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Transforming Wounds: A Journey through the Aries Total Solar Eclipse

I hope you have your eclipse glasses ready!

Get ready to witness the cosmic spectacle of the Total Solar Eclipse at 19°24’ Aries on Monday, April 8th, 2024, at 11:17 a.m., PDT.  As the Sun and Moon exactly align with Chiron to the minute, this celestial event promises to be a potent catalyst for healing and transformation...

Life on Earth is about to get very dynamic!  By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the next Great American Solar Eclipse, which will give parts of Mexico and the United States a big show this coming Monday!

Total Solar Eclipse
Photo by Bryan Goff on Unsplash

Let’s dig into the chart to see how the energies can play out…


Solar Eclipse conjunct Chiron: 

This eclipse holds profound potential for addressing deep-seated wounds and vulnerabilities, personally and collectively.  In addition to the tight conjunction in the eclipse, it’s also landing on the United States’ Chiron, highlighting the core wounds the U.S. has been grappling with since its birth. 

This conjunction with Chiron invites us to confront our pain with courage and compassion, paving the way for profound healing and renewal!


Conjunct Mercury Retrograde in Aries: 

With Mercury retrograde in the mix, this eclipse prompts us to revisit past wounds and communication challenges. It's a time for reflecting on how we express ourselves and communicate our needs, fostering greater clarity and understanding in our interactions.


Decile Mars in Pisces: 

The decile aspect to Mars infuses this eclipse with a sense of spiritual empowerment and assertiveness. It encourages us to channel our energy and drive into constructive action, especially in areas where we may have felt blocked or stagnant.


Semi-sextile Jupiter in Taurus: 

The semi-sextile to Jupiter brings opportunities for growth and expansion, particularly in matters related to abundance and stability. It encourages us to embrace new possibilities and cultivate a sense of optimism and resilience in the face of challenges.


Decile Saturn in Pisces: 

The decile aspect to Saturn encourages us to take responsibility for our healing journey and commit to the necessary discipline and perseverance. It's a time for building solid foundations and enduring structures that support our growth and evolution.


Semi-sextile Uranus in Taurus:

The semi-sextile to Uranus brings unexpected insights and breakthroughs, shaking us out of complacency and inspiring innovation. It encourages us to embrace change and adapt to new circumstances with openness and flexibility.


Conjunct North Node in Aries:

Aligned with the North Node, this eclipse points us toward our future path of growth and evolution. It invites us to step into our true power and purpose, reclaiming our sovereignty and embracing new beginnings with confidence and courage.

lighted match
Photo by Yaoqi on Unsplash

Preparing for the Solar Eclipse:

We have a very special opportunity this weekend as we are in the Dark of the Moon!

Given that the Lunar Eclipse that we just had landed on the South Node, we are in a super potent period of release. On a recent Astrology Hub Podcast, a wonderful astrologer friend and teacher, Gemini Brett, recommended we create “compost boards.” It’s like a dream or vision board, but this has everything you are ready to purge from your life once and for all!


I invite you to take some time this weekend to list everything that you are ready to be done with!  It could be an outworn belief system (limiting beliefs are perfect for this!), habit, or way of being or operating that isn’t expressing your highest potential. 


Think about your Biggest Scariest BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals!)… what do you want?  What did you come to Earth to accomplish? 

Close your eyes, picture yourself at the end of this life, and ask yourself, “What kind of legacy did I leave?” “Did I play full out?” “Did I love enough?” “Is there any area where I sold out on myself and/or others?” If you don’t like the answers coming up, you have a beautiful opportunity this weekend to do something about it! 

Now take some time to journal...

Given that these eclipses are in the Aries/Libra access, any ways of operating or engaging in relationships where you’ve noticed that you’ve given your power away to keep the peace or to "people please" are perfect for your list and compost board. 

Be gentle and mindful with yourself, and just notice what comes up for you.  It’s not necessary to put pictures on the board, but you certainly can if you are inspired. 

Once you’ve completed your board, which is ideally a sheet of paper, you are ready for your ceremony...

We’re bringing the 4 elements into this ceremony: 

  • Earth – the paper/board – dig deep and make sure you have included everything you are ready to release once and for all!

  • Air – your thoughts/words – once you have completed your Compost Board, find a place to privately share what’s on the board with your highest divine guidance.  Ask for help in releasing what is no longer serving you. 

  • Water – have a container of water nearby, and chances are as you are doing this sacred ceremony, your tears will also present themselves.

  • Fire – when you are ready for your release, safely burn your board/paper… keeping the water nearby “just in cases” (“Love Actually” reference 😉).  Add some of the ashes to your water and dispose of them however you choose.


Once you’ve completed your ceremony, you have created space for your BHAGs to manifest!!!


I would love to hear about your breakthroughs!


Whether you intend to travel to the 120-mile wide path of totality or stay put, please enjoy the eclipse safely with proper protective glasses that are ISO 12312-2 rated.  Welding glasses do not sufficiently filter some of the Sun’s UV rays!


