The Skeptic's Guide to Negotiating the Solar Eclipse

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On August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the United States for the first time in decades: The moon will pass in front of the sun, casting a dark shadow for several minutes in the middle of the day. This natural phenomenon is newsworthy in and of itself—but if you subscribe to astrology, there might be implications you hadn't predicted. (Spoiler: This is a really great time to take charge of your health and set new intentions—something that even those of us who don't subscribe to astrology can get behind.) To find out how the eclipse might impact our horoscopes, we turned to our resident astrologist Rose Theodora. Below, she breaks it down sign by sign.

The total solar eclipse on August 21, in Leo, is a big deal. When solar eclipses happen, they aren't usually total (exact), nor are they visible over the United States. In fact, the last visible total solar eclipse occurred in 1979. Here's the DL on everything you need to prepare:

  • It's like a new moon on steroids, so try to make the most out of it. Observing the day won't kill you. In fact, it's a scientific phenomenon that you won't want to miss. (Just be careful to avert your eyes!)
  • Expect unexpected events, news, incidents, and surrender. Remember that this isn't an isolated event; it's a continuum of planetary transits. In other words, it's the chapter of a novel, not the book itself.
  • Expect to feel weird. Eclipses are a complete alignment of the moon passing between the sun and earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun in the middle of the day for approximately three minutes. Considering that we aren't used to this and that we need light to survive, this shakes our nervous system up a bit—this is normal.
  • The sun represents our ego, our identity, and illuminates all that we consciously see. The moon is representative of our emotions and our soul. It's a subconscious light—illuminating all that we cannot see but feel. When the sun and the moon align, we experience both intensely—hence why eclipses are so intense. 
  • The eclipse is a spiritual alignment of the mind (sun) with your soul (moon) and physical body (earth).
  • Set some intentions about what you want to create in your life. This might be more peace, more fun, a better job, closer friends—whatever.
  • Let whatever isn't working go. That way, you'll make room for the new stuff heading your way.