Virgo/Libra Crescent Moon
—August 1

And August comes in with a ROAR!!!

So today’s lunarly approach may be somewhat protected—and I say ‘somewhat’ somewhat dramatically (and hopefully), as in lingually, extending the verbosity of inflection, as in ‘sooooomewhaaaaaaaat’, if you can read it this way for yourselves…

Protected, as in, a Virgo moon informs boundaries, always. Almost inherently, and nearly unrecognizably—these energies seem to do this without even noticing.

These boundaries may be essential. Give yourself some space.

Try to keep your balance.

Again, like yesterday, today is a really ideal day to willingly change something, or begin something new, or release something that’s become dull, routine, or vacant…

However. Unlike yesterday… today’s energies are technically separating from yesterday’s Taurean stellium—in fact, the peak of exactitude occured between 10:30pm PDT and 11:30pm PDT last night—and so maintaining a focus more upon the overall goal, instead of the squish and the noise, is much more likely…

Regardless, “be cautious of feeling that what you are doing is inconsequential… sometimes there’s the need to wait things out until one is more mature, practiced or prepared to be in charge…”

Further, “give reverence and respect to your everyday routines, not matter how insignificant they seem and you will find your sense of hope renewed… however, watch out for any feelings of jealousy—that someone is bigger, better, or more experienced, or more respected than the other—measuring [your]self by the successes of others can be useful, except when it degrades your belief in yourself, or in others….”

Ultimately, today may represent a seizure of personal power.

A seizing of personal power potential—if anything…

The moon leaves the day symbolically “taking action or control…” and so, then, may you.

Situations are becoming illuminated. Insights are being received, and shared. The larger reality is being recognized, and personally acknowledged. Confidence is becoming embodied.

Ultimately, convictions and personal authorities need not be pushed or defended—when one’s true light if it’s radiating one’s motivations.

You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds… claim and consciously use your power.❞
——Louise L. Hay

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Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.
Rudhyar, D. ‘An Astrological Mandala.’ Vintage Books; ©1973.

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INTRODUCING-the Planetary Planner


There is no thunder, no relieving pain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after...

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Solar Spotlights

Dog Days of Summer

Annual Leo/Virgo Vibrations

It’s going to be a very heated summer.

This August/Leo season looks to be hot and heated in many of the unlikely and unwelcome ways, leaving us to navigate through high temps and humidity, fires-both literally and figuratively-and emotions of uproar with nothing but our own instincts and personal authority. May these instincts be responsive rather than reactive.

Ah, those dog days…

The Dog Days of Summer this August may have much to roar about, given the particularly pernicious planetary alignments this Leo season…

This intensely tense and volatile energy needs to express inner tensions-regardless of the weather-regardless of what they may be, for better or worse… on the other hand, these more spirited energies could be a real opportunity for self-assertion in more constructive ways, as well as leadership roles, such as becoming more independent, or tapping into that precious place within that we romantically refer to as courage.

A likely scenario of how these energies might manifest-you’ll feel a strong inner need to express yourself, in new and creatively genuine ways, but, for whatever reason, you’ll be unable or unwilling to do so-highly likely scenario being that you’ll fail to trust in expressing your own vulnerability. Or these new expressions of selfhood, should you conjure the courage to express them, will not be taken well, or easily, or could be misunderstood entirely.

Not until roughly a week after the sun moves into Virgo (September 10th) will we receive any real meaning or reasoning or rational understanding toward what these overheated dog days represented for us personally.

The Monthly Moon

Moon Phase Planning

The Moon Through August

Beginning on August 5th the first quarter moon in Scorpio at 13*02′ represents ‘the need to establish new lines of communication’ (Rudhyar)… though these new lines may feel a smidge firm, aggressive, or even unforgiving to others, as what you may need to be communicating to others describes past pain, underlying motivations, and/or anger gone repressed-either way: you will be heard, and it will be remembered.

