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.”
Many astrologers say that the effect of the eclipse is generally felt as a gradual build up. So, it’s not as if dramatic events will unfold across the planet during the brief time when the sun or the moon gets eclipsed. Depending on the duration of the eclipse itself, its effects can start a few months ahead of the event and last for months afterwards, says Arjun Pai, an expert in Vedic astrology. “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,” Pai says.
To many of us, this might sound like fear-mongering that often goes around during celestial events such as this. But there is no reason to fear, as an eclipse is a very positive event, says Pai. “Why do people fear an eclipse? Because it can force you to do things you have been deferring. And that prospect can be scary. An eclipse can give you the impetus to, say, get out of a toxic relationship that you have been too scared to leave. It is also a great time to weed out negative thought patterns from your mind and break out of unhealthy cycles,” the astrologer explains.
Whether we accept or dismiss these claims, we can’t deny that it is indeed fascinating to delve into them. It’s intriguing to ponder over the possibility that eclipses could affect our lives. Maybe there’s some truth to it, maybe there isn’t. But one might find that the event itself can be good a time to take stock of one’s life and see what changes are in order. So, whether or not we buy into the impact an eclipse can have on our life’s events, by just being open to make the necessary changes, we’d probably be in tune with the cosmos.