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Welcome August 2022


"Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn."
- Michelle L. Thieme, August's Crown

 
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Nordic Rune Guidance for August 2022

Inguz/Ingwaz/Ing

Literal translation "seed". Referenced to the God Ing

Symbolizes completion, goals, growth, change, common sense, the hearth (home), peace, and harmony.

The rune Inguz is named for the Norse hero-god Ing, who came from across the sea to unite his people of Viking Jutland, and returned whence he came leaving peace and harmony. Ingwaz representing Ing, therefore, symbolises peace, unity, harmony, agreement, togetherness and undying love between romantic partners.

Inguz is the rune of completion and it represents a time in your life when all your loose strings are tied and you are free to move in a new direction. Inguz represents a successful conclusion to the problem at hand. This is a rune of relief. A time of no anxiety. Inguz shows a milestone in your life, very possibly the realization of a dream. This rune shows the ending of an old phase of your life and the beginning of more exciting times. Positive energies and feelings of deliverance are indicated.


On your spiritual path you may feel isolated, but within you burns the fire of inspiration urging you onward and upward. Feed the fire by perseverance. Seek answers but don't get encumbered with irrelevant questions. Live one day at a time, knowing that the past is just a memory, the future just a dream, and the here and now is what matters.

Runic Number: 22

Colour: Yellow

Element: Earth and Water

Polarity: Male

Associated gods: Ing, Frey

Astrological Correspondence: Cancer, the New Moon.

Celtic Tree Month August 2022

August 5th begins the Celtic Tree Month of Coll (Hazel) - According to the legend of the Salmon of knowledge the salmon ate hazelnuts, which were full of concentrated knowledge. Hazel is the tree of hidden knowledge and learning, of authority and justice. It brings the ability to discover the truth and to see oneself honestly. The twigs are used as dowsing rods by water diviners. It is said that if you sleep under a hazel bush you will have vivid dreams and Hazel is associated with fairies and entrances to magical realms.

Hazel tree individuals are perceptive, clever people endowed with good reasoning powers. They have the soul of a pioneer, but they waste too much energy on competitive thoughts and fighting abuses instead of letting their own gifts and skills ripen. They are also great planners and organizers, down to the smallest detail. The urge to acquire knowledge promotes scholars and experts in their fields.

Hazel people can be too impatient and hurry things when they should sit back and let things take their own course. They are sometimes too intent on running around trying everything "new" that they forget the older values that would help them. When Hazel people listen to their own natural rhythms, they find they are happier and more prepared spiritually and physically.
 
Astro - Days to watch for your sign -  August 2022

Aries
Rewarding Days: 15, 16
Challenging Days: 2, 3, 4, 29, 30, 31

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 17, 18, 19 
Challenging Days: 5, 6

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  20, 21
Challenging Days: 7, 8

Cancer
Rewarding Days: 22, 23, 24
Challenging Days: 9, 10

Leo
Rewarding Days: 25, 26
Challenging Days:  11, 12

Virgo
Rewarding Days: 1, 27, 28
Challenging Days: 13, 14

Libra
Rewarding Days: 2, 3, 4, 29, 30, 31
Challenging Days: 15, 16

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 5, 6
Challenging Days: 17, 18, 19

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days: 7, 8
Challenging Days: 20, 21

Capricorn
Rewarding Days: 9, 10
Challenging Days: 22, 23, 24

Aquarius
Rewarding Days: 11, 12
Challenging Days: 25, 26

Pisces 
Rewarding Days: 13, 14 
Challenging Days: 1, 27, 28
Void of Course Moon Schedule for August 2022
It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
August 1st 23:29 August 2nd 05:05 Libra
August 4th 07:19 August 4th 12:47 Scorpio
August 6th 12:24 August 7th 17:38 Sagittarius
August 8th 11:30 August 8th 19:39 Capricorn
August 10th 17:39 August 10th 19:45 Aquarius
August 12th 12:07 August 12th 19:44 Pisces
August 14th 16:10 August 14th 21:43 Aries
August 16th 21:18 August 17th 03:22 Taurus
August 19th 12:05 August 19th 13:06 Gemini
August 21st 23:06 August 22nd 01:29 Cancer
August 24th 10:40 August 24th 14:09 Leo
August 26th 07:55 August 27th 01:25 Virgo
August 29th 04:08 August 29 10:45 Libra
August 31st 11:43 August 31st 18:11 Scorpio

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Blessed Lughnasadh everyone! The second half of the year is getting into full swing and I can't believe how quickly it has all gone by! This time last year, many of us were coming out of the Covid restrictions and trying to get back to the new normal.  This year, we are faced with more challenges with the rising costs of living and conflict in Ukraine.  I know many of us have been left feeling frustrated and anxious.  All we can really do is take it one day at a time as we work together to get through this challenging time.  Look after yourselves and each other!

August is a good time to reflect on the seeds we planted earlier this year and see if these have bourn the fruit we have hoped. From there you can determine if changes need to be made or if you can harvest what has grown and use that to grow something new or stronger in the coming months.

The special Lammas/Lughnasadh tarot reading is on offer in the  Monthly Specials section this month along with a few other inspirational readings to help bring balance into your life. Many of you will be travelling now so I have a special reading just for you as well! There is also a Spiritual Journey and the Fool's Journey readings for those who are looking to start off in a new direction. So be sure to stop by and have a look at the August Specials! You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the  Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.

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In the Reiki/Energy Work section, you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.

If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each person's Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.

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"Finding inspiration when you are at a low ebb"

Ever feel stuck for inspiration? We all do at times, but it is even worse when you are at a difficult point in your life. The pressure of trying to find solutions when our hearts and minds are in a dark place can be damning in its intensity. I know, because it happened to me recently. So, how did I break free from the inertia, and uninspired rut that I had fallen into?

