For August, 2016

Lion’s Gate

August is the 8th month of this year of endings, in this year of intense change and upheaval. It brings its own vibrant energies to us, of infinite joy, abundance, opportunity, creativity, courage, and potential—and, of course, Love. It begins with the Lion’s Gate Star Portal, which opened on July 26 in Leo. Those energies will culminate on August 8, and the Gate will close on August 12. While it is open, Light codes from the Great Central Sun enter our Sun, offering us the opportunity to balance heart and mind, and to master higher aspects of Love by transforming lower frequency energies around and within us into Light through Love and compassion. When the Sun shines on something dark, it brings it into the Light for awareness and healing. In Cosmic Consciousness, Leo is the domain of the heart, holder of the life force within, where what we focus on will manifest. We are all Creators, what world will we create?

Disruption and Choice

Great Eliminators are about choosing the high road, but to do that we must look at both archetypes involved and acknowledge both roads. We need to see the Truth of what we are doing, and eliminate the road that takes us from that Truth. Eris and Uranus are both retrograde, traveling towards Source, and Jupiter (Aug. 8 and 13), Mercury (Aug. 18 and 19) and Venus (Aug. 24 and 25) contact them with Great Eliminators in Virgo. We will likely see an amplification of disruption that can ultimately bring the Truth to Light, sparking more awakening if we are brave enough to embrace this Truth; doing so will enable us to Whole our Selves.

Our higher mind and high heart, divine masculine and divine feminine, will each get their chance to make empowering choices as well. Chiron, the Master Teacher/Healer adds his energies, when Jupiter (Aug. 12), Mercury (Aug. 19) and Venus (Aug. 24) form bridges with him. The disruptions caused by Eris/Uranus reveal where we need to master and heal our Selves, and Chiron helps us to see how the polarities within our hearts, minds and social consciousness are really connected; it is just a matter of taking a higher view.

Endings and Beginnings

Wisdom Crossroad energies are active all month; there are many planets in Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. These energies bring change in the form of endings and beginnings. Saturn and Neptune, as part of this Wisdom Crossroad, have been in a stepping stone aspect all summer. A stepping stone is the 5D version of the square, which used to mean conflict between two archetypes; it was a stressful, tense aspect, especially where the energies are so different as they are here. In Cosmic Consciousness a square becomes a stepping stone, where you work with both archetypes and find ways to deal with their energies that offer new perspectives. This is accomplished by finding that place within where you stay out of fear, learning to respond instead of react.

Saturn in Sagittarius looks for Truth in any situation; seeking authenticity, it gives us the authority to stand in our Truth, but we must be awake to it. This is Physical Wisdom. Neptune in Pisces asks us to trust in Source, especially when we’re confused because we don’t see the whole picture. We are feeling our way, allowing Spirit to move us, and our inner teacher to guide us. We are clearing our karma here. Will we cower in fear and surrender our authority? Or will we stand up and face the illusion of separateness and call it out for what it is, making it disappear like smoke? We are beacons shining through the darkness; our compassionate responses are sorely needed at this time.

The lower body planets connect with Saturn/Neptune (and the nodes) throughout the month, activating the Wisdom Cross.  Sun manifests with Saturn on Aug. 1, shining light on our capacity to be authentic and congruent with our Selves. He forms Great Eliminators with Neptune and the Earth Star Chakra on Aug. 3 and 4; we get to eliminate old karmic ideas that keep us from our higher perspective.  A Mercury/ Saturn stepping stone onAug. 6, and a bridge with Neptune (Aug. 7) encourages us to communicate with authority, thinking from the heart. Mercury begins a New Cycle with the Soul Star Chakra (Aug. 8) bringing new ideas to what we want to create, while we clear fear-based thoughts. Venus has her own stepping stone and bridge with Saturn and Neptune on Aug. 13 and 14, bringing our hearts to this process. She begins a New Cycle with the Soul Star Chakra Aug. 15, as we open our hearts to the expansion and transformation to come. Mars connects with Saturn in a New Cycle, forming a stepping stone with Neptune (Aug. 24, 25), bringing their energies into the physical realm. We act on our higher authority, bringing clarity and compassion to those around us.

