About Christmas 2019

Annular Solar Eclipse
Annular Solar Eclipse
Christmas 2019 brings in its wake the Summer Solstice (in the Southern Hemisphere) and an eclipse – in some parts of the world – on Christmas Day itself! An unusual event. This will be an annular solar eclipse with a ring of fire around the Sun when the moon covers the Sun (called totality).

In Mundane Astrology (the astrology of world events), the Vernal equinox can be taken as symbolising the ascendant (First House) of the world. The Summer Solstice symbolises the tenth house, the area of action, governments, and world leaders. The Autumnal Equinox is connected with the seventh house, the house of politics, and relationships between countries. The Winter Solstice signifies the Earth our Mother, so it symbolises our physical environment.

Currently, the Sun, at the time of the Summer Solstice, is at about 5 degrees of Sagittarius. That places it in Moola nakshatra. Moola nakshatra’s energy is the power of destruction. The Summer Solstice symbolises the tenth house, the area of action, governments, and world leaders. Putting these together, the period is clearly symbolising leadership inaction, governments refusing to implement changes from use of fossil fuels and introduce energy-saving infrastructure, and so we are left with all the signs of the destructive changes that are occurring in our environment. Not a healthy prognosis for Mother Earth.

illustrating the celestial equator and the solstices
illustrating the celestial equator and the solstices

Influence of the Galactic Centre

An important cosmic event is occurring now. The (winter)(summer) solstice is now at a point of conjunction with the galactic centre. There is some doubt
as to the exact location of this point. This solstice of 2019 takes place at 5°45′ of Sagittarius, and other esteemed authorities place it at 06° 40′ Sagittarius, or the middle of Moola Nakshatra. This indicates a harmonisation of humanity with the Divine will as transmitted from the Galactic Centre. The new spiritual thinking of today may be a result of this attunement process, which insists that we enter into a new ascending age of light and cast off the shadows of the dark ages of strife and dissension.

Due the precession, the solstice will travel through the Galactic Centre and take several hundred years to do so. Much positive growth will occur. A shift in history as significant as any to date will be experienced, with a movement from darkness to light and a new seeking of consciousness.

Moola nakshatra has two deities that represent it. The first is Nritti, the goddess of destruction. The other is Prajapati, another name for the Creator deity, or we might say, the god of birth. So Moola nakshatra is connected with both death and rebirth, endings and new beginnings. This might be best signified by someone giving up an addiction they have nurtured for some time. It is both a death to desire and a rebirth without the old desire, ending and new beginnings with self-assurance, self-confidence and self-discipline.

Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s centre, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse will follow two weeks later on January 10-11, 2020. The material below is mostly about the solar eclipse, and we will share more about the lunar eclipse at a later date.

Annular Means Ring-Shaped
The name “annular” comes from the Latin word for ring, “annulus.” These eclipses are named for their darkest, or maximum, point even if it only lasts less than a second. If the characteristic ring of fire is visible from even just one location, the whole eclipse is called an annular solar eclipse.

Path of the 2019 Annular Solar Eclipse.
Path of the 2019 Annular Solar Eclipse. (courtesy timeanddate.com)

The annular phase of this solar eclipse is visible from Saudi Arabia, Southern India (Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu), North Sri Lanka, Singapore and parts of Indonesia. There will be partial visibility in most of South East Asia, the Far East, Hong Kong, China and Japan, along with Papua New Guinea and the dry deserts and mining encampments of North-West Australia.

Chart of planets at the time of eclipse
Chart of planets at the time of eclipse


The first thing we note about the chart is the presence of six planets in one sign, Sagittarius – which Jupiter owns. This is a Ketu-caused eclipse, so we look to the effects in Ketu’s sign, Sagittarius:

⟴ Sun is well placed, and its ruler is somewhat weak
⟴ Moon is 100‰ combust the Sun. This will create some issues as Moon rules the mind.
⟴ Mercury is well placed, combust the sun and only at 42‰ efficiency
⟴ Jupiter is in its own sign, and 90‰ combust
⟴ Saturn is in a neutral sign, so well placed yet is in old age and only has 31‰ efficacy
⟴ Ketu causes the eclipse; Ketu in Sagittarius may be incoherent or simply surrender to circumstances.
⟴ Rahu is ruled out as it is in the axis causing the eclipse.

Another issue with the chart for the annular eclipse is that planets are in three houses only. This is a form of Nabassa yoga, where we assess the overall placement of planets in a chart and begin to determine what it is this (birth) (event) will offer. Planets occupying three signs only is a form of Shula yoga, which is a little like a sine wave, filled with the ups and downs of life, or life lived to the extremes.

sine wave
The sine wave oscillates between highs and lows over time. There can also be an amplitude (extent) of response – measured, balanced or going to extremes and reaching to the standard deviation (the peak of the sine wave).

