Monthly Horoscopes For August 2017: It's Eclipse Season!

Artwork: Steve Loya

Artwork: Steve Loya

Aries: This month, it’s all about finding the freedom to be who you really are, and your story begins on August 3rd with Uranus, the planet of innovation and rebellion, going retrograde in Aries; your zone of confidence and self-image. Under the Uranus retrograde, part of your mission will be reconnecting with those unique parts of you that you’ve been fighting to hide, while working on ways you can proudly accept and express those facets of yourself. You’ve heard the term “unapologetic”? Going forward, that term may need to become a self-made mantra, especially with a game-changing Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius lighting up your zone of friends and future plans on August 7th. Under the influence of this eclipse, it could be time to say good-bye to fair-weather friends and those that put conditions on your relationship to them. In other words, true friends aren’t threatened by your growth or your authenticity. In fact, they support it. At the same time, you could also discover that the groups or associations you belong to are those with whom you no longer identify. Overall, you’re being encouraged to find kinship among people that align with the person you’re becoming.

On August 12th, communicative Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo – your zone of health, work, and routine. With busy Mercury spinning backwards here, it will be important for you to finish pending assignments, develop a way to keep better track of files and documents (back them up!), and to double check dates, emails, etc. Since Mercury retrograde tends to mess with scheduling; canceling and bringing things up at the last minute, you may want to try to keep your schedule as light and flexible as possible this month. In terms of your health, Mercury retrograde is a good time for check-ups and making sure everything is in tip-top shape. Meanwhile, things or items that you use on a regular basis, like a laptop or camera, may need to be repaired or replaced.

Your story continues to unfold with the total Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st, which lands in your zone of creativity, romance, and adventure. At the urge of this eclipse, you could decide to develop a creative project that could catapult you into the spotlight while reconnecting with that free-spirited side of you that lives life with passion. Since this eclipse represents beginnings and fresh starts, you could meet someone now that not only stokes your heart but your sense of adventure too. It’s not unlikely to find a muse at this time either. For those of you that may be trying to conceive or adopt, this eclipse could bring news of a child. Overall, you can look to this eclipse as a call to follow your heart. On the 22nd, the Sun enters Virgo, joining Mercury and kicking off Virgo season. Over the next month, your focus will be to pay attention to the small stuff as well as putting in the time and dedication required to be the best at what you do. On August 25th, Saturn goes direct again in Sagittarius – your zone of travel, opportunity, and education. If you’ve been feeling a bit gun shy when it comes to going after what you want or throwing yourself wholeheartedly into a dream or vision, Saturn moving forward should help you with moving past any self-limiting beliefs that you’ve had. With Saturn being a planet that rewards us for the work we put into things, Saturn direct can show you where you need to put in the work to turn your big ideas into something real. On the 26th, Venus enters Leo ramping up the romance, fun, and creative juice. When Mercury re-enters Leo on the 31st, be mindful of exes returning. Though time spent with friends or learning something new will make you happy.

Taurus: The month kicks off with Uranus retrograde in Aries (your zone of rest, healing, and retreat) on August 3rd, which calls you to release ways you may be holding on to the past, as well as to examine ways you may be resistant to going with the flow. That anxiety you’re feeling is not because there’s impending doom afoot, it’s because you’re still trying to control things that you have no control over. Look to Uranus retrograde to help you with letting go while pushing you to rely on your intuition as opposed to fear. On August 7th, there’s a game-changing Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius illuminating your zone of career, fame, and achievement. With the help of this eclipse, you could score a promotion or an impressive job offer, receive widespread attention or accolades for your work, or make moves to launch an entrepreneurial effort. Some Taurus could even decide to tie the knot. Overall, the goal of this eclipse is to help you better align with your purpose, while helping you to recognize that much of what you’ve done up until now has led to you this point. Though know that whatever path you’re embarking on, it’s less about blind ambition or “doing the right thing” and more about doing what deeply resonates with you.

On the 12th, Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo; your zone of creativity, romance, and adventure. With Mercury spinning backwards here, you may decide to revisit a creative project with a new pair of eyes. Editing, revising, and fine tuning your work could help you to create a work of art, while some Taurus may take pleasure in rediscovering something they love. In terms of love, Mercury retrograde can stir up havoc by bringing exes back into the picture and fueling misunderstandings between lovers. The best way to handle this energy is to be crystal clear with yourself as to whether an ex deserves another chance, as well as making sure you and your love are on the same page - no matter if it's simple communication or something deeper.

