In the beginning of August, mother Earth brings feminine energy into the picture, opening the Channel of Sensitivity (19-49) with the South Moon Node from July 31 to August 4, and in the next five days cooling down Mars in the Channel of the Prodigal (13-33). This is a time where it is good to take time for yourself (Gate 33 is called Retreat – the Sun is there until the 4th, Mars until the 9th) and digest your experiences of the past weeks. It’s a time to reflect and take good care of yourself and others. The Channel of Sensitivity loves to touch and be touched – massage, taking turns putting on the sunscreen lotion..
Your feminine side, and perhaps the people around you, are ready to listen (from August 5-10 Earth is in Gate 13, the Listener) to what you have to say. Sharing it with others, or writing it down, can bring you with your feet on the ground after so much extroversion.
On August 13, Mercury goes retrograde: now it is easy to be misunderstood. Wait a moment before speaking (and before signing contracts or initiating deals), also because Neptune is influencing the Sun energy from August 11-16, making it dreamy or idealistic.
Take time to let the mind settle, then express. It is a good moment to clean up your desk, finish small tasks you left undone, and look at your finances, without taking quick action. Mercury will go direct again on September 9.
From August 11-16, the Earth and the South Moon Node share Gate 49, Revolution. Being a Gate of the Emotional Center, here we feel when something is no longer right and needs to be renewed. Of course, Emotions is home to our feelings, giving rise to emotional waves, from ecstatic to down in the dumps and everything in between. It is also a place where Spirit comes down to the human plane, and plays out in the ways we connect with each other. We sense when something is out of alignment with ‘the big’. Then we want to change it.
In this particular period, we would like to prepare the ground for new developments by making sure we and our community have integrated what has happened before. It has been a time of upheavals the last months, and more will come before the year ends.
A change started last month, which is with us also in August. I repeat it here.
The first shift
Around the middle of July, the Moon Nodes, which bring our attention to things we want to complete or review one last time, change position. They will be in Gate 4, Mental Solutions, and Gate 49, Revolution, for the next months … The mind wants to find solutions – even going to the point of finding problems you did not now you had, just so it can solve them – while our feelings tell us to discard old stuff that no longer aligns with our spirit. During this whole time, the North Node in Gate 4 forms the Channel of the Logical Mind with Neptune in Gate 63, which is not logical at all! Our processes of coming to conclusions are under scrutiny (in times of fake news and alternate realities, what can we believe?). When you are a meditator, it can be helpful to tune in to the higher mind, which is by nature connected to your heart energy and to silence.
The second shift
August 25 sees a conjunction of Mercury and the Sun in Gate 59, Intimacy, as well as Jupiter coming back from time alone into relating- with Pluto in Channel 32-54, Transformation. In the next four days, we focus on how to express our needs for closeness to the ones we love. This goes best when we stay honest and vulnerable, realizing that expressing our needs does not guarantee that the other will fulfill them (it will lighten our hearts, though).
Lastly, in the final days of the month, we do the same with the members of our community and our family. Our motivation for this comes from a wish to give our relationships a solid foundation, upon which we can build in times of future change. Pluto in Gate 54.3, Ambition, wants to push the process and find shortcuts to get our needs met. Not a good idea to force intimacy or stability, or trying to trick people into it!
Stay patient, listen to what the feminine has to say – Venus is now is Gate 31, Influence – and check with your belly to what you want to commit longtime. And if you are in a long-term relationship, be open to adjust to changing circumstances, with the purpose to let the quintessence of your togetherness continue.