full moon / august


Grain Moon
Sunday, August 26th, Pisces, 4:56 am PST

We are coming through a time of pressure and intensity, being pushed to extremes with the three eclipses we had. Now is a time to let that new energy settle. To reflect. Take stock. Take care of any unsettled business.

We have just come through a time where the duality of life has been in the forefront of everything. We have seen it externally in our relationships and in our environment, as well as felt it internally. We are born into duality and yet as humans it is so uncomfortable for us. We have trouble holding it, and do everything we can to avoid it. 

I have been doing a small meditation every day, thanks to a friend. Imagining one foot in dark and the other in the light and then feeling what my body does to avoid this dichotomy. Then I walk all the parts of me that I know resist this duality out of my body and I run through the meditation again. Noticing the difference. It has been incredible and I have learned so much. It takes practice to be in duality, which is to be in the truth of life.

Full Moons are often felt so strongly because they too exist in duality. The Sun is in one sign and the Moon in its opposing sign. This creates extremes within us, and can leave us feeling we are swinging from one energy to another. Practice the meditation and see if that helps you during this Full Moon. Though it is not as intense as others. Its calm Pisces energy is welcoming after the summer we have had. 

It's also a great time with Virgo energy around us to tie up loose ends. Take care of anything unfinished. Complete any small (or large) tasks. Get things in order. We have transitioned from the fiery Leo to this watery, emotional, earthy, grounded Full Moon. Enjoy it! 

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new moon / august


Grain Moon
Saturday, August 11th, Leo, 2:57 am PST

This is a Super New Moon, with a partial solar eclipse, the last eclipse of the three. So many planets are still in retrograde and with these eclipses in the mix it really has been an intense time. New Moons are always a chance for new energies, and new beginnings. And eclipses are times of breaking away things to reveal something new, and more true. Plus with the added push by all the retrogrades, all of this combined is creating a time where we are being asked to take a hard look at ourselves, take responsibility and make some changes. 

Take a closer look at whatever is feeling relentless in your life, I guarantee that is the place where you are being asked to show up in a different way.

This new moon is in the sign of Leo, ruled by the heart! The heart of the lion! It's a good time to look at places and times when you are not including your heart. When I say the heart, I don't mean your wounds, this isn't a time where you should be including your experience of wanting to be soothed (by another. I am talking to YOU women!). Well, actually, you should be keeping an eye on those urges so as not to indulge them, but rather to own them and tend to them yourself instead of making them someone else's responsibility. But, I am really talking about the power of the heart, the duality of the passion and receptivity that the heart holds. It's the female in you that knows how to hold it all, and hold the duality of life.

These 7 planets in retrograde are rough, but they are doing us a favor. Wherever they are pushing you to grow, be uncomfortable, take responsibility, use the fire and courage of the Leo lion heart to help you. We all need as much courage as we can get right now. Tune into that. Hold it all. Include your heart. And start making those leaps you are being pushed to make. That is when you will have the breakthroughs. It's in action that breakthroughs come.

Jaromir Novotny, Kolumba