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Welcome August 2019


"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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Faery Guidance for August 2019

Oh No!





 










Oh No! represents the unexpected, obstructions, and those times when we are having "one of those days". He fits in well at this time with Mercury retrograde creating obstacles, and the energy of Uranus throwing the unexpected our way.

Look at him. He has been waiting a long time to bring his message our way. He is so very eager to do his job, and it's easy to see what that job is! You guessed it! His job is to make sure that things are not going the way we want them to go.

You break your favourite cup and superglue your hand to it while trying to stick the handle back on; you burn the toast and remember that it was the last of the bread that you were supposed to be using for a sandwich for lunch; your dog chews up what looks like an important letter from the tax man but might have been a notification of a huge lottery win. So what to do?

You can go back to bed - a really tempting idea - but remember that your cat (or dog) has already taken the warm spot you vacated and isn't going to give it up easily. Or you can just accept that sometimes life isn't what you expect and certainly not what you think it should be.

When Oh No! turns up, try to be philosophical about it. it's just going to be one of those days; all you can do is go with the flow, be flexible, and try to keep your sense of humour.


From The Heart Of Faerie Oracle - Brian & Wendy Froud.

Celtic Tree Month August 2019

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 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 in 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 2019

Aries
Rewarding Days: 19, 20
Challenging Days: 5, 6

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 21, 22, 23
Challenging Days: 7, 8

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  24, 25
Challenging Days: 9, 10

Cancer
Rewarding Days: 26, 27
Challenging Days: 11, 12, 13

Leo
Rewarding Days: 1, 2, 28, 29
Challenging Days:  14, 15

Virgo
Rewarding Days: 3, 4, 30, 31
Challenging Days: 16, 17, 18

Libra
Rewarding Days: 5, 6
Challenging Days: 19, 20

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 7, 8
Challenging Days: 21, 22, 23

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days: 9, 10
Challenging Days: 24, 25

Capricorn
Rewarding Days: 11, 12, 13
Challenging Days: 26, 27

Aquarius
Rewarding Days: 14, 15
Challenging Days: 1, 2, 28, 29

Pisces  16, 17, 18
Rewarding Days: 3, 4, 30, 31 
Challenging Days: 22, 23
Void of Course Moon Schedule for August 2019

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
Agust 1st
21:48
August 2nd 14:20 Virgo
August 4th 05:27 August 4th 14:30 Libra
August 6th 08:36 August 6th 16:31 Scorpio
August 8th 15:58 August 8th 21:35  Sagittarius
August 10th 20:50 August 11th 05:50 Capricorn
August 12th 23:11 August 13th 16:35 Aquarius
August 16th 02:02 August 16th 04:49 Pisces
August 17th 23:34 August 18th 17:33 Aries
August 21st 05:06 August 21st 05:37 Taurus
August 22nd 22:33 August 23rd 15:34 Gemini
August 25th 07:58 August 25th 22:05 Cancer
August 27th 09:55 August 28th 00:53 Leo
August 29th 01:07 August 30th 00:57 Virgo
August 31st 09:46 September 1st 00:08 Libra

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What's New This Month 

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 so far! With this being a major time of year for going away, having the kids out of school, or having to pick up the slack at work while others are off, schedules can feel a bit out of balance as we re-adjust our routines to work around it all.   

Now 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.

If you have a website or blog that you need some creative content writing for, I offer my services as a freelance writer. You can check out my basic prices at Faery Scribe. I've written for several sites, such as Natural News, Jules of the Earth, Hirewriters and a number of private clients.

If you're looking for some unique handcrafted items, come visit,  Faery Trinkets where I will have my Barefoot Sandals, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and crochet items on display for sale. I'll be adding some crocheted items as well soon, and you can also find these items in my Etsy shop.
 

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 persons 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.

Come and check out my Blog that at http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there. 

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And don't forget to check out the Tarot Oracle Club: http://earthspirittarot.com/tosub.htm For a membership fee you get a free one card reading each month, discounts to in-depth readings, a free Natal Report package, one free in-depth reading for every one you buy, and access to a private Facebook group for members.

And now to announce the July 2019 raffle winners:

P. Smith  and E. Carter

Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter August's raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

"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 it's 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 it's 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 at 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 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 2019 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.

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, or 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 it’s origins, and traditions, click here: LAMMAS.

 
Star Transits For August 2019

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 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 its 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 heart-felt 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 23rd 

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, to do detail work, and to improve communications on the job.