On August 21st, the total Solar Eclipse in Leo swoops through your zone of home and family. With this eclipse charging up this area of your life, look to big changes where your home or living space is concerned. You could decide to move, relocate, or upgrade your house. For some Taurus, there could be a new addition to the family. With this zone of your chart also connected to the past and your emotional development, you could also find that this eclipse pushes you to release unhealthy family dynamics or conditioning, especially if trauma or wounding took place. Recognize that you don’t have to let the past dictate your present or your future. You can start fresh. On the 22nd, the Sun moves into Virgo, kicking off Virgo season. Over the next month, your job will be on dedicating yourself to your craft and learning the importance of living authentically. If there’s something about you that helps you to stand out from the rest, you’re called to show it off proudly. When Saturn goes forward in Sagittarius (your zone of intimacy and finances) on the 25th, you should have some clear solutions on how to better handle your money, especially when it comes to paying off debts. In terms of intimacy, Saturn direct can help you with setting healthier boundaries and letting go of toxic relationships. By the 26th, when Venus moves into Leo, you should find your home and family life to be a source of joy. Use Venus to help you redecorate or jazz up your living space, as it can help with brightening or shifting a mood. When Mercury re-enters Leo on the 31st, it may be time to have a heart to heart talk with someone you love.

Gemini: Get ready for a growth spurt as this month it’s all about breaking barriers and moving beyond what you already know. The month begins when Uranus, the planet of freedom and unconventional thinking, begins its five-month backspin in Aries (August 3rd), your zone of friends, associations, and future plans. Under this Uranus retrograde, it’s time to review whether your current associations align with the person you are becoming. People that won’t allow you the space and total acceptance to grow into your own, won’t be people you’ll want to be around for too much longer. This will be especially true when the powerful Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius illuminates your zone of travel, education, and opportunity on August 7th. With this eclipse pushing you towards bigger and better things, it’ll be time to put an end to anything that doesn’t afford you the chance to spread out and flex your wings. Some Gemini may decide to return to school or take a pilgrimage overseas, while those of you that work in the field of media could see a project come to fruition that lands you on the map.

While things will be moving at warp speed this month, the devil will be in the details when Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo (your zone of home and family) beginning on August 12th. With your ruling planet spinning backwards, you may feel a bit off kilter too which is why hosting this retrograde in this secluded area of your chart will help you to get grounded and find your center. Reconnecting with loving family, while cutting ties or communication with toxic ones can give you the fuel you need to keep going. In terms of your physical space, Mercury retrograde can help you to get necessary repairs around your home or help you with finding a new one, especially as Venus in Cancer brings relief to your financial sector.

By August 21st, things get rocking and rolling again under the game changing Solar Eclipse in Leo, which lights up your zone of communication and ideas. Since Solar Eclipses tend to usher in new beginnings, you’ll find that the months that follow this eclipse will be ripe for learning new skills, shedding old ways of thinking, initiating a creative project, or cultivating a platform that allows you to bring your unique voice to a wider audience. However, with Mercury still retrograde until September 5th, it will be best to take care of what’s already on your plate, so you can clear space for the good things to come. On the 22nd, the Sun enters Virgo. With the Sun here, you should find yourself focused on home related matters, especially in terms of your stability. If things have felt like they’ve been in flux, Virgo season could help you to regroup. At the same time, Virgo season will also provide the opportunity for you to work on moving past an old hurt and finding the emotional strength you need. With responsible Saturn going direct on August 25th in your relationship zone, you should have a clear idea around the future of a romantic or business partnership. When Venus enters Leo on the 26th, it’s time to capitalize on some of those money-making ideas you came up with during the first half of the month. Don’t be shy about singing your own praises or showing off your skills when it comes to connecting with others, as you never know who you might meet - especially as Mercury re-enters Leo on the 31st.

