Summer has been a wild ride for many Water Bearers! Not only has energy planet Mars been retrograde in your sign since June 26, but you enter August in the torrid tailwind of the July 27 Aquarius total lunar (full moon) eclipse. On the one hand, the Mars slowdown prompts you to conserve your energy and do your work behind the scenes; to take a little escape from the go-go-go pace. But the eclipse may have pushed you out into the spotlight or given you the urge to take one of your passion projects public. As the new month starts, you may feel wired AND tired.
Even so, it's been a fruitful time. Maybe you just had an epiphany or three about your identity or gotten a burst of clarity around what YOU want now. Have your goals changed, or are you finally feeling ready to pursue them with hard-core commitment? You're not the same person you were a couple years ago, Aquarius, and there's a reason for that. Since February 2017, a series of changemaking eclipses has been activating the Leo/Aquarius axis, bringing sweeping transformation to your personal mission, your sense of self and your closest relationships. You may have radically altered your appearance, lifestyle, friendships or approach to life—and as a result, the people around you have been either forced to adapt or drifted away, making space for new, more compatible alliances. Balancing "me" and "we" has been a huge theme this year, compounded by the fact that 2018 is an 11/2 “Universal Year” in numerology, a cycle that's all about creating partnerships in which you don't lose yourself.
This month will bring the second-to-last eclipse in this series, a Leo solar (new moon) eclipse on August 11 that sweeps into your seventh house of one-on-one relationships. A brand-new chance to join forces could arrive unexpectedly, or you could meet someone who feels like your "other half"—for romance, friendship or business. Things could solidify quickly between now and the January 21 Leo lunar eclipse, which will be the final one in this cycle. With the energizing Sun in Leo until August 23, August is a powerful time to boost your bonds and team up FTW.
But don't rush into anything TOO permanent, Aquarius, whether it's an engagement, a work contract or even a project that you don't understand the full scope of yet. Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, is retrograde in Leo and your interpersonal seventh house from July 26 until August 19. If details are fuzzy or you're not 100 percent sure if a romantic connection is stable, take your time. Astrologers caution against signing any binding deals or documents during Mercury retrograde, since important intel can slip through the cracks. When in doubt, wait it out!
But that won't stop you from wanting to move fast. Even in pop culture, this has been the summer of speedy engagements (cue singers Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber). But you could get a deep case of buyer's remorse thanks to Mercury's mayhem.
Don't try to force anything now; if an arrangement falls apart, you'll see the hidden blessing soon enough. Mercury retrograde will end on August 19, helping you make more cogent decisions. Fire-starter Mars will be back for a second, retrograde-free trip through your sign from September 10 to November 15, a time when you'll really savor your independence. All the more reason not to lock yourself into irrevocable obligations—you could end up feeling trapped! By October, stalled plans will pick up, and exciting opportunities (that’ll be worth the wait) will flow in.
In the meantime, take inventory of your relationships and maybe do some repair work on your closest ties. On August 7, your co-ruler, innovator Uranus, will start its annual five-month retrograde and reduce your impulsivity or anxiety. This will give you a chance to prepare for Uranus' move into Taurus and your fourth house of home, family and roots, which began on May 15 and will continue until April 2026. Uranus hasn't been in this sign since 1942, so for many Aquarians, it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to revamp everything from your living situation to your family dynamics.
Uranus is in "fall" in Taurus, meaning it's in its least comfortable position since it's the planet of change and Taurus is all about stability. During the retrograde, you might renovate, ponder a move or hit the brakes on too-hasty plans to relocate. Your relationship with your mother, a child or a female relative may go through “growing pains” and destabilize. Watch your own fluctuating moods, which can swing all over the map. Tension could reach a boiling point under your roof. Think twice before offering to host demanding guests or even conflict between feuding roommates or relatives.
On August 12, Mars exits your sign and retrogrades back into Capricorn for the duration of its backspin, activating your twelfth house of closure, healing and rest. Conserve your energy and do some forgiveness work if you're holding in anger and resentment. Instead of obsessing over a situation from the past that can't be changed, courageously find the lesson in that painful situation so you don't repeat this scenario.
The introspection continues when el Sol enters Virgo and your intimate eighth house for a month on August 23. When the Sun locks into a rare grand trine with your co-rulers, structured Saturn and unconventional Uranus, you could have a massive breakthrough on a long-standing emotional or financial block. You might come up with a brilliant plan for paying down debt or earning passive income. A nurturing relative could be your fairy godparent, showering you with support and possibly a gift of money or property. If you're looking to make an investment or to buy or sell a home, this grand trine could catalyze your cause. It can also trigger a spiritual experience in which you have a near-psychic download or a dream that's too vivid to ignore.
The month ends with some steadying beams from the year's only Pisces full moon, which will illuminate your second house of work, money and security on August 26. This grounding day can help you make a practical plan or start building one of your big ideas into something tangible. An exciting money-making may could arrive. With Mars motoring into full-power mode the next day, things will start to pick up even more speed. One of your creative or "out there" ideas might turn out to be the perfect solution!