Lunar eclipse 26 May 2021

For the total Lunar eclipse on 26th May 2021, ie today, 

  • Penumbral eclipse starts – 8:47 UTC
  • Partial eclipse starts – 9:44  UTC
  • Full eclipse begins – 11:11 UTC
  • Maximum eclipse – 11:25 UTC
  • Partial eclipse ends – 12:52 UTC
  • Penumbral eclipse ends – 13:49 UTC

Planetary configuration is

  • Moon and Ketu are in Anuradha nakshatra, Scorpio sign. The nodes are in the forward motion/ stationary.
  • Sun and Rahu are in close proximity in Taurus Rohini nakshatra. 
  • Venus is in Taurus in Mruga nakshatra.
  • Mars and Mercury in Gemini.
  • Saturn is retrograde in Capricorn.
  • Jupiter in Aquarius.
  • The main eclipse event is in Anuradha nakshatra, Scorpio sign.

(This a good site for actual astronomical details.)

Only those areas where the umbral eclipse is visible, ie the total or partial eclipse, are going to be affected. Those areas where the penumbral eclipse is visible will not experience anything significant. The energies of the event will not be influencing those areas of the world where it is not visible. I have written a few posts on analysing eclipses in your birth chart and in transits (do use the index page or the search bar). 


For India

The North East states, some parts of West Bengal and Odisha states will briefly experience the partial eclipse. From local sunset till 7:19pm local time. So if you are living in these parts of India you have to be alert for this brief time frame. Especially pregnant women should take care. Best option is that for this time duration, they just sit in front of their puja ghar, household gods, altar etc and read something spiritual. Do not do any work or any other activity, just sit comfortably and read the texts or mentally recite some mantra or stotra, hymns etc. 

The effects of the lunar eclipse on these areas will fade in 1-2 weeks. During this time we can expect heavy rains, cyclones (eg Yaas), local flooding in rivers etc. Farmers may suffer because of this unseasonal intense rain. Mars is the Meghadhipati and Arghyadhipati, ie in charge of water for this current year. People should be careful about water, ie not go swimming in unknown areas, be careful about waterborne diseases etc for this time. There may be border tensions for 1-2 weeks after the eclipse. For India, this is not a major issue as only the partial eclipse is going to be very briefly visible. 

On a personal level, if you live in areas where the eclipse is visible, expect some changes if – 

  • You are undergoing Saturn mahadasha
  • Or undergoing Saturn Antardasha in some other planet’s Mahadasha
  • You have your birth Moon nakshatra as Pushya, Anuradha or Uttarabhadrapada, these three are connected to Saturn.
  • If you have Scorpio or Taurus as your birth Moon sign or ascendant sign.
  • You have your Rahu or more specifically Ketu conjunct other planets in your birth horoscope.

Eclipses are a burst of energy. So if you can channelise it you can gain else you will be swept away in its flow. So its always recommended that you do some sort of mantra, jaap, puja etc spiritual activity during the eclipse. Rahu and Ketu are astral forces and the Sun and the Moon are your highest chakras, Sahsarara and Ajnya. Some spiritual practice during the eclipse can grant both spiritual and material benefits. The time frame is very limited from sun-set to 7:19pm and only in few states of India.


On the global scale

Areas in China, south east Asia, eastern parts of Russia, Australia, Antarctica, Canada, USA, South America and everything between are going to experience the partial or total eclipse. Wherever the capital cities of the nations are affected the effects on that nation will be more intense. The entire Pacific Ocean will witness totality, some parts of the Atlantic and Indian oceans will also experience a total or at least a partial eclipse. The weather patters which originate in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans will be disrupted for 3-4 months. Nations are affected by the eclipse may see severe cyclones, cloud bursts, heavy and erratic rainfall. There will be some confusion in these nations for 3-4 months. Over-confidence will be a folly yet some will commit it. 

Scorpio is a mysterious, secretive sign ruled by Mars. Vindictive, revengeful and relentless. It is in charge of catastrophic changes resulting in complete change of identity. It is considered to be watery, sensitive, occult, explorative, hard-working, controlling etc. The word ‘Anuradha’ can mean several things, ie an inferior gift, subordinate wealth, nearing success, related to gifts,  methodically striving for, subsequent favour, connected to the accomplishment of one’s wishes etc. This nakshatra is ruled by the deity Mitra and connected to Saturn. (Ketu is in Anuradha till Sept 2021. Saturn has the world very firmly in his grip in more ways than one.) 

The eclipse may affect the ability to focus clearly on your goals. You might work hard but not get the desired gains. There may be a tendency to go to any extent to gain your objectives which can become dangerous. Misuse of secrets, knowledge and power is possible. You might meet new people who seem friendly but do not trust them till you are certain. Avoid arguments with your teammates, friends and family for some time. You might break up with some of your allies. Aggression and a disregard for friendships can be the motif of this eclipse as Anuradha’s nakshatra devata ‘Mitra’ literally means ‘friend’. People who do physical work for a living will be affected more. Nations who will experience the eclipse will also show these same results at the overall national level. So in addition to the posturing, escalation of border tensions, displays of military strength etc expect secret warfare, bio-warfare, spying ie the insidious types of warfare to increase. A desire to control others by any means possible will be dominant.

This lunar eclipse of 26th May 2021 will last for about 3hrs for the umbral phase and 4hrs if you count the penumbral phases too. We consider 1hr to be equivalent to 1 month. So its effects on the global levels will last for 3-4 months at the maximum.