Forecast Overview:Lunar Eclipse; Super New Moon; Cancer/Capricorn nodes
Bringing the count to five out of six this year, August 5 delivers the last eclipse of the summer. The physical properties of this lunar eclipse makes visibility hard to see with the naked eye, but it is a full moon in live-wire Aquarius and this sign is always good for a jolt or a revolt of one kind or another.
The Aug 5 eclipse travels over most of South America, the Atlantic Ocean, Greenland, Europe (including Norway, Sweden, lower portion of Finland, Russia’s Moscow & St. Petersburg,) Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran. While Honduras is just outside of the eclipse, ally Venezuela is within its jurisdiction. Essentially this eclipse holds court over a good portion of the trouble spots and powerbases on the globe.
The full moon lunar eclipse in liberating Aquarius is one of surprising synchronicity, exceptional occurrences, sudden severings and rapid advances, welcomed or not. Typical of this sign, the unexpected, the unleashed, and the out-of-control can cause significant alteration, disruption, or even shock. Aquarius rules atmospheric conditions, not only pertaining to the air we breathe, but also to our social, political, economic, and cultural climates.
Typical of the season, the excessively dry weather conditions now bring the seasonal battle of forest wildfires to priority attention. Mars in square to Saturn, a pressure ceiling influence particularly energized by the eclipse (effective Aug 1 – 12) is an especially concerning signature in this regard. Watch for a break in the present momentum/pressure, a forward thrust, an easing up and/or a gain of ground just past the eclipse, Aug 11/12.
Positive potentials for the month ahead could pertain to scientific advances (wonder what we’ll learn from the latest space shuttle mission; did you hear the latest reports on the electric sunshine – Aquarius/Leo of tanning beds?), new cultural or lifestyle trends, major mergers (Yahoo and Google), timely accords and alliances, an exceptional opportunity, and surprising/significant relationship hookups. Aug 1-2 (a holiday weekend in BC) hosts Gay Pride weekend in Vancouver, parades, and all. This popular event is perfectly aligned with the eclipse for raising social consciousness/acceptance – and for enjoying a wild and colorful party!
On a more jarring note, the lunar eclipse could be a catalyst for widening the social divides, shocking terrorist activities/uprisings (bombings, hostage murders, etc.) accidents (pertaining to aviation, electrical, mechanical, railway, firearms, explosives, etc.), sudden passages/deaths, relationship or political severing, political conflict, controversy, or scandal, and weather extremes that cause devastation. (July 31, a lightening strike has caused a significant wildfire in Whistler, B.C., home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Thankfully at this moment, reports say the damage incurred as of this writing is not expected to not affect the Olympics.)
Whether consciously driven toward personal reinvention or forced forward through challenging circumstance, Aquarius serves to quicken the pace of our personal life journey. New needs and opportunities can quickly replace or super-cede that which we have rationalized as important or of priority. This shake-it-up sign archetype can unearth, uproot, shatter, excite, incite, electrify, and disrupt and so we are likely to see the Lunar Eclipse blast the cover off the rising undercurrents that now create unrest within body, mind or soul. Mars in Gemini in trine to the lunar eclipse creates the necessary opening for significant change to occur. This aspect could soften the effects of the eclipse somewhat, but it must be said that facilitating aspects can also create a window of opportunity for harsh things to happen too. Occurring in Aquarius (at 13:43), this eclipse could be particularly catapulting or life altering for: Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio (especially those born around: Feb 2, May 4, Nov 6.) and for those born: 1946-49; 1959; 1960; 1977 – 1979; spring 1989; fall 1990.
Partnered with the Solar Eclipse of July 21 which occurred at 29 degrees of Cancer, a culminating degree, this lunar eclipse in Aquarius signals that we are on the road to a collective awakening of significance. Noting that this pair of eclipses will set the benchmark for the next 6 – 7 years, we can expect the years ahead to be a critical time of reconciling with the past (Cancer) and of accelerating the journey forward. Looking back on these years, we are likely to be amazed at how far we have come in a short span of time, especially in the area of new energy and other scientific advances that improve the quality of life for all. Social, humanitarian and political initiatives are also likely to come along way in a short span of time, primarily because there is little choice but to make the world a better, safer, healthier place. Looking forward from here, it seems we have a very long way to go.