August 11th will offer the full moon in Aquarius at 19*21′, and with it: messages-though it is likely that the ‘message’ could have everything to do with progressive directionality through very mature measures of determined ideals… whatever that means lol, but most definitely-the message will be received patiently, or possibly not at all. It will also depend upon whether you’ve ‘stepped up’ through the tensions abound… and whether you’ve responded-or reacted.

The last quarter moon on August 18th is in Taurus at 26*12′ and will likely quite firmly confront you upon all the ways in which you may be underestimating yourself or your talents…

And August 27th is the new moon in Virgo at 4*04′-a moon which could influence a much-needed need for retreat or solitude… this lunarly event is exactly square Mars in Gemini, and so this might suggest an emphasis toward personal mentalities, such as perspectives, mindsets, opinions, beliefs, philosophies, or frequencies through which you are (in)directly experiencing your personal reality.

There will be much to think on by the end of the month, as the month’s introduction toward emerging change and chaos will provide plenty of inspiration for even more eventual pondering…

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Occurring August 1st, 2022

Time to Make Changes, Among All the Change…

Mars/Uranus/North Node in Exact Conjunction Through 19* Taurus

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar gave the nineteenth degree of Taurus the headliner of ‘A New Continent Rising Out of the Ocean’, keynoting the “surge of new potentiality after the crises”, with spontaneity being the word of mantra… what was intended within this transcription?

Newness. Emergence. Rising to the occasion. Birth. Rebirth. New blooms. But also, naturally, unfamiliarity, strangeness, discomfort, and potential fear. And I would argue that, with all of these descriptions-a smidge of pain is inevitably experienced; that crisis is inherently essential to the overall process.

When Mars and Uranus collide in conjunction, this pairing typically speaks to impulsivity and highly likely disruptions, sudden mishaps or accidents, and/or out of nowhere insights toward innovative (re)constructions, be they personal or practical. Speaking of which, when these two planets collide in conjunction within Taurus, these mishaps and massively mammoth machinations tend to be just that-most practical (though it may very well not feel as such at the time). Despite whichever house Taurus rules in your chart, as you will absolutely be feeling any manifestations of this collision within this sector of your life-perhaps it’s also worth considering: where in your life are you being too practical, routine, or dull?-because Uranus will want to shake this up.

Whatever volatility you experience is to awaken you from a mundanity that has gone unchecked or overlooked, ignored or denied for too long and is now considered to be out of control, regardless of however controlled it may very well be. Truly, depending upon your personal circumstances, both realistically and celestially, these manifestations may be incredibly upsetting, infuriating even… as change sometimes entails the uncomfortable-and sometimes this means upheaval, or risk.

And as these two planets collide in tandem with a conjunction to the North Node… this suggests rather loudly (though in Taurus, it wouldn’t be so much loudly as it would be firmly) that these manifestations have the innate power to reposition your reality as you know it. Because the North Node is currently moving through Taurus, this would further rather firmly suggest to you that your response to any manifestations should consider most practically your needs, particularly toward that which enhances or supports your sense of security and well-being, your self-worth, and essentially, your overall personal values-these are likely more important to you now than ever, as it’s the beckoning of an entirely new consciousness upgrade, if you’re willing…

Still. (Be still.) All this volatility and potential upending-don’t expect these new needs to come easily. All these new-cycle changes will be yours alone to make. For yourself.

The Final Inexact Square

An Indomitability of Spirit…

Between Saturn & Uranus, Through September

The final, though inexact, square aspect between Saturn and Uranus this year occurs through a one-two degree difference of separation beginning through the last week of August. However, though inexact, this duo will cohabitate within the nineteenth degree through October before fading out via stationing…

The several-year ongoing Saturn/Uranus square is finally tempering out… but not before making one more very strategic move toward an ultimately personal goal.

This degree of Aquarius regards indomitability, as well as the ‘skill and courage necessary to bring under control the destructive potentials of carelessness…’ and is thereby in potentiality of crisis. In many ways, we are being given one last chance to ‘right any wrongs’, and to ultimately rise to the occasion of our lives, for our own future growth.

