Imbolc will soon be here in the southern hemisphere. I put this first article together for the latest edition of the Axis Mundi and have also included a second Imbolc article from the August 2008 edition of the AM.
** Exact dates and times are from http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/2017.html – Equinox and Solstice data from the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington DC. Cross-Quarter moments are interpolated as the midway points between the Solstices and Equinoxes measured in degrees along the ecliptic. Former NASA scientist Rollin Gillespie uses this spatial method rather than simply splitting in half the time interval between a Solstice and an Equinox.)
Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).
Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia, we are far removed from the climate and rural lifestyles of the people of ancient Europe where this festival, and others that…
For your next Solitary ritual or Coven gathering, how would you like to have a brand new, long, black flowing robe. At the bottom of your robe, gently flowing in the breeze is the trim which is one of a kind, crescent moons, pentacles, and the Nile moon goddess.
If you are like me, you like to look good before the Goddess or whoever your Divine might be. And if you are like me, you have had the robe you’ve got now forever. In fact, you can’t remember how long you have had it. So it’s time for a new one and this one is a beauty(really we got 12 in, I guess you can imagine where that one went, lol!). But when we get special items in like this, I like to share them with you. And I didn’t want this one slipping by you, so without further a’do, here she is….
I should add, there are also matching shirts and skirts to go along with this robe. They have the same beautiful needlework at the bottom as the robe does. There are plenty of the shirts and skirts but like I said a very, very limited quantity on the robes. Also we are now running ads all over the net, I wanted you to have first chance at one of these gorgeous robes.
Welcome to the Witches Digest for Tuesday, August 1, Lammas
Your Daily Divination for Today
The Witches Current Moon Phase for August 1st
Waxing Gibbous Illumination: 67%
The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.
Phase Details for – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Age: 9.06 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 404,336.57 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,821,764.34 km
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Message for August 2017
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but there are days at the moment that seem to be moving in slow motion, and there are other days which are most definitely on fast forward. Overall, one would hope this would balance out somewhere in the middle, but the stop, start, slow, quick pace of life seems to feel more like the lurching on a fairground ride than it does anything else. There is little time to pause or take a breath, and there is a sense of the intensity of the slow motion/fast forward effect increasing, as though both are now happening at the same time. It really is hard to put into words, but it feels multi-faceted and way beyond the language we currently have at our disposal: how can we explain the unexplainable?
Yet, despite the effervescent and excitable energies popping up into all areas of our lives, there is also a sense of release and letting go at the same time. It’s as though we are subconsciously allowing ourselves to let go of everything that no longer serves us in order to open up our hearts and souls towards the new. Even though we may not, as yet, know what the new is, intuitively it feels right to let it in as we can sense the eager anticipation deep within our hearts and souls.
August looks set to be a month of reverence. This may seem like an odd choice of word, but it feels like the only word that can truly sum up the expected shifts in the days and weeks ahead as we step deeper into the lurching fairground ride in order to find a more serene and tranquil state of living and being. Whilst, in many ways, life will still feel confusing and complex (as that’s the nature of being human), there looks set to be a wave of hope rising up from deep within, weaving and lacing together with the hope rising up from other souls from all around the globe.
There’s a shift in tone from confusion to one of respect and compassion; a willingness to rise above the confusion we see all around in order to focus on the things that unite us rather than the things that divide us. We have far more in common than we often notice, finding it easier to see the forces that segregate, isolate and divide. The more willing we become to be wholehearted and to stop denigrating and dismissing others, the more we can shift towards a warmer, more compassionate way of living and being.
It’s all too easy to look around and see division, intolerance, hate, prejudice and suffering because it’s everywhere, yet, is injecting more of this into the world going to help? Maybe it’s time to allow compassion to take the lead as we allow the true light of our souls to shine brightly and to acknowledge it’s love that unifies, not race, money, sexuality etc.
Reverence for every soul, reverence for ourselves; it’s a sense of waking up to the amazing, awe-inspiring world in which we live. To see the bigger picture: the macrocosm and the microcosm, to feel the wonder of life and to let this wonder and reverence seep and filter into the collective consciousness from all angles and pathways. Of course, this is unlikely to bring about a rapid change in the world, but every oak has to start as an acorn. It’s time not to think about walking a mile in someone’s shoes, but to walk with them, to walk together and to see the true equality of humanity…
Well, a girl can dream.
As you continue to contemplate opportunity and possibility beyond the four walls of your everyday life, there is a sense you are beginning to think about what’s truly important to you. It’s as though your awareness is expanding into the infinite space beyond the boundaries of your mind as you realise life doesn’t have to be shaped by ought’s, must’s and should’s, but it can also be defined and re-defined by your own beliefs, ideals and expectations. Whilst, life carries no guarantees, it’s easy to hover on the periphery waiting for a ‘better moment’ to thrive without acknowledging the fact that even the status quo isn’t set in stone and guaranteed as everything changes. Now, this isn’t to say you should drop everything and never make a commitment to anyone or anything again, but equally, it is important not to feel imprisoned in the life you’ve created for yourself. Change is inevitable, opportunity is everywhere; it’s up to you if you choose to embrace these concepts or not.
You’ve spent a lot of time waiting for the ‘right moments’ in life, waiting to let your inner light shine and waiting to grab life with both hands. You’ve also spent a lot of time giving yourself a hard time for waiting. Instinctively you know waiting causes stagnation, and whilst there is always wisdom in thinking things through, there are times when you know you need to step from where you are now to where you need to be. Life is complex, frustrating, unknowable and indecipherable, but that’s not going to change and waiting for it to, is likely to lead to a long wait. You therefore have a choice: accept the status quo or don’t. Either way, the most important lesson for you to learn now is the lesson of self-belief…
As your twinkly, sparkly essence, also known as your sense of self, continues to break cover and head towards the surface of your soul, there is a growing sense you are beginning to allow it some breathing space to stretch, expand and come to life. Although you have always been aware of your true, sparkly self, you have often found it hard to find ways to incorporate this into your everyday world as there has been a void between your everyday life and the space where potential and dreams reside. It’s as though you have grown into a belief that there simply isn’t time to twinkle, sparkle and let your soul shine as you are too busy keeping on keeping on. Of course, in many ways this is true, but keeping on and twinkling are not mutually exclusive, you can do both! It seems you have become so focused on trying to do everything for everyone you have forgotten to include yourself in the equation.
It’s also important to realise that embracing your essence doesn’t have to mean turning your back on everyone around you, it simply means a willingness for you to honour yourself much more. Compassion is something you have in bucket loads, but self-compassion? Well, it’s time to love, honour and respect yourself far, far more. Compassion can sometimes feel overwhelming, particularly as you have such deep respect for others and would tend to do just about anything to help, support or keep them safe, but when the cost of doing this is a diminishment of your own light, intuitively you know things have grown out of kilter and you need to turn to face this in order to establish a new equilibrium. Whilst you will never stop being there for others, it’s time to be here for you too…
As you continue to explore your inner space and look deeply within your own heart and soul, there is a growing sense of bewilderment emerging from you as you had hoped to go deeper to find answers but have, in fact, ended up with even more questions. It’s understandable to want to make sense of your life and to know why things are the way they are, yet there is no end point to this quest as you are on an ever-moving treadmill into unknowable terrain. Whilst you long for a pause in order to re-centre and re-focus, intuitively you know you can’t have this as nothing ever stays the same, so a realisation in one moment becomes past tense in the blink of an eye and you find yourself seeking answers to the next chapter of your life. In many ways, life is a linear experience, one year after the other, but it is also cyclical and perhaps this is the key for you to explore now?
