Eclipse Mythology of India

At the time of the Ksirodaka-lila (churning the cosmic “ocean of milk”) there was not yet any being named Rahu or Ketu. There was however an asura (“demon”) named Svarbhanu. When the amrita (“nectar of immortality”) was finally produced from the ocean, the devas (“gods”) managed to get it from the asuras by trickery via…

“Don’t Look at the Eclipse!”

The word on the street in India is that eclipses are very “inauspicious” (read: bad luck) and you shouldn’t look at them at all. Obviously you shouldn’t stare at a solar eclipse or you will go blind. But that is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about the idea that the…

The Eclipse at the End of The World

OK, off the bat I am going to be super straightforward and let you all know that I have not studied “mundane” astrology to the extent that I would like to, and to the extent that I would really be qualified to provide you with very good analysis of things like eclipses, etc. “Mundane” astrology,…

Myths of Astrology vs. Facts of Science

Question Do you believe that the idea that eclipses occur because Rahu‘s immortal head is swallowing the sun is a metaphor, or that there is actually a being named Rahu who is actually swallowing the sun when an eclipse occurs? My Answer First it would be good to admit that the culture who came up…

Knowing Where the Nodes (Rahu / Ketu) Are

Firstly the nodes (Rahu and Ketu) are not “real” bodies in space. They are locations at which the path of the moon crosses the path of the sun. When the Moon and Sun are present at the same time at either of these two locations, we get an eclipse. In between eclipses we infer the…

Birth During an Eclipse

Being born during an eclipse is extremely powerful for good or ill. Several notorious asuras (bad guys) were born in eclipses, and also several great saints (good guys) including Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were born in eclipses. There are also, of course, quite a few unknowns born during an eclipse. But even these unknowns are rarely very…