I got upset! ..Let me explain:

I spent about a week bitching about everything that was wrong. That released negative patterning that was keeping me locked into the “same old, same old”. Then I thought about what I wanted. What was I trying to achieve? I wanted to write a book, but I hadn't even been able to write regularly for my business blog. I'd felt restricted, self-conscious and pressured, and so my inspiration had dried up.

The key to beating these low points in life is not to fight against them. We all have deep wounds that eventually surface like the body pushes out a splinter ..and they demand recognition. Keep ignoring them or glossing over them at your peril, because they will be appeased with or without your input. I've found it increasingly more helpful to see my emotions in the same way as physical pain or pleasure. It tells you when something is wrong, or when you want more of something. By tracing my feelings back to their root, and asking why I am angry, frustrated or uninspired, I find my answer.

Does life feel pointless to you? WHY? What aren't you doing, that you want to be doing? At its essence, it is usually that you are not being yourself; not expressing who you are.

A bit more thinking led me to realise that I needed to write for myself and not what I thought my audience wanted to hear... and then the brakes came off! It's been great ever since; I have a list of ideas and I'm writing every day!

So, if you are seeking inspiration I would advise that you figure out where you are emotionally first of all. You don't have to be in the grip of depression to be uninspired, boredom will do it too! Once you have figured out where your fears are, you can pinpoint what makes you happy. What actions that you can take now, without the worry of money or time, will make you feel the most *you*? Hell, I've gotten drunk and web surfed until I've found something that resonates with me. I've gone for 5-mile walks in the rain. I've sung along with some of the most disturbingly lyric'd aggrotech music out there. I've had hour-long bubble baths. Find out what your inner you is all about. That's when inspiration will find you once again :)

                                                                                               
  August 2022 Celebrations
 
August 1st - Lammas/Lughnasadh

It's the dog days of summer, the gardens are full of goodies, the fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it's time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end. While you're planning your celebrations, though, you may want to take a minute to read up on them.

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Lammas, but typically the focus is on either the early harvest aspect of the celebration of the Celtic god Lugh. It's the season when the first grains are ready to be harvested and threshed, when the apples and grapes are ripe for the plucking, and we're grateful for the food we have on our tables.



For more information on Lammas and its origins, and traditions, click here: LAMMAS.

August 8th - World Cat Day

World Cat Day is a celebration which takes place on 8 August of every year. It was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It is a day to raise awareness for cats and learn about ways to help and protect them.

For more information on World Cat Day, click here:  World Cat Day






August 26th - World Dog Day

National Dog Day is an annual event celebrated on August 26.

National Dog Day was established in 2004 by animal advocate & pet and family lifestyle expert Coleen Paige. The aim of the awareness day is to raise awareness about the number of dogs that are currently in rescue centres and encourage the adoption of these animals.

For more information on World Dog Day, click here: World Dog Day

 
 

 
Star Transits For August 2022

SUN TRANSITS

The Sun has been in Leo since July 22nd    

The Sun's entry into Leo encourages us to make more time for play but we first need to clear up some of our responsibilities to make that time. When the Sun is in Leo, we are at our most dramatically persuasive. The influence of this Fire Sign is electric -- it can invigorate the most indifferent among us with its jolt of self-confidence and vibrant energy. We all benefit from the theatrical aspect of Leo: By playing the role of the bold, confident individual, we begin to feel like the bold, confident individual, absorbing into our new character like a great method actor. Since Leo makes us willing to take a chance without a second thought, spontaneity takes the place of apprehension. Leo has come to be known for it's ego, vanity and self-obsession, but it's not as simple or as narcissistic as it seems. What we really seek under the influence of this sign is heartfelt appreciation and affection. This influence is playful, warm-hearted and loyal.

The Sun in Leo is a good time for:

  • Planning and hosting a party
  • Going out on the town for dancing and socializing
  • Performing in or enjoying the theatre


The Sun then moves into Virgo on August 22nd 

Our focus shifts to the pieces of the puzzle--the little details of our lives. It is now time to take care of practical concerns. Tending to the details of everyday life may not sound like loads of fun, but it can certainly free us from unnecessary stress that results from "collecting" odds and ends of unfinished business. This is an ideal time to get organized, do detail-oriented work, and improve communications on the job.

The energy of this sign's transit brings about some playful and friendly activities. When the Sun is in Virgo, details take on enormous importance. An intellectually stimulating time, the Virgo Sun hones our logic and sharpens our sense of stability and value. Only the best will do right now -- from clothing to food to interpersonal communication -- anything that seems low in value will fall by the wayside. This Earth Sign also connects us to our physical selves through a sharp awareness of health and hygiene as well as a keen sensuality. Practical to almost a fault, Virgo energy will motivate us to enforce order onto whatever chaos the past months may have wreaked. Once comfortable with the nervous tension that this astrological influence can create, there is pleasure to be had at this time. It comes in the form of an acute appreciation of aesthetic beauty and the arts.

The Sun in Virgo is a good time for:

  • Hunkering down with our most meticulous and detail-heavy tasks or responsibilities
  • Taking a more active interest in your health -- quitting smoking, starting new fitness routines
  • Enjoying detail-oriented games and crafts


MOON TRANSITS

On August 12th have an Aquarius Full Moon

The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. In Aquarius, we get a sense of emotional coolness or detachment at a personal level, combined with an emphasis on idealism. This can often help us in dealing with issues that have emotional ties, as Aquarius lets us detach a bit and see things from a new perspective. It's ideas that count for you now, more than narrowly personal concerns - and you may have little tolerance for people who do not operate at this level. The new, the unusual, the avant-garde - these are the things that instinctively appeal to you.

Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.

This joyous Full Moon in the agreeable sign of Aquarius is excellent for making new friends and broadening social horizons. Sharing the spotlight is essential in this egalitarian sign that places cooperation on a higher level than self-importance. There is, though, a danger of spreading ourselves too thin or buying into proposals based on incomplete information.

Things to do under an Aquarius Moon: getting energy work, like acupuncture or reflexology; attend a community-building event; conceptualize a plan; brainstorm at work; send a mass email to friends and family; update your social networking profile; break free of a social convention; mix with those outside your usual circle; conspire to rebel or reform; break out of the matrix!
 

On August 27th we have a Virgo New Moon

It’s a New Moon for us tonight with concentrated energies in Virgo. When we have a New Moon we also have the Sun in the same sign, which is why these energies are so focused and potent. For those who do energy and spell work, the New Moon is the perfect time for setting intentions for the things you wish to create, cultivate, manifest and develop. Its energies differ from the Full Moon in that the New Moon looks inward. It is the void empty space between letting go of the old and waiting for the new, and this can be frightening for some. A Void is meant to be filled though and we need to not fill it with frightened and uncertain energies, but rather fill it with hopes, wishes and desires.

With the New Moon in Virgo, those new beginnings take on a more practical and grounded form. It blends our spiritual path with our more mundane pursuits. The energy here is about healing and rewiring our old programming into something more mindful. It’s about stripping down to the essentials until we get to what is healthy and good. A friend of mine said that Virgo New Moon is like a can of disinfectant for our soul.

If you have felt stretched too thin by a bunch of stuff that just hasn’t been satisfying to you, Virgo will assist you in getting back on track. We have the chance to shift our attitudes and perceptions. It brings our focus back to those things that support our dreams in a practical way. If you have been struggling with finding a way to make a dream a reality, tap into the energy of the Virgo Moon and let it reveal a more practical and realistic approach to your plans. It may mean having to tweak things here and there but the result will more than likely bring success.

More about the Virgo Moon:

When the Moon is in Virgo we instinctually gravitate towards practical activities. In an urge to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others.

Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead. Taking care of business is a major theme where our emotional orientation is concerned.

In this mutable earth sign of Virgo, the mood is geared toward busy productivity and adjusting with minor tweaks here and there. It favours clearing, refining, purging, detoxing and organizing. It also favours launching self-improvement schemes. We find our steps are more purposeful, and this helps us with tasks that require patience and focus on details. We may find that we can get into this Zen-like groove of action, so mundane tasks like cleaning doesn't seem so laborious. We want to be working and seeing signs of tangible effort now.

A Virgo Moon always reminds me of spring cleaning where we declutter, make room, open the windows and let the fresh air flow through. On a more mental level, some may crave mentally stimulating puzzles, games and reading to satisfy the active mind. Conversations can be full of everyday analysis of events and people, sometimes critical or fault-finding. For those who have felt overwhelmed by life, now is a time when you can break down those problems into smaller, individual, and more manageable tasks.

Things to do under a Virgo Moon: drink lots of water, fast, stretch, walk or jog, volunteer, add finishing touches, write or edit, give and take some constructive criticism, encourage a loved one to keep trying, de-toxify your home or workspace, bring order to chaos, use discernment, refine your routine.

PLANETARY TRANSITS

August 1st - Mars conjunct North Lunar Node (Both in Taurus)
For up to a week prior and a week after today, we will probably feel more energized in some aspect. This is a transit where we feel more passionate, active, enthusiastic, somewhat wired and can also be angered easily. Or it may be that we find ourselves around other people who are this way.

There is also more aggressive, explosive and overbearing energy that can come with this transit too. In its worst form, it can show up as violence. As a group that has their heads in a positive mindset, this energy can be used in a constructive way quite easily. But, when in a negative mindset it can come out through arguments, not agreeing, conflict and hostility.

The way to get through this time is to find an outlet that is both beneficial and constructive, like trying new things or taking that leap of faith. Just make sure you balance this with a bit of common sense too.

August 1st - Mars conjunct Uranus (Both in Taurus)
Mars feels right at home in the fiery sign of Aries so its power gets boosted. And Uranus in Aries is a bit explosive in itself. But in conjunction, it can create a "hurry up and wait" kind of situation. We become very impatient, energetic, obstinate, and self-willed during this time period. Even if there is no specific deadline for a task, we work as if it must be completed with lightning speed. one thing to bear in mind is to not let other people's "emergencies" drag you into their drama. Physical activity appeals to us at this time and some may try something daring for the first time.

We may find that we have intuitive and psychic abilities that have never surfaced before or feel emotions of a spiritual nature with this aspect. An urge may exist to be more devoted to high ideals and to making our dreams a reality. Just make sure you don't get carried away.

August 2nd - Venus sextile North Lunar Node (Venus in Cancer, North Node in Taurus)
Under this transit, our charisma and charm shine more brightly. We tend to be more receptive to what others have to offer us and feel a bit more generous to those around us. We may discover resources that we hadn't realized we had, or come across that special gadget or thing that feels like the right thing to buy. This can be a good time for socializing, going out on dates, and doing some strategic schmoozing, negotiating, or coming to agreements.

What we need to make sure we do is keep it all in balance with a level of give and take that benefits everyone involved. Be careful of going overboard though with persuading others (or being persuaded) to do something that really isn't in their own best interest.

