Solar Eclipse – Scientific and Spiritual Aspects

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse was visible within a band across the United States, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. This was visible as partial solar eclipse in other countries.

Here’s an effort to look at this celestial event from both astronomical and astrological perspectives and see what they each mean.

As per science, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, when the Sun, Moon and Earth are in a straight line. This can happen only at new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth. Also eclipses occur only near a lunar node. Specifically, a solar eclipse may occur if there is a new moon within 17° 25′ of a node.

Note: The lunar nodes are the orbital nodes of the Moon, that is, the points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic. The ascending or north node is where the Moon crosses from south of the ecliptic to north of the ecliptic. The descending or south node is where it crosses from north of the ecliptic to south of the ecliptic.



The picture above shows a solar eclipse where the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are in the same line, the Moon between the Sun and the Earth. The red line is drawn to show this. Also, follow the red line to see the lunar nodes (the two points where the orbit of the Moon cuts the ecliptic). It shows that the solar eclipse is happening at one on the lunar nodes.

Now let’s see what a solar eclipse is from an astrological perspective and also see how science and spirituality all mean the same.

Astrologically, the two nodes of the Moon are referred to as Rahu and Ketu. The north node is Rahu and the south node is Ketu.

Also, astrologically a solar eclipse happens when the Moon goes over the Sun and the two luminaries Sun and Moon are with one of the nodes either Rahu or Ketu, exactly what Science says.

The vedic astrological chart below was done for Jacksonville, Florida for August 21st, 2:30 pm. This is based on the time that was announced when Jacksonville will have its maximum viewing (peak time).

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Look at the heavily concentrated Leo (Simha) sign. Both Sun and Moon are at 4:46 degrees in Leo, Magha nakshatra. The Moon is about to cross over the Sun. Also check out Rahu’s position at 00:07 degrees in Leo, Magha nakshatra. It clearly indicates the solar eclipse where the Moon crosses over the Sun at the north node, Rahu. Also, apparently this is a new moon.

This solar eclipse is more powerful for additional reasons where Mercury is retrograding in Leo, and these planets in Leo are being aspected by the retrograde Saturn from Scorpio.

From spiritual perspective, we are miniatures of this universe and these planetary energies in us have the same impacts. During this eclipse time, the Moon energy goes over the Sun energy in the Ajna chakra (Third Eye chakra).

The Moon and the Sun are both luminaries (Sun has light of its own and the Moon reflects Sun’s light). The Moon is a feminine energy and indicates the mind. The Sun is a masculine energy and indicates the soul. The Moon going over the Sun energy for a short period of time, indicates the union of the mind and the soul. Happening at the Ajna chakra makes it more auspicious. This is the best time when one can chant mantras and meditate to take advantage of this union. This will spiritually help raise us.





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