I recently mentioned, that we would have an exciting new collaboration on the blog with our very own astrology readings. And though I was going to wait until the new site is up, which has unfortunately been delayed again, let’s jump straight in right now, before August passes us by!
Please meet Lena from The Power Path: who will be sharing her wise insights with us from now on, for every new month, new Moon and Full Moon.
The Themes for August 2014 are “FOCUS and BOUNDARIES”.
This is a fiery and active month, demanding that you put your mojo out there to be seen and heard, to be focused and disciplined, and to get things done. It is not a month to be ambivalent, wishy washy, submissive, powerless and lethargic. There is an aggressive quality that comes with the territory of all this masculine energy that will need to be tempered through your own focus and disciplined work with boundaries.
If you are not clear about what you want and always take a submissive position to others, someone else’s strong focus will take over and you may find yourself swept up in something that is not yours. If you find this happening, don’t fight it, judge it or resist it. Simply cut yourself off from it and let it go. The aggressive quality of the month can result in fights, especially around being “right”, and we could even see a rise in domestic violence, as some of the aggression will surely manifest physically.
Because the month has a strong masculine and physical component, it’s a great month to actually manifest something physically from your own creativity and focus. If you truly work with FOCUS and BOUNDARIES, you will see results. It is also a good month to clear out any old patterning you may carry in your third chakra around masculine energy, aggression, safety, being seen, being powerful, being clear in your intentions and confident in your ability to manifest.
A lot of the work this month will be around the third chakra and using the energy of the sun to project your creativity in ways that are seen more powerfully in the world. This will be tricky for those of you used to always hiding behind others, giving your power away, allowing others to make your decisions for you, or always doubting yourself. There is tremendous growth potential in this area but it may be rough on relationships, sleep patterns, digestion and balancing your physical energy. Regular exercise where you push yourself a bit will be useful this month as a way to handle the charge.
How do you work with focus?
For those of you who have trouble with focus (which is probably most of you) practice every day for just a few minutes tuning out everything but one idea, one object, one sound. This is harder than it seems and you will get to observe how much distraction you actually deal with all the time. We are a multitasking culture that gets rewarded for being able to manage many balls in the air at the same time. There is a time and a place for such talent, but this month the work is about strengthening the opposite skill, FOCUS. Focus is like a muscle that needs to be toned and strengthened so that when you need it, you know it will deliver for you.
If you have clarity about something you wish to create or manifest, focus every day on that intention and observe the distractions that threaten to take you from that one focus. This is where the BOUNDARIES come in. Focus and boundaries go hand in hand because your boundaries around your time and space will protect your focus. Your boundaries will keep the distractions out while building a strong container for your own focus. The more you work with this the less you have the possibility of some one else’s focus absorbing you into their drama.
FOCUS is like putting a spotlight on something. BOUNDARIES are there to insure that what is not under the spotlight does not interfere. Some of you have better boundaries in general than others. We would even say that some of you have boundaries that are too strong and are there out of a fear of being seen or being intimate with others. Boundaries that are too rigid will not be useful, as they tend to strengthen the hiding or withdrawing part of you rather than the protection of how you shine in the world.
So it is important to examine your boundaries and observe them to see if they are non-existent, too weak, just right, too strong etc. It is also a good idea to revisit the origin of certain boundaries to make sure the motivation behind them is still appropriate. For example if you have a mistrust of others based on an old fear of being ripped off, you may have a boundary that keeps you from ever collaborating with others and asking for support when you need it.
Having good boundaries will teach you when to say no and when to say yes. It is also important to honor other people’s boundaries and not to take their “no’s” personally.
How the month shows up:
August has the potential be a fabulous month for you to breakthrough and heal your doubts, inhibitions, self-deprecation and general inability to take action. It could be an uncomfortable month physically and energetically for some of you that are not used to running great amounts of energy. It is really important to be disciplined around the work especially regarding the third chakra. Your relationship with the masculine will also come up this month for review.
What is your relationship to and with the masculine? With the males in your life? With your own masculine energy? Do you fear it? Do you disregard it as unimportant? Do you mistrust it? Do you judge it?
The masculine as its greater archetype is generous, protective, focused, productive, clear, sincere, loyal and steadfast. The masculine takes the creativity of the feminine and turns it into something solid. There is much work to do with embracing the masculine and allowing it to function fully. This is the month where we have that kind of support. Solar energy from the sun embodies the masculine, as the sun is an archetype of the patriarchal force. So work with the sun and make friends with the masculine.
Relationships will be challenged this month as they find new balance with boundaries and focus, and work with tempering the aggressive quality of the influences. In learning about the appropriate use of “no” and “yes”, your boundaries will be tested. How far are you willing to compromise and when is it enough?
Rather than trying to force current relationships to fit a new picture of what you want, focus instead on bringing that new relationship picture into your personal experience. Then allow the relationships in your life to either adjust to that new picture or not. Focus on how you want to feel in your relationships and work with the energy of how you wish to be seen.
It will be important not to take things personally as well as to give ample space for relationships to “work things out” in their own time. Be careful not to judge too quickly or make assumptions. It is not always what it seems to be.
