The first New Moon of the year is a solar eclipse.
The exact New Moon occurs on Friday, Jan 15, at 2:12 AM, EST (Jan 15, at 12:42 PM in Gujarat) in the I Ching hexagram “The Arousing Force”. Included below are the relevant interpretation segments of the hexagram from my ebook The I Ching: The Sequence of Change, An Astrological Perspective. Relevant portions of the text are listed below.
First is the hexagram that the New Moon Eclipse is happening in.
51. THE AROUSING FORCE, SHOCK
ABOVE AND BELOW:
Thunder above, thunder below.
Movement in the heavens.
Movement on the earth.
Excitement on all sides.
Sudden change is eminent.
Everyone will be shocked.
Movement in darkness!
Movement in darkness!
Thoughts in action.
Sound has power.
There is no time to rest.
The arousing force rules the day.
Sudden movement without and within.
There are dangerous implications.
One must seize the moment
And move quickly and decisively.
To hesitate will increase obstructions.
One must rely on the element of surprise.
Success will depend on how well prepared one is.
The first son to himself.
There is no one to compare to.
He has to find out what he is capable of.
He looks for the mountain to climb.
He runs into obstructions.
Others are shocked. Still he will climb.
It would be worse, if there was nothing to do.
Rules were made to be challenged.
If he never tries, he will never know.
Strategic initiative, without consideration of the effect on others,
Will cause some shock
But will fall short of achieving the expected result.
There is no need to arouse
More trouble than one can cope with.
Minimize expectations and dependencies.
Be simple but direct.
Cast no blame!
(Next is the specific line of the hexagram that the New Moon Eclipse is happening in. This section is gives more details or specifics which will work out within the above main considerations in the hexagram.)
Six in the second place: (25° – 26° Capricorn)
Receptive to change.
The rumble of thunder causes shock.
Obstacles present themselves.
Do not accentuate the negative.
Be patient. A way will open.
The second place: 25° – 26° Capricorn: 37. The Family, The Clan
A little kindness will go a long way.
No one should go hungry.
Listen to the words of others.
Give consideration to strangers.
Six in the second place:
One senses danger
But it is not appropriate to move.
One must be patient and say nothing.
If something or someone is yours,
They will return on their own.
If one can put a name of God or chant in ones consciousness it could have unexpected results. This would be far better than putting negative thoughts, worries, anger or criticisms out. Actions will quickly follow thoughts. If your thoughts are not good, keep silent and consider chanting!.
Chanting on a New Moon Eclipse is exceedingly more powerful than at other times. It is a most poignant seed moment. There is a big difference between fertile seeds and weeds in a garden. How much more so in the field of one’s mind and subsequent actions? What you put out will come back. Is it really worth putting out fear or anger? Silence within is tremendously potent in that it prevents much clutter and discord from manifesting.
If you are trying to set something in motion or make an impression, one would be wise to consider if it was healing or not, peaceful or not, loving or not!
Who is responsible for what you put out into the world. Who is responsible for the thoughts that come into your mind? It is on this very issue that chanting shines brightly. The very purpose of chanting is to put a name of God where other thoughts were; to put light in the darkness. If one can do this, then a great improvement in one’s effectiveness will quickly follow.
Just consider the difference. What will grow if you hold dark, angry or narrow thoughts within? What will grow if you have light within instead. This is a no-brainer! So why aren’t you chanting or even praying?
In the horoscope of this New Moon Eclipse, a harsh reality check is implied. Mercury conjuncts Pluto squared by Saturn. Having to look truthfully is implied. In worldly affairs we are likely to have frightening insights of what is really going on. We will be challenged not to react out of fear or to increase the amount of fear around us. Can there be truth without fear? Can there be love without truth?
This eclipse also occurs in direct conjunction to Venus. It challenges personal values and one’s sense of self worth. Spiritually the work here is to maintain one’s inner light and prevent darkness from eclipsing our values of love and God. It will be too easy to slip into selfishness and greed. If someone is hungry, feed them.
This New Moon Eclipse is in Capricorn with three other planets. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn. Saturn is calling for restraint, and patience. Are you listening? Can you hear a name of God within? Or is there too much noise around you? A little self discipline and effort to chant across the eclipse will work wonders. The most important time to be chanting is from an hour before to an hour after the exact eclipse.
When eclipses cause darkness in the world around us, it is our duty to make an extra effort to keep the light within burning brightly. If we can do so in the midst of our daily challenges and attachments, then we will receive a great affirmation for our spiritual sadhana or development. Faith and heartfelt feeling will grow.
This is a most powerful time to chant a name of God with as much feeling and sincerity as possible. It becomes possible to see immediate effects. Sharing, singing and chanting will counter selfish vibrations.
“Love is in need of love today!… Stevie Wonder)
Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om,
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