August 2017 Horoscopes

21st March – 20th April
There are two eclipses this month, indicating long-term trends and cycles underway. Your ruler Mars is at the center of the eclipse pattern, so for you there’s lots of action and activity. The full moon lunar eclipse (7th) is about things coming to a head related to friendships, groups and gatherings. It’s also about keeping your mind and heart open to your hopes, dreams and future vision. The new moon solar eclipse (21st) is about fresh new beginnings related to creativity, love-life, fun and entertainment. It’s a very positive and empowering eclipse pattern, which means it’s easier to sync up with the benefits and rewards of your situation, now and in future.
21st April – 21st May
Change is in the air, indicated by two eclipses during August. Events around eclipse time often have long-term significance and meaning, and these are no exception. The full moon lunar eclipse (7th) is about things coming to a head or coming full circle, regarding plans, aims and ambitions (especially linked to career). Perhaps events from around February time are relevant somehow. The new moon solar eclipse (21st) highlights home and family matters, and speaks of new beginnings now or in the coming months, for this area of your life. The eclipse picture is strong and positive, despite indicating a few challenges on the way (first week and midmonth), so there’s plenty in store to look forward to.
22nd May – 21st June
August is deeply transforming for love-life, creativity, and communication. It’s time to let go and trust what takes you more deeply into your heart (especially first week, also 12th, 15th, 17th, 27th). Mercury retrogrades (appears to move backwards) from 13th, indicating a different perspective is required, especially related to home and family matters. It’s all reflected in the message of two important eclipses this month, which are about long-term change. The faith-filled full moon eclipse on 7th is about direction and purpose. Maybe there are talks about where things are going. Then the positive and upbeat new moon eclipse (21st) is about important new beginnings, now and in months to come, especially for communication and information.
22nd June – 22nd July
August has two eclipses, which is always big news for you, being ruled by the moon. Eclipses are about events with long-term impact for plans and progress, and the full moon lunar eclipse (7th) spotlights your chart of deep healing. Events come to a head where trust has been an issue, and regarding how much you want to share with others (you can be an iceberg when it suits, with so much hidden under the surface). The new moon solar eclipse (21st) is like the next step, with a message of new beginnings in coming months linked to income, resources, self-worth and self-esteem. What happened during February might have relevance to all this somehow too.
23rd July – 23rd August
There are two fabulous eclipses in August, both involving your sign in a big way. Eclipses indicate changes are afoot, and events around their dates tend to have long-term impact. The full moon eclipse (7th) is about certain situations coming to a head or moving and transforming after a stalemate. Events from February might be relevant somehow, and relationships, partnerships, contracts and agreements are the focus. The solar new moon eclipse in your sign on 21st is the astro event of the year for you, indicating an important new life chapter is underway. A new you is emerging; more steady, stable, bold, and productive than ever. Relationships, romance, travel and education are all in the spotlight from now.
24th August – 22nd September
Logical Mercury is in your sign, so you’re on a mission to get things sorted; in your own mind at least. Mercury meets foggy Neptune midmonth, which can cloud some issues; then is retrograde (appearing to move backwards) from 13th, indicating a change of mind or direction. There are two eclipses with a message of long-term change: the full moon eclipse (7th) is also about getting things sorted, especially at work or with health and fitness. The new moon solar eclipse (21st) happens in the most spiritual angle of your chart and indicates new clarity and spiritual awakening. It means intuitive ideas often seem illogical or irrational, yet notice how perfectly the pieces fit the bigger picture.
23rd September – 23rd October
There’s a cleansing and clearing process happening first week of August (also midmonth and 24th), so trust the process instead of overreacting or bottle things up. There are also two extremely positive eclipses with impact for months, even years to come. The full moon lunar eclipse (7th) spotlights creative projects and matters of the heart, where things seem ready to come to fruition or full circle. On the 21st, the new moon solar eclipse is about new beginnings involving friends, groups, teams and gatherings. It’s also about becoming more aware of your current vision for the future, and how the universe will support your hopes, dreams and wishes. This eclipse is about dreams coming true, more than ever before.
24th October – 22nd November
There are two eclipses during August. The lunar eclipse on the 7thindicates things coming to head in certain situations right now, especially regarding home and family matters. What happened around February time might be relevant this month too. Events around eclipses often have long-term significance and coincide with important changes, and the new moon eclipse on the 21st speaks of new beginnings, new plans, new goals and ambitions emerging in coming months, particularly linked to career, but any area where you’ve been wanting recognition and the chance to shine. It’s not always plain sailing this month (4th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 25th) but the eclipse picture still indicates positivity reigns supreme.
23rd November – 21st December
August starts with a transformational first week for finances, friendships and your connections with groups, teams and gatherings. The full moon eclipse (7th) has long-term impact, and is highlighting communication, travel and education (The phrase ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears’ seems to fit). Midmonth, plans or partners might be temporarily backtracking (not stalling), but don’t assume the worst. Meanwhile, you’re feeling more clear, creative, disciplined and productive than you have in months (especially from 25th, when even extra responsibility feels like an adventure). The theme of the powerful new moon eclipse on the 21stis that the joy is in your journey right now, but the destination looks promising too.
22nd December – 20th January
Demands of first week in August might bring out your inner control freak and your intensely ambitious side. But rise above power struggles because you have true transformation and renewal happening (especially in career). There are two important eclipses this month, indicating long-term change and developments. The full moon lunar eclipse (7th) focuses on finances, resources, and self-worth (including self-esteem), and events have a sense of completion and culmination about them. The new moon solar eclipse (21st) is about holding your nerve with what’s unknown or uncertain, particularly regarding shared resources (easier from 25th). It’s a positive, future-focused eclipse, despite any challenges. It’s about real stability, firm foundations, and true freedom of spirit.
21st January – 18th February
There are two important eclipses this month, the first is a full moon eclipse in your sign on the 7th, indicating that a significant turnaround, change of direction or change of approach is happening within you regarding some ongoing situations. Relationships, contracts and agreements are relevant to this all month, especially during the new moon eclipse on 21st, when it’s a busy, bold, proactive and productive time for new beginnings. There are twists and turns this month, as well as hidden dynamics and agendas that are playing out or sometimes acted out (4th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 25th), but in general the eclipses show stability via change, and the promise of a future you can believe in.
19th February – 20th March


There are two eclipses during August, and events at eclipse time often have long-term impact. The full moon lunar eclipse (7th) takes place in the most spiritual part of your chart. Events might draw your attention, through signs, symbols or synchronicity, which gets you thinking and seeking more from your spiritual path (And perhaps there’s a link to events back in February somehow?). The new moon solar eclipse (21st) is about the day to day running of your life, your working day, schedules and appointments; it’s also health, fitness and wellbeing. It means new beginnings are manifesting. The planets are in a positive pattern, which means this part of your life will reflect that too.

Music Monday ~ Picking Pockets, Russia and…..who?

What do these two songs have in common, other than a passing relevance to, erm…well, current news stories – need I say more?

From Russia With Love

Gotta Pick a Pocket or Two

Both were written by Lionel Bart, whose birthday would have been tomorrow,
1 August, he was born in 1930, died in 1999.

SNIPS from an obituary, by Tom Vallance, in The Independent:
The piece begins:
IF HE had

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I spent some time reading around to get an idea about the kind of guy Scaramucci is – or is seen to be by those who’ve met him. By all accounts he’s

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We all, no matter how sophisticated or knowledgeable, retain remnants of childhood/child-like fantasies within our nature. As this summer progresses and nothing at all in current