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Pisces: Happy Birthday to all my gorgeous, sensitive and magical Pisces friends. 2016 is a great year for Pisces and as your birthday month begins, you will notice a huge surge of energy to step into the forefront, complete the tasks that you have left undone and strive for top achievements in anything and everything you set your mind to. The universe will provide you with the right connections to launch your ventures. In your house of relationships there are some slight challenges. You will either cut the ties or shift the energy to create flow for more peaceful waters. Spring will lighten up your heartstrings so love could be in the air.

Aries: You are feeling that pent up fire energy, just waiting to explode! There is lot of potential to achieve tjis month, but with one condition, have an unbeatable strategy. Your focus is on self-knowledge, new adventures and passion of body mind and spirit. You emerge this spring with a mission to lead groups, raising awareness in your community. With great vigor and enthusiasm you are dynamic, you inspire of change. Be careful because immunity is relatively low until the 15th.         

Taurus: You could possibly feel the earth moving from under your secure footing, which freaks you out a bit as you are plodding, practical, stable nature is tested. However the shake up is just what you need to wake up! You will have a frenzy people swarming you with ideas, new ventures and all things related to business. I know it’s exciting and fearful to feel out of control. Make the choice to keep grounded, yet flexible allowing things to flow. This will give you an advantage and provide you with a new vision for the next steps of your life.

Gemini: Awe that wonderful mercurial mind is at work. You live for the excitement, the change, while craving stimulation. This is perfectly fine; just remember to use your mind and your charm to do great things. Gifted in the art of gab, your conversations take on some weight, as you dive into uncharted waters. Yes you can rally with the best of them. Just make sure your up on the facts. The eclipse, takes place in your house of career and achievements. Expect a change or an unusual event. Possibly it will be the end of a partnership or contract, as Gemini’s house of partnerships is put to the test by Mars and Saturn.

Cancer: Feeling a little dull drum? Maybe it feels like you are having the blues? Fear not! my little water babies. You just need a little time to recharge your batteries. Do that and you will blossom like no other. Serious work issues will have you solving emergencies, but you are up to the task. Your next couple of months are like new buds waiting to open up and say hear I am! Yes, you are in for some unbridled fun with family and friends. If asked to travel, do so as it  will be advantageous for business.

Leo: Your having had a lovely streak of luck and recognition, so much so you can hardly believe it. This March you are generous with others as you involve yourself with many causes. Your philanthropic will gain some notoriety. Your love life gets an overhaul as you approach the end of spring. Early summer things will steam up with romance and passion. Prrrrrrr.

Virgo: March is a very intense month for you in terms of feelings. The eclipse takes place in Virgo’s house of relationships. Expect a lot of romantic potential, but is not without risk. The wrong gesture, could break something you did not want to break. Your private time is spent in meditation, yearning for answers. Your focus has been turning toward spiritual connection, as you try to connect. You will attract others that are like-minded, as they will assist you on your journey. You seek authenticity and integrity in everything. This month you will strive for in yourself and those who become close to you. Namste.

Libra: The Sun eclipse sees a significant event in your career, that could surprise you. What should you do next? You might have been feeling a little frustrated with the status quo. Don’t fret, collect yourself, be patient, breath and let everything flow. You have worked hard. Now allow it to yield and enjoy where you are. Enjoy what is now and be in the moment. This will serve you well as things start popping up in spades early to mid April. It’s possible that what you thought would happen or what you wanted to happen didn’t. No worries because it turns out so much better, which makes it completely awesome.

Scorpio: Romance and sensuality,  bring a possibly new love. With an eclipse in March anything can and will happen. Careful, though, not to spend too much as love and money don’t agree with each other during this term. In work your focus is on the details. You have such an intense need for perfection this month that it feels like your the only one who can get it done right. A large percentage of this is ego driven. So make sure to lighten up a bit and play well in the sandbox with others. As spring gets underway you feel the need to become a little more assertive romantically, this turns out in your favor. A fun filled spring and summer turns out to be a nice change.

