Review and Revaluation for August 2011 Passion and Compassion: Two Sides of One Coin?
- Source: Rosalina MarezReview and Revaluation for August 2011Passion and Compassion: Two Sides of One Coin?"Don’t let the prophecies, ancient or modern, trap you in a box of fear and futility.Change the dance by becoming the light that you are—the light that continues through and beyond the box into the adventure of forever.Mars and Neptune, the two planets of sixth ray and devotion,begin the month of August in a relaxed relationship andend the month in a tense one. They also participate almostcontinuously in the key planetary patterns that mark Augustas a time of entente. We find this month feels important,not because of great pressures or challenges, but because werelax into states of mind and being that call forth our spiritualnatures gently yet relentlessly. People everywhere may findtheir thinking approaches agreement, not on the details ofbelief, but on the intention. We will feel a shift from desire toaspiration, if only a tiny one.Traditionally, astrologers might have said that Mars andNeptune relating to each other could lead to weakness, infection,or paralysis. Possible failure is there. However, the potentialalignment of these two reflects the strength of devotion—eitherto a teacher or to a cause—that transcends material or politicaldifferences. Mars and Neptune join to produce a field of possibilitiesthat include exerting oneself to create a positive attitude.What attitude, exactly, can we anticipate? Neptune beginsthe month in its own sign of Pisces but retrogrades into Aquariusduring the first week. By itself, Neptune suggests powers of attractionsuch as we feel when physical passions are ignited and desireis put into motion. We experience noble aspirations on the onehand and we may easily yield to temptations on the other.Mars begins the month in Gemini and immediately entersthe sign of Cancer. Our energies may naturally drift toward theemotional side of experience with mood swings and impulsiveaction. We may lack some of the determination we normallyassociate with Mars.Together Mars and Neptune make it possible for us tosink or to swim in the emotional turmoil of desire. We mayalternately revel in desire and mentally aspire to spiritualheights. We may meet with our teachers and guides, eitherin traditional teaching environments or through meditationor dreams. These meetings set the tone for our actions.Throughout the month, we feel increasing tension as we sortthrough the merely ordinary to capture the extraordinarypower of our spiritual potential.In esoteric astrology, Neptune and Mars work on both sidesof the veil between our material lives and our spiritual potential.We need both to become fully realized. We partake of thephysical and the spiritual equally, even though sometimes itseems this is not so.Review and Revaluation in the First Week of AugustThe first week in August is marked by a pattern of Mars, Neptune,Pluto, and Mercury/Moon together. We have a periodof time in which we can bring spiritual aspirations to fruitionwith relative ease. We need to apply ourselves to this work, butwe need not strain to achieve results. The planets form harmonicresonances that sustain themselves. In addition, Jupiterforms a grand trine with Pluto and Mercury/Moon, amplifyingpotential and creating conditions for us to receive spiritualmessages that have practical impact in our daily lives.On August 2, Mercury turns retrograde and retraces itsrecent path through the last part of Leo. For the entire month,we review our experiences of recent months. We may understandgrowth that occurred because of the three eclipses in June andJuly. Illumination at those times revealed situations that wereripe for change, and now we see how those changes may comeinto effect. We may find better, more creative solutions for problemsthat have resisted our efforts. And we may find ourselvescapable of greater insight into our personal roles in changes thataffect family, society, and the world. The house Mercury occupiesin your chart this month represents one area of your life that callsout for review and revision.When Neptune returns to Aquarius, it occupies the signopposite retrograde Mercury. These two planets indicate theway you can reach awareness. Clear thinking is not enough byitself. You benefit from devoting yourself to discussion of theideals that call out to you now. Do you seek independence, ordo you desire to become a better elder? Does group effort seemlike the way to go? This week affords you the chance to revaluateyour position and choose to either persevere or take off ina new direction.PredictionsWeekly Forecast for August Aspire to Fulfill Big Dreams in the Second Week of AugustOpportunities abound! The Neptune/Pluto sextile reflects theEarth’s potential for development of extrasensory abilities andpowers. Meteor showers at the end of the week provide a metaphorfor the showering of psychic information and gifts thatoccurs now. This is a week to dream big dreams, record themin our journals and our hearts, and aspire to fulfill them in thepresent. We no longer wait for the future to arrive.People will occupy themselves with unusual problems.Instead of focusing on the daily grind or on perennial problemsin the world, we now can choose to pursue idealistic aims. Wecan tackle questions that have eluded us until now. We cansolve problems that previously seemed too big to grasp.Depending on the houses involved, each of us has a specificpath of spiritual evolution. We progress now because ofcosmic input based on individual talents, skills, and experience.We each set aside delusions that have held us in check.We see the world anew and understand ourselves as part of afully functional universe.Communication and Resolution in the Third Week of AugustWith the Sun, Mercury, and Venus clustered together in Leo,creative pursuits may take on a more organized look. Thiscould be a time for finalizing summer recitals or performances.With fixed star Pherkad conjunct the trio of planets, danceor choreography skills come into play on the one hand whilevery private artistic work could also take place.Two other stars, Ras Elased Borealis and Tania Australis,join this grouping to emphasize the value of communication inresolving contract issues. Don’t expect a problem to get resolvedwithout negotiation. The end result may involve a change ofleadership to overcome objections from one party or the other.Mars sextiles Jupiter on Thursday, indicating a period of fortunateactivity and successful outcomes. This is the day to closedeals! At the same time, this is a good period for enhancing compassionateactivities. Social causes thrive when we apply ourselvesto specific objectives with enthusiasm and energy.Coming Through Difficulties in the Last Ten Days of AugustDuring the last ten days of the month, Venus enters Virgo on Sunday,the Sun opposes Neptune on Monday, Mercury goes directon Friday, and Jupiter turns retrograde on the following Tuesday.With Venus in Virgo, we may find that practical requirementscause us to postpone matters of the heart or bring indecision inthis area. The Sun opposite Neptune reflects the potential forserious questions to arise without the possibility of immediate resolution.Emotional sensitivity is a near certainty, but so is greaterpsychic sensitivity. We may find that we understand at the feelinglevel without having to go through the steps of logical thinking.When Mercury turns direct on August 26, it contacts afixed star Naos—an indicator of completion for many people.We may see contracts finalized or sales going through. Wemay also leave behind something that we no longer need.On August 30, Jupiter’s retrograde movement indicatesthe beginning of a period of philosophical review. The potentialfor huge achievements arises, particularly when we takethe time for adequate review of practical resources and howwe can use them most effectively.This ten-day period leads off with a tightly knit structureof aspects that suggest tension—the kind of tension we buildinto walls to make them stronger and keep them square. Thebalance in the pattern reflects our capacity to ask unusual questionsand logically determine answers that we can use. There isa deep-seated feeling that we can nurture ourselves effectively.We will have come through difficulties with greater optimism.'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.'The Universal Heart Center