Sun Signs—August 2017
Leo is king of this summer’s big event—the full solar eclipse on August 21st. Dubbed 'The Great American Eclipse,' it’s the first total eclipse of the sun visible across the continental U.S. in nearly a century. Expect big changes, as eclipses upset the natural order, correcting the course of our lives like a cosmic reset.
By Lisa Awrey
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) It’s all about you this month, Leo—even more than usual. With the total eclipse of the sun (the ruler of your sign), get ready for a royal cage rattling. The shakeup is around who you are and what you really want. Shed the scaredy-cat act, Cowardly Lion. The time is ripe to reinvent yourself—change your image, your title. Tip: Get moving; being physical can literally catapult you to a new level. So, pick up your scepter, put on your ermine mantle, and lead with your heart.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) All the action this month is where you can’t see it, Virgo. Look for clues in your dreams...something hidden from view that has stood in your way is up for some serious dismantling. East Indian astrologers advise staying indoors during an eclipse. In your case, that’s not a bad idea. Take this opportunity to meditate. Let your mantra be: Wake me when it’s over.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Cool and collected, Libra, you never want to admit that you lose your composure. But you’re human, it’s okay to let out a roar. The best thing you can do is to clearly state exactly what it is that’s ticking you off. Your authenticity could gain you some important allies. The genius lies in stepping into your leadership within the collective, not necessarily getting comfy in one-on-one relationships right now.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) What if you got what you really really wanted in your career? What would that look like? Whatever you decide to change in your home life that allows you to follow your heart’s desire can lay the foundation for a turning point in your professional life. With the Great American Eclipse happening in your career house, it’s time to let down your regal mane and shake your reign maker.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) That brilliant idea that occurs to you around the lunar eclipse on the 7th portends your rise to prominence as a thought leader over the next six months. If you can tame the tendency to force your ideas onto others, and instead lead the way with free thinking, you'll gain wisdom and infuse greater meaning into your role as the teacher you were meant to be.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Okay Capricorn, it’s time to start investing in your cutting-edge ideas. The flash that comes to you near the lunar eclipse on the 7th is a segue to a turning point around your resources (monetary and otherwise). As the moon blots out the sun’s light on the 21st, your House of Other People’s Money gets activated. Here is the opportunity to strike a rich vein inside yourself that gives you the confidence you need to attract new investors. Leveraging other people’s resources means you can do big things, ol’ goat.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) A lunar eclipse in your sign bids you to embrace your uniqueness—to really revel in your juicy weirdness. This sets the stage for the pride of planets heating up your relationship house around the solar eclipse two weeks later. The lion’s sign in the House of Partnership is about maintaining individuality while being in a relationship but watch out, that doesn’t mean looking down your cool interplanetary nose at us mere earthlings. Keep it real and engage your heart as you summon your genius and you’ll surely send shock waves per usual—this time through the conventions of marriage and commitment.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) Sharpen your dream journal practice. As the lunar eclipse trips a switch in your House of Karma and Past Lives, the archetypes will come through loud and clear as soon as your head hits the pillow every night. This cosmic download heralds a wake-up call around your daily habits two weeks later at the solar eclipse, causing you to make important changes that could affect your health and well-being for years to come.
ARIES (Mar 21-April 19) Collaboration is the name of the game this month, Aries. As the lunar eclipse on the 7th spotlights the power of community, you gain a new appreciation for the importance of finding your people and being a part of the tribe; in this case, the wackier the better. As you release the comfort of going it alone, you ready yourself for the solar eclipse fireworks in your House of Creativity, Romance, and Pleasure. When you flex your fun muscles, you learn to value love and play—important pieces of the warrior sign.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Work-life balance just may have tilted too far in favor of work recently but changing career circumstances urge you to relinquish certain relationship dynamics that have perhaps served their purpose. Why not listen? The more conscious you are in letting go of what’s no longer needed, the less of a crisis it will be. With the solar eclipse highlighting your House of Home and Family, skip hasty decisions like moving or buying a new house. By the end of the month, you’re ready to bring more beauty to your home and create the castle you’ve always dreamed it could be.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Are my personal philosophies poppycock? Lofty questions take center stage around the lunar eclipse. With a spotlight on your Search-for-Truth House, learn something new, travel, or take up with a foreigner (or all three). Expanding your perspective will stoke planetary fires as they reach a roiling boil in your Communications and Siblings House surrounding the solar eclipse (relatives may even have important insights, inspiring personal belief system shifts recorded in your most profound blog entries yet).
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Being in the driver’s seat around personal wealth is in order. You are generally shrewd with money, but there’s still room for change. Around the 7th, when the moon’s shadow urges you to reassess the drawbacks of shared resources, your focus turns to personal finances and your livelihood. Your reigning need for security (translation: moola) is at a crossroads. Money, money, money may indeed make your world go round this month.
illustration by @boccaccinimeadows
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