Happy 2019! How was everyone’s solar eclipse? Did anyone do a peaceful hike near a lake?
As promised, I am going to tell you about the the second eclipse of January. This is a total lunar eclipse, which means the Earth covers the Moon from the Sun. In Jyotish, this represents material energy (the Earth) blocking the Sun’s rays (the light from your soul) from reaching your mind (the Moon). Eclipses disrupt the material energy that make up our universe, so it is generally seen as negative times to start anything important, like buying a house, signing a contract, or starting a new job. The maximum point of this eclipse takes place at 4:12PM AEST on Jan 21st (12:12 AM EST).
In some parts of the world, eclipses are seen as very negative and unlucky events. However, if you understand what eclipses are, you’ll realize that eclipse times are actually a really great time to meditate, reflect, and to go inward. The disrupted material energy thins the veils covering our soul, and this allows us to more easily realize that, at our core, we are spirit souls and thus eternally blissful. This is Jyotish in a nutshell - reading the language of the universe to help you optimize your time, align your life to your true purpose, and guide you on your spiritual journey.
This eclipse takes place in Pushya Nakshatra. Pushya is ruled by Brihaspati, the teacher of the Devas (the higher beings of our universe). He is pictured below on the right, sitting on a chair that could probably be made more comfortable:
Back in the day, the teacher was the most respected person in society, and the Devas would seek Brihaspati’s advice for all things, including their questions related to their spirituality. He is also the universe’s first astrology teacher - he taught Jyotish to the Devas. Brihaspati was an orthodox teacher, and his teachings were based on the very traditional Vedic body of knowledge. Having Pushya’s energy disrupted in our world means that the leaders and advisors of our world have a tendency to break out of the conventional way of doing things, degrade societal norms, and may even lead us away from universal law. To do your part in restoring Brihaspati’s energy in the world, and to offset the negatives of this eclipse, you can say the mantra for Pushya during the eclipse a few times: Om Sri Pushya Nakshatra Devataye Namaha.
The material energy is disrupted intensely 3 days before and after any eclipse. This affects the whole world and all its inhabitants. In addition to this, eclipses can affect certain individuals for up to 6 months if the eclipse happens to take place over one of the person’s birth / natal planets. For example, this eclipse is taking place over Donald Trump’s natal Venus, one of his career planets. This will affect his career negatively for the next 6 months. His natal Venus is in Punarvasu Nakshatra, which is symbolized by a quiver of arrows. This is a war symbol and shows he won’t be following convention in matters related to war, which has actually already begun with his decision to pull out of Syria (against the advice of most military leaders). This eclipse could also detract from his ability to combat the many battles he fights with people closer to home (border wall, Russian investigation, etc).
Going back to August 21st 2017, there was another eclipse that also affected Trump. This eclipse was in Magha Nakshatra, which is symbolized by a throne room. The eclipse disrupted Trump’s desire to be treated like a king, and it marked the start of real consequences to his past actions - his associates started going to prison for crimes. On October 30th 2017, George Papadopoulos (foreign policy guy) pled guilty, and Paul Manafort (campaign manager) and Rick Gates (political consultant) were indicted. Also within 6 months of the eclipse, on December 1st 2017, Mike Flynn (National Security Advisor) pled guilty.
Trump entered his Saturn sub-planetary period on January 3rd 2019. He had been in his Jupiter sub-period since Nov 14th 2016 (it started within a week of the US election!). Jupiter represents a chunk of exceptionally good Karma he brought into this life. Saturn, on the other hand, is a more difficult planet for him, and compounded with the eclipse on January 21st, you would expect a more difficult time for him in the coming months.
On that note, I hope all of you are doing well, and that you will be able to use this eclipse to serve your higher purposes. Next month, we move on from eclipses, and so please drop me an email if you have a special request for the newsletter. Political feedback about Trump, however, should be posted on the relevant angry Facebook thread ;)