Intuitive Astrology: August New Moon 2016

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astrology august new moon 2016

On August 2, 2016 the New Moon will fall in the heart-centered, courageous sign of Leo.

We are all in a need of an energy boost, and this Leo New Moon is going to energize our soul and our heart center so we can move forward with courage, grace and ease.

The theme of this New Moon is fun and creativity, which is very different from all the heavy releasing work that the previous months have had in store for us.

Creativity isn’t just limited to artists. We all have the potential to create, and therefore we all have the potential for creativity.

With the help of this Leo New Moon, anything that we want to create for ourselves is now possible.

In fact, by putting some conscious effort into an area of your life that you want to revamp or revitalize, you will start to shape and create the tone for the rest of August.

New Moons signify a time of new beginnings and if you tune into the hum of your soul, you will be able to intuit where this new beginning is going to lead you.

With a lot of heavy cleansing work now in the past and this new wave of creative, fun energy entering our lives, there really is nothing that we can’t do.

Leo is the sign of courage, entertainment and leadership. It is also a fiery sign that craves stability, routine and order.

By combining these energies, you can help pave the way and set an intention for an area of your life that you would like to have more courage in.

Where do you desire to be the king of your jungle?
Where could you use more courage?
Where could you use more fun in your life?

Planting seeds in these areas is going to be easy with the help of this New Moon and also Mars.

Mars has been a crucial planet for 2016 because of his retrograde pattern that started in April.

By the end of August, Mars is going to be returning back to his usual speed and form, however during this New Moon we are going to get a taste of optimism from Mars.

Mars is the planet of action and energy. If you have been feeling sluggish, unmotivated or perhaps even lethargic about making plans or taking action in your life, this energy is about to come to a swift end.

Around the time of the New Moon, Mars is going to shift out of Scorpio, where it has been doing a lot of transformation and cleansing, and shift into the positive, upbeat sign of Sagittarius.

This is a very welcome change of energy and is going to help you to think more positively and open-mindedly about the future.

On a deeper level, you are also going to feel empowered by any obstacles in your life and more optimistic about any challenges that have been sent your way.

You may even channel your inner lion or lioness and feel more trusting and fearless about your path, purpose and destiny. 

Leo energy also rules over the heart and heart chakra. Matters of love may also be stirred around this New Moon and perhaps you may feel more magnetic or attracted to people than usual.

You may also receive a burst of courage to introduce yourself to someone new or to follow your heart when it comes to love and romance.

Heart energy is going to be amplified on this New Moon, which may also bring about a wonderful and positive time for healing.

If you have been mending a broken heart or feeling heavy or blocked in the heart chakra area for whatever reason, this New Moon is going to help clear and release anything that is no longer serving you.

For this to happen, you will have to be open to releasing and tuning into the wisdom of your heart. This will not be hard to do thanks to the wonderful beams of energy sent by this New Moon. 

Overall, this New Moon is very positive and is going to help you bring more fun, love, creativity and courage into your life.

Stay open to this energy, and watch where it may lead you, for August is set to be a wonderful, high-energy month of opportunity.

Want to read more? Check out my article on Huffington Post- Love, Courage and the August New Moon 2016


see my heart

at last week’s retreat, we did this amazingly powerful heart sharing and holding exercise/ritual. I can’t really put words to it, but it was striking, and left a deep impression on most of us (I think/feel).  it is quite rare that we bare our hearts, and even more rare for them to be held, silently but fully, without a word being uttered.

as we walked out that night, I heard this song clearly in my mind and heart….fittingly called Vide Cor Meum – or, in english, See My Heart.  opera doesn’t always sing to my heart (see what I did there?), but this makes my heart close its eyes and sway around, no lie.

(the video below with the song is simply scenes from a film – not related. although I do love that film too!)


when the latin is translated, you get the words below – while they aren’t explicitly describing what we experienced….in some way, they feel like what we experienced to me.

being seen.

see my heart.


And thinking of her
Sweet sleep overcame me
I am your master
See your heart
And of this burning heart
Your heart
(She trembling)
Obediently eats.
Weeping, I saw him then depart from me.
Joy is converted
To bitterest tears
I am in peace
My heart
I am in peace
See my heart

magic is natural.

saw this on the welcome page for The Smart Witch – check out the website!  it was good enough to share!