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The Planetary Personals

Mars in Taurus-Despite Resistances

Mars will move through Taurus, continuing to button-push and plug-pull, until August 20th, wreaking potential havoc or highly charged sparks of insight. Expect hot irate heat, and primal anger or passions, frustrations, tensions, emotional resistances, and even the most spirited of motivations to become more forceful than preferred, or loudly/aggressively protested.

Try your best to be flexible. Beware of your own ego/pride.

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Virgoan Vibrations

The Mindset of August

Mercury in Virgo

So, what’re we thinking about through August?

How are we able to make sense of what may feel like a seemingly endless experience of changes and changing-all of it occurring so quickly, too quickly to fully process appropriately…?

In what ways can we keep a reasonable outlook upon what may feel like an emotional overload?

Fortunately, Mercury moving through Virgo can inspire and conjure rational thinking overall, particularly overriding any more emotionally-charged emotional thinking, and focusing more upon those more useful thoughts which are very much ensconced within those new personal goals toward a much-needed revival regarding our sense of security and well-being, a renewed acknowledgement and demand of self-worth, as well as those personally genuine values now being held toward a new, more illuminated, light.

With the impersonal protections of reason and rationality supporting your thinking and mindfulness, you are much more inclined to remain cool, calm, and collected-particularly when the inevitable heat gets turned up this month. If you’re able to rise above and embrace the chaos that is with flexibility, it will allow you to shift and bend and you’ll be that much more focused toward your next moves-moves that you aren’t as likely to regret. You’ll also be more appropriately aligned to remain unattached by ego toward whatever it is attempting to bring you down or charge you up in deconstructive ways.

Like your own personal algorithm, Mercury in Virgo works like a sort of spell-check of sorts between all left-brain and right-brain automations, allowing for a clearer awareness toward what to take personally-and what to leave alone because it has nothing to do with you.

Keep your wits about you and make good choices-and try your best not to navigate your moves through your mood!-that’s always a risky way to navigate anything.

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Juncture of Jupiter

Personal Philosophies, In Review

Jupiter Now Rx in Aries; through degrees 9-7*

Where Jupiter moves is where we are most inspired toward where it is we feel less than, undervalued, or without credit… so where in your life are you living beneath your potential or ability?

When Jupiter moves through Aries, this focus is shamelessly put upon our own shoulders-and upon our own volition for personal growth and change… since January you have likely been striving quite willfully toward/for something that allows you to feel that much more capable, that much more qualified, that much more powerful-that much… more.

Jupiter retrograde in Aries offers the opportunity to look forward and backward to acknowledge how far we’ve come, and to reflect upon how our philosophies have changed, or how they may still require some changes, or how some may not have changed at all… taking this pause to consider next moves should be taken with trust-that where we’re going is new and unknown, and in knowing that we’ll need to prepare for such moves through our inner compasses and personal values alone…

With Jupiter now stationing to retrograde, we are given the opportunity to take a pause to reflect upon these changes and personal upgrades, and realize a new or renewed meaning toward these changes and philosophizer our next moves.

This pause, should you be able to tame yourself from animating this month’s reactionary potentials, and find a way to be still… this could offer many flashes of inspiration, illumination, and even something of an inner clairvoyance, as well as a much more empowered stance toward adapting to a more flexible response. Further, this retrogradation could bless our triggers of impatience, through any attempts to balance-reorienting toward a more authentic or appropriate goal, and/or taking time to look inward and within for insights, guidance, and deeper meaning. We are ever-more creating our tomorrow within our todays.

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Tarot of the Month



The Sun card of the tarot would seem to be a given come Leo season, as the sun, when in Leo, seems to shine so boldly through the months of July and August in the Northern Hemisphere… these dog days of summer keeping us quite hot, definitely heated, and sometimes even bothered. The Sun card reminds us to be optimistic throughout whatever we come up against-however, it is the Strength card that is traditionally associated with Leo.

