Unlike the lunar eclipse which has a more spiritual signification as well as personal, the solar eclipse is of much greater importance as this shows the world changing around us. There are FOUR eclipses in 2014 (NASA Eclipse Web). Highlights of the eclipses are –

  • The two lunar eclipses precede the two solar eclipses
  • The first pair occurs in April 2014 – lunar eclipse on April 15 and annular solar eclipse on April 29
  • The second pair occurs in October 2014 – lunar eclipse on Oct 8 and partial solar eclipse on Oct 23

Type of Eclipse: In this article we study the eclipse of 29 Apr, 2014. The solar eclipse is far more serious than a lunar eclipse. However, this year, 2014 it is just an annular eclipse which in Sanskrit, is named ‘madhya-tamas grahaṇa’ which literally means ‘centre-dark eclipse’ or a circle of darkness in the solar disc. The eclipse of 2015 is far more dangerous and is a ‘total eclipse’ occurring on 20 Mar, 2015.

Path of Eclipse: None of the north-hemisphere nations are covered in the path of the annular solar eclipse of 2014 which passes over Southern Indian ocean, Australia and finally has its annular phase over Antarctica. Therefore, I find it hard to fathom the terrible fear and disaster that Susan Miller has been predicting about.

In fact, the eclipse of 2015 has a harder path over many nations and is also a total eclipse meriting concern and some remedial measures. It passes over Iceland, Europe, North Africa, and North Asia. It has its total phase over north Atlantic, Faeroe Islands etc.

India: The next solar eclipse that is locally visible over India is on 9 Mar, 2016. The lack of visibility make the impact much lessor for the nation as such, but we cannot sya that it does not impact … read on.

General effect: Globally the people will tend to become unruly and unjust. Couples will quarrel and divorces and separation will be on the increase. The Brahmins and priests will cease to have faith in prayer or meditatation which will bring down the consciousness globally to a more tamas (dark) level. People are sad and discontented.

Who needs to check chart?

Eclipse Date
  • The eclipse occurs on 28 Apr, 2014 in Washington which is 29 Apr, 2014 in India. People born close to these dates, say between 25 April to 1 May, must have their charts checked by a capable Vedic astrologer who should provide accurate analysis of their natal chart and the eclipse transit.
  • The eclipse will impact the health and/or life of people born in the same month as that of the eclipse (especially when the eclipse is in the same nakṣatra as natal Sun). We are talking about all people in general, born between 16 April and 15 May.
  • People born between 16-28 April will feel the impact of the eclipse after the eclipse date of 28/29 April 2014. The impact will be strongest for people born on 26-28 April.
  • People born between the dates 29 Apr to 15 May in general, would already be feeling the effects of the solar eclipse in the last six months. Their fears and troubles are likely to subside after the eclipse is over.
Bharaṇī Nakṣatra (Natal Moon)
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  • The eclipse occurs in Bharaṇī Nakṣatra.
  • People having their natal moon (janma nakṣatra) in Bharaṇī nakṣatra must have their charts read specifically for eclipse analysis and remedy for their personal life.
  • People having their names starting with the letter ‘L’ like Lovelace or Leela must get their charts checked for impact on reputation and personal life.
  • People having their Lagna and/or Lagneśa in Bharaṇī must check their charts for exact longitude and conjunction of eclipse effects
Meṣa Rāśi (Aries)
The eclipse occurs in Meṣa rāśi which will torment the heads of governments and all political figures. Governments will fall like ninepins all over the world. The aggression of Mars and the lagna needs to be checked in their natal charts.
We have already seen the recent fall of Government in France. This trend is likely to continue in many parts of the world.

General results

United States

The President will prove his ability and deliver on his promises. This is going to be a period of great success for the government on various counts. Central America shall start to grow in a big way.

India

The government will fall and there will be chaos and many troubles in Madhya Pradesh, East Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and North Andhra Pradesh where there will be various political demands and fights. In Chattisgarh and naxalite infested areas of the country there will be great dissent. Many challenges lie ahead for India. However as the eclipse is not visible, the intensity of these troubles will be well contained.

