On August 21st, 2017, parts of the United States will have the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse. On that day, the earth will pass through the shadow of the moon, resulting in complete darkness for several minutes for those who live along a route which is being called the “path to totality.” The few minutes of total darkness could reveal the corona, which is an aura of plasma that isn’t usually visible with the naked eye. A corona appears to be a circle of fire around a dark center circle. Solar eclipses happen about twice each year, but one hasn’t been seen over the entire American mainland since June 8th, 1918, and the event itself will see millions of Americans journeying to a favorable vantage point for viewing.
A full solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. This causes a blockage of sunlight for a short time, resulting in total darkness for those in the direct path. Fourteen states will have prime viewing areas during the event. The path of total darkness is approximately 70 miles wide. The next solar eclipse viewable from the mainland will be in 2024, but that future one will only be viewable in 12 states.
Astrologers believe that this event solidifies the energy found all around us for an extended time period; the exact length is unknown. For the August 21st, 2017 eclipse, the moon will conjunct the sun, causing a new moon and a solar eclipse in Leo. All astrological signs will feel the moon’s assertiveness, with many people struggling between duty and desire. With so much energy present, it will be difficult to avoid shifting perspective, regardless of how much effort one puts into it. One thing to remember that despite all this turmoil, is that a solar eclipse means something is beginning, rather than ending, so pay attention.