Solar & Lunar Eclipse;
Venus opposition Neptune; Chiron/Nodes/Sun; Asteroids;
August stars set the stage for a much faster forward, thanks to the Total Solar Eclipse, (New Moon) Aug 1 and the Partial Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon), Aug 16.
Solar Eclipse activations are driven by soul consciousness in more attention-getting motion; Leo’s creativity shines much brighter now. With the total Solar Eclipse Aug 1 raising such amplified potential, anything and everything under the sun could catch fire. The Now can deliver an incredibly successful launch point for some. Heart’s desires can be more attainable than seemed possible just a little while ago. We can also expect showcasing, bravado, and confidence-initiatives to hit overdrive. Heightened anxieties can easily compel our objectives and initiatives too.
Eclipses start to build their energy in the month prior to their perfection and are especially potent in the month following. Striking the cords of a key evolutionary chapter, they can continue to hold resonance for several months, 3 to 6 months is common but they can also be influence over a period of years. For those who’s personal planets are ignited, an eclipse can often thrust life onto an alternate course, sometimes surprisingly, sometimes even shockingly so. They are most influential where their path travels. It is interesting to note that the Solar Eclipse is visible in the urban centers of Siberia; musing on a bigger picture view, perhaps climate changes will lead to a significant lifestyle change for the people living there in the years to come. The Solar Eclipse path ends in Mongolia and China; note the Beijing Olympics (Leo correlates to Heros and Olympians) take place from Aug 8 – 24. The Eclipse South Node (and Chiron retrograde) is conjunct the birth chart Pluto for the People’s Republic of China. The world will be watching!
Messenger Mercury’s engagement with the Solar Eclipse suggests a heightened degree of subjectivity is at play. Although the influence of a Solar Eclipse usually tend to be more newsworthy out there on the world’s stage (leaders, rulers, and famous people come under the rulership of the Sun), Clint Eastwood’s famous quote comes to mind: “it’s personal” this time. We can witness important circumstances and stage setting energize in our private lives too, especially when our personal planets are ignited. Key people who enter (or exit) our lives hold the power to completely revolutionize our future course. Déjà vu or not, the activation of the South Node is suggestive of a repeat scenario of significance. Past life dramas or glories are re-ignited. Watch for “it” person of the day to be a charismatic leader and/or performer with iconic sway – i.e.: talker, friend, agent, go-between, lover, teacher, accomplished one, famous one, athlete, advocate, politician, preacher, or competitor. Solar Eclipses often deliver a passage or birth of someone prominent. (Prince William was born on the day of a Solar Eclipse, his Mother, Princess Diana met with her tragic fate on a few days before the Solar Eclipse.)
The highly creative influence of Venus opposing Neptune (perfected on July 31) is also intensified as part of the Solar Eclipse signature. This mesmerizing combination can intensify a sense of romanticism, love, and innocence, or illusion, delusion, projection, and deceit; it can also come down to the blinding lead the blind. When Venus and Neptune play their music, it’s near impossible to stay immune. We find ourselves more open, sympathetic and susceptible.
There are many potential expressions for Venus opposing Neptune: idealism in life or in love, (that soul mate feel); heightened spiritual communion, outpouring, or unfolding. Venus and Neptune combined can bring “easy money” and/or create a financial abundance cycle. Wastefulness, laziness, financial extravagance, or loss is on the flipside. Social pleasures can increase, but note that decadence can command a higher than usual price. Boundary issues can be easily compromised when Neptune is ignited. Casual handling of drugs, medications, alcohol, toxic situations or people can lead to folly, even tragedy. Theft is also falls in the range of increased possibility. Extra safety precautions are wise this month, not only with your passwords and material valuables, but also with your body and health too. Do not let those who are inexperienced go unsupervised, especially when in or around water.
Chiron’s influence on the North Node can suggest humanity’s wounds can be the most prevalent consciousness-raising catalyst we can work with now. We are both bound and limited by our inter-connectedness and blessed by it too. Such critical concerns as global warming, the building energy crisis, the economic downturns, will continue to build intensified momentum. We are likely to witness amazing initiatives taken; humanitarian/philanthropic activity is on an escalating curve now too. Be on the watch for mavericks, champions, and super heroes to emerge (from the humble to the lofty alike) and let us pray that they who lead the many can triumph in steering the course of history toward a glorious new golden age.
