A huge solar explosion is in the news.
April had barely started when there was a massive solar explosion.
It was triggered amid increasing sunspot activity on the face of the Sun.
And it sent a big magnetic disruption hurtling toward Earth.
A Quiet Year So Far
This big event is big news.
All solar flares are in important, of course. And this solar explosion is particularly dramatic.
But it’s also a sharp contrast to what we’ve been seeing on the Sun so far this year.
The truth is, 2017 has been an unusual year for sunspot activity.
What’s been unusual, however, has been the general lack of sunspots overall.
Its been a very quiet year on the Sun so far. There haven’t been very many sunspots or major solar explosions.
Until now, that is.
A Solar Explosion With Little Warning
“Suddenly,” says NASA, “solar flare activity is high. With little warning, sunspot AR2644 started exploding yesterday, producing an M4.4-class flare on April 1st followed by an even stronger M5-class flare on April 2nd.”
The event took place against a backdrop of fresh sunspot activity. Solar storms are passing across the face of the Sun’s disc.
As seen through a telescope from this perspective, sunspots are interesting to observe.
But they look like minor blemishes compared with the overall size of the solar disc. That makes it easy to overlook their real importance.
The fact is, however, that sunspots are an indication of extremely powerful cosmic activity. It may seem to be relatively inconsequential from one perspective. But if you observe solar disturbances with different tools, you get a different picture altogether.
For example, you can go beyond the spectrum of visible light. The big solar explosion created ultraviolet shock waves. Their sheer intensity is one of the things that has caught the attention of earth-bound astronomers.
What Difference Does A Solar Explosion Make?
While it’s fascinating to observe all this action on the Sun, we obviously want to know about its impact on Earth.
The big solar flares on April 1 and 2 have already had an effect on earthly radio communications. That’s because they mess with the Earth’s ionosphere in a pretty big way.
The April 1 event knocked out shortwave reception over most of the Pacific Ocean, including the coast of California. The solar explosion that followed shortly after that earlier today had a similar effect over the Indian Ocean.
Fundamentally, these disruptions have a potential ripple effect. They can impact communications and commerce. That in turn can create a noticeable effect in the markets.
That’s why they’re interesting to us as astro-traders.
And, as astro-traders, it’s instructive to look at the horoscope associated with this event.
In this case, we’re using a heliocentric chart. After all, we’re interested in the action that’s taking place on the Sun.
When we look at the horoscope for the April 1 solar explosion on the 90-degree dial, we can see some of its broader potential implications. Our pointer on the dial is aimed at Earth’s position.
Inside The Midpoints
There are some powerful and intriguing activations here.
To start with, there’s an emphasis on the Neptune/Poseidon midpoint.
This literally indicates an unusual refraction of light. It’s thus appropriate for a solar flare event. But it also emphasizes potential misrepresentation, lying, and deception.
The Chiron/Vulcanus midpoint activation indicates the likelihood of sudden powerful disruptions. They can create problematic or inconvenient circumstances.
To a certain extent, we’ve already seen that happening with the big radio blackouts.
The Aries/Uranus midpoint alignment is pretty straightforward.
This event can have a sudden shocking impact on the entire planet.
And finally, the Hades/Zeus activation is fascinating.
It suggests idleness and vice. It’s a lack of purposeful activity.
And strangely enough, it’s associated with “a lack of coal.”
Wonder what that’s about?
For more on the solar explosion and its impacts, see the NASA Spaceweather website.