If you step back to look at the bigger picture of your life you will see numerous repeating patterns and cycles, some repeat due to lessons not learned and others repeat because that’s what they do, just like the four seasons. Maybe by exploring the cycles of your life, you can begin to gain a stronger sense of purpose once again? It is unquestionably hard to feel lost up the creek without a paddle or GPS, but instead of using every ounce of energy to find the paddle and GPS (and to understand why they were lost), it seems time now for you to tap into your innovative ingenuity and find another way. Life isn’t about going backwards and forwards along a linear pathway, it’s about having the courage to take a deep breath and explore with an open heart and an open mind…
August looks set to be a month for some honest self-reflection and introspection as you continue to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to what you truly want in life. In many ways, you have become stuck in a rut, a repeating cycle of ‘sleep, shower, breakfast, work, food, Facebook, TV, bed, shower, work…’ Of course, there may be some other aspects to your routine missed out from this list, but you get the gist. Your life has become predictable and, if you are honest, a tad boring; whilst keeping on keeping on is important as it pays the bills, you are beginning to wonder ‘why?’. Why are you feeling so unfulfilled? Why are you going through the motions day after day after day? Why aren’t you looking beyond this cycle to the world beyond? Why are you stuck in a rut but seem unwilling or unable to do anything about it? Well, life is often a matter of perception, so if you feel stuck you create an inertia of immovability making it so hard to break the cycle.
Yet, you are not one to believe in the concept of ‘think positive: change your life’ as it seems rather twee to you. However, consider this: what if how you think shapes your ability to look at life in a different way? So, a willingness to break the cycle from time to time doesn’t have to feel unsettling but it can feel liberating as you are giving yourself a well-earned rest from the cycle you have created for yourself. You may not feel as though you created this cycle as it’s an inevitable part of life, but it’s also important to take ownership for the choices and decisions you make. What happens next is up to you…
Perhaps more than most, you have been caught up in the wash, spin, rinse, spin cycle of life over recent weeks and months. You have found yourself in the middle of a whirlwind of energy, moving multi-laterally and multi-dimensionally at the same time; never pausing in the same moment twice but never having the time to take stock or get your bearings. It’s been a challenging time for you as you haven’t been able to get your head around where you are and why; you’ve felt lost, discombobulated and overwhelmed, often all at once, and it’s been hard for you to grab hold of your inner lion to roar and re-centre. However, all is not lost, and, as hard as it may seem, this whirlwind hasn’t been a waste of your time and energy as you now find yourself on the leading edge of a new chapter in your life.
It’s as though being tossed about like a little boat in stormy seas has shaken away all the inner cobwebs and doubts, leaving behind your true, colourful, vibrant and passionate self: the real you. This real you has always been present of course, it’s just that life has often muddied the waters and left you caught up in places to go, people to see and things to do. Distractions can fill life up if you let them as the ‘to do list’ never really shortens; when life gets busy, distractions get bigger and bigger until all sense of proportion is lost. So, the only way forward from this is to pause for a moment in order to re-connect to your true essence. It’s not rocket science, just a willingness to allow yourself some breathing space as this will help you to put all of the distractions back into perspective once again. Well, it’s time to breathe, re-centre and be you…
August looks set to be a month of insight, inspiration and intuition as you begin to gain a new sense of perspective when it comes to living the life you were born to live. You have always been a visionary and you have long held a vision of the life you intuitively know is your true path as you have kept it close to you throughout your years on earth. However, whilst knowing your path gives you a sense of direction, it’s also important to acknowledge the life you are living now as, whatever way you look at it, this is the life you were born to live as you’re already living it! It’s easy to see your destiny as ‘over there’ whilst you are ‘over here’, but the present is on the pathway to the future, and over here is a part of over there; they are intertwined and interwoven in a most delicate and intricate fashion.
Your quest, if you choose to accept it, is in bringing together the two ends of where you are and where you want to be and allowing them to merge and become one. This isn’t giving up on your dreams but it’s a willingness to acknowledge the importance of the present moment and accepting it’s just as important as the promised land of ‘living the life you were born to live’. In fact, you can go even deeper than this in order to wholeheartedly acknowledge you are already living the life you were born to live and, by doing so, bringing back together the many different facets of your perspective into the here and now. The life you were born to live isn’t just the destination, it’s the whole experience, so right turns, wrong turns, dead ends or going off road, it’s all a part of life…
The concept of ‘over-thinking’ is one that has often puzzled you, after all, how can one over-think? Surely one can only think to the full capacity of one’s brain, not more than that? Over-thinking is a concept managed only by a select few and understood by even less. As an over-thinker, it’s hard not to want to make sense of this as it suggests you are not very good at something (oh, the perfectionist in you!), yet, over-thinking is the skill that’s allowed you to take huge strides forwards in life, to think outside of the box and to reach towards the stars when it comes to reaching for your dreams. However, over-thinking has also left you struggling at times feeling overwhelmed and unable to make sense of why things are the way they are. Over-thinking is a natural state of being for you, it isn’t a ‘problem’ most of the time as it’s your spark and va-va voom, but there are times when it becomes your nemesis as you just keep on digging, digging, asking questions, weighing up possible outcomes and more digging.
It’s as though you become so focused on finding out why things are the way they are that you have lost sight of everything else. Perhaps changing the phrase ‘over-thinking’ to ‘boundary-less philosophising’ will make you feel more positive about this trait? Your brain is a powerful supercomputer that moves at a million miles an hour, few can keep up with you, but this doesn’t stop you from using this gift to fly high in life. It’s only when you hear someone calling you an ‘over-thinker’ do you question its validity in your life so – stop! Over-thinking is just a way for others to try to make sense of your ever-expanding brain, so stop over-thinking it (!) and get back to your philosophising beyond boundaries…
August looks set to be a month of unravelling some of the more complex conundrums of your life as you begin to see how the different facets of your being all fit together (or not). You have long had a sense of the bigger picture of your life but you have struggled to find a way to make sense of it all or to understand why things are the way they are. You are, on many levels, a mysterious soul as your depths are boundless and you rarely expose your softer underbelly to the daylight. It’s not that you are distant or unapproachable, but you can find it hard to let your real essence dance free. There are many reasons for this, from past experiences to a wariness of allowing others to get too close in case they are not as honourable as they appear. Trust can be hard for you at times as you have been stung in the past and this has created an in-built caution when it comes to letting others see, touch or feel your depths.
It seems clear that the key to making sense of why things are the way they are is to find a way to bring together your inner depths with the rest of your formidable self; inner union can create a stronger sense of equilibrium, enabling you to step back even further from the bigger picture to see the ‘even bigger picture’; one that includes you living with an open heart and an open mind. You may recoil at the thought of exposing your underbelly, yet you also yearn for it as you want to feel a sense of inner unity again and you know the only pathway to this is through wholehearted vulnerability; being real, being seen and being authentic. It’s your time to dance…
What do you truly want? What do you, wholeheartedly, genuinely, truly want? Yes, it’s that question again. It keeps popping up, so clearly there’s a need for you to answer it. July asked you to explore the question, August is asking you to answer it. You have long had ideas of what you want in life and you have long had a sense of your gifts and talents, yet you have also long had a massive ‘to do’ list of things to do, people to see and places to go which never gets shorter and acts as a huge distraction that takes you away from ever having to do anything about what you truly want. Why? Do you fear failure? Success? Do you wonder if your life would feel empty if you were no longer striving towards your dreams? Or do you just prefer your dreams to remain dreams as you rather like being in a constant state of longing?
