Dark days ahead?
By: B V Shiva Shankar
With a series of six triple eclipses starting July, astrologers predict tumultous times|
The world will witness a series of triple eclipses, beginning next month. And astrologers are divided on this rare astronomical event's effects.
The first series of the triple eclipses will begin with a lunar eclipse on July 7, followed by a solar eclipse on July 22, and another lunar eclipse on August 7. Six more such triple eclipses will occur over the next decade,
While some astrologers like S K Jain and Daivajna K N Somayaji say these eclipses portend disasters, others like K M Krishnamurthy predict no major changes.
Back to back? The first in the series of triple eclipses will begin on July 7.
"It is a natural astronomical phenomenon and no significance can be attached to it," said Krishnamurthy.
"Good and bad things are happening and they will continue to happen anyway. All I can say is that it is a rare astronomical event.
But said Jain, "The eclipse influences the sea level and the water content in the human body too. This will cause some variations in the body, which would lead to various problems."
"When the solar eclipse occurs during Amavasya, it has to be watched. The Mumbai attack happened on Amavasya.
India was divided on Amavasya, if you remember," he added. "So,S the effect of Amavasya during the triple eclipses would be threefold."
Astrologer couple, Dr D K Hari and Dr Hema Hari, has authored a book on the triple eclipses.
According to them, triple eclipse series in the past have coincided with tumultuous times on earth. The first recorded triple eclipse in 3067 BCE (Before Common Era) coincided with the Kurukshetra war.
The destruction of the city of Dwaraka also coincided with another set of triple eclipse in 3031 BCE.
More recently, in the first half of the 20th century, there were a series of triple eclipses between 1910 and 1945, which coincided with events like World Wars I and II, the Holocaust and the nuclear bombings in Japan.
"There are positive effects of the triple eclipse as well," said Hari.
"The Mahabharat gave birth to Bhagavad Gita, and after the World War II UNO was established. All bad things that happen are for the good and the ultimate effect of the triple eclipses will be