Saturday, August 4, 2018

Follow the Moon: August 4 - August 10

Moon in Taurus
August 4—Last Quarter Moon: Setting new seeds.
be easy.
take your time.
you are coming
to yourself.

—the becoming | wing
 by Nayyirah Waheed

This poem (made into a chant by Osprey Huffsmith reminds me that coming home can be hard work. At times, I need reminders to be easy with myself. My lunar intention, seeded in the sign of Cancer, was about honoring my home as a resource of resiliency. The new Moon was also a powerful solar eclipse in opposition to penetrating Pluto in Capricorn. The issue of home has been huge in my life this month. I have gone deep, in that Pluto way, into my history, discovering that this was the doorway leading me home. Perhaps this intense lunar cycle has revealed deeper and more important truths than you expected, too.

I have not completed my journey home. I now know there is a lot more healing for me to do, but this lunar cycle gave me important information about how to get there. For that I am grateful. Not every eclipse feels big. But when they do, sometimes because the eclipse falls on points or planets in our charts that are ready for transformation, the experience can be intense but also extra revelatory. The light goes out and comes back, just like that. The old is eclipsed, the new is revealed.

The last quarter phase of the lunar cycle is a time for reflection, assessment, and putting our insights into the seeds of future intentions. The Taurus Moon suggests that insights may reside in our bodies. This influence is another reason to remember to take our time to complete the transformations that may have begun in this lunar cycle. It is good and valuable to be easy with ourselves.  

This last week of the lunar cycle leads to another new Moon solar eclipse on August 11. Our transformations aren’t over. The sign of Leo creates the next seeding potential. Transits this week prepare us. Notably, Uranus in Taurus stations retrograde on August 7. There will be 6 planets moving retrograde—Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Only Venus and Jupiter will be moving direct. Perhaps we will encounter love and hope more easily. Perhaps we look to love and belief to solve our problems. There is nothing wrong with that. It will be interesting to observe if that is so. Venus influence will be boosted when they (gender neutral pronouns for planets) move into Libra on August 6. Venus rules this sign of diplomacy and relationship. The Sun in Leo will square Jupiter in Scorpio on the same day. Perhaps this influence prepares us for future transformations as we look beneath the surface of our lives. The heart of Mercury retrograde cycles (when Mercury and the Sun conjoin) will occur in Leo on August 8. Be ready for insight coming from the creative fires of Leo that could very well inform the magic of the next lunar cycle.

Moon enters Gemini 8:31 pm CDT
Sunday, August 5.
A failure to communicate could feel extra frustrating today. Retrograding Mercury in Leo is making a quincunx aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. That’s the aspect that is hard to figure out. We may be prone to misunderstanding and projecting onto others. Due to retrograde motion, this is the second time recently that Mercury has made this connection to Pluto. One more is coming after Mercury turns direct on August 18. The aspects Mercury makes during the retrograde cycle are the coded messages that this communication planet wants us to receive. There may be difficult conversations you need to have. You might need to speak truth to power, tell a difficult truth, or stand up for your point of view. If your standard form of communication isn’t working, what new ways can you use instead?

Moon in Gemini
Monday, August 6.
The cause for attraction changes today from relationships that work to relationships that provide equality. Venus moves from pragmatic Virgo to fair-minded Libra. With the Moon in early Gemini and Mars in early Aquarius for a brief period, there is a grand air trine in the sky that has us seeking connection, information, and fair-mindedness. Your mood might lift briefly. Air signs have a way of doing that. The square between the Sun in Leo and Jupiter in Scorpio is nothing to fear, but we might notice an intensity underneath the lightness. Jupiter is still elevating the Scorpionic desire to probe, purge, and transform. The Leo influence might provoke egoic reactions. The possibility of the Sun/Jupiter connection is a re-emergence of life force after loss. There is a light at the end of this tunnel.