Elise & William Hicks wearing eclipse glasses
William & I watching the beginning of the 2017 Great American Eclipse in Oregon Gardens - Salem, Oregon

New Moon Intention Setting/Vision Board Creation

Eclipses are New Moons, and you know that I like to recommend a New Moon intention-setting ceremony, but since eclipses open up such powerful portals, I recommend that you give yourself a few days to let the energies settle before you do your New Moon intention-setting ceremony &/or Dream or Vision Board creation.

There is an auspicious window of time on April 10th between 3:49 a.m. (when the Moon in Taurus will sextile Mars in Pisces) and 12:19 p.m. (when the Moon will conjunct Jupiter in Taurus) to write your Aries New Moon intentions.


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Where Does the Eclipse Land in Your Chart?


Aries Rising: The Solar Eclipse lands in your 1st house, signaling a powerful new beginning in your identity and personal goals. You may feel a surge of energy and motivation to assert yourself and pursue your passions with renewed vigor. This eclipse invites you to embrace your individuality and take bold steps towards self-discovery and empowerment.


Taurus Rising: The eclipse falls in your 12th house, prompting you to delve deep into your subconscious mind and spiritual journey. You may experience powerful insights and revelations that lead to profound healing and transformation. This is a time for letting go of old patterns and embracing a greater sense of spiritual connection and inner peace.


Gemini Rising: With the eclipse occurring in your 11th house, you may feel inspired to connect with like-minded individuals and pursue your hopes and dreams for the future. This eclipse encourages you to explore new avenues for social engagement and personal growth, fostering meaningful connections and collaborations.


Cancer Rising: The eclipse falls in your 10th house of career and public image, signaling a period of significant change and transformation in your professional life. You may feel called to pursue new opportunities or redefine your career path in alignment with your true purpose and aspirations. This is a time for stepping into your authority and embracing your leadership potential.


Leo Rising: With the eclipse occurring in your 9th house, you may feel drawn to explore new horizons and expand your knowledge and beliefs. This eclipse encourages you to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, seeking out new experiences and perspectives that broaden your understanding of the world. It's a time for embracing adventure and embracing the unknown.


Virgo Rising: The eclipse falls in your 8th house, signaling a period of profound transformation and regeneration. You may find yourself confronting deep-seated fears or emotional wounds, but also experiencing powerful breakthroughs and insights that lead to healing and renewal. This is a time for letting go of old baggage and embracing a greater sense of empowerment and authenticity.


Libra Rising: With the eclipse occurring in your 7th house of partnerships, you may experience shifts and changes in your relationships, both personal and professional. This eclipse invites you to reevaluate your commitments and connections, seeking greater harmony and balance in your interactions. It's a time for fostering deeper connections and cultivating healthy boundaries.


Scorpio Rising: The eclipse falls in your 6th house of health and work, prompting you to focus on self-care and personal well-being. You may feel motivated to make positive changes to your daily routines and habits, prioritizing your physical and mental health. This is a time for creating greater balance and harmony in your life and taking proactive steps toward greater vitality and fulfillment.


Sagittarius Rising: With the eclipse occurring in your 5th house of creativity and self-expression, you may feel inspired to pursue your passions and unleash your creative potential. This eclipse encourages you to embrace your unique talents and explore new forms of self-expression. It's a time for tapping into your inner child and rediscovering the joy of creative play.


Capricorn Rising: The eclipse falls in your 4th house of home and family, signaling a period of change and transformation on the domestic front. You may feel called to create a more nurturing and supportive environment for yourself and your loved ones, whether through physical renovations or emotional healing. This is a time for reconnecting with your roots and finding greater emotional security and stability.


Aquarius Rising: With the eclipse occurring in your 3rd house of communication and learning, you may feel inspired to share your ideas and insights with others. This eclipse encourages you to express yourself more authentically and engage in meaningful conversations that expand your mind and broaden your horizons. It's a time for embracing your intellectual curiosity and seeking out new opportunities for growth and discovery.


Pisces Rising: The eclipse falls in your 2nd house of finances and values, prompting you to reevaluate your relationship with money and material possessions. You may feel called to cultivate a greater sense of abundance and prosperity in your life, whether through practical budgeting or a shift in mindset towards abundance. This is a time for aligning your financial goals with your deepest values and priorities, paving the way for greater prosperity and fulfillment.


As we prepare to witness the first Total Solar Eclipse since the 2017 Great American Eclipse, let's embrace the opportunity for profound healing and transformation. Together, let's harness the potent energies of this celestial event to heal old wounds, ignite our inner fire, and pave the way for a brighter future.


I hold each of you in my heart and feel immensely grateful to be on this journey with you!


Much love,



PS:  Discover how much of the eclipse you'll witness in your area with this interactive map from NASA:

PPS: I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for Michelle Wood’s Divine Potentiality Community, where I shared insights about this year's eclipses. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed sharing it!



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