Saturn enters his station and goes direct mid month. It is time to take to heart the lessons of the Inner Teacher regarding what it takes to become empowered and maintain that empowerment. We must allow the Truth of who we are to come forth and empower us to overcome the lower self.

Divine Masculine

Mercury spends the entire month in Virgo, the sign of Emotional Wisdom. The Divine Masculine energies settle in, working to realign and balance our emotions, thoughts and actions. It’s time to tend to our well-being at all levels, tuning in to what is out of alignment, being gentle and accepting of our Selves and expressing gentleness and acceptance to others.

On the 3D level many are in need of healing; mental energies are running rampant and there is much fear-based anger flying around. Mercury reminds us to use our higher consciousness to create thoughts aligned with the 5D consciousness of knowing we are already whole and united. Mercury enters his shadow on Aug. 9 and goes retrograde on Aug. 31 on the master degree of 29 Virgo, the world axis point where the world manifests; the Portal of Truth between Virgo and Libra, the most profound Divine energy point; making a resource with Varuna, the highest observers’ perch we are capable of.

We are balancing Divine male and female energies within our Selves and through our relationships. As if to put a point on it, Venus moves into a New Cycle with MakeMake at the same time!  This balancing of energies is part of the divine order that we are ready for at the heart level. Amazing!

The Sun, co-ruler of the Divine Masculine, changes signs on Aug. 22, moving our consciousness from the open-hearted Leo energies to the sign of Emotional Wisdom and the Divine Mother, where we apply Love to heal and whole our Selves.

Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine energies are very prominent this month, beginning with the Grand Water Manifestation between Vesta, Juno and Pallas; the Ceres/Juno bridge, which lasts all month; and resources between Pallas and Ceres and Ceres and Vesta. We are resurrecting our responses through wisdom and understanding of our connection to each other. Divine Masculine balance is maintained with Mercury’s resource with Juno and bridge with Pallas, connecting our unity consciousness with wisdom and higher understanding.

Venus, co-ruler of the Divine feminine, travels from the masculine sign of Leo, through Virgo, the Divine Mother (from August 5), and entering Libra on August 30. She makes many heart-centered connections, beginning with a stepping stone to Sedna, aligning our hearts with the remembrance of those divine feminine energies that have returned to the planet. She begins New Cycles with Orcus, resourcing Black Moon Lilith (Aug. 11), Jupiter (Aug. 27), Mercury (Aug. 28) and MakeMake (Aug. 31). Our hearts are expanding, becoming more capable of holding more love with our increased understanding of our place in the universe and the outer realms. Nothing happens without Love.

Mars, co-ruler of the Divine Feminine, enters Sagittarius on Aug. 2 in the Virgo hour. It’s time to honor and heal our bodies and environment by taking action to align ours Selves with who we really are, and being mindful and nurturing of nature, our home, community, and beyond.

New Cycles: Multidimensionality and Expansion

It is always exciting when the lower bodies make contact with the newest planetary energies. These galactic energies serve to raise our consciousness to the highest level it can go; the fact that we know about them and can locate them in space indicates how much we have evolved collectively.

Orcus is our capacity to be attuned to the Invisible Realm, our true home, the world between worlds. It is where we go between lives. We are ready to tune into this realm on a more personal level as Mercury (Aug. 4), Venus (Aug. 11) and the Sun (Aug. 30) all begin new cycles with Orcus, giving our minds, hearts and consciousness access to our ancient spiritual home. As we evolve we will be capable of going there while still in our bodies. These new cycles also tap into the Wisdom Cross energies of Saturn and Neptune. We are truly multidimensional and working to manage the vast energies becoming available to us.

Mars, representing our physicality, presence, and actions in the world, finally meets up with Saturn, representing our authority and foundation from which our presence and actions emanate. This new cycle occurs on Aug. 24 at 10 Sagittarius, tapping Wisdom Cross energies, in the hour of Mental Wisdom, where only Love motivates what we do. When we are empowered to come from our authentic Self, which is Love, our actions take root, go further; we are a force for good in the world. When we are disempowered, or not congruent with who we are we are, we spread discordant vibrations and lose our footing.

