Aries is the sign of the warrior, and the house that has Aries on the cusp (beginning of it) can show where your inner warrior can come out.
If you have 2 house cusps with Aries on it, you can be a super warrior, and if you have no house cusps with Aries on them, this means Aries is intercepted (contained within) the house cusp that has Pisces on it, so read for that house. Intercepted Aries can show you hide your inner warrior more than most, and have to work a little harder or overcome a block in order to access it.
Note that if you use Whole Sign or Equal house systems, there are no interceptions or duplicate signs, so it'll just be one house.
House Cusps in Aries
Aries on the 1st house cusp: The 1st house is naturally ruled by Aries, so you can be at home with your warrior energy to a degree. The 1st house is the house of the self and rules how you come across, so people may view you as a natural warrior (unless your Mars is afflicted, intercepted, or in the 12th house).
Aries on the 2nd house cusp: The 2nd house is the house of money and values, so you may be a financial warrior (so you take the lead when it comes to money), or a warrior with your values and beliefs (leading the way for others).
Aries on the 3rd house cusp: The 3rd house rules communication, so you can be a warrior of words, someone who can defend their ideas and opinions. Your method of communicating may be more forceful, strong, and you may be more open (unless you have Mercury retrograde, in the 12th house, or intercepted).
Aries on the 4th house cusp: The 4th house rules your home, family, and emotions, so you may be a warrior for your home and family. You can defend the people you view as family steadfastly, and you can fight for your home. You can also be forceful with your emotions (unless the Moon is intercepted or in the 12th house).
Aries on the 5th house cusp: The 5th house rules your hobbies, creativity, and love, so you can be a heart-centric warrior. You can be forceful and strong with your creativity, and pursue your hobbies with zeal and spunk. You can be more take-charge in love, and go for what you want.
Aries on the 6th house cusp: The 6th house rules work, health, and daily life, so you can be take-charge with your work life, pushing to do work you're passionate about, and defending the work you do with gusto. You can be dynamic in your routine and lifestyle, and want to be more active with your health.
Aries on the 7th house cusp: The 7th house rules relationships and the people in your life, so you can be a warrior for others, defending those you care about or who can't defend themselves, and you can be more take-charge in your relationships.
Aries on the 8th house cusp: The 8th house has alternate warrior energy, a little more on the darker side than Aries, but still strong, so your warrior energy can seem more natural to you, but you may channel it into deeper issues, complex situations, and total transformations.
Aries on the 9th house cusp: The 9th house rules travel, expansion, and beliefs, so you can be a warrior for exploration, expansion, and new experiences. You may be passionate about seeing the world, and you can take the bull by the horns more easily than most. You can also be a warrior for your beliefs and defend them.
Aries on the 10th house cusp: The 10th house rules your career and life path, so you can be a warrior with your career, taking charge and pushing hard for your goals and ambitions. You can work on being clear about where you're going and what you want, and may strive to have the persona of a warrior.
Aries on the 11th house cusp: The 11th house rules your friends, groups, causes, and dreams, so you can be a warrior for the causes you're passionate about, a real humanitarian and charitable person. You can be a leader of groups, a defender of friends, and forcefully pursue your dreams.
Aries on the 12th house cusp: The 12th house likes to hide energy, so your inner warrior may not be shown openly to anyone new or in situations where you're uncomfortable. Your warrior can come out when you're comfortable and confident, and you may be a better fighter in the background or shadows, where you can be unseen.
Suggested Reading: Pisces Houses: Where You Trust Your Gut
The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at. Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though.
The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when he's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
This Mercury retrograde begins on August 12th at 9PM ET and ends on September 5th at 7:29AM ET. The shadow period is July 22nd - September 19th. The first storm period is August 4th - 20th, and second storm period is August 31st - September 11th.
Mercury madness is descending upon us yet again in 2017, this time starting in earth sign Virgo. Mercury retrograded in Virgo around this time last year, so we get a second round in one of the signs that Mercury rules. Because Mercury rules this sign, we can be extra off, and experience the issues with a little more gusto.
