This is the "Care and feeding of a New World Age" report for Gregorian date of August 18th 2016 and 1 – Cib "keeb" or Wisdom in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, with the Aquarius Full Moon, the Sun entering Virgo, Venus entering Libra, and Mercury turning retrograde.
August 18th is 1 – Cib "keeb" or Wisdom carries the themes of the old ones, ancient memories that wait at the sacred sites, protection of universal consciousness, inner strength, shared teachings, the Elders, clearing away the past like the vulture, forgiveness, making amends, great sages and keepers of the ancient records. Represented by the Vulture or Owl, this is a time of releasing the past through forgiveness which creates a grateful heart space to receive the wisdom of the ancients. The next thirteen days is about surrendering something that no longer serves to make room for transformation. This is a time to forgive others and ask for forgiveness not only from individuals, but also from our mother Earth.
Before I get into the daily energy for 1 – Cib "keeb", on the 18th all the planets appear to be moving forward from our vantage point on Earth, except Chiron, Uranus, 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. 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. Uranus in Aries retrograde, is seeking to shake our very foundation through the unexpected rebellion of the individual. 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. 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. 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 Wisdom trecena is Mercury changing directions, as it moves retrograde on the 30th and direct on September 22nd, so the end of this trecena would be a good time to avoid signing contracts or other legal papers, making any major purchases, or even taking a new job. If you can postpone these types of activities the terms will be much clearer after Mercury is moving direct. That may seem impossible, so if you can avoid these activities a few days before and after Mercury changing directions on the 30th and September 22nd, when the energy is at its most potent, would be beneficial. Mercury retrogrades force us to slow down and pay more attention to our lives by making us focus on the details of our daily experience. When looking at a retrograde cycle of any of the personal or inner planets, it provides information about a correction to our present course. During this report period we have Mercury traveling through the first stage of the retrograde process since 8/10. There are two important points to be aware of in looking at the cycle. We look at the point where the planet appears to move backwards and the point where it appears to move forward again. The first stage represents the shadow time between passing 14 degrees Virgo, the point where the planet will eventually begin moving forward again and the point where the planet slows, stops, and begins moving in reverse, 29 degrees Virgo. During the first stage we receive information about needing to adjust our direction. The second stage is the retrograde phase and is a time to watch the events that occur related to the information received in the 1st stage. The 3rd stage begins when the planet is moving forward again until crossing the line where it originally turned retrograde. During the 3rd stage we move forward with a revision to our previous course. We entered the 1st stage for Mercury on August 10th, so from then until the 30th, we receive information about an adjustment that needs to be made in our lives. Mercury is retrograde from 8/30 at 29 Virgo until 9/22 at 14 Virgo which will be the time when we will notice events that shift our thinking, and from September 22nd to October 7th, we are in the 3rd stage where we implement the change in direction from the awareness gained through experiencing this process.
If you look at the house of your astrological chart that contains 14 to 29 degrees of Virgo, you can find the theme where you will experience revisions, reviews and rethinking of the characteristics represented by that house. For me, Mercury will move back and forth in my fourth house of the home and inner world, so I expect this cycle to provide new information about organizing, cleaning or making repairs to my home and perhaps some type of inner work on myself. No matter where the Mercury retrograde occurs in your chart, this often leads to changing choices, goals, and directions. In the world look for the themes of completion through intellectual review of the past particularly related to communications about topics like health, service, and organization when Mercury moves through Virgo. There are four Mercury retrogrades in 2016, the last three are in earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, and finally Capricorn.
As we move through August Mercury slows down and turns retrograde at 29 degrees Virgo on the 30th. When a planet slows down to a stop from our perspective here on Earth, that planet is considered to be at the peak of its power and Mercury being at the peak of its power reminds me that the Greek god Hermes, who the Romans renamed to Mercury, was also the trickster god. He was the messenger of the Gods and if you weren't on his good side you might not get your message or it might be altered to mean something different than was intended. In mythology the trickster is a god, goddess, woman, man, animal or spirit that creates mischief by playing tricks and acting outside of the accepted rules of their community. Joseph Campbell said "Almost all non-literate mythology has a trickster-hero of some kind. . . . And there’s a very special property in the trickster: he always breaks in, just as the unconscious does, to trip up the rational situation. He’s both a fool and someone who’s beyond the system. And the trickster represents all those possibilities of life that your mind hasn’t decided it wants to deal with. The mind structures a lifestyle, and the fool or trickster represents another whole range of possibilities. He doesn’t respect the values that you’ve set up for yourself, and smashes them. . . . The fool is the breakthrough of the absolute into the field of controlled social orders." And that is a great description for Mercury retrograde.
Ok let's look at the daily vibrational energy for this trecena.
August 18th is 1 – Cib "keeb" or Wisdom: unity experienced through introspection, meditation and forgiveness in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, while we have the Aquarius Full Moon (which many astrologers are hyping as an eclipse, yet none of the resources I rely on note it as being any type of eclipse.) The Full Moon is at 25 degrees 52 minutes, and is in harmony with the sign’s ruling planet Uranus and opposed by the Sun in Leo. Of course we get the standard hype related to the "Aquarian Age" by the astrologers who haven't done their research into when the Aquarian Age will occur, which we covered way back in the New World Birth video for January 13th 2013, and is still available on YouTube. If you've connected with that offering you know that we are over 300 years away from the Aquarian Age. Which has been hyped as being a time of "spiritual bliss", but Aquarius represents technology and non-personal humanity, which reminds me of the Borg-Collective from Star Trek Next Generation, as an impersonal technology that traveled the universe assimilating others into its group consciousness. Ironically the characters, I route for in that show represent the Leo opposition to Aquarius, being willful, creative, strong individuals. Anyway none of us will be alive in our current incarnation when the Aquarian Age dawns. This is about finding balance between our social consciousness (Moon in Aquarius) and being happy, creative, and having fun (Sun in Leo) with the Moon stimulated by Uranus brings pleasant yet restless feelings craving emotional excitement to do something outside the daily routine. During the Full Moon, Venus is just past conjunction with the North Node it brings our values to open our hearts to our authentic evolution and release the past. The Leo Sun wants to be dramatically expressed, feeling tension with the transpersonal path to reason of the Aquarian Moon. Both Leo and Aquarius are fixed signs, so I wouldn’t expect any differences to be resolved right away. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus so the results of this full moon are unpredictable. This is very challenging for folks with planets at the 24 to 28 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, and Taurus. To the Native American fishing tribes this is the Full Sturgeon Moon when the large fish of the Great Lakes and other large bodies of water were more easily caught. It is also called the Full Red Moon because of its color as it rises. Other names are the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.
The 19th is 2 – Caban "kah-ban" or Earth: duality experienced through gratitude for Mother Earth, while Mercury is opposed by Chiron can bring a greater focus in our thinking regarding issues that require release to promote healing and can take us more deeply into our past wounds to allow more organized insights that seek resolution. We may feel uncomfortable and unsettled as old emotions come to the surface in our conscious minds so they can be healed. Also on the 19th the Pisces Moon is challenged by Mars and Saturn, merges with Neptune, harmonizes with Pluto, and is opposed by Venus. This brings a busy day of emotional stimulus the shifts from people feeling irritable which could lead to needless disputes, to people feeling lonely or isolated, followed by feelings of empathy for those around us, including the possibility of clairvoyance and telepathic experiences for those of us who are sensitive by nature, later experiencing deep emotions on a profound level, and finally pleasant energy for enjoying sensual experiences and rich food with a caution against overindulgence.
August 20th is 3 – Etznab "etz-nob" or Flint: taking action through being introspective, with the Moon in Pisces opposed by Mercury and Jupiter which moves from some feeling a real conflict between feelings and reason and others having fruitful expressions of their deeper awareness either internally or with another, to feelings of generosity.
