Archives for July 2019

Full Moon in Aquarius: Slingshot into Outer Space

Full Moon in Aquarius: Slingshot into Outer Space

The moon is full in Aquarius on August 15 (7:29 am)! Spring free and spring forth up into outer space! Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars in the sign of Leo pour the glamour, glitter, and gold on thickly. A lioness pounces on goals, taking pride in striving for success. What victories can be relished then loosed and catapulted into the great beyond to benefit all? A Leo quality is to shine in uniqueness, but the Aquarius moon asks how special talents contribute to the group.

Bruised egos and perceived slights cook up drama as a battle ensues to determine who is boss. Words are heated, and tempers flare hot. Fuel for self-expression wills strong emotions into creativity! Haughty kings and queens come out of the woodwork to sit upon the throne. Where do we reign as royalty, showering attention upon those we love and getting showered with love by others?

It is the season of sun-drenched summer parties and various forms of entertainment. How can we celebrate who we are and those we love? In the theatre of life, one side of the mask is the humorous clown, getting laughs from the audience by playing the fool. The other side of the mask is weeping, but will the performer convey tragedy and tears to the audience?

Jupiter in Sagittarius resonates well with the planets in Leo, as a fire is lit in the belly. What passions are calling to you at this time?

To cool heated situations and detach when needed, try burning one of Coventry Creations’ Emotional Balance candles. This rich blend of sandalwood and rose helps us find our emotional center and operate from a place of calm. To launch your unique talents and benefit the group, light some of Shoyeido’s Ruby incense. Part of their Jewel Series, this incense is designed to evoke the energies of the ruby, a stone of strength, heroism, and courage. To express joy as well as the vulnerability of sorrow, carry with you a piece of lapis lazuli. This stone has been revered for thousands of years for its noble qualities, and it helps us to express our desires to other and to the universe.

New Moon in Leo:  Shifting Gears

New Moon in Leo: Shifting Gears

The new moon in Leo is July 31 (10:11 pm, CDT)! The gears grind to a near stop before they change direction. This “in between” time is when insights flash into consciousness as Mercury goes direct the same day in Cancer, fresh out of deep and difficult conversations (10:58 pm). Electric inspiration jolts into an awakening this new moon, opening eyes toward the unforeseen. Jarring curveballs jostle deeply seated patterns! Bask in the spotlight and dare to shine with ferocity! What do we take pride in perfecting to show off to the world? A swift kick pushes a talent out into the open. How do we wish to be treated like royalty and how do we treat others royally? The fire element, with a Leo signature, adds vigor to the end of summer! How do we demand to be paid attention to and admired?

Game-changer Uranus goes retrograde August 11. Look back to early January; where did unexpected (or desired) change occur? Restlessness stirs yet again. What new (uncomfortable) changes showed up, and how do we view them retrospectively?

July holds the essence of being suspended in time, not moving forward or backward. Conundrums pop up without immediate explanation or solutions as new realizations about past events become clearer. Much-needed endings give a sense of peace and closure, yet long-standing issues demand to be dealt with. July 31 is a cogent time to shift into gear after idling in neutral. That said, a baby colt walking on rubbery legs falls a few times before gaining sure footing. Proceed with care. How can a playful attitude be integrated with discipline?

What this catalyzes in your world depends on your natal chart. To find out more, come in for a reading with Madeline Youngstrom.

To allow your inner uniqueness to shine brightly, try lighting the Empowered Throat candle from Coventry Creations’ Chakra Magic line. This candle ties in with the energies of the throat chakra, which are involved with communication and expression as well as manifestation. To balance pragmatic everyday demands with play and creativity, burn some of Shoyeido’s Amethyst incense from their Jewel Series. This blend of sandalwood, cinnamon, and spices is designed to help smooth the atmosphere out and allow us to find balance in all aspects of life. To quell drama, consider carrying a piece of mahogany obsidian. This stone’s energies help clear away feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt that hinder creativity while also helping to keep the negative thoughts of others at bay.

Full Moon in Capricorn:  Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon in Capricorn: Lunar Eclipse

The lunar eclipse in Capricorn (4:30 pm, CDT) and the full moon (4:38 pm, CDT) are on July 16!

A kissing goodbye and a bidding adieu is bittersweet. The solar eclipse on July 2 brings about an epiphany, opening a new door. But, for the door to open, an obstacle that is blocking its path is removed. The eclipse on July 16 brings to light what can to be let go of. Being drawn back into the past occurs, stepping closer to a sense of completion. This allows endings to outworn situations so that transformation can begin.

Mercury retrogrades July 7 – July 31, turning up the volume on subconscious underpinnings. Eclipses plus Mercury retrograde redirect the course; routinized rhythms reset. Untold stories become unearthed. Truth is stripped down to its bare bones, to its skeleton, having a sobering effect. Difficult conversations resurface and finally get to the root of the problem. Yet non-verbal cues and underlying meanings may reveal more than direct communication. Mercury turns direct July 31 and dynamics reverse. Calm waters turn tempestuous as a storm rolls in, just as problems resolve and disappear.

Saturn and Pluto join the moon in Capricorn, as matters are finalized. Limitations are defined. Issues regarding real estate arise. Power changes hands. The influence of Saturn and Pluto give emphasis to the topic of boundaries, such as walls and structures that divide, separate and support. Trauma surrounds the borders of our country, as accountability for the treatment of fellow human beings is called for. What boundaries need to be set to prevent cruelty and suffering?

The well of intuition runs deep right now. Psychic and empathic antenna is tuned in, receiving messages from the ethers. Whatever ends up lost in translation over the radio fuzz becomes clearer as the summer continues.

To allow change to enter your life, try lighting the Wishin’ Mojo candle from Coventry Creations. This candle is designed to help spur manifestation and help you grant your own wishes. To put to rest that which is ready to leave your life, bring some of Shoyeido’s Peace incense into your daily practice. This serene blend is meant to help bring a calm, even mind that can proceed forward with wisdom and purpose. To find the path which most suits you, consider adding some of Eye of Horus’ Dragon’s Blood oil to your routine. This vibrant oil has both a strong earthiness and a distinct fire and is designed to help increase our personal power and vitality, allowing us to take on life’s challenges.

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