August 2015 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 PDT time) 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: Jera “perseverance”. No matter how heavy the challenges may seem to be, we need to trust in our inner light and know in our hearts that the completion of our journey is in sight. Patience, faith, commitment, resilience and hard work lead us to manifesting our dreams. As palm trees need to shed leaves to keep growing, this may mean letting go of some people in our lives, situations or cherished ideas so that we may remain open and receptive to the magical adventure of life. 

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Venus remains retrograde till September 5. Its shadow period remains until October 9. The degrees traveled in August are 29º54’  to 15º11’ Leo. A period of revisiting a relationship we thought to be of the past. If we are single we could become quite clear regarding what kind of person we wish to attract. Ways we used to make money could be revisited. We could re-actualize clothes that have been hanging in our closets forever and find them to be quite fitting to our new persona.

Jupiter enters Virgo on August 12 and will remain in that sign for 13 months until September 10, 2016. During this period, we shall become even more sensitive to the quality of our food and seek non GMO, organic, wholesome products. We could even be drawn to growing our own vegetables and herbs, -even if only in cases on our balcony or in our kitchen-, brewing our own tea and becoming quite versed in the healing powers of plants and essential oils. A wonderful time to develop animal communication and connect with the deep wisdom and innocence of our pets. Our healing abilities expand, as does our wish to be of selfless service to others.

Saturn turns direct on August 2nd at 28º17’ Scorpio. Its shadow period will remain until November 8th. This degree is represented in the Sabian Symbols by: “An Indian Squaw pleading to the chief for the lives of her children”. A time to become particularly aware of the forces of control and how deeply global decisions are affecting our future. Let us remember that the choices we make -or don’t make- now will have profound repercussions on our children and our children’s children. A time of becoming particularly aware of our responsibility towards our beautiful planet and our descendants.

Neptune remains retrograde this whole month until November 18. Its shadow period lasts until March 8, 2016. In August, it travels from 9º12’ to 8º26’ Pisces. “A girl blowing a bugle” and “A jockey spurs his horse, intent on outdistancing his rivals” are the Sabian Symbols associated to these two degrees. A month of deep awakening  as we remember who we are: not “sheepeople” but divine beings having a divine experience. A time to dissociate from the crowds who have been brainwashed and manipulated by dis-information and corrupted versions of reality. The more truly aware we become of who we really are, the more we can shake others up and help them remember their truth.

Pluto remains retrograde this whole month between 13º39’ and 13º07’ Capricorn. Its shadow period continues until November 17, 2016. This degree is symbolized by “An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture”. Archeology keeps making amazing discoveries pointing to past civilizations’ advanced wisdom and skills, far exceeding our present knowledge and technical capabilities. These new digs are completely rewriting our history, making it very clear that our beautiful planet has been for eons a very coveted place for its wealth and special energies. As we uncover buildings and objects that shouldn’t even exist based on our present-day technology, our old understanding of evolution is deeply defied, making us so much bigger, more cosmic, than we ever suspected.  

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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-):

·      On Saturday 8/1 between 3:02 PM and 3:36 PM: when the Moon enters Pisces.

·      On Monday 8/3 between 1:35 PM and 4:24 PM: when the Moon enters Aries.

·      On Wednesday 8/5 between 4:29 PM and 6:29 PM: when the Moon enters Taurus.

·      On Friday 8/7 between 946 PM and 10:40 PM: when the Moon enters Gemini.

·      On Monday 8/10 between 4:45 AM and 5:08 AM: when the Moon enters Cancer.

·      On Wednesday 8/12 between 10:44 AM and 1:52 PM when the Moon enters Leo.

·      From Friday 8/14 at 9:36 PM till Saturday 8/15 at 0:46 AM: when the Moon enters Virgo.

·      On Monday 8/17 between 10:16 AM and 1:23 PM: when the Moon enters Libra.

·      From Wednesday 8/19 at 7:56 PM till Thursday 8/20 at 2:24 AM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.

·      On Saturday 8/22 between 12:31 PM and 1:41 PM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.

·      On Monday 8/24 between 3:04 PM and 9:22 PM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.

·      On Thursday 8/27 between 0:20 AM and 1:03 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.

·      On Saturday 8/29 between 0:03 AM and 1:51 AM: when the Moon enters Pisces.

·      From Sunday 8/30 at 11:53 PM till Monday 8/31 at 1:33 AM: when the Moon enters Aries.

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 Pisces between Saturday 8/1 at 3:36 PM and Monday 8/3 at 4:23 PM + between Saturday 8/29 at 1:51 AM and Monday 8/31 at 1:32 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 Monday 8/3 at 4:24 PM and Wednesday 8/5 at 6:28 PM + between Monday 8/31 at 1:33 AM and Wednesday 9/2 at 2:01 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 Wednesday 8/5 at 6:29 PM and Friday 8/7 at 10:39 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 Friday 8/7 at 10:40 PM and Monday 8/10 at 5:07 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 Monday 8/10 at 5:08 AM and Wednesday 8/12 at 1:51 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 Wednesday 8/12 at 1:52 PM and Saturday 8/15 at 0:45 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 Saturday 8/15 at 0:46 AM and Monday 8/17 at 1:22 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….


Moon in Libra between Monday 8/17 at 1:23 PM and Thursday 8/20 at 2:23 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 Thursday 8/20 at 2:24 AM and Saturday 8/22 at 1:40 PM: 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 Saturday 8/22 at 1:41 PM and Monday 8/24 at 9:21 PM: 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 Monday 8/24 at 9:22 PM and Thursday 8/27 at 1:02 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 Thursday 8/27 at 1:03 AM and Saturday 8/29 at 1:50 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….

