In August, the stars go from simmer to sizzle, spotlighting passion and serving up major moments of change. With two galvanizing eclipses, two retrogrades and a Jupiter-Pluto square, this year’s Leo season is sure to be dramatic. Grab your eclipse goggles and watch.
Plant your feet wherever you can, because staying grounded will take a whole lot of effort this month. August sweeps in with major moments of change. We’ll weather two life-altering eclipses, two retrograde planets and the grand finale of three Jupiter-Pluto squares (90-degree angles of tension) that have been shaking up everything from the personal to the political since Thanksgiving 2016.
Leo season: The Sun, Mars & a solar eclipse
Luckily, the Sun is in courageous Leo until August 22, with fearless Mars riding shotgun in this sign all month. We’re ready to roar—and we’ll certainly have our chance when the August 21 total solar eclipse brings a bold new chapter of self-expression and stunning revelations.
This is our cosmic (and karmic) call to step into righteous leadership.
This eclipse, which falls at the Leo new moon, is further galvanized because it’s a rare SECOND Leo new moon (the first was July 23). Normally there’s only one new moon per sign every year, but in 2017, we get a double-header of fierce Leonine vibes. This is our cosmic (and karmic) call to step into righteous leadership, replacing ego-driven autocrats with true heroes who are champions and protectors of the people. (Calling all Lion Kings and Queens: please step up!)
The Aquarius lunar eclipse: Power to the people
In the midst of this, the August 7 Aquarius full moon brings a partial lunar eclipse, revealing a need to come together around issues that impact all of humanity, raising our collective voices. Eclipses bring inevitable changes and turning points, pushing us off the fence if we’ve been wishy-washy and demanding that we take a stand.
Uranus retrograde: Tone down the antics, choose your battles
But we’ll still need to keep our wits about us. On August 2, revolutionary Uranus makes its annual retrograde in hotheaded Aries, taking a five-month nap until January 2. Self-serving agendas will have no place in this cosmic landscape. Uranus retrograde asks that we tone it down a little: edgy behavior that seemed refreshingly radical in July will now seem obnoxious and destructive. Choose your battles…or put them off until next year. It will be all too easy to come across as the rebel without a cause.
Mercury retrograde: Think before you act
Need another reason to go off the grid? Mercury, the ruler of travel, technology and communication, also turns retrograde from August 31 to September 5. We’re already feeling this, as Mercury’s “shadow period” began on July 24. Mercury will rear through analytical and critical Virgo until August 31, so dish out your criticism (even the constructive kind) sparingly.
Virgo is the sign of wellness, and it’s ruled by Mercury. Research healthy lifestyle options, but put off implementing anything extreme until next month. A gentle detox, or say, cutting back on sugar and dairy rather than cold-turkey eliminating them, might be your best approach, since retrogrades can foil any major plans. You could keep a journal for exercise, eating or spending during this reflective period, since Mercury is the celestial scribe. You’ll do even better with this when Virgo season begins with the Sun’s entry here on August 22.
All things digital definitely demand discretion this month, because Mercury and Uranus are both associated with technology. Will their retrogrades reveal another dimension of the Russia hacking and election meddling investigation?