This Week's Intention: Use your grief as a resource for awakening. Honor your emotional body wisdom fully and allow it to teach you about your deepest needs.
Ask for extra support and find simple steadiness within.
It's a waning Moon week, which means that your emotional body tides are softening and becoming more vulnerable. The light is diminishing and your focus is turning inward. Venus will move to its sign of debilitation this week, joining Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo. Creativity, life force energy and money are vulnerable this month and require your extra attention. Mars and Saturn will be in exact degrees the first half of the week, causing intense conflict and challenge to surface. Understand that this is an extreme purification cycle, wringing out grief from your emotional body, calling you to simplify every level of your life. Be gentle, go slow and attend to your emotional body wisdom very intentionally. Late in the week, a tight conjunction of Jupiter, Mercury and Venus occurs in Virgo. This will impact finances and relationships directly.
Read more about these challenging transits and the impact of the eclipse portal
Monday, August 22nd
Moon in 5th tithi
As Monday begins, Moon finishes its transit through Revati and Pisces. Mid morning, Moon leaps from water into fire, jump starting beginnings and openings. As Moon arrives in Aries and Ashwini nakshatra a fresh start awakens. Ashwini is ruled by Ketu, who cuts attachments and provokes release. Open yourself up to the new by letting go of the past. Allow yourself to step into a fresh start and say yes to a new cycle. What are you opening to? What are you closing to? As Moon wanes this week, the energy shifts inward. Reach inward and gather the wisdom of the past cycle so you can use it for the weeks to come. Mars and Saturn in a tight exact conjunction right now. This brings challenges with the physical and emotional bodies. Actions will be slowed no matter how hard you try. Do not force outcomes.
Tuesday, August 23rd
Moon in 6th to 7th tithi
Sashti to Saptami
Early morning, Moon shifts to Bharani nakshatra- a constellation ruled by Venus and Yama. Restraint will be necessary today. Extravagance will not be supported. Simplicity rules the day with all things Venus- money, relationships, comforts, food, sweets and intoxicants. Don't overindulge. Mars and Saturn are in exact degrees today. Saturn, the renunciate, is infamous for simplicity and lack of frivolousness. He wants your serious commitment and scheduled timeliness. Mars is fighting his needs mercilessly, causing tension between polarities- young and old, fast and slow, ancient and new, life and death, masculine and feminine. How can you integrate polarities more consciously? How can each of your parts support the other? Let your light and dark find more balance.
Wednesday, August 24th
Moon in 7th and 8th tithi
Saptami and Ashtami
Just as Wednesday begins, Moon shifts to the final nakshatra of Aries, Krittika. Late morning, Moon arrives in Taurus and her degrees of exaltation. Emotional waves are high! Agni rules this portion of the sky, bringing deep purification and transformation with him as a result. As the sacred fire god, he supports the alchemical change process and supports the transition of all levels of life. He awakens, brings life and increases clarity and exactness. Sun is associated with Agni- currently transiting his own sign, Leo. Power and purpose come to the forefront today. What changes do you need to make in order to step into your power more fully? Mars and Saturn will be forcing you to look at this in an integrated, balanced way. There are no short cuts. Just your willingness to honor your inner and outer realms equally. Let your emotional body be a resource for your alchemy and change process.
Thursday, August 25th
Moon in 8th to 9th tithi
Ashtami to Navami
Moon moves through Taurus and enters Rohini nakshatra just as Thursday begins. Now in its mulitrikona degrees, the Moon's potency is less, but also more manageable. The emotional body becomes a potent creative resource today. Your feelings create your life and help you manifest. You don't create your life from the thinking body, but from the feeling body. Do you feel safe to expand and activate your power and purpose? It's time to clean up your subconscious territory and awaken more possibility in your life. What is holding you back? Mars has shifted to the other side of Saturn, yet is still in almost exact conjunction. In the coming days, this battle will begin to come to a close after many months of challenges and disruptions. Have you extracted the theme and digested the meaning of this intense time period?
Just as the 25th arrives, Venus leaps into Virgo, joining exalted Mercury and Jupiter here. This cycle of Venus provokes a lopsided energy of big, strong creativity, mixed with vulnerability and sensitivity simultaneously. The challenge will be to honor both and integrate the conflict of big and small, expansive and quiet. At the time when Venus moves into Virgo, Moon is also in its mulitrikona sign, Taurus, with Rohini on the ascendant. This increases the huge waves of creative energy during this cycle and builds momentum.
Read more about Venus in Virgo
Friday, August 26th
Moon in 9th to 10th tithi
Navami to Dashami
Just as Friday arrives, Moon shifts to Mrigashirsha nakshatra, inviting in the emotional body, soma and immense creativity. There is much procreative power here, which can be channeled into all sorts of creative acts. Highly fickle in nature, the Moon brings constant change on the mental and emotional body levels. Mars, however, rules this nakshatra, expressing the intense drive to create. How will you use this power? What acts of creativity and expression will receive your action steps? Moon moves to Gemini mid day, increasing the level of mental body activity. Mars gives his gaze to the Moon, provoking frustration and tension. Movement is awake and enlivened, but stay in right-relationship with the mind and body today or you will be diminishing your life force energy. Mars is finally beginning to separate from Saturn and is two degrees away from him now. Some ease will be felt with action steps and momentum, but going slow and honoring simplicity are still essential.
Mercury, Jupiter and Venus move into a tight triple conjunction in Virgo as of today. This will continue until early next week at which point Venus moves out of the conjunction, but Mercury and Jupiter continue to track each other closely. Watch your finances, pay close attention to relationships, gather resources and support for your process.
