by Robert Wilkinson
This Solar Eclipse will have a very beneficial effect for a very short time. All eclipses shut something down, taking away elements of our lives no longer true for us. Over the next 2+ months many will go through endings while finding a form of “immortality through giving of self to the race.”
Taurus is the sign of values, resources, and capturing concrete forms of things. It is how Scorpio, the sign of elimination, purification, and regeneration of power, externalizes. So old ways of holding on to things and people will end, with the void sure to attract new forms of these.
Because this Eclipse lasts 12 minutes from start to finish, it’s of extremely short duration, so will only have an impact for about 1/5 of a year, or a little over 10 weeks. Thus it won’t be in effect as long as the recent Total Lunar Eclipse, a far more important and life-altering event. Here we “find ways to create inner happiness” despite outer conditions, and let go of old attitudes about things and people, with the void sure to attract new forms of Taurus energies by early June at the latest.
Look to the house where this Lunation falls to see what area of your life will be impacted, just as the houses where past Solar Eclipses fell have already been shutting down obsolete patterns since then. This one will take something away, leaving a void that will attract something appropriate to who you are becoming.
So What’s Happening Where?
This Annular Solar Eclipse happens on April 28, 11:14 pm PDT, April 29 2:14 am EDT, 7:14 am BST (Greenwich). This stabilizing, gifting, productive and serendipitous Solar Eclipse finds 26 Sagittarius rising in Santa Monica, 11 Sagittarius in Vancouver, 29 Capricorn in Toronto, 4 Aquarius in Montreal, and 6 Aquarius in Washington DC. That means the span of Ascendants across North America is between mid-Sagittarius and early Aquarius.
Continuing eastward, we find rising signs of 28 Pisces in Rio, 19 Taurus in Lisbon, 14 Gemini in London, 29 Gemini in Berlin, 28 Gemini in Sofia, 1 Gemini in Johannesburg, and 23 Cancer in Moscow. That means the span of Ascendants across Europe and Africa is between mid-Taurus and late Cancer.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find Ascendants at 5 Leo in Abbottabad, 7 Leo in New Delhi, 29 Cancer in Trivandrum, 24 Leo in Jakarta, 7 Virgo in Hong Kong, 1 Libra in Tokyo, 27 Leo in Perth, 10 Libra in Melbourne, 20 Libra in Brisbane, 26 Scorpio in Wellington, and 29 Scorpio rising on Maui (Apr 28).
So you can construct a rough chart for where you are in the world, I’ll give you the rounded up degree for each planet. Use the Ascendants given above to get a rough sense of what’s on the eastern horizon where you are, and using an Equal House system, you can see what’s going on in your part of the world for the next 4 weeks.
In this New Moon Solar Eclipse at 9 Taurus, Mercury is 13 Taurus, Venus is 26 Pisces, Mars is 12 Libra retrograde, Jupiter is 15 Cancer, Saturn is 21 Scorpio retrograde, Uranus is 14 Aries, Neptune is 8 Pisces (SRX degree!), Pluto is 14 Capricorn retrograde, TransPluto is 30 Leo retrograde, Chiron is 17 Pisces, and the NN is 29 Libra.
When a Lunation is on one of the angles of a chart, it is said to be particularly powerful. Among the cities covered in this column, this month the Lunation is culminating from Moscow through Pakistan and India to Jakarta, and setting in NeZ and Maui. The Eclipse is on the nadir in Toronto, Montreal, and Washington DC, and rising in Lisbon and Johannesburg.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The Moon blocks the light from the Sun and casts a shadow on Earth. In eclipse lore, where the Eclipse is visible will be where the greatest effects can be expected, lasting the number of years that the eclipse is long in hours.
Past Eclipses As Prologue To Our Present and Future
The 2009 Solar Eclipse at 30 Cancer was one of the longest of the 21st century, so its effects were powerful for about 3 ½ years all the way through 2012. The Total Solar Eclipse of Summer 2010 was 2 hours 37 minutes in duration, so it also was in full play through 2012.
As I've mentioned in previous articles, we had 4 Solar Eclipses in 2011, which is a very rare occurrence. The January 2011 Eclipse was visible in Europe and the major cities of the Middle East. Perhaps that Eclipse had some correlations with the "Arab Spring" revolutions spreading throughout that region.
The Solar Eclipse of January 2011 lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes, which also makes it a player in the events of 2012-2013-2014, since it'll be active for 4 years and 4 months. That influence is just about over. As noted, the June 2011 Gemini Eclipse was very long, bright, and powerful, while the July 2011 Cancer Eclipse was short and weak, and its influence only lasted through the end of 2012.
The November 2011 Sagittarius Eclipse was very bright, and will be in effect for almost 4 years. So besides the usual transits and Lunations, planetary stations and conjunctions to the outer transformational planets, we also have Eclipses as long wave influences still be in play years after the event!
The June 2011 Eclipse was visible in Northern Canada, Iceland, Greenland, and Norway. The July 2011 Eclipse was visible only in a small area between Antarctica and South Africa, so was seen by no one. The November 2011 Eclipse was visible in South Africa, Antarctica, and New Zealand.
The May 2012 Eclipse was visible from S. China and Japan through the Northern Pacific and Aleutian Islands down to S. Oregon and N. California, central Nevada, southern Utah, northern Arizona, New Mexico (Albuquerque!), and the Texas Panhandle. The November 2012 Total Solar Eclipse was partial across a large area of the South Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand), southern South America, and part of Antarctica. The only place it was total was on the east coast of Queensland, Australia.
