August 2018 Horoscopes! 

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The Sun shines in Leo until August 23rd, giving us all a little extra impetus to be powerfully self-expressed and step into what makes us happy. We’ve definitely been on a bit of a circuitous route lately, what with all the retrogrades (Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, Oh my!) Like Winston Churchill reminds, “if you’re going through hell, keep going.” The retrogrades (and eclipses) have been whipping us around but there is method to their apparent madness, so stay present as things are just getting cleared to create space.  Whenever we are betwixt eclipses (now!), a portal is being opened that stirs us up our excitement and fear. We have more openings for growth in August, having survived the ride of July, and the good news is that Mercury goes direct August 19thand Mars follows suit on August 27th. Woo Woo! 

For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign. 

Leo (July 23rd– August 22nd) 

 Happy Birthday, Leo! This is YOUR time…YOUR time (Goonies, anyone?) You may be feeling asked to believe in the impossible and step into things that rely on your incredible confidence. Of course, fear is being triggered with that the pull of the South Node (conjunct Mars) reminding you of old contracts with people and ways of asserting yourself (or not), that don’t feel satisfying. The real power here is in engagement and being willing to stir things up. Leo’s can get very wrapped up in how they are perceived by others, but they have to be willing to break some eggs in relationships which…wait for it…can end up making a delicious omelet. 

With a ton of energy (the Sun, North Node and Mercury) in your 1stHouse of self-expression, your persona is getting a makeover and you’re in the process of telling the Universal hair dresser what you want.  With all the retrogrades, it’s not expected to be a perfect process. But this is your time to reflect of what you WANT and put in your order. That may disrupt some things. Just keep betting on yourself and lean into what feels truly energizing (even if it’s scary and you feel like you’re going out on the tiny branches). The New Moon/Eclipse of August 11th is especially powerful for you. Plant a seed, watch it grow, next thing you know … (fill in the blank). 

Virgo (August 23rd– September 21st)

The Sun is headed your way Virgo, entering your incredibly capable sign on August 23rd.  In the meantime, not only the Sun but pesky Mercury retrograde float in the 12thHouse of your chart, suspending some of the action so you can practice surrendering and enjoying the juicy mystery of life.  Being in neutral isn’t your favorite gear, but it has its benefits; namely, to laugh at how little control we have over some things. Also, the luscious magnetism of Venus gives you a good ribbon-cutting for August so enjoy her for that first week, until she floats into your 2ndHouse of income on August 6th.  The South Node and Mars in your House of Work is putting on some heat, getting you in touch with your frustration around what feels like a burdensome responsibility but also opening reminding you to envision future possibilities. All change requires some faith and magical thinking and leaning into that may curry just the favor you need to get clear on next steps.

The real pull this month is towards your 12thHouse (Sun, Mercury, North Node – and that New Moon Eclipse!), putting you in the unknown a bit and asking where you can let go; a great space for the malleable actor. Jupiter, the lucky planet, is being energized in your 3rdHouse – which means following your curiosity with any digging and research will likely turn up gems. Getting in touch with your subconscious through writing or really anything creative impulses is incredibly transportive. You’re washing off the dirt before the more focused Virgo phase of next month. Keep the faith and know where to drop the act so the Universe can fill you. 

Libra (September 22nd– October 22nd)

Venus heads your way Libra, entering her home turf on August 6thboosting not only your hunger for sweetness and harmony (not to mention money) but also your abilities to generate just that. And thankfully so, this month is no cakewalk. Mercury is in retrograde, joining the pack of other retrograde planets, making it just about inevitable that we’ll have to face up to whatever we’ve been avoiding so we can move forward with more clarity and ease. Venus in your sign will do some of this work for you, making your efforts at diplomacy well-received. With some volatile cosmic weather that first week (Mars square Uranus), don’t be surprised if you’re thrown off balance. Libra is not about keeping peace at all costs but an ability to see things from different angles and be willing to be a bridge in conflict. You can only do your part however. You are being given a powerful opportunity to step into new circles of influence and network, although the gravity of the past to re-ignite arguments or create drama for drama’s sake (unless you’re getting paid), will be on the table as a choice (South Node conjunct Mars retrograde in the 5thHouse). You’ll be able to see where you over-do it in the 5tharena of appetites (sex, love, rock-n-roll) … and how to more positively seek attention and connect to the larger world…which appears to need you right now.  Get out there and mingle around the New Moon of August 11thwhere the confluence of an eclipse magnetizes a new chapter in the life. 

 Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

 Your 10thHouse of Career and Status is lit up this month not only by the Sun’s transit through confident Leo but a powerful New Moon eclipse here as well (on August 11th). The Universe is giving you a sort of publicity re-set in the public eye so make the most of it. Chances are you’ll be heard and seen on a larger scale. Mercury in retrograde floats in this powerhouse as well, so keep an eye out for how to capitalize on past relationships and you may hear from groups and organizations you long thought dead, if you haven’t already. Jupiter direct in your First House of persona has been inviting in an entirely new cycle of energy and giving you a chance to show up in a totally new way. If others find you unrecognizable or if you find yourself laughing at old versions of yourself, congratulations! You’re peeling away surface layers to exhibit more of your bad-assery. This month, even through the confusion and intensity of these crazy retrogrades, your courage and expansiveness is showing itself to the world through your professional status and offering to the world.  Have some fun. 

