“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.”_ Victor Hugo
Rebirthing, we are all in constant reinvention, down to the very cells of our body constantly regenerating themselves… Like nature itself, we too go through cyclical periods in our life, some more constant and significant than others.
However, as nature, we too are subject to major energy recycling and upgrades.
Being a Scorpio, I’m very used to the word rebirth, so with the Spring equinox together with a full solar eclipse coming up on March the 20th, I’ve got a little experience to share with you all.
Last year, in April 2014, we had a solar eclipse. It was the very first time I decided to embrace the energy and power of this phenomenon and meditate on it. I wasn’t prepared for the power of the Kundalini awakening. I searched online for a meditation on it, and I came across the following link:
I felt very connected to the meditation and went to bed after it. While sleeping, my body started to burn up. I was dreaming about the sun.. I was sunbathing on its energy, and I love sunbathing, so I thought it was a cool dream to have together with the solar eclipse.
I woke up in the middle of the night and I felt sunburnt and very hot. I also had a fever.. I didn’t know what was going on. But I knew something strange was taking place. In the following 7 days I was very ill, burning up in bed with fever and no energy. I cried and I was weak; I needed help looking after myself. It has always been hard for me to ask for help as I’m “so independent”.. The fact is I never like to show my weak side or softness, and I try to hide it.
This experience taught me a lot about myself and my fears, as well as a strong energetic upgrade in my body frequency as well as intuitive sensitivity.
I didn’t even know about Kundalini Yoga or the Kundalini energy itself, but it found me…
It took over my body; it knew what I was looking for. Rebirth, connection to mother earth, letting go of the old and surrendering to the sun.
Later in the year, in October 2014, I had a series of upgrades, and guess what was happening during that time? Again, another solar eclipse. The same events pushed me into Kundalini and I started practicing Kundalini Yoga, which led me to a whole new frequency and way of being.
I guess in modern times, people forget the power of these events and how much we can use, connect and benefit from them.
This year again, and in double dose with the Solar eclipse together with the spring equinox, will allow those who want to surrender to the source use this energy in their favour and upgrade their body’s energy.
The changes are already in the air, I’ve heard from others experiencing the same intensity such as losing track of time, it seems time has been in super speed; there are also people reporting intense night experiences, being woken up by light – this is reserved to awaken and non-awaken people.
The fact is the energy is in the air. Believe it or not. It has a major impact in our inner and collective system. Even from a scientific point of view, the sun is responsible for life on earth as well as mutations in conjunction to evolution itself.
“Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution.” _Stephen Hawking
“There is no science in this world like physics. Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you. It’s the laws of physics that allow us to say exactly what time the sun is going to rise. What time the eclipse is going to begin. What time the eclipse is going to end.”- Neil deGrasse Tyson
The first of two eclipse seasons for the year is upon us this month, and kicks off with the only total solar eclipse for 2015 on Friday, March 20th.
And what a bizarre eclipse it is. Not only does this eclipse begin just 15 hours prior to the March equinox marking the beginning of astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere, but the shadow of totality also beats path through the high Arctic and ends over the North Pole.
Already, umbraphiles — those who chase eclipses — are converging on the two small tracts of terra firma where the umbra of the Moon makes landfall: the Faroe and Svalbard islands. All of Europe, the northern swath of the African continent, north-central Asia and the Middle East will see a partial solar eclipse, and the eclipse will be deeper percentage-wise the farther north you are .
2015 features four eclipses in all: two total lunars and two solars, with one total solar and one partial solar eclipse. Four is the minimum number of eclipses that can occur in a calendar year, and although North America misses out on the solar eclipse action this time ’round, most of the continent gets a front row seat to the two final total lunar eclipses of the ongoing tetrad on April 4th and September 28th.
How rare is a total solar eclipse on the vernal equinox? Well, the last total solar eclipse on the March equinox occurred back in 1662 on March 20th. There was also a hybrid eclipse — an eclipse which was annular along a portion of the track, and total along another — on March 20th, 1681. But you won’t have to wait that long for the next, as another eclipse falls on the northward equinox on March 20th, 2034.
