Cosmic Weather: August 2017 by Jane Lyle
Welcome to August 2017. It’s a super-busy time of revelations, secrets, exploring new possibilities, and really getting to grips with what’s been going on since last autumn.
Major August cosmic highlights include the final lunar and solar eclipses for this year, in Aquarius and Leo. You can find out much more about what those crackling, game-changing events may bring in two Moon Diary eclipse specials.
Astrology advises us to defer decisions on the day of an eclipse, plus a couple of days before and after these important celestial events. Things, facts, and feelings can be ‘eclipsed’ at these times and we may not know what’s what until we’re free of all that discombobulating cosmic magnetism. The lunar eclipse is on 7th August, while the powerful total solar eclipse occurs on the 21st August.
Mercury is turning retrograde on 13th August in the meticulous sign of Virgo. We’ll all have to keep a close eye on life’s pesky little details until early September, allow extra time for travel, and prepare for all the usual Mercury retrograde shenanigans. There’s more about this in the Cosmic Weather for 13th August.
And finally, generous Jupiter brings up some longstanding issues with partnerships, alliances, and relationships. Have you been putting something off? Jupiter’s leaving Libra in October, so these late summer and early autumn weeks are a favourable time to deal with our connections. Exploring new friendships and alliances, or even making marriage plans, could be a great use of this energy.
Image: ‘The Card Players’ by Theodor Rombouts (1597-1637) via Wikimedia Commons. PD
Friday 4th August:
It’s all about power, money, plutocrats and games playing as Jupiter in Libra squares off with Pluto in Capricorn for the final time. Strategy, legal matters, and secrets are all around us in the atmosphere – and as this is the final time these big boys challenge one another from these dynamic signs, much is likely to come to a rolling boil now. Processes that began last November are very much in focus. We can look afresh at what happened then, or see what’s been brewing up since that time and make some provisional decisions about what’s next.
If you have planets or points at around 17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn in your natal horoscope then here’s an opportunity to reform, regenerate or recycle. Money, love, alliances and relationships are meaningful areas to consider. Do try and avoid control-freak behaviour if at all possible!
Monday 7th August:
Mind Meld: New Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse in airy Aquarius.
August’s supersize Moon Diary has all the details about this bouncing, sparks flying, geeky lunar eclipse. One way or another it’s electrifying.
Wednesday 9th August – Saturday 9th September:
Keeping It Real: Jupiter in Libra sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
The wise owl in this illustration is drawing the glyph for Mars, while the glyphs for Jupiter and Saturn sit completed at the top of the page.
These next weeks bring us some constructive, cautious optimism plus a chance to be realistic when making our plans for the future.
Jupiter and Saturn highlight everything connected with the law, opportunities for business, work, or studying abroad, while offering a clear-sighted view of long-term projects or relationships. Any delays to your plans will turn out to be useful moments to make sensible necessary changes, or find a more economical way of getting what you want.
If you have planets or points at around 21 degrees of any sign, you can move (slowly) towards creating something valuable and lasting.
Image: 17th Century Owl astrologer, from ‘Graven Images: The Art of the Woodcut’ by Jon Crabb, British Library Publishing.
Sunday 13th August – Thursday 31st August:
Back to the Future: Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Mindful Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo from 13th – 31st August. Then it’s back into Leo, turning direct on 5th September. So recollect, rewrite, redo, rewind…..and during this Virgo journey, remember to always read the small print. Yes, terms and conditions apply, even if written in fiendishly tiny letters by scholarly ants.
Mercury retrograde flags up all the usual – travel confusion, communications going astray, computer madness, misunderstandings, and arrangements that have to be rearranged or cancelled. Mercury retrograde in Virgo is an excellent time for nit-picking, drilling down into the finer points of a dilemma, and collecting research.
We’re currently between two eclipses too – this is really not a helpful time to push through hugely important decisions. It’s more favourable, if possible, to stay flexible until Mercury turns direct. All manner of new information and changed circumstances may alter the kind of choices we make in September.
‘Peace and Music’, as advertised at Woodstock forty-eight years ago this August, could be exactly what we all need to seek out this month. And why not add a little love too?
The definitive documentary movie, ‘Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music’ directed by Michael Wadleigh, would likely bring Mercury in fastidious Virgo out in hives at the sight of all that mud and free love. It is, however, available from all the usual suspects. Feed your head. Mercury is definitely in favour of that.
Mercury finally leaves Virgo on 30th September. It’s a long session in the library, but (possibly) we’ll all be tidier and more organised by the end of it.
Image: Poster for Woodstock Music Festival, August, 1969, via Wikimedia Commons
Monday 21st August:
Going for Gold: New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in Leo the Lion
So this is the big one - the much anticipated ‘Great American Eclipse’ of 2017. However much we might sneer at people in the distant past who were deeply unsettled by an eclipse, there’s still something awesome about seeing the bright Sun disappear behind a black disc. You can see the stars, and all the birds stop singing.
You can find out more about this powerful, pivotal event – and how it might affect you, those around you, and Donald Trump - in ‘Going for Gold’: Moon Diary Eclipse Special.
The NASA Eclipse website with maps of the eclipse path is here:
Image: ‘Claire Heliot’ vintage poster via Wikimedia Commons. PD