United Kingdom

This is a particularly difficult period for women in general and the working classes in particular. Since the eclipse is not visible, the intensity will not be as great.

Russia

Artisans and artists will find it difficult to make a living in the absence of peace. The cleaners will be overloaded and workers will start questioning the rationale behind the political system itself. Foreigners will be very worried and fearful and this includes foreign visitors as well as dignitaries. Some ministers who will fail to perform will resign.

France

It is a bad time for Agriculture with the production dipping and the market demand higher than availability. The church and some extremists can come down heavily on ‘heretics’ and non-believers showing increate in social fragmentation. Traders will rush to make a killing but will run short of funds and costs would eat into their profits. The armed forces would be disillusioned as the army chief loses heart. Again, absence of any eclipse visibility make these milder.

There are FOUR eclipses in 2014 (NASA Eclipse Web). Highlights of the eclipses are –

  • The two lunar eclipses precede the two solar eclipses
  • The first pair occurs in April 2014 – lunar eclipse on April 15 and annular solar eclipse on April 29
  • The second pair occurs in October 2014 – lunar eclipse on Oct 8 and partial solar eclipse on Oct 23

Lunar eclipse

The first eclipse of the year is visible throughout the Western Hemisphere and that makes western astrologers very worried with Susan Miller predicting disaster throughout the month for the western nations at least.

People born in Chitrā nakṣatra, Virgo ascendant (either Lagna or Moon) benefit spiritually. You can check your Birth Nakṣatra from this link. You can check your Lagna and Moon from any Vedic astrologer. You should know this at least. How long will you live in ignorance?

This can imply a serious decision to get away from the troubles of the mundane world and move towards the high Himalayas which are symbolic of the heights of spiritual growth, and they are still growing.

If your lagna is in Virgo, this can imply a little turmoil in your personal life with your spouse suspecting your intentions. Best is to try to talk and explain yourself, but don’t do this on Tuesday. The eclipse is happening on a Tuesday and it will not work in your favour in mundane matters. If the navāṁśa lagna is Virgo, then it can spell bad things for spouse and some separative influences come into play.

I just checked my database and found a few thousand names … maybe we could compile a separate list of famous people touched by the lunar eclipse who will cry ‘Hari OM tat sat’.

Of my near and dear ones, we find my mother is definitely touched by this eclipse as it occurs on her ascendant. She has Virgo lagna both in rāśi and navāṁśa. It could be a trying moment in personal front especially given the fact that spouse has been ailing and is bedridden.

Vedic Remedy

Worship Śrī Kṛṣṇa with a strong mantra for protection having the name ‘हरि’ (hari) in it which normally becomes ‘हरे’ (hare). Choose one of the following mantra for having a smooth spiritual transition.

Born Hindu

Mahā Mantra
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे
hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare
hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare

Jānaka Ṣaḍākṣarī
हरे राम कृष्ण
hare rāma kṛṣṇa

Foreigners (not born Hindu)

Śrī Chaitanya kṛta Mahā-Mantra for bhakta Sālbeg
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे
hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare
hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare
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Jānaka Ṣaḍākṣarī
हरे कृष्ण राम
hare kṛṣṇa rāma

Spouse or power running away

If you think your spouse is running away or is separating for whatever reason or if you are going to lose your power and position, it is desirable to pray to the great Hanuman to bring her back or bring back your kingdom. This is the form of Hanuman who jumped across the the Indian ocean from India to Śrī Lanka both (a) to find Sītā and reunite her with Śrī Rama and (b) bring back His kingdom. The powerful pañca mukha Hanuman mantra –
ॐ हरि मर्कटाय स्वाहा
om hari markaṭāya svāhā

