The Cosmos is the sum of all existence. So many things happen within our Cosmos on scales both grand and miniscule that humans confined to earth are only able to experience first hand the merest smattering of cosmological events. One of the more captivating cosmological events is when Earth’s moon lines up in the direct path of the Sun, causing a total solar eclipse. Total solar eclipses occur about once every two years, and it is only a very tiny sliver of the earth that gets to bathe in the full shadow of the moon.
The total solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 was special in that it lasted almost 7 minutes at the center point of the eclipse’s narrow path, making it the longest total solar eclipse that will occur this century.
The eclipse was not so special in that this relatively simply explained astronomical occurrence has brought out throngs of people that are intent on stepping on the shoulders of science so they can scream more loudly to spew their pseudoscience and nonsense.
Last week, The Associated Press reported that Indian astrologers predicted surges in violence, anti-social behavior, and health risks the day prior to the eclipse. From the article…
Indian astrologers are predicting violence and turmoil across the world as a result of this week’s total solar eclipse, which the superstitious and religious view as a sign of potential doom.
Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors to prevent their babies developing birth defects, while prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers, are encouraged. Shivani Sachdev Gour, a gynaecologist at the Fortis Hospital in New Delhi, said a number of expectant mothers scheduled for caesarian deliveries on July 22 had asked to change the date.
“My mother and aunts have called and told me stay in a darkened room with the curtains closed, lie in bed and chant prayers,” Krati Jain, 24, who is expecting her first child, said in New Delhi.
“This is a belief deeply rooted in Indian society. Couples are willing to do anything to ensure that the baby is not born on that day,” Gour said.
And from the article, here is the nugget from the local skeptic …
Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association, dismissed such doomsday predictions. “Primarily, what we see with all these soothsayers and astrologers is that they’re looking for opportunities to enhance their business with predictions of danger and calamity,” he told AFP. “They have been very powerful in India but over the last decade they have been in systematic decline.”
Although I am not up to speed on the trends of astrology in India, I am somewhat skeptical of Mr. Edamuruku’s sentiment. Systematic decline would suggest that the pieces of society responsible to harnessing the belief in astrology are being taken apart. Astrology might wax and wane from time to time, but it never disappears. Based on its longevity and resilience, and despite the centuries of science putting to rest all the astrological arguments, astrology is still a force of ignorance to be reckoned with.
In preparation for the eclipse, things were not all that better in other parts of Asia, where people ran for cover and prayer to avert themselves from the dangers of the moon’s shadow. AP reported that in China…
At a Buddhist temple in the Thai capital Bangkok, dozens of monks led a mass prayer at a Buddhist temple to ward off evil. “The eclipse is bad omen for the country,” said Pinyo Pongjaroen, a prominent astrologer. “We are praying to boost the fortune of the country.”
From Myanmar …
Buddhists went to Yangon’s famed Shwedagon pagoda to offer flowers, fruits and water to ward off misfortune. Some warned their friends and family not to sleep through the eclipse for fear of getting bad luck.
From Japan …
“The sky turned dark like in the dead of the night. The air turned cooler and cicadas stopped singing. Everything was so exciting and moving,” Fukumitsu said. “It was rather mysterious,” he said. “It must have been a frightening experience for people hundreds of years ago.”
Not just hundreds of years ago, Mr. Fukumitsu, hundreds of minutes ago too.
But not to be outdone by mainstream media, the folks at the always-reliable astrodispatch.com website offer their cogent thoughts on the eclipse …
There seems to be a great deal of transformational velocity accruing and accumulating with the onset of the new moon and the centuries most potent solar eclipse. The Moon is completely new in Cancer, just a day before the solar eclipse, almost ready to phase shift into Leo, peaking at 30 degrees Cancer. The lunar magnetism has reached it’s full potency, it’s zenith, it’s full pull upon psyches and inner landscapes. In the Arguelles count of The Mayan calendar, this day falls under 12 Cauac, the second to last day of the Mayan calendar falls under 12 Cauac, the second to last day of the Mayan calendar, which falls neatly on the day of the solar eclipse. Both days are incredibly auspicious. The 21st is a day of cleansing, activation, catalyzing and clearing.
Here is the code according to Arguelles for 12 Cauac:
Blue Crystal Storm
- I Dedicate in order to Catalyse
- Universalizing Energy
- I seal the Matrix of Self-generation
- With the Crystal tone of Cooperation
- I am guided by the power of Magic
This new noon will dissolve obdurate inner order, calcified by entropy and habit. Here’s a little new age wisdom for you; “Go with the flow.” Surrender and let the wisdom of silence guide you into greater pathways of psychic navigation. Open to channels of direct experience, Trust what you know and you‘ll be fine.
That’s an awful lot of gobbledygook, claptrap, and inane babble to get to the point, which is ultimately correct … you will be fine.