The Lunar Eclipse on Thursday, the 25th of April 2013 is at 5 degrees Scorpio. Like other full moon’s, this lunar eclipse is a time of completion for things started at the last new moon. The theme of the previous new moon was resolving difficulties in love relationships. This lunar eclipse also marks the final two weeks of an eclipse cycle which began with the November 2012 Solar Eclipse. The theme of this eclipse cycle has been dealing with toxicity within relationships, such as confusion, jealousy, and suspicion. Some relationships are ending, some are beginning, and some are being saved from the brink. This April 2013 lunar eclipse shows that relationship issues can be resolved in the weeks ahead, but it will not easy. It will be emotionally testing and requires some sacrifices.
Lunar Eclipse April 2013 Astrology
The major influence on this lunar eclipse is from Saturn retrograde, less than three degrees away, as shown in the chart below. Both the Moon and Saturn represent the past. It is now time to take responsibility for all that has happened in our relationships over the previous months. Regrets and guilt may come to the surface leading to sadness. There may be difficulty in expressing emotions and feelings. Both the Moon and Saturn are aligned with stars in constellation Crux, the Southern Cross:
“a need to sacrifice the animal/ego-driven instincts in pursuit of fortitude in the face of adversity, spiritual advancement and wounds that can never be healed.”
Well, that quote not only sums up the Southern Cross, but also the entire energy of this lunar eclipse. The need to sacrifice and spiritual advancement, as they are both shown by the Moon trine Neptune. The Sun conjunct Mars represents both the wounds that cannot be healed, and the animal/ego-driven instincts. The adversity of the Cross is also shown by the Moon conjunct Saturn.
Back to the relationships theme of this eclipse cycle and, in particular, the recent moon phases. The Moon with Saturn indicates emotional coldness and fear. The Sun with Mars indicates bold self-expression, initiative, and new starts. The tension and conflict between these two opposite energies is relieved by Neptune. Here we get the sublimation of the Sun Mars ego which allows for a more cooperative approach. Neptune also adds empathy and compassion to the restricted Saturn Moon emotions and feelings. The surrendering of egotistical desires and pride is made even easier with Neptune on the idealistic and spiritual star Fomalhaut.
For the ending of relationships, the Sun and Mars represent cutting the ties and gives the initiative to do so. The Moon with Saturn represent the sadness you would expect from a separation. Neptune provides the sensitivity and compassion to reduce the pain, and gives hope for the future.
For relationships being mended now, the Sun with Mars is the renewed desires, attraction, the re-energizing of the partnership. The Moon with Saturn represents the tightening of the emotional bonds, the hard work, emotional sufferings and patience that it has taken to get to this stage. Neptune is the is the sacrifices made that saved the relationship.
For relationships just beginning, the Sun with Mars is the intense physical attraction and burst of energy to get things moving. The Moon with Saturn suggest a very strong soul union, but also the hurdles which need to be overcome to keep it going, perhaps distance or negative reactions from family. Neptune again is the spiritual union and shared dreams for the future. New goals ahead with the May 2013 solar eclipse.