Annular Solar Eclipse of May 31, 2003

Although the Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon, yet it is also about 400 times as far from the Earth than the Moon. This situation causes the two luminaries (Sun and Moon) to appear as about the same size in the sky. When the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, it casts a shadow. If this shadow falls on the earth, it causes an eclipse. The Moon passes between the Sun and Earth every month, yet it does not cause an eclipse to occur every month. An eclipse can occur only when the Moon is zero latitude i.e. it is in the plane of the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The points of intersection of the orbital planes of the Moon (around earth) and the Earth (around Sun) are called Rahu and Ketu. Rahu is the ascending node i.e. the turning point where the Moon begins to gain latitude and Ketu is the descending node of the Moon. Naturally, for an eclipse to occur, the Sun and Moon would appear to conjoin in the skies, and it is necessary for either of the nodes to be in contact for the shadow to fall on Earth. Since the shadow can fall on Earth only when either of the nodes conjoins this conjunction of the luminaries, the nodes are also called shadowy planets or shadow causing by nature. This is referred to a Maya.

eclipse01The orbits are not circular and instead, are elliptical (egg shaped). Therefore, the distance between the Earth and the Sun changes as the Earth revolves around the Sun, and the same thing happens as the Moon revolves around the Earth. Thus, a number of possible combinations of distances can occur when the eclipse occurs. The shadow of the Moon has a dark portion called the umbra and a lighter shadow called the penumbra. If the umbra does not fall on the Earth, a partial or annular eclipse occurs while if the umbra falls on earth, then the region of the shadow is able to see the total eclipse. The difference between a partial and annular eclipse is that during an annular eclipse, the Moon’s disk appears smaller than the disk of the Sun although it passes directly over the Sun. In a partial eclipse it does not pass directly over the Sun but covers a portion. The annular phase of an eclipse can only be seen from a very narrow track called the path of annularity. The eclipse of 31 May 2003 was an annular eclipse.

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Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC writes, “The first solar eclipse of 2003 is a very unusual annular eclipse, which takes place in the Northern Hemisphere. The axis of the Moon’s shadow passes to the far north where it barely grazes Earth’s surface. In fact, the northern edge of the antumbra actually misses our planet so that one path limit is defined by the day/night terminator rather by the shadow’s upper edge. As a result, the track of annularity has a peculiar “D” shape, which is nearly 1200 km wide. Since the eclipse occurs just three weeks prior to the northern summer solstice, Earth’s northern axis is pointed sunwards by 21.8°. As seen from the Sun, the antumbral shadow actually passes between the North Pole and the terminator. As a consequence of this extraordinary geometry, the path of annularity runs from east to west instead of visa versa. As a member of Saros 1471 , this is the first central eclipse of the series.”

Fred Espenak adds, “The event transpires near the Moon’s ascending node in central Taurus five degrees north of Aldebaran. Since apogee occurs three days earlier (May 28 at 13 UT), the Moon’s apparent diameter (29.6 arc-minutes) is still too small to completely cover the Sun (31.6 arc-minutes) resulting in an annular eclipse.” The star Aldebaran is in Rohiëi nakñatra and the reference to the occurrence of the eclipse in ‘central Taurus’ affirms the use of the sidereal (vedic) zodiac, which is the correct way of looking at the sky. If instead, the tropical (western) zodiac were used, the eclipse would have been said to occur in the beginning of Gemini.

Fred Espenak writes that the central line of the eclipse forms a short C-shaped curve, which begins south of Iceland and crosses the country near Reykjavik. Greatest eclipse occurs at 04:08:18 UT about 200 km northwest of the Scandinavian island nation. At that point, the duration of the annular phase lasts 3 minutes 37 seconds with the Sun 2.9° above the northeastern horizon. The central line ends near Greenland after running its complete course in twelve minutes. A detailed report on this eclipse is available from NASA’s Technical Publication series (see: NASA Solar Eclipse Bulletins). Additional information is also available at the 2003 annular solar eclipse web site: http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/ASE2003/ASE2003.html

The jyotiṣa perspective

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Type of eclipse

Rule 1.2  There are ten types of eclipses based on the appearance and movement of the shadow on the disc of the Sun (or Moon).

It should be borne in mind that the lunar eclipse is due to the Moon entering the shadow of the earth causing the eclipse to begin in the eastern limb, whereas the solar eclipse is due to the Moon covering the solar disc, which causes the eclipse to begin from the western limb3 . The Moon moves into the solar disc like a cloud from the west. Consequently, the solar eclipse is different in different places based on the visibility of the eclipsed disc4 .

