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August 2017

A month with a Lunar and a Solar Eclipse and Mercury retrograde is guaranteed to produce a few surprises and glitches. Eclipses always produce a sense of heightened awareness, as if significant events were about to challenge the status quo. Part of the eclipse effect is to prod everyone into making changes in their lives, to throw away old attitudes and foster new growth in the area of life ruled by the house(s) in which the eclipse falls. They come round every six months to remind us that life should not be static.

The Leo Sun till the 22nd, accompanied by Mars, will make it a sociable, confident, assertive and noisy time as all of Leo’s attention-demanding tendencies get a boost. The Jupiter Pluto square on the 4th is also no shrinking violet and may lead to over-confidence and bullying behaviour. The powerful eclipsed Full Moon in Aquarius on the 7th demands that a better balance be found, between opposites – independence and interdependence, detail and grand plans, home and career, loved ones and friends, doing and being. Then a happy-go-lucky Jupiter sextile the Sun on the 10th will boost morale and bring luck in small ways.

Venus in Cancer till the 26th will make for indulgent moments at home or with the family, although will be sensitive to slights and mood swings.

The Solar Eclipse in the final degree of Leo on the 21st, is a powerful New Moon, though this one could be low energy and prone to muddled thinking with false information coming in. Then the Sun moves into earthy, sensible Virgo for four weeks, to get hard work under way and practical matters resolved. It won’t all be duty however as both Venus and Mercury before the months’ end move into flamboyant, entertaining Leo.

PLANETARY ASPECTS:

3: Uranus retrograde till early January – only a subtle shift, though certain innovative plans may need a rethink.

4: Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn – might makes right, a law unto itself, social niceties will be swept to one side as over-confidence turns pushy.

7: Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – pulled in two directions, a need to find a middle way.

10: Mercury in Virgo sextile Venus in Cancer – sweet words, gentle persuasion.

Sun in Leo sextile Jupiter – lucky, expansive, lazy.

12: Venus trine Neptune – kind, romantic, dreamy.

13: Mercury retrograde till September 5 – delays in communications, minor irritations.

Sun trine Saturn in Sagittarius – sensible, practical, good for planning.

15: Venus opposition Pluto – charismatic, jealous, possessive, manipulative.

17: Venus square Jupiter – frivolous, indulgent, sociable, extravagant.

20: Mars in Leo sextile Jupiter – surge of positive energy, good for starting projects, can create own luck.

21: Sun trine Uranus – sudden new opportunities, restrictions ease.

Solar Eclipse in Leo – focus on change.

22: Mars trine Saturn – persevering, practical, requires effort.

Sun into Virgo for four weeks – earthy, practical, hard-working, adaptable, communicative and critical.

24: Venus square Uranus – flirtatious, sociable, dislikes possessiveness, wants freedom.

25: Saturn direct in Sagittarius – not noticeable difference, though some viewpoints will be easier to get across.

26: Venus into Leo till September 20th – sociable, fun-loving, romantically upfront.

Sun conjunct Mercury – in mental overdrive, talking fast.

27: Jupiter sextile Saturn – good balance between idealism and materialism, enthusiasm and common sense.

31: Mercury into Leo till September 10th – entertaining, speaking exuberantly.

 

OUTER PLANETS:

Jupiter in Libra from September 9th 2016 until October 11 2017 – keen on reaching better agreements with others, that are fair to all, expansive for one-to-one partnerships. Then into Scorpio for a year.

Saturn: In Sagittarius from September 19th 2015 till late December 2017 – serious about knowledge, education, legal matters, religion. Defensive about criticism, self-righteous. Then into Capricorn till 2020.

Uranus: In Aries from 1 March 2011 till 2018 – hyper-active, energetic, determined to make new starts even if it means upsetting people, go ahead. Then into Taurus for seven years.

Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.

Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.

July

A fairly rackety, stop-start month drags into gear with the blocked Mars in Cancer opposition Pluto on the 2nd. It tends to accompany feelings of frustration, if not anger, but circumstances won’t permit much wiggle room. So best accept what can’t be changed instantly and take extra precautions, since it can be a risk indicator. Mars in Cancer tends to be overly emotional since it mixes fire with water and can boil over.

