• New Moon in AriesARIES SOLAR ECLIPSE

    There will be a total and partial Solar Eclipse at 29°50’ Aries (antiscion 00°10’ Virgo) depending where you find yourself in the world on these dates.

    The eclipse will be visible as a total or a partial eclipse in the following regions: Asia, North/West Australia, North/West North America, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Arctic.

    The Eclipse takes place on the anaretic degree of Aries, the “all or nothing” final burst of Martian energy.

    The lunation is disposed by an OOB Mars in caring Cancer in parallel by declination with Venus in social Gemini. Sensuality and/or artistic creativity may well be pronounced around the days of the lunation by those whose charts are interested in the degrees of the eclipse, particularly so since Venus is conjunct Fixed Star Aldebaran which according to Robson bestows creative abilities and honours and is favourable for health and marriage. The Moon and Mars are in mutual reception (each in the sign of the other) as are Mercury and Venus and the planets could help each other if needs be. A Moon c// Saturn might fortunately dampen any Martian attempt to foster emotions getting out of control. Saturn is however also conjunct Fixed Star Formalhaut which is considered less fortunate and might hint at wrongful accusations but Saturn is also parallel by declination to the very fortunate Fixed Star Spica which will “soften” the effects of Formalhaut somewhat.

    Mercury is slowing down to station retrograde at 15°35’ Taurus on the 21st April and thus separating from a near-miss exact conjunction to Uranus and Mars will apply a sextile to Mercury as the planet stations. This might indicate possibilities of incidents or rash, impulsive declarations since Mercury rules both speech and movement and Mars-Uranus combinations are volatile to put it lightly. Walk don’t run and think before you speak may be a good mottos to keep in mind over the next few days.

    Although of different Saros* series, eclipses occur at similar degrees of the same sign in 19-year cycles as they move in a retrograde motion through the zodiac. Thus, they have effect on the same house polarity in your natal chart (or on any personal planets or angles in Aries and/or Libra that fall in a 2°30’ orb for conjunctions, 2° for oppositions, allowing 5° if Sun or Moon is involved).

    The last Solar Eclipse at 30° Aries was on the 19 April 2004 but of a different Saros series, what was happening in your life then?

    The effects of eclipses can be quite unpredictable (a “what-the-heck effect”), sometimes stressing emotions or bringing unexpected events into our lives, at other times they can go seemingly unnoticed. Some astrologers say that the effects of the eclipses manifest for as long as the duration of the eclipse itself, transmuting the minutes of the duration into days. This eclipse will last approximately 76 seconds at its most visible point.

    Bernadette Brady, an Australian astrologer, in her book “The Eagle and the Lark”, dedicates a whole chapter to the Saros* Series. She explains that the Saros Series of the present Solar Eclipse is known as “7 North” and, due to the nature and aspects of the planets involved (if the eclipse aspects directly any of your natal planets), is a very sensual family of eclipses, ranging from sudden sexual passion to procreative drives. Not a subtle eclipse by any means.

    Esoteric astrologer Alan Oken wrote that a solar eclipse represents “liberations from previous circumstances” while acknowledging that this may not always be to one’s liking. In other words, a solar eclipse can free you from something which could be a blessing in disguise.

    The New Moon falls on the 1-7th axis (Aries-Libra) in traditional astrology: the I vs us, me vs you, assertion vs compromise, independence vs relationship etc. Also affected by this New Moon are those people with planets or angles in the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

    Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this “The Infant’s” Moon and he compares it to the “Fool” in the tarot deck, an innocent being eager to discover the world. He states that on this Moon “we begin things, we revisit our relationship with that state of utter faith and excitement of the grand unknown. Have we become too cynical for that kind of trust?”

    Sabian symbol for 30° Aries: “A duck pond and its brood.” Indicating the realisation of natural boundaries.

    For the antiscion at 01° Virgo: “In a portrait, the significant features of a man’s head are artistically emphasised.” Indicating the capacity to picture to oneself clearly the salient features and the overall meaning of any life situation.

    “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.” Julian Edelman


    https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2042-april-20 accessed 30 March 2023

    http://www.alanoken.com/index.php?page=newsletter, March 9th Solar Eclipse accessed 27th February 2016

    Brady B (1999) “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark”, chapter 5 Eclipses and Saros Cycle, pp 207-236 and pp 307-352, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco CA USA

    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 25-27, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 70, 150, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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