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This month’s intentional meditation begins on Friday July 31. Take out as many blank sheets as you will have intentions, and place them out (on a balcony, near a window or in a garden) to be charged by Full Moon in Aquarius at exactly 3:43 AM. Once that moment has passed, gather your sheets and place them in a folder until the next New Moon in Leo on Friday 8/14. Same procedure as above, 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 at exactly 7:53 AM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…


The next intentional meditation cycle will begin with the Full Moon in Pisces on Saturday 8/29 at 11:35 AM.

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Saturday 8/1: Saturn turns direct (10:53 PM)

Kindly refer to the opening paragraph.


Sunday 8/2: Mercury Trine Uranus (7:50 AM)

We are stimulated by unusual activities and people. Interesting news come to us today. Sudden answers to our questions as well as flashes of insights open new doors. Communications and social encounters are freeing. Strange events or informations could change our course of action. A day to expect the unexpected.


Monday 8/3: Jupiter Square Saturn (3:37 AM)

A day to resolve old debts. Forward movement requires effort, patience, discipline and focus. Optimism helps us make the changes required. We are able to deal positively with the responsibilities we are now being faced with. Despite feeling restricted by physical handicaps or external circumstances, as we persevere beyond the obstacles, we emerge victorious.


Tuesday 8/4: Venus Conjunct Jupiter (2:47 PM)

Today, we are drawn to beauty and elegance in all our social contacts. Art and cultural pursuits are pleasurable. The serenity of a meditative and pleasing environment brings enchantment to our consciousness. Unconditional acts of random kindness and generosity  are most rewarding. A very prosperous day.


Wednesday 8/5: Venus Square Saturn (8:08 AM)

We could feel emotionally empty, cold and isolated. Not a good day for social activities, nor for asking favors or money. Everything seems to require more effort than usual and may end up being quite draining. Best to lay low and keep to ourselves.


Thursday 8/6: Mars Trine Saturn (1:29 AM), Mercury Conjunct Venus (7:25 AM), Mercury Square Saturn (1:19 PM)

Our actions and communications are defined, serious and stable. We are able to say nicely and diplomatically even things that may be a little difficult to hear. A good day to gather with friends and come up with a solid plan of action regarding a common endeavor.


Friday 8/7: Mercury Conjunct Jupiter (0:09 AM), Mercury enters Virgo (12:15 PM till 8/27)

A day of faith, optimism and dynamic positive exchanges with others. We express our opinions with enthusiasm. During the next 3 weeks, we are prone to paying more attention to details, being very grounded and practical in our communications, as well as orderly in our work. A great time to go through our closets and let go of all that no longer serves us.


Saturday 8/8: Mars enters Leo (4:33 PM till 9/24)

During the next 6 weeks, Leo natives and Leo Ascendants are favored. Our actions are flamboyant. We are drawn to projects that bring us glamour and boost our self-esteem. Our endeavors come from our hearts, are creative and done with generosity.


Tuesday 8/11: Jupiter enters Virgo (4:13 AM till September 10, 2016)

Kindly refer to the opening paragraph.

Wednesday 8/12: Mercury Opposition Neptune (6:12 PM)

We could feel more than a little dreamy, drained and uninterested in mundane realities. Not a good day to sign important legal papers as we could miss the fine print. Best to lay low and meditate, inasmuch as we are careful not to fall prey to spiritual imagination. We could need to sleep more than usual. A good day for watching an inspiring movie, engaging in creative endeavors and daydreaming.


Thursday 8/13: Sun Trine Uranus (3:27 AM)

Sudden changes are exciting and stimulating. Unusual events open new realities. We could bump into someone we haven’t seen in a long time and realize how deeply we both have changed. Innovative advances we initiate, force the respect of others.


Saturday 8/15: Sun Conjunct Venus (12:22 PM), Mercury Trine Pluto (12:54 PM)

A pleasant day with positive encounters with others. We are able to X-ray situations and people and deeply understand their motivations. Today, the more we collaborate with others and integrate all their needs, the more powerful our journey forward becomes.


Wednesday 8/19: Venus Trine Uranus (9:44 AM)

Our social life could draw us to unusual and stimulating new people. A romance begun today is likely to be more exciting than enduring. This transit requires that we balance intimacy and freedom. We could suddenly make money in unexpected ways.


Friday 8/21: Sun Square Saturn (4:40 PM)

We could feel limited by circumstances and frustrated. Important to focus on our responsibilities and tackle them with efficiency, discipline and dignity.


Sunday 8/23: Sun enters Virgo (3:38 AM till 9/23)

The next month is about healing, purity, and bringing order. We could feel more organized than we have been in a long time. A wonderful time to start a diet and an exercise program that will help us return our body to divine perfection.


Wednesday 8/26: Mercury Sextile Saturn (9:08 AM), Sun Conjunct Jupiter (3:02 PM)

One of the best days of the year. Our faith and spirits reach an all-time high backed with focus, discipline and efficiency. Our exchanges with others are both optimistic and serious, conventional and enthusiastic, as well as grounded and expansive.


Thursday 8/27: Mercury enters Libra (8:45 AM till November 1)

Two months of being more diplomatic than usual, seeking beauty, harmony, and peace. Negotiations lead to balanced decisions that take into account the needs and wishes of all involved. Elegant social gatherings are appealing. We express ourselves with grace and charm.


Monday 8/31: Sun Opposition Neptune (8:39 PM), Venus Conjunct Mars (10:04 PM)

A day to navigate our expectations with grace. Things could turn out ideally and yet leave us vaguely frustrated, while the 3D manifestations of some other situations could be disappointing. A day to find the balance between the masculine and the feminine within. Good for understanding the opposite sex and creating peace and harmony. A love relationship reaches deeper levels of mutual understanding.


Wishing you all a magical 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)

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