In the astrological world, total solar eclipses are likened to super-charged new moons. These cosmic events are said to tap into our intuition, making us hyper aware and antsy for action. The Great American Eclipse happens on August 21, when the sun and moon are both in Leo, so expect surges of creativity, drama, and intensity as the universe works to open up blockages in our lives. In short, it’s going to be a wild ride. Scroll on to learn how to take advantage of the moment.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

It’s your big moment, Leo! The eclipse is in your first house of self, so now is when you need to spend some time thinking about what you want and what is keeping you from getting there. The universe is giving you the wisdom and energy to identify and conquer fears so you can get on with being your truly brilliant self.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Signs seem to be popping up everywhere as your subconscious works to clear up gray areas in your life. Before you go to bed, think about a question you want to answer, keep a journal by your bed, and jot down everything you remember from your dreams as soon as you wake up. Look for big ideas and patterns that resonate.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Your relationships feel out of sorts, and you get the sense that you are giving way more than you are getting. The moon and sun in Leo lend you the will to voice your discomforts and be clear about what you want. Prepare to distance yourself from those who are not receptive.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

The eclipse energizes your house of career, helping you refocus goals and widening your potential for opportunities. Don’t procrastinate! Polish your resume, go to more events, sign up for that class you’ve been considering — your next big move is right around the corner.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

You took a huge leap recently and your future still feels uncertain. The eclipse illuminates the horizon, cutting through the heaviness of what’s been going on, and gives you a new outlook. Things will start to become clearer as August 21 approaches.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Your heightened intuition lets you know that what you see isn’t always what you get. You’re compelled to get to the bottom of a mystery that’s been plaguing you with a colleague or friend. Have the conversation, but don’t be too pushy or you risk scaring them away. Trust your gut, and let details come to light at the right time.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

You may encounter rough seas with a loved one when the eclipse shakes up your house of relationships and sheds light on hidden issues. Although this type of confrontation is never easy, you’ll finally get the clarity you need once it’s all out on the table.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

With willful Leo in your life, you are compelled to get things done and focus — a rarity for your creative, daydreaming sign. Choose a project or goal you want to excel in, and channel these energies to make it happen.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

The new moon in Leo will activate your house of self-expression and inspire you to charge full-speed ahead toward your dreams. Start planting the seeds today, and get ready to spring into action when the time is right — you’ll know when that is.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Friends and family may be doubting your commitment, but with the eclipse firing up your house of foundations, it’s the perfect time to show your allegiance to those you love. Plan a trip home to reconnect with your core group and reinforce your base.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Look to simplify. Life may feel like it’s going a million miles an hour, and you’re not quite sure why you’re doing half of the things on your to-do list. Use your heightened sense of awareness to identify the things that don’t serve you in the bigger scheme and cut them out.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You may feel extra emotional during this time, so be conscious to not take things personally. Feed your soul by doing the simple things you enjoy, like spending a day in the park with a good friend or hosting a movie night. Be thrifty with your finances, and avoid impulse purchases.

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