Time to simplify, Cancer—as best as you possibly can. The August stars are all over the place, much like they were in July. But lucky for you, there's some anchoring energy coming in. Until August 22, the Sun is in Leo and your second house of work, daily routines and security. Set priorities by keeping your schedule lean and sticking to the basics. Hold off on splashy new undertakings until the fall. Your career could be a heat zone, as aggravator Mars blazes through Leo all month until September 5. This could bring an uptick in job demands or an unexpected expense that leaves you scrambling to cover the cost. You could also get an exciting moneymaking opportunity or catch wind of an offer that can catapult you to the next level. All the more reason to keep your calendar light so you're not too busy to seize this fleeting moment.
In true Leo season form, August is an active month in the stars. There are two game-changing eclipses, two retrogrades and the final installment of three Jupiter-Pluto squares that will keep us all on our toes. It may feel like the only constant is change. You'll also have to juggle dueling demands: dealing with unresolved stuff from the past while also quickly adapting to unexpected changes. While eclipses push us into bold new terrain, rear-facing retrogrades prompt us to slow down, review and reconnect with the past.
Let's begin with the eclipses, which will fall on the Leo/Aquarius axis. These eclipses are part of a series running from 2017 to 2019, bringing major changes to your financial sectors. The way you spend, save, earn and share could undergo big shifts, which will be exciting but also a little disorienting to your security-obsessed sign. Cancer, you're not always a fan of change, especially when it triggers fears around survival and security. But the eclipses are here to sweep away outmoded attitudes about money or work that no longer makes your soul sing, clearing the space for bigger and better. Your confidence and closest relationships will also undergo a transformational makeover now.
On August 7, the Aquarius lunar (full moon) eclipse ignites your eighth house of intimacy, mergers and shared finances. Lunar eclipses mark sharp turning points where things either come to full-blown manifestation or end abruptly. If a relationship has been hovering in the not-quite-committed territory or bumping over potholes, this eclipse could push you into a big decision. Is it time to give someone your final rose—or get the hell off the island? A joint business venture could also undergo similar scrutiny. You may receive an exciting chance to partner up or realize that your energy isn't the right match. The big existential question of the eclipse: Who are the people you're melding your energy, time, money and feelings with…and are they worthy of this inner-circle status? If not, move them down a couple tiers and make space for deserving candidates. And for those who've earned your hallowed trust, quit holding them at arm's length. Crack open that crabshell and let them in.
Caveat: Removing a few pieces of your emotional armor could freak you out at first. You're not used to feeling so exposed! At this outburst-prone eclipse, buried feelings could surge up like a dormant volcano. Don't be TOO quick to make any binding or permanent decisions under these extreme skies. While eclipses can drive up circumstances beyond our control, it's always best to wait about a week for the dust to settle before doing anything irreversible.
The second eclipse, on August 21, falls at the Leo new moon and illuminates your second house of work, finances and daily habits. This one's a whopper: Not only is it a rare second Leo new moon (there was also one on July 23), it's also a total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of the U.S. for the first time in decades. In our opinion, solar eclipses can be a little bit easier to weather because they bring bold beginnings. While you could be thrust uncomfortably onto a larger stage or into unfamiliar terrain, there's plenty to get excited about. A new job or cash-bearing possibility could arrive out of the blue. Perhaps there will be travel, relocation or some other change to your lifestyle that goes along with it. You could be tapped for a promotion or to work on a high-profile new project. Keep your antennae up and strike while the iron is hot!
This eclipse will culminate at the January 31, 2018, Leo full moon, which will also be a total eclipse AND a potent supermoon. It could also pick up from seeds that were planted at the inaugural Leo lunar eclipse on February 10, 2017. The yearlong span between these two dates could give you a money makeover or spark big changes at work.
There are rumblings of change on almost every important front of your life this August, including your home and relationships. On August 4, we have the third in a trio of intense squares between outspoken Jupiter in your domestic fourth house and powermonger Pluto in your partnership zone. Intense emotions could flare up, and you could find yourself in a power struggle with a romantic partner, a close colleague or a family member. Be careful about advising on a loved one's personal life and mixing your own relatives into yours. This would NOT be the day to bring someone home to meet the parents or to inform your little sister that you despise her good-for-nothing fiance. Mommy and daddy issues much? People will project their own unresolved dramas on each other with abandon now—your best bet is to duck. The first two Jupiter-Pluto squares were on November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving in the U.S.), and March 30, 2017, so look back to theses dates for clues of what could resurface—and hopefully resolve.
Since squares pull you in dueling directions, your ultimate quest is to find a compromise. Perhaps you and your S.O. have had a hard time figuring out where to live (city slickers or country dwellers?). Perhaps you've been at odds about whether to have kids or how to raise them. Issues with your mother or a close female relative could be putting a strain on your other relationships. Maybe it's high time you stood up for yourself and your choices. Bullies go away when they can't get a reaction out of you. If you've veered into codependent caretaking, put the focus back on yourself. Your well-meaning attempts to "save" people will backfire.
Lastly, we get a double header of retrograde (backward) planets this month. Volatile Uranus, which is in Aries and your tenth house of career, makes its annual U-turn from August 2 until January 2. Over the next five months, there could be changes or disruptions on your career path. It won't be a smooth trajectory to the top—in fact, you may have to deal with some ill-timed slowdowns or distractions. Your department restructures, a key management person leaves, technology has an epic fail: Embrace these plot twists as opportunities to get all YOUR ducks in a row. If you're a business owner, consider a rebrand or in-depth customer survey. Keep a low profile, as authority figures and decision-makers could push your buttons now. Since retrogrades bring back the past, an old boss or colleague may surface with a freelance gig or a great introduction. Mine your contacts and polish up your presentation.
Communicator Mercury is retrograde from August 12 until September 5, which can disrupt communication, travel and technology. Mercury will be retrograde in Virgo and your expressive third house, doubling your odds of being wildly misunderstood. Be careful what you put in writing, and read all the fine print before signing anything legally binding. Tension could erupt with a sibling, neighbor or colleague. Avoid antagonistic people and instead, reconnect with old friends. Dust off an abandoned project or hobby, or polish your skills by taking a weekend workshop.
Things get a little steadier as the Sun enters earthy Virgo on August 22 for a month and structured Saturn ends a five-month retrograde on August 25. Since April 5, the ringed taskmaster has been backspinning through Sagittarius and your sixth house of health, fitness and organization. Climb back on the wellness wagon. If you drifted away from nutritious meals, regular exercise and self-care, it will be easier to implement a structure. A nagging issue could be identified and treated—and when Saturn leaves Sagittarius for good on December 19, you'll be free from this heavy energy altogether. The sixth house also rules helpful people. If you've struggled to find proper support or have felt overwhelmed by multitasking, you could find a steady service provider to take some of that stressful load off your plate.