We are about to enter eclipse season. The Aries/Libra polarity is again emphasised, nine years after the last time eclipses fell into these signs. The Nodal Axis’ journey around the zodiac takes around 18 years, therefore every 9 the axis comes back to the same signs, but inverted.
The Solar eclipse of April 20th will fall at 29 Aries, an Anaretic degree of great instability. Also, it will be a rare Hybrid eclipse, so it will shift from total to annular and vice versa. Throughout the 21st century, only 3.1% of eclipses will be hybrid ones.
Eclipses are boosted lunar phases; this is because when they occur, both luminaries are aligned in celestial longitude (ecliptic coordinate) and declination (equatorial coordinate). During an eclipse, the proximity of the Moon’s celestial latitude to zero places it close enough to the ecliptic circle. This is why our satellite either partially/totally obscures the Sun during Solar Eclipses, or lies within the Earth’s umbral/penumbral cone during Lunar Eclipses.
The nodes haven’t yet shifted to Aries/Libra, but they will do so by mid-year. Since January 2022, when the axis entered Taurus/Scorpio, the global financial situation has been suffering a lot. With the arrival of the solar eclipse of April 20th 2023, this pattern may begin to shift.
The New Moon will be squaring Pluto, which is in early Aquarius. This brings a dramatic flavour, a need for critical change, and the possibility of power struggles. Its shadow path will cross South East Asia, particularly Eastern Indonesia, and its subsequent activations may contribute to the high seismic activity of the area.
Eclipses tend to reveal their messages slowly, especially when the Sun and Mars transit in conjunction or opposition to the eclipsed degree. Mars will be at 29 Libra in October 2023, then at 29 Aries in June 2024, again at 29 Libra in September 2025, and back to 29 Aries in May 2026. The charts affected by the New Moon will be likely to experience changes during those periods.
At the moment of exact conjunction, the luminaries will be angular over Beijing. This occurs while Xi Jinping’s progressed Sun enters Virgo and is opposed by Saturn in early Pisces. The 1949 Chinese Republic’s chart has a rising Moon in early Aquarius, right where Pluto is going to be over the next couple of years. What kind of major transformation looms over the country?
Pope Francis’ Midheaven is rather close to the eclipsed degree, if the reported time is correct (Astrodatabank). Next year he is going to experience a progressed Sun-Saturn conjunction (and 3rd Saturn return), so the months ahead may be quite significant for the Vatican as well.