Moon enters Cancer 11:01 pm CDT
Tuesday, August 7. Astronomical Lughnasad/First Harvests.
The Sun reaches the middle of Leo today, hence the designation of astronomical Lughnadad. The traditional date of this celebration is either August 1 or 2 depending on your practice. This is an important degree for the Sun. It is exactly midway between the Cancer Solstice (summer in northern hemisphere) and the Libra Equinox (fall for us northerners). This potent degree is a portal point, a doorway between the worlds. The guardian of this doorway is Leo—lion-hearted, fiery, creative, and generous. The Sun itself rules this sign and the Sun is the gift giver and the sacrifice at this celebratory time. We notice the gifts of the Sun in our harvests, and in the north, we begin to notice the shortening days and lengthening nights. We shift our focus from carefree abundance to stewardship of resources. This shift coincides with Uranus in Taurus turning retrograde today. Uranus entered this sign in May. Uranus has the job of bringing a wake-up call to how we relate to the Earth. This wake-up call extends to how we think of values, money, and resources. The Earth can hear our prayers for right relationship. The Sun can receive our gratitude. May our awakenings be centered in relationship and thanksgiving. Another influence promotes curiosity and connection with others. Venus in Libra makes a trine aspect to Mars in Aquarius. If possible, make these connections IRL. Even in air signs, Venus and Mars enourage embodied experiences.

Moon in Cancer
August 8—Balsamic Moon: Composting.
Lunar cycles wind down by returning us to the place we began, but with a whole new understanding. The Moon returns to Cancer where this particular lunar journey began. My intention has been focused on home. The journey has taken me deeper than I expected. When I began my magical spellworking for this cycle, I created a sigil (a graphic representation of my intention). It featured the glyph for Cancer, an eclipsed Sun and a long root squiggling down into the Earth. The power of the eclipse opposed by depth-seeking Pluto provided the power to connect with my history, ancestry and descendants. The root has taken hold. I am opening to transformation. This is how I want my lunar spells to work, but that doesn’t always happen. There are no guarantees when we begin what will come, or when it will come, or how it will come. To work a spell, we make ourselves available and pay attention. It is appropriate to offer thanks and let go at the end. This final phase of this lunar cycle is the end of this working. Another powerful lunar cycle follows, which will also begin with a Solar Eclipse. Perhaps with that thought in mind, it may be a good idea to do a little extra letting go. How will you compost the experiences of this last cycle?

Several important influences color the day. The Sun in Leo makes a quincunx aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Neptune makes it easier to let go of past efforts. The Sun isn’t quite ready. Ego serves a function. It tells us who we are and why we matter. (And we do.) But ego has a way of holding on tightly to identity and personal significance. There is a balance point between too much attachment and too much dissolution. We will need to work to find that balance point today. The most significant transit of a Mercury retrograde cycle occurs when the Mercury conjoins the Sun. That happens today. This message about ego may be an important one today. Where are your blind spots? How do we take ourselves out of the center of all things to find a better way to relate? Some of the answer may come from the opposition between Venus in Libra and Chiron in Aries. Our wounds can get in the way of relating but we can’t leave our wounds behind either, they are also part of us. Can we be our whole selves, flawed and learning, as we reach out to connect?

Moon enters Leo 11:17 pm CDT
Thursday, August 9.
Energy often wanes as a lunar cycle winds down. Being low-energy, we may not want to bother with figuring out all the puzzles this day provides. There are several. Quincunx aspects are puzzling connections. They force us to accept paradox. They can be stressful. If you are low energy, try to let these puzzles flow past you. Venus in Libra makes a quincunx to Uranus in Taurus. Justice and revolution aren’t always in alignment. Maybe we are holding on to personal injustices when we need to be making changes. Another quincunx between retrograding Mercury in Leo and Neptune in Pisces could really mess with reality. Maybe it’s a good idea to not believe everything you think, but how can you tell? Accept confusion. The square between Venus and Saturn in Libra creates a desire to do a good job in our relationships. We might even think we know better than others the choices they should be making. Under these influences, don’t fool yourself, we are just trying our best.

Moon in Leo
Friday, August 10.
The Moon is in Leo, there will be a Solar Eclipse tomorrow, and fixed sign planets are getting jolted by these influences. Uranus in Taurus reminds us of how we may have not been paying attention. Jupiter in Scorpio reminds us that there is yet more to reveal, purge, and transform. Mercury (retrograde) in Leo is taking jabs at our specialness. We are noble, but not so special, and we are often flawed. The Leo season is a time to give thanks for the gifts from the generous Sun. Our inner Suns in our birth charts also share gifts with us. Even with our flaws, we are perfectly who we are. Another round of learning is about to begin!

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. To learn more about the New Moon in Cancer:

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