Meet the doyenne of British astrologers, Victor Olliver, editor of the Astrological Journal.
Victor’s conscious horoscope for August is essential reading and will provide all the insight and clarity you need into the new year. Victor writes, ” The solar eclipse on 21st August affects all signs in different ways and sets a life theme for about the next six months of your life. See what the eclipse (a powerful New Moon) says about you…”
March 21-April 20
This month, and probably for the rest of this year, the major life theme are the things you create/produce/generate out of love or a passion. That’s a wide category. It includes your children, the novel you’re writing, the hobby that wants to become a career, a new romance or just sex – just about anything which can be tied up with your identity. And the solar eclipse on 21st August unleashes a huge personal energy that taps into your wild side, your sense of independence, the rebel in you – and/or anything that marks you out in a crowd and is worth exploiting for personal gain. This eclipse is your Spartacus moment when you unshackle yourself from anything or anyone that’s tying you down. Yes, go fly.
April 21-May 21
Not infrequently the most dramatic moments of life occur out of view of friends or ‘your’ public. These moments may be internal revelations that alter entirely your perspective so that there’s a sense of ‘rebirth’, even though nothing much different has happened in your daily life. It’s like alchemy that transmutes water into wine (or vice versa): new information, or a new attitude, alters the nature of something familiar, inviting you to deal with life in a bold, new way. The solar eclipse has this power in your life. It’s focused on your home and family and has to do with how you can ‘magically’ resolve a problem, not by throwing a strop or making executive decisions, but by viewing the matter with eyes afresh. But first something must happen for this alchemy to kick in. The clue: it has to do with someone or something in your past, and your liberation from their or its power.
May 22-June 21
The big solar eclipse of 21st August may be in Leo but it occurs in the Gemini solar house of the 3rd – so this is extra-potent, and plays to your strengths. Writers, speakers, teachers and sales-people among you can look forward to a resurgence in your fortunes, and the way forward is via a business, or a new group of the like-minded (ie they appreciate your style!) or something else that presents an exciting challenge. Even if you’re outside of the groups I’ve just listed, the eclipse marks a time of learning, study and of increased social activity that draws out your bolder features. This enhanced desire to learn feeds a group or business situation very much to your advantage. You are the eternal student ever on the make. This eclipse is your surfer’s wave to pick up speed.
June 22-July 22
One of the surprises of Crabs is how ambitious you are, even if too many astrologers label you ‘home-makers’ and nurturers. In fact your desire for recognition is neatly veiled by that gorgeous shell that protects you from life’s harder knocks – not always successfully. I say all this because the 21st August solar eclipse is a lot to do with ambition and with the quest for greater status, linked to finances. Right now, and for the rest of the year, extra effort is being put into sorting out income and/or your material value. Perhaps you’re running short of cash, feeling overwhelmed by post-Brexit inflation…but whatever your situation, you’re wise to focus on money. But here’s the thing. The unexpected comes to your aid, and this surprise originates from where you work or a boss or some other ‘authority’ in your life. Somebody with power over you likes what they see and favours you. It could happen in August. Or anytime between now and February 2018. Don’t forget I told you so.
July 23-August 23
Don’t deny it, you’re an ego maniac and you love being the centre of attention. Now the cosmos (no less) answers your prayers and shines the spotlight on you – the big 21st August solar eclipse takes place in Leo. Omg! Will your body be able to contain all this swelling of pride? Will you explode? OK, I’ll calm down. So, this eclipse really is a relaunch moment, and while this could affect any area of life, most probably it will get expressed in the chart region that rules ‘bigger places’, the great outdoors, overseas; but also, higher education, the law and philosophy. Or to put it another way, the eclipse will place you in a rocket and launch you at a ‘new world’, whatever that means in your life situation. For ages now you’ve wanted to give routine a rest and the familiar the boot. In a sense this eclipse is your starter for 10: between now and February 2018, you really are going places. And not just on a holiday.
August 24-September 22
In recent months you have acted out of character. You have boldly gone where Virgo normally has not got gone before, making quite a lot of noise in your desire to share your thoughts with possibly deluded others. Treat the important 21st August solar eclipse as an opportunity to replenish yourself (spiritually or psychologically), like the bedraggled nomad in a desert who happens on an oasis (and not mirage). It is time to beef up the inner spirit (know a deluxe sanctuary?). Something must be done in your life, perhaps with a financial theme, to strengthen you for the forward progress that’s not that far off. Certainly some surprises in a close partnership, or to do with keepers of your money, can work as useful prompts to alter a domestic or personal set-up. Some sort of countdown is ongoing. You may not hear it, but life will offer clues that personal engines are revving.
