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Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) - 31 January 2018

Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) - 31 January 2018

Total Lunar Eclipse ( Chandra Grahan ) falls on the 31st of January 2018, Wednesday. 2018’s 1st lunar eclipse ( Chandra Grahan ) timings for India would be ~5:55pm (moon rise) to ~8:41pm IST. The duration of the lunar eclipse would be ~2 hours 45 minutes. Normally, total lunar eclipse takes place about twice a year; sometimes thrice and rarely four times. The word ‘Lunar’ maybe taken as anything (or aspects) related to the Earth’s moon. Eclipse is the phenomena of blocking of light (shadow) between the celestial bodies, source of light being the Sun. E.g. lunar eclipse ( Chandra Grahan ) takes place when the Earth comes in-between the Sun and the moon; and the Earth shadows the moon. The moon is darkened at this stage. But for lunar eclipse to occur, the 3 celestial bodies have to be aligned – the moon, the Earth and the Sun.

The last lunar eclipse took place on the 7th of August 2017. This 2018 1st lunar eclipse can be best viewed in countries like India, Australia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka etc, vis-à-vis, regions of most of Asia, the Pacific, North America and Australia. Some of the cities (for the viewing) to mention would be Moscow, Tokyo, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA, Singapore, Dhaka, Beijing, Sydney (Australia), Bangkok, Manila, Delhi etc. Some of the other locations-regions will witness only partial eclipse.

Unlike solar eclipse, lunar eclipse is safe to view with the bare eyes. It can even be better (closer) viewed with a telescope. The color of the moon will be faded, dark and rust – reddish; instead of being totally invisible due to Earth’s shadow. This is partly due to some scattered sun rays passing through the Earth’s atmosphere to reach the moon, in the shadow. The moon in this type of appearance is often called as blood moon or blue moon. An English saying (phrase) “once in a blue moon” basically means happening rarely, rare occurrence or once in a long time. 

It is sometimes believed that pregnant women should not view the lunar eclipse. In fact, many Hindu devotees observe fasting (Vrat). Many priests (in the Indian subcontinent) keep the doors closed of the temple at the time of lunar eclipse.

What does the astronomical phenomenon of lunar eclipse mean in Astrology? In the ancient Vedic Astrology, the moon holds amongst the top most influential celestial body in determining many aspects and predictions like in behavior, mood, emotions energy-level, femininity, relationships like mother-child, child birth, subconscious, security etc. The moon is the closest celestial body to the Earth. 

In the Gregorian calendar, the 1st day of the week – Monday, called ‘Somvaar’ in Hindi means the moon day. However, at times Sunday is regarded the 1st day of the week.

For an accurate interpretation and meaning it would be most appropriate to consult a leading Acharya or renowned Astro-Scientist like Gurudev GD Vashist ji. The main reason being is that each Janam Kundali (Natal/Birth Chart) is unique; it is based on the accurate date-time and place of birth of a native. Also, many other aspects, calculations etc. have to be regarded like the placement-positioning of the Grehs (planets, the Moon, the Sun, Rahu - Ketu etc) in Houses, degrees, native’s ruling planet, ruling House, meanings-interpretations-effects etc.

Date Published : 29 Jan 2018
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