August 1 to September 22, 2004
Lammas to Mabon-Fall Equinox
THE BIG PICTURE:
a busy and powerful time, incorporating several themes. Mercury,
Mars and Uranus awaken us to a higher vision of the archetypal
Hero in our lives, removing obstacles that inhibit our true voice.
Jupiter and Pluto inspire us to shed outworn beliefs and despair.
Saturn and Chiron challenge us to balance it all between
conventional structure and unconventional experience. It’s a good
time to prepare for launching new projects in mid-Sept.
Aug. 1 – LAMMAS
Aug. 1 – Mercury opposite Uranus
the first of three oppositions to Uranus (Aug.1, Aug.18, Sep.13).
Get ready for a roller coaster ride designed to bring a
trans-personal awakening to your personal mind. As your conscious
awareness tries to catch and organise the specifics and
practicalities of what is happening, your circumstances may become
a bit messy, slippery or larger-than-life. Stay patiently focused
on the long-term view and be open to new ideas and viewpoints.
Aug. 5 – Sun
opposite Neptune (in Leo/Aquarius)
of longing, inspiration or dreaminess may lift your sense of
individuality to a magical level, or could slide you into apathy
and sadness. Do something to bring some enchantment and sublime
beauty into your life.
Aug. 6 –
Jupiter square Pluto (in Virgo/Sagittarius)
circumstances, dynamics or processes began in your life around
1994-95, turned a corner around 1998, and reached a peak (or low
point) around 2000-01? I’ll give you a hint—it involves the
empowerment, excavation and transformation of your spirituality,
philosophy and truth—perhaps even faith in life itself! If you
think back to those times, you will likely see that you’ve come a
long way in those areas, even if you sometimes felt lost in
cynicism, despair or distrust. It is time to shed those old
beliefs and feelings like snakeskin, along with the circumstances
that brought them to the foreground in your life. You’ll discover
there is fresh growth underneath that can bring you to a renewed
sense of faith in life, embracing both the dark “Shadow” and the
light of hope. You now enter a process of closure and integration,
continuing until 2007 at the next Jupiter-Pluto conjunction.
Aug. 7 – Venus
in Cancer (until Sep.6)
coaxes you to be nurturing, gentle and supportive toward yourself
and others, as well as being open to it from others. Contact with
family and “significant others” may bring new freedom or release,
which could help you face old wounds and unresolved conflicts, as
well as enable you to make some hard decisions, plan new goals,
and deal better with authority.
Aug. 9 –
Mercury Station Retrograde (in Virgo)
you’ve been aware of your style of communication and expression
since mid-July, because you’re about to see reruns of the same
themes, patterns and situations that emerged then. From now until
Sept.2, you will have a chance to fine-tune your mode of
communication, heal the dysfunctional side of your
self-expression, and liberate suppressed parts of yourself. As
with all Mercury retrograde periods, it’s a good idea to delay
final decisions (until after Sept.9) and if you can’t, be sure to
triple-check your research.
Aug. 10 – Mars
in Virgo (until Sep.26)
assert yourself, make things happen, and manifest the Hero in your
life, now shift from inspired self-expression to application of
practical details and specific plans. Avoid bludgeoning yourself
and others while trying to eradicate what is inefficient or
substandard; instead, surgically remove the deadwood within a
context of healing support and practicality.
Aug. 15 –
Saturn opposite Chiron (in Cancer/Capricorn)
configuration brings the need to balance authority and
conventional prudence against unconventional life experience born
of paradox and the school of hard knocks. This is one of many
“hits” in a long opposition between Saturn and Chiron, stretching
from the mid-80s to 2007, with a brief respite at the turn of the
millennium. The next 2 New Moon cycles (esp. the one today) are
imprinted with this energy, teaching us to juggle the requirements
of the status quo with our quest for personal growth, which
doesn’t always fit comfortably within the demands of conventional
Aug. 15, 9:23 PM EDT – NEW MOON in
a very busy and powerful New Moon cycle! For starters, being in
Leo, you are encouraged to focus on and broadcast your individual
identity and creative self-expression. This particular cycle
challenges you to create a new vision of personal potential, by
combining responsibility, morality, stability and adventure,
within a new balance between the sacred and the mundane. Expect
the unexpected in this cycle, which can bring new and enriched
forms of self-awareness and self-expression.
Aug. 18 –
Mercury and Mars opposite Uranus (in Virgo/Pisces)
Mercury-Mars conjunction (also on Jul.10, Sep.29) brings you
face-to-face with the archetypal Hero. Mars opposite Uranus is
also in effect for most of Aug., hanging in the air like volatile
gas, and this week Mercury could strike a match and ignite it.
Therefore, choose wisely the situations to which you bring this
explosive yet liberating energy! You might feel like Heracles
faced with cleaning the Augean stables, but remember his ingenuity
of diverting two rivers to flush them out. Be equally broad in
your vision of making a clean sweep of whatever is outmoded or
ineffective, but be sure the “water” you use is not polluted by
illusion, fantasy or perfectionism.
Aug. 22 – Sun
in Virgo (until Sep.22)
Solar Return to all Virgos! And while the Sun is in Virgo we are
all honorary Virgos, encouraging us to clean out the toxins in our
bodies and minds, organise and tidy up our lives, and take stock
of the ways we give service and make a contribution to the world
Aug. 23 – Sun
conjunct Mercury (in Virgo)
marks the half-way point of Mercury retrograde and focuses the
need for precision, healing, groundedness and fine-tuning in how
we communicate our best intentions. Mars isn’t far off right now,
so be extra aware that your words and style of expression can
wound as well as heal.
