You Create Yourself – August 15 Forecast

The Astrology

Venus is at the heart of the Sun today, which means that both Venus and the Sun are at 21 degrees in Leo. The Sun is symbolic of the impulse toward autonomy and the will to create. Venus is symbolic of the desire to be and have beauty, harmony, happiness, and love, and to attract those things and things like them into your life. Venus is the power of attraction.


Today, I’m sharing a personal experience that I believe is a perfect manifestation and expression of the Sun-Venus transit in Leo. The timing of the experience I’ll share is perfect for me because when I was born, Venus was at 22 degrees in Leo. From an astrological point of view, the current transit of the Sun and Venus is activating a sensitive point–Venus–in my birth chart and by extension, in my life. I got clarity about autonomy and creativity.

Some times I question my reasons for doing the things I do, because I’d have a lot more free time and more money if I spent less time and money doing the things I do. Yard work and tending to flower gardens, for example, are taking up more of my time, energy, and dollars this summer than they have in a long while. In addition, I read and write about astrology, and I do oil painting. Painting and tending to flower gardens and green spaces are very Venusian activities. I know that part of the reason I do what I do is that I’m motivated by the desire to share what I see and do and love with others (all qualities of Venus by the way).

I’ve been in one of my “Why am I doing what I’m doing” moods this week and thinking about what I do more as work and less about it being creative. Work makes me tired and less inclined to be creative. That’s kind of where my mind was yesterday. So I took an afternoon nap. (I LOVE naps.)

And then in that brief moment between being asleep and being awake, I had a single thought. If I’d been dreaming, I would have seen images. But in that teeny, tiny gap that occurs before sleep gives way to awareness, I heard: Every creation takes you closer to who you are.

I didn’t think that thought, because I was still asleep. I received that thought in response to my need to better understand WHY I want to do what I do. It was an “ah-ha” kind of thought. The reason I (everyone) creates is because that’s how I can see and realize who I am. What if, I thought, instead of thinking about what I do/create as work and a way to earn money, I think about each thing I create as another stepping stone that brings me closer to fuller realizion of myself?

Don’t get me wrong. Money is really nice thing to have (and it’s also a Venusian thing).

Well, now, that’s a very different reason to create, and that’s not how our society tends to view creativity. We have a stong tendency to direct a significant amount of time and energy toward earning or making money in order to buy what we want and need. Period. Nearly everything is reduced to its dollar equivalent. “How much will it cost? How much can I get paid per hour or per piece to do what I do?” are questions we ask about nearly everything we do. Being “creative” is limited to specific times and places or shunned altogether in favor of getting to the real work. It’s tiring! It’s often boring and not fun. 

From this new perspective, I see everything, whether it’s a preparing a meal, tending a garden, painting a painting, making a gizmo, writing a story, creating and birthing a child, attracting and building a relationship, a career or vocation—EVERYTHING is an act of creation that has the potential to bring us closer to realizing ourselves. What better reason is there for spending precious time doing what you and I do?

Have you been thinking and feeling life is short and adulting isn’t what you thought it would be when you were younger and dreaming your future? This Sun-Venus transit is activating something in you too.

Today’s Haiku

Not a flytrap. Venus
Draws what nourishes the heart
and will feed the soul.


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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