Eclipses

by James Kelleher June 01, 2020

Eclipses

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.

 


 

June 5, 2020
Lunar Eclipse
7:12 p.m. UTC
21 degrees Scorpio
Jyeshtha Nakshatra

 

There will be a lunar eclipse on June 5, 2020, at 21 degrees of Scorpio, in Jyeshtha nakshatra. Jyeshtha is  symbolized by a protective talisman, so it gives the impression of being spiritualistic or shamanistic.  It promotes the use of spiritual means, prayer and intuition as solutions to problems.  On the other hand, the deity for Jyeshtha is Indra, the king of the gods, so this is a nakshtra of leadership.  Eclipses here can challenge leaders to take the high road.  But for leaders who take the low road, a lunar eclipse here can bring an extra dose of public criticism.   

Jyeshtha is a business nakshatra, so a lunar eclipse here reflects the softening of rules in the opening of businesses, but also suggests a hesitancy on the part of the public to fully engage in public business places. 

For individuals, this eclipse is a good time to approach problems from a spiritual level.  This can also be a good time to take a deep reflective  look at your attitude toward those who have authority over you as well as any relationships where you have authority over others. 

The Deity that rules Jyeshtha is Indra, so the mantra for this eclipse is Om Indraya Namah.

 

Solar Eclipse
June 21, 2020
6:41 a.m. UTC
6 degrees 13 minutes Gemini
Mrigashira Nakshatra

 

The June 21st solar eclipse will take place in Mrigashira nakshatra.  Mrigashira's shakti is the power of fullfillment. It is connected with roads and pathways.  It's symbol is the head of a deer and it promotes a constant, restless searching for one's desires.  Actually, it is a very auspicious nakshatra, that gives the ability to get what you are desiring. 

Mrigashira also has a story about how it became a nakshatra.  Lord Brahma had a daughter who was very beautiful.  He became attracted to his own daughter.  When she realized that his desire was inappropriate, she took the form of a deer and ran away into the sky.  So Brahama took the form of a stag and ran after her.  Then Shiva saw what was going on, so he snipped off the head of the stag, which took its place in the heavens as the constellation of Mrigashira, the stag's head.

This story shows the flip side of Mrigashira.  It is a very positive nashatra that teaches us how to fulfill desires.  The story just shows that if you aren't careful, and if you just blindly go after any desire, you might end up getting your head cut off. 

In these days of the pandemic, this message is particularly meaningful.  As the rules ease up and people begin to go out and move more freely, it only makes sense to still take care.  It might still be a good idea to limit the amount of restless roaming on roads and sidewalks to shops and restaurants.  On the other hand, I guess you could just throw caution to the wind and do it anyway. Then if you get the virus and get your head snipped off, you could just go to heaven and become a Nakshatra!  Cool!  Just kidding.  Be safe.

The mantra for this eclipse is Om Chandramase Namah.

 

Lunar Eclipse
July 5, 2020
4:44 a.m. UTC
19 degrees Sagittarius
Purva Ashadha Nakshatra

The Lunar Eclipse on July 5, 2020 will take place in Purva Ashadha Nakshatra.  Purva Ashadha’s shakti is the power to energize.   We can watch for power outages or any other events that tend to interrupt energy at that time.  Purva Ashadha is also ruled by the deity Apas, the god of water, so we can watch for water issues in various countries as well. 

On the individual level, this is a time to work on increasing your energy, especially by using spiritual means.   For this purpose, techniques like Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation and pranayama are recommended.

This period is also a good time to improve your relationship with the water element.  Drink luke-warm water. Swim, or just take long relaxing baths.  If you prefer a more spiritual approach, you can medtate on the Swadhisthana Chakra, the sacral chakra, which is the chakra of the water element.  Getting in touch with your creative energy is also a good remedial measure during this time.

A good mantra for this eclipse is Om Adbhyo Namah.

  

Lunar Eclipse
November 30, 2020
9:29 a.m. UTC
14 degrees Taurus
Rohini Nakshatra

The November 30th lunar eclipse takes place in Rohini nakshatra.  Rohini’s shakti is the power of growth.  It is a nakshatra connected with agriculture, gardening, food, farming and abundance.  This is a good time to focus on food, especially on refining and purifying your diet.  Eclipses are generally good times to fast, or at least, to eat a lighter more sattvic diet.  But this one is more eminently qualified to produce good results using, diet as the tool. 

This is also a nakshatra that is sometimes connected with the goddess Lakshmi, since it is associated with abundance and wealth.  So this is also a good time to do some reflective homework on your relationship to finances and your general sense of abundance.

Finally, Ronini Nakshatra is a nakshatra of creativity.  Rohini was the favorite wife of the Moon.  He loved her more than the other 26 nakshatras because she was skilled in all of the creative arts,  and was an especially good dancer.  So this is a good time to dust of your dancing shoes, or your old guitar, or pottery wheel, and use your creative energy as a vehicle for mediations.

Since Chandra, the Moon, is the deity that rules Rohini, a good mantra for this eclipse is Om Brahmane Namah.

 

Solar Eclipse
December 14, 2020
4 16 p.m. UTC
29 degrees Scorpio
Jyeshtha Nakshatra

 

The December 14, 2020 Solar Eclipse takes place in Jyeshta nakshatra at 29 degrees.  This is a sensitive point in Vedic astrology called gandanta.  This astrological point further weakens the energy of the two luminaries and occurs just one week before the Winter Solstice.  On the day of the Winter Solstic, Jupiter and Saturn will be in an exact conjunction, an event that suggest that dharma is at a low point.

The eclipse sets up the symbolic framework for the conjunction.  Jyeshta is ruled by Indra, the king of the gods.  In mythology, Indra once had a big celebration to which he invited all the gods.  One of the guests was Indras guru, Brihaspati (Jupiter).  Brihaspati/Jupiter is the embodiment of dharma (right action).  Unfortunately, when Brihaspati entered the celebration, Indra was so caught up in his own brilliance that he forgot to even acknowledge his guru.  After waiting for a long time and having Indra completely ignore him, Brihaspati got up and left, completely vanishing from the company of the gods.  This was how dharma left the world, leaving everyone in a state of greed, ambition and pride. 

Similarly, the combination of the eclipse in Jyeshtha, and the Saturn/Jupiter conjunction a week later on the Winter Solstice, suggests a similar predicament for the world.  This is a time when dharma is at is weakest.

Don’t worry, dharma will eventually return, but you’ve got to want it.  So the best remedy for this eclipse is to take a look around at your world, and notice how truth, honesty, and simple virtues have become out of style.  Then make a decision to adhere more strongly to what you know is right on all levels. Tell the truth.  More importantly, be honest with yourself.   On a deeper level, meditate regularly.  Without developing dharma within,  virtuous action will always fall short.

A good mantra for this eclipse is Om Indraya Namah.





James Kelleher
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