Solar eclipse 21st June 2020

We are now fast moving towards the Total solar eclipse due on 21st June 2020, Sunday. This eclipse will be visible in Africa, middle East, India, China etc and the surrounding seas as per this map below. Totality will be visible in the areas with the darkest orange color and partial solar eclipse in the lighter shaded areas.

ecipse 21jun

This is the third total eclipse in the same Gemini-Sagittarius axis. The first one was one year ago, on 19th Jul 2019, visible over South America. This led to instability and political upheavals in several nations here. The second one was 6 months ago on 26th Dec 2019. And that eclipse too was over these very same areas/ seas as the one coming up. The turmoil which this Dec eclipse triggered in the world is evident. Now another eclipse of the same proportions in the same sign axis and primarily affecting the same areas of the world. This eclipse occurs after the penumbral lunar eclipse of 5th June (post here) so it will add on to the problems created.

This day, 21st June is the Summer Solstice, technically the power of the Sun is maximum on this day, especially in the northern hemisphere. Most of this eclipse will be visible in this Northern hemisphere. More intense the solar energies, the more intense will be the energy fluctuations.

Lets briefly check out the planet’s positions during this forthcoming solar eclipse

Taurus is an earthy fixed sign connected to resources, money, wealth, treasuries, good times etc. It will have Venus retrograde during the eclipse event. Venus has just come out of his combustion on 10th June his energies are not very normal yet. (This year he has no role in the Nav-nayak scheme of things so keywords ruled by him are anyways not much in focus.) So the economy overall etc is still in trouble etc. Venus has put in some work during his combustion and continued retrogression, but his material effect will be visible only after Sept 2020 and that too on low levels. The only saving grace was that he was doing all this retrograde and combustion in his own sign. A planet cannot harm his own sign so there will be some turbulence but eventually it will all work out. Also Taurus is the ascendant sign for India, so we will recover eventually. During the eclipse event, Venus is in Rohini lunar mansion which is connected to Moon’s energies and ruled by the deity Prajapati.

Gemini is an airy dual-natured sign connected to logic, analytical power, boldness, options, solutions to get out of turmoil, or actions which lead to even more turbulence. Your extended family, neighbourhood, siblings, same-age groups, office teams, etc. Gains from small businesses and trade. Teamwork, coordination, cooperation. This is the main sign where the eclipse is occurring. Naturally Sun and Moon are here together, it is an Amavasya/ no-moon day. Solar eclipses are always on an Amavasya. Rahu is triggering the eclipse. True Rahu is in forward motion and practically stationary in preparation for the eclipse. Mercury will be retrograde and combust here. This is an occultation by Rahu of a Sun who has combusted Mercury. So we must analyse this as a ‘composite Sun+Mercury’ eclipse. It is a Amavasya, so the Sun has already ‘combusted’ the Moon!

Now try to fit the patterns for yourself. The keywords of all these planets and Gemini sign are going to see a release of a very high quantum of astral energies. Whatever these planets/ sign stand for generally and specifically in your own chart are going to get this energy blast right in the face. Whatever in your life is signified by your Sun, Moon and Mercury as per your chart is going to be very heavily influenced by Rahu. What is Rahu? Rahu is simply the ‘energy of the desire to experience’. No energy is good/ bad by itself. It all depends on how you use or direct it. If your horoscope is strong enough to to accept and process this Rahu energy, it is a once in a life-time opportunity. Or if your horoscope is on a sufficiently high maturity level where you can understand and assimilate these energies. But if you cannot use this energy explosion then all these connected aspects of your life, overwhelmed by the Rahu-blast, will give you trouble, .

Sun, Moon and Rahu are in Mruga nakshatra. This nakshatra is connected to Mars’s energies.

Mercury is in Punarvasu nakshatra, in Gemini sign. This lunar mansion is connected to Jupiter. He is retrograde so you can think and analyse but actual actions taken during this period can fail in the long term. Especially avoid financial transactions during his retrogression.

Some astrologers will consider this to be a Kaal-sarpa combination. But on the Nakshatra levels, Mercury has crossed out of the nakshatra occupied by Rahu and is outside the hemming. Thus this is more a partial kaal-sarpa with only Mercury outside the Rahu-Ketu hemming. But he is combust ie the Sun has started ‘evaporating’ him.

