ASTRONOMY

Two of the astronomical highlights of the year occur in late March and early April, though you will need to travel to see the full show. Just 12 minutes into March 25, we are treated to the maximum view of the penumbral lunar eclipse. Penumbral refers to the outer, or lesser, of Earth’s shadow, meaning this will not be an experience of totality — when the moon is completely submerged within the darkest portion of the Earth’s shadow (the umbra). On April 8, we have a total solar eclipse, the most anticipated solar eclipse in the United States since 2017. Unlike the eclipse in 2017, we will need to travel much farther to be in the path of totality, as this eclipse’s arc is east of the Rocky Mountains, stretching from Texas to Maine. At its maximum, at 11:18 a.m. on April 8, we will be able to see only a partial eclipse. If you’re inclined to travel, the closest place to view totality will be the Lone Star State.

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The end of March brings the next eclipse season. With the lunar eclipse in Libra just a few days after the March 19 vernal (spring) equinox, it seems this would be a time of balance. However, though eclipses are a period of alignment between Earth and its two luminaries — the sun and moon — the strong shadow energies of these periods often upend our expectations and challenge our assumptions. What once was light, now is dark. What was felt certain, now feels shaky. The hidden factor in this lunar eclipse is Pluto, whose recent ingress into Aquarius places it in harmonious aspect to both the sun and moon. As ruler of the underworld, Pluto is a powerful guide into the shadow realms. Perhaps the bigger story, however, is the following solar eclipse on April 8. With Conjunct Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, we are in store for some exposure therapy. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this is an excellent time to peel back the Band-Aids and allow some fresh air to reach into the places that feel raw.


~ Dawn Andreoni is a yoga teacher and astrologer. You can find out more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions. 

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  • Dawn Andreoni

    Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dawn Andreoni has been studying and teaching yoga, astrology, and other mindfulness practices for over 10 years. She considers nature her foremost teacher, and is grateful to call such a glorious classroom as Lake Tahoe her home. Read her column The Stars every month. You can find out more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions.

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