Aye Protection

Not so long ago, there was no such thing as sunscreen. Even after an emollient protection from sunburn was developed, it took a while for its use to become a measure of common sense akin to coming in out of the rain. With both rain and sunshine, however, the idea is to protect yourself from the harmful effects rather than avoid them altogether.


Solar eclipses take place a lot less often than rain and sunshine. Still, the idea of protection rather than total avoidance still applies.

So, let this be clear: Do not look directly at Monday’s total eclipse without using adequate and appropriate protection for your eyes. (A list of resources is available here, but note: virtually all eclipse eyewear vendors are now sold out. If you find yourself without eye protection, look up how to make a pinhole camera for safe indirect viewing.)

That being said, there is no need to deprive yourself of the experience of living with awareness in the time of what (by any definition) will be an extraordinary event. Regardless of where you are at the moment the Moon casts its shadow across the U.S., Monday’s very special solar eclipse will be part of your experience. In addition, the same can be said for everybody and anybody else in the world.

It would, therefore, be appropriate to say “yes” to the Great American Eclipse. It would be a lot more healthy to acknowledge it is happening than to deny or ignore it. The same is true regarding all that is occurring in simultaneity with the event.

It is not insubstantial that you are here on Earth at this time. Whatever goes on Monday (other than the New Moon and total eclipse in Leo) will not be random or even merely coincidental. It’s all part of a larger picture you will have the choice either to ignore or behold (and even participate with).

That being said, just as it would be harmful to to look at the eclipsed Sun without eye protection, it would be at least equally unhelpful to turn a blind eye to its fact and all that goes with it.

What might be useful is simply to say “yes” as much as possible on Monday, so long as doing so would not cause harm to you or anybody else. Affirm what’s in front of you, as well as what’s above. Be mindful of and helpful to others insofar as you can manage without violating boundaries (either yours or theirs). Do what you can so that everybody involved remembers both you and the moment fondly.

Be aware that your existence is part of all that will go with the eclipse. What you choose to do (or not) and say (or not) will affect how others perceive and interpret what it all means. Hence, more any astrologer, it will be up to you to determine and impart the definition of an event which will certainly be remembered.

The only real question is how it will be remembered. It would not be unreasonable to say that part of the reason you are here is to provide an answer.

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In the Shadow of the Moon, the exciting 2017 Midyear Reading by Eric Francis, is now published. The video readings for all 12 signs cover the Great American Eclipse of Aug. 21 and well beyond. We’ll be increasing the price again very soon, so don’t hesitate to order your copy here. You can also now choose your individual signs here.
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About Len Wallick

Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: lenwallick@gmail.com. His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

4 thoughts on “Aye Protection

  1. Tug

    Never used sunscreen, never will, but I’m smart enough not to look at the eclipse. My eyes will be closed in meditation while in the sun at the beach in Maine during the event. 🙂

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