Many of us have been pondering the instabilities of the planet and the political climate lately. An absolutely abysmal presidential cabinet, KKK rallies and counter protests have our heads spinning. With all of these shifts going on, it’s nice to gaze up at the stars and count your blessings. I took astronomy in college. I wasn’t all the interested at first, but my professor was this wonderful, science nerd who helped me figure out the exact location of the solar system when I was born. It meant a lot to a 17 year old wondering the halls of Ithaca College.
Now is a good time to reflect on our ever-evolving lives. Many of us have heavy hearts as we come into the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The brilliance of full moon gives many of us a feeling of deeper spiritual connection. This year, the eclipse marks the first time it has made an appearance in over 38 years. All signs show that this is going to be a wonderful eclipse with a promise of solid romantic and inner connection. In other words, get close to the moon, girl.
According to many expert moon-chasers, viewing an eclipse can be life changing. For the rest of us, this is time for for pause and for celebration. So if you’re already in a romantic relationship, the eclipse will likely make your bond even stronger. And if you’re flying solo, Luna will be there to fortify your relation to self, affirming that you are exactly where you need to be on your journey.
For those of us pondering major life changes, now is the time to stick with the adage of “when in doubt, don’t.” No is the time to be still and reflect as the eclipse washes over you comforting all the uncertainties of this world. And as any good astronomer will tell you, make sure you don’t stare directly at the eclipse and wear you eclipse glasses. (see video below).
Writer and Photographer for Virago Magazine, Kristen grew up listening to vinyl and highlighting the dictionary. Her work has appeared in IrockJazz.com, The East Harlem Journal, Boston's Culturehive, the Ithacan and other publications. Her love of music cannot be eclipsed by her love of words. She's been coined the "Akira Kurosawa of Blogs" by such people as herself. An aspiring musician, she has a serious penchant for peach-flavored anything, multi-tasking, slow-paced thrillers and dreams of going back to South America, laying on the beach, and drinking from a coconut.