Sagittarius (November 22nd– December 21st)

Your 9thHouse of Travel and Adventure is lit up this month by the Sun’s passage through Leo. You may feel like taking all of August for a holiday, although be aware that with Mercury, Mars, Pluto and Mars in retrograde, you’ll have to be flexible and let a trip take you where it needs. Uranus joins the team of other retrograde planets on August 7th, stirring up some surprises and angst around side gigs, routines and even health. You’re being prodded to bring change, and remain open, to alternative forms of self-care and it also looks as if you might need a little more space. Whatever it is, it seems as if you don’t want to be under the thumb of anyone but yourself. It’s helpful to get into action this month, especially around asking questions, doing informational interviews and seeing what options are available. A change of scenery may be just the kick you need to get some answers and meet helpful people. Be patient while the big pieces change; with so many planets in retrograde, August may be best spent reviewing, re-framing and even releasing old burdens to make space for more permanent changes next month. 

Capricorn (December 21st– Jan 18th)

First things first; Mars, the planet of action, initiative and sex will retrograde back into your sign on August 12th. This is a key transit for you Capricorn as it will show you where any lack of assertiveness or courage has been stifling breakthroughs. You’re getting a chance to review where anything is in knots and then when the fiery planet turns direct on August 27th, take some bold and decisive actions that set you on a powerful new Mars cycle around the Zodiac. While Capricorns hate confusion and blurry lines, you’ll have to comfortable in some grey area with this months’ heaps of retrogrades. This can be especially hard-hitting around your 2ndHouse of Finances (where Mars travels retrograde until the 12th). Retrogrades are necessary pauses, where the Universe gives us a chance to review what we’ve learned and make sure we’ve really had time to absorb its gravity of the lesson.  For you it can also be reviewing your budget and investments and make sure there’s some attention here. We can of course feel a little stuck, but ultimately it is liberating and helps launch us into the next phase. With the Sun and Mercury retrograde in your 8thHouse of Intimacy and Transformation, you’re doing some inner reconnaissance. Take time to check in with yourself. This might be the month to finally try out one of those sensory deprivation tanks you’ve heard are all the rage.  A lot of your power, although the world may tell you otherwise, is in your silence and inner knowing.  It’s time to re-visit the parts of yourself that needs no one else’s approval beyond your own. 

 Aquarius (Jan 19th– Feb 18th)

Well you get a reprieve from a prodding, hamstrung retrograde Mars in your sign – specifically starting August 12th. You’ve been a trooper with the very active, but internalized, planet entered this hurry-up-and-stew retrograde on June 26th. Of course every other planet is retrograde this month, but you’ll feel a release from pressure mid-month. Mars comes in for the final act, re-entering your sign on September 10thwith the road to your dreams leveled of speed bumps and cleared of wonky obstructions. This time has been infinitely valuable, if frustrating, and you’re getting really clear on what you can and cannot fix. Social Aquarians may not be the best at taking a step out of the limelight but with three planets in your 12thHouse, especially from August 12th– September 10th– you’ll want to marshal your spiritual and creative forces by connecting with something beyond the mundane. This would be a great time for a retreat, vision quest or staycation with some star gazing. Your 7thHouse of Partnership is lit up this month, suggesting that closest loved ones or a business partner may be a big source of the action. Relationships may need some attention with the Sun and that Mercury retrograde shining a spotlight on intimates. The delicate balance of you-time and couple-time may come up, but ultimately, you’re in the mood to absorb the glow of partnering. Set intentions around partnership and receiving the support you need on the August 11thNew Moon Eclipse, and surrender to the twists and turns of all these retrogrades, setting your sight after September 10thfor the denouement. 

Pisces (Feb 19th– March 20th) 

With the Sun, Mercury retrograde and the guiding North Node in your House of Work and Health most of the month, you’ll be in a refreshingly practical mood. You’re exuding the confidence to get your act together, and are willing to do the reps to get there. While it doesn’t sound glamorous, this is the month to look at the nuts and bolts of relationships, your health and any role as a student or apprentice you may be playing. Since long-term security is on the mind, it’s affecting the kind of groups you run with and you may be eclipsing out communities that don’t reflect this focused vision you’re at least working on for your life. Pisces are so good at looking like their enjoying themselves, that people may be confused on where they stand with you. Make sure, whether it’s teachers or friends, that everyone gets your “no” or your “yes.”  You’re wanting to break free of something, and this month is helping you get clear on what that is. In the meantime, pour all that Leo sunshine that’s available to everyone into work, self-care and routines that make you feel good. A juicy Full Moon in your sign on August 26thwill provide the deliverance or at least some juicy epiphanies that have been elusive lately. 

Aries (March 21st – April 19th) 

August’s cosmic weather is the kind that Aries are made for; unpredictable and volatile. Of course it can be difficult to keep your eye on the prize when it feels like things are constantly shifting, but your optimism and spirit will carry you through. Creative opportunities abound and you’d do well to focus your best energy there. Where you may be feeling the tug backward is where Mars and the South Node spin retrograde, which is in the area of friends, communities and the five-year plan. It’s actually best to keep your attention in the moment and focus on what you can do now, and do with a joyful heart.  You feel pressure to “mature” in the eyes of society, or even play the stoic and self-reliant leader on the mountain top who wants to show how far they’ve come. The best vehicle for positive publicity is authentic performance and playing – even if it feels for the moment like it’s not going to go anywhere. Venus in Libra brings a soft and adoring glow to your 7thHouse of Partnership, so you shouldn’t have to go it alone in the romance department. Playfully join with others and you’ll see how your inner state brings positive, if subtle changes, to your persona in the wider world. The 11th(the New Moon) and the 19th(when Mercury goes direct) are key dates to focus on love and creativity. Rely on your strengths of being in the moment and trying things for the sake of just-doing-it. 

 Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

Just when you thought unpredictable, electric Uranus was getting comfortable in your stabilizing earth sign, the planet that seeks liberation from routine turns retrograde (on August 7th) and gives you a pause to get clear on what changes are brewing. This is a huge re-set month, maybe especially for Taurus, who are getting hit with some tense and transformative angles from other retrograde planets like Mercury and Mars. What does this mean? Simply that you’re getting a chance to re-look at your energy investments and plug the leaks. You’re likely in the mood for something new and challenging – although a different type of challenging. Close relationships have been and will continue to provide a mirror to give you a sort of personal progress report. It could be possible that too much attention has be focused outward, and you need to do a little huddle with yourself and loved ones. Uranus in your sign tends to bring some out-of-the-blue set changes so the best advice is to stay open. August may not be as simple as straight-talking Taurus would prefer, but it will save you wasting time in the future. When Mars turns direct on August 27th, you’ll likely get some sort of greenlight to move ahead. In the meantime, beautifying home projects and anything celebratory in your own space brings the needed sparkle to August. 

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

 This Mars retrograde has been sending all of us on a bit of a scavenger hunt, keeping us busy if cerebrally overwhelmed. The assertive planet re-enters your 8thHouse of Intimacy on August 12thand ask you be bold in your conversations and negotiations with others. For the sign that wants to understand everything, August can pull us back into the past, but can also unearth some helpful people and experiences we may have overlooked. The light of Leo (as well as Mercury retrograde) is sending energy to your 3rdHouse of commerce and communication, which amplify business, messaging, meetings and the like, but can also be a source of overwhelm and mix-ups, at least until Mercury goes direct on August 19th. Venus, planet of love and beauty, comes into a supportive trine angle to your Sun on August 6thand helps soften relationships and usher some positive attention and admiration your way.  Trust your communicative gifts and if anything is bothering you in intimate relationships, this is a great time to just be curious and ask about someone else’s experience. It may be totally different than yours! You’re especially open to new information! Include someone else in the conversation –- or at the very least a journal -- if you find you’re getting lost in your own head. 

 Cancer (June 20th– July 22nd) 

 As a Moon-ruled Cancer, you’re very much affected by the lunar phases. This month the Moon is especially influential as we’re being hit by eclipses – signaling fundamental openings and closings. The most recent Full Moon – on the 27thof July – was in your 8thHouse of intimacy, secrets and transformation. Something might have come to a head in close, personal relationship. You’re building or re-building towards the New Moon of August 11thin your 2ndHouse of finances and stability. This is also the house where the bright Leo Sun and Mercury retrograde animate this month, meaning there’s a whole lot of energy available in the money department for you. Money of course can translate as a drive towards embodying our self-worth and committing to confidence that means security not just financially but also personally. Getting out of any drama and staying present are your best allies. Sure, you may have to review some financial decisions or even confidently communicate anywhere the ball may have been dropped, but a new day is dawning in this most security-oriented of houses. The Full Moon Eclipse of August 26thin your fellow-water sign Pisces in your 9thHouse of Travel, the Higher Truth and Lofty Experiences will be an expansive one. In the meantime, stay grounded and let self-confidence magnetize what you deserve – love, work and otherwise. 

July 2018 Horoscopes! 

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July dishes up a hot pile of eclipses and retrogrades just when you thought you had this life handled. The good news is that you’re already in Mars, Pluto & Saturn retrograde, and only have Chiron (the 5th) and Mercury (the 27th) to gird yourself against. Actually the best advice for retrogrades isn’t resistance but attunement and patience. The Cosmos may make it clear, especially with Mars Rx and Mercury Rx (although we won’t start feeling that until mid-month), that the Universe isn’t really concerned with our plans, our to-do lists or our egocentric needs for gold stars or linear paths. We may do best to focus on what is working, which may be wherever Jupiter (going direct on July 10th) lights up your chart. We’ve got two eclipses, which just translate as more monumental, path-altering New and Full Moons, which fall on the 12thand 27t, respectively. The Full Moon of the 27thlooks especially robust and unpredictable; an equal opportunity wake-up call to say hello to a whole new way of living.  It seems everything is trying to cue us in to our tiny blind spots or missteps, so that we can live more consciously and enjoy a richer life.  So invite every struggle with open arms and ask what it is trying to show you. And who knows, it could be a-mazing! 

 For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign. 

  Cancer (June 20th– July 22nd) 

 With the Sun returning to your part of the Zodiac cruising in your sign until July 22, you have that the “chosen-one” glow about you. This is a great time to re-set and make sure you’ve set your sights high enough for the coming 12 months.  July is definitely a turning point although it can take some energy to stay centered amidst the retrograde chaos. As you lap up the birthday love, even if you decide to keep social engagements intimate and personal in true Cancer fashion, take a mental note of what people love about you. You may find your dream role is less of stretch than you thought. While there are a lot of planets retrograde this month (ahem, Pluto, Saturn, Neptune, Chiron and Mercury soon!), the good news is that the friendliest planet of all – Jupiter, in fellow water sign Scorpio – goes direct of July 10thand lights up your 5thHouse of true love (creativity, fun!) – giving some rocket fuel enthusiasm to this area of your life.  This burst of faith also happens just in time to inspire a big yearly intention of the New Moon in your sign on July 12th.  Dream not just of where you want to be in a year, but how you want to feel – and translate that feeling into a visual you can look at every day. And so it is! 

