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Hello, August! This is the month of the Lion and the sign of Leo. This is going to be an energetically active month. There is even a rumor that the world might end this month. We’ve heard this one before, haven’t we? Here is a link if you wish to read more about this. 

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August holds the energy of the number eight. This number is often described as representing power and abundance but that is not all this number represents.

The number eight also represents balance. It is the the number one karmic balancer. It had just as soon create as it had destroy. It is about reaping what we sow. Look out this month because some of us are sure not to like the harvest we will be getting from our energy gardens. The number eight will however, balance the material and the immaterial.

Eight energy is more concerned with the end result and sees money as a tool to be used more than something to be collected and banked. People with lots of eight energy in their numerology charts, often go bankrupt more than once but they never let it take them down. Instead, they seem to come back more focused on success and feeling more powerful than before.

August will be the best month of the year for all you sky watchers. Not only does it bring us the last eclipse season for this year but there is also the fabulous Perseid meteor shower. August 7th is the Aquarius Full Moon and a Lunar Eclipse. This eclipse will not be visible in the States but if you are lucky enough to be in Australia, China, Russia, Europe, or Africa you will see it.

The Perseid Meteor shower is at its best on August 11-12. If it is clear in your area, the best viewing will be about an hour before sunrise on the morning of the 13th. But about anytime between now and August 24 you can probably catch at least a few meteors. The Moon will be about ¾ full so find a view that blocks the Moon if possible. During the peak of the shower, you could see as many as 150 meteors an hour.

August 21, 2017, is the last of the eclipses for this year. This will be a solar eclipse that crosses over the United States and practically cuts it in half. There is roughly a 60-mile wide path that runs from a spot between Lincoln City and Newport Oregon, crossing the mid-western states toward the southeast where it will exit in Charleston S.C.

I will be talking about all these things and more in the coming weeks.

This week holds two significant energy shifts. First one is Monday when Venus enters the emotional sign of Cancer. This shift could trigger emotions within some of us so if you find yourself weeping while watching a tuna fish commercial, don’t be surprised. Just chalk it up to Venus in Cancer. This transit will focus its energy on the home and family, especially women and children. This energy could assist in the deepening of our heart felt relationships.

The second shift comes on Thursday when Uranus turns retrograde. This will lessen the chaotic effects we usually experience with Uranus. Fortunately for all those who know me, my natal Uranus is also retrograde. I often wonder how much more annoying I might have been as a child is my natal Uranus had been direct.

This is another good time for letting things go. Between now and the end of the year, you might want to examine your beliefs. Take a good look at what is working for you and what isn’t. Let go of all that stuff that no longer works. Don’t be surprised if you lose a friend or two in the process and remember, it is all for the best.

The last big aspect this coming week is a square aspect between Jupiter and Pluto. This could be a productive square as long as we focus on the bigger view of things and don’t use power or force. Keep things in balance and you will be fine.

As you know the Sun is in Leo now through August 22nd. Leo is proud and playful. Leo people are individuals much like their Aquarian counterparts but unlike Aquarians, Leo people love to be in the spotlight. They enjoy drama and attention.

Mercury is currently transiting Virgo and on Thursday this week, he goes into his storm period before turning retrograde on August 12, 2017. This is not the time to begin new projects but it is a good time to finish up anything that needs to be completed. If you get a flash of inspiration concerning something new, write it down with the time and date, and save it till after Mercury is direct again. This will be on September 5th but the storm period on the back end of this retrograde will last until September 10th.

Mercury in Virgo is right at home and about analyzing what is useful to us and what isn’t. The shadow side of this is that we can sometimes get lost in details.

We can also be rather critical at times and come across less inspiring that we might like to.

Mars is right there with the Sun in Leo. This adds to the pride factor and ups our self-confidence in a big way. Some of us are capable of impressive goals with little thought about details. Taking the fastest path to achieving those goals is what this Mars transit is about.

Next week, I will have more on the eclipse energy for you. I hope everyone has a great week. Stay safe and don’t forget to smile and be kind to all you meet.

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