Lunar Eclipse of November 30, 2020

We are nearing the end of the astrological events of 2020.

For a review of these events, see:

2020 – An Earth-Shattering Year

The grand finale of this year will be the Great Conjunction of December 21, 2020. Prior to that, there are two Eclipses. The first is a small Lunar Eclipse on November 30, 2020, and the second is a Total Solar Eclipse on December 14, 2020.

The Lunar Eclipse of November 30, 2020 will be quite faint, and only a small corner of the Moon will be eclipsed. It is from a family of eclipses that is quite old.

On the other hand, this family of eclipses was involved in key moments in the founding of the United States, and this current eclipse will be visible there.

Lunar Saros Series 116

All eclipses belong to large families known as Saros Series. These are eclipses that follow the same pattern and they occur every 18 years or so. Each Saros Series has a beginning date and an end date.

For more information, see:

Eclipse Seasons and Saros Cycles, The Solar Eclipse of August 11, 2018

The coming Lunar Eclipse belongs to Lunar Saros Series 116. This series began on March 10, 993 and will continue until May 14, 2291. Even though it has over 250 years to go, this series is beginning to near the end of its life cycle. This is why the eclipse will be so small.

Total Eclipses occur when a Saros Series is in its prime of life. Saros Series 116 produced Total Lunar Eclipses between September 21, 1317 and July 11, 1786.

The last Total Lunar Eclipse in this series seemed to play a pivotal role in the formation of the United States government in its current form.

The full impact of a Total Lunar Eclipse does not reach its full impact for a time period equal to one month for every minute of totality. The Lunar Eclipse of July 11, 1786 was visible for 36 minutes, which meant its full impact would not be felt until July of 1789.

This eclipse was visible in the United States, and this three-year period marked the transition from the Articles of Confederation to the current Constitution. At the end of the three-year period, George Washington became the first president of the United States, and it was also when the Bill of Rights was written.

The French Revolution also began in July of 1789, but the Eclipse of July 11, 1789 was not visible in France, so I can not say with any confidence that it was involved with the French Revolution.

The previous Lunar Eclipse in this series was on June 30, 1768. This one was total for 68 minutes, having an impact of 5 years, 8 months. At the beginning of this period, John Hancock started to write letters calling for revolution, and the Boston Tea Party occurred on December 16, 1773, a few months before the end of the period of effect of this eclipse.

Interestingly enough, one of the organizers of the Boston Tea Party, Samuel Adams, was born at the end of the period of impact of an earlier instance of a Lunar Eclipse in this Saros Series.

This Lunar Eclipse occurred on May 29, 1714 and lasted 100 minutes. This means it was in effect for 8 years, 4 months, or until the end of September 1722. Samuel Adams was born on September 27, 1722.

Chart Analysis for the Lunar Eclipse of November 30, 2020

If this were not the chart of a Lunar Eclipse, I would see this chart as a rather nice Lunation chart. The most prominent aspects are the Moon applying to a sextile with Mars and the Sun applying to a trine with this same planet. In addition to this, Mercury is moving from a sextile with Jupiter to a sextile with Saturn.

Other than that, there really is not that much happening in this chart.

While the Saros Series was pivotal with the formation of the United States, it is well past its prime.

Despite the eclipse, I think that this will be a rather quiet couple of weeks, especially compared to the year we have been through.

Even the transits will be mild for these two weeks. We will have some Outer Planet activity, mostly involving Neptune. This may cause some confusion, but it will not be anything that cannot be easily dispelled.

The only major transit between the Traditional Planets will be when the trine between the Sun and Mars becomes exact on December 11, 2020. This should give some energy and enthusiasm for getting things done.

Conclusion and recommendations

While eclipses are always a little difficult, the Lunar Eclipse of November 30, 2020 will be about as mild as they get. It is from an older Saros Series, meaning it will be quite small. Furthermore, the chart for the eclipse is almost pleasant.

Because of this, even though this Saros Series has been involved in some key periods of United States history, I do not think that we will be seeing any major changes in the way things are usually done in the next couple of weeks in this country.

Even though this will be a mild eclipse, if you are in the path of the eclipse, I still recommend NOT looking at it and closing your shades. I explain why in the video below:

3 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse of November 30, 2020

  1. Hi Cynthia,
    I loved this combined text and video post. It’s great being able to read, savor, enjoy, and re-read your posts (I get the emails), and this video had some wonderful complementary info. Really appreciated the historical references, too.

    Last night I prepped for the Lunar Eclipse by lowering our kitchen shades and asking my husband to be sure the curtains were closed in his office. I even went out to our van and blocked off the windows. All of this was with the full intention to block out dark or harmful energy. For whatever reason, this morning feels very peaceful and quiet. Very interesting.

    I think I found you sometime in 2018, at a challenging time for me, and I’ve enjoyed reading your sensible and practical posts since then. Plus, your 2019 & 2020 ‘year ahead’ guides have been both accurate and helpful roadmaps. Thank you.

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