Chiron and the Sun in opposition across the nodal axis perfecting on Aug 10 is sure to produce a turning point of great significance. A greatly intensified momentum can become visible as early as Aug 4. Mars and Uranus also “up the ante”, and will intensify all dealings and transactions through to the Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 (and beyond.) Mars and Uranus in opposition (reaching exact aspect on Aug 6) are an abrupt, erupting, and volatile planetary influence; they put the radical, surprising, exciting, shocking, or extreme into motion. Weather volatility is likely to make headlines now too. A missing link/missing piece recovered or striking revelation could crack things wide open. Revolutionizing moments, exceptional circumstances and discoveries can occur not only in our personal lives, but also out there in the world. Jupiter and Venus are in trine during the Lunar eclipse, suggesting what’s good could be very good. Note that Jupiter and Venus can also be an inflation aspect, so know its easy to get carried away or swept up in it all. An overnight sensation can take over, a split second moment could decide a fate, a domino effect can kick into gear – and for that which has already begun, watch for lightening-quick/in the blink of an eye acceleration. Past these key dates, life may never seem the same again!
Asteroid Pallas Athene ingresses into mutable sign of Gemini on Mon, Aug 4, staying in this sign until April 5, 2009; among her many correlations, Asteroid Pallas Athene, the warrior goddess, is a significator for politics/politicians, strategy/strategists, tie-breakers, humanitarian and underdog struggles. Interestingly, Pallas Athene’s retrograde (intensification) period begins Oct 25 and lasts through Jan 14, 2009, encompassing a critical history-making chapter in US politics as voters go to the polls and the newly elected take office. An Afro-American seems to be ever more likely as the front-runner for the US presidency. It would not have happened just a short while ago. This potential is but one indicator of important history in the making. Major change is obviously top-listed on the collective agenda – expect to see more of it.
As August rolls along, we commonly start to bemoan the passing of summer, even though it is still very much in full swing. Venus tenanting Virgo from Aug 5 to 30 can see belt-tightening replacing our recent carefree and extravagant ways. Price drops on summer overstocks are par for the course at this time of year. Not surprising, housing prices will most likely also continue on the (rapid) decline. Financial analysts tout dire predictions for the stock market. Should it happen, don’t expect a turnaround anytime soon.
Retrograde since April 18, relationship asteroid Juno stations direct on Fri, Aug 8. Recent relationship experiences, primarily ones that have been undermining, (that have challenged our boundaries, confronted our personal authority and/or sense of deserving) will now serve like a high-beam light switch for this next part of our journey. The same can be said of the beliefs, knowledge, or answers we have built along the way. Whether inspiring, encouraging, challenging, or limiting, present circumstances are at a peak and will now serve as the necessary catalyst for this next stage of our growth. We can find ourselves now better able to disengage from that which has hindered – perhaps the momentum comes through being forced forward. The Now also delivers a greater opportunity to access relationships and circumstances that help us to shine and to achieve our best. Most importantly, it’s time to locate our missing keys (greater consciousness in action, self-centering, self-consistency, the inner love) and to stop running interference for ourselves.
Mercury tours thinking-ahead Virgo from Aug 10 to 28; the newspapers are sure to bombard us with end of season/back to school ads; we’ll start to mentally, materially, and physically organize ourselves for what’s around the corner – some of us will angst a great deal more too.
As mentioned above, Aug 10, may prove to be a lively ignition point for the Partial Lunar Eclipse, which will occur on Aug 16 (at 2:18 pm PDT.) Venus and Neptune, first intensified by the Solar Eclipse at the start of the month, are re-stimulated by the Lunar Eclipse. We can expect to see a second wave or an augmented ripple effect. Extreme emotionalism (idealism, disillusionment) can be a personal or collective experience. Revelations can create great hope or hysteria; the potential of substantial loss or chaos re economics/money markets can suddenly become the newly revealed reality – and perhaps hit an ultimate extreme.