Aug 20 brings the last of three Super New Moons in a row. In the sign of Leo (27 degrees), this new moon can signal the birth of a new take charge consciousness, perhaps one that is a significant departure from your/our present way of being and creating in the world. Leo emphasized suggests the need to see more of your own light shine through the life you have created. Are you operating at your best now? If not, how can you gain yourself back? Where is the joy, the love, the laughter, the play, the abundance, the accolades? (Note: Afghanistan will hold their second public election on this new moon.)
Aug 21, the karmic (nodal) axis will leave the Leo/Aquarius sign polarity and begin a 20 month cycle into the next sign polarity. To March 2011, the karmic axis traveling through Cancer/Capricorn will draw attention to how our past choices now support, define, limit, and/or dominate our present reality base, which also shapes/dictates the range of options for where we can go from here. Cancer correlates to our private life foundations (family and such) and Capricorn correlates to our outer life realities (profession, material standing, socialized context, relationship to authority, etc). The next 18 months is one of intensified reshaping of the corporate, political, and social ego. Each in our own way, we are coming to see that it is an essential time to reset priorities within our private lives too. Know it or not, we are in a race against the clock. We only have a short window of opportunity in which to create better potentials for our future before the larger force of fate take the reins. On a more immediate note, the last ten days of the month can be the set up for the next Saturn/Uranus opposition that will occur in mid September. Pay close attention, and stay on top of what you need to.
Lunar Eclipse: Aug 5, 5:55 pm PDT; 13:43 Aquarius
Super New Moon: Aug 20, 3:02 am PDT; 27:32 Leo
Dates of note: Aug 1 -3, 9 – 15, 17, 20, 21, 26 – 29.
ARIES (MARCH 20 – APRIL 19)
The lunar eclipse can deliver an unexpected opportunity of great significance. It could set your life on a new and perhaps unexpected course. Exceptional synchronicity is at play. A much hoped for dream or potential could suddenly open up for you. Watch for a timely meeting of minds and hearts. Your attention could be drawn by a special someone, or by a particular group, or community. Your relationship with a figurehead, mentor, prominent individual, or someone who has otherwise exerted significant influence in your life could undergo a significant change. A sudden departure or surprise arrival is also under the range of possibilities for this eclipse. The nodal axis sign shift accelerates a transition cycle of significance. Over the next 18 months, you will wind down/clear off the residues of unfinished business (including family matters/relationships) while at the same time you will begin to set the cornerstones in place for a new and abundant life and a new, more resilient you. Aug 10 through the Super New Moon Aug 20 could be a “happening” time. Of particular note: Aug 12 – 14 (news, opportunity, windfalls), Aug 15 (action) Aug 16/17 (serious communications, contract talks, finish lines); Aug 20/21 sudden, unexpected; Aug 26 -29 work out the details; these dates find you ambitious and under pressure, and show a need to exert yourself even more.
TAURUS (APRIL 19 – MAY 20)
Start of the month could find you in transit or in transition. Time off or time away is ideal; a vacation can be well timed. While your previous emotional, financial, or time investment re a relationship, plan or ambition can be significant, if you have outgrown it, you will find you cannot stay the course no matter how hard you try. Moving past the past is definitely where it’s at. The lunar eclipse will prompt you to reinvent the way you take control and the way you need to shape it from here. When it comes to dealing with parents or parenting, your best policy may be a hands-off stance (no matter how white knuckled that seems!). Accelerating circumstances, the lunar eclipse could cut you loose from a corporate structure; a new empty nest status could be another prompt that causes you to move faster along your personal reinvention. You could be overwhelmed by too much going on at once; things could get out of control or beyond control quite fast. For those who are heading in the right direction, ambitions/circumstances could fall into place quite beautifully. For some, your new life can be so ready made and so natural, you will wonder why it took so long to figure it out. If you are on the hunt for a new job or a new residence, know prospects can improve as early as Aug 4, but are better yet past Aug 11. Aug 14 – 18 can be a lucrative for finding what you are looking for, (i.e.: a job, new residence, prospective clients, financial backing, an educational program; an agent/rep; a new car); and for self-promotion, marketing, sales, interviews, negotiations, course enrollment, applications, and contract talks. While you are more than ready for that fresh new start, impatience and impulsiveness can get the better of you once the super new moon Aug 20 energizes. This Super New Moon could surprise you with a new consideration or concern, or it could create a sudden window of opportunity. While a show of confidence looks good on you and risk is part of the package, overconfidence and reckless speculation or risk-taking could blow up on you. Know when you are talking yourself into unwise action and make sure to look before you leap.
