Eclipses - How and why do they affect us? 

Eclipses are usually associated with beginnings and endings - internal as well as external.

An Eclipse or Grahan always indicates a remarkable change or meaningful event. And, the event or change may be for the better, and might also lead to positive results. However, from ancient times several people fear eclipses, and consider it as a bad omen which leads to an untoward incident like war, famine, etc.  But, today astrologers view eclipses as an opportunity for development. Astrologically, an eclipse is regarded as a very important phenomenon, especially, if it occurs in significant places in the horoscope of a person, or a country.

Eclipses generally occur 4 to 6 times in a year, and many individuals feel anxious during the eclipse period. Although the eclipse energy mostly prevails for a week before, or after the eclipse, the influence on events continues much longer - up to 3 months in advance, and also 3 years later. Actually, astrologers advise to avoid a period of about 3 days on either side of the eclipse or grahan for starting any new project. 

The signs of the zodiac that contain the eclipse and its planetary rulers, along with the constellations of its governing stars - signify the impact of the eclipse. For zodiac signs related to the sea – it affects underwater creatures and shipping, whereas for signs  connected with humans – it influences men and political issues. Moreover, for animal signs -  it affects cattle and beasts, while for terrestrial signs – it influences crops and the earth. Eclipses in Fire signs indicate conflicts, wars, fire disasters, and death of prominent persons; Earth signs denote agricultural problems; Air signs signify stormy winds, disease and famine; and Water signs suggest marine hazards, floods, war, and a high mortality amongst common people. 

An astute astrologer can determine the placement of an eclipse in a person's horoscope, and predict the effects of a solar or lunar eclipse on a personal level – and can also guide the individual to make the most of the positive effects. During a Solar Eclipse, the Moon casts a shadow on the Earth, whereas during a Lunar Eclipse, the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon.

Solar eclipses signify beginnings that may come as a surprise, and are usually related to external events in the world around us. Things that are started between a Solar Eclipse and the next Full Moon - taking decisions, initiating projects, sowing seeds, establishing contacts - have a significant impact for the next 6 months. On the other hand, a Lunar Eclipse suggests internal changes and discoveries about ourselves and others - we let go, make decisions, and conclude things - during the waning period of a Lunar Eclipse, which have significance in the near future. 

Astrologically, an eclipse or grahan is a signal that indicates global trends or events. Since, an eclipse is caused by a shadow passing across the Sun or the Moon, it generally suggests events and issues related to the affected nations, their rulers, and international politics. Moreover, for individuals - the astrological house in which the eclipse takes place will be affected up to 6 months. If the eclipse falls around the same degree of a planet in the individual's horoscope, then it affects that planet, and everything it represents in that person's horoscope. Besides, when the eclipse falls on the individual's Natal Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or ruler of the Ascendant, then it will severely affect that person.

Further, the constellation in which an eclipse falls also gives a hint about its effect on countries and individuals. Usually, it will have an impact on the constellation, and whatever it signifies for the next six months after the eclipse. Thus, since olden days various remedies were suggested by astrologers to neutralise the negative effects of an eclipse in each constellation. In the eastern parts of the world, especially India, several people fast during the eclipse period, and also chant mantras related to the constellation in which the eclipse is occurring. Whereas in the western regions of the globe, many people meditate and utter religious hymns.

From ages, eclipses have signified changes in our life. So, next time when an eclipse occurs, just get ready to face the challenges, and grab the opportunities. Remember -  when one door closes - another opens.