Jupiter begins new cycles with Mercury (Aug. 22) and Venus (Aug. 27), adding its expansive energies to the balancing of mind and heart, as we align all parts of our Selves, knowing we are whole. The expansive mental energies of the Mercury/Jupiter new cycle have access to multidimensional wisdom via the Great Eliminator to Sedna. What an opportunity for growth.

Lunar Wisdom

The Lights form a New Moon in Leo on Aug. 2, at 4:44 PM. The Sun, happy in his home sign, welcomes his spiritual co-ruler as they conjoin in the sign of Inner Gratitude, reminding us to shine brilliantly by taking everything that comes as a blessing, even if it feels uncomfortable or even scary. By keeping a positive outlook we lift up everyone around us; that is our gift to the world. If we choose to go deep and face those barriers we will manifest the Love that we are into the world.

On Aug. 18, at 5:26 AM, the Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius form a bridge (Full Moon) culminating and perfecting the energies of the New Moon. We walk the bridge between shining a light on our imbalances and bringing them to wholeness, and responding with love to any fears arising out of this process. The Moon embraces Pallas’ wisdom, Jupiter’s expansiveness, Sedna’s remembrance of the Divine Feminine, and Varuna’s wide-ranging vision. We have much to be grateful for.

This month, be aware of what you want to create, and trust your authority and ability to create it-with Love.

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For July, 2016

Global and local evolutionary energies continue to reflect our own evolutionary changes within. Just being aware of and being able to “see” the new energies and archetypes means we have already evolved to higher levels of consciousness, where our view from the observer’s perch now exhibits an unprecedented capacity to expand. This month the newer archetypes become more prominent; their slow-moving, deeper energies form longer lasting aspects that span months, or even years, requiring a collective awareness, discernment and diligent application of higher consciousness. Like dreamers startled out of a deep sleep many are awakening, but are disoriented and frightened; we cosmically conscious ones must keep our Light on our Selves in order to assist others out of fear-based modes. This is the gift of evolution.


The ongoing Mars-Sedna bridge will be open throughout the month, becoming exact on July 21. Sedna, wisdom bearer and record keeper, provides us with higher ground as we connect to our newly expanded vision of wisdom in action, provided by Mars’ retrograde journey. We are transmuting our physicality, from our very cells to our newly rebirthed awareness of our connection to each other - animals, nature and the cosmos. As we are ready, Sedna makes available the wisdom we must integrate at the physical level, infusing our actions with loving compassion.


For months Varuna has provided a much higher observer’s perch, the dispassionate all-seeing Eye of Universal Consciousness that sees what is and what’s possible from the universal perspective. Because we have realized this new archetype, and can locate him in our charts, we each have that energy available in our lives. Right now he is very active at 28 Cancer, sign of Emotional Power, where we need to let uncomfortable emotions run their course without interfering, bringing their messages and clearing out from the core so we can get to the Love that lies beneath.


This month there is a Grand Water Trine between Mars in Scorpio (bridging Eris), Chiron in Pisces (forming a resource with Sedna) and Varuna. The energies of this grand trine will be activated when Venus (July 10), Mercury (July 13) and the Sun (July 20) each begin new cycles with Varuna. On a personal and collective level we are making contact with a new way of “seeing” how our hearts, minds and very essence are connected with the Universal Cosmic Order. Varuna teaches us to respect and act with honor towards the life force. To the extent that we can tap into these energies and see with new eyes, we will manifest new ways to whole our Selves and the planet.


It is perfect that Venus is first to enter a new cycle with Varuna. When the heart is open it leads the way to new territory, knowing that even in the face of the unknown, Love comes first. At the end of the month Mars manifests with Varuna (July 30) as we begin to integrate this energy into the fabric of our being. The co-rulers of the Divine Feminine deepen their creative connection as a contribution to the descension into manifestation on the physical plane.


