On Monday, August 21, we will experience the first solar eclipse in 38 years that will be visible from the U.S., but not everyone will be able to really “look at it.” The solar eclipse will only be visible on the mainland (sorry Hawaii and Alaska) and will stretch from the West Coast to the East, right in the center.
Here’s a couple of brief facts about where you can actually see the entire solar eclipse, according to TimeandDate.com:
“The total eclipse will only be visible along the Moon’s central shadow, which at its widest will be about 115 kilometers (71.5 miles), according to some sources. Its path will span from the country’s West Coast to the East Coast. The rest of North America, as well as Central America and northern parts of South America, will experience a partial solar eclipse. NASA has estimated that a majority of the American population lives less than a 2-day drive away from the path of totality.”
But here’s a better visual of the path:
Most importantly if you’re going to actually view it, you have to be extremely safe!!! You must wear protective viewing lenses. We cannot emphasize that enough.
Now to fun stuff.
As we said this is the first time in 38 years since we’ve had a solar eclipse, here on the mainland, so we’re going take this as a huge indicator by the higher power. This monumental moment goes beyond space and time, so we’re going to treat this as an even bigger event than New Year’s Eve.
Think of all the special rituals you have for your birthday and/or the New Year. The solar eclipse is just like that, only extremely amplified so this is our chance to put out all of our best intentions out there. But first it’s important to remember…
Simplify your day.
You must take it easy during the solar eclipse because it can be a bit disorienting.
Athena Perrakis, PhD, founder and CEO of Sage Goddess, tells Refinery29 that “Eclipses mess with your understanding of light and darkness.”
Try and mentally prepare for this shift by staying hydrated and taking deep breaths. Do not treat this day as any other day by doing too much. Simplify your day as much as possible.
Visualize a new chapter in you.
While Perrakis says it’s not good to “put any intentions” out there because in her opinion the solar eclipse is more about closure of something. To us, we see a closure as a new beginning of something else.
So we say let go of the baggage, the crap that’s been weighing you down, and the stuff that doesn’t seem to be working. And think about starting over, without being to specific about what that “thing” will be. Just a new unexpected chapter.
Ask for peace.
Do we have to remind you that our country (and the world for that matter) has gone completely insane. Now would be a good time to pray for peace in whichever way you can. Asking for inner peace is good too. Meditate on that for a while. Who knows what it can do?!
Be kind to others.
Thousands of people are expected to be driving toward the path of the solar eclipse, meaning it’s going to be a shit-show on the roads and on the news. This event will make some people nutty, more they are already. So as we said before, taking it easy also means not losing it today. Try and not think selfishly. If you’re out “doing you” remember this life isn’t just about you.
Breath and take it in.
Wherever you are during the solar eclipse, it’s not so much about “looking” at it, but taking it in. If you’re staying hydrating, taking deep breaths, and visualizing a new chapter, this short period of time (when the eclipse takes place) close your eyes and let the eclipse wash over you.
What a time to be alive.