An eclipse is a natural phenomenon. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s position is between Earth and the Sun, as a result, portion of sun is covered by moon’s shadow totally or partially. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the Sun and the Moon, the earth’s shadow blocks the sunlight.
In 2019 there will be five eclipses in total. Three are Solar eclipses, the types of Solar eclipse are Partial Solar Eclipse, Total Solar Eclipse, Annular Solar Eclipse and rest two are Total Lunar eclipse and Partial Lunar Eclipse. None of the first three eclipses out of five eclipses would be visible from India.
As per The study of the influence of celestial bodies on earth and humans both Solar eclipse and Lunar Eclipse have direct or indirect effects on the environment, worldly affairs and human lives.
In the month of January, 2019 both the Solar eclipse and the Lunar Eclipse will occur during a fortnight.
The first Solar Eclipse will be on Sunday, 6 January 2019, while the first Lunar Eclipse will occur on Monday, 21 January 2019.
The second Solar Eclipse will be on 2 July 2019 and the second Lunar Eclipse which is also the last Lunar Eclipse will occur on 16 July 2019.This will also be within a fortnight.
The last eclipse of the year 2019 is an Annular Solar Eclipse will occur on 26 December 2019.
Dates and time for Solar Eclipse are as follows:
Partial Solar Eclipse: This eclipse will be on 6 January 2019 from 05:04:08 AM to 09:18:46 AM (IST). It will not be visible in India. This eclipse will be visible from the western shores of Alaska, Japan, China, North-South Korea, North-Eastern Russia and Pacific Ocean.
Total Solar Eclipse 2019: It will occur on 2-3 July 2019 from 11:31:08 PM to 02:14 AM (IST). The eclipse will be visible in Chile, Argentina, Pacific region and South America. It will not be visible in India.
Annular Solar Eclipse 2019: This eclipse will occur in Ardra Nakshatra and Gemini sign, on 26 December 2019 from 08:17:02 AM to 10:57:09 AM (IST). It will be visible in Eastern Europe, Asia, North/ Western Australia and East Africa.
As it will be visible in India also, the Sutak period will be observed. This eclipse will take place in Gemini and Ardra Nakshatra. Changes are expected for natives, born in this sign. Out of three Solar eclipses, only this eclipse will be visible in India.
Sutak Period of Eclipse:
The sutak period for third Solar Eclipse will begin on December 25, 2019 from 5:30 PM till 10:57 AM on 26 December, 2019. Do not see Solar eclipse directly to save your eyes from sun rays.
Lunar Eclipse 2019
There will be two Lunar eclipses(Chandra Grahan) in 2019.
First Lunar Eclipse 2019:Super Blood Wolf Moon
It is a Total Lunar Eclipse, will be in Pushya Nakshatra and Karka sign. It will take place on 21st January 2019 at 09:04:34 am to 13:07:03(IST), 10:34 pm to 1:51 am (EST), 3:34 am to 7:48 am (GMT).
Total eclipse will be visible from North and South America, portions of Western Europe and northwest Africa. In North America, the eclipse will begin during the evening hours of January 20. In Europe and most parts of Africa partial Lunar eclipse will be visible in the early morning (pre-dawn) hours of January 21, 2019.
Second Lunar eclipse 2019: It is a Partial Lunar Eclipse. It will occur on 16 July 2019 at 01:32:35 AM (IST) to 04:29:50 AM (IST). This eclipse will be visible in some regions of Asia, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia. It will occur in the Uttarashada Nakshatra in Sagittarius/ Capricorn sign.
It will be visible from India also. Therefore Sutak period will be observed here.
Time and date for Sutak
Sutak begins at 3:55:13 PM on July 16, 2019, Sutak ends at 4:29:50 AM on July 17, 2019. Individuals should observe rules for Sutak, as astrological remedies to avoid the ill-effects of second Lunar Eclipse.
Rules to follow during Sutak (inauspicious period)
It is necessary to follow certain rules during the Sutak period. Sutak period is considered to be an inauspicious time, so during this period, some tasks must not be carried out.
These are as follows:
Starting a new project or work must not be done.
Preparing or consuming food is prohibited.
Avoid going to the bathroom/toilet.
Avoid touching or worshiping the idols of god or Tulsi plant.