The Strength card, naturally, represents strength-strength of character, strength of will, strength of determination… all within an overall context of spirit.

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A Monthly Overview Review

Your Astrologically No-Nonsense Inspired Take-Away for August

Jean-Jacques Rousseau said in his autobiography, ‘Confessions’, that “there are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character…” and perhaps you will soon empathize with this sentiment…

Changes are upon you, upon us all, and it’ll likely take one hell of a roar to get many of us to willingly make the necessary changes needed to be made to be living in our best light… and it might just take a thorn in the paw for those refusing to change. Truly, what creates an even further frustration through these heavily heated hot dog days of extraordinarily Leo summer is that not much clarity will be achieved until well into September… that through all the tensions and aggravations, potential upsets-however constructive, obstacles, and upheavals, and all the balancing between the inner and outer influences of heated feelings-we must continue to wait in a patient pause before knowing precisely why it all mattered. Well, Leo energies aren’t too keen on all that… as we’ll see.

Should you be kind enough-and working within a higher mind of consciousness-you will rise above all the anger and upset, into the realm of true breakthrough and enlightened fortitude… these dog days, then, for you, will represent something much more constructive-much more empowering-these dog days of August will become your crucible for real alchemical gold!

Much like how diamonds are created through friction and pressure, it is known that melting gold is the oldest way to purify it… though, it is not as widely known that to melt gold is to take on the highest risk for severe burns. And so it is this August…

Essentially, August is providing for us, albeit confrontationally, a direct route to personally authentic gold, should we choose to take it-though, depending upon the route you choose-you either melt the gold or burn your skin… though, through Leonine influence, it would be your pride that gets burned. And perhaps this is where our tempers need tamed this month-learning not to allow our ego/pride to motivate our moves, but rather-to allow our true light, our inner guidance, which is always impersonal to a fault yet always without flaw.

Perhaps such empowered mercurial influence will inspire this month-inspire those of us who are not as adept toward flexibility to ease a bit in such firmly rooted stances, be it a position, a belief, a personal motivation, or an ideal… the manner in which we address, avoid, embrace, or resist change is directly tied to our character, and our character-when shining-is directly associated with our sense of inner confidence… and with our confidence fortified-we create metaphorical gold simply by believing it possible, by trusting that we can.

Make good choices, friends-and remember that sometimes strength yields…

Also, I have high hopes of pulling this newsletter idea off monthly through December, upon which, beginning January of 2023, will be offered only to subscribers (for $8/month), in addition to additional posts regarding weekly and monthly planetary placements, transits, aspecting, asteroids, and maybe even quarterly horoscopes!-if you can sweet talk me into it… wink wink

Be well, XO JJ

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change…

Albert Einstein

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Virgo Crescent Moon
—July 31

Today’s moon is very much ensconced within potential… particularly—the potential toward new possibilities, possibilities available only through a personally determined discipline.

In other words—today is a wonderfully ideal day to surrender yourself, willingly, toward a new way of being… to begin a new routine (or release an unhealthy routine), to begin a new habit of health (or release an unhealthy habit), to begin a new lifestyle—one which supports health and wellbeing for mind, body, and spirit.

Further, the all-month building of tension between Mars and Uranus moving toward the North Node—today and tomorrow all meet in conjunction—and bam!—the idea of change (as it will be inevitable) will either be embraced willingly—welcoming breakthroughs—or destructively resisted, taunting breakdown.

Today’s moon will illuminate this Taurean stellium phenomena, and this lunarly connection promotes the earthy qualities of potentials… and, despite whatever changes or chaos are either on offer or becoming problematic—keeping a cool, impersonal perspective toward whatever it is, with an ‘uninhibited approach to life…’

Embracing change with a personal willingness, now, would be much better advised than resisting it… though, as always, the choice is forevermore yours.

