This summer has been an intense one from an astrological perspective. From the incredibly high number of planets moving into retrograde to the longest lunar eclipse of the century, we’ve gone through a time of chaos, and it’s not done with us yet!
It’s August, and this summer has been nothing short of crazy! We’ve seen our relationships tested, along with our patients, as the Universe seems to be playing one trick on us after another. While I would love to be the one to tell you that it’s all coming to an end, we’re not quite there yet… There is still a lot of astrological energy at play, impacting every area of our lives.
First, and arguably one of the biggest impacts that most of us will experience, is Mercury retrograde. This one little planet packs a powerful punch, messing around with our ability to communicate and express ourselves, causing our electronics to function and throwing the world into a state of complete disorganization. Practice your deep breathing exercises, as you’re going to need them! This is further complicated by the intense energy of Mars Retrograde, Saturn Retrograde, Uranus Retrograde, Neptune Retrograde and Pluto Retrograde – that’s right, 6 planets all in retrograde motion this week alone! Then, to top it all off, we will experience the final eclipse of the year, a partial solar eclipse on August 11th.
If you were looking for an easy week, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. This is going to be a time of confusion, self-reflection, personal growth, impulsive behavior and intense emotions. There is no avoiding the week ahead, but I can give you a little heads up about what’s in store…
Here’s what you have to look forward to this week, according to your zodiac sign:
Aries (Mar 21 to Apr 19)
As someone is always plugging forward and achieving great success, this is going to be an incredibly challenging time for you.
You suddenly feel like you’ve lost your ‘mojo’, leaving you questioning whether you are really headed in the right direction or capable of achieving your latest goals.
Try not to let this time bring you down, you are capable of far more than you give yourself credit for! Tap into the creativity that will come with the partial solar eclipse to find the motivation and fresh perspective needed to push through this negativity.
Taurus (Apr 20 to May 20)
When I say that this time is going to be complete chaos, no sign is going to show this to the world more than those born under the sign of Taurus.
Normally seen as the stable, practical sign, the energy surrounding you now is going to push you to make some crazy and impulsive decisions.
Whether you find yourself running out for a spontaneous new piercing or quitting your job with no warning in preparation to move across the globe – you’re certainly going to shock the people around you.
While you should exercise some caution to not completely uproot your life, this may open some incredible doors to you that you would never have explored normally.
Gemini (May 21 to Jun 20)
As someone who literally thrives on personal interaction and conversation, Mercury Retrograde is your worst nightmare.
Interfering with your ability to communicate your thoughts and emotions, well-meaning comments may trigger negativity and hurt.
While your first instinct is going to be to just keep talking until your point across, at this particular point in time that may do more harm than good.
Instead, it’s time to practice keeping your mouth in check and hold off on all those important conversations until Mercury goes directly once again. You don’t need to dig yourself an even deeper hole than the one that you’ve already created!
Cancer (Jun 21 to Jul 22)
It should come as no surprise that, when the rest of the world is complaining about intense and overwhelming emotions, yours are going to be completely over the top.
After all, you’re a giant ball of emotions on even the best of days. This energy is also going to drive you to view your finances as a means of coping but be cautious.
This is going to go one of two ways, either you will find budgeting and being responsible with your finances provides you with a sense of control in an otherwise crazy world OR you will find yourself seeking the comfort of some retail therapy, spending far more than you should. This is either going to make or break your financial state, so pay attention.
Leo (Jul 23 to Aug 22)
This summer has imposed expectations upon your life from every angle, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and trapped in your current life.
The good news for you is that this week is finally going to provide you with the opportunity to break free once and for all. The partial solar eclipse is a time of recharged energy and confidence for you, so don’t let that opportunity pass you by!
Freeing your mind from what you believe society thinks you should be and do, it’s time to start thinking about what makes you happy and what you want to accomplish in this life. The world is at your fingertips!
Virgo (Aug 23 to Sept 22)
As a complete perfectionist, you have a tendency to analyze and overanalyze everything in life, carefully considering every possible option before you.
