The first eclipse of 2023 is a rare Hybrid1 Solar Eclipse (New Moon) with visibility in Australia and parts of Africa and Indonesia.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
9:12 p.m. PT
29°50′ Aries

The way must be in you; the destination also must be
in you and not somewhere else in space or time. If that kind
of self-transformation is being realized in you, you will arrive.
 — Thich Nhat Hanh

Eclipses typically occur in pairs, within two weeks of one another, and each pair generally takes place twice a year. The second eclipse of this pair occurs on May 5 — a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Scorpio. The second pair of eclipses will occur in October: a Solar Eclipse on the 14th in the sign of Libra and a Lunar Eclipse on the 28th in the sign of Taurus.

Astrologically, Solar Eclipses provide opportunities for transformation — the ending of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. All eclipses are powerful, but this one is especially so because:

1) The Sun is exalted in the sign of Aries.
2) It occurs at 29° Aries — a degree that’s super-charged with possibility.
3) This is a rare consecutive New Moon in Aries (the first was on March 21).
4) The planet Pluto is in close aspect.  

Eclipses occur on the Astrological Destiny Points (the nodal-axis of the Moon). As they revolve around our horoscopes, they bring about inner and outer revelations that support our soul’s intentions and evolutionary growth. Eclipses provide profound periods of regeneration when we align to our destiny and embrace needed change.

During last month’s New Moon in Aries Pluto was in the sign of Capricorn (29°) and this month it’s in Aquarius (0°) making very close aspects to both New Moons. You may recall from my last newsletter, which highlighted Pluto’s movement into Aquarius, that Pluto will be moving back and forth between these two signs until November of 2024.* This is important because each time it shifts from one sign to the other it will bring about further reorganization and the potential collapse of archaic patriarchal global systems.

Powerful psychic energies give birth to new information as the light of the luminaries darken during an eclipse. Just like the phoenix rising from the ashes anew and purified (Pluto), after an eclipse, we are presented with opportunities of rebirth — to get clear about the areas of our lives that are outmoded and in need of transformation.

Pay close attention to the revelations occurring in your life during this eclipse period as they are intended to guide and move you into your future. Set intentions that harness Pluto’s intense power and focus on the Aries themes of courage, exploration, and adventure so you can blaze brand-new trails of self-discovery and regeneration.

The ancient sages felt that eclipses were a time for meditation and learning — a special time to honor the spiritual aspects of your life. Try to keep your schedule light, remain internally focused, eat only pure foods, and do not consume alcohol. The veil between earth and the heavens is thinner during an eclipse, allowing you to more easily connect to the eternal universal wisdom that is your divine essence.

Hybrid Solar Eclipses look like either an Annular or Total Eclipse, depending on the viewers location. They are considered rare because of their infrequency: The last one was in 2013 and the next one won’t occur until 2031.

*Dates for Pluto’s movement back and forth between Aquarius and Capricorn:
March 23 – June 11, 2023
Capricorn: June 11, 2023 – January 20, 2024
Aquarius: January 20 – September 1, 2024
Capricorn: September 1 – November 19, 2024
Aquarius: November 19, 2024 – 
January 19, 2044

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