❝Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
——Leo Tolstoy

★If anyone would like astrological guidance toward the upcoming celestial phenomenon upon your own charts, I am available, and because I feel these energies are going to be particularly volatile—I am offering my time for only $90 for previous clients, and $125 for new clients (as opposed to my typical $185 fee)

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Leo/Virgo Crescent Moon
—July 30

No aspects today!

Thank goodness, because I didn’t come prepared at all…

But non-aspecting lunarly days—when in Leo—these tend to entertain impulsivity, silliness, and real, in real time, fun.

I don’t typically share anything about myself in any personal regard, but with the current lunarly energies—why not!?—Leo energies, let’s be honest, sort of thrive on that, so—we’ve flown down privately to Tahoe for a little Leo/Virgoan much-needed spontaneity/self-care, and honestly—writing any post has been the last thing on my mind (the last two were pre-written), and I didn’t know how long we’d be—that Leo moon, I tell ya…

What’re y’all doing to utilize these energies?

Whatever it is you’re pulling off, I hope you’re having a ball and not overthinking anything, because August (and its energies) will come in hard, right off the bat, without any warning, with one hell of a slam dunk of some kind, erroneous and erratic, breaking down or breaking through, depending upon where Taurus is in your chart…

Speaking of which—if anyone would like some astrological guidance toward the upcoming celestial phenomenon upon your own charts, I will be available, and because I feel these energies are going to be particularly volatile—I am offering my time for only $90 for previous clients, and $125 for new clients (as opposed to my typical $185 fee)… direct message me and I’ll send you my PayPal link to schedule your reading.

Once, I saw a bee drown in honey, and understood.❞
——Nikos Kazantzakis

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Leo Crescent Moon
—July 29

This last weekend I was reading an essay within which the author wrote that whatever it was that typically offered ‘ordinarily sanguinary predilections…’ I thought to myself nearly immediately, as I was rereading it to experience it again and again, the flow of those words… this sounds appropriate for next weekend—which is today.

What would typically feel ordinarily sanguinary via a Leo moon kinda day, when the sun is joined in Leo… may today feel a bit off.

A Leo crescent moon doesn’t really thrill to the thought of taking too much too seriously, it’s true—but there may be a smidge of seriousness to contend with nevertheless.

The ongoing, continued building of tensions between the fixed energies of Taurus and Leo are coming to a potentially harsh head—to be at its peak July 31 and August 1—which will inevitably result in dramatic breakdowns or cathartic breakthroughs… either of which will be as metaphorically painful as they will be symbolically relieving.

Meanwhile, Venus in Cancer is applying a square to Chiron in Aries. Ugh. This square, too, will also be exact on July 31. Ugh.

So, what would ordinarily offer a sanguinary predilection—today offers more of a palpable perniciousness. Ugh.

Further, and somewhat ironically, in looking up the degrees through which these squares occur—these degrees read happily, and quite Leo-esquely really, though, when considering the planetary players involved specifically, the sanguinary predilection turns pernicious.

However, creative-cum-catastrophic release is absolutely synonymous with the actual planetary aspectual energies abound, though this sentimental sensation of release may, again, go one of two ways—or simultaneously, I suppose anything is possible—either toward a breakdown or a breakthrough…

Perhaps the building Venus/Chiron square could inspire a softer side to the harshly hard edges of the fixed grand square?—though this softness may not be exactly the kind of soft that’s conducive to these types of energies, as Venus in Cancer is highly and largely at risk of offense, and is tremendously vulnerable to hurts of all levels without so much as a flinch of physical proof… it can be very trying, then, to navigate already choppy waters upon waters of ultimated feelings of subjectivity—it’s a no win.

When I suggest that this energy duo could help I mean to pinpoint, specifically, the Venus in Cancer/Chiron ability to empathize on a heightened wavelength and to both embrace and demand loyalty…

Particularly, a loyalty to Self—though, at this point, a severe lack of seriousness overall, feelings be damned—a loyalty to Self now is really what needs to be focused on as we embark upon the upcoming peak of energies.