Sagittarius: On March 5 Mercury, ruler of Sagittarius’ house of relationships, enters Pisces, where it meets with Neptune. This combination leads to some romantic nights. Just make sure that the one night stands are ones you want to wake up to in the morning. Your sex drive and your desire for conquest is strong and this will last for the next couple of  months. There are some long awaited changes in the way for you. You find yourself making big time changes in several areas of your life. Some will be in in business, but mostly this will be inner stuff. Nutrition and physical energy play an important factor in this plan. It is time to put a healthy life style into play and it is a very important concern of yours. Hiking and outdoor activities clear your mind; will give you a boost of vital happy energy.

Capricorn: You love the springtime. In love with life your optimistic outlook is contagious. You will inspire those around you to come along for the ride. This is a fun time for you as you enjoy meeting new people. Short road trips are a must. Watch out for your 12th house. March 6th, Mars joins Saturn. This house has to do with weakened immunity, chronic disease, hospitals and any afflictions that limit your freedom, psychologically or physically.  2016 brings wealth as a result of success through work and this month sees the start of that.

Aquarius: It’s all about change it up. New contacts, new home, new career opportunities. This month you find yourself cleaning out the cobwebs of your mind. You get to the point where things have forced your hand. Change has to occur for you to move forward. Your a charismatic, loyal friend, interesting and can light up a room with your brightness and humor. Those who can not keep you in high esteem and treat you with the respect you deserve will go bye bye! Onto greener pastures you will go. This is truly a year that will open the doors and define the years to come. You won’t tolerate mediocrity from yourself or anyone else.

And Peace Be With All

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Astrology For June

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Embrace the unique energies of June 2024, and use this astrological guidance to navigate your journey with confidence and clarity. On June 2, a harmonizing trine goes from Pluto into fellow air sign Aquarius. This is one amazing connection which supports your ability to step into your power and change a particular area of life that’s no longer serving you. A new moon in Gemini on June 6 offers intellectually based projects and mentally stimulating relationships. Mars enters the sensual, Taurus on June 9, which means relationships will move at a slower-paced,  but romantic Venus and Mercury enter Cancer on June 17, and communication will be emotionally-driven, as we get the big picture and remember the memories from the past with those we have always loved

AriesThere is much planetary action highlighting your communication zone. Expect thrilling social interactions, short distance travel and learning to make this June shine. Mars from June 9 to July 20, enters your money sector so passion projects and your finances excel. This is an excellent time for starting new projects. Use this time to network and for sharing your ideas.

Taurus: Focus on financial stability and personal values. The influence of Venus, your ruling planet, in Cancer enhances your desire for comfort and security. The Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd highlights your eighth house of shared resources, urging you to address any financial partnerships or debts. By month’s end, a harmonious aspect between Venus and Neptune brings a romantic or creative revelation.

Gemini: Time to shine with the Sun in your sign until the 21st. The New Moon in Gemini on the 17th marks a powerful time for setting personal goals and embarking on new ventures. Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into Cancer on the 4th, enhancing your communication and emotional expression. This will be one of the liveliest, bubbliest and optimist times of the year.  On June 17, artistic Venus and messenger Mercury move into your money zone bringing vitality filled with imaginative, thrilling ideas into new avenues for cash flow.

Cancer: Focus on self-care and personal growth. The Sun enters your sign on the 21st, marking the start of your solar return and a period of renewed energy and vitality. It is an ideal time to implement new wellness habits. Embrace the nurturing energy of Venus in Cancer to strengthen your relationships. Solo time and self-reflection activate your spirituality zone. This could mark the beginning of a whole new cycle of self-work and emotional healing.

