Your Handy Astro Facts: (from 8/15)The New Moon (29° Leo) is on 8/21 at 2:30p with a Total Solar Eclipse. Mercury turns retrograde on 8/12 at 1° Virgo at 9:01p through 9/5. The Sun enters Virgo on 8/22 at 6:21p, and Saturn turns direct on 8/25 at 21° Sagittarius. Unless noted, all times are EDT Read August’s Astro overview HERE
NOTE: To get the most out of your Heavenly Messages read the message for your Rising sign (ascendant) along with your Sun sign.
Note for this month’s issue: As many of you know August’s issue is delayed due to me dealing with Lyme’s (feeling much better now), so it’s an abbreviated one for the last half of August. I’m mainly focusing on how Mercury retro along with the Solar eclipse is affecting each sign – with exception of Leo the birthday queens and kings. (You minimize Leo at your peril! ‘-)
IMAGE NOTE: My friend Gail Mardfin sent me this beautiful painting announcing a show of hers back in the Spring. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for the Leo issue. Not only does it have those deep and beautifully creative colors and the sunflower which looks like you could reach in and pick it, and I always associate showy sunflowers with Leo, but Gail also happens to be born with Sun in Leo herself. So of course, this is such a Leo painting. Find more of Gail’s work at her site See the Good
LEO July 20 – August 22 Happy Birthday Cosmic Lions! This personal new year of yours is one to be savored, enjoyed and put in your energy bank with interest for years to come. The fiery energy that has been blazing across the heavens since for the last 2+ years has had Leo at its apex. 2017 marks the last year of this amazing and vibrant energy pattern, so take full advantage! Here’s how: Maximize your creativity by doing more of what you love and continue to find new, exciting and satisfying ways to be creative at all levels, from making art to raising children to planning fun events, and/or whatever turns you on large or small. You know what I mean, so just do it! Active Mars remains in Leo until 9/5 adding his energy to yours – it’s time to shine in so many ways! Mercury turned retrograde on 8/12 (thru 9/5) and is stationed in your income zone. Mercury’s message here is about being smart with your financial choices, especially any big ticket items like real estate, new car, etc. It’s not the time to make a quick decision you haven’t thought through thoroughly. However, if you’ve been considering plans for a while around any purchases or refinancing to eliminate debt, etc., then finally getting off the bench and doing it could be good during this retrograde. The New Moon is in Leo on 8/21 with the Total Solar Eclipse too. New Moon in your sign is the best time all year to set intentions for the next phase of your life. The Solar Eclipse brings a different tone and adds to the overall LEO quality of now. The Sun is your ruler, so when he get’s eclipsed (totally!) it’s worthwhile to tune in. Check out the picture of the – Cosmic Lion be that Lion! It’s your year to roar deeply and loudly so that the entire cosmos hears! See Intro for more on the eclipse.
VIRGO August 23 – September 21 Dear Virgo, Ruler Mercury just turned retro on 8/12 at 11° Virgo. When Mercury goes retro in a sign he rules, the effects can be more obvious, especially when it’s your own sign! Never fear, dear Virgo because you above all others are best equipped to handle this. You already know to check, check and double checking everything and that’s what’s required during Merc retro. So that part is easy, but what might be more complicated is how others perceive you and may project their own fuzziness on you. So be vigilant and if anyone tries to cast off their own mistakes on you, throw it back on their deck! The Total Solar Eclipse on 8/21 falls in your 12th house of spiritual connection and mystical dream time. A rather good place for it to be. Essentially it helps you open doors to spiritual/higher levels and tap creative inspiration. Pay attention to your dreams!