Note that in the 21st century, the March equinox falls on March 20th, and will start occasionally falling on March 19th in 2044. We’re also in that wacky time of year where North America has shifted back to ye ‘ole Daylight Saving (or Summer) Time, while Europe makes the change after the eclipse on March 29th. It really can wreak havoc with those cross-time zone plans, we know…
The March 20th eclipse also occurs only a day after lunar perigee, which falls on March 19th at 19:39 UT. This is also one of the closer lunar perigees for 2015 at 357,583 kilometres distant, though the maximum duration of totality for this eclipse is only 2 minutes and 47 seconds just northeast of the Faroe Islands.
This eclipse is number 61 of 71 in solar saros series 120, which runs from 933 to 2754 AD. It’s also the second to last total in the series, with the final total solar eclipse for the saros cycle occurring one saros later on March 30th, 2033.
And speaking of obscure eclipse terminology, check out this neat compendium we came across in research. What’s an Exeligmos? How many Heptons are in a Gregoriana?
The 462 kilometre wide path of the eclipse touches down south of Greenland at 9:13 UT at sunrise, before racing across the North Atlantic towards the pole and departing the Earth at 10:21 UT. The sedate partial phases for the eclipse worldwide start at 7:40 UT, and run out to 11:51 UT.
What would it look like to sit at the North Pole and watch a total solar eclipse on the first day of Spring? It would be a remarkable sight, as the disk of the Sun skims just above the horizon for the first time since the September 2014 equinox. Does this eclipse occur at sunrise or sunset as seen from the pole? It would be a rare spectacle indeed!
Alas, this unique view from the pole will more than likely go undocumented. A similar eclipse was caught in 2003 from the Antarctic, and a few intrepid eclipse chasers, including author David Levy did manage to make the journey down under to witness totality from the polar continent.
Safety is paramount when observing the Sun and a solar eclipse. Eye protection is mandatory during all partial phases across Europe, northern Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. A proper solar filter mask constructed of Baader safety film is easy to construct, and should fit snugly over the front aperture of a telescope. No. 14 welder’s goggles are also dense enough to look at the Sun, as are safety glasses specifically designed for eclipse viewing. Observing the Sun via projection or by using a pinhole projector is safe and easy to do.
Weather is always the big variable in the days leading up to any eclipse. Unfortunately, March in the North Atlantic typically hosts stormy skies, and the low elevation of the eclipse in the sky may hamper observations as well. From the Faroe Islands, the Sun sits 18 degrees above the horizon during totality, while from the Svalbard Islands it’s even lower at 12 degrees in elevation. Much of Svalbard is also mountainous, making for sunless pockets of terrain that will be masked in shadow on eclipse day. Mean cloud amounts for both locales run in the 70% range, and the Eclipser website hosts a great in-depth climatology discussion for this and every eclipse.
But don’t despair: you only need a clear view of the Sun to witness an eclipse!
Solar activity is also another big variable. Witnesses to the October 23rd, 2014 partial solar eclipse over the U.S. southwest will recall that we had a massive and very photogenic sunspot turned Earthward at the time. The Sun has been remarkably calm as of late, though active sunspot region 2297 is developing nicely. It will have rotated to the solar limb come eclipse day, and we should have a good grasp on what solar activity during the eclipse will look like come early next week.
And speaking of which: could an auroral display be in the cards for those brief few minutes of totality? It’s not out of the question, assuming the Sun cooperates. Of course, the pearly white corona of the Sun still gives off a considerable amount of light during totality, equal to about half the brightness of a Full Moon. Still, witnessing two of nature’s grandest spectacles — a total solar eclipse and the aurora borealis — simultaneously would be an unforgettable sight, and to our knowledge, has never been documented!
We also put together some simulations of the eclipse as seen from Earth and space:
Note that an area of southern Spain may witness a transit of the International Space Station during the partial phase of the eclipse. This projection is tentative, as the orbit of the ISS evolves over time. Be sure to check CALSky for accurate predictions in the days leading up to the eclipse.
Can’t make it to the eclipse? Live in the wrong hemisphere? There are already a few planned webcasts for the March 20th eclipse:
–Astronomia Practica plans to post photos in near real time of the eclipse from northern Scotland.
And stay tuned, as North America and the Pacific region will witness another total lunar eclipse on April 4th 2014. And we’ve only got one more total solar eclipse across Southeast Asia in 2016 before the total solar eclipse of August 21st 2017 spanning the U.S.