Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Precautions For Pregnant Women, Remedies & More!

Lunar Eclipse 2024: This blog is dedicated to the worldwide impacts and the negative impacts of the Lunar Eclipse on pregnant women as well as the worldwide impacts which is set to occur on the 25th of March. Astrosage endeavors to bring the latest and important happenings of the Arcane world of astrology for its readers so that they can get their hands at the finest quality content and first hand information about all possible tools of divination from astrology, to tarot, numerology, etc. 

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As per the Panchang the lunar eclipse this year will occur on the 25th of March, 2024 starting at 10:23 am in the morning and extend until 3:02 pm in the evening. It is noteworthy that this eclipse will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, which means that Earth’s shadow will hide the lunar surface to a certain extent only and not completely. 

What Is The Lunar Eclipse?

During a lunar eclipse, Earth gets in the way of the Sun’s light hitting the Moon. That means that during the night, a full moon fades away as Earth’s shadow covers it up.  While the Earth revolves around the Sun in a fixed orbit, the Moon orbits the Earth. The continuous interaction of these movements, combined with the Earth’s rotation on its axis, creates the alternating cycles of day and night. 

When the Earth, Sun, and Moon align in a straight line, the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow, and from our perspective on Earth, it appears as if the Moon is partially obscured or dimmed. This extraordinary phenomenon is known as a Lunar Eclipse. In the year 2024, such an eclipse event is anticipated, which we will refer to as Lunar Eclipse 2024.

What Is Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned. When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface and covers all or part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow.  

In astronomical terms, No part of the moon is in the Earth’s umbra during this event. The penumbra causes a subtle dimming of the lunar surface, which is only visible to the naked eye when about 70% of the Moon’s diameter has immersed into Earth’s penumbra. 

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Lunar Eclipse 2024: Visibility & Time

TithiDay & DateBeginning Of the Lunar Eclipse 2024 (IST)End of The Lunar Eclipse 2024 (IST)Places Where Lunar Eclipse Will Be Visible
Purnima of the Shukla Paksha of the Phalguna monthMonday, March 25th, 202310:23 AM3:02 PMIreland, England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, South Norway, Switzerland, North and South America, Japan, the eastern part of Russia, and Western Australia, excluding the rest of Australia and most of Africa.(Not visible in India)

Note: It is worth noting that the time given in the table above for Eclipse 2024 are based on Indian Standard Time. As mentioned above, because this time it will be a penumbral lunar eclipse. Therefore it will not be called or considered as an actual eclipse. Hence, we as individuals will not be bound by any obligations to observe the Sutak period or any religious activities associated with it. Moreover, this Penumbral Eclipse will not be visible in India, so everyone here can go about doing their daily activities without any hindrance. 

Lunar Eclipse 2024: Impact On Pregnant Women & Balarishta Dosha 

Pregnancy is the most blessed period in a woman’s life, where she plays the nurturer for the little baby one in her womb. As a mother to be , a woman so far protected, for the first time plays a protector. No matter what it calls for, she assures nothing adverse affects the new life that she bears in her womb for nine months. These nine months are crucial for the well being of both the mother and child and decides the health of the child in time to come. This time Moon & Ketu will conjunct in the sign of Virgo in Uttara Phalguni nakshatra. Thus, giving rise to the Balarishta Dosha, which can lead to major health issues for infants and toddlers alike. 

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Going by ancient astrological beliefs, Rahu and Ketu are malefic planets. Legend has it that once there was a strife between Rahu (Asura ) and the Devatas (Gods ) both wanting to claim “Amrit” for immortality and because Rahu wanted to become immortal, so he disguised himself as a ‘Devta’  and had a drop of ‘Amrit’ before Surya and Chandra Dev recognized him and Vishnu beheaded him. Thus, giving rise to two ‘Chaya Grahas’ Rahu and Ketu. Since then Rahu and Ketu cast their evil shadows on both the Sun and the Moon which gives rise to eclipses. It is this legend that gives rise to the traditional belief that ‘Grahan Kaal” is an inauspicious period during which evil forces are active , especially harmful for pregnant women. 

