It's the most wonderful time of the year—at least, if you're a Sagittarius. The Sun is making its annual chariot ride through lively Leo until August 22, parading through your ninth house of expansion, adventure and travel. Sagittarius is the natural ruler of the zodiac's ninth house, so you’ll be in the zone, pulsating with possibilities. (Who needs Christmas with all this Sag energy in the air now?) As a special bonus, energizer Mars is also in Leo from July 20 to September 5, dialing up your wanderlust and giving you the urge to take a bold risk. Maybe you'll roll the dice on a business venture or pack your bags for a far-flung getaway. Your sign loves to learn, so dive into a metaphysical topic or start exploring back-to-school possibilities for early fall.
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 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 intrepid new terrain, rear-facing retrogrades prompt us to slow down, review and reconnect with the past. It's a LOT to integrate, even for your sign, so pace yourself.
Let's begin with the eclipses, which fall on the Leo/Aquarius axis. These are part of a galvanizing eclipse series running from 2017 to 2019, shaking up your communication sectors. Writing, media, teaching, publishing, travel and learning are all highlighted. There will be action both on the local and long-distance scenes. You could find yourself hopping between neighborhoods, taking up a community post (school board or Chamber of Commerce, anyone?) or getting your message out in a big way. With the eclipses stirring up epic energy in these media-savvy sectors, you could become a viral voice with your witty wordplays and outspoken opinions.
Your first shot at the global mic arrives on August 7, when the Aquarius lunar (full moon) eclipse sweeps through your third house of communication and kindred spirits. Your powerful statements could catapult you into a leadership role—or get you into hot water, so mind your message! The third house rules neighborhoods; are you happy in yours? This eclipse could bring a relocation, perhaps to a different part of town, a "second city" that steals your heart (maybe a housing swap is in order with someone in Paris or Prague?), or a chance to get more deeply involved on the local scene. Is it time to open that pop-up shop, Sag? Lunar eclipses can bring sudden endings, turning points or manifestations. Perhaps a joint project will attract buzz, putting your names on the map. You could have an amazing "click" with someone whose ideas and skills complement yours perfectly. Been biting your tongue? You might clear the air with a friend or sibling. With the eclipse putting it ALL out there, things could get explosive, especially since your sign can be blunt.
The truth-telling continues at the August 21 total solar (new moon) eclipse, which lands in Leo and your honest-to-a-fault ninth house. Which part of your life could you stand to be more authentic in, Sagittarius? This eclipse could also bring a big push to travel, study or publish your ideas. An entrepreneurial venture can take flight quickly, or you could be invited to join a savvy startup business. This is a time of rapid growth and expansion, when you adopt a new perspective or take a chance on your dreams. Since eclipses bring surprises, it's hard to predict exactly how they'll manifest. But prepare for an out-of-the-blue opportunity to do something big that requires a leap of faith. For clues, look back to a month ago, because this the second of two rare, consecutive Leo new moons (the first was July 23). Events from the first one could pick up speed now. You might also see the continuation of something sparked by the February 10 Leo lunar eclipse. Did you take a risk then or identify a part of your life that needed a big refresh? This will all start to make a lot more sense by January 31, 2018, when a Leo total lunar eclipse brings the past year's growth to another pinnacle. Seeds planted at this month's solar eclipse could blossom in a huge way by then. Take a chance on YOU, Sag.
On August 4, your ruling planet, Jupiter, locks into a heated square with shadowy Pluto in your second house of work and money. With expansive Jupiter in your teamwork sector, this showdown can bring power struggles with colleagues, clients or friends. Conflict could erupt over money and a project might break down if people don't carry their fair share of the workload.
This is the third and final installment of three Jupiter-Pluto clashes that have erupted in the past eight months—the prior ones were on November 24, 2016, and March 30, 2017. Scroll back to those dates for clues of what could resurface now. And keep in mind that Pluto is your cosmic blind spot. A person who triggers you may actually be mirroring something you need to look at in yourself. You could be forced to deal with a topic you've been avoiding. Coming out of denial can be hard, especially with Jupiter's hard-core way of doling out the unvarnished truth. A reshuffling of your social circle could be in order, or you may need to distance yourself from a jealous and gossiping person. Be vigilant about NOT feeding the rumor mill yourself. If you've fallen into the comparison trap with friends and colleagues, step back and remember your own unique gifts. The only thing you're sure to be the best at is being yourself. People-pleasing and social climbing are SO not becoming of you!
Lastly, we get a double header of retrograde (backward) planets this month. Disruptive Uranus, which is in Aries and your expressive, passionate fifth house, makes its annual U-turn from August 2 until January 2. Over the next five months, you'll want to dial down the drama and disruptions. Some Archers thrive on a certain amount of chaos—believe it or not, those unpredictable twists and turns can bring out your best, because you're great at spontaneous solutions. But at a certain point, you may feel like you're always in "crisis mode," putting out five-alarm fires instead of tending to the slow-burning ones you want to keep lit. Step back from situations that deplete your reserves. Since retrogrades bring back the past, a disruptive person, possibly an ex, could resurface. Think twice before engaging, Archer. Watch your own button-pushing antics. There IS such a thing as bad publicity, so don't court attention for attention's sake!
Messenger Mercury also turns retrograde from August 12 until September 5, which can affect communication, travel and your digital life. Mercury will backtrack through Virgo and your tenth house of career until August 31, disrupting some of your professional plans or causing mixed signals at work. You may need to hustle to finish up a project that hits an annoying sticking point. Because Mercury retrograde can foil technology, back up important work projects to the cloud and be careful what you post. If you're job hunting, change the privacy settings on your social media profiles, as prospective employers may be checking you out (and they don't need to see your wild, tequila-soaked albums, even if they ARE from 2011). You may clash with a client or colleague during this pivot. To avoid communication breakdowns, check that everyone is on the same page and crystal-clear about their duties. If you're traveling this month, be sure that the troops have impeccable marching orders before you sail off (and prepare to scout the nearest Wi-fi signal just in case).
You'll have an easier time once the Sun starts its monthlong journey through Virgo on August 22, putting you in ambitious spirits. Vacation time and Leo season wrap up, and you're ready to lean in to some serious #goals. Even better? Structured Saturn will end its challenging five-month retrograde on August 25. Since April 5, the ringed planet has been reversing through YOUR sign, prompting some serious self-reflection. You may have had to go back to the drawing board, revamping a personal project or evaluating your most fundamental priorities. If a venture stalled or didn't deliver the returns you hoped, sit tight. All those dues you paid could belatedly bear fruit.
Saturn is a stern teacher, but not a punisher. Nothing was a waste of time, even if all you gained from it was an invaluable lesson. Keep moving ahead strategically, taking one calculated step at a time. Saturn will make its final departure from Sagittarius this December 19, and it won't return for almost 30 years! The character-building tests have forced you to mature. As a parting gift, Saturn leaves you with a strong and unapologetic sense of your own identity. You can use this to build something of lasting value in the world—exactly what any self-respecting Sagittarius longs to do.