TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON
July 27, 2018
11.45 DEGREES CAPRICORN US 16:20 EST
Begins 17:14 GMT; Ends 23:28 GMT
beings 11:14 CDT and ends 17:28 CDT
It is visible in Australia, Africa, Middle East, South American, Eastern Caribbean, most of Europe,
The second total lunar eclipse of 2018 is on Friday, July 27th. The Moon is at the same degree at the start of the eclipse as Mars, in close conjunction to the South node, Ketu. This is highly volatile for the planet and our personal lives. With the Sun and Rahu in the opposite sign, and Mercury retrograde at the sensitive juncture between Cancer and Leo, there is ample opportunity for big shake-ups and events that trigger immediate changes.
The eclipse is taking place in the month of Sravana and will impact China, Afghanistan and Kashmir. Winter crops get destroyed extending into a 6 months period. Rainfall is plenty and food grain is abundant and prices fall.
Mars causes problems again when it goes direct over the eclipse point on October 1st and could trigger violence and fires again. It is occurring in an earth sign so it can create agricultural and natural produce droughts on areas that are impacted. It also can create earthquakes and mining disasters connected with Capricorn.
Governments open to misadventures and problems with trade and financial problems will be affected: Europe, Australia, the Middle East and South America.
ECLIPSES AND MEDITATION
Eclipses are good for meditation and that is the best way to spend time during an eclipse, as the meditations can be deeper. Outwardly the emotions and mind get a bit frazzled so never a good time to make major decisions during an eclipse. I usually do laundry or clean or meditate to pass the time.
Both of my Gurus have advocated meditation during eclipses over the years. Sri Sri recently commented on this one: “The mind is connected with the moon, the body is connected with the Earth and the Sun is connected with both. The time when all three come in alignment is good for spiritual practices. It is not a good time to eat or indulge in pleasures. It is a good time to conserve energy. So, from the ancient times it is said that you should not eat during the eclipse, and you should meditate. Eclipse is a very good time for mantra chanting and meditation. Chanting mantras at the time of eclipse is much more powerful. This is the ancient saying.
One or two hours before an eclipse, stop eating so that the food gets digested well and during the eclipse time you have an empty stomach, and on empty stomach chanting and mantras are done for maximum result.
Eclipse is a very auspicious time for saadhaks; it is not a bad time. It is a bad time for enjoyment and for pleasures. And when you chant 108 times during this period it is equivalent to 10,000 times or more! So, meditation and chanting are highly recommended during this period.
When we are in activity, our mind is always focused in the front of the body. Close your eyes now, you’ll feel your mind is in front because the mind goes through the eyes to look at the world, and through the ears. During activity the mind is mostly focused in the frontal part of the body.”
“For relaxing, we take our mind to the background. You will see suddenly there is something different happening. This is necessary, from time to time.” (SSRS)
The day of an eclipse or even a few days afterwards do not have to produce dramatic fall. On an emotional level, lunar eclipse feels a bit unnerving. Do not act on any thoughts that come up during an eclipse, as they are often fear-based and irrational. Best to be in meditation and do sacred chanting – Shiva Rudram may be a particularly powerful experience. I always avoid doing anything important within 3 days before and after an eclipse. I tend to do laundry and clean the house to keep busy if I am not meditating and it is recommended to fast 2 hours before and 3 hours after as food is harder to digest and can lead to indigestion.
In the end, eclipses reveal deep secrets and bring out deep unconscious patterns that need to be healed and are a good thing and should not be feared. Some people are actually empowered by eclipses but still it is thought not to watch them as they may manifest innate or hidden health problems that have the potential to emerge. Still remember that fear is a big illusion. We are taken care of by the Divine and sometimes a little emotional drama is needed to shake things up and move us out of our rut.
Eckhart Tolle is fond of telling us that that 98% of the stuff going through our heads is rubbish. On eclipse days, it is more. Relax, rejuvenate and avoid important decisions. God is with you in the storms and sometimes storms are very powerful and make us stronger.
So, steer through the storm with God’s grace, eat lightly today, meditate, and chant. Focus on the Divine and the eclipse will enlarge all of those qualities.
This can be a very spiritual time. Enjoy the eclipse!
SUN OPPOSING MARS
Sun is opposing Mars today on Thursday, July 26th. Sun opposition Mars in Cancer to Capricorn: July 26th Mars in hard-working Capricorn, with the influence of spiritual Ketu, is the planet afflicting the Sun in Cancer during this transit. Mars is a friend with the Sun and Ketu, both fiery characters and filled with passion, so his glance towards the Sun is much like a friendly, supportive wave from your neighbor a few houses up the street. This part of the transit can bring out the heat between Ketu and Mars, increasing their energy.
Mars will have the ability to respond more quickly to demands at work but may be more annoyed, irritated, and early provoked by negativity and criticism. Emotions may run hot.
With the Sun opposing Mars in Cancer, where he is joined by Rahu who is taking on the cooling effects of Cancer’s lord Moon, Mars/Ketu may find some relief from this aspect and here may be gains from work overseas or in foreign work or work at home may be more innovative. There could be health challenges with overheating, heart problems, dryness, respiratory, stomach and constipation so be sure to make efforts to drink plenty of water, be cautious about fluid retention and swelling.
Also, be careful with knees and joints as Capricorn rules this area and with Mars wanting to go exercise and ‘blow off some steam,’ injuries, accidents and surgeries could be a result of an over-stressed body. Meditation, breath work and easy stretches are great alternatives to heavy weight bearing activities that could over-stress joints, muscles and tendons.
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