The First Solar Eclipse of 2023: Here’s What You Need to Know

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The first Solar Eclipse of the year comes to us on April 19-20th, 2023. This powerful energy reset is heralding significant changes and opportunities in our lives. In this article, I will share what to expect from this first Solar eclipse and what you can do to soften its effect on your life.

The First Solar Eclipse of 2023

The first solar eclipse will be visible from the southern Indian Ocean, parts of Antarctica, most of Australasia, Indonesia, the Philippines, most of Oceania, and the western Pacific Ocean. Although it will only be visible in Australia and Southeast Asia, its energetic effects will be felt worldwide within the next six months.

The eclipse will begin at 9:36 p.m. EDT on April 19th and end at 2:59 a.m. EDT on April 20th.

The Sun represents world leaders and the patriarchs. Therefore, within the next six months, we may see some significant changes in the world leadership positions provoked by the solar eclipse energy.

The solar eclipse will lead us from dark to light and shed light on what has been hidden. Therefore, we can expect corruption, lies, and betrayals to come to light. We are going to discover some shocking truths in many areas.

This solar eclipse is also a karmic event influenced by the Lord of karma – Saturn. Therefore, we will also experience the consequences of our past actions. Get prepared to learn some serious karmic lessons that have been postponed for a long time. This solar eclipse will bring them to the surface and shed some light on them.

Also, the first solar eclipse of 2023 may bring very unpredictable weather patterns within the next six months.

How Will the Solar Eclipse Affect Us?

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According to Jyotish (Vedic astrology), a Solar eclipse always occurs at the new moon, when the lunar node of Rahu (or Ketu) is located close to the Sun (up to 12 degrees). Thus, when a Solar eclipse occurs, Rahu passes between the Sun and the Moon. Because of the influence of Rahu, Vedic astrologers do not recommend looking at the Solar eclipse. The fact is that Rahu, mixing with the energy of the Sun, affects our subconscious and imprints negative thoughtforms in it, under the influence of which we may unconsciously become involved in a chain of adverse events.

In addition, it is important to know that our thoughts and desires are tracked at the moment of the eclipse. The most negative of our thoughts and selfish desires are transmitted to the cosmos and quickly grasped by Rahu. Thus, these thoughts and desires will be materialized in the future, and we will bear karmic responsibility for this. Therefore, keeping track of our thoughts, desires, and actions at the moment of the eclipse is crucial. Focusing on spiritual practices, studying sacred texts, chanting mantras, and praying is best.

The part of the Earth where the eclipse is visible falls under the influence of Rahu. This means that unfavorable events may occur in these territories, and the karmic lessons that Rahu brings will be activated.

The Sun represents the vital energy – prana. It controls immunity, intelligence, activity, and digestion. In physiology, the Sun represents the structure of the thalamus and the nucleus of each cell.

During the eclipse, Rahu overrides all benevolent qualities of the Sun. Therefore, during the eclipse (as well as a few days before and after the eclipse), people may experience a decline in strength, poor health, bad digestion, and problems with the cardiovascular system. Rahu tends to obscure consciousness, so people can find themselves in mental states that are not typical for them: there may be more stress, distraction, unfounded experiences, anxietynegative thoughts, and conflicts.

During the Solar eclipse (as well as a few days before and after the eclipse), the key characteristics of the Sun will suffer: self-confidence, identity, self-expression, leadership, and personal strength. Many people will have doubts about their own value and the significance of their efforts, frustration, and dissatisfaction. Others, on the contrary, may feel the overactivity of their ego and will have a tendency to overestimate their capabilities.

The sun represents human vitality, health, joy, and optimism. Therefore, during the eclipse, you may feel weak and discouraged, and digestive problems may arise. To minimize the negative impact of the eclipse, it is best to avoid things that consume a lot of energy. Try to spend this day in solitude, away from crowded places.

Eclipse in Ashwini Nakshatra

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The first Solar Eclipse of 2023 will occur in the lunar mansion of Ashwini nakshatra.

Ashwini is a Ketu-ruled nakshatra that has a pioneering spirit and gives impulse to new beginnings. During the next six months, we can expect to hear more about new inventions and discoveries in the fields of technology, space, and communication, as well as about increased UFO activity.

Another quality that Ashwini Nakshatra has is stubbornness. It may make people act childish, irresponsible, and inconsiderate. This nakshatra has a naturally inquisitive, borderline obsessive nature that refuses to quit until every stone is overturned or a tree uprooted.

Ashwini is also passionate about shifting huge swathes of information and unearthing the “golden nuggets” of truth. It provides us with information filters so that we can quickly sift unadulterated items from the fabricated or mundane.

We can expect that this eclipse will make people see the truth of what’s really going on in their lives and in the world in general. However, their rush actions based on the discovered truth may lead them into trouble and cause more harm than good. Therefore, we must be patient and plan ahead instead of rushing off quickly.

Dos For the First Solar Eclipse of 2023

#1: Fasting

Vedic astrologers suggest fasting at least 12 hours before the Solar eclipse. There is an exception for people with health problems, elderly people, and kids – these categories of people may not fast but should at least refrain from food during the exact eclipse time.

The period of 12 hours before the solar eclipse is considered an inauspicious time before the eclipse. Therefore, refraining from eating anything during this time is beneficial.

#2: Charity

Any charity and donations during the eclipse time are considered auspicious and help purify your karma.

#3: Bath

Taking a bath / a shower during the eclipse helps cleanse your aura and eliminate any negative energy accumulated in your energy bodies.

#4: Yoga & Meditation

Practicing yoga or/and meditation during the eclipse period will help you develop mental strength and soften the influence of the negative effects of the eclipse.

#5: Mantra

Mantra for Solar Eclipse:

Bhaskaraya Vidmahe
Mahadyutikaraya Dhimahi
Tanno Adityah Pracodayat

Asvadhvajaya Vidmahe
Padmahastaya dhimahi
Tannah Suryah Pracodayat

Japakusuma Sankasam
Kasyapeyam mahadyutim
Tamorim Sarva papaghnam
Pranatosmi Divakaram

Don’ts For This Solar Eclipse

  • Don’t look at the eclipse!!!
  • Avoid traveling, and if possible, do not leave your home during the eclipse period.
  • Don’t plan anything important on the day of the eclipse.
  • Avoid eating and cooking any meal until the eclipse ends.
  • Sleeping should also be avoided during the eclipse.
  • Avoid combing your hair, brushing your teeth, washing clothes, etc.
  • If possible, try to avoid any meetings on this day.
  • Avoid taking risky steps, being exposed to the excitement, making large spontaneous purchases or investments, and taking loans.
  • Don’t initiate a divorce, legal proceedings, or disputes over the property during the eclipse period.
  • Avoid talking badly or gossiping about someone.
  • Avoid any kind of violence: verbal, psychological, or physical.

The Bottom Line

Vedic astrologers recommend not looking at the solar eclipse. At this time, it is better to be at home with windows and curtains closed. Do not consume any food or drink during the eclipse. After the eclipse, taking a shower or bath is advisable, or at least rinse your hands and wash your face. Be careful with your desires during the eclipse period. During this time, any spontaneous actions can create problems. Maintain your awareness and try to keep your focus on spirituality during the eclipse. This will help you resonate with the cosmic rhythm and align yourself with the higher energetic frequencies. Remember that spirituality is the best protection against any temptations of the ego and negative astrological events.