“We live in a time when the greatest form of courage is to act as if our lives made a difference.” William Sullivan
August provided a bit of relief from the more dynamic transits but come mid September we will be feeling their influence once again. Much of the month concerns transformation and it is a powerful time to harness that energy to effect positive change in our lives.
The first part of the month – before the New Moon on the 15th – take some time to review progress with plans and goals. When the 15th comes clarify intentions for the way forward. Pay particular attention shedding attitudes, assumptions and belief systems that no longer serve you.
September starts off as Mercury aspects Neptune making it an excellent time for creative visualization, meditation and creativity. This aspect can cloud linear thinking and communications though (Neptune rules fog) so it is best, if possible, to avoid making serious decisions, signing legal agreements or making major purchases until after the 5th.
Through the 8th Venus squares Saturn. Under this influence concerns about finances can arise as well as issues related to self esteem. It is best to view these areas of life as in need of transformation and work on envisioning an improved path forward.
The Sun and Mercury will square Jupiter from the 5- the 11th. This can make it an overly active time for communication and thinking. Providing some down time for a quiet walk in nature or some restorative activities would be beneficial.
Midmonth things are likely to heat up as Pluto stations direct on the 18th and the Pluto /Uranus square is exact on the 19th – with the Sun and Mercury involved in a dynamic square. The Pluto/Uranus transit is aspect of our times and has an inner and outer component to it – meaning it is a significant evolutionary time for us both personally and globally. Mars is in Scorpio now through October 7 – this is a very good aspect for courage and clarity when facing challenges and can give us the jump start to enter new territory where we may have “feared to tread” up to this point.
Venus squares Mars from the 19th through the end of month which can create friction in relationships – especially as Saturn transits the late degrees of Libra. It is a good time to revisit what we have learned in the relationship sphere over the last couple of years in order to approach the future with more clarity.
The Harvest Full Moon is September 29 at 7 degrees of Aries.
Quote from The Secret of the Incas – excerpted from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra
“The best reason to shed your old stories, like a snake sheds its skin, is because you cannot ever heal yourself within your story.” Alberto Villoldo
The Moon waxes full Friday August 31 at 8 degrees of Pisces at 9:58 am EDT. The asteroid Chiron is a strong influence at this time. Astrologer Lynda Hill has written that Chiron is associated with the stories we tell ourselves – particularly the stories which keep a static view of the past and lead to a limited sense of the future. Inspired and intuitive perceptions are available now and can come as the result of viewing our lives through a mythic lens as opposed to a more mundane one.
“Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic…” Van Morrison, Into the Mystic
Life may indeed be feeling more mystical as we head into Friday’s Full Moon in Pisces on 8/31. Today Mars enters its home sign of Scorpio and sextiles the Sun in Virgo. These aspects bode well for an energized start – particularly one which involves pragmatic details and planning for creative or spiritual endeavors and projects. It is a good time to harness the energy and move forward.
Neptune will oppose the Sun at the time of the Full Moon and there can be a certain nebulous quality to our mundane perceptions now – as if we tumbled down the rabbit hole with Alice – or as if life itself is playing sleight of hand tricks upon us. This influence is transitory.
“Jupiter’s craving is to constantly expand the parameters of life beyond the familiar.” Caroline W. Casey
I have a friend – also an astrologer – who once told me that during certain planetary transits “agents of the planet” appear. By this he meant people who embody the energy of the transit or people who bring us information relevant to it.
Under the current Jupiter/Sun sextile I was in touch with a client who seems very Jupiterian. She started an antique shop which has expanded considerably over the years. She looks as if she has a lot of pleasure and optimism (both qualities of Jupiter) in her life as well as a mix of gypsy blood and horse- trader expertise.
We were in touch because she wanted to promote her new online store. She said with assurance, “we are going to launch it in September and the business will keep growing and growing.” This is Jupiter’s expansive realm.
It reminded me that when approaching endeavors, pragmatics, good strategies and planning all have their place but optimism and an expansive orientation are a very valuable component in creating a rewarding outcome.
“Once in a blue moon there’s a thing called happiness- It happens when you’re in a natural state of grace.” Van Morrison, Once in a Blue Moon
Jupiter, the planet associated with benevloence, abundance and religious teachings is a strong influence in the sky now.
This morning as I paused to watch the electric blue dragonflies glitter as they danced and spun above the water at the Beaver Pond a white pickup truck came down the road and stopped in front of me. The driver was smiling and asked in a conspiratorial tone, “Is this a good place to drop off a turtle?” I nodded my head yes and he jumped out of the pickup.
“I picked him up a minute ago,” he said, retrieving the small painted turtle from the back of his truck. “He was in the middle of the road and I was afraid someone would hit him. ”
He gently placed the turtle on the hill by the water’s edge where it made its way slowly through the way grass.
“Well that’s my good deed for the day,” he said smiling as he drove off.
