Updated: May 19
Shontel Anestasia is a student of Jyotish (Indian Astrology), Ayurveda Practioner and Lukumi Initiate (Omo Olokun). She is of both a West Indian (Guyanese) & South Indian heritage.
What is a Solar Eclipse?
A Solar Eclipse always happens during Amavasya (Amavasya means no moon day), when the Sun and Moon are positioned together in the same zodiac sign. The New Moon aligns close to the nodal axis and obscures the Sun.
Don't believe the hype!
Eclipses are not a time to "Plant new seeds" and start new projects. On a mundane level, we can sometimes feel energetically drained during the days surrounding Solar Eclipses. Being a bit more introverted around the Solar Eclipse would be more beneficial. This doesn't" mean not speaking to anyone; try getting more in tune with your body, mind, and spirit and focusing less on exerting energy outward.
How do Eclipses affect us? Eclipses are known to trigger both personal and global events. These beginnings usually are a surprise and are generally related to external events in the world around us. Things that are started between a Solar Eclipse and the next Full Moon in regard to decisions, initiating projects, sowing seeds, and establishing contacts, have a significant impact on the following six months.
There is a time usually just before a Solar Eclipse called Sutak, which is a 12-hour period from when it becomes visible, during which it is deemed as inauspicious (it is said during this time Earth is contaminated). According to Indian legends, an eclipse occurs when the shadowy demon Rahu Ketu (North Node/South Node) gets his revenge on the Sun and the Moon by consuming them and stealing thier luminous rays. With Rahu and Ketu gobbling up this light and warping it in unseen ways, anything you start could turn out very strangely, and you may regret impulsively beginning or ending something.
Here's the Tea...
The energy is powerful as the Sun and Moon come into perfect alignment. It marks a powerful time for spiritual practices where we bring our attention from the outer material world to our inner world. Eclipses can be a terrible time to start making big decisions about projects, relationships, jobs, or any other profound things in the material world. Auspicious new beginnings are blessed with the light of a healthy, full Moon and the daytime sun, not during a Solar Eclipse.
Here are a few guidelines on what to avoid and what to embrace during a Solar Eclipse
Do not commit to a new project 10 days after a Solar Eclipse. The ancient Seers considered eclipses to be a negative omen for beginning new projects on the material level. Rahu can cause a lot of illusions.
Do not, on the day of an eclipse or a few days surrounding it, start any crucial new project, sign a contract, make a deal, or any other material activity if you have another option. Similar to Mercury RX, you're probably not being shown all the details about the situation, or you may not be thinking clearly.
Do not indulge in alcohol or substances that allow you to lose consciousness. Drink in moderation or not at all.
Caution when traveling, driving, and on electric vehicles. People are prone to accidents, serious car troubles, and significant delays during this time.
Do not eat heavy meals or takeout that has been cooked before eclipse time. Per Ayurveda, during Solar Eclipses, there is a sudden loss of sunlight, and pitta in the body goes down, resulting in a sudden drop of metabolism, leading to incomplete digestion of consumed food. Since the absence of the sun also gives rise to microbes, avoid consuming food prepared before the eclipse because food poisoning or other illnesses can manifest.
Avoid taking showers and sexual activities during the eclipse.
Eclipses are a great time to stay in, meditate and do your inner work. This is a specially rich opportunity to connect to your Egun/Spiritual Court because the "veils" connecting the spiritual and material worlds are thin.
Do spend time at your ancestor altars and Bovedas. You can burn your Egun Candle if you have it.
Donate anonymously to charitable causes. I personally recommend using GoFundMe
Journal about any emotions or past experiences and partake in Shadow Work.
Take a shower before and after the Eclipse - If this isn't possible, sprinkle water on your head or place some Cascarilla on your forehead to cool your energy off. You can use our Obatala 3-Day Bano. You can also make a homemade bath using my recipe.
Drink plenty of room-temperature water or Coconut Water.
Strengthen your Rahu and Ketu placement in your Birthchart
Happy Solar Eclipse, Goddesses!
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