Rare Total Solar Eclipse: Steps to Well-Being and Exclusive Ceremonies

Rare Total Solar Eclipse: Steps to Well-Being and Exclusive Ceremonies

    According to Vedic astrology, eclipses aren’t a time for being outdoors or even less, hosting a picnic. The upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, is considered a rare event when several planets will be aligned to cause a temporary yet complete obfuscation of solar light. What’s happening The Sun, the Moon and the north lunar node Rahu— an invisible yet powerful energy that is responsible for the eclipse—will be together in the sign ruled by the Sun, Leo. This is also the 5th natural house of creativity, divine intelligence, performing arts and politics. The Sun rules our vitality, general well-being, success and governmental figures. The Moon rules the mind, our emotions, water, and mother figures.     Rahu is fast and electric and can bring fear, surprises and tension. Adding to this trio, Mercury retrograde will also be in Leo. Mercury rules your intellect, communication and business. According to the classical texts of Vedic astrology, an eclipse is not a positive omen for the countries in which the eclipse is fully visible. It’s also considered inauspicious for world governments, as the Sun is the planet representing rulers and VIPs. Moreover, Saturn—the enemy of the Sun and planet of delays and old age—is influencing Leo and therefore this eclipse. What to do Do not view the eclipse directly, even if wearing sunglasses. If possible, avoid or reduce your exposure to the outdoors during the eclipse (especially if you’re pregnant or recovering from illness). Do not begin new, important activities such as launching a special project or making large investments on August 21, the actual eclipse day. Do...

Ancestor Adventures Continue

We may especially need help with balance during this two week period called Mahalaya or the time that the ancestors are close to the earth plane.  The ancestors can upset or bother us at this time so we have to continue to offer the tarpanam to them. Learn how. AstroVed and Pillai Center are still offering services for the last half of this time period. Learn more. Sucharita gave us lively insights on the Mahalaya Paksha. Sucharita tells us to pay attention to signs that come to us from other dimensions.  Be aware that the ancestors are constantly trying to thwart us in our forward progress.  They want to be fed!  And they will bother us until we pay attention to them. Navaratri or the Nine Nights of the Goddess is coming up.  She tells us that the Goddess energy needs to be woken up inside of all of us, both men and women.  Read about this event in the “Upcoming Events” section below.  The Goddess energy is the energy that is caring and wants to create comfort and abundance in our lives. This is the motherly unconditional love that we all desire. The first three nights are for Durga (energy and power), 2nd three nights are for Lakshmi (abundance) and the 3rd three nights are for Saraswati (wisdom). Important Upcoming Events: The final week of Mahalaya (Ancestors’ Fortnight) Sept 17 – 30, 2016 All your ancestors will be with you during these two weeks, and they can bring you gifts if they are in a good place. This is the second week of the Mahalaya Paksha.  Your tarpanam...

Sun in Virgo – Cleaning Up, Moving on Up

The Sun is a star with a tremendous amount of light and intelligence. In Vedic Astrology, Sun symbolizes your soul, activity, the king, and your father. From September 16th through October 16th, Sun will be transiting through Virgo. Virgo is the most practical and detail-oriented of the signs. It is ruled by Mercury, a planet of intellect, communication, business, and wealth. In Sanskrit, Virgo is called Kanya. Virgo is symbolized by a virgin in a boat with grains in one hand and a light in the other. The virgin symbolizes purity and love of the Goddess energy. Grains are the staff of life, which show us that Virgo energy includes being in touch with how to survive. Light is higher consciousness. Sun in Virgo is going to give you the energy to pay attention to and take action to perfect the practical details of life. Jupiter is also transiting Virgo, bringing wisdom and blessings into the process. Virgo brings in energies of striving for perfection, managing the details, doing service, health, purification, and impeccability. It can give you a strong mind to remember facts and details. Logical thinking including analyzing and criticizing, and technical knowledge thrive here. Another important theme for Virgo is perfection through purification. Be careful not to go into worry or excessive criticism. Embrace your intelligence and skills. Virgo reminds us that deep within matter is pure Divine energy. Virgo is associated with Goddess energy, including siddhi (supernatural) powers. The powerful 9 Nights of the Goddess, or Navaratri, will be bringing in a flood of Goddess energy beginning October 1st. Virgo is the natural 6th house...

Vedic Winter Solstice

This week Sucharita urged everyone to continually keep the “attitude of gratitude and positivity!” When we complain and see the negativities in our lives, then that is exactly what we create! Allow yourself to go deeper in your practices and let go of all that you think is holding you back. Then start taking the steps that you need to take to attain that what you want. Get prepared and it will happen. Write your goals down, keep a journal, make a vision board – do whatever you can to remember your goals. All these steps are preparatory to manifesting your desires. Then you will be ready to accept the things that will come to you. Read about the Rahu/Ketu Transit on AstroVed, where remedies and a Rahu/Ketu Transit Report are available. Free general predictions are available too at the link above. You will be able to see how this transit is going to be impacting your life as the weeks and months go by. This is a big and important transit and we should be aware of what’s coming up so we can be prepared. Ketu rules Aquarius and this will bring in the energy of healing to the whole planet. Things will start being revealed all over the earth that will improve our situations. Rahu is moving into Leo and this means that these changes are going to be happening in a big way. The Sun will enter Capricorn on January 15th IST, and this is called the Vedic Winter Solstice. As the Sun starts to move northward in the zodiac, it signals the end of darkness...

Attitude of Gratitude

As Mahalaya concludes and the 9 Nights of the Goddess (Navaratri) commence on October 13th, the keywords for this week are thanksgiving and attitude of gratitude. Are you grateful to have woken up to the real purpose of your life? To have found a great master to help you navigate this journey? Are you grateful to be alive at this time during the greatest evolution of the earth and all her inhabitants? Are you grateful for every single thing in your lives, even if it’s the most difficult lesson you have to learn? These are the things that will move you forward on your spiritual path. Watch Dr. Pillai’s videos on Mahalaya here. Dr. Pillai says that if you do tarpanam, you will begin to attract what you need to be successful in this life. It is highly recommended to do the tarpanam ritual at home every day. Learn how to offer tarpanam to your ancestors here. Navaratri or The Nine Nights of the Goddess will start right after Mahalaya completes. In India, it will be from October 13 -21st IST. Learn more about Navaratri here. Enjoy listening to this week’s Meditation featuring Goddess mantras and the lively Q&A Discussion. Coming up next week: Sun in Libra Astrological Forecast.   Click Here for the Discussion and Here for the Meditation audios. Sign up to receive call-in details and weekly practice tips. If you are interested in scheduling a one to one personal Coaching with Sucharita, you are welcome to send a request to sundayswithsucharita@pillaicenter.com or...