August 2nd - Venus sextile Uranus (Venus in Cancer, Uranus in Taurus)
This is an unpredictable transit and can feel quite exciting for the social aspects of our lives. We may find that enjoyment pops up where we least expect it. Anything that breaks away from our routines will feel like a very welcome change. We want to interact with others who are offbeat, interesting and just plain different from what we usually are attracted to. This is also a good time for standing apart from the crowd if you want to attract the types of people you wish to be around. Highlight your unique qualities and let them shine now. Oh, and do be careful that you don't allow boredom to push you towards doing anything too reckless.

August 2nd - Venus sextile Mars (Venus in Cancer, Mars in Taurus)
This Venus/Mars transit brings an opportune time to take a more balanced approach to any conflicts, problems, and goals that require a lot of effort. Having a good balance between a gentle approach and firm action will help quite a bit. It does make a good time for hashing out negotiations and issues because, even though some communication may feel aggressive and determined, it will be tempered with sensitivity and fairness.

August 4th - Mercury enters Virgo
When the communications planet, Mercury enters the analytical sign of Virgo, precision in speech, thought, and processing becomes important to us. This is a time when we analyse and decide what is useful and what we deem to be impractical. Mercury feels right at home in Virgo, one of the signs that it rules. Dealing with details is natural and easy now. But we can also become too nit-picky as well. So we need to be careful that we don't lose perspective if we find ourselves lost in details. We should also be aware of the possibility of expressing ourselves in a too factual manner, so much so that we come across as dry, critical, or unimaginative.

This is also a time when those more neurotic tendencies can reign supreme so we really need to keep our wits about us. While Mercury in Virgo encourages us to edit, refine and perfect our processes, that doesn't mean that we should get obsessively or compulsively stuck going over the same details of a problem or situation in our mind. So much so that we make ourselves ill. Sometimes the best way to gain some clarity in these situations is to just let it go, walk away for a bit, and then get back to it when an answer becomes clearer. Although this is an excellent position for Mercury when it comes to problem-solving, it’s a proverbial nightmare when it comes to shutting off the brain. It may be helpful to put all of that mental energy into writing, working or serving others. Those of us who struggle with detail-oriented tasks have a chance to hone those editing skills. 

August 7th - Venus trine Neptune (Venus in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces)
The love and money planet, Venus, is trine Neptune today which can bring about a time of romance, creativity, and feeling a sense of oneness with the beauty of nature. This can be great socially and intimately because things tend to run more smoothly as well as adding a touch of magic to the pot. It’s important however to be very clear about what we truly want!

With romance planet Venus mingling with Neptune, we find that we are more intuitive when it comes to dealing with others around us now. It's like we can instinctively read the mood of an individual or a situation, which can help us to detect any signs of dishonesty. We also tend to feel more inclined to think about the welfare of others and putting friends and loved ones first when they need some comfort.

Where money and material things are concerned, this can be a time of abundance and blessings for many. Opportunities could seem to come from nowhere (Ace Of Pentacles comes to mind with the hand coming from out of the clouds). Since Venus rules over love and money, our intuition could pay off in making decisions in these areas too, although those of us who are more idealistic could get pulled into projects that seem worthwhile, sound great, but promise unrealistic or impractical rewards. It may be a good idea to get a second opinion if you feel uncertain. Many see this as a time of abundant blessings and resources that may seem to come out of nowhere. BUT…yes there is always a but….it can also be a time of overindulging and overspending then leaving us to ponder where the money went. So try to keep it balanced! It's ok to treat yourself to something nice but don’t go on a wild spending spree.

Our creativity gets a boost as well with this transit, allowing it to flow freely. This can make it hard to focus on those technical details right now though. It's a good transit for letting go of worries and allowing ourselves to really feel the connections we have to live and to others. It's a transit that makes happiness infectious-especially with people we enjoy being around.  Being a time of creativity, romance, and a sense of our oneness with the natural beauty we find all around us can make this a very positive time for social and intimate times.

Another positive aspect of this transit is that it allows our natural and unique beauty to shine through. So go on and take a peek from behind that façade of mystery and illusion you may have created. This is a time when we can see the very best in others, and they in you as well. It’s a great time for negotiations, interactions, and attractions which all seem to flow effortlessly.

Another warning here as well! This can open us up to seeing wonderful traits in a person that are not really there. It can be helpful to get a second opinion from a trusted friend or family member though.

So allow your inner warmth and beauty to radiate under this transit. You may even see some wonderful qualities in others that you haven’t noticed before. Make sure that you are being clear about what it is you truly want though and with any important choices, be sure you use a good dose of reality.
 
August 7th - Mars square Saturn (Mars in Taurus, Saturn in Aquarius)
When action planet Mars meets serious Saturn, it brings a time when we face obstacles, blockages, or opposition to our sense of freedom, our drive, and our ambitions. Excessive or wasteful endeavours and personality traits may need to be tempered now, and we may become more cautious or feel a temporary loss of enthusiasm, or even face setbacks that make us doubt our ability to win in life. It creates a sense of friction that can cause us to feel frustrated, conflicted, stressed out, and argumentative.

It’s hard to feel upbeat and positive when our efforts seem to be thwarted or blocked at every turn. We become a bit more sensitive towards anyone or anything that seems to be not cooperating with us, especially authority figures.

It’s all about finding a balance between our youthful and free spirit, and the responsible, cautious adult side of us that wants us to be more serious. It’s easy for a bit of a power struggle to emerge between these two sides of our spirit. If we allow one side to win or gain complete control, we risk feeling depressed and guilty, or obsessed and rebellious.

