Astrology of August 2018

by Henry Seltzer
editor Victor Daniel

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The astrology of August continues to be wild and wooly, with another eclipse as well as the ongoing retrogrades of Mars and Mercury. Pluto is again featured, along with Mercury, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune. The Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse from July 27th, preceding the August month by a few days, is quite powerful, making a T-square to trickster Uranus in Taurus, and conjuncting retrograde Mars at three plus degrees of Aquarius, precisely semi-sextile to the limiting energy of Saturn in the same degree of Capricorn. This is indicative of a slow-down on getting things accomplished, due to both the retrograde condition of Mars and also to this aspect to Saturn. What we are able to do now has therefore become less important than how we are able to be. When we apply ourselves to look beneath the covers of all our motivations, we are better able to understand what we are about, and to perhaps come closer to discovering our actual purpose here in this physical plane of delay and travail. Because Saturn in Capricorn also trines the antithetical energies of prominent Uranus in this recent eclipse configuration, becoming increasingly close over the course of the month of August, we are also quite aware of the polarity between conservative and progressive agendas. In these uncertain times, some might see this as maintaining the status quo course versus shooting wildly off in novel and irresponsible directions. A more optimistic reframing might be that we balance the fear that leaves us staying stuck by the intentional attempt to break free of existing dysfunctional patterns by bravely going forward with untried and untested new ideas.

Of course the oppositional battle of right-left concepts and sloganeering can be seen as quite rampant in the daily news cycle, a trend that is unlikely, incidentally, to fade away anytime soon. This is what we have by now become almost inured to, along with the appearance of more and more radically surprising events, as supported by the symbolism of prominent Uranus. Just when you thought that things could not get any stranger… X happens. We must recognize that this basic polarity of stop and go is also playing out in our individual lives as well. What is it that you wish you had the nerve to go off and do? How do you feel that you have to rein in a wild impulse that might well not work out at all? If only it weren’t for the danger of losing money what indeed might you be willing to go out and try to accomplish? And so on.

Other outer planet themes are present in the August astrological line-up, and emphasized in the timing of the Leo solar eclipse and New Moon of Saturday, August 11th. This is quite a dizzying configuration, representing a continuation of the themes of major structural transformation that have been present all this summer. Because the eclipse degree of 18 plus is a good match for Pluto’s degree in Capricorn of 19 plus, representing an inconjunct aspect of 150 degrees, there is thus a continuation of the plutonic themes of transformation and loss. The good news is that you are not being encouraged to give up anything that you cannot do without. With Uranus and Pluto both emphasized in the timing of this summers eclipses, their fading square alignment is also emphasized, the hallmark aspect of this decade, leading up to the major cultural transformations of 2020. The solar eclipse degree is actually the focus point of a yod from Neptune and Pluto, as well as a sesqui-yod from Chiron and Saturn. This is powerful, and implies that our inner wounding is up for us, as well as our issues with authority, and as well as the necessity for some form of solution to arrive, in finding the way to move beyond these issues. Because retrograde Mercury squares Jupiter in this eclipse configuration, while aspecting Neptune, all the outer planets are included, and the message is that we need to get beyond egoic illusions and physical plane desires in order to address our true needs.

These are difficult times that we are going through. And yet, as our human inheritance implies, we cannot really learn and evolve in any other way, or else we would be doing it. With this as with many other things, an accepting attitude can work wonders.


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You are a living paradox this month, Aries. You are riding a wave that has both forward and backward momentum. Also, while putting yourself out into the world with dedication, there is quite a lot going on for you below the surface. Painful places within you might come to light this summer, and if so, it is for the purpose of healing these issues and beginning to move beyond them. Once accepted, these hurt and lonely places inside contribute greatly to your sense of integration. Although extremely aware of and sensitive to the past, and at times almost stopped in your tracks with just a whisper of forward movement, there is also a wild impulse somewhere deep inside you that wants you to shoot off in all directions. You will want to pay careful attention to everything that is going on around you and within you. Your intuition is extremely powerful now, and will greatly reward your tuning in to it.



The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


Your month begins in the midst of Eclipse season, and just as the retrograde of your ruler, Mars, in your eleventh house, is squaring Uranus in Taurus in your second. Since the middle of May, the topics of friends and finances, groups or organizations and your personal values have been pronounced, and as August begins, tensions in these areas are once again rising. You might be beyond ready to make some bold or creative decisions, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they were simultaneously linked to changes or challenges in your finances or among friends, colleagues, or within organizations.

Between August 6th and August 9th Venus will enter Libra and move into your seventh house of relationships where it will immediately apply to a square with Saturn in your career house. Watch for either the deepening of your commitments and seriousness in relationships or for strain or rigidity in relationships, perhaps related in part to your career or the workplace.

The month ahead also features Mercury’s ongoing retrograde through your fifth house of pleasure, creativity, children, and pregnancy. You may be changing your mind about a creative pursuit, or you might be reaching an important turning point within a creative process. On the other hand, you may need to revise or reconsider how you communicate with others, because what seems like harmless fun to you might come across as insensitive or even arrogant to someone else. Note that Mercury will turn direct again on August 18th, at which point you may begin to finalize or implement something important.

On August 11th a solar eclipse in Leo will continue to emphasize your fifth house. Remember that not everything we do for fun is healthy for us. A fifth house eclipse may signify the need to reduce or eliminate unhealthy behaviors from our lives that we do in the name of fun, creativity, or pleasure. On the other hand, this fifth house solar eclipse can signify powerful turns of events in relation to your children, creativity, or the arts in general, which could be prove to be deeply inspiring!

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces will land in your twelfth house, just as Venus in Libra in your seventh house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your tenth. While the Venus/Pluto square features themes of transformation in both the workplace and in partnerships or love, the Full Moon in the twelfth simultaneously warns of an unseen and perhaps emotional or manipulative force at work in your life. You should be careful of trying to fix or heal people who are not taking the initiative to heal themselves, be on guard against self-destructive impulses in relationships or at work, and be especially careful of secrets or secret motivations having a negative influence on you. It’s a great time to call on the courage of your Aries sign to face or confront whatever issues you see lurking in the shadows!


