Category Archives: Eclipses

Rise of Sekhmet – A Solar Eclipse-magical Day (11th August 2018)

The partial Solar Eclipse of 11th August falls at 10.59am in the firey sign of Leo the Lion! And back in 2013, we created a Sekhmet statue from Thames clay and after ceremony, submerged her in the river. Finally we are keeping our promise..and on this Solar Eclipse Day in Leo, the submerged Sekhmet will rise!!!

Poster- Rise of Sekhment - solar Eclipse 11august2018

Join us for a variety of magical working & socials through out this day. It’s going to be tricky trying to run this ..as we travel around London from place to place.. so please `rsvp’ to this event (even if you have a mild interest in one of more of the activities).. and stay updated – as we lead up to this event, and also on the day, as we travel from place to place.. so you can figure out where to meet/ join us. (you can just join us for the man morning work during actual Eclipse, or the evening ritual by Thames at low tide!).

Schedules:

1. Morning Solar Eclipse meditation with Yantra & Chant – for personal internal shift. > 9am meeting at Richmond station.

This takes place (tbc) at Richmond Park.
We’ll be meeting at Richmond Train station ..ticket foyer at 9am-9.15am (no later) and take bus to Richmond Park.. for the actual meditative/ magical working in a quiet open-spot (regardless of weather!! As energies is what we are working at exact moment of Eclipse). We’ll enter meditative work at 10.45am and be immersed in it during Eclipse at 10.59am. Work will conclude around 11.15am (includes star meditation and opening of cosmic portal). After this, we’ll have a short picnic/ lunch.. either in park or in Richmond town.

Some of us will then be travelling to British Museum.. via tube to Earl’s court, then piccadilly line to Holborn and walk from there to British Museum.

2. Visit to Sekhmet Statues at British Museum. > 2.30pm.

We’ll be meeting by the road-entrance/ gates to the British Museum at 2.30pm. Gather anyone else ..and go in for a short visit directly to the ground floor (entry then turn left) Egyptian section, where the triple Sekhmet statues from Egypt are displayed. There we’ll have a silent personal few moments..(as there will be public visitors too). We can take photos with the Lady herself.. to mark the visit.

After this, those carrying on, will walk to Tottenham Court Road tube station. We may stop for a coffee break. also may stop for snacks. From there, taking Northern line to Embankment.

3. Visit to Cleopatra’s Needle (Embankment)> 6pm.

We’ll arrive at Cleopatra’s needle at approx 6pm. (check meetup for updates/ delays). Here we’ll just spend a short while, marking the moment with photos .. with Cleopatra’s Needle & the 2 Sphinxes. It’s purely a social visit.

Then some of us will continue – back to tube, travel to Blackfriars. There we’ll probably stop at nearby supermarkets (tesco / sainsbury) for provisions (food & drinks for evening ceremony). And continue walking to Millenium Bridge and Tate Modern Gallery area.

4. Rise of Sekhmet- Ceremony by river bank (Tate Modern area) > 8pm onwards. Donations (£3) welcome.

We’ll be gathering by the river-side seats outside Tate Modern Gallery from 8pm. When all are gathered, we’ll be walking down the steps to river bank, under the usual ritual spot/ concrete walkway.. set up altar, and do our main Sekhmet Ceremony.
(details of this ceremony will be updated here in due course).
Low tide is at approx 21:39hrs BST. so we’re safe..and will finish up by 10pm. A larger hand-made sculpture of Sekhmet will be `raised from the river’ and processed to the Altar space, where ceremony will take place.
Note: Sekhment is Lion-headed warrior Goddess, as well as a Solar deity. So she is perfect for this day of Solar Eclipse in Leo.

Please rsvp to stay updated on this major full day of activities. Update will be in comment sections.    Link to my meetup Rise of Sekhmet – Day of Eclipse-magical working 

Bright Stellar & Solar Blessings.
-Mani Navasothy
Author (Eclipse Magic 2012), Astrologer, Wiccan High Priest.

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Course: Introduction to Eclipse Magic

Stellar Engineer Your Life with Eclipse Magic!

This is a special workshop (first time!) , scheduled to tap into the stellar and highly transformative energies of the set of 3 Eclipses coming up (Partial Solar Eclipse/ 13th July; Full moon Eclipse/27th July; Partial Solar eclipse 11th August). Eclipses usually occur in pairs (A solar & a Lunar one) but this is a rare occasion indeed where there is a set of 3. So it provides a unique opportunity.