 Leo (July 23rd– August 22nd) 

 You’ve been enjoying soft and lovely Venus in your sign since June 13thand have her glamorous glow in your sign until July 9th. Don’t fret, while Venus moves on (to your 2ndHouse of money!), the Sun is headed your way to celebrate July-born Leo’s starting on July 22nd. Before that, you may feel a little dreamy or out of sorts as a lot of us do the month before our birthdays, due to the Sun floating through the imaginative, but sometimes enervating 12thHouse of the Zodiac. This is actually an intense month for you Leo, with a flurry of endings and beginnings. Not only is busy Mercury traveling through your sign all month filling up your iCal, but you’re the big winner of the Mercury retrograde which begins July 26th(although be prepared to exercise extra patience and flexibility up to two weeks before that date).  Mars, God of War (sex, passion, energy) is also traveling retrograde through your 7thHouse of committed partnership, giving us astrologers clues that there’s some relationship business to clear up through passionate confrontation of one kind or another. You’re re-setting your love life, and the almighty Cosmos may feel like it’s poking and prodding you to get clear on what you really want.  A Full Moon Eclipse in that 7thHouse on July 26thwill be the icing on top of what looks to be a truly colorful month. 

Virgo (August 23rd– September 21st)

Well Venus is headed your way, due to arrive July 9th, so a summer of love – or at least the sweet and lovable feelings that a Venus transit offers --- will sweeten the pot until August 6th.  While there is a lot of introspection and review this month with 5 planets in retrograde, Jupiter turns direct on July 10thand lights up your 3rdHouse of communication and commerce. Follow the leads that feel promising – even too good to be true -- and do it before the smoke-and-mirrors Mercury retrograde that begins July 26th.  Virgos have definitely been learning to go with the flow and that life is what happens while you make other plans. Uranus, planet of change and the unexpected, is making a refreshing and supportive trine to your Sun (which will last the next 7 years). You don’t need to do anything special to accept the re-boot this planet offers, except be willing to listen. The more you can empty out the old, the lighter you’ll be when Uranus calls on you to leap into the new. In the meantime, use all these retrogrades for a healthy dive into imaginative possibilities and keep putting one foot in front of the other. You’re being tested to trust and celebrate life just as it is. 

Libra (September 22nd– October 22nd)

An extra powerful New Moon eclipse is occurring in your 10thHouse of Career and Public Honors on July 12th, so feel into new leads and sparks of big life changes around that date.  Are you ready for new responsibilities? To show the world a new you? Your 4thHouse of Home and Family has been another big area of focus, where transformational Pluto and tough-as-nails Saturn have been touring. On the deepest level, perhaps out of view from everyone except your closest intimates, you may be undergoing fundamental inner changes. It could feel like the Cosmos are putting your feet to the fire and demanding you take accountability for your life and put in the effort to confront the emotional challenges of maturity. On a lighter note, this transit is also about a deep desire to root and build – be it a literal family or a home. The common theme is security – which starts as an inside job. Who and what can you count on and what is solid about your life that you can relish in the here and now? This year continues to teach you about your investments – emotional and otherwise. Yes, you are the Director of Communications when you walk into the room, but what truly feeds you and how are you showing up for what you value? If changes are needed, it will take courage and tenacity but it seems you are at least in a good enough financial position (thank you, Jupiter in Scorpio in the 2ndthis year), and will have the freedom to act if needed. 

 Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

 With the Sun in a water sign making a supportive angle to your Sun, the first 3 weeks of the July should be buoyed by confidence or at least the propensity to “act as if.” With more than a handful of planets retrograde, probing Scorpios may feel the flashes of an inner psychological X-Ray more than anyone. Being under the cosmic microscope can feel vulnerable and confrontational. However, waaaait for it, lucky Jupiter in your sign goes direct on July 10thproviding an uptick in your enthusiasm and summer possibilities (it has been retrograde since March 8th).  Trust yourself as you’ll be called upon to takes some leaps of faith. A New Moon in watery Cancer on July 12thand your 9thHouse of travel conjures of images of long journey’s over water, although it doesn’t have to be literal travel that broadens your horizons. Whatever you decide to do in July, it seems to require a certain faith and openness. While you may want all the facts and figures together (thank you relentless Saturn and Pluto in your information-sponging 3rdHouse), it seems the biggest pieces fall into place when you take a broad view and remain open to lightning-quick impulses that make you exclaim “Life is beautiful!!!” a la Roberto Benigni. Remember, you only have expansive Jupiter in your sign once every 12 years, so use this “lucky”, growth-oriented energy consciously. Go big. Fail big. Win big. You’re in a rare position to let the Universe know you’re capable of expanding and are willing to believe in the benign forces at work. The outcome is irrelevant! 