Cancer: The month opens with Uranus, the planet of innovation and independence, going retrograde (August 3rd) in Aries; your zone of career and achievement. With Uranus spinning backwards here, your job is to review whether you need to take a more unconventional approach to fulfilling your goals and ambitions. You may have a series of aha moments, which may help you to realize that there’s no template or script for you to follow when it comes to living your life. Oftentimes those that become leaders in their field or leave a lasting impact on the world, have done so because they were brave enough to break the rules and do things their own way. Where are you blindly following rules in your life that prevent you from living at your full potential? When the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius lands in your zone of intimacy and rebirth on August 7th, themes around your personal power – how you use it and ways that you may be giving it away – may come up for examination. If an intimate relationship has felt manipulative and emotionally abusive instead of supportive and loving, you could find the strength to end it. Meanwhile a pressing financial matter could help you with facing your fears around money and security.

On the 12th, communicative Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo, your zone of communication. As a result, be wary of delays or issues with the gizmos and gadgets you regularly use (e.g. cell phone, laptop, car, etc.). When it comes to tech, Mercury retrograde usually means that one of these items will have to be repaired or replaced, so make sure you save your important stuff to the cloud. When it comes to communicating with others – be mindful of what you share in public, check documents for typos and mistakes, double check dates and follow-up on things promised during conversations/meetings. P.S. watch that trigger finger when it comes to texts and DMs too. Your chances for confusion and misunderstandings are high now, so prep accordingly. Travel-wise, give yourself extra time to get around.

On August 21st, the Solar Eclipse in Leo gets your money zone buzzing. Under the influence of this eclipse you find a new job opportunity, score a prominent client, or land a raise or a bonus. However, much of what you get doesn’t only come by your hard work, but by also recognizing that you deserve these things. If you’ve been dealing with fears around scarcity and lack, this eclipse will push you to believe in yourself in a way that you may never have before. With Venus still in your sign until the 26th, you shouldn’t have trouble winning people over. All you need to do is be yourself. On the 22nd, the Sun steps into Virgo and joins Mercury. During the next few weeks, your focus will be on honing or refining your skills, finding the right audience for your writing or ideas, or working on ways to improve the way you communicate with others. Learning something new that gets your brain going might not be a bad idea either. When Saturn goes direct in Sagittarius (your zone of health, work, and routine) on August 25th, you may finally find a solution to issues that you may have had with your health or a job situation. At the same time, having Saturn direct will also help you with paring down your schedule or workload, so as not to waste your time and energy on unnecessary obligations. On the 26th, Venus enters Leo, sweetening the deal when it comes to your cash flow or a financial opportunity. Though when Mercury re-enters Leo on August 31st, it’s time to go back and look at how you spend and handle your money. Be accountable.  

Leo: This month, your mission is to address the ways you hem yourself in and block your own progress and it all begins on August 3rd when Uranus, the planet of independence, goes retrograde in your zone of travel, opportunity, and education. With Uranus spinning backwards in this area of your chart, it’s time to acknowledge where you may be letting old ways of thinking and outdated beliefs stop you from pursuing the life you really want to live. In other words, it’s time to shake things up. Changing your environment, feeding your mind, and honoring your uniqueness will take you a long way. The key here is to do things the way you want to and not because you’re trying to score points or win praise from others. And speaking of others, when a potent Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius shakes up your zone of partnerships on August 7th, you could find yourself saying goodbye to a relationship that has been stifling or restrictive in some way. Meanwhile, those of you in relationships that are flourishing, this eclipse could bring an important turning point that could lead to a deepening of your commitment together (like marriage). Overall, the message of this eclipse is to push you to cultivate relationships that better align with the person you're meant to be.

On the 12th, communicative Mercury goes retrograde in your zone of income and self-worth. With the help of Mercury retrograde, it’s time to go over your checkbook and make sure the money going in and out of your account makes sense. Since Mercury retrograde is notorious for delays and miscommunication, it will be important for you not to make any super expensive purchases now as well as staying on top of your financial records and any money owed to you. In terms of self-worth, this is also time for you to think about ways you may be selling yourself short and settling for less than you deserve. If you’ve been putting in tons of hard work with little compensation, Mercury retrograde can help you to wise up fast.

