The Sun and Moon meet in partial Solar eclipse on April 30th at 1:28:04 PM PDT at 10 Taurus 28 and don’t form many aspects, the closest being a sextile to Mars in Pisces. The idea may be that what old is wiped away, and what new born, may be overshadowed by other meetings that grab the attention and let the Solar event seed a new energetic flow without our really being aware of it.
In Taurus a Solar eclipse speaks to the material condition, matters of nurture and comfort, to the artisanal and earthy–and don’t forget, to whatever matters are represented by the natal House in which this event occurs. Location in the natal chart is what gives any event like this its personal meaning; all we can do here is study the general nature of the energies, see what change they might carry. And, a Solar eclipse (without specific alignment otherwise known as a New Moon), gives a fresh start–a really fresh one, with an eclipse’s ability to obliterate circumstances related to the sign and involved bodies and Houses that existed before.
The Union of Sun and Moon occurs just as the two approach contact to Uranus, suggesting an almost explosive potential for surprise, the unanticipated, and possibly for a flash of Higher Mind guidance in the wake of the eclipse. The Moon will, upon separating from the Sun, contact Uranus first, implying an emotional impact that arrives before we can really see (the light of the Sun) what’s happening.
There’s a sextile to Mars, telling us that the event will spur action, or force choices, in Taurean realms, and the eclipse forms as both bodies separate from opposition to Hygeia–not a big deal, but a notable one, as changes or challenges to the material situation (Earth, Taurus) may affect the health and well-being.
This aspect picture leaves us with a surprisingly subdued event, with a ‘kick’ only coming later with the revelation of Uranian contact–as I said, our attention will probably be on other things, such as the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, only two minutes before perfection and falling at the midpoint of the Sedna-Pluto Earth trine, or the Mercury-Pallas semi-sextile, or the Neptune-Ceres square, or the Saturn-Ceres Air trine that catches Eris at the midpoint. All these will be loud, not offering us much choice: look at us, otherwise you’ll miss ‘it’! For most of us, though, what the eclipse eliminates and replaces will in the end be much more important, have a bigger impact on our survival and Self-image, than any of these other flashes-in-the-pan.
Venus-Jupiter, late in Pisces, may make for a kind of existential angst around Love, Money, or Relationship. It may feel like in the Cosmic order of things we’ll never have enough, never feel completely secure in Venusian areas. Our needs may seem greater than usual, but shift your perspective, and what you’ll have is an awareness of rewards greater than you anticipated–they just might not be in the form or quantity you expected. This falling at the Sedna-Pluto midpoint says anxiety may arise from instinctual feeling and/ or awareness of the power situation, with the reminder that upset is likely seated in those blind spot areas where we have given away our power. So, it’s not the power landscape itself that causes upset, but the way we’ve abdicated our own agency, prompting something within ourselves that’s struggling to be heard and known.
Mercury-Pallas says wisdom is available, as long as we don’t insist it be comfortable for us to know! Neptune square Ceres challenges us, as do many of these other aspects, to embrace Self-responsibility rather than delusion or pipe dreams (it also says, watch out for hidden environmental or dietary factors that could blindside you). The Saturn-Ceres-Eris formula suggests discipline and following ‘the rules’ pays off in authority points and the ability to Self-determine, but may also draw ire from others who benefit when you are confused or fail to stand up for yourself. If somebody is upset with your assertive nature, you’re probably doing something right.
One last, small aspect of note: the Solar eclipse is septile ( officially 51 degrees, 26 minutes) the Black Moon Lilith point in Cancer–which of course is ruled by the Moon. The septile is an influence that the rational mind doesn’t grasp easily; ‘inspiration’, or ‘in spirit’, might be good descriptors of the triggered energy. In this case the emotions will be deeply stirred by the eclipse event, but again, not reach awareness until later. Something denied, ignored, or that enrages, that we are sensitive to or care about, will begin to emerge, as we are inspired to deal with it. Give it time to reach complete consciousness, before reacting/ responding.
The eclipse/ New Moon Sabian is, ‘A Woman Watering Flowers In Her Garden’. A garden is the essence of Taurus, right? The admonition is to care for what’s already underway, rather than to put attention on something new–that comes shortly, with that Uranus contact I talked about.