Leo: Your social calendar and creative expression are highlighted. Mars in your sign from the 1st boosts your charisma and drive. You’re likely to feel more assertive and eager to take the lead in both personal and professional endeavors. The New Moon in Gemini on the 17th activates your eleventh house of friendships and goals, encouraging you to connect with like-minded individuals and pursue your dreams.

Virgo: Career growth and public image will have you bursting at the seams. With Mercury, your ruling planet, entering Cancer on the 4th, your communication skills will be in high demand. The Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd highlights your fourth house of home and family, prompting you to balance professional ambitions with domestic responsibilities. By month’s end, a positive aspect between Venus and Neptune inspires creative solutions in your work.

Libra: Explore new philosophies, perspectives and ways of thinking and finding outlets for driving past your comfort zone in order to pursue personal growth. Venus in Cancer enhances your intuition and emotional insight, making it a great time for deepening your relationships, especially those you have pushed away. You are encoura

to explore new horizons and expand your knowledge. Expect enlightening experiences and opportunities for growth. Manifest whatever you’ve been dreaming of.

Scorpio: Scorpio, June is a transformative month with a focus on shared resources and intimacy. The Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd highlights financial matters and the need for transparency in partnerships. Mars in Leo from the 1st energizes your career sector, pushing you to take bold steps toward your goals. Embrace the New Moon in Gemini on the 17th to delve into deep conversations and uncover hidden truths.

Sagittarius: June is a time of partnership and collaboration for Sagittarius. The Full Moon in your sign on the 3rd brings personal achievements and self-discovery to the forefront. Use this energy to celebrate your progress and set new intentions. The New Moon in Gemini on the 17th activates your seventh house of relationships, making it an ideal time to forge new connections and strengthen existing bonds.

Capricorn: For Capricorn, June emphasizes health and daily routines. The Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd highlights the need for balance between work and rest. This is a good time to reassess your habits and make necessary adjustments for better well-being. Mars in Leo from the 1st energizes your eighth house of transformation, encouraging you to tackle financial issues head-on. The New Moon in Gemini on the 17th offers a fresh start in your daily work life.

Aquarius: June brings a wave of creativity and romance for Aquarius. Mars in Leo from the 1st energizes your seventh house of partnerships, making this a dynamic time for relationships. The Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd highlights your eleventh house of friendships and community, encouraging social interactions and collaborative projects. The New Moon in Gemini on the 17th activates your fifth house of creativity, inviting you to pursue artistic endeavors.

Pisces: Pisces, June focuses on home and family life. The Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 3rd illuminates your career sector, urging you to find a balance between professional and personal responsibilities. Venus in Cancer enhances your creative and romantic inclinations, making it a great time for nurturing your passions. The New Moon in Gemini on the 17th falls in your fourth house, offering a fresh start in your domestic environment.

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May starts with Pluto going retrograde on May 2. Don’t worry as Pluto spends almost half the year in retrograde. You are being asked to reflect on your life’s journey of life. Have you let go of old habit’s? Have you reinvented yourself? Pluto has been hanging in Aquarius since March of 23, asking you to move forward and change.

On May 7th there is a New Moon in Taurus. What that does is open the door for fresh starts. Need a do over, well now is the time.

On May 15th, Mercury is in Taurus, so get ready for communication. If you have needed to talk to someone …now is the time. On May 23rd Venus is in Gemini, which means your relationships get a makeover. This is seriously the time to reconnect and get rid of all the questions that have been taking space in your head.

On May 23rd is a Full Moon in Sagittarius that will help clear away all those mental roadblocks helping you break free and live your best life.

Aries: Have you been depressed?Feeling out of sorts? You can thank the eclipse and Mercury in retrograde for that, but May brings you a cosmic boot tell you to charge full ahead. May is your time to shine. Do you play the lottery? Now is the time as financial wins are in your chart. Also time to socialize as there are opportunities there.

Taurus: Time to showcase how awesome you are. May sees you grounded and present, so imagine what you can accomplish. The New Moon gives your power. Expect some extra money as your sign is also in for some extra cash coming your way. Embrace change, align with your values and May will see you truly shinning..

