Solar Eclipse of October 25
Vedic astrology meaning of the solar eclipse
There is an upcoming solar eclipse on October 25th at 1:59 AM Pacific time. It will not be visible in the United States, but as you can see from this map, Eastern Europe, including Russia and Ukraine, as well as much of Asia will be in its shadow.
This eclipse is taking place in the lunar mansion of Swati which is ruled by Vayu, the deity associated with wind.
In the Vedic tradition, Vayu is known for its profound power to purify or cleanse, and of course, is also associated with breathing. Vayu’s incredible force and sometimes violent movements earn him the name “most powerful.”
Vayu works with Indra, the king of the gods, to assist in the destruction of enemies and adversaries. In one post-Vedic legend, Vayu helps Agni (fire) to burn a forest down with thousands of creatures residing there.
Our whole modern culture is strongly affected by this wind energy, with constant communication being the norm – texting, talking, lots of travel and movement.
As so many of us are already in an excessive Vayu state, this transit can bring about Vata/Vayu issues connected with Vata dosha in Ayurveda, especially affecting the nervous system and respiratory system with breathlessness, heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, and emotional instability.
On an individual level, the discursive mind which creates karma based on its perceptions and reactions rides on the wind element, according to Buddhist teachings. When the wind elements is stirred up it can lead to anxiety and stress. We may feel uneasy, ungrounded, restless, or impulsive.
What can we do during this time to work with these eclipse energies?
• Stay quiet, grounded, and centered as much as possible. Don’t move around or travel if it isn’t necessary.
• Eat regular meals with heavier foods that include fats and proteins
• Keep your mind stable and clear through meditation and prayer
• Spend time in nature. Walk barefoot on the earth if you can.
• Practices involving breathwork such as pranayama are also very good.
If you would like to understand this eclipse’s influence on a global level, please read on.
The wind element can be a powerful force behind catastrophes such as wildfires and floods. Unpredictable things can happen during an eclipse associated with the lunar mansion of the eclipse, in this case, strong and unpredictable winds.
Recent examples of Vayu in action include the winds that blew fires in California led to much destruction of life and property in this past month, and of the winds that drove hurricane Ian also caused massive amounts of flooding loss of life and loss of property.
There was an unpredictable quality present in these events, such as Hurricane Ian not following its expected course. When this happens during wildfires, it makes them more destructive and dangerous.
Another quality of Vayu is that it is always moving, has unbounded energy, and desires the freedom to roam at will throughout the world. He is also known as the outcast and never stays very long in one place and long enough to develop a sense of abiding or belonging.
These traits, along with the destructive aspects toward adversaries mentioned earlier, can give extra impetus to autocrats and dictators who wish to extend their boundaries during this time.
As eclipses can start giving results a month or so before, and last a couple of months afterwards, we may already be seeing the results of this eclipse in Russia.
Unfortunately, it is somewhat likely that things will be stirred up on a geo-political level during this time as we are already in a dangerous situation including the threat of nuclear weapons.
Another strong factor is the annual debilitation of the sun as it moves through the sign of Libra and Swati from mid-October through mid-November, with it being eclipsed as well as debilitated this year.
The sun represents Dharma and consistency which is natural law and truth. It's interesting that Halloween, which celebrates the subconscious dark scary side of things, takes place during the annual debilitation of the sun.
The sun is debilitated at 10 degrees Libra and this eclipse is taking place very close to that, at 8 degrees Libra. This is definitely a strong affliction to the sun and all that it represents.
What can we expect during a time when the sun is not only debilitated but also eclipsed? It is a good time for us to examine our own shadow sides, but it also gives the opportunity for the shadow side of the world to also become more apparent.
At this crucial moment in world history, when the possibility of global destruction is apparent, it is important to remember the power of prayer and positive intentions for steering our collective karma away from the brink of annihilation, and towards an auspicious future of peace, well-being, and spiritual maturity.
It would help if we all take this as a personal responsibility and make fervent prayers and wishes for world peace.
You can message me for links to a special prayer to avert nuclear war, if you are interested.
Vedic Astrologer, Homeopath, mother, grandmother, and Director of the Caduceus Institute of Classical Homeopathy.