The Cosmic Stage article for April has been heavily weighing on me for a few weeks now. I’ve written, rewritten and scrapped several drafts. It’s been challenging to express in a short article, the magnitude of changes taking place.
Essentially, April 2014 will be a month we remember individually, collectively, or both. The cosmic energies have been moving toward a peak of intensity and are culminating. We are at a crossroads. Planetary alignments associated with major transformation are occurring during the later part of April as the earth and its beings will experience a significant Cardinal Grand Cross. Stay tuned for another Cosmic Stage post about this major event.
In the meantime, we’ve got an eclipse window coming up, beginning with a total lunar eclipse on April 15, and ending with an annular solar eclipse on April 29. This time frame is a cauldron that also holds potential for radical change and transformation, both internally and externally. This lunar eclipse is the first in a four-eclipse cycle, two this year and two in 2015. All four will be visible to most of us in North America.
Beginning at 12:53 a.m. EDT, the eclipse will be visible in its entirety from North and South America, New Zealand and Hawaii. At 3:06, it will reach totality, at 3:46, the sun, earth and moon will be almost exactly in line and the light of the moon will appear at its dimmest. Totality ends at 4:24 a.m.
From a Shamanic Astrology perspective, a total lunar eclipse is a super charged full moon. The sun’s light is no longer visible and the earth is able to see its shadow. Its impact is particularly significant to those who can visibly see it. Expect to see major events and changes taking place here in the United States.
April’s lunar eclipse is in the sign of Libra, highlighting relationships and partnerships, justice and equality. The leading edge of this expression personally and globally has to do with co-creative relationships based on consciousness and equality. Partnerships that take into account each one’s viewpoint and agreements that are formed so that all can experience a win-win.
Relationships may come to an end, some unexpectedly. Others may begin in the same fashion. Doing ceremony with this powerful moon is highly recommended. Envision the kind of partnerships you want for yourself, and then for the entire planet. Have gratitude for how much you have learned about yourself through your relationships.
An additional feature of this eclipse will be the visibility of the fixed star Spica, situated to the right and below the moon. This is the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo and one of the 21 brightest stars in the sky. In Shamanic Astrology, the constellation Virgo is referred to as the Virgin Priestess and Spica is considered to be the most important star representing the mysteries of the sacred feminine.
According to space.com columnist Joe Rao, “A close approach of the eclipsed moon and a particular star is a rather rare event. It last happened with Spica on the night of April 12 and 13, 1968. The next time a bright star will approach as closely to a totally eclipsed moon will be on Feb. 25, 2510…”
This “time out of time” portal is highly potent. Give yourself as much space as you can to ground, meditate, spend time in nature, near water, and connecting with the earth. Be with others you feel nurtured by. Many are experiencing chaotic energy, and I’ve noticed this is particularly evident when I’m out on the road. Keep focused, stay aware and bring your own light of clarity to whatever situation you find yourself.
© Holly Alexander 2014