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This is another big month for you, Taurus. The eclipses of summer are contributing to your evolutionary development in their own particular way, and it is a way that does not come easily. Nevertheless, there is plenty of optimism as well as frustration; and a distinct spiritual edge to all your striving. Trickster Uranus, known as the wild card in the astrological energy field, is prominent in your solar chart. The Full Moon eclipse from the last days of July that hit your sign quite directly speaks of untoward events and strange enlightenment. You are struggling to assimilate old woundings from deep inside you, so that you can move on. The trick is to lay aside all conventional ideas in order to see what becomes available to you in an entirely unexpected manner. One reward is that you better understand of yourself in these deeper layers. Your perspective on the world is likely to be changing through the experiences of an active and enlightening summer.



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August begins just as Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your tenth house of career makes a square to Uranus in Taurus in your first house. This square comes right on the heels of a powerful lunar eclipse, conjoined with Mars retrograde, in your tenth house. All indications point to some serious changes to your professional situation or within the workplace, with the added emphasis of rebellious, innovative, and unpredictable Uranus in your first house signifying that these changes are even more personal and transformative. You may also notice the following themes are pronounced: personal rebirth and innovation, career transformation or confrontation, challenges to authority or tradition, or sudden and unexpected changes that are intensely personal (possibly related to your health or well being).

Between August 6th and August 9th, your ruling planet, Venus, will enter your sixth house and begin making an immediate square to Saturn in your ninth house. You might be ready to deepen your commitment to your beliefs or you might be looking for new ways to put your beliefs and ideals into action in the world. You may also find that you are naturally contemplating the subject of religion or spirituality within your relationships, at work, or among your co-workers or those you employ. On the other hand, you may find that you are seeking service or healing, knowledge and counsel, or help and advice from someone you respect.

The entire month of August also features Mercury Retrograde in your fourth house of home, family, and property, possibly signaling that you are reorganizing, rethinking, or revising something at home or in relation to your family members. You may also find that you are having to relearn an old skill or revisit events from your past. As the fourth house is related to our parents and the past, don’t be surprised if there are also interesting changes (or even flashbacks) happening in your parents’ lives this month or in your relationship with your parents. You can expect these themes to persist all the way up until August 18th, when Mercury will turn direct again, or even beyond, so that you eventually see the implementation of the lessons you’ve learned or the plans you’ve made during this retrograde time.

On August 11th there is a solar eclipse happening in Leo, again placing emphasis on the same fourth house topics (home/family/property). This solar eclipse is one of several solar eclipses you’ve had in this house over the past few years, but this one is the final fourth house eclipse that you will have for many years to come. As a result, there is a cumulative feeling surrounding this one. Solar eclipses present new beginnings, and so while you may be experiencing a new chapter of life relative to home and family right now, you may also have the sense that these changes are symptomatic of much larger or more comprehensive changes that you are going to make in the year ahead.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces lands in your eleventh house, just as Venus in Libra in your sixth house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your ninth. This sequence points to a series of practical changes you are making to more effectively accomplish your dreams and goals. You may be facing challenges with co-workers or colleagues, or even in your romantic relationship, as you are working hard to reorient yourself or recommit yourself to your true passions, studies, faith, or beliefs. Don’t be surprised if you need to let go of different social commitments or if you are feeling a little exhausted or unappreciated right now. With your personal planet (Venus) in the sixth house, you may feel like you are treading water for the moment, but these challenges will soon pass, and if you stay in service to your higher ideals, the right people will come to help you at just the right time!


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You have been touched, and changed, by the ongoing impact of this summer, Gemini, and your transformation continues. Your own personal evolution at this time has many twists and turns, as revealed to you by the various perspectives on yourself provided by helpful others. You may also find out by means of considering what the stars have to tell you, one more mirror. The beginning of the month and the days immediately preceding it are quite telling in this regard. The solar eclipse of August 11th, the third in the series, marks another step forward in growth and learning. Your game plan for future unfoldment is altering before your inward gaze, while also you detect and begin to resolve old patterns of dysfunctional behavior that may have been holding you back from your fullest expression. You have on your side a process of deep intuition that has been growing stronger over these last few weeks, and that will come to your aid if you only allow it.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


Your month gets started with Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your ninth house of higher mind making a square to Uranus in Taurus in your twelfth. This is, of course, happening just days after last month’s powerful lunar eclipse in Aquarius, which was also in your ninth house. Both transits echo similar themes. You may be experiencing a crisis or challenge of faith or belief, facing a period of existential doubt, loneliness, or frustration, or perhaps embracing a somewhat nihilistic, rebellious, or even self-destructive attitude. As a Gemini you are a natural questioner, thinker, and philosopher, and you may naturally be drawn to fields of study that reward critical thinking, doubt, debate, and rational questioning. However, to be truly free, to be truly objective and open-minded, we must also study our own habits and behaviors, intellectually. If by doing so right now, you discover that you are somewhat rigid in your doubts, committed irrationally to a habit of skepticism, then consider that the most radical position, the most innovative idea, might be to simply put your faith in something!

Between August 6th and August 9th, Venus will move into Libra, therefore in your fifth house of creative self-expression, and immediately square Saturn in Capricorn in your eighth. Something fun, romantic, or creative could take an unexpectedly serious turn as the goddess of love and beauty encounters the god of maturity, seriousness, and discipline within the house of death and rebirth. You may also find that there are more serious or sobering consequences for frivolous or childlike behavior right now, so be thoughtful about how you are expressing yourself or who you are spending your time with.

Meanwhile, your ruling plane, Mercury, is retrograde in Leo and traveling through your third house all month long. The topics of creative communication, writing, learning, teaching, and skill development are pronounced. Don’t be surprised if you are revising, re-visioning, or reconsidering a creative project, learning a new skill or deepening an existing skill. You may also be experiencing a period of self-doubt, especially around how you communicate or share yourself creatively with others. Note that by August 18th Mercury will turn direct, and the challenges of this period will likely begin to settle down, as things gradually start moving forward once more. This may also mean that you are ready to implement some of the changes you’ve made during the retrograde period.

