Mercury and Mars Simultaneous Retrogrades Drag Us Backward
~ by Janet Booth
August might be the most difficult month of 2018. Eight solar system bodies appear to move backwards at least a portion of the month, including Mars (6/26 to 8/27) and Mercury (7/26 to 8/19). The retrograde planets are those more difficult and yang in nature. Current forward-moving planets are the “benefics” Venus and Jupiter, and Ceres, a dwarf planet with a nurturing temperament. This could mean that while circumstances are stressful, a benevolent influence helps us through our struggles. Or so you can tell yourself the next time you’re thwarted. Needless to say, this is not the month to begin something new, or even to expect much progress in an ongoing venture. It is, however, an ideal time to go back to unfinished matters which need more attention, to revisit prior decisions and assess whether adjustments are in order. Mercury backtracks in Leo between 11 and 23 degrees, not quite across from Mars, which backslides from 9 Aquarius to 28 Capricorn. In many people’s charts, they will be in a pair of opposite houses, showing where tensions will peak. Anyone with a planet in 9 to 11 degrees of a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) is impacted by the Mercury and Mars “stations” (where they appear to stop to change direction) and will likely have an especially uphill battle in the areas where these signs influence their chart. Hang in there, everybody! Things lighten up (a bit) after Sept. 6, when we’re down to just five retrogrades.
Additional Points from Vedic Astrology
~ by Usha Kumar
I agree with Janet! I’d like to add a few points from Vedic Astrology. Mars retrograde in sidereal Capricorn, opposite to the Sun, indicates instability to Mars’s true nature of aggression, courage, strength, leadership and war. Additionally, Ketu (the South Node) shares the sign with Mars, while Saturn is retrograde in sidereal Sagittarius in 12th house of losses. Retrograde Mercury is opposite Mars in the sign of Cancer (sidereal) along with the Sun and Rahu (the North Node), poking Mars with mega blasts of energy or misinformation from a powerful entity or person. The result can mean losses from economic trade wars between major countries in the world, hot climate around the world, fires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and unnecessary wars. Who can say what more will Uranus square Mars add to this mix?
Amidst all these disruptions, life goes on, so enjoy the remaining summer!
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The “Day out of Time” falls on the 25th of July. The 25th is a Magical and Sacred “womb space” where transformation from one time cycle to another is birthed. It is a time to be joyful and creative as you lay the foundations for your New Year cycle at the highest level possible. This creative and festive energy will carry you into the 26th when the Planet and all living beings will begin a new personal cycle of creation and being.
This festive cycle on July 26th is known as Planetary New Year. This date was known, to the Ancient Mayans and the Ancient Egyptians, as the moment when Planet Earth begins a new cycle in her ongoing evolution.
For the Ancient Egyptians, this time was marked by an annual event called the “Heliacal rising of Sirius”. This is the time when Sirius rises in the morning sky right next to the Sun. It was also the time in the Egyptian calendar when the Nile would rise and flood the lands bringing fertility and abundance to the people. In addition, Sirius was also known as the Sacred Teacher Star, and when its powerful Light Codes aligned with the Sun they were transmitted to the Earth through the annual Lion’s Gate portal.
The Lion’s Gate portal begins to open on the 26th of July and reaches its climax on the 8th of August as the 8/8. This is the powerful time of the “Two Suns”, one Golden White (the Sun of Earth) and one Electric Blue (Sirius). The Diamond Light Codes that carry the patterns and templates for the next spiral of time are transmitted from the Galactic Center and amplified by Sirius as they are integrated into the Earth Planetary Time Cycles.
The Lion’s Gate: 8 August 2017
So, you can see that the climactic points of this series of energy alignments and accelerations will be the Lion’s Gate on the 8th of August and the two Eclipses in Leo of August of 2017.
The Lion’s Gate is a powerful portal in Leo that is under the guardianship of the Royal Spirit Lions of Sirius. These Magnificent Beings of Light, known as the Lions of Yesterday and Tomorrow, hold the Sacred Space for the New Light Codes and Evolutionary Templates to descend to Earth and to activate the grids and Light Bodies of all who are receptive to lifting their evolution to a higher spiral of Consciousness.
It is very necessary to keep your personal consciousness and energy signature at a high level at this time. Take full advantage of the flow of Divine Light and Blessings in the incoming new Diamond Light Codes. Do not allow any events to pull you down into lower levels of consciousness such as anger, fear and anxiety.
