On August 21, 2017, the moon will be directly between the sun and earth, casting a shadow on our planet, in a total solar eclipse event. Our sky will be completely dark for roughly 2 minutes, and from the beginning to the end it will last about 2 hours. Be sure to check your local news for the best times and places to view the eclipse from your location! Even if your view of this eclipse is not the clearest, you will feel its effects just as strongly as everyone else.
Astrologically speaking, this is a major turning point for all of us, no matter where we are in the world. A Leo fire sign eclipse has to do with energy, vitality, ambition and how or what you create. Where exactly in your life this will have a more noticeable affect depends on your own natal chart. Of course, if you are a Leo you will not be able to ignore what changes within you will occur. Assume that these changes will be positive! After all, not every new moon comes with a solar eclipse. Though changes can be a breath of fresh air, they also come with their own set of challenges that we must go through so we can grow as individuals.
The moon literally darkens the sun during a solar eclipse. This plays a part in our conscious and subconscious thinking by causing dark thoughts to creep into our mind. This does not need to be negative, as long as we recognize where these thoughts are coming from and allow them to flow in and out of our thinking. You may ask: What feelings or intuitions have you been ignoring? What parts of yourself have you not given enough attention to? How can you accept and embrace hidden aspects of yourself and express them in healthy ways? These are just a few examples of how we can address ourselves as a whole.
The solar eclipse ends with the sun shining its brightest light on us. It is a phenomenon that insists we let go of a part of ourselves that is no longer needed, leaving a space wide open for unknown- yet important- aspects of our personality to emerge! Now, before the eclipse, is the time to figure out where to direct the energy shift caused by the solar eclipse. In the two weeks following the solar eclipse and new moon we will be attracting opportunity to change our identities - who we believe we are. We may feel the strong desire to actually create transformations within ourselves and our lives; transformations that will allow us to follow our passion with freedom and truth. Total solar eclipses are definitely visually pleasing, but they also offer us a moment to recognize our own unique mission on this Earth. Allow yourself to appreciate your own perspectives you gain from this solar eclipse. I hope you have a positive and memorable experience!
Juliana M. Fanucchi
Juliana uses astrology to understand how the planets can affect us on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Raised as a Nichiren Buddhist, she studies other metaphysical interests like numerology, music, tarot, and gemstones. She received her 200 hour yoga certification in December 2016. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. You can follow her on Instagram- instagram.com/whooliana.