EYE ON THE SKY: FULL MOON/ LUNAR ECLIPSE FRIDAY, NOV. 19TH
This partial lunar eclipse, the last lunar eclipse of 2021, is visible from North and South America, Australia, and parts of Europe and Asia. It will be the longest partial lunar eclipse since the 15th century. You can view times in your local area at https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2021-november-19 to see when the exact maximum eclipse will occur where you live. They are not considered auspicious to watch if you live in areas where they are visible and better to be in meditation. Where I live in the Midwest of the United States, the eclipse starts at 12:02 am, peaks at 3:02 am and completes at 6:03 am. In Sedona, where I will be for the Vedic Astrology conference, it starts 1 hour earlier and ends 1 hour earlier.
This is eclipse and will impact Scorpio and Taurus rising the most with the exact degree at 3-4 degrees of Scorpio so if you have key planets like the Sun, Moon, Rahu/Ketu or the ascendant around these degrees it will impacted you also would have to running a Moon/Rahu or Rahu/Moon or Sun/Rahu or Rahu/Sun period for it to have a huge impact and mostly it is a lot of emotional noise. People fear eclipses but they are powerfully spiritual for meditation and personal revelations.
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. One of them 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. Mantras are said to be 1000 times more powerful during eclipse.
Subconscious patterns can come up during eclipses that provide deep insights into your life. Mostly you will get a lot of garbage thoughts during eclipses so ignore them but if you an an aha experience after the eclipse and it seems very valid, then it is a time to make changes around those patterns that are not useful.
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. It is not good to eat food that was cooked during an eclipse so not a good day to do take-out from food cooked during the eclipse.
Eclipse is a very auspicious time for sadhus; 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)
So depending on what part of the world you are in, enjoy the eclipse with deep meditation and chanting and remember most of the noise and garbage going through your mind is maya or illusion. Sometimes after an eclipse, you will get a glimpse into some deep subconscious pattern that you have and the eclipse can reveal and help you dive deeper and heal. With the eclipse in the deeply psychological/subconscious sign of Scorpio, it may be particularly potent to do that this year.
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!