The energy of this signs transit brings about some playful and friendly activities. When the Sun is in Virgo, details take on an 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 11th we have a Leo New Moon  

In Astrology the New Moon is seen as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. But in spell working the New Moon is also a time for getting rid of what is not wanted in our lives. It can be a time for reversing spells cast by another or used for warding and banishing work negative energies. I like to do a good home and chakra cleaning using reiki and some sage smudge sticks.

Our New Moon starts off in Leo, but finishes in Virgo. In Leo, the Moon wants us to open up our hearts and reconnect with the child within. With Leo adding it's energies to this New Moon, it makes it a good time for igniting passion. From the day of the New Moon to three days after is said to be good for doing any type of work involving drawing love or creativity into your life. If you are starting a new venture, path, or project in your life, this energy can be used to draw positive opportunities to you that will help you along the way. Leo is a fixed sign as well so projects that are started now usually tend to last.  The New Moon in Leo is usually your time to shine! It is a time to celebrate your existence, renew your belief in yourself and discover ways to share your best qualities with the world around you. It is a time to explore who you are and feel good about yourself.

This New Moon shouts “Celebrate Yourself!” So you can tap into this powerful New Moon for dealing with issues around self confidence and acceptance of yourself. It’s about letting your inner light shine for all to see. And I don’t mean in an egocentric, arrogant way here. We are not looking to rate our worth against others. We are looking to just love who we are as an individual and allowing ourselves to stand in our own power.

The lesson that Leo is trying to teach us with this New Moon is to connect to our core being, our true heart. Get down through the layers of “varnish” we apply to make ourselves seem “more” to others and really let our natural essence shine while realizing we are a lot better than we think.

We change so often as a result of our experiences that we either lose track of who we are or we forget to allow ourselves to adapt along the way. Who we thought we were a year ago, even a month ago, may not measure up or be realistic to who we are in this very moment. And that is ok! We are always changing, always evolving. But we do have some core essentials that are always with us and that is what you need to dust off and reconnect with. We need to break free of old self images that no longer fit us in the now.

So, during this Leo New Moon we are given the chance to explore our sense of self. We get the opportunity to discover (or re-discover) something new about ourselves. Let go of what no longer fits. And more than anything, be YOU…that unique and beautiful spirit that you are!

The Moon goes Void of Course in the late evening and switches gears by mid-afternoon of Friday, when it moves into Virgo. 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 ours 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.

On August 15th we 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 let's us detach a bit and see things in 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 30th we have the 2nd New Moon of the month, this time in Virgo

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 ours 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 onto 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.

 

PLANETARY TRANSITS

August 2nd - 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. 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 with 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 structure that have been holding us back from seeing new possibilities.

August 7th - Sun trine Jupiter (Sun in Leo, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
Today the Sun moves into a supportive trine aspect with Jupiter. According to the ancients this is one of the most positive transits. With the Sun and Jupiter working together we are able to work in harmony with our environment radiating warmth and generosity to those around us. It is a time when our understanding of the great Big Picture clears and we start to understand just how we fit into it all. As a result of this, our self esteem and confidence soar. We start to see new possibilities and opportunities, to the point where we feel we have a bit of luck on our side.

It’s a really good energy for situations where we need to present an idea or project and need to get other people on board. Our own sense of confidence and optimism can more easily sway others to see our view of things. Public speaking gets a boost here as well as well as writing because we feel we can express ourselves easily. Our minds turn to philosophical and idealistic subject matters and our physical energy gets a boost too.

Our insight into our lives becomes a bit brighter, inspired, and optimistic and some may feel very connected to spiritual energy right now. This can help us to find new meaning for ourselves and the world around us. Some may feel inspired to fight for a cause or some justice they feel passionate about.

One thing to watch for is allowing our sense of “knowing” and self assurance go overboard, leading us to being too overly confident or over indulgent. We need to make sure that we are grounded in humility and realistic views to make it all work well.

August 8th - Venus trine Jupiter (Venus in Leo, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
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 over indulge or fall into feelings of complacency.

August 11th - Mercury enters Leo
When communication planet Mercury struts through colourful Leo, our thinking, creativity, and self expression becomes more confident and grand. We want to express so much more than just mere facts and info…we want to tell a story! The way we perceive and experience life at this time can feel more vivid, fun, and somewhat dramatic.