Magic is natural. It is a harmonious movement of energies to create needed change. At the core of magic is a joyous union with nature.

The Earth is a manifestation of divine energy. Nature is constantly singing to us, revealing her secrets. Listen to the Earth, learn the lessons she so generously offers.

When we are in touch with the Earth, we are in touch with Deity. Deity is not distant. The Goddess and the God are within each of us, and manifest in all nature. This is the universality: there is nothing that is not of the Goddess and the God – the All. These ideals are the true foundation of magic. The traditions and ritual are secondary to the ideals and serve to celebrate them.

With ritual as a means to enter ritual consciousness, we are able to expand our knowledge. Affirmative rituals, prayers and spell work help us to know the Divine as both immanent and transcendent. Thus we affirm what is already ours to claim as manifestations of Divine Power. We each are a glorious manifestation of Divinity, of the Goddess and the God and of Life!

embracing a leo’s fierce and fragile heart

from elephant journal


Leos will naturally light up a room with their smile and charm.

We can’t help but notice the way they shine and captivate a crowd.

We’re transitioning into a period where the sign of Leo is about to take center stage—the place they love best. On July 22nd the Sun will transition into the heart of the Lion (aka: LEO) and remain there till August 23rd. Leo Birthday Season is upon us and time to wish all of them a good year ahead.

Given the circumstances, I see this as the perfect time to recognize and embrace them for all of their heartfelt qualities.

Leo is the sign that dares to follow its dreams—no matter what, they will always find a way to make them happen. Life is their stage and they are more than happy to play part. Nobody can put on a show like a Leo. As spectators we can’t help but notice their sometimes flamboyant and extravagant ways.

They embrace all the ups, downs and all-arounds because they know something that some of us forget. A Leo knows they are the rulers of their own destiny. They are born seeking purpose. When the going gets tough, a Leo knows something has to change and they’ll move mountains to get through the hurdles.

A Leo knows how to breathe in courage and exhale fear. They will be the one who takes a stand and fight for what they believe in. Everyone else backs away—but a Leo sticks around to put up the good fight.

It doesn’t matter if we agree with them or not; when a Leo believes in something they go in strong. The opinion of others never sways them.

In the game of life a Leo never loses. We’ll never hear them say “Why me.” They’ll roar “Try me” instead. They are going to either win or learn something through the process. This belief comes naturally and helps them keep moving—despite the odds. The thought of failure never stops them.

J.K. Rowling, a favorite Leo author, once said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

They always find a way to embrace all of their experiences (both failure and success) and take something positive out of them.

When it comes to relationships a Leo will always need to be the king or queen and make sure we know it. They’ll make no hesitation to show how much they want us too. However, we should remember that a Leo doesn’t need anyone. They have everything it takes to handle things all on their own.

Underneath the façade is really the most fragile heart. They’re kittens on the inside and love to show their affection. They love fiercely and protect us in our darkest hour. Nobody can compare to their generosity and warm-hearted nature. A Leo will always love to help you—just make sure to thank them because they love to be appreciated too. The truth of the matter is that those that are ungrateful will be kicked to the curb.

Speaking of relationships, Leos are going to one of the signs most affected by the Venus Retrograde period this summer. This karmic relationship period highlights the attributes of Leo and everything it’s about. It may cause a lot of our lions to reevaluate what’s truly making them happy and whether or not they are being valued as they should. So if you have one in your life—make sure to remind them how much they are appreciated.

A true Leo is fiercely proud of their accomplishments and enjoy telling us a tale or two about them. If we’re not receptive, feelings could get hurt. But when they deeply care about someone, pride takes the back burner and they fight for love.

Tempt them and we’ll hear their roar. They want what they want when they want it. Patience is not their strong suit, so don’t promise a Leo something you can’t deliver or they will get aggravated.

They love to laugh and play but don’t play games with their emotions. Reading minds is not their strong suit either. Be straight with them because if you don’t speak up they will. They have no problem walking away and letting go. Leos are forgiving—but if you break their hearts, they’ll never forget the damage caused.

A Leo won’t hesitate to walk out the door and never come back.

I want to end with a phrase that makes me think of a Leo every time I hear it. It’s a reminder that eventually everything does fall into place. Maybe it doesn’t look exactly the way we want but it still works. When a Leo says “Trust me…I got this,” we know that mountains will move and things are about to happen.

