We are about to experience the first lunar eclipse of 2015 on April 4th, shortly after the first solar eclipse on March 20th. The period between a solar and a lunar eclipse is often intense and will frequently bring a sense of change and transformation both for individuals and for the world at large.
Lunar eclipse on Easter weekend — April 4, 2015
Both the solar eclipse on March 20th and the lunar eclipse on April 4th occur at times that we associate with significant transformation. The solar eclipse took place on the spring equinox and the lunar eclipse occurs this Easter weekend.
The lunar eclipse occurring this Easter is interesting from a historical perspective. It is believed that there was an eclipse during the crucifixion of Christ that took place on Friday, April 3rd, about 2000 years ago.
“Now when the sixth hour had come, it became dark over all the land until the ninth hour.”
~ Mark 15:33.
Some people have believed that it was a solar eclipse, while other suggest a lunar eclipse with “a moon that turned to blood”. Others argue that no total eclipse can last as long as three hours and that perhaps other natural phenomena occurred during this time.
In any case, we will experience a blood moon eclipse on Saturday April 4th. When the Earth casts its shadow on a full Moon and eclipses it the Moon may get a red glow known as a blood moon. This can only happen during a total eclipse. This total lunar eclipse is short in duration and reaches full eclipse at 5 am (PDT) on April 4, 2015. It can be seen in western North America, eastern Asia, the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.
From an historical perspective, one of the most transformative events for humanity took place on the original Easter about 2000 years ago. The day after Good Friday, was a time of loss and sorrow. However, Christ’s resurrection the following day was a time of great joy and victory of spirit over matter.
One may ponder upon the hidden meaning of the timing of these eclipses. Perhaps their timing can serve as a symbolic reminder that we are moving towards an age where humanity eventually will experience a higher consciousness.
What should you do during an eclipse?
Most astrologers reccommend that we do not initiate important activities during eclipses. The time is much more suitable for contemplation and silence. Honoring the inner life is also appropriate for those commemorating the drama that took place 2000 years ago and the mystical life of a great master.
Who will be most effected by the lunar eclipse?
Virgos may especially be influenced by the eclipse on April 4th with the Moon and Rahu transiting this sign. The Sun is opposite the Moon in Pisces, a sign that can express compassion, universal ideals and sacrifice. Mercury is very close to Ketu, also in Pisces, and Mercury expresses intuitive and visual contemplation rather than intellectual analyses in this position.
The planetary energies will become more stable during the second part of April.
Aries is powerful this April
People with their Ascendant, Sun or Moon in Aries might feel more energetic and confident than usual during April. Mars is the ruler of Aries and he will be transiting through his own sign for the entire month. This is a good position for Mars and Mars stays in Aries until May2nd. Mars will be joined by Mercury on April 11th and the Sun becomes exalted in Aries on April 14th. Aries are the initiators and this can be a good time for starting somethin new. However, Saturn in the 8th house from Aries may bring up unexpected obstacles.
Venus in Taurus brings creativity
People with their Ascendant, Sun or Moon in Taurus will benefit from having Venus in its own sign from April 6th and until May 2nd. Venus can express itself creatively in Taurus and knows how to enjoy the good things in life. When Mercury joins Venus in Taurus on April 26 things may get even better, though the aspect from Saturn on Venus can cause restrictions.
Jupiter changes gears
Jupiter will end his retrograde movement on April 8th and will station at 18 degrees Cancer until the end of the month. If you have any planets on or near this degree in any of the water signs, you will feel Jupiter’s influence quite strongly this month.
Astrological dates to remember for April 2015
April 4th: Lunar eclipse in Virgo
April 6th: Venus moves into Taurus
April 8th: Jupiter goes direct in Cancer
April 11th: Mercury joins Mars in Aries
April 14th: Sun joins Mars and Mercury in Aries
April 18th: New Moon in Aries
April 26th: Mercury moves into Taurus