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.



Total Lunar Eclipse
April 15, 2014
1 degree Libra
12:46 AM  P
M PDT  (7:46 PM UT)  (Center of eclipse)
Chitra Nakshatra

There will be a Total Lunar Eclipse on April 15th at 12:46 a.m. Pacific time (7:46 a.m. UT). This eclipse will take place in Libra in Chitra Nakshatra. Chitra is ruled by the deity, Vishvakarma, the celestial architect. It is symbolized by a gemstone. It’s shakti is the power to accumulate merit. It’s desire is the desire to have good children.

The period of 3 days on either side of the eclipse should be avoided for beginning new endeavors in general, but especially for things related to the symbolism given above. This is not a great time to start creative projects, for example, or any type of project that requires design. The same is true for things reated to homes or houses.

On the other hand this is a good time for activities designed to increase spiritual awareness. This is a great time clean your home, or to create a more uplifting ambience in the home. It is not a great time for purchasing gemstones, however.

The mantra of this eclipse is Om Shree Chitra Nakshtra Devataye Namah


Annular Solar Eclipse

April 28, 2014
11:04 p.m. Pacific Time (April 29, 6:04 a.m. UT)
14 degrees Aries
Bharani Nakshatra

There will be an annular solar eclipse on April 28, 2014 at 11:04 pm Pacific time, (April 29, at 6:04 am UT) this eclipse will take place at 14 degrees of Aries, in Bharani Nakshatra. Bharani Nakshatra is ruled by Yama the god of death. It is symbolized by the vulva. It’s shakti is the power to carry things away. This is a good time for getting rid of anything that is not serving you. It’s a great time for cleaning out your garage or closets, for example.

This is not a great time for initiating legal proceedings or for starting any kind of mediation. Bharani is related to disagreements and a feeling of injustice, so it promotes arguments.

A period of three days on either side of the eclipse should be avoided for starting any new important endeavors.

The mantra for this eclipse is Om Shree Bharani Nakshatra Devataye Namah