Could the penumbral lunar eclipse be a bad omen for King Charles's coronation?

King Charles's coronation coincides with a lunar eclipse...

The moon is seen during a penumbral lunar eclipse in Skopje, on May 16, 2022 AND Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reads the Queen's speech next to her Imperial State Crown in the House of Lords Chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 10, 2022 in London, England. The State Opening of Parliament formally marks the beginning of the new session of Parliament. It includes Queen's Speech, prepared for her to read from the throne, by her government outlining its plans for new laws being brought forward in the coming parliamentary year. This year the speech will be read by the Prince of Wales as HM The Queen will miss the event due to ongoing mobility issues.
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Did you know that the coronation coincides with a lunar eclipse? Yes, the King's big day falls on the day after a penumbral lunar eclipse hits our skies, and according to TikTok, this could be a time of great concern.

The King's coronation coincides with a lunar eclipse and TikTokkers are theorizing that it could be a sign of bad things to come, owing to the significance of eclipses in astrology.

One TikTok user, @theholographicmind, summarizes that, "eclipses in early history were associated with rulers and according to Babylonian scholars eclipses could foretell the death of a king and lunar eclipses, in particular, were times of great concern for the current king in power."

She adds that elaborate sacrificial rituals would take place at times of an eclipse in order to protect the king. These would entail another person impersonating the king ready to be sacrificed straight after - eek!

"It wouldn't surprise me if something significant happened during the coronation or within the royal family during that time," the TikTokker concludes.


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But as we all know TikTok should be consumed with a pinch of salt as it's awash with theories and rumors on pretty much every topic, but is there any truth to the lunar eclipse rumor?

We reached out to Inbaal Honigman, one of woman&home's expert astrologers, who kindly offered her expertise on the matter.

"Solar eclipses arrive about twice a year and are extreme New Moons," she explains. "They bring up previously hidden information which allows events to progress faster, and they invite big life changes."

But according to our astrologer, the eclipse at the time of the King's Coronation isn't ill-fated at all. "Quite the opposite," she says. "Lunar eclipses appear during big changes, and a new monarch is exactly that, especially one who would rule over so many countries and territories."

Inbaal tells us that the penumbral lunar eclipse will happen when the Moon is in Scorpio, a sign that loves innovation and thinking out of the box. "The sun sign, would you believe it, of King Charles himself. At the same time, the Sun will be in Taurus, a sign of tradition and wisdom. It was the star sign of the late Queen."

Queen Elizabeth II presents Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show on May 18, 2009 in London. The Victoria Medal of Honour is the highest accolade that the Royal Horticultural Society can bestow.

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So, royal fans needn't brace for chaos as Inbaal says that what some may consider a bad omen is actually kind of symbolic in a very beautiful way.

"The transition of the Scorpio moon through the Earth's shadow, during the Taurus sun," she reassures us, "is a beautiful celestial symbol of the transition of power between the late Queen and the new King."

Though it remains to be seen what will go down on the day of King Charles's Coronation - according to the stars at least - it looks like it will go off without a hitch. 

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly woman&home's junior news editor and a contributing writer at Bustle, her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica and EVOKE.

Her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

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