LIBRA September 22 – October 23 Dear Libra, Your beautiful ruler Venus entered Cancer and your 10th house of career/profession on 7/31 and remains here until 8/26. Take advantage of her magnetic presence in this important zone by allowing more of your own personal brand of sweet elegance to shine. It’s a great time for making positive career moves. Mercury retro (from 8/12-9/5) is off in your misty 12th house, of dreams and spiritual guidance, which is a good place versus being out in worldly zones causing retrograde mayhem. In fact it’s a perfect time to do inward exploration to reach higher vibrations. (Say yes to the retreat!) The Solar Eclipse on 8/21 occurs in your networking zone, which includes friends and others in your community, especially those with whom you share mutual goals. Look to where your lesser ego may be enticing you to join in with those who are driven by smaller minded aims. Instead tap into more universal themes and let your charisma lead others to look to more broadly and let love lead you all!
SCORPIO October 24 – November 22 Dear Scorpio, Co-Ruler Mars is energizing your career zone now though 9/5. Mars in fire sign Leo is part of the fiery blaze lighting up the heavens this month which is connected to your career, work and income zones. Best time ever to set goals that seemed unachievable before. Trust in your own creative abilities! The Solar Eclipse on 8/21 lights up this same space (career, profession, outer world) so in your process of goal setting make sure you’ve got a good rein on your egotistical drive. You want your ego involved to give you confidence and will power, but you don’t want to ride roughshod over others or get glamorized by too good to be true enticements as you achieve your dreams. Communicator Mercury is retro now until 9/5 and is backing up in your networking connections territory which includes friends too. Not a major factor for you, simply be aware those you usually count on for guidance and support may be unavailable or even give you advice you don’t need. Filter, filter, filter and as always dear Scorpio, trust your own instincts!
SAGITTARIUS November 23 – December 20 Dear Centaurs, Big news for you this half August is that Saturn turns direct in Sagittarius (21° Sag.) on 8/25. Saturn has been retro in your sign since early April, so if you felt a tight pull on your reins since then, expect them to loosen up soon. Communicator Mercury is now retrograde in your career/outer world zone (8/12 thru 9/5) so be more aware of the potential for mixed messages and/or delays in plans. And above all, don’t sweat the small stuff! The Solar Eclipse on 8/21 takes place in your 9th house of travel, education and the home of your own belief structures. Mars is stationed here too, so it’s an active zone for you now! Main thing to consider is where are you headed? Are you following your own lights or chasing after someone else’s glowing idea of where you should be? Cut through the glamor and let your authentic self be your guide.
CAPRICORN December 21 – January 19 Dear Capricorn, Your handsome ruler, ringed Saturn, after 4 +months of backward motion, is set to turn direct on 8/25. Saturn is stationed in your 12th house of spiritual guidance so if you felt spiritually adrift you’re getting a reset. Saturn here connects to the Solar Eclipse on 8/21 which takes place in your 8th house of deeper (soul mate) relationships. If you have felt a disconnect from those you deeply love, you’ll sense a rekindling, and if you have felt lack of support the eclipse shines in the darker nooks and crannies bringing deeper dynamics to light. Has it been you all along who had fears around asking for what you need? Ditch those fears, stand up for yourself and watch the magic happen. Mercury is retrograde (8/12 – 9/5) in fellow earth sign Virgo in your travel, education and belief structure territory. Not too major for you, but pay more attention to any travel plans and if you are a student or teacher, your school year might feel mixed-up at first. This is the zone of law and legal issues too. Best advice as always is to check, check and double check everything you communicate and make sure others get it correctly too.
AQUARIUS January20 – February 19 Crystal Blue Beings, the big news for you this month has already occurred, which was the Lunar eclipse in Aquarius at the Full Moon on 8/7. The basic message was to take a (big!) step back from your ‘normal’ life routines and begin the discovery of what is truly important for you. Coming up on 8/21 is the Solar eclipse in Leo which lights up your relationship space. The Solar Eclipse has a contrasting message which is the need to consider where important relationships in your life are directing your own path. Sometimes you “I’ll do it myself, thank you!” Aquarians cut off your nose to spite your face (admit it!). Now is not the time to do that. It is time to create a beautiful balance between your own unique dreams and visions versus goals and aspirations of those closest to you. Mercury is retrograde (from 8/12 thu 9/5) in your deeper relationship and shared resources zone, encouraging you to take all the time you need to find this balance – don’t abandon the process yet!
