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If you have felt like you’re not even talking the same language as other people recently, and been besieged with mixed messages and confusion, that can end now as your planet Mercury ends his reverse cycle in your Communications Zone. You should start to get your message across much more clearly now. Make a real effort. Financially, you’re getting a second chance. If you work, your professional life could leave you feeling on a high.
Power date: August 19 – Mercury goes direct and life starts to make more sense
So here we go into another eclipse month which means it’s quite likely to be at least as crazy as it’s been for the past few weeks. So many people are reporting that the life feels quite crazy right now. We have had the eclipses, we have had the change-maker planet Uranus changing signs quite recently and we have six planets retrograding this winter or summer, depending on where you are in the world.
If all that isn’t a recipe for madness, then I really don’t know what is!
All that is the background music as August kicks off. Think chaos, second chances, think new beginnings that come suddenly.
Added to all this, we have a very big clash between the retrograding angry planet Mars and the planet of chaos and madness, Uranus, at the very start of the month. You could say August starts with a bang not a whimper, that’s for sure. However forewarned is forearmed, so do what you can to stay on an even keel by meditating and breathing through dramas. There will be chaos. But as long as you try to stay calm and accept that it’s just part of the process as you settle into your new Uranus cycle, all should be well.
Uranus is in your 12th House, ready to do his worst to stir up your spiritual life and your fears. Ditch the baggage which has help you back. This is a time for you to put liberating yourself from your fears at the top of your priority list, while you have the heavenly support to actually do that.
Just to keep you fully informed, it’s worth noting that in fact, Uranus has gone about as far into the sign of Taurus that it’s going to for this first foray. As of August 7, Uranus goes into a retrograde cycle, joining the five other planets also doing the same thing. Note that it’s for this reason that I’m calling this season the second chances season of second chances”! If you want a second chance personally or professionally, you could be about to get lucky. When planets reverse, we get to review, rethink, re-argue, re-dream and so on.
As for the Uranus retrograde, though, it has a secondary meaning. All the madness you’ve felt for the past few months? You’re about to go through a sort of “second version” of it. Some of the same weirdness could arise. People behaving erratically and so on, work issues spinning out of control. And yet, because this is the retrograde and because Uranus is going backwards and covering old ground in your chart, there is every chance you will know better how to handle it all.
So what about the Full Moon eclipse in Leo? It’s being news for everyone and not just for Leos! Thought if you happen to be Leo or Leo Rising (find out here for free) then yes, it’s extra big news!
Eclipses come along in pairs or threes or fours. In this current eclipse season, this New Moon eclipse is the third and last of the series which started in mid-July with the New Moon eclipse, then sparked again at the end of July with the Full Moon eclipse and now here we are with the New Moon eclipse again.
Remember this, New Moon eclipses are the bomb! They are THE time to start anything new. So if you’re launching any kind of new project now and can do it after the eclipse, then you will have amazing energies on your side. Here are the eclipse times:
New Moon Eclipse on August 11 (Sydney) at 19 Leo
New Moon Eclipse details:
SYDNEY: August 11, 7.57pm
NEW YORK: August 11, 5.57am
LONDON: August 11, 10.57am
The New Moon is the time to set your intentions for the month ahead. By getting clear on what you want, you will effectively be sending out arrows of desire that cannot help but start to manifest. Of course you also need to work towards your dreams. For help getting started with your New Moon wishes, intentions and commitments, pick up my 100% New Moon Wishing Guide
So what can YOU do with the New Moon eclipse? That is a very good question!
The New Moon eclipse is taking place in your Mind Zone, so your ability to talk your way in or out of anything is about to improve enormously. Your brain, what you say and what you write will be super-charged, even if you’re normally uncomfy expressing yourself.
This applies whether you’re talking to a friend, lover, colleague or boss, writing reports, SMSes, emails or even the Great Aussie novel! You’ll also be super-busy now – expect to be racing around hither and thither over the next three or so months, when the eclipse energy will start to diminish.
The Full Moon this month is the first non-eclipse lunation we have had since mid-July.
Full Moon on August 26 (Sydney) at 4 Pisces
Full Moon details:
SYDNEY: August 26, 9.56pm
NEW YORK: August 26, 7.56am
LONDON: August 26, 12.56pm
The Full Moon is the time when your emotions come up to the surface for you to deal with them. If you work with them, you can clear yourself out energetically. The easiest way to do this is to make peace with the past, once a month at least. For help doing that, click here for my 100% free Full Moon Forgiveness Kit.
Remember, even a non-eclipse Full Moon turns up the volume on whatever else is going on in your life and whatever else is going on in the skies. This month, the Full Moon is taking place before and after some quite tense alignments.
Notably, right after the eclipse, there is a clash between Venus and Pluto; Venus being the planet of love and abundance, and Pluto being the powerful planet of paranoid obsession! In other words, there could be some rather intense times related to love, money and power this month!
Let Go Of Venus/Pluto Issues
Following on from the fact of the Venus/Pluto clash here are a few ideas to work with this Full Moon.
1. Forgive someone who hurt you – just let it go
2. Make sure you’re being super honest in your love life and when it comes to finances
3. Look at if you need to pare back your budget
4. Watch out for power struggles related to love or money
5. Avoid emotional entanglements – obsession isn’t healthy love!
(remember to read your Rising Sign if you know it for even more accuracy!)
