The August Full Moon is in the early hours of the 18th at 03:27 while moving through Aquarius and Dhanishta nakshatra. An almost lunar eclipse occurs at 03:42, sparking an unusual eclipse portal that will last until the end of September. Sun, Earth, and Moon will be very closely aligned on this day, but there will technically be no lunar eclipse. There are several different ways to calculate eclipses, so some sources are listing this event as a penumbral lunar eclipse, however it is not considered an actual eclipse. In any case, viewers on Earth will not be able to see the Earth's shadow on the Moon. This is an important time of awakening for you and for the planet. It is an opportunity to return to a more balanced and integrated relationship with power and purpose- the masculine.
This cycle expresses immense creative potential, increasing bravery and courage as well as propreoception of self in relation to time and space. Power is activating and increases your ability to see yourself more fully. This newfound awareness supports dharmic wisdom and deep inner awakening. It's time to expand what you think is possible for yourself!
The only way to expand your vision and awaken all possibilities for yourself is to break through subconscious and unconscious beliefs that are limiting your potential. The mind is active and will either support more creative expansion through the imaginal, or limit you with doubt, fear and lack of imagination. Sky is the limit! Will you allow yourself to put action behind your dreams? Or will you resist your potential?
Change arrives with your effort and determination. Transformations will occur through the conscious support of increased knowledge and wisdom. Gather resources and support for this process. Stabilize in your heart and home so that increased creativity will be possible. Work directly with the masculine and any personal mythology and paradigms that sabotage your ability to shine and be seen. There is great healing available right now, but you must be willing to fearlessly face your shadows and ancestral wounding. This includes your grief- both personal and familial. Gather the necessary support, resources and guidance to activate and enliven your healing process.
There is big, vibrant energy available right now and it will be moving through your hands and solar plexus. Channel this energy into creativity- whether it be music, art, dance, music, writing or any other activity that uses the gifts of the hands. This includes the healing arts. Dharma is a powerful resource for your creativity and your healing as well. Are you moving towards or away from your life purpose? Let the hands share with you and allow them to be a resource for self discovery and awakening. They have some powerful messages for you.
With the arrival of this almost lunar eclipse during this full Moon, an unusual pattern occurs with shadow work that will continue until the Penumbral Lunar eclipse on September 16th. Normally an eclipse portal occurs in between solar and lunar eclipses, but this almost lunar eclipse adds an extra two weeks of shadow work to the process. During an eclipse cycle, your inner shadows are activated and provoked. Eclipses cover the light of the Sun or Moon, the masculine and feminine, and essentially your light sources. At this time, inner life becomes darker, more shadowed and of course more intensified. This is of course an opportunity to look at your shadows more directly and heal and transform them as a result.
During this portion of the eclipse portal- until the New Moon September 1st- you will be forced to address your power and purpose more closely. It is an opportunity to work more directly with your masculine qualities and to notice where you are imbalanced and not in right relationship with your father source. This will provoke you to address issues with your father and any personal mythology you carry that is connected to your father as well. Your ability to shine, share and express in this life is directly connected to your relationship with your inner Sun. Start overcoming the hurdles and hindrances that are keeping you from your inner light source. Focus your efforts on transforming your shadows, illusions and haunts into awakening, awareness and wisdom.
Remember that during an eclipse portal, it is not advised to start new ventures. This is an inward time in many regards. Cultivate your ideas and resources, but don't begin new projects during this time. Once the eclipse cycle has ended after September 16th, it will be a more favorable time to begin new offerings.
During this powerful cycle, the hands are primary body part resource for enlivening and awakening inner empowerment. Listen to the wisdom moving through your hands and harvest from their messages.
This Creative Ritual will support your process of awakening and transformation.
1) Using craypas, paints or pencils, create an image of your hands. Create an image that expresses the feeling/sensations in your hands using colors, textures and shapes. Allow 20 minutes at minimum for this image. Title your image.
2) Use your image to inspire a movement exploration. Let your body move in response to your hand image- using the hands as a primary body part resource. Track the sensations in your hands as you move. Move your body in response to your hands. What sensations emerge for you during your dance? What awareness? Allow 5 to 10 minutes for this movement exploration. I encourage you to extend this time frame as you recycle this process.
3) Harvesting. In your journal answer these questions:
I am, I want, I need, I sense, I feel, I imagine.
What am I grasping? What am I releasing?
What am I holding? What am I letting go of?
What am I opening to? What am I closing to?
* All timing is in Mountain Daylight Time. To determine the current nakshatra for your time zone, add or subtract time based on your distance to Mountain Time.
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