We may need to learn to live life in moderation for the moment, but it may be frustrating at first as we face tests, rejections, or trials that remind us that pushing too hard or too fast doesn't always yield the results we are after. That means that now is the time to slow down a little, catch our breath, and experience some defeats, all in order to come back stronger, more controlled, directed, and mature in our expectations and approach to the world.

We are not entirely without power under this transit, however! We can put some of that friction to use in productive ways. It allows us to manifest our goals, desire, and energy in a more concrete way. The obstacles we face now can work to strengthen us if we choose to work with them rather than struggle against them. We may even find that the detour we have been forced to take works out much better in the end than our original planned route.
 
August 8th - Sun trine Chiron (Sun in Leo, Chiron in Aries)
Chiron has been influencing us to heal those chronic struggles in our lives for a few months now. With the Sun making a trine to Chiron, we will start to see our recent efforts to mend and heal these things coming together. We find that we just may have the confidence we need to try out those new solutions. Or we may find we are able to at least approach those problems from a different angle, one that actually sheds light on the situation in question.

Some of the progress we are seeing could be a result of having the courage to walk a different path, one that we have made our own. Or it may be due to us finally having that courage to face our shadow side. I'm sure many will find that there are a few wounds and struggles in their lives hat will benefit from the kind of healing this transit brings us. The worst thing you could do is let it pass you by without allowing yourself to tap into its potential. try to find a balance between jumping off into the deep end of troubled waters and just poking a toe at the surface to see what kind of waves it creates.
 
August 9th - Venus opposite Pluto (Venus in Cancer, Pluto in Capricorn)
Today we have an opposition between a protective Venus in Cancer and a disruptive Pluto in Cancer (and a side of Uranus thrown in there for good measure) going on that can work by pulling us apart in order to allow a transformation within our value system. Use this energy to look at who and what is supportive of you at this time and release what needs releasing. We could see power struggles being provoked as well as spur-of-the-moment surprises.

With these two planets in play. we could experience challenges or feelings of great intensity in those areas mentioned above. Now is the time to dive deep into those personal issues that are associated with our values, finances, resources and relationships. However, doing so means that you will have to delve beneath the surface of those issues in order to discover any patterns that you may not have noticed before. Such patterns can be an indication that we need to acknowledge and come to grips with our shadow shelves such as obsessions, hidden agendas and our most secret desires. This gives us a chance to learn how we project our shadow selves onto other people via the way we interact, our expectations, fears and hopes.
 

August 10th - Sun square North Lunar Node (Sun in Leo, North Node in Taurus)
Today brings a challenging square between the Sun and the North Lunar Node. What’s a Lunar Node you ask? Nodes aren’t physical objects in the skies like the planets. We have two; the North Node and South Node. They mark those intersecting areas where the Moon and Sun cross paths. They represent sensitive points in our natal chart. The North Node represent the point in our life that is forward moving and our overall life lessons. Some even say that it represents our destiny. The South Node is that point in our life where we push off from and shows where we have been and what in our lives needs to be released.

Today’s aspect between the Sun and North Node can bring feelings of conflict between our sense of identity and purpose with the lessons we are needing to learn in our lives. It can manifest through situations where we feel we are being forced off course or forced to take a detour that is not as direct as our chosen road. That tends to make people feel uncomfortable but there is usually more to those detours than we realize. If we were to stop panicking over the detour and take some time to really look beneath the surface (whether presently or in retrospect) we will probably discover that this detour is actually assisting our sense of Self. It can bring benefits our way that we would have otherwise passed up or missed had we not taken that detour.

Some may find themselves confronted by dilemmas and conflicts at this time that causes stress and these are situations that we may normally resist. However, by not fighting these situations, we can gain a deeper understanding of our feelings and experiences if we let ourselves explore the situation a bit. When you stop for a moment and take a good hard look at your reaction to this kind of situation, what do you find behind it; resentment? Fear? Maybe a bit of rebellious defiance? Well, this is your chance now to take a new perspective on the situation and try responding to it in a different way, a way that will allow you to move through the situation at hand rather than feeling blocked by it.

We may feel the effects of this Sun/Node transit for about a week and a half prior to, and a week and a half after this date. It can cause those areas that the Moon covers, such as our intuition, sensitivity and inner feelings, to feel unstable or out of balance.   

August 11th - Venus enters Leo
Love is magnificent and grand. We take pride in love, and we are generous with our money as well. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game--a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. We feed on attention, acknowledgement, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Pride and passion are hallmarks of this cycle. We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period. The negative expression of this placement is overstating our feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.  

This can be a very creative time, as Venus' love of beauty combines with Leo's creative flair for the dramatic. Find ways to feel good by making your surroundings and yourself beautiful and reflective of your inner spirit! High fashion and vogue style are "in," and crudeness and ordinariness are out...unless you want to turn them into a fashion statement. ;-) However, it's probably wise not to become so identified with the outer appearance of yourself or others that you lose sight of the person, situation or context that it's all happening in. The aim is to pamper yourself with pleasures that enhance your quality of life, without inflating your ego with synthetic self-esteem and glamour without substance. Relationships, interaction, finances, values and resources all need to include ways to express your identity, valour and "heart." Some light-hearted fun and play can be a good place to start.
 
August 11th - Sun square Uranus (Sun in Leo, Uranus in Taurus)
Under this challenging transit, our world can experience some shake-ups as the Universe decides its time for change and time to make things a bit more "interesting." This is our wake-up call folks and it is designed to loosen us up from old habits and cycles that keep us stuck or inhibited in life.

It also stirs up restlessness and draws out the trickster/rascal in us to want to stir up a bit of trouble. Sometimes this can be necessary and useful but in other situations, it can be disruptive and destructive. So it's important to try and resist that urge to rebel just for the sake of doing something different.

