Strawberry Moon Eclipse: Chandra Grahan 2020 Facts & Myths

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With an understated penumbral eclipse resuming on 5th June 2020, the Strawberry Moon is making stargazers swoon over the sight of this celestial beauty and astrologers distressed about the cosmic effect on the health and wealth of 12 zodiac signs.

Unlike a total lunar eclipse, penumbral lunar eclipse befalls when an imperfect alignment between the Sun, Earth and the Moon develops a shadow block (by Earth); thwarting the sunlight falling over the Moon. The penumbra (Earth’s shadow) is duller than the real dark shadow of the Earth that makes a chunk of the Moon appear dimmer than the rest. Essentially invisible to the naked eye, the very fine penumbral eclipse will last for 3 hours 18 minutes and 13 seconds.

Regions Seeing Parts of Eclipse

Much of Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, Brazil and Argentina can witness the 5th June 2020 penumbral eclipse in its entirety.  

Chandra Grahan 2020: What to Expect

A major influencer of the Chandra Grahan, Rahu is considered deceitful, treacherous and ambitious due to its shadowy characteristics as per Hindu astrology. Sharing a toxic relationship with Sun and the Moon, Rahu is responsible to bring diseases of schizophrenia and hallucinations when associated with the Moon and negatively influences the qualities of Sun (name, fame and wealth).

‘The occurrence of this phenomena in a coon’s age (857 years) depicts an upcoming evil and destruction. The shady qualities of Rahu coupled with the most powerful cosmic rays of the June 2020 Chandra Grahan is likely to affect the health, wealth and relationships.’, said a renowned Melbourne-based astrologer, Pandit D. Narayan in an interview.

Pundit D. Narayan strongly asserts, ‘this lethal celestial show doesn’t end here. The three eclipses in a month (5th June 2020, 21st June 2020 and 5th July 2020) will aggrandize the effects of Chandra Grahan and have an astrological impact on all the astrological signs.’

Chandra Grahan 2020 Australia Timings

For the Indian denizens of Australia, Pandit D. Narayan avers it is imperative to understand to follow Australian timing. The beginning and closure of Chandra Grahan will be observed in Australia as per the Australian Time Zone.

The penumbral lunar eclipse is expected to start in India on 5th June 2020 and Australia on 6th June 2020 (based on the time zones).

Australia Chandra Grahan

  • Start Date: 6th June 2020
  • Start Time: 03:35 AM
  • Peak Time: 05:24 AM
  • End Time: 07:04 AM

Chandra Grahan 2020: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Myths

  • Do not prepare any fresh meals during the time of the eclipse 
  • Not to consume any meals during Chandra Grahan 
  • Avoid travelling during the eclipse

Chandra Grahan 2020: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Tips

Tip #1:

  • Soak one and half teaspoon of rice into two teaspoons of milk overnight.
  • Grind them together to form a paste.
  • Create religious symbols on left and right of your front door of the house using your ring finger.

Tip #2:

  • Take shower after the Chandra Grahan concludes.
  • Put one teaspoon of milk into the bath mug and pour it over your head before you take a bath.

Tip #3:

  • Prepare a bowl of firni or kheer using jaggery.

Tip #4

  • Perform the aforementioned tasks on the day of Grahan or a day before.
  • If you fail or forget to perform the task on a penumbral lunar eclipse, you can prepare yourself in advance for the two upcoming eclipses on 21st June 2020 and 5th July 2020.
  • If you’ve performed the task on a penumbral lunar eclipse, it is not mandatory to repeat it for the next eclipses until a year.  

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By Charul Singla