Two solar eclipses, Uranus and Mercury go Retrograde, Saturn turns direct, Neptune and Pluto remain retrograde - we certainly wont be bored. Remember how I've told you do the work voluntarily, or the Universe will force you to make those changes? Well, this is the forcing time, pushing us HARD to make our connection to the Universe our priority and live from the heart. The world which surrounds us is entering a death spiral and will be tearing down in order to rebuild. The Phoenix from the ashes theme.
So tomorrow, August 7th is the lunar eclipse in Aquarius. Depending on which house Aquarius is for you, this is the part of your life where amazing change will, or may already, happen out of the blue in a shocking way, because Aquarius is ruled by Uranus the planet of surprises. It will also affect your angular houses. What do you have square to Aquarius and Leo in your chart. For me it's my fourth and tenth houses, home and career.
I always feel the energy that is approaching. The last weekend of July I had a stomach in knots feeling for 3 days. Something was coming and it didn't feel good. On the 4th day I got a call from my landlady of 25 years that she would like me to move out! Like a deer in headlights I listened to her, my head spinning, and walked away in shock. And after looking at apartments out there, I found that a similar apartment is twice the cost of what I am paying now. What the bleep am I going to do? I am trying not to be terrified, and turning my problems over to my Guardians, who are already opening doors for me. I have a lawyer who is going to fight for me. I am trying to breathe and stay grounded. But this is traumatic stuff, shaking me from the roots of my foundation (4th house), and making me examine everything. Again, we always grow the most through stress.
But lets backtrack. I have thought about moving for a while now. More a dream spoken out loud vs a solid plan, but I would like to be closer to nature. But I didn't follow through. So now the Universe is telling me I need to do this. So I am being pushed out of my nest and I must find the courage to face the new life I will begin with this move. I am looking at North Marin, or a new neighborhood in the city. (Anyone know of a great place with reasonable prices let me know!!!) But its about changing so many parts of my living situation - new stores for services, new neighbors, new lifestyle, my pets uprooted, etc. But being near nature is so healing. The Universe wants me to be closer to "her" so I can replenish my spirit as we enter some very interesting times of change, and yes, chaos.
This eclipse is about loss. Ending a relationship, personal or professional. Things will come to a head and force decisions. You might lose a job, a career opportunity, or you might lose your home - something is taken away by the eclipse. (This eclipse is squaring my 4th house - my home).
But know that the full solar eclipse on the 21st is about something new coming in, to fill the void left by the losses of the 7th. So it's temporary. Something even better will be coming. The Universe is telling you no more procrastination. Accept the losses, because something better will take its place. So if you've had some real surprises lately, know that this taking away is to make room for the new. Remember also that Eclipses are odd in that their energy is dispersed over a 6 month period, in this case when the sun is in Aquarius next February this transit is complete. It is most powerful when it happens, the 7th, but it is also taking a long journey to its completion, so the next 6 months hold the potential for change and losses, with it being especially intense Nov, Dec and Jan. Just know that the news will be filled with loss, major changes, and on topics which may be surprising. Like we're worried about North Korea and Russia, but someone else can come out of the blue and threaten us unrelated to our expected adversaries. Uranus rules for the next six months, so expect the unexpected.
Which brings me to Uranus who went retrograde on August 3rd. Thank God. Uranus is the revolutionary, the surprises guy. He's retrograde which means he's more conservative and stable than usual. This will temper the change factor from the Eclipse, and make it a bit more grounded than it would be if Uranus was direct. Now you can look back and your life and make changes you should have made.
On August 13th Mercury, our minds and thought processes, goes retrograde in its home of Virgo until Sept 4. Our minds are taking a break, while the world is going crazy with change. Not a good combo. Move slowly with contracts and look them over multiple times so as not to miss something. Cancel elective surgery. Expect mail and shipments to get delayed, and travel to be more annoying than usual. And communications will be full of surprises as words fall out of our mouth that we might not have wanted to say out loud. SLOW DOWN. Don't start something new but rather clear up old issues and to do's. (I'll be negotiating with my landlady during this retrograde. I'm prepared for lots of changes, agreements made and then taken back, poor thinking and frustration on all sides, and possibly a delay in signing, hopefully after the 4th.) You can expect this kind of crazy too.
Saturn, the Taskmaster, has been retrograde for months and goes direct on August 25th, days after the Full Solar eclipse, which I will discuss in my next blog. Retrogrades mean looking at the past. With Saturn this always involves reviewing our life by looking at the past, our choices and mistakes. This period will also bring a peak to the Russia investigations, and take us from examining the past to looking at the present and how that affects us. It is also a very tough time for the USA and Trump, so expect lots of changes for both in late August and September. But more importantly it takes us forward, so expect new directions and new efforts to make changes in our country, the world and growth in our own lives.
Pluto and Saturn are dancing right now, the ruler of power and the ruler of all things material. Pluto is releasing some of its power bases to make room for the new revolution which is at the starting gate and ready to go. Saturn is making sure the changes are grounded and balanced, giving stability to the changes. It's a very positive relationship and promised REAL, permanent change.
And lets us not forget that Mars is in Leo too, fueling all this activity is the power of the Sun. Energy and anger are palpable. The forces at work in August are not to be taken lightly. Could we see the energy, it would be a whirlwind swirling all around us in a furious dance and we are at it's mercy.
It's time to let go. To embrace the Universe as our beacon to happiness, and turn away from the fake world all around us. We are in crisis, our planet is in crisis. It's time to get serious. To everything there is a season, and this is the time to get serious about how you live your life. Just try to ground yourself with meditation. Take a breather and rest more than usual to recover from the whirlwind around you. We can get through this, but it's going to take fortitude.
Many blessings and best wishes. Yvonne