Double Mars-Ruled Eclipses
April 20 and May 5, 2023
Video and transcript Published Tuesday April 11, 2023.
End of April through early May, the Astrology is crazy. On April 20th we have the Solar Eclipse in 29° Aries. We already had a 0° Aries New Moon on March 21st, so this is the second Aries New Moon [this year], and an eclipse.
Starting on April 20th (and even a few days before, leading up to the eclipse), we are going to feel the energy start to really buzz. Then on May 5th, we have the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in 14° Scorpio. This is the culmination of events that began to play out on/around the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio that happened on October 25, 2022.
Eclipses talk about major energy shifts, especially on a societal or collective level. When the Sun, Moon, and Earth perfectly align like this, there is this blast–almost like a tsunami–of energy. Eclipses bring destabilizing energy that destroys things that aren’t meant to be there, forcing transformation.
So that two week period between these eclipses (April 20 - May 5, 2023), what’s referred to as “Eclipse Season,” is a period that’s going to be very chaotic, unpredictable, and even a little bit dark.
Another thing that makes this eclipse season even more intense than normal is that Aries and Scorpio are both ruled by Mars. Normally Eclipses that happen two weeks apart happen in opposite signs. It is the New Moon in one sign, and the Full Moon in the opposite sign (or vice versa).
For this particular period, the nodes are transitioning signs. So, the New Moon where the eclipse actually happens is in 29° Aries, even though the North Node is still in Taurus. This results in Mars being the ruler of both Eclipses. This hasn’t happened since 2014, when we had the Aries Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014, and the Scorpio New Moon Solar Eclipse on October 23, 2014.
Any sign that is ruled by Mars, a “malefic” or “bringer of bad fortune,” …the opposite sign is ruled by Venus, a “benefic” or “bringer of good fortune.” So normally a Mars-ruled eclipse is accompanied by a Venus-ruled eclipse which helps to balance some of that Martian energy out (Venus rules balance). Not this time…
I don’t know if you guys remember this, but Mars spent seven months in Gemini because it stationed retrograde on October 30, 2022; right around the time of the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio (which happened October 25, 2022), and during the two week period of “eclipse season.”
So, I also think a lot of the pent up energy from that Mars retrograde cycle that has not yet been released is going to be released during this eclipse period. I’ll definitely be making more videos talking about the details of what eclipse season might look like.