Astro-charts for Solar & Lunar Eclipses of November 2012

Hi all,

We’ve just had a solar eclipse (13th Nov’12) in the Sign of Scorpio..  and we will be having a lunar eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius on 28th November 2012.

Here are the astrology charts.

13Nov2012-Solar Eclipse in Scorpio
(c)Mani Navasothy


28Nov2012-lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius
(c)Mani Navasothy


I’ll post more on Eclipses in a few days! 🙂


links to previous eclipse blogs

Full data for Eclipses in 2012

Fears & Phobias

Rahu & Ketu -demons who swallowed the Sun & Moon

Interview with an Eclipse Magician (video)




Lunar Eclipse: Explanation graphics of orbits & shadows

Lunar Eclipse: Explanation graphics of orbits & shadows

We often see so many `figures’ an `diagrams’ in science and technical books or websites..  But not many people actually try to explain what we see and why we see it that way.  So I have created this graphics to show the orbits of Earth around the Sun, and the orbit of moon around Earth (us)..

This clearly shows positions of the Moon around the Earth, what those positions of Moon mean in terms of Lunar phases (new moon, first  quarter, full moon, last quarter) etc.   This is a `view from space’ – if you like.

But in this graphics, I have tried to also show -in the 2 `box screens’   – what the flat-image will be of the Solar eclipse. Same for the lunar eclipse – except, you are looking at  the back of the `screen’ in this graphics.  From Earth, we’ll see the front of the `screen’ and that will be a reverse of the image.

Just take a few minutes to look at this graphics, put your finger on each object (Sun, Moon, earth) and move it in the orbit..  to get a feel of it.  That may help you work out what happens and what we see from Earth.



Full data for Solar & Lunar Eclipses in 2012

Hi all,  I thought some actual data is very useful for those of you who just want to observe, or do esoteric / magical work.

All times are `Universal Time (UT) which is for all intents equivalent to GMT.  Universal Time is based on the rotation of Earth on its axis with respect to the Stars!

Some explanations  (types of eclipses):

  • Annular – when the Moon blocks out the Sun and a ring of the Sun can be seen around it.
  • Partial – when only part of the Sun or moon is blocked.
  • Penumbral eclipse:  This is difficult to spot easily, as the object (moon) just gently goes a bit darker or redish.

Annular Solar Eclipse:  20th May 2012

Greatest Eclipse at  23:52 hrs UT      (Duration: 5 min 46 sec).

P1-  20:56 hrs;      P4- 02:49 hrs.

U1 – 22:06 hrs;   U2 – 22:11 hrs;   U3- 01:33 hrs;  U4- 01:39hrs.

Total Solar Eclipse:  13th Nov’12

Greatest Eclipse at 22:11 hrs   (duration: 4min 02 sec).

P1  19:37 hrs;       P2- 21:43;      P3- 22:39;        P4- 00:45;

U1- 20:35;            U2- 20:37;        U3-23:46;        U4-23:48 hrs;

Partial Lunar Eclipse:  4th June’12

Greatest Eclipse at 11:04 hrs   ( 2 hrs 07 min).

P1- 8.48hrs;       U1- 9;59 hrs;       U4- 12:06 hrs;     P4- 13:18 hrs;

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:  28th Nov’12

Greatest eclipse at 14:34 hrs    (4 hrs 35min).

P1- 12:14 hrs;         P4- 16:50hrs.

Explanation of P1, P2, U1 etc..    Above diagram shows what happens at eclipses, graphically and pictorially. Large light sources (such as the Sun) create 2 types of shadows – the lighter shadow called Penumbra, and the true full shadow (no light) called Umbra. When Earth passes through the shadow, it must go through penumbra, then into Umbra, then  penumbra and finally out of it.  Each of these entry & exit stages have been designated a notation in science. P1 is the time when the Earth begins to enter the outer shadow. U1 is when it enters the full shadow. U2 is when it is fully inside the full shadow, and U3 is when it starts to leave it.  This means the time between U2 & U3 is when it is fully in the dark – `Greatest Eclipse’ (and the duration of this is given in tables above).

Sometimes the stellar object may not pass into the full shadow (umbra). It may skirt through only the penumbra. This happens on the Lunar eclipse of 28th Nov’12, when the moon just passes through Earth’s penumbral shadow only.

All art/ graphics (c) Mani Navasothy/2012

” Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA’s GSFC”


Fears & Phobias of Eclipses

As we head towards an annular Solar Eclipse on 20th May, and then a lunar eclipse on the 4th of June, 2012, I am aware that there are many people in the world – of certain religions – for whom this is a time of  fear and trepidation!

For example, Hindu scriptures of ancient times, advise people not to eat or drink anything for the actual duration of any eclipses.  In the case of Solar eclipses, this is usually few minutes, but I remember from my own (Hindu) childhood days back in Sri Lanka, how long the lunar eclipses used to take, and how my grandmother used to say not to eat anything.

