Your horoscope for August 17 to 23, 2017

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      Here comes the big one! Monday’s total solar eclipse marks the here, now, and next as a pivotal, history-shaping portal.

      Holding shake, rattle, and roll influence over an extended length of time, eclipses serve as acceleration agents. What they produce can be abrupt, but the changes that result tend to be of lasting impact. While the ancients viewed eclipses as ominous (death to the king), they are wild cards that can also bring the auspicious and/or exceptional into being. People of significance can enter or exit our lives, or the planet.

      Aiming for the heart and centre—yours, theirs, ours—Monday’s total solar eclipse in Leo is bursting with an especially vibrant create-it energy. It can bring you, it, or them back to life in a strike-it-hot, life-altering way. Endings and beginnings warehouse much greater potency and impact. You will see the workings of this eclipse in some obvious way only if it makes a direct contact to your natal chart. Otherwise, you’ll witness through your outer-life and outer-world events. Leo is a confidence-building and success-generating archetype. It fans all creative fires, including career-building, artistic production, desire, and your progeny. Fortune can bless you with a special love and/or bless you in journeys of the heart.

      Mercury in Virgo continues in retrograde to September 5. Keep vigilant, especially regarding safety, security, fact-checking, paperwork, communications, transportation, and health. See repair work or a revelation as a blessing in disguise. It’s always better to address it early and get it out of the way.

      March 20 - April 20

      Something special, perhaps even exceptional, is about to overtake you. It could feel like once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, or perhaps you are actively working on your next great adventure. Occupying one of the best positions of your chart, Monday’s solar eclipse holds exceptional potential for personal success, career success, and matters of heart, especially for those born April 16 to 18.

      April 20 - May 21

      You are about to catapult into a new life and/or living-with-yourself chapter. Monday’s solar eclipse blesses all fresh starts, especially those pertaining to home, family, creative projects, newly found freedom, or independence. While Mercury retrograde can add extra work or cause a rethink or temporary backtrack, if it has merit you’ll see it fall into place quite readily and well.

      May 21 - June 21

      A conversation, brainstorm, or synchronistic meeting could be the start of something major. Monday’s solar eclipse could see you make an exceptional connection with a special someone or strike it hot on a great plan, idea, or creative project. If your chart doesn’t align with eclipses directly, it’s still a great time to enjoy it to the fullest. Make the most of it!

      June 21 - July 22

      A new financial or career track can be a reality or an evolving necessity, but either way, better prospects are on the road ahead. You are at the start of a six- to eight-month lifestyle reinvention and living-with-yourself intensification cycle. There’s new ground to break; the eclipse requires you to open up to the experience. Experiment. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Something ventured, everything gained.

      July 22 - August 23

      Monday’s solar eclipse sets you up for the exceptional, especially so if your birthday is on or near it. Whatever shows up in your life hits a fast and solid track right from the get-go. Mars/Saturn brings a sense that timing is just right or things are working out for the best. A strong sense of déjà vu is a hint of momentous karmic recall.

      August 23 - September 23

      You may feel the effects of Monday’s solar eclipse as subtle influence, a background happening, or perhaps unnoticeable unless your chart receives a direct hit. If it does, the big reveal can take you by surprise. No matter what, how, or who, potentials are optimized. Someone or something could become a tour de force in your life. Tuesday’s Mars/Saturn is optimum for manifesting.

      September 23 - October 23

      Want more joy in your life? Monday’s solar eclipse wants you to have your heart’s desire. It launches a more vibrant social-life trend and holds great potential for financial prosperity, especially when you get a new goal, course, or project. A new love can be on the horizon, too. Sunday to Tuesday, connect, convey, create.

      October 23 - November 22

      Yesterday is a done deal; tomorrow is on a major dial-it-up. You’re on the launchpad of so much more to come. Career-, reputation-, and/or status quo–wise, Monday’s auspicious solar eclipse officially sets the timer on a new reality base. It’s taken a while to get to this point, but it’s all onward and upward! Sunday through Tuesday, the getting is good, perhaps great!

      November 22 - December 21

      Go with all your heart! Sunday through Tuesday puts you on a great upswing. What’s good is very good. Travel, perform, love ’em up, try your luck, have fun. News, a special event, fresh adventure, or reconnection makes your day. Mercury retrograde and Monday’s solar eclipse can help you to reclaim yourself or rekindle something of significance.

      December 21 - January 20

      What you want, what you deserve: love, happiness, prosperity—if you aren’t getting the goods yet, don’t despair. There’s much more on the road ahead. Take heart. Monday’s confidence-building solar eclipse sets an auspicious backdrop for the start of a fresh fulfillment track. Starting now, all creative and make-it-happen endeavours hold better-than-average prospects.

      January 20 - February 18

      Someone of significance can exit or enter your life. A flash of inspiration, conversation, or introduction could be the start of something momentous. Monday’s solar eclipse can strike flint on a new project, career, or moneymaking prospect. Too, it can springboard you into a new relationship with yourself, another, or the world around you.

      February 18 - March 20

      Mercury retrograde and Monday’s solar eclipse contribute extra turbo to all self-improvement, work, repair projects, and health-related matters. Sunday through Tuesday are optimum for feeling your way along and for a major turn-it-around. While extra care and due diligence are wise, strike while the iron is hot. The eclipse could provide a saving-grace opportunity.