Though, things don’t really take off until August 21st, as that's when a game changing Solar Eclipse in Leo lands in your zone of confidence and self-image. Under the influence of this eclipse, you’re pushed to express yourself as authentically as possible. Whatever self-doubt or fears have been getting in your way - now’s the time to reconnect to your sense of “can-do". You may find yourself motivated to shed extra pounds, change your look, and update your wardrobe in a way that reflects the image that you want to get across. At the same time, this eclipse will also push you to realize that when you actively seek praise from others instead of affirming yourself, you run the risk of losing yourself. Don’t lose yourself. On the 22nd, the Sun steps into Virgo, joining Mercury. With the Sun here, it’s time to start thinking about what you want most and begin putting in the work to get it. Money and security will be a big theme for you over the course of Virgo season, which means that whatever opportunities or projects are presented to you now, you’ll need to make sure that they don’t distract, drain, or delay you from things that will offer you the most reward. With Saturn going direct in Sagittarius in your zone of romance and creativity, you may decide to bring an old project back to life or decide to move forward in recommitting yourself to your creative energy. In terms of romance, you may have a better idea about what you want. With Venus entering Leo on the 26th, followed by Mercury re-entering Leo on the 31st, your powers of persuasion are strong. Use that power wisely.

Virgo: You can consider this month an awakening of sorts, as there are things that the Universe wants to call your attention to; things bubbling beneath the surface that need to be addressed. Your lesson begins with Uranus retrograde in Aries (August 3rd) which covers your zone of intimacy and finances. With the planet of independence and radical changes spinning backwards in one of the most private areas of your chart, you’re called to work on accepting those pieces of you that you or others may have deemed bad. While you often go to great lengths to keep it all together, the fact of the matter is that no one is perfect Virgo – not even you. Sure, you can strive for perfection but what happens if you miss the mark or things don’t go according to plan? It can’t be the end of the world or you. Plus, when you own your “stuff” it makes it less likely it’ll come spilling out in ugly, messy ways. On August 7th, there’s a powerful Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius landing in your zone of health, work, and routine. With Aquarius also representing freedom and sweeping change, you could find that this eclipse brings you to improve your health and your relationship to your physical body. At the same time, you could make a rapid exit from your job, especially if it no longer fits in with what you want, taxes too much of your time and energy, and feels like a dead-end.

By the 12th, Mercury – your patron saint – goes retrograde in Virgo, your zone of confidence and self-image. With Mercury moving backwards in your sign, it’s time to rethink your trajectory and how you approach the world around you. This may include relationships you’ve established, as well as the words and thoughts that you use to inform your experiences. Note - it's possible for you to speak things into existence. Mercury retrograde may help you to be more mindful of what you speak. Above all else, know that it’s OK if you don’t have all the answers right now. The important thing is that you give yourself time and be patient with yourself. Learn to be present to the richness of the moment. Catch your breath.

The importance of slowing down will be highlighted again on August 21st, under the Solar Eclipse in Leo. With this eclipse landing in your zone of rest, healing, and retreat, expect to make dramatic changes when it comes to your spiritual and emotional needs. Right now, your focus is to clear out all of the psychic gunk that you’ve accumulated within the past year to make way for the fresh beginnings and goodies that your birthday season will bring you. Part of this work may mean developing or sticking closely to a spiritual or meditative practice, working with a therapist or healer, or engaging your intuitive powers by recognizing when it’s time to let things go. Since this area of your chart is also connected to creative energy, finding an outlet through activities like music or photography could help with alleviating stress and anxiety. On the 22nd, the Sun enters Virgo and your birthday season begins! With the Sun on your team now, expect lots of warmth, attention, and good vibes headed your way. If you’re in need of a confidence boost Virgo season can help you find your mojo again. On the 25th, serious Saturn begins moving forward in Sagittarius, your zone of home and family. You should have no qualms about letting go of dysfunctional family ties or a living situation that is no longer working for you. With security and stability being a major focus for you now, Saturn will push you to do the work it takes to make sure you have an adequate roof over your head and a little drama under that roof as possible. On the 26th, Venus enters Leo, bringing out your more dreamier side. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination to help you manifest what you want. Mercury re-entering Leo on the 31st invites you to give your (critical) brain a rest.

