Hello fellow cosmic travellers!

This update on the celestial influences in the sky covers the period June until August 2018. Here you can discover more about the current dynamics and influences for your sign. This information enables you to make the most of your opportunities and possibly avoid some pitfalls. We will look at the current constellations, which will take effect during the middle of 2018.

The first part of the article describes the current line-ups in the sky, namely cosmic influences (below); they enable us to understand the opportunities arising from the dynamics at present.
The relevance is detailed in the second part of the article and describes the possible effects to your sun sign in particular.

Influences in mid 2018:

Cosmic influence 1 – Second set of Eclipses in Cancer / Leo / Aquarius July / August 2018) – pursuing our passion with authenticity and focused will-power
With the bi-annual eclipses taking place on 13 July and 11 August (solar eclipses) and 28 July (lunar eclipse), most of us have been seeking to act on long standing passions and ideas!
This Eclipse in combination with the other cosmic influences described here will contribute to the insights and news that enable us to move forward into the direction we have been looking for. This could coincide with insightful moments and news about endings that will provide us with the resolution we need to implement the change, we have been sensing. These events may firstly look like a crisis or surprise but the results are likely to be positive.

Usually eclipses come with sudden incidents that happen around the eclipse dates as a signpost for the needed adjustment in the area of your chart where the eclipse falls.
Please read your sign below to understand the area in your chart where this takes effect.

Cosmic Influence 2 – New and Full Moons preceding and succeeding eclipses – listen for further clues about the eclipse matter
History shows that the lunar cycle (or lunation cycle) preceding and following an eclipse can be a time for news, events or information relating to the issue of the eclipse. This is particularly likely around the Full Moon on 28 June in Capricorn and the New Moon on 14 June in Gemini. After an eclipse, related events occur at the time of the next full and new moons.

Full Moon / New Moon dates around the eclipses:
Preceding 28 Jun – Full Moon in Capricorn 14 Jun – New Moon in Gemini
Following 25 September – Full Moon Aries 10 September – New Moon in Virgo

Cosmic Influence 3 – Retrograde planets
By July 2018, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Chiron and Pluto will all be in retrograde motion from the Earth’s point of view. On July 27 until Aug 19, Mercury will enter another retrograde phase in the sign of Leo.

What to expect during retrograde phases?

Generally, a review of the actions and projects that we commenced during the direct motion of the planet comes under review. When we encounter more than 3-4 retrograde planets at the same time, as we will during the June-August quarter, we will feel an emphasis on re-assessing and often side- or backtracking to verify whether the direction taken is valid for us. It sometimes results in a realisation that adjustments are needed. These will best be actioned or implemented fully by the time the direct motion of the planet has taken effect. The below reference table may help:

To find out about how significant these changes are for your sign:
1) look at the house the respective planet resides in your natal chart
2) read “Significant Retrograde Planets” under your sign below
3) or contact Sylvia:

Exact retrograde dates

Cosmic Influence 4 – Chiron moves into Aries on April 17 (for the first time in 50 years)

Chiron receives attention when it comes to increasing consciousness. It is about healing, that which can keep us from being our best self, and evolving forward. Chiron represents something in ourselves which was wounded, early on in life, which keeps being triggered, and reminding us that somehow we are not okay. Then we tend to try to hide the part that feels unacceptable, which holds us back from expressing our true self.

It is expressing that part more fully which will help us to become more conscious, happy and whole. For the last eight years, Chiron was transiting through Pisces, along with the ruler of Pisces, Neptune. We saw increases in consciousness for many people, innovations in physical and mental health in all areas of life, including business and education. During Chiron in Pisces rises in addiction, prescription of live-long medication, excessive use of electronic devices became apparent. It is important to connect with our natural being by spending time in nature and receiving nurturing from showing our true selves.

Chiron in Aries, the sign of the strong individual may bring about an individuation process and owing up to who we truly are without shame. On a global level, it may coincide with an awakening of society, not to a “new” but understanding that when Chiron was last in Aries 50 years ago, we lived through the Vietnam war, and millions of people were left dead or wounded. It triggered demonstrations and rebellion; hopefully we find our voices as a society and make our opinions clear effectively this time around.

We are likely to realize that each individual needs to have a say, have a vote and the right to express and live in accordance to it. Many crises could use strong individuals standing up and attempting to make changes for the greater good. Chiron in Aries may facilitate the emergence of them.

Check your sun sign (and those of your loved ones) and find out what opportunities the eclipses combined with the planetary influences from June 2018 until August 2018 may represent. If you know your ascendant sign or moon sign, you may benefit from reading this sign as well!

