What’s On the Horizon?

The Astrology

Jupiter in Sagittarius has completed its retrograde and is traveling direct again. Mercury has completed its transit of Cancer and has joined the Sun, Venus, and Mars in Leo. Venus is at the heart of the Sun (in the same degree as the Sun). The planets in Leo are still turned away from Saturn and the Moon in Capricorn, which you can read about in the previous post. The Leo planets are aware of Jupiter in Sagittarius.

One at a Time

A retrograde planet is restrained from fulfilling its normal functions. When Jupiter is retrograde, truth, the search for meaning and for justice, and expansion are limited in some ways. People often look for (review) what’s holding up progress. Although its forward momentum is still very slow, now that Jupiter is once again in direct motion, you can expect to feel and see growth and expansion as you and people around you expand horizons, reach new understanding, and find joy and relief in new beliefs.

Mercury in Cancer focused our attention—in particular, our thoughts and communications—around the need to create a secure home and nurture bonds with the people we care about. Family and home in all its many forms, including shelters and detention centers, were front and center. With Mercury’s entry into Leo, your thoughts may shift toward creative expression. You’ll think about ways you can express yourself. You might feel inspired to write, create art, create new friendships, even a new image/persona for yourself. What you want to create now may be connected to thoughts you had over the past 30 or so days.

Venus signifies your capacity to attract what you want to you. When Venus is at the heart of the Sun, its ability to attract is increased by the Sun. While Venus is generally considered a beneficial energy and is associated with abundance and resources, it can also attract more of what is not welcome or wanted. We live in an attraction-based Universe. What you think about is what will come to you. The ability to attract what you want is increased, but so is the likelihood of attracting what you don’t want increased.

A Reflection

The descriptions above caused me to think about foot binding, a form of body modification that started in the Sung Dynasty in China (960-1279) and was practiced by some even into the 20th Century. While foot binding was believed to be a passport to a better marriage and support for women, because both the men and women believed small feet were more attractive, foot binding was also a means of control. Footbound women sat still for long hours and performed valuable handwork. The practice was eventually banned, but it didn’t disappear until cheaper factory-made alternatives were more readily available.

While foot binding is an extreme practice and example, the same elements–beliefs that bind our minds and bodies, creative expression, resources, new beliefs vs. old ways of life, for example–iinfiltrate our lives today. We all have limiting beliefs about things. We limit and restrict ourselves. We want more. We want expansion.

  • Your beliefs, which are just thoughts that you think, may have limited your expansion and prevented normal growth. When you feel like you want to be more expansive and inclusive, you will feel inspired to create something new, which could be new beliefs about yourself and others, new ways of working, new policies, the possibilities are endless. We live in an abundant Universe.
  • You can attract what you want and need by focusing on what is wanted (not what is unwanted) and allowing yourself to move forward and expand your horizons. You can do it.

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Dream Big: August 11-12 Forecast

The Astrology

The Moon in Capricorn will meet up with Saturn in its own sign August 11-12. The Moon in Saturn’s home responds to Saturn’s orderly regimen and is sensitive to Uranus’ (in Taurus) encouragment toward personal freedom and self-direction. With the Moon, Saturn, and Uranus in the earth signs Taurus and Capricorn, down to earth, practical, reliable, and conservative qualities are emphasized. The Sun, always the creative life force, is assisted by Venus. Venus in the Sun’s home attracts whatever is wanted while Mars is empowered by the Leo Sun and directing its creative, passionate energy. The Leo planets and Capricorn planets are not inclined toward each other, so the fiery energy is not in sync with the earthy energy. The fire energy is dominate through August 21, when the Sun joins Venus, and Mars in Virgo, an earth sign.

The Vibe “DREAM BIG”

You may feel inspired to design and/or create something that’s quite different. It could be a new career, a home, a business, or something more immediate, like a garden. The desire to create, build, expand, explore is universal. What is created is always unique and personal for you. Hold onto the thoughts you’re having. Let yourself daydream about whatever it is you want to do until your dream(s) can gather momentum. There’s no real hurry. You can feel a lot of pleasure and enjoyment in the dreaming stage.

Today’s Haiku

Daydreaming becomes
Opportunities to transform
Play to gather life.