On a personal level, as each of us passes through the prism of vast cosmic consciousness and undisputable cosmic order, we begin to integrate this energetic at the emotional level, allowing the energies to move us below the surface of our conscious awareness, letting it into our hearts, and expressing it in ways that make sense to us on a deep level.


We can feel the energies shift, especially the feminine ones, as the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Juno, Vesta and Ceres all change signs. Heart and mind seek balance as, once again, Venus enters Leo a day before Mercury (July 13); the focus becomes shining the heart open and identifying the abundance we already have, spreading a positive perspective like a beacon of light to all. That which we focus on becomes our world. The mental energies move quickly through the emotional mansions; we think with our hearts, letting ourselves flow with divine mothering energy, trusting that all is in divine order, with gratitude for the blessings and lessons we are given to work with. The Sun’s entry into Leo (July 22) elevates the life force to a joyful higher plane, if we allow it by watching for fear-based reactions and transmuting them to Love-based responses.


Juno enters Scorpio on July 7, tapping our ability to manifest our highest vision of unity consciousness in the world through surrendering our doubts and fears to Source. In doing so we stay conscious of our projections “out there” and learn to master them. When Venus ingresses into Leo on July 12, she forms a resourceful aspect with MakeMake and a stepping stone with Juno, reminding us that the heart is the center of divine order and cosmic law, and that we can elevate our consciousness of the connection of our collective souls through opening our hearts and putting Love into action. Ceres adds new energy with her entry into Taurus on July 17, opening the bridge with our expanding unity consciousness; we become more grounded in bringing new life to our ability to focus on and trust our inner guidance. It is sorely needed now, in these disruptive times. Vesta brings her pure, devotional energies to Cancer on July 25, on the world axis, in the hour of Spiritual Wisdom. We devote our Selves to nurturing our bodies, souls and spirits as we learn and practice acceptance of things as they are, leaving everything to Source.


Saturn and Neptune maintain their ongoing stepping stone, continuing to bring dissolution to structures that no longer serve us, and providing us with the faith and inner authority to trust our teacher within to show us what is true for us, despite the chaos and uncertainty. It’s time to get quiet and listen for the answers we seek.


Both Eris and Uranus enter their retrograde stations, Eris on July 18, going retrograde on July 20, and Uranus on July 28, going retrograde at exactly the same time as his station (5:07 PM), on July 30. These Great Awakeners, creating a balance between masculine and feminine energies, are traveling together towards Source, helping us to be aware of the disruptive energies within each of us. We go within, looking for the source of any misqualified energies that are causing disruption, choosing to respond to them with Love rather than react from fear, remembering to bring Christ Consciousness to the forefront of our being. That becomes our conscious discipline: to remember that we are awake, and we create our world by our thoughts. Only this Divine Spark can remind us to choose loving thoughts in the midst of the forces that threaten to overwhelm us.


Mercury, new ruler of the divine masculine within, is playing tag with the Sun and Venus, new ruler of the divine feminine within, throughout the month; they eventually form new cycles (conjunctions) with each other, balancing our consciousness. The Moon adds her own voice to this chorus when she runs through the gauntlet of personal planets, happy in her home sign, where she begins a New Moon cycle on July 4. Our souls get a chance to process the transmutation of these energies at the intuitive level. Mercury doesn’t catch up to Venus until both have connected with Varuna separately and entered Leo. This July16 new cycle occurs in the mansion of unconditional Self-Love. The recalibration of divine masculine and feminine energies together can only occur once they have each undergone an upgrade in the highest perspective. This rebalancing is a harbinger to the collaboration of the Divine Feminine energies later in the month.

The aforementioned New Moon occurs on July 4 in the sign of emotional power in the hour of Self-realization. We all must take responsibility for how we feel and what we think, and how we respond. The co-rulers of the lower spiritual body, with Mercury and Venus resonating, create an integration that allows us to open up to the expression of e-motions; like a river flowing to the sea they need to move forward or else they get jammed and overflow. The New Moon forms a manifestation with Neptune and a Great Eliminator with Saturn, helping us eliminate barriers to manifesting clarity, higher Love and compassion.


This cycle bears fruit with the Capricorn Full Moon on July 19, connecting the energies of spiritual and emotional power; of ascension and descension; of divine masculine and feminine energies; of the Great Divine Director and the Divine Earth Mother. It taps the polarities of the Virgo-Pisces mansions: through consciously facing our fears we avail our Selves of the Divine Mother energies for defragging and wholing; we zoom in on the misaligned energies, responding with Love and compassion, expanding into our higher Selves. We bring great devotion and higher levels of understanding to this process via the Quaoar-Vesta bridge, further assisted by Mercury’s aspects to Saturn and Neptune. We adjust our mental processes, eliminating confusing elements and bringing focus to what we want to manifest. We seek balance and clarity, above all else.


Chiron, moving towards source, forms a resourceful sextile with Sedna. Although uncomfortable in Pisces, Chiron teaches us to defragment our Selves by going to uncomfortable places within and inhabiting them, owning them, with the intention to master and integrate them into our consciousness, knowing that we put them there to strengthen our souls and elevate our frequencies so we are more able to access Sedna’s wisdom. As we become more capable of accessing Sedna, we can use the wisdom we find to deepen our wholing by healing and balancing all parts of our Selves. Chiron-Sedna forms a Finger of God with Haumea, the mothering energy; we get to make choices on the path to the higher self that help us remember that we already are whole at a higher level. Haumea is the higher octave of Virgo, which is disposed by Chiron so this is a powerful connection to work with.


On July 30, the day that Mars, co-ruler of the Divine Feminine, makes a manifestation with Varuna, bringing cosmic awareness to the physical level, the moon makes the same aspect with Haumea (with Jupiter adding his expansive and positive energies), and Venus also trines Ixion. It is the Soul’s purpose to connect with the Divine Feminine, to nurture it within our Selves and support its expression. It has returned to the planet in a big way, and it’s time to make it part of us, to integrate it with the Divine Masculine energies and then create and maintain a balance between them. As if to underscore this, a Grand Water Trine between Vesta in Cancer, Juno in Scorpio and Pallas in Pisces, all at 2 degrees, brings these aspects of divine feminine energies together, representing the qualities of wisdom, devotion and unity. Ceres adds her energies through a bridge with Juno, and resourceful aspects to Pallas and Vesta, resurrecting these qualities to a higher, more conscious and accessible level. The moon weighs in too, when she conjuncts Vesta. Finally, the Venus-Eris manifestation reminds us that this huge influx of Divine Feminine energy serves to disrupt the patriarchal status quo, breaking it apart from within, clearing the way for us to receive the energies of a new, more balanced and unified world.


The thought for this month is to let things be as they are without attachment, breathing through your heart, remembering to bless your Selves with gratitude for how far you’ve come, and all that you are.


"If we can allow our fear based reactions to pass, they will turn into heart felt responses and we will be able to make sense out of what we are looking at. "– Stephanie Azaria

Shelly Leal can be reached for comments at




For June, 2016

We are evolving, whether we are ready or not, whether we are aware of it or not. The formidable planetary energies of June reflect the transmutation of our consciousness and our collective evolution.


The month begins with stepping stones between Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Virgo (the archetypes of our changing social consciousness); between Saturn and Neptune in Pisces (our inner authority and our capacity for confusion or enlightenment); and between Neptune and the Sun in Gemini (veils lifting), exact on June 1. The planets located in these signs form a Wisdom Cross, which is like standing in the intersection of a 4-way street, except that we have the capacity to go down any and all of them at the same time. The Cross includes bridges between Saturn and the Sun and Jupiter and Neptune. As the Sun moves out of the Cross other planets move in and share their lessons and knowledge, including Vesta, the Nodes, Mercury and the Moon. All month long we have available to us the gifts of our inner higher authority, unlimited faith and capacity for enlightenment, and expanded consciousness and wholing, gained through the strengths we have accrued through repeated attempts to broaden our consciousness. Wisdom is love in action; we must come from the heart in all that we do.


