The Total Eclipse and Restoration

By Holiday Mathis

August 20, 2017 6 min read

The astrological theme of the total solar eclipse centers on what psychologists call "object constancy," a stage of human cognitive development in which it becomes accepted that just because something is out of sight doesn't mean that it's gone. Let the grandeur of a disappearing and reappearing sun remind us that time takes. Also time gives. Even massive shadows and widespread darkness passes. Light will be restored.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The best teacher is experience. You're a close second, perhaps because you defer to experience, fighting the urge to take over and do it yourself. This week you'll find yourself standing by, watching someone fail or watching someone take a very long time to complete a task, all in the name of learning!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Don't let lofty aspirations obscure the higher vantage point currently available to you. It's time to stop dreaming and take practical action. To be clear, this doesn't mean giving up your beloved dream. It just means that you need to put your best energy into understanding where you are and where to go next.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're an expert at ego suspension. You'll put your own wants, needs and opinions aside for any number of reasons: working for the greater good, playing for the team win, making someone feel better or just generally keeping the peace. But you shouldn't give in every time. When it's your turn, take it. Treat yourself.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). When what's heard contradicts what's believed, logic goes out the window and animal instinct takes over. That's the start of a fight. Even if you don't agree with what's going on, there are benefits to forestalling conflict as long as possible. Much can be worked out when you focus on shared interests and goals.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The leading cause of anxiety: uncertainty. The remedy is experience. Experience teaches you how things work. It doesn't even have to be experience in the same field or topic to lessen the uncertainty factor. All experience illuminates in some way. This week you'll come to understand more and fear less.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll build rapport, relationships and more this week. You genuinely want to know what others are thinking and dreaming about. Just remember, no one likes to feel judged, and yet that's what often happens with this type of sharing. Make it a different experience. Seek understanding. Validate the other person.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The trouble with perfection is that it bores people. There's no story there. The other thing with it is — oh, yeah — it doesn't exist. So when you see it, or hear about it, inside you know it's a lie. That's why perfection is nothing to aspire to. And anyway, as long as you get up more times than you fall, you're ahead.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Many people will not be ready, qualified for or amenable to your requests. Also, more than one person will be absolutely ready, qualified and amenable to do whatever it is you need and want. So when you don't get the answer you're looking for, keep asking around until you find the right ones for the job.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Staying busy is only positive when you're busy doing you, not escaping you. There are those who will flit from activity to distraction to destination to relationship, all to avoid dealing with their own minds. Steer clear of these types, and don't be one. This week is a lucky time to face what you've been avoiding.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You believe that each and every person is your equal. Remember that "equal" does not mean "same." People's various strengths and talents will surprise, delight and serve you well this week — that is, once you stop expecting them to be able to do what you can do!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). All frustration comes from unrealistic expectations. How do you know what's unrealistic? It's not happening right now. Real is what's happening. Wanting anything other than that leads to unpleasant emotions, unless you know the right way to want. The right way to want starts with accepting what is.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In the name of love or friendship you invested your time and energy into another person's project. Now it's you who needs help, and you're not so eager to ask. You don't feel you're owed a return, but that's not the point. It just feels weird to need something. Swallow your pride, ask anyway.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You're always trying to improve yourself. This is your year to relax, accept and give exceptional care to the person you already are. You will elevate the collective human spirit just by being you. Love happens in incremental degrees. Suddenly you'll notice your heart has been stolen away and right from under your nose. There will be adventures in November and May. Save up, because what you can do for a higher price will be worth the investment. You may find new work in your travels.

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