Most of these questions seem unlikely but clearly, something is thwarting your progress as you would rather unclog the sink than sit down and reconnect to what you truly want. Only you can know why this is the case but it seems important for you to explore this now otherwise you may end up looking back on your life thinking ‘what if’ or ‘if only’. You are a visionary, a creative, passionate spark of lifeforce, so why on earth are you so self-doubting and self-deprecating? Why is it okay to give yourself a hard time or deny yourself the opportunity to let your talents and gifts thrive? They may be your gifts but keeping them locked within your heart and soul denies everyone the opportunity to feel the joy of them, including you. You have reached a crossroads, and this is your moment to stop procrastinating and start living…
For a long time now, you’ve been waiting for a special moment: a moment where the planets align, unanswered questions get answered and where you know exactly and precisely what to do. It’s understandable to want such a moment, after all, when you are making some big life decisions, you don’t want to make them lightly or without due thought and consideration. Whilst this makes sense, intuitively you already know how unlikely it is you will step into such a moment as it’s sat up on the pedal-stalled horizon of what a perfect life might look like. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have aspirations or hopes, but when you hold back waiting for a moment you already intuitively know won’t come, then perhaps you need to ask yourself what your true motivations really are as it clearly isn’t really about the ‘right time’. Life is never straightforward, or black and white, as it is a kaleidoscope of shades of greys as well as the unending palette of colours in the spectrum.
Whilst it’s understandable to want ‘clear-cut’, is it really helping you to hold back when you know you can’t have it? Yes, this frustrates you and, yes, it is a deeply annoying part of being human, but it seems the frustration created from not getting something you already intuitively know you can’t have is growing ever-more intense and it’s this frustration that’s creating the true barrier to you knowing when to act and when not to; it’s getting in the way of you being you. Listen to yourself and trust your intuition as you know it’s formidable. Self-doubt only undermines you, and frustration clouds the view, so turn this around now, and start seeing just how blessed you are to be standing at a crossroads; what happens next is up to you…
There are times in your life when you feel caught up in a moment, unable to sense where you are or why. You can feel overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time, as well as both excited and fearful, joyful and sad. It’s as though every pathway in your life has suddenly converged into this moment and you can’t quite make sense of it, or work out what’s happened. The first time it occurred, you put it down to chance, the second time you thought it was co-incidence, but now you have experienced it on numerous occasions you are beginning to see things from a slightly different perspective. Although you are still unsure exactly why you have these convergent moments, you have begun to see them as a blessing as they each give you a rare opportunity to see the bigger picture in a nicely condensed version in the blink of an eye. It’s as though you suddenly get every thought process and idea coming together as one so things that you once couldn’t understand or make sense of, are now clear and concise.
It’s hard to articulate as it’s more of a feeling, but it seems you are now approaching another ‘convergence’ of several different pathways of your life bringing you an opportunity to merge many of your skills and talents into a more cohesive whole. Whilst the process can feel a little overwhelming, you now know it’s part of the process towards clarity in your life, so your willingness to allow the pathways to converge and explode in a powerful display of colour enables you to become a part of the process rather than be a perplexed spectator and, as a result, you are able to take an active part in re-shaping and re-defining your life…
As you continue to work out a balance between your everyday life and your creative spark, there is a sense you are beginning to realise just how important your creative, spiritual, imaginative and emotional well-being actually is. This may sound like an odd observation, as of course you know how important they are, yet, just how much do you offer tenderness and love for these aspects of yourself? You are so often caught up in the throng and buzz of daily life that you forget about your own, deeper, needs. It’s easy to overlook your creativity, spirituality and emotions as they frequently get in the way of the business of keeping on keeping on. Yet, you intuitively know you can’t ignore these for long as, over time, your overall well-being will begin to suffer as you shift out of kilter and find yourself unable to fully function in life. Why do you feel as though these get in the way of your life? Can’t they be a part of your life? The more you see them as separate forces, the harder it becomes to re-unify and re-balance.
To live disconnected from the forces that ultimately create your true essence takes a lot of strength and courage, yet why would you want to? They’re not distractions, nor are they irritants, they are the keys to you living a full, rich and rewarding life. It’s time to restore your perspective in order to acknowledge your true essence and allow it to flow freely in your life, then you will see just how important it is to live in harmony and balance. Once you realise they are not distractions, but potent enhancements to life, you will find yourself more able to achieve balance between being super-you and being your true self…
July had the focus of Integrating Time. It is part of this Year of The Empowered Sovereign as we move into a new spiral of empowerment that supports the Ascension of humanity into a more connected and conscious species. Understanding your power with time is about mastering fourth-dimensional expression (a subset of fourth density).
Areon, the Lyran Council of Time, say that time responds to us and through us. There are physical laws and subtle laws that affect us. The physical laws are what we see as the “immutable” effect of time. For example hours/days/seasons – the effect of movement around the sun. Your subtle realm is your inner realm. Your subtle bridge—how you connect directly with the subtle realm—is your thoughts and emotions. Your subtle bridge responds and interacts with the field of life, invisibly creating the future. Because it is subtle, it is mutable, but it cannot be controlled and manipulated like the realm of form.
Your present moment has the past and the future in it, so being fully present and empowered flows your energy strongly into your moment. Things like fear, drama and chaos can take one out of their power, out of their present moment. This is the difference between awake and asleep, empowered or disempowered. When you anchor in your present, you are able to connect more consciously and clearly with your subtle bridge.
The real work is always your inner work. It’s what determines how you utilize and respond to the outer experiences like eclipses, influxes, downloads, gateways…
And we’ve got some doozies coming up. Time to surf!
August is a powerful time each year as the Leo energy blazes us into a fiery new phase. I hope you all have a Leo you love in your life—they are magical. Mostly. Like all signs. ;o) We’ve got some really cool astrology in these times with a black moon in Leo, an eclipse series traipsing across the United States.
The Ascension energies I was shown was shown a light zooming all over the earth and touching down for a second in places, gathering momentum with other lights, splitting off, gathering new momentum. During this vision I heard, “Ignite Your Soul.” This is a time of powerful focus into your energy of what you want to create in your future.
Areon has been preachin’ for awhile about “get YOUR energy into the world.” You are Life, you have a powerful spark of creation within. Use your focus to pray for humanity’s future, you get a vote! From your desires, your actions will be inspired as you participate with your moments from that clarity of what you want.
August amplifies that.
When we were filming the August energies, we had two animal messages. The first was dragonfly. It circled over or near where we were filming the entire time. Dragonfly’s message is “The Power of Light.” “Use the creative imagination as a force within your life. Dragonfly brings the brightness of transformation and the wonder of colorful new vision.”
As I finished the last word of the video, I heard a screech. It was hawk. Hawks don’t screech continuously (except when they’re young), so it was special to hear. Hawk’s message is “Visionary Power and Guardianship.” “It holds the keys to higher levels of consciousness. It awakens our vision and inspires us to a creative life purpose.”
Wow! What a perfect message from the animal kingdom! Both animal messages excerpted from Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.
