As you know, eclipses come in pairs and we begin April with the lunar eclipse “pair” to the solar eclipse we had in March. In addition two planets change direction this month. So, there are lots of “astro doings” this month.
Lunar Eclipse: Saturday, April 4th at 8:05 a.m. EDT
A lunar eclipse is a very strong Full Moon, where the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of the zodiac and the earth slips between them. All eclipses affect us physically; they also affect gravitational and electromagnetic fields, as well as the tides. This eclipse occurs at 140 Libra, i.e. the Moon is in Libra and the Sun is in Aries. The Sun is also joined by Uranus and Mercury (planets of the higher and concrete minds, respectively). Jupiter in Leo (another fire sign) trines the Sun. Lest I forget, Pluto in Capricorn squares (growth opportunity) the whole eclipse. So there are six planets involved in this event. According to Celeste Teal in her book on eclipses (Eclipses: Predicting World Events and Personal Transformation), lunar eclipses bring into awareness things that have been hidden previously. With this eclipse in Libra, relationships are stressed – how we relate to ourselves, each other and our planet. Libra and full moons represent the need to balance (think of a teeter totter) two seemingly opposing ideas or energies. This lunar eclipse will provide an excellent opportunity for letting go of old patterns of relating (Libra), balancing ourselves (Aries) and others (Libra). Initially we all may feel somewhat drained emotionally. The early stages of the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on the 4th in North America, and the whole eclipse will last for three and a half hours. Planets and other points in your chart from 9-17 degrees Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Aries will be “touched” by this eclipse. And, it is also right of top of (conjunct) Saturn in the US Sibly chart. Saturn in mundane astrology (charts of countries) represents the executive and in our nation’s chart is in a very visible position (10th house). It also squares the US Sun at 130 Cancer – the Sun representing the essence of who we are. The Sun is in 7th house of the chart and could signal changes in the way we deal with others in our foreign policy. However it manifests this eclipse strengthens the square between the Sun and Saturn in the US Chart – more challenging growth opportunities for us.
Jupiter: Stations direct on April 8th at 12:58 p.m. EDT
Jupiter ends his retrograde (i.e. moving from west to east by our perception) on April 8th. He’ll be at 120 Leo. Hopefully during the four months of his retrograde motion, we’ve been letting going of patterns that hold us back from expressing who we are, especially in the area of our creativity. Leo, the sign of the divine child within, urges us to express who we are in truth, to use the talents we have to the fullest, and now to take a leap of faith (Jupiter) to manifest our divinity (Leo).
Pluto: Stations retrograde on April 16th at 11:51 p.m. EDT
This change of direction of our solar system’s powerhouse of transformation (Pluto), destroyer of outmoded thinking, ways of acting and structures/systems we’ve created (Capricorn) will signal that the focus of our transforming efforts will turn inward through September. He will be in an easy flow of energy with Mars in Taurus, so energies will be present to ensure that the transformation is grounded. (Both Taurus and Capricorn are earth signs.) Some of the change in our ways of dealing with issues will hopefully be directed to Mother Earth and what is in her best interests, especially transforming our attitude that the US will never run out of resources (think oil, natural gas, water) and that we can use them as we see fit. While I think most people reading this blog are in agreement that things have to change in our attitudes toward natural resources and Mother Earth in general, our policies will need to change as well.
New Moon: Saturday, April 18th at 2:57 p.m. EDT
The Moon will be at the end of the Aries when this new Moon occurs. Like the solar eclipse in March and new moon in February, we have a “new beginning” (New Moon) at the very end of an astrological sign, signaling that beginnings and endings are points on the same continuum. It may also indicate that we’ve come to the end of how we have used our Aries energies. Aries can be brash, impulsive, putting self first without regard to others. With Aries, it’s not done intentionally – think of the energy of the newborn, who isn’t really thinking (or aware) that it’s 4 in the morning and his/her parent would rather be sleeping! The newborn only knows s/he has needs that must be met – right now! In its highest expression, Aries is the quest for High Self – so we can use these New Moon energies to stop doing what we’ve been doing (or not) in that regard, and begin to build (Taurus) a new way to express our true selves.
Sun: enters Taurus on Monday, April 20th at 5:42 a.m. EDT
By this point in April, we’ll have four planets in earth signs (Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Pluto). It may feel like things are slowing down. We’re likely to be more deliberative, practical, less impulsive. We also have three planets in fire (Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus). Fire inspires, warms and can be rather impulsive. On the surface, these two elements are somewhat antithetical. Earth is one way to put fire out; and too much fire renders earth infertile. However, when we value what each element offers, we can take our inspirations (fire) and successfully express them in a practical and useful way (earth). We’ll have to watch and see how we use these two energies collectively – and individually in April.
Peace and abundant blessings,