What will April’s Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Aries Manifest For You?

silhouette of a cross-legged woman facing a solar eclipse

On Wednesday, April 19th, there will be a solar eclipse and a new moon in Aries. For some of us, this energetic alignment brings an end to an old chapter we've been trying to close and the beginning of a new one we've been manifesting. It will also bring momentarily feelings of internal death and detachment, but remember, with death comes rebirth.

Growth and awakening are inevitable, especially during the spring season. This new cycle will lead to a reality check and exposure of self-sabotaging patterns or karmic partnerships. This energy may have already been making you feel uncomfortable in your own skin or in situations you normally have prospered; then it's most likely telling you it's time to shed old skin and let go of old habits holding you back.

The eye-opening effects of this eclipse may either make you or break you, but no matter where you land on the spectrum, the Aries energy is there to light the fire to the things we may have been avoiding and allowing to hold us stagnant.

Aries is a cardinal sign, and their season is all about embracing new beginnings and not thinking twice about burning off what no longer serves them. Libras, Cancers, and Capricorn suns and risings, also cardinal signs, will be amongst those who will feel these changes more deeply and emotionally.

Eventually, the assessment of our current reality and how we embrace this new energy will help us manifest in the outside world and set in motion new favorable beginnings.

It is not recommended to manifest during an eclipse due to the imbalance and shock of multiple energies around us. This solar eclipse will specifically supercharge the new moon and amplify our visions, emotions, and have polarizing effects on our current reality.

All of this will help us select the best way to grow into our truest potential, and sometimes that means coming out of the shadows to see things for what they truly are. The truth may hurt when we realize we have been self-sabotaging ourselves. We may discover we are the villain and hero of our own story and that we have been blocking ourselves in order to save ourselves.

So, if we can't manifest during this new moon, what can we do to help stabilize and ground ourselves? First, we must understand the purpose of this cosmic alignment. The message is to observe and not absorb and to connect with our purest energy by allowing ourselves to feel our emotions or conflicting situations without judgment.

Having grace and empathy during this energetic shift will help alleviate our emotions, bring peace to our ego, and initiate mental clarity. This may urge us to do sacred cleansing rituals or do more practical rituals such as exercising, journaling, speaking things out loud to people we trust, reading quietly, and practicing gratitude.

Remember, the only thing we can truly control is ourselves, our actions, and our emotions. This will be the truest test to understanding that surrendering to the Universe also means we trust our own intuition deeply.

Now let's take off the rose-colored manifestation glasses for a second and see the truth of our current reality. Yes, it's not ideal times, there are unfavorable things happening daily, and there are hardships on this journey that can feel draining. We may avoid certain situations to avoid waves of emotions and mental setbacks. However, this is the time to ask for guidance, find counsel or therapy if needed, and connect with our energetic powers.

Allow these moments of uncomfortability to pass us by without being consumed by them. The new moon graciously allows us to open new doors with our intuition and the solar eclipse is uncovering self-sabotaging blockages to heal ourselves. While Aries is lighting fiery energy to all of it and adding a breath of fresh air to our journey. It may feel overwhelming, or you may have already been feeling it for the past few days.

Again, having grace, empathy, and losing judgment of ourselves and those around us will help ground and stabilize us. A social media break may be needed to disconnect from outside negativities, we may crave solitude for moments of reflection, or we may need to connect with loved ones and friends to help give us new perspectives and clarity. Regardless of what you choose to do, allow yourself to sit back, relax, breathe in, and trust your intuition more than ever.

Try these cosmic affirmations to guide you back to your center during moments of anxiety, depression or when you need a little reminder of how powerful and loved you are.

    • I focus on the love within me and align with it cosmically
    • I break all patterns blocking me and let go of anything not aligned with my prosperity
    • I sit in my gratitude and move freely
    • I attract peace and tranquility in every room I step into
    • My energy is prosperous and in harmony.
    • I am open to receiving good energy and all good things meant for me
    a four image collage featuring queer actresses MJ Rodriguez, Aubrey Plaza, Tessa Thompson and Sara Ramirez

    Amid the ongoing push towards equality and visibility for the LGBTQ+ community, the influence of public figures who identify as part of this community is undeniably crucial. They contribute to this narrative significantly, their impact transcending their professional boundaries to create safe spaces and ignite discussions that shatter stereotypes and nurture inclusivity. Today, we shine a spotlight on four prominent Latina trailblazers who are making their mark:

    Tessa Thompson

    Tessa Thompson, an Afro-Panamanian actress, has earned widespread recognition for her performances in films like "Creed" and "Thor: Ragnarok". Thompson is open about her bisexuality and uses her platform to advocate for LGBTQ+ representation in the entertainment industry. Her role in "Thor: Ragnarok" is considered a landmark as Valkyrie is one of the first explicitly queer characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the explicitness of Valkyrie's bisexuality was contested in the cinematic release, Thompson has confirmed and embraced this aspect of the character. Thompson continues to champion diversity in media, raising the bar for representation in Hollywood.

    Aubrey Plaza

    Aubrey Plaza, of Puerto Rican and Irish descent, is widely known for her role as April Ludgate on "Parks and Recreation". Plaza publicly came out as bisexual in 2016, and she has since been an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. By openly discussing her bisexuality, she has helped increase visibility and eliminate the stigma associated with non-heterosexual orientations. Additionally, her portrayal of queer characters, like in the film "Happiest Season", provides much-needed representation and adds to the authenticity of LGBTQ+ characters in media.

    Sara Ramirez

    Sara Ramirez, a Mexican-American actress, singer, and activist, is best known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres on "Grey's Anatomy". Ramirez, who identifies as non-binary and bisexual, has been a tireless advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Their portrayal of Dr. Torres, one of the longest-running queer characters on television, has significantly influenced the way bisexuality is understood and depicted in popular media. Off-screen, Ramirez is heavily involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy, serving on the board of organizations like True Colors United, which works to combat homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth.

    MJ Rodriguez

    MJ Rodriguez, of Afro-Puerto Rican descent, has made history as a trailblazer for transgender individuals, particularly in the world of television. Rodriguez's groundbreaking role as Blanca Evangelista on "Pose" earned her critical acclaim and marked a significant milestone for trans representation on screen. Rodriguez is open about her identity as a trans woman, leveraging her platform to call attention to issues affecting the transgender community. Her achievements, both as an actress and activist, provide a beacon of hope and inspiration for transgender individuals worldwide.

    Through their activism and their work in the media, these prominent figures are not only changing the conversation around LGBTQ+ rights and representation but also shaping a more inclusive and accepting future. In honoring their contributions, we also acknowledge the progress still needed and the ongoing efforts of countless others in the fight for equality and acceptance.