This is indeed the time of the Great Shift of 2017, and you need to remember that you are a Light Warrior and an embodied Master of Light. It is your work to hold these energies in your Energy Signature, so that the new Light Codes may enter and be grounded, through you, for the benefit of Humanity and the Planet.
The Eclipses of the 7th and 21st of August
The Lion’s Gate portal closes on the 12th of August. However, the energy will continue to be intense through the month of August, and will be amplified and augmented by the two Eclipses in Leo.
On the Full Moon in Leo on the 7th of August, the day before the Lion’s Gate, there will be a partial Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius (Sun in Leo). This will create the space for further empowerment of the Goddess energy on the Planet. In February of 2017, there was an annular lunar eclipse in Leo (Sun in Aquarius), that initiated this powerful flow of Diamond Energy to the Earth as part of the Rising of the Goddess/Divine Feminine energy on the Earth.
In this year of 2017, you will become more aware of the rising power of the Divine Feminine, as the Right Brain energies of Creativity and Compassion become more clearly active. There will be increased opportunity for the emerging Unified Field of Higher Consciousness to be expressed through the Divine Feminine energies.
The Total Solar Eclipse on the 21st of August completes the cycle of eclipses for 2017. The Total Solar Eclipse in Leo ensures that the New Planetary Codes, initiated by the Royal Sirian Star Lions, are integrated into the Planetary Grids.
At this time, the expanding energies of shift and change will have provided the major force for significant change on Earth. As a Fire Energy, the Lion or Leo energy will burn away and transform everything that is not in alignment with the Diamond Light Codes of the New Reality.
From this point forward, the emphasis will be on new ways of living and perception. The old ways will continue to be challenged by the rising energies of the New Earth. The power of the emerging field of Unified Consciousness will transform and change, making space for the New Reality on Earth.
Preparing for these High Vibrational Energies
It is very important to make sure that you are not only Grounded deep within the Earth but to remain plugged in and connected to the Upper Vibrations at the same time, in a Balanced and Harmonious state of Being.
If you have pieces of Carnelian crystal, jewelry with Carnelian, or even orange, red or brown colored gemstones, crystals, clothes, altar clothes, or candles, you may want to bring them into your sacred space for a Grounding Ritual.
All transformative and creational thought is upon you. Remember that the Universe loves and supports you at all times and it’s only a matter of space and time for the things that you have asked for to be brought to you. Illumination and a birth of new ideas and infinite possibilities are on the horizon. This week, all the stars in the world conspire to bring you your deepest hearts desire.
Affirm: I am a Divine Being of Higher Consciousness
Your Guides and Master Teachers have heard your concerns and are delivering these concerns to the High Counsel, where they will decide the best course of action. These complex manifestations, ideas and thoughts that you have brought to them are being diligently worked through with the intention to serve humanity’s best interests. The counsel may take a couple of days or a week to get back with you. They are clearing your channels, creating space. They are downloading bits and pieces of information into your DNA. When the moment is right, you will deliver your manifestation to the world.
Affirm: I am Growing and Expanding
The seven tree spirits, the wisest of all the Earth spirits, can be called upon to bring strength, balance and flexibility into your life. When you are feeling scattered and moving in too many directions, the Tree People will always give you grounded, balanced and practical information and guidance. If you feel like you have strayed from your life’s path, ask them to sing to you. This will help bring you back into alignment with your true self.
Affirm: I am Grounded, I am Balanced
Earth is equally balanced in all directions and connections with all the seasons in a single year. Are you being practical enough? Are you grounded and allowing time for change to occur? Patience is your greatest attribute while you stick to long term goals. Dig your feet into the ground and stay awhile. Sometimes it takes getting yourself into trenches and doing the hard work in order to birth a new you.
Affirm: I am Listening
Message via your Spirit Guides: “I have been watching you for some time now. At this time in your life, you have called upon me. I have always been here and you are never alone. I am here to guide you through all that you do. Hear my gentle whispers in the wind and feel them resonate throughout your soul. I will keep you safe from harm and protect you. I am here to answer your questions about life, love and Universal consciousness. All you have to do is ask, then listen.”
