Whatever gets you through the night It's all right, it's all right It's your money or your life It's all right, it's all right Don't need a sword to cut through' flowers Oh no, oh no Whatever gets you through your life It's all right, it's all right Do it wrong, or do it right It's all right, it's all right Don't need a watch to waste your time Oh no, oh no Whatever gets you to the light It's all right, it's all right Out of the blue, or out of sight It's all right, it's all right Don't need a gun to blow you mind Oh no, oh no - John Lennon, 1974
We have a New Moon/Solar Eclipse on Saturday April 30, exact at 10º28’ Taurus, at 16:29 EDT/20:29 UT. This is an unusual lunation, as it is the second New Moon of April, an occurrence which is only occasional. There seems to be a trend with people calling this “The Black Moon” which sounds great, though as that term can be used for various reasons, I will not be referring to it as such. In fact, one of the old names for the New Moon is Black Moon. When the Sun and Moon are conjoined, our capacity to see is hindered, we are in darkness. Everything is perceived very subjectively, and is often too close to see with any realistic perspective. With a high energy solar eclipse like this, it’s a good idea to take a step back, allow yourself some breathing space, and know that everything is just fine. The ancients always marked New and Full Moons as days dedicated to meditation, prayer, ritual withdrawal and silence. Do not be afraid to give yourself a rest, and retreat for this day, particularly if you have been feeling stressed lately. While you may be feeling a strong sense of urgency, or confusion right now – let things settle and don’t jump to any conclusions.
Solar Eclipses are a powerful time to initiate new directions, and put to rest old, worn out ways of being that no longer serve you effectively. Sometimes all this takes is to allow ourselves to think about things. Meditate. Delve. Do whatever feels most comfortable to honor the importance of your life, as the heavens support your efforts. This Solar Eclipse, those with planets or personal points that fall between 7º and 13º of the signs listed below will be most strongly affected, particularly any who have direct Sun/Moon or angles involved.
Any planets or personal points in fixed signs between 7º and 13º Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius
Any planets or placements in earth signs between 7º and 13º – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
This is the second eclipse on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, a series which will be completed May 5, 2023, with a Lunar Eclipse at 14º58’ Scorpio . Those born in the first two weeks of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius will particularly feel this as a highly charged lunation, and are especially affected with forces of challenge and change. These signs have been doing deep, hard work and the foundations for new directions are showing their bones now, whether you are fully conscious of this or not. Taurus and Scorpio are preoccupied with self-definition, and issues of partnership vs ego needs. The signs Virgo and Capricorn can use this eclipse to further plans of manifestation and transformation, while Cancer and Pisces should have a refreshingly inspired lunation, allowing the chance to see your ideals coming to life. Enjoy.
Any notable events that have occurred within the last month should be considered seriously, as the most challenging, exciting and charged concepts recently faced will form a signature of new directions manifesting, pointing the way to things which will become increasingly important in your life over the course of the following year. Think back – did any interactions particularly strike you as important or deep – any arguments, outbursts, ruminations, ear worms? Any message or idea which is uppermost in your mind now deserves your full attention. Take your time.
This New Moon is conjoined with Uranus, which adds a sense of surprise and chaos to the mix. Innovations, sudden changes, emotional outbursts, surprise meetings, arguments and confessions can arise with this influence. Discoveries and brainwaves can happen as solutions to old problems are found. People suddenly break up, or suddenly decide to be together. You learn things you didn’t know about those closest to you, and they in turn also make discoveries about you. This can affect our feelings of security, as we either want to throw caution to the wind, or else retreat in shock as we try to process what is new and unusual.
The Venus/Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces continues to imbue the world with a hazy glow. People want to feel luxury, glamor, emotional depth. Some will feel more empathetic, creative or dramatic than usual; it’s a good time to make amends, and look at the big picture, just beware of what seems too good to be true. It’s easy to be taken advantage of under this influence, drink too much, seek too much pleasure, and spend too much money, so consider yourself forewarned. On the other hand, it is a highly creative time, and you may find yourself drawn to beauty, quietude, peace and solace. Dive in, it’s a lovely energy.
Mercury just entered Gemini, so there is a sense of analysis in the air. This will help to dispel some of the fog that is hanging around. Communications will be high, people will be chatty, seeking details and comparisons. Mars is also in Pisces, sextile the Solar Eclipse, so good energy is available for active discovery and change. Saturn and Pluto remain in the background, arms folded, solid and stern. Lean on them if you need to, they aren’t going anywhere.
As this is a New Moon in Taurus, the prevailing mood is wanting to find security, pleasure, comfort and stability. Uranus may not allow for that, but sometimes we need to change where we find security. This is a great time to overcome habits that may be holding you back, particularly anything that holds you down and makes you too heavy. Look at your relationship with money, and the insecurities you may be holding there – this is a good time to renovate preconceived notions about need, want and desire.
As everyone has Taurus in their astrological chart by house placement, it helps to know which of your houses this eclipse falls in. Always consider the house holding the Eclipse, as well as its polarity point to get the fullest idea of what to expect. If you haven’t already run your own astrological chart, Astrodienst offers free chart calculations and a wealth of information for anyone interested in astrology.
Eclipses in Houses:
Eclipse along First House/Seventh House Axis – the focus is on 1st House issues of identity, persona, how we put ourselves out to the world versus 7th House issues about our relationships, partnerships, open enmities. How you do you, personally versus how close relationships affect you and how you are perceived
Eclipse along Second House/Eighth House Axis – the focus is on 2nd House issues of what we value, what we strive for, what we want and how we go about doing it versus what we need from others, dependencies (including debt and sex), what others want from us, power plays in resource management
Eclipse along Third House/Ninth House Axis – the focus is on 3rd House issues of how we communicate on a daily basis, with whom, and where. Immediate interactions including with friends, neighbors, community versus 9th House issues of what we learn from the world at large, how the world affects our thinking and communication, higher education, travel, foreign influences, law
Eclipse along Fourth/Tenth House Axis – the focus is on 4th House issues of our most personal life, home, inner sanctum, ancestry, place of residence versus 10th House matters of career, what the world sees and knows of you, how you are viewed by the public, what you do with your life and how it represents who you are in the world
Eclipse along Fifth/Eleventh House Axis – the focus is on 5th House issues of personal creativity, joy, children (including conceptual offspring – projects, hobbies), gambling, what we do to find pleasure and enjoyment versus 11th House matters about how society affects us, our sense of friendship, fraternity, community involvement, how the outside world impacts our hopes and dreams, especially how these play out in the world at large
Eclipse along Six/Twelfth House Axis – the focus is on 6th House matters relating to our sense of service to others, jobs, work, employment, habits, daily maintenance and tasks, pets, things that need taking care of for which we are responsible (including our health) versus 12th House issues about what we are unconscious of, things beyond our grasp, the collective, dream worlds, illusions, isolation, limitations, delusions, where we fool ourselves, or engage in self-sabotage
For a list of 2022’s lunations, including eclipses, see: Lunar Events 2022
For more about Moon Phases, see: Moon Phases and Eclipses