Lunar Eclipses bring the undercurrents, the unconscious needs, and previously hidden into full view. We can feel surprised, but often what occurs has been brewing for some time. Mars in Virgo forms a stress-point with Pluto at the time of this Eclipse. Each in our own way, we now arrive face to face with a critical intersection signpost. From here on in, the closing evolutionary chapter will rapidly recede from view as the future overtakes us. These are dramatic statements, perhaps, but they are true. When Mars and Pluto team up, we feel the soul’s penmanship laboring away on the script. This Eclipse is one of a Metonic cycle which repeats a key date every nineteen years. Those born on Aug 16/17 may notice major life changing events have occurred at these nineteen year intervals (1989, 1970, 1951, and so on…)
Aug 19, Mars moves into Libra and asteroid Ceres moves into Leo. These sign changes are especially noteworthy as they reference the recent Eclipse intensification of both Sun and Venus. Mars and Venus, the relationship duo, ignite a heightened sense of karmic fated-ness to alliances, partnerships and mergers (romantic, business, political, social.)
The Sun ingresses (moves) into Virgo on Aug 22, joining Venus (heart) and Mercury (head) who have already been doing double-time through the Virgo checklists. Mercury ingresses into Libra on Aug 28, which seems well timed for one last pleasure weekend before back to school/work busy-ness takes over.
ARIES (MARCH 20 – APRIL 19)
Landing in the most significant position of your chart, the Aug 1 Solar Eclipse may announce your golden chariot arrival, especially so if your birthday falls on or around Mar 31. Venus and Neptune can bring you plenty of increased exposure. You can be recognized or singled out in some special way. Someone or something special could claim your attention too! Romance and social pleasures are greatly enhanced; creativity comes vibrantly alive too. Good news for those who have been waiting – the love of your life could show up – if not right now, keep on the watch over the coming months. (Note that the intensified potency of an eclipse continues over an extended length of time.) Leo month powers up your light/your brilliance for all to see. Of course, the stars also convey that it is a critical time for re-centering. After all, if you have not been standing in your creative center then who has been running your show? It’s time to demonstrate who you are and what you can do in no uncertain terms. Reclaim yourself, and stand proud. The stars give you license to fall in love with life and yourself all over again. Children can be another wellspring for you now – it’s an exceptional time for them too, they have their own special paths to follow. You may not feel quite ready for all that the Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 delivers. In fact, the Lunar Eclipse could be life altering. A special event or visitor of note can appear; you could hear exceptional news or be gifted with an amazing invitation, opportunity, or turnaround potential. Don’t know what to expect next? Don’t let it stop you! You’ll fill in blanks/learn as you go. Yes, it is your name on the package, and no, there is no mistake made. Put your all into it, your full commitment is required.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Family bonding and home life grows in importance now. A particular family member (a sibling or a friend that feels like family) can claim added attention; it can be an opportune time to re-establish your (perhaps long lost) special connection (or to make your peace if transition nears.) Perhaps the month will launch with a special gathering to enjoy (family or friends), or news to celebrate. Thinking of starting over again, perhaps entertaining thoughts of moving back home or closer to family? The Solar Eclipse compels you to create more success and satisfaction; work to improve your baselines/your lifestyle, and don’t hesitate to do whatever it takes, even if it seems over the top. The bigger the overhaul, the more effective it will be. Ultimately, your happiness is what counts most. A new career direction (your own business perhaps?) could be very lucrative. Home cosmetic projects are also worthy, they can readily increase your property value or sales potential. If you plan to list your property, get it on the market immediately. If you are a first time buyer, secure borrowing rates sooner rather than later.