On August 11th, there is a solar eclipse taking place in the sign of Leo, also in your third house, further emphasizing the transformation that is occurring for you right now regarding third house topics: the mind, communication, siblings, neighbors, writing, teaching, learning, etc. This is the final eclipse in Leo after several years of eclipses falling in your third house, which might also indicate that the changes happening right now are cumulative. A new voice, idea, technology, or personal message is ready to be shared with the world, and it is reflective of several years’ worth of deeper creative transformations happening within you.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces will be illuminating your tenth house of career and public reputation while Venus in your fifth house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your eighth. This is also happening just prior to Mars finally turning direct in Capricorn in your eighth house, on August 27th. The Full Moon points to an energetic culmination taking place in your career to end the month, but the Venus/Pluto square simultaneously points to a level of deep, and possibly heavy, transformation taking place within relationships right now. Again, the image of something “fun” turning into something sober, dark, or more serious than what you bargained for, stands out. Or, alternatively, images of forbidden love, subversive art, or thrilling but dangerous relationship dynamics come to mind. With Mars turning direct and moving from the eighth house back into Aquarius in the ninth house by early next month, you may find that you are trying to discern the best strategy for accomplishing something without compromising yourself or others, or that you are generally looking for the right balance between personal empowerment and spiritual or philosophical integrity.



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Your summer rolls on apace, Cancer, and with the unfolding of events, takes you through a series of changes affecting your fundamental notion of who in fact you really are. This month serves notice, following upon the two powerful eclipses of July, that whatever is going on with you, including the path to resolve old wounding, has resonance with the way that you regard your connections with others, especially those involving significant intimate relationships. This may additionally engage with the very concept of partnership as an important life factor for you. Your future plans have recently taken on a radical new shine of edgy possibility. You are feeling a glow of newfound creativity and an essentially spiritual approach to life and love. With the retrograde of Mercury through a key sector of your solar chart, you have been also re-thinking finances and other outer resources, aligning yourself in new ways with inner values that are more pertinent to yourself and yourself alone.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


Your month gets started with a bang, as Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your eighth house immediately squares Uranus in Taurus in your eleventh house, just days after a lunar eclipse in Aquarius on July 27th. Right now, your dreams, goals, and visions for the future are changing radically as you are being forced to confront your fears, personal limitations, and the reality of impermanence, loss, or change. Where there are unexpected changes, death, loss, or disruption, remember that there is always an opportunity to reevaluate our life plans, wishes, and dreams. Often the greatest revolutions begin with the unexpected or unanticipated. Or, put differently, sometimes for breakthroughs to happen we must break down, first!

Between August 6th and August 9th, the planet Venus will enter Libra in your fourth house of home and family and make a square to Saturn in Capricorn in your seventh house of partnership. You may be feeling the need to address deeper and more serious topics within your relationships right now, or you might be called to do some healing work related to your parents, family, or home. Be careful of rigidity in your relationships, as this transit may easily tempt you or your partners into an overly conservative or uncompromising position.

Meanwhile, Mercury in Leo is retrograde in your second house for most of the month. This means that you might be experiencing some changes, revisions, or reversals regarding your personal finances or in relation to how you spend your time, money, or energy. Note that by August 18th, Mercury will turn direct, at which point you could notice that any delays, setbacks, or reversals may start to naturally clear up, and any new financial opportunities or ideas that came up during the retrograde period may begin to be implemented.

On August 11th, a solar eclipse in Leo also lands in your second house, further emphasizing the importance of money, finances, resources, and personal/material values for you right now. Ever since the winter of 2016-2017 you have been receiving eclipses in your second house, which means these topics have been pronounced for some time now. This final eclipse in Leo thus signals not only a new beginning in the realm of money, resources, and material values, but it also represents a culmination of the lessons you’ve been learning. You are preparing to turn the corner and start a new chapter in relation to what you own or possess, what you have and hold, and how you want to use your time and energy in the world. As a Cancer, the most important question is always, “Does this lead me to a deeper feeling of emotional intimacy and closeness to the world, to my environment, and to whatever it is I hold most dear'”

On August 12th, Mars will finally retrograde its way out of Aquarius and back into its exalted status in Capricorn in your seventh house of relationships, perhaps putting the spotlight on the hard work, achievements or accomplishments of a partner, or issues or challenges related to the status of a partner or partnership, over all. Note that on August 27th, Mars will finally turn direct, which may signal a turning point for the better, especially regarding both money and partnerships.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces will be shining bright in your ninth house of higher mind, just as Venus in Libra in your fourth house is square to Pluto in Capricorn in your seventh house. This sequence points to themes of depth, transformation, and rebirth in the home, family, and intimate relationships, while simultaneously highlighting themes of travel, religion or beliefs, and/or higher education. It might be the perfect time to take a spiritual retreat with a spouse or partner, or to examine the way in which differing beliefs lie at the root of different needs or desires within your home, family, or partnerships. Just remember, as a Cancer you are prone to nurturing others, but if you neglect your own needs, especially in relationships, resentment could begin grow and then fester!



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This is a vitally interesting and profoundly transformative time for you Leo, so be sure to pay the closest possible attention to everything that happens around you and to you. The eclipses of summer have been landing on the grounds of your inner realms, tucked away deep underneath your surface layers, and most recently in your sign, and that brings your very sense of your own identity to the fore; you have been consulting with both your demons and your hidden angels. This begins with newfound intuitional awareness of your most profound purpose in being here on planet earth at this particular time and place, and proceeds to a poignant questioning of all sorts of motivation levels for your activity, most centrally those of a partnership nature. You are investigating your basis for relationship and what you intend there, as stemming from the darker layers of your personality as well as your Higher Self.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


Your August starts with a cymbal crash, as Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your seventh or relationship house squares Uranus in Taurus in your tenth house of career. This aspect happens just days after the lunar eclipse you just had in your seventh house (on July 27th). The themes of partnership, love, social image or reputation, and career or profession have thus been very strong for you lately. You may be going through some pretty serious changes, challenges, or confrontations with a lover or spouse, or you might be embodying something of the rebel or innovator in the work place. With this transit you’ll want to be careful of reactivity, conflicts, or the tendency for power struggles in both your intimate relationships and with bosses or co-workers. As a Leo you are generally very conscious of how others feel about you, but this transit may dare you to care just a little bit less about how popular you are, in favor of inner worth, at least for the moment!

