Guys, remember when it was 2016? Like, hardly, I know — but what contributed to the general feeling of the world ending was also the seemingly constant stream of bizarre, "once in a million years"-type celestial shenanigans. It's been a minute since that time, but on Aug. 7, the night sky will be home to some low-key magic again with the partial lunar eclipse. Low. Key. So, I know you're wondering, "where can I see the partial lunar eclipse?" If so, read on.
As aforementioned, eclipse on Aug. 7 will be a partial lunar eclipse, which occurs when the earth moves between the sun and the moon but the three don't form a perfect celestial line. Instead, part of the moon is covered by the darkest part of the earth's shadow (called the umbra) while a greater portion of the moon falls within the penumbra, the secondary shadow. Unlike during a full lunar eclipse, the moon is still partially visible. Think ombré, lunar style.
This summer's partial lunar eclipse will be visible from most of South and East Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe. Basically, everywhere except the American continents. But that doesn't mean you can't still benefit from a li'l bit of the moon's celestial ~magic~.
Eclipses only occur during full moons or new moons. August's full moon is often referred to as the Sturgeon Moon, a name originated by the Algonquin tribes who lived along the East Coast. "Sturgeon" referred to the time of year when the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were swimming (sorry not sorry) with sturgeon, a large, bony fish. Based on where they lived, other tribes had different names. Dakotah Sioux, for example, referred to August as "The Moon When All Things Ripen," and the Ojibwe called it "The Blueberry Moon."
Astrologically speaking, according to Astrostyle, lunar eclipses are a time when we must come face to face with the fact that, no matter how we see ourselves, we're not all good or all bad all the time. We have personas which we present to the world, and those we hide (or try to). We have moods. We have sides. Take August's partial lunar eclipse as a sign to embrace your wholeness. Discover your own complexity. Sit with it. Get to know it.