August 2014 Newsletter
Dear Friends Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time). For Rocky Mountain Time (except AZ which is on the same time zone as CA) add 1 hour. For Central Time, add 2 hours. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Alaskan Time, subtract 1 hour. For Hawaii-Aleutian Time, subtract 2 hours. For Greenwich, add 8 hours. For Central European time (CET) add 9 hours. For Eastern European time (EET), add 10 hours.
RUNE OF THE MONTH:. Eihaz, respect. The dictionary gives as the meaning of this word “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements.” And as its synonyms “esteem, regard, high opinion, admiration, reverence, deference, honor….”. During the month of August we are being asked to truly honor ourselves and recognize the divinity in all whom we meet. If we really believe that we are all one, then what we see in another is a reflection of ourselves. As we recognize the beauty, the magic and the power of each of us, we are revering our own. In a world of positive energy, there is no place for war, defeat, depression and anxiety. Let’s admire each other. Let us become divine beings having a divine experience.
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Uranus remains retrograde this whole month until Dec 21, 2014 when it will have reached 12º34’ Aries. Its shadow period remains until April 7, 2015. The degrees it travels in August (16º28’-15º53’ Aries) are represented in the Sabian Symbols by: “Brownies dancing in the setting sun” and “Two prim spinsters sitting together in silence”. In this context, Brownies are not cookies but imaginary good-natured spirits, often supposed to perform important services around the house by night so as not to be seen, such as thrashing, churning and sweeping. They take delight in gifts of porridge and honey and leave if mistreated or not honored. We should all be blessed to have some of these beautiful fairy people around our homes!!! It is time to free ourselves from judgments, fears and interpretations of reality which, making us project upon others what we fail to see in ourselves, hinder our full expression. As we release our limitations, magic can start happening, unseen help and comfort can manifest, synchronicities can pave our paths with the goodness of truth. A month to believe that nothing is impossible and that miracles are part of ordinary reality.
Neptune remains retrograde this whole month until November 15. In July it travels between 6º55’ and 6º08’ Pisces. Its shadow period lasts until January 2015. This degree is symbolized by the following image: “Illuminated by a shaft of light, a large cross lies on rocks surrounded by sea and mist”. Neptune, the planet of unconditional love, mysticism, enchantment and oneness comes to remind us that the time to awaken is now. It is only by seeking enlightenment that we shall vanquish the density, darkness and violence coming to the surface in these troubled times of shifts from the old to the new. As we raise superior in spirit to the apparent conditions endeavoring to drag us down into misery, scarcity and failure, we become a point of clear light guiding those who are still lost in the dark night of the soul.
Pluto continues being retrograde this whole month until September 23. Its shadow period will last until January 2015. This month, it travels between 11º37’ and 11º07’ Capricorn. This degree is represented in the Sabian Symbols by the following image: “A student of nature lecturing revealing little-known aspects of life.” The more in touch we become with the mysteries of nature and the esoteric laws of the universe, the deeper we shall know ourselves. A time to reconnect with trees, plants, rocks and the elements, to listen to wild animals and become sensitive to the messages they may all have for us. As the saying goes: God hid the realities of existence where we would least look for it, within our own soul. Now is the time to search within and stop giving so much power to what lies outside of us. As we do so, serenity will submerge us and with it, a profound knowingness of our divine truth.
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The Moon will be Void of Course (V/O –forming no major aspect with any planet before entering the following sign-):
- Between Friday 8/1 at 7:58 PM and Saturday 8/2 at 7:57 PM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
- Between Monday 8/4 at 10:43 AM and Tuesday 8/5 at 3:19 AM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
- Between Wednesday 8/6 at 7:52 AM and Thursday 8/7 at 6:39 AM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
- On Saturday 8/9 between 1:09 Am and 6:52 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
- Between Sunday 8/10 at 3:12 PM and Monday 8/11 at 5:55 AM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
- Between Tuesday 8/12 at 9:01 AM and Wednesday 8/13 at 6:00 AM: when the Moon enters Aries.
- On Friday 8/15 between 8:50 AM and 8:58 AM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
- On Sunday 8/17 between 5:26 AM and 3:41 PM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
- Between Tuesday 8/19 at 7:54 PM and Wednesday 8/20 at 1:45 AM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
- Between Thursday 8/21 at 12:34 PM and Friday 8/22 at 1:49 PM: when the Moon enters Leo.
- Between Sunday 8/24 at 1:26 AM and Monday 8/25 at 2:33 AM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
- Between Tuesday 8/26 at 7:29 PM and Wednesday 8/27 at 2:54 PM: when the Moon enters Libra.
- Between Friday 8/29 at 9:00 AM and Saturday 8/30 at 1:53 AM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling anything of importance during these times as they would amount to… NO thing!