The “meek inheriting the Earth” (those strong enough within to operate from compassion and balance rather than dominating due to fear) begins in this way. The compassionate ones roar their silent Love into the ethers. They participate in structures that are out of balance in a conscious and balanced way and they change them from within, as well as with their powerful focus of Love. Ignite your soul in August!
Ignite the August Eclipses
Eclipses offer us a reset of energy. They are potent focusers of two powerful energies for us, the sun and the moon. The two opposites that lead us through day and night such that we connect with the outer and the inner, honoring the full breadth of the dual engine of life as we create. Eclipses occur in pairs of opposite signs. The lunar eclipse on August 7 is in Aquarius. The solar eclipse on August 21 is in Leo.
I was shown two aspects of the eclipse to share. It bisects the USA in a diagonal line, cutting it in two. Separation is the physical realm. It’s a fact of experiencing this reality, though only part of the story. Separation serves evolution as it gives a new perspective. From a new perspective, you have the option of a new choice. Areon has been saying since mid-2016 that we would start seeing more polarization between people. It’s not brand new, but I’d say we’re seeing more of it. Sometimes things have to get really obvious and uncomfortable for people to change. (When you pay attention to the subtle clues of life, you don’t always need to learn through obvious extremes)
The eclipse enters the US landmass in Oregon, a state that is currently rather progressive. It exits through South Carolina which has a history of slavery. I was shown “in with the new, out with the old.” Remember, these are generalizations, which can show you a pattern, but it doesn’t just completely apply. It is not to say that Oregon has a perfect history, or the people currently in SC reflect that history (I grew up there and I know many powerful Lightworkers that live there!). Take the overall generalization (or leave it), but don’t read too much into it.
“In with the new, out with the old.” Build the future, learn from the past. Lightworker, what kind of future do you want to see for humanity? All Life being honored equally? Don’t worry about the how or when, focus on it! The how and when as it applies to you will surface in your heart and mind and inspire you into creation.
Do you see a huge clue? In with the new first. Hasn’t this been what we’ve been working on as we learn to use our thoughts and emotions positively? Yes, of course sometimes it’s out with the old first in the physical world. But even that begins with a desire. We recognize our desire for peace, love and abundant flow for All Life, then readjust to create that—getting rid of beliefs, habits and physical things that hold us back from that.
In with the new. It’s in you. Live it, breathe it into your world. Be it. Renew your focus on what you want to create. Start within. We have more support for this than it seems. The Light Language transmission surprised me with this. Ignite YOUR Soul in August. Spend some time each morning to focus on your desires for the future, yours and humanity’s future. This is your time, Lightworker. Be present and gift the future with your Love.
These are the times we’ve been preparing for. Powerful times, indeed.
The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning into the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.
*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.
This energy, thanks to Uranus, activates a certain spark of electricity in the air. New relationships will have an unusual aspect to them and old ones can break-to-realign in a positive, even fun way with this energy. No monotonous routine, humdrum people or boring collaborations with this one. Use it to access your unique genius and deep well of creativity and then share if you can, with other like-hearted Souls. Take advantage of this energy to tap into areas you may not have realized were available to you before. Keep it light and upbeat; socialize and enjoy the experience of different people or new activities. Keep in mind, however, any relationships begun this week may not be based on qualities needed for long term survival. It is more a time to enjoy the people and experiences that pass through at this time and accept this gift!
These two energies are potent by themselves, but when challenging each other like this, permanent change is underway. Squares push you “out of comfort zone – in to – new territory”, that, essentially, you could not get to on your own as you need the friction or the push. Keep your own motivations pure to avoid getting hurt by the karmic debris swirling nearby, know your own Truth & Story and allow what’s no longer true to fade, while embracing a renewed sense of purpose and dedication to something larger than you. Pluto is the Purifier and Jupiter represents justice and laws and is a social planet, so look for changes in government and revelations of the movements and machinations that are covert or hidden from the public view. There is a cleansing happening as we speak. It is time to question everything ~ especially your own belief systems. Reflect to see if what you hold as Truth is still adequate or even accurate. This energy is best for working toward positive change and restoring clean power structures within and out in the world and helping the individual transform their personal story considerably.
Welcome to August 2017. It’s a super-busy time of revelations, secrets, exploring new possibilities, and really getting to grips with what’s been going on since last autumn.
Major August cosmic highlights include the final lunar and solar eclipses for this year, in Aquarius and Leo. You can find out much more about what those crackling, game-changing events may bring in two Moon Diary eclipse specials.
Astrology advises us to defer decisions on the day of an eclipse, plus a couple of days before and after these important celestial events. Things, facts, and feelings can be ‘eclipsed’ at these times and we may not know what’s what until we’re free of all that discombobulating cosmic magnetism. The lunar eclipse is on 7th August, while the powerful total solar eclipse occurs on the 21st August.
Mercury is turning retrograde on 13th August in the meticulous sign of Virgo. We’ll all have to keep a close eye on life’s pesky little details until early September, allow extra time for travel, and prepare for all the usual Mercury retrograde shenanigans. There’s more about this in the Cosmic Weather for 13th August.
And finally, generous Jupiter brings up some longstanding issues with partnerships, alliances, and relationships. Have you been putting something off? Jupiter’s leaving Libra in October, so these late summer and early autumn weeks are a favourable time to deal with our connections. Exploring new friendships and alliances, or even making marriage plans, could be a great use of this energy.
Friday 4th August:
It’s all about power, money, plutocrats and games playing as Jupiter in Libra squares off with Pluto in Capricorn for the final time. Strategy, legal matters, and secrets are all around us in the atmosphere – and as this is the final time these big boys challenge one another from these dynamic signs, much is likely to come to a rolling boil now. Processes that began last November are very much in focus. We can look afresh at what happened then, or see what’s been brewing up since that time and make some provisional decisions about what’s next.
If you have planets or points at around 17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn in your natal horoscope then here’s an opportunity to reform, regenerate or recycle. Money, love, alliances and relationships are meaningful areas to consider. Do try and avoid control-freak behaviour if at all possible!
Monday 7th August:
Mind Meld: New Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse in airy Aquarius.
August’s supersize Moon Diary has all the details about this bouncing, sparks flying, geeky lunar eclipse. One way or another it’s electrifying.
Wednesday 9th August – Saturday 9th September:
Keeping It Real: Jupiter in Libra sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
The wise owl in this illustration is drawing the glyph for Mars, while the glyphs for Jupiter and Saturn sit completed at the top of the page.
These next weeks bring us some constructive, cautious optimism plus a chance to be realistic when making our plans for the future.
Jupiter and Saturn highlight everything connected with the law, opportunities for business, work, or studying abroad, while offering a clear-sighted view of long-term projects or relationships. Any delays to your plans will turn out to be useful moments to make sensible necessary changes, or find a more economical way of getting what you want.
If you have planets or points at around 21 degrees of any sign, you can move (slowly) towards creating something valuable and lasting.
Sunday 13th August – Thursday 31st August:
Back to the Future: Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Mindful Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo from 13th – 31st August. Then it’s back into Leo, turning direct on 5th September. So recollect, rewrite, redo, rewind…..and during this Virgo journey, remember to always read the small print. Yes, terms and conditions apply, even if written in fiendishly tiny letters by scholarly ants.
Mercury retrograde flags up all the usual – travel confusion, communications going astray, computer madness, misunderstandings, and arrangements that have to be rearranged or cancelled. Mercury retrograde in Virgo is an excellent time for nit-picking, drilling down into the finer points of a dilemma, and collecting research.
