Cycle: Forward motion (out of retrograde)
Date: August 25th
Last, but not least, Saturn moves forward, leaving Pluto the only planet still retrograde. As a result limitations, restrictions and obstacles will start to fall away in order for progress to take place. A time to break-free. People in positions of power/authority will be more supportive in helping expansion and growth. Saturn is a slow moving planet so this won’t all happen overnight but the change will be obvious within the first month of forward motion. Saturn is also the planet of karma, therefore issues successfully confronted during the retrograde cycle will be “rewarded” by the Universe in some way. If “lessons” aren’t learned, things will just get harder and more stagnated, especially once Saturn moves into Capricorn (Saturn rules Capricorn), December 19th for three years.
From August moving into May 2018, the astrology aspects occurring are going to create considerable changes, personally and universally, therefore it’s wise to pay attention to things not only on a personal level but on a planetary level too, in order to be prepared.
Dates: August 3rd 2017 - January 2nd 2018
As with any retrograde planet, the energy it produces is weaker than when it’s in forward motion and leans towards producing negative effects. Therefore the combination of Uranus and Aries (Mars) can only be described as “explosive” in this particular combination. Uranus retrograde in Aries is not good for starting anything new, taking action, impulse, impatience, “me first” attitudes, dangerous activities, aggressive behavior, surgeries, accidents and war. These effects lose their positive outcomes in a retrograde and with Uranus involved, representing the unexpected, rebellion, anarchy, inventions, revolution, uniqueness, groups, hopes and wishes, explosive situations etc., the likelihood of issues getting out of control is very likely, as witnessed in Charlottesville, VA, which occurred on August 12th,
All of the positive aspects of these two planets become unnoticed during the retrograde e.g starting a new job will not produce value or appreciation for work done. Activities undertaken will more than likely go wrong, turn out in a very unexpected way, that leads to conflict and possibly even arguments and bloodshed (Mars). Cars are also ruled by Mars, so the possibility of sudden accidents is also very high. The person/group that initiates action during the retrograde will not find success. Quarrels, conflict, all kinds of trouble will be the outcome. Violence, fire, disturbances, earthquakes, all come under this particular aspect.
The “message” Uranus retrograde in Mars is sending is simple “finish what you’re doing, don’t start anything new until the cycle is over”. Out of all the retrograde planets this is one of the most lethal combinations and as already witnessed in the week’s past events, to think before taking action is the best and wisest thing to do.
Cycle: New Moon Solar Eclipse
Date: August 21st
The month continues on a reasonably bright note (maybe not for some), with the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo. Depending on events that occurred during the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, this aspect will bring opportunities for a better way of life, happiness, which may involve a risk or two, but generally will pave the way for brighter days ahead, if the events occurring around the Eclipse is used wisely. Think of it as the sun shining on an area that has once been cloudy and exposing what its hidden. For some this will be similar to an awakening moment. For others it may just be as simple as being aware of something coming to the surface, that was always there but not obvious, not noticed, or thought of as important. This aspect can be described in one phrase, “where there was darkness, let there be light”. However, it is up to each and every person to make use of this Eclipse in the best possible way, because how the information revealed is handled, will greatly determine events between now and the next Lunar and Solar Eclipses in January/February 2018.
Dates: August 12th - September 5th
August is a month that will not disappoint when it comes to action . A lot of changes and shifts are likely to occur causing disruption, if not prepared for. First, Mercury will retrograde in Virgo for three weeks, bringing out criticism, attention to detail, caution, worry, tension and stress and a desire for needs to be served, will all come to the forefront. In addition issues concerning work, health, healthcare, employers/employees will seem to be thrown into confusion, misunderstanding. misinterpretation. Not a good time to hurl criticism towards others or sign anything connected to any of the above, because it will have to be revised or may just not work out as expected. This particular retrograde is good for researching employment opportunities, new health regimens, especially connected to diet and digestion. Focus on the internal not the external. The Universe is sending a “message”, individually and universally, to pay attention to detail, exercise discernment, be mindful of the welfare of others and don’t “bite off more than you can chew” literally, because there could be deep regrets once the retrograde is over.