The 21st is 4 – Cauac "cow-ack" or Storm: stability through recognizing the gifts in adversity, with the Aries Moon supported by Mars and Saturn, and challenged by Pluto which changes from feeling a little more confident than usual with the ability to assert ourselves in a positive manner, to later settling into a more sober and realistic view of life, and finally having the compulsion to act in ways that may not be good for us in the long run.
August 22nd is 5 – : empowerment through "ah-how"honoring the wisdom and memory of our ancestors, while the Sun enters Virgo which begins our transition to the next season finishing up Summer in the north and Winter in the south. This is much more modest, practical, reserved energy than the Leo energy of the past month. We are more interested in the mundane details and getting organized. Traditionally Virgo is ruled by Mercury, but I agree with Barbara Hand Clow that Chiron, the wounded healer, is the modern ruler of the sign associated with health. This should bring a shift to more focus on organization, self improvement, criticism, and service. Also on the 22nd Mercury conjuncts Jupiter has us looking at the larger issues in life. It helps our comprehension by seeing the bigger perspective and incorporating new information. This also brings more tolerance of the view points of others. This is a time of evaluating our hopes and dreams along with our overall plans for the future. This can be quite optimistic and particularly good for business and commercial transactions, contract negotiations, and dealings with the law, especially if we recognize that we get what we want by helping others fulfill their needs. Encouragement come naturally during this transit. We are likely feel our communications are expensive not only in quantity but also in scopes of topics. Virgo's influence brings experiences, as an expansive idea that flow right into industrious implementation or at least organization and planning of what has been revealed. It would be best to avoid being overconfident, as this may be a time where people over look important details under the influence of Jupiter. Also on the 22nd the Moon merges with Uranus and finds support from the Sun which shifts from people feeling impulsive and acting rashly, with moods changing quickly and unexpectedly, to later having a sense of harmony within ourselves and supports any type of group activity and relationships with the opposite sex.
The 23rd is 6 – Imix "e-meesh" or Crocodile: being in the flow through nurturing new beginnings, with the Taurus Moon in harmony with Neptune and supported by Pluto which moves from greater sensitivity to others' emotions with possible psychic impressions for those who are open, to later feeling on a deeper more intense level under the influence of Pluto.
August 24th is 7 Ik "eek" or Wind: reflection through communication, with Mars conjunct Saturn which can be difficult day or so, as people will be more frustrated and irritable. Not a day to launch a risky or daring endeavourer, because this energetic doesn't favor success. We have limitation (Saturn) to our vigor (Mars). This prefers following a well established routine. Older people may seem more irritating under this influence. Folks may feel anger that they cannot express and find themselves seething in silence. It would be better to channel that anger into to some type of hard work, and realize the perception is temporary. Mars and Saturn have a well deserved bad reputation and during this time period they square Neptune. Neptune in Pisces and Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius could have many results some less than pleasant. We’ve been dealing with Saturn square Neptune since last year creating challenges as Saturn insists on structure and boundaries, and Neptune dissolves reality, so we look beyond the material world. Mars adds aggression to the already present challenging energy. This energy lasts a few days, but should be eased by the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on the 27th. Also on the 24th the last quarter Moon finding support from Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury, and challenged by the Sun, which changes from enjoying pleasant feelings and social interactions, to later people having a pleasant sense of wellbeing, followed by being more in touch with our feelings and able to share them with others, and finally we encounter challenges to our daily routines.
The 25th is 8 – Akbal "awk-bol" or Night: balance through contemplating the stars, with Venus opposes Chiron, which we may feel as tension in our relationships or regarding money that brings our past wounds to the surface, to allow conscious healing. Also on the 25th the Gemini Moon is opposed by Saturn and Mars, and challenged by Neptune which shifts from feeling lonely and isolated, followed by opposed by Mars which influences people to be more excitable and irritable which can cause problems in our personal lives, and finally daydreams and fantasies feeling more important than reality.