Gemini: Time to reconnect and get rid of any relationship drama. Last month was a little crazy for you, so it is natural that you are a bit skittish. However you will be like a social butterfly this month and you will be in the spotlight. Take the lessons of last month and apply them to your relationships. If you let go, then new and better things can come in.

Cancer: Ohhh you are going to like May. The New and Full Moon will see you back in the swing of things. You’ve hopefully let go of those bad habits, so you are ready to start anew. Shake up those old routine and embrace your freedom. Now is the time to turn your home into a place you really love, so you can bring love and warmth in.

Leo: April sees you learning and taking off on a new adventure. You are being recognized for the truly fabulous person you are. This month will also see you reflecting and pondering on your long-term goals and dreams. Time to find your true calling, make those dreams a reality and live your most authentic life.

Virgo: Wow April felt like it knocked the wind out of your sails. Did you learn anything when you were asked to dig deep into the caverns of your soul? Time to take that knowledge and push out of your comfort zone. Shake up your routine and discover what’s been hiding right in front of your eyes. This month will also see you excel professionally so go for it.

Libra: How many relationship whoa’s have you been through this month? Did you grow and learn to leave the past behind you? Have you embraced your hearts desire or have you pushed it down to where you are comfortable? Time to be vulnerable, let your guard down, stop trying to make sense of it all. The heart wants what the heart wants and it doesn’t have to make sense, except to you.

Scorpio: Yeah, this month kicks off with a bang, especially in the romance department. Are you thinking of a deeper commitment? Yes, if you have integrated all those shifts in your life. If not this month offers fresh opportunities in both your professional and personal relationships. The cosmic wheel has turned, so get ready for the ride.

Sagittarius: Time to concentrate on your health and daily routines. This is going to be one fast month for you and you will need to feel your best. This month will also see you growing in leaps and bounds. You will be on turbo charge in your relationships and professional life, so stay on the top of your game. You’ve been warned, now take advantage.

Capricorn: Ta ta da da this month is fabulous for you. Fun, experiences galore, celebrations and more. Just make sure that in between all this fun you stay concentrated on your work load or next month may be torturous. This summer may be your best, but remember to stay grounded.

Aquarius: Have you been working too much lately? This month sees you ready to kick back and unwind. Last month saw you focused on where your life is heading. Time to reignite that spark and bring some passion back into your world. Pluto is retrograde in your sign, which mean time to evolve into the best and brightest version of yourself.

Pisces: Blessing for you in your home and family life. You have a clearer frame of mind and are more in tune with your thoughts. Time to connect with others. You have spent a couple of months on the self-improvement lessons, time for a break. Treat yourself this month and give both to yourself and your home. Spring cleaning is just what the doctor ordered.

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Embracing the Solar Eclipse on April 8

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As the cosmic clock ticks forward, the universe prepares to unveil a majestic spectacle, a solar eclipse today April 8th at 2:21pm. This celestial event holds the promise of profound transformation and spiritual awakening. We have the opportunity to prepare our hearts and minds to receive the blessings and insights that this cosmic tango has to offer.

The solar eclipse serves as a potent portal, a gateway to higher realms of consciousness and divine wisdom. It is a moment when the veils between the seen and the unseen grow thin, allowing us to glimpse the deeper truths of our existence and align with the forces that govern the universe.

To prepare for the solar eclipse, it is essential to cultivate a sense of inner stillness and receptivity. Quiet the chatter inside your mind and open yourself to the guidance of your higher guides.

Purification and cleansing can help to clear away any energetic debris that may be blocking the flow of divine energy. Smudging with sage, bathing in salt water, communing with nature will connecting us with the earth and her healing energies.

Now is the time to manifest your dreams, releasing old patterns, and deepen your connection to the divine.

Join with others to co-creating a field of love and light.