  1. Savya: Partial eclipse of the southern side of the solar disc or the south-eastern part of the lunar disc. Such an eclipse causes heavy rains and floods but the people are happy and fearless.
  2. Apasavya: Partial eclipse of the northern side of the solar disc or the north-western part of the lunar disc. Many deaths occur die to the tyranny of rulers and robbers alike.
  3. Leha: lit. Licking and this is a total eclipse where the tongues of darkness seem to lick the disc or enclose it like a ring. A very benevolent eclipse where there is sufficient rains and water and general happiness is assured.
  4. Grasana: lit. Swallowing. This is a partial solar eclipse where the solar or lunar orb is swallowed (covered by a dark shadow). At least one powerful leader shall die and prosperity shall decline. Even the most powerful nation shall see the troubles of an economy under recession.
  5. Nirodha: lit. Obstruction. This is a total eclipse where the central region/solar or lunar orb is completely dark and opaque. A benevolent omen promising well-being and happiness in the region.
  6. Avamardana: lit. Crushing. This is a total eclipse that is long lasting (duration). It causes destruction of world leaders and nations and is considered very inauspicious.
  7. Āroha: lit. Mounting. If after the eclipse, there follows a period where the luminary is again covered by a spell, however brief, of darkness. This is an evil omen and portents war, panic and a lot of fear.
  8. Āghrāta: lit. Smelting. The shadow is partially transparent and appears as a layer of dust over the luminary. This is a very good omen and promises good rains, crops and prosperity.
  9. Madhya-tamas: lit. Central darkness. This is a clear annular eclipse where the dark central shadow is surrounded by a ring of light. This is an evil omen and will destroy people and afflict humanity with disease.

10. Tamontya: lit. Edge darkness. This is a total eclipse where the central region seems lighter as the outer part of the shadow is very dark. Food shortages, crop destruction and danger from thieves or great losses are indicated by this eclipse.

It is possible that an eclipse may not be of one of these pure types but a mixture of several of these. The observation and results have to be carefully deciphered. Secondly, this is a very subjective reading and one should not rely totally on it.

Rising and setting

Rule 2.5: The regions in which the eclipse is visible at the time of rising or setting (sandhyä), would face financial pressures due to poor agriculture and there would be danger or ill-health to the political leaders and government. This rule is applicable only to those regions where the eclipse is visible at sunrise or sunset.

eclipse04The regions include Arabia, Libya, most of Europe excepting the east and parts of Canada and USA. The financial strain would show in the months to come till November 2003. Moreover, the pressure would increase in the regions from Arabia to West Europe while the pressure will decrease in Canada and the USA indicating some recovery from recession for America. Since this region is outside the main shadow, the financial strain will not be as much as what Scotland, Greenland and Iceland are going to face. Refer to the stereographic projection map of the eclipse path (courtesy Fred Espenak, NASA).

Āyana

Rule 3: If the eclipse occurs during uttarāyana, then the Brahmin and Kṣatriya will suffer while in dakṣināyana the vaiśya and śūdra shall suffer.

Uttara ayana is from Makara saṅkrānti (14 Jan) to Karkaṭa saṅkrānti (15 Jul) covering the last half of January, February, March, April, May, June and the first half of July.

Dakṣiṇa ayana is from Karkaṭa saṅkrānti (15 July) to Makara saṅkrānti (14 Jan) covering the last half of July, August, September, October, November, December and the first half of January.

These are the vedic sun signs which actually align with the stars unlike the western sun signs which are not going to align with the sky for a few thousand years. Ask anyone at NASA if you doubt this statement.

The annular eclipse of May 2003 is during the northern course of the Sun (uttarāyana) indicating that the learned ones and the warriors, police etc., shall suffer the impact in those nations where the shadow of the eclipse passes.