Sagittarius a fiery dual-natured sign has Ketu in it. Sagittarius is connected to luck and is the foundation sign of the zodiac. True Ketu is in forward motion and practically stationary. This is the energy of apathy which has caused such havoc in Sagittarius. I had written about this in my old post on Rahu/ Ketu transits. We, as a human race, have been severed from our foundations, our divine back-up, our blessings and our auspicious merits from our past during this Ketu-Sagittarius transit. And now another eclipse, ie burst of Ketu energy, will again occur in this axis. He is in his own Moola nakshatra. Ketu is the ‘energy of non-desire for experience’ ie he is the agent of enlightenment or the Moksh-karak.

Capricorn – An earthy moveable sign linked to social structures, society as a whole, governments, jobs, salaries, profession, hard-work etc. Though this sign is not directly in the line of fire it still has the two planetary heavy-weights in very close conjunction. Jupiter retrograde and Saturn retrograde in Uttarashadha nakshatra which is connected to Sun. Those who have Saturn or Jupiter retrograde in their birth charts can see some opportunities coming up but for most of us this is a rather confusing period. Society is in a flux. Health and wealth are being affected as it is. Try to complete the work you undertake and try to be regular and disciplined about things. Do not leave loose ends which can create problems later.

Pisces is watery dual natured sign connected to losses of the material, astral experiences, isolation, moksh, etc. Mars is in Pisces and he aspects Gemini sign and the eclipse event with his 4th aspect. He is like an underwater volcano in Pisces. He is in Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra during the eclipse which is connected to Jupiter.

Just look at the configurations of the planets, signs and the lunar mansion. I think even a beginner in astrology can connect the dots even with just this much data. Astrology is all about learning to use keywords and making patterns. And observing.

The Rahu Ketu axis

The eclipse is releasing its energies in the Mruga-Moola Nakshatra axis, here is a bit about these two lunar mansions.

Mruga is connected to Mars, ruled by the deity Soma and represented by a deer. This eclipse in Mruga can increase mistrust, illusion, problems in relationships, emotional conflicts, stubbornness, irritation, arguments, confusion etc. There will be ‘movements’ which can cause trouble. eg travelling for no reason, or pain in travel, or movements in the earth, air water which will create problems etc. The outside environment will be turbulent, you will not find the things you search for. For some, medical problems connected to water/ liquids in the body or nerves can be triggered. There will be blocks on the creative and intellectual processes. You might find it difficult to stick to a particular path, goal, objective and act impulsively, rashly. These are some of the negative results because such a burst of energy if uncontrolled will lead to problems. Most of us will not attempt in the least to control or direct it so will suffer accordingly.

Now the other half of this axis, Moola nakshatra. Moola is the most mysterious of all the lunar mansions as the the center of our galaxy lies in this nakshatra. It is the ‘root’ energy connected to Ketu and ruled by Niritti. Ketu is occupying this during the eclipse. His power will get enhanced but in a curious way, for most of us the things which he signifies will be even more strongly obscured. A double-Ketu energy. Most of us will not even realise what we are going to lose with this eclipse. A sense of inquiry, rational logic will be lost. Medicines, remedies, healings will be confused. Some of us will be disconnected from the material stuff connected to the position of Ketu in the individual charts.

But for some of us, this is a life time chance. If you do your spiritual practice during this period and channelise this explosion. Then this eclipse will give a tremendous power boost. Auspicious events connected to removal of illusions, internal journey to the self, gain of the one-one relationship with the inner Self, emotional stability, burst of intuition, blessings of the Divine etc are very much possible. For some it can also grant the nectar of enlightenment! You can gain what you are deeply searching for, yourself! Ketu will allow pin-pointed enquiry into things. He will grant the deepest healings. Show the real nature of things. This will translate into the deepest Jnyan.

Eclipses are more suited to spiritual goals because the energy is released by a combination of Rahu/Ketu and Sun/Moon. (As you know Sun is linked to the Sahasrara chakra and Moon to the Ajnya chakra. Rahu/ Ketu are the energies of ‘desire / nondesire for experience’ which push your perfect internal geometry out of shape.)

But if you so desire, this eclipse can also translate into positive material goals connected to the houses of your individual charts where the eclipse is occurring. Murga and Mool both are quite capable of giving very significant material prosperity. But your own horoscope should be powerful enough to absorb this energy release and you should intend it strongly during the eclipse in your puja/ mantra/ Sadhana. Else this eclipse will bring negativity.

air fireAnalysis, Rahu in 5th, Ketu in 11th house

For individuals. On personal levels, there will be mental confusion, emotional upsets, misunderstandings, indecision etc as per the nakshatra affected. Impulse will run high as well as temper. So avoid arguments and avoid risky behaviour. This eclipse can give some positives for Aries, Leo, Capricorn especially as birth Moon signs. Those born in Moon signs of Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius might feel more of the negativity. Average results for Libra, Aquarius and Pisces birth Moon signs. Eclipses affect more on the inner levels so the impact on the birth Moon signs is more significant.

