August 2018 Monthly Horoscopes

Welcome to the August monthly horoscopes! July was pretty intense and the heat wave continues into August. This month we have a partial Solar Eclipse in Leo, Mercury Retrograde in Leo, Mars Retrograde in Aquarius, and two very lovely harmonious aspects with Jupiter trine Neptune, and Uranus trine Saturn. Please read your horoscope for your rising sign which is your ascendant. I have also included a crystal talisman recommendation for each sign to help you make the most of the best energies this month and to minimize the more difficult energies. Thank you!

 

Aries Rising

Talisman: Peacock Ore

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will push you towards expressing some unique aspect of yourself that can help you to fulfill a long-term dream of yours. Mercury Retrograde also in your 5th house will help you to discard un-favourable self expressions.  Mars retrograde is happening in your 11th house where a purging of your social buddies can occur. Jupiter trine Neptune will create a pocket of energy that will unchain you from old ways of thinking. Uranus trine Saturn will ground the new creative expressions, social circles, and thoughts most obviously in your career.

Taurus Rising

Symbol: Rose Quartz

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring some voltage to your house and home. Mercury retrograde also here can help you see where the wires are crossed. Mars retrograde in your 10th house can bring up some insecurities with regards to your career and status. Jupiter trine Neptune will send sparks flying in your relationship sector while Uranus trine Saturn will shift your perspective on what your role is in your personal and professional relationships.

Gemini Rising

Talisman: Septarian

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will place the emphasis on your voice. Mercury retrograde also in Leo will beg you to ask the question “what do I need to say?” Mars retrograde in your 9th house is taking you down a very different path that you haven’t walked before. Jupiter trine Neptune will send its cleansing waters to your health and daily life. Uranus trine Saturn will illuminate this different path.

Cancer Rising

Symbol: Rhodonite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring a spoonful of self-love your way. Mercury retrograde also in your second house will inspire you to be less self-critical. Mars retrograde in your 7th house is helping you to assert your power.  Jupiter trine Neptune will give you a spiritual breakthrough with regards to your purpose. Uranus trine Saturn will ground this new spiritual breakthrough into reality.

Leo Rising

Symbol:  Fire Agate

Hold on to your manes Leos! The Solar Eclipse will be happening in your own sign which is your 1st house. This is your last opportunity for a while to make those changes in yourself and your life. Mercury retrograde also in your 1st house will provide you with the introspection you need. Mars retrograde will make you extra determined to release irrational fears. Jupiter trine Neptune will help you to create peace of mind over something that has been troubling you. Uranus trine Saturn will shift your lifestyle to accommodate changes in your career and status.

Virgo Rising

Symbol:  Charoite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will confront issues around your misplaced ego. Mercury retrograde also in your 12th house will help you work through issues around giving and receiving. Mars retrograde can bring out some hidden enemies for a confrontation. Jupiter trine Neptune will gift you with the opportunity to deal with your relationships in a more philosophical way. Uranus trine Saturn will make you take a step back from coddling an idea or person that is trying to break free.

Libra Rising

Talisman: Yellow Opal

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring encounters with the “right” people who can set you on the “right” path to success. Mercury retrograde in Leo will make you reconsider some of your supposed friends. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is making you extra determined to bring spontaneity and fun back in your life. Jupiter trine Neptune will give you a boost of inspiration that you need in order to lighten up. Uranus trine Saturn will materialize the new-found joy and innocence in your lifestyle.

Scorpio Rising

Talisman: Carnelian

The Solar Eclipse in Leo is bringing a new opportunity in your career sector. With Mercury retrograde also happening in your 10th house, this opportunity might be from the past. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is making it difficult to smooth out problems at home. Jupiter trine Neptune can greatly assist you in repairing the relationship you have between yourself and the sense of lost innocence that you are experiencing. Uranus trine Saturn will enable you to look at all that you have to offer from an objective perspective.

Sagittarius Rising

Talisman: Apophyllite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo is encouraging you to do what works best for you. Mercury retrograde also in your 9th house is reminding you that all the answers you seek are within. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is about asking for what you want. This can be through journaling, self-talk, or discussing it with someone you trust. Jupiter trine Neptune will help you feel more secure in your life. Uranus trine Saturn is bringing self-trust to you.