Between August 6th and August 9th, the planet Venus will enter Libra in your third house of learning and communications, and immediately square Saturn in Capricorn in your sixth house. Don’t be surprised if you are working hard for the best diplomatic solution to a tricky situation, or if you are having to be incredibly measured and careful about how you communicate with others. While the month begins with the defiance and innovation of Mars and Uranus, the mood quickly shifts to one of seriousness, maturity, and diplomacy as you pick up on Venus with Saturn. On the other hand, you will want to be careful of being overly rigid or uncompromising. You may be driving a hard bargain or trying to convince others of something that you could easily accomplish with just a little more flexibility. Finally, don’t be surprised if while trying to communicate yourself to others you are met with different forms of resistance. Let the bigness of your heart and a reservoir of patience light your path, and remember that every “no,” from the universe is also a “yes” when you stay centered in the spirit of gratitude.

Now, here’s the big stuff. All month-long, Mercury is retrograde in your home sign, your first house of identity, suggesting that you are going through some significant personal changes. Perhaps you are learning how to express yourself, your energy, and your heart in a totally different way, or perhaps you are doing some deeper inner work right now. On the other hand, you might be striving to renew your self-confidence, your personal appearance, or even your health. Whatever the case might be, this Mercury Retrograde period allows you a unique moment of self-reflection, so be sure to take advantage of it, and remember that whatever naturally breaks down during Mercury Retrogrades is destined to do so. If you get curious about whatever is happening during a Mercury Retrograde period, you are usually blessed with new insights that can lead to spiritual growth and positive changes. Note that Mercury will turn direct on August 18th, at which point the energies and changes of the cycle will start coming to their resolution, while those frustrating delays or setbacks will also begin to dissolve.

On August 11th a solar eclipse lands once again in your first house, in your home sign. You have been receiving eclipses in your home sign ever since the winter of 2016-2017, and yet this one represents the culmination of all of them, which means that you are on the precipice of FULLY embodying a very long series of transformations. Think of it like a system update. There is a new you that has been slowly uploading for quite a while now. You’ve been watching your changes unfolding little by little, and bit by bit, and after this eclipse, with the new operating system on board, you are ready to finally launch a major new chapter of your life.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces lands in your eighth house, while Venus in Libra in your third house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your sixth house of service and personal mission. Watch again for some tricky or challenging themes surrounding communication in relationships. The Full Moon in the eighth house brings the themes of depth, death, and rebirth to mind, as does Pluto, while Venus in the third house in Libra reflects a more diplomatic, harmonizing, and communicative quality. Putting this all together, you might be seeking some tactful, beautiful, or more intelligent ways of exploring taboo or subversive subject matters. The eighth house Full Moon may also focus on a spouse or partner’s financial affairs, but with Venus square Pluto taking place at the same time you are likely to be considering the need for some deeper or more substantive changes in yourself, as well.



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This month represents another intense series of trials and opportunities for you, Virgo. You are making progress, and yet you might also recognize that there is still a long way to go if you are to reach the safety of a farther shore, which is essential. Ancient wounding could come up for healing as an important part of your journey. As you seek new answers to old questions, you are looking to the inside, that almost mystical hidden underworld of emotion and desire that is the wellspring of your actions. And this is so particularly in the timing of the recent lunar eclipse, just a few days before the current month began, and as well the eclipse New Moon of August 11th. All through, you are searching for a better place to stand, and even finding it, consistent with the idea that, if you are to succeed with style, you must articulate a clearer vision, one that is more consistent with your most sincere values.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


Your month gets started with an explosive square from Mars retrograde in your sixth house of service to Uranus in Taurus in your ninth house of higher mind. This is something like an aftershock from last month’s lunar eclipse in your sixth house (having taken place on July 27th), which was also conjunct retrograde Mars. Because the sixth house is the house of labor, sickness, and service, and as Mars has been retrograde in your sixth house all summer, you may have been experiencing a season of very hard, possibly even exhausting or frustrating work, setbacks or challenges to health, or a period of very active service to a cause or mission you believe in. Regardless, these themes have also been intimately linked to the revolutionary energy of Uranus in your ninth house of higher education, travel, beliefs, spirituality and religion (since the middle of May!). So, you are once again being offered an opportunity to refine your health as you refocus your beliefs, or to serve others while also studying something new or perhaps revolutionizing your spiritual life. Whatever your personal situation might look like, just remember that as a Virgo you aren’t at your best unless you feel that you are offering your skills, expertise, or service to others. However, sometimes to be of service we should be more than just a practical helper or expert, we must also constantly renew the spirit of service within our hearts!

Between August 6th and August 9th, Venus in Libra will enter your second house of resources and values, and immediately square Saturn in Capricorn in your fifth house. Don’t be surprised if your children cost you a little money right now, or if you are dealing with an unexpected expense. While Venus in your second house announces a short season of auspiciousness for financial matters this month, it’s immediate square to conservative Saturn suggests the potential for some constraints or restrictions, as well. However, it might be just the right time to make a more conservative investment, to make a creative commitment, or to start a savings account for your children. You may also notice a general theme of greater seriousness, maturity, discipline and focus in your relationships right now, or you may find that while you are receiving great opportunities for financial growth that it is coupled with a heavier workload and less time for fun or recreation, in general.

Meanwhile, for much of the month Mercury will be retrograde in your twelfth house, in the sign of Leo. Because Mercury is your personal planet, this may be a particularly challenging retrograde period for you. You might be feeling a little depressed or isolated, or you might be craving time alone or seeking out space for deeper personal reflection. Be careful of any self-destructive tendencies right now, and be especially careful about gossip, secrets, or slander, as this Mercury Retrograde can easily bring your words back to haunt you. At the same time, Mercury’s retrogradation in this house is also a signal that you might be receiving a series of healing insights. Your dreams might be more vivid than usual, and you may want to write them down. You could receive messages or insights that can help you to avoid repeating bad choices. Note that on August 18th, Mercury will turn direct again, signaling that a process of inner change or reflection is now beginning to resolve itself.

