The June Solstice and the Annular Solar Eclipse

The Sun enters Cancer on 20th June and there is an Annular Solar Eclipse on 21 June which is overhead quite near Haridwar and Dehradun in North India near the border with China and Nepal.  Time of totality is 12.11 pm Indian Time (IST).

The Eclipse Path and the Solstice

The eclipse path passes through the Congo, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Yemen, South Pakistan, North India and Southern China, but most of these areas will only see the eclipse as a partial one.  The closer you are to these cities in India, the more you will see of the Annual Eclipse when, if skies are clear, you will see a ring of fire around the black Moon as it passes over the Sun.

This is a powerful time when the Sun is highest in the sky in the northern hemisphere, and lowest in the sky in the southern hemisphere at the June Solstice.  The eclipse makes this time even more significant.

Take care of your eyes

Never look directly at the Sun, not even with binoculars or an  ordinary telescope.  Telescopes need special filters to look at the Sun.  If you are in an area where you can see part of the eclipse, or all of it, see if you can get eclipse glasses.  These should not cost a lot of money.

This a time for stillness, meditation and reflection.  Cancer is about caring and nurturing and Mars is conjunct Neptune in Pisces.   It may feel like piloting a small boat through rough seas.  Emotions, passions and anger may be strong now.  It can help to acknowledge our feelings without acting on them, at least without thinking of the consequences.

Things are often blurred during an eclipse which may only be revealed after the eclipse is over.  So, now is not the time to rush into anything.

Have a happy, calm, peaceful solstice


“Compassion can heal not only inner anger, but the world’s violence.”  Dalai Lama


Eclipse season

The effects of eclipses can last for up to two or three months, so about six weeks on  either side of 21 June.

There was a penumbral lunar eclipse on 5th June and there will be another one on 5th July with the Full Moon in Capricorn.  Most penumbral lunar eclipses look like ordinary Full Moons, as the Earth’s shadow (umbra) only covers the Moon’s outer limits and do not cover the Face of the Moon at all.  There may be some  slight shading.  The word ‘penumbral’ means outer shadow.