“Tuesday, August 30th
7:04 AM MDT – Mercury stations retrograde at 29° of Virgo
Thursday, September 1st
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine ManaanGoddess Heal Mystic
Venus and Jupiter on the night of the conjunction – August 27 – as captured by Andre Smith in South Africa. The fainter dot to one side is Mercury.~earthsky.org
Robert Pettengill was in Uvalde, Texas when he captured the images to make this composite. It consists of a total of 39 images and shows the relative sizes of the 2 planets as seen from Earth, as well as some of Jupiter’s moons. (LOVE this image!!!!~L)
Heart-Focused Breathing™ Technique
The scientific term for this simple and quick tool is psychophysiological coherence: Ever heard of it? Keep reading.
“Coherence is the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation,” according to HeartMath Institute Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty. “When the physiological coherence mode is driven by a positive emotional state, we call it psychophysiological coherence.”
Eliot Herman in Tucson caught Venus and Jupiter on August 27.
~dawn exton at www.weeklyhoroscope.com
Greg Diesel Walck Lunar/Landscape Photographer captured the waning moon on August 29, too. He wrote: “This morning’s moon at sunrise in Moyock, North Carolina. Very difficult to capture the fading moon in the brilliance of color but this is not a filtered image right off the camera.”~earthsky.org
Image via John Boydston. Thank you John! ~earthsky.org
I love this quote from Elsa Panizzon from this week’s article:
“This is a big one, folks! But this is not meant to scare you. Find a goal, people. Shoot for something. Make sure it’s righteous (Sagittarius)! Make sure it helps people (Virgo). Don’t be afraid to sacrifice and act with compassion (Pisces). Because if you do this, I bet you have a GREAT WEEK ahead… Now please, please, spread this … far and wide. Because I know astrologers are going to scare people with this. I’m telling you, if you’ll work … it’ll be like sitting at the table holding at least three aces and maybe four.”~Amanda at www.astrologyhub.com
An affirmation from Chani Nicolas:
“I willingly review the debts that I have to repay. I am honest about them, that way they don’t have a hold of me. I refuse to live in shame or fear of a number. I am worth more than a balance sheet. Though I seek to live in balance with the material world and make good on my word, I know that sometimes these things take time. As I review my energetic and financial exchanges and get real with my balance sheet, I become clearer and clearer about what is a good investment and how best to come into alignment when working with my talents and learning how to share them.”~chanininicolas.com
“Miscommunication is likelier at this time – especially when it comes to the question of
who is purer?
who defines what is sacred?
who understands things better?
what is a sacred being allowed to do/be?
who judges it all?
Be open to multiple interpretations, but don´t let your voice get lost in the fracas … if it´s something worth your time saying, that is.”
August 24th: Today a new planet, Proxima B was announced in the news. Mercury (news) and Jupiter (long distance/space travel) were exactly conjunct, aspecting the Galactic Centre and the Super Galactic centre! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37167393. Jupiter and Uranus were also exactly quincunx, an aspect associated with new scientific discoveries.~Pam Gregory of www.thenextstep.uk.com
“In this eclipse, the hungry shadow demon – Rahu – will momentarily swallow the sun up and bite at the tail of romantic Leo the lion. This eclipse will fall in the creative powerhouse of the sky known as Purva Phalguni – the lion’s tail.
This eclipse packs a powerful jolt for warriors of the heart and romantic artists. It opens a portal to radical change; one that if held with love, can support positive shifts in relationship dynamics and expand the vision of your future life path.
Lord Shiva himself, began his marriage procession under this auspiciousnakshatra. Purva Phalguni can cause the transformational urgency of the eclipse to magnify the intensity of our intimate relationships, perhaps inflaming our hearts with new standards of desire. Shadow work and work around intimacy and boundaries can give profound insight in the days surrounding the eclipse.
Take heed, for during the Sept 1, 2016 solar eclipse Jupiter’s tight alignment with Mercury retrograde will create what is in Vedic Astrology known asplanetary war. This may weaken our ability to make discerning choices and could confuse us with unrealistic advice. Although there may be an urgency to find an immediate answer during these stormy eclipse days, try not to rush into making any important commitments or final decisions for at least a week.
This eclipse is certainly heart-centered and can trigger some deep karmic renovation within our relationships and creative projects. Whatever your creative interest – or obsession – this eclipse could mark a turning point in your heart’s journey, possibly bringing to a close old chapters and opening new ones.
On September 1st at 2:03 am (P.D.T.) we will have a New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Leo. The Sun and the Moon converge in the middle of sidereal Leo, in close conjunction with the shadow planet Rahu. This will cause a solar eclipse, visible from most of Africa, Madagascar, and the southern Indian Ocean (maximum eclipse at 9:06 U.T.).