In fact I recall that we were not even allowed to look at a Lunar eclipse at night – directly- and had to look at its reflection in a bowl of water!  Yes, Solar eclipses should never be looked upon with naked eyes ) nothing short of high strength welders glass is safe!). That’s the Science. But not even scientists worry about lunar eclipses damaging people’s eye sights!

Then there’s the other fact that quite often, Indian astrologers (and others) have predicted violence and all sorts of turmoil across the world after eclipses. (They did for the triple eclipses in same month, last year. But no such major world unrest came to pass, apart from the usual middle-eastern wars, and a number of long term dictators or terrorist leaders being `captured, killed or taken down’!

It’s well known that in certain cultures, pregnant women are advised to stay indoors and avoid looking at Eclipses, to prevent their babies developing defects. Such cultures seem to advise prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers.

Recently, this month, in the United Kingdom, Channel 4 television broadcast  – as part of their `Body Shock’ series – the plight of a 6 year old Colombia boy called Deider, who had a mole on his back so large that it was like a `shell’ and he was nick-named the `Turtle boy’ by some prejudiced people of his community. Those people had also held the belief that during pregnancy, Deider’s mother had one day gone to get the washing from the cloths line, and happen to have accidentally witnessed a full solar eclipse – which according to her culture’s beliefs would result in exposed mothers giving birth to disfigured babies. (Good news is various medical surgeons have operated on the boy and removed the large mole, so he now leads a normal life).

I do not know if my mother was exposed to Eclipse light when she was pregnant with me. But I do remember that when I was young, my father took me out to show me a solar eclipse, by holding some strong filters (film negatives).  This is not sufficient at all – by the way, and never should be tried !  The same one, we watched via a reflection being projected on to an inside wall.

In one of his books.  the late Issac Assimov – a brilliant Science-fiction writer- write a story called `Nightfall’  and later expanded it as a full novel. It depicts an alternate human society in another planet, where they had not witnessed a Solar Eclipse for centuries. There are religious classes and scientists amongst them, and the novel explores the panic, preparations and unravelling of a whole society, when they face their first ever eclipse! It was very much an end of the world scenario. (which is something we ourselves supposedly face at the end of 2012! That’s another matter).
In my view, Hindu culture – one of the oldest religions of the world (12,000 yrs or more) – does have very good vedic astrological techniques that seem to be highly accurate in its predictive powers. So there may well be some truth in avoiding drinking or eating food, especially when it says Eclipse is better for cleansing, forgiving, prayers and meditative work. As far as science is concerned, there is absolutely no reason why eclipses – solar or lunar – should be feared by anyone!  Our Sun & Moon have been getting eclipsed several times, every year, for as long as they have been in existence. I imagine a sudden blockage of the Sun in the middle of the day would alarm any primitive life form – birds, animals and members of neolithic tribes. For Sun worshiping cultures like the ancient Aztecs & Mayas of the South americas, eclipses would have had terrible and intense meanings. But I also imagine they would have worked out the stellar patterns and learnt to forecast when it would occur.


I have been drawn to Eclipses, and been doing all sorts of magical works during and based on eclipses – for a good 15 years now. I personally see them as comic accelerators, and course-correctors. A recent magical work with my partner during an eclipse started to produce such noticeable behavioural changes between us, that any lingering doubts as to the power of eclipses is far gone- from my mind. Which was one reason I began to write it all in a book, `Eclipse Magic’.

As far as fears and phobias are concerned – on eclipses – it had never really occurred to me to fear them.

-Mani Navasothy (Astrologer, Esoteric Tutor, Author)

Ps.   Learn to do Eclipse Magical work – accelerate or course-correct life issues, cleanse, recharge and balance the forces of Sun & Moon in your life..       Visit Eclipse Magic  website for free resources and video & webinar tutorials.  FREE DOWNLOAD - How to do Eclipse Magic- Beginners Guide (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Eclipse Magic workbook – teaser video

Here’s a new style video I’ve learnt to make- my first ever attempt at doing a `movie teaser’ style video. Graphics used have appeared in Eclipse Magic webinar (held in November 2011). The music was purchased (royalty free license). After trawling through 2 hours of samples, I picked this one.. because of the `News Flash’ feel.. and the high energy fun atmosphere 🙂
There’s another video already made.. I’ll link that in another post. Enjoy the video..and the music.

ps. Here’s the blurb for the upcoming `Eclipse Magic workbook’ .

Every year, there are at least 2 pairs of Eclipses taking place!  We all live through Solar and Lunar Eclipses, and yet few magicians ride the magical currents of Eclipses –  opportunities for doing powerful  magical or psychic work that can be life-changing.Next Solar Eclipse occurs on 20th May, and the lunar one on 4th June.   Learn how to use their science & magic to stellar engineer your life!

This is a world 1st book on Eclipse magic – written by Mani Navasothy, Astrologer, Wiccan High Priest, Psychologist and a Physicist, and above all – a secret practitioner of Eclipse-Magic for over a decade.  The time is now – for sharing that real, personal, experiential knowledge!!   visit to find out more!