GEMINI (May 20 – June 20/21)
Venus, planet of net worth and self worth, was in a challenging position to Saturn on the last eclipse (July 21), and warrior Mars, the planet that targets your inner duality and divides, challenges you on the lunar eclipse Aug 5. On the positive note, the eclipse provides a window of opportunity that can prompt a personal breakthrough point of significance. Once the light bulb goes on, it will leads to the start of inner unification that can help you operate as a group of one instead of a crowd of different voices. Aug 5 – 7 can see it all come flooding in at once. Expect surprise opportunity, synchronistic meetings and connections. You’ll find yourself on the go much more than usual. Watch for a special event, public attention, unexpected visitors or departures, surprise news, unexpected freedom, an educational or professional potential. Your social life, vacation time, or travel can be especially delightful/rewarding now. There can be plenty of added pressure too, and perhaps a sudden or surprise loss. Speculative or stock market investments are tricky; extremes are likely. Know that the current up-turn in the market is a temporary bubble with a potential sudden drop-off. To better your success ratio, your best professional strategy is to look for a gap and to fill the niche (isn’t it always the way?). If you have thought of picking up and moving, or of switching your line of work, this eclipse could be the prompt that does it. For the most part, real estate markets will continue to put buyers at an advantage. If you have had a difficult time persevering or pushing through, look for Mars in favorable aspect to the triple alignment of Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron Aug 11 – 19 to facilitate an easier, smoother, freer go. The Super New Moon Aug 20 offers another lucrative fresh start cycle, especially for communications, sales and promotional ventures, health and other get-ahead programs. Family, a home move, renovations, or preparations for back to school season can keep you especially busy in the last ten days of the month.
CANCER (June 21/22 – July 22)
Start of the month could bring a pressure cooker feel, especially if you are born around June 21. As Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto (and Juno opposes Ceres), you could feel a compelling urge to throw off everything and to jump into something new full tilt. Suffice to say, whatever you feel, you are likely to feel it intensely. Hot and heavy right from the start, a new attraction can start with that déjà vu feel. Partings also bring a sense of destiny’s hand at the steering wheel. The lunar eclipse Aug 5 can move financial, relationship or health matters along quicker than you anticipate. Watch for opportunity, surprise attention, significant news or revelations, a sudden departure or a sudden need to take definitive action, unexpected complications or added expense. Aug 10 – 12 can find you working hard to figure it out, or pushing toward a finish line or deadline of significance. Aug 13 to the Super New Moon Aug 20 could be an ideal time to get away from it all. These dates could also provide answers, opportunity or a clearer sense of the direction forward. Aug 17, 18 can bring a good time to sign a contract, to put a deposit down or to make some other final arrangement/commitment. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Mercury opposing Uranus could cause a disruption (Aug 20/21.) Mars’ advance into Cancer Aug 25 can bring another round of inflammation, challenge, or pressure. Aug 25 – 30 can be a testing time, but stay ambitious, keep working on it, and don’t stop until you get what you want. The karmic axis suggests the need to open yourself up to a new way of being in the world and of showing up for yourself too. The next 18 months can be a time of ripening/harvesting in some areas of your life, while other areas call for you to figure out how to come at it from a brand new angle.