In addition, Mercury in Taurus, the Soul Star Chakra (North Node) in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn create a very grounded Grand Manifestation in Earth signs as the month opens. Our newly transformed mental operating system is helping us integrate the abundant downloads we receive. Jupiter and the Soul Star Chakra will be traveling together all month, and with Pluto in an ongoing manifestation (trine) to both there promises to be much expansion of consciousness coupled with a breakdown and removal of what is not working or needed. Surrender is required here, to clear a path to the positive energies being downloaded.


This month there are some days where the energies come in bunches. For example, on June 3, Venus makes a stepping stone with Neptune, the Sun bridges Saturn, Ceres forms a Great Eliminator with (inconjuncts) the Soul star Chakra, Venus bridges Saturn, and Venus and the Sun form a new cycle! Any one of these would be major, but having 5 events in one day is unprecedented. This is a day to tap deeply into our authentic Selves, coming from and following the heart, with compassion and faith that we are birthing the world we want to live in. And that’s just the beginning! The Sun and Venus travel within 1-2 degrees of each other for the first half of June, an invitation to shine our Light on Love!


There are two powerful Moon events this month. June 4’s New Moon is attended by Venus, at 15 Gemini, a World Axis point; and part of the ongoing Wisdom Cross with Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Located in the Taurus hour of Cosmic Consciousness, we are seeding a new beginning in how we learn to trust our inner guidance and use it to come from Love. We can use this newly honed inner guidance to deal with our changing social status as we move from separation and self-interest to unity consciousness and coming together for the good of all.


June 20 is another power-packed day with lots of aspects, featuring a second Full Moon in Sagittarius, called a Blue Moon. We are mastering the lessons begun on May 21 with the first Sag Full Moon. This time, with Venus (the heart) and new planet Quaoar (where thoughts begin) in attendance, we are learning to master our responses by allowing Love to enter our thoughts every time we get overwhelmed. Mars inconjuncts (forms a Great Eliminator with) Uranus/Eris/Ceres;  there is plenty of disruption in the air; we are birthing a new world and labor is uncomfortable, even painful. This full moon teaches us to embody our deepest truths and remember that we come from Love and we are Love; it’s the only thing that makes sense. Drop into the center of your heart, keeping your focus and breath there. Mercury, dispositor of the Sun, is conjoined with Vesta; the Moon’s dispositor, Jupiter, is conjunct the Soul Star Chakra, and both are part of the Wisdom Crossroad. On this day, Mercury forms a bridge with Saturn, giving us the capacity to speak with authority. This is also the day that the Sun enters Cancer, bringing our focus from our multifaceted minds to the inner harmony and quiet flow of our heart center. In Cosmic Consciousness, this balancing of mind and heart, divine masculine and feminine energies, occurs at the core of our being, where we allow them to move through us, freeing us to receive the higher energies with open hearts and minds. Quite a lot going on!


No discussion of this amazing month would be complete without an emphasis of the new cycle between Uranus and Eris. The last time these two awakeners met was in 1927, three years before we became conscious of Pluto. Uranus looks to bring new ideas and fresh perspective into our lives where we need to change; resistance only brings sudden shakeups, like a kick in the pants.  Eris works more subtly, creating discomfort until we realize the situation is untenable and we move to change it. On June 8 these two change agents come together in a new cycle that will continue into 2017 and reverberate for years to come. Ceres will be nearby, midwifing, helping us to resurrect ourSelves from the ashes of the old.  Change is not a bad thing, but so much of it in so many places brings fear to the forefront. Yet this conjunction is bridged by Haumea, providing more Divine Feminine mothering energy at the other end. Haumea brings to us the knowledge that we are already united together, we just need to see and respect each other as parts of the whole. As much as Uranus/Eris’ disruption makes us feel fearful, separate or fragmented, Haumea reminds us of our unity, and how each of us (and each part of ourSelves) is valued equally without judgement, contributing a necessary part to the Whole.  These disruptions serve to remind us to consciously choose a loving perspective, which in turn is mirrored back to us on the physical level through other’s reactions. We are all in this together; let us stand in the middle of the Uranus/Eris/Haumea bridge, holding hands, space and Love for each other.