So what does Virgo impact? First and foremost - stress! Virgo rules stress (no surprise if you've ever known a Virgo), and Mercury retrograde amps up stress in general anyway, so put the two together and you get one very high stress period. We're flipped out about everything, worried about everything, constantly focusing on the bad that can happen. It's super important to have an outlet for stress during this retrograde, otherwise you can get sucked into the stress machine.
Virgo also rules work, so we may have issues at work, with co-workers, lack focus or discipline for the work we need to do, or want to do something else. This can be a popular time for quitting, though it may not be wise if you haven't fully thought it through. On the other hand, it can also be a time for going back to work at jobs you used to do or for employers you used to work for. There may be some job news with the economy as well.
Virgo rules our daily life, so we may let things like our daily tasks and chores fall by the wayside and let slide. We just don't have the time, or feel like it, or we just need some more sleep. That can be a great thing to do during this retrograde - sleep!
With Virgo ruling health and routine, this is a good time for regular maintenance of everything in life, but especially our bodies. Get checkups, tweak your diet, get more active. Given all of the health care activity here in the U.S., I'd venture there's some big protests or something about it all.
Mercury isn't in Virgo for the entire retrograde though, and goes backward into Leo on August 31st at 11:28AM ET, and ends in Leo. Leo is the sign of theatrics, so we can see some developments with celebrities (though they’re always drama queens!), but we mostly see ourselves becoming more theatrical and dramatic.
Everything is the end of the world, and we act like the world is falling apart of the tiniest of problems. It’s important to take a step back and have a better perspective, otherwise you can turn molehills into mountain ranges.
Leo is the sign of creativity, so we may lack inspiration at times, or feel we have so much that we can’t control it. Creativity is a great outlet for the stresses of Mercury retrograde, but you should work to have some control over it, and not put too much stress on yourself if you don’t feel particularly inspired. Sometimes it’s just about letting out some steam.
Your hobbies can get more attention or less attention with Mercury retrograde in Leo, and you can focus more on spending time on your hobbies, or you may have less time for them than usual. It’s important to make time for them when you can, but not completely avoid work and responsibilities just to goof off.
Leo isn’t the most responsible sign, so we can often be quite irresponsible, lazy, and selfish with this retrograde. We want everyone to do everything for us, and feel we’re entitled to that, but it only causes problems. This tends to come out in the areas of life ruled by the house Mercury retrograde in Leo occurs in. Work on being more generous with others, and take your responsibilities seriously.
Leo rules love, dating, and the playful side of relationships, the early stages, so we often see young relationships tested with Mercury retrograde in Leo, and you can decide if this is a relationship you want to continue on with, or if it’s one that isn’t going anywhere and you want to cut ties before it goes further.
This is often a good time for reconnecting with old loves, though it may not last for very long once the retrograde is over. It is a good time for rekindling the flame in your relationship, if you’re attached, especially if the retrograde is in your or your partner’s 1st, 5th, or 7th houses.
Leo is the proud Lion, so sometimes pride can be our demise during this transit. Our egos can be easily wounded, and we can let that sway our opinions and actions. Don’t let some ruffled feathers dictate what’s right and wrong. Put pride aside and keep your ego in check. At the same time, if you’re on the insecure side naturally, you may feel even more insecure, and need to work on building up your confidence in positive ways.
Children are also the domain of Leo, so if you have any children, they can demand more attention, be more troublesome for you, or act more rebellious. It’s important not to take this too personally and give them to praise and attention they need without trying to hold them back from being who they truly are.
Mercury will be anaretic as it enters Leo. The anaretic degree is the very last degree of any sign and a point of crisis energy, and Mercury will be anaretic in Leo August 31st - September 2nd. There can be some super Leo energy at that time, and we may see some major braggadocious energy, or someone gets a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons.
We may be desperate for attention, but refrain from doing anything rash to get it. And with Leo being a fire sign, energy can be high and tempers can flare, especially if our pride is wounded. Swallow that pride!
