August 2017 Astrology Update

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AUGUST is  MONKEY MONTH until the Total Eclipse on Aug 21

July 23 2017 was a new Moon in Fire sign LEO. The new Moon on August 21 will also be in Leo this year, and that new Moon will be a total solar eclipse. Under the influence of Leo, during the next two lunar months there will be many opportunities for new ways to enhance your creativity.

Monkey is considered a lucky astrology sign. Monkey is king in Chinese astrology, just as Leo is king in Western astrology. Magical Monkey is a fearless hero who is ingenious, entertaining, and mercurial making this month good to pursue goals and take risks. Under the influence of wily Monkey, anything can happen!  

Fortunately, this is the month of the Earth Monkey, the gold Monkey. Earth qualities of honesty, practicality, and loyalty enrich Monkey’s character and bring needed stability. 

 

AUGUST ECLIPSES 

The full Moon in Aquarius on August 7 was a lunar eclipse.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun and Moon align in space, with Earth in between the Sun and Moon. At this time, Earth’s shadow falls on the full Moon, creating a lunar eclipse.

The new Moon in Leo on August 21 is a solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs during the opposite phase of the Moon – on the new Moon – when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. At this time, the Moon’s shadow falls on the Sun, creating a solar eclipse.

 

LUNAR ECLIPSE

August 7 2017 was a full Moon and lunar eclipse. Eclipses heighten emotion, intuition, and instinct. This full Moon was in Air sign Aquarius for new ideas and ways of communication. It’s fortunate to expand your circle during the remainder of this lunar cycle, and the next 2 weeks are good for new learning.

During the eclipse, the Sun conjuncted Mars in Leo for extra energy and courage. But under the influence of Mars, people can be irritable. If this occurs, stay aware of the big picture and not fan any flames.

Fortunately, during the eclipse the Sun sextiled Jupiter in Libra that is lucky for relationships and brings ease with colleagues. Plus the Sun trined Saturn in Sagittarius to organize effectively so that your efforts achieve lasting results. An ideal time to organize is during the Mercury retrograde cycle that began on August 12.

 

MERCURY RETROGRADE

August 12 to September 5

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde can be a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But Mercury retrograde during this Fire Phoenix year can be an excellent time to focus on detailed tasks such as catching up on financial matters, and doing feng shui your home or office.

From August 12 to 30, Mercury is retrograde in Earth sign Virgo. Mercury is comfortable in rulership sign Virgo. This is very good for detailed analysis and review. Plus Phoenix correlates to the western sign Virgo, so 2017 Phoenix year energy works well with Virgo’s cerebral approach.

From August 31 to September 5, Mercury retrogrades back into Fire sign Leo. Communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. Be aware if people become bossy or demanding. Should there be ego disputes, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 19 that begins a new lunar cycle.

 

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 

August 21 2017 is a new Moon and a total solar eclipse. This eclipse occurs when the Moon slides between the Earth and the Sun. Starting over the Pacific ocean, the Moon will paint a 67-mile wide swath of darkness across the United States. This lunar sweep starts at 9:06 am PDT in Oregon, and ends at 4:06 pm EDT in South Carolina. Then the eclipse continues over the Atlantic ocean for about 75 minutes.

To observe, on the West coast the eclipse begins just after 9 am, and the eclipse peak is at 10:19 am. On the East coast, the eclipse begins just after 1 pm, and the peak is around 2:30 pm. If traveling to view the eclipse, allow more time for traffic because Mercury is still retrograde until September 5.

In Jungian terms, an eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen. So this eclipse is a time to expose and bring to light what is hidden. This new Moon is in Fire sign Leo, the second Leo new Moon in a row, bringing another opportunity to express talent, vision, and originality. We can dig deeper under the influence of the eclipse to find resources and express ingenuity.

The Moon, Sun, and Mars are all in Leo, with many fortunate Fire trines that bring success. The Moon and Sun trine Uranus in Aries for new discoveries about yourself and others, with increased perception and understanding.

Mars trines Saturn in Sagittarius for courage and confidence. Mars’ initiative blends with Saturn’s structure that’s good for working on projects that were started earlier.

Mercury in Virgo is opposite Neptune in Pisces that can be confusing if too much information becomes overwhelming. No need to make rapid decisions.

 

DOUBLE PHOENIX

This new Moon eclipse begins the month of the Earth Phoenix (Rooster) in Chinese astrology. 2017 is the year of the Fire Phoenix, making this a double Phoenix month. The next new Moon on September 19 starts the second Earth Phoenix month, making two double Phoenix lunar months in a row. Time to cultivate Phoenix traits of hard work, conscientiousness, and discipline.

