Eclipses have always been ripe for radical change, according to astrology. This upcoming “Great American Eclipse,” as it’s so been dubbed, could very well be just the perfectly timed cosmic catalyst this country needs to cause even more disruption to our already fragile state. Is it good? Is it bad? That’s for us to find out. But one thing we keep hearing for sure is that, yes, sh*t is about to hit the celestial fan—some are even saying politically.
Let’s just start with some fun facts that make this eclipse especially primed to be historic:
- Total solar eclipses are not unusual—they happen every year and a half or so—but this is the first time since 1918 the shadow will stretch across the entire country in its “path of totality.”
- The last time an eclipse’s “path of totality” could be viewed only in the U.S. was 1776. (God bless America.)
- There are certain connections drawn to the current president and administration: 1. Donald Trump was born during a lunar eclipse, 2. The eclipse is occurring in Leo which is Trump’s rising sign, 3. This eclipse is part of the Saros series, and the Saros series, well, it means business. Via Newsweek:
Marjorie Orr, another astrologer, pointed out last November, just four days after the election, that the August eclipse is part of what space scientists know as the Saros series, which has included eclipses in 1909, 1927, 1945, 1963, 1981 and 1999. Orr noted the major political events in those years: the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a period of unrest in Chicago that involved bombings and an attempted assassination of President William Taft.
There are some other fascinatingly coincidental astrological connections if you’re into that.
Oh, and then there’s that thing where the solar eclipse will cast an actual SHADOW OF DARKNESS. Astrologers say the eclipse’s effects may have an impact on us for the next two years, so, yeah, it’s an endurance challenge. Are you ready?
Some in the yoga world are sending out warnings over eclipse “exposure,” as in don’t do it! According to Swami Nirmalananda of Svaroopa Vidya Ashram, we might want to think again about eating, drinking, sleeping, working, or even going outside during the eclipse. Instead, we should be chanting mantras and meditating. “Just as if a police helicopter were circling your neighborhood, it’s time to protect yourself,” Swami Nirmalananda cryptically warns.
But you don’t have to get so down about the doom and gloom. Here are some great ways to expericnce the eclipse and harness its energy for good.
- Sit in meditation. It’s only a few minutes but that’s what makes it so special. Use this time to meditate on an intention and let go of negativity or darkness in your life.
- Get crystal clear. Are you into energy crystals? Take this time to charge them, or better yet, clear them.
- Reset ritual. Looking for a step-by-step on pressing reset? This one involving candles, crystals, sage and positive mantras sounds refreshing.
- Moon juice. This “eclipse water” ritual sounds interesting, though some of the suggested uses are a little far out.
If you do decide to try your luck on the viewing front, just don’t stare directly into the sun without your safety goggles. (Side note, if you don’t have protective glasses, do the old-fashioned thing and make a handy pinhole camera. It’s easy. Here’s a how-to.)
Not in the direct path? You will likely still be able to see a partial eclipse. Here’s a helpful map from NASA to figure that out. This visual guide to what cities across the U.S. will see (ie. partial eclipse) is useful, too.
In light of all this (pun intended), we feel it appropriate to wish us all good luck!
Do you have your own solar eclipse ritual planned? Are you attending or teaching a special solar eclipse yoga class?
We may just put Bonnie Tyler on loop and call it a day.
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks!