This is the "Care and feeding of a New World Age" report for Gregorian date of July 23rd 2016 and 1 – Oc "awk" or Dog in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, with Uranus turning retrograde, Mercury entering Virgo, Mars entering Sagittarius, and the Leo New Moon
July 23rd is 1 – Oc "awk" or Dog carries the themes of loyalty, playfulness, sensuality, team work, protection, generosity, warm-heartedness, guidance, commitment, justice, fidelity, consistency, family and friends, and the faithful companion during times of darkness. William and Viola of tzolkincalendar.com write "The Yucatec Mayan name for this sign literally means door, portal or gateway and symbolizes the journey we all make from one world to the other, not only in death but also as we transform inwardly and rebirth ourselves. Thus Dog, as our Underworld companion and guide through darkness, represents faith and loyalty surviving even after death." I found that dogs seem to be associated with the afterlife across cultures where the dead were buried. I think that might be because they were scavengers who would dig up graves and when they consumed the corpse they were considered to ingest the soul, as well as the flesh, of the dead. Anubis was the jackal-headed god of the afterlife in ancient Greece, also portrayed as a black dog. The Greeks and Romans associated Anubis with star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, known in most mythologies throughout the world as the 'Dog Star'. Cerberus is the three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hades by allowing people to enter but not leave. The three heads may represent the past, present and future, or youth, adulthood, and old age. In ancient Irish mythology references to dogs are numerous which means they were an important symbol to Celts. The dogs were also magical and could heal people by licking their wounds. In Norse mythology the world of the dead is overseen by a monstrous dog, named Garm. In Hinduism and Buddhism there are two dogs, with four eyes each, which accompany Yama, the lord of the dead. They served Yama by looking out for those who are about to die. In Aztec mythology, the departed soul descends to the underworld after death and comes to a river guarded by a yellow dog. Guardian hounds occur widely in shamanic Otherworldly lore. Archaeological evidence and mythology has recurring examples of dogs in the role of 'psycopomps', the guides on the paths to the Otherworld, which is the role they play in Mayan mythology as guides who bare torches to assist humans in their descent into the dark underworld. This Dog trecena or 13 day period is a great time to use faith and courage to illuminate any dark areas in our lives and share our warmhearted guidance to assist others through the door that leads to the light.
Since we begin a new Gregorian month during this trecena, I thought I'd discuss the metaphysics of the upcoming month. August is the eighth month and with the digits for 2016, when added together we get 17, then we add 1 + 7 to tell us that this is a seventeen/eight month in numerology. Basic numerology reduces numbers to one through nine, so when we think about that arc the eight represents a time of picking up the pace as we are preparing to complete the cycle next month. This can also bring revisions to financial situations, businesses, investments, and industry. The seventeen/eight combination is represented by the Star and the Justice/Adjustment archetypes in the Tarot cards, which is about having our self-sufficiency and talents recognized by others, while finding balance in our path to know ourselves. This also brings the energy that what is begun must be completed. This quote from Walt Whitman represents the Star archetype, "We convince by our presence," and this offering from Ralph Blum from Book of Runes represents the Adjustment/Justice archetype, "Know thyself, Nothing in excess. The Self is required to balance the self." So August represents moving toward completion in September, as May brought us new options, June brought us further down the path regarding the situations that lead to a new life, we began a time of evolution in July, that leads to the solar and lunar eclipses in during the completion nine month cycle in September.
Before I get into the daily energy for 1 – Oc "awk", on the 23rd all the planets appear to be moving forward from our vantage point on Earth, except Saturn, Chiron, Neptune, and Pluto which appears to move retrograde or in reverse motion. Remember the themes of retrograde planets are the review the past, re-evaluate, reminisce and we can see these themes being played out. Retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius delays success until perseverance and patience are learned. Sagittarius themes are travel, education, adventure, expanding our horizons, and planning for upcoming experiences. Saturn brings the details to the grand overview of Sagittarius. Saturn retrograde is a task master that demands we take responsibility to review our beliefs while in Sagittarius. Chiron retrograde has us reviewing our wounds so that they can be released, by having the courage to open our hearts to any fear or pain associated with our past. If you find yourself recalling painful events or situations between now and when Chiron turns direct November 30th, it is advisable remain conscious while dealing with these uncomfortable feelings as they will reveal the path to healing and letting go of what no longer serves a purpose in our upcoming journey. Neptune retrograde is seeking transcendence through spiritual experiences. This will be a time to use spiritual practices to keep us grounded as we expand our intuition and consciousness. Both Neptune and Pisces, the sign it rules, tend to be dreamy, imaginative, difficult to nail down due to their qualities of illusion and illumination often without any way to know which is which. They represent compassion and co-dependence, selflessness and loss of self, higher purpose and substance abuse, in their inspiration to transcend the material plane and experience something beyond words and thoughts. Pluto the planet of transformation through a death and rebirth cycle, is retrograde, which is about reviewing the past, and is a time of releasing anything from the past that is a burden to our new path. Pluto represents death, completion, and in Capricorn, the breakdown of structures, to bring about transformation.
The big change during the Dog trecena is Uranus turning retrograde on July 29th. Uranus in Aries is slowing to a stop as it prepares to turn retrograde at 24 degrees 30 minutes of Aries. When a planet is stopped it is said to be at the peak of its power, so Uranus at the peak of its power during July, is seeking to shake our very foundation through the unexpected rebellion of the individual. Obviously this will continue to be a difficult time of upheaval, destruction, death, unexpected change, natural disasters, violence and war. Stationed Uranus in Aries will have people wanting to hurry the process of getting free. To push the river of revolution whether it be personal or political. This impulse may not be in the best interest of those acting on it, because with Pluto in Capricorn these changes and their consequences may be long lasting and very difficult to reverse. I think that this is the time of detaching (Uranus) to act as an unobstructed individual (Aries). When I think of the day Uranus changed signs moving from Pisces into Aries on March 11 2011, I always remember that was the day of the Japanese earth quake and tsunami which crippled the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants, which are still unstable and spewing radiation to this day. And of course Uranus rules Uranium... Uranus in astrology forces us outside our comfort zone so we have to look for possibilities "outside the box." This is about unplanned experiences that disrupt our perceived and planned life path in order to move us forward in our spiritual evolution, individually and globally.
Uranus spends approximately seven years in a sign and leaves Aries for Taurus in 2018 then retrogrades back to Aries and finally departs for almost 80 years, March of 2019. These seven year cycles are about testing us to adapt to a new change, and we are currently experiencing the Aries test. Being an outer planet, Uranus creates events that we "respond" to. The inner planets effect us personally as individuals, but the outer planets change the landscape which effects us as a collective and as individuals within humanity. Which reminds me of this Krishnamurti quote "The only hope for humankind is in the transformation of the individual." Uranus creates challenges according to the sign it's in, so we may feel like we keep getting lessons in a theme over and over again. Uranus being the modern ruling planet of Aquarius, means that fairness is one of the topics, and often these events may seem unfairly set against us. I know I feel this with government and corporations conspiring to poison us with GMO food and starve us through austerity measures, oil and tar sand spills, fracking, chemtrails, geo-engineering, and manmade massive weather events, while the global elite eat organic food, build underground bunkers, and hoard seeds in arctic vaults. Which brings us to the theme of Aries: the self, the individual, the new beginning... This time particularly impacts people with personal planets in the signs of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, and of course Aries, as these planets become doorways to something unexpected and yet authentic. Which set the stage for the epic seven challenging squares with Pluto in Capricorn that we've been discussing since 2012. As the individuals (Aries) revolting (Uranus) against the decaying power (Pluto) structures (Capricorn), which we can see this in almost every corner of the Earth as the individuals and groups protest oppression from the global elite. I believe the uprisings will be successful in overthrowing the old regimes and patriarchy, but it's an uphill fight for some time to come.
I was reminded that Uranus was one of the original gods to the Greeks. He was the sky god and the husband of the earth goddess Gaia. He was born out of the primordial chaos, and came every night to cover the earth and mate with Gaia. Unfortunately he hated the children she bore him and killed or imprisoned most of them, until his son Cronus or Saturn ambushed his father, castrated him, and cast the severed testicles into the sea, which then became Aphrodite or Venus the goddess of love. After being disposed the sky no longer covered the earth at night and instead held its place above the earth. Which I guess was the beginning of being able to study the movements of the planets and stars in the night sky.
Ok let's look at the daily vibrational energy for this trecena.
July 23rd is 1 – Oc "awk" or Dog: unity experienced through enjoying family and friends in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, while the Pisces Moon merges with Neptune, harmonizes with Pluto, and is opposed by Jupiter. The days emotional influences shift from feelings of empathy for those around us, including the possibility of clairvoyance and telepathic experiences for those of us who are sensitive by nature, to later experiencing deep emotions on a profound level, and finally feelings of generosity.
