As the time of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse draws closer, the frenzy seems to heighten with each passing moment. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t watch the solar eclipse.
During a solar eclipse, the Sun, which illumines our world, is occluded from our vision. This is not beneficial for the planet given that the Sun’s normal functions are suspended. Think of how the Sun helps people when they work, the function of solar power, the loss of heat from the Sun, etc.
In Vedic astrology, or Jyotish, the Sun represents our soul. Our soul is what travels from lifetime to lifetime. Contemplate how the soul will be overshadowed during the August 21, 2017 eclipse. Metaphorically, our soul is hidden from ourselves. Do you want to feed into this energy?
The Sun also represents health and vitality. This gets greatly diminished during times of eclipses. Thus, it is advisable not to overexert ourselves during eclipses. Otherwise, there can be long-term consequences.
People are saying that this is the first time in almost 100 years that a full solar eclipse has occurred. Why would they want to miss it? If you read about the story of eclipses in my previous blog, you’ll understand that they bring about sudden, unexpected, and often undesirable events. You want to be in a place close to home and away from crowds.
WORLD EVENTS AND ECLIPSES
More importantly, a primary reason why you shouldn’t watch the solar eclipse is due to what is currently happening in the world. Whatever part of the world you reside in, you’ll see all the instability in the world. There are acts of terror, political unrest, threats of war, and natural disasters. It seems to be getting worse daily.
These types of events get magnified near eclipses. They may not happen on the same day as the eclipse, but they set the stage for more problematic events. This is another reason why you shouldn’t watch the solar eclipse. We can use the powerful energy of the eclipse and direct it towards something more noble and uplifting. Rather than feed into the trend of finding the best way to watch the eclipse, consider doing the opposite. Use the time to focus on peace, do a spiritual practice, chant a mantra, pray, do a visualization, or whatever resonates with you. Imagine the powerful energetic effect which could manifest if millions were focusing on peace at the same time.
For those of you who claim not to believe in astrology, you obviously believe in astronomy. Eclipses are an astronomical phenomena. Astrology and astronomy go hand in hand. Jyotish actually translates as “Vedic astrology and astronomy”. Astrology is based on the movement of planets across the zodiac. This includes tracking new and full Moons. Solar eclipses occur on new Moons. Astrologers interpret the meaning of these planetary transits. They utilize astronomy to determine where the planets are at any given time. This is then overlaid with the placement of the planets in any individual’s birth chart.
If you still choose to watch the solar eclipse, please do so mindfully and safely. Focus on your internal state of mind rather than just the events in the sky. Connect to harmony and peace. The world needs it now more than ever.
Also published on Medium.