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August 11-12: Full Moon in Aquarius

I’m reblogging this post, too. I’ve noticed that the Full Moon’s Sabian Symbol seems to play out during the Moon cycle until the next Full Moon, often not at the actual Full Moon moment. Pay attention to these themes over the next four weeks, and see how they influence both collective and individual experience.

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My August 2022 Forecast shares:

August 11 Full Moon in Aquarius, 9:36 p.m. Eastern US time, and Venus enters Leo. The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is “A Large White Dove Bearing a Message.” A Divine Message gets “certified” and this event foretells peace. With the Full Moon occurring close to Saturn, this Aquarian peace also comes from a place of sober reflection. The Moon/Sun axis squares the nodal axis, suggesting a pivotal time between past and present: a hinge point. Venus’s move into Leo helps us tap into our hearts and act with generosity and kindness.

That Sun/Moon axis squaring the nodal axis creates a Grand Cross that still involves Uranus in Taurus: lots of competing energies and a potential for breakthrough instead of breakdown. We feel some of the Saturn square Uranus tensions that permeated 2021. Top down authority vs. the power of the people, old…

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Timothy Glenn ~ Pluto and Uranus Go Cycling Part One

Today, we have another post by Timothy Glenn in an ongoing series explaining more complex astrological patterns and ideas than most people fathom. We’re lucky to have Tim’s vast Aquarian mind connecting all the pieces and arranging them in clear English and recognizable patterns. If you don’t understand it all, don’t worry! This series builds upon itself. Timothy Glenn has regularly contributed to this blog for over a decade. Feel free to look him up on the Search bar: there’s much more where this comes from.

Pluto and Uranus Go Cycling Part One
by Timothy Glenn

Our standard astrological model takes a geocentric view within a heliocentric system, simply meaning that we view the solar system from earth. We may quibble about the mechanics of this model, but it seems to present the easiest way for most people to get a feel for the implications of astrological influences on our lives.

Heliocentric astrology looks at celestial phenomena from the perspective of the sun, an approach that fails to register with earthlings as impactful. The only feature of heliocentric astrology that tends to raise an occasional eyebrow on earth, is that the planets never go into retrograde motion.

Synodic Cycles

Each planet has its own cycle around our zodiac. For example, Jupiter takes about 12 earth years to complete a lap around our sky, while Uranus takes about 84 earth years to do the same. When Jupiter and Uranus meet in the same part of the zodiac, we call that meeting (or synod) a conjunction. From that synod, Jupiter travels full circle in its 12 year cycle, but then has to travel about another two earth years to catch up with Uranus. This gives Jupiter and Uranus a 14 year synodic cycle.

Words, words, words. Not everyone reading this can speak fluent astrobabble, so we’ll use parentheses to clarify a few terms. The meeting (or synod) occurs when planets are conjunct (or conjoined) in our skies. Throughout the cycle, the planets will form various aspects (or angles) to each other from our geocentric perspective. The most influential aspects are the two sextiles (60 degrees), the two squares (90 degrees), the two trines (120 degrees) and the opposition (180 degrees).

What Goes Around Comes Around

At the conjunction (0 degrees) the “faster” planet laps the “slower” planet. Their energies, and hence their influences blend together to create an impact that is stronger than the sum of the parts. Every ending has a new beginning. The conjunction brings one cycle to its conclusion. It also lays the foundation and foreshadows themes for the cycle being initiated.

Here in the human realm, it’s our choice how to respond to the energies of the conjunction and work with them during the cycle ahead. The faster planet then proceeds to leave the slower one behind, so we’re off to see the wizard in yet another cycle.

After the faster planet leaves the synod, it will eventually form the first (or receding) sextile to the slower planet. As the cycle unfolds, we experience the first (or receding) square, which tends to challenge us more intensely to take appropriate action. The first (or receding) trine can seem so user-friendly that we are tempted to indulge in its benefits to the point that we fail to prepare for the all-important opposition.

The Big Face Off in the Sky

In the relatively brief Sun/Moon cycles, the opposition is commonly known as the Full Moon. This conjures up imagery of werewolves and lunatics howling at the Moon. The pressures of trying to function in the midst of such polarities can often drive some folks over the edge. Things can get weird, go wonky, and break down.

If we envision the intensity of those peak hours during a Full Moon, just imagine stretching the duration to weeks or months. This happens with lots of planetary oppositions. With the slow moving outer planets, the peak intensity can even last for more than a year.

At an opposition, it’s time to face the music. On an individual level it might even require some excruciating self-honesty, sincere inner transformation, and brutal external adjustments. On a collective level, an opposition of certain planets can help modify the world and alter the trajectory of the human adventure.

Pluto and Uranus Team Up

We can imagine Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio and Lord of the Underworld, deep in his subterranean lair, contemplating the intricacies of life, the universe and everything. Suddenly his reveries are disrupted by a thunderous knock at the door. Who would be crazy enough to enter the Underworld and pound on Pluto’s door? Pluto saunters over to the door and swings it open, only to be greeted by the off-the-wall ruler of Aquarius. His eyes gleaming with mischievous ideas, Uranus grins impishly and says, “Hey! You wanna come out and change the world?”

Welcome to the synodic cycles of Uranus and Pluto. Due to Pluto’s more elliptical path, the timing of the aspects will seem quite erratic. The average Uranus/Pluto synodic cycle is given as 125 earth years, but don’t set your clock by it. We can designate their synodic cycle as 125 years, give or take a decade or so.

For example, their conjunction that marked the beginning of their previous cycle first went exact on June 26, 1850. Their conjunction that marked the beginning of their current cycle first went exact on October 9, 1965. That falls a decade shy of their average of 125 years. Their conjunction that will mark the beginning of their next synodic cycle will occur about 139 years later on April 24, 2104.

