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Your Monthly Horoscope for August 2017
 by Victoria Fugit 

What is being called the great American eclipse occurs on August 21 at 12:30 PM MST. Historically, eclipses have always been recorded and closely noted, as they were considered harbingers of powerful change and upset in the natural order. They were feared not only by the ordinary people but by kings and emperors too.

The ancients considered eclipse visibility a vital factor in its power to bring change. The August 21st eclipse will be a total solar eclipse that will move diagonally, clearly visible in a 70 mile swath, across the US, from Oregon to South Carolina. It will be the first total eclipse that moves across the entire continent of the US since June 8, 1918.

Eclipses come in groups or series. This eclipse is in the Saros series 145 which accompanied some of the biggest news stories of the 20th century. Expect it to do so again in 2017. The effects of an eclipse can be felt 3 to 6 months before and up to a year afterward.

It is closely related to the great eclipse of August 11, 1999. The 1999 Saros series 145 eclipse was widely regarded as being the one that Nostradamus was referring to when he wrote the controversial quatrain 72 in Century 10 of The Prophecies: “The year 1999 and seven month, from the sky will come a great King of Terror, to bring back to life the great King of Angolmois (the Mongols), before and after Mars to reign by good fortune”.

The August 21 eclipse occurs near the fixed star Regulus, one of the four royal ancient stars of Persia. The fall of important leaders or statesmen must be factored in since this star is so near the eclipse.

This eclipse is strongly associated with Uranus (technology and sudden, unexpected change), so we can expect innovations in technology, communications, computers and unexpected events taking all by surprise. Nothing can be certain with this eclipse except that it will bring great (intend beneficial) and possibly sudden change.
Aries Astrological Symbol
Aries – The first two weeks of August for late Aries ( April 17-19) may have unexpected results arise from past actions that may need corrections. If you were born April 6 -9, you are still going through great shifts and transformations, which may be difficult for partnerships and marriages. Let go of what doesn’t seem to work instead of trying to figure out the why. Let go of “the way it should be”, “why can’t you…”, “I can MAKE it work” Regeneration cannot occur without a clean slate. Born the 1st to 4th—Mars and Sun give you the green light to tackle whatever you choose and succeed.

Taurus Astrological Symbol
Taurus – This month brings support from Venus (siblings, family, and communications), Mercury (communication about creativity and pleasure) and Pluto in the 8th (legal affairs, large sums of money, inheritance). Be cautious about friends who may want you to go in odd or ambiguous directions – realize that this month there may be illusion or unknown factors involved. Friends do tend lately to be extreme in idealism and spirituality, delusion and escapism or they just seem unable to “get it together. Be kind, not judgmental.

Gemini Astrological Sy
Gemini – The full moon of August 7th falls in your 9th house of learning, foreign travel and higher guidance. You may have strong desires to travel, write, or be more open in emotional communication. At the same time you could be feeling physically drained and, confused about the circumstances around you. Put into this mix a need to expand your influence on those around you, namely partnerships and those in the immediate environment, accompanied by obstacles, fuzzy thinking and wanting to go BIG. You’ve got engines on both ends of the train going in opposite directions. Think calm and centering this month. Forget hasty decisions or actions.

Cancer Astrological Symbol
Cancer – The Full Moon on the 8th conjunct Pluto in opposition to your Sun conjunct Mars in your first house of ego and personal identity can cause you to feel threatened by your partner or spouse and push you into that infamous Cancerian shell of resentment, blame and hurt. An easier and more constructive approach to these powerful energies might be to determine and communicate clearly what your priorities and boundaries are. Hold your power, don’t give it away.
Leo Astrological Sign
Leo – The August 21st eclipse occurs in your sign of Leo. If your birthday falls between August 20th and 22nd, you are strongly affected by this eclipse. Weather beneficial, detrimental or both depends on other parts of your birth chart. It’s a good time to consider what parts of your life may not have the light and vibrancy that you would want, and then to make intentions to bring those parts into greater balance. If you are born on the 21st, pay attention to clearing clutter and unused people, places or things that hinder or block your energies. Start living your life to the fullest and work on filling and fulfilling your bucket list. If you are having problems communicating with siblings, now is a good time to tell them you love them and let go of the past.
Virgo Astrological Symbol
Virgo – The Solar Eclipse of the 21st occurs in your 12th house of secrets and self-undoing. If you have secrets involving revenge or resentment they may come out in the open to heal – if not you may be pleasantly surprised to discover talents that greatly improve your well-being. Your social life should be fun, nurturing and sometimes too much of a good thing. Don’t go overboard on spending for pleasure or when company arrives. Those born September 3rd to 7th still have Neptune opposing Sun and are still discovering who and what you really are or want to be. Patience and exploration of your many facets will take you to that new person you’re becoming. “Don’t push the River”-- ride the current and enjoy the scenery—you’ll arrive just fine.

