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Posted: August 4, 2017

Horoscope for the week beginning August 4

By Michael O’Connor

Tip of the Week

Mercury in Virgo will appear to move slower and slower this week as it nears that time in its cycle when it appears to come to a full stop and then begin to move in reverse. This basically describes the lead up to its retrograde cycle, which occurs on August 14 and continues until September 5. But before it does so, Mercury will re-enter Leo on August 31 where it will remain until September 9.

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo is one it’s most auspicious sign placements but Leo is one of its most difficult. Yet, these are just generic statements and, as ever, it depends on how these aspects configure in one’s Birth Chart. Still, a general awareness of it and a willingness to cooperate with and exercise patience with the disruptive synchronicities that tend to occur during the three-week retrograde period is wise. After all, there is no making it ‘not Mercury Retrograde.’

Mercury will be joining company with Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and will contribute to the deepening themes that this process generally implies. Over the course of this time period, there will be a total Solar Eclipse, which occurs on August 21, the path of which will traverse across the United States. It is said that where the eclipse path occurs is where the destined themes will manifest the most strongly. I will share more about this exciting theme next week.

August 4 – 10

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)

What are your creative gifts? Answering this question is important for you now. The question can also swing to what excites you? Making yourself happy will work for others as well, provided doing so does not cross their path negatively. Meanwhile, quality time shared with family and close to home is a source of inspiration.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)

What you yearn for these days is to pursue a path with heart. That it leads directly to home makes it easy. However, home for you may be where your heart is, literally and not limited to a specific address. It could even be interpreted simply as in the arms of your true love. How you define home is relative to your destiny and it is calling.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You are a wellspring of creativity and intelligence. For you, variety is the spice of life so your creative expressions are often varied, even if under a specific umbrella. Your destiny has for some years now and continues to lead you to break with convention somehow. Doing so directly and indirectly liberates others, but this can be challenging to their ego. Persevere!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Clearing the old to make way for the new is a persistent them these days. The new includes new foundations that can manifest as possessions such as furniture or other larger investments. New knowledge and skills is also a possibility. Whatever constitutes your style, interest, and focus, feeling confident is at the core of your motivation.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The time has come to explore new facets of your creative skills and abilities. Variety is a key word now, yet overcoming tendencies to scatter your focus is an important challenge to recognize. The time is right to forge ahead and your focus will become increasingly stronger over the coming weeks. Just be careful not to get narrow-minded and uncooperative.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)

Reaching out to commune with kindred spirits and others of like mind is important these days. Other players hold the key to future phases of your destiny and you are meant to meet them now. Most of your efforts now are likely occurring behind the scenes. Trust this flow and with follow through in preparation for a wider scope of association in September.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)

New adventures continue to call you out. Yet answering them accurately and in-tune with the current themes of your destiny include making meaningful contributions of a wider social, public and/or humanistic sort. What is implied is breaking out of your usual comfort zone and private interests and concerns to contribute to larger causes.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Wow, a powerful window of opportunity is opening for you. If this does not seem obvious now, know that it is open now and will be for months to come. However, it is important that you make your move now. This may simply amount to activating new momentums, making plans and/or reaching out to engage with other key power players.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

It is interesting to realize that the proverbial higher mind of spiritual traditions is the heart. Esoteric tradition teaches that the heart centre or chakra is directly connected to our auric field, which is made up of multiple layers of consciousness and is also understood to constitute our subconscious mind. This understanding is a feature of enlightenment.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Gathering all your resources and accessing those of others too is important to you now. You are in an ambitious mood, but you want to work smarter than harder. Family relationships and especially that with your spouse or significant other are central. You want and need to talk to gain clarity and to make sense of what is going on.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The spotlight remains on relationships, perhaps especially romantic involvements. There is a lot of dynamic interchanges that can also be described as dramatic and passionate. Your mind is sharp as are your powers of analysis. Discernment is especially important now so that criticism of self and others is kept in check.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

You have entered a cycle that is leading you to make extra efforts to balance your lifestyle. This includes striking a deal between work and play. The emphasis is also directed to your health. Changes in your diet and/or consuming food that is healthy and nurtures healing are featured. Quality time shared with family will prove especially rewarding.

– Michael O’Connor is a professional astrologer with an international clientele.  He has 30 years of study in Astrology, Numerology and related metaphysical and spiritual modalities, over 20 years of full-time practice, is an entertaining and inspirational speaker, and writes a popular New Moon Newsletter and Horoscope Column. To learn more about Booking an Appointment, attending one of Michael’s Workshops or Webinars or one of his inspiring Visual Presentations, please visit his website or contact Michael directly. or (250) 352-6871 or [email protected]

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