Dṛg

Rule 4: Directions of the eclipse
4.1: If the eclipse is seen (visible) in the four cardinal directions, then the four classes of people Brahmin (north), Kṣatriya (east), Vaiśya (west) and Śūdra (south) shall suffer.
4.2: If instead, the eclipse is seen in the corners, then for northeast – mleccha, southeast – attacking army, southwest – engineers, fire users and northwest – skilled workers shall suffer.

There are two kinds of directions used in jyotiṣa – (1) the directions of the signs with the two alternatives of (a) triplicity: where fire signs indicate east, water signs indicate north, air signs indicate west and earth signs indicate the south directions, and (b) natural directions where Aries & Taurus are east and so on, and (2) the directions of the houses based on the lagna indicating east, 10th house indicating south and so on. It is obvious that Varāhamihira is referring to the second method of determining the direction based on houses. If it were not so, then the results would be the same for all parts of the world.

For example, the annular eclipse of May 2003 occurred in Taurus. If we were to use the direction indicated by the sign then this will indicate the south (triplicity) or east (natural) for all parts of the world.

Chart 1: Annular solar eclipse first visibility (India)
eclipse05Instead it is better to draw a chart for the time of first visibility of the eclipse and determine the directions accordingly (Chart-1). Local circumstances differ and the first visibility of an eclipse varies from one place to another. Besides, the eclipse is not visible in some places and this rule shall not apply to such places. For example, the shadow of the annular solar eclipse of May 2003 does not pass through Delhi, hence only the penumbra causes a partial shadow to start at 7:37’ AM (2.07’ UT) and visibility lasts till 8:31’ AM (3:01’ UT). For other cities, information can be had from NASA6 .

The Lagna at Delhi is Gemini and the eclipse is in the 12th house indicating the southeast direction. The reading would be that all hostilities in the border regions, aggressive armies of neighbouring countries, terrorists etc, will withdraw and good relations will be resumed with neighbours.

Rule 5: The following creatures suffer based on the beginning of the eclipse in the directions – North – cattle; East – floods torment all terrestrial life; West – husbandmen, servants, labour, seeds and saplings; South – aquatic creatures, elephants

Rāśi & Māsa

Rule 6: The impact of the eclipse occurring in the twelve signs should be examined based on the nature of the sign as taught by Varāhamihira (Bṛhat Saṁhitā V: 35-42).

The annular eclipse of May 2003 occurs in Taurus indicating that shepherds, cattle, livestock, ranchers, and great self-made men shall suffer. In individual horoscopes, the Lagna or tenth house/lord in rāśi and dasāṁśa should be examined. People born in Vṛṣabha navāṁśa lagna also need to be on guard.

The eclipse of May, 2003 occurs in the amāvāsya of the lunar month of Vaiśākha. The destruction of cotton, sesamum and green gram is expected to follow resulting their shortage and price rise. The Ikṣavākus, Yaudheyas (modern Yādava), the Sākas and Kaliñgas would stand to suffer. However, there will be good crops in the ensuing months.

Rule 7: Results of the Vedic month of eclipse should be learnt from Varāhamihira (Bṛhat Saṁhitā V: 69-80).

Rath’s research

  1. The eclipse will impact the health and/or life of people born in the same month as that of the eclipse (especially when the eclipse is in the same nakṣatra as natal Sun). It has been observed that the effect of the eclipse can be felt before or after the eclipse date based on whether the eclipsed luminary is before or after the natal position.
  2. If the longitude of the natal Sun is lower than the longitude of the eclipsed Sun, then the health problem or major change in life direction would happen after the eclipse
  3. whereas if the longitude of the natal Sun is higher than the longitude of the eclipsed Sun, the event would happen before the eclipse date.
  4. Exact timing will have to be done with daśā in the natal chart, but this is an important tool for confirmation.

This is applicable only for natal charts where the eclipse (Sun) is in the same nakṣatra as the natal Sun. However, one must also see the lunar eclipse as given in the research notes under Rule-09 hereunder.

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In Chart-2, the natal Sun is in Rohiṇī nakṣatra at 16-43 and the eclipse was to occur on 31 May 2003 when the Sun was in Rohiṇī nakṣatra at 15-21.

Just three days before the eclipse the child broke his hand while playing in the garden.