On a personal level, you may experience this crisis energy with the areas of life ruled by the house Mercury is in at the time, so try to be prepared for anything before it comes, and try not to get too off track if anything does happen.
This Mercury retrograde will make 2 major aspects, first being a conjunction to the Sun on August 26th (1:54AM ET), aka the inferior conjunction, one of the positive points of the retrograde. Mercury is still in Virgo (@ 3 degrees 47 minutes), and this can be a good period within the retrograde for starting a small project or working on a short plan.
Personally, you may experience this with the areas of life ruled by the house this conjunction occurs in. It may be something that culminates or ends with the superior conjunction (when Mercury conjuncts the Sun again after the retrograde - October 8th).
Mercury retrograde also conjuncts Mars at the end of the retrograde (exact on September 3rd at 5:38AM during the retrograde), amping up energy, making us more impulsive, more quick to anger, more impatient, and with a shorter fuse, and this can play out with the areas of life ruled by the house location this conjunction occurs in your chart. Worldwide, there may be extra violence around the end of the retrograde.
The retrograde ends trine (positive aspect) Uranus in Aries as well, but this isn't exact. It can be good energy for change, looking toward the future, and coming together.
Mercury will also conjunct the Moon during the retrograde. The Moon is in Virgo August 21st 4:25PM ET to August 23rd 9:05PM ET, at the same time Mercury is retrograde in Virgo. The Moon is not in Leo when Mercury is retrograde in Leo, so this is the only time they’re linked. The Moon and Mercury retrograde conjunct exactly on August 22nd at 5:21AM ET at 7 degrees 41 minutes in Virgo.
The Moon in Virgo brings extra emphasis to the retrograde, and we can feel extra off, but also more focused. This is especially the case with the Sun entering Virgo on August 22nd, right in the middle (at 6:20PM ET). So there’s a good deal of focus during this time, but we can also feel more scattered, more lost in the Virgo details and weeds, harder on ourselves, more stressed, or nitpicky. If this is conjunct, square, or opposite a planet or house cusp in your chart, you can feel it even more; if it’s sextile or trine, you can handle the energy better and feel more focused.
Extra: The Moon is in Gemini August 15th (10:06AM ET) to August 17th (12:13PM ET). Gemini is the other sign Mercury rules, and we tend to feel thrown off when the Moon is in Gemini during Mercury retrograde. What’s very special about this Moon period is while Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, we’ll experience a mutable t-square, with Mercury in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces and both square Saturn in Sagittarius, so while Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, this just makes everything much more heightened, intense, and active.
Gemini is the missing sign of the mutable signs, and we’ll need to be more inquisitive, thoughtful, and open. But while the Moon is in Gemini, this opposes Saturn in Sagittarius and creates a mutable grand cross. Grand crosses tend to be more stable than t-squares, but there’s a lot more energy in the mix. And what stands out more is that we’ll also have a cardinal grand cross at the same time with Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries and both square Pluto in Capricorn opposite Venus in Cancer. So we’re going to have two grand crosses while the Moon is in Gemini!
Mars will be the only planet not in a grand cross at the time (as the sole fixed sign, which brings more focus on Mars, increasing energy even more and making us desperate for some stable energy). It pretty much all boils down to, keep yourself busy, channel energy into something positive and productive, have an outlet for frustrations, and use up as much energy as you can. If you find yourself getting frustrated, impulsive, or impatient, shift your focus and don’t let your mind dawdle for too long. This is one of those occurrences where everyone is impacted by it, so you won’t be alone!
Another little extra - the end of the Mercury retrograde also triggers the August 21st Solar Eclipse in Leo, and whatever one is doing to your chart, so is the other. One-two punch!
The retrograde begins at 11 degrees Virgo, so those of you Virgoans born September 2nd - 6th can feel the start of this retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 28 degrees Leo, so those of your Lions born after August 19th can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.
