Did you feel the potent energies of the solar eclipse in sidereal Libra that peaked on tuesday 25 October around 11am in the UK? the energies have been highly transformative and quite challenging for many of us. We are now in eclipse season which is always a time when the axis that the north node and the south node of the moon are in is activated.
According to vedic sidereal astrology this eclipse season is on the libra-aries axis.
The solar eclipse always happens on the new moon when the sun and moon are so close in the night sky and is always followed by a lunar eclipse in the opposite sign on the full moon,, which casts a red hue making it a blood moon. this is happening on tuesday 8th november when I will be hosting Lou Staker from Women in the Willows Forest School for a drumming circle in the studio on that evening to tune into the more harmonious and energising aspects of this transit.
Eclipse season can affect all of us differently, but it's best to take things a bit easier on ourselves during this time. If we practice moon rituals, and manifestation, it's advisable to let go of setting intentions and just allow ourselves to tune in and listen. Similarly, on the lunar eclipse, it is advised not to charge crystals, but to use the time to reflect inwards and befriend our shadow. Because the veil between the physical realm and the spiritual realm is thinner during this season, it is an optimal time for meditation, Tarot reading and journaling.
Here are some beautiful photos of it taken from different parts of the world:
New Delhi: Birds fly as the moon partially covers the sun during the partial solar eclipse in New Delhi, Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist Lav)
During this partial solar eclipse, the moon covers a part of the sun in Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. AP/PTI
Patna: A silhouette of a bird in the backdrop of moon covering the sun during the partial solar eclipse in Patna, Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022. (PTI Photo)
As a student of Vedic astrology I have been learning more about the significance of Diwali, the 5 day festival of lights, which always starts on the day before the new moon in sidereal Libra, not Scorpio, as most Western astrologers using the Tropical Zodiac .
Sidereal astrology takes into account the Earth's wobble on its journey around the sun, and therefore is 23 degrees more accurate than the tropical zodiac which is based on 12 fixed signs attributed to the position of each constellation in the sky over 2000 years ago.
This explains why if you use an app like Star Walk to look at the sky on the nights of these transits you'll see that the moon and other planets are always positioned 23 degrees earlier than the tropical zodiac says they are supposed to be... So fore example on the new moon solar eclipse it was still in Libra and not Scorpio. It is fascinating to meditate on the glyph for Libra which is the sun setting on the horizon. This symbolises the shortening days of autumn and longer nights of winter to come, which is ushered in with the tradition of lighting many candles and lanterns for Diwali, festival of lights, which always starts on the dark moon phase before the new moon in libra. I can't help notice the universal themes and rituals that connect in with those of our pre-Christian ancestors here in the British Isles for Samhain or what we call it these days, Halloween.
Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”), was historically celebrated from 31 October (All Hallow's Eve or Hallowe'en) to 1 November (All Hallows Day or All Saints Day) to welcome in the final harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Our ancestors believed that the veil between the physical realm and spirit realms grow thin during Samhain, allowing for clearer communication with spirit guides, guardian angels and loved ones who have passed over. In Mexico, ancestors are remembered and celebrated on the 2 November for Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. Interestingly, the traditions of the pagan fire festival have been integrated into Bonfire Night here in the UK, although for a somewhat propagandistic annual ritual to reinforce the power of the government and Church of England.. The opulent explosions of fireworks displays may well be cut back due to the cost of living crisis here in Albion, although they seem to be going ahead as always... still we are planning our own Samhain celebration, complete with bonfire ritual At Dedham Retreats...
Ignite your inner fire with a morning of heart-warming cacao ceremony, energising Yoga asana and pranayama, followed by a soul replenishing autumnal vegan lunch lovingly prepared by April from The Nourish Co. After lunch we take an afternoon lie-down in the cosy studio for a deeply transformative yoga nidra with sound bath by Lemuria Sounds. We will close the day with a celebratory bonfire and afternoon tea with festive treats.
Accommodation also available for those wishing to make a weekend of it from 4-6 November, to include Sunday morning Shakti Flow Yoga as well.