Cleanup in Aisle Pisces! The August starscape is about pulling your act together and corralling all the scattered bits-n-bobs of your life. With the Sun in Leo and your organized, health-conscious sixth house until August 23, you might finally get the motivation to make concrete personal improvements. From joining a gym to hiring help to booking appointments, the only way through it is to do it.
But keep your plans simple, because you WILL be swimming upstream a bit. Throughout August, you'll feel the counterforces of six retrograde planets: mindful Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune (your ruler), Uranus and Pluto. Because of their sluggish energy, you're not getting those vitality refills that you could really use right now.
The chief culprit is action planet Mars, which has been retrograde in Aquarius and your sleepy, subconscious twelfth house since June 26. You may be handling a lot of old emotional baggage or struggling with burnout. On the upside, it's been a rich time for spiritual epiphanies, creativity and forgiveness work since the imaginative twelfth house is the dreamy domain ruled by your sign. One Pisces friend reported "losing track of linear time" all summer yet having some wild dreams and even psychic visions. But productivity hasn't exactly been at its highest as Mars here pulled your sign into old addictive patterns, including the urge for escapism.
Mars will remain retrograde until August 27, but on August 11 it will dip back into Capricorn and your eleventh house of groups. It's a great time to reunite with inspiring old friends, especially ones who can help you snap out of a self-sabotaging or codependent funk. Just pace yourself until Mars resumes forward motion at the end of the month because too many social demands could leave you overwhelmed. You might also plug back into a humanitarian or social cause that you fiercely believe in and become an outspoken advocate. You may want to wait until Mars goes direct to really come out with your message, though, as it will be better received then.
In the meantime, keep busy (or distract yourself from temptation) by finishing up all those boring-but-essential tasks: paint the kitchen, get your accountant the quarterly tax documents, interview a babysitter for the fall. Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, is retrograde in Leo and your orderly sixth house until August 19. This is a classic time of confusion and chaos, especially around information, and with Mercury awry in this precision-oriented part of your chart, it will be easy for wires to get crossed.
Load up on immune-boosting foods and supplements since Mercury retrograde here can make you susceptible to a late-summer cold or virus, especially if you're overwhelmed by stress. The sixth house rules gut health, so if you're not feeling your finest, check for food allergies or consider doing a (supervised) cleanse.
On August 11, a solar (new moon) eclipse lands in Leo, which could bring an a-ha moment about the way you're running your life. This is the second-to-last eclipse in a series that's been landing on the Leo/Aquarius axis since February 2017, recalibrating your approach specifically to health and healing, work, stress management and control-versus-surrender. You've been learning (intensely!) when to lean in and when to let go, and it's been a wild ride at times.
This eclipse could give you a burst of motivation to start a new eating regimen or exercise routine, or it could uncover any medical mysteries that have befuddled you, perhaps through an amazing new doctor, healer or naturopath. If you've been looking to hire service providers or specialists, you could meet the righthand person of your dreams. You might also get a moment of sharp clarity around your master plans, which will help you (finally!) make an important decision. Events will unfold between now and the January 21, 2019, Leo full moon—a total lunar eclipse that will complete this two-year eclipse cycle with a dramatic flourish.
A few days prior, on August 7, changemaker Uranus will start its annual five-month retrograde backspin, which might actually be a relief. Uranus is known for throwing curveballs and triggering sudden shifts, and you've been feeling those in new areas ever since Uranus entered Taurus for an eight-year journey—its first visit here since 1942!
Uranus is in "fall" in Taurus since it's the planet of change and Taurus rules stability. For you, Taurus rules your third house of communication, neighborhoods and ideas. You may have radically shifted your attitude about something, made a few innovative new friends or started scouting out different areas to live. But processing all of this may have further thrown you off, and you may feel overwhelmed by all the new information you've been absorbing.
In November, Uranus will dip back into Aries and your second house of work and money for a final visit, not to return until the 22nd century! From November to January, your cash flow could be a bit erratic, so build up a “cushion” now if you can. On the upside, this backspin can give you time to integrate all those changes. A writing, media or teaching project that was sparked by this transit could now get your focused attention.
Leaning on your steady supporters will be oh-so anchoring, and you can do that starting August 23, when the Sun settles into Virgo and your seventh house of partnerships for a month. Concentrate your energy on your tried-and-true peeps, and team up for the win. With Mercury retrograde now in the rearview, you've got the green light to sign contracts, solidify a business alliance or make a clear(er) decision about a romantic relationship.
One of the best "people" days of the year is August 25, when the Sun forms an auspicious grand trine with structured Saturn and innovative Uranus, which are in the most friendly and communal zones of your chart. A casual acquaintance could turn into a serious contender for love, a work partnership or a blissful new bond. This day might bring a real meeting of the minds with some legit kindred spirits. Perfect strangers can feel like people you've known for lifetimes (maybe you have…?). Attend a gathering or host a party and adopt a "more the merrier" approach.
The next day, August 26, brings it all on home as the year's only Pisces full moon beams into your sign, giving you a surge of confidence and charisma. Finally, you feel ready to make an important decision and act on it. The spotlight might also seek you out, or you could have a chance to advocate for something you passionately believe in. With Mars ending its retrograde the next day, your fires will be relit. Speak up and let the world hear you roar!
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