– Saturn stations direct at 28:16 Scorpio at 1:52 am EDT (rx since on March 14 – new territory on Nov 8)
– Jupiter in Leo square Saturn S in Scorpio
– Vesta in Aries sesqui Jupiter in Leo
– Mercury in Leo trine Uranus Rx in Leo and quincunx Chiron Rx in Pisces
The month of August was ushered in by the festival of Lammas, a cross-quarter day in the wheel of theyear that marks the middle of summer and beginning of the harvest season. It is considered a time of thanksgiving and is the first of the three Pagan harvest festivals, also known as Lughnasadh, Lammastide, and First Harvest Festival. The Sun’s strength begins to wane and the plants of spring start to wither and drop their fruits or seeds for our use as well as to ensure future crops. At this time, we become conscious of the sacrifice the Sun God is preparing to make. We experience a sense of abundance. Simultaneously, we begin to feel an urgency to prepare for the death of winter. First grains and fruits of the Earth are cut and stored for the dark winter months. Canning of fruits and vegetables goes into full swing, jams and jellies are getting made and cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of autumn. Lammas also represents the culmination of the marriage between the Goddess and the God that took place on Beltane. The God now becomes the product of that blessed union – the bountiful fruits and grains – and must be sacrificed. He is the personification of the crops that must be harvested for the survival of the people. Underneath the symbolism of sacrifice is the theme of rebirth. The Corn God must die, and He has to do so in order to return. Without the sacrifice, the cycle stops. Although His strength is waning, His essence is still palpable as His energies begin to merge with the harvested crops. It is at this time that the Sun King has reached the autumn of His years, and His rival (or dark self) has just reached puberty. The Sun God has reigned supreme over the ripening grain during the hot summer months. His dedication, perseverance, and action in tending the seeds sown in spring bring a ripe and fruitful bounty. ‘Lammas’ was the medieval Christian name for the holiday that means ‘loaf-mass’. Loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of ‘first fruits’ and early harvest.
I didn’t bake bread, but I bought a few grains I enjoyed as my evening meal down by the river where I also fed the loons, ducks and swans with sunflower seeds. As Saturn stationed direct in Scorpio in waning square aspect to Jupiter in Leo, I felt compelled to set a few things right in regard to my living conditions and also to end a certain set of circumstances with which I have been ‘playing around’ for too long. So, after four and a half months of intense inner restructuring have come to an end we could feel strengthened from within with a renewed sense of authority, form and discipline and this challenges us now to overcome those last hurdles in our way so that we can complete our mission and also take a stand in matters of ethics and morality – whether in our own life or society at large. It’s time that we get a perspective on our ego and for some to grow a conscience as witnessed in the case of the hunter-dentist, who killed Cecil, the famous lion. This story is a prime example of the archetypes at work, emphasizing the paternal principle or patriarchy and the theme of hubris taking place on the dark continent and involving the lion (connection to the heart), who enjoyed a certain status in this region based on his ‘harmlessness’ and friendliness (the 2 aspects of the ego are present – light and shadow). A member of the elite, this dentist has no regard for any form of life. He considers himself as superior and uses his sense of entitlement to collect trophies, assuming his wealth and status exclude him from the law by right of privilege. Thus, he has been living out the ‘shadow’ aspect of his ego when he could have done something for the greater good with all this money. Yet this thought might have never occurred to him in the selfish and imposing manner he has been conducting himself. However, with all the negative publicity and attention he has been attracting after this ‘last kill’, justice could have finally caught up with him. Not only are his reputation and business destroyed; petitions have been signed by a large amount of people who want to see him extradited to Zimbabwe for his crime. Pallas is about to station direct in Sagittarius.
Anyway, today’s astrological aspects indicate a change in plans, which could have caused us some disappointment. One of my girlfriend’s with whom I wanted to get together and party a bit canceled our meeting this morning due to an health issue she’s suffering from and later this afternoon when I had intended to walk downtown to stock up on a few things I’m out off we got a severe thunderstorm warning. So that was that. Moreover, I’m also struggling with the setup of my new laptop and had to ask one of my co-workers to assist me with this sometime next week.
Tarot card of the day is the “Ace of Cups”, suggesting that love is the essence of the situation and that positive energy and emotion can be created, if we let our heart lead the way and empathize and cooperate with others. This is a time of giving and peacemaking, when we have a new opportunity to help or bring happiness to others and when relationships can be taken to a new level or when there’s a new beginning in our interactions with others. It can moreover represent the start of a project in which a great deal of loving and creative energy is invested. We are at a point in our life where we are comfortable with who we are and express that part to others. Moreover, we see new potential, are open to new possibilities as well as to the stimulation of our imagination, which allows our creative juices to flow and our talents to unfold. In general, we can make a fresh start and there’s a chance that things may change for the better from now on, especially what our happiness and contentment concerns.