What issue is of the most critical importance for human beings in the month of August?
ANSWER: The Sun reversed
A congratulations and a round of applause is due for coming this far.
There is always magnificent beauty, but let’s face it: the world has been a bummer for a while now. So many problems are too obvious to evade anymore and a cohesive plan of attack has been lacking.
But amid all the funkiness, The Sun reversed rises to spotlight the real progress that’s been made since the latest Aquarius-Leo lunation cycle reemerged on February 10th with a lunar eclipse in Leo, after nearly a decade of lying dormant. The last time humanity was met with an Aquarius-Leo eclipse pair was in 2008 and 2009, so their return is a big deal.
Now, in August, we are graced with an Aquarian lunar eclipse on August 7 and a Leo solar eclipse on August 21.
These lunations signal a life cycle shift, like literally resetting the clock on a phase of existence and similar to any other difficult beginning in a phase in life, when something is transforming beyond your control, you have no idea what is going on or what to do.
But now, in August, things are getting more and more clear, the veil is being lifted. The malaise surrounding crises of identity is dissipating in some ways, but since so many elements and moving pieces are in play, there’s still a steep learning curve and a sense of topsy-turvy in the unknown.
This is going to be a rad month with excitement, clarity and inspiration everywhere, but confusion isn’t trailing far behind. Sometimes WTF moments may take over and an ineffable perplexity surrounds these most awesome events.
But whatever the case, there is likely to be clear innovation on a macro and personal level.
Read your February 2017 horoscope here to chart progress. In February’s forecast, there is so much more information about other astrological events that are flavoring these eclipses, please check it out for a broader perspective.
And don’t miss out on the Tips section at the very end of this post either; the collective is evolving.
Check out these dates for some SIGNIFICANT events to take place:
- August 7, 2017, Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius
- August 16, 2017, Sun conjunct True Node – You are the future
- August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse in Leo
KEY AUGUST THEMES FOR EACH SUN / RISING / MOON SIGN:
Aries - King of Pentacles reversed: Ram, leadership is an ongoing issue. Although you’ve stepped into roles with greater responsibility and proved yourself worthy, there is an instability present compromising comfort. With these new obligations, authority can feel like a burden sometimes, causing internal conflict. But, you’ve got this! The King of Pentacles reversed showing up supports your intuitive leanings when faced with the unknown. You possess the inherent power to do the right thing. On the flipside, haughtiness, pomposity or some other form of power perversion may have invaded the space. It is important to know when not to waste your time with bullsh*t. There are boundaries to your dominion that cannot be crossed by yourself or others. Respect is the way to gauge when borders have been violated. Also, the King of Pentacles reversed may speak to a scene where little action is taking place, or some type of halt is forced on events. Be patient with your expanding authority. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Taurus - Five of Swords: Bull, the Aquarian eclipse on August 7 is likely to stir up some chaos. Five of Swords represents an argumentative atmosphere riddled with strife and in many cases, regret over making poor decisions. All negotiations occurring within the next six months require complete aplomb and equanimity; mental imbalance is not a good look. The period between January 17, 2018 to February 9, 2018 might seem extraordinarily conflict-laden when it comes to associates. Be careful; taking extra precautions will shield you from drama. Five of Swords is also a call to be well-organized. Another manifestation of this energy could translate as overly defensive misjudgment. Perceived enemies may actually, in fact, have your best interests at heart and vice versa. Be cognizant of the fact misinterpretation is rife. Do your best to stay focused on clear and present reality. Please don’t miss out on connecting with wonderful people thanks to unfounded perceptions. Resolve to break bread with even the most wretched detractors or antagonists. However, be wise in war–befriend your foes. Being socially aware to the maximum will help you win this battle. And this may also be what is missing–awareness of authentic roles. Some Bulls may suddenly become a parent or be launched into aposition where the psychological weight of taking care of so many people is just too much. Don’t bend to the pressure of cerebral oppression over relationships. Speak up if you need support and try not to take external chaos so personally or seriously. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Gemini - Lovers reversed: Twins, maximum self-awareness is the primary objective. Lovers reversed presents you with the greatest opportunity to thrive as your fullest, most authentic Self in upcoming months and the only thing that can possibly stop you from achieving this awesome life elevation is misinformed ego. A precarious existential situation is at hand; you are tasked with embracing your truest voice while simultaneously being selective about that which you speak. Here’s the thing–just because you’ve progressed so much as a person doesn’t mean the maturity process stops. Some Geminis may find themselves in a situation where a higher level has been reached after much effort, but beware of slacking standards in your newfound elevated status. There’s still work to do. Nothing is fixed in this reality, variables, internal and external, are constantly changing and it’s imperative you maintain a present state of mind to be effective. This is a slow and steady effort; there are no shortcuts. Keep yourself in check. If the mind comes in to try and convince you to cut corners or find a quick and easy solution, that’s a red flag. Also keep in mind, persistent and tenacious dedication will earn you a reputation for excellence with your peers. Although doing things step by step may be agonizingly slow at times, the results are far more impressive through modest persistence than rushed haphazard mania. Stay focused and humble as your influence expands and everything will be great. