by James Kelleher June 01, 2020


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. 


Solar Eclipse
April 30, 2022
1:28 p.m. Pacific time
16 Degrees Pisces
Bharani Nakshatra

There will be a Partial Solar Eclipse on April 30, 2022 in Bharani Nakshatra.  Bharani is ruled by Yama the god of death, who comes to collect the souls at the end of life.  For that reason, Bharani’s shakti is the power to carry things away. This solar eclipse is one that can bring endings of different types, and in some cases, death.  This is a good time to get rid of things that are no longer useful to make room for new beginnings that follow.  Yama is the lord of Dharma in Hindu mythology, so this eclipse will raise awareness regarding injustice.  Sometimes it can symbolize legal matters as well.   Eclipses are frequently felt as much as a month or two before, and two or three months after they occur.  In the month before this eclipse there has already been an uptick in the concern about how the War in Ukraine is being conducted.   On the personal level, this is a good time to try to make an effort to align yourself with dharma, truth, and virtue.   It is also a good time to clean out your closets and drawers.  And if you have a bigger issue, condition, or person in your life that needs to go, this is a good time to cut through the inertia and sever the cord. 

The mantra for this eclipse is Om Yamaya Namah.


Total Lunar Eclipse
May 15, 2021  (May 16th  UTC)
9:13 pm  Pacific Time
1 degree Scorpio
Vishakha Nakshatra


There will be a Total Lunar Eclipse on May 15 in Vishakha nakshatra.  Vishakha is symbolized by a triumphal gateway, covered with leaves.  The deity that rules Vishakha is Indragni, two gods in one body.  Indra is the king of the gods.  Agni is deified fire.  They are a dimorphic pair, with their bodies joined up to the waist and separated from the waist up.  Together they represent a self empowered approach to getting things done.  Vishakha's shakti is the power to accomplish many things.  Two gods in one body also symbolizes an intense bond in relationships. 

Eclipses are great for reflection and introspection.  This eclipse is a good one for taking an inward look at your relationship to accomplishing thing.  It is also a good time for doing inner work in the area of relationships, especially if you have a need to be intensely bonded to someone.  Intense bonding brings high expectations, which in turn, produce disappointments. Remember anything you cling to will eventually be a source of suffering.  Passion and desire, as attractive as they seem on TV, are a recipe for attachment and suffering.  On the other hand, you can turn this around and use the eclipse to cultivate detachment instead of attachment.  Add a dash of meditation and you have a recipe for compassion instead of passion, and for being on the verge of a very happy and fulfilled life, full of love and devoid of illusion.

The mantra for this eclipse is Om Indragnibhyam Namah.




James Kelleher
James Kelleher