On August 11th, a solar eclipse in Leo also lands in your twelfth house. This is the final eclipse in Leo after a series of them that you have been receiving to your twelfth house since the winter of 2016-2017. For a few years now, you have thus been facing your inner shadows, wandering through a kind of liminal space, and patiently (though perhaps also painfully) awaiting the end of this period of inner doubt, turmoil, and healing. Alternatively, as the twelfth house is also related to places where people go when they are suffering (like hospitals or rehab facilities, etc.) perhaps you have been called over the course of the past year and a half to serve those who are suffering or to bear witness to the pain and loss of others. Either way, what lessons have you learned and how will you put them into action' The cumulative effect of this eclipse suggests that a kind of metamorphosis is about to happen, as the eclipses finally leave the challenging terrain of your twelfth house.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces lands in your seventh house, just as Venus in Libra in your second house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your fifth. The Full Moon here suggests culmination, tension, and fullness in your relationships right now, while Venus and Pluto echo the same themes from the Venus square Saturn transit earlier this month: financial constraints or financial transformation, children, creativity, recreation and pleasure vs. work and duty, etc. It wouldn’t be surprising to see some tension in your relationships surrounding money, how you spend your money, or issues related to what you and a partner both need or seek for fun, recreation, and pleasure. You might be debating the difference between healthy and unhealthy desires, and it also wouldn’t be surprising to see some Plutonian elements entering your relationships: that which is dark, erotic, primal, powerful, subversive or taboo. Remember, as a Virgo it’s easy for you to get wound up with a kind of puritanical anxiety, which also means that when it’s time to finally let go you may overcompensate and go to extremes. By looking for a little fluidity and fun each day, you will likely save yourself some major cleanup later!



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This is a thorny month for you, Libra, in many ways a continuation of the previous month, and of the major changes of this intense eclipse season. You are sorting out what it is that you really want, bearing in mind as you do your deep inner process. This involves new takes on intimacy as well as reinventing yourself in terms of partnership interaction, and adherence to your most sincerely felt values. Your work in the world is another focus, ever since mid-July, and yet takes second place to the private inner drama of home, family, and intimate connection. Your self-expression is in some ways stifled, activity likely having the two speeds of slow and stop, and yet this is character-building. The solar eclipse of August 11th represents another difficult juncture, when you are thinking your way through to a different set of future goals. Your planning is error-prone and filled with false starts, and yet persistence pays off in the longer term.


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Your month begins with a bang, just as Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your fifth house of creative self-expression, and children, makes a square to Uranus in Taurus in your eighth. This is, of course, happening just days after the major lunar eclipse that took place in Aquarius in your fifth house on July 27th. If you have children, it’s possible that your kids, your relationships with your kids, and maybe even some challenges or general frustrations related to children have been on your mind lately. On the other hand, Mars retrograde in the fifth house might call you to explore why you seek the forms of pleasure that you do, perhaps with an emphasis on weeding out reckless patterns that are no longer serving you, or it may indicate that you are looking for new and innovative ways to express yourself or utilize your creative abilities. Whatever the case might be, with Uranus fueling this transit, there is also an aura of defiance, rebellion, and originality in the air. With this dynamic transit you can expect the unexpected. Just remember that with Mars and Uranus squaring off it’s easy for the “yang” energies to be a little out there, and with your home planet, Venus, in your twelfth house of “self-undoing” to start the month, a few impulsive choices could spiral out of control more quickly than you imagine. As Libran you have an advantage; tap into your natural grace and balance, and you will be just fine!

Between August 6th and August 9th your ruling planet, Venus, will enter your home sign of Libra and immediately square Saturn in Capricorn in your fourth house of family. You should be feeling at home and in your element with this transit, even if the square to Saturn brings a more serious tone to bear on Venus’ entrance into Libra. You may find that you are encountering a variety of challenges, responsibilities, or hard work related to your home and family, but you should also feel poised, confident, and ready to harmonize your own needs with whatever obligations or limitations you are dealing with. This is also an excellent transit for deepening your commitments. Remember that Venus with Saturn can easily represent the kind of love or beauty that ages like fine wine.

Meanwhile, for much of the month Mercury will be retrograde in Leo within your eleventh house of wishes and hopes, friends and groups or organizations, indicating that you are witnessing some important changes, revisions, or reversals with plans, within your social circles, in your friendships, or within whatever organizations or groups you may belong to. It’s an excellent time to reconsider or revise your social networks, to find new or interesting people or technologies to help you chase your dreams, or to shift your perspectives and priorities regarding your own personal dreams and long-term goals. Note that Mercury will turn direct on August 18th, signaling that the process of changes, delays, and revisions, is beginning to complete itself.

On August 11th, there will be a solar eclipse in Leo, also taking place in your eleventh house, further emphasizing the same themes as above. Solar eclipses are very powerful New Moons; they indicate that a new chapter is beginning within the area of life indicated by whatever house in which they fall. However, because this is the last of several eclipses you have received in the sign of Leo since the winter of 2016-2017, there is a kind of cumulative affect with this eclipse, perhaps indicating that ongoing changes surrounding your social life, friends, groups or organizations, are starting to bear fruit. For example, it’s not uncommon when numerous eclipses fall into your eleventh house to find yourself suddenly interested in astrology, or maybe some interesting community of art, culture, or even politics. As the eclipses pile up, you may find that your investment in this new group or culture is becoming deeper and more committed, perhaps to the point of needing to rearrange your life to accommodate your new interests in a deeper way.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces lands in your sixth house of service, just as Venus in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn in your fourth house. If you have been dealing with any kind of personal frustrations, health challenges, or mental or emotional turbulence this month, and especially if it has anything to do with your home, family, or living situation, then this transit may bring things to a head to help you release and heal whatever you’ve been struggling with. On the other hand, if there have been challenges in your home, family, or relationships, and you’ve been overwhelmed or exhausted by them, then be extra careful not to overextend yourself. It’s all too easy under a Pisces Full Moon to give too much of yourself to make peace or avoid a potentially challenging situation. But just remember, you are a natural harmonizer. Trust your ability to assert yourself and to work through things gracefully, even if they are taboo or difficult.




This is a key month for you, Scorpio, with plenty of action on both outer and inner levels. From the timing of the recent lunar eclipse, just a few days before the beginning of August, you are even more invested in home and family concerns. You are looking for the hidden motivations behind all of your familial interactions, and your connection to the past, perhaps even seeing these in metaphorical terms, as symbols for your life path. This is a time of great synchronicity, for you especially, and you benefit from staying as aware as possible of all the ramifications of the events and ideas swirling around you. Jupiter, located in your sign, is now in forward motion, and combined with nebulous Neptune, so that your self-expression is blossoming in mystical directions that could lead to surprising career opportunities. Outcomes incline to the favorable. Things might not trend toward the best possible result, but nevertheless they will eventually manifest as the best result possible.