Eclipse magic course 8th july 2018

I wrote and published a book `Eclipse Magic workbook’ in 2012 – first book of it’s kind (go on do a search on google for anything like that before 2012!). Since then as with the 100th monkey effect, eclipse magic has started to filter into astrological forecasts of other people. I’ve even found people illegally selling some of my eBooks on internet (sad fact of our times!).

So for the first time I am setting up a course of 3-4 hours to talk through and teach basics of Eclipse Magic as I have practised it for almost 2 decades. (I set up these courses twice before, and cancelled it. But have run 2 ritual events on eclipse nights or just before..to give short guidance). This one however will be extensive.

No previous experience of Eclipse magical working necessary. Eclipse Magic rituals are quite unique and separate ..and use practical tools (some modern ones such as a plasma-wand), astrological symbols/ names, some transpersonal work and magical visualisations.

• Date: Sunday 8th July’18
• Time: 12.00pm
• Venue: Queen woods.
Pay by paypal – Fixed Fee: £12* (free e-book special offer- see below)

Note: This course will be cancelled in the event of low numbers of booking and any payments returned in such an event.

*Special offer: You may rsvp, and attend the course and pay on the day. However for all who book in advance with fee, a free download link will be sent to my book, `Introduction to Eclipse Magic – A Beginners Guide’

About Eclipse-Magic

The stellar forces of Eclipses are comparable to chaotic stormy seas – and knowing when Eclipses take place and what types of personal magic you can do, enables you to tap into those powers to accelerate, course-correct, enhance and empower your life!

Every Year there are at least 2 pairs of Eclipses (Solar & Lunar) – which means you can do Eclipse Magical works 4 or more times in a year! Some works can be done with only 5 minutes of effort, and others take a few weeks or even a few months of preparation. But all create intense changes over longer periods of time in your life.
This innovative, easy to use e-book gives full introductions to the Science, Astronomy, Astrology, Esoterica & Magical core concepts useful to all who like to experiment with Eclipse Magical Techniques. Mani Navasothy has been personally exploring these for over 15 years, and is now sharing his own secret techniques of using Stellar energies for Balancing, Cleansing, Powering Up, as well as the highly specialist methods of using Dragon Magic & Portals and Cosmic Gateways.

Watch a Video explanation:

You can watch a previous video filmed by Mani, explaining some general work/ principles of Eclipse Magic.

https://youtu.be/8Ot–1j1c7A

Visit website for Charts / data / Free webinars:

You may explore backgrounds to Eclipse Magic by visiting Mani’s free website dedicated to this subject matter…where charts, free webinars, videos and intro e-books are all available..

• Visit http://www.EclipseMagic.co.uk

Buy the full workbook

You can purchase the full `Eclipse Magic Workbook’ (https://quantumphoenix.net/books-published/eclipse-magic-workbook/) here.

see you there.

Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy (Astrologer, Author, Wiccan High Priest)

Total SOLAR ECLIPSE- Monday 21st August 2017 (astronomy data & astrology charts & Eclipse Magic book offer)

We’ve already had the partial Lunar Eclipse a week and a half ago, and the counterpart ..  the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs on this coming monday 21st August 2017.  (Eclipses always occur in pairs, separated by 2 weeks, and there are on average 2 pairs every year..).

I’ve downloaded the detailed Eclipse-diagram  from NASA website (Eclipse diagram/data (c) Fred Espenak – link at the bottom).

Total Solar Eclipse (21st August 2017) Details:

How long is this Eclipse?

Important point to remember is that, at any one location on the Earth, the actual Solar Eclipse is only visible for few minutes at most.   BUT it will be seen at different parts of the world at various times..  and at each part ..for slightly different duration.

Greatest Eclipse and its duration:

This is when the largest amount of the Sun is covered by the Moon..  and  takes place at 18:25 hrs  (Universal Time= GMT), and will be visible for 2min40sec, from a point in USA (Lat=26’58N.  Long=87’40 W).

Penumbral start & end of Eclipse:

There are two types of shadows formed by the Moon when it comes in front of the Sun..  ie the shadow that Earth Passes through.  Umbral shadow is the darkest part, where from under it, we see nothing of the Sun.  Penumbral shadow is a more lighter part, and we will see the Sun through it..

  • P1 : The Penumbral part of the eclipse will be first visible at  15:46 hrs   UT  (seen from pacific ocean at Sunrise).
  • P4:  The penumbral part of the Eclipse will be last visible at 21:04 hrs UT (seen from South America – before night falls locally there)

The Umbral  Eclipse data:

This is when the Sun is actually visibly blocked by a dark disc (Moon coming between us and the Sun).  In scientific  notations, we give this 4 sets of readings..  when it first starts (first contact/ start of Umbral Eclipse; 2nd contact;  when Eclipse begins to end; when final umbral eclipse fully ends.

