FULL MOON TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE JANUARY 20-21ST

FULL MOON TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
MONDAY, JAN 21ST

January 20-21, 2019 7 degrees Cancer, Pushya Nakshatra

This is also a Supermoon and the eclipse is when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow or umbra. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a blood red color.

This eclipse is visible in most of North and South America, the eastern Pacific, Atlantic Ocean, Europe, the Middle East and most of Africa and northeastern Asia.

Eclipses begins at 2:35 GMT on Jan. 21st or 21:35 EST on Jan. 20th
Maximum eclipse at 5:12 GMT on the 21st or 00:12 EST on Jan. 21st.
End of eclipse is at 7:49 GMT on the 21st or 2:49 am EST on Jan. 21st.

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, 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.

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 so. 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!

MUNDANE ASTROLOGICAL IMPACT:

This eclipse is occurring in the month of Magha and it said that it will produce adequate rain and increase inflationary pricing in commodities and is said to benefit electronics so tech stocks may come back sharply afterwards. The eclipse is on a Monday and is good for increase of prices for cotton, soy and canola oil. It is thought that silver and rice price will rise 4 months after an eclipse.

Eclipses in the moveable sign of Cancer can disrupt national trade, functioning of government, hurt winter crops like winter wheat and incite upheavals in political affairs where the eclipse is most seen. Watch for a flare up in political problems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as this eclipse is visible in a wide area and a total eclipse will have a more immediate impact.

It can create political problems for the leaders of Capricorn and Cancer rising countries which would include China, Saudi Arabia, the European Union and many European countries.

If your rising sign, Moon, Sun or if you have key planets close to 5-9 degrees of Cancer and if you are running a Moon/Rahu or Rahu/Moon period or Sun/Rahu or Rahu/Sun period, this eclipse will impact you the most.

The eclipse is happening close to the ascendant of the NYSE chart within a degree but it does not have to have a negative impact as full moon/conjunct Rahu can increase greed and expansion but eclipses often mark key turn weeks for the stock market and we do have a high due next week and a pullback due into the week of Feb. 8th.

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