The biggest takeaways: Six planets are in retrograde, so nothing is happening till the end of the month. Use this energy to focus on what you need to complete. With Mercury in retrograde, lies get bigger and people offer way more than they can deliver. If it sounds too good to be true, walk away.
Mercury, your ruling planet, is being mischievous this month. It's challenging the planet Jupiter, promising everything, delivering nada, and going retrograde, all in dramatic Leo. Please, Gemini, you are the wittiest and most curious sign of the zodiac; don't go "fake news" on us. Tell the truth, get the facts straight, gossip with kindness, and keep us informed. On August 11th, the last eclipse of 2018 occurs in Leo, your third house of communication, learning, writing, community, and your siblings. This solar eclipse lasts up to a year. Gemini, go hang out with your family and community, write, get involved, take a class, and get political. We need you.
Cancer, no worrying this month, promise? You've got a solar eclipse in Leo on August 11th entering your house of self-worth and cash, and the effects last for over a year. Woohoo, money! Cancer, you crave security. Having a healthy saving account allows you to sleep at night. Mercury, the planet of communication, the messenger, is retrograde until August 18th. Mercury is in Leo, which can be very dramatic. With you being the moodiest sign of the zodiac, this can be a lethal mix. So sweet Cancer, focus on your self-worth, talents, and compassionate nature. After the full moon on August 27th, everything speeds up again.
Happy birthday, Leo! Like a lion, there is an aura of superiority about you. People will be impressed with you; they will strongly feel your presence. For your birthday, the universe is gifting you on August 11th with a solar eclipse in Leo. Think a new moon on steroids, with its effects lasting up to a year. This month is all about you (I know you think that's the case every month, but this one is truly yours). A solar eclipse occurring in your first house affects how you present yourself to the world—your appearance, magnetism, charisma, and influence you have on others. The spotlight is on you, Leo! Eclipses can bring about unexpected events. They bring endings and new beginnings. It is the time to take a chance on yourself and express your creativity, huge heart, and generosity. Still, Mercury is retrograde in Leo, so you can curb the dramatics. Don't promise more than you can deliver, and don't go overboard. Maybe this month, less pride for a change?
I feel for you, Virgo. Mercury, your ruler, is retrograde, so no one is punctual. You'll be waiting in vain for responses to your text messages and emails. Your computer may crash, your car may break down on the highway...you get the idea. Mercury is acting mischievously along with the planet Jupiter. People will exaggerate, tell big lies, and make lots of promises they can't keep. Be mindful of your critical voice; it may come out extra harsh this month. On August 11th, there is a new moon solar eclipse in Leo, asking you to take a break. Go on a retreat, meditate, get lost in nature, go surfing, be alone, volunteer, give back, and replenish yourself. You so desperately need it. Don't worry, you've got a year to figure this out. Your highest virtue is to be of service, so go ahead and do that, Virgo. The world needs you.