The Longest Lunar Eclipse in a Century Is Happening Friday — Here's What That Means for You

Let's get right down to business: The longest lunar eclipse of the century occurs on Friday, July 27, 2018. The eclipse will last an hour and 43 minutes, nearly as long as an eclipse is even possible, which is one hour and 47 minutes. Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming astrological event.

What's the best way to view Friday's lunar eclipse?

When we think of eclipses, many think of planning the best way to watch them, because they can be a breathtaking sight (although many astrologers advise taking it easy on eclipse days rather than rushing to join the eager crowds). However, as Time writes, this eclipse is only visible to those in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Australia, so you may not get to see this one.

It's a total lunar eclipse, which is what happens when the earth passes directly between the sun and moon. The moon goes into shadow, and in this instance, we call it a "blood moon" as the moon will appear reddish during sunrise and sunset, as People reports.

How might this eclipse affect me?

Astrologically speaking, eclipses are a big deal. As Allure astrologer Aliza Kelly Faragher wrote think of eclipses as "a high-octane lunation that helps illuminate our karmic path, but just as these cosmic events can be visually striking, eclipses can be a bit dramatic." An eclipse is not tender. Eclipses aid in guiding us on our life path, which is a good thing, but they are extra AF about it. They hurry up what is meant to be, but while they're happening this can be painful.

If you're unhappy in a job but have been too shy to quit, you might get fired. If a relationship isn't working but you haven't yet been ready to let go, an eclipse may induce the inevitable and encourage a breakup. If all of this sounds scary, that's because it is. But keep reading, because eclipses also act as crucial turning points in our lives, and if approached with the right mindset and knowledge, can be a powerful and healing time of transformation.

My advice: Use it as a time to reflect.

The thing is, we're in the midst of a summer riddled with eclipses. A solar eclipse occurred in Cancer on July 12, which was all about new beginnings. Think back to what happened in your life around that period. Lunar eclipses, like the one on July 27 in Aquarius, turn those new beginnings into reality and can also shed light and understanding.

If you went through a breakup near or around July 12, the upcoming lunar eclipse may provide the insight you've been craving. If you've been dragging your feet and refusing to accept that breakup or another major life event, Friday's eclipse may jerk you into reality and force you to flow with the current of life rather than work against it. Finally, on August 11, another solar eclipse takes place in Leo, which ties the eclipse's events together, and if we allow it, provides closure and a fresh start.

Change is hard and painful. No one wants to be dumped or fired, and in reality, nothing of the sort may happen to you during the eclipse. But at the very least, expect Friday to be an emotionally intense day. Always remember that the universe loves you and wants you to be happy. But life is painful, complicated, and messy, and sometimes we have to go through hell to get where we need to be.

If you've been in denial about a recent change that took place or you've been feeling stuck in the past, this eclipse asks you to trust that the universe has your back and practice acceptance. It might not be easy, but neither is living your fullest potential. It takes strength and trust. Make time for self-care, which is crucial, not a catchphrase. Try to meditate on Friday (whatever that means for you) — remember your strength and what you've survived so far, and that it's always darkest before the dawn.

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