feeling comfortable isn’t always the best thing….

    This is the second New Moon in April and the first of the eclipses in 2022. It will occur at 10°28’ Taurus (antiscion 19°32’ Leo).

    There are no planets in the Fire element, our intuition is down and it’s hard to get started, this latter characteristic is also confirmed by the chart having only one planet in the Cardinal signs.

    Jupiter rules four of the planets in the chart and Venus rules another three, optimism and love should abound or perhaps too much confidence will inflate our hopes beyond reality.

    Venus, the dispositor of the New Moon is exalted in the sign of Pisces and in a partile conjunction with Jupiter (another big hint at Venus-Jupiter themes). Venus is also separating from a very recent conjunction to Neptune and is applying a sextile aspect to Pluto. Life has a positive dream-like quality to it but the sextile to Pluto hints at a deep transformation of our value system that needs to take place in order for those sensations to become real.

    The New Moon is applying a conjunction to Uranus, practicality and materialism could suddenly be disrupted (earthquakes and tidal events are also possible with this lunation) projecting us way out of our comfort zone and perhaps into no-man’s land.

    All the planets in the lunation chart except Mercury (newly entered in Gemini) are inside the lunar nodal axis, communicating is the only way for us to go forward.

    The New Moon falls on the 2-8th axis of the traditional zodiac (Taurus-Scorpio) which involves matters such as security vs temptation, calm vs crisis, sex vs taboos etc. It is significant for those who have planets or angles between 8-13° of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.

    So, part of our intentions for this moment might involve building things (projects, relationships or whatever) to last by creating stability in that part of our lives illuminated by this New Moon. To do this we need to listen to our body and follow our heart.

    Author Raven Kaldera, in his book “Moon Phase Astrology”, calls this New Moon the  “Dryads Moon”.

    The Dryads are the quiet, shy spirits of the trees, and he states that “this Moon phase in the earthiest of the astrological signs comes forth in a form that is as close to Nature that a human can possibly be”. He suggests that on this day we should steep ourselves in Nature by going for a walk or just sitting in the garden or park when possible.

    The Eclipse

    This partial solar eclipse will be visible in South/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctica.

    This is one of those odd eclipses that isn’t a repeat of 19 years ago but in April 2014 there was a solar eclipse at 9° Taurus of a different Saros series. What was happening in your life then?

    New Moons are said to bring fresh beginnings to the part of our natal chart (house) where they fall and even more so if they make a conjunction or an opposition to a planet (1-2° orb, up to 5° for the personal Sun or Moon).

    According to Bernadette Brady, renowned astrologer (2) the effects of solar eclipses are more external and deal with events that surround the person, that is, they bring in events that we ourselves have not precipitated. Eclipses are spotlights that shine on our life-path, they catch you in mid-action illuminating that area of your life (house) in which they occur. Whatever has been shoved aside or ignored will turn up for your attention and this could be experienced as dramatic and emotional whilst at the same time giving you the opportunity to deal with it, or not. It depends entirely on you.

    Brady has classified the eclipses in the Saros cycle into precise characteristics according to the planetary configurations present as the moment the eclipse was born (for those interested in learning more about this please consult her book which I’ve included in the reference section).

    This particular Eclipse belongs to the 6 North Saros series and Brady describes this as follows: “This eclipse family is concerned with the individual’s relationship to father figures, authority figures or the need to take responsibility and control.”

    Often however, manifestations regarding the eclipses do not occur at or around the actual date of the eclipse but are usually triggered by a planet transiting this point (10° Taurus). So, particularly relevant might have been when the Sun was at 10° Aquarius (30 January) or when it reaches 10° Leo (2 August) or when Mars was at 10° Aquarius (20 March) and when it reaches 10° Taurus (20 July).

    The Sabian symbol for 11° Taurus: “A woman watering flowers in her garden.” Indicating development of the powers of the mind on which ego-consciousness is based.

    For the antiscion at 20° Leo: “Zuni Indians perform a ritual to the Sun.” Indicating a return to the glorification of natural energies.

    “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience?” George Bernard Shaw

    Where will the eclipse fall in your chart and will it make contacts with any planets or angles?


    1.Kaldera R. (2011), Moon Phase Astrology, pp 37-40, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont USA

    2.Brady B. (1999), Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and the Lark, Ch. 5. Eclipses and the Saros Cycle, pp 207-236, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco USA

    3.Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p. 77 and 142, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    4.https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2022-april-30 accessed 15th April 2022


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