Eclipse degree: 25 degrees of Libra
I would love to say that the lunar eclipse due to arrive to us on April 15th offers a very cut and dry message. However, this lunation will take place in the midst of chaos, and its energies will be spread around, pinging this way and that, which causes obstruction in simplicity of the eclipse. Not that there was anything simple about it to begin with.
First off, the lunar eclipse that took place in October occurred at 25 degrees of Aries, and originally opened the door on the other side of the matter that we are facing this month. The first murmurings of endings were found in October with a cry of indignation that produced our longings for fairness in situations that had no real solution. Our hearts may have been torn between two options, and as we placed temporary solutions in as reinforcements in November and December. From these reponses, something again arose from the ashes that would displace our best laid plans towards rectification. After January, new dreams may have been replaced with old characters, as it seems our pre-October intentions could not find the strength of a breeze that would allow our hopes to soar.
I don’t necessarily like this flip side of the coin either. Here, many of us were, ready to give up the old, perhaps even thought we knew what to take out of the past and were ready to fly away towards new lands of success. Then, just as we began sorting it all out, April entered the scene. I am not April’s biggest fan, but leave it to the universe to correct our path and open our eyes to realizations that would have been missed otherwise.
First, Uranus met with the Sun in the beginning of April and more surprises landed on our doorstep, redirecting our future plans. And now, this April 15th lunar eclipse, in the exact opposition of October, reopens the wounds we encountered then. Yet, the finality of this eclipse will not let us temporarily glide by on our own delusional plans. Still, we cannot see much anyway, considering characters are coming and going and the noise levels in major areas of our lives are screaming for attention. We still are not finished with surprises. I suspect that just when we have adjusted our emotions to certain levels, the opposite will happen again. Love me, leave me, success, failure, happiness, crisis- hey, we have it all in April.
A few years ago, I might have been shocked by the craziness of this month, but that was pre-2008. No, I was hit hard and nothing can really shock me anymore. I suspect many of you have experienced the same situations which have tested your mind, body and spirit in ways that others could not dream. Those of you with cardinal signs understand what I mean, for sure. So, I believe that even though lessons are tough, we learn as we go, and so, we become tougher. That is what April calls us to do. We need a ride or die attitude and one that allows us to step up to the plate and make decisions that improve our lives, without being tied down by emotional blackmail.
While many stressors hit us in April, the lunar eclipse really focuses on that lingering problem as told by the sign of Venus ruled Libra. Relationships, resources, legalities, fairness, government, and justice: these are all issues that all of us will face this month. Again, think back to October and really keep this situation in mind, because now endings will present and a door will be closed that cannot be reopened. These matters can no longer continue in unhealthy patterns, and it is time to claim our peace by marking boundaries associated with these subjects. Still, Venus, the ruler of this eclipse is under the spell of Neptune as this eclipse takes place. My goodness, it seems we are being allowed to redirect ourselves towards ways that seem to be an optional successful path, but there is deception present. I think that we are going to have to head towards an option that we aren’t willing to let go of yet, just to exhaust the avenues of that path.
Let us look at the details of the eclipse. So, the eclipse at 25 degrees of Libra, sets up the situation similar to October, but there are new arguments present. While the eclipse does not reach out directly to touch another planet, the October-like situation is surrounded by other stressful factors. First, Uranus is conjunct Mercury in Aries, bringing sudden changes in communication, travel, war, earthquakes, or eruptions. This conjunction is exactly square to Pluto in Capricorn. My friends, this eclipse should be named “The Deliverer”, as there is a message to take place in the week before or after the eclipse that causes major destruction in our personal lives and perhaps globally. Pluto brings jealousy, endings, death, destruction and transformation. As I write this, I am reminded of “The Tower” card in tarot. It is the great upheaval that makes us redirect our thoughts, intentions and priorities. Yet, in April, our issue of change here lies in Libra. So we are forced to adjust to changes involving Venus ruled situations such as money, relationships, and Libra ruled issues such as government and justice. We are asked to balance our miseries or complications despite all of the chaos that surrounds us. And then again, when we look at the chart ruler, which is Venus, there she is, floating on a dream-smoking her weed, next to her deceptive enabler, Neptune. I want to laugh, but this is not funny. The addictions of our lives are clouding our view, but the universe has been designed in a way for a great purpose. Self-actualization will be extremely important this month, as we try and discern the strangeness of the affairs around us.
Jupiter stands his ground in the battle, but it is a little hard to whistle while he works, as Saturn does not back him up right now. Nope, Grandfather Saturn, the timekeeper, knows that this is not the time or the place. I see him smiling with the wise upturn of one corner of the lip. Oh, he is infuriating, but my Capricorn Mars and ASC adores him. He understands that everything has been turned upside down to give us what we are pining for, or to take away what we thought we were unsure of. He knows that since we cannot make decisions, we have been given one.
Mars, is working his way back to discuss more issues with the clan of Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter. It’s one heck of a reunion, especially since Pluto is prepared to leave the party moving backwards to continue spewing his angst about past lessons that we refuse to learn. Jupiter is the only one here willing to move forward with any optimism, but his efforts are blocked and we are allowed to fall from grace.
In some ways, our newfound hopes and dreams are being hijacked by our familial dramas, financial affairs, relationship delusions, and we are struggling to balance these issues that have come along like a rushing river of
emotion. Ok, well maybe like a river full of electric eels.
While this eclipse is “The Deliverer” of messages we may not want, there are still real situations that we will continue to put up with. That is the real reason that we do not have a real solution here. How do I know this? Because the universe is not finished bringing these planetary players together. We still have two more meetings of Uranus and Pluto before 2016, which says to me, that while we are thinking about what luggage we like, we are not ready to pack our bags and move on from the past quite yet. We should also know that “the past” is not necessarily a person or a situation, but more of a state of mind. Until we put real boundaries in place that define what we really need, and stop making excuses for ourselves and others, we will continue meeting the same characters to relive the same lessons over and over.
We have decided on a path in life, one that we have been allowed hope in, despite its ramifications. In order for this situation to really work, there are people and situations that are present that we must rid ourselves of. Depsite our best efforts and determination to make this decided area a success, others will not cooperate. We may become emotional. Why? Because what we thought was a plan for success, may be an illusion. It is a twisted reality, and it may
take us six months to iron out the complications and indecisiveness that will come from the decisions that we make this month. For whatever reason, the universe has given us a view to an alternate solution in life, to make us realize just who or what we need, is or is not a viable option in life.
Here is an example that many cardinals will face: Suppose you are given two choices. Option A seems hard or impossible to reach, and Option B is right in front of you but is defective. Yet, you are attached to Option B. In April, you may reach for Option B, but will again be disappointed because despite your best efforts, it may remain broken. The truth is, you have to either reach for Option A, or search for an Option C. You cannot continue to stand there holding Option B unless you are willing to live with all of the defects.