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WAKE-UP CALL (August 10 - 16)
Uranus retrogrades are famous for pendulum swings. They're not as abrupt in their about-faces as a typical Uranus transit, but they can be just as absolute and uncompromising. Let's say you've spent months rallying against a cause, refusing to yield an inch on a hotly contested point or even considering seeing things from a different perspective. Well, when that pendulum swings – like it will on August 15 - you may find yourself waking up on a different side of the brain. You may start to embrace (if not exactly champion) the very things you once found objectionable. But instead of it hitting you suddenly like a bolt out of the blue this realization will gradually dawn on you over the next few months so that the changes you elect to make are more gradual and long-lasting. Uranus will be retrograde until January 18.
"If you can't beat them, join them" isn't a solution you usually subscribe to. If anything you're famous for fighting until the last breath. Nevertheless this week's Mars/Pluto square shows you'd be wise to yield. Not only are you outranked and outgunned, but there's a nice cozy spot waiting for you on the other side of the aisle. Some might call this surrender or defection, but what they won't call it is stupid. You've fought the good fight and for someone who didn't really deserve it. Join ranks with those who honored you as an opponent and are now proud to call you friend.
Somebody else's stumble could turn out to be a lucky break for you on August 10. There's always a bass-ackwards quality to Mercury when it forms a square to Uranus the planet of revolution and change, but that doesn't mean that its effects are negative. Quirky doesn't mean bad. In fact you may find that being in the wrong place at the right time can deliver unexpected dividends. The only thing that might give you moment for pause is the moral question of profiting from someone else's expense. But given that this person wasn't going to benefit anyway, it might just be a moot point.
This week you're in hot water for something you didn't say. It's true you've made similar remarks in the past. Everyone knows what you feel about a certain someone, but you never actually said what's being attributed to you now. Unfortunately, as the 24/7 news cycle demonstrates, the first one to point the finger is usually the one everybody believes – which means you'll have to apologize. It won't be easy watching the other person gloat, but the Mercury/Uranus square on August 10 shows that what goes around comes around and next time he'll be the one helping himself to a generous portion of humble pie.
You're understandably exasperated with your situation. What was supposed to be a slam dunk has now become mired in unnecessary complications and overly personalized politics. You're usually pretty understanding when it comes to these sorts of things but you've been through the course so many times that you're tired of it. Take a breath and treat yourself to a much-deserved break while Mars locks horns with Pluto. When you return next week, you'll find that your standing has improved. You won't get an apology for having been put through your paces, but you'll get something better - and that will be worth the aggravation.
It's never wise to pour gasoline on a fire. Not when Mars is in explosive Aries. You may be justified in feeling wronged, wounded, and maligned but returning fire with fire isn't the way to go. You need to be calm and centered if you're going to salvage the situation you find yourself in. You're a Leo. People look up to you and expect you to be the bigger person. It's not easy, but it can be done. Ask yourself what the bigger person would do on August 13. You may be faced with a tall order, but if anyone can fill it, it's you.
Uranus retrograde on August 15 brings a downshift in gears. It's aggravating considering the time spent getting your information in order for a review, application, or interview. Does this mean that the whole thing's off? Let's say it's not the burning priority for the other party like it once was. This is good news if you were being targeted by an inquiry, investigation, or lawsuit because the whole thing may blow over. But what if this was something you pinned your hopes on? Start looking for another door to knock on because the one you're standing in front of won't be opening anytime soon.
Don't ask: "How much more of this do I have to take?" You don't want to know. A Mars/Pluto square is always stressful and this being the first of three (the next two are on October 9 and December 23) means you're only beginning to appreciate the enormity of what you face. This could portend a breakdown in your relationship, working partnership, or creative collaboration or it could be that it's this person who's experiencing a really rough time. It's going to feel like this is too big for you, but it's not. Mars/Pluto squares force us to grow in ways we never dreamed imaginable.
Did you say your good-byes too soon? Premature endings and unexpected reappearances have been known to happen when Uranus turns retrograde. This could give you a second chance to get things right in a troubled relationship or it signals the return of that bane-to-your-existence whom you hoped was gone for good. There will either be squeals of delight or groans of despair on August 15. Another thing to keep an eye on is the Sun/Mars trine in fire signs this week. This promises to revive a faded career prospect. Smiles for you, but frowns from loved ones who have grown used to you staying put.
Fortune favors the bold. It's a familiar cliché but never one you took seriously until August 16 when both the Sun and Mercury form a trine Mars. Could it really be true that a golden opportunity is yours for the taking? It certainly looks that way and the follow up conjunction of the Sun and Mercury on August 17 says you don't have much time to think about it. Pounce now and work out the logistics later. You can't help wondering if you're jumping out of the frying pan and right into the fire, but who cares? You haven't felt this exhilarated in months!
Why is it that you always have a personal crisis going on right when you're standing on the brink of a major breakthrough? It's because you're a Capricorn. And the Universe just isn't happy unless it's testing you with yet another burden that's too heavy to bear. What's important is to break things down into manageable tasks. That means not freaking out and focusing on specific action steps. You've done this before and you can do it again. In fact you'll be so good at organizing your time and economizing your efforts that people will swear that you were in two places at once.
Uranus, the planet of revolution and change, turns retrograde on August 15. So what does that mean for you? How about no more wild spins on the Wheel of Fortune for the foreseeable future. This is your chance to catch your breath, sink down into a chair, and study your situation from top to bottom. You might be surprised to discover how much of the past 7 months you actually got right. It will be a relief to know that you really can think on your feet after all. This realization will come in handy for when Uranus comes out of retrograde next January.
There's a difference between assertive and aggressive. You want to push for more money, recognition, and clout, but don't want to be so haphazard that you wind up alienating the people who could make that happen. It's hard asking for something you deserve when you feel like your record should speak for itself. The fact that you even have to trumpet your achievements seems desperate and kind of tacky. Nevertheless these are things we all have to do, so think through what you want to say and how to say it on the 14th. Being concise and specific is the strongest message you can send.
About Your Astrologer:
Christopher is the creator of Rulingplanets.com, an online astrology site based on his bestselling book, Ruling Planets, which was published by HarperCollins in 2002 and has sold out its print run. He currently writes the daily horoscopes for the San Francisco Chronicle (replacing Jeane Dixon) and SFGate.com. Renstrom also lectures on the history of astrology in America from pre-Revolution to modern times, which is his specialty, and runs Ruling Planet workshops around the country. Christopher is happy to announce that his latest book, The Cosmic Calendar: Using Astrology to Get in Sync with Your Best Life will be published by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in October 2020. You can pre-order now on Amazon.