  • U1 :  16:48 hrs UT
  • U2 :  16:49 hrs UT
  • Greatest Eclipse :  18:25 hrs UT
  • U3 :  20:01 hrs UT
  • U4 :  20:02 hrs UT

 NASA diagrams created/provided  by Fred Espanak, where all this data has been taken from:

Total Solar Eclipse 20th August 2017 - NASA diagram by Fred Espenak

Gif animation showing the visibility & times of the Total Solar Eclipse 21st August 2017 (by Fred Espenak of NASA)

Note:  The small dot at the centre is the exact location where the Total Eclipse can be seen at a particular time (Universal Time = GMT).   The larger grey/blue area shows the area from which penumbral eclipse can be seen at any particular time.  The dark sections of the Earth (on left and right) show the night time for those places.

Time: Remember all times are UT (Universal Time which is equivalent to Greenwich mean time).  so you must work out local time.  For example the dot first appears to the West of USA  (in Pacific Ocean area)  around 17:00hrs GMT..  This is actually sun-rise/ morning time for those who first see the Eclipse (if they were in the Pacific Ocean).

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Visibility data for UK:

From these diagrams, you can ascertain that for us in United Kingdom, about 10% of this Eclipse will be visible around 19:00hrs GMT.

Astrology charts

Below is a general astrological chart I have created to show the positions of other planets & Zodiac signs, during the exact moment of this Total Solar Eclipse (Greatest Eclipse at 18:25hrs UT).

Total Solar Eclipse 21August2017 chart (c) Mani Navasothy

chart with houses Solar Eclipse 21august2017 placidus

-Mani Navasothy

If you are interested in doing Esoteric / ritual magical work / energy work, during the Eclipses, I have written a workbook (probably the world’s first book on Eclipse Magic).  here’s the link to buying it.

BUY – Eclipse Magic Workbook   Normal Price £18.  Special offer : £9.99

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Annular Solar Eclipse- full details – Sunday 26th February 2017 (and deciphering scientific diagram)

As you know we’ve already had the penumbral Lunar Eclipse a week and a half ago, and the counterpart ..  the Solar Eclipse will be occurring in a few days(Eclipses always occur in pairs, separated by 2 weeks).

I’ve downloaded the detailed Eclipse-diagram of visibility / location data from NASA website (Eclipse diagram/data (c) Fred Espenak – link at the bottom).

Ring of Fire & Diamond ring :

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photo credit-  wikipedia.  Annular Eclipse – Nevada- 20th May 2012 by user smrgeoh

Annular Solar Eclipse is when the Moon eclipses the Sun (as viewed from Earth by us)..  but moon does not fully cover the Sun.  So at the greatest Eclipse, the Moon covers the central disc of the Sun..but there is a ring of Sun showing around it – the so called Ring of Fire.  During the progress of this Eclipse (while its getting into the `greatest Eclipse’ position slowly..and also afterwards, there is also an effect called the Diamond Ring .. that can be seen on the edges of the moon..  (called Baily’s Beads- caused by light shining through valleys on the Moon’s surface).

 

 

 

Annular Solar Eclipse (26Feb2017) Details:

How long is this Eclipse?

Important point to remember is that, at any one location on the Earth, the actual Solar Eclipse is only visible for few minutes at most.   BUT it will be seen at different parts of the world at various times..  and at each part ..for slightly different duration.

Maximum Eclipse duration:

This happens around 13:16hrs UT,  and for a duration of  1 min 22 seconds..  and will be visible only for those at South pacific ocean…off the coast of Chile!  (Note: Although the Sun is Eclipsed for the longest at this point, it is not covered the most amount at this point.  That happens later..but for a shorter duration).

Greatest Eclipse and its duration:

This is when the largest amount of the Sun is covered by the Moon..  and  takes place at 14:53 hrs  (Universal Time), and will be visible for 44 seconds, from a point in South Atlantic Ocean.   (note: sometimes the Greatest Eclipse happens for lesser duration).

Penumbral start & end of Eclipse:

There are two types of shadows formed by the Moon when it comes in front of the Sun..  ie the shadow that Earth Passes through.  Umbral shadow is the darkest part, where from under it, we see nothing of the Sun.  Penumbral shadow is a more lighter part, and we will see the Sun through it..