This is also a time to be more alert to any new insights and opportunities that come along disguised as accidents or crises. Sometimes it takes such a crisis for us to realize the need for change.

Our usual sense of self and purpose also become unsettled under this transit, but it's also a time where room is cleared away for new growth and new possibilities. So if you are looking to break some old habits in your life or break away from current restrictions, this is the best time to do it! Just bear in mind that it could also create a bit of a mess that you will have to contend with later.
 
August 11th - Mars sextile Neptune (Mars in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces)
During this transit, we may feel our compassion, intuition and idealistic impulses being pleasantly stimulated. We aren't concerned so much with practical things and routines and feel inspired. It's a good time for creating, taking in a film or just enjoying our downtime. We tend to find it easier to let go of anger as dispositions become softer under this transit.
 

August 14th - Sun opposite Saturn (Sun in Leo, Saturn in Aquarius)
This transit can feel like a draining one for many where we feel weighed down and somewhat less than optimistic about any challenges or blockages we are facing that delay our progress. We may feel that for every step forward we are taking two back. Saturn represents the rules. It delays and restricts. It makes us cautious, sometimes overly so. All of this can whittle away our sense of freedom and self-expression. Our will and ego are being challenged and we may feel guilt, shame, or self-blame.

This is also a transit where boundary issues can come to the surface. After all, Saturn represents the limit, that line crossed. The Sun is what throws light on how and where we feel these restrictions. The challenges we face for our ego and will can come from others who we feel unable to fight against such as authority figures. So we find ourselves having to jump through those hoops, slog through the boring routines...and all we want to do is break out from it all. We feel obligated to fulfil the expectations that others have placed upon us.

This can feel like a really low point for us but we need to remember that these things are now happening for a reason. Perhaps the timing just isn't right or there is something that we still need to learn to prepare us for when this transit passes and sets us free to move forward. It may be that problems we have been putting off now need to be dealt with so that we can move forward.

It's not all bad though! Many will find they are finally able to move forward on a goal or project. The dress rehearsal is over and now it’s time to wow the crowds! Are you still seeing obstacles in your way? Then it may be that you haven't prepared as well as you had thought. During this time we may find that we are able to reap what we have sown over the past 6 months. We may need to look back to see what led us to where we are presently.

August 14th - Mars trine Pluto (Mars in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn)
Under this transit we may feel a stronger urge to embrace and engage our power, act on our deep impulses and assert our desires. Sexual energy tends to be quite high at this time too. It brings a feeling that nothing can stop us or hold us back, and our ability to create change and take action at this time is very strong. For those who have been preparing to put some plans into action, this transit is a powerful time to do so.

However, we need to be aware that too much too soon can backfire on us. During this transit, it's possible for us to overstep our boundaries or come across as a bit too strong.  Frustration, suppressed anger, or a desire to get rid of whatever stands in our way can be expressed a bit more forcefully than we intend. the best way to deal with this transits energy is to keep ourselves centred and focus on acknowledging our emotions, power and impulses, then we can use our better judgement when it comes time to decide how to act, or whether to act at all.
 
August 15th - Mercury trine North Lunar Node (Mercury in Virgo, North Node in Taurus)
Today we have Mercury in a trine with the North Lunar Node and the Moon will also be Void of Course later this afternoon. For those who are not sure what a Lunar Node is; There are two, the North and South. They are the points where the paths of the Moon and Sun meet or intersect. The North Node is said to represent that which we are moving towards, the path we are currently walking in our lives, and the direction of our growth. Some refer to it as our path of Destiny. The South Node is our starting or pushing-off point showing where we have been and what we need to release. When we have a Solar or Lunar eclipse, this is the Full or New Moon taking place very close to one of the Nodes. The Nodes themselves are not physical objects like the planets and asteroids, they are considered sensitive points in our Natal charts.

Ok, back to Mercury and the North Lunar Node. This aspect brings us a fresher awareness as well as a better ability to communicate that awareness. It is a beneficial resource which can help us to take a few more steps closer to our life purpose. Just bear in mind that we also need to take action too. We will need to, at some juncture, take into account what we have observed and do something with this.

This will be the first of three passes for this transit, the other two occurring on February 11th and then again on March 16th. It will also repeat during the retrograde cycle of Mercury. What this means is that we will become aware of even deeper observations during these next few weeks. The final pass in March will be in two totally different signs as well. The first two are taking place in Pisces and Scorpio and the last in Aquarius and Libra. What this means for us is that there will be another facet to this cycle. The first two passes can bring insights in a more intuitive way but towards the end of this cycle, insights can be applied in a more social and analytical way. It will be interesting to keep track of what is going on in our lives during this cycle and see how things change and develop.
 
August 16th - Mercury trine Uranus (Mercury in Virgo, Uranus in Taurus)
We have another fun transit to work with today ladies and gentlemen! With this transit, expect unusual ideas, flashes of insight and seeing unexpected possibilities in old situations. You may find it easier to be open-minded during this time, especially regarding insights that have eluded you before. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas.

However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involves technology.
 
August 18th - Venus trine Jupiter (Venus in Leo, Jupiter in Aries)
This happy little trine can draw those to us who appreciate who we are and are willing to lend support. We may also feel as if we are finally getting some sort of break in life for the better. Optimism can be a bit contagious now too and it isn't too hard to draw others into our vision for the future. We want stimulating conversations now and feel a desire to both learn and teach. Some may find that money comes a bit more easily at this time or that their luck is better. However, we do need to be careful that we don't let that go to our heads and overindulge or fall into feelings of complacency.
 