LEO (JULY 22 – AUG 22)
Work, baby-sitting (children, friends, family, or partners), child-minding/rearing, or good-for-you-routines could be somewhat of a struggle as the month begins. Having said that, Venus in Cancer finds you in the mood for relaxation and other sweet treats (romance, for example.) The oven roast temperatures are likely to slow you down somewhat, but watch for lunar eclipse Aug 5 prompt to rev it up for you again. Watch for something abrupt or unexpected to divert your attention, plus or minus. The pressurized days following the lunar eclipse keep the intensity going strong. Aug 11 – 19 you may move past a number of hurdles or significant thresholds. Aug 13 – 16 the stars can put you on the move. Aug 18 – 19 could bring you to a contract signing, decision, a time to a clearing away of unfinished business or to finish line of significance. The Super New Moon Aug 20 sets up a particularly dynamic fresh start year for those born on or around this date. New steps forward can involve a significant severing of ties. It can be a matter of saying goodbye, of rejecting one in favor of another, and/or of recognizing what and who you have outgrown. The sign advance of the karmic axis is set to help you to become better integrated. It will put a more serious spin on your daily requirements (job performance, health, home and family, etc.), and will make you more ambitious to get to where you know you should be. The last week of the month could find you under added pressure or overwhelmed with too much on your plate, stretched financially or emotionally, or challenged to switch gears.
VIRGO (Aug 22 – Sept 21)
A new chapter is about to begin, and you can feel the clock count down/lateness of the hour quite strongly now. Mars and Saturn can put you under added pressure in the first ten days of the month. Frustration can build, especially when you feel you aren’t get the attention or respect you deserve. The job hunt, the rules, conflicting messages from your boss or other authority figures, bank dealings, official paperwork, etc. can be challenging. You may feel like you are always on the hook for something while others get away with more than they should. Still, it’s important to put your best foot forward, to stay attentive to detail, service-oriented, and to stand always ready and available. If you stay on top of what you need to, the second half of the month could deliver reward. At the very least, you won’t feel so overwhelmed, unduly pressured or put asunder if you keep yourself up to speed. As Mars trines the triple alignment, more can be asked of you, but it seems you will readily have what it takes – or you will find a way to make it so. Borrow more if you need to; branch out, seek additional training to upgrade employable skills. The super new moon is set to unlock more of your hidden reserves and potentials, and to open you up to yourself in some new way. The journey can be primarily an internal one. Self examination intensifies your awareness and need to put self-interests first for a change. This Super New Moon fires up an increased desire for greater independence – to run your own show, to gain greater freedom and self-autonomy. Desire/wanting more is the first step to getting more. Aug 20 – Sept 1 is the time to put maximum effort into making the big breakaway. Set yourself a deadline and aim to get it done. Aim to push it hard, Aug 20 through end of the month.
LIBRA (SEPT 22 – OCT 22/23)
You have entered a wonderful opportunity cycle thanks to both the recent solar eclipse (July 21) and the lunar eclipse, Aug 5 – hopefully you will recognize it as such. Progressively, blocks are being removed, one at a time. Venus and Mars in Gemini can catapult you out of a holding pattern or a dry spell. Should you decide to undertake a significant change, you should find an ability to switch tracks without skipping a beat. Ceres enters Libra Aug 4 Past Aug 10, you should find that it is easy to reach out to others and to connect dots that may have seemed near impossible just a short time ago. Beyond the delight of a well-timed vacation, the lunar eclipse can deliver auspicious synchronicity. You could be taken by surprise, but no matter what it looks like in the moment, the unexpected could prove to be a lucky windfall. Take the world by storm, make a career splash and bask in the spotlight, relocate, branch out into a brand new lifestyle, seek specialized training, or hedge your bets on love with someone who is a complete departure from your usual. Possibilities for this eclipse: news, an out of the blue offer or contract, a legal advantage, publishing, performing, group or political involvement. Note that whatever is started now will become your central focus for the next 6 or 7 years. This is especially so for those born around Oct 22. Aug 10 – 19 can prove to be especially opportune dates, so don’t let them pass you by – work them to your advantage. The Super New Moon on Aug 21 can take you the next level, but there may be a residue of working out to do. You could feel tested by circumstance and question whether you are truly on track, but as they say, all good things are worth the effort.