A Pluto Return

A common misunderstanding of major astrological events is that the whole phenomenon happens exactly on a particular date. But even when we try to pinpoint a specific day, that could vary according to which side of the International Date Line we’re on. A prime example involves the ongoing Pluto Return for the United States. The internet is burgeoning with cringeworthy chatter on this one.

At the first of the year, one broadcaster loudly proclaimed 2022 as “the year that Pluto returns to the United States!” I thought: “Now, what the hell is that supposed to mean? Is Pluto hovering over the Atlantic Ocean? Is it going to land on the White House lawn? Had it been here before, and the censors deleted all records of the event? Did we get a mass memory wipe on that one?”

The astrological indication is that Pluto returns to the exact spot it occupied in the zodiac on July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. That would be 27 degrees 32 minutes of arc in Capricorn in the Tropical Zodiac. But when does the return actually begin? That’s debatable. When did Pluto enter the orb of influence? As a general rule of thumb, most astrologers give a 5 degree orb of influence on either side of the exact aspect. With the crawling approach of Pluto, that period of buildup would include 2020 and 2021.

The first exact Pluto Return occurred on February 20, 2022. Lots of people got confused by the numbers, and are still claiming it was February 22. And for some of these folks, that was it. Some are spreading the misunderstanding that the Pluto Return is over, and we’re past it. However, Pluto went into retrograde motion on April 29, and passed right back over that magical spot for the second exact return on July 11. Pluto will resume direct motion on October 8, and complete its third and final exact return on December 29. And then we have the months of Pluto still operating within the orb of influence as we trek on through 2023.

A Pluto transit of any kind involves a massive process that takes years to complete. Pluto never does a fly-by. Especially when Pluto teams up with Uranus, pan the camera back and get ready for anything.

Spoiler Alert!

Researcher Jason Breshears (archaix.com) has delineated two major cycles of historic importance. One is a cycle that results in Phoenix Events every 138 years, as discussed in my July 11 article The Plutonian Phoenix Does Capricorn, 2008-2040: A Timeline Overview. The second is the 792 year cycle dealing with the Nemesis X object. The X indicates that we still don’t know the precise nature of the object. It’s been called Planet X, Wormwood, Nibiru, the Destroyer, Nemesis, and so forth.

The July 11 article outlined Pluto’s 33 year journey through Capricorn in both the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs, and connected the end of that journey with the next Phoenix Event in 2040. And now this article will show the connection between the Uranus/Pluto cycles and the next Nemesis X event in 2046.

Buckle up, kids. We’re going for a ride.

A Tale of Two Cycles

The previous Uranus/Pluto synodic cycle kicked off in the mid 19th century. Here are the dates of the 3 exact conjunctions: 1) June 26, 1850; 2) September 25, 1850; and 3) March 23, 1851.

Let’s bypass the receding sextile, square and trine. For this tale of two cycles, let’s focus on the big face off in the sky: the opposition. Here are the dates of the 5 exact oppositions of Uranus and Pluto: 1) January 31, 1901; 2) April 29, 1901; 3) December 16, 1901; 4) June 27, 1902; and 5) November 6, 1902. The Archaix material dives deeply into details of the Phoenix Event that was centered in 1902.

The official narratives have swept much of the actual history under the rug. For example, while the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy are expounded on endlessly, you seldom hear anything about the assassination of President William McKinley in September of 1901. The international banksters of the old Plutocracy did not approve of McKinley any more than they approved of Lincoln or Kennedy.
After this monumental Uranus/Pluto opposition, Uranus began approaching the synod (conjunction) in the mid to late Sixties.

Next Stop: the Approaching Trine

Trines (angles of 120 degrees) are considered the most user-friendly aspects in astrology. Energies flow more smoothly than at any other angle, and our endeavors are more likely to prosper.

Here are the dates of the 5 exact trines of Uranus and Pluto: 1) March 17, 1921; 2) July 24, 1921; 3) February 6, 1922; 4) September 17, 1922; and 5) December 26, 1922. The connection with the infamous Roaring Twenties is obvious. Not everyone benefited equally, and the western industrialized nations fell into the trap of squandering their acquisitions. What goes up must come down, so the wasteful overindulgence of the Twenties led straight into the depressing Thirties.

Squaring Off and Squaring Up

After the approaching trine, Uranus only needed to travel another 30 degrees to hit the challenges of the approaching square. Here are the dates of the 5 exact squares of Uranus and Pluto: 1) April 21, 1932; 2) August 30, 1932; 3) March 8, 1933; 4) November 4, 1933; and 5) January 17, 1934.

The discovery of Pluto was announced in 1930. Conscious awareness of Pluto began filtering into the collective psyche, and astrologers immediately started studying its effects. Growing awareness of a previously unknown celestial body gradually strengthens its influence.

In 1933 Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, and Franklin Roosevelt became president of the United States. Within days of assuming office FDR, aided and abetted by Congress and unelected bureaucrats, started pounding more nails into the coffin of the Constitutional Republic.

The nationwide gold confiscation and all the shenanigans associated with it (such as the Emergency Banking Act of 1933) empowered the international banksters to pass off a United States Corporation as a legitimate United States Government. But of course “history” rants about Hitler and lionizes Roosevelt.

Paying Both Sides to Play Against the Middle

The central banking system had been funding both sides of every major conflict for centuries, and now they prepared to take their game to a new level. They would use World War II to solidify their financial grip on humanity. Rex Bear of Leak Project likes to refer to them as the M-F’ers – the Money Funders. Whatever we call them, they stood ready to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the sextile.

Here are the dates for the 3 exact sextiles of Uranus and Pluto: 1) June 10, 1943; 2) October 11, 1943; and 4) April 14, 1944. Further emphasizing the point that these aspects cover significantly more time than merely the exact dates, Uranus went into retrograde motion and moved back to within less than half a degree of its exact sextile to Pluto. Uranus stationed direct on February 15, 1945 when it was only 24 minutes of arc from the exact sextile.

In fact, Uranus and Pluto were less than one degree from their exact sextile from December 1, 1944 to March 8, 1945.

