Do you realize that in ancient times, astrologers were beheaded for not alerting the emperors in advance about eclipses? Eclipses were taken as negative omens. It's true, they're not the greatest days for important new beginnings or advancing one's material affairs. On the other hand, there is really no need to make them into dreaded events. In fact, eclipses are wonderful for introspection, meditation, cleaning house, letting go of old baggage, quiet time or any other spiritual pursuit. The idea of paying attention to eclipses, or any astrological event for that matter, is simply to harmonize your action with the astrological weather.
Eclipses can be used on different levels as well. The most common way to use an eclipse in astrology is as an omen or sign portending global trends or events. Typically, because the eclipse is caused by a shadow passing across the Sun or the Moon, it is taken as an indication of negative events, suggesting problems for particular countries, leaders, or some aspect of world politics. On the other hand, eclipses can also be used for individuals. The astrological house in which the eclipse takes place will usually become sensitized for up to 6 months. If the eclipse falls near the same degree as a planet in the person's natal chart, then it affects that planet and everything it symbolizes in the chart. If the eclipse falls on the person's natal Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or ruler of the Ascendant, then it will have a powerful effect.
In the course of the ordinary activities of day-to-day life, eclipses should be avoided for important new beginnings in material areas. If you are thinking about starting a business, getting married, approaching your boss for a promotion, or proposing to your girlfriend, then an eclipse is not the time to do it. On the other hand, if you are thinking about going camping, going on a retreat, starting psychotherapy, ending a relationship, quitting a job, cleaning house, or just spending some quiet time, then an eclipse can be a good time to start.
In the decision making process, eclipses come in handy as well. If, for example, you find your dream house, or someone makes you a job offer at the time of an eclipse, it is generally a good idea to leave it. Things which you are presented with at this time are usually either short-lived or develop unforeseen problems later. If the thing that you are deciding is of an introspective or spiritual nature, however, then the eclipse might indicate a positive outcome.
The nakshatra in which an eclipse falls will also give a clue to its effect on both nations and individuals. Generally, the nakshatra, and whatever it symbolizes, will be spoiled for the next six months after the eclipse. For this reason various remedial measures have been prescribed by the ancient Vedic Rishis in order to counteract the effect of an eclipse in each nakshatra. In India, it is common for people to fast for 10 hours before an eclipse and then perform a havan (fire ritual) in the middle of the eclipse. In the west, where Vedic pundits are more scarce, the recommended activity during an eclipse is meditation, or possibly the chanting of an appropriate mantra for the nakshatra in which the eclipse is occurring. Please refer to the following notes of upcoming eclipses for appropriate mantras for specific eclipses.
Partial Solar Eclipse
July 12, 2018
8:01 p.m. PST
26 degrees Gemini
On Thursday, July 12th, there will be a Partial Solar Eclipse in Punarvasu nakshatra (end of Gemini). Although it will only be visible from very few locations, the eclipse will begin at 6:48pm pdt, peak at 8:01pm pdt and finish at 9:13pm pdt. It will be opposite Saturn retrograde in Mula, and aspected byJupiter in Swati.
Punarvasu’s shakti is the power to create prosperity. In this respect, the eclipse can be both positive and negative. Although it can create expenses, it can also create financial opportunities. The name, Punarvasu, in Sanskrit, means good again, light again, and prosperous again. Jupiter’s aspect on the eclipse may produce an expansive wave of energy that gives the inclination to spend money in order to create renewal. So the week before and the week after the eclipse may be good for getting into some of your summer projects or for breathing new life into your business.
The mantra for this eclipse is Om Shri Punarvasu Nakshatra Davataye Namah.
Total Lunar Eclipse
July 27, 2018
1:21 p.m. PST
10 degrees, Capricorn
On Friday July 27th there will be a total Lunar Eclipse in Shravana nakshatra. During the eclipse, the moon will be conjunct retrograde Mars and opposite retrograde Mercury. This will also be the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century! (103 minutes) It will start at 10:14 pdt, peak at 1:21pm pdt and finish at 4:28pm pdt.
Due to the length of the eclpse and the conjunction with retrograde Mars, this eclipse will be particularly significant. Sharavana Nakshatra is symbolized by three footprints and is associated with the story of how Vamana, an incarnation of Vishnu, kicked the demons out of heaven and put the gods back in heaven by taking three strides and covering the whole universe. On the mundane level, the month before and three months after the eclipse should be watched for significant military and political events. This energy may also trigger more volcanic or earthquake activity.
On the individual level, this is a good time to re-prioritize any aspect of your life, and it is an excellent time for “kicking the demons out” by cleaning out your closets, your desk, your office, or your garage. However, a period of 3 days on either side of the eclipse is suggested for refraining from any new important new beginnings.
The mantra for this eclipse is Om Shri Shravana Nakshatra Devataye Namah.
Partial Solar Eclipse
August 11, 2018
24 degrees Cancer
On August 11th there will be a partial solar eclipse in Ashlesha nakshatra. It will start at 1:02 a.m. pdt, peak at 2:46 a.m. pdt, and end at 4:30 a.m. PDT. It will be closely conjunct retrograding Mercury and opposite retrograding Mars.
Ashlesha nakshatra is symbolized by intertwining serpents and is related to psychology and the complex energies of the unconscious, making this an excellent time for introspection and for psychological insights. This is a time to allow your inner questioning to move you in deeper directions and towards deeper self-knowledge. Ashlesha’s shakti is “the power of poison”, so this is a good time to watch what you eat, drink and breath. Avoid anything toxic, including drugs, alcohol and other toxic consumables. This is also a good time to be cautious with western medication as well.
On the level of interpersonal relationships, this eclipse can be a good one for working on getting deeper insights into any problems you are having. On the other hand, it tends towards difficulties in communications, so this is not a great time for beginning new relationships or for planning events where communication is important. Patience, tolerance, and compassion for the complicated personalities of your friends and partners should be the order of the day.
As an influence on international relations, this eclipse furthers the tendency toward disharmony, violence, and disagreements.
The mantra for the eclipse is Om Shri Ashlesha Nakshatra Devataye Namah.