The focus is now on the goal--and the more grand a goal the better! The details may not be quite as important now but bold concepts and expressing those ideas are. We are more expressive, even theatrical and given to speech-giving and story-telling under this influence. We are also more convincing and persuasive, as we exude confidence when we speak or write. We may not listen as well as we normally do under Mercury in Leo though.

Our thinking becomes daring, creative, inspired, motivated, and playful where love and romance is concerned. In business we lean towards being more competitive, honourable, and powerful. Our thoughts can soar beyond the limits of reality with Leo.

There is a shadow side to Mercury in Leo however which can create some unrefined thinking that appears territorial and aggressive. It becomes easier to indulge in a self serving mindset, be egotistical, or just plain over confident. Our expressions can range anywhere between charming to downright hostile depending on the mood and situation and motives may be less than noble or full of good intentions. We need to be careful of exaggerating or trying to oversell our ideas, as well as making promises that we know will be too hard to keep. There is a chance of becoming so enamoured of our ideas and vision that we miss important drawbacks and valid criticism.

Mercury in Leo is a time for thinking positively and showing enthusiasm. By doing this we can inspire others around us to keep going even when the going gets tough. It’s a time for enjoying the playful delights that life has to offer us through games, humour, fun and children (or allowing ourselves to see through the eyes of children.

August 11th - Jupiter turns direct (in Sagittarius)
Jupiter finally ends its 4 month retrograde journey and starts shifting forward now. Jupiter's effects are to expand our experiences, our knowledge, and our understanding. Jupiter represents optimism, growth, generosity, joy, and abundance. For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel a surge of idealism, inspiration and confidence. A quest for knowledge, truth, optimism and faith could become a beacon of energy in your life. On the other hand Jupiter could also bring an increase of judgement, blame and elitism. Jupiter has been retrograde for about 4 months. It is now changing direction again and resuming its normal direct motion.

You may have been exploring and developing the deeper qualities of spirituality, beliefs, confidence, knowledge, faith and/or optimism during that time. Or you might have found ways to expand your horizons—directly through travel or indirectly through the study of other cultures and languages. For the next 3 months (as Jupiter retraces its steps through the Shadow), you can start to apply and integrate what you've learned over the past 4 months. For example, if you have been taking a course or exploring your religious beliefs, this might be a time when you are able to put your discoveries into practice or place them into your worldview.

This turning point may be uplifting, overwhelming, inspiring and/or illuminating. You could discover new meaning in areas of life that had become stale or worn out, or you might realise that your old ways of understanding don't work for you anymore and need to be let go. Whatever you've learned or gained over the last 4 months, it is now available to be expressed and used more openly and directly in your life.

August 12th - Uranus turns Retrograde (in Taurus)
Today Uranus starts it’s backward journey through the stars, in the sign of XXXXXX. 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 like computers, 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 opening 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 14th - Sun conjunct Venus (Both in Leo)
Under this social transit's energy we want to be seen and get noticed, mainly for our natural qualities. This desire to be social opens up doors of opportunity for us to reach out and connect with others today, as well as allows us to express ourselves with ease, charm, and grace. Whether you find yourself spending time with others or on your own, pursuing the things you love and enjoy comes easily now.

This is also an energy that helps us to play the role of moderator and peacemaker because we can see both sides of a situation and how all of the little pieces fall into place. If contentment has been an elusive thing for you, take the time today to recognize the areas of your life that bring enjoyment since they will be more apparent now. Creating harmony in your life can begin today and last beyond tomorrow.

This transit can also make us feel a bit on the lazy side and self indulgent side so we need to be careful in how we plan the day. Try to keep it as low key as possible, avoiding filling your schedule with hectic and demanding tasks. Take the time to appreciate the beauty of nature all around you. Take a stroll through the park, visit an art museum or attend a social gathering. Don't be surprised if a love interest is revived today or you seem to attract love and money situations your way.

August 15th - Mercury trine Chiron (Mercury in Leo, Chiron in Aries)
Mercury's trine with the Wounded healer Chiron opens up the door of positive and healing communication with those around us. People are more willing to listen now and show understanding. Getting our point across becomes much easier and we can use our words to comfort and heal. We also become more open to looking at life in general in new ways.

We may find that our cynical side (or that of others) and feelings of depression become softened and allows us to be more receptive to an optimistic view of things. We can use this transit's energies to heal negative attitudes while motivating ourselves to change our perspective. Learning about the power of the mind and how it can heal becomes fascinating right now. And in some cases, we may realize a stronger love bond than any we have experienced in the past.

