Break out your fancy pitcher, brew up the sun tea, and grab your eclipse glasses—The AstroTwins share their tips for the upcoming total solar eclipse.
August 21, 2017, marks the first visible solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. During this rare event, lucky skywatchers will see the moon pass directly over the sun—essentially blacking it out for a brief and magical window of time.
In astrology, every celestial body is assigned symbolic traits, and the bright, beaming sun represents our personal power sources. It fuels us up with a can-do spirit, and gives us the courage to express ourselves. Le soleil certainly has a say in our style choices—particularly the colors, patterns, and eras that attract our eyes.
The moon, on the other hand, is much subtler. Astrologically, it governs our emotions and hidden desires— it reveals what we need to nurture ourselves. "Give me shelter" could be the moon's mantra, as it guides us to turn our homes into sanctuaries, and fill them with sentimental objects.
So, what does this solar eclipse mean from a cosmic standpoint? Well, as the light of the sun "turns off," the moon's intuitive wisdom takes the helm. During this astrological "power outage," feelings become more important than appearances—and this can mark a major turning point for many people.
We may realize that we've outgrown a situation, and that we need to release it in order to create space for something more fitting. Get ready, though—the next opportunity could come fast, and there won't be much time to deliberate.
Since solar eclipses occur with new moons—and this one lands in the zodiac sign of regal, creative Leo—we are likely to feel a sense of renewed inspiration, power, leadership, and magic once the eclipse passes. And thanks to la lune's influence, we'll draw our motivation from a deep and soulful well.
So, if you wake up on Monday morning mulling over a minimalist decor scheme of creams and whites, but end the day wanting to paint your house the vivid hues of Tulum, don't say we didn't warn you. Or maybe you'll decide to put more personal pieces on display in the public areas of your home, in order to prompt richer conversations with guests. Something is bound to arise—a wild idea, opportunity, or inspired path—all totally unexpected.
While the eclipse affects us all universally, it also has a secondary impact, depending on your zodiac sign. Here's what you might want to release and embrace as the moon makes its journey across the sun, plus where you should look for design inspiration.
Release: Rebelling against authority
Embrace: Stepping into a leadership role
Decor Inspo: An envy-inspiring home office
Release: Taking someone's neglectful behavior personally
Embrace: Giving time to people who adore and celebrate you
Decor Inspo: A picture-perfect kitchen for preparing family meals
Release: The need to have a witty or savvy response
Embrace: Asking questions and listening in order to learn
Decor Inspo: A creatively styled bookshelf
Release: Buying items just because they're on sale
Embrace: Saving up to purchase exactly what you want
Decor Inspo: The incomparable luxury of this French Hotel
Release: Worrying about other people's approval
Embrace: Carving out your own unique niche
Decor Inspo: A statement-making pink entryway
Release: An old but outdated grudge
Embrace: Forgiving and moving on—if only to set yourself free
Decor Inspo: A zen-like bath to wash that stress away
Release: Looking for a place to belong
Embrace: Organizing your own soul squad
Decor Inspo: An entertainment-ready dining room
Release: Dialing down your desire for power and success
Embrace: Your incredible ambition
Decor Inspo: A Parisian chic home office
Release: Playing it safe, but feeling stuck and uninspired
Embrace: Taking a calculated risk or embracing a worldly view
Decor Inspo: A boho-chic medley of patterns and textiles that come together artfully
Release: Being overly secretive and strategic
Embrace: The true connection that arises from vulnerability
Decor Inspo: Terrazzo pieces that reveal the beauty in the “flaws”
Release: Imbalanced partnerships
Embrace: The joy of collaborating with someone who has your back
Decor Inspo: A heart-shaped neon sign—or one with an inspiring message
Release: One unhealthy habit (yes—we know it's fun!)
Embrace: The vitality that comes from taking excellent care of yourself
Decor Inspo: An energy-balancing Himalayan salt lamp
See more total solar eclipse tips:
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How to Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse
How to Get the Best View of the Total Solar Eclipse