You are now on the threshold of the most important month of 2017 and possibly the most important month in a decade for your career and living situation. Eclipse season is back, and like most events of nature, when something big is about to happen, it is at first quiet. Most months have a small velvet bag of aspects that when opened spill all over the month, but not August. As you enter the month, the little planets are stepping aside along the edges, to make way for the entourage. They are in anticipation of what is to come. In a sense, there are no supporting actors this month - all aspects that I would normally discuss with you, ones that take secondary positions, are missing. It is the way of the universe to clear the way and put the big spotlight on the two eclipses.
The first eclipse will be a full moon lunar eclipse on August 7, in Aquarius, 15 degrees, that will light your home and family sector. Something is coming to fullness regarding your home, most likely within four days of this eclipse. You may be moving, buying a house, leasing an apartment or vacation home, renovating with the help of a contractor, finishing repairs or a decorating project, or seeing a roommate leave, and perhaps finding a new one (or not), as some examples.
All eclipses push, prod, and pull you out of your complacency to get you moving and ready to embrace change. This eclipse appears to bring to a culmination a home-related project you've been doing or thinking about for some time. Mars is currently heating up your career sector, so if you are thinking of changing your residence, it seems to be connected to changes going on at work. You may need to relocate, or you may be ready to treat yourself to new furniture or a renovation of kitchen or bath.
The reason I am excited about your outlook for this full moon is that Jupiter, giver of gifts and luck, now in Libra, will support this full moon in Aquarius one-hundred percent, in a perfect "trine," which is astro-speak for supreme harmony. Everything Jupiter touches instantly expands - Jupiter will be busy showering your home-related plans with gold dust. If you need family support for your goals, you will garner great support. If you are not moving or changing your home in any way, then it may be that you or your sibling has a baby that brings such love and joy, and that the entire family comes together in a harmonious unit like none before.
Your news about home or family will come within 5 days of the full moon, August 7. If nothing happens for you, then next, watch one month to the day later, September 7 plus or minus five days, for the message of the eclipse. (Some eclipses - 10 percent - arrive one month to the day earlier, in which case you should have heard near July 7.)
Now let's skip forward two weeks, for the big centerpiece of the month will come on the total eclipse of the Sun on August 21 in Scorpio, 29 degrees. This is a new moon on steroids, lighting the very top of your chart, your tenth house of honors, awards, and achievement. Twenty-nine degrees is a degree of completion, so indeed this is recognition of your talents.
This eclipse will be powerful and friendly - you are heading up the ranks of your company. If you are an actor, with a new moon solar eclipse, you may get the role of a lifetime. If you are self-employed, you will likely bring in a new client, and when you do, your name will be on everyone's lips, for you will be the talk of the industry.
Most eclipses are mixed in outlook, but this one will be as sweet as sugar. The August 21 will form a golden triangle in the heavens, linking Mars, your secondary ruler, in your prestigious professional tenth house, to Uranus, the planet of surprise now in your sixth house workaday assignment sector. The third leg of the triangle will link to Saturn, currently in your second house of salary and other compensation. Saturn is the planet that allows you to build long-term security.
I know that you have been somewhat underpaid since Saturn first entered Sagittarius in December 2014. That is about to change when Saturn leaves Sagittarius this coming December 20. From then on, you won't have to negotiate so hard for a decent salary - the money will start to roll in, and your Spartan financial period will be officially over. If you say you didn't suffer too much with money during this past three-year period, wait until you see how much better things will be for you!
You see the planetary links of this eclipse August 21 are dramatic for you: Uranus (surprise assignments), to Saturn (money), and the third leg to the eclipse (power and promotion). I see you getting praise and being elevated in industry status. I feel you will have plenty to celebrate.
To have Mars in perfect angle to Jupiter this month is remarkable - it means your strategic actions will lead to excellent, profitable results. I am simply stunned by the lineup of beautiful aspects you have in August. You might get a call that unlocks all this for you, but the way astrology works best is if you try for career success, too. Show initiative - you will be rewarded.
If you don't see news this month on or near August 21, look to September 21 plus or minus five days. As said before, in about 20 percent of the time, the message of an eclipse is delivered a month to the day later, within the number of dates stated. Occasionally, in about 10 percent of the time, you will feel an eclipse a month to the day earlier - that would have been near July 21. You might want to check your email to find out what you were discussing last month to see if anything special came up. Most eclipses deliver right on time, so see how things go.
All eclipses require adjustment to change, and there appears to be a very sudden and important shift in management at the very top of your company. A man is about to announce a sudden departure, and everyone will be surprised. This fluidity will allow for room for everyone to move within the structure of the company's hierarchy. I see this to be enormously helpful to you. On the world stage, a king is about to leave his post. That comes from ancient text, so I have no idea which world leader will disappear, but it could be that he simply steps down or is voted out.
If you are old enough, think back to the one that fell on nearly the same day, the same sign, Leo, and the same degree, 29 degrees, on August 22, 1998. You may be able to pick up a theme that happened back then and that appears to be happening now in your career.
This month Mercury will go retrograde. I know what you might be thinking: Really? That too? Isn't this month filled with enough news? Yes, but think of it this way: Mercury will slow you down so you can think clearly. Eclipses kick up a lot of dust, and it is hard to see the road ahead for a few weeks after they occur. Mercury will build in enough delays this month so that you won't be able to move fast, even if you wanted to do so. The second part of August is a popular time for many to be away on vacation, so when VIPs are away, you may be able to catch your breath. That is not to say that you should take a vacation. You should not. You need to be at home base when your career and home / family news begins to pop.
Mercury will be retrograde in your friendship sector, so this time, you may enjoy this trend - a friend from your past may unexpectedly surface, and you will likely enjoy seeing each other. When Mercury is retrograde, it is not wise to buy expensive electronic items, appliances, a car, or for any machine with moving parts. It is also not a time to sign papers either if you can help it, because the world is moving quickly toward a new place, and your preset priorities will soon shuffle. If you sign papers using your present priorities, they will be out of date by the time you put pen to paper, and you may wish you had waited.
In terms of romance, Venus will be in a special place for you - Cancer - so I feel things should go very well for you indeed. You have so much going on in your life this month, so it might be hard to socialize, too. If you have someone in your life, it will be comforting to have the support and cheer of someone special. Although love won't take center stage in August, romance can flourish for you if you make time for love. Venus will be in your highly compatible sign of Cancer from the very start of the month until August 25.
Before I go, I want to mention an essay I wrote. I think you will find it helpful this month. It is called, "How to Deal with Eclipses." You will find it on the lower left of my homepage of Astrology Zone. If you want to print it out, you can - look for the image of the printer on the top left of the page - you will see five icons; it is the bottom one in the vertical lineup.
If you would rather see "How to Deal with Eclipses" on the premium (paid subscriber) edition of my app, you can. Go to Love+Life on the app menu, and then to Susan's Essays and you will see it.
Also, in case you didn't notice, I have two special tables of information on my homepage of Astrology Zone. One is a Table of Mercury Retrograde Periods 1994-2030, and the other is a Table of Eclipses, 1994-2030. (This eclipse list includes both solar and lunar eclipses.)
These tables are found on my website, but they are not on my app. Again look to the lower left part of Astrology Zone's homepage. While you are at your computer with a big screen, you may want to have a look to see if certain dates stand out for you, and of course, you can print these out. I made these Tables for you for convenient future planning.