August 9 to 16, 2012 Visible Planets: Morning: Venus and Jupiter Evening: Mercury, Mars and Saturn
The month of August in southwestern Colorado enchants the soul and uplifts the spirit. Mornings cool and I feel the wistful call of autumn in the air. Cumulus clouds build magnificent towers throughout the day in puffy shades of white. At sunset, the canvas is painted in peachy pinks, orange and purples as the cerulean sky surrenders to turquoise twilight. Slowly, deepening shades of blue give way to shining stars, dancing moonbeams and the shimmering shadows of night. It’s a magical, mystical time year – a time for fairies and fantasy – for future dreams and memories of days gone by.
We have passed the point of mid-summer and the school year is fast approaching. Farmers’ Markets overflow with fresh produce, brilliant sunflowers, organic meats, breads and cheeses. At home I’m baking fruit pies and canning preserves, gathering recipes, weeding gardens and watering pots. I’m doing what so many have done before me, what so many continue doing today. It’s the natural rhythm of life on earth, life in harmony with celestial cycles, changing light, the music of the spheres. The metaphysical force of shifting seasons and the shamanic power of the Mother Earth pull at my heartstrings and tear down the walls I’ve built around my fears and pain. I see beauty in the wind and weather, the sunshine and rain. I am one with the earth, the sun, the moon and the stars. The façade lies crumbled and broken at my feet, my heart is open, exposed to all that is.
I know there is something happening now, something unusual and unique taking place right here, right now, on this Earth, in this solar system, galaxy and universe. After all, it’s 2012. Each and every one of us is here for good reason, with special gifts and talents – like the Blues Brothers said - “we’re on a mission from God.” We are giving birth to a new age, a new era, a new reality.
It takes the courage of a Lion and the dauntless spirit of a warrior to be here and fight the battle of the loving, kind, compassionate, honest and truly open-heart. Good luck and may we all discover the Lion within and follow our brave, loving, courageous hearts.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Your biggest wounds have come by way of self-undoing – the things you have done yourself – in reaction to what others have done to you. Witnessing behaviors and recognizing patterns is the first step to healing and wellness. With Mercury now direct in Leo, practice the arts of self-love, forgiveness and right action. Focus on your own and other’s goodness.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Powerful sunrays of the Leo sun-time are shining down upon home and family, illuminating issues of domestic security and relationship, emotional nurturing, maternal love and self-care. Others may be upset, prideful or oversensitive when it comes to criticism. Take care of your own back yard, clean house and accept responsibility for your part.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) The proud and courageous Lion roars to get attention and affection. For the Twins, this is an intriguing and curious way to love and romance, but one that does not come naturally. Try on your more dramatic outfits, shine with beauty and give from the heart. The process of making the world a better, healthier place comes via joy and laughter. Smile and be happy.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) As you take those first baby steps into a new solar year, put your best foot forward. Faith and trust in love and peace are allies, especially in light of the crazy, mixed-up global madness of our social, economic and political news. What is real? What can you count on? What can you change? It all comes down to you. Be the best you can be, follow your heart.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) The main focus this birthday week is on friends and allies, those with whom you share hopes, dreams and wishes. It’s important and even imperative that you surround yourself with uplifting, positive people and influences now. Your strength and courage are necessary ingredients in the current global awakening. No self-pity, no negative vibes. Choose joy.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) As the Sun continues to move through your solar 12th house of ego dissolution and soul connection, you may feel like hiding out, being reclusive or simply getting away from it all. The truth is this: you are feeling the pull of spirit and your cosmic connection to the universe. Nurture yourself in Mother Nature’s beauty and discover the joy of life.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) As ruler Venus enters nurturing Cancer and the Sun transits proud and courageous Leo, you may feel the poignant pull of childhood memories and experience the clash between then and now. Innocence has been replaced with wisdom; you are older and wiser. Reclaim the simplicity of youth via heartfelt gratitude and joy. Live life, share love and embrace grace.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Taking responsibility, taking charge and being an authority in one way or another is likely this week and month as solar rays shine upon your natural abilities and personal achievements. Others see you as competent and capable, and it’s true, you can do it whatever you set your mind to do. Just remember to rest when you need to, smile and be happy.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) With several planets in your solar 7th house of other people, places and things, you are no doubt busy with the world and everything in it. Recognize and accept responsibility for your part in every relationship, commitment and interaction you engage in. The quality of your life is up to you. At the end of the day, the only one to blame – win or lose – is you.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You may encounter someone or something sensually seductive and magnetically attractive to you this week and upcoming month as voluptuous Venus enters your solar 7th house of sharing and pairing. Love is in the air and you are no doubt feeling the breeze. Remain as calm and positive as possible. Focus on inner peace and just be beautiful you.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) One-to-one relationships and professional and personal commitments take priority this week and month as Leo light shines upon the people and things that are most important to you now. It’s imperative that you show up for others and put first things first. This is a time of work and service, when you can make great gains via partnership. Do your part.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Move in the directions that feel best, take good care of yourself and simply do the best you can when it comes to others. Health is a top priority now, eat right, exercise regularly and keep in touch with spirit. Chiron and Neptune in Pisces encourage self-healing via spiritual practice. Meditation, prayer and relaxation are means to a beautiful end. Enjoy!
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.