Welcome to the Military Industrial Complex.

Uranus Opposition Pluto Revisited

The subheading “What Goes Around Comes Around” concluded with the term “the all-important opposition”, which led into the subheading “The Big Face Off in the Sky”. This focused on the Uranus/Pluto opposition in the previous cycle, as we shifted into the twentieth century in our current calendar system. The Archaix material is worth exploring for deeper appreciation of the timing of these events.

Next week’s article, “Pluto and Uranus Go Cycling Part Two” will outline the astrological timing of the current Uranus/Pluto synodic cycle. For those already familiar with the 792 year Nemesis X cycle, we will give extra emphasis to the dates for the Uranus/Pluto opposition in their current cycle.

Here are the dates for the 5 upcoming exact oppositions of Uranus and Pluto: 1) September 22, 2046; 2) February 14, 2047; 3) August 15, 2047; 4) April 11, 2048; and 5) June 29, 2048. The next Nemesis X Event is due to hit on November 1, 2046.

For the Coincidence Theorists

In the world of investigation, they use a helpful rule of thumb: One is an incident; Two might be a coincidence; Three indicates a pattern; Four establishes pattern and practice.

What about a dozen? What about a hundred? What about a thousand? How many examples of synchronization does it take for any coincidence theory to fade into oblivion? Even in personal numerology charts, we can see patterns that are clearly not random. Our individual lives have been planned on another level.

For millions of us, the evidence continues to mount that this entire world has been planned and synchronized on another level. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, lots of us made reference to the Holographic Universe, or simply the Hologram. Then 1999 brought us the first Matrix movie, which drew widespread attention to simulation hypothesis. That film series popularized referring to this world as The Matrix.

Synchronicities abound, so there are plenty more to explore.

Timothy Glenn

http://www.soulpurposereadings.com/

Garden Update ~ “Just the Right Amount of Too Much”

Today’s garden post comes to you courtesy of 86°F and 68% humidity Kalamazoo. Pretty sticky, but plants love it even if the gardener doesn’t!

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, noting only that the backyard spontaneous trellising continues. I have beans and cucumbers coiling around everything from trellises to sunflowers to amaranth to tomato cages. It’s messy, but somehow works.

I feel guilty pleasure watching all those white cabbage moths trying soooo hard to get inside that mesh cage and decimate my Garden Tower’s brassicas with eggs and caterpillars. For some reason, this makes me smile as much as having so much produce growing in a tiny footprint.

The front yard looks equally lush and crazy:

This purple kale dwarfs some of our shrubs:

Looking towards the garage …

… and towards the house:

I’m also happy these black eyed Susan’s by the mailbox bloomed in their first year. I didn’t expect flowers until next year.

You can see how dry the grass is due to these hot and humid days. We don’t worry too much about that, as grass is a totally unproductive crop unless you farm sheep and cattle. 🙂

For anyone who feels sad that they missed the boat on this year’s garden: you still have time to plant for Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. I seeded some Giant Noble Spinach yesterday and plan to do so again in a couple weeks. I’ve also got new edamame plants sprouting up from a week or so ago. Come mid-August, I plan to seed more arugula, some super-cold-hardy lettuce varieties, and sugar snap peas. I’ve got several heads of purple cabbage trying to deal with the heat because I seeded those a few weeks too soon.

Oops! Even longer term gardeners make mistakes. That’s the beauty of gardening. If you mess up, you can start again. Not everything produces or even lives, but if you seed and plant a wide variety of crops, SOMETHING will thrive. If you’re a lazy gardener like me (yes, really, I am!), you’ll never need to start cilantro, miner’s lettuce, or parsley again. Just allow them to re-seed. Add in a bunch of perennial herbs, bulbs and flowers, and you can have a full garden year after year without anywhere near the effort it looks like you made. 🙂

August 11-12: Full Moon in Aquarius

My August 2022 Forecast shares:

August 11 Full Moon in Aquarius, 9:36 p.m. Eastern US time, and Venus enters Leo. The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is “A Large White Dove Bearing a Message.” A Divine Message gets “certified” and this event foretells peace. With the Full Moon occurring close to Saturn, this Aquarian peace also comes from a place of sober reflection. The Moon/Sun axis squares the nodal axis, suggesting a pivotal time between past and present: a hinge point. Venus’s move into Leo helps us tap into our hearts and act with generosity and kindness.

That Sun/Moon axis squaring the nodal axis creates a Grand Cross that still involves Uranus in Taurus: lots of competing energies and a potential for breakthrough instead of breakdown. We feel some of the Saturn square Uranus tensions that permeated 2021. Top down authority vs. the power of the people, old structures vs. new inventions and ways of managing 3D-ality. Many people have had enough of the old guard, and rebellion rumbles behind the scenes.

The Sun/Moon axis also loosely squares Mars, which closely conjuncts the Trans Neptunian Object Praamzius. According to Heretical Oracles, Praamzius is an “omnipotent ruler of time,” and connects closely with the idea of Fate — that which cannot be changed. This amplifies the energies of Saturn (Lord of Karma) and the nodal axis (where we’ve been and where we’re headed). Having Mars, the planet of Will and Action, conjunct Praamzius reminds us of an underlying order to the Universe. We can fight all we want, yet some things will happen no matter what. As Timothy Glenn said, “It just is.”

The Serenity Prayer comes to mind. “God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.” This Full Moon’s Sabian Symbol of “A LARGE WHITE DOVE BEARING A MESSAGE” reminds us of the end of the Great Flood. Noah could not stop that epic storm, but he could and did built an ark to save his family and all the pairs of animals. After a period of uncertainty and intense challenge, the white dove returned with an olive branch, promising peace and firmer ground. In Christianity, a white dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit descending from God into human hearts and minds.