For the national-level events. There will be problems in the nations in which the Total Solar eclipse event is seen. To begin with there will be untimely heavy rains, cyclones, floods etc which can cause damage to crops, cities etc. So agriculture and animal husbandry etc type of professions will have to face losses. There can be earthquakes or flooding events, ie disasters which are sudden in nature. The economic slowdowns, public health issues (corona, dengue, malaria etc) will continue. And in several of these nations including India, civil riots and war-like situations will erupt. India should monitor internal situations in Pakistan, Nepal and China also, as instability or breakdowns there will also affect the entire region. All these nations will face deep instability. Soldiers and law enforcement agencies will have to work more. People and leaders who are perceived to be good, kind, honourable etc will face trouble by negative forces. The seas where this eclipse has touched will see irregular events, tides or rains will occur. The local fish etc may be affected leading to problems in livelihood. (In the total solar eclipse Jul 2019, the seas were more affected, thus global weather patterns were affected).

So this eclipse, the third and last one in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis will have far reaching effects on everyone. On a global scale the eclipse begins at 3:45 UTC and ends at 9:34 UTC. So it’s a global 5hr 45 min phenomenon on the global levels. Thus its effects will extend to about 5-6yrs for the entire Earth. It is advisable that everyone does some sort of puja/ mantra jaap/ spiritual practice during the duration of the eclipse so that the negative effects are reduced and at least some positivity remains in life.

 

The Rahu Ketu axis

(I have written on eclipses, their general effects and the mantra/ practices to be followed during eclipses. These eclipse predictions are also in the predictions for the current year posts. I have written a lot on Rahu/Ketu. Do use the index page to read these posts as I have not repeated these same things in this post.)

Rahu Ketu Experience of gain and loss

The orbit of the Earth around the Sun and the orbit of the Moon around the Earth intersect at two points, Rahu and Ketu. Astronomically these are just points where two curves intersect twice, but astrally these are huge chunks of conscious energies. Thus these satisfy the condition of being a ‘graha‘, a force and are called ‘planets’ in astrology. These are highly significant points representing how energy is pulled in into your psyche and then again released out from your psyche.

They represent the flow of your Experience.

You and me, all are part of the Ultimate Consciousness/Parabrahma.We are here to ‘experience’, the ‘one who experiences’ has priority. My experience is different from yours.

Rahu Ketu Experience of gain and loss

Rahu represents the inward pull of energy. Depending on his placement, you will want to experience the matters of his house, house owner, sign and conjunct/aspecting planets. Your sub-conscious self wants, desires, the energy of these experience. This energy is needed to balance out the karmic agenda you have decided on at your birthRahu represents all the aspects of life experience which you have ignored in your past lives. You are required to go through these aspects now. These have gained importance and urgency in this life, you have procrastinated long enough. And with Rahu pulling you, these events will satisfy you in a way nothing else will. Accept the energy. Maximum potential for growth exists in these areas of your life and if you sensibly use your Rahu, you will benefit.

The trick is to be aware of how much experience is experience enough. For e.g, You love your bike, the vehicle of your dreams, it can go upto 240 kmph, but would you drive so fast? No, it would create stress for you and would be dangerous too! A spectacular ride culminating in a disaster. You know you are a good driver and 120 kmph is your safe limit. It is logical that you drive safely and enjoy yourself during your drive, so you stick to 120 kmph. It is the same with Rahu, he has unlimited energy which he pulls into your inner self, but you are required to know your limits, so that you can be safe and enjoy the ride with Rahu.

Rahu is energy, how you use it is your decision. This decision requires a favourable placement of the other planets who are linked with Rahu’s matters. If he is aspected by benefics, benevolent planets, caring and loving energies, you are able to manage his desires more effectively. In a strong horoscope Rahu can take you to the heights of glory, both spiritual and material. This is a misconception that Rahu is a material planet, he is not! He is just the power of ‘desire’. Your entire horoscope, i.e. your mind-set and your conscious Will, these will indicate where this power of ‘desire’ is to be channelised. The power to manifest is always yours, You choose what you want.