For those who are overly critical of themselves or speak negatively about themselves, you will find that you are now able to accept and reconcile those things that you dislike about yourself to create a more peaceful and balanced way of thinking.

This transit can also increase our ability to know just the right words to say in situations where understanding others is necessary. Our compassion and empathy are more readily available to us which will allow us to help others too. Don’t be surprised if you come across someone who can help you with a long standing issues of your own.

August 16th - Mercury square Uranus (Mercury in Leo, Uranus in Taurus)
Under this challenging square between Mercury and Uranus, we could experience some flashes of insight that can bring fresh clarity our way, however the answers that we receive may not be what we wanted to hear as it disrupts those logical views of how things were. Its a time where news of information can come along that shakes us up, which isn't always a bad thing. Especially if its something we needed to hear that can open us up to something we have been resisting.

We do need to be cautious as well, because there is that chance of us shooting off our mouths before we have actually considered what we are saying. It can bring about some communication that is reckless or impulsive with ideas that tend to bring more issues than they actually solve.

This is why it is important, at this time, to stop and listen to ourselves first if we hope to find out what it is we truly need to express. Then take the time to find the right way to phrase this so as to not cause damage unnecessarily.

August 18th - Mars enters Virgo
While hearts and minds (Venus and Mercury) are in playful Sagittarius, Mars finds it has to buckle down and take care of business in practical Virgo. It's a time for mastering techniques, improving skills and acting with precision. There is a tendency to nitpick however and that can be irritating to some. Aggressive Mars will be in purifying Virgo for an unusually long time now so it is a good point make changes that help to cleanse and simplify our lives in the next seven months.

Mars represents taking action to manifest your needs and desires. It is assertive, ambitious, masculine and sexual. Virgo represents cleansing, purifying, simplifying your life, and clearing your physical or emotional closet of clutter. Virgo is efficient and productive. It represents natural healing and environmental methods.
 

August 21st - Venus enters Virgo
Love takes a practical turn as Venus moves into earthy Virgo. Be careful though, because relationships could suffer from nit-picking and self-worth may be diminished by being overly critical. However, this transit also represents opportunities to make the minor adjustments needed to put partnerships on a more productive track and to develop talents that increase one's economic value

This is a cycle that calls you to purify and get more efficient. It may not be the most fun cycle of Venus, but it does help us to get a bit more practical and clear the way so we are able to enjoy Venus's more social and romantic cycle after September 14th. Basically we are looking at a work now, play later scenario. This is a time when we express our love through practical means and gestures--running errands, doing detail work, or just being there for our lovers. Love needs to make sense and have a purpose with Venus in Virgo. Virgo is an Earth sign, which is sensual but also quite practical. Besides our romantic natures, what we decide to buy and the types of entertainment we enjoy during this cycle is ruled by whether or not things make sense. We could easily feel guilty if we are too self-indulgent at this time. Rendering services to others can fill a need, and can be an expression of love. The shadow side of this position is being overly critical of our partners, picky, or worrisome.

August 21st - Mercury trine Jupiter (Mercury in Leo, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
Under this transit we may find ourselves more talkative, filled with more ideas and wanting to share these with others. It’s a really good time for stepping back in order to get a broader overview of projects we are working on, especially business related ones. We find that we are drawn to expanding our ideas but less inclined to focus on the mundane details.

There is a visionary and optimistic flow to our stream of consciousness that makes us see new possibilities. With all of these ideas flooding through it may be a good idea to write things down now so that we can develop them later. But right now we want to play with this ideas, turn them and twist them around…not manifest them just yet in the real world.

If you are prone to pessimism, this transit’s optimistic energy can neutralize that for a bit. This means we are more open minded and may just find a solution or idea that we wouldn’t allow ourselves to consider before. To some, this may be seen as a lucky time with opportunities just cropping up everywhere.

Our thoughts and opinions are confident and optimistic right now, but we may not accurately portray a situation when talking with other people about it. It is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and exaggerate or embellish the truth and even though our intentions may be honourable, we may give others an inflated view of the potentials and possibilities of an idea or project.

It is also very easy now, especially with the Venus/Jupiter energies, to promise more than we can deliver because we just can’t envision things not falling into place according to our plans. So make sure you keep one foot on Terra Firma and be realistic about plans now. 