Because of the fiery aspect of the month we could see some volcanic activity as well as increased fires in some areas of the world. This is also a symbolism of your own internal environment where you could experience your own volcanic activity and energy of heat. There is an explosive quality to the month that could end up in more violent storms, and other weather phenomena. Remember that the external environment always reflects what is happening on the inside.
There is a lot of discussion these days about big changes in the environment and how difficult it is to make accurate predictions. Embrace the change and accept quirky weather patterns as a permanent positive expression of change on the planet instead of as something temporary.
We mentioned already that some of you might have issues around digestion, the third chakra and sleep. We also suggest moving the body and increasing your physical activity level to train the body to handle more energy. This is not a month to sit around and do nothing. If you insist on being a couch potato you will become a very irritated and anxious couch potato. Say “no” to the resistance to physical activity and get off your ______ and move.
You may have to work with some boundaries around protecting a time schedule around a new routine of self-care. This may also take more focus and discipline than you are used to, but the rewards will be high.
August is also a month where physical movement may be expressed through the actual moving of location or job. This could be sudden. If it happens, trust that it is right and go for it.
Change, expansion, productivity, restructuring with ease, clarity of new intentions, and great movement are all possible this month in business and around partnerships and projects. This is a month to be a bit ruthless around your boundaries. If something is not working out, cut it off. If you have a problem employee that you have bent over backwards trying to help, this would be the month to help them to move on. If you have been looking and searching for right work, this would be the month to refine your intentions of what you truly want and then to use a bit of aggression to move towards what you want through FOCUS and setting BOUNDARIES against your distractions.
If you have been procrastinating something like your taxes or resume or filing, or any physical organization of your environment that is supposed to support your business, work or finances, take some time this month to organize, clear, throw away old stuff, connect and communicate with partners. Put some good new energy into your projects.
This is a really great month for manifesting as long as you know what you want, focus on it with clarity, and set some good boundaries around your own discipline to do what it takes.
DATES AND TIME FRAMES
August 1-7: A great time to practice focus, to observe where you lack focus and to begin your process of working with your boundaries. Always look at what is coming into your life. Do you like it? Does it feel good?
You may feel energy coming in that urges you to burst forward with something. Be disciplined about how you focus that energy so it does not get wasted or explode into some expression that you regret later.
This is a good week to make sure you move the body in a physical and disciplined way. This will help to train your focus on other levels as well.
August 8-15: This is an action time. Whatever you do during this time frame will have powerful consequences. So be careful what you put your focus on and watch your reactions, especially your negative ones, as they may backfire on you. It is important during this time to be proactive with your focus and your boundaries and to sidestep other people’s energy that could distract and derail you.
This is also a good time to strive for clarity by eliminating anything that does not feel good in your life. This could be everything from a personal negative habit to a bad relationship to a job that does not serve you to a living situation that no longer supports who you are. Remember to move towards what you want and that will allow what you don’t want to naturally fall away.
August 10: Full Moon is Sunday, August 10 at 12:10 PM MDT (Mountain Daylight Time) Work with the sun on this day. With conscious focus bring that energy into yourself and embrace the fullness of the masculine and all its qualities. Be receptive to any shifting or healing or clearing of any old patterns around the negative masculine that is possible for you at this time.
This is also a good day to work with fire as a representative of the sun. Light a candle or build a ceremonial fire. Ask the spirit of fire to help you clear out what is not useful in your life regarding old patterns of the masculine. Ask the spirit of fire to kindle that strength and power within you to shine with more chi in your life. Take some kind of action during this time that represents a bigger way of stepping out and being seen.
August 16-23: This time frame is about finding balance. By this time you will be feeling either great or somewhat out of balance. It is a natural progression to need the balance of the opposite energy when you have been embracing so much of the yang, focused, action-oriented and disciplined influence of the month.
Spend some time being unfocused and allowing your creativity to surface in unexpected ways. You may need to exercise your boundaries around this unfocused time of rest and relaxation. Make sure you have some unscheduled time in your schedule so that you can be available for synchronicity, spontaneity and good surprises. Your boundaries this time will be around keeping that part of your schedule open and your focus will be around your intentions for those experiences to happen.
August 24-31: This is a time when you will see results and actual physical manifestations of your focus and discipline around boundaries. This is when you have the potential for the greatest obvious changes in your physical life. Some of those changes may be bittersweet and they will represent the ending of something, and some will be exhilarating as they represent an accomplishment or a beginning of something new that has been a long time coming.
If you are ending something, do it right. Remove all your energy from the situation and honor it with gratitude for all that it has given you in experience and lessons. If you are manifesting something new, celebrate it with a “birth date”. Share it with friends, drink some champagne, and honor it in some special way. Acknowledge all the help and support you had along the way to make it happen and be in gratitude.
August 25: New Moon is Monday, August 25 at 8:13 AM MDT (Mountain daylight time). This is a great day to honor endings and beginnings. Identify what is ending or what you intend to end. Do a ritual that will help you mark the ending. Identify what is beginning or what you want to begin and ritualize it somehow for yourself. Use the new moon time as a way to establish an energetic marker for your endings and your beginnings.
Have a great month,