You cannot live when you are untouchable. Life is vulnerability.”❞
——Édouard Bouba

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Leo New Moon at 5°39′
—July 28

The sun is shining its brightest, metaphorically—its truest, symbolically…

It is upon the Leo new moon that “we concentrate on creativity in any endeavor…” according to shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera.

Through today’s energies, “self-expression, self-confidence, self-esteem—these things come easily…” and a ‘confident embodiment of new styles of expression…’ exist most confidently, and though there is a particular charisma present, both within and without… astrologer Austin Coppock writes that the word ‘persona’ describes these Leonine energies in that “the persona does not describe the entire geography of the soul, instead, it describes the social role played by the person—[that] the personality thus contains modes of expression and action which predispose one to playing a particular role, whether that part be villain, savior, or victim…” boldly, without apology.

Most certainly, however, through the degree this new moon occurs, there’s an emboldened concentration toward new ideas being challenged.

What are these challenges?

What are you learning through these challenges?

What needs a bit of renovation?

In fact, “you may find yourself faced with a choice between tried-and-true established ways and the modern or innovative… it is most likely that the best qualities of both attitudes is the proper compromise—there may be a need to be mindful of other people’s mindsets and generational differences…”



Remember, too, that Leo energies are energies focused specifically within a heart-centeredness… which is to extend oneself beyond oneself toward others, intentionally, with selfless purpose, regardless of deserving or worthiness…

To be entirely self-possessed—not with ego or pride, but simply with self-possession and personal sovereignty, demands a complete selflessness… to go beyond, despite whatever emotions may exist or occur or impinge—after all, as the recently late Ivana Trump once said, “don’t get mad, darling—get everything…” which requires a firm and impersonal centeredness of character, indeed.

Astrologer Austin Coppock expresses that through this first decan of Leo, “to be able to direct the spotlight is a potent power… there are are spotlights waiting for us at certain crossroads, stages set up and awaiting our performance—there are times where it is one’s performance and decisions that are utterly determinant of the state of not only our life but other lives… these rays are cast down not by our decisions, but by Life itself.”

Further, Coppock states that “many fear the beams, as they should…”

There are opportunities, these days, to ‘get in step with a new beat… for harmonious progression…’ to personally evolve beyond all previous growth or actual lesson.

And now we are very much within the thick of the still -building grand cross between the Taurean stellium between Mars, Uranus and the North Node (with the South Node in Scorpio), Saturn in Aquarius, and currently—Mercury in Leo… and this new moon only magnifies and illuminates the Leonine presence.

The end of July will very much describe the ways in which we express our heart-centeredness—which will also provide an individuated outlet for loving inspiration and empowerment, outwardly, beyond Self…

To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning…
——Henry David Thoreau

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Coppock, A. ‘36 Faces.’ Three Hands Press; ©2014.
Dore, J. ‘Tarot for Change.’ Penguin Life; ©2021.
Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.
Kaldera, R. ‘Myth Astrology.’ Llewellyn Publications; ©2004.
Rudhyar, D. ‘An Astrological Mandala.’ Vintage Books; ©1973.


Cancer Balsamic Moon
—July 27

Something tells me you willingly participated in yesterday’s deconditioning and efforts in forgiveness… (—I truly hope so…)

If not—today offers Round 2. Or 3. Or wherever you left off.

Three days of heavy heavy Cancer moon amidst the lightened, brightened liberation of a Leo sun!—so what fresh hell is this?!—let’s find a way to genuinely forgive and move forward!

However, we’re on day three of a heavy heavy Cancer moon moving into an opposition with Pluto amidst the lightened, brightened liberation of a Leo sun—and so, essentially, your darkest inner fears are being confronted while a sense of security is also being potentially threatened, or maybe it’s the other way around… and your darkest inner fears are feeling threatened while a sense of security is simultaneously being confronted, or tested.

However close you felt toward forgiving—may be pinched back now.

And the sun made its annual opposition to Pluto back on July 19th, a day when the moon was in Aries, conjunct Chiron—ouch!

