On August 11th we will experience a partial solar eclipse, the final eclipse of 2018. It has been a year of crazy highs and lows, influenced by an incredible number of astrological events – What can we expect with this eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the sun and the Earth, interfering with our ability to see the sun. As this coming eclipse is only a partial eclipse, it will partially obscure our view, still allowing us to see the sun for the most part. We often discuss an upcoming eclipse as a great opportunity to take in an astrological phenomenon visually, but these events also significantly impact the energy that influences our daily lives.
This is a time of self-reflection and realization. The sun is believed to be the most influential force in astrology, influencing our personality, identity and the future before us. When the moon obscures its light, it also obscures the energy that it carries. Unable to clearly see forward, we are left, instead, to focus on the past and the present. Specifically, we can look at the choices we have made, who they have shaped us into today, and what changes we will need to consider moving forward if we are going to become the person we need to be to achieve our goals and dreams.
Furthermore, the eclipse may narrow our vision of the options available to us. Almost like an astrological ‘tough love’, it removes the most common and comfortable options, those that we will always default to if given the opportunity, forcing us to look outside of our comfort zone. In doing so, you may discover new and better ways to approach the situations you are handling right now, opening the door to greater success down the road. Don’t fight the unknown, embrace all that it has to offer.
How will the final eclipse of 2018 impact your life, according to your zodiac sign?
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
The eclipse will be felt largely in your relationships, specifically in your family unit. You may find yourself considering the next steps in your life, even if these weren’t options that were previously on the radar. If you’ve been dating or fun, the eclipse will lead you to consider finding ‘the one’ and settling down, leaving your wild ways behind you. Meanwhile, for those that are in long-term relationships, conversations may move to the idea of children (or more children), whether it’s biological or adopted. You may also find yourself suddenly open to the idea of opening your family up to welcome a foster child into your home, extending the love of your family to a child in need. If you are both set on not wanting to add children to the mix, prepare for conversations of other next steps – big moves, buying a house, etc.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
An incredibly practical and grounded person, this eclipse is going to influence the one area of your life that is most important to you, your home life. You will find yourself motivated to make some big changes in your current living conditions. This may mean moving to a home that’s better suited for you and your family or making changes to the current location. If you have been considering the possibility of renovations, you will suddenly find yourself feeling motivated and inspired to put these ideas into action. This is going to cause some chaos in your life as you are working through everything but know that the final product when all is said and done will suit your family perfectly. Follow your gut, and you won’t regret any decision that is made during this process.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
This is going to be challenging for you, as the eclipse is going to hit the one area of your life that you have always taken for granted as being easy and natural – communication. Anyone who knows you knows that you have the gift of gab. You are able to get even the most difficult of messages across to those around you without much effort on a normal day, however, you’re going to find that this eclipse is going to make the process a little more challenging. You know what you want to say, but finding the words proves to be far more difficult than you were anticipating. Take a deep breath and consider the message you are trying to get across. You may also find that exploring a different method of communication may be necessary. For example, if you regularly prefer calling someone, try writing it out first. Be wary of miscommunications as your message becomes jumbled in transmission.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Prepare yourself, as the energy of this partial solar eclipse is going to largely focus on your finances and possessions. This can work either positively or negatively, dependent completely on whether you are open to change and new opportunities. You may find that the way you have been making money up to this point in your life is no longer working the way you would like it to, leaving you searching for new ideas. Keep your heart and mind open, as the eclipse will present you with some incredible new opportunities, each with the possibility for great success. This is going to be uncomfortable, but if you keep your eyes focused on the future you will realize that a little discomfort today could mean great things for you in the near future. Trust in your skills and abilities!
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
As this eclipse is actually occurring in the sign of Leo, this energy will be felt more by you than any of the other signs. While many of the others are focusing on external areas of their lives, such as their home or their career, this is going to be an incredibly personal and introspective time for you. The eclipse will bring up memories from the past, calling on you to revisit and atone for past mistakes. While this is anything but comfortable, addressing all of this past hurt and resentment will allow you to make a fresh start, moving forward with a clear conscious. You may find this ‘fresh start’ also includes your personal style, looking to outwardly express the ‘new you’ to the world. It doesn’t have to be big to be impactful – try a new haircut or color or pick up some fun new clothing or accessories to work into your wardrobe.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
As you watch the eclipse create chaos and disorganization in the lives of everyone else around you, you will find yourself compelled to step up and address this. However, the best thing that you can do during this time is to focus on your own needs. You often become so wrapped up in organization that you fail to make yourself a priority in your own life, a mistake that’s going to be highlighted during this time. Take some time to step back and look at your life. Are there issues that need to be addressed? Do you have any unaddressed needs? By identifying these areas, you can make a plan moving forward. Schedule time into your busy schedule every day for self-care, even if it’s just 10 minutes in the morning to enjoy your coffee in peace out on your back porch. These moments are important!
