Eclipses indicate periods of transition and change.
They primarily affect things at a worldly level but if you pay attention you’ll notice that they influence us at a personal level too.
Next week we’ll have the first of 3 eclipses that all occur within one month of each other. (June 1, June 15, July 1.)
According to jyotish, eclipses are events to be aware of because they tend to block energy rather than facilitate it, causing disruption rather than flow.
Knowing the specifics helps us act accordingly.
Here are some tips for making the most of eclipse periods.
On the Day of the Eclipse
The actual day of an eclipse is not a good day to initiate major events or plans.
However, it’s an especially powerful day for resting, quiet time, and for spiritual or inner focus. (Note that jyotish considers each day as going from sunrise to sunrise.)
It’s not uncommon that on the day of an eclipse, things get “eclipsed”. Letters or emails go missing, important phone calls don’t get returned, trips go awry, reservations get dropped; things like that. So either do these things on a different day or plan to do a bit of extra followup.
It’s not recommended to go outside to view an eclipse, especially if you’re pregnant.
On a Solar Eclipse
Consider that the Sun represents your self and how you shine in the world.
Because this light is blocked, it’s not a good day for trying to impress people or to strongly rely on your authority.
Instead, it’s a great day for inner and/or spiritual pursuits, especially those where you take some time out to investigate, recognize, and honor your own self and who or what you are.
On a Lunar Eclipse
It so happens that Rahu and Ketu, the grahas that cause eclipses, often cause confusion in whatever realm they influence.
The Moon represents your perceptive mind, your moods, emotions, and intuition. You may find that your intuitions or moods are disrupted or feel confusing to you.
It’s not a good day to be involved in things where you need to rely on your emotions or intuitions as part of major decisions.
You also may want to avoid situations where you need to be on an even keel or situations that are emotionally volatile.
But it is a good day to explore those things quite deeply, go deep and really feel, and it’s a good day for some deep meditation and quiet time.
The Time Between Eclipses
The time between eclipses is not a good time for beginning new ventures. If at all possible, launch that new project either before the first eclipse or after the last. (That means not during June this year.)
But it is an excellent time for finishing up old business, and completing those projects you’ve already begun. Cleaning up loose ends also includes things like cleaning house and letting go of old baggage of various kinds. Have any of that?
The Time After an Eclipse
First, it’s interesting to watch world events as they unfold following a set of eclipses.
A rule of thumb is that their effects last about 6 months.
In December I noticed that the January eclipse was in a Nakshatra related to water and because there was another water-related conjunction going on indicating sudden events, I suggested there may be some difficult water-related catastrophes coming up. Sure enough, look at all the water-related disasters that have been going on (e.g. epic tsunami-related disasters in Japan, floods in Australia, and record flooding along the Mississippi in the U.S.)
So if you watch world events, you’ll notice they often reflect the eclipse indications in an obvious way.
And then, if you know your chart positions, you can see if your Ascendant or any planets are at the eclipse degree. If so, you’ll want to take special care in areas represented by that planet and its position for 2 weeks following that eclipse especially and for the next 6 months in general.
The Upcoming June/July Eclipses
Next week, I’ll give you some specifics about the 3 upcoming eclipses.
So if you want even more tips, please check back!
[Update: First article with details about the June 1 eclipse is posted and can be found here.]
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