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Your month starts with retrograde Mars in Aquarius in your fourth house of family igniting an explosive square to Uranus in Taurus in your seventh or relationship house. This transit is a bit like the aftershock of an earthquake considering the recent lunar eclipse that also fell into your fourth house on July 27th. The topics of your family, home, parents, living situation, and partnerships or marriage are headline news right now, with possible shocks, disruptions, rapid changes or revolutions, coming one after the other. With Jupiter in your home sign of Scorpio all year long, the good news is that you have the confidence, charm, and good luck to deal with any challenges arising right now. Plus, being a Scorpio, you are by nature better than most at handling intense transformational dynamics such as these.

Between August 6th and August 9th Venus will enter Libra in your twelfth house and immediately square Saturn in Capricorn in your third house. Given the emphasis on your seventh house this month, it’s safe to say that you might be reeling from the changes happening in your relationships. Don’t be surprised if you need time alone, time to reflect, or if you are longing for a deeper and more mature conversation or communication with those that you love. On the other hand, if things have been moving too quickly, then you may want to consider putting the brakes on for the moment to evaluate your feelings and gain a broader and more mature or more balanced perspective.

Meanwhile, for most of the month Mercury is retrograde in your tenth house of career, and on August 11th, you will be receiving a solar eclipse in your tenth house of career. There are strong indications here that you will be experiencing some significant changes in your career or in the workplace. For example, you might be considering a new form of technology, a new project or public relations strategy, or you might be changing careers, titles, or job descriptions. On the other hand, you may find that you are experiencing reversals of fortune in your career. For example, a strategy that was previously unsuccessful may work better than ever, or vice versa. The solar eclipse in your tenth house is also the last of several that you’ve had in your tenth house since the winter of 2016-2017, perhaps indicating that whatever changes are happening in your career right now, and in the months ahead, represent a more total transformation that is finally settling in.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces is swimming through your fifth house, while Venus in Libra in your twelfth house is squaring Pluto in Capricorn in your third house of learning and communicating. Here the theme of communication in your relationships again stands out, but this time the topics are more intense, deep, subversive, or even taboo. Though you are naturally a creature of intense privacy and protectiveness, there may be a deeper level of creativity, pleasure, and spontaneity available to you, and perhaps within your relationships, if you are daring enough to open emotionally and address whatever secret thoughts, feelings, or shadows are lingering within. On the other hand, this combination of aspects can also point to overdoing things or possibly indulging someone else’s fantasies to your own detriment, so trust your protective instincts (without being paranoid), and use your inner radar to discern what’s moving beneath the surface right now.



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You have another exciting month coming up, Sagittarius, as you navigate the tricky waters of your own unconscious process. Your worldview is radically transforming with the eclipses of this volatile summer, linked also with partnership interaction and career choices in the outer world. You may have to work through some painful places inside yourself to get to the heart of the matter. In this regard, perseverance furthers. The midmonth solar eclipse in Leo, taking pace on August 11th, punctuates your experience in a magical manner, rendering it brand-new. Throughout the month, you might also be prone to recognizing a fundamental instability and even confusion at the core of your experience, and yet this reverses, by means of a shift in perspective – not unlike the figure-and-ground reversal of an everyday graphical illusion – into a series of spiritual epiphanies. In this way, as you sail into further flowerings of your basic underlying essence, you are in the world and yet not of it.


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Your month begins with a bang, just as Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your third house of learning and communication makes a square to Uranus in Taurus in your sixth house. This is of course taking place just days after the powerful lunar eclipse in Aquarius, which also landed in your third house on July 27th. If you have siblings, then events related to your siblings this Summer may be somewhat challenging or transformative. On the other hand, the third house is also related to the mind and to communication, whereas the sixth is related to service, and so you may find that you are being empowered to write, speak, or communicate on behalf of someone or something, perhaps with a high level of passion, innovation, or even defiance and rebellion. With Mars retrograde in your third house, you might be learning some important lessons related to anger, frustration, or explosiveness right now. While Mars and Uranus can together signify breakthroughs, courage, and inventiveness, they can also signify shocking events, aggression, frustration with limitations, and even violence. With your home planet of Jupiter in the twelfth house this year, it’s very important that you be mindful of your depths, as well as any self-destructive tendencies, including the tendency to entertain extreme ideas or beliefs.

Between August 6th and August 9th, Venus will enter Libra in your eleventh house of friendships, and square Saturn in Capricorn in your second house. It’s a nice time for socializing with your friends or colleagues, or for finding new allies, but there may also be a more serious theme in the air right now surrounding money or finances. Watch for themes of financial collaboration or joint-investments, and don’t be surprised if you’re feeling called to do some long-term financial planning or revisioning. This is also potentially a rather “cliquey” transit that could easily bring up issues surrounding financial or social status, with a tendency toward taking oneself too seriously, being exclusive, etc., so be careful not to feed into any aura of superficiality that is surrounding you right now.

Meanwhile, for much of the month Mercury will be retrograde in the sign of Leo within your ninth house of religion, higher education, and long journeys, and then on August 11th you’ll also receive a solar eclipse in Leo. Both transits place a very strong emphasis on your faith and beliefs, on higher studies, or travel. You might be traveling or planning to return to some place from your past, studying and revising or deepening your knowledge of something, or opening your mind to a totally different part of the world or a different path of faith and inquiry. While solar eclipses generally indicate powerful new beginnings, this solar eclipse is also the final eclipse to land in your ninth house after several of them, dating back to the winter of 2016-2017. Though you are naturally a seeker, traveler, and sage, it’s clear that you are going through something of a personal renaissance, and this eclipse announces the culmination of a season of seeking for something higher!

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces falls in your fourth house, while Venus in your eleventh house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your second house. Here, the Full Moon is illuminating the topics of home, family, parents, and property, while simultaneously Venus and Pluto are dragging up some potentially very intense and transformative interpersonal dynamics, perhaps related to money, groups of friends and social organizations. Family may be a somewhat challenging topic this year due to Jupiter, the ruler of the fourth house, being in your twelfth house in Scorpio until November. Be careful of any impulse to try and hide or avoid any shadow material related to your home, family, or property right now, and be especially careful of political or social gamesmanship, especially related to money or finances. At the same time, don’t be surprised if changes in your social life and/or finances are providing you with new opportunities or perhaps some much-needed down time.



