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January 5-6th GMT AT  22 degrees Sagittarius in Purva Ashadha Nakshatra

The eclipse will be visible from the Northeast of China, Mongolia, Japan, Eastern Russia, northern Micronesia and the Pacific Ocean and the westernmost part of Alaska.

Begins January 5th at 23.34 GMT or 18:34 EST

Greatest Eclipse on January 6th at 1:41 GMT or 20:31 EST

End of Eclipses on January 6th at 3:05 GMT or  22:05 EST

This eclipse is relatively minor on the year but is very close to Pluto and will impact Sagittarius countries like the United States. Because it is seen in the Far East it may impact China and Japan most. The impact of Pluto can create difficult situations such potential war eruption and tensions so the South Seas in Japan and China could be impacted and there could be more ethnic and racial disturbances. Share markets often plummet as a result and Japan and China are very vulnerable this year. It is thought that because the eclipse is in the month of Pausha, it can generate a good rainy season and support good crop yields.  Eclipses in dual signs can increase strikes, unrest and crime and sickness and negatively impact share markets and given the unrest in France and Europe, this will be key.

If you are Sagittarius or Gemini Rising and have key planets, your Sun or Moon or Ascendent at 20-24 degrees, then this eclipse will impact you most.

People fear eclipses but they have only a major impact if they occur within a few degrees of your natal Sun, moon or ascendant (lagna) or if they hit a key planet.  Hence, if for the total eclipse in January, you have key planets or luminaries with 2 degree of 7 degrees Cancer or if you are Cancer rising, you may feel the impact the most. On top of that, a major event will not happen unless you are running a key Rahu or Ketu dasha and particularly a Sun/Rahu, Rahu/Sun, Moon/Rahu or Rahu/Moon period. For the Jan. 5-6th solar eclipse you would have to have key planets in your natal chart within 2 degrees of 22 degrees Sagittarius or Gemini and be running a Sun/Ketu or Ketu/Sun or Moon/Ketu or Ketu/Moon period to be impacted with a major event.

Eclipses are good for meditation and that is the best way to spend time during an eclipse, as the meditations can be deeper. Outwardly the emotions and mind get a bit frazzled so it is never a good time to make major decisions during an eclipse. I usually do laundry, clean, or meditate to pass the time.

Both of my Gurus have advocated meditation during eclipses over the years. Sri Sri Ravi Shakar recently commented on this one: “The mind is connected with the moon, the body is connected with the Earth and the Sun is connected with both. The time when all three come in alignment is good for spiritual practices. It is not a good time to eat or indulge in pleasures. It is a good time to conserve energy. So, from the ancient times it is said that you should not eat during the eclipse, and you should meditate. Eclipse is a very good time for mantra chanting and meditation. Chanting mantras at the time of eclipse is much more powerful. This is the ancient saying.

One or two hours before an eclipse, stop eating so that the food gets digested well and during the eclipse time you have an empty stomach, and on empty stomach chanting and mantras are done for maximum result.

Eclipse is a very auspicious time for saadhaks; it is not a bad time. It is a bad time for enjoyment and for pleasures. And when you chant 108 times during this period it is equivalent to 10,000 times or more! So, meditation and chanting are highly recommended during this period.

When we are in activity, our mind is always focused in the front of the body. Close your eyes now, you’ll feel your mind is in front because the mind goes through the eyes to look at the world, and through the ears. During activity the mind is mostly focused in the frontal part of the body.

For relaxing, we take our mind to the background. You will see suddenly there is something different happening. This is necessary, from time to time.” (SSRS)

The day of an eclipse or even a few days afterwards do not have to produce drama nor chaos. On an emotional level, lunar eclipses feels a bit unnerving. Do not act on any thoughts that come up during an eclipse, as they are often fear-based and irrational. Best to be in meditation and do sacred chanting – Shiva Rudram may be a particularly powerful experience. I always avoid doing anything important within 3 days before and after an eclipse.

In the end, eclipses reveal deep secrets and bring out deep unconscious patterns that need to be healed and are a good thing and should not be feared. Some people are actually empowered by eclipses but still it is thought not to watch nor look at them as they may manifest innate or hidden health problems that have the potential to emerge. Still remember that fear is a big illusion. We are taken care of by the Divine and sometimes a little emotional drama is needed to shake things up and move us out of our rut.

Eckhart Tolle is fond of telling us that that 98% of the stuff going through our heads is rubbish. On eclipse days, it is more so. Relax, rejuvenate, and avoid important decisions. God is with you in the storms and sometimes storms are very powerful and make us stronger.

So, steer through the storm with God’s grace, eat lightly, meditate, and chant. Focus on the Divine and the eclipse will enlarge all of those qualities.

This can be a very spiritual time. Enjoy the eclipse!



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