Starting at about 1:55 p.m. EST on Feb. 15, 2018, the moon will cast only the outer part of its shadow on Earth, and what we’ll see (well, what southern South America, Antarctica, and certain parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will see) will look like a sun that’s had a bite taken out of it by the moon. It just means that the moon, sun and Earth aren’t quite perfectly aligned, like during a full eclipse.
But just because it’s not a full solar eclipse doesn’t mean it’s not spiritually significant: Today’s partial solar eclipse is a great time for personal reflection and turning inward. Here’s what two experts had to say about why today’s the day to schedule some alone time.
New Moons Beckon Us to Contemplate Our Needs
Jennifer Racioppi, Success Coach and Astrologer: “When the sun and moon combine forces as they do every month at the time of the new moon, a dark night in the sky invites us to take our attention and gaze inward. New moons commence new cycles, and because of that, they beckon us to quietly contemplate our needs. Solar eclipses contain the power of multiple new moons at once. Due to their potency, taking time for reflection allows you to consciously commence a new cycle with intention.
Solar eclipses commence not just a new moon cycle, but they have long-reaching impacts. Eclipses belong to longer 19 year-long cycles, meaning that the actions taken during or near a solar eclipse have far-reaching influences. So taking time to still your mind at the time of the Aquarius solar eclipse at 27 degrees allows you to consciously connect to yourself, and your future goals before heedlessly pushing forward.”
Hold Space for What Feels Intense
Asha Ramakrishna, Spiritual + Business Mentor, Author of The Priestess Code: “I am advocate of knowing the energetic influences, but only if we use an archetype to work with. We are not victims of the energies, but rather, we are to take the prompts of the cosmos as invitations to go within.