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Solar Eclipse 2024: Your Complete Guide to the April 8 Solar Eclipse

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Now that the March 25 lunar eclipse has gone by, all eyes are on the solar eclipse 2024. Astrologically speaking, it's crucial to have all the information you need to navigate the celestial event. While everyone is talking about the solar eclipse, you might be wondering, what is an eclipse? Or, what does this mean astrologically? Don't worry, we've got you. Here, we break down what an eclipse is, what the Nodes of Destiny are, when the eclipse is happening, and what it all means.

Here's your complete guide the solar eclipse 2024, including the facts to help you survive and thrive.

What Is an Eclipse?

Eclipses occur when the sun, moon, and Earth line up. How they line up can cause two types of eclipses: a lunar eclipse or a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse happens during the new moon when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking our view of at least part of the sun; a total solar eclipse (like the one happening on April 8) is when the moon completely blocks the sun.

A lunar eclipse happens during the full moon, when the earth's shadow blocks out our view of the moon.

Astrologically speaking, eclipses occur when the moon reaches the upper and lower boundaries of the elliptical orbit known as the Lunar Nodes, AKA the North and the South Node of Destiny. When the moon reaches these points, and when it's in perfect alignment with the sun and earth, eclipses occur. Spiritually, they are markers for essential lifetimes that bring change. Eclipses bring matters to light and urge us to take action towards dealing with them. Yes, they are naturally erratic, making the universe's information unpredictable, exciting, and unforeseen — until now.

What Are The Nodes of Destiny?

The transiting Lunar Nodes of Destiny depict the journey we are going through for the 1.5 years they orbit two opposite signs. They work in pairs, and the Aries-Libra axis is currently being aspected. Astrologically, the Lunar Nodes of Destiny show us where our karma is. The North Node of Destiny (what we are moving toward), currently in Aries (and has been since July 17, 2023), tells us that we must pull in more endeavors that focus on ourselves. It’s teaching us that it's ok to be selfish and to put ourselves first. The South Node (what we are moving away from) of Destiny, which is in Libra, is pushing us to release outdated relationship beliefs. With the North Node in Aries, it's all about connecting with what we love, what speaks to our heart on the soulful level. And because The South Node is in Libra, it is pushing us not to overthink and stop trying to make things work that aren't.

What Do Eclipses Mean, According To Astrology?

Eclipses hold a special place in astrology, as they are believed to be moments when we step into our fate and destiny. These celestial events align with the North and South Lunar Nodes, pushing us to move toward our life path and break out of our comfort zones. Eclipses are also known to bring breakthroughs and shake up our lives.

The lunar eclipse, a potent full moon, is a time for reflection, understanding, and rejuvenation. On the other hand, the solar eclipse, an intense new moon, signifies new beginnings and fresh starts. It is also a moment when we cannot access our intuition, as the moon, which governs our intuition, is obscured in the cosmos. It's essential to surrender to the universe during this time and let things unfold. Eclipses illuminate matters that need to be worked on and can reveal secrets.

Watch Out For Mercury Retrograde This Eclipse Season!

In the upcoming eclipse season, we should also take note of Mercury's retrograde journey from April 1 to April 25. This trickster planet will be in its pre-retrograde shadow during the lunar eclipse on March 25 and in retrograde during the solar eclipse on April 8. This means that many past circumstances may resurface during this time. We must be prepared to take action toward making our lives better and not resist the growth that the universe is bringing.

The Solar Eclipse On April 8, 2024

What Is A Total Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon align and the sun is obscured by the moon completely. The total solar eclipse 2024 will also occur during a supermoon, which means that the moon will be perigee, in closer proximity to our planet, making its effects feel more intense on us Earthlings.

When Will The Solar Eclipse Occur?

The solar eclipse 2024 happens on April 8, but when (or if) you see the eclipse depends on where in the world you are. This map from NASA can help you figure out when to start staring into the sun (with eclipse glasses, obviously).

How Long Is The Eclipse?

The eclipse totality is 4 minutes and 28 seconds.