Sagittarius (November 22nd– December 21st)

You may find there’s a theme this month around your ability and style of communicating, and finding out where – if any – changes are needed. For one, you have feisty Mars in quirky, independent Aquarius lighting up your communication house which could make for some fiery exchanges, self-expressive flair, and a certain get-to-business vibe. It also is making you more open to new ways of doing things – as your curious to explore and research novel ways of communicating – especially if the old ways aren’t working. Mars is retrograde (since June 26th), which sometimes require that we re-trace past steps, iron out miscommunications and learn or re-learn the best strategies in correspondence. This could be primarily business exchanges, platforms that allow you to share your passionate takes on the state of the world (and keep an eye on those sibling relationships as well). There’s also a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse lighting up this same part of your chart on July 27th, suggesting that something is ready to out so a new quality of openness and honesty can be born.  Attractive Venus enters Virgo on July 9thin your House of Career which bodes well for your public standing – i.e. you’ll look pretty cool to the people “out there,” or a project you’re in may receive some good publicity. Dreamy, spacey, imaginative Neptune continues to remind you to remain flexible and spacious, and give some time to just being still as much as growing (the latter of which you prefer).  Intentions are most powerfully set on the eclipse of July 12thand around themes of intimacy and inner transformation.  

Capricorn (December 21st– Jan 18th)

Get ‘er done Mars continues to blaze in your 2ndHouse of income and stability, imbuing you with a certain magnetism for resources but also firing up your passion to stand in what you’re worth and perhaps brave asking for more. With the assertive planet going retrograde and thus extending its stay in this pie slice of your chart, this theme isn’t going away anytime soon. Trying out new strategies is key with Mars in outside-the-box Aquarius so get to work getting clear on your values and seeing if your energy investments are a match. Remaining stagnant in this area is the only non-option. Since it seems every other planet is going retrograde, let’s focus on where Jupiter is sending pixie dust when the lucky planet goes direct on July 10th. It’s your 11thHouse of hopes, dreams and future plans that’s being fueled – as well as the community of people that help you get there. The 2ndhalf of July through November will be a key time to re-tool the vision for your future and lighten your load by willingly letting go of any heaviness or outdated structures, old dreams or attachments that don’t support your evolution. Don’t underestimate the power of the New Moon Eclipse in your 7thHouse of relationship on July 12thto marinate in your intention for an existing or new romantic partnership. As your values change, especially your self-value, you’ll find it reflected in the people and communities you attract – and easier to say no to any negative hangers-on whether your own or another’s judgement. 

Aquarius (Jan 19th– Feb 18th)

You’re majoring in Mars this month Aquarius, as the robust energy of this God of War blazes through your First House of persona and initiation. The planet is retrograde (June 26th– August 27th), so this can be a time to re-charge and re-set more than tackle an ambitious to-do list. Even so, the ambition to push ahead is there although you may have to really tune in to see where the doors are open for action, and where it’s best to get ducks in a row first and retreat. This can also be a reactive time. Much like when Mercury goes retrograde – and it will on July 26th! – Mars retrograde presents obstacles, only to our physical will power and desires more than breaking our computers. The Universe is really trying to get you clear on where to throw your weight and let you know where your ego is and is not your friend. Mars will bring up the fire and then, as always, it’s in your hands how to respond to these challenges – hopefully in a juicy Mars triumph of celebration, authentic confidence and a strengthening of one’s principles (even if it’s a silent victory).  And for Aquarians, who can tend to value the cerebral over the emotional, passionate Mars is probably good medicine to get you into your body.  The New Moon on the 12this asking for intention in your House of Work (health and service). In cozy, caring Cancer there’s seems to be a cry for balance and self-care. Any heart-centered service or volunteer work would greatly amplifying your well-being if it’s been on the mind. You can’t run from your tendency to do things your own way, but you also aren’t in it totally for yourself. Benefiting the world, being an integral part of community and having your ideas make impact the global community may start with … adopting a kitten (or insert your own cozy fantasy here). 

Pisces (Feb 19th– March 20th) 

You may find all those words which people usually use to describe Pisces – like sensitive, imaginative, open – are especially apt now with Neptune (described by the same qualities) in your sign. The blue planet is retrograde (June 18th– November 24th) which can make for a deeply introspective time which demands consciously spacing out (lest we fall into patters of escapism) and rest. That’s not the whole picture, but just know you’re like a Pisces on steroids right now, so the bandwidth of Piscean qualities are amplified – and should be enjoyed as much as managed. Good astrological medicine if you start feeling too Pisces (over sensitive, over giving, whacked out by energy) is to embrace the opposite sign – which for you is Virgo. So making lists, sticking to routine and being as earthbound as possible could do wonders. There’s some good juju in your 5thHouse of love and creativity, so this month will give you the impetus to have some fun. Not only is the Sun here (through July 21st), but a powerful New Moon Eclipse ushers in a re-set point in this most joyful and expressive house. Jupiter is also shifting direct and thus unleashing enthusiasm and action in your House of Travel. Going to distance lands, or at least playing someone on TV who does would be a wonderful expression of this saucy and adventurous energy you’re enjoying. Just take care to stay grounded! 