The challenge that Rahu presents is this, you have extraordinary power of being able to ‘experience’ within you. How you open and channelise it is upto you. But it is essential that you immerse yourself in the ‘experience’, without getting attached to it. This is also the secret of Tantra. Immerse yourself completely in the experience so that you can transcend it. If you have experienced it all, the object loses its power to attract. Once you are satisfied, your stomach is full, you cannot eat even one more piece of your favourite sweets/mithai, you push the dish away. The desire has ended, the experience is complete. This is the challenge that Rahu puts forward before you.

Rahu Ketu Experience of gain and loss

Ketu is the other node – point of intersection, 180 degrees away from Rahu. Here you release the energies which are of no use to you. You have experienced these to your fill in your past lives so much so that they are of no consequence. You are apathetic to them now.

There is a hidden challenge here too, and because it is Ketu you are indifferent to his disinterested challenge. These patterns represented by Ketu are in-built, comfortable routines, which you unconsciously replay all the time. You are unaware of these patterns, but if you pay attention to your self you will notice them. And if you rely too much on these patterns you will not be able to gainfully leverage the new experiences of Rahu. See, Rahu/Ketu are always 180 degrees away from each other, the houses they occupy will be in the mirror image, fill-in-the-blanks format, seventh from each other. Rahu is offering you a load of experience, so the house he is in will experience rapid and spectacular changes. But to make sense of these changes, the house occupied by Ketu cannot remain inert! These two houses, the 180 degrees axis is linked very deeply to each other. To take control of Rahu, you have to become aware of the diffuse headless Ketu.

e.g Rahu in the 11th will desire the experience of gain, like-minded groups, luck, etc. And Ketu in the 5th will ensure that you remain apathetic to your personal self-ego, self-creativity, self-confidence etc. But if the self of the 5th house remains apathetic to the gains of the 11th, you wont know where to stop! You will continue being pushed by Rahu’s energies till you fall off! In the nebulous, market-place, environment of the 11th, the self-personality has to assert itself else you won’t even realise were you might end up. Thus this is the hidden challenge presented by Ketu which very few individuals comprehend in life.

If you have Ketu conjunct with other planets or if he is in your rising sign/1st house, know that in your past lives you have completed a large chunk of your desire for experience. These events were linked to these planets and in your past lives have changed your understanding of your self on very fundamental levels. You have transcended the experiences that these planets signify. And you have those learnings, these gift’s of experience with you on deeper levels. These gifts are often unusual, e.g. a highly developed intuition or an ability to roam in the astral dimensions. Ketu lessons are very necessary for you to progress on the spiritual level. Thus Ketu’s role as a Moksh-karak, agent of the Ultimate realization.

Ketu is linked to ‘loss’, thus you experience this astral energy of loss in this life too. Loss of relationships, loss of love, loss of parents, loss of security, loss of wealth, loss of home, etc depending on his position in your chart. It is also a challenge here. Can you accept this loss on the material, emotional, spiritual level? Will you fight to keep this energy from moving out? The experience of these losses starts early in life and continues till you become conscious of them. e.g. If Ketu indicates a ‘loss of maternal love’, try as you might, you will not be able to experience it in this life. You may search for it, you may try to hold on to it, or try to get it from others, but they cannot give it and neither can you receive it.  Realistically, you cannot stop Ketu. Sometimes you have to let go of some things so that you make space for the new (Rahu) experiences entering your life.

But for the lesson to be complete, you have to be aware of what is happening, you have to be conscious of their experience-energy dynamics. Unless you register what is happening to you on the experience (Rahu/Ketu front), you will be made to repeat these again and again. Thus their perpetual retrograde motion. The movement of the nodes is quite erratic, so is averaged out and this is called as a ‘Mean Node’

Rarely I get a horoscope where the person seems to processes his experiences in a fundamentally different way. So I check out the mathematically correct nodes (True nodes) for this chart. In these cases, the nodes move in the direct motion. Direct motion occurs when eclipses occur, and eclipses are very important events creating an explosion of energy. If the birth occurs around an eclipse, there are undercurrents of different energies in the chart, which is linked to the direct nodes. These individuals can progress faster if they turn their attention to the spiritual and metaphysical.

So if you feel like it, do open your own horoscope (Vedic software). Look at the positions of Rahu/Ketu and the aspects of your life that they influence. If you have major planets conjunct with them e.g the ascendant lord, Moon, Sun or if they are located in the ascendant sign. Analyse yourself in terms of your life experience. It will be a very personal and instructive exercise which will help you know your innermost motivations and life path experiences.

 

Rahu Ketu Experience of gain and loss