Anything still feeling pinched from that day?—because the moon moving through this point next will illuminate the heavy squish of it all… if you feel that “everything is too confusing and complicated, you should go somewhere that allows for quiet times and informed reflection…” you know, like under a rock—the way a crab would.

Truly, Kaldera’s advice toward actively feeling through forgiveness, however harshly it pinches, is sharply apropos today.

Still, despite whatever barriers or burdens you’re navigating, however laterally—persevere… (and forgive) you’ll be stronger for it.

As those wanton with woe will muse: this, too, shall pass.

To err is human, to forgive, divine.❞
——Alexander Pope

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Cancer Balsamic Moon
—July 26

Continued memories to delineate and decriminalize—and continued need for very actively participating forgiveness… the kind of forgiveness you really feel.

Into the great wide openness of your personal abilities—open-mindedness toward another, toward anything!, could truly be the salve to any past/previous bruising, as well as any reminding open wounds of resentment—either literally or figuratively.

Should you be able to embrace an honest open-mindedness toward particular circumstances—even further, being able to discern, as well as understanding and utilizing objectivity—these could all help to decondition your typical more egoically primitive instincts of reaction…

An unexpected response, then, if you’re up for it—humor.

There are two kinds of celestial crustacean—there’s the Cancer that takes everything quite seriously, however unnecessarily, and is often typically unhappy, disappointed, hurt, or emotionally tortured—because everything is taken personally… and then there’s the Cancer that has no time for any of that at all, but would rather find the humor within the pain, or disappointment, the tragedy, or the ironic meaning of it all—and this Cancer lets it all go, are happier for it, and can identify the humor without being so personally involved.


Which Cancerian vibration would you rather condition (or decondition)? If anything—humor can be distracting, and shared. It can be quite cathartic, if the connection remains connected.

Later, the moon moves on to square back to Chiron through a degree that represents growth—though, as this is a square, a square between the likes of the moon, the Cancer moon no less, and Chiron, in Aries—whatever growth you’re needing to endure now is harsh, and likely complicated… this growth will inevitably—should you be willing to fully and actively endure through participation—regard a new layer, in real time, within your ongoing processing of self-actualization.

Self-actualization can be tremendously enlightening… or tragically daunting or stagnated—encore une fois, ainsi va la vie.

Either way—sometimes you may need to forgive yourself, for living in a manner that was necessary at another time, or for misunderstanding something essential, or for just not being present for a moment in your life that might have mattered.

For today—just try to find the humor in your conditioning, within your growth, within all your quirks and flaws, and forgive… and if you’re unable or unwilling—try watching stand-up. Maybe Anthony Jesselnik’s ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ could jolt you from your self-endorsed cocoon of egoic comfort.

If you want to see the brave, look to those who can forgive.❞
——the Bhagavad Gita (thank you Annee—so timely)

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Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.
Kaldera, R. ‘Myth Astrology.’ Llewellyn Publications; ©2004.
Rudhyar, D. ‘An Astrological Mandala.’ Vintage Books; ©1973.


Gemini/Cancer Balsamic Moon
—July 25

Today’s Gemini moon meditatively informs itself in radiance through until late morning here on the west coast—through early afternoon on the east coast—before ceasing its lunarly rationality for Cancerian-inspired lunarly irrational emotionality…

Perhaps its lunarly balsamic phasing will support a more privately expressed inwardly swirling inner rage… reminiscing and remembering, though highly emotionally-driven, and thereby inaccurately remembering—all that was encompassed or navigated, however laterally, through late June into July.

In fact, shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera states that this is the moon of the Keeper of Memories… and “the danger of [this moon] is getting stuck in a past that never was and insisting that it is of more value than the present… when the present is painful, the past can be a solace —when the past is painful, too, the Keeper of Memories may decide that it deserves a rewrite, especially when the point is to hold it up a some kind of ideal against which the present utterly fails.”