Dane Rudhyar explains the Sabian Symbol for 20 Aquarius as having a “KEYNOTE: The answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained and victorious individual efforts.” Again, we find this theme of appropriate personal action aligned with Spirit. “What the ‘message’ is depends on the particular situation, but the white dove always signifies peace; at the very heart of this peace is the CERTIFICATION of individual worth and victory.”

In addition to Praamzius, Mars also conjuncts Alicanto, a Kuiper belt object only discovered in June 2021. According to Astrology for Astrologers:

… Alicanto comes from Chilean mythology and it is named from the Chilean observatory where it was discovered. The alicanto is a nocturnal bird that inhabits the desert of Atacama. Its diet consists of precious ore and its wings shimmer silver, gold or copper green depending upon which ore it most recently consumed. Its wings are spectacularly brilliant and beautiful. The alicanto is earthbound as the weight of the consumed ore prevents flight. As well, its speed of mobility is a function of how recently and how much the bird has eaten. The alicanto requires other attributes to get by in this world.

Legend reports that a miner who follows the bird without detection will be led to great riches. However, if the miner is observed, the bird will switch off the shimmering of its wings and disappear into the night. Should the alicanto encounter one who is not of good heart, it will lead that person over a cliff. The cliff would never be seen as the bird possesses an “intensity of darkness,” something in a parallel realm with Pluto’s helmet of invisibility.

In other words, we have in Alicanto another highly symbolic bird. The Full Moon point evokes a white dove, while Mars demands change. Praamzius tempers this action so that it conforms to a Higher Power. Alicanto conjunct Mars suggests secret action and the need for a pure heart. The purer the heart, the more the action will succeed. Those with impure heart get led down a dangerous path and fall from the precipice. Those who quietly follow the right path find riches beyond imagination.

The August 11/12 Full Moon in Aquarius feels like an old fashioned fairy tale. I’m not talking Disney, but more like the Brothers Grimm. Even more so, it feels like Slavic fairy tales that retain a sense of Mystery. Our rational side may not understand coming events, but on some level, our souls will. Approach life in a dreamlike manner. Look for symbols, and don’t cling too tightly to that which you think you know. Peace is possible — especially when we get out of our own way.

August 2022 Specials

Due popular request, I’m running the same July Specials in August:

AUGUST 2022 SPECIALS

$44 Tarot Special

Half-hour tarot reading at 20% off the usual rate. Tarot readings offer an energetic check-in, the chance to ask questions about pending decisions or intentions, and represent a fun, yet powerful way to gain perspective on relationships and challenges. They can also be used to offer a snapshots of themes and trajectories.

Tarot readings are particularly good for people who don’t know what kinds of questions to ask me; they just want some kind of guidance because they feel unsure of what’s coming or what to focus upon. Tarot also seems to benefit those people who have exceptionally good things coming their way, yet wonder if I might be “padding the reading” or “just saying what they want to hear.” The cards don’t lie. (Neither do I – but the cards seem an even more objective medium for delivering good news.)

Please contact me if you’d like to sign up for this special. $44 instead of the usual $55.55. Offer valid if prepaid on or before 8/31/2022.

Three For Two

This is a high request special, so here it is again. Three hours for the price of two: save $222. This package can be used in whatever increments you choose — hour, 40-minute, half-hour, or 20-minute sessions — and for whatever services you’d like — Medical Intuition, Life Coaching, Astrology, Relationship Clarity, Soul Readings, or any other related service. $444 if prepaid on or before 8/31/22. Please contact me to sign up.

Garden Updates ~ Sunflowers, Lilies and Hibiscus

The garden continues to produce prolific food and blooms. I always find it interesting when I don’t really like a particular food but grow it for some other reason, only to discover that I love the homegrown version. This happened when I grew cantaloupe for David’s mom, when I grew asparagus due to an obsession with any and all perennial vegetables, and it happened this summer with edamame. Wow! I planted these Tankuro Edamame from Baker Creek just to fix more nitrogen in my soil. I tried them last week alongside miso veggie soup. The flavor hit home.

In addition, we’ve had lots of tomatoes, still abundant lettuce, as well as kale, chard, collards, peppers, peas, onions, and the first cucumber. I also have garlic and the first harvest of potatoes curing in the shed. The most amusing thing for me in the backyard garden is how my purple Thai and Chinese yard long beans climb not only the official trellises, but also the sunflowers and amaranth. I love this synergy! It takes companion planting to fun new levels — literally.

The backyard garden looks a little crazy:

Neither the backyard sunflowers nor the amaranth have bloomed yet, but we don’t lack for flowers out back. Zinnias, lilies, hyssop and echinacea fill in the blanks:

I plant orange flowers for David. I think these are called red hot pokers. If you have good eyes, you might also see some orange day lilies in the far background. The echinacea have orange centers, and the lilies have orange stamens. My Dutchman likes his orange!

Up front, the “Elves Blend” sunflower mix continues to delight:

It’s also cosmo and zinnia season, seen here with purple kale, giant sedum, borage, oregano, mint and marigolds:

I think this next picture is my favorite garden photo of all my garden photos over the years:

These tiger lilies from a 60-days of lilies mix are almost finished. I took this photo last week:

Yesterday, David snapped these two shots of the dinner plate hibiscus planted by the woman who lived here for 30 years:

I love how the front yard looks mostly ornamental, but it still produces a lot of food for both body and soul. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

July 28, 2022 ~ New Moon in Leo and Wild Card Energy

Just a reminder: we are in THIS week! I can tell people are feeling the intensity by how busy I am with sessions, especially emergency requests and sudden crises. Remember to breathe. Chaos brings new timelines and possibilities that weren’t possible with the old, familiar energies. This can be a good time.

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I had this scheduled for a week prior to the New Moon in Leo, but I feel led to share it sooner. I will repost closer to the time. You may have noted all the resignations occurring around the time of the July 13, 2022 Full Moon in Capricorn. These track with the Sabian Symbol and many of the themes I discussed in my post. As Dane Rudhyar said, “Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.”