We’re currently between two eclipses too – this is really not a helpful time to push through hugely important decisions. It’s more favourable, if possible, to stay flexible until Mercury turns direct. All manner of new information and changed circumstances may alter the kind of choices we make in September.
‘Peace and Music’, as advertised at Woodstock forty-eight years ago this August, could be exactly what we all need to seek out this month. And why not add a little love too?
The definitive documentary movie, ‘Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music’ directed by Michael Wadleigh, would likely bring Mercury in fastidious Virgo out in hives at the sight of all that mud and free love. It is, however, available from all the usual suspects. Feed your head. Mercury is definitely in favour of that.
Mercury finally leaves Virgo on 30th September. It’s a long session in the library, but (possibly) we’ll all be tidier and more organised by the end of it.
Monday 21st August:
Going for Gold: New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in Leo the Lion
So this is the big one – the much anticipated ‘Great American Eclipse’ of 2017. However much we might sneer at people in the distant past who were deeply unsettled by an eclipse, there’s still something awesome about seeing the bright Sun disappear behind a black disc. You can see the stars, and all the birds stop singing.
Love planet Venus moves into tender Cancer on Monday, and will remain in this sign until August 25. You can expect matters of the heart to take a sentimental turn as a result. You might fall in love with someone who shares your roots in some way — either the same heritage or other customs that nourish your soul. Another possibility is that you and your sweetheart will spend more time together nesting. You might also entertain at home with your lover, or decide it’s time to introduce your sweetie to your clan.
Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19
This week Uranus will turn retrograde in your sign, helping your love life out in the process. With Uranus moving direct, you can’t help but go after things in a way that is personally serving, rather than what’s best for your relationship. After Thursday however — and until January 2, 2018 — Uranus will hibernate slightly from his erratic ways, allowing you to gain healthy traction in partnership matters. How? You’ll stop shocking your sweetheart at every turn.
Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20
Talking about love, thinking about love, and making decisions about love are on the agenda. Venus will move into your communications sector this Monday, and remains here until August 25. As a result, you’ll have two things on your mind: love and money. A conversation about your love life with one of your siblings might prove to be quite helpful. Another possibility is that you and your sweetie will decide to take a short trip together. It’ll be so romantic.
Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20
You and your sweetheart might be talking about financial matters this week. In fact, until August 25, you might have several conversations with your lover about your personal money-making prospects. If you start to feel insecure about your earning potential, your partner will surely lift your spirits. He or she will remind you that you have many talents and that you are more than capable of marketing them. The confidence booster will work wonders.
Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22
This week Venus will move into your sign, granting you extra powers of attraction until August 25. You might decide to spend more time on your appearance over the next few weeks. The changes you make could be minor such as a new wardrobe, or they might be more dramatic — such as cosmetic surgery. Whatever you do, you’ll certainly feel and look more attractive. This translates into extra confidence and that is what other people will be drawn to the most.
Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22
If you are pining away over someone you know you can never be with, the next few weeks might be extra frustrating for you. Until August 25, you’ll either keep fooling yourself, or you’ll begin to find a way to release yourself from this unhealthy and unrequited love. This might be a good time to seek counseling or forms of spiritual self-help that can help you discover why you’re pursuing the unattainable in matters of the heart. It’s time to dig deep.
Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22
Your social life will become romantically rewarding this week. Starting Monday, and until August 25, you might find greater pleasure in all of your social connections. Attending parties, events, and nights out with friends will not only give you more joy, but it’ll also expose you to potential dating prospects. One of your pals might set you up on a date, or it’s possible that a friend will reveal he or she has feelings for you that are beyond platonic.
Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22
Your partner might become slightly more predictable this week — but only slightly. On Thursday Uranus, the planet of unexpected behavior and events, will turn retrograde in your relationship sector, and remains napping until January 2, 2018. This will help you regroup as a couple since your mate will likely become less capricious. In fact, your partner might show greater interest in stabilizing the bond you share — provided you can manage to keep the spark alive.
Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21
Venus will edge into your 9th House of Mind Expansion on Monday, and remains here until August 25. If you’re in a relationship, you’ll be interested in expanding your horizons in some capacity with your mate. This can be accomplished through international travel, studying a subject that interests you both together, or even through spirituality. A metaphysical workshop during this time may be especially eye opening. If you’re single, you’ll be drawn to people who are unique from you in some way. You’re looking to learn from love. And you will.
Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21
Your capacity to achieve real intimacy in your relationship will be expanded starting Monday, and lasting through August 25. If you have wanted to explore the deeper possibilities in your relationship — emotionally, physically, and psychically — now is the time to do so without fear. Your partner might be more willing to reveal his or her vulnerabilities in order to build a trusting, nurturing relationship. You, in turn, will feel safer revealing your own. It’s a definite win/win situation.
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Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19
Your love life is about to receive a major cosmic boost. Starting this Monday and lasting until August 25, Venus will tour your relationship sector. This once-a-year event has the power to smooth over any and all rough edges that might currently prevent you and your partner from achieving romantic bliss. If you’re dating someone, this transit might lead to a more serious commitment. You may decide to set up house together, become engaged, or even marry.
Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18
You and your lover might decide it’s time to improve your health. Starting this week and until August 25, you might see great progress in achieving this aim if you work together. Consider hiring a personal trainer for couple’s sessions. Or, you might want to start biking or jogging together in an effort to become fit. If you both are ready to commit to a new eating program, making it a joint effort will ensure your success. You’ll both be extremely supportive of each other now.
Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20
Your love life is about to feel like a breath of fresh air! Starting Monday and until August 25, Venus will tour your romance sector, making love sweeter than ever. If single, be sure to accept as many social invitations as possible. You’re likely to meet a special someone with the ability to capture your heart. If you’re in a relationship, you and your sweetie will enjoy extra bonding time.
There is continued focus on your deeper needs and feelings until this morning, dear Aries, after which the Moon moves into your adventure sector, and you begin to crave more space and light on an emotional level until Thursday night. Expanding your mind or your personal experiences can be in focus. Nevertheless, as the day advances, you benefit from a Mercury-Vesta combination that encourages concentration and focus on details and work. In fact, you can feel pleasantly committed to a task now, and can quite easily become lost for hours solving problems or making plans. This can be a time for dedicating yourself to a work project or a health program. You might come up with fabulous ideas on how to best pursue a particular goal, and conversations can readily turn to planning and strategy.
The Moon moves into your intimacy sector this morning, dear Taurus, and you’re seeking more depth and intensity to your activities and relationships for the next few days. Today, try to honor a desire to focus on a creative hobby or pursuit. Expressing your commitment to someone or putting more of yourself into a project can be satisfying now, even if it’s more mental than active. Focusing and concentrating without very much in the way of distractions can be a rare thing for you these days, but much appreciated right now. Creative pursuits and time alone spent on expressive or leisure activities can be felt to be healing. It’s a potentially excellent day for expressing yourself.
The Moon moves into your partnership sector this morning, dear Gemini, and until Thursday night, you’re in an exceptionally companionable mood. You’re in good shape for partnering up. However, you’re also able to focus and concentrate, so do take some time for yourself now. Concentrating on family or a practical project can relieve stress, particularly if you cut out distractions and focus on one thing at a time, one step at a time. It’s a great time for working from home or working on the home. Making plans with or about family and domestic matters can figure strongly.