GEMINI (May 20 – June 20)
It’s time to max out on the summer’s best and to get your fill of sun and fun. Your personal life and social life take the Solar Eclipse spotlight. Plan more get-togethers and spread the love around. Spontaneity works like a charm too. A summer fling could do wonders for your ego, who knows how long it will last, but enjoy it while the getting is good. If sales are your business, cater to those special clients, they could be your golden ticket. If you need to groom business and are in the market for an agent, hire only the best. You’ll get what you pay for! Those of you in creative or performing fields can experience a burst of popularity with your adoring fans. The Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 can bring an ideal time to get out of town or to attend a special event (a wedding perhaps?) This eclipse can be financially or romantically opportune. You could find things fall into place surprisingly well, beyond your expectations. As stated in the monthly intro, something that has been brewing for sometime could rise to the surface. Even when something disconcerting occurs, it will serve as an air clearing, correction, necessary and positive catalyst.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
How to get the most bang for your buck/out of the here and now; it’s everyone’s dilemma now. The Solar Eclipse shines the grow lamp on your as yet untapped resources. The process of self-discovery, of reclaiming pride, increasing self worth and net worth are your most important agendas now – invest big. It is also important to show yourself in the best light possible. As you do, you’ll discover that you have more going for yourself than you have previously assessed. You are entering a very fertile cycle; entrench yourself completely in your enrichment and betterment programs. Creativity, artistic achievement, athletic excellence – it can unfold for you now as never before. Display your wares, show your true self, be demonstrative. Positive attention will be fed back to you when you do. While you are at it, don’t scrimp on self-pampering and pleasuring, it’s an integral part of the healing process too.
The Solar Eclipse could provide a lucrative financial opportunity, perhaps one you did not expect. It’s a great cycle for starting your own business or for going professional. A new romance could fire up too, if so, you are likely to get deeply involved right from the start. Fertility is greatly enhanced for those wanting to know. Your relationship with children can be entering a special time now too. They deserve your best, now and always. The Lunar Eclipse could bring breakthrough (or breakdown, perhaps sudden) in communications, applications/petitions, work, or health. It can be a time when you can’t help but finally read that writing on the wall; get your health or books in order; stop perpetuating a toxic situation or relationship; stop waiting/relying on the help or advice of others – take the fix-it or find it job upon yourself. (No excuse will do.) On another note, transportation can need servicing, or upgrading. While summer is still in full swing, this Lunar Eclipse can prompt your attention to undertake preparations for the upcoming change of seasons.
LEO (July 23 – Aug. 22)
It’s fresh start time! The Solar Eclipse thrusts you into a dynamic new cycle, perhaps surprisingly so. Those born around Aug 1 are in for an exceptional year ahead, one that demonstrates the shaping hand of destiny. Some of you can feel incredibly gifted by synchronicity. When something or someone overtakes you, you can expect to be completely consumed by it. New love can bring that soul mate feel. On the other hand, things or relationships that are not meant to carry forward can virtually disappear overnight. It some cases, especially re relationships that have suddenly ended, you may feel as though you have just awakened from a thick fog. If you can’t see your new direction yet, know that it will arrive soon enough. The sudden revelations of Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 can catapult you over a key threshold. While you the clean up make take more time, this Eclipse can bring you to a critical financial or relationship cut-off point. Choices can be made for you by outside circumstances/events; options can narrow to a point where there is only one obvious/workable direction forward. Aug 4, 7 – 10, 14 – 17, 22, 23 can be critical action or breakthrough dates to watch.
VIRGO (Aug 22 – Sept 21)
This first weekend of the month is a great time to get away from it all and to enjoy leisure time. Yes, you certainly deserve a vacation and/or extra time to heal. Be prepared to jump right into the swing of things once you get back, though, you’ll be thrust right into the thick of it right from the get go. In fact, Aug 3 – 5 can be a somewhat chaotic scramble. Aug 7 – 9 can take you over the hump and/or see things smooth out. The week prior to the Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 can be a time of ripening or stage setting. Keep yourself organized and focused; don’t scatter your energy or waste your time. Instead, be ready to spring into action when you see opportunity strike. One person’s loss or vacancy is another’s great gain; you can suddenly find a new hat to wear or a new place to hang a hook. The Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 signals a cut-off or take-off point of significance. You may see that there is only one direction for you to take. You could receive answers, sudden news, or come to a final decision of great importance. Book your moving truck early and/or give yourself an extra margin of time to get through your month end. Aug 26 to end of the month can also be a time to squeeze in one last summer get- away if you can.
