April, 2014 is going to be a month to remember due to two Eclipses and a Cardinal Cross. Our Astrology expert, Kelli Fox, shares all!
On the 15th there’s a Lunar Eclipse in Libra and on the 29th there’s a Solar Eclipse in Taurus. From April 19th – 22nd there’s a major astrological configuration called a “Grand Cross” or “Grand Square” and as the foreboding names implies, it promises to be intense!
Let’s first examine the Eclipses which usually occur twice a year and set the tone for the following six months, especially if they trigger a planet in an individual’s birth chart. A Solar Eclipse is a super charged New Moon while a Lunar Eclipse is a super charged Full Moon.
The theme of the Lunar Eclipse on the 15th will be about relationships. Many Aries, Cancers, Libras and Capricorns will be affected, particularly those of you born toward the end of your sign. Issues around freedom and independence versus taking the relationship to the next level will be top of mind.
From a technical point of view, a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up with one another, creating an ‘Earth sandwich.’ A Lunar Eclipse can only happen at the time of the Full Moon, when a shadow of Earth is cast upon the Moon, darkening it.
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can last for hours and are visible from any place on Earth where it is nighttime. The shadow that is cast by Earth does not contain a sharply visible shadow line. Rather, it is more diffuse, with darker and lighter parts. The lighter part of the shadow is called a 'penumbra' while the darkest part is called an 'umbra.'
A 'penumbral eclipse' occurs when the Moon only passes through part of the shadow, and the Moon doesn’t look particularly dark. A 'total lunar eclipse' occurs when the Moon travels completely into the Earth's darkest shadow. If only part of the Moon enters the umbra, it is called a 'partial lunar eclipse,' and it looks like someone has taken a bite out of the Moon.
The Solar Eclipse on the 29th creates good financial opportunities, especially for April born Taurus, August born Virgos and December born Capricorns.
A solar eclipse can only occur during a New Moon, when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun to create a ‘Moon sandwich’ effect that gives the visual illusion of an eclipse.
There are four types of eclipses that can be seen from Earth. The most dramatic is a 'total eclipse,' which happens when the Sun is completely superimposed by the disc of the Moon, leaving only a bright corona shining behind the Moon. In order to see a total eclipse, you must be in the direct path of the Sun-and-Moon alignment.
An 'annular eclipse,' in which the Sun and Moon are exactly in line but the Moon is smaller than the Sun, shows a bright ring surrounding the outline of the Moon. A 'hybrid eclipse' is in between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the Earth it appears as a total eclipse, but at other locations, it appears to be annular. A 'partial eclipse' occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line, and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. The Sun looks like a bite has been taken out of it.
Solar eclipses last only a few minutes and should always be viewed with protective glasses. Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye, because eye damage may result -- and quickly! Since Earthlings are dependent on the Sun's rays for light, warmth and agriculture, it’s no wonder that common folk have historically feared eclipses, when the Sun appears to be eaten up by an invisible, but incredibly powerful, mysterious being!
Now, let’s take a look at the “Cardinal Cross” which is occurring between April 19th – 22nd. Be prepared for a very challenging week. Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto will be involved. Each will either be 90 degrees (a square) or 180 degrees (an opposition) apart from the other.
A Grand Cross or Grand Square is the most challenging configuration in astrology and is classified as a "major configuration." Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, being cardinal signs, will feel this on a personal level, as will anyone who has planets affected by this grand cross, but the most significant effects are likely to be political and geopolitical.
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