Suggested Reading: The Mercury, Venus and Mars Retrogrades page for general interpretations
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
Aries August 2017 Monthly Horoscope
Venus enters fellow fire sign Leo on August 25th, and you can enjoy spending more time with the people you love, doing the things you love, getting in touch with your heart, and being playful and joyful. In love, you can be more affectionate and generous, and if single, you can enjoy playing the field, while if attached, you can bring the spark back into your relationship.
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
Aries 2016 Love Horoscope
It might feel like a chaotic year when it comes to your love life in 2016, Aries. Mars is in your intimacy sector in January and February, so you start the year very focused on your relationships and improving the intimacy in your life. A lunar eclipse occurs in your relationship sector on March 23rd that can bring the culmination of a relationship, and you take it to the next level or walk away. Then Mars will re-enter your intimacy sector in retrograde (appearing to move backward) for the month of June, and you can feel like you don't have any of the intimacy you want at all. You can be more clingy, too demanding, and feel unsatisfied. Mars is direct in your intimacy sector in July, back to usual motion, and you can start putting things back together then.
Jupiter enters your relationship sector in September, and you finish out the year with good relationship energy on your side. You can feel better about existing relationships, create new relationships that benefit you in new ways, and feel better with a partner. If single, you can find it easier to find someone to commit. If in a relationship, you want to commit even more.
It's eclipse time! The second set of eclipses for 2017 occur in August, and up first is a lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th at 2:11PM. The Aquarius lunar eclipse gets us focused on the world at large, the bigger issues, and wants us to find a wider perspective, especially with the things we've been too subjective about. Take a step back and see how it all fits together and where each step takes us into the future. We need to think long-term and be concerned with our impact. This eclipse can be great for charitable ventures and humanitarianism.
Aquarius rules groups, and we can see a group come to the forefront, under the spotlight, or on shaky ground. Aquarius rules friendships, and we may want to reach out more, connect with our peers, and come together.
Change is also the domain of Aquarius, so we may see some sort of change, some sort of sudden development occurring with this eclipse. We need to make sure we're being smart about it and not rushing into it, but that may be a little difficult with the eclipse opposite transit (moving) Mars. This brings some impulsive, impatient energy into the mix, and we're going to need to be careful we're not letting our emotions get the better of us and push us to do things we shouldn't do. Let's be clear and thoughtful.
The Mars opposition may bring about some accident energy though, as well as more violent energy, so we may see some sort of big accident or more violence/warfare.
The eclipse does trine (positive aspect) Jupiter in Libra, so there is some beneficial energy here, and we can be optimistic and think big.
The lunar eclipse occurs at 15 degrees 25 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Aquarius
Semisextile: 13 degrees 25 minutes - 17 degrees 25 minutes Capricorn or Pisces
Sextile: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Gemini or Libra
Quincunx: 13 degrees 25 minutes - 17 degrees 25 minutes Cancer or Virgo
Opposition: 10 degrees 25 minutes - 20 degrees 25 minutes Leo
The solar eclipse occurs on August 21st at 2:29PM in Leo. This is the second new moon in a row in Leo (solar eclipses occur with new moons), and we may see some tie-in to the previous new moon in July. Leo is a sign that is positive and enthusiastic, and we can feel extra positive and enthusiastic. We can focus on what we enjoy most in life, on the people we love and the things we love to do, and we can get in touch with our hearts.
Leo rules romance and dating, and we can be more playful and bring sparks back into relationships. Leo also rules children, and we can give them more attention, or get in touch with our inner child.
We do need to watch for being overly dramatic - something Leo loves, the sign of drama. Avoid the theatrics and try to have fun instead. Creative energy can be high, and we may want to take some vacations and get some breaks.
The solar eclipse is trine transit Uranus is Aries, and Uranus is ruler of Aquarius, so some of the lunar eclipse energy ties in with the solar eclipse, and we can be much more open to change this month, and work to see the bigger picture.
One hink with this eclipse is that Mercury retrograde ends a couple weeks later on September 5th at about the same location, triggering this eclipse and bringing in some of that wonky retrograde energy. The best thing to do? Take a second chance or do something over again. The solar eclipse gives you beneficial energy and retrogrades love a do-over.
