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Total SOLAR ECLIPSE- Monday 21st August 2017 (astronomy data & astrology charts & Eclipse Magic book offer)

We’ve already had the partial Lunar Eclipse a week and a half ago, and the counterpart ..  the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs on this coming monday 21st August 2017.  (Eclipses always occur in pairs, separated by 2 weeks, and there are on average 2 pairs every year..).

I’ve downloaded the detailed Eclipse-diagram  from NASA website (Eclipse diagram/data (c) Fred Espenak – link at the bottom).

Total Solar Eclipse (21st August 2017) Details:

How long is this Eclipse?

Important point to remember is that, at any one location on the Earth, the actual Solar Eclipse is only visible for few minutes at most.   BUT it will be seen at different parts of the world at various times..  and at each part ..for slightly different duration.

Greatest Eclipse and its duration:

This is when the largest amount of the Sun is covered by the Moon..  and  takes place at 18:25 hrs  (Universal Time= GMT), and will be visible for 2min40sec, from a point in USA (Lat=26’58N.  Long=87’40 W).

Penumbral start & end of Eclipse:

There are two types of shadows formed by the Moon when it comes in front of the Sun..  ie the shadow that Earth Passes through.  Umbral shadow is the darkest part, where from under it, we see nothing of the Sun.  Penumbral shadow is a more lighter part, and we will see the Sun through it..

  • P1 : The Penumbral part of the eclipse will be first visible at  15:46 hrs   UT  (seen from pacific ocean at Sunrise).
  • P4:  The penumbral part of the Eclipse will be last visible at 21:04 hrs UT (seen from South America – before night falls locally there)

The Umbral  Eclipse data:

This is when the Sun is actually visibly blocked by a dark disc (Moon coming between us and the Sun).  In scientific  notations, we give this 4 sets of readings..  when it first starts (first contact/ start of Umbral Eclipse; 2nd contact;  when Eclipse begins to end; when final umbral eclipse fully ends.

  • U1 :  16:48 hrs UT
  • U2 :  16:49 hrs UT
  • Greatest Eclipse :  18:25 hrs UT
  • U3 :  20:01 hrs UT
  • U4 :  20:02 hrs UT

 NASA diagrams created/provided  by Fred Espanak, where all this data has been taken from:

Total Solar Eclipse 20th August 2017 - NASA diagram by Fred Espenak

Gif animation showing the visibility & times of the Total Solar Eclipse 21st August 2017 (by Fred Espenak of NASA)

Note:  The small dot at the centre is the exact location where the Total Eclipse can be seen at a particular time (Universal Time = GMT).   The larger grey/blue area shows the area from which penumbral eclipse can be seen at any particular time.  The dark sections of the Earth (on left and right) show the night time for those places.

Time: Remember all times are UT (Universal Time which is equivalent to Greenwich mean time).  so you must work out local time.  For example the dot first appears to the West of USA  (in Pacific Ocean area)  around 17:00hrs GMT..  This is actually sun-rise/ morning time for those who first see the Eclipse (if they were in the Pacific Ocean).


Visibility data for UK:

From these diagrams, you can ascertain that for us in United Kingdom, about 10% of this Eclipse will be visible around 19:00hrs GMT.

Astrology charts

Below is a general astrological chart I have created to show the positions of other planets & Zodiac signs, during the exact moment of this Total Solar Eclipse (Greatest Eclipse at 18:25hrs UT).

Total Solar Eclipse 21August2017 chart (c) Mani Navasothy

chart with houses Solar Eclipse 21august2017 placidus

-Mani Navasothy

If you are interested in doing Esoteric / ritual magical work / energy work, during the Eclipses, I have written a workbook (probably the world’s first book on Eclipse Magic).  here’s the link to buying it.

BUY – Eclipse Magic Workbook   Normal Price £18.  Special offer : £9.99


ArchAngel Cometh..! (Visionary Art)

ArchAngel Cometh!    Here’s a rather quick bit of graphics I did recently.. (bridge, clouds, Temple Pillars)..  I  decided to add an old art work I did (The Angel).    So.. how many of you believe in Archangels? Do you work magically with them.. such as Raphael, Gabriel, Michael or Uriel? They are called upon to protect the elemental quarters in the `Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP). Feel free to share…. Bright Blessings – Mani#

ArchAngel Cometh (c) Mani Navasothy 2014
ArchAngel Cometh (c) Mani Navasothy 2014



The Real Sun-Signs of modern era

I am an Astrologer – that means I look at the stars and planets and believe that their movements out there in space somehow affects and influences my life here on planet Earth.

Yes, there’s a whole load of arguments about if the starts determine everything, then do we have free will?  And if we know what’s going to happen (through astrology), how can we change it? Surely everything is `fated’ so what’s the point in free will? etc etc.  Well, that’s a debate worth having – another time. Just like, `is God real’? and if so, is God good or evil…(because if God is good, then why does he or she or it allows bad things to happen to us? etc) That’s definitely a debate worth having.. without getting into `because  it says so in some  book or a Prophet said so, or because a Saint believed so etc).

