Grahana – Pata Gochara (nodal transits)

Solar and Lunar eclipses occur every six months, with both eclipses ocurring within fifteen days of each other. These two close eclipses, their time of ocurrance and the rasi/nakshatra of the luminaries during both events, are most relevant for analysis.
The analysis of eclipses adds significant relevance to the use of nodes transit in the zodiac.

 The solar eclipse can occur before or after the lunar eclipse, and as a result the effects of the eclipse also vary from auspicious to inauspicious. Or rather, the eclipse leads ones towards ‘bhoga’ and material benefit, or ‘moksha’ and purging/spiritual benefit.
The effect of the eclipse becomes relevant when occuring over the rasi or nakshatra of natal grahas in the persons chart. Herein the lagna is included as an important point of reference.

For the self, there are four important reference points:
1. Lagna and Moon.
2. Lagnesha and Sun.

Eclipses occurring within the same rasi as another graha will affect the fortune (bhagya) and direction (gati) of the person indicated by the graha, be it good or bad, whereas those occurring within the same nakshatra will affect the health of the individual indicated by the graha.

In judgment of results:
i) if the solar eclipse occurs first, then conjunction of lagnesha, Sun and other lordships benefit in contact with the eclipse, otherwise this is very negative.

ii) if the lunar eclipse occurs first, then conjunction of lagna, moon and other karakas benefit in contact with the eclipse, otherwise this causes duryoga and loss of raja yoga.

– The effects of the eclipse can precede the eclipse date or succeed the same. If the luminary is placed before lagnesha/surya/bhavesha, then the effects arise prior to the eclipse date. This is opposite for lagna/chandra/karaka. Otherwise it will be after. This is to be confirmed with dasas.
The effects of a significant eclipse last for 18 years until the next eclipse occurs in the same signs.

– Since Jupiter is the Guru, or guide and teacher which leads the person out of the darkness of an eclipse, the position of transit Jupiter shows the direction of major change occurring in the persons life. The form and name of the Guru is also indicated from this. If the eclipse affects the natives Lagna/Chandra or Karakas the persons Guru is Dattatreya (vaishnava form). If it affects the group of Lagnesha/Surya/Bhavesha the persons Guru is Dakshinamurti (shaiva form).

– Finally the eclipse lagna shows which events transpire which mark the persons life-change. The Lagna is reckoned from the solar eclipse. This is to be reckoned from the planetary placements in the natal chart.

+ First step is analyzing which signs and nakshatras the luminaries are placed in during the solar and lunar eclipse.

An example is given of LK Advani. The Solar and Lunar eclipse occurred in Svati and Asvini nakshatras, where the Solar eclipse preceded the Lunar. Jupiter was transiting Leo, whilst Lagna was placed in Virgo.

Advani, LK
Date: November 8, 1927
Time: 8:30:00 am
Time Zone: 4:28:00 (East of GMT)
Place: 67 E 03' 00", 24 N 52' 00"
Lunar Yr-Mo: Prabhava - Karthika
Tithi: Sukla Chaturdasi (Sk) (31.34% left)
Vedic Weekday: Tuesday (Ma)
Nakshatra: Aswini (Ke) (53.85% left)
Yoga: Siddhi (Ma) (39.50% left)
Karana: Vanija (Sk) (62.68% left)

LK Advani

The eclipse in April 19th 2004 occured in the nakshatras Asvini and later the lunar eclipse occurred in Svati. The solar eclipse occurred first.
Since the natal moon is in Asvini nakshatra, this eclipse causes downfall and rajbhanga yoga. Subsequently after the eclipse the BJP party to whom LK Advani belongs, fell from power.

+ The next step is analyzing the signs and houses in which the eclipse occurs.

In the chart of LK Advani, the eclipse occurs along the sixth and twelfth houses. This brings enmity and back stabbing, and this arose in the form of the opposition which formed a coalition to take over the governing power the same month.

+ The degree of the eclipse will reveal whether the results will arise before or after the eclipse.

In the chart of LK Advani, the Moon is at 6 degrees Aries. The solar eclipse occurred in 5 degrees Aries. In case of eclipses affecting the Lagna/Moon or karakas, the effects will be felt after the eclipse if the degrees are less than the graha. in this case the effects were felt after the eclipse where the BJP government fell in May 2004 for the elections.

