Astrological Musings

by Lynn Hayes

An article in Yahoo News yesterday was entitled “Solar eclipse pits superstition against science,” but to me there is no better example of the split between traditional Vedic astrologers and “modern” transformational or evolutionary astrologers.  I welcome my Vedic astrologer readers to chime in on this topic and look forward to an interesting discussion.
From the article:

Indian astrologers are predicting violence and turmoil across the world as a result of this week’s total solar eclipse, which the superstitious and religious view as a sign of potential doom.

But astronomers, scientists and secularists are trying to play down claims of evil portent in connection with Wednesday’s natural spectacle, when the moon will come between the Earth and the sun, completely obscuring the sun.

In Hindu mythology, the two demons Rahu and Ketu are said to “swallow” the sun during eclipses, snuffing out its life-giving light and causing food to become inedible and water undrinkable.

Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors to prevent their babies developing birth defects, while prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers, are encouraged….

In point of fact, the effects of the eclipse ARE likely to be felt more powerfully across India since that is the path of the total eclipse.  Because astrology is so much more accepted in India, there are many more astrologers and many more of them follow the traditional line of thinking.  In the West, astrology was lost for many hundreds of years and when it was reclaimed over the past few hundred years it was able to grow and evolve along with the consciousness of the masses.  It’s interesting to me that Indian astrologers sometimes use this fact to support their claim that Vedic astrology, or Jyotish, is superior to Western astrology.  But as you’ve heard me say a million times, as the lives of humans evolve it makes sense that astrology does too.  

We now have many more choices than our ancestors did.  We are no longer, in the West at least, forced to marry spouses chosen for us by our parents.  We are no longer forced to pursue a career path chosen by the chief of our tribe.  We can make those choices for ourselves, and as the world of choice opens up to us we find there are many more choices to be made that can transform our lives.  Will be choose to face a time of change from a place of fear?  Or will we choose to walk courageously towards that change, eager to learn what lessons await there?  This is the difference between fearing our fate and creating our destiny. 
I have to laugh at these predictions of war and violence as a result of the eclipse.  Has anyone read the news lately?  War and violence are sadly nothing new in our world.  Certainly there could be emotional stress for some of us that is heightened as a result of the eclipse, and this kind of stress can manifest as violence.  But the eclipse is a natural phenomenon just like all of the other astrological experiences that we have, and one with the potential to help us to release blocks and uncover the mysteries of who we are at the deepest core of our soul.
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