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A pair of eclipses, a lunar eclipse in Aquarius on the 8th August and a total solar eclipse in Leo on the 22nd August, was always going to make this an exciting month. Especially as these haven’t been the dominant areas of the chart this year. The major players this year have been Jupiter in Libra, Saturn in Sagittarius, Uranus and Eris in Aries and the faster moving planets as they moved through Taurus, Gemini and Cancer.

Yet this was always destined to be an exciting month on both the Aquarius and Leo fronts, from the moment the lunar nodes returned here in May. In fact, this is the very reason why we are experiencing these eclipses.

In terms of planetary weight it is all in the Leo ruled area of your chart. The Sun, as is always the case at this time of year, is in Leo until the 23rd August. The total solar eclipse here on the 22nd August is the second in Leo this year, the first having fallen in the Sun’s first full day and now the Sun’s month long visit ending with a second and more spectacular New Moon.

Mars will also spend the whole month in Leo, Venus will return on the 26th August and Mercury, who left late last month, will retrograde back in during the early hours of the 1st September, literally hours after August ends. So in terms of the planetary support in the lead up to, during and after this total solar eclipse, it is extreme.

If that’s not enough, both the solar eclipse and all the planets moving through Leo have the full support of Uranus and Eris in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius. Leo, Aries and Sagittarius are the three Fire signs, so this will create an exciting and dynamic month on all three fronts. However the dynamics on each front, while working collectively, will be in a very different way.

Eris turned retrograde in Aries on the 20th July and Uranus will turn retrograde here on the 3rd August. This will put both planets in Aries in retrograde motion and not turning direct until January, they will remain in retrograde motion for the rest of this year.

At the same time Saturn, who has been in retrograde motion in Sagittarius since early April, is slowing down ahead of his direct turn on the 26th August. In the Aries ruled areas of your chart both planets had to slow down in order to turn retrograde, whereas Saturn is slowing down in order to turn direct. The other difference is that Uranus has turned retrograde at this point of the year since arriving in 2010 and will do until leaving in 2019. However, when Saturn turns direct in Sagittarius on the 26th August, this will end his last retrograde phase here for another 28 years.

From the 3rd August to the 26th August all planets in Aries and Sagittarius will be in retrograde motion and it is into this period that not only a total solar eclipse, but a massive amount of planetary support will be driving things forward. What is important to remember is that these three areas of your chart are working together. For example, if you a Cancerean, Aries rules your career sector, Sagittarius your work sector and Leo your income sector.

For that period, from the 3rd August to the 26th August, if you are a Cancerean all three planets across the professional front will be in retrograde motion, holding the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential, as new income opportunities are opening up. For everyone else, this will play out in equally complimentary areas of your chart.

So there is not only a lot of direct planetary support for the solar eclipse on the 22nd August, but indirect support. For the lunar eclipse in Aquarius on the 8th August the reality is different, in terms of direct support anyway. With no planets in Aquarius and only the South Node, the reason there is support, this is more likely to be a standalone event.

However, until she leaves Gemini in the very early hours of the month the Aquarius ruled area of your chart has had the support of Venus and also of Jupiter, now moving into his final two months in Libra.

The lunar eclipse in Aquarius falls on the 8th August, the same day that pressure on Jupiter will start easing back. Jupiter is under pressure from Pluto, but it is not the kind of pressure and tension he was under during the first half of the year. Back then a massive amount of planets moving through Aries had moved into opposition with Jupiter multiple times. What we have this month is a Jupiter/Pluto square. When I spoke of the partnership between the planets in play in the Leo, Sagittarius and Aries ruled areas of your chart in relation to this month’s solar eclipse, what I was referring to is an aspect known as a ‘trine’. When planets are in a positive trine position things flow more smoothly and happen more easily.

In contrast a square isn’t as challenging as an opposition, but it pushes us and often that’s what we need. The adage that I adhere to is ‘trines make us lazy, squares get things done’. So while there could be pressure in the Libra ruled area of your chart, this is the positive kind and could lead to a breakthrough. Especially as the pressure will peak from the 1st August to the 8th August and the lunar eclipse, which is supporting Jupiter and vice versa, is on the 8th August. As an example of what I mean, if you are a Leo the lunar eclipse falls in your relationship sector and Jupiter is in your communication sector. In the eight days leading up to the lunar eclipse there will be pressure on Jupiter and your communications to get things moving and push through barriers. To have a lunar eclipse at the end brings relationship matters to a head, which could result in a major communication and/or relationship breakthrough.

Again, for all of us the pressure on Jupiter and the lunar eclipse on the 8th August are interconnected and wherever they fall in your chart, there is a very real potential for a breakthrough on both fronts. With Jupiter moving into his final two months in Libra on the 11th August, the timing couldn’t be more auspicious.

With Saturn turning direct on the 26th August this is the point where the hard taskmaster of the cosmos will get ready to move on. In Sagittarius since December 2014, once Saturn starts moving this marks the beginning of his departure in December.

The other planet to watch this month is Venus, who makes a late return to Cancer on the 1st August. Held back by her retrograde phase Venus returns after all the planets except Ceres have moved on. With Venus here until the 26th August and Ceres until later next month, these two goddesses of the solar system will be cooking up some magic in the Cancer ruled area of your chart this month.

Apart from the pressure on Jupiter in the first eight days of the month and the pressure that can often come with a lunar eclipse, this is an exciting month. Even the pressure on Jupiter and the lunar eclipse are exciting, for they lead to the potential for a breakthrough, just days before Jupiter moves into his final and most important two months.

Your monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you a lot more information on what areas of your chart are being impacted, where, how and when and your Monthly Reports will get right down into the details.

Anne Macnaughtan

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