SARA COUGHLIN: “Uranus Has Another Trick Up Its Sleeve And Yes — That Trick Is A Retrograde”

Take a deep breath, stargazers. Now that August has arrived, we’re in the home stretch of summer 2018, aka the summer of retrogrades.

Before we’re out of the woods, however, Uranus would like to join the fun. The planet of sudden change, revolution, and upheaval begins its annual retrograde on Tuesday, August 7.

This isn’t Uranus’ first attempt to stir the pot this year. Back in May, this planet moved into Taurus which, as astrologer Kimberly Peta Dewhirst told Refinery29 at the time, kicked off a new astrological era of change, particularly around how we use money and care for the Earth.

Where that process will take place over the next seven years, Uranus’ retrograde only lasts five months — and, while Uranus in Taurus is expected to exert changes on an external, global scale, Uranus retrograde will incite changes within us.

Retrogrades have a way of urging us to focus on our inner lives. Think about how Mars retrograde tests our tempers or Jupiter retrograde interrogates our approach to learning.

Viewed from this angle, planetary retrogrades are just regularly scheduled lessons we have to learn in order to make personal progress. Uranus retrogrades are no exception. Specifically, they’re thought to show us how we might adapt to the ever-shifting world around us — if we let them, that is.

As astrologer Jamie King writes, these periods tend to arrive in time to help us either adjust our outlook to fit a recent development or prepare for future growth. In case you haven’t been reading your horoscope, this summer’s eclipse season (two occurred last month and there’s one more to come on August 11) is likely to set off plenty of changes in our lives, professional andpersonal. So, yes, we’d consider this year’s Uranus retrograde to be extremely well-timed.

That said, you probably won’t feel this retrograde’s influence in the same way that you’re feeling, say, the current Mercury retrograde. Uranus’ distance from Earth makes its effects on our personal lives pretty subtle, if not downright sneaky.

You might find yourself coming around on a plan you initially resisted or you might learn something new that leads you to view a change at work in a whole new light. These shifts in your mindset will occur gradually and may seem minor at first, but they’re likely to lead to bigger, even major, progress.

For the record, when we say “progress,” we simply mean forward movement — Uranus likes to affect great change, but it’s less concerned with who benefits from it. With luck, you’ll receive the cues of this retrograde and learn to roll with the good and the bad that comes your way in the next five months.

 

~via Refinery29.com

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VALERIE MESA: “Why This Total Lunar Eclipse 2018 Will Be The Most Life Changing Celestial Event Of The Year”

There are more eclipses coming your way, stargazers! Granted, some of us haven’t really had a chance to process the partial solar eclipse on July 12, but let’s be real, we really have no choice but to surrender.

For the record, the total lunar eclipse 2018, aka blood moon, is not to be taken lightly. On the contrary, it is said to be the longest total lunar eclipse of this century. That in itself is pretty mind blowing, don’t you think?

On July 27, at exactly 4:20 p.m. ET, the moon will take a journey through the earth’s shadow, for approximately one hour and 43 minutes. This eclipse will appear orange and red, due to sunlight passing through earths’s atmosphere and reflecting off the moon. I know, isn’t that totally magical? Although, the majority of us won’t get to witness this cosmic event, (North America) as the moon will be below the horizon.

This particular eclipse is part of the Leo-Aquarius eclipse family, which is set to continue until the beginning of 2019. The lunar eclipse on July 27 will be in 4 degrees Aquarius, and the solar eclipse on Aug. 11 will be in 18 degrees Leo. The final Leo-Aquarius eclipse, however, will take place on Jan. 21, 2019 in 0 degrees Leo. This will be the conclusion of a two and a half year cycle.

Until then, here’s the 411 on this massive lunation:

Total Lunar Eclipse In Aquarius

For starters, the moon is a highly emotional planet, so you can already imagine how emotional a lunar eclipse really is. However, this eclipse will be in the sign of Aquarius, which also happens to be the sign of the collective.

Aquarius is the humanitarian of the zodiac, as it represents social groups, teams, and tribes. With the moon in Aquarius, reactions tend to be more logical than emotional, as our humanity becomes top of mind.

Let It Go

This total lunar eclipse will conjunct (sit close to) both the South Node and Mars Retrograde. THIS IS WILD. For starters, in astrology, anything that conjuncts the South Node means it’s cleansing, clearing, and leaving our lives. (FYI: The south node represents both the gifts and karmic debt we bring from previous lifetimes.)

Now, adding wood to the fire, Mars will also be involved, which make this ending that much more powerful. Although, with Mars Retrograde, there could be some frustration in the process.

Put it this way, Mars loves to go fast. Its energy is vigorous, enthusiastic, and passionate AF. However, in retrograde, this intense energy is internalized, so it could feel somewhat restless. Nevertheless, the universe is asking us to let something go, and free ourselves from emotional (moon) burdens.

The lunar eclipse, alongside Mars Rx and the South Node, will be making a square (tension) to rebellious Uranus. Interestingly enough, Uranus is Aquarius’ planetary ruler, and it literally just switched signs into Taurus, so this is a whole new level of meaning. Uranus is the planet of chaos, electricity, and rebellion. Taurus represents our income, values, and self worth. Together, these energies will transmit electric waves of change, pushing us towards a whole new level of perspective. Now, this is really powerful, and since the South Node is involved, it will help us rid ourselves of what no longer serves us. Are you ready?

Confidence Boost

This lunar eclipse will be a blessing in disguise, and I’ll tell you why. The day of the eclipse, the sun in Leo will also be conjunct the North Node. The sun represents our soul purpose, and the North Node is basically the yellow brick road toward the sun, aka our soul. Also, the sun is our energy and vitality, so this could definitely be a confidence booster, as well as a bright light in our lives.

Let Love In

Despite how intimidating this lunar eclipse might sound, just know that you are undergoing a beautiful transformation. This is your metamorphosis, and your soul evolution. Release what no longer serves you, and open the door to change.

Let love in.

 

 

~via EliteDaily.com