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 persons natal chart then it affects that planet and everything it symbolizes in the chart. If the eclipse falls on the persons 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.


September 12th 2015, 11:41:16 pm PDT
Partial Solar Eclipse
26 degrees Leo
Purva Phalguni Nakshatra

On September 12th there is a partial Solar eclipse in the sign of Leo. In general, an eclipse is a good time for introspection, reflection, and quiet activity. In Leo, it may be a good time for creativity.

The nakshatra that this eclipse falls in is Purva Phalguni. It’s shakti, is the power of procreativity. This would be good time for psychological reflection on relationships, romantic desire and sexuality. It would also be a good time to reflect on the creative process, and how to bring more creativity into your life.

The diety of this nakshatra is Bhaga, the god of wealth, making this a somewhat volitile perious for finances. For most purposes, a period of about 3 days on either side of the eclipse should be avoided when it comes to starting new financial projects.  This goes for other important projects as well.

It is interesting to note the volitility that has taken place in the financial markets, starting a few weeks before this eclipse. Sometimes the effect of an eclipse is felt as much as a month or two before the eclipse takes place.  The effect can also sometimes last for two or three months after the eclipse.

The mantra for this eclipse is Om Shri Purva Phalguni Nakshatra Devataye Namah


September 27th 2015, 7:50:29 pm PDT
Total Lunar Eclipse
11 degrees Pisces
Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra

On September 27th, there will be a total Lunar eclipse in Pisces. Pisces is the sign of spirituality, and this would be a good time to engage in spiritual activity, such as yoga or meditation.

The nakshatra of this eclipse is Uttara Bhadrapada. Uttara Bhadrapada has the shakti (or power) “to bring rain”. On the global level, this can suggest continued problems in various areas of the world related to either little or too much rain.

On the personal level this is a good time to release what is not useful, let go of attachment, and look within for something more lasting. The symbol of Uttara Bhadrapada is a funeral cot, a symbol that reinforces this theme. In India, for example, Yogis meditate in crematorium grounds because it reminds them that life is temporary.

The Mantra for this eclipse is Om Shri Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra Devataye Namah