The May 2013 Annular Solar Eclipse at 20 Taurus will be in effect for 3 years and 9 months, putting its influence through early 2017. That one was visible in Australia, Indonesia, Oceania and much of the central the Pacific Ocean. The November 2013 Hybrid Solar Eclipse at 12 Scorpio will be in effect for about 3 years and 4 months. That one was visible within a thin corridor, which traverses the North Atlantic and equatorial Africa. A partial eclipse was seen in eastern North America, northern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
As an aside, of some note is that the Solar Eclipse at 12 Scorpio fell during Diwali, a great sacred Festival of Light celebrating the victory of good over evil through the Grace of Lakshmi, one of the Forms of Divine Mother. I suppose whatever is associated with that Eclipse that has been or is yet to be taken away, will be a form of Grace that blesses us.
What Does NASA Have To Say About This Eclipse?
From the NASA Solar Eclipse site (where you can find more than you could ever want to know about Solar Eclipses!)
The first solar eclipse of 2014 occurs at the Moon's descending node in southern Aries. This particular eclipse is rather unusual because the central axis of the Moon's antumbral shadow misses Earth entirely while the shadow edge grazes the planet. Classified as a non-central annular eclipse, such events are rare. Out of the 3,956 annular eclipses occurring during the 5,000-year period -2000 to +3000, only 68 of them or 1.7% are non-central (Espenak and Meeus, 2006).
The northern edge of the antumbral shadow first touches down in Antarctica at 05:57:35 UT. The instant of greatest eclipse occurs just six minutes later at 06:03:25 UT. For an observer at the geographic coordinates nearest the shadow axis (131° 15.6' E, 79° 38.7' S), the Sun would appear on the horizon during the 49-second annular phase. Six minutes later (06:09:36 UT), the antumbral shadow lifts off the surface of Earth as the annular eclipse ends. The entire zone of annularity appears as a small D-shaped region in eastern Antarctica.
A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, that includes the southern Indian Ocean, the southern edge of Indonesia and all of Australia. Local circumstances for a number of cities in Australia are found in Table 2. All times are given in Universal Time. The Sun's altitude and azimuth, the eclipse magnitude and obscuration are all given at the instant of maximum eclipse.
This is the 21st eclipse of Saros 148 (Espenak and Meeus, 2006). The family began with a series of 20 partial eclipses starting on 1653 Sep 21. The 2014 Apr 29 eclipse is actually the first annular eclipse of the series. It will be followed by another annular on 2032 May 09. The series switches to hybrid on 2050 May 20 followed by the first 40 total eclipses on 2068 May 31. After a final 12 partial eclipses, Saros 148 terminates on 2987 Dec 12.
More On the Influence of Eclipses
Besides the factor of where the shadow falls, in Astrology Eclipses are said to be most powerful when they conjunct the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven of a birth chart. When this happens it always brings endings related to the planets and sectors involved, but these can be of great benefit in clearing away old life factors that have no place in our future. As it was once sung, "something's lost and something's gained in living every day..."
Of course, besides these past echoes and the usual general effects, the Eclipse will also bring losses and endings where it falls in our individual birth charts. In an example of how a loss can work to great benefit, if it conjuncts the Saturn in a birth chart, it can indicate the ending of old, lesser responsibilities, limitations, or fears, and open the being to a greater sense of purpose. If it conjuncts Jupiter, then it could show the ending of an old philosophy or belief system and open the gates to something far greater.
This is the shortest Eclipse of the 4 we have this year, and as such, its effects will not be long lasting. That said, it will take something away. The great thing about this one is the sheer number of favorable aspects in play! I’ll discuss these in greater detail in the next articles on this Solar Eclipse.
Of note is that a friend of the site pointed out we also had an Annular Solar Eclipse at 9 Taurus back in 1995. After that event, misguided Republicans were successful in a disastrous US government shutdown over fiscal policy, a Taurus issue if ever there was one. We can only hope no such thing happens this time!
Other important things that happened within that Lunation period were 170 countries voted to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely, and His Holiness Dalai Lama proclaimed the current incarnation of the Panchen Lama. Of course other historical things happened later on during the many months that Eclipse was in effect.
Given a Solar Eclipse is a New Moon, then like all Lunations that work their influence over time, it's triggered by subsequent transits to those points. Thus we can assume this Eclipse will set developments into motion related to the Summer of 2011 and Spring of 2012, since Jupiter was all around 9 Taurus then.
We also should get major signs and signals related to this Eclipse when Venus, ruler of the Eclipse, moves across the degree between June 4-6. And on the distant horizon, even though the Eclipse itself will no longer be in effect, we will definitely experience an activation of whatever it’s about when Mars transits the degree on April 10-13, 2015.
That’s when we’ll see a dramatic initiative related to 9 Taurus, or something that compels our attention and forces us to act along lines promised by this Eclipse chart. And of course, each time the Moon transits 9 Taurus we should catch forms of what this Eclipse is taking away and/or substantiating.
This Eclipse and these transits are opportunities to understand our power to create happiness in some way, to dedicate ourselves to a greater good, or receive something that give us security in some way. This will show us the benefits to what has recently fractured, along with a penetrating perspective that will show us our genius as well as a plan in executing something that brings us a form of gain.
This will bring a much vaster feeling-experience of why things have had to end these past several years, and many will be blessed to flow on, since we all have to respond to the promptings of Spirit in our own way. No one can walk our Path for us. Each gets to walk their Way as they feel they need to. We are told it’s the means by which we get beyond authoritarian thinkers and perspectives.
In the next part of the series, we'll explore how this Eclipse will manifest and its astrological components, including Sabian Symbols, which signs will be most affected, and more on the incredibly favorable energies at work in this Annular Solar Eclipse. This one should be short and sweet!
For more on this one: Astrology in April 2014 - On The Threshold of An Annular Solar Eclipse at 9 Taurus
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