+ Position of Jupiter shows the major direction taken by the individual after/before the eclipse.

Transit Jupiter is placed in the tenth house from the Lagna of LK Advani. Thus the major direction of change is that of the persons career and the Guru guiding the same is Dattatreya. One can expect a major change in career due to this eclipse.

+ The transit/eclipse Lagna shows the events which transpire to instigate the major direction indicated by the eclipse.

The Eclipse lagna occurs in Virgo, which will show the events which transpire. In LK Advani’s chart Virgo is the eleventh house joining the arudha lagna which is supposed to be auspicious for the native promising rise and opportunity. However, a debilitated Venus is joined the arudha and promises rajbhanga yoga or fall from grace.

US Presidential elections 2000
The presidential elections in 2000 marked an important turning point for previous Vice President Al Gore and current President George W Bush Jr.

The first eclipse of the year occurred in July 2000 along the signs of Capricorn and Cancer. The nakshatras were Pushya and U. Ashadha. The Lunar eclipse preceded the solar eclipse in this case, thus benefiting Lagna/Chandra and the karakas joined.

Gore, Al
Date: March 31, 1948
Time: 12:53:00 pm
Time Zone: 5:00:00 (West of GMT)
Place: 77 W 02' 00", 38 N 54' 00"
Lunar Yr-Mo: Sarva-jit - Phalguna
Tithi: Krishna Sapthami (Sa) (14.15% left)
Vedic Weekday: Wednesday (Bu)
Nakshatra: Moola (Ke) (24.25% left)
Yoga: Variyan (Gu) (15.76% left)
Karana: Bava (Sy) (28.30% left)

Cancer and Pushya happens to the be the lagna nakshatra of both George W. Bush Jr. and Al Gore, thus showing great benefit for both of the presidential candidates. During this time both candidates rose to attract enormous popularity in a very tight election. However, the second eclipse later in the year had no specific impact on Bush, but did have so on the chart of Gore. For sake of learning we will focus on the chart of Mr. Al Gore.

The second eclipse occurred at the end of the year 2000 votes on the 25th of December. This occurred in the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius in the nakshatras of Mula and Punarvasu. The solar eclipse occurred first, and thus will benefit the lagnesha/surya and lordships, but ruin the raja yoga of the Lagna/Moon and karakas. Al Gores’ natal Moon is placed in Mula nakshtatra showing that it was a time for destruction of wealth and raja yoga.

The eclipse occurred at exactly 10 degrees 22 minutes whereas Al Gores natal Moon is placed at 10 degrees 6 minutes… an exact conjunction occurred! However, as the eclipse had higher minutes than the natal moon, the event would have occured prior to the eclipse. On December 13th (12 days prior) Al Gore announced his loss of the 2000 presidential elections which was by a very narrow margin. The eclipse seems to work perfectly in the charts of politicians.

Just as in the case of LK Advani, the eclipse occurs along the sixth/twelfth house axis. Jupiter is transiting Taurus in the eleventh house joining arudha lagna, showing that the direction of name, fame, etc is under ‘new guidance’. After the elections Al Gore left politics and has currently made his way into the movie industry (Venus joined AL) with a movie regarding environmental issues (Taurus is the sustainer of the earth).

The Lagna will indicate the event and here the eclipse Lagna is Pisces. At first glance Pisces seems very auspicious as the Sun being placed in Pisces is a siddhi-da (giver of power) due to its lordship of Ghatika lagna and its mutual aspect with lagnesh. Its conjunction with the arudha of the fifth house also promises association with power and authority as the aspect on the Moon-Jupiter yoga is showering the effects of Lakshmi yoga and blessings of elders.

Now, there is only one reason for his fall which is of prime importance to the chart: Rahu is placed in the throne/tenth house, and as a result the house placement of the Sun will not rise to its full potential. It was due to the decision of the courts (ninth house) that he was denied the simhasana/throne and hence the presidentship.
These principles of Varachakra should be kept carefully in mind when analyzing the chart.

Recommended reading:
Eclipse Theory – Pt. Sanjay Rath 2003
Eclipse Application – Pt. Sanjay Rath 2003