Solar Eclipse in Aries
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Besides being a rare Hybrid eclipse, this month’s solar eclipse on April 20 at 12:14 AM EDT is noteworthy because it kicks off a new cycle of eclipses in Aries and Libra that will shift the energetic focus from resources to relationships, a theme that will become more prominent once the transiting lunar nodes move into Aries and Libra on July 17.
Looking at the aspects, a tight square (action) to Pluto (transformation) says this eclipse is infused with the potential for radical change. However, whether that change brings a dream come true or an wanted situation remains to be seen.
While it’s true that squares usually represent challenges, in my 30 years of practice I have never seen a major achievement occur without one. The same aspect that cuts us off at our knees is also the one that propels us to stardom, so much will depend on your personal horoscope and any aspects the eclipse is making to it.
Either way, with Mercury making its retrograde station roughly 24 hours later, it’s possible for eclipse-related events to be delayed, and if something does occur, the odds are high that we won’t have all the facts.
A Fated Eclipse
What also distinguishes this eclipse is that it’s the second new moon in the sign of the Ram, and it occurs at the final degree of the sign.
Whereas the first one was at 0° (the creation point), this one is at 29°, which is the completion point. That means that while the solar eclipse is about a beginning, there is a greater likelihood that something may need to end before something new begins.
In astrology, 29° is known as the Anaretic Degree, and many astrologers (myself included) view it as a degree of Fate.
Personally, whenever I see a planet or sensitive point in the natal horoscope at 29°, I know it is tied to an important soul lesson.
If you happen to have a planet or sensitive point in your chart at 29° degree of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, or at 0° of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, your horoscope will be strongly activated by this eclipse.
However, if it is at 29° there’s likely to be some type of a destiny moment at hand. They don’t always come as an obvious do-or-die moment or a now-or-never opportunity.
Some of them come as a quiet personal decision, but no matter what form it takes, it is a major turning point in your life that will have a direct bearing on your soul’s evolutionary growth.