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The beat of massive change goes on, Capricorn, as you continue to transform over the course of an active summer. You are finding more questions than answers as you mull over what has lately arisen concerning your very identity and your purpose in the world. There has been in your life both stress and opportunity, especially since the powerful July solar eclipse in your seventh house of relationship, that took place midmonth, and punctuated by the very recent lunar eclipse from a few days before the current month began. With this month’s solar eclipse in your intimacy sector, which happens on August 11th, you are being given another nudge from the universe to grow in your understanding, and to take a more inclusive attitude toward others as well as with the hidden spaces within you. This inevitably involves comforting and incorporating painful places stemming from early wounding, plus further exploration of relationship with important partners, embracing the novel perspectives that they bring.


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Your August starts with a dynamic square from Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your second house of resources and values to Uranus in Taurus in your fifth house. This transit is also taking place just days after the lunar eclipse in Aquarius, which took place on July 27th and which was also conjoined with Mars retrograde in your second house. Suffice it to say, finances, resources, possessions, and personal/material values have been a pronounced focus for a while now, dating back to approximately the middle of May, when Mars first entered your second house and began squaring Uranus in Taurus. It’s a great time get creative about your financial situation or to utilize new technologies or to invest in a creative project, but at the same time you shouldn’t be surprised if there are some disruptions leave you with a few extra bills or that force you to reconsider how you are spending your time or money. If you have children, then you might be dropping a few extra dollars because of them, or you might be dealing with themes of childish resistance or rebellion. It’s also a great moment to simplify, reduce, or eliminate unhealthy habits from your life, perhaps replacing them with something healthier.

Between August 6th and August 9th, Venus will enter Libra and move into your tenth house of career, immediately squaring Saturn in your sign. Venus entering your career house is a certainly an indication of good things to come this month, but it’s immediate square to Saturn in your first house may indicate that you are also being weighed down by something, perhaps from taking on too many responsibilities at once. Be careful that you remain open to receive the good vibes entering your career house right now, as you sometimes have the tendency to remain so focused on the work ahead that you do not take the time to express enough joy or gratitude for your accomplishments along the way. Additionally, be sure to keep an open and compromising attitude right now, as you might be called on to negotiate or work with others in the workplace toward greater unity or collaboration.

Meanwhile, for much of the month, Mercury will be retrograde in your eighth house of intimacy and personal evolution, and then on August 11th you will receive a solar eclipse in your eighth house. Both events signal that there are some deeper changes happening right now. As the eighth house was traditionally related to the underworld, to what we fear, and to endings and death, it’s likely that you are revisiting some of your old fears or potentially some old habits, or that you are being forced to look at things that are uncomfortable or disturbing. At the same time, solar eclipses signify new beginnings, and so it is likely that whatever you are confronting right now is also providing you with the impetus to make some lasting changes. Remember that the eighth house is also related to other people’s money, or a spouse’s money, and so it’s also possible that both Mercury’s retrograde and the solar eclipse will pertain to changes happening in relation to a partner’s money. Note that by August 18th, when Mercury turns direct again, lessons will be learned, agreements or resolutions reached, and you’ll be ready to reap the benefits of this longer season of challenging spiritual work.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces will fall in your third house of learning and communication, while Venus in Libra in your tenth will square Pluto in Capricorn in your first house. Be careful of putting yourself in the middle of any kind of public scandal, controversy, or conflict. Avoid power struggles and beware of the desire to persuade or be persuaded at the cost of your better reason. At the same time, don’t be surprised if you are experiencing some degree of public success, notoriety, or attention, especially related to what you are saying, thinking, writing, or publicly communicating with others. The Full Moon in Pisces in the third, combined with the depth and allure of Venus and Pluto can easily hypnotize you into chasing your desires or the spotlight right into a very complicated situation. However, this also might indicate that you are addressing complicated situations with grace, maturity, and sensitivity. You’ll know the difference if you take a few moments to reflect before saying or doing anything impulsive.



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The roller coaster ride of an exciting summer continues, Aquarius. You are coming into the current month on the heels of a lunar eclipse in your sign, conjunct retrograde Mars, signifying that you are quite aware of your underlying motivations vis-à-vis your own self-development, including career choices and learning/communication involving peers. You are also very invested in home and family concerns. There is as well a pronounced spotlight on important partners in your life, a studied focus that increases mightily with the solar eclipse of August 11th. The week of August 6th is especially potent, culminating in this third eclipse of a volatile summer, the New Moon taking place that Saturday in your opposite sign. All along, yet another important goal continues to be better understanding yourself deep down inside. Your reliance on the relative solidity of your interior realms has never been in doubt, at least not recently, and by now has assumed epic proportions, as the road to self-knowledge and peace of mind.






Your month begins with a dramatic and intense square from Mars retrograde in your home sign of Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus in your fourth house of family. This square comes on the heels of the even more powerful lunar eclipse, which was conjoined with Mars retrograde in Aquarius, on July 27th. It doesn’t get more personally transformative and intense than what Aquarians are going through right now. The recent lunar eclipse, plus the Mars retrograde in your first house, is an indication of serious personal challenges, change, reform, and transformation. As the first house is the house of health and vitality, you might be ready for a totally new health regiment, or you might be riding the waves of a personal healing crisis. Whatever the case might be, the month begins with a repeat of the same dynamic themes and a similar message: awaken, transform, change, and confront your own shadow side. On the other hand, given the heaviness of these energies, you might be dealing with feelings of frustration, depression, or lethargy; you might be learning how to better manage your anger or how to use your will power more effectively. The square from Mars to Uranus in your fourth house also suggests changes, innovation, or disruption related to your home and family life, or regarding land and property. The desire to be free or independent might be incredibly strong right now but remember that burning bridges or making violent separations or declarations of independence will only perpetuate a cycle of alienation, violence, and hurt down the road. You may need to cut some unhealthy cords from your past, but just remember that we end up alone in this world when we do nothing but focus on our differences with others, rather than focusing on what brings us together.

Between August 6th and 9th, Venus will enter Libra in your ninth house of higher mind, and square Saturn in your twelfth house, suggesting the need for friendship and partners rooted in shared struggles, shared beliefs, shared questions, or a shared love of higher knowledge, art, and culture. Remember that true spiritual companionship is rare, and even with the best of friends, so that compromise is always required!