The Moon moves into your work and health sector, where it will stay until Thursday night, dear Cancer. You’re gearing up to handle details and problems, and you can enjoy getting organized now. Helping you with this is an influence that increases your mental focus. Your interest in your projects, learning, and communications increases and you can become quite pleasantly absorbed in making headway. People are taking you more seriously than usual today! A commitment might be made to a new project or to help a relative or acquaintance. Friends are supportive right now.
The Moon moves into your creativity and romance sector this morning, dear Leo, and will enliven and bring more color to your emotions until Thursday night. You could feel smitten with someone or something, and you enjoy spreading the love and happiness around. As the day advances, you’ll feel exceptionally mentally focused. Discipline is easier to harness than usual, and you can experience a strong desire to get money matters or business back on track. You’ll want to apply yourself to building a talent or business today, and it’s satisfying!
The Moon moves into your home and family sector this morning after spending a few days in your busy solar third house, dear Virgo. Until Thursday night, you’re in a more introspective phase. Emotions tend to settle, especially if you find a project or cause that excites you. The likelihood of this happening is quite excellent today as your ruler, Mercury, moves into alignment with Vesta. This is a time for making plans, working harder, and feeling more committed and purposeful. Your dedication to your work or a project is apparent now, and it becomes you! It’s a time for going your own way and for satisfying independent work.
The Moon moves into your busy, curious, and connected solar third house this morning, dear Libra, keeping you on your toes until Thursday night. You’re putting out mental feelers now, making it a great couple of days to pick up tips and ideas, and perhaps a little gossip, as well! Even so, you’re also in an excellent position for independent or behind-the-scenes work today as Mercury and Vesta align in your privacy sector. It’s a great time for mental concentration and focus. Even if the Moon transit wants you to circulate and connect more than usual, take some time to regroup and recoup your mental energy, and you’ll do particularly well for yourself. This may be an important time for a private conversation with someone you trust.
This morning, the Moon moves into your sign, dear Sagittarius, and will be your guest until Thursday night. This position harmonizes well with the Sun and Mars and supports your ability to express your emotions through your activities in satisfying ways. People in your life tend to cooperate with you or step out of your way and let you get where you want to go! Mercury and Vesta meet at the top of your solar chart, suggesting that your mind is on work or long-term goals. In fact, with a goal in mind, you can be uniquely focused and ambitious today. This can be a perfect time for making long-term plans and lists, organizing, leading, and managing. You’re able to tune out distractions now for great results.
With the Moon’s move into your privacy sector this morning, dear Capricorn, you’re gearing up to wind down a four-week lunar cycle. Until Thursday night when the Moon will enter Capricorn, you’re inclined to take things easy, at least on an emotional level. You need to regroup and reclaim your energy. A Mercury-Vesta connection forming now can help you concentrate on details. You’re ready to commit to self-improvement activities and better attention to your spiritual and emotional needs going forward. Learning something special to you can figure strongly now.
With the Moon’s move into your social sector this morning, dear Aquarius, some of the pressure to perform releases and you’re inclined to seek out happier, easier activities until Thursday night. Even so, today’s energies favor an intensive focus on personal interests, research, and investigation. While relating and connecting are in the spotlight today, you’ll also benefit from some time to pour your mental energies and dedication into absorbing pursuits or passion projects. You’re so engaged and intrigued that you can spend a lot of time lost in thought or research. Some form of counseling or therapy, or simply a conversation about private matters with someone you trust, can figure strongly now.
The Moon moves to the top of your solar chart this morning, dear Pisces, where it will transit until Thursday night, stimulating your ambitions and turning your attention to your duties, reputation, and performance. This is a fine time for finding an area of focus and working towards a specific goal, and you get help today from a Mercury-Vesta alignment that encourages concentration and dedication to an idea or project. It can also be a time for dedicating particular attention to a partner or a relationship. There can be someone special who helps motivate you to set important work or projects in motion now. Listening attentively can benefit you greatly now. You’ll want to make things right and balanced in your environment and relationships today.
Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..
Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, August 2nd
Uranus has been transiting your sign for over six years, dear Aries, and this has altered the way you express yourself as well as your relationships and independence. More than half the year, Uranus is direct, and internal changes easily translate to the outside world. You are direct and confident in your pursuit of new experiences and expression of your independence. During Uranus’ yearly retrograde period, which starts today and runs until January 2nd, 2018, however, more is going on inside of you than on the surface. Use now and the coming months for getting in touch with what is driving your behavior, and which fears or attitudes have been limiting your independence and authenticity. Personal plans may be put on hold or could slow down, whether this is due to circumstances or because you are not as quick to make changes or take personal risks. Accept that some slowing down is a necessary part of the cycle. Today’s Moon transit highlights your need for non-routine experiences. This can also be a particularly creative day for your work, or your creativity is recognized or on show.
Uranus has been transiting your privacy sector for more than six years, dear Taurus, and will enter your sign in 2018 — a long-term cycle that will greatly impact your self-expression and independence. Uranus’ current transit helps prepare you for its upcoming transit of your sign by helping you break free of the past in significant ways, although there can be times when this is abrupt. Some surprises and moments when you’ve felt vulnerable or on edge have been part and parcel. Every year, Uranus spends approximately five months retrograde, and this year’s retrograde cycle begins today. Until January 2nd, 2018, changes are not as apparent on the surface of things. This is a period for processing recent events and modifications as well as for dealing with your feelings towards putting things behind you. Dreams and intuition are more pronounced at this time, and they’re giving you meaningful messages. The more you let go of the weight of secrets and inauthentic behavior, the more you enjoy your life. The Moon spends the day in your intimacy sector, and you’re in an introspective frame of mind. Today is useful for finding ways to satisfy both your need for familiarity and comfort or family and your desire for adventure and discovery.
With Uranus transiting your solar eleventh house for more than six years, dear Gemini, friends and group connections have been lively, unusual, nontraditional, and sometimes hard to count on. You’ve been breaking out of old molds and expressing yourself in new ways vis-a-vis friends, the group or your community. While there is some abruptness to this transit much of the year, with Uranus turning retrograde today and for the next five months, things tend to calm down, at least outwardly. The period ahead of you, until January 2nd, 2018, is good for processing recent changes and events in your social life. This will benefit you greatly so that you avoid impulsive, regrettable decisions. You are learning that you are truer to yourself when you act from your heart rather than simply react to others and to changing circumstances around you. With the Moon in your partnership sector all day, you’re exceptionally accommodating. Today is good for finding ways to satisfy surface curiosity as well as the need for more depth to your relationships or projects.
Uranus begins its yearly five-month retrograde cycle today, dear Cancer, and you tend to ease up on reacting to external circumstances in favor of examining attitudes you can change inside of yourself. Uranus has been transiting your career and reputation sector for over six years now, and this has prompted a desire to find yourself, to reshape your reputation, to carve out your unique identity, particularly through your status or career, and to express more of your authentic self in what you do. The retrograde cycle starting today and running until January 2nd is useful for dreaming up ways to take a few risks so that you can get to a more authentic place professionally speaking. Introspection is appropriate now. Analyze, plan, and reassess rather than react too quickly to changing circumstances. Today, the Moon spends the full day in your work and health sector, and your eye is on the details of your life. You can creatively combine independence and partnership today, finding it easier than usual to balance things out.