Aries (March 21st – April 19th) 

Now that unpredictable Uranus is out of your sign, you might be thanking your lucky stars with your newfound stability. Even so, this month may feel like the 1 step back after the 2 steps forward. Not to fear Aries, you’ve got luscious Venus in supportive Leo sending some love your way and the Sun will join in friendly fire on the 22nd. Jupiter also turning on the luck in your 8thHouse of intimacy – so it seems relationships of the one-on-one variety are getting your best energy. In the meantime, hunker down and see what questions keep popping up or where there’s a need to review what you thought was long-shelved, as several planets slow down to retrograde mode. Your career may feel under a serious microscope as you’re showing the world what you’re made of and it looks to have a rather tough-love vibe going on (Saturn and Pluto in your 10thHouse). Chiron, the “the wounded healer,” goes retrograde in your 1sthouse on the 5thwhich just suggests the mask you wear in the world is undergoing construction, possibly being more careful about your hard-won grit and how able you are to receive constructive feedback. Set intentions around home and family on July 12thand celebrate the somewhat electric Full Moon Eclipse on July 27thwhere big news could affect a partner. 

 Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

It seems the Cosmos are stretching you between the “opposites” of home and family (the 4thHouse) and Career (the 10thHouse). It seems there’s a focus on this axis in July, perhaps the tug of both demands and how this affect your ability to show up creatively. With feisty Mars in your 10thHouse of Career there’s definitely energy and ambition here to showcase your work and get in the game. Mars is retrograde, so this is not necessarily a linear path but it is likely that old projects or communities may resurrect to feed this hunger for public accolades. Mercury retrograde in your 4thHouse could simply translate as a lot of business to attend – fun stuff like broken lightbulbs and wifi issues. Where the bell really tolls for thee – although this is a long-term theme for this year and beyond – is in your 9thHouse of travel, belief systems and faith. It’s as if you’re being forced to review your broad belief system about the world and your place in it … 9thHouse transits stir up our passions, especially about the larger world and the politics that go on within it. You may be feeling the pressure to pick a side or break down your old world view and rebuild. Taurus doesn’t generally like to change their mind once set, but if something not sitting well – you may need to go out there and get more information so you can win the next roundtable discussion with your superior knowledge. 

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

 After a deep dive into your psyche and deep sexual longings last month, Jupiter turns direct in that petri dish of an 8thHouse and releases some steam on July 10th.  You’ll have a clearer idea on what you, or a partner, has or is willing to offer after that. On July 12th, the New Moon eclipse in Cancer lights up your 2ndHouse of finances begging for a clear and simple intention around what you desire. Put a number on it and know you’re worth it. There’s so many retrogrades this month that it’s important to get in touch with the non-negotiables of our life. Fireworks come later on the Full Moon Eclipse of July 27th, in supportive fellow air-sign Aquarius and your 9thHouse of Travel.  You’ll be feeling adventurous to say the least, so plan on celebrating your wild self or at least make room for the unexpected. If a door slams to a close or whooshes open, trust it. Eclipses are the stuff of great drama. This is also a wonderful time to broadcast your artistry to the world, as you’re naturally projecting a sort of soft and healing presence. With Neptune in your career house opposing Venus exact on July 24th, you’ll be especially magnetic and imaginative but careful to go overboard with illusory thinking or inviting charlatans to your party. You’d do well to keep your wits about you, even under the most alluring (confusing) of cosmic placements. 

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June Horoscopes!

Happy June, everyone! We’re halfway there! We’re under new marching orders from Uranus, planet of the unexpected, officially amplifying change in all things related to Taurus – the earth, sensuality, money and our values. Good medicine for Taurus is usually to keep it simple, but with rebellious Uranus here for the next 8 years, we’re due for revolution and (hopefully!) progress when it comes to this earthy terrain in ourselves, and the world around us. The Sun and Mercury kick us off this month is flirtatious, mentally dexterous Gemini, promising synapses will be firing and our curiosity roused. Yes, Pluto and Saturn continue to pull us back into a mini existential crisis, but when the tensions releases in September, we’ll be all the clearer. Enjoy the new chapter that’s opened this month and allow your strange instincts to lead you forward into the untrodden. Feisty Mars fresh in innovative Aquarius will help light the path. 

 For the full skinny, be sure to read your Sun and Rising sign. 

  Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

 Happy Birthday, Gemini! You’re in the zone of the Sun returning full circle to its starting point in the Zodiac, ushering in a fresh cycle of energy. The first half of the month (from May 29thuntil June 12th), you’ll have the winged messenger planet Mercury whipping through your sign, upping the ante on appointments and correspondence. It’s a great time to show off your sparkling intellect or put sprinkle your communicative fairy dust into networking and publicity campaigns. You’ll be feeling both more curious and assertive, and with the power of the Sun doubled on your sign, it’s well within your realm to get some answers and clarify where your prodigious energies are needed. Meanwhile Pluto and Saturn continue to retrograde in your 8thHouse of Sex, Death and Other People’s Money, pulling you back into transformative lessons around boundaries and your deepest, sexual self.  With all the infectious buzz of Mercury and everything you’ve learned of late, set clear New Moon intentions on June 13th– which also happens to be in your sign; a powerful month for Gemini indeed! 

 Cancer (June 20th– July 22nd) 

 You’ve been enjoying Venus, planet of all-things-pleasure, cruising through your sign since May 19th. This dopamine-inducing planet will give you that Venusian glow through the 19thuntil she ditches you for Leo. Enjoy that extra spotlight on your lovable charm while she lasts. If anything, the planets always teach us to enjoy the moment and not to get too attached – unless, of course, you’ve found the real thing. After that you enter a more Mercury phase as this busy planet inches close to your Sun, acting like an espresso shot on communication and correspondence. It’s your 7thHouse of partnership that’s been getting the relentless retrograde of Pluto and Saturn, unearthing any beliefs around pairing, trust and compromise that have become antiquated or need to be updated to reflect who you are today (this particular retrograde will last through September, so slow-and-steady wins the race in the team-building department). In short, the world will be giving you ample opportunity to relate and build with others, but be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone and feel vulnerable.  Likely, you’ll be given some roles that reflect this theme. If you’re not at least a little afraid, you may need a juicier part – and what timing with Venus in your sign to ask! The Full Moon of May 28th(in Capricorn directly across from your Sun) should give you something to talk about it. In the meantime, good luck exploring the infinite abyss.  

