Linger a little longer, Virgo. As everyone else rushes through their day, the stars invite you to adopt a slower, more nurturing pace. The Sun is floating through Leo and your twelfth house of rest until August 22. It's your annual "sleepy month" and you just don't have the energy to rally for that dance-'til-dawn party or adrenal-fatiguing work project. Instead, direct your focus internally.
The twelfth house rules the subconscious, and with the Sun heating up this part of your chart your dreams and imagination could be especially active. Slip off the radar for a creative sabbatical, an off-the-grid getaway, or just some downtime to indulge your inner hermit. You're processing a year's worth of emotions and experiences in preparation for Virgo season, which begins on August 22. So give yourself the time and space to reboot. Since the twelfth house theme is closure, you might also do some important forgiveness or "letting go" work.
On August 2, you're deeply in touch with your feelings when the Leo new moon illuminates this restorative part of your chart. New moons rule beginnings, but the twelfth house governs endings and transitions, so it's a bit of a paradox. This lunation could help you adopt a new outlook about a recent transition, ending or loss. Or it could pry your micromanaging grip off of a situation you've been desperately (and unsuccessfully) trying to control. Surrender, Virgo. Your connection to the divine is especially strong today.
This new moon could also bring supportive, nurturing women into your orbit. La luna will form a harmonious trine to rock-solid Saturn in Sagittarius and your fourth house of women and family. A maternal figure could be your anchor today, helping you get in touch with feelings you've avoided or brushed aside. An exciting career opportunity could also come via a powerful female. If you struggle with "mother issues" (as many Virgos do), you could find a moment of peace or clarity with your mom, even if it's just within yourself. Since the fourth house also rules the home, you may set up a sacred space in yours—or perhaps do an energy clearing ritual.
Midmonth, your domestic life gets a stabilizing boost when structured Saturn ends a five-month retrograde backspin through Sagittarius. If you dealt with mama drama, heavy emotional issues or domestic disruptions, this phase definitely tested your mettle. You may have recently moved, or navigated complications around a relative or living situation. Perhaps you had to draw some tough boundaries with a loved one who leaned too heavily on you. Saturn's return to direct (forward) motion will help you find better balance between tough love and enabling.
You'll be in your order-seeking, system-loving zone on August 18, when the Aquarius full moon illuminates your sixth house of health, fitness and efficiency. This lunation is also a penumbral eclipse (or pseudo-eclipse), so its impact could be especially potent. You could get a burst of motivation to tackle a fitness goal, kick a bad habit or improve your wellness. If you've been awaiting health news, it could arrive today. This full moon could also inspire one of your epic Virgo decluttering sprees, or a marathon "get ready for Fall" seasonal switchover. While your mission is noble, pace yourself. You could easily get overwhelmed by a giant undertaking…or you could drive everyone around you crazy with your unrealistic demands. Since the sixth house also rules helpful people, this full moon could usher in a great new employee or service provider. If someone on Team Virgo has been slacking, you might decide to cut 'em loose.
You're back to full capacity after August 22, when the Sun enters Virgo for its annual visit. The next month is all about you, as your birthday season and "solar return" arrive. Your energy levels get a major boost, and you'll be eager to focus on new projects and undertakings. Since the Sun is moving through your first house of appearances, an image revamp or a style overhaul could be just what the cosmos ordered.
But don't rush into anything new without careful planning. From August 30-September 22, your ruling planet Mercury will be retrograde—and to complicate matters, it's reversing through Virgo this go-round. Talk about a double whammy! Mercury retrograde can wreak havoc on technology, travel and communication. You may want to lay low now, because your message is likely to be misunderstood. Go back to the drawing board with solo projects to tweak and refine. Save your splashy launches for after this cycle, when the static clears. Mercury will remain in your sign until October 7, so you'll still have a couple weeks to take advantage of the messenger planet's powers when it returns to direct (forward) motion.