What Is The “Path Of Totality”

The path of totality refers to the places where viewers on the ground can see a true total solar eclipse. The 2024 solar eclipse will travel from Texas to Maine in the United States. People in the following places will have a full view:

Dallas, Texas

Idabel, Oklahoma

Little Rock, Arkansas

Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Paducah, Kentucky

Carbondale, Illinois

Evansville, Indiana

Cleveland, Ohio

Erie, Pennsylvania

Buffalo, New York

Burlington, Vermont

Lancaster, New Hampshire

Caribou, Maine

The eclipse will be visible from other places, but the total eclipse will follow the above path.

The Astrology Of The Great American Solar Eclipse:

During a solar eclipse, the sun and the moon unite in a sign on the Nodes of Destiny. This particular eclipse combines the sun in Aries and the moon in Aries together on the transiting North Node (therefore, it's about what we are pulling into our lives). Mercury, moving through its retrograde journey in Aries, will connect with the solar eclipse. Also, the healing centaur Chiron (“the wounded healer, who ironically could not heal themself”), who's in Aries and nurturing asteroid Ceres in Capricorn, will connect with the eclipse.

With Mercury retrograde in full force, the eclipse's effects might be delayed slightly, so we may not feel its impact for a few weeks. So, in the weeks after, it's important to tread lightly because you never know what aftershocks might be. Miscommunications, travel delays, and technological mishaps will happen. Back up information and consider the tonality of messages before sending a text or email to avoid communication issues.

The “Chironeclipse” is going to allow us to release the past. We will use our innate wisdom, as well as the guidance and advice of others, to help us attain an understanding of what we want to bring into our lives through nurturing our hearts and ourselves. We can find the light within ourselves in the darkness of the solar eclipse and move towards making our passions a reality.

Tears will be shed, hearts may be broken, relationships may start and end, and people will start their journey on the path that ignites their souls. It's time to release and surrender to the universe and let go of whatever's not working for us or aligned with ourselves and bring in every new beginning that comes from some other beginning's end. After all, this is a total solar eclipse of the heart, so we are moving to what we desire and love.

The moment has come for us to put our needs first, and what that is may differ from what we thought it would be, but we are working with our destiny, which is making us more enlightened and aware of what it is.

What Zodiac Signs Will Be Affected The Most During Both Eclipses:

The eclipse will likely affect everyone somehow, regardless of their zodiac sign. However, those with Cardinal Sun signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn) may experience the most intense emotional impact from the solar eclipse, leading them to reflect and act to elevate their lives.

Lunar Eclipse on March 25, 2024

The lunar eclipse 2024 was a penumbral lunar eclipse. Here's what you need to know:

What Is A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon travels through the outer part of the earth's shadow, known as the penumbra, causing the moon to dim slightly. According to Nasa, these kinds of eclipses can be difficult to notice — if you're not in the know, you might miss it.

This is also a micromoon, meaning the moon is at apogee and will be further away from the Earth than usual, making it appear smaller. The next partial lunar eclipse will occur on September 17, 2024, on the Pisces-Virgo nodal axis.

When did The 2024 Lunar Eclipse Occur?

On March 25, at 12:53 a.m. EDT.

How Long Is The Eclipse?

It lasted four hours and 39 minutes.

Why Is It Called “The Worm Moon Eclipse?”

The Old Farmer's Almanac refers to the March full moon as the “Worm Moon" because March is when the earth begins to thaw in the Northern Hemisphere and life begins anew. The names of the full moons are drawn largely from Native tribes, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The Astrology Of The Lunar Eclipse:

Being that a lunar eclipse is a highly potent full moon, we are releasing a lot of energy from our lives and our hearts. The lunar eclipse will fall on the South Node of Destiny, giving us a chance to let go. Pluto in Aquarius is giving the lunar eclipse a lot of enthusiasm to evolve and transform — but not without frustration.

We will use the lunar eclipse in Libra as a chance to change our relationship patterns and partnerships for the better. Secrets will be revealed, some of which may alter our future and view of others. This lunar eclipse will push us to decide if we are committing to who and what we love and what we are most passionate about. If a situation or relationship isn't aligned with our hearts, we might put it on ice for a little while and focus on other matters.