LIBRA (Sept.22 – Oct.22)
Special connections and inroads can fire up quite readily now. The Aug 1st Solar Eclipse suggests it is worth your while to join in or team up, so participate whenever and however you can. Good times are for the taking. Sure, entertainment costs may be up, but you can also find plenty that is free and for the taking. If in the market, your social life could spark a summer fling, (or it could deliver that once in a lifetime love.) You’ll find plenty of occasions to celebrate; of course, you don’t really need a reason to indulge in the summer’s finest. A new lifestyle appears to be in the works, and it is one set to deliver more reward than you have now. The month ahead can be a special time for the special people in your life too. Be happy for their successes; be there for them when/if their well runs dry. Aug 6 can bring an interruption, disruption, or a synchronistic opportunity to work things out to a more successful level. It’s also good time to get away, or to shake things up a little for yourself. Aug 6 to 10, you’ll set a new stage and launch in a new direction, planned or not. The exposing Lunar Eclipse, Aug 16 could bring something (or someone) significant to light. Perhaps you have already had a sense of what was brewing, past this date, you’ll know for sure. Don’t ignore your health or your vehicle’s warning signals. The Lunar Eclipse could also signal a special social or romantic moment, help you to score a great find or a lost item, or help you to make a major personal or professional breakthrough.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
You have a special role to play now, whether it is on behalf of family or within the professional arena. The Solar Eclipse Aug 1 puts an added spotlight on status, achievements, milestones, and goal reaching. If you have put in the time and/or built the right platform for yourself, a rich harvest is likely to come next. VIP’s love you. Reward and recognition could come in the form of a contract or salary increase, special favors, or other material gain, (an investment or real estate success, a legal settlement. New citizenship status, a green card, or the role of new owner, president, authority figure, mentor, elder, or proud parent is also one that provides a defining moment and is of greater significance to you now. Watch for a special event to attend, if not in your honor, then perhaps in recognition for another. On the flipside, if you aren’t getting what you deserve, now is the time to build toward it more assertively. Just starting out or starting over? It couldn’t be a better time to launch-off. The Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 could bring a departure or deviation of significance, perhaps sudden or unexpected. Watch for a sudden end, a significant threshold crossing, or switch of gears re an affiliation, group involvement, friendship, or a much hoped for potential, financial or otherwise. Under new management? It could be a plus for you. Then again, this Lunar Eclipse weekend can simply bring an opportunity to cut loose and get away from it all. A fabulous social event could land on your roster too.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 21)
Life, luck, and love can expand beautifully for you now. The Aug 1st Solar Eclipse can bestow a resilient sense upon you of go anywhere, do anything feel. Travel, sun, fun, the enjoyment of nature – summer is yours for the taking. Your popularity is at a peak, so by all means, stand on the stage, grab yourself a gold medal, or dish out the charm on a more select audience. Expanded luck is on your side, amazing opportunity can come your way. Of course, this cycle many simply dish up vacation time and a delightful summer interlude. If so, that’s peachy too. Mercury’s influence on this Solar Eclipse can gift you with added insight and creative ideas. Your intuition is greatly empowered now, so follow those inner messages and watch for news or special messengers to show up too. Athletes and performers are blessed by this Mercury influence; physical coordination and inner biorhythms are likely to be at peak. It’s a flourishing time for creative types, athletes, performers, agents, sellers, educators, and communicators. Publishing, recording, media contracts, and promotional activities appear lucrative too. Aug 2 – 6 can see an arrival or departure of significance. A project, contract or goal could move ahead quite rapidly. Mars and Uranus can spark creative solutions, blocks or restrictions can suddenly lift. Surprises, complications, and detours are also part of the stellar mix. Mars and Uranus could create some havoc with appliance, equipment, economics, transportation, health, but the overall influences are in your favor, so watch for surprising advantages. Aug 10 – 12 can piece it together for you. Aug 14 through the Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 brings a new chapter and a time of significant breakthroughs and thresholds to cross. Launch your products, declare your intentions, expand your horizons or your notoriety, start a new hunt or a new direction, and set yourself free.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 19)
