by James Kelleher April 05, 2017


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 Lunar Eclipse in Shravana
August 7, 2017,  18:26 GMT
21 Degrees Capricorn
Shravana Nakshatra

There will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse on August 7th at 18:26 GMT.  It will take place in Shravana nakshatra, at 21 degrees of Capricorn.  Eclipses are usually good for introspection and spiritual work. However, this lunar eclipse in Shravana, a constellation symbolized by an “ear,” can enhance the the ability to listen deeply within.  Shravana’s shakti is the “power to connect” making it easier to integrate diverse concepts, people and things in your life.  Shravana is also a nakshatra that helps you to remember what is important in life.  An eclipse here is a perfect time to reinstate your  ideals as your  highest priority.

 Also, as with any eclipse, it is always best to avoid starting important new endeavors around an eclipse.   A period of about 3 days before the eclipse and 3 days after the eclipse should be avoided for making new starts.

 The  mantra for this eclipse is Om Shri Shravana Nakahatra Devataye Namah



Total Solar Eclipse in Magha
August 21, 2017  18:20 GMT
4 Degrees Leo
Magha Nakshatra

There will be a total solar eclipse on August 21st at 18:20 GMT.  It will take place in Magha nakshatra at 4 degrees Leo.  Magha’s shakti is the “power to leave the body.”  This will make this solar eclipse especially effective for introspection and exploring the trans-personal side of life. An eclipse  is a great time for  meditation.  Since this nakshatra gives the tendency to exit the body, it might be a good idea to include some physical exercise or yoga during this time, to help you stay grounded.   Magha also represents ancient traditions and looking into the past. This could produce a desire to focus on the past or to get involved in activities that are routed ancient traditions. This eclipse might also stimulate an interest in your family, or genealogy. 

This is a very powerful eclipse, and has been given a great deal of attention by the media.  It is being called the Great American Eclipse by some people.  Its path will start in Salem Oregon, and end in Charleston, South Carolina, so its path will span the entire length of the  United States. In Mundane astrology, eclipses are said to have detrimental effects for the countries in which they are visible.  The last time an eclipse crossed the entire country was in 1918.  At that time, the eclipse took place in the sixth house (health) in the USA horoscope.  The Spanish Flu broke out a month later.

The sixth house, in the chart of a country, is also the house of  warfare. In 1918, the USA was involved in World War I.  The eclipse took place  in June and  the war ended in November of 1918.  In this case, it acted to end the war, which is a positive thing. 

Eclipses also tend to produce negative effects for the significations of the nakshatra in which they take place.  The 1918 Eclipse took place in Mrigashira Nakshatra, which symbolizes roads and paths, including train and subway tracks. In July of 1918, the Great Train Wreck of 1918 took place killing 101 people.  In November of 1918, the worst subway accident in history took place in New York.

 In the case of the upcoming eclipse, the symbol of Magha Nakshatra is the "throne room” which, among other things,  represents government leaders.  The August 21st  solar eclipse will also occur at the same degree as Donald Trump’s ascendant. This could symbolize potential difficulties for his health, public image or political activities during the period of about one month before to six months after the eclipse. Magha Nakshatra is also related to the elderly, houses, real estate, and ancient traditions.  The eclipse is taking place in the ninth house which signifies religion, long distance travel, higher education and general abundance. Some of these significations may be subject to stress for up to 6 months after the eclipse.

 Eclipses, especially solar eclipses, can be very potent symbols of world events.  They don’t always produce dire results. In fact, sometimes they are benign, and sometimes they are even very positive.  They tend to enhance the spiritual domain while  they call our attention to challenges in the material domain. Since the August 21st eclipse will be traversing the USA, coast to coast, it will probably bring events, in the domains suggested above, that get our attention.  That said, there couldn’t be a better eclipse for getting people  to look within, than a solar  eclipse in Magha Nakshatra!

The mantra for this eclipse is  Om Magha Nakshtra Devataye Namah.


James Kelleher
James Kelleher