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On Monday, North America will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun — picture darkening skies from Oregon to South Carolina. If you can believe it, over 500 million people will see at least part of this eclipse.
[Editor/friend note: if you’re planning on viewing the eclipse at all, make sure you have the proper gear. It’s never safe to look at the sun without eye protection.]
Fun fact: it’s the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. since 1979. The last U.S. eclipse was only visible from Hawaii. Aloha! And even though Monday’s solar eclipse will only last around 90 minutes (Carbondale, Illinois has the longest duration of totality with 2 minutes and 40 seconds) — the eclipse is a pretty major deal for a number of reasons.
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Scientifically speaking, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon stands between the sun and Earth, cutting off the light of the sun — which means that parts of 14 states will be totally engulfed in darkness (trippy)!
Astrologically speaking, a solar eclipse is huuuuuge. Basically, a solar eclipse has the strength of three new moons — and this can often bring about gigantic milestones and/or breakthroughs similar to ones we’ve been pinning on our vision boards forever.
Think BIG changes and movements that can have a significant impact on our lives. And because this solar eclipse is happening in Leo season, the stars are also pushing us to take bold action that will help lead to long-lasting success, happiness, and alllllll the good stuff.
Sounds pretty sweet, right? Well, not totally. With a bunch of planets being in retrograde right now (including the Debbie Downer that is Mercury), you’re bound to catch a bunch of vibes that could leave you feeling off-balanced, anxious, and frustrated.
So, how to cope? Below are some tips on how to make the most of this solar eclipse — so that you can start living your best life regardless of the darkness.
1. Embrace Change
Yes, change can be hard. And yes, it’s initially awkward and uncomfortable — but without change, we simply cannot grow. So if you want to embark on a new adventure (even if you think you’re not ready for it) remember that no one ever feels fully ready to take on a big challenge. So try your best to go with whatever this solar eclipse throws at you. Say “yes” instead of “no” and see what happens!
2. Tackle Your Problems Head On
Eclipses often bring past events, issues and/or people back to the present. Hi, there! And, thanks to Mercury Retrograde, your past might be knocking on your door even louder than usual.
It’s okay to feel nostalgic and romanticize what was, but if you never fully dealt with past problems and brushed them under the carpet instead, believe it: they will only repeat themselves and hold you back. The stars want you to tackle those problems and free yourself. It’s time.
3. Let it Floooow
Anxiety tends to stem from feeling out of control. Trying to control your life and the people in it is pointless right now (and always?) — so you might as well go with the flow. You may not like it, but you’ll feel more off-centered if you continue to try to control everything around you. Free up your schedule and be flexible with whatever the heavens throw at you. Let go, and enjoy the ride.
4. It’s Okay to Catch Feelings… But Take Your Time
Eclipses tend to make us super-emosh. Give yourself permission to feel all the feelings —but try not to make any HUGE decisions when it comes to matters of the heart. When you’re this emotional, your sense of judgment can get a bit wonky. You might not be coming from the most logical place. Make the decision to not make a big decision, and ride out the eclipse (and, really, the end of Mercury Retrograde) until things feel calmer.
5. Expand Your Squad
Your sense of adventure and curiosity will increase during this time, which may mean that you want to explore new activities, volunteer opportunities, or new friends. If you’re someone who usually stays home on a Friday night, dare to leave your couch and go to that party. Turning over a new leaf and trying something different with new friends is a great way to deal with this solar eclipse. Remember the earlier tip about saying “yes?”
Take deep breaths and marvel at this cool universe we get to call “home.” Be sure to check out some rad eclipse photos throughout the day. And remember, we are all just a big group of humans trying to figure it all out, underneath one gigantic sky.