 Leo (July 23rd– August 22nd) 

 It’s your globally-conscious Eleventh House of future hopes and dreams that is lit up for the first half of the month by the Sun and Mercury, both in the connective, sparkly sign of Gemini.  Reaching out on the worldwide web and social media is the tip of the iceberg. It looks like you’ll have a platform or be inspired to broadcast your unique brand or service to everyone in the rafters. Getting by with a little help from your friends is also in the cards – and you’ll be hungry to meet some movers and shakers heading in a similarly upward direction. You’ll have June 13thto look forward do, on and after which Venus – planet of love and beauty – will be touring your magnanimous sign (until July 9th). Another thing to keep in mind is red-hot Mars is fresh in your 7thHouse of relationship serving up a somewhat eclectic sampler platter of lovers or business partners, that could be as vitalizing as they are triggering. Either way, it seems you are meant to forge some new connections for purposes you may be unaware of at the time. Stay open and keep your larger purpose in your mind’s eye. 

Virgo (August 23rd– September 21st)

Your relationship with your creativity, as well as your ability to play seems under review with Saturn and Pluto retrograde in your 5thHouse of creativity and love affairs. The 5thHouse is the house of the actor, and you’ve got some heavy hitters here that seems to be asking some tough questions about self-responsibility and self-empowerment. It may be that your ego needs the boost of achievement, but the planets are demanding that your quest is about more than just seeing your name in lights. The pride of a job well done, even if no one knows about it (yet), has shot to the top of your values or at least is trying to get there. You’re learning that all the other stuff … the external trapping of fame ... are just icing, and ephemeral at that. Your big payout is your personal investment and the exhale of personal contentment for delivering the goods. And the more fun you can have while you work, so the two become inextricably linked, the better. It just so happens that the Sun and Mercury are lighting up your 10thHouse of career the first half of the month, so world-famous storyteller is a role you’ll easily step into – whether that’s with a group of friends or on stage. 

Libra (September 22nd– October 22nd)

The Sun, Mercury and Mars are all in fellow air-signs offering some supportive winds this month and putting some loose ends in place. Feisty Mars in your 5thHouse of fun and creativity is particularly stirring up the pot in romance giving you an opportunity to take a walk on the wild side, whether in your real or imagined life. With a New Moon in air-sign Gemini on June 13th, you’d do well to set some intentions around themes of travel or broadening your educational horizons. Where you can expect or have been experiencing the biggest change may be in the realm of the sexuality and intimacy as Uranus – planet of the unexpected – has landed in the smoky, psychologically-adept chart for the next 8 years. Intimate ties may be due for a shift in the rules, as you’re seeking a certain liberation from old identities in relationship, starting with the one with yourself. Meeting this energy halfway by really getting in touch with your body and impulses – in ways deemed unconventional or on the cutting edge by the collective – could prove incredibly transformative and healing. The key this month seems to be in exploring the untrodden and being courageous as you work out this new balance of power. A little travel to see how the other half lives can only help. 

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

 The big change this month, Scorpio, is that Uranus is now officially in that 7thHouse of Commitment, which promises to shake things up and poke at the boundaries of your comfort zone. Whether single or hitched, this is a time where you or a partner may crave more novel and thrilling experiences – be it a shared adventure, financial investment or creative pairing of your artistic talents. It’s also time to strengthen the friendship portion of any relationship – and something platonic could all of a sudden shift into the romantic arena. Supporting this romantic roller coaster, is Venus in sweet and supportive fellow-water sign Cancer, sending you all sorts of opportunities to bond with new or existing loved ones. You’ve got Jupiter in your sign for another 4 months, so live it up (12 years before this happy-go-lucky planet returns to your sign). It’s time to make your own rules and find partnerships that light you up and make you learn something about yourself. Even if some are lightening quick (Uranus in the 7thHouse can sometimes bring in thrilling, if unstable pairings), they are no less valuable. 

Sagittarius (November 22nd– December 21st)

You might notice you’re getting more invites this month as the flirtatious pairing of the Sun and Mercury travel your magnetic 7thHouse of all things relationship and one-on-one bonding, be it romantic or business. A New Moon on the 13thinvites intentions around these romantic themes so include some fresh rose petals on your vision board. After the 13thwhen Venus enters fellow-fire sign Leo, you’ll see an even greater uptick in your enthusiasm to say yes to some of these invites. It also should be said that Mars, feisty planet of action, courage and sex has entered intellectual Aquarius and your 3rdHouse of Communication and Commerce (and will be here until August 12th).  Because of your sign’s propensity to be blunt, you may do well to consider what you’re saying before saying it. It can of course lead to wonderful, extemporaneous bursts of rhetoric that can really inspire a crowd and garner lots of likes (that’s the Aquarian part), just consider treading more lightly in personal relationships or be aware of your tone as you’re espousing the opinions that you’re likely feeling as absolute fact. This can be a very busy month and likely you’re dealing with a lot of different personalities and projects, so make sure to take some conscious time outs and rest your mind before it takes over completely. 