libra Astrological Symbol
Libra – October 9th to 13th are strongly under the influence of the Jupiter square Pluto aspect exact in August. This aspect brings an energy of almost obsessive ambition to succeed. Try to also attain balance since going into projects or life events with such intensity can create opposition from others involved, leading to frustration and even more single-mindedness. The tendency is to push the agenda too hard in general. Do your best to approach any project or goal with BALANCE. The Solar Eclipse occurs in your 11th house of friends, networking and hopes dreams and wishes, so there may be a slow down or darkening of momentum toward your goals. Once the energies of this eclipse shakes out you can once again proceed but remember proceed with balance and consideration for others.

Scorpio Astrological Sign
Scorpio –Scorpios born the 18th to the 22nd of November will feel the greatest intensity from this Solar Eclipse. All the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) will experience disruption and shake-up over the next year, however, Scorpio specializes in intensity. As the eclipse falls in your 10th house of career and public standing, this area is probably where you will experience the greatest change. The really good thing is that it is also trine Uranus in the house of work and health and Saturn in the house of finances. If you are involved in technological research, development or implementation of any sort, expect surprising breakthroughs. Travel or further education are also possibilities as Venus is trine your Sun from the 9th house.

Sagittarius Astrological Sign
Sagittarius – Yes, Saturn is still in your 1st house and you may experience bouts of low energy off and on BUT, the August 21st eclipse is trine your Sun as is Mars (prominent in this eclipse structure) from the 9th house of long distance travel, education and spiritual guidance. This is also trine Uranus in your 5th house of love, children and creativity AND they are all trine to Saturn in Sagittarius. Meaning—you could have some well-supported breakthroughs in creativity or greater pleasure in life, along with an increase and stabilization in your finances. Pluto in the 2nd often tears down financial stability then turns around and grants more than taken if there has been little resistance to transformation.

Capricorn Astrological Symbol
Capricorn – Capricorn born January 5th to 9th are absorbing the energies of the Jupiter square Pluto into the very nature of who they are – obsessive ambition, success at any cost, possibly bypassing established rules and regulations, flirting with those just outside the law, using other peoples’ money for one’s own ends – Or balanced transformation of force into personal power to work for the highest good in a framework of ethical values thereby attracting investors or those who believe in the end goal and support it with investment and heart. Someone from the past could step up to bring luck, opportunity and fortune to your plans. The assistance and support of others may bring sudden change to your home.

Aquarius Astrological Symbol
Aquarius –If you find yourself adding another brilliant idea or invention to the long list already tried, this may be your time to bring it to fruition or market. The stars are lining up to support innovative thinking, strategies for improving already useful technologies, projects having beneficial effects on multiple entities. Opportunities can come through networking, friendships turned into partnerships, dreams, intuition, daydreaming or unexpected meetings with older friend Pay attention to dreams especially those that seem a bit scary. They are showing the way out of any rut you may be deepening.
Pisces Astrological Symbol
Pisces – The August 21st Solar Eclipse falls across the 6th to the 12th houses, emphasizing work and health. Pay attention to any heart irregularities. You may imagine that you are under- appreciated at work, but nothing could be further from the truth. The women and children in your life bring strength, stability and nurturance to you this month. Toward the end of the month they will require more patience and understanding and become a little erratic. There is also erratic energy around money this month especially in the last third of the month. Maintain boundaries quietly yet firmly.

About Victoria: The passion I have for Astrology began when I was twenty-four. I had been traveling in Europe for months and was becoming more and more curious about the letters my mom was sending me. They were waiting for me in each city or town I went to and it was as if she had a spy following me. She seemed to know my every move. Then she started to give me advice about what was coming up and what to watch out for. Coming home, I was horrified to learn that both she and my dad (LT. Colonel in the Air Force) were involved in Astrology. I asked them how two well-educated and intelligent people could possibly believe a superstitious myth that was so lacking in any proof of its claims. My dad said he had no belief in it. It worked, so he used it, much like electricity – we don’t believe in it, don’t know exactly how it works, but are happy to turn on the lights with it.

So I set out to prove that they were deluded. After three years of study in San Francisco and taking a correspondence course from a school in England, I apologized.
Astrology has been part of my life ever since and has led to my involvement with researchers and teachers in the human potential movement, such as Jean Houston (Institute for Mind Research), Werner Erhardt (EST), Elmer Green (Duke University), Joe Kamiya (early researcher in bio-feedback), Swami Rama (Himalayan Institute) and others.

Sun sign astrology obviously doesn’t give the depth of knowledge available in a full reading. Each chart is unique, like snowflakes. But it’s fun and entertaining. Hope you get both from this column. You can get in touch with Victoria at 435-259-9417 or


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