Uranus has been transiting your adventure and spirit sector for over six years, dear Leo, and each year, it turns retrograde for approximately five months. Today, Uranus turns retrograde, and in the coming months, the changes you’re making to your approach to travel, adventure, beliefs, sharing, and education are a little less dramatic than they are during the remainder of the year. This is a period of toning things down a little as you process recent changes, beliefs, and experiences. Personal adventures may take a back seat to responsibilities now, even though they’re still very much a part of your life. As well, a partnership may be in a quieter stage. Today, the Moon transits your creative sector, bringing the need to focus some of your attention and energy on pleasure, romance, and creation. You’re able to combine personal pleasure and independence with your work quite expertly, bringing an extra touch of magic to your work and projects now.
Uranus has been influencing your solar eighth house for over six years now, dear Virgo, and will continue to do so until 2018-2019. This transit has changed the way you approach money and support as well as relationships and intimacy, possibly quite dramatically. With Uranus transits, there are cycles of heavier change followed by cycles of internalizing issues and less visible, outward change. The latter is what is beginning for you today with Uranus turning retrograde for five months — something that happens every year. It’s natural, and it’s good for you! Use this time for examining how you depend on others, and how you can alter these dependencies in ways that benefit yourself and people you love. If financial or support matters have been up in the air, disorganized, or unreliable, now’s your chance to figure out why. Today, the Moon transits your home and family sector, prompting some extra time with familiar people and places. Even so, you’re in a great place to creatively combine getting some peace and enjoying some self-expressive fun today.
Uranus in your partnership sector turns retrograde for five months starting today, dear Libra. This tends to underplay the changes and freedom issues you’ve been dealing with in close relationships for the next while. How you respond to partners or relationships, in general, is not as automatic while Uranus retrograde, although these matters are still with you on a psychological level, prompting some meaningful introspection and examination of your relationship needs. Even if issues of unreliability are temporarily no longer screaming at you, try not to ignore them! In fact, you can do well for yourself if you explore your inner needs for change or an overhaul on a relationship level so that you can feel more in control when Uranus turns direct in January. Seek out your own enjoyment, happiness, and fulfillment if you face unreliability in your social life. Today, the Moon spends the day in your communications sector, stimulating your curiosity and your need for light and easygoing exchanges. This can be a good time for entertaining in the home or otherwise combining your need for people and familiarity.
The Moon spends today in your resources sector, dear Scorpio, and you’re drawn to activities that help ground and center you emotionally. It’s not a time of the lunar month for taking personal risks. Even so, you’re in great shape for communicating your needs right now. People are noticing you for your unique ideas and style of writing or speaking. Also today, Uranus turns retrograde for the coming five months (until January 2nd). This yearly retrograde cycle is good for slowing down and examining recent changes, particularly related to your daily routines, work, and health. These areas of life have been up and down over the past few years – Uranus has been transiting the sector of your chart ruling these matters for more than six years. There’s now a need to look inward for answers rather than simply react automatically to changes. You’re seeking out more authenticity in your work and for more creativity or suitability in your schedules and daily routines, and now it’s time to learn more about yourself and try to align your behavior so that it more accurately reflects your true nature, particularly in the work you do or in the services you provide.
The Moon spends the full day in your sign, dear Sagittarius, and you seek out a stronger connection or more relevance today. It’s a time for recognizing your emotional needs and expressing your feelings in satisfying ways. With Uranus transiting your solar fifth house for more than six years, your style of expressing yourself, your creativity, how you spend your leisure time, and the people you attract into your life are changing. Today, Uranus turns retrograde for almost five months as it does each year, and it’s time to slow down with the changes. Life is less about spontaneously reacting and more about considering what changes are best for you in the long run. The period ahead (until January 2nd) is strong for looking within at a possible inner need for change, which could be attracting the external events. With introspection, you can come up with ways to steer your life so that you feel more in control. Creative projects and possibly even a relationship can benefit from some review and refinement. Today is good for finding interesting ways to satisfy both your need for stability and your desire for adventure.
Uranus transiting your home and family sector for over six years has had the effect of rather drastically altering your living arrangements or your view of what home or family mean to you, dear Capricorn. Home life or inner feelings of security have been in a state of flux in recent years, and your attitudes towards security, dependency, attachment to the past, and family or domestic life have been evolving. Even though there may have been some upsets and frustrations to deal with as you’ve adapted to unexpected and unreliable elements of your life, you are growing towards a more authentic way of living — one that you can truly call your own. Uranus turns retrograde today as it does every year for about five months, and over the coming months, you respond to changes less automatically in favor of examining your needs and wants. This is a great cycle for discovering what you need and whether you might be able to modify your responses to the world so that life changes less randomly and more in your favor. The Moon spends today in your privacy sector, signaling a need to recharge your emotional batteries. Taking some time to yourself is natural and can even be healing and revitalizing.
Your ruler, Uranus, turns retrograde today, dear Aquarius, and this can bring repressed feelings to the surface, and yet you may not feel that you can express them adequately. This is temporary as the shift/station occurs. You are entering a five-month cycle of re-examination of the path you’re taking, how you’re expressing yourself, and how others are receiving you. Uranus has been transiting your communications sector for more than six years and will only venture beyond it in 2018 and 2019. Every year, Uranus spends approximately five months retrograde — a natural period of some introspection and review of current mental interests, projects, studies, and the ways you connect and communicate with others. The Moon spends today in your social sector, and as a result, you tend to focus on friendships or goals related to happiness and enjoyment. Today is good for both independence and companionship — these are not mutually exclusive, and you prove that now!
Uranus has been gradually detaching you from the values you’ve previously held in its transit of your resources sector for over six years, dear Pisces. Even with some worry involving particular upsets in your finances, as well as some moving around of funds, ultimately you’re moving towards a whole new way of expressing yourself. As well, as you rewrite what you value, the respect you attract into your life evolves. You are discovering unique natural talents and learning to embrace and develop them. With Uranus turning retrograde today– a yearly five-month event — the coming months will be useful for working on inner attitudes that need to change so that you can move forward more authentically. This is also a time for dreaming up inventive ways of making money. Shifts such as this one are confusing at first, making it a less than ideal time for final decisions. However, use this time to review plans, particularly related to business and money. The Moon spends the day in your career and reputation sector, stimulating your need for goals and plans.
Tarot Card of the Day
Three of Pentacles
This suit, most often named “Coins” or “Pentacles”, is a symbol for a magical talisman that represented wealth or potential. This suit represents something supportive that is available to you — whether it be health, some kind of talent, a material or financial resource.
The Three is traditionally the card of genius. Here we usually see a master craftsman conferring with his masons on the installation of a beautiful stained-glass window in the cathedral. This designer is often likened to Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, a multi-talented visionary who has no peers in talent or productivity.
The masterwork is being proudly showcased for future generations, as an object of personal and collective pride. On some cards, the genius is portrayed at his studio, alone and burning the midnight oil, in a creative ferment — driven to draw, paint, invent, or whatever work genius wants to bring into creation. As a subtext to the rewards of genius are the days and weeks of intense concentration it takes to solve the problems that great works entail.
This week, you may feel compelled to leave something behind that was once very dear to you, but has only brought you disappointment and sadness. You may be turning your back on a relationship, job, career, living arrangement or project that was once a source of great happiness to you. You have come to realize that you are no longer getting anything out of this situation and it is causing more harm than good.
The Eight of Cups indicates that it is time to ask yourself what you can do to bring a deeper satisfaction and joy to your life beyond the obvious pursuit of material satisfaction and/or physical enjoyment. You are seeking deeper meaning to life and focusing in on your personal truth. You are willing to let go of your material possessions in favor of something more meaningful. Thus, the Eight of Cups is often reflective of the start of a journey of discovery, particularly on a spiritual level.