August 24th - Venus conjunct Mars (Both in Virgo)
Relationship planets Venus and Mars are aligning now to help you both with external relationships as well as your relationship with your Self. Under this transit we are especially creative (and procreative!) now. Cooperating with others is easier because harmony and diplomacy combine with enthusiasm and forcefulness. If an existing relationship needs a boost, now is the time to put the extra effort forth. Venus acts to soothe and soften whatever it contacts. In this case, it's your raw, instinctual nature, so your aggressive nature is toned down.
Your powers of attraction are heightened, and you are more likely to be the one who's pursued. Any new relationship begun under this transit is likely to be especially passionate.

We also gain the ability to negotiate agreements with others in an assertive way. We can confront people and situations with a gentler and more diplomatic approach. Mars' energy can make the courage to act seem a bit more blunted or it could become enhanced by an increased sensitivity to how our actions could affect others.

One thing to be aware of is Aries's impatient energy. It can cause our diplomatic skills to be sabotaged by our impatience, frustration, or being too direct. On a plus that same energy can help to keep things from getting bogged down and stagnant. it's really all in how you choose to perceive and use this transits energy.

August 26th - Venus trine Uranus (Venus in Virgo, Uranus in Taurus)
This is a transit where liberation and spontaneity flood into our relationships, resources, finances, and those little pleasure we so enjoy! We feel more at ease in the company of others and an old friend may be there to give you a boost, or to try something new. We tend to desire the more thrilling and exciting activities now and changing the patterns of our interaction can be quite interesting as well.

We have a taste for the unusual and may find ourselves trying things (food, people, activities) that we would have overlooked in ordinary circumstances. We want to shake up the routines and break free from some old habits in order to allow ourselves to get a breath of that fresh air in our lives. it brings a chance to meet unusual and eccentric people that could broaden your views of the world around you.

One thing we do need to be careful of however, is the we could spend impulsively beyond our budget, or become reckless in our relationships and social interactions. The key is to allow ourselves to break free from what is holding us back without breaking down the order and structure that we need in our lives. 


August 28th - Mars trine Uranus (Mars in Virgo, Uranus in Taurus)
The transits of Mars to planets and points in the natal chart are relatively brief influences, lasting approximately 2-3 days. Mars takes approx 2 years to travel 360 Degrees in the Zodiac and the twelve houses, and acts to energize and activate the conditions surrounding the planets and points it touches.

This is a very high energy time, although not necessarily predictable or reliable. Our energy tends to come in spurts or in response to situations that don't normally affect us very much. We are also more willing to experiment and take risks so that we can change the direction that our life is going in. Our sense of independence is stimulated under this transit, which makes it a good opportunity for doing something that requires courage and a bit of daring. We feel a strong pull to do something that sets us apart from others.

Sexual desire might suddenly come alive as well under this energy. This transit can inspire motivation that is spontaneous, sudden or unexpected. It might make your physical or emotional energy fluctuate or feel a bit "wired." However, it can also give a burst of courage and drive that can propel you out of a rut or inspire you to break free of limitations. Freedom, liberation and asserting your individuality are key areas that can ignite this energy. You might also find yourself involved in group activities, possibly in a leadership role or in a way that your ideas have a greater effect than usual on others. Its a time for focusing on the future and not the past.

August 29th - Mercury enters Virgo
When the communications planet, Mercury enters the analytical sign of Virgo, precision in speech, thought, and process 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 29th - Sun trine Uranus (Sun in Virgo, Uranus in Taurus)
As the Sun mingles with Uranus we become more open to being spontaneous and just going with the flow with no real plan. And this can be liberating for many. In fact it may be just what is needed to get us out of a rut. This is a good time for breaking out of old cycles and habits. Flashes of insight, inspiration, and bursts of courage are all part of this transit's magic.

We tend to feel more grounded and centred, more in touch with our true spirit, who we really are deep down. It may have you acting a bit out of character and may raise some eyebrows around those who know you! But now is the best time to try new things and to experiment. You may surprise yourself with how simple it really can be to break out of your routines and habits.

As always, there is a warning here too. And that is to make sure you don’t become too reckless. Keep it balanced so you don’t come across as too erratic, careless, or chaotic.

What to watch for in September 2019!

With eclipse season out of the way, September looks to be an overall easier month.  Saturn turns direct mid-month, helping us to get foused on our tangible goals. We also have Mercury and Venus moving into balancing Libra.

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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