August 20th - Mars enters Gemini
In Gemini, Mars is considerably more versatile and flexible--and considerably less determined and focused! Our interests become more diversified, possibly to the point of going off on so many tangents that we are scattered and ineffective. Gemini gives our warrior planet some space to roam a bit more freely. Mars' energies are more driven by mental activities and intellectual stimulation. And Gemini thrives on new ideas, visual stimulation, and social interaction.

When we see the darker side of Mars in Gemini, we see Mars taking up his words to use as weapons when he feels angry, so heated debates are no surprise under the effects of this transit. Mars in Gemini likes to take up multiple tasks and is ready to act. For any of you out there who have a lot of fire and air in your charts, any inactivity now could make you very restless and depressed. And if you have more water and earth in your chart, you feel stirred to activity but could feel some stress if there is too much disruption to your usual routine. Try to find a good balance that works for you.
 
August 21st - Vesta Retrograde enters Aquarius)
Today, one of the main asteroids that we watch in astrology, goes retrograde. Vesta is most known for ruling over the hearth, home and family. But she also rules over our core sense of independence and identity. It's what reminds of to be faithful and true to ourselves. When Vesta turns retrograde we find our fidelity and integrity to ourselves tested. Situations can come up that force us to decide just how much that integrity really means to us, and how much we are willing to go against our core identity in order to slide through life. Vesta also teaches us that we are beholden to no one, to stand up and be responsible for ourselves and to demand the very best of each experience in our lives.

Vesta is our capacity to integrate and focus our energy in order to bring a sense of wholeness to ourselves. Vesta is the guardian of the sacred flame that represents the passion and joy within our soul, the fire of our spirit. She can teach us how to regenerate and renew ourselves during challenges and change in order to rise as something new.

While Vesta is in retrograde we may also be challenged to look for deeper meaning amongst traditional religions or practices that are not satisfying our souls. She has been linked to the growth of alternative practices, healers and working with the mind to manifest our desires through positive thinking. She can help us to remember the power that we have within ourselves that allows us to constantly create and recreate ourselves.

Vesta is a lot like Virgo in that she teaches us how to cleanse, repair and revitalize our bodies and is a great energy to tap into for healing of all kinds. However, instead of service to others, we are focused on service to ourselves.

In astrological terms, she relates to work, spiritual practices, solitude, devotion, sacrifice, commitment, and any fear-based sexual issues we may have. The light that we see her holding aloft in many images of Vesta is that help that allows us to see our way out of these things so that we can identify who we truly are and become committed and devoted to becoming all that we are and much more.
 
August 21st - Mercury opposite Neptune (Mercury in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces)
Inspired thinking, mental fantasy, imaginative ideas and lucid dreams are likely during this transit. This can result in enormous creativity that sees inspiration and magical ideas in the world around you (be sure to write them down to develop later). Your communication may be unusually intuitive and inspiring now. However, it can also be a time when your perceptions about reality are a bit off and coloured by wishful thinking and irrational conclusions. Doing a reality check with a trusted friend or advisor is a good idea, especially if you are trying to make important decisions right now. But be sure to explore any non-rational or irrational thinking, since the veil between the conscious and unconscious mind is thin now and you can learn much by observing your thoughts and perceptions.
 
August 22nd - Mercury trine Pluto (Mercury in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn)
With Mercury and Pluto in this positive trine, we know how to get to the heart of things. It's a great time for mental activities which involve research, concentration and investigation. We want to explore what’s under the surface and won’t be satisfied by superficial explanations. It's a good energy for focusing on ideas that require stages of development to be planned out. This is also a time when one can experience a breakthrough if they have been trying to understand the dynamics and deeper motivations going on in their lives. It’s like having that sudden light bulb moment that sheds light on the dark corner where those answers were hiding away. We also have the chance to shed and leave behind all of those outworn perceptions and forms of communication that have been ineffective for us up till now. During this transit, it may be a good idea to write down our thoughts and ideas so that we can review them again once this transit has slipped by.
 
August 24th - Uranus goes Retrograde (In Taurus)
Today Uranus starts i’s backward journey through the stars, in the sign of Taurus. Uranus going retrograde is often a turning point in situations involving issues of spontaneity, freedom, breaking free of old patterns, rebellion and expressing your personal uniqueness. It could feel a bit chaotic or erratic at times, or spontaneous and exciting, for up to a week before and after this date as well. Uranus' ultimate agenda, however, is to clear the way for our true spirit to manifest in our lives. We could experience unexpected changes, flashes of insight, or disruption of established situations that aren't working well. This can also include such things as computers, the internet, mass media, groups, friends or future plans. It can be the awakening of a new perspective for many and having had the first part of this year bring changes and open our minds to change, this comes at a good time to make those things happen. Look at where Uranus falls in your own natal Chart to clue you in on where these disruptions will occur.
 
August 24th - Venus trine Chiron (Venus in Leo, Chiron in Aries)
The Planet of love mingles with the wounded healer today bringing a great opportunity for healing and rebalancing, especially in the areas of relationships, finance, resources and values. If you have been faced with persistent challenges and issues in these areas lately, you will find help from an influx of healing and helpful resources now. Interactions of all kinds, not just relationships, will benefit under this transits nurturing energy because we will find it so much easier to see the beauty and value in others, even those we may dislike or not feel too comfortable around. So use this to strengthen and mend bonds as well as to tackle negotiations where compromises are needed to resolve conflict. You will find things go a lot more smoothly now if everyone works in a balanced way that serves the interests of all.

This is also a time when we find we can draw to us what we need to heal wounds on many levels (spiritually, mentally, physically, psychologically, etc.) It makes it easier now to accept the things in our lives that we cannot change and focus on making progress in those things we can change.
 