Meanwhile, much of the month Mercury will be retrograde in Leo within your seventh house of relationships. This transit will also be punctuated by a solar eclipse in the sign of Leo taking place on August 11th. As you are changing, your relationships are changing. As your partners are changing or encountering challenges, so are you. This has been the situation for a while now, ever since eclipses started appearing one after another in Aquarius and Leo, dating back to the winter of 2016-2017. However, Mercury Retrograde during the midst of this eclipse suggests a period of revision, reform, or reversals in your partnerships, as well. It’s therefore a good time to renegotiate, find common ground, work toward compromises, or to give your partner the chance to rethink their own position on something. If you are single, then note that this final eclipse in Leo may signal the beginning of a new relationship or perhaps the reappearance of someone from your past. Either way, by August 18th when Mercury turns direct and the final eclipse in your seventh house is said and done, you will have completed a longer season of transformative work in the arena of love and partnerships. What have you learned, and how will you move forward considering all the growth that you’ve done'

Finally, on August 26th the Full Moon in Pisces lands in your second house, while Venus in Libra in your ninth house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your twelfth house. The Full Moon here shines its light on the topics of money, resources, and values, while the Venus/Pluto square emphasizes deeper encounters surrounding relationships, taboo or exotic topics, travel, faith, religion, and/or higher education. Be careful of the impulsive travel or educational expense, or the desire to spend a lot of money on a passing interest in something that you are feeling drawn to but may not sustain your interest over the long haul. On the other hand, it could be an excellent time to reconsider your financial strategyor to invest in your own personal healing. The Full Moon in the second house, given the Venus/Pluto square can also speak to the need to get your material urges or habits under control. When you say yes to your most base desire too many times in a row, it usually leads to not being able to say no to things that are progressively worse for you. As an Aquarius, you are at your best when you remain in an enlightened and objective position, engaged in the world but not entirely “of the world,” either.



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You are in for another profoundly transformative month, Pisces, masquerading as one filled with commonplace events. Your very self-definition is coming into new territory. You are in the midst of a months-long process of seeing through the mundane elements of what you do, whether for work, career, or activism, and finding the deeper meaning. This involves communicating directly with yourself at mystical levels, well known to you although perhaps at times not fully acknowledged. This includes the darker places within you, the residue of ancient trauma, which have much to offer, as they heal. You win when you choose not to look away, but rather to embrace them as vital parts of your experience. The significant lunar eclipse just before the month began, located in your 12th house sector of unconscious process, served as a stimulant in this direction, while the solar eclipse of August 11th acts as another, helping you to bridge the gap, once you know where to look, between the ordinary and the transcendent.


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Your month begins just as Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your twelfth house of unconscious process makes a square to Uranus in Taurus in your third house. This dynamic transit is following right on the heels of a lunar eclipse in Aquarius, which also took place in your twelfth house, on July 27th. Both events may indicate that you are working through layers of inner frustration or doubt, perhaps being forced to surrender to circumstances that are beyond your control or that you are experiencing some sense of futility or even exhaustion. At the same time, the square from Mars to Uranus suggests that you might be on the precipice of a personal breakthrough, or that you are learning how to assert yourself or stand up for yourself amid a difficult situation. One great benefit of this transit is the way that it may help you to relocate your courage, assertiveness, or sense of power. As one of the most naturally faithful signs of the zodiac, you are made for twelfth house transits because you have the emotional depth, intelligence, and faithfulness to remain hopeful even during trials and tribulations.

On August 6th to August 9th, the planet Venus will enter Libra in your eighth house of intimacy and personal evolution, and immediately make a square to Saturn in Capricorn in your eleventh house. With fortunate Venus entering the house of “other people’s money and resources,” and making a square to a well-dignified Saturn in the house of “friends, groups, and allies,” you may find positive forms of help or support from a variety of people and places this month. On the other hand, you may discover that your romantic relationships and your social life are at odds right now, or that you are struggling to find common ground between the elegance, beauty, and social orientation of Venus and the serious, hard-working and “sober,” Saturnine qualities. Some conflicts of value, taste, or appearance are inevitable in life. In some ways, these moments are good for you because they help you clarify our own commitments, interests, and needs.

Meanwhile, much of the month Mercury is retrograde in Leo in your sixth house of service, and then on August 11th there is a solar eclipse taking place in Leo, also in your sixth house. The sixth house is traditionally related to labor, sickness, and service, and so while Mercury is retrograde in your sixth house this month you might be reconsidering or revising something related to your daily work, or to your health, or you might be thinking of new strategies to implement in the work place. Don’t be surprised if you see some changes, reversals, or revisions related to the people you employ or hire for personal service. You have been experiencing some major changes in your sixth house for some time now, due to the eclipses that have been taking place in Leo dating back to the winter of 2016-2017. Whether things have been changing dramatically at work, or in relation to your health, or if you’ve been laboring with something for a long time or following the call to be of greater service in the world, the changes of the last year and a half are ready to solidify as this final solar eclipse in Leo passes through and brings both a sense of newness and completion, at once. Note that on August 18th, Mercury will turn direct, signaling that this period of review, delay, or revision is over and that things are ready to move forward again.

Finally, on August 26th, the Full Moon in Pisces lands in your first house of identity, while Venus in Libra in your eighth house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your eleventh house. The Full Moon here also announces a moment of completion or accomplishment AND new beginnings, as it lands in your first house. The Full Moon may even bring some level of public attention. At the same time, a Full Moon in the first house may ask that you pay attention to your own needs, your inner life, or your health. Even though Pisceans are often shy and highly sensitive, the Full Moon could make it easier for you to be open and direct about what you’re feeling, what you need, or what’s happening inside of you. With Venus and Pluto square to one another from your eighth and eleventh houses, your relationships, friendships, and allies are also highlighted topics right now. Venus and Pluto in these places can easily seduce you with promises of fame, success or even financial benefit or assistance, but be careful because there is often more than meets the eye where Pluto is involved. Beware that you do not compromise yourself ethically or put on a show simply to get noticed or to find support from influential people. Similarly, you might need to be careful of being used or using others, of taboo or subversive issues arising in relationships, or an unhealthy attraction to someone or something you are obsessing over. Remember that you are at your best when your natural innocence, intelligence, and faithfulness combine to light the path before you.



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