The sky uses a megaphone these days! I post this information not to cause fear but to give people a heads up to prepare yourselves for big changes ahead. Vibration, location, level of consciousness, and your own natal chart make a huge difference, but we are in chaotic times. Proceed accordingly.

My July 2022 Forecast notes:

July 28 New Moon in Leo, 1:55 p.m. Eastern. Less…

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August 2022 Forecast and Third Quarter North Node Horoscopes

AUGUST 2022 FORECAST

We begin the month with Mars, Uranus and the North Node still conjunct in Taurus. This volatile transit will continue to affect the collective in long lasting, course corrective ways. Even if seeming chaos reigns now, in retrospect, this time period will prove pivotal to collective and individual destinies. After all the energies of July, August might initially feel slow. Take advantage of this month’s opportunities to practice discernment, and get clear on preferences and aversions. Things pick up pace once Mars enters Gemini on August 20. This is another decisive shift that will color the next seven months.

August 1 Mars conjunct Uranus and the North Node in Taurus. This is also the traditional date for Lammas/Lughnasadh, the first of three harvest festivals. A potent portal day: expect the unexpected. This is a time when small shifts can create huge ripple effects. A good day to set bold intentions. Pay attention to sudden insights, wild synchronicities and intuitive downloads. Keep paper or phone handy to record inspired, yet fleeting ideas.

August 4 Mercury enters Virgo. The Messenger enters one of his home signs. Unlike fast-paced Gemini, Mercury in Virgo prefers to gather all the facts and carefully sort through the details. Communication feels grounded and thorough. We can’t gloss over discrepancies with Gemini double-talk. Our worldview needs to make practical sense, and we’ll want to know how it fits together with other information. This process takes time, but in the end, we’ll have a clear template from which to work.

August 7 Venus is Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces, and Mars in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius. The Venus-Neptune trine in Water signs brings dreamy, romantic energy and creative inspiration. A good day to redecorate your home, go glam, write poetry, and nurture loved ones. Mars square Saturn demands action and determination, but the days around August 7 may not be the time to git ‘er done. Frustration and irritation alert you to a need for change. You can better use this time for active visualization, trouble-shooting, and brainstorming solutions, rather than trying to launch your plan right now. If you must take action, aim for slow, steady steps.

August 9 Venus in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn. A day of emotional intensity, passion, and relationship power plays. Beware of manipulation. It can go both ways. The dance of intimacy pulls apart then clings together. This is a better day for contemplation than arguments, which could get out of control. Observe your insights, but take action after you’ve processed your emotions.

August 11 Full Moon in Aquarius, 9:36 p.m. Eastern US time, and Venus enters Leo. The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is “A Large White Dove Bearing a Message.” A Divine Message gets “certified” and this event foretells peace. With the Full Moon occurring close to Saturn, this Aquarian peace also comes from a place of sober reflection. The Moon/Sun axis squares the nodal axis, suggesting a pivotal time between past and present: a hinge point. Venus’s move into Leo helps us tap into our hearts and act with generosity and kindness.

August 14 Sun in Leo opposite Saturn in Aquarius, and Mars in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn. This is a potent day with Sun in his home sign and Saturn in one of the signs he co-rules (with later discovered Uranus). Tensions arise between heart and head, and individual vs. group identity. Meanwhile the God of Action and War harmoniously aligned with Pluto supports action and minimizes the chance of conflict. Sober assessment + confidence = greater ability to navigate challenges. Seize the day!

August 16 Mercury in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus. Unusual, liberating messages push through, and we find ways to sort the information into a thoroughly new understanding. With greater detail, we more clearly see a bigger picture. This transit favors discernment.

August 20 Mars enters Gemini. For seven months, the Warrior and God of Action moves back and forth through Gemini. A relatively rare Mars retrograde event occurs entirely within the sign of Gemini, crisscrossing the US natal Uranus (revolution/chaos/reversal), Descendant (relationships/known enemies) and Mars (war/action/individual). As with July 2022, the time period between late August and late March 2023 portends significant changes for the United States. Anyone with planets or angles in Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces or Virgo will feel this Mars energy more than others, but everyone will notice its effects. Mars in Gemini is VERY active. Things that have felt stuck for ages suddenly move. Fast.

August 22 Sun enters Virgo, 11:16 p.m. Eastern US time. (For much of the world, this occurs on the 23rd.) Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn. Of all the signs, Virgo most encourages us to practice discernment and devotion. If you’ve struggled to implement good habits and routines, Virgo helps you do that. If you want to improve your health or work in a health oriented career, Virgo energy assists. Pay attention to details throughout this next month, but especially today. The Messenger harmoniously aligns with deep, dark Pluto. Today’s information will provide important clues to larger mysteries.

August 24 Uranus stations retrograde in Taurus. Between now and January 22, 2023, our quest for rebellion and revolution takes a more internal focus. As Within, So Without. Amidst continued demands for liberation and change, this time period lets us begin processing the Mars-Uranus-North Node conjunction in late July and early August. What sudden shifts or realizations did we experience? What might these mean for ourselves and in the wider world?

August 25 Mercury enters Libra. Diplomacy returns. Mercury in Libra brings grace and more willingness to negotiate. This energy favors balancing the scales of Justice, rather than egocentric demands of “my way or the highway.” After much discord, harmony presents other options for consideration. We can more easily “talk things out” after deeper analysis from Mercury’s time in Virgo. A retrograde period brings Mercury back to Virgo on September 23, so this month marks only the first of two Mercury in Libra transits in 2022.

August 27 New Moon in Virgo, 4:17 a.m. Eastern US time. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is: “A MAN BECOMING AWARE OF NATURE SPIRITS AND NORMALLY UNSEEN SPIRITUAL AGENCIES.” The Sun/Moon point almost exactly squares Mars in Gemini, bringing friction between our own will and that of our allies. When we tune into Nature and Spirit, we discover new levels to our existence.