The Earth Phoenix is the blessed golden Phoenix. Earth cycles are good to focus on practical endeavors including health, and can be excellent for business. Luck is strongest for those born in Phoenix, Snake, Ox, and Dragon years and Fire signs Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries.

 

MERCURY RETROGRADES 2017

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But Mercury retrograde during a Fire Phoenix year can be an excellent time to focus on detailed tasks and catch up on financial matters.

Our Boy MercuryCommunication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

1. December 19 2016 – January 8 2017 
Dec 19 – Jan 4 Mercury retrograde in Earth sign Capricorn. Time to review and organize finances, focus on earthly matters, and gather together whatever feels scattered as we complete this Fire Monkey year.
Jan 4 – 8 Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Sagittarius to move quickly and complete tasks. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 27 that begins a new lunar cycle, and is Chinese New Year of the Phoenix (Rooster). 

2. April 9 – May 3  
April 9 – 20 Mercury retrograde in Earth sign Taurus. Good to follow up, get grounded, and complete tasks. You can be thorough and take your time. Venus rules Taurus who loves art, beauty, and enjoying the finer things of life.
April 20 – May 3 Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Aries for strong communication and taking immediate action. Fire brings energy to complete projects, but impulsive or snap decisions can be corrected at a later time. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on May 26 that begins a new lunar cycle.

3. August 12 – September 5
Aug 12 – 31 Mercury retrograde in Earth sign Virgo. Excellent for detailed analysis and review. Mercury is comfortable in rulership sign Virgo. Plus Phoenix correlates to the western sign Virgo, so 2017 Phoenix year energy works well with Virgo’s cerebral approach. 
Aug  31 – Sept 5 Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo. Communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. But watch out if people become bossy or demanding. If there are ego disputes, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 19 that begins a new lunar cycle.

4. December 2 – 22 in Fire sign Sagittarius. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 16 2018 that begins a new lunar cycle.

 

phoenix-beautyLUNAR MONTHS in 2017 Phoenix Year

There will be two Phoenix months in Phoenix year, both Earth Phoenixes. In Western astrology, there will be two new Moons in Leo on July 23 and August 21.

New Moon in Aquarius January 27 starts Water Tiger month and year of the Fire Phoenix.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces February 26 starts Water Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries March 27 starts Wood Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus April 26 starts Wood Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini May 25 starts Fire Horse month.

New Moon in Cancer June 23 starts Fire Sheep month.

New Moon in Leo July 23 starts Earth Monkey month.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo August 21 starts Earth Phoenix month.

New Moon in Virgo September 19 starts second Earth Phoenix month.

New Moon in Libra October 19 starts Metal Dog month.

New Moon in Scorpio November 18 starts Metal Pig month.

New Moon in Sagittarius December 17 starts Water Rat month.

New Moon in Capricorn January 16 2018 starts Water Ox month.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aquarius February 15 2018 starts Wood Tiger month and year of the Earth Dog.

 

OUTER PLANETS IN TRANSIT

The farther from the Sun, the slower the transit:

URANUS IN ARIES

Uranus, planet of radical change and revolution, is in the leadership sign Aries until May 2018. Uranus is the planet of rebellion, the urge to break away and be free, especially when expressed through the pioneering spirit of Fire sign Aries. Aries correlates to the powerful Dragon so anticipate fast change, revolution, and evolution all over the world. Uranus is known for erratic mercurial activity with flashes of insight and genius. Uranus is a higher vibration of Mercury.

 NEPTUNE IN PISCES

Pisces tribeNeptune, planet of inspiration and dreams, is in watery sensitive Pisces until spring 2025. This is a perfect pairing of the ocean god Neptune who is naturally most comfortable in any of the Water signs Pisces, Cancer, or Scorpio. Neptune in Pisces brings creativity, intuition, and spiritual connections. This sets the tone for an entire generation, the new Piscean Neptunians.

I do not agree with internet postings that suggest Neptune in Pisces is bad and means drug addiction, illusion, and fantasy. Instead, bring on the new wave of creativity and inspiration from spirit, dreams, and inner worlds. Neptune is a higher vibration of Venus.

 PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

Pluto, planet of transformation, death, and rebirth but also wealth and riches, is in practical earthy Capricorn until spring 2023. Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld, a god of wealth because the riches of the Earth are in his domain: gold, silver, oil, diamonds, minerals, and precious gems. The world plutocracy, governments run by wealthy men (plutocrats), can now be transformed. Pluto is a higher vibration of Mars.

 

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