The Solar Eclipse puts the spotlight on financial matters and intimate relationships. You’ll feel even more motivated to create more abundance for yourself; it can be time to start a new “eggs in one basket” chapter in both these regards. Legacies, wills, inheritances, and heirlooms can consume your attention now. Something like an art or coin collection could be worth a pretty penny. Not all investments do you good though, when needing to make those important decisions about who, what, where, and when, go with your most obvious choices. It’s also a time when you can negotiate a better salary or perks, or become a new business owner. Of course, you could find yourself under new management too. Is it time for a pre-nup? It’s important to establish what’s yours in no uncertain terms. Your significant other, a child, or some other VIP in your life can claim your undivided attention now. You may benefit from their successes, or perhaps you will be influenced by them in some other key way. The Lunar Eclipse on Aug 16 will paint a more obvious direction for your future; events around this time can catapult you over a significant financial and/or relationship threshold. A solution, avenue, or way-out may appear out of the blue/on its own. Something that has perplexed or challenged you for some time can suddenly correct itself. You stand to gain, so by all means, give up to get, make the necessary changes, and watch how fast and how well you can create a turnaround.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Now is the time for you to be an attention-getter. With the Aug 1 Solar Eclipse falling in your people sector, your popularity is enhanced. Your social life can be a source of great entertainment and pleasure. There may be more than one special occasion, event, or celebration to light up your life. Perks and special privilege can be more easily gained; don’t hesitate to ask for the extras. You can probably get away with a little more than usual now; some will bend their rules just for you. Abundance breeds abundance, the more attention you give, the more it will come back to you too. Of course, this advice applies to business as well as pleasure. The stars provide a lucrative platform for business and creative undertakings. Some people have a special knack for bringing out the best in you and you’ll do the same for them. You’ll notice these special bonds to be greatly intensified, now and in coming weeks. Key people grow more important and/or consume your priority attention. Special people can enter your life now too, ones that can make a dramatic impact on your heart, your lifestyle, or your bank account. If you find that your significant other or business partner is living in their own world and not giving you the attention you deserve, then you need to make yourself or your position more obvious to them. If you decide to pack in your relationship, you are likely to find that the happiness that recently seemed unattainable is suddenly in full bloom again. Living in harmony with yourself is the best anyone could ask for. The folly of the Solar Eclipse is projection, over-confidence, and/or overspending. If you have been blind-sighted, or bought into the hype, the illuminations and revelations of Lunar Eclipse on Aug 16 can be particularly disconcerting. You may not have too much control over situations or yourself. If you have played your cards right, things could open up for you as never before. Watch these threshold dates: Aug 1 -6 14 -17, 22, 23.
PISCES (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Getting healthier is the aim of the Solar Eclipse on Aug 1. This souped-up ambition takes place at all levels of course – healthy body, mind, soul, lifestyle, bank account, etc. If your work or day-to-day is a struggle from start to finish, then it’s high time to mail out resumes, and/or to do deeper soul searching. A better work environment is out there somewhere, start the search now. If you are recuperating from illness (or from childbirth), it’s important to pamper your body to the max. This Solar Eclipse can bring an ideal time to work on body imaging. You can do it alone, but know also that an expert, a mentor, or “guru” could be exceptionally helpful/really do the trick. Self esteem, posture, presentation, wardrobe, grooming details, healthy diet, etc. – do it right and people will stop to watch you glow. Aug 4 – 6 could bring surprise; something or someone could jump out at you. Aug 10 through the Lunar Eclipse Aug 16 can be a time when things really start to brew behind the scenes and out in the open too. It can be a time of finishing off with the past, of finding important answers or solutions, of reconciling your heart or reconciling with material matters. It cannot be stated enough, this is an important threshold crossing time when you can leave the past behind and step more fully forward. Aug 16 – 20 can be a time of important/critical first steps or new beginnings. Expect the unexpected!
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