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Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon:
Moon in Libra until Saturday 8/2 at 7:56 PM + between Wednesday 8/27 at 2:54 PM and Saturday 8/30 at 1:52 AM: Great for relationships, associations, diplomatic exchanges with others, anything related to beauty (a haircut, buying new clothes, a make-over…), art (especially painting and decorating…), a pleasant social event (concert, art exhibition…).
Moon in Scorpio between Saturday 8/2 at 7:57 PM and Tuesday 8/5 at 3:18 AM + between Saturday 8/30 at 1:53 AM and Monday 9/1 at 10:16 AM: Perfect for scientific research, esoteric studies, self-transformation, shamanism, dealing with the mysteries of life, death, and sexuality, as well as insurances and issues involving personal power.
Moon in Sagittarius between Tuesday 8/5 at 3:19 AM and Thursday 8/7 at 6:38 AM: Perfect for traveling, religious and/or philosophical activities or matters related to higher education and the law. Excellent for lecturing, learning, perfecting a foreign language, exploring other cultures… Perfect also for athletic training and tending to large animals (horses….)
Moon in Capricorn between Thursday 8/7 at 6:39 AM and Saturday 8/9 at 6:51 AM: Good for furthering our ambitions, asking for a promotion, enlisting the support of people in positions of authority, making a good impression, re-structuring our business and redefining our long-term goals…
Moon in Aquarius between Saturday 8/9 at 6:52 AM and Monday 8/11 at 5:54 AM: Perfect for philanthropic activities, charitable organizations, meeting with friends, making new acquaintances. Good also for inventions, far out, progressive ideas, inter-dimensional and time travel, anything related to UFOs, computers and technology in general….
Moon in Pisces between Monday 8/11 at 5:55 AM and Wednesday 8/13 at 5:59 AM: Great for meditating, sitting by the ocean, anything related to the sacred, dancing, painting, swimming, dreaming, music, photography, film, sleeping, channeling, connecting with the mystical, the magic and the oneness of all that is…
Moon in Aries between Wednesday 8/13 at 6:00 AM and Friday 8/15 at 8:57 AM: Perfect for intense physical activities, anything requiring forceful, direct action and self-assertion. Good also for leadership, spontaneity, good will, being a way shower, initiating new projects or bringing our car to the mechanic….
Moon in Taurus between Friday 8/15 at 8:58 AM and Sunday 8/17 at 3:40 PM: Perfect for any financial matter: paying our bills/debts, asking for the money that is owed to us, investing in real estate, buying and selling. Perfect also for a stroll in the park, going to the countryside, connecting with our Mother the Earth… Good also for gardening, pottery, sculpting, as well as bodywork…
Moon in Gemini between Sunday 8/17 at 3:41 PM and Wednesday 8/20 at 1:44 AM: Excellent for multi-tasking, curiosity, any form of communication, exchanging information, sending e-mails, calling friends and acquaintances. Great also for social activities, attending conferences, reading a book, watching a documentary, gathering data on various topics, connecting with new people….
Moon in Cancer between Wednesday 8/20 at 1:45 AM and Friday 8/22 at 1:48 PM: Perfect for family activities, especially those involving children. Good for spending more time at home, cooking, nurturing ourselves and those we love, inviting the people we cherish over for dinner. Excellent also for drawing, creative writing, humor and anything requiring imagination and a touch of craziness….
Moon in Leo between Friday 8/22 at 1:49 PM and Monday 8/25 at 2:32 AM: Excellent for anything glamorous, dramatic performances, being in the public’s eye, throwing or attending an elegant party, playing with children, romance and creativity in general…
Moon in Virgo between Monday 8/25 at 2:33 AM and Wednesday 8/27 at 2:53 PM: Excellent for starting a new fitness program, learning, healthy nutrition, fasting, clearing our closets, cleaning our home, reorganizing our drawers…. Perfect also for detailed work, the focused use of our intelligence, and taking care of small pets….
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Our intentional meditation starts on Sunday 8/10. Place as many blank sheets as you will have intentions out to be charged by the Full Moon in Aquarius at exactly 11:09 AM (you can put them out up to several hours prior to that time). Once that moment has passed (up to several hours later if necessary), put them away in a folder until the next New Moon.
On the New Moon in Virgo on Monday 8/25, take out your blank full moon charged papers and write on each a concise, positive intention. Place them on a balcony, in a garden or near a window so that they are out at exactly 7:13 AM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…
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Friday 8/1: Venus Trine Saturn (3:22 AM), Mars Square Jupiter (3:47 PM)
A day of setting emotional boundaries. A good relationship deepens today, becoming more solid, a challenging one may make us realize that we need to change the situation, either by working on ourselves more seriously or moving on. A day to not exert ourselves too exuberantly. Physical intensity could backfire. Important to not promise more than we can deliver and to not necessarily count on those who do!