Note that the natal sun is ahead of the eclipse degree and the event was to happen before the eclipse date.

Eclipse start time

Rule 8.7: An eclipse, whether visible or not, affects the entire world.
8.7A: The length of the day or night duration is divided into seven parts.
The indications of the seven portions are –
(1) Engineers, people whose work uses fire like goldsmiths, Brahmins, priests (agni-hotri), hermits.
(2) Agriculturists, heretics, traders, warrior class and army chiefs.
(3) Artisans, artists, çüdras (cleaners etc), mleccha (including foreign visitors /dignitaries) and ministers.
(4) The king (head of state); region – middle portion/region of the country.
(5) Herbivorous animals, harems, ministers, vaiçyas (merchant class, business).
(6) Women and çüdras.
(7) Robbers, rogues; region – the country border.

The timing used in this calculation is the ‘actual astronomical occurrence’ and not local visibility. For example, the Annular Solar Eclipse (31 May 2003) was not visible in Australia, yet it shall affect Australia based on the rule given above.

8.7B: Determine the part of the day/night when
(a) the eclipse starts,
(b) reaches a peak or greatest eclipse and
(c) eclipse ends i.e. shadow leaves the earth.
The class of people, places and things indicated by the portion shall accordingly (a) suffer, (b) be destroyed and (c) benefit, respectively.

Annular Solar Eclipse (31 May 2003) timing

Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC writes,

The annular eclipse begins in northern Scotland about 100 kilometers north of Glasgow when the Moon’s antumbral shadow first touches down on Earth at 03:45 UT. The instant of greatest eclipse8  occurs at 04:08:18 UT when the axis of the Moon’s shadow passes closest to the center of Earth. As it departs Greenland and crosses Baffin Bay, the shadow leaves Earth’s surface at 04:31 UT. From start to finish, the antumbra sweeps over its entire path in a little under 47 minutes.

India
New Delhi: The eclipse starts on Saturday, at 9:15’ AM, has a peak (greatest eclipse) at 9:38’:18″ AM and ends at 10:01’ AM.
Sunrise: 5:24’:54″ and Sunset: 19:13’:26″.
Day duration = Sunset – Sunrise =19:13:26 – 5:24:54 = 13:48’:32″;
One-seventh part = 13:48’:32″ / 7 = 1:58’:22″
Ending times: 1st part: 7:23:16; 2nd part: 9:21:37; 3rd part: 11:19:59; 4th part: 13:18:21; 5th part: 15:16:43; 6th part: 17:15:04 7th part: 19:13:26

It is evident that the eclipse (start) time of 9:15’ AM is in the second part indicating that agriculturists, heretics, traders, warrior class and army chiefs stand to suffer during the six months till November 2003. Incidentally, the Minister for Agriculture at New Delhi, Çré Ajit Singh, has just about resigned and has been replaced.

The eclipse (end) time of 10:01’ AM is in the third part indicating that Artisans, artists, çüdras (cleaners etc), mleccha (including foreign visitors /dignitaries) and ministers shall benefit during the six months till November 2003.

United States of America

Washington D.C.: The solar eclipse starts on Friday 30 May 2003, at 11:45’ PM (23:45’) and ends on Saturday (Friday night – Vedic day) at 00:31’ AM (24:31’).
Sunrise: 5:47’:33″; Sunset: 20:25’:09″;
Night duration: 9:22’:24″; One-seventh part: 1:20’:21″
Ending times: 1st part: 21:45’:30″; 2nd part: 23:05’:50″; 3rd part: 24:26’:11″; 4th part: 25:46’:31″; 5th part: 27:06’:52″; 6th part: 28:27’:12″

The eclipse starts in the third part of the night indicating that artisans, artists, çüdras (cleaners etc), mleccha (including foreign visitors and dignitaries) and ministers shall suffer during the next half year till November 2003.

The eclipse ends in the fourth part of the night indicating that the President George Bush Jr. (the king or head of state) is surely going to get some very good news and shall benefit considerably in the next six months. The central states of the country shall also benefit.