Finally, the Eight of Cups can also suggest that you are trying to escape a difficult emotional situation or you are avoiding some major emotional issues and concerns. The Cups in the foreground represent emotional issues that remain very real and very present in your life. Yet you are trying to pretend as if they no longer exist and you are refusing to deal with them.
Ask the Tarot: What do I need to release and let go of?
Introducing the third video in your Tarot 101 tutorial series, Understanding How the Tarot Works! Presented by me, Brigit Esselmont — founder of BiddyTarot.com and creator of the Tarot Foundations online training programs.
Here, you’ll learn how Tarot really works, and how you can make the most of it to connect with your intuition, make positive choices, and manifest your goals and dreams.
Accessing your intuition
Every Tarot card has a detailed image, enriched with spiritual symbols that help you connect to your intuitive mind. For example, perhaps you see a cup overflowing and it reminds you of your emotional state when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Or maybe the story within a particular card represents a metaphor for what you’re currently experiencing.
These are intuitive messages triggered by the Tarot cards. And it’s these intuitive messages that are often more powerful than the traditional meanings of the Tarot cards — because they are personal and specific to you.
Channeling your energy
The Tarot works with your energy. When you shuffle Tarot cards, your energy is being channeled into the cards so that when you select the cards for your reading, you’re being drawn to the cards that are most relevant for you. Each Tarot reading is unique to you in that moment and time, because it’s tapping into your energy.
The future is in your hands
Tarot works by understanding the present to predict the future. The cards don’t tell you exactly what will happen, no matter what. You always have free will to make choices and take action that will ultimately lead you to your desired outcome.
Instead, the Tarot helps you understand what’s happening now, what path you’re heading on, and what challenges and opportunities you may encounter along the way. If the cards show an outcome that is not what you want, then you can take action now to change your future. It’s that simple.
With such an intuitive tool like Tarot, there is no limit to how you can use the cards. The Tarot is perfect for self-development, making choices, manifesting goals, coaching others, planning a business, writing a book, meditating — you name it. Whenever you need to connect to your inner wisdom to solve an issue or find new opportunities, let the Tarot be your guide.
A hidden aspect of the past is revealed and is something that lets you tear down a wall that keeps you boxed in. What old memory fogs the mind and your emotions today? Let it go because it is to do easy now. The freedom turns into courageously liberated, wise, and realistic energy. If single, it eases a focus on desired outcomes. That allows someone to feel free to express warmth without pressure, and they will.
Your Erotic Card of the Day
The Star card shows that your sexual energy is burning bright, and the future looks extremely promising. There may be a few obstacles in the way of getting what you want, but you’re very confident in your sexual prowess so you welcome a little healthy competition. You’re determined to pursue a sexual conquest and make them yours, and the Star predicts that you have all the right moves to accomplish your lustful goals. Your ego actually works more in your favor than against your goals today.
Your Rune for Today
“Not-this” – Literally: “Need-fire” or “Necessity” – Esoteric: Constraint, Friction
Key Concepts: Need, resistance, constraint, conflict, drama, effort, necessity, urgency, hard work, need-fire, life lessons, creative friction, distress, force of growth, the consequence of past action, short term pain for long term gain
Psi: resistance, need, effort
Energy: necessity, coming forth into being, urgency
Mundane: doing what must be done, chores, hard work
Divinations: Resistance (leading to strength), recognition of örlög (ultimate law, primal truth), innovation, need-fire (self-reliance), personal development and life lessons, achievement through effort; or constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity, warnings, worry, guilt, moral cowardice, unfulfilled or unrecognized needs.
Overcoming distress or negative örlög
Acceptance of the unchangeable
Development of magical will, the manipulation of wyrd
Understanding the dynamic force of “resistance” in the process of creating
The generation of creative energy for problem solving
Protection of one’s own needs
Recognition of personal need
Love magic; especially to obtain a lover
Your Weekly Influences for July 31st
Queen of Swords
Often mournful from loss or infertility. Quick witted, gracious and kind but firm
Taurus reversed represents unwarranted stubborness and impulsiveness.
Fire denotes the unleashing of raw energy and change. The status quo may be about to crumble, but will be replaced something better. Fire also provides light to those in the dark and warmth for a cold body and spirit.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
Throughout history the Dove has symbolized peace and innocence in nearly all cultures. Dove’s soft cooing and gentle nature bring a calmness to any situation. The Dove appears where peace has been attained or there is a need to bring events to a peaceful ending. It denotes a time to let lose of grievances and settle conflicts in a way that benefits all parties equally.
As a daily card, Dove suggests the need to put an end to conflict in your present life. The conflict may be yours or may be that of people close to you. Regardless of the parties involved, you have been called upon to bring the discord to an impartial end.
Your Mah Jong Tile for the Month of August
Symbol: Lotus Flower
The Lotus Flower tile represents birth or rebirth. On a spiritual level it may indicate you are about to reach new heights in your understanding of your place in the cosmos. Physically it may suggest a child is coming, or a new project is about to emerge. The Lotus Flower tile also speaks of regeneration, and may indicate a time of recovery from hardship—a new beginning.
Your Karmic Number for Tuesday, August 1
You handle yourself with decorum when faced with adversity. Buddha would consider you equanimous right now, having received this number 11. You may have even been a spiritual leader in a past life. People will turn to you during a catastrophe or for guidance about their hectic lives. The guru role suits you. If you are already a counselor of some kind, rest assured that you are helping people even if you can’t see the results yet. Whatever tools you share are being taken seriously. If you feel some agitation, step back and breathe to regain your composure. In a small way, you are saving the world. No pressure!
The Wisdom of Buddha
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes
Earth Sky News for August 1: Moon near star Antares on August 1
Tonight – August 1, 2017 – the bright star near the moon is Antares in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. You’ve got about another month or two to see this uniquely summer star for us in the Northern Hemisphere, during the evening hours. Antares is the brightest star near the moon tonight, while the other nearby bright beauty is the planet Saturn.
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, Antares and Saturn are visible in the southern to southwest sky as night begins. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, they’re more overhead for you.
The moon has now passed the first quarter phase and now exhibits a curvature to its terminator line – the line between dark and light on the moon. This moon phase is called waxing gibbous. The waxing gibbous moon, Antares and Saturn will drift westward throughout the night, to set after midnight at mid-northern latitudes.
Like all stars, Antares sets some 4 minutes earlier with each passing night, or 2 hours earlier with each passing month. By October, this star will be tough to spot in the southwestern twilight after sunset.
In ancient Chinese thought, the summer season was associated with the direction south, with the element fire, and with the color red. No wonder, then, that this reddish star in the south each summer – beautiful Antares – was considered the Fire Star of the ancient Chinese.
Antares appears as a bright reddish star that rides relatively low in the south throughout our northern summer. We know it as a great ball of gases, a thermonuclear cauldron radiating unimaginable amounts of energy into the blackness and vastness of space.
Yet to us – as to the ancient Chinese – Antares appears so near the southern horizon that we must view it through a great thickness of air. The air through which we view Antares causes this star to twinkle rapidly! On any summer evening, if you see a bright red star low in the south that’s twinkling fiercely … it’s probably Antares.
Bottom line: The bright star near the moon on August 1, 2017 is Antares, brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. This star can be seen near the moon tonight from around the world.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. “Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers,” she says.