Libra: Relationships are a big theme for you this month as Uranus, the planet of sudden change and unconventional thinking, goes retrograde in Aries (your zone of partnership and marriage) on August 3rd. With the help of Uranus retrograde, your mission is to review whether the partnerships and on-on-one relationships in your life adequately reflect and accept your uniqueness. At the same time, you’re also asked to review where you may be intolerant or unforgiving of others when it comes to their quirks and self-expression. Expect your relationship ideals to be challenged and perhaps changed and changed again as you come to truth of what it means to be a whole, separate being in relationship to another. Relationships that seem stuck or stalled in some way may need to be renegotiated. On the 7th, an influential Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, lands in your zone of romance and creativity. Some Libras may decide to pull the plug on a dead-end love affair, while other Libras may decide to take a romance into more serious territory. If children are in the picture, there could be baby news or you could help to usher your child into their next big chapter. With regards to your creative talents, there’s a chance you could bring a project to fruition that garners you fanfare and praise.

When Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo, your zone of healing and retreat, on August 12th; pay close attention to your dreams and intuitive instincts as they will help to guide you through this period of fuzziness and confusion. Things may not appear as they seem, so it’ll be important for you to listen closely to what’s said and not said, as well as avoiding taking anything at face value. Since Mercury retrograde is also a period where delays and hiccups abound, don’t worry about pressing forward with anything right now (especially anything new) as this is a time for wrapping up unfinished business and refining what’s already in the works. If you need time to think on something before making a decision, take it.

On the 21st, there’s a game-changing Solar Eclipse in Leo landing in your zone of friends and future plans. Under the power of this eclipse, expect some changes in your circle of people as you look to establish connections with those that inspire and welcome you. Plus, with all of the hard work that you’ve been putting in as of late, this eclipse can also to help you to capitalize on your new found reputation by helping to put the people and the dollars in your path to help you realize a dream. On that same token, you may also find that you will want to share some of your good fortune with others in a way that positively impacts their lives, perhaps by helping to change rules or policies that oppress or marginalize others. On the 22nd, the Sun moves into Virgo, alongside Mercury, and your focus turns to rest and relaxation. Look to Virgo season to be a time for catching your breath, unplugging, and developing a meditative practice to quiet and clear your head. If you have any solo projects to do, Virgo season is perfect for hiding away and getting things done. On August 25th, responsible Saturn turns direct in Sagittarius, your zone of communication. With Saturn moving forward, you should find it easier to toss out stale ideas and thinking, while engaging people and activities that put your brain to good use. If a friendship or relationship with a sibling has been difficult, Saturn going direct can help you to come up with some clear solutions. On the 26th, Venus enters Leo, followed by Mercury re-entering Leo on the 31st. With the help of these two, networking and socializing will not only be a source of fun but you can uncover a few opportunities too.

Scorpio: August begins with Uranus retrograde in Aries (August 3rd), your zone of health and work. With Uranus, the planet of sudden change and independence, spinning backwards in this area of your chart – your task is to review ways you may be locked into a schedule, habit, or job that may be zapping your freedom, sanity, or soul. You may have to keep a schedule, adopt a fitness or nutrition regimen, or find employment that works for you and you alone. When it comes to your health, you could also find yourself looking into alternative medicine or therapies too. Treatments like acupuncture or reflexology can be extremely helpful, though it’s important that you do your research to make an informed decision as to what’s right for you and your body. On August 7th, a game-changing Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius lands in your zone of home and family. Under the influence of this eclipse you could decide to move or upgrade your home, start a family, or work on breaking free from a draining family relationship. Overall, this eclipse is pushing you to examine your connection to your family roots, history, and traditions and where you may need to create your own. This eclipse could be an emotional one for you. Remember that tears are healing.

On the 12th, Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo – your zone of friendship and future plans. With Mercury moving backwards here, reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances could be what you need for business and for pleasure. The next few weeks will be the perfect time to follow-up on plans made with a friend or to double-back to a conversation, meeting, or idea had between you and someone you know. Meanwhile, this could also be a time of sudden insight or aha moments, so pay careful attention to the ideas and inspiration that come to you. Since this zone is also connected to mass communication – like social media, you may want to be mindful of what you share on those channels as you don’t want it to blow up later.

