August 2017 Femastrology
Mercury Retrograde, Major Eclipses, lions, and tigers and bears, oh my! August sizzles with planetary activity, so get ready. Fire energy rules the roost this month, with the Sun in Leo, Mars in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries all in the mix. This vibration can be motivating and best applied to sports, competitions, work, and creativity. The warmth of Fire can help you get in touch with your heart’s desire. Use your will to create good for yourself and others. But temperatures could rise this August, both literally and emotionally, so keep your wits about you if others get hot under the collar! Lots of fire can sometimes turn into a big drama fest, so let’s
make it into something fun, rather than a battle scene from Game of Thrones.
Mercury will turn Retrograde at 11° Virgo on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 6pm Pacific Daylight Time. We are already “under the influence” of Mercury Retrograde now and it going to be a strong one, so heads up! All of August and the first week of September fall into the Mercury retrograde zone. Patience will prove to be a life saver. Check and double check important plans and travel itineraries. Back up data and get make sure vehicles are working properly. Avoid signing contracts or making major purchases. Don’t buy anything you can’t take back and save those receipts! Elective surgeries will be best delayed until mid-September. Communication will be far more of a challenge than usual, so don’t assume anything and watch what you say. Many important lessons from the past will come to light, and people from the past will surface. Mercury Retrograde can actually help us solve past problems and release unwanted attachments! See, it is good for something!
Here is the Mercury Retrograde Timeline:
1. July 24, 2017 through August 7, 2017: The First Mercury Retro “Shadow” began to creep in late July, foreshadowing things to come. This is sort of like Mercury Retrograde “light” but definitely noticeable if you are watching. Tie up loose ends and get things in order.
2. August 8-18, 2017: The First Mercury Retrograde “Storm.” This is when things really start slipping sideways, leading up to and including the actual day Mercury “stations” and beings the retrograde motion. Since it’s Virgo, the devil will truly be in the details. Work issues, health issues, and problems with animals and pets may be a theme for some.
3. August 12, 2017: Mercury Retrograde 11° Virgo: If you know your astrology chart, take a look to see what house Mercury will transit. It will give you hints about what to troubleshoot. This would be a good day to stick to a normal, low key routine.
4. September 1-9, 2017: The Second Mercury Retrograde “Storm.” This is when things get wacky and chaotic again, leading up to and including the day Mercury goes direct. But at least we’re heading out of the woods!
5. September 5, 2017: Mercury Direct at 28° Leo, the same degree as the Total Solar Eclipse on 8/21/17. Now that’s cosmic! There are many important lessons to learn right now. Pay attention. Things do happen for a reason. Take care, as today is a tricky one, with aggressive Mars lining up with Mercury and a spacey conjunction between the Moon in Pisces and illusory Neptune.
6. September 8-19: The Second Mercury Retrograde Shadow. Yeah, I know, it seems like a long time, but the final Shadow phase is usually pretty mild by comparison to some of the roller-coaster rides from the weeks before. Time to play catch up and fix and nagging issues that might still need resolution.
The Full Moon is a Partial Lunar Eclipse at 15° Aquarius on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:11 am Pacific Daylight Time. Leo Individualism faces off with the Aquarian need for Unity. Perhaps we can learn some great things about putting aside our differences so we can create together! Eclipses are Cosmic Triggers and activate energies that have been just under the surface. They don’t have to be bad, but often have the reputation of being “fateful” as they often are. If you are a Leo with a birthday falling near to this eclipse, you can expect to have a powerful year of change and growth ahead. If challenges arise, look at it as an opportunity to learn and begin to solve problems. This eclipse is strongly linked to Europe and Asia, and events taking place in these areas will be newsworthy.
The New Moon on Monday, August 21, 2017, is a Total Solar Eclipse at 28° Leo 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time. This is a powerful and important Eclipse that is directly related to the destiny of the USA and its leader. The Eclipse Sun and Moon are aligned with the Royal Star Regulus, at 28° Leo, which is the star of kings and queens and is extremely significant. The positive potential of the “Regulus” eclipse is great. Those who are working for Good will be greatly empowered. Conversely, it has been said in some ancient texts that those who are false, vain, selfish, or vengeful (particularly if they are rulers) could suffer a major fall from power and
humiliation. So, it looks quite possible that something like Game of Thrones IS about to play out on the world stage!
If your birthday falls near or on this eclipse, expect this to be an important and pivotal year in your life. You may be presented with opportunities to make big and important decisions during the next few months. Your destiny is coming full circle in some way. The potential to make a breakthrough in your life is within reach. Enlightening experiences are coming your way, if you are open to it. Doing something creative and/or spiritual on this birthday will be rewarding.
Coincidentally, US President Donald Trump, a Gemini, was born with the Royal Star Regulus on his Rising Sign. Auspicious, to say the least! Events leading up to the time of this eclipse will be extremely fateful for Trump, and for the future of America. Things are coming to a “tipping point” and powerful changes will occur during the subsequent 6 months after the eclipse. Since the future is not “set in stone” I will not make any sweeping proclamations about success or failure. Issues concerning Truth and Justice will be key themes. But if Trump takes negative and aggressive actions around this time, the consequences could be severe…for him. Let us put our minds, hearts, and spirits to work towards the forces of good, as it will surely help no matter what comes up. Remember, the forces of good will be strengthened now, so why not be a part of it?
Planetary trines in Fire during the eclipse could potentially open up the BEST energy possible. This is a brilliant chance to elevate your consciousness and manifest a miracle. Let the Cosmic Waves from the Solar Eclipse, and the Royal Star Regulus, The Heart of the Lion, warm and open up your Heart Chakra. Let us awaken the power of Love together. What are you waiting for!
Uranus in 28° Aries goes into its yearly retrograde cycle on August 2, 2017. It’s a chance for us to review, revise, and reinvest in our own plans for needed changes in our lives.
Saturn goes direct on August 25, 2017 at 21° Sagittarius heralding in a cycle of productivity and advancement. Saturn direct in Sagittarius will help untangle legal problems for some, over the months to come. And we all will feel less “stuck” in general! YAY!
Opportunity Days: August 7, 10, 11, 13, 17, 21, 30, and 31
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