Has life been moving at a frantic pace? If so, you may already be feeling the dizzying effects of the hybrid solar eclipse set to take place on April 19/20, 2023. Known as a Ring of Fire eclipse, this rare celestial event occurs when the moon appears smaller than the sun, and the sun’s rays form a golden ring around the lunar planet.
To make this eclipse feel yet more intense, it falls smack in the house of Aries. As the sign of new beginnings and fresh starts, Aries promotes rapid-fire change and potent transformation. In Vedic Astrology, the April 19 solar eclipse will take place in the area of the sky known as the Ashwini Nakshatra. Ashwini represents the energy of the horse, which can outrun just about any animal.
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Moving forward at the speed of a horse, your life may feel a little out of control—or even scary—but hold tight to the reins and enjoy the ride. This eclipse is here to rocket you to your next level of evolution, whether you’re ready to buy a new home, settle down with a partner, or make a hard right turn in the direction of your career.
Events may unfold so quickly in the days surrounding the eclipse that you feel like you have to catch your breath. If that is the case, be sure to slow down, stay in the present moment, and take a few deep breaths to calm your over-stimulated nervous system. Change is good, but at this rate, it may also feel unnerving.
According to Hindu mythology, the Ashwini Nakshatra, or area of the sky, is ruled by a pair of twin brothers who are famous for their miraculous healing abilities. With a Ring of Fire eclipse in Ashwini, healing energies will be activated, and any parts of you in need of healing—whether they reside in the physical or spiritual bodies—could receive a noticeable boost.
At the same time, Jupiter, the planet of wisdom and guidance, will cross from the final degree of Pisces into fiery Aries. In Vedic Astrology, this configuration is known as the gandanta, or karmic knot; it represents the cusp of transformation, and is considered a dangerous threshold to cross. Karmic knots must be untangled, and a willingness to take bold steps is necessary in order to move forward. In the face of fear or uncertainty, summon your deepest courage and don’t be afraid to ask your angels and guides for signs that your path is clear.
The solar eclipse will occur on April 19 from 6:37 p.m. to 9:56 p.m. PST. It will only be visible in Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Pacific, but its effects will be felt worldwide. It may increase agitation and impatience in some people, so it’s best to avoid large crowds and be extra conscious while traveling or commuting.
On April 21, expansive Jupiter will leave Pisces and join volatile Rahu, the head of the eclipse snake, in war-like Aries. This transit marks the beginning of a new chapter in the political and social realms, and international affairs may reach a boiling point, making it more difficult to negotiate peaceful solutions in the near term. The upside is that social reforms may be enacted more swiftly than usual under these high-octane conditions.
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At the same time, on April 21, Mercury, the planet of communication and travel, will turn retrograde for three weeks, until May 14. While this may cause delays in travel, or snags in technology, it can also serve as a prime opportunity to retrace your steps and improve your strategies for the future. Mercury in retrograde is always a good time to take stock of the past.
In the meantime, the Ring of Fire eclipse in Ashwini will inspire much-needed changes and spark bold new ideas. If you’re open to transformation, it may come faster than you ever imagined it could.
How these planetary transits affect you personally depends on your birth chart. Book a Vedic Astrology reading to learn more.