What a month you've got in store, Leo! August arrives on the heels of a July 27 total lunar eclipse in Aquarius, which rocked your relationship house and may have sent shockwaves through your closest ties. Now we're deep in Leo season with the Sun heating up your sign until August 23—this time punctuated by an August 11 solar (new moon) eclipse in Leo. Whatever got shaken and stirred in July should begin to make sense by mid-month as the solar eclipse pushes you onto your true path.
This is the second-to-last eclipse in a Leo/Aquarius series that began in February 2017, altering your personal identity AND your relationships. These eclipses reset—and in some cases, upset—the balance between "me" and "we." It's all for a greater purpose, however, meant to ensure that you don't lose yourself in a relationship or become so highly individualized that there's no room for anyone else in the equation. There will be one more round on January 21, 2019, when a total lunar (full moon) eclipse in Leo brings a dramatic finale to something you embark on today. What do YOU want, Leo? Set some clear intentions and let this six-month window between the eclipses put the puzzle together.
No need to rush, though. While you may feel ready to leap to the next level, communication planet Mercury is retrograde in YOUR sign from July 26 to August 19, which could leave you feeling wildly misunderstood or misrepresented. Work on your grand plans behind the scenes instead of unveiling them now. With Mercury gone rogue, the public may not receive you as warmly as you hope. Take a break from social media since Mercury retrograde can muck up technology. If you have some unused vacation days or the opportunity to work remotely, this is an ideal time for that.
A career curveball could arrive on August 7, when unpredictable Uranus starts its annual five-month retrograde, sending you back to the drawing board a few times between now and January 6. In some ways, you might be relieved to have a little break because on May 15, Uranus barreled into Taurus for the first time since 1942, bringing radical change to your tenth house of career and ambition. You may have started a new job, lived through a company restructure or had a lightning-bolt epiphany about what you want to do with your life. Issues involving your dad, a father figure or another key male may also have come up suddenly.
Uranus (and its accompanying shifts) will slow down a bit now, and the side-spinning planet will actually back into Aries and your visionary ninth house for one last hurrah on November 6. Hold off on taking any huge risks or making massive changes to your lifestyle for the rest of the year unless you've had time to properly plan and research (and even then, have a contingency plan!).
Since retrogrades reconnect us with the past, it's also possible you'll get a second chance to implement something you put on the back burner. Perhaps timing will be on your side now to relocate, return to school or reconsider a leadership position. If not, focus on doing the necessary groundwork (perhaps boosting your skills to become more marketable). In March 2019, Uranus will settle into Taurus and your professional zone until April 2026, and you'll have a long stretch to set your cutting-edge career plans in motion.
The pace slows down the last week of August, making it much easier to get into a grounded groove. On August 23, the Sun marches into Virgo and your stabilizing second house, turning your focus to practical matters. Get a jump-start on those "back to school" vibes by starting new daily habits that help you feel anchored.
On August 25, a rare and auspicious grand earth trine occurs in the most ambitious and structured zones of your chart, giving your hustle some muscle. The Virgo Sun will sync up in a golden triangle with structured Saturn and revolutionary Uranus, touching off the professional and financial zones of your chart. Your hard work could finally pay off with long-overdue recognition and an unexpected leadership opportunity. Since Saturn and Uranus are both retrograde, this could come through someone you've worked with in the past; or an offer you thought had fizzled out may resurface. Offline, this grand trine could bring a breakthrough in your health and habits. Committing to a new routine—exercise, healthy eating, writing a few pages of your novel each morning—will give you a running start.
The Pisces full moon on August 26 can awaken intense emotions as it illuminates your eighth house of intimacy, secrets and merging. This full moon brings a turning point to your closest ties: Are you in or are you out? From business ventures to romantic ties, you're not doing anything halfway today. This lunation could bring an engagement, pregnancy news or an offer to join forces for mutual financial gain. You might abruptly sever ties with someone, dividing up your assets and going your separate ways. A legal or real estate matter could reach an important turning point. Since full moons bring things out into the open, buried feelings—from jealousy to sadness to anger—may surge up, taking you (and anyone who witnesses them) by surprise. Try to clear the air without burning any bridges, Leo.