Saturday, August 27th
Moon in 10th to 11 tithi
Dashami to Ekadashi
Moon shifts to Ardra nakshatra as Saturday begins. Rudra rules this powerful constellation. There are three levels of the storm god activated today. Through nakshatra, tithi and transit. As Moon shifts into the 11th tithi midday, Rudra is strengthened. Saturn also gives his gaze to Rahu in Leo via transit, which energetically stirs Rudra as well. As the storm god, you can expect powerful release to take place on the emotional body level thanks to Rudra's power. This may also be reflected in Nature as rain, thunderstorms and natural disasters. Creativity and relationship are also impacted. Stay close to your body today. Channel strong emotions in healthy and effective outlets. Use your resources- like art, nature, movement, creativity, connection. Before Saturday ends, Moon shifts to Punarvasu nakshatra and a softening effect arrives. Feel the relief.
Sunday, August 28th
Moon in 12th tithi
Moon continues through Punarvasu and Gemini today, offering the wisdom and support of Aditi. As the Mother of All Goodness, she showers you with resources and assistance. She birthed 33 Devas- 12 Adityas, 11 Rudras and 8 Vasus, as well as Indra and Prajapati. She brings unity consciousness and the awareness of inter-connectedness. Allow yourself to receive today. Where are you resisting the nourishment and support you so desperately crave? Early evening, Moon shifts to its own sign, Cancer. Outside of the gaze of other planets, there may finally be a sense of softening, release and relief. With Mars and Saturn now over two degrees a part, the conflict is shifting to integration and peace talks. Where are these polarities still provoking you? You might be able to see more clearly now that the heat and pressure are starting to ease. Nourish and nurture yourself today.
Monday, August 29th
Moon in 13th tithi
Monday begins with Moon moving into Pushya nakshatra, the nourishing star and Brihaspati's domain. As a personification of Jupiter, Brihaspati brings learning, knowledge and wisdom as well as support. How do you accept the support he is offering you? Are you able to receive and acknowledge what is arriving? Let gratitude be a balm for your heart and count your blessings. Saturn rules this nakshatra, requesting stability and steadiness. Go slow and continue to honor the needs he is presenting in your physical and emotional bodies. Stay connected to the wisdom of your body; get embodied. Use the breath as a resource for integration. You are still finding balance within polarities- light and dark, life and death, fast and slow, young and old, masculine and feminine. Use this time to honor all that you are. Lead with the heart as it is the ultimate point of integration and balance. Late evening Moon shifts to Ashlesha nakshatra, provoking the mind and supporting awakening from illusion. Get clear on what is working and what is not working. Clarify your priorities. The tight conjunction of Jupiter, Mercury and Venus continues. Clarify and create, expand and awaken. Let relationships and money be resources for your process of awareness. What mental/emotional body blockages are keeping you locked into old patterns?
With the August full Moon on the 18th, a series of very challenging planetary transits occur within an unusual eclipse portal. There isn't a sign that won't be effected by these challenges, though the effects will of course be different for each person.
The tight conjunction of Saturn and Mars in Scorpio has been provoking tests, lessons and all out war, since Mars began his Scorpio transit late February of this year. He has since danced back into Libra and returned to Scorpio to finish off his tempestuous battle with his enemy, Saturn. Mars will not leave Scorpio officially until September 17th, when most of us will finally get to take a long sigh of relief.
This battle between opposing forces is occurring in the vulnerable sign of Scorpio, digging up your deepest, darkest and most challenging personal mythology. It's not a time to be lackadaisical. This cycle requires deep personal development work and requests your willingness for transformation and healing. The turmoil is especially challenging for Scorpio's as this conflict is happening in their head. Equally challenged for Taurus, as relationships and the mirror of the self is being directly impacted. Remedial measures like yagyas are essential for these individuals.
Saturn is now direct, thankfully, but that doesn't necessarily ease the impact of the Saturn/Mars conjunction. Read more about Saturn in Scorpio.
Mars and Saturn are opposite energies and are aggravating decisions, choices and actions at this time. Since the end of July, Mars and Saturn entered into the 10 degree range of each other, which increases the challenges between these warring factions. As of the August full Moon on the 18th, Mars and Saturn have moved to only a few degrees a part. Mars will be crossing Saturn and move on top of the planet of grief until he finally arrives on the other side of Saturn on August 25th. At that point, the warrior planet of action will in fact be moving away from Saturn, though it will take another week before the effects are actually felt. But it will actually take until mid September for a much deeper relief to arrive.
During this intense conjunction between the planet of deep suffering and the planet of warrior action, there will also be an unusual eclipse portal occurring simultaneously. This will greatly impact the effects of this intense planetary positioning. Eclipses bring shadows to the surface and provoke a certain intensity that can't be overlooked. Darkness must come to the light, but not without facing pain and suffering directly. This eclipse portal is especially connected to self expression and visibility. Themes will be surfacing around being seen, noticed and honored. Your self worth and deservability will be questioned as well as issues connected to courage and bravery. The arts will be a potent resource for your transformation and healing during this month long eclipse portal. Use your creativity as a way to transform and re-shape your personal mythology.
Understand that this is a potent cycle of moving through grief and using your grief as a resource for awakening. Due to the challenges that will be provoked and stirred, your suffering will be impacted directly. This is a time to be consciously working with your shadow and how this impacts your ability to receive what you need in life. Grief will be moving through you- whether you're consciously aware of it or not. Grief that is yours and grief that is ancestral. How will you respond to these emotional waves? Will you lean in closer and allow them to move, or will you suppress, avoid and negate them? In order to actually release the pain, you must allow the inner waters to move.
I'll be sharing a lot more resources for supporting your grief process in the coming days and weeks. Grief is in fact your most potent tool for awakening and transforming your darkness into light. Join me for an embodied grief class.