Come August 21st, get ready to level up as a powerful Solar Eclipse in Leo swoops through your zone of fame, career, and achievement. With the help of this eclipse, your mission is to claim your throne as you may be called to step up and take a position of greater authority (with the pay to match). Some Scorpios could generate media buzz or widespread attention for their work or reputation, while other Scorpios could decide to follow their hearts and start their own businesses. Since this area of your life is also associated with public status, some of you could be changing yours to newlywed. Overall, you can look to this eclipse as your springboard towards building the kind of life you want. Though similar to Scorpio, this Leo eclipse won’t support any half-hearted attempts. On the 22nd, the Sun enters Virgo, kicking off Virgo season. Over the next month, your focus will be on connecting with others and establishing relationships that not only help to open doors for you, but also give you the opportunity to do the same for someone else. At best, Virgo season will ask – how can you make the maximum positive impact on those around you with the resources you have? On August 25th, Saturn goes direct again in Sagittarius, your zone of income and self-worth. If your cash flow has been slow going, having Saturn moving forward will help things along. As a result, you should be clear on how to better manage your money, while recognizing that you may need to stop giving so much of your time and energy away to things that offer you little to no return on your hard work and investment. In other words: stop working for peanuts. On the 26th, Venus enters Leo, followed by Mercury on the 31st. With their help, you’ll be the biggest boss we’ve seen thus far. Bring your A game.

Sagittarius: What gets your motors humming, Sagittarius? This month, you’ll be working on finding the answer to that question. Your research begins on August 3rd, when Uranus (freedom, innovation) goes retrograde in your zone of romance and creativity. With Uranus moving backwards in this zone, your goal will be to back track to all of the exciting things you’ve been wanting to do but have been putting off for one reason or another. Above all, it’s time to reconnect to your joy and creative energy. As a result, you may decide to return to an old creative project or outlet that could have you writing, singing, painting etc. again. Ideas that you may have put on the backburner come back up for review, while romantically speaking, it may be time to break the cycle when it comes to dating types that aren’t good for you. Speaking of breaking cycles, there’s a powerful Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius landing in your zone of communication and ideas on August 7th. As such, it’s time to change your thinking. Whatever outdated perceptions or beliefs that you’ve been holding on to up until now, this eclipse will shake them loose from your grip. At the same time, the launch of a website, event, media project, or class could put you on the map like never before.

Though you may want to make sure that whatever you release into the public domain has been reviewed and edited carefully, as Mercury retrograde (August 12th) will be moving through Virgo; your zone of career, fame, and achievement. With Mercury spinning backwards here, increasing chances for misunderstandings and mistakes, it will be important for you to think before speaking, especially when it comes to your job and reputation. Use the Mercury retrograde to refine goals and plans as well as to bulk up on knowledge related to your job or position. If you’re a content creator, you may want to think about how you can improve the quality of what you send out versus the quantity. Practice, patience, and attention to detail goes a long way.

On August 21st, the Solar Eclipse in Leo beams down into your zone of travel, education, and opportunity. Under the influence of this eclipse, you’re pushed to venture out and discover the things that get your blood pumping again. A life changing trip, getting published, pursuing a grad degree, or engaging anything that broadens your mind and experience are things that could happen for you. You’re on a mission to believe in something bigger than yourself now, to remember that magic is possible and lives within you. If you’re feeling inspired go with that. If you’re not feeling inspired, experiment. Have some fun and see if that sparks your engines. Right now it’s less about having things all figured out as it is about being open to options and possibility. On the 22nd, when the Sun enters Virgo and joins Mercury, your focus turns back to your goals and ambitions. Over the next month, your job will entail planning, strategy, and hard work – especially if you’re gunning for a promotion or a new position. Take your time and do it right. On August 25th, responsible Saturn begins moving forward again in Sagittarius, your zone of confidence and self-image. If you been feeling stalled or like you’ve been spinning in circles, having Saturn direct can help push you in the right direction. This is especially true if you’ve fell off a diet, fitness plan, or if you’ve been having trouble negotiating your boundaries with others. On the 26th, Venus enters Leo igniting your wanderlust. Travel or romance with an international bae could be sweet. When Mercury re-enters Leo on the 31st, think big.