  • P1 : The Penumbral part of the eclipse will be first visible at  12:10hrs   UT  (seen from South pacific ocean…off the coast of Chile as Sun rises for them locally).
  • P4:  The penumbral part of the Eclipse will be last visible at 17:36 hrs UT (seen from Africa – Zambia/  Botswana – before night falls locally there)

The Umbral  Eclipse data:

This is when the Sun is actually visibly blocked by a dark disc (Moon coming between us and the Sun).  In scientific  notations, we give this 4 sets of readings..  when it first starts (first contact/ start of Umbral Eclipse; 2nd contact;  when Eclipse begins to end; when final umbral eclipse fully ends.

  • U1 : 13:15 hrs UT
  • U2 : 13:16 hrs UT
  • Greatest Eclipse :  14:53 hrs UT
  • U3 : 16:30 hrs UT
  • U4 : 16:31 hrs UT

Here are the NASA diagrams created/provided  by Fred Espanak, where all this data has been taken from:

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Below, for those interested in scientific notations and wanting to learn, is an annotated diagram showing sections  where the Eclipse Data can be obtained.  All annotations (c) Mani Navasothy) .

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Annotations on an Eclipse Data diagram .  Annotations (c) Mani Navasothy  feb2017

I’ll be adding a general astrological chart (drawn for the moment of greatest Eclipse and it’s location) later.  (going to take a bit of work) .

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  If you are interested in doing Esoteric / ritual magical work / energy work, during the Eclipses, I have written a workbook (probably the world’s first book on Eclipse Magic).  here’s the link to buying it.

BUY – Eclipse Magic Workbook   £18

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Partial Lunar Eclipse – 7th August 2017 – what you’ll see & where

Hi all.. getting some advance info out for the next Lunar Eclipse (due in August 2017).  Here’s some graphics, based on NASA’s data.

useful astronomical data (from NASA):

  • Penumbral Eclipse duration : from 16:50hrs to 21:50hrs (BST).
  • Umbral eclipse duration: 18:22hrs to 20:18hrs (BST).
  • Greatest Eclipse is at 19:20hrs BST.
  • Ecliptic conjunction : 19:11hrs BST.

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The following is a world map showing  where this Partial Lunar Eclipse can be seen from (map by Fred Espenak of NASA).   Some parts of the world will see all of it.  Others will see only parts of it …either during their local moon-rise or moon-set moments.  It’s shown in the map.

Explanations about P1, P4, U1, U4 etc  (scientific terms):

The moment when an eclipse starts/  ends are given special names / tags in astronomy..   (they are moments of time..  ie Universal time/  GMT etc)…  and they are labelled P1, P2, P3, P3  for penumbral shadow sections of the eclipse, and U1, U2, U3, U4 for Umbral shadow parts of the Eclipse.

P1 is when Moon starts to enter the Penumbral shadow of the Earth.  Moon is seen as a reddish colour (aka The Blood moon)…but still fully visible.

U1 is when Moon further enters the darker Umbral shadow of the Earth..  This is where part of the moon will actually go black.. (This one is a partial Lunar Eclipse…So only a part of the full moon will disappear).

U4 is the moment when the moon fully comes out of any Umbral (dark) shadow of the Earth…but some parts of the moon will still be in the lighter penumbral shadow so will be seen as reddish.

P4 is the moment when the moon fully comes out of penumbral shadow..ie ..final contact…  and end of the eclipse!

(note: Sometimes   the eclipse is only Penumbral..  so the data will be just P1, P2, P3, and P4).

Global Visibility of Partial lunar Eclipse 7Aug2017 (c) Mani Navasothy  .jpg

Of course we still have a annular Solar Eclipse to come on this month – on 26th Feb 2017 (and then a Total Solar Eclipse, in August 20117).   I’ll provide diagrams/ details soon.

Eclipse Magic workbook

Eclipse Magic Workbook (c) MN2014Meanwhile..if you are interested in reading about ritual magical work you can do at Eclipse-times.. to tap into those hidden powers and potentials (more so than just a new moon or full moon)…then take a look at my book `Eclipse Magic workbook’  (it’s the world’s first book exclusively written on eclipse Magic!)

First few chapters give easy introduction for beginners to try eclipse magical work.  Later chapters give much more involved work..  that requires days of pre-planning.. (If you start now..  you’ll be ready to do the advanced work for the next set of eclipses!  There are at least 4 Eclipses (2 sets) every year!!

