Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon July 2019

lunar eclipseThe Full Moon of Wednesday 17 July is immediately preceded by an eclipse which ends minutes before the Moon is 100% full; this conjunction we call a Super Full Moon. The eclipse maximum (in the Southern Hemisphere) is at 07:30:00 am; the full Moon is at 07:38:00 am. The Moon sets at 7:33:00 am, somewhat linking this to the experience of the recent solar eclipse in South America, when the Sun set immediately after eclipse totality. Compounding this situation is a preponderance of retrograde, sandhi and debilitated planets. As this is a time when people can be hurt by our thoughts, words and actions, it behooves us to be speaking softly and sweetly to one and all.

Partial Lunar Eclipse

This eclipse will be visible in parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa/S. Africa and S. America. It will be angular (on the upper and lower meridians and on the horizon) over Alaska, parts of S. America, N. Europe, the Middle East and Eastern parts of Africa and S. Africa, Indonesia, and Australia (see maps

In the Southern Hemisphere, this full moon/partial lunar eclipse occurs at 7:30 in the morning of 17 July 2019. This eclipsed Moon will occur in the last degree of Sagittarius. This means it will exert an influence on the last 10 degrees of Sagittarius and the first 10 degrees of Capricorn. The lunar node that will eclipse the Moon is Ketu. It will be at 23 degrees of Sagittarius.

This is a partial eclipse, not a full eclipse, so the Full Moon – setting immediately after eclipse – will keep the energy it receives from the Central Sun of our Universe – and continue to deliver the Full Moon energies. Where intersections like this occur, magnetic energy is multiplied. One might say that sacred energy becomes even more focussed, similar to that of Brahma muhurtam, the clearest time of each and every day for spiritual energy and spiritual exercise without interruption or distraction.

Ketu – South Node – is the cause of this partial eclipse and is conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius separated by some 30 minutes; not a full degree. Saturn is the planet of duty and responsibility; Ketu is the planet of self-inquiry and detachment from matters of the world. The Kuja vat Ketu rule applies – that is, Ketu behaves like Mars in this situation. There can be conflict with Saturn, with the dutiful Saturn calling the disconnected Ketu to order and responsibilities. However, this is the natural ninth house, and spiritual matters prevail.

Eclipses affect nations, and if you view the map below, you will see which nations in the (Western world) will come under the reach of this eclipse:

July 2019 Lunar Eclipse
The reach of this partial lunar eclipse. Image copyright

So we see South America (beneficiary of the recent solar eclipse), the Panama Canal, Venezuela and most of South America will continue to experience the migration of peoples seeking asylum. The eclipse scopes to most of Africa, Europe and nearly all of Norway, Finland and Sweden. There will be totality in Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of India, and then partial eclipse will be visible in the Far East to Beijing, Vladivostok, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. Antarctica will also see most of this eclipse.

This eclipse takes place in Sagittarius, the natural Ninth house. The Ninth House rules preceptor (the teacher, the guru, the professor), foreign journeys, fortune, father, worship, legal matters, dharmic acts, virtue, grandchildren, nobility and generosity. These are matters we can expect to see brought to our attention over the next six months. Following of dharma – right conduct is important, and fruit of our childhood, our parenting and education in school, we should all know and follow our own path of dharma, swa-dharma, that right conduct that is appropriate to our station in life, our profession, our path through life. When we uphold dharma, dharma itself comes to our aid and gives us protection.

The Full Moon:

The Full Moon is sandhi, right on the border of Sagittarius and Capricorn, so not actually delivering a lot of energy to the mind, but rather, delivering energy to matters of the sixth house such as it is sixth from the rising sign, Cancer. The sixth house refers us to matters of debt, medical interventions such as surgery, care for the community as in selfless service and wariness about those who seek to harm us, such as enemies. With Saturn and Ketu in the same sign, there is a tug of war going on between responsibility and being unconcerned, disconnected from these matters. These planets are very close to one another, and Saturn is retrograde, karaka of responsibility and performing of duty, is delivering yet stronger energoy towards fulfilment of duty – particularly duty that is laborious (weighs heavily) on our minds, our obligations to others including employers, the feeling of duty as a form of imprisonment or containment. Saturn retrograde directs us to pay attention to the little things that matter: responsibility, duty, service unto others.

