WINTER SOLSTICE, LUNAR ECLIPSE TOGETHER FIRST TIME AFTER 1554AD
This year’s winter solstice will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union this Tuesday.
The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun and the Sun’s daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. The winter solstice lasts only a second but it is also a turning point and referred as to the first day of winter. In Northern Hemisphere it is the shortest day, and longest night. From this point on there is gradual lengthening of days and shortening of nights. This year 2010 the winter solstice is of more significance because it is coinciding with lunar eclipse after 456 Years. This year it occurs on December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere.
A full lunar eclipse can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly and when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth is in the middle and blocks the sun’s rays to reach the moon. It is possible only on a full moon night. “Scientifically it is proven that there is connection between the movement of the moon and water. As we all know high tides and low tides in a sea are connected with Moon’s transit in the sky. We human beings are at least 70% water and contain same amount of salt in proportion as an ocean. Lunar eclipse is bound to have a chemical reaction on us who can lead to physical, emotional and intellectual disturbances. It can effect us at Mind, Body and Soul level but only temporarily. It is just a passing phase in the scheme of space and time.”
The spiritual significance of winter solstice is that it is the rebirth of the Sun which means change of energy. A renewed energy can be noticed in all aspects of life. The spiritual significance of the eclipse is that ignorance has eclipsed our minds and self knowledge but it is temporary and passing phase. This eclipse will pass and the shine and glory of Moon will be back.
It’s a cosmic play of transformation from darkness into light.
In Indian Astrology when there is a moon eclipse…The Indian astrology says that there are two enemies of the moon. In the mythology, the moon is a person, a god, and he has two enemies: one is Rahu which is the North node and the other is Ketu which is the south node. When the moon eclipse happens, it happens because Rahu and Ketu catch hold of the moon. They try to shadow it permanently but each time the moon escapes from their grip.
In astrology moon represents mind, feelings, imagination, masses etc. It has normally being noticed that before any lunar eclipse masses are suffering under stress. There is fear in the minds of individuals. Creativity goes down and negative imaginations take over. There is a general insecurity. But one thing is to be kept in mind that shadow is not real so all the fears and insecurities are also unreal. The good news is that things get much better after the eclipse and a sense of security is restored in masses. According to Vedas cosmic female energy is very potent during the eclipse and suggests doing prayers to get the maximum benefits.
The eclipse will start just after midnight Eastern Time on 21 Dec and lasting until 5:30 a.m., when the moon reappears.