If you are harboring resentments at this point—the point and underlying essence of this moon is to forgive… Kaldera adds that “forgiveness is more than just letting the memory fade until there isn’t much to it anymore—true forgiveness is not a passive act—it is actively forgiving someone, letting yourself feel the willed act of opening the clenched fists and letting the resentment go, feeling the salt wind blow clean across those empty palms… active forgiveness is what really purifies the memories and allows pain to be given its full respect, thus giving respect also to the strength that survived that pain.”

And, as the shrinking Cancer moon moves to connect to an ever-expansive Jupiter in Aries, which is currently stationing and thereby much more potently influential—the moon connects by square and begins to further illuminate toward Venus in conjunction, exact tomorrow, through a degree which Venus is already squaring Jupiter exactly…

These illusional memories could very well take over your emotional imbalances today…

Beware overly imbalanced anything—try to find a balance of centeredness, if possible… if not—like a good crustacean—move laterally to avoid anything you can’t reasonably take on.

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.❞
——Edward de Bono

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Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.


Gemini Balsamic Moon
—July 24

Today’s energies might conjure thoughts or feelings toward universal connectedness…

Now, typically, a Gemini moon needs to be social, by nature, possessing a wide variety of thoughts and ideas—a Gemini moon needs to communicate, share, connect… but when a Gemini moon is balsamic—a Gemini moon needs to communicate and connect from within; ultimately, with oneself.

I know… it’s a little unnatural. However. With the sun in Leo now, this more inward Gemini moon becomes almost embodied—or, immersed rather—within a sort of etherically illuminated radiance… like levitating!

As though angels from on high are singing!

If, of course, these energies are utilized appropriately.

Otherwise—well, there’s something of a disconnect… a missed opportunity. As though the angels are distracted, self-focused, longing, dizzied within a self-created busyness that never seems to become anything.


Should today’s energies be utilized appropriately, this inward meditation, if you will, or maybe I should call it a flow, or a rhythm… whatever it is—it’s a cosmic binding, a connectedness. Still, it requires something of a skill, indeed.

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar advised the innate demand toward self-discipline and described this ‘skill’ as a facing of “the totality of our individual selfhood as it is projected in the many-hued dome of our sky-flung consciousness… after every successfully met crisis, the revelation of worth comes to us, and with it comes the promise of success, if only we do our part.”

Our part… and for you, specifically—your part.

What is your part?

Are you disciplined?

Have you ever felt levitated?—and no, I do not mean to say elevated, that’s entirely different…

Ultimately, are you able to experience this etherically illuminated radiance?—likely not on the daily, but please tell me you’re allowing yourself as much on a weekly/monthly basis… this might seem unnatural, but it is most certainly not unnatural, but absolutely natural.

It’s likely that so many things and thoughts are running rapidly through your mind, charged, and inspired—yet, you don’t have the words… not yet.

Even more, a Gemini moon struggles beyond thoughts… yet, there are emotions to contend with. Emotional responses or reactions may not be understood—but maybe, for today, they need not be entirely understood… or understood at all—but sometimes talking to oneself out loud can be so informative, so soothing, so reassuring.

So inspiring…

Further yet, you may also be facing or confronting—or being confronted by—some various component of reality, or otherwise life changing reality circumstance… and the best way to ‘get through’ whatever it is you’re navigating is to simply make the most of them.

Your boundaries may be tested.

And you may really have much to say out loud to yourself…

Try to become more intimately conscious of your personal boundaries—and furthermore, your actual, if you will, physical-cum-etheric, center of gravity—as this is where your ability to consciously levitate resides…

This is where your connectivity between mind and consciousness and universal connectedness binds… sparks, and vibrates.

Today is a good day to ponder all these things considered…

I never even thought about whether or not they understand what I’m doing… the emotional reaction is all that matters, as long as there’s some feeling of communication, it isn’t necessary that it be understood.❞
——John Coltrane

🖋️ by Jamie James; 📷 by dreamingincollages

Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.
Rudhyar, D. ‘An Astrological Mandala.’ Vintage Books; ©1973.