Do not eat Non-vegetarian food.
Refrain from cleaning your teeth or combing your hair.
Super Moon, Blue Moon, Blood Moon, the rare natural Phenomena and Total Lunar Eclipse
What is a Lunar Eclipse, a Total Lunar Eclipse, a Super Moon, a Blue Moon and a Blood Moon?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, the moon and the earth are positioned in a straight line, the earth is positioned in the middle, the earth’s umbral shadow falls on the moon, blocking sunlight. A Lunar eclipse only occurs on a full moon night.
Total Lunar Eclipse
A Total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth’s full umbral shadow falls on the moon, completely blocking the sunlight, known as Total Lunar Eclipse.
As the Total Lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) will be visible from many places, this celestial event has been considered significant for performing rituals,religious activities and remedial measures at these places, according to Vedic astrology
The study of the influence of celestial bodies on earth and human beings
A super Moon is a full moon or a new moon that coincides with the closest distance and reaches to Earth in its point of the orbit (perigee) closest to the earth, resulting in a larger size of the moon than the average Full Moon (Purnima) visible from the earth(14 % bigger and brighter), technically named as the ‘Perigee Syzygy’ in Astronomy.
It is believed that when a Super Moon occurs, being a unique event, affects the life of individuals and the worldly affairs.
A Blood Moon occurs due to the refraction of earth on the moon, the moon looks reddish, it is known as Blood Moon.
A Blue Moon happens when two full moons happen in the same calendar month.
Effects on Lunar eclipse on various signs are as follows:
- Mesha: Chances for new employment or promotion are indicated.
- Vrishabha:Take care of your health. Avoid to change new job. You have to wait for the favourable time.
- Mithun: Speak carefully. Do not speak harsh words to avoid strained relations with colleagues.
- Karka: You should avoid negative thinking. Try to make good relations with your spouse.
- Simha: Take care of your health. Good time for settling marriage, career and there will be sudden increase in your income.
- Kanya: Take precaution, think twice before you start a new task.
- Tula: You may face career related problems. Try to maintain good relations with your subordinates. Things will improve soon.
- Scorpio: Sign lord Mars is closest to earth, there are indications for changes at both financial and political front. Increase in income
- Dhanu: Do not take hasty relations, take care while talking with your family members. Gain through profession or business are predicted.
- Makar: There may be health related problems for those suffering from high or low blood pressure. Upay: worship Lord Shiva and Hanumanji.
- Kumbha: Take care of your eyes. Try to manage your financial matters, carefully.
- Meen: Think about your health, while eating anything from outside. Better to have meals cooked at home. Good time for political power, career and increase in income of spouse or self.
Do’s during the Sutak period, Solar Eclipse or Lunar eclipse
Snan-daan or charity to the needy persons will be helpful in getting rid of most of the problems coming in one’s life due to the sins(bad karma) an individual might have done in his/her previous birth.
Chant Mantras to get rid of the bad effects of the eclipse.
This period is considered very significant for Mantra Siddhi and fulfilling an individual’s long awaited desires through holy dip and charity (Snan-daan) and Mantra Siddhi. But one is recommended to avoid all the auspicious events or during the period of Surya Grahan (Solar eclipse) or Chandra Grahan (Lunar eclipse).
To avoid the effects of eclipse, take bath or dip in the holy river after the Eclipse ends. People should take bath after the Sutak. Charity or Daan to poor or needy persons after the bath may help in removing the bad effects of the eclipse
Perform rituals by donating clothes, beddings or food to Priest, needy persons and cow after taking bath.
Sutak is believed to be applicable only to the places where eclipse is visible in any form.
Activities to be avoided during the Sutak period are as follows:
Do not see solar eclipse with the naked eyes.
Sutak starts 12 hours before the eclipse. Following activities should be avoided during Sutak.
New business should not be started.
Any auspicious work should not be performed during Sutak period or eclipse.
People, especially pregnant women should not come out in the open under the rays of the eclipse (specially Solar Eclipse), they should not cut anything or eat during the eclipse (It is not applicable to the children, old or sick persons)
Eat only the fresh or covered food after the eclipse, avoid any leftover food.
The idols of God in the temple or the house should not be worshiped.