While this normally works in your favor, providing you with the ability to prepare for anything that life may throw your way, the current energy has pushed you completely over the edge.
Newsflash: working yourself into a complete frenzy isn’t going to help you to accomplish anything in life. All you are doing is increasing your stress levels and slowing yourself down.
Step back, take a breath, and then attempt the seemingly impossible task of letting things go. While you may not believe it at first, you are more than capable of this, it’s just going to be a little uncomfortable in the process.
Libra (Sept 23 to Oct 22)
Good news Libra, unlike most of the world around you, this is actually going to be a great week for you. sure, you’re going to experience a little extra stress and confusion with everything that’s going on, but there’s another feeling that’s truly dominating your life, and that’s love.
Your heart’s racing, palms are sweating and there are butterflies in your stomach. It’s an exciting, nerve-wracking and overwhelming feeling, and you are loving every minute of it! Why wouldn’t you be?
Embrace this time, you deserve to find happiness in this life! Let go of all your other worries and concerns and just enjoy this moment, paying attention to every little detail. You’re smiling bigger than you have been in a long time and you don’t want to take that for granted!
Scorpio (Oct 23 to Nov 21)
This is a potentially dangerous time for you when it comes to your mental health, so you need to pay careful attention to what is currently going on and how to take care of yourself.
With the heightened emotions that you have been experiencing, you may find yourself in a very dark place.
At a time where you need friends and family members the most, the communication struggles from Mercury Retrograde are likely going to prevent you from expressing your feelings and sharing what you are going through.
This can leave you feeling alone and isolated, which only causes things to spiral further. Try thinking outside the box. Instead of talking to someone in person or on the phone, maybe you will find it easier to write a letter.
It may not be the optimal way to share your current situation, but it’s better than fighting alone.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 to Dec 21)
While you’re an open-minded person who is always seeking new and exciting adventures, there is also a side to your personality that, like the rest of the world, is a little resistant to change.
Your ‘normal’ is just a little different from that of many of the people around you. Unfortunately, the energy this week is going to push those limits and force you to step out of your comfort zone, whether you like it or not.
It may not be easy or comfortable, but this experience, whatever it happens to be, is going to help you to grow and evolve as a person.
There is something holding you back from your ultimate goal in this life, and the only way to keep moving forward is to address this need for growth. So, suck it up, because you’ll be happy you did when you’re looking back on it!
Capricorn (Dec 22 to Jan 19)
Let’s be honest here, you’re a control freak and when anything challenges this control it can send your whole life into a state of turmoil.
That’s hard to hear, but it’s important to recognize as this has a direct impact on the way that you are able to cope with the energy this week. If there is one thing that you won’t have this week, it’s controlled, and you are going to have to accept that.
Your life is going to be complete chaos, testing your patience to the extreme. However, like many of life’s struggles, this has come into your life to help you learn and grow.
It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be uncomfortable, but you will come out a stronger and more rounded person on the other side of it all.
Aquarius (Jan 20 to Feb 18)
Surprisingly the summer, for the most part, has been relatively easy for you. Watching everyone else struggle for so long now, you were sure that you were in the clear, but the Universe had another plan in mind.
The recent lunar eclipse started a downward spiral that has taken your life from easy and predictable to one of complete frustration and chaos, ruled by the unknown.
This isn’t hard to accept, and it’s certainly not easy to work through. So, what can you do to make the most of out of this time?
Hold onto the few things that remain constant, a solid foundation that will keep you grounded even when everything else feels completely out of control. Things will return to normal in time.
Pisces (Feb 19 to Mar 20)
Always the dreamer, this week is going to force you to address one area of your life that you largely avoid, the responsibilities that you have in this world.
You are often seen as flighty, forgetful or scatterbrained as you often find yourself drifting off into your dream world the moment that things become difficult.
This week, that’s not going to be an option. You’re going to find it stressful and difficult but learning to step up and take your responsibilities seriously is an important stepping in setting yourself up for success in life.
You may struggle at first, but as you move through the process you will actually feel a weight lifted off your shoulders as you realize that you don’t have to be held back by your bad habits.