August 26th is 9 – Kan "con" or Seed or Lizard: patience experienced through planting seeds and making new connections, while Mars squares Neptune which can be difficult because it brings up a sense of doubt and discouragement. This also brings energy for confrontations where people feel inadequate and try to avoid challenges that they hoped would just go away. People also question what they are doing with their lives. Recognize that this will last a few days so it's best not to get lost in any hopeless feelings. Neptune can also diminish our energy (Mars) and decrease our self-confidence. Also on the 26th the Moon in Gemini in harmony with Uranus, and challenged by Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury, which moves from pleasant yet restless energy that desires emotional excitement, to later having pleasant energy to be with friends and loved ones, followed by benevolent and generous feelings for those in our immediate environment, and finally our moods influencing our ability to think rationally.
The 27th is 10 – Chicchan "chee-chan" or Serpent: manifestation through being flexible, with Venus conjuncts Jupiter which is one of the most agreeable transits, unfortunately it only lasts a day. It has a very pleasant effect on people's moods. Many will be more optimistic, happy, outgoing, kind, cooperative, and eager. It can also bring folks to indulge themselves and spend money, as self discipline is at a low. This would be a great day to have any type of celebration, and of course with Venus love relationships are favored. Typically, excellent energy for a wedding or a party. It’s also great energy for expanding creativity and being artistic making things of beauty. Also on the 27th the Cancer Moon in harmony with the Sun, and supported by Neptune which changes from feeling balance between our inner and outer worlds, to later our innermost subconscious fantasies and daydreams confusing reality, which may not be great for accomplishing much work.
August 28th is 11 –Cimi "key-mee" or Transformation: resolution through releasing what no longer serves us, with the Moon in Cancer opposed by Pluto, challenged by Uranus, and in harmony with Jupiter which shifts from having deep emotions rising to the surface, to later people are likely to act hasty and jump to conclusions, and finally feeling in the flow and having a sense of wholeness.
The 29th is 12 – : understanding throughman-eek" being of service to others, with Mercury conjunct Venus which stimulates our appreciation of beauty, whether it be art, poetry, music, people, or nature. Its optimistic in nature and often brings easy going pleasant experiences. This is a merging of the mental and emotional realms within ourselves, so folks may experience concepts with emotions or express feelings in an intellectual manner. This is wonderful for creativity or any type of artistic expression. People find the right words to express in conversation or in writing. This transit can be favorable for financial and business dealings, along with scientific research by seeing patterns in the universe and appreciating them aesthetically. Also on the 29th Venus enters Libra, which is the sign ruled by Venus, so this is a happy place for the "Goddess of Love". People focus more on balancing their relationships with Venus in Libra. Being an air sign, Venus in Libra is more romantic than sensual. Certainly the scales bring balance to the aesthetics of Venus, with people caring more about their appearance. This may influence to create the right trappings and ambience for romance, such as intimate candle lit dinners, a beautiful poem written for a lover, or some other charming way to express a special love for our partners. Also on the 29th the Moon harmonizes with Venus and Mercury, and finds support from Saturn which moves from having pleasant energy to be with friends and loved ones, to later being very social and having lots of conversations, and finally having a sober realistic view of life.
August 30th is 13 – Lamat "la-maught" or Star or Rabbit: movement to the next stage through being grateful for abundant relationships, while Mercury turns retrograde at 29 degrees 3 minutes of Virgo. Even folks who don't follow astrology are aware of Mercury's retrograde effect on communication, technology and travel. This begins a time that shifts our review of information below the surface. From the 30th to September 22nd would be a good time to avoid signing contracts or other legal papers, making any major purchases, or even taking a new job. If you can postpone these types of activities the terms will be much clearer after Mercury is moving direct. The retrograde cycle provides information about a change or correction in our cosmic course. Being flexible will be key to adapting to the ever shifting information of Mercury in Virgo. Those with a high need for control will be especially challenged. Basically the messenger reviewing the past in the sign of the maiden is about organizing in thinking and conversations related to service or health. Also on the 30th the Moon in Leo finding support from Mars brings the energy for asserting ourselves in a positive manner and standing our ground if necessary.
So no matter what energies are affecting you during this 1 Wisdom 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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