Sit tight, Aquarius: This is the month you've been waiting for. With two life-changing eclipses on the map—one in YOUR sign—your relationships and personal goals are about to get reshuffled. These eclipses will impact your priorities, the people you hang around, your lifestyle and your closest ties. Everything's up for a much-needed renegotiation, and the flurry of activity could leave your life looking dramatically different come September.
So much change at once can be disorienting, especially since this month will also feature two retrogrades and the final installment of a triple play of Jupiter-Pluto squares. Give yourself the time and space to integrate. Eclipses can force your hand, but don't rush into decisions that you're not ready to make. But if you've been leaving things in the gray zone past their shelf life, get ready to make a move: You're either in or you're out!
Relationships are the headline act this August, as the Sun makes its rounds through Leo and your partnership sector until August 22. You crave the company of people who just GET you—all the better if they balance you out by having complementary skills and personality traits. Teaming up for love, work or a creative collaboration can make this month a memorable one, especially since energizer Mars is riding shotgun, blazing through Leo from July 20 to September 5.
Dynamic duos can heat up quickly (and fizzle just as fast) with the mighty Sun and reckless Mars stampeding through this double-your-luck zone. Your patience will be in short supply, and you may catch yourself on the verge of barking orders or snapping at your S.O. On the upside, irascible Mars makes you less tolerant of the slackers and energy vampires who tend to hover around your benevolent sign. Send 'em packing and make space for generous new souls to take their place.
Is it time to finally stop biting your tongue? Ready or not, here it comes: On August 4, blunt Jupiter in your outspoken ninth house locks into a heated square with power monger Pluto in Capricorn and your twelfth house of hidden agendas. It's the third in a trio of Jupiter-Pluto squares that have erupted in the past nine months. The last two were on November 24, 2016, and March 30, 2017, so scroll back for clues of what's coming to a head now.
Near this date, a power struggle could have the makings of a tabloid-worthy scandal, so be mindful what you share—and with whom. Need to clear the air? Careful, Aquarius. You could be tempted to unleash a dose of brutal honesty, but if your truth serum is spiked with blame or passive-aggressive barbs, an ugly retaliation can ensue. Don't dish it out unless you're prepared to take it. Even if someone comes crawling to you for advice, your best bet is probably to smile and tell them, "I know you'll figure it out. You always do." Got an exciting project in the works? Keep it under wraps. A jealous or critical person could take the wind out of your sails. It's not time to solicit feedback.
Next up we have the eclipses, which will fall on the Leo/Aquarius axis. These eclipses are part of a series running from 2017 to 2019, which are reshuffling the balance between "me" and "we" in your life. The first one, a lunar eclipse, came on February 10 of this year, so you should already be feeling the winds of change in your personal goals and closest partnerships.
On August 7, the Aquarius lunar (full moon) eclipse hosts a cosmic coming-out party for you, as it puts the spotlight directly on your first house of identity, appearances and bold initiatives. The eclipse could propel you to make major move on your own behalf, one that completely alters something in your life in short order. You're ready to shed a part of yourself, whether that's a few inches of hair or an attitude that's holding you back, and the change-making eclipse will help you release it. You've reached the precipice, Aquarius—now jump! Since eclipses bring surprises, you could find yourself suddenly at the epicenter of a big project or event. Prepare yourself for the spotlight, because attention is headed your way. Knowing this, be mindful of what kind of responses you court, Aquarius. There IS such a thing as bad publicity, and you could just as easily attract that. But if you work these energies to your advantage, you could make a HUGE splash.
Relationships reach a turning point at the August 21 total solar (new moon) eclipse in Leo, which will activate your committed partnership house. Solar eclipses bring bold beginnings, and things could move rapidly toward official status. You could feel a spark with someone—whether it's a meeting of the minds OR the hearts—and things could escalate rapidly. Look to events of a month ago for synergies that could sizzle: The Leo eclipse is the second of two rare, back-to-back Leo new moons (the first was July 23). But events will really come together around January 31, 2018, when a Leo total lunar eclipse—the corresponding full moon—brings all this to a head. You're laying the foundation for powerful alliances now. The Leo eclipse can spark a chance meeting, so follow any hunches to reach out to someone. Check your DMs and inbox because there could be an exciting message waiting. Answer quick because you never know where this could lead.
Lastly, we get a double header of retrograde (backward) planets this month. Disruptive Uranus, your cosmic ruler, makes its annual U-turn from August 2 until January 2 in Aries and your communication house. Over the next five months, be mindful of your messaging. If you've been oversharing on social media, go live offline for a spell. Pick your battles and be selective about the company you keep. Distance yourself from dramatic friends who can't consistently be there for you. You're the last one to demand round-the-clock attention, Aquarius, but if someone can't even come through in tough times, direct your precious time and energy elsewhere.
Mental Mercury turns retrograde from August 12 until September 5, which can interfere with communication, travel and technology. Mercury will backtrack through Virgo and your intimate eighth house, possibly bringing back an old flame or provoking an unresolved power struggle. The Sun is also in Virgo from August 22 on, dialing up the behind-the-scenes action. For couples, this could be a time of below-the-belt fighting or steamy sexual reconnection (we recommend the latter).
Don't be surprised if you hear from someone intense from your past. Is it time to clear the air for once and for all? Maybe. Think twice before opening the door to anyone who leaves your life in emotional disarray. If you're still online, keep your privacy settings high, because Mercury's backspin through this confidential zone could signal identity theft and other online hacking. Itching to tell a secret? With the messenger planet gone rogue, you don't want to become tomorrow's gossip headlines. Turn to trusted confidantes only and be careful what you put in writing. One accidental group text or "reply all" could leave you with a messy cleanup.
The month ends with structured Saturn completing a five-month retrograde in Sagittarius and your eleventh house of teamwork. From April 5 to August 25, the ringed taskmaster reverses through this zone, stalling collaborations and delaying launches, especially ones that involve technology. During this time you may find it harder than usual to round up support for your ideas or to keep a team motivated. Once Saturn corrects course, you can get everyone back to the starting blocks, on their marks and ready to spring into action.