The full moon is a powerful time, add an eclipse to it and experience something extraordinary. This is a perspective of three viewpoints that I reference regularly. The first, Planetary Influence describes the Eastern Perspective. The second, Mythic Zodiac is western astrology influenced by Greek Mythology and Jungian Philosophy. The third is a Yogic Perspective from Shankari about how to make the most of this powerful time spiritually.
The eclipse will be visible to all of North and South America. Here is the schedule for Chestertown Maryland provided by https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/chestertown
The second eclipse of 2019 comes at the full Moon on January 21, when the Sun and Ketu will join in Capricorn (Uttarashada) while the Moon and Rahu join in Cancer (Pushya.) This will be a total lunar eclipse visible to all of North America and South America, perhaps the most visually stunning eclipse of 2019.
Depending on location, this eclipse will occur either on January 20 or 21. In the US, where the eclipse is at highest visibility, the moment of greatest eclipse happens late in the evening of January 20. The Sun sits in the last quarter of Uttarashada nakshatra at 7° Capricorn, just a few degrees from Ketu while the Moon moves into opposition at 7° Cancer, in the nakshatra of Pushya, near to Rahu.
The Moon is the ruler of the sign of Cancer and in its full state is extremely potent positioned there. The Moon is the queen of the night, the ruler of emotions, the one who reflects the light of the Sun. Like our fluctuating minds and moods, the Moon changes guise each day, waxing and waning, gliding through the zodiac, visiting with all of the other planets once per month as it makes its rounds. The feminine principle is embodied in the Moon, difficult to control, extremely attractive and naturally comforting.
Rahu has been reversing its way through Cancer since August 2017 and will shift into a strong position in Gemini in March 2019. As the significator of worldly desire, Rahu’s energy is unstable, unpredictable and chaotic. This doesn’t do much to help stabilize the Moon or the mind, but there is also the theory that the one who can calm Rahu is the form of the divine mother, who resides in the sign of Cancer. Since Rahu tends to amplify whatever situation that he affects, his presence in Cancer has acted to elevate the principle of feminine power somewhat during this transit.
This particular lunar eclipse event could signal a shift in how we are perceiving and processing the worldly input that feeds our thoughts and emotions. The idea of an eclipse is that a shadow is swallowing the light, throwing us into a temporary state of blindness; we can feel lost and directionless, which is why it is not advisable to do important actions around the time of an eclipse. At these times of obvious instability, it is a good idea to schedule some blank spaces into the calendar. Any form of spiritual practice is potent during eclipse times.
Pushya nakshatra is considered to be one of the most auspicious, ruled by the planet Saturn and by Brihaspati, the teacher of the gods, also known as his form of the planet Jupiter. This region of the zodiac is potent and creative, bestowing wisdom and foundation. Do not be surprised if the foundations be shaken temporarily during the first and third weeks of January due to the eclipse energy.
A Lunar Eclipse can make us more aware of our patterns, and our unconscious motivations. They can bring up old memories and feelings. On a Lunar Eclipse, something will end and on a Solar Eclipse, something will begin. A Lunar Eclipse is an opportunity to break habits or eliminate socially conditioned patterns of thought and behavior that stand in the way of self-realization.
Full moon eclipses can bring things to completion that you have been working on. The Sun opposite the Moon lights up the Moon and brings previously unexamined areas of your life into awareness. Repressed energies emerge for confrontation and resolution. Pay attention to your dreams. Lunar Eclipses are more emotional than Solar Eclipses.
This eclipse on January 21 will affect two signs – Aquarius and Leo. Aquarius wants to belong to groups that are working to save the world. Leo wants to work on their close personal relationships. This eclipse is about connecting to a greater purpose than self. This brings in activist energy. The inter-relationship between these two signs mirrors the inter-relationship each of us has with our urge to be accepted into the larger society and contribute to that collective unit via our personally generated creative expression.
As I write this, Uranus ruler of Aquarius is very active in revolutionary movements in Britain and France. But these are the last aspects to be in Aquarius until the next 19 years. The eclipse pattern will settle down into Cancer (the family) and Capricorn (business) until Nov 2020.
Also, Uranus is now in Aries, giving a lot of energy to revolutionary fever. On March 6, 2019, he moves into Taurus for 7 years. He is will still be a revolutionary, but in Taurus, he will to rebel against the banking system and reform real estate and property.
How will these eclipses affect you?
Eclipses are contrary to the status quo. If impacted by one of these eclipses, your life will not run on the same track it has been on. But that can be a good thing. Some view eclipses as release and renewal points. If your birthday falls on or is close to the dates of an eclipse your life will change dramatically in the months and years ahead. An eclipse is more powerful if the shadow falls where you are living or on your birthplace.
Eclipses repeat every 19 years. We had solar and lunar eclipses at the same points In January 2000. Look back at what happened then. This will continue a theme that was playing out at that time.
An eclipse tends to emphasize matters related to the house it falls in on your natal chart and what planets it conjuncts or opposes. The areas ruled by the houses or planets will demand more attention, thought, energy, and time from you, at least until the next eclipse. Eclipses open doors and invite you to come in, illuminating and stimulating areas of your lives that need our attention.
Remember that planetary energies are archetypal and archetypes can be expressed in many different ways. It’s really based on your consciousness and how you decide to work with these energies.
Sunday night shares, the special blessing of a full Lunar Eclipse…. This eclipse happens in the Moon ruled sign of Cancer and affords great opportunity to engage in Spiritual Practice to overcome afflictions, disturbance and imbalance to the mind and emotions.
The full eclipse will shine its light on our location Sunday night 11:40pm to 12:45am EST. This is an auspicious time to energize new mantras, strengthen your practice of existing mantras, practice meditation and set your deeper sankalpas (soul wishes and intentions).
Allow the veiling of the light of the Moon to be a catalyst to let go — moving beyond the habitual thoughts, desires and beliefs that bind us to our cycles of suffering….
The wise Yogin takes advantage of the special cosmic windows when the “veils are thinner” such as sunrise, sunset, equinox, solstice and especially eclipse for Spiritual Practice. It has been our experience that aligning with such precious opportunities is very much worth the effort!