An Intention-Setting Ritual for the Total Solar Eclipse in Aries

A woman doing a ritual on the solar eclipse

This is no small astrology.

As April’s total solar eclipse unfolds before us, and the exact convergence of the Sun and Moon draws nearer and nearer, we are standing at the threshold of profound transformation.

Solar eclipses always coincide with new Moons. This means the normally invisible new phase of the Moon will be cast starkly into view, as the glaring light of the Sun is momentarily blocked out.

It’s a cosmic reset. The switch is being turned off, then on again. And we get to embark on the journey of self-discovery that is being cosmically kickstarted.

Eclipses are known for their destabilising effects, calling in unexpected change. At best this can look like big opportunities to uplevel and move up in the world. But at worst, it can feel like the rug is being pulled out from beneath your feet.

The point is, you can’t always control what occurs during eclipse season.

… But does that mean you shouldn’t set intentions?

Not exactly.

I always advise being cautious when trying to consciously manifest during eclipses. The energy is SO strong, yet can be so erratic that it can easily spin out of control and before you know it you’re not on the path you intended to be, at all.

But there are other kinds of intention-setting, perfectly suited to a solar eclipse, especially a solar eclipse in Aries.

As a powerful and rare moment to shed the old and welcome the new, the new Moon solar eclipse invites us to set intentions relating to our attitudes, motivation and purpose.

This isn’t about getting more stuff. The energy of this astrology doesn’t support attaining or achieving or accomplishing goals that are driven by a need to succeed.

Instead, this solar eclipse calls you to set heartfelt intentions for the WAY you will move through the world, and the approach you’ll embody over the next six months, until the full Moon in Aries on Thursday, October 17, 2024. The Hunter’s Moon.

A solar eclipse ritual to set intentions 

This is such a simple ritual, yet the eclipse energise are so powerful right now, that I would advise against doing anything too elaborate or complicated.

Ritual steps:

1. Center yourself through breath

Find a quiet space where you can sit comfortably. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, inhaling for a count of four and exhaling for a count of four. Allow your breath to anchor you in the present moment, letting go of any external distractions.

2. Cultivate inner stillness

Shift your focus to the rhythm of your breath, allowing it to guide you into a state of inner stillness. Spend at least six minutes simply observing your breath, allowing thoughts to come and go without judgment or attachment.

3. Connect with your higher self

From this place of calm and centeredness, invite a dialogue with your higher self. Here are some questions you could ask:

  • What is the energy I most need to cultivate?
  • What is the attitude that will most serve my highest path?
  • How can I serve the collective?
  • What will bring me joy?
  • What approach can I take, to reach fulfilment?

Listen to the whispers of your soul, trusting that the answers will reveal themselves in due time.

4. Journal your insights

When you feel ready, open your eyes and take out your journal. Write down any insights or guidance that arose during your meditation, even if they seem unclear or fragmented. Pay attention to any recurring themes or emotions that surface.

5. Clarify your intentions

As you reflect on your journal entries, begin to crystallize your intentions for the future. Envision your life as if your desires have already been realized, describing in vivid detail how it looks, feels, and unfolds. This exercise helps to anchor your intentions in your consciousness, guiding your actions and attracting opportunities aligned with your vision.

6. Offer your intentions out to the universe

Bring your hands together in prayer position, leaving a small space between your palms. Visualize this space as a vessel for your dreams and aspirations. With a slow exhalation, imagine releasing your intentions into the vast expanse of the universe, trusting that they will be received and supported.

7. Embrace the energy of the eclipse

Take a moment to bask in the powerful energy of the solar eclipse. Feel the cosmic currents surging around you, infusing you with renewed clarity, purpose, and vitality. Allow yourself to be fully present in this moment of transformation.

As you practice this ritual, remember that you are co-creating with the universe, aligning your intentions with the divine flow of life.

Your intentions are for the greater good of us all!

Trust in the process, stay open to the signs and synchronicities that emerge along your path, and embrace the infinite possibilities that await you. 

Eclipse blessings to you

woman setting an intention with the total eclipse energies

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