SCORPIO (OCT 22/23 – NOV 21)
Those born around Nov 6 can find home life, family, or professional matters especially affected by the stage setting lunar eclipse Aug 5. This lunar eclipse is set to catapult you in an entirely new direction, perhaps unexpectedly so. It is a time of transition; there can be a sudden departure of a family member, perhaps a parent. It may be time to pull the plug on a business/business venture that is not delivering the goods, and to search for a more lucrative replacement. The lunar eclipse suggests there will be plenty of new prospects or considerations to occupy and entertain you. You could be called to task by forces beyond your control. If so, recognize the writing on the wall as a natural progression and stop flogging a dead horse. Downsize and streamline as best you can. If the solar eclipse has brought financial or challenging circumstance, the lunar eclipse will take you forward and/or force you to do something about it. For some, it could be time to call a professional, personal, or romantic relationship quits. For others, a financial or romantic partnership could catapult your life into brand new territory. Expand your search, consider new avenues, try something new; it could be a refreshing departure. While the Aug 5 eclipse can bring an abrupt and perhaps even shocking change or departure for those born at the beginning of November, those born around Oct 22 can feel especially cradled by the universe now. The Super New Moon Aug 20 through end of the month can move professional or financial matters, contracts, financial or personal ambitions through a test period.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV 21- DEC 21)
One door may have closed, but another one is already open and it’s likely to be much more vibrant and lucrative than “the one that got away”. The lunar eclipse Aug 5 can prompt you or force you to expand your ideas and to repackage what you have already launched. You could suddenly discover a new avenue or opportunity. Before you can climb to where you know you ought to be now and to reach the higher ground you know is possible, you will have to discover the link/winning combination that will get you there, and then you will need to put extra effort into keeping it alive and generating. Your connections, liaisons, fans, and agents are important here. Word of mouth can do you better than tossing extra dollars into advertising. Passive income can provide a better cushion, so try to produce/harness a product you can resell, trade, or barter in multiples. Consider office sharing, or a roommate or renter in order to ease up on your overhead. If you want to move in a new career direction altogether but can’t jump ship just yet, don’t delay, take a stab at it now while you keep steady with the commitment you already have. The lunar eclipse can clear up any doubt or confusion you have had about which way to turn, professionally, financially personally, and romantically too. Watch for circumstances, signs, or people to reveal themselves. This lunar eclipse brings favor to publishing, performing, travel/foreign affairs, long distance connections/love affairs, long-range plans, educational pursuits, athletic ambitions, legal matters, and public involvement. Look at the next three months as a stage setting and try to resituate yourself as best you can now in order to optimize your down the road potentials. Aug 10- 19 can be a time to get away, or to liberate yourself in some other way. This can be a definitive time for professional or personal relationships, negotiations, and contracts. It can also be a time to aim to knock down a wall, push past an impasse, end a relationship, or put a stop to time wasters and marginal activities. It may be time to trade in the car or to fix other transportation issues, to hire a new agent or lawyer, or to get a second opinion from a health care professional. The confidence building Super New Moon Aug 20 can bring special attention or publicity, a sense of rightness or righteous-ness that encourages you to move forward. Aug 21 -Sept 1, give it the big push.