Venus moving onto social-butterfly Gemini on the 5th for the rest of the month will bring a lighter touch in between times. As will a confident Jupiter on the 4th; but the slow pace of progress will continue with the Cancer Sun opposing Pluto on the 10th. Relationships are likely to be intense, with jealousy or manipulation in play.

Then into the third week, from reverse gear it moves into jolting change and high-speed surprises with first Mars and then the Sun square Uranus. IT problems often crop up with Uranus around strongly, or situations which prompt reckless reactions. So wise to stay calm and make considered decisions once the dust has settled.

On the 20th first Mars and then two days later the Sun moves into sociable, attention-seeking Leo. It’ll be flamboyant, colourful, not quiet, but less volatile than earlier in the month. Mercury moving into sensible, practical Virgo on the 25th till the end of August will help keep details under control.

 

PLANETARY ASPECTS:

2: Mars in Cancer opposition Pluto in Capricorn – disempowering, feeling stuck, slightly scary, so avoiding tricky people and situations advised.

5: Venus into Gemini till 31st – fun, frivolous, superficial, chatty, dislikes possessiveness.

Mercury in Cancer square Uranus – bright ideas, short attention span, outspoken.

6: Mercury into Leo until the 23th – entertaining, upfront about expressing feelings and opinions.

Sun in Cancer trine Neptune – kind. Vague, low energy.

Sun square Jupiter – confident, though maybe slightly overly so, promise more than can deliver, lazy expecting results without effort.

7: Mercury sextile Venus – harmonious words

8: Full Moon in Capricorn – pulled in two directions

10: Sun opposition Pluto – effort required to overcome obstacles, intense.

14: Mercury trine Jupiter – confident in expressing views

17: Venus square Neptune in Pisces – dreamy, though can be disappointing since not all romantic dreams come true.

18: Mars square Uranus – disruptive, high excitement, can bring insecurity so tends to lead to macho gestures to prop up self-esteem.

Venus trine Jupiter – indulgent, frivolous, sociable.

19: Mercury trine Saturn – sensible, practical, discussions need tangible outcome.

20: Mars into Leo until September 5 – entertaining, attention-seeking, proud, loud.

21: Sun square Uranus – surprises, sudden changes, not in mood to co-operate.

22: Sun into Leo for four weeks – sociable, good for entertaining, performing, children and sport.

23: New Moon in Leo – new beginnings.

24: Venus opposition Saturn in Sagittarius – separated in love, duty over fun.

Mercury trine Uranus – bright ideas, outspoken.

25: Mercury into Virgo till August 31st – nit picky, critical, but excellent for detailed work, insightful, practical, helpful.

27: Sun conjunct Mars – high energy, pro-active, not sensitive.

30: Venus sextile Uranus – flirtatious, mischievous, fun.

31: Venus into Cancer till August 26th – happy at home, good for family relationships, sensitive, self-protective, moody.

 

OUTER PLANETS

Jupiter in Libra from September 9th 2016 until October 11 2017 – keen on reaching better agreements with others, that are fair to all, expansive for one-to-one partnerships. Then into Scorpio for a year.

Saturn: In Sagittarius from September 19th 2015 till late December 2017 – serious about knowledge, education, legal matters, religion. Defensive about criticism, self-righteous. Then into Capricorn till 2020.

Uranus: In Aries from 1 March 2011 till 2018 – hyper-active, energetic, determined to make new starts even if it means upsetting people, go ahead. Then into Taurus for seven years.

Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.

Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.

June

With the Sun in chatty, restless, scattered Gemini until the 21st there’ll be too much going on, demanding much multi-tasking and juggling several balls in the air at once. But it certainly won’t be boring. There’ll be high hopes, then disappointment, followed by dither and indecision in week one. Mars moving into emotional, excitable cancer on the 4th to stay for several weeks will raise the heat in discussions and lead to impulsive behaviour. Luckily Venus moving into Taurus two days later to stay till early July will add a balance of calm stoicism.

Mid month the downbeat Saturn opposition to the Sun will not raise spirits for parties but will fix several mistakes and bring a note of realism. In the final ten days the Sun and Mercury join Mars in the self-protective, home-loving though pro-active sign of Cancer. It won’t be all sentimental and drenched in feelings however. Mars picks up a gung-ho, anything-goes square to Jupiter on the 25th, moving towards the Pluto opposition on July 2nd, which will cast its shadow in advance. So it’s likely to be high-wire, pushy, risk-taking and frustrating.

