the annular solar eclipse in taurus is exact on monday april 28th at 11:04pm PDT (with the new moon itself being exact at 11:14pm), commencing a brand new lunar cycle and completing the eclipse portal we have been in that started on april 15th with the total lunar eclipse in libra. eclipse portals are powerful periods of time where we are taken very quickly from point A to point B. this can be freeing, liberation and transforming- or it can be chaotic, intense and anxiety producing. often it is a mix of both!
both the lunar eclipse and the solar eclipse are ruled by venus in pisces- so these particularly eclipse are focused on relationships, our values and self-worth. major shifts, changes, shake ups and wake up calls are playing out in how we do that self and other dance- as well as how we do the masculine/feminine dance within.
this solar eclipse is like an amped up new moon- which is very supportive of setting intentions, planting seeds and commencing on new legs of journey. new moons help us start new chapters in life, whereas solar eclipses help us start on a new volume. wherever this eclipse falls in your chart is the area of life that you have major opportunities to start new things. if you happen to have planets or placements linage with 8-9 taurus then you have even more support from the Universe to start writing a new story for yourself!
the sun/moon conjunction is in earthy, sensual, material-focused taurus- making this solar eclipse a great time to start new things in regards to our physical, embodied experience. whether that involves a new financial plan, generating more abundance, enjoying life more or attending to the physical/material world with more practicality and focus- you have the support from the stars to do it! the sun and moon are both conjunct mercury- so a lot of information, ideas, communication or travel can feature right now. opening the mind to new things coming in is key at this time- so watch out for the tendency to be stubborn and stuck in your ways!
both the sun and moon make sweet aspects to neptune in pisces, pluto in capricorn and chiron in pisces- bringing a spiritual, transformative and healing energy to this eclipse. the transpersonal planets bring in Divine energies and the taurus planets ground them into the physical, material realm. this is mirrored by jupiter in the eclipse chart who is conjunct sirius- the powerful fixed star that is all about the mundane becoming sacred. we have major opportunities right now to align our reality with our dreams, our lower selves with our Higher Selves.
it is interesting to note that both venus in pisces and retrograde mars in libra make tense aspects to this eclipse- so relationships are again brought into focus. we may need to figure out how to make relationships work in our lives. we may be asked to find a new balance of yin and yang within. wherever our edge is is where our growth is- so if you are already good at compromising and keeping the peace, then your growth is to take a stand, set boundaries and speak up. alternatively if you are already good at being independent, taking action and speaking up for yourself- then your growth is to learn to compromise, collaborate and give as much as you take.
with venus as the ruler of this lunation as well as the last eclipse- we have focus on our values, self-worth and altruistic intentions. the Highest expression of venus in pisces is being compassionate, unconditionally Loving and service oriented. but the shadow side is that venus in pisces needs to work on boundaries and deal with any issues she may have with codependency, enabling, addiction, victimization, avoidance and denial. she is so well aspected right now so we do have the ability to tap into her highest energies, yet we still need to stay super aware of her shadow. it is very easy to fool ourselves into thinking we are only simply being generous and caring when in truth we are enabling and involving ourselves in codependent connections that are unhealthy for all parties involved.
in the eclipse chart venus makes tense aspects to the sun, moon and mercury- showing that our idealism may be at odds with the practical, realities that are present in our lives right now. yet venus does make a sweet trine to saturn in scorpio, so if we are ready, willing and able to acknowledge the shadow and deal with it- we can make great strides in our emotional and financial relationships at this time. we can also find a deeper level of self-worth and self-respect out of which we make healthier decisions in relationships and financial situations.
of course the Grand Cross between retrograde mars, jupiter, uranus and retrograde pluto is still in effect- but luckily it is starting to wane. mars will go direct on may 19th and then from june 14th to june 25th mars will trigger uranus/pluto for the 3rd and final time. so it may not be until then that the things that got activated and intensified during this powerful month of april fully culminate or complete themselves. the good news for us is that all this earthy, grounded taurus energy is helping us ground down into the new terrain we find ourselves in as a result of all the upheaval and chaos that the Grand Cross has brought. things may be up in the air- but the solar eclipse in taurus helps us find our center despite any storms, shifts and changes playing out around us.
this solar eclipse is a wonderful opportunity for us to get real, grounded, focused and present with what we want to birth in our lives. it’s the perfect time to align with our deepest values and unconditional Love for self AND other- so that we can make healthy decisions and align ourselves with what is right for us in our lives.
take time to set your intentions at this new moon/solar eclipse! the opportunities and openings present are not a silver spoon in the mouth. they are there for the taking- but we have to be ready, willing and able to grasp it and work for it! so take the rest of this week to get clear on what that is (and read your weekly horoscopes to see where this plays out for you) and then get ready to call something new in in a big way!