I laugh when I think about being younger and thinking that “the Dog Days of Summer” was named thusly because dogs were pretty warm and didn’t move much when it got that hot! Ha! The innocence of youth.
Many years later, I found that the reference was meant to denote a period of time when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose in conjunction with our Sun. This sultry period in the northern hemisphere happens from about July 3rd to August 11th each year. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation, Canis Major (Large Dog).
In early times, in the countries bordering the Mediterranean, observers saw that the hottest weather seemed to occur about 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius with the Sun. The name stuck and in modern times, even if we don’t know where it all began, we know that these are the “Dog Days” and Sirius has something to do with it.
Stay cool, my friends, we have about two more weeks to go!
The second Full Moon of July, known as a “Blue Moon”, occurs in the sign of Aquarius on Friday, July 31st at 6:43 a.m. EDT.
Moon in Aquarius, by itself, is very imaginative. When it’s channeled into creative endeavors, wonderful artist achievements can happen! However, if no outlet is found or used for this very active imagination, it can take a downward spiral into gossip and rumor spreading.
With the Sun being in Leo, the combination can create some real determination and will power. Besides an increase in intuition, there can be other occult tendencies which are heightened during this Full Moon.
This is a time of independence, freedom, broad-mindedness, and a seeking of the unusual. Things can also happen quickly and unexpectedly during the transit of the Moon in Aquarius and heightened in intensity by the Full Moon.
If things in your life just don’t seem to be happening fast enough, use the energy of this Full Moon to break that “ice jam”, but be careful what you ask for…it just may happen when you lest expect it!
Retrograde Venus will be entering the sign of Leo on Friday, July 31st at 11:27 a.m. EDT. This continues the lesson energies about love but now it becomes about our egos and our interaction with others. Some will feel that the love they give is unappreciated and, thus, feel like a martyr. Some will find their straightforwardness will frighten the people with whom they want to be close. Others may doubt the sincerity of those they love and silently judge them.
All of these can stem from the energies of a great misunderstanding about love in a past life. Intense hurt has caused mistrust and that can now bleed into this life, particularly with Venus in Leo retrograde. It can recreate those same types of relationships. An awareness of this can allow a person affected by these energies to consciously work to achieve interaction with others that has a basis in equality.
Saturn, which has been retrograde since the middle of March and retrograde in Scorpio since mid-June, will now turn direct on Sunday, August 2nd at 1:53 a.m. EDT.
With the direct motion, Saturn in Scorpio encourages us to use the energies of persistence and determination to move forward in our lives.
Remembering that, while retrograde, the lessons Saturn may have brought you could have been about sex, money/finances, emotions, flexibility, honesty, openness, and even intuition/psychic ability, the question now becomes what have you learned? Will you be able to be more open and honest in these areas? Can you now see more clearly the consequences of your actions?
Whatever Saturn may have come to teach you, now that it’s turning direct, the time has come for you to take what you’ve learned out into the world to improve your life and that of others as well.
Mercury will enter Virgo on Friday, August 7th at 3:15 p.m. EDT. Virgo is one of the signs ruled by Mercury so this becomes a very intellectual time. Life is now approached with more reason than emotion. This can create detachment and that detachment can cause us to forget to take human failings into consideration. For some, this may make it easier to deal with solving problems than interacting with people.
Although learning is made easy with this position, remembering what one has learned is more difficult during this transit. This is a great placement for anything analytical or anything requiring attention to detail.
The drawback is that people can become overly critical and have little patience with those who do not think as fast as they do.
On Saturday, August 8th, Mars will enter Leo at 7:33 p.m. EDT. A fiery planet in a fiery sign! That intensifies self-confidence and increases the willpower.
The “downside” is that people can become pushy and tempers can flair – although they are easily appeased. There can also be a tendency to dominate others, become arrogant, or become overbearing.
This placement creates high motivation and creativity. If you’ve been looking to make a difference or create something on a large scale, this is the energy that will assist you in doing so.
Jupiter begins its transit of Virgo on Tuesday, August 11th at 7:13 a.m. EDT. This positioning can create quite a pull between the part of you that is outgoing, expansive and future-focused (Jupiter) and any part of you that may be reserved and work/detail-focused (Virgo). This can cause one to vacillate between the two parts of ones being causing confusion and indecision.
This can be a frustrating combination. On one hand, it can cause feelings of being tied down or held back accompanied with impatience. On the other hand, it can cause over-enthusiasm resulting in taking on too much creating more feelings of being tied down because of the amount of hours that now have to be employed to accomplish these tasks.
It is now, with Jupiter in Virgo, that some will face problems with faith, values and expectations. This is not a bad thing. It helps us to take a more practical approach to discovering what we expect out of life and ourselves.
The Perseid meteor shower, which occurs every year between July 17th and August 24th, will reach its peak on the night of Tuesday, August 11th and Wednesday, August 12th.
The best time for viewing it is just before dawn and, since the New Moon will be occurring on August 14th, the sky will be dark enough to see it well.
Look to the northeast, just above the constellation of Perseus to see meteors radiating out at the rate of 50 or so per hour. Enjoy the light show!
Time for a cool beverage and some relaxation. See you in two weeks!!!