 

Planetary Aspects:

1: Venus in Aries trine Saturn – cool, sophisticated, not romantically hot.

3: Venus conjunct Uranus – flirtatious, but not faithful.

Sun in Gemini trine Jupiter in Libra – confident, lucky.

4: Sun square Neptune – vague, evasive, lack-lustre

Mars into Cancer till July 20th – reacting strongly to feelings, can be creative.

6: Venus into Taurus until July 5th July – indulgent, sexy, possessive, calm.

Mercury into Gemini until June 21st – talks non-stop, thinks fast, curious.

9: Full Moon in Sagittarius – pulled in two directions.

10: Jupiter direct in Libra – more confidence and ability to forge fair agreements.

Venus sextile Mars – passionately enthusiastic, sociable.

13: Mercury trine Jupiter – confident in communication, laid-back.

14: Mercury square Neptune – vague, distracted, unreliable

15: Sun opposition Saturn in Sagittarius – setbacks, delays, mistakes need faced up to and sorted.

16: Neptune retrograde in Pisces until late November – little effect, more inward dreaming and rethinking spiritual beliefs perhaps.

18: Sun sextile Uranus – inspired ideas, tension lifts, positive though minor changes.

Mercury opposition Saturn – negative thinking.

20: Venus sextile Neptune – dreamy, romantic, kind.

Mercury sextile Uranus – bright ideas, stimulating chats.

21: Sun into Cancer for four weeks and Mercury also into Cancer until July 6 – can be creative, moody, biased since emotions affect thinking, much focus on home and family matters.

Sun conjunct Mercury – in mental overdrive.

24: New Moon in Cancer – new beginnings.

Venus trine Pluto in Capricorn – sexy, charmingly persuasive, sociable.

25: Mars square Jupiter – adventurous, opportunistic, over-confident actions

26: Mars trine Neptune – can be glamorous, publicity-attracting but also vague.

27: Mercury square Jupiter – over optimistic, promise more than can deliver.

28: Mercury trine Neptune – kind, vague, evasive.

Mercury conjunct Mars – argumentative, overly emotional.

30: Mercury opposition Pluto – forceful in discussions, stubborn, negative.

 

OUTER PLANETS

Jupiter in Libra from September 9th 2016 until October 11 2017 – keen on reaching better agreements with others, that are fair to all, expansive for one-to-one partnerships. Then into Scorpio for a year.

Saturn: In Sagittarius from September 19th 2015 till late December 2017 – serious about knowledge, education, legal matters, religion. Defensive about criticism, self-righteous. Then into Capricorn till 2020.

Uranus: In Aries from 1 March 2011 till 2018 – hyper-active, energetic, determined to make new starts even if it means upsetting people, go ahead. Then into Taurus for seven years.

Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.

Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.

 

May 2017

The steady, indulgent Taurus Sun progresses through the first three weeks with a kindly sextile to Neptune on the 3rd and a get-it-together trine to Pluto on the 9th but generally isn’t distracted.

Mercury goes direct on the 3rd in Aries which will get rid of irksome delays and communication glitches; from mid month it joins the Sun in Taurus.

Mars in chatty, argumentative Gemini has a busier month in a glamorous, though marginally uncertain square to Neptune on the 11th and a positive-thinking, successful trine to Jupiter a day later. It runs into a setbacks and major irritation in opposition to Saturn on the 19th and an uncompromising though inventive sextile to Uranus on the 31.

The one major outer planet aspect is Saturn trine Uranus on the 19th which could point to constructive progress.

From the 20th the mood changes with the Sun flitting into restless, airy Gemini for four weeks. A time for multi-tasking, dashing off in all directions constantly and talking non-stop.

 

PLANETARY ASPECTS:

3: Mercury direct in Aries – life flows more smoothly hereafter.

4: Sun in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces – kind, vague, dreamy.

9: Sun trine Pluto in Capricorn – problems solved, lessons learned and more coping skills for the future.

10: Mercury conjunct Uranus in Aries – inspired, short attention span, honest.

Full Moon in Scorpio – pulled in two directions.

11: Mars in Gemini square Neptune – can bring a panicky sense of failure or oddly enough publicity and glamour.

Mercury trine Saturn in Sagittarius – sensible, practical plans.

12: Mars trine Jupiter – healthy, energetic, creating own luck through determined action.

