It may well be the holiday season for you. A time to be away from the usual duties and enjoy a different environment, often in nature. Despite the recent extreme weather events, there are also times and places when nature is kind to us, and I hope you have many of those, whether you’re at work or not.
The Planetary Climate this Month
All outer planets – those with orbits beyond Mars – are retrograde this month, and next month as well. Uranus is the last to join the club on Aug 20. It may feel like someone’s looking over your shoulder, or that intangible forces hold you back. Projects go slow, life presents unforeseen challenges. It’s easy to get irritated, but then you miss the message: to slow down and look what is happening, especially in your emotional life. It’s a pressure cooker situation, with a lot of energy available.
Speaking your Desires
Jupiter, retrograde in Gate 30, asks to review our desires: what is really worth attaining? Saturn in Gate 19, Approach, requires a sensitive approach to others, while being aware how our need for closeness might express as making demands. To express our wishes and needs clearly is more important than having them met exactly on our terms. This applies to relationships, of course, but also in a wider sense to how we are in the world. How dependent are we on outer circumstances to feel contented? When do we complain that ‘Things are just wrong’?
Neptune moves into Gate 22, line 6, Elegant Simplicity, on August 13. This is the Gate of Grace, which emerges when we become clear about our desires and dependencies. Then we can let ourselves, and the world, simply be.
In the second half of the month the planets favor creative expression of this inner work. With Mercury and Mars standing together in mental Gates from 18-24 August, brilliant thoughts or deep insights may come to us, which can be shared with people we feel in tune with. The Channel of Talent (16-48, from Aug 24-28) between the North Node and Venus may give our expressions an artistic flair. Speaking of Venus, the planet enters the Gates of the Spleen Center on Aug 19, inviting us to honor what our senses present to us. Being in environments where you feel good nourishes the body and rejuvenates the spirit.
A very simple method can let you be open to your senses even more. I call it ‘Going on Zero’.
Going on Zero
So what’s this thing of ‘going on zero’? Very simple, when you have some spare time, on the beach or in your bed before sleeping or after waking up: let yourself just be there. Relax, watch thoughts, sensations and feelings arise and do nothing – go on relaxing. After some time – patience is the clue here – you will come to the source of your creativity, from where many ideas, insights, and practical steps arise. Holidays can be a great occasion for this simple practice, but of course you can integrate it in your working day as well.