Capricorn: Your stability and personal power come up for review this month as August opens with Uranus retrograde (August 3rd) in Aries, your zone of home and family. With the planet of upheaval and unconventional thinking spinning backwards in one of the most sensitive and nostalgic areas of your chart, part of your job will be to work on examining and releasing family conditioning, dynamics, and inherited beliefs that have hindered your emotional fulfillment. If you’ve been operating from a place of fear and insecurity as opposed to welcoming the chance to free yourself from old paradigms, know that this Uranus retrograde will teach you that you can’t control every facet of your life, nor can you hold on so tightly to the past and still be able to grow. On August 7th, a powerful Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius lights up your zone of income and self-worth. Under the influence of this eclipse you could decide to quit a soul-sucking job, while moving to pursue work that’s deeply affirming. Though before you get there, you may have to work on releasing out-of-date perceptions that you may have around money and abundance. While money is important, it’s not the key to happiness. Sometimes life strips you of the things you own or claim possession to as a way of reminding you that you are not the sum total of those material things.

When Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo on August 12th in your zone of travel, education, and opportunity; it’s time to go back to basics. If you’ve been feeling like you’re all out of options lately, Mercury retrograde can help you to see opportunities and resources where you may have not seen them before. Though know that this might not be an overnight discovery. You’ve got to let the info and ideas take some time to sink in. If you feel yourself slipping into a glass half empty perspective, Mercury retrograde will remind you that all is not lost. You may just have to fine tune or redraw your plans. Overall, know that the old ways can’t peacefully co-exist with the new this go around.

Speaking of the new, on the 21st, there’s a Solar Eclipse in Leo bringing some fresh energy to your zone of intimacy and finances. Under the influence of this game changing eclipse, you may find the funds you need to pay off a debt by way of a lump sum owed to you or by way of an increase in your partner’s salary. In terms of partnership, you and your love could decide to make a major investment together which could be a business, a home or car, or a retirement fund. At the same time, you could find a soul mate connection with someone that teaches you about the power of vulnerability and emotional honesty. Either way, when it comes to this eclipse, you once again get to see what’s in your control and what’s not when it comes to your security. If something is removed from your life at this time, know that it was time for it to go. Sometimes adaptability is your best tool when it comes to dealing with change as it allows you to be open to new possibilities. On the 22nd, the Sun enters Virgo and your focus turns to engaging information and activities that help you to broaden your perspective and life experience. Narrow-mindedness, fear, and dogma are all up for examination as you’re pushed toward growth. On the 25th, when Saturn (your patron saint) begins moving forward again in Sagittarius, your zone of healing and retreat, you should be ready to release the fears that have been holding you back. Developing your spiritual muscle is a must. Faith and intuition will see you through. On the 26th, Venus enters Leo, followed by Mercury on the 31st and your finances improve. Meanwhile, it’s time to bring your sexy back.

Aquarius: Get ready to kiss the old you goodbye, as August is all about renewal, rebirth, and reframing your thinking. The action begins on August 3rd when Uranus, the planet of innovation and independence, goes retrograde in Aries – your zone of thought and communication. With Uranus retro here, your focus will be on letting go antiquated ideas, methods, or perceptions; especially if they limit your growth and awareness. While you’re usually known for your unconventional thinking, sometimes even you can fall victim to tunnel vision. Your mind is hungry for something new, make sure you’re feeding it. On August 7th, a game changing Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius lands in your zone of confidence and self-image. Under the influence of this eclipse expect to break free of anything or anyone that you feel has been holding you back. If you’ve been feeling apprehensive about taking a risk on something you want, this eclipse could give you the motivation to go after something big. At the same time, you may decide to revamp your wardrobe, update your look, or take better care of your body as you’ll want a look to match the new you. Overall, it’s time for you to take charge of your life. This may also involve realizing that you can’t always go it alone.

As mentioned, the theme of renewal will be strong this month and that theme continues when Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo, your zone of intimacy and finances on August 12th. With Mercury spinning backwards here, part of your job will be on reviewing your money and looking to ways you can reduce or pay off your debts. Meanwhile, if you’ve been dealing with anxiety or another mental health issue, Mercury retrograde can push you to connect with a therapist. Another way Mercury can help is to encourage you to be smarter about who you share your secrets with and let into your inner circle. Not everyone is your friend or has your best interest at heart. Be wary of giving out TMI. To quote Lil Wayne, “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna.”

