Gather those loose ends and bring some order back to your life, Pisces. The Sun is making its annual trek through Leo and your sixth house of health, organization and systems. You're ready to dial down the intensity (even the fun kind) and simplify, getting life back into a steadier, more manageable groove.
Not that there will be too many dull moments. August is a bustling month in the heavens. There are two game-changing eclipses, two retrogrades and the final installment of a triad of Jupiter-Pluto squares that will keep us all on our toes. It may feel like the only constant is change. While eclipses push us into bold new terrain, rear-facing retrogrades prompt us to slow down, review and reconnect with the past. Pace yourself and leave plenty of room to integrate these huge energy downloads.
With energizer Mars joining the Sun in Leo from July 20 to September 5, stress can spike quickly, especially if you bite off more than you can chew—which you're prone to doing with hyperactive Mars here. Disperse that palpable tension into enough physical and mental outlets instead of whipping yourself into a neurotic frenzy. Exercise is a must. Take breaks from your extreme strategy sessions for a fitness class or a trail run to clear your head. Get outside and let Mother Nature absorb your anxiety. Eat live, fresh foods and avoid the processed junk. Remember this: "Worrying is like praying for what you don't want." Direct your thoughts with intention, Pisces.
The eclipses are harbingers of major change—ready or not. This month's life-altering lunations fall on the Leo/Aquarius axis, part of a series touching down in these signs from 2017 to 2019. They will revamp the balance between your practical sixth house and your ethereal twelfth, reshuffling your approach to health, fitness, spirituality, work, time management and creativity. If you're a Pisces dreamer, you may be forced to become more grounded. If you're constantly anxious, you'll find new paths to inner peace. You may also discover a vital need for better boundaries, as your giving sign can easily veer into caretaking and overfunctioning. The eclipses help you break free of codependent leanings.
Have you been dealing with a health issue? These eclipses are revealing the link between your physical and emotional states and prompting you to find practitioners who truly understand your body's needs. A doctor who practices integrative medicine may be a good fit. But tread carefully, as eclipses can also bring confusing information. Read patient reviews and interview candidates thoroughly to make sure you'll have an empowered doctor-patient relationship.
Two interesting reads on the side of self-healing are Dr. Joe Dispenza's You Are the Placebo and Dr. Lissa Rankin's Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. They each make a compelling case for the power of mindset and how it plays into the healing process. (Note: Both are classically trained medical doctors with a strong scientific background, and we are not. If you are having ANY symptoms, please go directly to a doctor, as we do not have the credentials to mete out medical advice.)
On August 7, the Aquarius lunar (full moon) eclipse illuminates your twelfth house of closure, healing and spirituality. Lunar eclipses can bring everything to a swift turning point or ending. If you've been clinging to an outmoded situation or relationship, you may have no choice but to release your grip—asap. You could have a potent flash of intuition or a strong deja vu. That said, eclipses can be disorienting, so don't take any "signs" or "messages" too literally. Keep yourself in a serene state and slow down to stay centered. Try to steer clear of mind-altering substances, as this intensifying eclipse makes it easy to surpass your limits without realizing it. Find your escape through music, dance and art. Meditation and spirituality can also be anchoring—and productive, as your manifesting powers are dialed up high today. Vision board party, anyone?
For some Pisces, this lunar eclipse could be a wakeup call to quit a self-destructive habit for once and for all. You might seek treatment or enter recovery. Many born under the sign of the Fish work in the wellness and "energy medicine" fields. During this eclipse cycle, you may pursue certification or gain the courage to open a practice. While this eclipse makes you receptive and open, guard against gullibility. This eye-opening investigative piece about the "wellness epidemic" gives a sharp and cautionary POV on the modern health craze. The key: Don't hand your power to anyone—and we mean anyone—even as you open yourself to hearing what they have to say. Take it all in, then journal or meditate or sleep on it (whatever your sacred, right-brained Pisces process may be) before making any decisions.
