You are getting verrrry sleepy, Virgo. This month could find you struggling to keep your energy up during the first three weeks, as the Sun slogs through Leo and your twelfth house of rest, closure and endings. You're winding down a long solar cycle in preparation for your next birthday—and Virgo season, which begins on August 22. That should provide something of a reboot, but TBH it might take until the second week of September for you to start feeling completely on top of your game again. That's because your ruling planet, Mercury, the guardian of technology, communication and travel, is retrograde until September 5, and it will backtrack through Virgo until August 31, leaving you feeling exhausted and misunderstood. Ride it out and do your behind-the-scenes work. Save the splashy debut for next month.
Even more reason to lay low: Energy planet Mars is also in Leo and this sluggish house until September 5, and you could be burning the candle at both ends. This fatiguing transit, which only occurs every two years, can leave you feeling both wired AND tired. Your body cries for respite, but your whirling mind insists that "there's so much to do!" Stressful Mars pushes you to go beyond your limits, but doing so can make you prone to sloppy mistakes at work or careless accidents from being spread too thin. If you find yourself muscling through an draining deadline or caught in a codependent spiral, extract yourself as best as you can and honor your need for rest. If you're tossing and turning at night, try powering down your devices and avoiding stressful newsfeeds an hour before bedtime.
Motivator Mars in this spiritual and subconscious zone makes this a great time for a meditation practice (even listening to guided ones through an app) and relaxing in water, whether you take an evening swim or a bath. If you opt for the tub, here are a few aura cleansing suggestions from fellow Virgo Gala Darling. If nothing else, you'll feel purified and squeaky-clean, which always improves a Virgo's mood!
And mood management could certainly be in order. In addition to everything we just mentioned, August is one of 2017's busiest months in the stars. There are two game-changing eclipses; Mercury AND Uranus turn retrograde; plus we'll have to navigate the final installment of three intense Jupiter-Pluto squares. Everyone will be all over the map, since eclipses bring sudden plot twists and retrograde energy pushes us to deal with unresolved issues. Give yourself a minute to integrate it all!
On August 2, radical changemaker Uranus will turn retrograde until January 2 in Aries and your eighth house of intimacy, shared finances and mergers. Did you rush into something that now feels too restrictive? You may feel the urge to make a quick escape—or at least, to take things down a few notches. Jealousy and trust issues could flare up, and the next five months are a good time to work through those. The real question: Are these emotions coming from your past, or are there legitimate reasons you feel this way? A legal or real estate matter might also have a few twists and turns. Keep tabs on your finances and investments: You may need to dip into your savings, or you might decide to get more serious about long-term financial planning. Since Uranus rules technology, this (along with Mercury retrograde) marks a good time to change your passwords and take extra measures against identity theft.
On August 4, we have the third in a trio of intense squares between outspoken Jupiter in your second house of work and money and secretive Pluto in your fifth house of self-expression. You could feel torn between competing desires for financial security and creativity. Can your passions earn you a proper paycheck? Your need to cover the basics might be at odds with your urge to pursue your soul's calling. While squares can add stress and bring power struggles, they can also help us negotiate a balancing act. Look back to the previous two Jupiter-Pluto squares on November 24, 2016, and March 30, 2017, for clues.
Your rising confidence could also stir up unrest in your love life, especially if you were once a starry-eyed disciple who now feels grounded in your self-worth. Need we say it? If someone only wants you when you're weak, they don't deserve you when you're strong. Maybe you've been supporting a partner financially and things are starting to feel imbalanced. This square could push you to speak up and demand that they carry their fair share of the load.
Now let's talk about the eclipses, which are moments of big change or surprising plot twists that can alter the course of your life in exciting (if uprooting) ways. These lunar liftoffs will fall on the Leo/Aquarius axis, and they're part of an eclipse series running from 2017 to 2019. They'll transform the way you approach health, fitness, work, spirituality and emotions, helping you strike a radically new balance between control and surrender, and planning and going with the flow.
The first one, which arrives on August 7, is a lunar (full moon) eclipse in Aquarius and your sixth house of wellness, work and organization. This could inspire an epic decluttering that also leads to a major psychological transformation ("letting go" has so many meanings, after all). You might be inspired to make a huge health shift, or perhaps you'll get doctor's orders to revamp your lifestyle. You could quit a bad habit cold turkey. This eclipse could find you pondering your purpose. As the sign of service, you need to feel like you're making a difference with your time on this planet. You may have an epiphany about the kind of work you want to do and how it will enrich people's lives.
On August 21, a total solar (new moon) eclipse lands in Leo—the second in a rare duo of back-to-back Leo new moons (the first was July 23). New moons mark fresh starts, and paired with an eclipse, they can open radical new chapters. Paradoxically, this eclipse falls in your twelfth house of closure—an ending that's also a beginning. This lunation pushes you to release control and allow yourself to be supported, guided and receptive. In essence, it's a big day off from being a Virgo. By surrendering to the universe (or whatever you call a higher spiritual power), you can usher in a wave of healing.
What do you need to release, Virgo? Eclipses aren't exactly subtle about showing you. You could get undeniable "signs" through coincidences and serendipities, such as hearing a song that a departed loved one always played or receiving an important text from someone just as you're thinking about them. Listen to your intuition and REST. The twelfth house rules sleep, and you could be in dire need of a mental and emotional break—perhaps a getaway near water? This lunation could also coincide with a new spiritual practice: meditation, energy healing, prayer—whatever your jam is. By peeling away layers and shedding skin, you'll transform, inviting in something new that's a much better fit for the person you've become. Look back to February 10 of this year, when a Leo lunar eclipse may have brought people or important insights that link to this month's eclipse.
You'll start to feel more like yourself after August 22, when the Sun enters Virgo for a month, bringing you back from the depths. (Don't you have a birthday party to plan or something?) And on August 25, structured Saturn ends a four-month retrograde in Sagittarius and your domestic fourth house. This could have spelled family drama, a delayed move or stalled baby plans. Your relationship with a female relative, possibly your mother, may have gone through growing pains. Now that Saturn is powering forward, pick up the pace again. Emotions you've been keeping inside can safely be aired. If you've been lacking in the self-care department, make it a priority again.