ARIES
20 March – 19 April
The current influence in your life can bring confronting situations with authority figures, choices in your professional life or status. It is important to keep cool, receptive and considerate instead of impulsively arguing your point. Accept what is brought up and accept change is helping you to help you unfold with more creativity and joy of life. It may not look like it initially but a lot of potential healing and improvement can be the result of what looks like it is out of your control currently.

Take a breath, consider the review periods in the retrograde planets section and collect more information before making major decisions. The eclipses in your 5th and 11th house sector should bring plenty of news, fun and opportunities surrounding your friends and social activities.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3 and 4) – Mercury, Mars (your ruler), Saturn, Chiron and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Knight of Swords – decisive action, wanting action, making choices, analysing facts and information

TAURUS
20 April – 20 May
With Uranus moving into your sign for the first time in 84 years and Saturn in Capricorn, a fellow Earth sign, expect things to move more fluidly, where there have been hold ups, unexpected changes and blockages for a few years. Stay proactive and embrace change, especially in your work!

Time to get serious, about your relationships, overseas travel or anything that you have been dreaming and procrastinating about. Time to put some plans into action, dear Taurus.
With the eclipses delivering news in your 4th and 10th house sector, considerations about family members, your career or your home may come into focus especially during the days outlined below.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3) –Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Seven of Cups – considering possibilities, reality vs dreams and visions

GEMINI
21 May – 20 June
You may find that you are working with strong and determined colleagues or bosses which you perceive as opinionated and tunnel-visioned at this time. It may make you question your career direction or whether you can agree with the projects that you are asked to participate in. Take some time to reflect and try it out by working on aspects of the project in more detail before you make up your mind, dear Gemini.

With Mercury retrograde in your communication sector during July and the eclipses in the 3rd and 9th house area, the way you manage correspondence, facilitate sharing and your expression of concerns and questions is vital to the outcome. Increased learning in this area and careful consideration of feedback will be very insightful.
You may discover aspects of skills that you thought you never had, especially if you can hold your tongue and consider that other people’s statements may need reflection and interpretation before launching quick replies.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3 and 4) –Mars, Uranus, Neptune and Chiron
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Five of Pentacles – worry about health and money, lack of confidence, have faith and know that things will get better

CANCER
21 June – 22 July
The recent (unexpected) changes in your career sector open up new insights and possibilities for you to explore, whether these are new areas of study and learning, travel opportunities, changes in key relationships or all of these. There could also be a change in your financial situation due to a settlement or change of income. The eclipses will also highlight your money sector, your own and the investments you share with others. It may bring new business partners, settlements or investments into consideration which could be promising for years to follow.

Either way this period of change and transformation brings the much needed adjustments in areas that have been stale and lifeless. Change is not your most comfortable suit, but take one step in front of the other and you will regain more comfort than you had for a long time.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3) –Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto
Your tarot card for the Quarter – Six of Pentacles – generosity and kindness, charitable attitude will bring benefits, sowing seeds

LEO
23 July – 24 August
The current pressure from significant others, whether in your personal relationship or some close business partnerships calls for resolution. You have the opportunity to achieve significant progress and liberation which may lead to enacting long standing dreams of expansion and insight. With the eclipses falling into your 1st and 7th house (see significant dates and cosmic influence 1 and 2), you may experience events and behaviours that lead to clarity about beginnings and endings.

The clarity may take you travelling, making amendments in your key relationships or changes in your living space which could even be a move. Either way, dear Leo, this period is a time of increased learning and wisdom. You will realise that luck or destiny is present in your life and seems to gently direct how it eventuates.

The key to getting through these changes most effectively is to keep your daily routine as stable as you can which will provide you with a safe structure to move into this new phase.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3 and 4) –Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Chiron and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – The Hanged Man – reflection and waiting time, looking at things from all perspectives, time out, enlightenment

VIRGO
23 August – 22 September
You will see a conflict or dispute flare up at home or at work which will lead you to see a situation in its full truth. A part of which you had not realised and it may cause surprise or shock. You are challenged to respond and give honest feedback to the involved parties which may lead to significant adjustments in your team or key relationships.

Your perception of the agreement seemed to have been interpreted differently by the significant other parties and it is time to state your understanding especially during the eclipse dates (below).
Your ruler Mercury will be retrograde during the first 3 August weeks which can be used for significant reflection and consideration of the big picture that will start showing in July.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3) –Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Four of Swords – relaxation, recuperation, recharge from stress, rebuilding

LIBRA
23 September – 22 October
You may have to be more self-sufficient that usual during this time, dear Libra. This may also be a period where you are required to shoulder more responsibility and work harder than usual. This may be due to absences, sickness or being let down by people that promised their input and cannot deliver at this time.