August 28 Venus in Leo opposite Saturn in Aquarius. Heads up: this could be a highly contentious day for relationships. If you’ve got a bone to pick with someone, try not to do it right now. The energies favor arguments over peaceful resolution. You’ll sound harsher than you intend, and people won’t be able to “feel the love” even if what you share comes from a loving place. This is a quick transit during chaotic times. Save relationship decisions for an easier day.

How August’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This quarterly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.     

You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. If you’re right on the cusp, consider both possibilities or book a reading for more clarity.

THIRD QUARTER 2022 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: Jupiter remains in Aries all quarter, adding expansive fire to your North Node sign. This bold optimism eases tension as you move through Cancer and Libra seasons. Don’t lose sight of your own course by getting too bogged down nurturing and pleasing others. Mars — the ruler of Aries — enters Gemini on August 20, where he’ll spend a rare seven months, sextiling Aries until March 25, 2023. This transit offers supportive energy. You can take action by seeing through former limitations. As you settle into clarity about codependent relationships, the Wheel of Fortune turns in your favor. New experiences await.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: One of the biggest transits this decade occurs in your sign at the end of July into early August. Staid Taurus has had Uranus stirring things up since May 15, 2018, but July 2022 kicks things up several notches. Mars joins the North Node and Uranus in Taurus in a triple conjunction big enough to knock your socks off. Taurus normally wants to minimize chaos, but you can lean into the energies in order to make quantum leaps. If you’ve felt unsatisfied in an area of life, July and August are a good time for proactive change. You can ride the wave of supportive energies moving through your sign. Take action: you’ll have more influence if you embrace available upgrades.

GEMINI NORTH NODE: When the world goes nuts, shift focus. You’ll benefit from energies this quarter and beyond. Mars — the planet of action and initiative — enters Gemini on August 20 and continues popping off Gemini fireworks until March 25, 2023. Miracles happen when you allow yourself to try new things. Where do passion and interest lead? What tickles your fancy? What turns you into a giddy little kid? Gemini doesn’t take the world too seriously. Sure, Third Quarter 2022 brings intense transits, but your North Node sign makes you extra adaptable to change. Look for silver linings: you’ll find them all over the place. You got this!

CANCER NORTH NODE: In July, Mercury and Venus join the Sun in your North Node sign. You’ll find it easier to articulate feelings and nurture the ones you love. A hint of magic pervades this quarter. You have what you need to thrive, but it takes time and space to receive the blessings. Riptides will pull you under if you try to control the external world. Tend to your own domain. The Moon rules Cancer North Node natives, so pay attention to its cycles. It’s easier to start things during a Waxing Moon, easier to release them in a Waning Moon. Full Moons act like hinge points. New Moons hit the reset button. When burnout strikes, this natural cycle will recharge you.

LEO NORTH NODE: We’re entering your season! Mercury and your sign ruler — the Sun — enter Leo on July 19 and 22, followed by a powerful New Moon in Leo on the 28th. Venus graces your sign from August 11-September 5. Your nodal axis gets squared by all the activity in Taurus. Friction and irritation alert you to coming opportunities. What makes your heart sing? You don’t need to shout that answer to the world just yet, but Third Quarter 2022 adds fuel to your fire. You’ll awaken from whatever nightmares plague you, provided you watch out for #1. Yes, Leo, that means you. When you prosper, everyone benefits. Your greatest contribution happens when you follow your heart.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: Mercury, your sign’s ruler, enters Virgo on August 4, helping you sort through all the details. Virgo North Node natives are service oriented, and this quarter brings new understanding of your role here. It’s time to release old dogmas and illusions. The powerful action in Taurus brings supportive, liberating energy so you can live your best life. Starting on August 22 (or 23), the Sun spends a month highlighting your North Node sign. August 27 brings your yearly New Moon reset, and Venus joins the party on September 5. Third Quarter 2022 asks you to put faith into daily devotion. Not pie in the sky platitudes. Real world choices inspired by dreams and mystical awareness.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: Love is in the air for those who seek it. Every misunderstanding or disappointment offers a chance for higher level harmony and balance. Strange and fleeting opportunities arise. There is enough to go around, but you’ll need to pivot in order to receive the blessings. This is not a time to charge ahead. It’s a time to watch and wait, then open to the experience. Jupiter and Chiron in Aries continue to trigger big lessons from your past. These don’t always feel good, but making peace allows you to move forward. You’ll benefit from Mars in Gemini and Mercury retrograde in Libra, but don’t rush. The Sun shifts seasons to your sign on September 22.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: July’s big energies in your South Node sign of Taurus could disrupt your old status quo. Know this: whatever shifts needs to move. Taurus is the slowest moving sign, which means Scorpio North Node natives cling to familiar patterns even when they no longer serve. Just as some trees only grow after a fire, Scorpio blessings often arrive after some kind of death or destruction. These could be metaphorical, so don’t panic! You can make quantum leaps this quarter by releasing old, false limitations and at least loosening your grip on anyone or anything standing in the way of your regeneration and rebirth. Divine providence knows more than you do. Put the Serenity Prayer on repeat.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2022 supercharges your nodal axis. You’ll receive supportive energy from any planets in Aries, Leo, Libra and Aquarius. Anything moving through Gemini pings your South Node, so be careful not to spread yourself too thin. Parties, gossip and social media could overwhelm you. If so, allow yourself to take a break! Seek deeper friendships and inner guidance, rather than superficial “like’s” and popularity. You’ll find community by forging your own way. Your boldness activates those around you. Mars moving through Gemini could trigger arguments about old issues and relationships. Stay strong. It’s OK to know what you know and follow that lead.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: This is a monumental quarter inside yourself, even if outer events don’t seem to touch you. As planets move through Cancer, they conjunct your South Node, bringing new insights and closure on old patterns and relationships. You’ll need to stay grounded, both physically and emotionally, because some of these shifts could feel tectonic. July 13’s Full Moon in Capricorn will affect you more than most. Continue to create new structures to support you through coming changes. If you feel bereft or scared, flip your perspective. How are events positioning you into greater authority and leadership? What newer commitments feel ripe?