Good deeds are associated with Jupiter – the application of spiritual teachings. So much of the news we hear these days is about strife and conflict and the inability to resolve problems. It is good to remember the benevolence of Jupiter – that many small deeds like this – too numerous to count- are also enacted every day by individuals who receive no credit or recognition for them. But these small deeds very much contribute to a more thoughtful, more connected, more generous world.
“Through application comes awareness.” Edgar Cayce.
August 1 the Moon is waxes full at 10 degrees of Aquarius opposing the Sun in Leo. The sign of Leo governs royalty and the sign of Aquarius governs humanity. This is the polarity which we see echoed in many of the issues of our time as we move towards a more Aquarian time.
The sign of Aquarius also governs groups and associations we choose to align with – friends and coworkers who share kindred values and help us to actualize our work in the world more fully. This influence provides a good time to re- examine where we collaborate in order to function more effectively.
August 8 EDT Mercury turns direct at 1 degree of Leo. Heed any messages that come within few days before and after the day of the station – particularly those that have a surprising or innovative quality to them. Mercury/Uranus aspects are known for flashes of insight and breakthroughs are possible with lightning speed under this influence.
Venus will move into the sign of Cancer on the 9th and will form a harmonious trine to Neptune. Take advantage of this energy which is in play through mid month to expand imagination and dreams. It also bodes well for romance.
As we approach mid month the aspects becoming more challenging as Venus enters the Pluto/Uranus square. This can be a time when fears around scarcity can arise and present challenges we may have thought were resolved – challenges related to self esteem, relationship issues and finances. Feelings run deep. Proactively it is a time that offers another layer of healing around these issues as well as an opportunity to attain more clarity and develop courage and insight. Pluto/Venus aspects are related to developing a deeper understanding of life and the meaning of love in the world – often through a process that involves loss.
This can also bring “love at first sight” experiences – best entered into with these influences with caution and awareness.
The Sun moves into Virgo on the 23rd. The upcoming month will provide an opportunity to integrate a new levels of awareness more fully.
Mars moves into Scorpio on 8/23 – Mars is the god of action and loves to act impulsively. It is best all month long to avoid rushing as well as impulsive speech and behavior.
Quote from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra
“Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision and often, just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” Florence Scovel Shin
There are two full moons in August – the first of which is Wednesday 8/1 at 10 degrees of Aquarius. One of the Sabian symbols associated with this Full Moon is “During a silent hour a man receives a new inspiration which may change his life.” Uranus is trining the Sun in fire – this bodes well for higher plane thinking – heed out of the box thinking and ideas which point in an innovative direction. This aspect helps build courage and self esteem when moving in an authentic direction.
Venus is in a favorable aspect to Saturn during this Full Moon reminding us of the importance of maintaining a commitment to our vision despite transient appearances. If there are setbacks use them as learning tools. This aspect is good for solidifying finances and reminds us that serious work and planning bode better for long term results than worry.
“New ways of thinking about familiar things can release new energies and make all manner of things possible.” Charles Handy
Mercury stations retrograde at 12 degrees of Leo on July 14th at 10:16 PM EDT and does not resume direct motion again until Aug 8.
Mercury retrograde periods provide excellent timing to pause and reflect on our perspectives. Often there is a need to expand the habitual way we think about things to allow for different kinds of possibilities, opportunities and outcomes. These three weeks are excellent for moving in that direction- revisit, review and revise your perspectives if necessary.
Retrograde Mercury can have a trickster nature to it also so be sure to leave more time for traveling, be more vigilant about the erratic nature of other people’s driving, avoid rushing and double check any communications that seem to have gone awry rather than assuming that something intentional has occurred.
“One is always surprised by awareness for everything is always new.” Peter Balin
Uranus will station retrograde Friday 7/13 at 5:49 am EDT and Mercury will station retrograde Saturday the 14th at 10:16 pm. For the next several days higher octave, visionary aspects are in play. So often what limits our ability to evolve in the outer world has to do with a limited perspective originating in our inner world. Pay attention to information that comes about your perceptual lens – the framework of assumptions, deeply held views and perceptions – that no longer serves you and inhibits your ability to move forward in an authentic, evolved way. Information leading to evolutionary leaps can abound under these aspects – sometimes coming to us in surprising, symbolic ways.
“Every bush is a Burning Bush and the world is crowded with God.” CS Lewis
The Sabian symbol for today’s Jupiter Ceres conjunction in Gemini is “A well with bucket and rope under the shade of majestic trees.” This image speaks of a place of solace and peace – close to a source of inspiration. Reconciling duality is still very much on the table as Venus continues her trek through Gemini and under this influence it bodes well to try to recapture and re- integrate inspired parts of ourselves which may have been pushed aside in the process of adapting to the “rules of the road.” It can be a time of breakthroughs which lead to emotional and spiritual renewal.
Sabian symbol reference from Dane Rudhyar, quote from Lynda Hill’s Divine Sparks