* monthly * horoscopes - august 2017
- aries : the ram - aries
march 20 - april 19
The Great American Eclipse is in the news this month as a total solar eclipse sweeps across the mainland United States; from its first landfall in the Pacific Northwest through to the Atlantic coast of South Carolina. This will prove a month of significance to everybody, not least for you as some exceptionally auspicious planetary dynamics highlight Uranus, a long-term visitor to your sign. Add to this, the ensuing retrograde of this distant planet with a cycle that persists through until early 2018. You’ll have the chance, to review some of the major developments of this year and ensure they suit your purpose over the coming months.
taurus - taurus : the bull -
april 20 - may 20
A total solar eclipse has not been seen from any of the contiguous United States in thirty-eight years. This all changes on August 21, when fourteen states get a glimpse of totality and a partial eclipse is witnessed, across North and Central America; even so far away as Brazil, Bolivia and Europe. Whether you catch this event or not, its fallout is universal and implicates the foundations of your horoscope, plus your deepest emotional needs. Ask yourself whether, you are living in the way you should? When according to your principles, the answer is either negative or far from obvious, you’ll feel happier once a balance is restored.
- gemini : the twins - gemini
may 21 - june 20
The publicity surrounding the Great American Eclipse proves unavoidable. It is the first total solar eclipse that touches American soil alone since the Declaration of Independence in 1776, making it something of a landmark. A similar eclipse whisked across the US in 1918, but it wasn’t confined to this country alone and clipped the northern Bahamas. Obviously, that is fascinating; but you are more personally concerned, with the small matter of Mercury turning retrograde. Your planetary ruler hardly seems to have completed its last reverse cycle: so you’re not looking forward to all the chaos and delays that tend to typify this phase.
cancer - cancer : the crab -
june 21 - july 22
The United States shares your zodiac sign. The patriotic fervour surrounding the forthcoming total solar eclipse is something you can appreciate, since you feel much the same about your own home, family and those you regard as forming part of your clan. Never mind that eclipses don’t respect or take borders into account, or that a partial eclipse will be observable around sunset from so far away as Oslo, Norway. But understanding the relevance of this celestial event, can help you get a grip on several of the issues you’ve faced lately. When relationships put you though the mill, consider how you may have played a part in this.
- leo : the lion - leo
july 23 - august 22
Not all eclipses are total and in terms of solar events, those that make the grade often occur in latitudes nearer the Earth’s equator. A total solar eclipse happens somewhere in the world roughly every eighteen months, but to see one from the same location, you might need to wait for hundreds of years. So it is fitting perhaps that the spectacle set to accompany what has already been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, all takes place in your sign. Just as the mainland United States hasn’t seen any event to compare with this one for ninety-nine years, so you’ll notice your exile in the wilderness, slowly drawing to a close…
virgo - virgo : the maiden -
august 23 - september 22
The Great American Eclipse is seen across the nation on August 21. Surely, you ought to make an effort to be present, especially if you are among the 80% of Americans living within 600 miles of totality. But planning a trip with Mercury retrograde in your sign from August 13, is a daunting proposition. There is traffic chaos, your car breaks down, your luggage goes missing and documents get mislaid. It’s enough to make the most intrepid, go back to bed. Yet this isn’t the best way to deal with the situation. Prepare for problems and allow extra time. Plan your schedule meticulously, whether you will watch the eclipse or not.
- libra : the scales - libra
september 23 - october 22
Maybe you’ve heard about the solar eclipse? If you aren’t among the 12.2 million Americans living directly on the path of totality and who should see it from your backyard, the question arises of where you ought to travel in order to enjoy this spectacle. The point of maximum eclipse is a clearing off the McNabb Creek Road, near Eddyville, KY. So that’s the spot, right? Only technically, 0.13 seconds more totality is enjoyed north of Panthers Den Road, Makanda, IL under two hours’ drive north-west along the Interstate. Plus there are cabins with hot tubs and a vineyard in walking distance. Decisions, aren’t ever your strong point.
scorpio - scorpio : the scorpion -
october 23 - november 21
You are fascinated by awe-inspiring phenomena. To the ancients a diminishing light source, especially one that suddenly dulls, was reckoned to be a very inauspicious thing. But darkness and the night have always fascinated you, down to their promise of concealment and the secrecy they offer. The idea of watching the Great American Eclipse appeals to you on both counts, but you’d prefer a little privacy to commune with the cosmos. South Carolina for instance, is the closest vantage point for almost 95 million people. Kansas, by contrast, fulfils this role for just 120,000. Of these 25,000 at the most, are expected to make the trip…
- sagittarius : the archer - sagittarius
november 22 - december 21
You love to travel and any kind of celebration is right up your street, especially one with depth and meaning. You wouldn’t care how far you had to go to get the best experience possible: as complicated arrangements, long drives and remote destinations, make your life worth living. With Mercury retrograde, you’d be wisest not leaving all your plans to the last minute. But you’re lucky and things work out for you, even against all the odds. You would love to be a witness to the forthcoming Great American Eclipse. Even though this constitutes a Monday morning or afternoon, that isn’t any obstacle so far as you’re concerned…
capricorn - capricorn : the sea-goat -
december 22 - january 19
Value for money is imperative. Imagine travelling some distance to witness the Great American Eclipse, only to be greeted by cloud cover in return. To be honest, you’d rather be at work; but you are almost equally excited by an unscheduled day off, especially if you can delegate what you’d be doing normally. For a few seconds less totality, you’d read up on the weather reports and aim for the best promises of a cloudless sky. The smart money is looking at central Oregon, but you could try Idaho and its associations with your sign, where the Snake River Plain usually sees sunshine hours only slightly shy of the maximum.
- aquarius : the water-bearer - aquarius
january 20 - february 18
Mercury turns retrograde in the sector of your horoscope linked with shared resources. It then backtracks and returns to concentrate your attention, directly on your relationships. The Sun and Mars are similarly deployed, creating a happier atmosphere and environment than you have come to expect lately. Great American Eclipse? Who cares! Your focus during August is the partial lunar eclipse in your sign, two weeks beforehand on August 7. You know how for various reasons, you’ve been hiding your light under a bushel? Don’t bother: you are doing the world and yourself, a mighty disservice. Watch the action on the Internet…
pisces - pisces : the fishes -
february 19 - march 19
It is easy to pinpoint, the date on which the members of the today’s United States, acceded to the Union. This means you can assign them a zodiac sign. All these dates lie within the last two-and-a-bit centuries, which cosmologically, is the blinking of an eye. Strangely, this month’s solar eclipse belongs to a cycle that began in 1639: the same year settlers in Cambridge, MA named Harvard University; while Connecticut’s first constitution was adopted. Is it coincidental then, August’s total solar occultation is already known globally as the Great American Eclipse? Nebraska sees full totality and became a state on March 1, 1867…
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