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Monitoring sun spot activity may be new to us, yet it was well known to the ancients of India. Currently, sun spots are monitored for their effect upon the earth’s atmosphere. The ancients of India also monitored solar activity, attributing meaning to the array of patterns formed, and their effect on weather and political situations.

Today we pay little attention to the meaning of sun spots beyond the fact they occur and can affect the visibility of the aurora borealis, or Northern lights as they are commonly called. Is it possible we are missing out on something that could be important?

The importance and meaning of sun spots are discussed in the Narada Purāna[i]. Not only was the shape of the sun spot important, so was its color. In addition, the ancients placed importance on the strength of the Sun’s rays, their color and angles as reflected on the clouds and the season in which such variation occurred.

The reader is encouraged to check out http://spaceweather.com to find numerous examples of color, effect and the range of activity shown by the sun. It may be interesting to monitor solar activity, or inactivity, with what is occurring on our planet at the same time. Correlating solar activity with political, environmental and personal events might prove interesting. We know it’s a fact our communication systems are fragile in the face of high solar activity. What else might we find affected?

Maybe the ancients did know some things we have yet to discover?

[i] Narada Purāna, Volume 16, part 2. P. 778 – 779