Aquarius, August 2017
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Aquarius, August 2017

There is an eclipse in your sign this month, Aquarius!

You have two planetary rulers, Aquarius, and they both change directions this month: Uranus, on August 2 (or 3, if you're on the East Coast), and Saturn, on August 25. What does this mean for you? Expect breakthroughs in communication and community; in fact, you'll settle into a group that inspires you! What else is coming up? Let's take a look.

On August 4, lucky planet Jupiter, in fellow Air sign Libra, squares off with the lord of the underworld, Pluto, in Earth sign Capricorn—how far are you willing to go to get what you want? Examine your motivations. Get outside perspective on your situation.


An eclipse in your sign, Aquarius, arrives August 7—hands down one of the most intense days of the month. Eclipses bring reveals and remove things from our lives that no longer serve us. This eclipse is in your sign, so it's likely that you'll have to let go of something you've tied your identity to—be open to this transformation. Now is not the time to fear the unknown. Eclipses knock us out emotionally and physically (expect to be excited), but when we get back up again, we find we're now someplace much better than before.

Mercury begins its retrograde on August 12 in Virgo, activating a sensitive, psychic sector of your chart, Aquarius. Expect conversations about everything from sex to death to taxes—this Mercury retrograde is moving through an intense part of your chart!

Mercury retrograde creates miscommunication, so be careful with your wording. Instead of starting conversations with your partners, check in with them about things you've spoken about in the past; make sure they're still running smoothly. Debts, both emotional and financial, will be a theme of this retrograde, and you're sure to run into people from your past. This isn't the time to sign contracts or make expensive purchases, and you can bet on delays; however, Mercury retrograde is a wonderful excuse for why you aren't on time, so use that line if you need it!

The Sun connects with Saturn on August 13, which will help you form strong partnerships. Communicate and connect with others—just watch for jealousy and possessiveness, because a few days later, August 15, Venus will oppose Pluto, which can cause power struggles.


The Sun also connects with Uranus on August 20 (or 21, again, depending on your time zone), bringing surprising, illuminating news. You're one of the most inventive signs in the zodiac, and a stroke of genius is likely to arrive. You're also one of the more eccentric signs—you find weird to be wonderful, and you'll find unusual places and people wherever you go.

One of the most intense days, especially in your relationships, is August 21, when there will be a solar eclipse in Leo. A solar eclipse occurs during a new moon—and what does a new moon do? It brings a new beginning! While eclipses are exhausting, dramatic, and emotional, trust that whatever shifts take place are happening because a new journey is about to begin.

Are you able to celebrate with your partners, Aquarius, or are you spending time with people who sulk in the corner at parties? Do your partners creatively inspire you, or are you too tired to make art after spending time with them? Can you laugh with the people you're in relationships with? These are important questions to consider—you're one of the most logical signs in the zodiac, but you need to listen to your heart, not your head.

The Sun enters Virgo August 22, lighting up the intimacy sector of your chart and bringing to the fore sex and trust issues. Complicated emotions will arise; let go of the past, Aquarius, and embrace change. Action planet Mars makes a harmonious connection with Saturn, also on August 22, helping you take initiative and giving you a boost of bravery. Talk about whatever it is you need to talk about.

Sweet, sexy Venus clashes with one of your planetary rulers, Uranus, on August 24, bringing you surprises and finding you itching for freedom. It's important that you surround yourself with open-minded people. While you're inspired to take risks, it's worth asking yourself if the risks will serve you in the long run. Do you want to take these risks because you're bored, or because the reward is truly valuable? Expect scheduling difficulties and communication issues as well as gossip or surprising news.

On August 25 (or 26, if you're on the East Coast), Venus enters Leo, bringing blessings to your relationships (romantic and otherwise), followed by Mercury, which will reenter Leo (on August 31) and bring back conversations that began in July but were put on pause for the last few weeks. Leo is a glamorous, confident energy, so expect your partnerships to gain some of Leo's glitter. Don't be surprised if you run into people from your past—Mercury retrograde does that!

The planet of growth, Jupiter, mingles with the planet of decrease, Saturn, on August 27, causing you to create balance and structure in your life. You'll feel good vibes flow in your social life, at school, and if you're traveling or trying to get your name out there. Good luck during this wild month, Aquarius, and see you in September!