Capricorn Rising

Talisman: Rhyolite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will help you realize that you are not your insecurities. Mercury retrograde also in your 8th house will help you to throw away these useless fears. Mars retrograde is causing some frustrations around the need for independence. Jupiter trine Neptune will bring you the support systems you need. Uranus trine Saturn is bringing a lot of luck your way this month.

Aquarius Rising

Talisman: Mookite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring some important changes to your relationship sector. Mercury retrograde in Leo will show you if you are being too selfish or selfless in your relationships. Mars retrograde in your 1st house is teaching you to trust the process. Jupiter trine Neptune can bring some new lucrative opportunities in your career. Uranus trine Saturn can make you want to travel and emotionally detach from your family.

Pisces Rising

Talisman: Ruby

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will change-up your daily routine. What do you need to do that you have been holding off from? Mercury retrograde also in your 6th house can highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly of your health and routine. Mars retrograde in your 12th house will help you to let go of old resentments that are keeping you stuck. Jupiter trine Neptune can bring a mini spiritual awakening whereby you can see the bigger picture. Uranus trine Saturn will help to restructure your social circles to suit the new and improved you.

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Mars Retrograde & South Node Conjunction 2018: Serpentine Fire

Mars will be conjunct the South Node of the Moon off and on from June until the Autumn which will create a very intense summer with some hot potential for transformation. Mars will also be retrograde for a while which is a rare occurrence for the red planet. Let’s take a closer look.

Mars Retrograde

Mars will be retrograde on June 26th until August. This is the first time in 47 years that Mars has been retrograde in Aquarius. Mars officially moved into Aquarius on the same day Uranus ingressed into Taurus in May. In the last week of July, Mars will also be at its brightest in 60 000 years.

Once every 2 years, Mars goes retrograde which makes the planet appear as though it is moving backwards in the sky. It does not actually move backwards, it is more of an optical illusion. Mars will revisit the degrees it traveled when it was moving direct, so we have the opportunity to put right or make wrong what we’ve already experienced.

Mars is a masculine archetypal planet that has a lot of power for the next few months, and will set the stage for the next 2.5 years. Mars will be retrograde in the sign of Aquarius which is adding a mind opening flavour to this transit.

Aquarius is the archetype of the revolutionary, the eccentric, the detached, the inventor, the thinker, and the cosmic bohemian. Mars will be emphasizing the light and shadow aspects of this sign, inflaming issues around abandonment, the role of men, and recklessness.

Aquarius

Aquarius is an archetype that is emotionally disconnected from the human experience. It spends way too much time pondering and not enough time present. The inventor, thinker, and scientist, all devote their time and life to the intellectual experience which has its good points.

Mars in Aquarius will push you towards experiencing a fresh, new, and innovative way of living your life, specifically in the Aquarius ruled house of your natal chart. It’s a consciousness expanding energy that will make you feel fed up with following the status quo and listening to others tell you what to do.

Mars Conjunct the South Node

Mars will also meet with the South Node of the Moon in Aquarius 3 times this year. The first conjunction occurred earlier this month on June 7th before Mars turned RX. The next two conjunctions will be July 20th, and September 25th at 7-4 degrees of Aquarius. Mars conjunct the South Node is the placement for burning away the old, and starting a new karmic cycle. On a more mundane level, this placement will create more violence, danger, aggression, injuries, altercations, and the potential for war or terrorism.

The South Node of the Moon is the tail of the dragon, while the North Node is the head of the dragon. The South Node represents losing something, endings, what we have to let go of in order to evolve, and past life karma. When Mars meets up with this point, we have a strong selfish desire to push forward with our lives, to make a drastic change, and to leave the old behind in favour or something that is more aligned to our purpose.

This conjunction will play out in a few different ways depending on your own personal planets, but here is how you might feel.

-Unsettled

-Extra annoyed

-Impulsive

-Alienated

-Instigating

-Lacking empathy

-Afraid

Blistered and Burned

What will first happen when Mars meets up with the South Node is the need to confront your deepest fears. This does not necessarily mean they will come true, but you will definitely have a taste of it.  Mars in Aquarius is rebellious and reckless while the SN in Aquarius is about moving away from collective control. When you bring Mars & the SN together you get a dangerous combo that makes you feel invincible. You will be excreting your fears out of every pore so blisters are inevitable. When you’re able to talk about what you’re afraid of, suddenly you’re not so afraid of it anymore.

