August 8 to 15, 2013 Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury Evening: Jupiter, Saturn
Every year I find myself looking forward to August 7th – the exact point of mid-summer – the yearly Leo cross-quarter day [when the Sun is @ 15º Leo], the halfway mark between summer solstice and autumn equinox. Before that day, I am full-on into summer – sweltering heat, sunny days, starry nights and those luscious, languid feelings that only hot summer days and warm-hot summer nights can bring.
I know that by August 8th the nights will have cooled. The monsoon rains will have moved mudslides down canyons and mud down rivers. Yellow aspen leaves will appear in the high country and lowland greens will have been touched with gold. Tall grasses along the ditches and fences will bend and sway, waving their seeds in the wind, heavy with bounty. Zinnias will be in full bloom. Rose-colored peaches and pale yellow sweet corn shows up in fruit stands and farmers markets, on tables – and for many – bound for freezers and pantries.
I made my first peach-blueberry pie of the season last night. Yumm! My garden is generous with spinach, lettuce, peas, peppers and herbs, the tomatoes are sweet and the beans are climbing. Life is a beautiful miracle, – we can grow our own food! And we are here to embrace it, live it, love it.
As always, I feel the poignant pull of fall as August 8th rolls around. My heart knows the dance well. Mother Nature will dazzle me in all her abundant glory. Towering cumulus clouds and pink-crimson sunsets will fill my heart with wonder and awe. I will feel the paradox of living fully in the now as I watch the magnificent summer slip away, morphing into the dramatically powerful, magical season of autumn. And as I do, I will feel the beating heart of my own true mother – the Mother Earth – your Mother, too. Embrace her, love her, touch her. May we live in harmony with her. After all, we are here – all of us – in her embrace, in her care. The family of man…and woman. Together, forever.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) With the Leo new Moon energy waxing, open your heart to the powerful fire of inner truth. Uranus in your sign has been, and continues to be, a mixed bag of blessings. Personal impatience has created the need to examine compulsive and impulsive behaviors. How many times have you gotten yourself in trouble here? Illuminate defects and identify your part.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Ruler Venus dances her way through the last degrees of fellow earth-sign Virgo this week, attracting romance and enchanting beauty. Feel the inner fires of love and light burn through fear and illuminate faith. Inner strength and personal power come via acts of self-nurturing and self-care. Seed the cosmos with hopes and dreams, do your part and let it flow.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) You may fall madly in love with your home environment or feel the deep pull of Mother Earth upon your heart and soul as voluptuous Venus shimmers and shines her light upon life’s most simple pleasures. The Leo sun time and new Moon stimulate romantic, creative thoughts and ideas. Write, paint, decorate and beautify. Express yourself in art. Enjoy the beauty.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Motivational Mars and generous Jupiter in Cancer continue to stimulate and inspire you this week. Go with the “mo” and discover the myriad of multi-faceted jewels and gems along the way. Whether you are riding the road or on the trail, pay attention to everyone and everything you meet. Golden opportunities, magical acts and divine guidance abound. Seek and find.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Mental, magical Mercury moves into Leo this week to join the Sun. Suddenly you feel curious, communicative and clever. Make contact with people you find attractive or stimulating, look for angels and seek divine guidance wherever and whenever you can. This is a magnificent year for all things spiritual. Prayer and meditation are allies. Practice peace.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) With velvety Venus embracing and enticing you, why not surrender to her charms? Beauty is in and all around you. Feel the power of love and cultivate the grace of inner peace. Cooperation and diplomacy are allies in your earth walk now. Others see you as willing to help and assist, calm and competent. Practice the art of virtue. Follow the path of spirit.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Guardian angels and magical beings surround you now, opening golden doors of goodness and grace. But, in order to see and experience their divine gifts and guidance, you must first let go of all ego-driven agendas and actions. Relax in the beauty of a summer shower, watch a golden sunset or observe the effortless flight of an eagle. Open your heart, discover peace.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) The Leo sun-time perennially challenges the Scorpion to get out and about, climb the ladder of success and show up both socially and professionally. This can feel like a big order for a secretive, reclusive sign, but in all true-blue honesty, you know it’s time. Saturn’s transit in Scorpio compels achievement. Do the sit-ups, build the muscles, and enjoy the power.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Moving and grooving, climbing and timing are allies as Leo firepower ignites your highest self in a dance of inspiration and discovery. Vixen Venus in your solar 10th house of achievement delivers plenty of gifts and gold when you show up to do the work and tow the line. Intimate relationships blossom under starry skies. Be your best, enjoy the rest.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The recent new Moon lunation in Leo touched off a cardinal T-sqaure involving power-rich Pluto in Capricorn, exciting Mars and Jupiter in Cancer and wild Uranus in Aries. Nothing exactly new, but a bit different, you see the value and virtue in acts of surrender and forgiveness. The spirit of the Universe is alive and well. Embrace the magic, go with the flow.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Other people, places and things pull and direct you as Leo light illuminates a path of relationship interaction and involvement. Even if you don’t like to admit it, you simply cannot do everything yourself. Seek responsible, reliable people with whom to work and achieve mutually beneficial goals. Cultivate compassion and give respect to yourself and others.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Venus in your solar 7th house of relationship places you in a good position to interact and share time with others. Smooth the rough edges, make amends and be as sweet as possible whenever and wherever you can. You will discover that you find great pleasure in assisting and providing support for those you care for. What goes around comes around.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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