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The Solar Eclipse on April 29, 2014

The Astronomy

A Solar Eclipse is a special type of New Moon when the Moon is directly between the Sun and Earth. That is, they are aligned near the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun and the apparent annual path of the sun).

The moon's orbit is inclined by 5 degrees to the ecliptic; the two points where they intersect are called the Moon's Nodes, identified as the ascending node (North) and the descending node (South). Eclipses occur during two periods each year when the apparent motion of the Sun meets up with the nodes. The closer the Moon is to the center of the line between the Sun and Earth, the more total the eclipse.

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely obscures the Sun over a relatively narrow band across the Earth's surface, its shadow racing generally eastward.

Non-total eclipses include the annular, when the Moon is farther from the Earth and appears smaller, so the Moon does not completely block the Sun but leaves a ring around the rim; and the partial, when the Moon is slightly off center, blocking only a portion of the Sun.

The fourth type of solar eclipse is the hybrid, also known as an annular/total. Just over 5% of solar eclipses fall in this category, making the hybrid eclipse something of a rarity.

The solar eclipse on April 29 is an annular eclipse visible only in a small section of Antarctica. A partial eclipse will be visible from parts of Australia and the southern Indian ocean.

For more information, visit the NASA Page for this Eclipse.

The Astrology

A solar eclipse is a New Moon with tremendous impact. The Sun that gives us life and lights our path is joined briefly with the dark and mysterious qualities of the Moon. The Moon blocks the light of the Sun. In this moment of perceived darkness, spirituality and the psyche combine anew, beginning another cycle in the spiral of our personal development.

This solar eclipse takes place with the Sun and Moon at 08 degrees and 52 minutes of Taurus. The last time there was a solar eclipse close to this degree was April 29, 1976, and again on April 29, 1995. Think back to the personal themes in your life during the spring and early summer of those years and review the progress of your personal growth over the last one or two 19 year cycles.

All eclipses indicate change; solar eclipses signify beginnings and usually manifest as events in the outer world. At solar eclipses we: begin something new, make promises to ourselves, commit, announce, present ourselves, show up, make plans, select events, make decisions, rise to the challenge, make an effort, change, mature, take on greater challenges, travel at a faster pace, feel restless, feel pressured by deadlines and a buildup of emotions, experience a crisis and feel excited.

In astrology, we also note at which of the Moon's nodes the eclipse occurs. North nodal eclipses have a personal orientation and symbolize personal identity, ego and the physical body. South nodal eclipses are other-oriented and symbolize a spouse or significant other, relationships and new perspectives based on interaction with others.

This is a south nodal eclipse, suggesting that we are being called to use previously learned skills and talents in new ways and that the opportunities to do so will come through others.

As noted in the Astronomy section above, this is an annular eclipse; the Moon does not obscure the light of the Sun. One way of interpreting the symbolism of this fact is that neither the masculine/active/yang energy of the Sun nor the feminine/receptive/yin energy of the Moon dominates. Rather, the joining of the two forces could be described as integrative and unifying, a process of becoming whole. Indicating perhaps that with this eclipse there is an opportunity to experience that sense of integration firsthand, in our personal lives and on a global level.

The heightened impact of eclipse energy can be felt by everyone as much as 3 months in advance and has subtle reverberations for as long as 3 years afterwards. Although the energies are most prominent for a week on either side of the eclipse (many feel a heightened sense of anxiety during this period), the influence on events continues. Eclipse periods are extremely active, often associated with meaningful events and public exposure.

image of Tarot card The tarot card associated with the sign of Taurus is Tarot Key #5 - The Hierophant. The Hierophant is the figure of a spiritual master. Symbolic of Divine knowledge, he represents the connecting link between personal and universal consciousness. Ruled by Venus, he values the ideals of love, harmony and harmlessness. Confer with The Hierophant for a peaceful moment and listen to the voice within for guidance to a Truth you can act on.

Sabian Symbol: 9 Taurus
A Fully Decorated Christmas Tree"

Dane Rudhyar's interpretation of the symbolic degree of this eclipse lists the keynote: "The ability to create inner happiness in dark times."

Degree Affirmation: I am inspired and informed by observing nature.

The Chart:

This chart tells us that adapting to change is necessary, but life circumstances appear to be morphing faster than we've been able to adjust. Optimism and opportunities are available. The challenge is allowing yourself some peaceful moments versus letting yourself become stressed out. Concerns about your independence and maintaining control can throw things out of balance. Time spent appreciating nature will restore balance and shift your mind to a more creative space.

If your birthday falls around Jan 28, Feb 27, Mar 14 or 29, Apr 29, May 30, June 14 or 30, Aug 1, Sep 1 or 16, Oct 1, Nov 1 or 30, Dec 15 or 30, your current experiences will have impact lasting three years. Expect to see current themes begin to develop ambitiously on their own in early midwinter 2015. A full understanding of the impact of this period will begin to unfold in summer 2016.

When an eclipse falls on your birthday, you can definitely count on an eventful year ahead. However, it does not have to be in your sun sign for you to feel its effects. If it makes any contacts to a planet or personal point in your chart, your experience of the eclipse will be intensified. A qualified astrologer can determine the placement of an eclipse in your chart and advise you about what to expect, along with how to make the most of the potential offered.

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