The cosmos is an endlessly fascinating expanse. Every celestial body moves the way it does for a reason, and every movement in the cosmos matters in the larger scheme of things. Those who study the workings of the universe claim that these movements affect everything from the ebb and flow of the tides on earth to the lives of the people on it. They strongly believe that celestial events like eclipses can have a major impact on life.
Eclipses can be of two kinds: solar and lunar. The former occurs when the moon comes in between the earth and the sun, while the latter occurs when the earth comes in between the sun and the moon. Either way, the gravitational fields of the sun and the moon affect the tides on earth more than usual during an eclipse. No wonder ‘supertide’ and flood warnings are issued ahead of such events.
Scientists believe that except for a few anomalies like these, celestial transits have no bearing on life on earth. However, those who delve into esoteric realms—astrologers, tarot readers, energy healers and the like—say that major energetic changes occur in our surroundings during an eclipse, altering our state of mind, actions and by extension, our lives. Says Judy Balan, a novelist and psychological astrologer, “Eclipses, among other key astrological transits, are considered ‘cosmic telegrams’ that bring news or events that speed up the unfolding narrative of our lives. They are the plot twists that push the story forward.” Of course, eclipses may not hit everyone in the same manner or intensity, she adds. The effects will depend on the individual’s birth chart, which shows the position of the two luminaries—sun and moon—among other stars and planets as seen in the sky during their time of birth.
“Old karmas that need to be worked out, decisions you have been putting off, problems that you have been sweeping under the carpet—you will be forced to address all of it—whether or not you like it—around an eclipse.”