Capricorn (December 21st– Jan 18th)

Industrious Pluto and Saturn continue to take you to the upside-down world as they retrograde through September and carve a path into your subconscious so you can become aware of any self-defeating patterns. This is not bad news – only to say that you might feel like part of your life is dedicated some sort of scavenger hunt of the past where you’re given the opportunity to heal and make sense of any confusing feelings or stagnant spots. This way you’ll be free to move forward unobstructed and clearly grounded in your own goals. The work you do on the inside will show itself in the maturity of the roles and responsibilities you’re offered so be grateful, even if you feel like once in a while you have to get drug through the mud.  In lighter news, Venus flirts with your Sun sign the first half of the month, making a powerful 180-degree angle from the cozy and complimentary sign of Cancer. Make some room to be and feel adored – a sweetie may only need know that you are available. The other change this month is the kick off of feisty, go-getter Mars in your 2ndHouse of income. I’d suspect you’re getting more comfortable with the management of resources and you’ll have energy here (until August 12th) to drum up some out-of-the-blue opportunities to earn quickly – and maybe pay for that summer vacation after all. Wherever Mars is we have to exercise courage – so while it may not be comfortable to be clear on what you need and by when, put it out there anyway and see how the world responds to your clear, financial goals. 

 Aquarius (Jan 19th– Feb 18th)

With the Sun and Mercury in Gemini kicking off the month in your 5thHouse of play, the skies look good for Aquarius to kick up their heels a bit and have some fun. With all the behind-the-scenes contemplation and upheaval (you can thank Pluto and Saturn in your 12thHouse of letting go), you deserve a little fun. Also, your brand-ambassador planet – Uranus – is making headlines as it has shifted into new territory for the next 8 years.  What does that mean for you? That this planet of shock and awe is leaving your busy, busy, busy 3rdHouse of connectivity and shifting the landscape in your more personal, below-the-surface home-and-family sector. This electric planet is waking up your roots – which could translate as a literal move, a sudden wistfulness for unconventional living arrangements, or just a shake-up of your routine that more aptly reflects your evolving values.  If it weren’t for Mars busting the gates into your sign until August, I’d almost say you were mellowing out. Mars however pits you at the center of the action until the end of summer, begetting that can-do energy and productivity. 

Pisces (Feb 19th– March 20th) 

Your sign is one of the stars of a grand trine this month in water signs – basically the winning lottery ticket of the Cosmos. Dreamy Neptune in Pisces is sending flirtatious signals to Venus and Jupiter, which means you’re in the mood for love and need only float in space of receptivity to attract in some pretty lovely circumstances and people into your life.  Your imagination and access to emotion is also at an all-time high. Of course, there’s always the possibility of completely zoning out and escaping in unhealthy ways, but it’s definitely a time to dream up new possibilities, step into creativity and play. It’s best to engage with these energies consciously. Be sure to set some intentions on the New Moon on June 13th.  Your more serious energies (Pluto and Saturn) are lighting up your House of long term plans, so you may be re-thinking the entire trajectory or at least the next chapter of your life. Remember to have some fun while those pieces are falling in place – it could take until September when Pluto and Saturn go direct to have greater clarity around your next big moves. In the meantime, enjoy the sweet spot this month and be someone who can see greater possibilities than what exists in the here and now. 

Aries (March 21st – April 19th) 

You’ll be in the mood to learn this month, and get your mind on any new piece of information you can, especially concerning the subtle shift in your career direction. With the Sun, Mercury and the New Moon on the 13thall in your 3rdHouse of Communication and Commerce, it seems like your meant to open a lot of doors and see what sticks. Don’t focus as much on perfection this month, as just getting your hand in a lot of pots and having faith you’ll be guided towards the next baby step as you go along. This month is all about connecting the dots and trust you’ll have more time later to sharpen the lines.  Enjoy village life as it’s the mundane places and faces you encounter every day that could hold the next clue. After the 13th, when Venus moves into friendly-fire sign Leo, you’ll see an uptick in your romantic life and may be ready to act on some of those intellectual connections that have been brewing. This is also the first full month of shock-and-awe Uranus out of your sign – so if anything, as busy as you may be, you’re not guessing what’s around every corner as you may have been for the past several years. Enjoy being able to review the long-term picture and know that you have a little more control these days in how you move forward. 

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

By now, life may have given you a feel for what planet-of-the-unexpected --  Uranus -- in your sign means.   Such a momentous event as an outer planet taking up residence in one’s Sun sign for the next 8 years will usually have a symbolic opening, that at least gives you a hint of what’s to come. An external change of late or a radical shift in one’s attention and direction could be part of this rebellious energy shift. Going one’s own way and getting comfortable making the unconventional choice (at least from an outside perspective) is instrumental to your success. Trust your instincts even as they seem to erupt out of nowhere. With Pluto and Saturn in your 9thHouse of education, travel and belief systems, it would be weird if you weren’t mulling over the old way of doing things and asking some questions about life and how to really take the bull the horns (the answers will show themselves closer to September, when these two cosmic juggernauts turn direct).  The other big change is Mars entering Aquarius (here until mid-August), which will give a burst of energy to your career house and give you a chance to demonstrate that Martian chutzpah on a grander stage. It might be a test run to see how well you do with receiving attention for your lesser known and unexpected talents.