August 25th - Mercury enters Libra
Mercury, the communication planet, gets nice and comfortable in the sociable Air sign of Libra. The Air element is very much about the mind and communication, so Libra meshes quite nicely with Mercury. Libra loves to build bridges and find ways to overcome our differences. It knows that there is more than one side to any situation, and wants to harmonize opposing points of view.

Mercury’s entry into this peacemaking sign signals a time when speech becomes a little bit softer to create more harmony in our relationships. We’ll all be a little more apt to bring down the noise level, allowing both sides of an argument to be heard. Because of this, Mercury in Libra is the perfect time to heal wounds caused by arguments or misunderstandings.

When the planet of speech and the sign of one-on-one relationships get together, our communication with others comes into focus. This isn’t just about love relationships we’re talking about -- it’s also about our family, friends, and coworkers, too. If we’ve had any fights, or if we’ve been holding on to a long-term grudge, this is a good time to finally put them to rest.

Diplomacy takes centre stage when Mercury is in Libra! Libra is represented by the Scales of justice in Astrology, so it makes sense that we’ll be more objective during this time, attempting to approach every situation in a fair-minded and balanced way. Think of this transit as a gentle reminder from the universe on the importance of considering others’ perspectives and embracing the beauty of compromise.

One challenge of this transit is the tendency to be a little too nice. Don’t sugar-coat things or withhold information just to avoid rocking the boat, as kindness could end up being a barrier to real communication. We need to realize there are many ways to connect with someone, and agreement is only one of them. Expressing opposing beliefs with respect and openness is a terrific way to strengthen any partnership.
 
August 25th - Venus square North Lunar Node (Venus in Leo, North Node in Taurus)
With Venus in this challenging square to the North Lunar Node, we may start noticing that the people in our lives are not giving us the encouragement and support we need where fulfilling our life purpose is concerned. We could run into situations where someone who was giving us support suddenly backs away. Or we find that their actions interfere with what we are trying to do. Disagreements and upsets with others at this time could make us feel less positive about our life and if this is the case, we need to look a bit more closely at what it is that we are disagreeing about. We need to step back and ask ourselves if our responses to these things mirror our true values, or do we need to tweak our values at this time? Renegotiating our priorities in order to create balance may be needed as well. Venus also rules finances and resources so we could run into issues around possessions, resources and finances that call for adjustments now.

This isn't a very long transit, lasting only a few days. So the things we come across may not be major issues. But if something significant does rear its head at this time, it could be a sign that we have something that needs to be looked at more closely. 

August 27th - Venus square Uranus (Venus in Leo, Uranus in Taurus)
Today we see Venus and Uranus move into a challenging square. Under this transit, we need to be careful of temptations like impulse buying and being a bit erratic with our resources. Otherwise, our finances can become a bit unstable. The best thing to do is stick to your budget or if you feel you must buy that extra something, check your funds and be realistic.

Where relationships and social interactions are concerned, this transit can make the way we relate to those around us (and them to us) seem a bit impulsive, inconsistent, and wishy-washy. For those who have been experiencing difficulties with funds and/or relationships, this transit can bring a lingering issue up to the surface now and will require our attention rather than trying to push it back down and ignore it.

It’s a bit of a double-edged sword we walk with this transit. For some, it can bring that welcome breath of fresh air that helps us cut through the fog and see things more clearly. However, conflict and stress are also triggered by this. Others may feel resistant to making any changes and will see this as a less positive time of instability, adjustments, and some upsets. If used wisely, the energy of this transit can help us to break free of any restraints and structures that have been holding us back from seeing new possibilities.

August 27th - Sun square Mars (Sun in Virgo, Mars in Gemini)
The Sun square Mars tends to bring out a competitive "me first" mindset, even for those who are not normally like this. We may aggressively pursue our desires, or be faced with others being aggressive to get what they want. Tempers may flare when faced with resistance so it is important to find some constructive outlets to help relieve that stress. It may seem that others are quick to challenge us and we, in turn, are quick to react...usually on the defensive. Thankfully Mars is in the sign of Libra which helps to temper the Warrior planet's rough and aggressive edges.

This can be a good energy to tap into if you need a bit of courage to stand up for yourself. it allows us to focus on ourselves and our own needs, which is great if you have been focusing so much on others that you have neglected yourself.

August 28th - Venus opposite Saturn (Venus in Leo, Saturn in Aquarius)
This is a transit that can bring feelings of loneliness and sadness as a result of delays and limitations we feel are affecting our love life and finances. It's not a good time for socializing, so we should make preparations for some alone time.

Trying to address relationship issues at this time could actually make things worse. What we can do for now in order to show we do care is to work hard and do practical things. It may seem like our efforts are being ignored, but they will actually pay off in the long run.

One thing you should try to do under this transit is to figure out where you may be responsible for any difficulties felt in the relationship, and perhaps work on a bit of self-development. I'ts a good time for work that needs preparation. Where finances are concerned, try to sort out debt, or at least get things more organized so you have an idea of where you stand.

For those that are prone to depression, it may be a low couple of days for you. If you're normally a cheerful person, it may be best to not fight the blues and let things ride themselves out.
 

What to watch for in September 2022!

Mercury turns Retrograde at the beginning of the month until the start of October.  We also have the asteroid Pallas moving into Cancer at the beginning of the month.  Venus starts off in Virgo but ends the month in balancing Libra.  Mercury enters Virgo towards the end of the month, and Ceres joins it in the last days of September. 


Well my darlings, this wraps up our August newsletter!  Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!
 

Blessings!
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

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