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Cancer - Four of Cups reversed: Crab, recalibrate. Four of Cups reversed suggests the atmosphere of defeat, possibility a “woe is me” attitude emerging, even if everything is rad and progressive. But there’s no real validity in worrying about a failure to achieve–that’s not the issue. Four of Cups reversed suggests that more than likely, you will get everything desired, but maybe just not in the way or on the timeline you’d hoped for. It might feel too soon or too late or a combination of both. There is some type of deep evolutionary phase going on right now that is affecting things in the mundane plane, with preternatural agents of soul development orchestrating events from a perspective of consciousness inaccessible to the rational, linear human mind. This is a complete metamorphosis; emotional and/or psychic sensitivity is likely to be heightened. Your full transformation is probably already in motion, but likely to manifest completely on or after the Solar Eclipse in Cancer takes place on July 12, 2017, so be patient. Butt-hurt feelings are extremely beneficial as you navigate through the emotional slush of what no longer works in your life. This is probably one of the final opportunities you have for such extensive inner probing before what you’ve been yearning for actualizes in real time. In addition to all this, Four of Cups reversed may engender interpersonal conflicts that can manifest in numerous ways, including passive aggression or over-aggression. Be real, talk about your emotions honestly, cry if you need to, but please try to eliminate desperation or tantrums. Also refrain from becoming a puddle of mess; everything is OK Crab. Have a laugh, go have some fun. Remain grounded, centered and use whackness as a valuable learning tool as this foundational transformational phase continues to unfold. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Leo - Page of Pentacles: Lion, you are the most cherished student. Page of Pentacles is turning up to inform you complete ignorance is your greatest asset. You are privileged with classic beginner’s luck. In fact, fresh endeavors are so lucky for you right now, it is important to take this opportunity to embark on a new quest. There are higher forces at work pushing you into the best possible position, whether or not you have any clue what is actually going on. You have permission to put complete faith in blind efforts, as long as you’re open to learning something new. There are a few dangers in this situation. One danger is obstinance. It’s important not to be too driven by what you think you know about the situation; embrace the unknown and seek the counsel of experts. Another danger is being rendered completely ineffectual by choosing to pursue a course of action that has proven time and time again to be fruitless. Material benefits are imminent. Learn the lesson already and move on! Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Virgo - Ten of Pentacles: Virgin, family, genetic or otherwise, is major right now. Ten of Pentacles alludes to a harmonious network of relationships with mutual success as the primary underlying goal. This is a call to unite with folks for ubiquitous harmony. Who are your kinfolk? Ten of Pentacles suggest you need a lattice of some seriously strong people to support you moving forward. Issues of loneliness may suddenly arise and the value of relationships may become an important topic of consideration. Do you really need to go it alone on this, or would it be better to find some company? Although self-sufficiency is a wonderful trait, at this point, maybe there’s just a little too much isolation going on in critical areas of life. Who wants to grow old without some pals to have a laugh with? It is so necessary at this time to go out and have fun with people, to share in the delight of being human. Social butterfly wings flapping in full effect will engender some deeply satisfying, long-lasting and beautiful results. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Libra - The Star: Scales, forget drudgery, it’s time for enthusiasm. The Star card is turning up to add some creative zest to your life. The Aquarian lunar eclipse on August 7 kickstarts this awesome inspirational period that supports the expression of your deepest passions. The soul-sucking toil of banality is out the window as radness prevails. This alacrity is probably deeply healing for you Libra, since you’ve gone through a lot this year. But this fairylike pep in your step doesn’t necessarily translate to socializing. You may just want to kick back and witness the awe of the artistry within your own mind. But if you choose to rock out with your posse, great, the point is, you now have cosmic support to pursue whatever your fancy. A wonderful way to put this energy to good use is to shelve ambitions for a moment in favor of pursuing glee. As a real time reverie, your joy is likely to magnetize other sprightly beings; you’re in for so much fun. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Scorpio - Eight of Cups: Scorpion, the maturation cycle hasn’t let up yet. But if you’ve done the personal development work the universe has laid on you throughout 2017, the appearance of Eight of Cups calls attention to something that may not be coming to mind–you now possess an air of deep wisdom that evokes respect. There is something deeply moving about you nowadays; your presence in the world has more gravity. So, even though it may be a bummer to have Eight of Cups popping up right now confirming the developmental soul-search is not yet over, it is also rad in its confirmation of your newfound formidability. You are an inspiration to all humans who are trying to make something of themselves. Thank you for your esteemed example of how to become a better person. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Sagittarius - Justice reversed: Centaur, try a little tenderness. Justice reversed has emerged to highlight somewhat of an interrelational identity crisis, where this sudden maternal urge to care for others as if they’re your own child is popping up. I mean, WTF? But the message is clear–treat everyone and everything like babies. Nourishment, cooing, doting attendance to needs, all of these approaches are the best ones to take at this time. Another way to translate this energy is in two words–meticulous care. As the Centaur bounds around experiencing this and that adventure, maybe basic things like love and affection have been inadvertently shelved. The sweetness of your celestial radiance right now is reminiscent of the most glorious ice cream shared by pigtailed seven-year-olds on summer vacation at the beach. It is just beautiful and heartwarming. Stay on that love-vibe. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Capricorn - Nine of Wands reversed: Goat, you’re going to receive some rad news when Mercury transits through Sagittarius from November 5, 2017 to January 11, 2018, better believe it! You’ve been working hard for a long time and the confirmation of reaping greater rewards for your efforts is enlivening. But Nine of Wands reversed points to a mentality or habitual practice of exhaustion. Breaktime is not wasteful. If things stutter along off-and-on in the months ahead, that’s fine; this intermittent rhythm is ordained by the universe and is actually the highest expression of the cosmos during this phase. Make sure your energy levels are balanced, not too much or too little, consistently cruising at “just right”. Also, feel free to avoid expending energy on avenues that clearly do not promote growth. You’re really going to need to contain your power levels, because the pressure is on and you do not want to get nuclear. It might be time to really stick to a regular routine, following everything in the diary to a tee, with days off noted and honored in the agenda. Getting too stuck in something, as in consumed by a pursuit such that it requires every bit of power stored within you, is not a good look–do not do that, chill. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Aquarius - Page of Swords reversed: Water Bearer, practice acceptance. Page of Swords reversed is showing up as a forewarning things are going to experience tremendous change. Of course you are receiving the full force of fate right now–the lunar eclipse on August 7 is in your sign of Aquarius. The brunt of destiny is BOOM, all up in your face, and that’s that. No use fighting transformation; an attack against providence is useless. The appearance of the Page of Swords reversed also suggests some sort of self-imposed mind-trap wreaking havoc. Insincerity will no longer fly. Instead of eliciting the delight it did in the past, sycophants’ flattery will become vacuous word vomit. It is going to take great strength in character to pass through this period, because the path might suddenly become hella lonely as fair-weather friends drift off into the ether and leave you hangin’. But good, how about a little sincerity in the mix? Authenticity is likely to be simultaneously suffocating and vivifying, like taking your first violent breath after drowning. But it’s worth it. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
Pisces - Queen of Wands: School of Fish, it’s time to focus on your burning needs. Queen of Wands turns up in promotion of an inspired existence, replete with new adventures, explorations and unprecedented joie de vivre. There appears to be some type of buried creativity begging to resurface, a call that cannot be ignored. This sounds awesome, but there are challenges. Reinvention is hard. Discovering a higher purpose takes tremendous effort. Be prepared for moments of intoxicating alacrity to descend into dread, and back and forth. This is the type of electric growth that can feel destructive, like a creativity bomb exploding in your insides. Get advice on what is detonating inside of you. It’s going to be difficult to contain the blast anyway, so you might as well let those you trust and admire in on what has you on one so hard right now. What you’re experiencing is a pure alchemical transformation. Remember to read your February forecast here to chart progress from the last eclipse.
TIPS, SUGGESTIONS & NOTES FOR THE MONTH:
- Revolutionary technology, social groups and collectives will start popping up hard and change the game. Status quo habitual behaviors surrounding the use of social media, the Internet and other technologies, like flying on planes or driving cars, are likely to be transformed thanks to this eclipse cycle. Expect amazing solar energy advancements.
- Watch as the universe forces change. The transformation will be evident and out of control.
- Take it to the next level. It could get explosive.
- Support the bold expression of individuality. Intense individuation is taking place, with clarity finally arriving around issues of identity.
- Notice where you dismiss your achievements. It’s so easy to be super accomplished and convince yourself you’ve done nothing and are a failure in life. It may not go that deep, as in complete life failure, but it’s still important to consider this: you were building your new life phase in little steps, even though you may not have been cognizant of doing that. Isn’t that cool? It’s just amazing how far you come without even being conscious of it.
- The pace will pick up. Be ready to sprint! Yes, it’s Mercury Retrograde from August 12th to September 5th, but it’s a fast one.
- Be confident. Problems can be handled, there are solutions.
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