August is the last month of summer and the time for play and deep indulgence of our desire for simplicity and relaxing into life. Let loose all inhibitions. Allow yourself to float amongst the clouds, sail beyond the waves, sit in the stillness of an evergreen forest. There, it is only you and the infinite space of being.
I know you all stated your intentions for August during the July 30th New Moon. And I am sure that those intentions included a desire to be in a place of surrender and acceptance. During these somewhat volatile times we want to be in such a place—where we recognize that all that happens is for our highest good. Living in Santa Barbara we have extraordinary circumstances that nurture us and instill in us a deep sense of loving, living and trust. The weather alone should alert us all to the magical quality of life we experience here. Grace is received here a plenty; a cycle of receiving and giving that perpetuates itself and grows, expands and flows in all directions. We are certainly on the cosmic custodial radar; and radiating to the very edges of our ‘limitations’ and pushing those edges by the moment to higher levels of awareness. Santa Barbara is a gigantic generator of light and love.
Santa Barbara has mind and heart operating in unison. The soul of this land is expressed everywhere and everywhere it is honored and appreciated. Gratitude is a beacon and shines forth in shades of magenta in contrast to the many shades of yellow, orange and phosphorescent green. The level of fear in Santa Barbara has diminished significantly this year. This gives us the freedom to ‘lighten up’. There is nothing that prevents us. All of this puts us in a remarkable place to address whatever circumstances manifest in this country. We are the lighthouse that guides travelers ashore. We do not need to do anything in order to fulfill this role. We have all chosen to be here and exactly as we are. That is all that is required. We do remember.
The month of August presents us with an interesting planetary geometry that speaks of intense moments around the 9th—personally and globally. Planetary energies do create on all levels. The manifestation of those energies may not always be seen or felt on all levels. That is particularly true, I believe, when the asteroids are involved. They represent patterns in humanity that are in need of healing. How that shows up is not predictable. The chart for August 9th is for Santa Barbara at 9:45 p.m.
The ascendant is at 0 degrees of Aries. Mars therefore gains prominence in this chart. Mars has aggressive tendencies, can get angry and does represent action. The moon, the Mother, conjuncts Pluto—elimination and transformation both in opposition to the God of War. Ceres, the Mother and symbol of life giving forces is at 0 degrees of Aries also configuring in this grand cross. She may be angry! Juno is—she’s been messed with long enough by patriarchal forces symbolized by her husband, Jupiter. He stands in a loose square to Venus ruler of Libra the sign in which Juno is, representing the need for balance. Venus, our desire nature is being sextiled by Saturn and is not comfortable. She does not like being pressured to be disciplined and to hide her light or to be diminished! Not really possible for her in Leo. At 15 degrees of Leo, at the center of the sign, she does want to shine. The Sabian Symbol for this degree (16 degrees as they round up in Sab. Sym.) is “the storm ended, all nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine.” Under the bushel basket no more!
The BML, our point of divine empowerment, conjuncting Uranus—revolution for evolution, may be the catalyst for some fireworks that change the face of what we know to be our reality. It could manifest on the subtler levels of the psyche or in a way that gets promptly in our faces.
We mustn’t ignore Chiron at 3 degrees Pisces which figures into the grand cross by degree and touches each point in a significant way. What we hear—“the wound is healed, the wound is healed so, recognize your self as the healer!” We must also acknowledge the asteroid Pallas Athena at 3 degrees Aquarius and prominent in this configuration. Pallas Athena is a representation of wisdom unaffected by human conditioning and allows us to survive this intense gathering of cosmic luminaries with logic and calm. Whatever happens, happens for our highest good—the North Node at 22 degrees of Sagittarius (the number of the master builder) is of course in the 9th house in this chart, the house of truth and higher learning. We are being led, kicking and screaming for some toward an outcome that, though appearing desperate at first, eventually rises to an enlightened crescendo.
Enjoy this summer and this place we call Paradise!