You’ve probably heard that there’s going to be a total solar eclipse, dubbed the Great American Eclipse, on August 21. And it’s expected to be huge: The eclipse will sweep from the West to East Coast, leaving some people in (temporary) total darkness along the way.
Of course, eclipses have a special meaning in astrology as well. According to Donna Page, a professional astrologer with a graduate degree in counseling psychology, a solar eclipse like this will shake things up in your life—often in a good way.
Right around the eclipse, you’ll find yourself with an urge to have fun, get back in touch with what it means to follow your heart, and live in the moment. “It is about living your life with enthusiasm and appreciating all things around you—and letting go of that which no longer feels right,” Donna says.
Above all, you’re going to want to get real about your life. That can mean weeding out relationships or friendships that no longer feel right, finally starting to look for a new job if your current one isn’t a good fit, and focusing on what it is that really makes you happy, she says.
For the actual week of the eclipse, Donna says you’ll probably have some kind of internal battle between doing what the kid in you wants to do and doing what you have to do—and that’s going to make you question where you’re headed in life. “It is a good idea to take the time to reprogram the human GPS, to see if one is driving to the destination they want or if there is faulty programing and driving on autopilot takes one to a empty parking lot or dead end,” she says. You’ll also find yourself stepping up to be a good friend or sounding board for a buddy who is going through a rough time.
The eclipse is going to impact every astrological sign, Donna says, but Leo and Aquarius are going to be affected the most (the eclipse occurs in Leo, and Aquarius is the opposite sign of Leo). If you are one of these signs, you may experience a bigger shakeup like getting a new job, meeting someone new and feeling like it’s love at first sight, or even the urge to change everything and move across the country to a place you barely know.