Russia
Moscow: The eclipse starts on Saturday, at 7:45’ AM and ends at 8:31’ AM.
Sunrise: 5:00:33; Sunset: 21:56:51
Day duration: 16:56:18; One-seventh part: 3:08:07
Ending times: 1st part: 8:08:40; 2nd part: 11:16:48; 3rd part: 14:24:55; 4th part: 17:33:02; 5th part: 20:41:09; 6th part: 23:49:17

Thus, the eclipse starts in the first part of the day indicating that engineers, people whose work uses fire like goldsmiths, Brahmins, priests (agni-hotri), teachers, researchers, spiritualists and hermits shall suffer losses.

The eclipse ends in the second part of the day indicating that agriculturists, heretics, traders, warrior class and army chiefs stand to benefit as there is a renewed impetus towards increasing food and business giving a fillip to the economy.

Effect of consecutive eclipses

Rule 9: Two consecutive eclipses of the Moon and Sun normally occur within a month. If the solar eclipse were to occur at the end of the pakña (fortnight) after the lunar eclipse, then the people in general tend to become unruly and unjust and couples quarrel and divorces/separation increases. In the reverse i.e. the lunar eclipse occurring after the solar eclipse, the Brahmins and priests increase their prayers and people are happy and contented.

Rath’s research: Since Varāhamihira states that this rule affects people, how it will affect individual people can be studied from their natal charts as well. For those people where the eclipse is occurring in the same nakṣatra (or rāśi) as natal Sun, the above rules would imply that the occurrence of two consecutive eclipses (one solar and the other lunar) would set them on either a new path of
(a) separative influences causing fighting, unrest and disturbances if the lunar eclipse precedes the solar eclipse or
(b) spiritual growth, happiness and contentment if the lunar eclipse succeeds the solar eclipse.

eclipse07In chart-3, the natal Sun is in Ārdrā nakṣatra at 14Ge12’. The global solar eclipse occurring at this nakṣatra is on July 2, 2000. This is followed by a lunar eclipse occurring on July 16, 2000. It is not important that either the Sun or Moon position be checked for the lunar eclipse. What needs to be ascertained is that the solar eclipse is in the same nakṣatra as the natal Sun. Since in this case, the lunar eclipse succeeds the solar eclipse, a period of spiritual growth, contentment and happiness is to come. True to the indications, she started serious studies in spirituality; regular visits to the Śāradā Mission (ladies wing of the Ramakrishna Mission) and also joined the Sri Jagannāth Center to learn Vedic astrology and spirituality.

eclipse08In chart-4, the natal Sun is in Puṣyā nakṣatra at 10Ge57’. The global solar eclipse occurring at this nakṣatra is on July 31, 2000. The eclipsed Sun was at 14Cn20’. This is preceded by a lunar eclipse occurring on July 16, 2000. As per Rule-09 and the research notes above, this indicates a very negative separative phase causing fighting, unrest and disturbances. Varāhamihira is explicit in stating that couples separate. She started fighting with her spouse on various grounds and they are headed for a separation. Of course, such predictions will also require that such indications are present in the natal chart and the daśā prevails. This eclipse factor is a tool to confirm the readings from the natal charts and should be used wisely.

Om Tat Sat

  1. http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/SEsaros/SEsaros147.html
  2. Varähamihira, B.S. V-43-52
  3. Varähamihira, B.S. V-8
  4. Varähamihira, B.S. V-11
  5. Varähamihira B.S. V-27
  6. http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/OH/LC/LC2003.html#2003May31A
  7. Varähamihira B.S. V-28-31
  8. The instant of greatest eclipse occurs when the distance between the Moon’s shadow axis and Earth’s geocenter reaches a minimum.

This opens a much bigger question that I have had: how should we actually define uttara-ayana. It seems that it was originally the winter solstice, where the days begin to get longer, but since it has become associated with Makara Saṅkrānti it has been riding a sidereal year, of which it is not really a sidereal calculation but a tropical calculation. If we truly are observing the Sun returning or the Sura increasing, then there is no relation to the signs, just actual ayanas (solstices).
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