This week is one for the books, largely due to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse that took place on Monday, August 7, and whose effects will last throughout the entire month. August is eclipse month — the 2nd eclipse will be a New Moon Solar Eclipse that takes place on August 21st. Therefore, these next two weeks are full of potent astrological energy that could lead to a radical shift in key areas of your life. Since Monday’s Full Moon symbolized the end of one chapter and the beginning of another, you may find yourself at a crossroads this week. You know intuitively what path to take, but you’re still figuring out the logistics.
Tuesday through Friday, the Moon is in Pisces, meaning that you can be more in tune with your emotions without feeling like you have to take the practical approach to everything. Get out of your own head and lead with your heart. If you can, spend time near the water, or enjoy a bubble bath or relaxing spa treatment. Drink as much water as possible. Eclipses can lead to you feeling more easily tired, and self-care should be at the top of your agenda right now. The Pisces Moon will make you want to make sure everyone you love is taken care of, but prioritize the way you’re feeling. When you feel good, life is good. If you have to drop off the face of the Earth for a little while to get back into your zone, definitely do so.
Over the weekend, the Moon will be in fiery Aries, and this will help you feel full of energy and ambition. You’ll want to be active and out and about. It’s a great time to organize a group outing and let out your social butterfly side. You’ll also be feeling more confident and adventurous, allowing you to take greater risks in your professional and romantic world. You’re realizing how much playing it safe is detrimental, so you’re trying your best to break free from your comfort zone and truly let out your uninhibited, wild side.
Be careful to look before you leap, though, because on Saturday, August 12th, Mercury Retrograde will begin and last 3 weeks. Mercury Retrograde happens 3-4 times every year, and since Mercury rules travel and communication, you will have to be extra cautious about those areas of your life. People may not understand you as clearly, you may experience delays when trying to get to different places, and it may also be easier to lose or break technology. The lesson Mercury is trying to teach you by going retrograde is that it’s important to slow down and review the most important parts of your life. Take your time to assess what still serves your growth and what you’ve outgrown. Mercury is in Virgo, one of the sign that it rules, so you’ll feel the urge to pay attention to the small details that others often miss. Just don’t drive yourself crazy or get too nitpicky about everything, Scorpio.
Romantically, Venus is still in Cancer, allowing you to focus on your nurturing side. You may sometimes feel like what you want is so deep and intense that it will scare others away, but with Venus in Cancer, this is actually an amazing time to express yourself. The Sun in Leo also allows you to own your passions without fear. However, since Mercury will be retrograde this weekend, you should make sure to think before you speak, and be sure that what you’re saying is what you truly mean. People from your past will also pop back up in your life due to Mercury Retrograde, Neptune Retrograde, Saturn, Pluto and Uranus Retrograde. Yes, that may seem like many planets are retrograde, but keep in mind that retrogrades don’t have to be scary. You just have to embrace them and find closure with any situation in your life that you’ve been avoiding or in denial of. This retrograde season will help you face some powerful truths about who you were once were, and who you now hope to be.