On the 21st, the total Solar Eclipse in Leo lands in your zone of partnership and marriage. With a powerful eclipse like this, expect to see dramatic shifts in terms of how you mate and relate with others. For some Aquarians, this could mean an end to the single life and the start of something beautiful, while other Aquarians may decide to tie the knot with their beloved or take another major step forward together. In terms of business or professional partnerships, this eclipse could bring the opportunity to collaborate with others that can help you build or capitalize on your reputation, thereby bringing you big bucks. With Mercury retrograde though, just be mindful about entering any financial agreements for now. Wait until mid-September if possible. On the 22nd the Sun enters Virgo, highlighting your long-term security. You might find it worth your while to research ways you can invest or better save your money. For example, can you take that 401k plan with you if you switch employers? This may be just one of the questions worth considering now. On August 25th, Saturn ends its retrograde phase in Sagittarius (your zone of friends and future plans) and begins moving forward again. By now you should have a clearer idea as to who’s worth keeping around and who’s not when it comes to your friendships and associations. In terms of your future plans, Saturn can show you where you may need to be more realistic or diligent in terms of seeing your wishes come true. By the 26th, when Venus enters Leo, your romantic life gets a passionate boost, while Mercury re-entering Leo on the 31st, helps you to work on how you communicate in your relationships.

Pisces: If I could give this month a theme for you, that theme would be self-care. But self-care is not just about pampering and spa days, it’s also about taking care of the day to day stuff that helps you to live your life as smoothly as possible. The first line of business is your money; thanks to Uranus, the planet of sudden changes and independence, going retrograde in your zone of income and self-worth on August 3rd. Overall, your mission is to take a new approach to how you handle and manage your money, all while shedding any outdated beliefs around abundance and your self-worth. Know that you’re not meant to struggle for what you have. On August 7th, there’s a powerful Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius landing in your zone of rest, retreat, and healing. With eclipse season keying up your adrenals, you might find that you’re fatigued more than usual or your anxieties are triggered around this time. Though know that the message of this eclipse Is for you to take better care of your emotional and mental health. Working with a therapist or a reputable healer could help, as well as cultivating a regular spiritual practice. At the same time, there may be something revealed to you around this eclipse that you didn’t know previously, so keep your eyes and ears open and trust your intuition.

By the 12th, a significant relationship or partnership comes into focus as Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo, your zone of one-on-one relationships. Since Mercury retrograde is notorious for digging up people from the past, some Pisces may need to decide if an ex is worth having around. Though for other Pisces, Mercury retrograde may mean working to improve the communication between themselves and a partner. Either way, it’s better to pay attention to facts rather than feelings now, especially if the relationship in question has left you feeling dissatisfied. Since this zone of your chart covers business negotiations, contracts, and agreements, try not to sign anything or commit to new ventures now as Mercury retro is for handling things that are already on the table.

On the 21st, the Solar Eclipse in Leo swings through your zone of health, work, and routine. As such, expect dramatic changes where your job or health is concerned. For example, you could decide to start a fitness regimen to lose weight or a medical concern could push you to take better care of your health. In terms of work, you could make a sudden exit for something better, especially if you’ve been feeling unfulfilled, or find yourself working to strike a better work-life balance. Above all else, this eclipse will challenge you to bring your A game to all you do. On August 22nd, the Sun enters Virgo, joining Mercury. Over the next month, your focus will be on partnerships. When it comes to getting anything done, you’ll quickly find out that two heads are better than one, so don’t be shy about connecting with others or asking for help. Just make sure that those you choose to let into your life are worth their salt. By the 25th, Saturn begins moving direct in Sagittarius, your zone of career and achievement. Under the Saturn retrograde, things may have been extra grueling or slow going when it came to your goals or ambitions. Though with Saturn moving forward, you should have a clear idea in terms of the direction that you want to take your career. If you feel that you’ve been wasting your time and energy on a dead-end position, Saturn can help you move on to something worth your time, while helping you to claim your authority. In other words, it’s time to stop playing and level up. On the 26th, Venus moves into Leo, helping you to find the pleasure in taking care of yourself and making your professional life easier. When Mercury re-enters Leo on the 31st, it’s time to get organized.