June 9 is yet another intense day with many major aspects. The Sun and Venus maintain their new cycle (conjunction) and form a resource (sextile) with Uranus/Eris, another indication to keep Love front and center in the midst of whatever happens. As if that wasn’t enough, Mercury begins a new cycle with Sedna, the Cosmic Recordkeeper, a clarion call to allow Sedna’s wisdom to percolate into our minds through our inner guidance system. With Mars bridging this duo, and Chiron sextiling it, we now have the resources with which to access this wisdom for healing and mastery of our consciousness at a higher level, and the capacity to express this wisdom on the physical level. Our minds and bodies are adapting to our new consciousness. And let’s not forget Pluto’s exact Soul Star Chakra manifestation: more multidimensional transformation! All in one day!


And yet, there’s more. On June 12 Neptune enters his retrograde station, giving us the impetus to go within, integrate our new consciousness, and come from the heart when confusion and disorientation reigns. Here we go slowly, trusting that all is perfect, as it all comes from Source. On the same day, Mercury ingresses into Gemini, bringing a creative spark to our thinking and communicating. Through being impeccable with our words, we may provide the spark of enlightenment for someone else.


Watch for Venus’ ingress into Cancer on June 17, in the hour of unconditional love, reminding us to acknowledge and feel all our feelings, especially the uncomfortable ones, and to love ourSelves through them all. On June 19, Mars forms a Great Eliminator with the Uranus/Eris duo; be mindful of your body and its needs. Chiron stations retrograde on June 26, giving us the space to go within and see how far we’ve come and what still needs to be healed. With Sedna as a resource, what we have mastered will forever be a part of us.


At the end of a busy month, on June 29, Mars stations direct, preparing to manifest on the physical level the rewiring and realignment garnered these past weeks. Mercury moves into Cancer, adding his Divine Masculine energies to our emotional body; helping us to understand our emotions, discern if those emotions are ours or others’, and bringing loving thoughts into our hearts. Not a bad way to start a new month!


Happy June!

Shelly Leal can be reached for comments at




For May, 2016

spring choreography


stage set

The month opens on the bubbling cauldron stirred by the upcoming union of Uranus and Eris, which will happen in the next act, as we know. Their eruptive awakening energies affect every aspect of life in a context of liberating instability and empowering enlightenment. The Aries-Libra polarity is highlighted and displays the magnitude of the scene: on one side of the bridge Uranus and Eris, on the other side Haumea, who is holding the space for the global ascension at play. Her all-embracing cohesive presence keeps all parts together, maintains their essential integrity and enhances their malleability, whilst providing the process with a reassuring continuum.


A grand Earth trine (manifestation) comes front and center. The Sun is in manifestation (trine) with respectively Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, both of which are retrograde, that is moving towards source. Jupiters expansive pull to connect with higher Self and Plutos relentless urge to transmute what no longer fits generate a creative tension inviting us to consciously and fully embrace our divine humanity.


Consciousness, mind and heart (Sun, Mercury and Venus) are grounding in Taurus and attuning to Gaia’s upgraded frequencies. Mercury, who has just turned retrograde, is conjunct Vesta, the divine flame within and Sedna, the memory keeper of all that happened since the beginning of manifestation. As Mercury stations retrograde, he bows and connects with Vesta, indulging in devotion for the Self, refraining from conjunction with Sedna, postponing the recollection of the entire story until later.


Recognising the Universal Self takes owning ones Individual Self fully or to put it differently, access to the macrocosm is via the microcosm.