The Full Moon in your 10th house of suggests you may well be feeling a tug of war between your home life and your career. More than likely you have spent the past few weeks thinking about your personal life, you home, family, and where you feel you belong. Now though, the skies are reminding you that all of us have to crawl out from the safety of our nests from time to time. If you know you’ve been neglecting your professional obligations because of what’s been going on at home, the skies suggest now is the time to redress the balance.
The hardy warrior revisits an old battleground aka Mars revers into Cap
Also of great import astrologically this month, we get the continuation and then conclusion of the Mars retrograde cycle. Mars is the planet of anger and sex so among other things, there could be some old angry arguments coming up and there could be some sex with your ex! You have been warned!
From my Season of Second Chances free email series: As with all the retrogrades, this one is a double-edged sword. The upside is that Mars is the planet of anger, fighting, testosterone and blood. There is reason to hope that when the planet associated with the Roman God of war is reversing, people will lay down their guns, at least for a while. This can be literal or it can simply mean we are better able to control our angry impulses and draw breath before shouting!
When it comes to second chances, Mars retrograde offers the perfect opportunity to revisit a situation that went badly due to anger or stress. See how things go if you remain calm this time! Now is a good time to get back in touch with an ex, or a friend you fell out with. Professionally, this can be a good time to build bridges with a difficult colleague.
Mars is the warrior of the zodiac – whether you’re male or female, Mars is where you fight from. As Mars reverses, we could be re-waging old battles, so watch out if you sense that you’re being drawn back into an argument you really have had enough of. That said, if you need more energy and FIGHT, Mars retrograde has your back!
For you, Mars will now be going backwards in your Eighth House. This is the part of your chart which governs sex and money, so let’s deal with them separately. Mars in this part of your chart – but going backwards – suggests that for some of you, there could be a bit of a drop in sexual desire. Don’t panic – it’s almost certainly only temporary! However, if you’re feeling totally spent in the desire department, now is the time to give yourself a break. For others, the exact opposite will be true – if Mars happens to be energising a powerful point in her personal chart, the slowness of the reverse cycle can mean his libidinous energies are focused more strongly and linger longer, setting your desire off the scale! If that’s the case, do be careful about how you assuage it – Mars can be brash and not nearly choosy enough! Financially, Mars here can herald delays – whether that’s on being paid or paying someone. If you’ve been very pro-active re your finances recently, it might be time to take a break to let the rest of the world catch up with you.
If you’re a Mercury retrograde watcher, then you will be glad to hear that this cycle concludes on August 19. Which means that Mercury will be going backwards for MOST of August. In other words, most of what you do this month could end up having to be done again, in some way. Or maybe you’re already repeating something you did in a past Mercury retrograde cycle.
On the one hand, Mercury retrograde can be a time when communications and travel plans in particular go awry, and that does test the patience. So leave room for manoeuvre in your summer holiday itinerary and expect unexpected adventures. On the other hand, it’s also a brilliant cycle because it gives us all a chance to stop racing ahead mentally, to rethink and review. In terms of holiday plans, revisiting somewhere you love or seeing old friends is an ideal way to use the energies.
For you, Mercury has been going backwards in your THIRD HOUSE of communications, neighbours and siblings. If you’ve been having dramas or issues in any of those areas, now you know why! This weekend, as Mercury changes directions, you can expect (or at least allow for the possibility) one last blast of mayhem. And after that? It’s smoother sailing. Getting your message through to people will be easier. You will receive fewer mixed messages. Upsets with neighbours and siblings can be resolved. Overall, you can expect that life will be easier to handle in every way.
Also – information for all the signs – note that August brings an amazing Jupiter/Neptune connection. If it weren’t for the fact of the eclipse and all the retrogrades, this combo alone would have been the main headline of this month’s stars.
As it is, you’re reading about it towards the end of the post because while it’s big, it’s just not as JARRING as the rest of the astrology for August.
What is does mean is that this month is ideal for connecting to Spirit, to the Divine, to Source. And how to do that? I don’t know any better way than to meditate. If you do know how to meditate, do it daily this month. And if you don’t know how, then make it a goal (a New Moon wish?) to learn. It will change your life! But learning it isn’t enough. You also have to do it, to get the most out of it. Just saying.
The Jupiter/Neptune connection takes place on August 19, the same day that Mercury ends its reverse cycle. If you do nothing else that day, set aside time to
1. Just say “Ommmm…”
2. Make a list of what 1- things which would make you feel inspired
3. Work out how to do at least three of those things in the coming week
Finally, fyi, the planet of war and blood and sex and drive, Mars, ends his retrograde cycle on August 27.
All in all, it’s a potentially exciting month. Remember that being a New Moon eclipse month, it’s a time to BOLDLY stride into whatever future you want to create for yourself!
Confusion which has had you running on the spot, metaphorically, should ease up in the second half of August, as your planet Mercury stops retrograding in a sensitive part of your chart. Are you working this month? So much the better. You have excellent stars for inspiring or being inspired professionally. What happens now can translate as a pay bonus too.
Have a great month!
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