As you prepare to witness the solar eclipse, remember that we are not mere spectators of this cosmic event but active participants in its unfolding. Open up your hearts and minds to receive the blessings and insights that it has to offer. Embrace this moment as an opportunity for growth, healing, and transformation, knowing that you are supported and held in the loving embrace of the universe.

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Astrology For April

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This month will be a wild ride. It starts with a solar eclipse and a new moon, but if you are looking for love, it is waiting for you and so are your ex’s, as well as commitment. If you are looking for creative advancements, you just may see that road opened up wide. Mercury is in retrograde so expect travel, communication and social media delays and screw-ups. The sun moves out of Aries and into Taurus, so make sure to make time for rest and relaxation.

Here is what is in store for each sign:

Aries (March 21 – April 19): April holds transformative energies for you, Aries, as you navigate the realms of self-discovery and personal growth. With the Sun illuminating your sign until the 19th, you’re infused with dynamic energy and a fierce determination to pursue your goals. However, the solar eclipse on April 8th in your sign heralds significant shifts and new beginnings. This celestial event may bring unexpected changes or revelations, prompting you to reassess your path and make bold decisions. Embrace the opportunities for growth and transformation that emerge, trusting in the wisdom of the universe to guide you towards your highest potential. Utilize the potent energies of the eclipse to set intentions for self-improvement and empowerment, paving the way for a brighter future ahead.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): April invites you to delve into the realms of spirituality and inner reflection, dear Taurus, as you seek solace and guidance from the depths of your soul. With the Sun journeying through your twelfth house until the 19th, you’re drawn to solitude, meditation, and introspection. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your twelfth house amplifies these energies, inviting you to release old patterns, fears, and limitations that no longer serve your highest good. Embrace the opportunity for spiritual renewal and transformation, trusting in the divine wisdom that resides within you. Take time to connect with your intuition and higher guidance, and allow yourself to surrender to the flow of the universe. Trust that you are being guided and supported on your journey towards greater levels of peace, healing, and enlightenment.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): April brings a focus on your social connections and community involvement, dear Gemini, as you seek to connect with like-minded individuals and expand your network. With the Sun illuminating your eleventh house until the 19th, you’re drawn to group activities, networking events, and collaborative projects. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your eleventh house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for social growth and expansion. Embrace the chance to connect with kindred spirits and engage in meaningful conversations and collaborations. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your long-term goals and aspirations, inspiring you to align your actions with your true desires. Trust in the power of community and collective vision, Gemini, and allow yourself to be guided towards greater levels of connection and fulfillment.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): April holds a focus on your career and public life, dear Cancer, as you strive to achieve your professional goals and aspirations. With the Sun journeying through your tenth house until the 19th, you’re infused with ambition, determination, and a desire for recognition. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your tenth house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for career advancement and success. Embrace the chance to step into your power and showcase your skills and talents to the world. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your long-term goals and ambitions, inspiring you to pursue paths that align with your true purpose. Trust in your abilities and believe in your capacity to achieve greatness, Cancer, as you navigate the realms of success and achievement.

Leo (July 23 – August 22): April invites you to expand your horizons and embrace new opportunities, dear Leo, as you embark on a journey of personal growth and exploration. With the Sun illuminating your ninth house until the 19th, you’re drawn to travel, education, and spiritual pursuits. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your ninth house amplifies these energies, bringing new insights and revelations that expand your consciousness and broaden your perspective. Embrace the opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery and adventure, trusting in the universe to guide you towards new horizons. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your beliefs and philosophy of life, inspiring you to seek deeper meaning and purpose in your existence. Open your heart to new experiences and embrace the magic of the unknown, Leo, as you journey towards greater levels of wisdom and enlightenment.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22): April brings a focus on intimacy and transformation, dear Virgo, as you delve into the depths of your psyche and explore the mysteries of the soul. With the Sun journeying through your eighth house until the 19th, you’re drawn to introspection, self-discovery, and healing. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your eighth house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for deep emotional healing and transformation. Embrace the chance to release old patterns, fears, and limitations that no longer serve your highest good. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your intimate connections and shared resources, inspiring you to cultivate greater levels of trust and vulnerability in your relationships. Trust in the process of transformation, Virgo, and allow yourself to surrender to the flow of life as you navigate the realms of intimacy and empowerment.

