An annular solar eclipse will occur on February 26, 2017. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring).
On 26 February 2017, at 14:58UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible in its totality in southern South America, across the Atlantic, and into southern Africa. The partial eclipse will be visible in southern South America, and south-west Africa.
The eclipse is caused by the conjunction of the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. Countries and geographical locations said to be of the nature of Aquarius are Saudi Arabia, Prussia, Russia, Poland, Sweden, , Lithuania, Westphalia, Wallachia, Piedmont and Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Some say there will be possible effect on Canada and the USA due kendra, angles. One would have to wait and see.
Many give directions what to do and not do during eclipses. As we are in a time of escalation to the 4th, 5th and higher dimensions, it is best to “consult your own Brahma” (listen to the spirit within) for best advice with respect to this eclipse. Eclipses involve a diminution of light externally, and there is a corresponding eclipse within, for the planets also have effect within the human.
The effect depends on the significance of the sign Aquarius for you, the reader. If Aquarius is important for you, i.e, your ascendant, your Sun or Atmakaraka is here, or you have a lot of planets in this sign, then the eclipse signifies that change is coming for you this year. Life is change, the word Universe in Sanskrit is translated as “coming-and-going” meaning the Universe – and life therein – is perpetually changing. However, the change signified by an Eclipse is a change to something our face to the world, our mask or persona likes to regulate. We like to be settled, have things secure, fixed, and have steadiness.
There will be change. The planets may raise us up, they may pull us down; it is up to us to use their energy, as everything is energy of one or another kind. And energy never dies. It may be transmuted, transformed, or take another form, but it continues. Hence, Vedic Astrology has remedies for the energy of the planets, such as gems, mantras, and sacred offerings to the nine planets. Just as signs are movable, fixed, mutable, so also energy is movable, fixed and mutable and may be transformed by the wearing of gems, chanting of mantras, and making of sacred offerings to the nine planets or one planet in particular.
This eclipse is caused by the lunar node Ketu in Shatabishak nakshatra, in Aquarius. The nakshatra lord is Ketu, in temporary exchange (parivarthana) with Rahu (who is in Ketu’s nakshatra, and temporary lord there). Of the gunas (types of behaviour, groups of qualities, bundles of attributes) Shatabhishak is sattvic-tamasic-sattvic in nature and tending towards matters of a calm, peaceful nature. The shakti or energy this nakshatra is to oversight all, to support all and to bring about a world free of calamity. The journey to this may seem like Jason and the Golden Fleece: the hero, the protagonist has to undergo trials, darkness, entering the bowels of the Earth in order to bring the great treasure, the wondrous boon to humanity. There may be loss of a sense of self on the journey, but the outcome is the boon for all. Life is active, joyful, embraced by all.
When we look to the doshas (kapha, pitta, vata) and the nakshatras, we find that Shatabhishak is of vata, air nature. This somewhat suggests the journey from the world of the 5 senses to the world of the 5th Dimension. This is an inner journey, of vata nature, perceived by the jnanendriyas, the inner instruments of action. Many awoke on 21 December 2012 expecting to see a world adorned in fairy floss or glitter, having light bodies and able to float through the air and visit New York, the North Pole and Mt Everest in a second. The muscles have to be developed: the Source of All Creation, our living Universe and Mother Earth provide the energy, the galactic plane, the magnetism, the vibration of Ascension. The inner muscles of mind management, self control, stillness and steadiness – as well as inner contact with the Soul – must be developed in order to advance into Ascension and the 5th, 6th Dimensions and up.
We mentioned before that this eclipse is caused by the lunar node Ketu, the one that seeks the depths of the inner space, the inner dimensions within, and is forever seeking – and bestowing – Moksha, the release from the cycle of birth-death-birth-again-and-again. This eclipse provides some opportunity via the energy and lordship of Ketu to make spiritual advance, perhaps in a mighty leap for some, for others, a steady trekking toward the mountain of Ascension. Take time, do not haste, waste, worry. Remember your favourite form of the divine – or your Atmakaraka – and calmly use your time well during this eclipse for your personal spiritual advance. Recall, spirituality is what works for you, what brings you serenity and peace. Remember that and travel well in this time of eclipse.