PISCES February 20 – March 20 Dear Pisces, Mercury’s retrograde path meanders in your relationship space (from 8/12 thru 9/5), so make sure you are on the same page with your partners. Mercury travels opposite your ruler Neptune which on the plus side means other people inspire and motivate you, but on the downside if you are expecting them to support you now, you may be disappointed. The Solar Eclipse on 8/21 takes place in your 6th house of work/job/daily agenda (chop wood, carry water). Since the eclipse is in Leo it merges well with Saturn in your career zone, and Uranus in your income zone which is very dynamic for you! Don’t be concerned if things don’t come together in the time-line you had anticipated. Just keep shining your creative self and everything will manifest in perfect timing.
ARIES March 21 – April 21 Dear Aries, Communicator Mercury is retrograde from 8/12 through 9/5 in your 6th house of work/job/daily agenda. Aries are noted for acting first and figuring things out later, which usually does well for you. However with Merc retro in your job space, you want to tame that side of yourself now especially when it comes to work issues. If you make hasty decisions now, they will come back to bite your butt, so step back and take time to consider things thoroughly and discuss them with co-workers too. (Don’t be a lone ranger.) The Solar Eclipse in Leo on 8/21 lights up your creativity and fun times space. This is not a bad thing for you and in fact encourages you to look more deeply into what inspires you. Ruler Mars is here too adding more creative sparks. In fact if you can take a vacation or time off then, do it because you’ll have more time and space to explore what is truly important in your life versus what other people tell you it should be.
TAURUS April 22 – May 20 Dear Taurus, Ruler Venus travels in Cancer now through 8/26 soothing the troubled waters of your mind. Let her gracious ways lead you to deeper calm. Mercury retrograde (8/12 – 9/5) is in fellow earth sign Virgo and travels in your 5th house of creativity, your “joy access” zone. Not a bad place for Merc retro because it encourages you to let go of over analyzing and relax into allowing your mind to meander and access more fun! The Solar Eclipse on 8/21 takes place in your 4th house of home and family. A good metaphor for this, is “The outer world may be doing it’s usual ridiculous dance, but my family and I shine in our own unique way which makes me happy!” So go be happy dear Taurus.
GEMINI May 21 – June 20 Dear Gemini, Ruler Mercury is retro now (from 8/12 thru 9/5) in your home and family zone. You Gems have learned how to handle Merc retro better than most (because you had to!) and understand that you must slow down and heighten your awareness around, well…everything. When you do this, you sail through the retro phase. This time bring that awareness to those in the home with you – family, life mates, lovers, children – whoever it is. Listen between the lines to discern what’s truly happening and make sure your own communication is clear. The Solar Eclipse on 8/21 occurs in your 3rd house of mind and communication. You are an inspired communicator no doubt, but at times like this make sure it is your higher self speaking not your tiny egoist self. If you’re going to glamorize folks make sure it’s for the best reasons.
CANCER June 21 – July 20 Dear Cancer, Venus travels in your sign now through 8/26 so continue to take advantage of her charm. You are magnetic now! Mercury retrograde (8/12 – 9/5) winds through your mental and communication space. Since Mercury rules communication you might feel like someone turned a switch in your brain to a different wavelength. It’s all good dear Cancer, allow your mind to meander and you might arrive at places you never imagined before. Of course if you must focus, just remember the rule, check, check and double check everything. The Solar Eclipse on 8/21 takes place in your income zone, but don’t let this concern you because the eclipse connects positively to your career and job zones. So even if things look a bit weird at first, step back and wait to see what unfolds. It will be better than you can possibly imagine!