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February 7th 2008 - Why Solar Eclipses are so significant in the Chinese Calendar

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You might have noticed on the Desktop Tong Shu calendar that we often have the Sun and Moon Eclipses marked out. Since one of the two important Calendars in Chinese civilization, namely the Lunar Calendar, is based on the Moon (the other calendar is the Solar Calendar), the Chinese calendars are probably the most accurate source on the timing of astrological phenomenon such as eclipses.

But it begs the question: why is it important to know if there is an eclipse going on?

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Most forms of Astrology, place a great deal of emphasis on the Sun and the Moon. In Chinese Astrology, the Sun is Yang and the Moon is Yin and they are regarded as the only two stars in the constellation that can emit light. Thus, when an eclipse of the Sun or Moon takes place, all Yang or all Yin is blocked out momentarily during that point in time. In Chinese Astrology, a sun eclipse is regarded as being worse than a moon eclipse - this is because Yang energy is required by all living beings and when a Sun eclipse occurs, Yang energy to Earth is momentarily interrupted. It also falls in-line with astrological findings that the Moon doesn’t actually emit its own light, but merely reflects the light of the Sun.

Per Chinese Astrology, it is strongly advisable to avoid going outdoors during a Sun Eclipse or to observe the phenomenon at all. Being outdoors during a Sun Eclipse is a one-way ticket to bad luck within 3 months. The ancient Chinese Astrologers specifically advised against any direct look at the eclipse.

Modern science tells us why this is a bad idea: exposure of the eye to the Sun’s rays during an eclipse (it is not possible to look at the sun when it is not in eclipse) can result in visual impairment and blindness. That does sound a bit like bad luck.

To actually understand the actual nature of the ‘bad luck’ involved requires an understanding of the Tian Xing or Heavenly Stars. One would need to know the negative stars in the constellation at that specific point in time, and the person’s exact location (latitude and longtitude). And the person needs to have either taken a direct look at the eclipse OR have been in the path of the eclipse before they have their one way ticket to bad luck.

Although there are safe methods to observe a sun eclipse, it is not advisable to actually observe the eclipse outdoors (or at all, if you want to play it safe).Being indoors, inside your home, at the time of the eclipse, is perfectly safe.

Exposure to the effect of a Sun Eclipse, can be part of the reason why two people with the same BaZi charts, encounter different paths at a certain point in time. This is because Person A and Person B are influenced by different Heavenly Stars or Tian Xing at that point in time, based on their geographical location.

The sun eclipse that takes place on February 7th 2008 is only what is known as an annular eclipse and is not a total sun eclipse. So it is not that bad. Now because it falls on the 1st Day of Chinese New Year, it does not mean that the entire year is cursed or anything so outrageous. For that matter, because it is only a partial eclipse, you don’t need to stay indoors either. Go about your activities as usual.

The next total eclipse of the Sun takes place on August 1 2008 – needless to say, THAT is not a day to get up to any important activities, especially outdoors!

If you want to see what a solar eclipse or lunar eclipse looks like, look at some pictures on the Internet!

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