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: The New Moon in Leo on July 28th occurs in your South Node sign, while the triple conjunction in Taurus squares the Leo-Aquarius axis. Taskmaster Saturn continues his stay in Aquarius, while the Sun, Mercury and Venus all spend time in Leo this quarter. In other words, you could feel some friction between old and new. You might struggle to find your place inside a group. It’s productive struggle, though — like a butterfly wrestling its way out of a cocoon. Hang in there: August 11 brings a Full Moon in Aquarius, and this bodes well. Mars moves into Gemini on August 20, initiating seven months of active, positive support for your highest path. The coming energies in Libra add wind beneath your wings.

PISCES NORTH NODE: Things have calmed down in Pisces, but they heat up in Cancer, Gemini, Leo and Virgo — your South Node sign. Ruler Neptune remains in your North Node sign, but most of the activation occurs through supportive trines, tense squares, surreal quincunx’s and strong opposition. You’re on a journey with varied terrain and weather. Hills and valleys, sunshine, hail and rainbows. In the bigger scheme of things, you’re moving, and that’s all you really need to know. Watch for signs and synchronicities along the way, especially animals. If you have an unusual sighting or dream, look up the shamanic or spiritual meaning of that ally. Your path is mystical and inspired, but few would call it “rational.” Make peace with your process.

Laura Bruno on the Joanne Oswell Jones Podcast

This past Wednesday, I had the joy of speaking with Joanne Oswell Jones, who interviewed me for her empowerment podcast. She loves to feature people who’ve overcome adversity and healed in spite of all the odds against them. Her podcast shares ways that others can find inspiration and live their truest, most empowered lives.

This podcast will appear on all major podcast platforms, but you can also listen here and here. As Joanne says:

In 1998 Laura Bruno suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a car crash which left her with near total disability for four years. It was during this time that Laura’s life changed beyond what she could ever imagine.

Despite her initial resistance to welcoming the new life that was calling her Laura found herself immersed in learning a new language and way of being which was using the power of her mind, body and soul to heal herself and others.

A fascinating conversation in which we discuss:

How our challenges become our gift in life.

The role of diet for healing our physical body from illness, disease, and imbalances and how diet can help us to connect with our truth.

Practical applications to help you to tune into your inner wisdom, the divine within you, your own super-intelligence so that you can live the life you are destined for.

The serenity prayer.

Animal communication.

Astrology – Is there really “free will” in the lives that we lead here on earth.

Carl Jung – “Free will” – “is doing gladly and freely that which one must do” and so much more!

Where to find Laura:

If you would like to reach out to Laura for a one-to-one session or to learn more about her work you can find her contact details at:

https://laurabruno.wordpress.com/

Where to find me:

https://www.joanneoswelljones.com/

https://www.instagram.com/joanneoswelljones/

I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode.

A note from me…Please remember that you are beautiful, powerful, and magnificent beyond what you can possibly imagine and like I always say – Your Soul Never Takes On Anything Your Backbone Can’t Handle! xo

(Laura again):

We managed to record this interview through Zoom. Some people know this is a huge challenge for me, as I tend to blow out equipment if I do any kind of intuitive readings or energetic tune-ins. I explained this to Joanne ahead of time, and she agreed not to ask me to do either of those things. At one point, you can hear us both laughing, and this reflects an unrecorded part of the conversation where we discussed what happens when my energy expands to its natural levels: zap, boom, no more Zoom! This is why Joanne makes such a point for me NOT to tune in.

If you happen to be on social media, Joanne shares a short video clip of the interview on her Instagram page. I’m not on any social media, so I don’t know which part made the cut. In case you’re interested in a rare video clip of me, you can find it there. In case that link doesn’t work, her Instagram page is here. If you have FaceBook, you can also search for Joanne Oswell Jones there. She has a main page, as well as some groups.

I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation! Joanne has such lovely energy, and I’m honored to have done this podcast with her. We hope it inspires people to heal and thrive beyond all expectations. Again, you can find the podcast on all major podcast platforms, or by clicking here and here.

July 28, 2022 ~ New Moon in Leo and Wild Card Energy

I had this scheduled for a week prior to the New Moon in Leo, but I feel led to share it sooner. I will repost closer to the time. You may have noted all the resignations occurring around the time of the July 13, 2022 Full Moon in Capricorn. These track with the Sabian Symbol and many of the themes I discussed in my post. As Dane Rudhyar said, “Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.”

The sky uses a megaphone these days! I post this information not to cause fear but to give people a heads up to prepare yourselves for big changes ahead. Vibration, location, level of consciousness, and your own natal chart make a huge difference, but we are in chaotic times. Proceed accordingly.

My July 2022 Forecast notes:

July 28 New Moon in Leo, 1:55 p.m. Eastern. Less than three hours later, Jupiter stations retrograde in Aries. Through the course of this retrograde until November 23, expansive Jupiter will cross back over the World Axis as he moves into Pisces to finish up whatever got triggered by April’s Jupiter-Neptune conjunction and the April 30th Beltane Eve, New Moon in Taurus Solar Eclipse. This July 28 New Moon in Leo closely conjuncts the US natal chart’s North Node — another high-impact trigger. Meanwhile, the transiting (collective) North Node presses Uranus in Taurus as Mars lights a fuse from the other side. Warrior and Revolutionary have their date with Destiny. Add to this the Delta Aquarid meteor shower from July 28-29, and we’ve got the Eight of Wands in Tarot. It’s Wild Card energy: shock and awe, Divine intervention, events that rewrite history.