I have a Word Image for the week, drawn straight from real life, and I’m thinking it applies to the Solar eclipse: you are in a public place, you look down, and there at your feet is a large blue pill. Via ‘The Matrix’, a blue pill has come to be a symbol for keeping things as they are, for refusing to recognize reality in all its horrifying detail–but I don’t think that’s what it means here. The assumption that we’re not focused in reality can be a pernicious power game, with someone always claiming to have red-pill insight beyond anything available to us. Though it’s important to acknowledge there’s always more to learn, that doesn’t automatically mean we aren’t seeing what’s before us. The Solar eclipse, with its low-key ‘planting’ energy, may tell us that what we’re seeing/ perceiving is accurate–so believe what you and others are gestating–a matter of believing what we see, real world efforts, rather than being distracted by stories, ‘what ifs’, and intimations that others with power (or who want power) know more than you do.
We might also imagine that the blue pill being left on the floor implies that it was the red pill that was taken–so perhaps pointing us to our own solid connection to reality, which speaks to a vivid awareness, alive and well, seeing warts and all. Or, there’s that other blue pill, Viagra (though the pill I saw was a capsule identical to the one offered by Morpheus). Does it suggest we need to up our potency, possibly to reinvigorate the life force? Since symbology is an individual matter, we can pick the idea we resonate to, and go from there.
Have a wonderful eclipse!
Sounds intriguing. I am indeed a riddle wrapped up in a mystery, as are the days of my life, but as a genuine general observation, aren’t we all in some way? 😉 I’m relieved to say, that this is not actually directly affecting my personal chart for a pleasant change 🙂 I am however currently working with Saturn opposing natal Uranus, as he has been working his way slowly like a professor with a walking stick prodding and poking in opposing my natal stellium in Leo, & Uranus is baring down rapidly to conj natal Venus @15, while Pluto seems to be squatting on natal Saturn, squaring my Asc/desc axis. So yes, I can see, that, all in all, these other
‘things” could prove to be the distraction from what is affirmatively available through this NM/eclipse. The image I relate to at the moment, with both my history & currency, is that although I am experiencing & feeling forced down a hole yet again, this time, I have had the foresight, having gained enough wisdom from similar past experiences, to apply & not allow others to use the hole I find myself in as a toilet. I am still here albeit somewhat ignored or denied, patiently paying attention for a way out to come to mind or become clear without knowingly harming another soul, so if “others” do try to squat here & do their business, make no mistake, I will bite them on the proverbial, and that, is a promise. I do have both a voice and evidence to support plus I most definitely do value my privacy, & will always respect the privacy of others, but, although it may prove uncomfortable for me should my personal life be made public, I do not have anything to hide or be ashamed of. So, be my guest, push the envelope at your own peril, the ball’s in my court now. Many blessings for the NM eclipse to you Julie, may the more extreme surprises be a source of joyful celebration for you. Namaste.
Hi Debbie! Yes, we’re all “riddles wrapped in a mystery” 🙂 I guess that’s what makes us interesting–and difficult to completely know or understand. I think it’s good you live so that you have nothing to be ashamed of–that seems perfect, to me, but doesn’t make it any easier when malicious others stir the pot. I hope the eclipse brings you many blessings, too–and of course, many joyful surprises!
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Thanks Julie and just to add, it certainly isnt that I dont make mistakes or do things wrong, I most certainly do I am quite human & I just do my best to be responsible for them and change or heal anything in my power as soon as I realise, sadly some can remain with us for the rest of our life, but as long as it wasn’t deliberate or we allowed others to cop the blame & at least learned from, that is the best anyone can do. Its that cheats never prosper thing, cheats are really only cheating themselves. Even the mere thought of someone being made a mockery of, has my conscience squirming lol!
My ascendant and moon are both at 11 degrees Taurus. Oh my!?!
Hi Judy! So the Moon rose as you were born–a lovely symbolism. An eclipse on these natal points may bring big emotional shifts, particularly ones that affect the way you contact and see the world. Wishing you lots of good luck, and hoping the changes in feeling will be welcome, happy ones.
Thanks Julie! Always felt connected to the Moon. I’m a Pisces Sun, Jupiter and Chiron. We all need a major shift right now, looking forward to it. Sending Aloha to you 🌺🌸🕊🧜🏼♀️!
Thank you for this eclipse post, Julie.
Since you mention a septile, the Solar eclipse conjuncts my n BML, septiles n Venus/DS and noviles n Moon/MC.
Should these aspects be taken into account, or are they too “secondary”?
May the eclipse and Uranus bring eureka moments and awakenings!
Hi Katia! Yes. take these into account, but with big doses of caution. Make sure that you keep the orbs VERY tight, no more than one degree from the natal placement, either side, and DON’T count this influence as larger than or superseding any major aspects that may be formed–it’s always in the main bodies and major contacts that we find the broad outlines of things–minor aspects, like asteroids and Fixed Stars, bring refinement and detail to that picture, not the other way around. And yes, let’s hope it does bring “eureka moments and awakenings!”