There is some troubling energy with this eclipse, unfortunately, aside of the Mercury retrograde. I don't normally use much fixed stars, but this eclipse occurs conjunct Regulus, which rules violence, warfare, and destruction, along with troubling fixed stars Adhafera and Al Jabbah. I'm not normally into fixed stars since the Sun transits them at the same time every year but we don't see the same developments every year on the same days, BUT since this is a solar eclipse, this can be something to focus on. (To watch: North Korea - Saturn @ 28 degrees Leo; President Trump: natal Mars @ 29 degrees Leo)
The solar eclipse occurs at 28 degrees 53 minutes Leo. The aspects to the eclipse are:
Conjunction: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Leo; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Virgo
Semisextile: 26 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Cancer or Virgo; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 0 degrees 53 minutes Leo or Libra
Sextile: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Gemini or Libra; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Taurus or Scorpio; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aries or Sagittarius; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Quincunx: 26 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Capricorn or Pisces; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 0 degrees 53 minutes Aries or Aquarius
Opposition: 23 degrees 53 minutes - 29 degrees 59 minutes Aquarius; 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 53 minutes Pisces
(Note: Because the solar eclipse is so late in sign, aspects can be felt out-of-sign; ordinarily, out-of-sign aspects aren't as strong and may not be felt much, but with Mercury retrograde triggering this eclipse and hitting those points in Virgo, they may feel strong in the month of August)
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations
Confusion hits us all sometimes, so what brings this on astrologically? Neptune, of course! Neptune clouds our judgment, brings in the haziness and fog, and makes it hard to figure out what's really happening.
Make sure you're signed up for the free monthly worksheet to keep track of Neptune every month!
Transit Neptune and confusion
So when transit Neptune is making a hard aspect (conjunction, square, opposition) to any of your natal planets or house cusps, you can suffer from some major confusion. It can last for a while too, because transit Neptune doesn't move very fast, so you can be under the fog of confusion for some time (months at a time over a couple of years!).
It's always important to ground yourself and work on being as realistic as possible with Neptune transits, and this can help you to avoid getting too confused. But, you probably can't escape it all.
Hard aspects to natal Neptune and confusion
You can also suffer from confusion when you're experiencing a hard transit aspect to your natal Neptune. With the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, this only lasts for a few days, so you get a shot of some confusing energy briefly. Those days aren't great for scheduling important decisions, tests, or anything that requires focus or discipline.
The Moon aspects your natal Neptune for just a few hours, but that can be a period where you're head is completely in a fog and you can't see anything straight.
With Jupiter, this can last for a couple of weeks, and the confusion, the haziness, and the fog can be even bigger with him since Jupiter energy is expansive. You definitely want to avoid anything that requires focus because that is very hard to find.
With Saturn, this can last for several weeks to a couple months, and Saturn is the planet of reality, so you can be super realistic to the point of lacking any and all imagination, or you can be super unrealistic to the point of being delusional and constantly confused. Balance is required here.
With Uranus, this can last for several months, and you may have sudden bouts of confusion, or confusion may lead to some developments that are sudden or out of your control. With Pluto, this can last up to 3 years, and the confusion can make you vulnerable to bad people, so you have to be careful of who you're around.
The 12th house and confusion
Neptune rules the 12th house, so you can also suffer from confusion when you have hard aspects to your 12th house cusp or ruler, and you can be more prone to confusion when transit planets are touring your 12th house.
This can be confusion in general with the Sun, mental confusion with Mercury, emotional confusion with the Moon, confusion in your relationships with Venus, confusion about taking initiative with Mars, confusion with where to expand with Jupiter., or confusion about changes with Uranus. Saturn in the 12th house can tamp down confusion and make you more realistic. Pluto in the 12th house can also bring in more reality, though confusion can also lead to deeper problems.
When you know you're under the influence of a hard Neptune transit or hard transit to your natal Neptune, or have planets touring your 12th house, make sure you're checking in with yourself a lot, and work on getting grounded.
Suggested Reading: Transit Neptune and the Personal Planets