Total Lunar Eclipse of 8th October 2014

Lunar Eclipse
The total lunar eclipse which occurs on 8th October 2014 will be visible in the region covering the Americas, Australia and Asia including India.

Note: Although the eclipse will occur in these areas yet the visibility will obviously be subject to weather conditions.

Before we discuss the eclipse which occurs on 8th October 2014 let us understand the three possible types of lunar eclipses.

Three Types of Lunar Eclipses …

A lunar eclipse occurs on a full Moon night when the Sun, our Earth and the Moon all three come in a line. But this does not occur on every full Moon and happens only when the Sun comes close to one of the nodes viz. Rahu or Ketu and the Moon comes close to the other node. Whether the eclipse is Penumbral, Partial or Total depends upon the degree of closeness of the Sun and the Moon with the nodes.


The shadow of the earth where the light of the Sun is totally blocked is shown more dark in the above sketch and is called Umbra. On both sides of Umbra are areas where the Sun’s light is partially blocked and these are Penumbra (shown as less dark). Moon on its orbit is shown moving from the position 1 (No Eclipse) to 2 (Penumbral Eclipse) 3 (Partial Eclipse) and 4 (Total Eclipse).

Total Lunar Eclipse Occurs on 8th October 2014 …

The lunar eclipse of 8th October 2014 will be total but the Moon shall gradually pass through various phases as described below:


M1: The Moon shall enter a light shaded area called Penumbra at 13:44 IST viz.

M2: The Moon remains in Penumbral area till 14:45 IST and then starts entering the Umbra region. So this is the time from which the total eclipse begins.

M3: The complete Moon enters this Umbra region at 15:55IST and starts leaving it at 16:55 IST. The peak of total eclipse or maximum of total eclipse viz. M3 position is at 16:25 IST

M4: The Moon leaves the Umbra region which means the total eclipse ends at 18:05 IST

M5: The Moon leaves the Penumbral region at 19:05 IST

From the above phases we conclude that the Total Lunar Eclipse (M3) is from 15:55 IST to 16:55 IST, that is for duration of 1 hour.

Let me describe relation between the standard time followed in India (IST) and that followed globally (UTC/GMT).

In India we follow IST which is Indian Standard Time; it is the same throughout India and not varies from locality to locality.

Universally accepted time is GMT which is Greenwich Mean Time and refers to the time at a place called Greenwich in England at 0o longitude. GMT is also referred to as UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). The IST is 5hrs 30 minutes ahead of UTC/GMT. So for example when in India it is 2 PM then at that time it is 08:30 AM as per GMT or UTC.

Astrological Importance of Lunar Eclipse …

Astrologically an eclipse is believed to affect only those living the areas where an eclipse is visible. Here let me clarify that by ‘Visible’ is meant the area covered by the eclipse and does not refer to its visibility due to weather conditions.

During the present eclipse of 8th October 2014 the Moon will be in the zodiac sign of Pisces and constellation (Nakshatra)Utrabhadrapad / Revatiof planet Saturn and Mercury respectively

Since the eclipse takes place in the Utrabhadrapad / RevatiNakshatra therefore for effects of the eclipse we should consider the time period for which the Moon will be in Utrabhadrapad / RevatiNakshatra viz. till 07:12 AM IST on 9th October 2014

Who Needs to Take Care?

You need to take care if any of the following conditions are met as per your birth chart:
If in your chart there are malefic planets in the Pisces sign. Or falling under Utrabhadrapad and Revatinakshatras

If Saturnand Mercury are not favourable as per your birth chart

If Moon is weak or afflicted in your birth chart

If any one or more of the above conditions are met then you need not have any undue fear in the mind but only advised to follow the following suggestions:

Till 7:12 AM IST on 9th October 2014 avoid taking any important decisions. If it is not avoidable then weigh all pros and cons of a situation and only after detailed analysis of the matter take any decision. Also in this period avoid investing money in any project and lending it to others if possible.

On the morning of 9th October 2014 at sunrise take a refreshing bath and sit calmly in a peaceful place and recite at least 108 times the mantra, “Om NamahaShivaye”. During this time avoid discussions and arguments with others.

Article by:Jyotirvid Pawan Kumar

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