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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    August 2008

 

The Sun, traveling through Leo this month, beckons us to share our creative imaginings — until it enters Virgo on the 22nd and we strengthen our boundaries. Leo energy calls us to reveal our creator selves and shine for all to see. The new moon/total solar eclipse on the 1st brings new creative visions born of emotions. The full moon/partial lunar eclipse in Aquarius on the 16th finds us more courageous in our self-expressions.

Mercury, traveling direct, enters Libra on the 28th as we seek to find greater balance between saying what others want to hear and being centered strongly within our own voice. Mars enters Libra on the 19th; we shift the world as we take action on our own behalf. Venus enters Virgo on the 5th, reminding us to use caution when letting other energies into our space, and then moves into Libra on the 30th. Jupiter travels retrograde through Capricorn as we ponder: Where do we fit in the existing world of form? Saturn in Virgo helps us to refine our clarity.

Uranus in Pisces, Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius, and Pluto in Sagittarius all continue to travel in a retrograde motion — deepening our relationship to ourselves, our spiritual paths, our dreams and visions and our contemplations on how to take what we have learned into our future to create greater health and wholeness.

Famous Leos: Madonna, Andy Warhol, Halle Berry



LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Happy birthday, Leo! Balance is the name of the game for you as you begin a new year. You demonstrate great skills of coordination as you move through life with mastery and ease. You are able to remain centered and focused as things move around you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Flourishing in the midst of the beauty of life is where you find yourself these days, Virgo. There is much nourishment for you as you immerse yourself in the luxuriousness of things you love and admire. Let the goodness of this world flow over you and renew your spirit.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — What is love? You ponder the multiple levels and aspects of your relationships as you seek to value more fully that which you hold dear. The meeting places between you and those whom you can be with in sanctity are what you tend to now with great care.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — You search for value in the mundane as you move through the ordinary, Scorpio. You turn your focus toward the richness in the simplest of things. On some level, there is an extraordinary view of everything in existence when we turn our consciousness in the right direction.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — There is no one standing in your way, Sag, and this can be a bit disorienting. You find your balance again, along with a new sense of purpose as you take firm steps in the direction of your desires. Timing is everything, and the time is now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Standing alone can be very empowering, Capricorn. When we are lucky enough to find our true selves reflected back to us with love by others, it is a gift and a strengthening that allows us to move more fully into our own self-exaltation. But is it our individual task to express ourselves, and that is something no one else can do for us.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Where does stillness fit into the picture, Aquarius? You expand yourself to move more completely into experiences of tranquility. As the outer world moves into greater change, you move into more calm because you do not fear the unknown. This is a great teaching you offer others.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — No cruelty is allowed. This is where you draw the line, Pisces. Your heart is good and your compassion is great. You teach others through creating a world where cruelty is not allowed. It is up to us to decide what we hold space for inside our personal lives. You are strong and gracious in your balance.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Working with nourishment makes all the difference, Aries. You allow yourself to receive nurturing and this brings strength. Allowing ourselves to hear what we need for our own sustenance and being open to receiving it is a huge part of the equation of health and well-being. It is amazing what a difference this makes.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Transformation takes you into the core, Taurus. There is no way forward but through the deeper exploration of the self. There is nothing to fear about who we are. There is only the resistance we have ingested as we have lived in a world built upon the intolerance of full self-expression as key to "success." The time has come to unfold into your power more fully.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Offering kindness is your nature, Gemini. You have the gift of acceptance and you carry that into your exchanges with those who cross your path. You expand the courage in others to do the same. Allowing others to be who they are, even when they are unable to return the favor, is a stage of development many of us have to grow through. You teach this naturally, as you live.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Admiring creativity that is already made manifest is what fulfills you now, Cancer. There is no action to take. There is simply the experience of appreciation and deep gratitude for what is in the world around you. Taking in the beauty and really enjoying it is your job. Reverence is your gift.



Motavenda Melchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. Available for private astrological consultations, she specializes in personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached at 534-1024 or moti@innerworlddesigns.com, or see www.innerworlddesigns.com



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