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  • Writer's picturePamela McDonough

Summer Solstice: Solar Eclipse June 20/21!

The New Moon on June 20/21 is a Solar eclipse.

For those on the west coast it will be late evening June 20 and for the east coast of the US it will occur on June 21. Eclipses are considered to be great times for spiritual practice, but not much else! If you want to learn more about eclipses I have an article posted on my blog.

he second in this series of three eclipses (yes, THREE!) occurs in the sign of Gemini and within the nakshatra of Mrigashira.


In many time zones, this eclipse occurs the same day Summer Solstice, which is on June 20 at 2:43pm Pacific Time.

The only other time an annular solar eclipse happens at the same times as Summer Solstice in this century is on June 21, 2039.

All of the dual signs -- Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will be feeling the intense energy of this eclipse! But particularly those who are in the planetary cycle or sub-cycle of Mars. Or if your rising degree is in the 4-7 degree range of any of these signs or the other air signs, Libra or Aquarius.

Since the Moon is mind, emotions and intuition it is a great time to do inner work. If you can hold off on major life changing decisions until a few days after the eclipse, that is ideal - but sometimes eclipses will force important decisions - I have personally experienced this during an eclipse.

For all other rising signs, the house that Gemini represents in your birth chart does connect to a very specific area of your life. Don't miss your horoscope with all the details.

Fiery Mars is in aspect to this eclipse and Saturn, while not technically not in aspect to Gemini and the eclipse, it is almost at the exact same degree as the eclipse, which I do consider to be significant and potentially heavy energy that could be in conflict with the Mars influence.

Additionally Mercury, ruler of Gemini went retrograde June 17 in Gemini, the sign where this eclipse occurs. All Mercury related matters such as business, writing, communication around this time will be extremely challenging.

So I ask you in advance to please forgive me any typos, broken links, etc.!

Solar Eclipse in Mrigashira Nakshatra


Deity: Chandra (Moon)

Symbol: Deer Head

Shakti: The Power to Give Fulfillment or Joy

Quality: Soft

This Solar eclipse supports:

* Spiritual practice

* Meditation

* Bringing to light anything in the subconscious mind or from the shadows to be reflected upon.

New Moons are usually good for new beginnings, however it is best to avoid important new beginnings on an eclipse.

Any actions related to spiritual practice is good.

The Sun will be obscured during a solar eclipse - here are some basic meanings of the Sun given in this excerpt from my new book, [Vedic astrology for Beginners:](

"The Sun is the indicator of father in all birth charts and in the traditional context represents the leader, or head of the family.
Surya in the birth chart conveys the qualities of leadership, fairness, authority, intelligence, ego and confidence. Like a king and other types of leaders, the Sun has the ability to be fair, but can also be cruel. Sometimes the subjects (or employees) of the Sun must be disciplined. Which is why the Sun is considered krura, or cruel."

There is much more about the Sun and other planets in my book (

Eclipse Intention "May any and all important messages come to light once the eclipse has passed so that I can understand, learn and release any karmic patterns that no longer serve me or others. "

Eclipse Ritual Timing

This eclipse will not be visible in the US.

* First location to see the partial eclipse begins Jun 20 at 8:45:58 pm Pacific Time * First location to see the full eclipse begins Jun 20 at 9:47:45 pm Pacific Time * Maximum Eclipse Jun 20 at 11:40:04 pm Pacific Time

Sidereal Forecasts! This is just a reminder for those who are new to my new and full Moon forecasts and other articles -- my forecasts are created using the sidereal zodiac calculations. Your rising sign, and other planets in your birth chart will usually (but not 100% of the time) shift signs from your tropically calculated horoscope.


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