations, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.

Possible trigger dates for the 15 May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse

News or events related to the eclipse effect may reach you in the week leading up to or after the eclipse date (8 to 22 May 2022). One month before or after the eclipse date may also indicate the eclipse’s intentions (15 April to 15 June 2022). 

If you have a natal planet at 23° to 27° of any sign, when that planet crosses over your angles (Ascendant, Descendant, IC, or Midheaven) may bring important news or events.

Mars (planet of action) and Saturn (related to karma) sometimes activate eclipse degrees when they aspect the degree by conjunction or opposition.

Transiting Mars dates

Mars opposite exact eclipse degree 12 August 2022.

Mars square exact eclipse degree 2 July 2023

Mars conjunct exact eclipse degree 17 November 2023

Transiting Saturn dates 

Saturn stations retrograde at 25° Aquarius 14′ on 2 June 2022 (within 3′ of being square to the exact degree).

Saturn square exact eclipse degree 26 January 2023.

Saturn opposes the exact eclipse degree 25 April 2030

Lynda

Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, I have had a fascination with astrology since I was a child. Currently studying Hellenistic Astrology and incorporating it with modern astrology.