For additional context I included more on the Mars-Uranus-North Node conjunction:

July 31 the triple conjunction peaks in Taurus. This Mars-Uranus-North Node transit spans a week prior through a week after but peaks from July 31st – August 1. This is already a potent magical time of very thin veils. August 1 marks the traditional celebration of Lammas or Lughnasadh. In Celtic tradition, the Eve of a cross quarter day is even more powerful than the day itself. This turn of the Wheel of the Year celebrates diverse skills coming together as one and is the first of three harvest festivals.

It would be difficult to overstate the monumentality of all these energies converging at the same time. In a natal chart, the North Node represents one of the key destiny points — how and where the soul intends to develop. In the natal chart of a nation, the North Node marks the destiny of that nation. To have the US North Node receive a precise activation at the same time of the Mars-Uranus-North Node conjunction feels significant due to the double North Node activity. Mars, Uranus and the transiting North Node have not all come together since 1855, and now they join in context of a New Moon that brings a fresh start to the US destiny point.

All of this occurs with the first US Pluto Return churning away in the background. Questions of identity arise as this combination brings huge pressure and opportunity to begin again.

According to Dane Rudhyar, the Sabian Symbol for this New Moon and the US natal North Node is:

PHASE 126 (LEO 6°): A CONSERVATIVE, OLD-FASHIONED LADY IS CONFRONTED BY A “HIPPIE” GIRL.

KEYNOTE: The need to transcend our subservience to fashion, in morals as well as in clothes.

This refers to the ever-changing pageant of social values, as ideals of human relationship succeed one another, one generation facing in the next an antithetic picture of what it has been brought up to consider worthwhile and decent. The confrontation may lead to great bitterness, yet it should show us the impermanence of most of what society impresses upon our collective mentality.

This is the first stage of the twenty-sixth five-fold sequence of phases of the cyclic process. We are dealing now with cultural values and the emotional impact they have upon our character formation. Whereas the first degree of Leo dealt with an individual crisis of reorientation, the sixth degree refers to a collective, cultural and social crisis which challenges us to realize THE RELATIVITY OF SOCIAL VALUES.

In addition to the New Moon in Leo conjuncting the US North Node, the Mars-Uranus-North Node conjunction occurs within one degree of the US natal Vesta — keeper of the flame. This reminds me of the Statue of Liberty holding her torch. In a natal chart, Vesta represents that which we hold most sacred, the flame tended by “Vestal Virgins.” Vesta takes devotion to even higher levels. It’s not just emotional, but a spiritual process. In layman’s terms: this chaotic, liberating, rare, destiny level, triple conjunction reignites that which the United States of America holds most sacred.

Different people will have different answers for what that most sacred thing is, but astrologically, this mega conjunction is an even bigger deal to the US than it is to the rest of the world. The Sabian Symbol for 20° Taurus provides further insight into the US natal Vesta:

PHASE 50 (TAURUS 20°): WISPS OF WING-LIKE CLOUDS STREAMING ACROSS THE SKY.

KEYNOTE: The awareness of spiritual forces at work.

It concludes a process, having experienced which the individual should find themselves more securely established in their own original nature, receiving the BLESSINGS of super-natural forces.

The Mars-Uranus-North Node conjunction occurs in the prior degree, and we find this hopeful Sabian Symbol that also reminds me of the original vision of America as “A New Atlantis”:

PHASE 49 (TAURUS 19°): A NEW CONTINENT RISING OUT OF THE OCEAN.

KEYNOTE: The surge of new potentiality after the crisis.

The symbol need hardly be commented upon. When the mind has been emptied and light has been called upon to purify the consciousness freed from its attachment and contaminations, a new release of life can emerge out of the infinite Ocean of potentiality, the Virgin SPACE. What will it be used for?  [You can read the rest of the description here.]

Collectively, individually and for the US, this triple conjunction bodes well. It brings an opportunity for purification and new potential. If we see fires and riots, these will purge old energies in preparation for “the infinite Ocean of potentiality.” If we feel turmoil within ourselves, we’ll find rewards for completing our own cleansing process.

As mentioned, between the New Moon and the triple conjunction, comes the Delta Aquarid meteor shower. To me, this seems like the “Age of Aquarius” arriving through the Eight of Wands. I love the Robin Wood version of this card:

Robin Wood Tarot: Eight of Wands

In her (highly recommended) Tarot Teachings series, Avia Venefica uses “fire drill” imagery to describe the Eight of Wands, aka the Eight of Rods: “Stop, drop and roll.” She also calls this card “a return to our personal integrity and getting back to basics. As we’ve progressed through the story of the rods and the plight to ‘carry the torch’ for our causes of passion and creation, the eight of wands is a pause on that path.”

There’s that torch/flame imagery again. I like her analogy of a fire drill — especially in context of fiery Mars conjuncting lightning bolt Uranus and the North Node. As sudden changes loom on the horizon, we can benefit from preparation. Avia continues:

When the eight of rods shows up in your readings, I invite you to do the same:

  • Stop:
    Get quiet. Stop taking action. Reevaluate the situation. Those pastoral scenes in the card are an invitation to breathe deep and take in the magnificent bounty and beauty available to us if we would but stop to be aware of it.
  • Drop:
    Hunker down deep into the recesses of your soul and rest in silence. Drop your consciousness into the endless, timeless nature that is both beginning and end. Those of you who meditate know what I mean by this. Dive deep into the well that is the Absolute and Infinite. Why? Because that is where we receive our next instruction; our next call to action.
  • Roll:
    If we’ve stopped and dropped, we now know in what direction to roll. And, odds are, we’ll be divinely guided to roll in the path of least resistance, leading to our best interests. Those tranquil waters running through the eight of wands indicate our best action is surrender to the pull of a higher current. It’s a faith thing.

If events feel chaotic or like they’re moving too fast, remember to breathe. Inspiration comes through the breath. Pay attention to nudges ahead of time, too. If you feel led to stock up on extra food and water, follow through on those nudges. We don’t want to get stuck in fear, but sometimes anxious feelings help us position ourselves in order to experience a preferred unfolding of reality.