Lunar Eclipse Information

Lunar Eclipse – Asheville, NC - January 31, 2018

There will be an eclipse on Wednesday, January 31. Read the USA Today article about the upcoming Supermoon, blue moon, lunar eclipse. According to Vedic knowledge:

  1. Because during an eclipse there is imbalance physically, it is suggested that people not eat or drink during the eclipse because the body does not process food and water correctly. Wait to shower, drink, and eat until 10 minutes after the eclipse. It is okay to drink up to 10 minutes before, just not during the eclipse.
  2. It is advised not to look at eclipses. Even if you do not look at the eclipse, the effects of an eclipse last 3-6 months. It states in the Vedas that as a result of an eclipse, there can be changes in nature and natural disasters can occur.
  3. During the whole lunar eclipse, it is best to stay inside and not look outside or even allow moonlight in starting 10 minutes before and finishing 10 minutes after the eclipse. During the eclipse, it is best to meditate or chant or sleep – a good time to go inward. Find out when the eclipse is visible in your area from timeanddate.com.
  4. Because the moon is not directly visible in Asheville starting at 7:30 am, Panditji said that at Mount Soma, we just need to stay out of the moonlight from 5:45-7:45 am. This is also the period when we should not drink or eat. We can eat, drink, and shower after 7:45 am. He suggested we do our group meditation starting at 9:00 am. At 11:00 am, we will clean the temple floors. After 11:00 am, we can offer a white flower to the Moon, and do Pradakshina 9 times while chanting “Shri Sum Chandraya Namaha.”
  5. The moon signs most affected by this eclipse are Cancer, Leo, Libra, Capricorn, and Gemini.
  6. About the Supermoon:
    1. With a Supermoon, the earth is closer to the moon, bringing more Soma; and the moon is closer to the sun, bringing more Agni.
    2. During a full moon, especially during a Supermoon, the tide comes in and there are bigger waves. The same happens to the emotions, which is why there is more lunacy on full moons. The moon influences emotions, will, and mind. This choppiness happens on new moons and full moons – people are affected by both. Brilliant moons are more upsetting than less brilliant ones.
    3. The Supermoon can affect the rest of the year. It also influences all the planets. It especially affects those with a debilitated moon in their Jyotish chart.
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Current Jyotish

Ganga Park LingaMercury will be right on top of Saturn this Saturday night/early Sunday morning. That is challenging. Moon is debilitated… that is challenging. Venus and Sun are right on top of each other. That is challenging.

The good news is that after Saturday night, the net effect of these things will start getting better. It has been a long two-year period of very difficult Jyotish. Of course, all this depends upon your chart as it applies to your personal life.

Also, all the planets will still be on one side of Rahu and Ketu (which is not good for world affairs) until early February.

 

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Where is the Moon?

SupermoonSome say that on January 1, 2018, the Moon was in Ardra Nakshatra. Actually it was not. Calculations were made thousands of years ago by ancient Jyotish masters. Over time, subtle shifts in the earth’s poles, etc. make a difference, even though those shifts are indeed subtle. The ancient Jyotish masters did refer to those shifts, but today many still refer to the parameters of ancient times.

The Moon was full January 1. It was then also in its closest position relative to earth as per
the National Ocean Service. This makes it appear larger and brighter… a “supermoon”. However, though that of course has some effect, it is not a significant Jyotish consideration. There is no critical point/Nadi associated with that.

Some consider the astrology of January 1 to be like the birth chart of the upcoming year. That is also not really valid because January 1 has no astronomical/astrological significance. It is essentially just an arbitrary selection of the beginning of the year.

This is not meant to be critical of some approaches. However, the information is important (and in fact profound) meriting consideration.

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Current Astrology

Note: This blog post is from Dave Ehmke.

Within the 12 signs of the zodiac there a number of powerful points (Bindu points). The transition from water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) to fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) are such points. When a planet is in the last few degrees of a water sign or the first few degrees of a fire sign, it is considered Gandanta, which refers to "a knot at the end" and is known as "a drowning point".

During the past month, Saturn has been very strong (stationary on August 25) and at the end of Scorpio, while Rahu and Ketu transited from Leo and Aquarius to Cancer and Capricorn. So all of these slow moving malefics were Gandanta. Also, the solar eclipse on August 21 took place at 5 degrees of Leo, which significantly affected the Gandanta point between Leo and Cancer. Since the eclipse, and during this time of drowning, we have seen an incredible amount of powerful hurricanes directly affecting the U.S. (where the eclipse was visible).

The transit of Saturn through the final degrees of Scorpio is especially fascinating. Some say that of the 3 Gandanta points, this is the most challenging and powerful. This spot is signified by the tip of Sagittarius’s bow and the tip of Scorpio’s tail, and is considered poisonous. To make the whole thing even more fascinating, the center of the Galaxy is located at this point.

As you can see on this picture, the tip of Sagittarius’ bow (the most inward star of the teapot) and the tip of Scorpio’s tail point directly at the Galactic Center. Some say that this is a point of intense transformation, moving the inner soul towards merging with universal consciousness.

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Jyotish: The Subtle Personified Aspects of the Grahas (Planets)

The GrahasTry as we might, we are unable to put into words the deepest subtleties of another’s personality. It is in one’s jyotish chart, but such profound subtleties are not totally accessible even to the best of jyotishis. Of course, the jyotish chart is a map of one’s karma. It is like a weather reading and forecast. We do have free will, yet on any particular day the weather determines if we might be sunbathing, bundled up, holed up, or under an umbrella.

Traditionally, a jyotishi and his family cultivated a relationship with other families over the generations. In so doing, through observation and personal interactions, the jyotishi developed a feeling for the subtle qualities of the family karma that played out through the personified influences of the grahas. As a result, their insights and predictive abilities became far more honed-in and accurate than if they were giving a reading to a complete stranger.

Each graha has its qualities. But how they play out in an individual is as unique as is every individual’s personality. Generalizations about a person’s personality always fall short of who that person really is. Families flow along a karmic stream of personified influences of the grahas that color with shades and hues the subtle qualities of the personalities of the people involved. Hidden deep within one’s jyotish chart is the understanding of the subtle nature of how Mars, for example (or any of the grahas), influences a persons life. But it is a far more effective approach to see how the influence has carried the family through the generations. Though it is in the chart, it is less accessible there for even the finest of jyotishis. Of course, it can be argued that a totally enlightened jyotish master, like a Rishi, could find it in the chart by transcending on the chart with total clarity. Yet such great beings are a tremendous rarity, particularly in this age of Kali Yuga.

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