Aug. 24 –
Mercury in Leo (until Sep.9)
does the Retrograde Rumba backwards into Leo, retracing dance
steps he made during July 4-25. Take some time to rethink, rehash
and refine how you communicate your inner Self to the world.
Aug. 27 – Sun
opposite Uranus (in Virgo/Pisces)
still haven’t finished “cleaning the Augean stables” (Aug.18) then
it is time to forge ahead in flushing out the garbage from your
life. There is also potential for some surprise explosions that
disrupt your calm routine. Stay grounded and centred in the midst
of the chaos, so that you can pick and choose, somewhat, where and
what the lightning strikes.
Aug. 29-31 –
Venus conjunct Saturn, opposite Chiron (Cancer/Capricorn)
few days before and after this period, social interaction,
finances, resources and relationships may be forced to conform to
some hard-nosed reality. Old wounds and problems may bring endings
or limitations, but it is also a time when you can manifest a new
beginning in how you deal with those issues, provided you work
with your circumstances and nurture your progress one step at a
time. If you’re feeling inadequate or inhibited, do a grounded
reality check to soothe old insecurities that may be lurking.
Aug. 29, 10:23 PM EDT – FULL MOON
in Pisces (Sun in Virgo)
vision of potential you were urged to bring forth at the New Moon
(Aug.15) now reaches the point of manifestation. If you have done
your homework, you’ll be well prepared to juggle a complex
assortment of energies, from the urge to flush ineffective people
and situations from your life, to responding to the (overly)
demanding circumstances in your social, romantic and financial
areas life. However, if the dog ate your homework and you’re
feeling swamped, take things one step at a time, view it from a
broad philosophical perspective, and let the Gods help with the
Aug. 30 –
Pluto Station Direct (in Sagittarius)
Mar.24, Pluto has compelled us to bring a clearer voice and
awareness to issues of empowerment and deep psychology. Around
now, you may feel intensity or pressure to put this into practice.
If you’ve been undergoing deep transformation this year, this can
be a turning point when you start to integrate and apply new
learning. If you feel unprepared (the dog ate your homework again)
and you’re overwhelmed, get support from friends or family who can
do a reality check and help you draw better boundaries.
Sep. 2 –
Mercury Station Direct (in Leo)
has been retrograde since Aug.9 and now returns to his usual
direct motion. You may experience some intensity for up to a week
before and after today, as your perceptions and communication take
on a subtle yet sharp focus. Your conscious and unconscious
perceptions are called upon to mediate between extremes of
inadequacy and overconfidence, and between austerity and
privilege. For the next 2 weeks, put into practice new perceptions
and learning you’ve gained in the last 3-4 weeks.
Sep. 6 – Venus
in Leo (until Oct.3)
struts through Leo with flamboyant flair for the next month,
inspiring us to “walk this way.” Spend some time and energy
sprucing up your wardrobe, your social life and your self-esteem.
Just don’t blow the budget.
Sep. 10-11 –
Sun and Mars square Pluto (in Virgo/Sagittarius)
about a week before and after today, you may experience a
refocusing of some of the Jupiter-square-Pluto energy (see Aug.6).
This is a time to shed another layer of snakeskin of those old
beliefs, despair and powerlessness. The trick is to empower
yourself from within and assert your boundaries from a place of
self-respect, not bludgeon your enemy over the head in panic.
Centre yourself in a perspective of healing for the higher good of
Sep. 10 – Mercury in Virgo (until
of his retrograde phase, Mercury returns to Virgo where he spent
Jul.25-Aug.24. For the rest of the month we have a second chance
to perfect our responses to the unexpected and integrate new
Sep. 13 –
Mercury opposite Uranus (in Virgo/Pisces)
spins us through the final loop of the roller coaster designed to
open our minds to new trans-personal potential (also Aug.1,
Aug.18). Whether it has been an exciting ride or one that had you
nervously chewing your nails, you’ll find it has removed some
blockages and forced some long-needed laundering of your life.
Think of this as the final rinse cycle.
Sep. 14, 10:29
AM EDT – NEW MOON in Virgo (conjunct Mars)
a powerful lunar cycle, tying together most of the energies that
have been active since late July. Mars especially dominates this
lunar cycle with impulses, demands, desires, and the urge to make
things happen. Mars is no fluffy bunny, and the danger is being
tempted to chop away tender tissue with a blunt axe when the
delicate precision of a surgeon is needed. If you steer your
actions with pragmatic compassion and a broad perspective, you’ll
have a potent resource to deal with limitations, obstacles and
self-doubt. This is a great time to start a new project, put a
higher spiritual vision into practice, or adopt more compassion in
how you respond to stress.
Sep. 15-21 –
Sun conjunct Mars and Jupiter (in Virgo)
planetary rulers of all 3 Fire signs conjoin in Earthy Virgo! Like
a forest fire, where scorched earth becomes newly fertilised by
the ashes, this combined energy seeks to light up our passions to
burn away the toxic habits that keep us from operating at peak
efficiency. Although this energy has been lurking in the
background since late August, this week brings it into sharp focus
and the impetus lasts through the whole lunar cycle (Sept.14).
Sep. 18 –
Venus opposite Neptune (in Leo/Aquarius)
view of beauty and value may become larger-than-life, perhaps
inflating beyond being attainable. Reach for humanitarian love and
compassion, but minimise idealised visions of what you think life
Sep. 22, 12:29 PM EDT – Autumnal
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Originally published in Cauldron and Quill Magazine, and The Burning Times
Newsletter, Lammas 2004 issues.