Saturday 8/2: Mercury conjunct Jupiter (12:33 PM), Mercury Square Mars (5:01 PM)
Our faith and trust in life are at an all times high! Positive expectations open wonderful new doors. If we are careful not to be too direct and aggressive, speaking our truth reaps great results.
Thursday 8/7: Mars Trine Neptune (5:14 AM)
A wonderful day for inspiration, contemplation and enchantment. Contacts with others are stimulating. Our energy is mellow. We seek peace and harmony. Let us however stay away from unrealistic propositions that could lead to disillusion. Fabulous for artists and healers.
Friday 8/8: Sun Conjunct Mercury (9:21 AM), Mercury Trine Uranus (1:14 PM), Sun Trine Uranus (5:36 PM), Mercury Square Saturn (7:50 PM)
A great day for dynamic, freeing communications leading to concrete manifestations. Wonderful for meeting new people, interesting interactions with others and original ideas. We are both open in our creativity and grounded in physical reality.
Saturday 8/9: Sun Square Saturn (8:11 AM)
We could feel a little lonely and depressed today. Let us use this “down” time to reassess our lives, reorganize our desk, clear our address book, empty our drawers and closets of all that no longer serves us and make plans for the future focusing on what is truly meaningful to us.
Tuesday 8/12: Venus enters Leo (0:24 AM till September 4)
During the next 3 weeks, we express our feelings with more exuberance and candor than usual. Wonderful for actors, artists and anyone involved in touching people’s hearts. Our playfulness and our warmth bring light and joy. Enhancing our natural beauty as well as wearing glamorous clothes feels more important than usual. Great for fun, dynamic interactions with children.
Friday 8/15: Mars Sextile Pluto (2:25 AM), Mercury enters Virgo (9:44 AM till September 1st)
A day to make constructive changes by focusing on what is essential. Cooperation with others, reforms and renovations bring positive results. During the next 2 weeks, our minds are precise, detailed and organized. We express ourselves with great clarity and intelligence. In a need to be of practical service to others, we are likely to be drawn to health, healing, exercise and nutrition.
Sunday 8/17: Venus Conjunct Jupiter (10:21 PM)
A wonderful day for a fun date or an elegant party filled with socialites. Our positive energy, our faith in life and our trust in ourselves open wonderful new doors. Traveling, spiritual development and higher education are greatly favored. In our enthusiasm, let us make sure however we don’t go exuberantly overboard with food, drinks, sex and finances! Keeping those cautions in mind, one of the very best days of the year.
Monday 8/18: Mercury Opposition Neptune (8:42 PM)
We could feel a little wooly headed today. Great for daydreaming, resting, artwork, music, activities in or around water, meditating, listening to inspiring talks and healing our soul. Definitely not the best for signing contracts or any legal paper requiring attention to detail. A day to take time for ourselves and allow our thoughts to wander, leading to enlightening new understandings.
Thursday 8/21: Mercury Trine Pluto (12:19 PM)
Our insights are profound today. We hear and see what is between the lines. Our arguments are convincing and our ability to grasp the situation helps us enlist the support of others. A great day for lecturing, writing and connecting with others at a deep level.
Friday 8/22: the Sun enters Virgo (9:46 PM till September 22nd)
The next month is about attention to details, order and healing. A wonderful time to start a fast or a new exercise regimen. Using the powers of our mind to manifest the realities we want comes to the forefront. Great for gaining clarity.
Monday 8/25: Mercury Sextile Mars (1:46 AM), Venus Trine Uranus (2:38 AM), Mercury Sextile Saturn (5:30 AM), Mars Conjunct Saturn (12:30 PM)
A wonderful day to meet eccentric, out of the box people who free our minds and challenge us to greater horizons. We express ourselves with openness, groundedness and structure. Practical enlightenment is the theme of the day!
Tuesday 8/26: Venus Square Saturn (11:22 AM)
We could feel very lonely and somewhat estranged from loved ones. A sense of sadness for relationships that failed which could/should have worked could overcome our heart. A good day to evaluate our current relationships and examine what blocks might still be standing in our way to a deeper emotional fulfillment.
Wednesday 8/27: Venus Square Mars (8:46 AM)
Impulsive, impatient, aggressive emotional reactions could lead to volatile situations. Barriers to intimacy are best broken today with calm, centeredness in our integrity and direct action.
Friday 8/29: Sun Opposition Neptune (7:33 AM)
A day to lay low and focus on the sacred, the inspirational and the magical. We could be a little off, drift in daydreaming and feel more tired than usual. Good for artistic, healing or meditative work. Paying attention to our dreams at night could lead to powerful insights into our subconscious and the workings of the universe.
Wishing you all a lovely and productive month of August!
In Loving Light.
Michelle Karén, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.
Astrologer, shaman, international conference speaker
Author of Astrology for Enlightenment (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, NY)
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