August 2018 Astrology Update

MERCURY RETROGRADE  July 25 – Aug 18

Mercury is still retrograde in Fire sign Leo. Communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. For some, it is time to roar! 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 9 that begins a new lunar cycle and Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month. 

 

LEO SOLAR ECLIPSE begins MONKEY MONTH Aug 11 – Sept 8

August 11 2018 was a new Moon eclipse in Leo. Fire sign Leo rules the fifth house of creativity, romance, and children. Leos are know for their lion heart, made stronger on this new Moon as Venus trines Mars. This very fortunate aspect brings love, compassion, and appreciation in relationships. What’s hidden in the heart is felt more deeply during an eclipse, and this is the final eclipse of 2018.

The Sun, new Moon, and Mercury were all in Leo to start a lunar month of self expression and generosity. Personal power and a strong sense of ego can blend well with working together to create opportunities. Jupiter squares the Sun, Moon, and Mercury so people could bite off more than they can chew. Yet there’s little interest in details or following plans because…

 

MONKEY  LUNAR MONTH  

This new Moon starts the month of the Metal Monkey. Monkey correlates to the Western sign Leo. Monkey is king, just as Leo is king, and resists being told what to do.

Creative, innovative, and exciting Monkey brings fresh energy for late summer. There’s interest in social activities, with plenty of new ideas and tall tales to share. Consider launching new plans after the next new Moon on September 9. Plus Mercury is still retrograde until August 18.

This is the lunar month of the Metal Monkey. The element Metal rules the lungs in Chinese Medicine, so time to take care of your health in autumn. In feng shui, Metal is the clean, minimal, and organized environment. Your good fortune is enhanced by staying organized during this Monkey month. 

Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation. Luck is strongest for Fire signs Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius and those born in Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake years.

 

FULL MOON in PISCES

August 26 is a full Moon in Water sign Pisces. Emotions, intuition, creativity, and dreams are important. The Moon sextiles Uranus in Taurus to develop your own spiritual freedom. Plus the Moon sextiles Saturn in Capricorn that keeps emotions balanced. This full Moon is felt most strongly by the Water signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio.

 

2018 MERCURY RETROGRADES

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But in Earth Dog year, Mercury retrograde can be a time to follow through,keep your word, and complete projects.

Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

March 22 – April 15 in Aries 
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 April 15, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and the month of the Fire Dragon

July 25 – Aug 18 in Leo
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo when communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. For some, it is time to roar! 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 Sept 9 that begins a new lunar cycle and Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month. 

Nov 16 – Dec 6 in Sagittarius and Scorpio
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Sagittarius Nov 16 – 30 to move quickly and complete tasks. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized.
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio Dec 1 – 6 when emotions come to the surface, with new intimacy in relationships. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on Dec 6, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and Wood Rat month. 

Looking ahead to 2019:
March 5 – 28  Mercury retrograde in Water sign Pisces.
July 7 – 31  Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo and Water sign Cancer.
Oct 31 – Nov 20  Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio.

 

2018 RETROGRADE INNER PLANETS 

Jupiter is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio March 8 – July 10.
Time to refine your Dog year plans. Launch plans after the July 25 Mercury retrograde ends on August 18. 

Saturn is retrograde in Earth sign Capricorn April 17 – Sept 6
We slow down anyway during an Earth year after 2 Fire years — 2016 Fire Monkey and 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster). Take care of health and tend to practical matters.

Mars is retrograde in Air sign Aquarius June 28 – Aug 28
Best to work collectively, with group consensus, under the influence of Aquarius and in a Dog year.

Venus is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio and Air sign Libra Oct 5 – Nov 16.
Deep-feeling Scorpio and Libra are both excellent signs for love planet Venus, especially Libra because Venus rules Libra and Taurus.

 

2018 LUNAR MONTHS in Earth Dog Year

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

New Moon in Pisces March 17 starts Wood Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries April 15 starts Fire Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus May 15 starts Fire Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini June 15 starts Earth Horse month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Cancer July 12 starts Earth Sheep month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Leo Aug 11 starts Metal Monkey month.

New Moon in Virgo September 9 starts Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month.

New Moon in Libra October 8 starts Water Dog month. Dog month in Dog year.

New Moon in Scorpio November 7 starts Water Pig month.

New Moon in Sagittarius December 6 starts Wood Rat month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Capricorn January 5 2019 starts Wood Ox month.

New Moon in Aquarius February 4 2019 starts Fire Tiger month and year of the Earth Pig.

 

2019 ECLIPSES

solar eclipse occurs on a new Moon when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The Moon’s shadow falls on the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. 

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

Jan 5 New Moon partial solar eclipse in 15 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. This new Moon also starts Ox month to apply energy to completing projects and attention to practical matters.

Jan 20 Full Moon total lunar eclipse in 0 degrees Fire sign Leo. This eclipse focus is art and self expression, so find and develop hidden talents to let them shine.

July 2 New Moon total solar eclipse in 10 degrees Water sign Cancer. Family, friends, and home life take center stage. Broken ties can be mended.

July 16 Full Moon partial lunar eclipse in 24 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. Focus on financial matters, work, and health. A good lunar cycle to get grounded mid year.

Dec 25 New Moon annular solar eclipse in 4 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. Again in Capricorn to focus on material matters, but also the holidays of Pig year to eat, drink, and be merry! 

 

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