Archive for August, 2013

Astrology Update: August 2013

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

We begin the month August 1-5 with a continuation of a Grand Sextile and Star of David, the rare configurations mentioned last month.

In Review…With six planets evenly distributed 60° from each other, and in complementary yin elements of earth & water, the Grand Sextile (N. Node Pluto, Chiron, Uranus, Mars, Jupiter, Venus) helps to enhance you spiritual development, while the Star of David (ascending Grand Trine ~ S. Node, Venus, Pluto & descending Grand Trine ~ Neptune/Moon, Part of Fortune/Jupiter, & Saturn) hails a balanced reorganization of us and society, while the oppositions drive the trines and sextiles into action.  (Mars/Jupiter opposite Pluto/Moon opposite Saturn, and Venus opposite Neptune)

And the Rest… On August 6th the New Moon graces us at 14º 45′ Leo at 5:51pm EST.  Expect an undercurrent of emotional theatrics; a desire to be at the center of attention and get your own needs met. With a Grand Cross (Jupiter/Pluto in exact opposition, and Saturn/N. Node opposing S. Node) tensions arise as we decide whether to espouse the new spiritual paradigm or side with the old cultural guard.

However, with a Mystic Rectangle in the mix, (Jupiter sextile S. Node, trine Pluto, sextile N. Node/Saturn trine Jupiter) be prepared for deep questioning and transformation of your past and present behavior and actions.

Later, when Mercury enters Leo on August 9th, creative communication becomes the norm for two weeks until Mercury goes into Virgo on August 22nd.  At that point look for more attention to detail and concern for health and everyday routines.

When Venus enters Libra on August 16th until the middle of September, you can look forward to harmonious and balanced relationships.

The Full Moon arrives on August 20 at 28º 11′ Aquarius  The same Mystic Rectangle prevails from the New Moon insisting that we really question everything that we think and do, while the Kite helps us clear out old patterns and ground new ones. (Grand Trine: Jupiter/Chiron/Saturn, Sextiles, Pluto/Chiron & Saturn, Opposition: Pluto/Jupiter)

August 22nd our Sun enters Virgo, and the very next day Mercury follows suit putting an emphasis on service to others, details, health and diet.

Get ready for blurred thoughts, misunderstandings and deceptions on August 26th when Neptune already extremely close to the Earth, also opposes the Sun.

We end the month with passion, drama, and a need for attention when Mars enters Leo on August 27th.


Having Problems Sleeping?

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Welcome to the 5th World!

Since the ending of the Mayan Calendar and the Fourth World, many people have commented to me that their sleeping patterns have changed.  No longer can they sleep through the night uninterrupted or fall asleep easily. Or like me, they need far fewer hours of sleep each night.

Why is this happening?  Because the Fifth World is ruled by the element of Ether or Spirit, the old ways are no longer working.  Our life pace has quickened and we are being challenged to change ourselves in all facets of our lives.

As shown in previous newsletters, NASA has reported that as a result of a hole in our magnetosphere, (layer of Earth’s atmosphere that protects us from solar winds), we are constantly being exposed to larger amounts of solar radiation and plasma, thus disrupting our sensitive nervous system and bio-electric energies.  Although these same energies are also raising our consciousness, this process forces us to release and transform old emotional and mental patterns.  In doing so our sleep cycles may be disrupted as our body and psyche realigns itself.  We can also awaken from violent or unpleasant dreams as we purge our unconscious of persistent negative patterning.

This subconscious, psychological and emotional purification can also cause us to feel compelled to fall asleep at unusual times during the day.  So if you can, please allow these periods of deep sleep to occur as they help acclimate and integrate your body during these energetic transitions.

Beans of Life

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

After July’s deluge I wasn’t sure that I would have a viable vegetable garden left.  Although my tomatoes, basil, oregano and parsley did not fair well, my cucumbers, squash and beans didn’t skip a beat.  Thriving in all that rain, the bush beans were the first to produce and grace my dinner table.

 High in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc, beans, also known as legumes or pulses, are a great addition to anyone’s diet.  Green beans are also rich in Vitamin A, C, K, and Manganese.

Having a high level of isoflavones, (compounds similar to estrogen), some tout their benefits may include easing symptoms of menopause, preventing some forms of cancer, reducing a risk of heart disease and improving bone and prostate health.

Magical Properties of Beans

Ever since we heard the fairy tale of Jack and the Bean Stalk as children we have equated beans as being magical.  Here, in disgust Jack’s Mother throws his beans out the window and the very next day they grow into a huge bean stalk that reaches into the heavens, where he finds a world inhabited by giants and treasure.

 The beans planted in this story allude to a magic seed (of life) that when fully grown can help you to find opportunities and riches in unknown (or future) realms. Reflecting their abundant nourishment, the beans in this fable show us to have hope in life, for we never know what good fortune awaits us further down the road.





6,000 Year Old Cave Painting Found in US

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

After exploring 1000 caves in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and West Virginia, the multidisciplinary Cave Archaeology Research Team (CART), led by Dr. Jan F. Simek, professor of Science & Anthropology at the University of Tennessee has found over 44 above ground petroglyphs and 50 dark zone cave paintings ranging in age from 500 to 6000 years old. (Dark zones in caves are where there is no light and the temperature remains constant.)

A monumental discovery, many of these paintings often depict a shamanic cosmology consisting of three worlds (upper, middle & lower) representing a multidimensional realm of Spirit and a potential for spiritual growth.

Represented by celestial bodies, forces and mythic figures that influenced humanity in many ways, the Upper World was often drawn in red ocher while ordinary plants, animals and people symbolized the Middle World.  Marked by fish and birds the Lower Realms showed that it was possible to re-emerge from the under world after transformation and renewal.

Dr. Simke and his colleagues feel that the cliff and cave art are somehow connected.  Other images discovered depict mythological images such as serpents and circles or humans engaged in hunting and magical activities.