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Doing so-called “New Age” things such as yoga or meditation has been all the rage for quite some time. However if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, now would be a really good time to do so, as the eclipse fires up your deep and mysterious 12th House. Having better intuition and going “within” for your answers to life questions will make it much easier for you to achieve any and all of your goals.
Power date: August 19 – your Mercury retrograde ends, you’ll feel more “normal”
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.
The planet of chaos, Uranus, is turning your life philosophies upside down! Question everything you every thought. You are great at analysing. So things thing through.
Liberate yourself from ideas which came from so long ago that it feels like another life. Unexpected trips, course of study and bouts of teaching are also extra possible now.
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 chancesseason 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!
No matter if life has been a hard slog or some kind of wonderful lately, this eclipse is opening up a door for you which – if you go through it – should help make you feel like life is taking on new meaning. And that is? The door to your spirituality. Yep. Now is the time to do one of the following: take up meditation, do yoga regularly, try talking to your Guides and Angels, do a psychic development class, start to analyse your dreams, begin to trust your hunches more. You will be amazed at how much your intuition improves over the next few months if you just give the smallest of nudges. This is an eclipse in your Spirit Zone and it’s not to be ignored! Spooky but true.
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!
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!)
Lately, it’s been all about YOU. And guess what? That isn’t likely to change overnight. But the Full Moon in your 7th house of Other People and of Romance means it’s time for you to think less about yourself and what you want, and more about others and what they need. The Full Moon in your Love Zone (which this is) also marks the natural conclusion for relationships which have clearly reached their Use-By date. Compromise is crucial now, if you’re in a good relationship which is going through temporary troubles and delays. For some, closure on an ex is possible at last.
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 be going backwards in your Fifth House of children, romance and creativity. If you’ve been feeling like things are stalling in one of these areas, Mars’ (relatively) rare reverse cycle may be too blame. However the good news is that if you’ve been short of courage re how to act in one of these areas, the reverse cycle’s delay actually give you a bit of breathing space, while you gather yourself. And if you’re reading this and thinking “Shoot! I don’t want delays re romance, kids and/or creativity”, try not to be impatient. This cycle won’t last forever and in the long run could prove the best thing that could’ve happened. Wait and see.
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.
After last month’s retrograde, communications planet Mercury is now resuming normal transmission and going forwards again… This suggests like is about to be a little more straight-forward. For you, Mercury has been going backwards in your TWELFTH HOUSE of secrets and spirituality. If you’ve been having second thoughts about someone, if you’ve been driven by fear lately, if you’ve felt confused when you’re left alone with your thoughts, if you’ve been toying with the idea of being less than honest with someone – the jig’s up! As Mercury changes directions this weekend, you can expect (or at least allow for the possibility) one last blast of mayhem – so do take care and think twice before you try to deceive anyone or before you give yourself too hard a time. This weekend also marks the start of a period when you will do well to withdraw a little and contemplate life, if that’s what you feel like.
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!
The New Moon in your Spirituality Zone is a sign that it’s time for you to stop stressing and to start trusting the Universe a little more. Doing a daily practise such as meditation will help you tune into your Higher Self – that’s the part of you that gives you the best advice, if you will just tune in and listen!
Have a great month!
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