January 31st, 2018, a portal opens in the heavenly abode that gifts the opportunity to clear away haunting ancestral karma. The TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE invites us to pause and bring awareness to our genetic lineage and to wash away impurities and imprints that are passed on from generation to generation.
Eclipses occur in families known as SAROS series. They begin with a penumbral eclipse at either the South or the North Pole and over the course of approximately 1200 -1600 years, end at the opposite pole from where they started. The astronomy of eclipses and the SAROS series is too complicated for the purpose of this blog. However, it is important to know that the eclipse series create the geometry of a double helix strand across the earth. Thereby, mysteriously indicating that eclipse could have a potent effect on DNA and our ancestral lineage. Many traditions believed that the veil between the worlds is thin during Eclipse season. This time offers us easier access to our ancestors and to be able to do the spiritual work to heal our family line.
There are sacred prayers and chants that we practice in the tradition of Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma that heal and purify family karma both seven generations forward and seven generations back. One of these sacred chants is the 24th Pauri from the Japji Sahib known as “Ant Na Siftee”. It is described in the Sikh Legacy as “having the power to cut through limitations like a thunderbolt, that it is so powerful it affects generations and kills misfortune.”
In the lineage of Kundalini Yoga and many other spiritual disciplines, a set meditation practice for 40 consecutive days deepens the experience and effects of the meditation and is often called a personal “Sadhana”. This Eclipse portal is open for 36 consecutive days. Opening with the New Moon in Capricorn on January 17th, 2018 and closes February 21st, 2018
Bernadette Brady describes the Eclipse portal as being defined by the Sun's location at 18 degrees from the Lunar Node where the Solar Eclipse will occur (That being a partial Solar Eclipse on February 16th AEST) and closes when the Sun is 18 degrees past the node of where the Solar Eclipse occurred. Eclipses always travel in pairs, the Lunar and a Solar Eclipse constitute the pair, and it is the Solar eclipse that predetermined when the portal opens and closes. The period of the Eclipse window coincides with a personal 40-day sadhana quiet nicely, and we encourage you to learn and chant the 'Ant Na Siftee' pauri during the Eclipse portal. (words available at https://www.spiritvoyage.com/mantra/ant-na-siftee/man-000260.aspx)
Participate in an Ancestral Clearing Ceremony
If you can't make it to our Eclipse Ceremony (January 31st AEST at 5pm) on the Gold Coast, we invite you to take part in your own Eclipse Ceremony. This ceremony can be performed alone or with friends. Find a flowing river where you feel comfortable to submerge your body. Either up to your neck or just dip in your toes!
Sitting by the bank of the river start by tuning in with the Adi Mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.”
Enjoy a short Kundalini Yoga Kriya or Hatha flow. Whichever you are most familiar with. Approximately 20-30minutes of movement will suffice.
Then enter the river, ideally up to the neck. The waist or even just sitting on the bank will be acceptable especially if you have to be mindful of sharks given it is dusk and feeding time. Please enter the river mindfully using discernment and intuition.
From the water's edge or from within the river chant the Guru Gaitri Mantra or Ant Na Siftee Pauri for 62 Minutes with the hands in prayer pose at the centre of the chest.
The Guru Gaitri Mantra is a short Mantra that clears negativity, cleanses the subconscious mind and has the capacity to clear deeply seated blocks. It is a lot easier to learn than the Pauri and is recommended for beginners.
These eight sacred sounds above is the Guru Gaitri Mantra and translates to: Sustainer, Liberator, Enlightener, Infinite, Destroyer, Creator, Nameless, Desireless.
Repeat these sounds continuously in monotone for the full 62 Minutes. Upon completion seal your sacred Eclipse ceremony with the Long Time Sun Song.
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.
Repeat three times and end with three long "Sat Nam's" and then bow your forehead to touch Mother Earth, sending out a prayer for humanity as your third eye connects to the ground. Then go home and sleep deeply through the eclipse for full healing effects.
To amplify your spiritual practice continue chanting the Ant Na Siftee Pauri for the duration of the entire Eclipse window from January 17th until February 21st (AEST) or 40 days from when you started.
If you're local to the Gold Coast, we will be gathering at 5 pm and finishing up just on dark around 7: 30 pm on the night of the Eclipse.
For two hours we will immerse ourselves in yoga, chant and prayer. The first part of the event is dedicated to clearing the mind, becoming present and centred. The second part will be in the rhythmic current of the rivers life-force, washing away impurities while we chant the Guru Gaitri mantra or the Ant Na Siftee pauri for the release of ancestral miasma.
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With love in our hearts,
Dr Vanessa Strauss / Adi Shakti Kaur
A registered Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Evolutionary Astrologer, and Senior Kundalini Yoga teacher and trainer. Vanessa teaches Kundalini Yoga classes, facilitates workshops, and leads monthly astrology circles in Australia. Her teachings are based on the current astrological themes and are intended to help participants heal and connect with a more authentic part of themselves. She also offers private consultations in person and via Skype. You can get in touch with her via email