The 24th is 2 – Chuen "shoe-in" or Monkey: duality experienced through creating something new, with the Moon finding support from Mars and the Sun which moves from having the energy for asserting ourselves in a positive manner and standing our ground if necessary, to having a sense of harmony within ourselves and supports any type of group activity and relationships with the opposite sex.
July 25th is 3 – Eb "eb" or Road : taking action through serving your community, while the Aries Moon finds support from Saturn, Venus, and Mercury, and is challenged by Pluto, which changes from having a sober realistic view of life, to later having the compulsion to act in ways that may not be good for us in the long run, followed by enjoying pleasant feelings and social interactions, and finally feeling in touch with our emotions and expressing them to others.
The 26th is 4 – Ben "ben" or Reed or Corn: stability through maintaining the home, when the last quarter Moon merges with Uranus and is challenged by the Sun, which shifts from people feeling impulsive and acting rashly, with moods changing quickly and unexpectedly, to encountering challenges to our daily routines.
July 27th is 5 – Ix "eesh" or Jaguar: empowerment through enjoying nature, while Mercury trines Uranus continues Mercury's dance through the sign of Leo. Uranus is the higher octave planet to Mercury. Mercury being about our personal thinking and communicating, while Uranus is about transpersonal communing with something larger than ourselves. This is a very stimulating transit which raises conscious awareness and brings more of a love for life, a desire to seize the day "Carpe Deum". New ideas come quickly with solutions for a problem that has been perplexing, somehow available under this influence, after being unavailable in the days leading up to this time period. This energy is looking for a break from routine to go out and do something out of the ordinary. It favors studying a new topic, particularly astrology, science, math, technology and the occult. Expect some electric conversations under this influence. Also on the 27th the Taurus Moon harmonizes with Neptune, finds support from Pluto and Jupiter, and is challenged by Venus which moves from having greater sensitivity to others' emotions with possible psychic impressions for those who are open, to later bringing out intense emotions and stimulating sensitivity, which also favors sexual relationships, followed by pleasant energy for being with the others we want to know better, and finally feelings of inner and outer equanimity.
The 28th is 6 – Men "men" or Eagle: being in the flow through seeing from a higher perspective, when the Moon in Taurus is challenged by Mercury, and opposed by Mars the day changes from folks being critical in their communications particularly with the people they have intimate relationships with, to later opposed by Mars which influences people to be more excitable and irritable which can cause problems in our personal lives.
July 29th is 7 Cib "keeb" or Wisdom: reflection through introspection, meditation and forgiveness, with Uranus turns retrograde which will inspire people to break out of anything that confines them. The "Wind of Change" changing direction will move the revolutionary energy to a more personal place until December 26th. Also on the 29th Mercury squares Mars, has people feeling touchy and irritable, with almost any communication interpreted as a challenge. Hard to imagine that someone doesn't get set off by the implied attitude of this transit. People will feel the drive to defend their ideas, from a simple debate to and all out fight. At this time it would be important to realize beliefs and thoughts can change and to not indentify our ego with them. This transit indicates the potential to be involved in accidents. This particularly likely for someone who trying to suppress their anger. Also on the 29th the Gemini Moon harmonizes with the Sun, is opposed by Saturn, and challenged by Neptune which shifts from feeling balance between our inner and outer worlds, to later feeling lonely and isolated, and finally daydreams and fantasies feeling more important than reality.
The 30th is 8 – Caban "kah-ban" or Earth: balance through gratitude for Mother Earth, with Mercury enters Virgo the sign of its rulership, which brings out the more analytical aspects of the mind and grounded communication. People will be more drawn to know the facts, with wanting to explore all sides of the question before making up their minds. Sloppy communication and thinking will find there is less tolerance when we could think things through before we speak and articulate the practical information with beautiful organization. We are likely to experience more activity at work or within the workplace. Topics regarding health and service also come to the foreground for study and research, as well as communication. This brings some balance to all the planets in fire and water, joining Jupiter and Pluto in an earth sign, allowing more grounding energy all the creativity and emotions we've been experiencing all month. Also on the 30th the Moon challenged by Jupiter, and in harmony with Venus, Uranus, and Mercury which moves from benevolent and generous feelings for those in our immediate environment, to later wanting to be with friends and the people we love, followed by pleasant yet restless feelings craving emotional excitement to do something outside the daily routine, and finally people feeling chatty and having numerous conversations.
