Planets come together
August finds the Sun, Venus and Mars in the same part of the sky. In astrology this is expressed as a conjunction in Leo and later Virgo; in Human Design they share Gates 33, 7, 29, 59 and 40. The first two Gates, where the Sun and Venus are together, are part of the Leadership Channels. These Channels connect the Self Center, which provides a sense of direction that is in tune with the flow of life, with the Throat, the center of expression and manifestation. We can tell people where to move next and help them – and ourselves – to bring new developments into being.
A Leadership Channel in focus
Gate 33, Retreat, is about remembering: standing back a little, creating some distance between you and your experiences. It’s the Gate of mindfulness. Here we make sense of what we have lived through, and then we have a story to tell, to instruct and inspire others. When Gate 13, the Listener, is also turned on, there is an audience for our story, and leadership happens. In Human Design terms: the Channel of the Prodigal, one of the Leadership Channels, is activated. It happens with the Earth and Venus on August 6 and 7, good days to distill the wisdom from your experiences in relating in these months; and use it to bring your relationships on a new footing.
From Struggle to Honor
On Aug 9, Saturn moves into Gate 38, Opposition, also called the Fighter. This Gate gives energy to stand up and face any adversary; for our own truth and other people’s rights, or just to enjoy the friction of fighting and being against something. The 6th Line here (until Aug 30) gives us the chance to observe our tendency to struggle and distrust life, and out of that watchfulness to embrace life and our individual contribution to it. To some degree, distrust of life is a common trait to all of us. The period from 9-30 Aug highlights a choice: to cling to our personality and to what it has learned about right and wrong, distrusting whatever goes beyond that perspective, or to see ourselves as an indispensable thread in the tapestry of life, with the chance to ennoble its design by treading an impeccable path of honor.
People come together
The last ten days of the month intimacy and belonging come into focus. From Aug 21, Gate 59, Intimacy, is host to Venus and Mars, three days later the Sun joins them. Then, on Aug 29 and 30, these three planets stand in Gate 40, creating the Channel of Community with the Earth in Gate 37. These are powerful energies, first to explore our longing to be close to another – or to be intimate directly with life itself – then to see where we want to belong, and who is part of our clan. With whom do we want to face the changes that are coming?