For many July felt like a retreat and many of you took your annual vacation during the past month. But now Mercury picks up speed zipping through two signs, Leo (1-15) and Virgo (16-9/2). In Leo, Mercury wants attention and shows off. Mercury in Leo talks big, especially when Mercury conjuncts Jupiter on August 3rd and thereabouts. At that point, people exaggerate, puff themselves out like hormonal roosters, blow hot air or tell ribald jokes, though we might find ourselves laughing more than usual. The comedian comes out in all of us and life's a gas. But then after the 15th, Mercury heads into Mister and Missus Fix-it Virgo. Suddenly the Sun moves behind a cloud and we see the world in grey tones. We find that we put on too much weight, that we depleted our savings account and the party has ended.
Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune on the 19th and this represents a time to examine our dreams. While we don't wish to over analyze or look at the glass half-empty, realism is required. How can we adapt our daily life to manifest our dreams? How can we communicate our desires to others without sounding unrealistic or as if we're just floating around never allowing our feet to touch the ground? We speak of service to community and humanity as well as, spiritual ascension. And for spiritual teachers, this opposition allows us to re-tool and re-examine our beliefs and teaching methods. Perhaps there is a better way to approach spirituality that we haven't tried yet. Or we look at spirituality from different perspectives.
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People with eating disorders are encouraged to stick with therapy until they unearth the roots of their condition. And in fact, now is a good time to heal distortions around food and body image with Saturn, Venus and Chiron in this configuration. However, trines make us lazy so we must pull on the Saturn energy to get disciplined in these areas. It's time to accept our bodies as they are and give them love. By doing this, we heal our distortions. We can also heal food phobias in which there are many: Fear of sugar, fear of gluten, fear of dairy, etc...If you have food allergies, by all means, stay away from culprit foods, but at the same time don't make food the enemy or deprive others of enjoying what they eat. Ultimately, my hope is that we get to a place where we no longer have food raised with cruel methods to animals or the earth, but can we get there without losing the phobias? I don't think we can. Love is the answer.
Later in the month, Venus transits in Leo and Squares Saturn/Mars and inconjunct Chiron (around the 26th) so do most of your inner and outer work during the Grand Water Trine. In fact, this week could feel excruciating for anyone on the path to self-love. Venus in Leo picks up an ego or becomes more heart-centered and she goes to inner battle with Saturn and Mars while Chiron holds up a yield sign. So we could feel that we are stuck on a roundabout over a body image issue or that we just feel stuck which leaves us feeling irritable. We could also experience digestion problems with too much fire or not enough fire in the digestive system. Nausea and heartburn are possible now, but Chiron redirects us to using energy healing to release our suffering.
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The Full Moon in Aquarius transits at 18 degrees on the 10th. It opposes Sun conjunct Mercury in Leo and squares Saturn. We pit our identity against the collective while themes around discipline, responsibility and integrity rear their heads. Self-investigation eases some of this tension. We explore narcissism verses self-honoring, humanity verses individual freedoms. We could see debates in city planning, legalization of recreational drugs, libertines and authority. And with this fixed T-Cross, no one is going to budge from their position while egos fly or emotions detach. Let's just say this Full Moon is going to feel weird and out-of-touch as if people pushed the disconnect button. I'm seeing Fellini's Satyricon--yeah, that kind of weird.
So there you go, the August transits asks us to go back to work. This includes cleaning up the daily routine and getting organized as well as, healing our mind-body-soul. The Mars conjunct Saturn in Scorpio and the Full Moon in Aquarius provide the biggest challenges. While the Grand Water Trine during the first half of August and the planets transiting in Leo give us a boost in the right direction. Challenges sharpen us while trines bless us with gifts and opportunities.
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