Ketu conjunct Saturn in the sixth house is negating the boundaries of desire, want and responsibility, setting up the foundations of resentment, carelessness, irresponsibility. These are the grounds of inner psychic conflict which can only be resolved by inner discipline. Self-sacrifice, self control, self respect and self confidence are the means of resolving such inner psychic conflict.

We have other retrograde planets; Mercury is retrograde in the first house, Cancer, and will remain so until 1st of August. Mercury takes the nature of the planets it is nearby, and we have a debilitated Mars in Cancer, not delivering a lot of strength, willpower, motivation, results. Combine Mercury retrograde and under the influence of a weak Mars, we can end up feeling our thought processes, intellect, minds are weak and slow, not giving us the customary results nor intuition that we have come to expect. Mercury, normally fleet and quick with information, exchange, delivery of news, connections, communication, is slow with these matters and perhaps causing missed connections, misunderstandings, frustrations with poor delivery of information.

On the other hand, Mercury is in Pushya nakshatra – although ruled by Saturn, the presiding deity is Brihaspati, who is Jupiter – who is guru of the higher knowledge, higher wisdom, higher understandings. As you know, guru is of two syllables, gu, to approach, to sit hear; and ru, to remove the darkness, to enlighten. So we may take time, approach Jupiter as our guru of para vidya – the higher wisdom and take stock of where we are in our progress towards the great goals of life – artha, dharma, kama and moksha (what is called purusartha). In translation these are the accumulation of monies and wealth to see us through life (such as savings/superannuation/pensions) the practice of right conduct, right action proper to our way of life, our station in life (such as being a good neighbour, participation in community groups and community service, contribution to right order in society), the acquisition of goods and services necessary for our needs (such as food, clothing, footwear, the vehicle we need, the furnishings and fittings for our dwellings) and moksha, the acquisition of satisfaction in life, detachment from the madding crowd and its go, go, go, do, do, do, rave, rave, rave parties, the seeking of daily peace and quietude, the sure focus on divinity within and living and loving that divinity within. All these are matters of the inner guru who leads us safely and surely towards the goals of life. So this particular Mercury retrograde, under the influence of Jupiter and Pushya nakshatra, may offer us time to go within and evaluate where we are on the journey of life and our means of approaching the goals.

Venus, Rahu and the Sun occupy the 12th house, directly aspecting this full moon, and in the Rahu-Ketu axis, so causing affliction to four planets: Moon, Saturn, Venus and Sun. Venus, Rahu and the Sun are in Punavarsu nakshatra – ruled by Jupiter – and the presiding deity is Aditi, the Mother Goddess who is also the Mother of the 12 Adityas. As the Mother Goddess, she loves all without differentiation.

The 12th house is Gemini, an air sign where no planets are exalted nor debilitated; while a maraka house, we need to attend to where its Lord is. Mercury is the Lord, and the Lord of 12 is in the First house, retrograde, so not sending any death-knells in particular. Venus and Rahu are within degree of each other; Rahu is desire, ambition, various schemas, plans, ideas to climb over others and get ahead in life with no intention of coming back down the ladder of social capital, station in life, the ladder of success. In the 12th house, Rahu would be spending monies to get out of confinement, imprisonment, or the deathbed. (The problem for Rahu which Rahu never realises is that this is all maya, imaginary. Not real.)

On the other hand, Venus – who many think can be targetted with desire, is in fact the karaka or giver of unique graciousness. Venus is the lifeline to Aditi, with worship, prayer and mantra to the Mother Goddess! Venus is singing, poetry, painting, crafts, gardening, walking and communing in Nature, all these things that fill life with goodness, beauty and truth. Yes, Venus is desire and love and sex, but these matters belong in the bedroom, and the bedroom is not the whole of life! Life is home, family, children, having good and pleasing arts and crafts around you, a garden and the fruits of your craftmanship around you! Venus in the 12th is about fulfilment of these things that bring graciousness to our lives, and how we surround ourselves with those things that bring us completion, satisfaction, peacefulness.

