EYE ON THE SKY: SOLAR ECLIPSE AND HEALTH
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OF THE MONDAY: DEC 14TH
STARTS: 8:33 EST; PEAKS 11:13 AM EST) 29 Degrees SCORPIO
ENDS 1:53 PM EST (CHECK FOR LOCAL TIME AT: TIMEANDDATE.COM
A total solar eclipse is happening on Monday morning. This year’s Eclipse is visible in much of South America except the most northern parts, Southern Africa and some small islands in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in parts of the southern hemisphere. Eclipses have more of an impact on countries where they are visible so Argentina, Chile and South Africa are the most likely countries to feel an impact over the next 6 months.
If you are Scorpio rising or have Jyeshta moon in late Scorpio it will impact you most of if you are born around Dec. 13-15 as your Sun is very close to 29 Scorpio. Across the way, Taurus rising babies at 29 degrees born on June 14th will also feel the impact great of if your moon is there.
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. “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 practice. 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. (SSRS)
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 sadhaks or holy people–it is not a bad time but not a 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.
The day of an eclipse or even a few days afterwards do not have to produce dramatic falls. 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 if they have Rahu or Ketu in the first house 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.
The Sun is the karaka or signifier for health and the eclipse can have an impact on health more than anything. If you have health problems, are Leo rising, or are running a Sun/Ketu or Ketu /Sun period or Sun/Rahu or Rahu/Sun period and if you have key planets like the Sun, Moon or the Ascendant at 28-29 degrees Scorpio or Taurus , then you have to be particularly cautious not do things that you know are bad for you. Exercise discipline over the coming days and weeks as the eclipse can have an impact for months. Some people think that if you have health problems and you look at the eclipse, then they may be more likely to manifest but most of you will not get a chance unless you live in South America or South Africa. Be practical and stay out of the fear.
The eclipse kills digestive fire and makes food difficult to digest and toxic. Finish large meals 3 hours before the eclipse to allow ample digestion time. Not a good day to cook food the in the evening before the eclipse. Luckily most of our = food will be cooked a day early and digested but give the body a rest after all that food! It is thought that negative energies impact the food and so eating out at restaurants that have cooked during the eclipse is not great. Probably ok to start cooking an hour after the eclipse is over but if you can wait to eat at least 2 hours after the eclipse is over or 3 hours, that will be best. In the US this will not be a problem but in some countries it may. Water fast is best during the eclipse but if you have blood sugar issues then sip juice if you get really hungry.
One great saint, Mohanji, recommends the following chanting:
“Ideal is Ganesha and Guru mantras which works as sheath. ie Om Ganesha Namaha or Om Guru Om . One chant can be considered as 1000 chant during eclipse. The effect is 1000 times more. So, during the entire eclipse period, avoid food and water, light a lamp in front of idol or image of guru and Gods and chant continuously, concentrating on your heart center. It will fetch you 1000 times effect per chant.”
So the secret of eclipses is that they are very powerful spiritually and can create great inner spiritual advancement. END OF PART 1
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The eclipse is taking place in Jyestha nakshatra which runs 16.20-29.59 Scorpio and the last degree is considered a deep emotional knotted place. If you meditate and have good karma, the eclipse might untie life-long karmas connected to material attachment or sexual indulgence –or it might stir them up.
The constellation of Intra is ruled by Indra the king of the gods and he has flaw was connected to his pride and inability to bow down to acknowledge is Guru and to stay out of sexual mischief. He was cursed with a 1000 vaginas for his transgression which symbolically reminds us to curb our passions. The lessons of the nakshatra involve learning to harness pride, greed and ambition and the eclipse may bring up these issues to heal if they are part of your Achilles heal. Learn to be honest with yourself and your flaws, forgive yourself and offer your challenges to the Divine. Because the eclipse is in Jyestha, you can do this mantra 108 times with devotion:
Om Indraya Namah.
Mercury and Venus and the Moon are in Scorpio and will soften the dark energies of the eclipse but those planets will get ruined in the process and will be impacted when they go over the eclipse point. For Mercury that is January 4th; For Venus that is Jan. 3rd and for moon on its 2nd pass it is Jan. 11th with the Sun hitting it on Dec. 15th. An eclipsed Sun could bring up issues with father or leaders or bosses. Eclipsed Venus could create problems in relationship that manifest when Venus hits the eclipse point and an eclipsed Mercury can impact communications particularly when Mercury goes over the eclipse point.
Eclipses are thought to challenge people in authority so tyrannical governors and politicians may get knocked down a rung and we often see some huge hear of government officials impeached or resigning due to scandals. Donald Trump will be most impacted because he was born on an eclipse that was very close to this configuration in Scorpio but in his case the Sun was conjunct Rahu and not Ketu. The Sun/Rahu energy in his 10th house could elevate his status and possibly change the election. People born with eclipses have special destinies and we cannot necessarily predict a fall but the Scotus decision will be looming into the eclipse and it is a crazy time in the world. Lets’s also hope that more truth comes out about the crisis in COVID.
Special thanks to all my Vedic astrology teachers over the years and for James Flaherty for his thoughts about the mantra involving Indra.