Libra (September 23 – October 22): April invites you to focus on your relationships and partnerships, dear Libra, as you seek harmony, balance, and connection with others. With the Sun illuminating your seventh house until the 19th, you’re drawn to partnerships of all kinds, including romantic relationships, friendships, and business collaborations. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your seventh house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for growth and expansion in your relationships. Embrace the chance to deepen your connections and forge new alliances that support your personal and professional goals. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your relationship dynamics and communication patterns, inspiring you to cultivate greater levels of harmony and understanding. Trust in the power of love and partnership, Libra, and allow yourself to be guided towards deeper levels of connection and fulfillment.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): April brings a focus on health and well-being, dear Scorpio, as you strive to nurture your body, mind, and spirit. With the Sun journeying through your sixth house until the 19th, you’re inspired to prioritize self-care, routine, and organization in your daily life. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your sixth house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for healing and personal growth. Embrace the chance to establish healthy habits and rituals that support your overall wellness. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your work-life balance and lifestyle choices, inspiring you to make positive changes that align with your true needs and desires. Trust in the process of transformation, Scorpio, and allow yourself to embrace the journey towards greater levels of health, happiness, and vitality.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): April invites you to embrace your creativity and pursue your passions, dear Sagittarius, as you tap into your inner artist and visionary. With the Sun illuminating your fifth house until the 19th, you’re infused with inspiration, enthusiasm, and a sense of playfulness. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your fifth house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for creative expression and self-discovery. Embrace the chance to explore your artistic talents and share your unique gifts with the world. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your romantic connections and personal projects, inspiring you to pursue paths that bring you joy and fulfillment. Trust in the power of creativity and self-expression, Sagittarius, and allow yourself to shine brightly as you navigate the realms of inspiration and passion.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): April brings a focus on home and family, dear Capricorn, as you seek comfort, security, and emotional nourishment in your domestic life. With the Sun journeying through your fourth house until the 19th, you’re drawn to spending time with loved ones, creating a sense of sanctuary in your living space, and nurturing your emotional well-being. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your fourth house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for growth and transformation on the home front. Embrace the chance to deepen your connections with family members and create a harmonious and supportive environment for yourself and your loved ones. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your roots and emotional foundations, inspiring you to cultivate greater levels of security and stability in your life. Trust in the power of home and family, Capricorn, and allow yourself to be guided towards greater levels of peace, happiness, and fulfillment.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): April invites you to focus on communication and connection, dear Aquarius, as you seek to express yourself authentically and connect with others on a deeper level. With the Sun illuminating your third house until the 19th, you’re drawn to social interactions, learning, and sharing ideas with others. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your third house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for growth and expansion in your communication skills and mental agility. Embrace the chance to engage in stimulating conversations and connect with like-minded individuals who share your interests and passions. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your mindset and belief systems, inspiring you to adopt a more positive and open-minded approach to life. Trust in the power of communication and connection, Aquarius, and allow yourself to embrace the magic of authentic expression as you navigate the realms of connection and community.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20): April brings a focus on finances and self-worth, dear Pisces, as you strive to cultivate a sense of abundance and security in your material life. With the Sun journeying through your second house until the 19th, you’re inspired to take practical steps towards managing your resources, increasing your income, and honoring your true value. The solar eclipse on April 8th in your second house amplifies these energies, bringing new opportunities for financial growth and prosperity. Embrace the chance to align your actions with your true desires and manifest abundance in all areas of your life. This eclipse may also prompt you to reassess your self-worth and value systems, inspiring you to cultivate a greater sense of confidence and self-assurance. Trust in the power of abundance and prosperity, Pisces, and allow yourself to believe in your capacity to achieve greatness as you navigate the realms of wealth and abundance.