This is a time of both eclipse and full moon, the Sun is opposing Moon at 29:56 Gemini and so this luminary is not delivering 100% energy but rather, sandhi (sandi) on the border, on the edge, crossing the boundary or what some call the cusp between Gemini and Cancer. This weak Sun, while in the nakshatra that delivers light, light, light, has to obey the laws of the natural universe and cross from air sign to water sign, thus bringing us home to e-motion, energy that is set in motion, which is the Sun’s natural task as karaka of the personality and naisargika karaka of the Soul, the life-force within. We anticipate, at this time of full moon and eclipse, that energy will be set in motion. What energy do we refer to? We know from ancient authorities that penance and prayer, sacrifice and puja – the efficacy, the efficiency, the value, the power of – are multiplied some 100,000 times during this time of eclipse. A sandhi Sun, a driver of our energy and our life force can be usefully applied to power us on and drive us forward in our life’s tasks, and the journey to the goals of life, the purusarthas we mentioned earlier.


Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

The Moon is Full – and eclipsed…

Meditation for the Month

We just see ourselves – we are all joined together – in one circle of light; and raising our consciousness, letting our eyes roll back in our heads a little, so that you imagine you are looking outside the atmosphere of Earth, into the Universe. Don’t force your eyes too much, just enough so that you feel you are looking outwards and up.

And we are joining the world of Light; the Universal Light; the Source of All Creation. And we ask the Angels to be with us, to assist us. They are always with us, but now we are connecting to them in a conscious way.

We feel the light coming down now – from the apex of a pyramid – going through the top of our head, filling our head with light, and our neck, and shoulders, and arms, and hands … and our chest, the back, our waist … and our stomach, and our buttocks, and our thighs. And the light coming further down to the knees, the shins and the calves, and to the ankles and the feet; the soles of the feet and the toes. And feel it swirling around, going out and then returning back to the world of light, so that we feel that we are sitting in a cosmic egg of light.

And keep seeing that movement – like a river – coming down from the world of light, down past our body, out through the feet, and back up to the world of light – forming an egg shape of light around us. We feel ease and peace … very light … very happy.

So we realise that it is this place – that we can connect to our soul consciousness – that is held by our Angelic self, the Angel that’s always with us, with everyone; through our soul. We are all part of God; we are all God-beings; we are all part of Creation.

So feel happy … and released from pain; and feel joy and upliftment; because we know this is our true self, this is who we really are. This is the consciousness that is within us … that is constantly assisting us – in some very small way – or rather strong way; sometimes with a sound, or a voice, or an image. And if it sounds like a voice, it may be a thought we think but it is actually coming from our soul consciousness.

Our soul consciousness is always for good, so it is the God consciousness that’s within us that is constantly trying to guide us in our lives, in a physical body. For without the soul there would be no life in the physical body (or not for very long). It does operate independently – but it is together that we walk … on this Earth … with Love of God with us always.

And sometimes we feel the consciousness advising us, not really realising if it comes from the soul consciousness. But we know it is something that doesn’t seem like a good idea. And so we re-think what way or what steps we should be taking in life. But then, if we ignore it, we look back and think, “I wished I had taken notice; I knew, I just knew, I had that feeling in me, that wasn’t a good decision.”

And sometimes a voice can be quite strong. And we know its not – if we really tune into it – it is not us – its not our own soul voice. It is coming from somebody else that’s in the ether and trying to cause mischief. And for this reason, we need to be aware of where the messages that we hear, or the thoughts that we hear, are coming from.

It is very simple really. The thoughts that come from the soul consciousness, are of God; they are of love; they never want to hurt anybody. They only want to assist, and uplift; to give and share the light of love from the Universe. Anything else … … does not belong. And so we can reject that. And it is very easy to sort out, if you feel happy, and contented and relaxed.

It is important that you spend time to relax … and sit … and meditate. And connect to the soul conciousness who we are now, and making it a habit. Maybe once a day … for a little time … until you feel uplifted and rested. It comes through the the top of your head and into your heart. And it is your heart that holds the feeling. It is the feeling that is most important … in all of your life … in all of your emotions … in all of your thoughts … and in all your actions … if you feel good about it … it is coming directly from the Source of All. It is your home. It is who you really are.

So be blessed and know you are always blessed. And feel happy and filled with joy … even though the road may be difficult at times. You know when you look back … if you are honest with yourself, you really have learned a lot from what was a very difficult time.

So be at peace,

be at peace,

be at peace.