Don't worry; it's not all doom and gloom, especially with the asteroid Pallas, which is in Sagittarius, is present at the lunar eclipse degree. This means we will fight for what we want, and partnerships have a better chance of augmenting than breaking up. We're just seeing things for how they are and want to make sure that they are growing with us, and we are leaving the parts of the relationship behind that we don't like.

How the Eclipses Will Impact Your Zodiac Sign

Aries

On March 25, the lunar eclipse will shine a light on the relationship sector of your chart, bringing attention to both the partnerships you want to continue and those that are no longer serving you. By the time the solar eclipse on April 8 arrives, you'll be prepared to release any people or situations that are holding you back to grow and evolve.

Taurus

The lunar eclipse encourages you to enhance your daily routine and bring some order into your life. On the other hand, the solar eclipse suggests that you seek a spiritual pursuit like practicing meditation or yoga. To discover what resonates with you deeply, you must look within yourself to figure out what endeavor speaks to you.

Gemini

The lunar eclipse is a time to tap into your creative side and step out of your comfort zone to embrace your talents. However, be aware that conflicts with friends may arise when the solar eclipse occurs, as you may struggle to gain their acceptance due to jealousy, or they may feel as though you're not giving them the attention or affection they need. Proceed with compassion.

Cancer

Don't be afraid to show your genuine emotions. You are kind and compassionate, always willing to support those you care about. As the lunar and solar eclipse approach, make sure that the people you are close to are reciprocating your feelings. You should always be given the same empathy and love you offer others.

Leo

During Mercury's pre-retrograde shadow period, which coincides with the lunar eclipse, you might say regretful things. However, you can make amends with those you might have offended by saying inappropriate things. Mercury's moonwalk overlaps with the solar eclipse on April 8, offering a chance to be forgiven and show your most accurate sentiments.

Virgo

Both eclipses offer a chance for you to heal the past. Chiron's presence during the solar eclipse is going to give you a moment to mend your heart and previous wounds, while the lunar eclipse gives you a chance to embrace your fabulousness and to stand in your power. Be gentle on yourself and give yourself TLC. You got this, Virgo!

Libra

To deepen the connection with your crush, it's best to engage in activities that promote intimacy. Instead of opting for mundane activities like going to the movies, try to plan events like painting that allow for better communication and bonding. Consider doing enjoyable things together that can create lasting memories and help strengthen your relationship.

Scorpio

The lunar eclipse may keep you on your toes and busy running around town and leave you feeling tired or energetically depleted. However, taking advantage of the solar eclipse’s energy can provide an opportunity to get your life organized, avoiding the need to work excessively and freeing up more time for yourself by opening up your calendar to more social events.

Sagittarius

The lunar eclipse can provide a fresh perspective and awaken your heart to new ideas. Perhaps consider volunteering as a way to give back. The upcoming solar eclipse may bring about a situation that aligns with your passions and values, so take the opportunity to pursue activities that can bring positive change to yourself and the world.

Capricorn

The upcoming eclipses might be able to assist you in finding a balance between your personal life at home and your academic life. This indicates that you may need to prioritize your family more and put extracurricular projects on the back burner. You're doing your best to accommodate everyone; don't be hard on yourself if you can't give 100%.

Aquarius

To resolve disagreements with friends and family, it's essential to be a smooth talker and carefully choose your words. Take the time to listen to what they have to say and then think about your response before speaking. Avoid being impulsive or reactive, as this can escalate the situation. Instead, aim to communicate calmly and assertively to find a resolution that works for everyone.

Pisces

During the lunar eclipse, make sure to only keep trusted friends around who will always have your back. Having a supportive squad will make you feel safe and secure, and by the time the solar eclipse comes around, you'll be ready to take on anything. Knowing that you have a group of reliable buddies to rely on during times of need will give you the confidence to conquer the world.

This article was first published on March 22, ahead of the 2024 lunar eclipse.


Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue


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