Rahu is known as the “north node” of the Moon in western astrology (and the ascending node in astronomical terms). There is no actual planetary body here. Rather, Rahu is located at the point where the path of the Sun and the path of the Moon (as viewed from earth) intersect. He is not a visible planet, but when the Sun and the Moon align with one of the nodes, we do see a shadow that becomes visible for a short period of time. The lunar nodes are therefore known as shadow planets.
They are designated grahas (“grabbers”) in Vedic Astrology, just like the other planets, because their energy grabs us and drives our karma in a similar way (or even more strongly). Rahu and Ketu indicate where we have some of our most deep-seated psychological karma, where we are least mature and where we have done a lot of work already. Because of their shadowy nature, we are often confused about the areas of life that they affect, but it is here that we can do a lot of inner work. Rahu is dark, meddling, and childish, but also deeply psychic, radically original, and hungry for spiritual growth.
Wherever Rahu and Ketu are when we have eclipses (e.g. sidereal Leo and Aquarius at the moment), these areas of your life will be particularly affected. Since their transit into these signs at the beginning of this year, we have been working on examining our shadows around how we relate to personal power and service to others. If we tend to go to extremes in either of these areas, or have any hang-ups that need work, the eclipses of this year are giving us a great opportunity to view these subconscious patterns, when the shadows literally become visible. Download the Free 2016 Rahu-Ketu Forecast for Your Sign To See How you Are Affected
Rahu’s presence in Leo (who also joined with Jupiter there all year, until recently) exaggerated our quest for personal empowerment, especially around the karma indicated by Leo in your chart (e.g. relationships for Aquarius rising, home-life for Taurus rising, career for Scorpio rising). You may have come up against some confusing bumps in the road here this year. With Rahu in Leo, this drive to purify and be responsible may have become somewhat distorted this year. Rahu’s presence here may have darkened our feeling of inherent potency and our ability to feel self-love. Health and vitality are indicated by the Sun, so this is a good opportunity to see where you can improve on self-care and self-love. It is also a good time to examine how you are using your power–whether you are being responsible and selfless, and doing the work to purify your own being, or just acting like a little bossy-pants.
Meditation, introspection, and journal-writing are some of the best ways to help you truly explore the shadows that are arising for you. In thinking about these themes, write about whatever comes up for you. Then examine it to see if it is true, and something that needs work, or a limiting belief that you are ready to discard. The lunar eclipse in a few weeks is a great time to cut cords with what is no longer needed.
To assist in reconnecting with the dharmic and illuminating power of the Sun (Surya), make an effort to practice some Sun salutations at the beginning of each day. You can augment this practice by reciting mantras for the Sun, either silently along with your breath throughout your practice, or in a sitting posture. You can even make an altar to the Sun, or make some sun tea with rejuvenative herbs. We can directly invoke the Sun through repeating the mantra “Om Suryaya Namaha,” or through the powerful Gayatri Mantra, “Om bhur, bhuvah, svaha, tat savitur varenyam, bhargo devasya dhimahi, dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.”~Somya Devi at www.somyadevi.com
“Mercury retrograde is really the universe suggesting that we “back off” and to take more time to enjoy the life and people around us… Not to take ourselves and the things we do too seriously… To put away the computers and to actually stop and talk with real people for a change… hehe… Trackin’ with me on this?…” ~Daniel Dowd atwww.weeklyhoroscope.com
Australian Lynda Hill’s rolling commentary of the Sabian Symbols… sometimes political, always inspirational ~www.sabiansymbols.typepad.com
“Mercury is still Retrograde, and we’ve got a potent New Moon Solar Eclipse on the 1st. Confront things head-on friends, and be ready for truths to be revealed and insist on being dealt with. Get with the program and handle the reality you’re living in, lovers.” ~Jessica Lanyadoo at www.lovelanyadoo.com
Woof Yoganauts! That’s a LOT!!
One ton of global harbingers of change, but they are the same energies you have been dealing with for almost a year now: the Virgo Pisces axis T-squares Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius. So what if Mercury retrograde, the North Node and Jupiter are back-loading the Virgin? Who cares if the South Node and Neptune in Pisces are churning your karma to dharma? Or if the sun squares Saturn then Neptune? And if Antares is goading the malefics? Or if Pluto opposes the Nodes? Or if the Uranus Eris conjunction is threatening to upset the whole apple cart? Or if Black Moon Lilith is lurking? WOW, actually that’s a LOT. . .
Even if none of that were happening we would still be set to embark upon the next set of soul explorations because eclipse cycles run for 19 years and whatever got started in September of 1997 will resonate. With your theme. The end of victimization and martyrdom and the start of empowerment begins and ends with YOUR CHOICES, YOUR DISCERNMENT and YOUR VIVEKA.
What if compassion, understanding and yogic discernment are the perfect tools to release expectation, go within and sit with all these clashing energies? What if 12 noon on Saturday September 3rd is the best time?
Bless your heart,