On Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and sun to create an incredibly magical total solar eclipse. Millions of people are preparing to witness the rare occasion, as the last one happened nearly a decade ago. As visually appealing and interesting as this eclipse promises to be, you might be wondering how the solar eclipse affects your body.
There are many ancient legends about the effects of a total solar eclipse on the human body. While not everything is backed up by science, it's always interesting to learn about people's beliefs regarding the intense power of the solar eclipse.
In astrology, the light of the sun represents life and energy. The sun is most closely associated with the self, personality, and ego, and what it is that makes you unique. It's also been said to foster creative ability and provide people with the power to meet the challenges of everyday life.
So, even though you may not think about the sun as much more than that really hot burning ball in the sky that leaves you with wicked sunburns every summer, it's worth knowing what you can expect when a solar eclipse is about to take place.
In the name of not being in the dark, here are five weird things the upcoming solar eclipse might do to your body.
1. You Might Feel Lethargic Or Tired
According to spiritual research, the total eclipse of the sun can cause feelings of tiredness or sickness.
It's also not advised to make big decisions during this time period because of the impact it can have on your mood.
2. Pregnancy Is Said To Be Affected
Pregnant women are sometimes asked to take certain precautions when it comes to a total solar eclipse, as there is a myth that claims children can be born with abnormalities during this time.
Please keep in mind there's no scientific evidence that this is true, but still, it's a wildly interesting theory.
3. You Might Suffer Eye Injuries
That is, if you decide to look directly at the sun during the eclipse.
This one is actually backed by science 100 percent, so listen up, guys. Though you're totally going to want to look up at this amazing sight, it is extremely dangerous to look at the sun with the naked eye. Doing so can cause permanent damage to the retina, and in the worst case scenario, it can even cause blindness.
This is why special solar eclipse glasses are sold exclusively for this event.
(Pro tip: Some libraries are even providing them for free!)
The only time you should remove these glasses is during those two minutes or less when the sun is completely obstructed.
Oh, and don't make the mistake of thinking your favorite pair of RayBans will cut it. Suck it up and wear the special glasses, friends.
4. Your Digestion Might Be Disrupted
Some people believe that the solar eclipse can wreak havoc on your digestion.
This is why extremely spiritual people choose to avoid meals and practice fasting during a total solar eclipse.
5. Your Emotions Might Be Out Of Whack
Many people believe that the rare occurrence of a solar eclipse has psychological effects on humans.
There are reports of increased agitation, unusual dreams, sudden bursts of creativity, and even relationship difficulties during a solar eclipse.
So, whether you find yourself painting the next Starry Night, or you simply want to hit up your nearest library for some dope eclipse shades, one thing is certain: This infrequent, literally astronomical opportunity will be a sight to see.