Your reinvention tour commences now. August is a HUGE turning point for your sign, as the stars send you hurtling down an exciting but unfamiliar new path. Luckily, the destination is completely aligned with your dreams and desires—but don't expect to be handed a GPS or itinerary for your route. You're realigning your lifestyle, relationships and priorities to match the person you've become.
So, what's behind all this transformational mojo? For starters, it's Leo season, as the Sun visits your sign until August 22 and puts your personal agenda front and center. After an emotional July, you're ready to pull yourself together and make it HAPPEN. Go-getter Mars is also in Leo until September 5, heating up your ambitions and putting you in high demand. Mars only comes to your sign every two years, so don't expect to sleep much this August. There will be way too much action happening in your life, and you'll want to do it all.
But the headline news arrives on August 21, when the Leo new moon bursts onto the scene as a life-changing total solar eclipse. New moons mark your personal new year, and eclipses bring surprising changes that arrive in the blink of an eye. An out-of-the-blue opportunity could whisk you off your current trajectory and onto a whole new path. It's the cosmic equivalent of standing in line at Starbucks and being "discovered" by a talent agent who turns you into a megastar. You were just trying to get a cold-brewed coffee and go back to your mid-level day job, but the universe had other plans. (Hey, it literally happened to fellow Leo Karlie Kloss, who was accidentally scouted when she attended a local benefit runway show at age 13.)
While normally you only get one new moon in your sign per year, this one happens to be the second in a rare double-header of Leo new moons (the first was on July 23). Yes, Leo, 2017 is blessing you with an extra shot of fresh-start energy. This year also brings two eclipses in your sign. The first, a lunar (full moon) eclipse was on February 10, so look back to that date for clues of what might be resurfacing. Did you have any epiphanies about what you're "meant" to do? Were you cast into a starring role or inspired to change the way you present yourself? Now peer ahead to January 31, 2018, when a Leo total lunar eclipse will bring all the seeds planted this month to another powerful manifestation moment. Where would you like to be by then?
With this eclipse in your first house of appearances, you might make a bold external change, like a radically different hairdo, a tattoo or a wardrobe overhaul. Or invest in an upgraded edge that pulls your whole look together, such as eyebrow microblading or getting your teeth professionally whitened by a cosmetic dentist as a place like this one. We're not suggesting that you alter your appearance to "fix" anything. Rather, this attention to your look is symbolic of the big shifts happening within you. (And let's be real, when you've got a Lion's mane, the saying "new you, new 'do" holds extra truth.)
Seriously, that would be enough excitement for anyone, but August is just warming up, folks. In addition to this Leo makeover—more like takeover!—this month has a SECOND eclipse, two retrogrades and the final installment of three Jupiter-Pluto squares that have been shaking things up since last November. It may feel like the only constant is change. While eclipses push us into daring new terrain, rear-facing retrogrades prompt us to slow down, review and reconnect with the past. Thank goodness you're a mighty Leo and you can handle this…we promise!
This month's other eclipse arrives on August 7, with the Aquarius full moon. It's a lunar eclipse, which will bring events of the past six months to an intense manifestation, completion or a turning point. It's like a huge spotlight, revealing all that's been hidden—or that you ignored. This eclipse will fall in your seventh house of committed relationships. A close business or personal tie could rocket forward into official terrain…or, in some cases, abruptly end. These lunations are part of a series running from 2017 to 2019, reshuffling the balance of "me" and "we" in your life. If you've gotten too consumed by a relationship or someone else's needs, you'll reclaim your roar. And if you've been too much of the lone lion standing proudly on a rock, you'll start gathering a tribe of loyal lifers.
About that roar: You've been tweaking your message for almost a year now, trying to figure out how to deliver explicit communication without coming across as a control freak. This conflict was spurred by a three-part series of combative squares between outspoken Jupiter in your expressive third house and calculating Pluto in your analytical and detail-driven sixth house. The previous ones fell on November 24, 2016, and March 30, 2017. August 4 will bring the final round of this epic match-up.
With both curious Jupiter and obsessive Pluto in intellectual zones, these squares found you WAY caught in your head at times. Maybe you over-solicited opinions, getting so many that you wound up even more confused. Leo, you're famous for juggling multiple projects, but at these manic multitasking squares, you finally grasp what "too much" really looks and feels like. There could be power struggles with employees or service providers. If you're refusing to delegate or to ask for support, you could veer into meltdown territory from the stress of trying to meet your many obligations. Conversations can get heated, and people are prone to taking criticism WAY too personally. Your messaging could be "off" now, accidentally provoking or offending someone. Watch what you say, post and email, and don't send off anything that you haven't thought all the way through.
The goal of a square is to balance—squares force us to strike a compromise between two off-setting forces. These Jupiter-Pluto clashes are helping you figure out when it's best to be collaborative and when you need to take charge. Too many cooks may add interesting flavors to the broth, but the soup will never get done if nobody can agree on a recipe! Pare down your overstuffed inner circle and simplify your schedule. Say "no" to a few more things so you can say "yes" to the stuff that really matters.
Lastly, we get a double header of retrograde (backward) planets this month. Disruptive Uranus, which is in Aries and your outspoken ninth house, makes its annual U-turn from August 2 until January 2. Over the next five months, take more measured risks instead of completely turning your life upside-down. Plans to launch a business, go back to school or relocate might hit a few speed bumps. The extra planning time could be an extra gift, so don't force anything to happen.
Communicator Mercury also turns retrograde from August 12 until September 5, which can muddle communication, travel and technology. Mercury will backtrack through Virgo and your second house of work and money for the rest of August, then it will spend the last week of its backspin in Leo. Keep firm tabs on your finances and avoid hot-button conflicts at work. Back up your most important files to the cloud and be crystal clear around deadlines, money and other agreements made with clients or coworkers.
On August 22, things get a little steadier as the Sun enters earthy Virgo for a month and heats up your second house of work, money and daily routines. Drama, especially in your love life, could clear up on August 25, when structured Saturn ends a five-month retrograde in Sagittarius and your passionate, expressive fifth house. If your mojo's been in slo-mo since April 5 or you've felt blocked creatively, blame it on restrictive Saturn's dampening spirits. Baby plans may have gotten back-burnered, or a budding romance could have hit a rocky patch. With Saturn zooming ahead, you can take concrete steps with a relationship or artistic venture. The time off may have been a blessing in disguise, giving you the chance to clarify your message or put proper boundaries in place. Now it's safe to start spreading the news and putting yourself out there again.