Do those eclipse glasses come in Tom Ford? (#WishfulThinking) Ah, well. Grab your safety-approved sun gazing specs anyway. August is eclipse season-especially exciting news for North America. On August 21, as the Leo new moon puts on a Cirque du Soleil in the skies, we’ll celebrate the first visible solar eclipse in our neck of the woods since July 1991. It’s such a big deal, in fact, that campsites in the Oregon Outback have been sold out for months-and people have shelled out serious paper for an unobstructed view. (We also hear the parties will be bonkers…sorry Ibiza.)
Circle August 7 on the calendar too, the day of the lunar (full moon) eclipse in Aquarius. Since this one arrives late morning/early afternoon in the U.S., it won’t announce itself like Beyoncé at the Super Bowl halftime show. But astrologically, it will have an impact.
How Eclipses Affect Us, Astrologically Speaking
Eclipses always take place during a new moon (solar) or a full moon (lunar). In astrological lore, la lune represents the mother, the divine feminine and the archetype of the nurturer. She is the governess of our emotions and deepest desires – and she has a dark side we’ll never see. New moons are times for planting seeds; for conceptualizing and initiating. Six months later there is a corresponding full moon which is when we get to harvest the seeds we’ve sown.
An eclipse is like a supercharged moon moment. Everything happens faster, but we also have to “carpe diem” so we don’t miss the golden opportunity being offered. Eclipses are disruptors of the status quo and harbingers of change. They force us to look at the shadows and deal already. We may have less control during these lunations-and oh, the surprises they can bring! To follow are some tips for maximizing these moonbeams and owning August like a cosmic queen.
Dig Even Deeper
When a lunar eclipse arrives, like the one on August 7, the Sun casts the shadow of the Earth onto the full moon. Metaphorically, a lunar eclipse can reveal things that have been obscured from view. Just when we feel ready to make a final decision, boom! The eclipse hits us with a surprise and reminds us to do one last round of research. Buried emotions can arise like the ghosts of Jung and Freud. Smarter options could surface; and we may have to seize upon them without abundant preparation time. People’s hidden agendas could come to light in spectacular ways or major scandals can be exposed. (About that Russia investigation…)