Affirm: I am Flexible
Always flexible and understanding, wood people have lots of ambition and a zest for life. People see you as a natural leader, encompassing large amounts of energy and drive. Train yourself this season to draw back in order to grow and spring forth with a sense of renewal and purpose. Then, when the timing is right, you will choose to break new ground, creating a path with the promise of achievement.
Affirm: I am Trusting
You are seeking your voice in the world and feeling that there is something inside you that needs to be said or expressed. You may soon find that the truth is about to come forward. Holding back from speaking how you feel or yelling constantly will only cause you physical problems. Pay attention to your tone. Sing your own song for this is the way to express who you truly are and come into your own power.
Affirm: I am Angelic
Message via Angels: “We guided you from heaven to earth. We were there for your birth. The Divine surrounds you at all times. Call in us in your time of need for we can give you strength. We can also give you freedom. We will always surround you with love. Your prayers are always answered, even if it does not seem so at the time. We send you earthly angels to guide you into new existences, and perform miracles every day. We come as strangers, giving you a simple word of wisdom, simply listen. We are aware of the Divine order of the Universe and always deliver to you exactly what you need when the timing is right.”
Affirm: I am Happy
Buddha reminds you to use a compassionate hand with the people around you. A compassionate hand is giving, comforting and soothing. You do not need to fear being gentle and soft, be flexible and relax. This is the time for yoga and meditation. Endeavor to do nothing and simply believe. Be mindful of everything you do when you give of yourself either emotionally, physically or spiritually. Engage in spontaneously random acts of kindness. Be larger than life and know that all the joy and abundance in the world is coming your way.
Affirm: I am Wise
The Huntress is most wise and shrewd, raw in nature and fearless in heart. She is here to help you seek out that which is missing in our life. She reminds you to be aware of your sense of sounds, tastes and smells. She sees for others when they cannot see for themselves. You may be sought out for your wisdom in all matters of life. This is a reminder to not take any more than what belongs to you. The Huntress also represents releasing and letting go of the past. Stay true in your essence of who you are, by being bold, fearless and powerful.
Affirm: I am Magical
Magic is the essence of creation. You possess many magical gifts and miracle that you can bestow upon others and the world. Now is a time to conjure and be alone in contemplative thought. You have something special hidden in you. This is something that no one else in the world has or can obtain for themselves. Play with the elements: earth, air, fire, water and spirit. Now is the time for casting and for building altars for your future magical endeavors. Keep your intentions as pure as gold for they are everything that brings light from one world to the next.
Affirm: I am Wealthy
A Lion representing the astrological sign of Leo appears. The Leo personality likes beautiful things of grandeur around them at all times. They love to live a lavish life. Strong and loving, they have a warmth to them that no other astrology sign possesses. Always watching out for the people around them, Leo is the person you want on your side. However, avoid falling into self-destructive patterns with substances and emotional/physical abuse. Learn to curb your pride and communicate your feelings more effectively. Be more flexible in life. Although you are a leader and know where you are going, sometimes it can be healthy to let your partner or friends take the reins while you enjoy the moment and simply follow.
Tuesday evening (tonight) we will experience a New Moon in Pisces at 19 degrees and a Solar Eclipse in Pisces at 19 degrees. Very powerful.
This New Moon in Pisces calls for us to make connection with our intuition, compassion and feelings, some of which bubble up from our unconscious. We may be inspired to search for the meaning of life, or the meaning of unconditional love. Our left brain’s desire for rational, logical thinking is overpowered by our right brain’s need for creative outlets to give expression to the enormity of our feelings. Express yourself through the arts, singing, dance or painting, as long as it releases your emotions. This is a time for new beginnings, and that includes understanding our feelings.
This New Moon and Eclipse in Pisces can also fog your thinking, bringing foggy thinking with illusions, lies and deceit. Take your time making major decisions and don’t believe everything you hear.
This Solar Eclipse is especially powerful since Sun, Moon and Earth are totally aligned, creating a Total Solar Eclipse. This occurs only twice a year, with an influence that lasts six months.
The Pisces New Moon and the Solar Eclipse bring enormous change for those who have natal planets or sensitive points on or near the eclipse degrees. In the signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, and those born from the 23rd to the 29th of their birth month will especially feel the effects of this eclipse. Intense feelings may surface including grief, sadness and joy. Now is the time to face your feelings and heal.