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You may have felt a little lost in the world as of late, out of touch with your goals and dreams. When you lack that sense of direction, it can be difficult to find purpose in the world or figure out what you should be doing next in order to move forward. During this time, you will find yourself reconsidering everything that you had once held to be important – questioning not only where you are going, but also how you plan on achieving these milestones. If you keep an open mind and an open heart, you will find yourself discovering new long-term goals that will reignite your passion and excitement for life. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by! You may even discover the opportunity to turn a dream you have held onto as ‘impossible’ for years into a reality. You aren’t imagining this, but the time to get it started will be limited! Don’t hold back, your future is worth the effort.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
For someone who is highly mysterious and closed off from the world, you’re may find it hard to handle the fact that this eclipse is going to focus on your place in the public eye and the way that people perceive you. People are going to be paying more attention to you than ever before, so it’s important to take the time to consider how you look and the impression that you are creating. Dress up a little, hold your head high, make eye contact and, most importantly, smile! Your intensity is already intimidating, you don’t need to make it worse by also appearing completely unapproachable. You may find yourself presented with some incredible opportunities during this time, such as a new job or a new relationship, but only if you set yourself up for success.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
As someone that is always looking for new experiences and opportunities, you pride yourself in the fact that you are always learning. This is going to be the focus of the eclipse energy, amplifying your efforts and providing you with new and exciting opportunities. This may present itself in something enticing, like the chance to travel somewhere new, or it may appear boring at first glance but keep an open mind. Even the seemingly mundane opportunities are still opportunities, and you never know what you have to gain unless you give them a try! You may also find yourself presented with the chance to take a teaching role, something that is out of your comfort zone. Try not to forget during this time that the teacher is also a student, just in a different way! This doesn’t mean you’ve ‘arrived’, it’s just another step in your learning experience. At the same time, however, don’t doubt the knowledge you’ve obtained throughout your life!
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
The energy for you during this time is a little obscure, not nearly as clear-cut as that experienced by many of the other signs. The eclipse is going to focus on the resources in your life, including your finances, personal connections, and investments (including time, energy and finances). There may be some confusion regarding what is actually yours and what isn’t, requiring your attention. It’s important to take the time to work through all of this chaos, as you will ultimately discover resources that you were completely unaware of leading into this time. By taking stock of everything that’s available to you, you can increase your chances of success in your efforts moving forward. Don’t be afraid to turn to friends and family, leveraging the talents and knowledge that they possess. This is an incredible resource that is often overlooked.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
The eclipse is going to shed light on your relationships specifically, including both the people that you hold dear today, as well as the relationships of your past. You may find yourself living life with great barriers in place, protecting you from being hurt – however, by keeping people at a distance you are actually robbing yourself of the true love and connection that you deserve. It’s not going to be easy, but challenge yourself to drop these barriers just a little, allowing the people you love in. It may be easiest to start just with a romantic partner or your best friend. Whatever works to help you move past your fears. Take note of people from the past that are brought back into your life during this time, they have returned for a reason and it’s not just to reminisce.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
The eclipse is going to focus its energy largely on your health, an area of your life that you certainly don’t want to overlook! You will find inspiration and motivation to start making some big changes in your life, moving towards a healthier way of living. This may include an improved diet, better sleep or adding more physical activity into your busy schedule. These may seem like small steps, but it will all add up. Pick something manageable, don’t overwhelm yourself, and you can slowly build on it in time. This is also a great time to get in for a checkup if you have been avoiding the doctor, as there are health-related concerns that you may need to address sooner rather than later. Finally, don’t forget the importance of your mental and emotional health. Focus on lowering your stress level and introducing some self-care into your daily routine.