The solar eclipse on February 6, 2008 is one of the more interesting ones I have seen in a while. Not only will there be an eclipse at that time, but retrograde Mercury will be directly conjoined the sun and moon at the time it is eclipsed. Mercury will be closer to the Earth at that this time than he is at any other time, making him very powerful.
I see this Mercury retrograde as being good for Gemini and Virgo ascendants, if they’re willing to take a chance — especially in the occult areas of life, and especially for Geminis, who have had Mars back and forth in their first house for close to four months at this point. Were ever the sign of Gemini falls in your chart could see a release from this eclipse. For those with a Gemini ascendant, sidereal zodiac, this eclipse could declare a major reversal of recent frustrations for them. I say this because an eclipse is very powerful, and not necessarily for “bad things”. It shows unusual events and generally will support a spiritual or otherworldly expression.
But in general, this eclipse is buttressed by a Sun/Saturn exchange. The sun is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn and Saturn is in Leo, ruled by the sun. This type of interaction is a powerful glue that tends to hold actions together, despite negative circumstances that may arise. Thus, the sign of Capricorn is also very activated by the eclipse. Those with a Capricorn ascendant, sidereal zodiac, must watch their health for the next six months. But those with the Capricorn ascendant who have had some health difficulties, may find some relief in the occult methods or some unexpected breakthroughs at this time.
This eclipse happens in the Nakshatra of Dhanista, ruled by Mars — who just started moving forward again in Gemini. This Nakshatra is related to wealth and sustenance of all sorts. It is where many different ideas become forged into something new and innovative. The deity are the eight Vasus – an amalgam of energies taken from the gods Indra, (lightning) Soma, (nectar) Kubera, (wealth) Agni, (fire) Yama (restraint / death). This is the Nakshatra or Mars is exalted, giving skill to use these universal forces creatively and alchemically. The exaltation point of Mars is symbolic of the kundalini, the burst of fire in the seat of the spine.
Eclipses are always a good time for introspection and meditation. This would be a good day to fast or just eat lightly and contemplate the nature of the self.
The great spiritual leader, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi left his body yesterday. These great spiritual masters pick auspicious times to do such things, thus you can bet now is a good time for spiritual practices and breakthroughs. In addition to this eclipse, Jupiter and Venus are both joined in Sagittarius, the sign of putting our spiritual knowledge into practice and following our inspirations.