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This year brings a much-anticipated sensation: a total eclipse of the Sun on April 8. Read on to learn how the solar eclipse may affect YOUR zodiac sign (your solar eclipse horoscope), April 8 Zodiac readings, and how you should prepare for nature’s grandest event.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the total solar eclipse path, you are in for a treat. The sky will appear dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day, a spectacular sight to behold (with eclipse glasses, of course)!
What is a Total Solar Eclipse?
To review, an eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow that seems to block out the Sun. A Total Solar Eclipse occurs when the diameter of the Moon’s shadow appears bigger than the Sun’s. In that case, the day turns dark for the few minutes the eclipse is direct.
Although we now know it’s not a sign of end times, Eclipses still make people nervous. But there is no need to fear them. However, astrologers are usually cautious about this lunar event.
Astrology and Eclipses
The Moon controls the tides, and since humans are made of mostly water, it’s not rocket science to consider the Moon can affect us, too. New Moons signify fresh starts and a chance to plant seeds for the future, while Full Moons bring closure.
Eclipses always occur on New or Full Moons. This means they add intensity to these lunations. Some astrologers say eclipses are like “New or Full Moons on steroids.” They are unpredictable and wild. Often, they bring significant changes out of the blue. For example, a relationship may suddenly come to an end.
If something occurs around an eclipse, it’s best to go with the flow, even if you feel unprepared. Once the moondust settles, you’ll realize the changes were long overdue…and for the best.
The 2024 Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Aries
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 could mark a significant turning point. Because it’s a New Moon, it could be a forced fresh start or an unexpected opportunity. Whatever happens today may surprise you, but it might be the impetus for a new beginning.
This Eclipse happens in the sign of Aries. That means issues concerning independence, courage, and individuality will be on the front burner. It’s time to find your footing as the Universe nudges you out of your comfort zone. Blind conformity is out, while bold originality takes the wheel.
While these are general themes for the collective, what about individuals?
Horoscopes for the Total Solar Eclipse
Each zodiac sign will be affected differently. Here’s what you need to know for your sign:
1. Aries (March 21 to April 19)
The Total Solar Eclipse scores a direct hit if you’re born under the sign of the Ram. This day could feel dramatic, so it’s best to approach it mindfully. A chapter is coming to a close, opening the door for you to write an entirely new story. Because this Eclipse touches down on the Aries North Node, fate will play a role in any endings you experience. It’s best to move with this energy rather than your usual tendency to push back. A few days after this event, you’ll emerge like a phoenix rising from the ashes. This is the beginning of a new life - and a new you.
2. Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
This eclipse sits quietly in the privacy sector of your chart. Rather than affecting you outwardly, this is more like a gentle nudge to look within. If you can take the day off, do it. Spend your time in solitude, pondering the state of the world and your place in it. Reflect on how far you’ve come and where you want to go next. Give yourself the gift of solitude. If you are struggling with a personal issue, a revelation is possible. You might find the answer that frees you at last.
3. Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
Your social life is about to go through a purge. The Total Solar Eclipse will feel like a toto-rooter on your friend list. You are one of the most gregarious signs of the zodiac, with a circle of acquaintances as vast as the globe. But this Eclipse wants you to focus on quality rather than quantity. A few friendships may disappear around this day. Most likely, these were superficial connections or people you’ve outgrown. Let them go and make room for new companions.
4. Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
Be ready to step up your career game as the Total Solar Eclipse moves through the top of your chart. If you’ve settled for a lesser role at work, it’s time to leave your comfort zone and aim higher. Opportunities may open up, but you still need to take the initiative. Some old fears about imposter syndrome may arise. Do not let that hold you back. Break on through to the other side, and let your star rise!
5. Leo (July 23 to August 22)
For some Leos, this eclipse brings opportunities to travel. Schedule a trip on the Eclipse’s path if you can and soak up that energy! Or find another sunny spot to visit. It will brighten your spirit. Even if you cannot travel, you might find other ways to broaden your horizons. You might meet new people or decide to go back to school. The key is to take a leap of faith and keep an open mind.
6. Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
A fresh financial start is on the way. No matter where you stand before this Eclipse, a change will occur. You may receive news about a loan or settlement. Or a current investment may finally start to move in the right direction. Issues of giving and receiving will also crop up. If you’re giving more than you get, or vice versa, a rebalancing is coming.
7. Libra (September 23 to October 22)
You love to be in relationships, but now the Total Solar Eclipse demands you set your standards higher. Certain people are moving out of the picture, and while that may feel unsettling, it’s for your highest good. Let them go, especially if they are toxic. You no longer have to accept sub-par behavior from anyone. You might be forced to assert your needs as well. While that may be uncomfortable, once you start, you’ll see it brings a healthy balance to every partnership.
8. Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
The Total Solar Eclipse promises to shake up your career. You may reach a pinnacle around this day. If that happens, take a bow and be proud of what you’ve accomplished. It’s also possible a new job may open up. This could take you in an exciting new direction. While you’re reluctant to make sudden career changes, this opportunity might be the one that gets an instant yes. Also, if you have slacked off on your fitness goals, there is no better time to reboot your regimen.
9. Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
If you’re single, this eclipse could bring pleasant surprises. An unexpected spark with a new person may turn into something hotter. It’s best to remain open and see where things go. For partnered Archers, new levels are possible. You may be ready to put a ring on it or try for a baby. This Total Solar Eclipse also eliminates creative blocks, allowing your muse to come out and play.
10. Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
For Capricorns, home is their sanctuary. This lunation may give you a clear indicator of whether your living situation is right for you…or not. If you love your current residence, you might be ready to start long-term renovations. However, if you’re unsure, a change may occur that pushes you out of the nest. Either way, this will ultimately lead you to create the best place to hunker down. Family issues could also come into play. For example, you may receive news about a loved one. Or you might be ready to cut ties with a meddling relative. If that creates peace, so be it.
11. Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Your mind is about to get clear as a bell. The Total Solar Eclipse eliminates doubt, worry, and mental blocks. Suddenly, you see the light and know exactly what to do. If you have been stuck between multiple options, the way forward will be obvious. This Eclipse could also open up the way for new adventures. Gather your friends and hit the road. If you’re daring, follow the path of the Eclipse. It could be just what your wanderlust needs!
12. Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Pisces is rarely about money. But once this Total Solar Eclipse hits the financial sector of your chart, you might change your mind. Suddenly, a new revenue stream may appear. Or you might devise a genius idea for a side hustle that turns profitable in a flash. Old fears about materialism may bubble up. Let those go. Remember: the more you earn, the more people you can help. Once you begin attracting the cash, you can spread your wealth.
How to Deal With Eclipses
Here are five more general suggestions for the Total Solar Eclipse:
Take it easy. The energy of Eclipses can be extreme, so it’s best to remain as mellow as possible.
Avoid making major decisions until a day or two has passed. By then, you’ll better understand where things are heading.
Situations or people may be “eclipsed” out of your life. Let it go, and trust that it’s for the best.
Stay alert for opportunities. If something ends, there is usually a new beginning shortly after.
If the solar eclipse happens around your birthday, this could mark a significant life change. Think of it as a rebirth. However, you’ll want to guard your well-being. This is not the time to take a risk with your health. That bungee jumping adventure can wait.