The focus may therefore be on your daily work and you may feel a little run down, tired and in need of a holiday or escape. If you are renting, you may hear about a rent increase or other issue that needs attending to at home, otherwise you may be fixing some issues in your home or looking at property investments.

Sit tight, as this extra effort will bear fruits soon which will include some public acknowledgement of your team spirit as well.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3 and 4) –Saturn, Uranus, Chiron and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Eight of Wands – progress, swift movement, trips, drive and energy increase

SCORPIO
23 October – 21 November
Expect the unexpected could be a motto for this quarter, dear Scorpio, with Uranus entering Taurus and Pluto / Mars affecting your home and family sector. Anything that has been hidden or boiling away may be in need of surfacing, often impulsively and erratically. Keep calm and considered in your reactions and trust that this flare up will be to your ultimate advantage. This is especially the case if you do not take it personally and allow the other party to vent.

The eclipses will affect your 4th and 10th houses which indicates that the eclipse events may bring opportunity for change at home and family environment or in your career.
With Pluto retrograde until early October, it is advantageous to gather as much information as possible before making any premature decisions before then.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3 and 4) –Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Chiron and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Four of Wands – results after hard work, successful completion, union, fruition, romance

SAGGITTARIUS
22 November – 21 December
Your area of communication, siblings, neighbours, higher learning and overseas travel is highlighted during this quarter, dear Saggittarius. Significant events during the eclipse dates may bring impetus to pursue and get involved in these areas more strongly.

If you have been working on a new idea or business project, the best launch time will be when Jupiter goes direct again after mid July.
Right now, you are well advised to plan your expenses carefully and budget for the upcoming ventures, if you put the work in and exercise a bit of caution, the outcome is quite promising.
Your partner is likely to be supportive and communicates better than recently which will be pleasing.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3 and 4) –Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Chiron and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Eight of Cups – apathy, boredom, detachment, outgrowing situations, searching for something deeper, domestic changes

CAPRICORN
22 December – 20 January
Still a time of increased self-focus with strong planets in your sign, dear Capricorn, the good news is that you are expanding your independence and confidence, however you will have days when you feel a lack of acknowledgement and support from those you expect it from.

You are dissolving some major barriers that have been holding you back. This brings a better balance between your expectations of others and yourself which is healthy for all relationships. Areas in which you have taken on too much could come into balance and in turn you are learning about tasks and initiatives that you never thought you’d take.
Apart from the difficult moments, enjoy it, as a journey of increased self-discovery and you will come out of this quarter with more joie de vivre.

The eclipses may make you worry about financial and other support by other parties which will take a new direction and seeks a change in your involvement which will demand your effort.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3 and 4) –Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Chiron and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Five of Swords – difficulty with objectivity, learning from experience, tension, frustrations, compromise

AQUARIUS
21 January – 19 February
Increased energy levels, motivation and frustration may spur you on, dear Aquarius. You are turning a corner and set yourself onto the new course you have wanted to be on for most of the year. Setbacks hindering you will slowly fall away.

You may still encounter some fears and negative thoughts that may slow you down and it is vital right now to turn these into positive messages about believing in yourself. The results will be surprising.

Sudden changes in your home and family environment will slowly move you into the right spot after which you will find it easier to relax and enjoy your spare time again.
Work demands may have been consistent and annoying at times, but you are starting to see the benefit to your career emerge.

It is also time to clarify your financial situation and reconsider particular investments that you have made especially if they were joint ones with others. You may benefit from an adjustment in this area which can easily occur during the time of the eclipses (significant dates below).

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3 and 4) –Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Chiron and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Highpriestess– mysterious, intuitive woman, counsellor, intelligent solutions, secretive

PISCES
20 February – 20 March
This quarter may bring resolution about a concern you had in your home sector. It may be that you are buying or selling property, you may receive additional support for study or travel projects that you wished to undertake from unexpected sources.

These events will be a relief after a time of trying to find direction and confusion. It seems like things are coming together more, dear Pisces.
August could shape up to be a very busy month when you find yourself acting on the direction that presented itself, being as practical as possible will diminish some insecurities or overwhelm that you may initially feel.

Significant Days – 30 May, 13 Jun, 27/28 Jun, 13 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug
Significant Retrograde Planets (Cosmic Influence 3) –Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
Your oracle card for the Quarter – Nine of Cups – success, happiness, wish fulfilment, joy, prosperity, fortune

The attitude and openness with which we approach the current influences always determine outcomes for us. Hence, Astrology is a powerful roadmap that we can use to navigate through our lives.