CAPRICORN (DEC 21 – JAN 19)
It is a time to take stock of your essential needs, personal resources, and the value systems that make your life workable, – or not workable for that matter. The next step is to undertake whatever change is necessary in order to extricate yourself from the less than generating, and to move into the win/win category that you know is not only possible, but vital to your future wellbeing. This is a very potent time to up the ante on your personal, material and relationship reinvention. It calls for you to become more aware of how you keep yourself on autopilot and how you need to break free from the rationalizations or excuse-making that holds you back from risking-taking and from showing up for yourself. Whether jarring or exhilarating, the bringing-it-to-life lunar eclipse Aug 5 can be a positive catalyst in the above regard. Sudden realizations, the discovery of new talents, capacities, or resources could get you moving a lot faster. Viable new financial prospects (investments or income sources) can appear too. Upgrade your employable skills, processes, tools, equipment, or products. Give something or someone new a try. The next several months, in fact the rest of the year, are going to continue to push you hard. This is especially so if you are born around Dec. 21. Aug 10 -14 can see you make a major advance or purchase/can be a significant breakthrough time (personal, professional.) Aug 11 – 19 is also a good time for a getaway, enjoyments, entertainments, scouting, visits, and socializing. Aug 16 -17 can be a time to finalize contracts, plans, or to finish off visits or something important. The Super New Moon, Aug 20, places added significance on inheritances, wills, self-employment prospects, and the successes of your partners, or of partnerships, financial or romantic. Both the lunar eclipse and the super new moon will draw attention to your partnership plus or minus categories, to your need to take charge and separate who you are from where you find yourself. Today’s bricklaying will net later payoff. If you continue to avoid moving forward, things could get more difficult for you later. Determination and persistence looks good on you, Aug 20 – Sept 1.
AQUARIUS (JAN 19 – FEB 18)
A huge month lays ahead, one that could alter your life in key and dramatic ways. The lunar eclipse Aug 5 is set to make your choices and options a lot more obvious, perhaps strikingly so. It’s cut-to-the-chase time. There’s no reason to accept an imposed limitation or settle for less when a brand new direction is ripe for the picking. This eclipse is wonderfully opportune. You could find yourself on a sudden and rapid go. Someone or something of primary significance could make a surprise entrance or exit. This lunar eclipse ignites Mars in Gemini and it suggests you can branch out, diversify, or team up more easily and more successfully. Go with the people and prospects that ignite and inspire you, rather than those that shut you down or clip your wings. It’s okay, – even essential, to give others time to find their way in order to come up to your speed, but know the difference from investing your time in something or someone worthy, from the flogging a dead horse routine. Aug 10 through the Super New Moon, Aug 20, could be a happening, fruitful, lucrative – even a lucky time – for big steps forward. (Get married/elope, travel, relocate, become a star, a professional, run your own show; sign a major contract, say yes to having another kid.) Your creativity, career, love life, and social life can blossom now. Aug 21 – Sept 1, get serious, get your affairs in order, hash out the details.
PISCES (FEB 18 – MAR 20)
You are on an awakening journey now. It is a profound personal journey of self-discovery and self-transcendence, one that could potentially take you through a great loss, but also, and more importantly, a journey that opens you up to the potential for much greater gain. What is required of you now is your complete attention and devotion to the moment, and your absolute surrender to the unfolding process. For some, the life force of lunar eclipse Aug 5 could come on like the zap of a lightening bolt through your very soul. This eclipse is set to deliver a climatic breakthrough moment and to move the circumstances of your life into a greatly accelerated fast forward. It is one of removing of barriers, blocks, and self-doubt; of moving beyond an existence of exile or imprisonment (self-imposed or of the bindings of circumstance), and of relinquishing and transcending the pain, punishment, and sacrifice routine that is so common to you now. Work, health, heart, children (i.e. having more/fertility prospects, your relationship with them, their health and happiness), creative unfolding, and spiritual advancement are the target areas where you will see the catalytic effects of the eclipse and the Super New Moon launch cycle, Aug 20. Mars in square to Mercury, Aug 21 – Sept 1, will help you to cut to the chase and to remove the excuse making. This planetary aspect will also help to make decisions that will un-tether you. It is time to support yourself better, to discriminate between who and what are your best resources, to reach out when you feel in need. The journey forward also intends for you to make a distinction between true friends and users, purposeful and needless sacrifice, and will help you to reconcile with your inner guilt, whether its root cause pertains to letting yourself down or whether it is rooted in some sense of failing re your relationships or missed opportunities.
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