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. 

 

May 26, 2021
Lunar Eclipse
4:11 a.m. PDT
Anuradha Nakshatra

There will be Lunar Eclipse on May 262021, at 11 degrees of Scorpio, in Anuradha Nakshatra.  Anuradha’s shakti is the power of devotion.  The desire of Anuradha is friendship and relationship.  The eclipse here represents intense devotion.  Eclipses tend to negate material area of life and enhance the spiritual domain, so this energy can best be channeled through spiritual devotion.  On the material level it can promote devotion to a fault.  Exactly opposite of the eclipse point, in the house of partnership, is the Sun in Rohini along with Venus in Taurus.  In mythology, the Moon was so enamored with his favorite wife, Rohini, that he refused to move in the sky.  Sometimes devotion to another person can be unhealthy. It can cause emotional paralysis.  This is a good time for looking at your relationships with others and asking yourself if the relationship is healthy and balanced. Giving to someone or supporting someone to the point of negating your own need for freedom can be a form of codependence.  In any case, this eclipse, and the 3 days on either side, is a great time for cleaning up your relationships and making sure that you aren’t losing your sense of self to your desire to connect with other people.

The deity that rules Anuradha nakshatra is Mitra, the god of friendship, so the mantra for this eclipse is Om Mitraya Namaha.

 

June 10, 2021
Total Solar Eclipse
3:41 a.m. PDT

There will be a solar annular eclipse on June 10, 2021 at 25 degrees of Gemini, in Mrigashira Nakshatra.  Mrigashira’s shakti is the power of fulfillment.  It is a nakshatra that gives the power to actualize your desires.  But it comes with a catch.  In order to benefit from Mrigashira’s energy, your desires need to be in line with cosmic will.  There is a story that shows how this works.  Lord Brahma, the creator, had a daughter.  She was very beautiful and he became attracted to her.  She sensed his illicit attraction and ran away, taking the form of a doe and running across the heavens.  He took the form of a stag and ran after her.  When Siva, the god of destruction, saw what was going on, he snipped off the head of the stag and it took its place in the heavens as Mrigashira, the stag’s head. 

The nakshatra of Mrigashira gives the power of fulfillment, so why is the myth about failure to fulfill a desire.  That’s the catch!  Mrigashira will only help you get what you want if your desire is in line with the laws of nature and is within your dharmic plan.  Otherwise, it lets you learn the hard way that not every desire is good for you.  It lets you stick your finger in the fire and say, “Ouch!  I’ll never do that again!”  Think about that when you reflect on your ability to get your desires fulfilled during the period from three days before until three days after the June 10th eclipse. 

As always, Solar eclipses are great times for introspection, reflection, meditation and all things that put your attention on the inner landscape.

The deity that rules Mrigashira is Chandra, the Moon, so the mantra for this eclipse is Om Chandramase Namah.

 


 





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