Total Solar Eclipse: A Cosmic Phenomenon Through History

This year will be big in terms of science and astrology. A rare sighting of the total solar eclipse will be occurring on August 21st 2017 across the U.S. This years total solar eclipse falls in the zodiac sign of Leo, which is ruled by the sun. In astrology, a solar eclipse symbolizes a change or transformation. The last total solar eclipse to be seen all over the world occurred in 1918. So it’s a pretty big deal!

A total solar eclipse is when the moon covers the sun’s disk—resulting in the moon’s shadow darkening the sky. According to ancient history, the celestial event has been regarded as a state of turbulence or abandonment, hence the Greek word for eclipse: abandonment. Many cultures of ancient history exalted the sun and considered it to be a dominant force because of its powerful rays and the ability to blind you. Read on to learn more about the cultural meaning of solar eclipse through time.


In Hindu mythology, the sun represents Rahu—a mortal being whose head is cut off by the god Vishnu, as a result, becomes a serpent. After totality, Rahu swallows the sun whole.

According to Chinese mythology, there are 10 suns that travel along the sky separately. One day, they are all in the sky at one time. The Dijun sun requests an archer named Yi to shoot all the suns except for one. A dragon slowing devouring the sun is the result of the moon covering the sun.

The African myth during solar eclipse claims that the sun and moon are in a quarrel. The African people urge the sun and moon to end the fight. They see this as a sign of mending     old wounds for peace and harmony.

In Ancient Greek mythology, the solar eclipse symbolizes unhappy gods. They see this  as a sign of total catastrophe.

According to Navajo tradition, the total solar eclipse represents the universe re-calibrating. It’s a time to reflect and allow the cosmos to do its work.

There are more myths and legends about the total solar eclipse that you can explore online. One thing that every culture can agree on is that a total solar eclipse is a remarkable event. If this celestial shift inspires you to bring back harmony in your life than something good must come out of it. And remember, don’t look at the solar eclipse with your naked eye, wear protective glasses that are specifically designed for an eclipse.

Enjoy the show!