Click this link to visit my blog post/ buy the e-book (pdf)  Look at Eclipse Magic Book

-Mani Navasothy

Time, location & Visibility of Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – 11th February 2017

Hi all..  I’ve taken the data from NASA (Fred Espenak) and created some graphics of my own (and  enhanced the 2nd one showing world locations where it can be seen – mostly Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia)

In a few days,  I’ll provide chart & similar data for the upcoming annular solar Eclipse on 26th Feb 2017 (and also the coming partial Lunar eclipse (7th aug’17) and total solar eclipse (21st aug’17 – the big one!!)

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Eclipse Magic Workbook – by Mani Navasothy. Stellar Engineer your life!

 

For those amongst you who are interested in esoteric work/ magic/ ceremony/ personal development ..Eclipses are said to provide great stellar opportunities for those works.  You can read more about them at my Eclipse Magic website.

You can also purchase my Eclipse Magic workbook  here.

Stellar wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Lunar & Solar Eclipse Pair coming up – perfect for Eclipse Magic! (2013-14)

Graphics for Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 18 October 2013 (c) Mani navasothy
Graphics for Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 18 October 2013 (c) Mani navasothy

Hi all,

Astronomical Data

There is a penumbral Lunar Eclipse (at Full moon!)  taking place in the Sign of Aries…tonight (18th October.. ).. 

Here are the beginning, actual, and end of this Eclipse

Visibility: Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia.

Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 21:50:38 UT
Greatest Eclipse: 23:50:17 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 01:49:49 UT

(UT is Universal Time..and is more or less equal to GMT).

Then in 2 weeks time, we have a Solar Eclipse (at New/dark moon) on  3rd November.

Here are the details of that one..

Visibility: East Americas, South Europe, Africa

External/Internal
Contacts of Penumbra
P1 = 10:04:33.8 UT
P2 = 12:13:09.5 UT
P3 = 13:20:01.1 UT
P4 = 15:28:21.7 UT

External/Internal
Contacts of Umbra
U1 = 11:05:17.1 UT
U2 = 11:05:21.3 UT
U3 = 14:27:42.7 UT
U4 = 14:27:43.3 UT

Greatest Eclipse: 12:46 UT

Data thanks to  F. Espenak, NASA’s GSFC / eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html

Eclipse magic

Eclipse Magic Workbook - by Mani Navasothy.    Stellar Engineer your life!
Eclipse Magic Workbook – by Mani Navasothy. Stellar Engineer your life!

I’ve written extensively about doing magical / esoteric works at times of Solar & Lunar Eclipses.

You can watch a video about this (11 minutes) here on my Youtube channel,  listen to a FREE webinar in the basics of Eclipse Magic, and also purchase my eBook `Eclipse Magic workbook‘   – Just visit my special site Eclipse Magic

Effectively, you now have a 2 week window – the duration between one eclipse (Lunar, 18th Oct) and the next (Solar, 3rd Nov) to undertake many types of Eclipse-related magical working.

You can do the most simplest, or a complex set of workings..  All will make a difference in` stellar engineering your life’!!

If you have any questions, drop me a comment or contact me via my websites..

Bright Stellar Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

(Eclipse Magician)!

 

Advanced notice: Eclipses of 2014

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Total Lunar Eclipse – 15 April 2014

Annular Solar Eclipse – 29 April 2014

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Total Lunar Eclipse-  8 October 2014

Partial Solar Eclipse – 23 October 2014

Rahu & Ketu – The serpent demons who swallowed the Sun and Moon (Eclipses).

Rahu & Ketu swallow the Sun & Moon and cause the Eclipses, according to hindu myths. They represent the north & south nodes, and are given `planets’ designation in vedic astrology.
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Rahu & Ketu  are – according to Hindu mythologies – the  serpent demons who swallow the Sun and Moon! This occurrence is of course a Solar Eclipse or a Lunar Eclipse (`Sooriya Grahanam’  and `Chandra Grahanam’  in Tamil language).

These demons – one with a human head and snake tail, and the other with a snake head and human body – were not always 2 separate beings!  In fact they were one demon (Asuran).

What’ s the story?  Why did they split?  And why do they taunt the Sun and Moon ?

I’ll have to write it later.

-Mani Navasothy

Related topics:

Mythology of Ganesh – Elephant Headed Hindu God

Shivarathri – Long night of Lord Shiva

Avatars: Hindu myths & Hollywood movies (Avatars of Lord Vishnu)

Ganga Thevi: The goddess who drowned her babies (story from Mahabharatham – hindu epic) 

Psychic cleansing using candle & sacred inscribed symbol (advanced magical work)

Fears & Phobias of Eclipses

As we head towards an annular Solar Eclipse on 20th May, and then a lunar eclipse on the 4th of June, 2012, I am aware that there are many people in the world – of certain religions – for whom this is a time of  fear and trepidation!