This one is about astrology – especially one where we have been accepting that every month our Sun `travels’ through a different background of stars (Zodiacs).. For so long we have believed there are 12 signs to the western astrological system. (By we, I mean people..and for many hundreds of years).  And many already know that the zodiacs (Constellations) are not of equal size in width across the celestial equator (where the Sun travels along).

But did you know that it’s really way off now? Because, over 3,000 years the earth axis of rotation has changed, and so the starts that line up the celestial equator are slightly `off’ now..

I found out just by how much in a NASA website!  This is the latest measures..  If you were born in the 70’s or 60’s or 50’s or even in 1800’s.. this still applies…because all that is still `modern and present day’ by cosmic standards..

This is all because those Babylonians left out one of the signs (of the 23) to fit things in nice and equal …even in their times..

This is how long the Sun takes to travel through Constellations now..  (credit to Dr.Dr. Lee T. Shapiro, Director
Morehead Planetarium University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)    Source of info: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/starfinder3/


Constellation Dates Number
of Days
Sagittarius Dec 18 – Jan 18 32
Capricornus Jan 19 – Feb 15 28
Aquarius Feb 16 – Mar 11 24
Pisces Mar 12 – Apr 18 38
Aries Apr 19 – May 13 25
Taurus May 14 – Jun 19 37
Gemini Jun 20 – Jul 20 31
Cancer Jul 21 – Aug 9 20
Leo Aug 10 – Sep 15 37
Virgo Sep 16 – Oct 30 45
Libra Oct 31 – Nov 22 23
Scorpius Nov 23 – Nov 29 7
Ophiuchus Nov 30 – Dec 17 18

So erm, if you thought you were a particular Sun-Sign, think again..   And it’s going to give a head ache to all the astrologers, sadly. It’s bad that the scientists already give astrologers a hard time ..but this sort of thing pushes forecasts and even chart analysis a bit `unbelievable’.

Truth is, astrology is – despite working with real stellar objects that have measurable cycles – an esoteric system. It’s not hard science.  but it is hard-boiled Esoterica. It works with established rules,  formulae, predictions, qualities..and intuition.

Well, that’s the kind of astrology I do anyway..

More on this topic later.


FREE e-Book: Hallowee’en Guide for Pagan, Parents, Teachers & Journalists

Halloween Guide for Pagans, Parents, Teachers & Journalists
(c) Mani Navasothy.2012

Hallowee’en Guide for Pagan, Parents, Teachers & Journalists –  an e-Book by Mani Navasothy  (ISBN  978-0-9560746-6-9  Awakening Publishing).   Just published online in pdf forms in website Witchcraft and Magic   This will be available on Amazon’s Kindle platforms (ipads, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle HD ) very shortly. It contains graphics that some platforms allow.

Currently this book is FREE 100% to download. Just go to my Witchcraft & Magic website, opt-in (subscribe) with name & reliable e-mail, and a link will be sent to you where you can download this immediately.   After 48 hours, it will be available via Amazon Kindle, and the FREE download will be removed!

So Why have I written this short guide ? (32 pages+)

Here’s what I said in the Amazon platform:

“Halloween- ancient pagan festival marking celtic New year and remembering Ancestors! Pagans, Wiccans & Witches celebrated Samhain in private rituals – at homes or in quite woodlands. The Christians moved their All Hallows day from 13th May to 1st November in 834 in an attempt to Christianise this deep pagan festival.But now, Halloween has become a popular party festival all around the World. Television & movies glamorizing Witches, Werewolves and sexy broody teen-vampires have all added to the increase of people’s interests in Witchcraft, Spells and magic…and Halloween!

But with it, we see an increase in tabloid stories & smear campaigns aimed at Pagans & Witches. Parents are worried about the `evil’ of Wicca on their kids; Teachers are wondering how to teach the subject that is fast becoming part of religious education.

This Guide sets the records straight! It gives adequate details, history, related concerns, background to Wicca & Witchcraft and even some of the popular symbols of paganism. Pagans, Parents, Teachers & all types of Journalists will find this short Guide to be an invaluable first port of call.

Mani Navasothy, brought up as a Hindu in Sri Lanka, living in the UK for over 25 years, has written this guide from personal experience of Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft to be helpful to all.”

If you like to know the Chapters/ Content of the e-Book, here it is:

Contents (“Halloween Guide” by M Navasothy. 2012)

1. Halloween & Samhain – Origins, Traditions & Ritual Practises.
2. What is Paganism?
3. What is Wicca & Witchcraft?
4. Truth about Masks, Brooms, Cauldrons & Pumpkins
5. Playing with Spells & Psychic Child concerns
6. Party season: Commercial, Media & Social Trends of Halloween
7. Witches, Werewolves & Vampires: Icons on TV & Films and their effects on people.
8. Christian Concerns: Satanism, Devil worship & Human Sacrifices.
9. Pagan Protests: Discriminations against Witches and Witchcraft.
Appendix 1: Paganism
Appendix 2: Major Pagan Festivals
Appendix 3: Pagan Symbols & Ritual Tools
Appendix 4: Wicca & Witchcraft
Appendix 5: Websites

If you do download the book, and have a read, I’l be interested to know what you thought…as am sure there’s always more room for making it better. That way, if the media or other religious people get twitchy about witchy things, we’ll be ready..:-)

Have a Happy Halloween, ye all!

Bright Blessings