There are a lot of precautions women need to take during pregnancy to ensure delivery of a healthy baby. You must have heard from your grandparents and elderly woman at home that “Grahan Kaal “is not good for pregnant women. Most of us consider all this as superstition but ask an astrologer and you will know the basis of this age old belief. There are no clear scientific facts that proves that Grahan effects pregnant women. Some researchers talk about the damage caused to offspring of animals to support their claim about the evil effects of Grahan on pregnant women. All these researches are inconclusive, however as they say “it’s better to be safe than sorry”, let us have a quick look at some of the precautions you should consider taking as a mom to be.

Lunar Eclipse 2024: Precautions For Pregnant Women

  1. During a lunar eclipse, pregnant women stay indoors as it is believed that harmful rays emitted during this period could harm the growing fetus.
  2. Pregnant women are also advised to use any sharp objects, such as blades, scissors, etc.
  3. People generally avoid eating anything during the lunar eclipse. However, pregnant women are allowed to eat fresh fruits or satvik food and to take medicines.
  4. Pregnant women are advised to keep the windows and doors covered during the lunar eclipse.
  5. Engaging  in meditation and chanting mantras during lunar eclipse would prove effective for pregnant women.
  6. Pregnant women are advised to take baths before and after the lunar eclipse to avoid any negative effects.

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  1. Pregnant women should not wear any metallic jewelry, including bangles, pins, safety pins, etc.
  2. Sleeping during a moon eclipse is strictly prohibited.
  3. As the Sutak period does not apply for this Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, therefore it is not a compulsion for pregnant women to follow all these rules but they can if they wish to.
  4. Chanting Mantras or Bhajans and engaging in the worship of gods would help keep everyone (and not just pregnant women) away from mental stress or anxiety, thus, keeping mental issues at bay.

Lunar Eclipse 2024: Worldwide Impacts

  • The Lunar Eclipse in March will occur on the Shukla Paksha of Phalguna month. 
  • As this lunar eclipse will fall in the Phalguna month there could be an occurrence of natural disasters around this time across the globe.
  • Suicide cases or accidental deaths across the globe may increase around the time of Lunar Eclipse but may not affect India the same way.
  • People working in sectors like Accounts & finance, business, pharmaceutical industry, etc may face troubles during this time.
  • In India, states like Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh,  Karnataka and some regions of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, etc might face water related issues.
  • Doctors, healers and the individuals engaged in business might experience a slowdown in their profession as a result of this Lunar Eclipse’s placement in Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra.

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  • The Lunar Eclipse in March falls on a Monday ruled by the Moon, therefore, the  cabinet members of state governments may face troubles in getting their work done or may face opposition from the masses. Many areas of the nation may see a spike in thefts or accidents.
  • Since this Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 2024 will fall in Virgo and Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra, those born under this sign and in this constellation will be most affected.
  • The Moon will be under the impact of Rahu-Ketu and planets like Mars and the Sun will aspect it, making it potentially unlucky from an astrological perspective. Due to this, there may be a great deal of rain and famine-like conditions in some areas across the globe.
  • India, on the other hand may have to face conflicts or an adverse situation from foreign lands or foreign countries.
  • The Lunar Eclipse 2024 will impact people with Virgo zodiac sign or those born under the Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra would need to pay extra attention in this case because the eclipse’s side effects could be bothersome.

Lunar Eclipse 2024: Impactful Remedies

  • Reciting the Moon’s Beej Mantra “Om Shraam Shreem Shraum Sah Chandraya Namah” during the eclipse period is highly advantageous, as the Moon holds significance for every individual.
  • Making donations in the name of Rahu-Ketu would prove beneficial for natives.
  • Reciting Lord Shiva’s Maha Mrityunjaya mantra during Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will  be highly beneficial for those suffering from serious illnesses.
  • If you are going through a severe crisis, recite the Hanuman Chalisa during the eclipse.
  • After the lunar eclipse it is recommended to offer donations, particularly items such as black sesame seeds, mustard, wheat, rice, sugar, white clothing, and Satnaja, in the name of a holy fire.
  • After the eclipse, you may also take a dip in a sacred river such as Ganga, Yamuna, etc. 

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