It’s coming soon to the heavens near you: next Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will darken skies over the U.S. mainland in a swath 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina.
This eclipse can have a powerful impact on you, no matter where you are in the world: it offers you a chance to eclipse something out of your life. You may already be able to feel the ground shifting beneath you; know that your life is in flux and be ready for change. Get ready to make a leap of faith as your previous life dissolves into a more exciting future. Don’t hesitate or try to hold on to the past or you will miss this train of change as it roars into the station. Change cannot be negotiated and the eclipse can help you make it happen.
You’ll find plenty of information online and in local news about where and when to see the eclipse, how it will look, how long it will last, and how to view the celestial phenomenon safely. Of course, you’ll need some special eye protection to view this rare astronomical event.
Whether you are in position to see the total phase of this total solar eclipse along its narrow path across the U.S., or you view the partial solar eclipse from the rest of the mainland U.S., Canada, and northern parts of Latin America, you’ll be blessed with an exciting opportunity for awakening and reflection.
Not only will it be a spectacular and moving visual experience, it’s a perfect occasion to re-align yourself with the sun and moon, which hold a powerful sway over your psyche and soul. The eclipse will speed up your soul’s karmic journey through this lifetime; it will shine a light of exactly on where and what you need to let go of in order to move forward toward your true destiny. If you’ve lost your way, it will guide you back to your path.
Looking skyward on August 21, you’ll see the moon pass between the earth and the sun, creating a period of darkness. Watching the eclipse, be present in the moment, observe, and feel the ground shift beneath you as your soul corrects its direction.
Some amazing changes will appear in the sky during the eclipse. If you are able to view the totality of the eclipse, you’ll see the sun’s atmosphere suddenly appear like a halo around its outer edges. As the sky turns dark, planets and stars that aren’t visible in normal daylight can be seen. Depending on your vantage point, you might recognize Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter.
Taking a break from what might otherwise be a routine Monday in August—whether you are home, working, going to school, or traveling—will be a time-out for your soul. If you stop, look, and listen to your inner wisdom while the moon’s shadow passes by, you can re-set your awareness.
Here are some points to ponder as the Great American Total Solar Eclipse approaches:
1. Think of the eclipse as the closing and opening of a new chapter in your life. What could you resolve to end and begin at that turning point as the light disappears and then returns?
2. Ask yourself where you have strayed off your path; what steps can you take to get back on it?
3. Think of the eclipse as a metaphor for your spirit. When have you “lost the light” temporarily and then found it again? Use your journal to record your thoughts and feelings about the coming and going of the light in your life. What have you learned about your power to re-ignite or reawaken your inner light?
Observing the eclipse can be an opportunity to feel deep appreciation and gratitude for the amazing planet we call home. Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gargarin, was the first human to see the earth from space in April, 1961. He said, “Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship, I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty, and not destroy it.” Let’s make this eclipse the day where we all begin to heal ourselves and to work together to heal the world.