Thank you Leo for setting the stage and helping the world to see that dreams can come to life if only we try.

ocean love



God is pleased when your love realizes
it is part of something oceanic
and begins to move with the whole.
The larger love is more real,
being itself reality.

The love you must enter lives in the Saints
and prophets. It is already the ocean, whereas
most loving still filters through the countryside,
enjoying the passage.

The ocean says, Quit pretending to be clear.
That pretense keeps you from receiving
what I can give.

Your water wants to reach the sea,
but landscape keeps holding it back.

The world is a watery shadow of ocean-love.
That sea of light cannot be contained
in single human beings, so leave fragments,
and be the mountain.

As you become existence,
you will distribute creation,
lavishly blessing everybody.

Hold out your apron to catch what comes
with being in the presence.

Excerpts from rumi’s Ocean Love

how tight are your shoes?

a lovely weekend of yoga, soul nourishment, ritual, magic, nature, and connection has me calmer than usual on this working Monday, and also more inspired.

came home to some Rumi (adore Rumi):

If you put on shoes that are too tight
and walk out across an empty plain,
you will not feel the freedom of the place
unless you take off your shoes.

it made me think…

what constrictions do we carry with us that keep us from feeling the amazing energies around us?  from feeling free?


intuitive astrology: july full moon

july full moon astrology 2016

July’s Full Moon is going to send a beam of self-love, which will give you the confidence and strength you need to create the life of your dreams. 

from foreverconscious

July has really been a month of rest and self-care and the Capricorn Full Moon on the 19th is only going to amplify this even more.

Earlier this month we had a very gentle New Moon in the emotional and watery sign of Cancer. This New Moon was the first breath of fresh air we have had out of the cycle of digging and cleansing the past.

Now that the cleansing part of the cycle is finished, the Universe has been guiding us to turn our attention to accepting what is and simply just loving ourselves.

If you have been burning yourself out, if you have been ignoring the warning signs from the Universe; if you have been pushing ahead without any consideration for your true feelings, this Full Moon is going to gently remind you about the importance of balancing your energy.

The Capricorn Full Moon is very gently going to hold out its hand and remind you to slow down and think a little more practically and methodically before moving forward.

The Capricorn Full Moon is going to hold out its hand and provide for you a place to rest if you need it.

During this time, your subconscious thoughts and feelings are also going to be illuminated.

Mother Moon is going to shine a light from within and guide you to become clearer about what it is that you want to achieve moving forward.

If July’s New Moon was all about emotions, July’s Full Moon is all about grounded practicality. It is about honouring your emotions but also leaving room to make practical decisions that are based in logic and truth.

Balancing these aspects and making sure there is room for both in your life, are going to help you to move forward on your highest path.

There has been a lot of confused and stagnant energy floating around in the cosmos in recent months and now things are starting to shift and become clearer.

As these shifts occur, we are going to feel a little all over the place and perhaps even pulled or pushed in a different direction. We may even feel nothing, and be left wandering around to figure out where to go next.

No matter what you are feeling, remember that this Full Moon is all about making practical decisions on what you want your life to look like. It is about getting clear on the best way to move forward in order to achieve the life you desire.

We have all been releasing and letting go of things, and now it is time to think about what we want to harvest for the months to come.

July’s Full Moon is the perfect time to sit down and work out what emotions you want to create in your own life. Joy, happiness, laughter, adventure, whatever it is, write it down and begin shaping your life around them.

You have the power to co-create your reality and with the ambitious energy of this Capricorn Full Moon, we are all going to be given pens to write and crayons to colour with.

If you are unhappy with the shape and direction of your life, this Full Moon will also help you to develop the confidence and belief that you need to make some changes.

It may also bring to your attention things that are no longer working for you or self-limiting thoughts that are blocking you from achieving the life that you truly desire.

If life has been flowing smoothly, this Full Moon may also bring some new, wonderful opportunities particularly when it comes to your career or education.

July comes as a reminder that the most important thing we can do for ourselves is to love and accept ourselves exactly as we are.

It also comes as a reminder that when we truly love ourselves and believe in ourselves, there is nothing we can’t achieve.

If you are in doubt about where to turn on this Full Moon, turn within, for that is where all the answers are buried inside of you, like little jewels just waiting to be found.