Some of you might be feeling very calm during this transit which indicates that you’ve already done a lot of work. Some of you will be feeling low. Either way, retreating from the world is what most people will be doing. Purging & burning away the old to welcome in the new sounds all fine and dandy, but it’s easier said than done. Fires are brutal, especially when they destroy your life and long-term plans (Aquarius). This conjunction is a reset, a forest fire that has scorched some part of your life to be reborn. It’s scary, but required. Drink lots of water, cry, & release pent-up emotions. Avoid fanning the fires by intellectualizing your pain and confiding in others who have their own issues to deal with. Working with the Water element will help and not Air.

What Does This All Mean?

Mars Retrograde in Aquarius will push you to reinvent yourself. It’s time to take a new direction and to not be a bystander in your own life anymore. Mars will help you to open up your mind and do what works for you regardless of what other people think.

Mars Retrograde conjunct the South Node in Aquarius is about deconditioning. We have to embrace our individuality and not get suckered into going along with the masses, the sheep, or our third dimensional reality. This conjunction will allow us to evolve from outdated ways of doing things. Many of you will be saying goodbye to friends and associates who are no longer in alignment with you. Let’s see how this will play out on a practical level…

-Transformation of your tribe

-Speaking your truth loud and proud

-Decisiveness

-Believing in yourself more than ever

Keep in Mind….

Transformation is a gradual process, so if you don’t have any planets from 1-8 degrees of the Fixed signs- Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio you will find yourself being more mouthy and aggressive which is a good indication that something is brewing with your personal power.

I will be doing a forecast for each of the 12 zodiac signs for this Martian energy in the coming days so stay tuned for that.

This Girl Is On Fire

We need to act fearlessly but not recklessly. We need to be bold but not overbearing. We need to speak our truth and not yell it. We need to open our minds and not misshapen it. We need to be decisive and not stubborn.

Fires create but they also destroy. We can only welcome in the new when we let go of the old. The Serpentine Fire this summer is bringing the water from the water bearer Aquarius to a boil. Before we can enjoy the meal we first have to cook it, and that takes heat.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

Reflections on my Jupiter Return

This year I experienced my Jupiter Return in Libra which affected my 4th house. Jupiter in Libra generally speaking was about spiritual diplomacy. It was about learning to embrace sovereignty and letting go of self sacrifice. When you are able to accomplish this, you will have achieved the soul lesson of Libra- balance.

My Jupiter Return

Since September 2016 until today, I have had many lessons around this theme. Since Jupiter expands whatever it touches, Jupiter in Libra expanded all of the imbalances in my own life. The 4th house in Astrology rules home and family and it was in this area of my life, that I learned my most important lessons.

Firstly, the desire to want to move out of my parents home became very strong. I had visions of my own space and found myself fantasizing about what this space would like like. I started to reflect on why I wanted to leave, and I came to the conclusion that it was because I needed more alone time to get in touch with what it is that I truly wanted to experience in my life.

This was also the year that I told my family what some of my personal goals and deepest needs and desires were. This was a huge step for me because I do seek approval quite a lot, but since voicing my needs, I’ve found myself less worried about what my family thinks of me.

Biggest Lessons

This biggest lesson for me this year was about honouring my own needs and path before my family’s.  I struggled with this, as I thought it was selfish of me to put them last, but if I wasn’t in a good place- I couldn’t possibly be there for them.

Jupiter Returns mark major spiritual transformations in a person’s life, and for me, not only did I share (Libra) some of my deepest wants and needs with my family (4th house Jupiter Return), but I saw my creativity also explode.

The sign that Jupiter traditionally rules over is Pisces- and having my Moon, Mercury, and Midheaven in Pisces (even my Sun according to Vedic Astrology), I saw my spiritual career take off. I wrote a lot this year, published quite a bit, saw The Luminessence evolve, and scored my dream job at a New Age shop. I believe this happened because I got honest with myself and my family.

My proudest accomplishment with my Jupiter Return was being able to share more of I was with my family and having their support to chase my non-traditional dreams. I embraced my own sovereignty and stopped sacrificing who I was for them.

In Sidereal Astrology- Jupiter will be entering the constellation of Libra this year. I guess that means I will be experiencing a double Jupiter Return? Double the trouble I guess!