We keep in mind that the planets are called graha in vedic astrology. Graha means ‘to seize’. The planets seize us and fill us with light; they are luminaries which reflect the light coming through our Sun and redirect the energy streams from the Sun to our mind, body and spirit. Each planet combines and recombines light (or intensifies light with our vasanas) and then directs that light and magnetism of the Sun to ourselves. Grahas are seizers; graha means to grasp, to seize. They can raise us up, they can pull us down. Whether we rise or fall depends on how well we utilise the light and energy coming from the planets to ourselves. They may draw attention by their effects within us. Whether we rise or fall is largely up to ourselves: What do I have to take responsibility for in my life, in my thoughts, actions, feelings, beliefs, attitudes?

Returning to our 9th house filled with six planets and the nabassa yoga called Shula yoga – all planets in three signs, there is a particular issue combined with the effect of Shula yoga. We are always responsible for managing ourselves (except those incapable of such as those with Alzheimers, dementia or severe forms of autism, etc.,) and the mind plays an important role. The planet that rules the mind is the Moon, which, in this case, is 100‰ combust the Sun and deprived of energy. It is a weak planet, as is Mars, which is sandhi in Scorpio at 0°24′. So not much energy.

Shula yoga, as we have illustrated above, goes from one extreme to the other; one is well managed and experiences prosperity; then the see-saw comes and one is at penury and not well managed. If the inured habits of the mind are not good and respectful of others, they will maybe be hurt, discarded and pain and sorrow is caused. Shula yoga needs a strong mind and strong management. If we have had good attitudes towards our own self and toward the goal of life (purushartha) then we may be managing ourselves well. If we have poor attitudes, lack of self respect, lack of self control, then we may experience the extremes of life and find it is nasty both for ourselves and others.

This all happens in Moola Nakshatra, which, while ruled by Ketu, has energies of both destruction and creation anew. We can make Mula nakshatra work for us personally by taking the time to discard whatever is not working for us in our lives, and make fresh choices toward personal effectiveness and integrity. As we mentioned earlier, there are two deities associated with this nakshatra, Nritti – Goddess of Destruction, and Prajapati – God of Creation and birthing things anew. We may seize the day and seize the energies thereof, for Sun, Moon, Jupiter and Mercury are all in Moola Nakshatra.

Eclipses also affect nations – so with regard to national charts – there will be changes, most noticeable for the next six months. We may see more to do with the impeachment of Donald Trump or some explosive outcome … keep in mind that President Trump himself was born during an eclipse!

Christmas Day itself may be mixed with ups and downs as the effects of an eclipse are often felt beforehand. Nritti is a warrior goddess, however, so you might also want to avoid animated debates about religion or politics with your relatives during this holiday period. Also avoid bringing anything out of the family closet.

On the upside, this all happens in Jupiter’s sign, and as Jupiter is hierophant – precursor of tradition, learning, philosophy and wisdom. Religion is well known unto Jupiter. Jupiter has cottoned onto the raising of the dimensions, and the energies of the 4th, 5th and higher dimensions flowing from the Galactic Core. As all this takes place in the Galactic Centre, where spiritual changes are emerging and flowing to our planet, we may take our time. use our discrimination and carefully discriminate right and wrong when the disruptive energies erupt around us in the days and weeks after this – or perhaps even on Christmas day itself! Hold on to inner self-discipline, your truth, your dharma, and join in with those who seek to be part of the Ascension and inbreaking of this new age of Gold, the Golden Age when peace and harmony will prevail on Earth.

The Ascension movement is currently teaching (among other things)

  • ⟴ To practice Oneness with the Creator
  • ⟴ To practice Oneness with All
  • ⟴ The Soul has multiple existences
  • ⟴ and that we need to monitor our thoughts.


During the annular eclipse, a ring of fire is visible around the Sun
During the annular eclipse, a ring of fire is visible around the Sun

Photos Taken 26 December 2019

Last solar eclipse of 2019, viewed from Liwa, South India.
Last solar eclipse of 2019, viewed from Liwa, South India. The actual eclipse when the moon is fully in front of the sun covering a maximum 91.93 per cent of its face, will only last two minutes 47 seconds

 The moon covers the sun in a rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse as seen from the southern Indian city of Dindigul in Tamil Nadu

The moon covers the sun in a rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse as seen from the southern Indian city of Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. Photo: AFP

Photograph taken in Central Myanmar (Burma)
Photograph taken in Central Myanmar (Burma)