The August 21 Leo total solar (new moon) eclipse brings a bold beginning to your sixth house of health, work and organization. It's the second of two rare, back-to-back Leo new moons (the first was July 23). Events from a month ago could pick up speed. Maybe you interviewed for a job or scouted assistants to help systematize your life but nothing happened. News or a decision could arrive now. Since the sixth house also rules pets, you may adopt a cuddly creature near this date. Think rescue animal over puppy mill! You might make a bold lifestyle change, revamping your fitness and exercise habits, perhaps with doctor's orders. This eclipse can also help greatly with stress management.
Another reason to keep your wits about you: August 4 brings the third installment in a trio of intense squares between outspoken Jupiter in your intimate eighth house and calculating Pluto in your friendship and technology sector. For the past eight months, these two luminaries have been circling each other suspiciously. Their two other clashes were on November 24 and March 30, so reflect on events from those dates. The tension could reach its peak—and hopefully bring a resolution that doesn't turn a collaboration into a casualty.
Be careful about mixing money and friendship, sex and friendship, business and friendship…you get the idea. Overconfident Jupiter can tempt you to blur those lines, but shadowy Pluto's presence indicates that you could get yourself in over your head by being too trusting. In love, your most intimate ties might be rocked by possessiveness, and the slightest hint of smothering could send you dashing for freedom. Power struggles can erupt in your social circle, perhaps with a jealous frenemy who seems hellbent on undermining you. At work, team efforts could be thwarted by rivalries or someone's shady behavior. Be vigilant and don't take the bait. Shield your energetic field; you might even carry a crystal as a means of protection if dealing with difficult people today.
Lastly, we get a double header of retrograde (backward) planets this month. Disruptive Uranus, which is in Aries and your second house of work and money, makes its annual U-turn from August 2 until January 2. Over the next five months, reduce risk and avoid situations that feel like too much of a gamble. Uranus' fluctuations can bring money-making opportunities, but while it's retrograde, they could take longer to materialize. A side hustle could keep you afloat during the interim. Be conservative with your cash flow and cut extraneous costs. (Do you really need all those subscriptions?) If you're job hunting, go back to former employers and colleagues, as retrogrades are positive times to connect with the past. Maybe one of them has a short-term freelance gig. Since Uranus rules technology, this is also a good time to get your social media and tech skills up to par. An online training or certification course could position you for better opportunities.
Communicator Mercury will also be retrograde from August 12 until September 5, which can disrupt communication, travel and technology. Mercury is reversing through Virgo and your partnership house until August 31, which could provoke vexing quarrels with romantic and business partners alike. Slow down and really listen to what people are saying before you jump to conclusions (and down their throats). Bring more equality into your relationships if the give-and-take has tipped off-balance. With the Sun entering Virgo for a month on August 22, your closest bonds will take precedence. Reconnect with people from your inner circle and do repair work on any shaky ties.
An important person, possibly an ex, could resurface from your past. Don't take this as an immediate sign that you're meant to reunite, though. With messenger Mercury at the wheel, this person could simply reappear as a sort of karmic reminder: Is there a sacred part of yourself you've abandoned or a passion project you need to pick up again? Maybe you need to connect with the vibrant spirit you were back when this person was in your life (more curious, an intrepid traveler, creatively woke). This could also be an opportunity for closure, to release lingering pieces from that relationship—or put the torch out for good.
Career challenges clear up at month's end—and not a moment too soon. On August 25, structured Saturn ends a five-month retrograde through Sagittarius and your professional tenth house. Since April 5, the ringed taskmaster has been backspinning through this zone, making it tough to gain traction on a big project. It was hard to feel inspired by work in some cases—or to even stay motivated and productive. Your relationship with your father or an important man could also have been tested by Saturn's reversal. Any grand goals that weren't constructed on terra firm got the kibosh by inspector Saturn, since he demands an impeccable plan before giving the green light. At work, you may have been sent back to the drawing board or felt blocked by maddening bureaucracy.
With Saturn moving ahead—and completing its three-year tour of your career house on December 19 (amen!)—your good-hearted efforts should gain momentum. You could finally have the guts to leave a draining position, stepping into a role of authority elsewhere. Long-overdue recognition may arrive, proving that your efforts weren't in vain after all. Pisces who have put in the time and due diligence may be rewarded with a promotion or a leadership role. Polish up your profiles—the headhunter could be calling soon.
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