According to every astrologer everywhere, the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017 is a REALLY. BIG. DEAL.
While new moons are always great days to work magic related to new beginnings, this particular new moon – which coincides with the eclipse – is extra-powerful for releasing stuff that isn’t working and setting new patterns in motion.
That’s why I assembled these 5, super-simple, super-effective ways to make the most of this magical moment. (It’s also why I wrote this ritual specifically for this upcoming eclipse!)
1. Clarify the old patterns, habits, and conditions you’re ready to release.
What is it you’re most ready to let go of? For example, maybe you’re finally done with negative self-talk about your weight, compulsive phone checking, a job you haven’t been loving for a while, and/or a stubborn relationship pattern that just keeps dragging you down. From as neutral a space as possible – i.e. without harshly judging or criticizing yourself or your life – write it all down in your journal. Keep wringing it out until you’re sure you’ve recognized and named every last little thing.
2. Clear clutter and clean.
It may not be spring, but the days leading up to the eclipse (starting now!) definitely call for some deep and serious cleaning and clearing. Creating a clear, simplified energy in your home will raise your vibration and support the release of every other thing that isn’t serving you: unhealed emotions, unhealthy habits, and general energetic blocks of every variety. If you haven’t read it yet, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up will inspire the extreme clutter clearing that will get you started in the right direction. And if you have read it, maybe read it again! (Spoiler alert: it gives ONE criteria for whether or not something is clutter: does it spark joy? If not, get rid of it!) Then, if you’re on a roll, my book, Magical Housekeeping, will get you fired up about cleaning by helping you see it as the magical act is actually is.
In addition to creating sacred space in your home environment, it’s important to create sacred space in your consciousness. The best way to do that? Meditate! Have your morning cuppa whatever-you-drink-in-the-morning, and then sit right down on your cushion and meditate. See if you can get in the habit of doing it every day – as little as 5-10 minutes can make a huge difference! Don’t worry: you can find something that’s palatable for you. Check out the free app Insight Timer for a bunch of free guided meditations to fit every preference or mood, or check out my very own free guided meditations on YouTube.
4. Get clear on your heart’s desires.
Now that you’ve gotten clear on what you don’t want – in your mind, body, home, and life – it’s time to get clear on what you do want! So grab that journal again and write out all your fondest dreams and visions for every aspect of your life experience. Let this be a fun process of discovering the desires that glitter and glow in your consciousness with the brightest and most sparkly light. Don’t hold back! Even if something seems completely off the page of possibility, if it’s in your heart, write it down. And then…
5. Know that anything is possible.
When you practice magic, you quickly realize that whatever you can conceive and believe, you can receive. And this eclipse is a portal: an open door to the full spectrum of what is possible. So in the days leading up to it, consciously open up to the infinity of possibility. As yourself: What if I could expand into even more blessings and abundance, endlessly, forever? What if I could – really and truly – manifest all the fondest desires of my heart? What would that feel like? How would it look?
…After all of this, you’ll be SO ready for this Solar Eclipse Ritual for Busting Through Blocks and Setting Your Soul Free!