July 31st is 9 – Etznab "etz-nob" or Flint: patience experienced through being introspective, with the Cancer Moon supported by Neptune and opposed by Pluto which changes from our innermost subconscious fantasies and daydreams confusing reality, which may not be great for accomplishing much work, to later opposed by Pluto brings deep emotions rising to the surface.
August 1st is 10 – Cauac "cow-ack" or Storm: manifestation through recognizing the gifts in adversity, while Venus trines Uranus which wants social experiences and romantic encounters to be outside the norm, unusual, and surprising. This is a great day to try something out of the ordinary. The daily routine will just not cut it under this influence. Folks are looking to do something stimulating in their social lives and relationships. A day when there may be unique encounters and love relationships that begin under this influence are exciting, electric, unstable and short, but have a strong potential to change our lives. This could also bring unconventional agreements in our relationship such as agreeing to change from an exclusive coupling to experimenting with having other lovers. Experiencing different types of entertainment is also favored by this transit, by enjoying music, art, or theater that is outside your normal choices. This can also assist in breaking free of negative emotional and financial patterns. Also on the 1st the Sun trines Saturn. When the Sun is supported by Saturn, we have a great opportunity to learn something about ourselves through our relationship with, and our effect on our environments. It brings out the close relationship between who we are and what we do. Also on the 1st the Moon in Cancer in harmony with Jupiter, challenged by Uranus, and finding support from Mars, which shifts from feeling in the flow and having a sense of wholeness, to later folks acting hasty and jumping to conclusions that may not be correct, and finally feeling a little more confident than usual with the ability to assert ourselves in a positive manner.
August 2nd is 11 – "ah-how": resolution through honoring the wisdom and memory of our ancestors, while we have the Leo New Moon. New moons are times of new beginnings and in Leo is about shifting and changing of our creativity and having the urge to roar. This brings a surge of new creativity through making different choices, exploring new options, and investigating unrealized desires. This new moon is about exploring the edge, because the familiar is no longer the preferred. New moons are times of new beginnings and in Leo, it's about power, exuberance, creativity, enthusiasm, and drama, which is ruled by the Sun. New Moons bring the opportunity to set an intension for manifestation on the following full moon. Look to the house of your astrology chart that contains 10 degrees 58 minutes, almost 11 degrees Leo to consider what area of your life is being activated by this new moon. For me that would be my third house of communication, immediate environment, self expression, connections to family, and day to day travel, so I would set an intension related to using this energy, such as recording the video for the 1 - Night trecena on that day. That would fulfill the Leo New Moon's desire for dramatic expression through the third house's role of communication. The moon is supported by Saturn and merges with the Sun. The New Moon finding support from Saturn has people settling into a more sober and realistic view of life. Also on the 2nd Mars enters Sagittarius which brings energy for long distance travel and studying subjects that inspire our "higher minds". Folks may feel a stronger sense of patriotism. Mars is returning to the sign of the happy wander which it entered in March and stayed in for almost 3 months due to turning retrograde before returning to Scorpio. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, so Mars is likely to take action around the themes of law, religion, philosophy, and higher education. With more energy for people who are inclined to do so, acting self-righteous, possible to the point of believing "might is right."
The 3rd is 12 – Imix "e-meesh" or Crocodile: understanding through nurturing new beginnings, with the Leo Moon finding support from Uranus bringing the impulse to engage in activities that make us feel more alive.
August 4th is 13 – Ik "eek" or Wind: movement to the next stage through communication, with the Moon merging with Venus and Mercury, and challenged by Mars and Saturn, which moves from feeling cheerful, warm, gregarious, and wanting to go out and socialize, to later people feeling irritable which could lead to needless disputes, followed by positive energy for integrating our thoughts and moods, and finally people feeling lonely or isolated.
So no matter what energies are affecting you during this 1 Dog trecena, take some time to be in the flow of the planet by being in nature, watching a sunrise or sunset, communing with the stars, being conscious of the moment through introspection, meditation or being with someone you love. Every day is a blessing no matter what dramas beckon to distract us. We are all giving the performance of a life time on this world stage, just take some time to observe the play as well as act your part. Remember you are a spiritual being having a human experience.
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