September 23-October 23
More! Yes, more allies are sought, more money, more useful contacts – more, more, more! The big one, the 21st August solar eclipse, invites you to get or stay on the social treadmill and schmooze like your name is Scaramucci, like you’ve never schmoozed before. So what are you schmoozing for? Well, perhaps for a business, or a cause or some other campaign that at best is charitable or…ethical! This eclipse takes place in the house of good causes and business, but also friends…which takes us to the other part of the eclipse’s message. The people that prove best able to help you are the slightly weird, the original thinkers, the forward-thinkers; the people that don’t look for cues by playing to any kind of gallery but follow a personal vision – a bit like you. From this group, expect surprises. Or, expect a sudden development within your existing close circle that enables you to move forward with a plan of action. It’s all down to the people you choose to work and cooperate with: and the cosmos is siding with you, now and over the next six months.
October 23-November 22
For inspiration, do look up RuPaul’s YouTube video for that old disco song of his where he repeatedly barks “Work!” That’s your message from the big 21st August solar eclipse. Actually, there’s a bit more to it. The career (or public duty) life area is extra-important now and over the next half-year – you could be getting promoted, changing jobs, getting much more noticed or devising strategies which say “notice moi!” Of course, life is not that simple…things don’t just happen in a void. What you can do to expedite things for your greater glory is get your finger out and alter your work schedule in some way, or do something that transforms your work environment and/or improves your health – yum yum , do try a mushroom latte. Alternatively, your daily life schedule is subject to some unexpected changes that help improve career prospects. Yes, work!
November 23-December 21
Of course I don’t know you personally. Who am I, a perfect stranger, to guide you at all? Well, that’s it. Sometimes those people distant from the action (of one’s life) see things a lot more clearly. That in a way is part of the central message of the 21st August solar eclipse that marks a new life chapter. What will help you resolve any current difficulties or tackle exciting challenges is…distance. You need to get away, temporarily or permanently (you choose). Bags need to be upped and carried through customs to some new territory, literal or metaphorical. Your spirit is wild with needs, it seeks independence to be itself; and this process can only occur successfully in a place other than where you find yourself now. Life will offer you prompts and cues, believe me. No need to search for the Saga holiday catalogue. Darling, life can be so much more exciting than that!
December 22-January 20
For ages now the home environment has been a dominant issue in your life, no matter other circumstances. And the 21st August solar eclipse tends to underline this while offering a clue as to how to move forward. The pointer is partly to do with inner transformation, through spiritual or emotional re-appraisals; but also to shared financial arrangements which require reorganising. You help yourself by questioning just about every facet of your inner or personal life in this time – not necessarily to change everything but to seek out whatever is holding you down. Home or family developments of a surprising nature will tend to steer you (this is pragmatism), so in the next six months expect the unexpected behind domestic closed doors. This ought not to unnerve you. Given your spiritual readiness for inner transformation, you can expect the rest of outer life to follow suit. You will find yourself in your element.
January 21-February 19
Are we falling in love (again)? No, oh well. At some level you are. It might not be with The One. It might be that you find someone who is super-useful to you so that there is the façade of love, which may be more useful than “falling in” love itself. Another way of putting it is that out there, among the unwashed and sniffers, is someone who is a catalyst for your gifts. Someone who is the bridge between your own perverse heart and the public or public expression. Like an agent, or a muse…something like that. The people in your life are certainly uppermost in your thoughts under the influence of the 21st August solar eclipse – partners, PRs, agents, friends etc. Now or over the next few months, you’ll feel encouraged to unleash that divinely crazy side of yourself in the knowledge that someone in your circle (new or old to you) can help you make the most of what results. What does that mean precisely? I haven’t a clue. Live your life and you tell me, later (a brief email message will suffice).
February 20-March 20
The 21st August solar eclipse, whose power affects not just this moment but many more moments to February 2018, has at its heart a message of unconformity, as a means to an end. Doing things your way, or differently or unexpectedly. Pisceans would do well to take a closer look at their health and/or their work habits – and embrace change! This could be anything from adopting the voguish meatless burger to learning about ‘yolk porn’ as a life-lengthening elixir. In another sense, the eclipse urges you to open up your mind to less orthodox ways of earning a living OR to expect a change in how you earn in the eclipse’s phase. Aim to do things more as you feel they should be done, in daily work especially. Jack into your instincts as your guide. Certainly, there’s profit promised to those who seek to be more themselves within the straitjacket of schedules and toil – so, take these words, meditate on them, let them infuse your soul, as if a herbal-soul teabag. Oh, please don’t add sugar.
Victor Olliver is editor of The Astrological Journal, flagship magazine of the Astrological Association. He can be contacted via: Volliver5@gmail.com.
Star Signs Illustrations by the talented Vicky C Scott – www.vickysworld.co.uk