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.


April 4, 2015, 5:05:31 am PDT
Total Lunar Eclipse
20 degrees Virgo
Hastha Nakshatra

On April 4th there is a total Lunar eclipse in Virgo.   Eclipses are generally good for spiritual pursuits like introspection, reflection and meditation.  This is a good time to go on a retreat.   In Virgo it can favor the process of self analysis.  This lunar eclipse also takes place in the last part of Virgo, symbolized by a tall woman, dressed in white, going into a temple, carrying a pot and a spoon, with a great sense of sanctity.   This makes the eclipse a great time for doing rituals, or for creating sacred space in your surroundings.

This particular eclipse takes place in Hastha nakshatra.  Hastha is a nakshatra that is symbolized by the hands.  It’s shakti (power) is the power to get things in your hand or to actualize your desires.  This makes the eclipse a good time for the inner process of actualizing desires but not the outer process.  In other words, it can be good for visualizing and reflecting on something you want to achieve or create, but not a good time for beginning something important.  

Hasta is also symbolized by two fists, indicating the tendency to fight.  So this is a good time to avoid serious discussions or arguments.   In this regard, I would suggest a moratorium on arguing for a period of one month after the eclipse.  In fact, this would be a great time to renounce argument all together, and adopt a more peaceful approach to disagreements.

For most purposes, a period of about 3 days on either side of the eclipse should be avoided for beginning new projects.

The mantra for this eclipse is Om Shri Hastha Nakshatra Devataye Namah