* Fireweed, the wildflower of transformation and healing. Photo taken last weekend on my Indian Peaks hike.
This Week's Intention: Your inner tides are vulnerable and potent. How can you attend to your emotional body with greater presence? Land and ground in your body wisdom-
in order to keep you close to shore. Use your feelings for creative activation.
It is a new Moon week! A Cancer new Moon is on the rise, promising awakening and detoxification through the wisdom and magic of Ashlesha nakshatra. Venus has just stepped into its enemy's sign, Leo. This transit will bring masculine and feminine dynamics to an intense climax- both personally and globally. This magnification occurs as Jupiter prepares to leave Leo after a yearlong transit here. The lessons of the past cycle are magnifying, culminating in a stronger, more intense awareness. Relationships are the core focus at this time, instigating a deep desire to change, transform and heal the battles within your polarities. Masculine and feminine forces are ripe and asking for integration and co-creation.
Read more about Venus in Leo
Monday, August 1st
Moon in 14th tithi
Late Monday morning, Moon shifts to its own sign, Cancer, joining Sun here. Moon loves its own watery, heart centered sign. It loves the fluid nature of Cancer and the orientation towards home and heart. It needs the structure and landing force of home and heart in order to feel safe and secure. From this place, love can flow. As Moon continues through Punarvasu nakshatra, Aditi brings her resources, wisdom and awareness. She supports and nourishes through her knowledge, offering support and abundance to those who worship her. As the Mother of All Goodness, she brings freedom and release from struggle and strife. Notice how her support and wisdom arrives today. Do you say yes to it or no? How open are you to receiving? Late afternoon, Moon shifts to Pushya nakshatra and the nourishing star brings heart expansion and contraction. There is an opening and a closing happening simultaneously. Inhale and exhale. They are interdependent on each other. What are you opening to? What are you closing to?
Tuesday, August 2nd
Moon in 15th to 1st tithi
Amavasya to Pratipad
Moon transits Pushya nakshatra, the "nourishing star" the first part of the day. As Moon moves through its own sign of Cancer, comfort and support for the emotional body are felt. Pushya makes these themes stronger and more tangible. Moon moves into exact conjunction with Sun today as the New Moon takes place, however both planets are outside the influence of the other planets which bolsters some extra support. Jupiter is considered exalted in Cancer and he is currently feeling the pangs of Rahu and Leo still. Masculine and feminine integration is essential right now. Seek alignment and balance. Let your breath be a grounding resource for this.
Themes of nourishment, home and heart continue through the first part of August, sparked by this month's new Moon. The August New Moon arrives August 2nd at 14:45 MDT, while transiting its own sign Cancer and Ashlesha nakshatra. The focus on Cancer invites an emotional, heart centered focus for the coming waxing cycle. Energy moves in the direction of feelings, heart, home, comfort and grounding.
Libra is on the ascendant at the time of the New Moon, asking for balance- inner and outer, with self and others. Relationships become a focus for this cycle, while gains come from the heart and home. There's a need to be in co-creation, building teams, support systems and alliances. Invite in more support and security. Increase your connections and reach out. Seek community and resources that enliven your grounding cord. Find integration with your nourishment and support. Ask for what you need and be very clear with your self expression. If you aren't getting your needs met, you must first clarify your needs and then learn how to express them more effectively. Gather what you need for more resiliency and power.
Read more about the new Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, August 3rd
Moon in 1st to 2nd tithi
Pratipad to Dvitiya
Moon continues through Ashlesha nakshatra and Cancer the first part of the day. Sarpa energy continues, begging for detoxification and transformation. Sarpas are small snakes notorious for their deception, black magic and transcendental qualities. Where are the illusions keeping you from doing your inner work? How are your shadows keeping you playing small? Ashlesha brings the illusion of over confidence. If you think you're making progress, be sure that it's rooted in depth, lineage, honesty and right intention.
Early afternoon, Moon leaps into Leo, the sign most active currently with four planets moving through this fire sign. Moon magnifies the impact of these planets in Leo, bringing the experience directly into our emotional body. As Moon moves through Magha nakshatra today, a strong solar energy is enlivened which begs you to look at authority issues and ancestral karma- especially connected to your father. The delicate dance between masculine and feminine is being challenged right now. Where do you feel integration and balance in your body? Ground in this inner knowing and keep landing here.
Thursday, August 4th
Moon in 2nd and 3rd tithi
Dvitiya to Tritiya
Moon is waxing now and continues to move through Sun's sign, Leo today. Saturn gives his gaze to the Moon with this transit, as well as Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Rahu. Tension, pressure, grief and sadness are activated. Where do you feel this impacting your life and relationships? Moon continues through Magha nakshatra the first half of the day, begging you to honor the masculine, father and authority. Are you in right relationship with these parts of yourself? Where is the inner authority figure causing you to be imbalanced? Anger is a sure sign you are misaligned with your power. It means boundaries are being ignored. Check in with yourself. Where are you saying yes when you should be saying no? As Moon shifts into Purvaphalguni nakshatra late afternoon, Venus energy is enlivened. Get creative! Channel your immense creative intelligence into worthwhile activities. What are you passionate about? This is worthy of your energy and attention. Honor your grief and challenges directly by channeling emotion into your creative activities. Don't cut and paste over them!
Friday, August 5th
Moon in 3rd tithi
Moon continues through Purvaphalguni nakshatra the majority of the day, inviting in support from Bhaga, an Aditya that brings support through worldly resources. He is connected to pleasure, creativity, sexuality, sensuality and enjoyment. Ruling planet, Venus, brings life force energy to the forefront as well as a need for masculine and feminine energies. How can you put your creativity to good use today? Early evening, Moon moves to the latter half of the Phalguni constellation and Sun is activated. As an Aditya, Aryaman also brings his resources as well. His resources come through stability and long term support, that which sustains. He supports commitment and unions as a way to appease the ancestors. What choices and actions can you make to support sustainable outcomes today? Just before midnight Moon moves to Virgo, bringing precision and refinement.
Saturday, August 6th
Moon in 4th tithi
Aryaman continues to support sustainable actions and choices today, bringing resources from commitment. Move towards stability and support. What do you need to do for creating more stability in your life? Early evening, Moon shifts into Hasta nakshatra and Savitr brings his light and illumination. Wake up! Look within and gather the inner resources you need to get your deepest needs and desires met. Where are you stuck, resistant and in avoidance? Ask for support and commit to awakening, healing and clarifying your path. Recite Gayatri Mantra for extra support.
Sunday, August 7th
Moon in 5th tithi
Moon continues through Savitr's domain today, bringing light, resources and inner wisdom to the surface. Savitr is a form of the Sun, but comes in the form of the delicate morning light rays. He appears when night and day meet, which is a very sacred time of day with great potency. The hands are enlivened today. Put them to work. This nakshatra support the intelligence and awareness that is provoked through hand and eye coordination. Magic occurs when the hands create! As night fall arrives, Moon shifts to Chitra, the domain of the divine architect. Continue to use your creative life force energy to build, move and plan.
Monday, August 8th
Moon in 6th tithi
The week begins with Moon moving through the last pada of Virgo, moving through Chitra nakshatra. This is Vishvakarma's domain, the chief of the celestial architects. He builds, plans and structures the cosmos. As his name offers, he is connected to action, including karma yoga- powerful deeds that provide seva. He also supports thousands of arts and brings powerful action steps with him. Moon moves to Libra mid day, receiving gaze from Ketu. Anger and rage may be provoked. How can you channel this energy into more potent actions and choices. Remember that underneath the anger is your power. Touch your raw power and use it mindfully.
* 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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