For example, Hindu scriptures of ancient times, advise people not to eat or drink anything for the actual duration of any eclipses.  In the case of Solar eclipses, this is usually few minutes, but I remember from my own (Hindu) childhood days back in Sri Lanka, how long the lunar eclipses used to take, and how my grandmother used to say not to eat anything.

In fact I recall that we were not even allowed to look at a Lunar eclipse at night – directly- and had to look at its reflection in a bowl of water!  Yes, Solar eclipses should never be looked upon with naked eyes ) nothing short of high strength welders glass is safe!). That’s the Science. But not even scientists worry about lunar eclipses damaging people’s eye sights!

Then there’s the other fact that quite often, Indian astrologers (and others) have predicted violence and all sorts of turmoil across the world after eclipses. (They did for the triple eclipses in same month, last year. But no such major world unrest came to pass, apart from the usual middle-eastern wars, and a number of long term dictators or terrorist leaders being `captured, killed or taken down’!

It’s well known that in certain cultures, pregnant women are advised to stay indoors and avoid looking at Eclipses, to prevent their babies developing defects. Such cultures seem to advise prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers.

Recently, this month, in the United Kingdom, Channel 4 television broadcast  – as part of their `Body Shock’ series – the plight of a 6 year old Colombia boy called Deider, who had a mole on his back so large that it was like a `shell’ and he was nick-named the `Turtle boy’ by some prejudiced people of his community. Those people had also held the belief that during pregnancy, Deider’s mother had one day gone to get the washing from the cloths line, and happen to have accidentally witnessed a full solar eclipse – which according to her culture’s beliefs would result in exposed mothers giving birth to disfigured babies. (Good news is various medical surgeons have operated on the boy and removed the large mole, so he now leads a normal life).

I do not know if my mother was exposed to Eclipse light when she was pregnant with me. But I do remember that when I was young, my father took me out to show me a solar eclipse, by holding some strong filters (film negatives).  This is not sufficient at all – by the way, and never should be tried !  The same one, we watched via a reflection being projected on to an inside wall.

In one of his books.  the late Issac Assimov – a brilliant Science-fiction writer- write a story called `Nightfall’  and later expanded it as a full novel. It depicts an alternate human society in another planet, where they had not witnessed a Solar Eclipse for centuries. There are religious classes and scientists amongst them, and the novel explores the panic, preparations and unravelling of a whole society, when they face their first ever eclipse! It was very much an end of the world scenario. (which is something we ourselves supposedly face at the end of 2012! That’s another matter).
In my view, Hindu culture – one of the oldest religions of the world (12,000 yrs or more) – does have very good vedic astrological techniques that seem to be highly accurate in its predictive powers. So there may well be some truth in avoiding drinking or eating food, especially when it says Eclipse is better for cleansing, forgiving, prayers and meditative work. As far as science is concerned, there is absolutely no reason why eclipses – solar or lunar – should be feared by anyone!  Our Sun & Moon have been getting eclipsed several times, every year, for as long as they have been in existence. I imagine a sudden blockage of the Sun in the middle of the day would alarm any primitive life form – birds, animals and members of neolithic tribes. For Sun worshiping cultures like the ancient Aztecs & Mayas of the South americas, eclipses would have had terrible and intense meanings. But I also imagine they would have worked out the stellar patterns and learnt to forecast when it would occur.

 

I have been drawn to Eclipses, and been doing all sorts of magical works during and based on eclipses – for a good 15 years now. I personally see them as comic accelerators, and course-correctors. A recent magical work with my partner during an eclipse started to produce such noticeable behavioural changes between us, that any lingering doubts as to the power of eclipses is far gone- from my mind. Which was one reason I began to write it all in a book, `Eclipse Magic’.

As far as fears and phobias are concerned – on eclipses – it had never really occurred to me to fear them.

-Mani Navasothy (Astrologer, Esoteric Tutor, Author)

Ps.   Learn to do Eclipse Magical work – accelerate or course-correct life issues, cleanse, recharge and balance the forces of Sun & Moon in your life..       Visit Eclipse Magic  website for free resources and video & webinar tutorials.  FREE DOWNLOAD - How to do Eclipse Magic- Beginners Guide (c) Mani Navasothy 2014