By Syed Akbar
Hyderabad, Oct 16: The first-ever partial lunar eclipse in the Saros series-146 will occur on Monday and the Sankaracharya of Sri Sarada Peetham predicts that it will cast an evil shadow on the earth causing natural disasters both within and outside the country.
"The lunar eclipse is occurring this time in the zodiacal sign of Aries. The sun will be in Libra and the Moon in Aries. This is Meena (Pisces) and Mesha (Aries) Chandra grahan (lunar eclipse). Kuja is held up in the Mesha Rasi and Sani (in fourth position) casts its impact on Kuja. Guru (Jupiter) has lost its divine power. It will have bad impact on human beings living far and wide," says Sri Sarada Peetham chief Sri Jagadguru Sankaracharya Swaroopanandendra Saraswathi. The eclipse begins at 5.04 pm and ends at 6.03 pm. and will be visible in India, Australia, Pacific and North America.
The Swamiji, who returned to the city on Sunday after 11 days of meditation and prayers in Mumbai during Dasara, told this correspondent that the evil impact would haunt people till December 11. He predicts that the lunar eclipse will cause destruction in north India and countries like Mexico, Afghanistan, England, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Syria, Pakistan and the USA. The calamity may over shadow people in the form of major natural disasters including big fire accidents.
The Sankaracharya had earlier predicted that the solar eclipse (October 2)
would kick off disasters like floods and earthquakes in various parts of the Indian sub-continent. "The only way to escape these disasters is to pray to the Almighty and invoke His Mercy and Blessings," he said.
Dr CVV Subramanyam, eminent astrologer and dean of Social and Other Studies, Telugu University, supports the forecast of the Swamiji saying that the lunar eclipse like the earlier solar eclipse would have its spell on "human and physical objects". This is the first time in five years that a solar and a lunar eclipse have occurred within a fortnight.
During this Aries-Lunar eclipse, Mars is at a critical degree, making this a significant day to watch for major events. "Mars in retrograde motion in Taurus is certainly putting a new spin on how we view the world. Since mars has entered Taurus, we have already experienced 20 hurricanes this year - the highest since 1933. There was also pandemic outbreak of Avian Flu and earthquakes," he points out.
Stating how this lunar eclipse will have its impact on one's personal and public life, astrologer JUB Sastry says the eclipse will bring focus on the tension between the self and significant relationships involving patterns. Tempers could easily flare or one may be exploiting or feel exploited by others on an emotional level.
"The sun in libra in conjunct with Jupiter which normally produces a time of productive energy. However, the Libra scale could tip either way with the opposing moon", he clarifies.
However, the lunar eclipse has a positive side too. Since it is connected to Pluto in a wedge pattern, its influence can help one to bounce back even after the worst of situations, helping one to make use of events and transforming through them, astrologers feel.
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