16: Mercury into Taurus till June 6th – mind turns to practical matters, conversations need a tangible outcome.

19: Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus – merging best of old with best of new, well-balanced between practicality and inspiration.

Venus opposition Jupiter – frivolous, indulgent.

20: Sun into Gemini for four weeks – busy schedule, a time of little things, short distance trips, chats and projects.

25: Venus in Aries square Pluto – charismatic, jealous, possessive.

New Moon in Gemini – new beginnings.

28: Mercury sextile Neptune – kind, evasive, dreamy.

29: Mars opposition Saturn – impatient with delays, accident prone.

31: Mars sextile Uranus – inspired and inventive, independent-minded.

Mercury trine Pluto – persuasive, deep thinking.

OUTER PLANETS

Jupiter in Libra from September 9th 2016 until October 11 2017 – keen on reaching better agreements with others, that are fair to all, expansive for one-to-one partnerships.

Saturn: In Sagittarius from September 19th 2015 till late December 2017 – serious about knowledge, education, legal matters, religion. Defensive about criticism, self-righteous.

Uranus: In Aries from 1 March 2011 till 2018 – hyper-active, energetic, determined to make new starts even if it means upsetting people, go ahead.

Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.

Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.

April 2017

April gets off to a tough start with a blocked, irritable, challenging, slightly risky Mars trine Pluto on the 6th, followed by a stuck Aries Sun square Pluto on the 9th. On the upside Venus moving into sensitive, seductive Pisces on the 3rd, staying till the 28th, will soften a few rough edges. And a lucky, enthusiastic opposition from Jupiter to the Sun will lift spirits on the 7th. The widening Uranus Pluto has another ripple with the lively, disruptive Sun conjunction to Uranus on the 14th,before settling into a calmer gear with a trine to sensible Saturn four days later.

There are several retrogrades – Saturn and Pluto which will be negligible – and Mercury in Taurus from the 9th causing a few hitches and glitches into early May.

From the 20th the Sun slides into down-to-earth, indulgent Taurus for four weeks just as Mars exits into chatty, argumentative Gemini two days later. The Venus hops cheerfully into Aries on the 28th – so a month of mixes, chopping and changing, but the start apart, should not be too stressful.

PLANETARY ASPECTS:

3: Venus into Pisces till the 28th – sensitive, self-protective, kind, timid, creative.

6: Mars in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn – high-octane energy, risky, impatient with restrictions.

Saturn in Sagittarius retrograde until late August – less opinionated, more thoughtful.

7: Sun in Aries opposition Jupiter in Libra – can be confident to over confident, promises more than can deliver, exuberant and lazy.

8: Venus in Pisces square Saturn – cool romantic, separated in love, good for business-like charm.

9: Sun square Pluto – requires perseverance to shift stuck situations.

Mercury retrograde till May 3rd – communication delays and muddles.

11: Full Moon in Libra – pulled in two directions

14: Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries – excitable, uncompromising, sudden changes, impulsive.

15: Venus direct in Pisces – slightly more outgoing

17: Venus sextile Mars in Taurus – passionately enthusiastic, sociable

Sun trine Saturn – practical, good for planning

19: Sun into Taurus for four weeks – earthy, enduring, possessive, likes pleasuring the sense.

20: Sun conjunct Mercury – in mental overdrive, talkative.

Pluto retrograde till late September – some financial and practical plans need re-thought.

Mercury retrogrades into Aries till May 16th – straightforward, outspoken, not tactful.

21: Mars into Gemini till June 4th – lively conversations and discussions which can get heated.

Venus square Saturn – chilly emotionally

24: Mercury trine Saturn – sensible, practical chats

26: New Moon in Taurus – new beginnings

28: Venus into Aries till June 6th – upfront about love, irrepressible, doesn’t take rejection to heart, sociable.

Mercury conjunct Uranus – bright ideas, overly truthful.

 

OUTER PLANETS:

Jupiter in Libra from September 9th 2016 until October 11 2017 – keen on reaching better agreements with others, that are fair to all, expansive for one-to-one partnerships.

Saturn: In Sagittarius from September 19th 2015 till late December 2017 – serious about knowledge, education, legal matters, religion. Defensive about criticism, self-righteous.

Uranus: In Aries from 1 March 2011 till 2018 – hyper-active, energetic, determined to make new starts even if it means upsetting people, go ahead.

Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.

Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.