Penumbral Lunar Eclipse- First Celestial Event of 2024

How often do you connect with the Moon, the Mano Karaka, which has control over your mind and emotions? A luminary celestial body, the Moon is believed to be the regulator of the mind and the God of water.


How Does the Moon Influence You?

The Moon is the ruling planet of Cancer. The Moon is a very influential planet as it governs the mind, emotions, temperament, behaviour, moods, and instincts. The phases of the Moon can influence you from the New Moon (Waning Phase) to the Full Moon (Waxing Phase).


Eclipses of the Moon can also impact you based on how they are placed in your birth chart during this period.


How Lunar Eclipse Occurs

A Lunar Eclipse can happen when the Earth aligns with the Sun and Moon and casts a shadow on the lunar surface, blocking the Sun's light from reaching the Moon. There are different types of Lunar Eclipses, and the upcoming one on March 25, 2024, is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, the least prominent among them all. 


First Lunar Eclipse of 2024

The first eclipse that occurs in the lunar phase is the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, where the outer and lighter part of the Earth's shadow, called the Penumbra, falls on the surface of the Moon.


The first Lunar eclipse of this year will occur on March 25, between 10:23 am -3.02 pm IST. The eclipse will last for 4 hours, 39 minutes. The Penumbral Lunar eclipse is the least conspicuous as it is barely visible.


Astrological Aspects of Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

According to Vedic Astrology, this Lunar Eclipse occurs in Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra (Birth Star) and in the Virgo (Kanya Rasi), where the Moon and Ketu are opposite in this sign. The Moon represents the mind, emotions and equilibrium.  Ketu in the same sign as the Moon can cause afflictions as it has the ability to overcome the positive aspects of the Moon, thus causing emotional instability. 


Three of the power planets- Mercury, Sun, and Rahu will be in Pisces (Meena Rasi), opposing them. The Sun and Rahu are not friendly and can cause friction. This combination can boost negative vibes and enhance negative aspects of the Sun.


For those born under Kanya (Virgo) Rasi and Meena (Pisces) Rasi, unforeseen expenses may take a heavy toll on their finances. There may be physical and mental strain and a change in residence that can cause severe exhaustion.


Remedial Measures for Lunar Eclipse 2024

Lunar eclipses are impactful and can bring about changes and transform your life. It is a time for looking inwards and reflect on yourself. Here are some tips to navigate your way through this eclipse. There are some traditional beliefs that are practised during the eclipse and taking a ritual bath before and after the eclipse has a cleansing effect on you.


    - You can add a few drops of basil oil or neem leaves to our bathwater. Many people observe a fast during the eclipse period to purify themselves and fast from sunrise until the end of the eclipse.

     - Practicing meditation can help calm the mind and remove any negative thoughts.

 - Chanting mantras especially venerating Chandra Deva (Moon God), such as the Beej (Seed)mantra can help balance energies. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra for Shiva a is believed to be effective as it can offer protection and healing during this challenging period.

 - You can offer prayers to deities associated with the Moon including Shiva and Goddess Parvati and offer incense.

 - Wearing gemstones or meditate with crystals such as moonstone, or clear quartz can give emotional balance.

 - You can practice Yoga to reduce the negative effects of the eclipse. 

 - Wearing protective talismans or amulets like the Chandra Yantra can safeguard against any negative lunar energies. 

 - This is a time to release negativity and do some self-introspection, letting go of the past and being more forgiving.


Visibility of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of March 25 will not be visible in India. So, there will be no Sutak period (an inauspicious period that starts at the beginning of the Lunar Eclipse's touch and ends when the eclipse is complete).


This Lunar Eclipse can be witnessed across Ireland, Belgium, Spain, England, South Norway, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Germany, the United States, South America, Antarctica, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Western parts of Africa, and the East Coast of Australia. 

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