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A Solar Eclipse Is Coming to New York

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I am not a big stargazer. Living in New York with all the light pollution, there aren’t many stars you can see anyway. You can see more stars walking the NYC streets filming “Law & Order” episodes than you can see in the sky on a clear night. And I am no astronomer; I can barely recognize the Big Dipper and where is Orion’s Belt; but, there is one celestial event that I am a fan of – and that’s a solar eclipse. This amazing event happens far less often than the proverbial blue moon and one is coming this April very near to New York City.

That is not the moon – Its the sun

A total solar eclipse is when the moon in bright daylight passes in front of the sun totally blocking the sun’s light. It is occurring on April 8th of this year and will be partially experienced by us in New York City. I remember hearing about a solar eclipse in 1970 when I was a young boy and New York went wild with excitement. It was passing through our city and classrooms throughout were taking shoe boxes and cereal boxes and punching small holes in them so children could experience the phenomenon safely. Looking up at the sun during the eclipse will result in severe eye damage but now special eclipse glasses are for sale in areas where eclipses traverse the sky.

Photo of Solar Eclipse at Camp Eclipse in Idaho

In 2017 I was able to experience this miracle of our planet in a cow field in Idaho. I do not use the term miracle lightly. A solar eclipse is a humbling experience and witnessing one makes one appreciate the earth we live on and the awesomeness of our universe. Just think about it… we live on a planet that has one moon that is the exact perfect circumference that lies at the absolute perfect distance between the sun and the planet that when it crosses in front of it totally blocks the sun’s circumference. WOW! That’s more geometry than I ever learned in high school and it is mind blowing.

Get your glasses

It is no wonder that ancient civilizations thought the world was coming to an end or that their gods had become angry with them. Imagine being unprepared and seeing the sun disappear in front of your eyes. What is even more amazing is how this unusual event affects the creatures on the planet. When I witnessed the eclipse in this cow pasture, as the moon slowly passed over the sun, the August temperature gradually cooled and as the light began to dim the cows began to moo and bellow. The birds thinking it was turning to night began to fly back to their nests as bees returned to their hives. When the moon fully blocked the sun and we were fully enclosed in darkness there was an eerie quiet that swept over my campsite of over 300 people as we gazed up with our protective glasses and took in the marvel of what was happening. Although full contact (or when the moon fully blocks the sun) may only last a few minutes, the effect lasts a lifetime. The time it took the moon to pass over the sun was over two hours and I just sat gazing at the entire event from start to finish, in which, on a number of occasions, as I pondered the enormity of this wonder tears did well up in my eyes. How lucky we are to be on this planet.

In Chile the eclipse was witnessed in a remote mountain range

Since then I have traveled to a mountain range in Chile to take in the sight. While still amazing the sun was partially hidden by a peak; but still a tremendous experience. I took a cruise to Antarctica to see the eclipse in December 2021 which took place at 3 AM. Despite it being summer down there the sun was hidden by clouds so we didn’t get the full effect but who can complain when included in the voyage there were PENGUINS!!!

Chili eclipse

This April the solar eclipse passes through much of the eastern part of the United States. We in New York will not experience 100% totality of the sun being covered, we will experience 80-85% – parts further west will experience 100% darkness. For us, first contact of the moon with the sun will occur at 2:10 pm and final contact will be 4:36 with full coverage at 3:25 PM. While 100% coverage will be a life changing experience, even the 80% we will witness is worth taking the time out of your day to enjoy. Buy your protective glasses, punch holes in your cereal boxes, take out your spaghetti strainers (they create an amazing effect of multiple eclipses); get yourself to any field clear of trees and buildings and prepare yourself for a sight you will not forget. – Don’t forget – it’s April 8th!!!!

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