In the Sagittarius corner of the stage Mars, the physical body, and Saturn, the social body, keep performing their retrograde duet, displaying the merging of personal and social identity. Their elegant and masterful performance shows the countless expressions of unity and the empowerment of Self in embodying ones own purpose and honoring humanity as ones own body.


enlightening sparks

The Taurus New Moon occurs on May 6, as part of a massive stellium in Taurus. Mercury who stands in the middle of the stage witnesses two important reunions: as the Moon connects with the Sun on one side, Vesta unites with Sedna on the other side. Mercurys vast still presence allows him to access and integrate both events at once: the embodied consciousness on Earth and the divine wisdom of the origin.


Its attuning to both energy vortexes is supported by Uranus-Eris in Aries, the leading force of a planetary picture known as a boomerang, in which Haumea is the tail and the Earth Star (South Node) and Mercury are the wings. In this scene, strategic placements feature a geometric pattern, which facilitates the release and final clearing of residual limiting beliefs related to time bound karma. Time is an illusion, karma is an illusion. Enlightenment is now, if we choose to acknowledge it. In Taurus, everything is sacred geometry, manifesting the laws of the Universe.


different speeds

When Jupiter turns direct on May 9 after a four-month retrograde journey, he starts slowly re-stepping on the ground he had covered previously. In Virgo, the emphasis is on more wholing until we can fully own who we are. On his way forward he forms a stepping stone with still retrograde Saturn. Jupiter will have recovered his retrograde shadow in August, when Saturn will turn direct as well, completing their 9 month long three-part dance. These huge powerful bodies, together the body of humanity, are the living matter of our upgraded social consciousness. The stepping stone acts as a hormone inducing another stage of labor in the collective birthing of Unity consciousness on Earth, as the grand trine they form with Venus in Taurus suggests.


On that same day, May 9th,  the Sun and retrograde Mercury bump into each other in Taurus and that highly energized  super conscious package activates a resource with the Earth Star (karma) and a manifestation with the Soul Star (dharma). Unity consciousness is here and now: at any moment the intelligence of the now defines our action, and at any moment we can change options, directions etc. and tune in with the harmony of the whole. Our action, also known as karma, mirrors our understanding of the global order, dharma.


suspended in awe

New stage set: the Sun enters multifaceted Gemini on May 20, presenting us with myriads of aspects of Self at once. Makemake, who holds universal law and order and with which the Sun is in an exact trine, has retrograded to 0° Libra once again. The Sun and Makemakes hieratic communion on 0 degrees of two air signs, Gemini and Libra, respectively mental wisdom and physical power, opens a new era.


A clear sense of Self and instantaneous recognition of Self in every aspect of life is emerging. Reality as we perceive it is a reflection of ourselves. The pristine purity and untouched potential of that shining light on stage and the intricate order behind the scenes.


A great eliminator between Jupiter in Virgo and Ceres in Aries highlights the scene and amplifies the silent interaction. Their benevolent supportive presence enshrines the epiphany: motionless, we hold our breath, a miracle is happening!



be the light

The Sagittarius super Full Moon is on May 21, in exact conjunction with Mars. In the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity, air and fire, the rising breath of awakening is activated.


The connection of the Moon, the embodied consciousness, with Mars, the physical body, attests the reality of an intimate intuitive relationship between spirit and matter. Which resonates with the Wesak or Buddha Moon, commemorating Gautama the Buddha, the enlightened one.


And the bridge with the Sun conjunct Vesta shows that awakening the body means full spiritual consciousness embodied in a human shape and devotion to it. Enlightenment is now on Earth!


What is striking here isnt the obvious: sense your body response as you watch the slow parade of the Sun-Vesta and the Moon-Mars moving towards each other.


Mercury, depositor of the Sun and Vesta, will turn direct the following day and finalize the deal. Mercury is in a manifestation with Jupiter in Virgo and forms a great eliminator with Saturn in Sagittarius. It benefits from Jupiters magnitude and from Saturns authority, currently a great eliminator could be called a great creator: notice how this impacts on you !


That day the Moon transits in Sagittarius translating the light of Mars to Saturn, from the individual to the collective body. With both planets being retrograde, and Jupiter in a stepping stone with Saturn, it takes another personal and collective recalibration, which you wont fail to notice.


We are part of the show we are watching, Enjoy every bit of it!


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