Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz
As night falls the constellation Scorpio stretches its long body gracefully across the Southern skies. In ancient days this time of year was affiliated with the noble Lion, its flaring mane, its power, its playfulness. Leo is the sign of summer with warming days, golden sunsets flung in cerulean skies, and the central organ of our bodies, the heart. This month attune to your heart, to childlike states of play, creativity, and love. In the indigenous cultures they knew that the greater perceptual organ was the heart. Through the heart, we can connect with its often hidden core, touch the great inspirational spirit of life, and ride its flow as it opens creative and healing possibilities.
The great planet Jupiter, having entered Leo last month, (returning after its 12-year sojourn around the zodiac), increases the expression of the sign it is in. As we begin to move out of the Cardinal Cross planetary lineup, with its intensity, stress, demands for breakdown, and reconfiguration, remember your heart. Take action based on your heart’s pulse to calibrate your life with a deeper personal truth. Be beyond compare. Jupiter renews itself and returns as a morning star on the 8th, after its 7 months as evening star. On the 17th and 18th watch as Jupiter and Venus meet in the morning, blending their lights for inspiration on love, peace, and beauty. The full Moon in social Aquarius illuminates the night on the 10th. The Sun moves into Earthy Virgo on the 22nd. The New Moon in Virgo takes place on the 25th, , a time to seed a project or dream.
During August we feel the tension between planets in Leo and planets in Scorpio. Scorpio is sensitive to other peoples’ emotions and behavior, highlighting our emotional reactions or more skillfully handled, clarity of perception. It is a sign of great power and healing, if conscious, and challenging, revenging, if not. Watch the dates, 1st, the 8th, 9th and 27th, to keep a balance between your inner emotional reaction and your need to express and be yourself.
Simultaneously as the Sun, Mercury, and Venus travel through Leo, they align with Uranus in Aries. They call us to break out of old patterns and ruts, to have courage and do something radically different! Don’t hold on because it’s comfortable. Open yourself to possibilities. Believe in yourself even if you don’t. Pretend! Create those new neuro pathways in your brain. Transform! The world is begging it of us.
Twelve opportunities for August: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Define what you love. Get it on paper. Follow the thread of your bliss, to build greater confidence. Make time to nurture and create from your heart. Situations open up with children. As you allow deeper self trust you will continue to push an emotional edge. Persevere. Powerful breakthroughs are around the corner.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Nurture your heart in a sacred place. Create privacy to feel the love and joy that naturally wants to arise and fill your life. Your home, your inner relationship with yourself, is changing. You experience a confidence arising from within that is beyond what you have known. Contemplation and staying with what is right in front of you bring success. Sweetness and love are highlighted on the 12th & 17th. Aug 26th shows tension in relationship.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): You are full of new ideas and inspirations, big plans. Let yourself feel into your plans as if there are taking place right now. Experience within your imagination how people receive your communication, writing and/or teaching. Feeling it opens your heart to greater insight and intuition. Your steady hard work, and disciplined effort will ground your dreams into reality.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Nurture your heart, which includes bringing your love to yourself. Drop into your heart and listen deeply. This listening opens your heart’s perception to spirit and gives you confidence to trust the journey you are on. Now is the time to cultivate this relationship with yourself and bring forth your creative expression or leadership talents, your playful and romantic self. More abundance, success, feelings of security, and beauty, will then come into your life.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): This is the birthday of birthdays! Celebrate! What is your heart’s desire? What new areas of life are opening up for you? How do you want to share your love and gifts? You’ve seen yourself in new ways this year. You’ve gone deeper and rooted yourself more firmly in your truth. Now sweetness enters your life. Savor it. Share it.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Your heart’s desire is to reconnect with a greater view, the beauty and grandeur of the Earth. Let go of your extreme attentiveness to everything and everyone. Give yourself time to merge with what you love. Surround yourself with what inspires you. Your confidence is renewed. Your creative expression rejuvenated. Be patient with communications for greater beneficial effect.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): This month stretch yourself into new areas. Open yourself to new people of like mind, a way to share with others beyond those you are familiar with. Share what you love. Be bold, be playful, be beyond comparison. You will feel your vulnerability but that’s just the opening of your heart to your authentic expression. Perseverance brings great joy and success.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): You are suddenly aware of how others see you. Let others see what you love. Your leadership skills are highlighted. Trust your instinct and powers of perception to guide your standing in the community. Do you want more business? This is an excellent time to promote yourself. Growth is indicted but also the need to simplify. Balance is the key right now.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Your heart recently has filled with a greater vision and understanding of yourself, and your destiny. You connect with people who act as teachers to you, whether they know it or not. Travel is favored as is studying at this time. Your intuitive perception is highlighted. You can experience the music of the night sky and stars. Situations come up with others at the end of the month that disturbs your expanded state. Be patient, a jewel will emerge from the challenge.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): You take yourself right to the edge of what you can handle. This is the Capricorn way. As you check in with your heart’s desire you find you want to let go, share love, and relax. Trust your vulnerability to lead you into feeling what you love. It may be quite simple, but hidden. It takes devotion to creating time for yourself. Schedule several days or hours of the day. Keep it private. Singing transforms your sense of self. Follow this and abundance flows.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): During August let your heart merge with the one you love. Open to your partner or friend, to lead, to instruct, to share their love with you. Play and have fun. Celebrate with another. Your energy will also be directed to accomplishing tasks and furthering your career. Reflect with a friend your vision for participation in the community. See something new developing in your work. Take one step at a time. Balance deliberation with fun.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): The heart’s desire for the Pisces is to be of service. This happens through many different avenues. Now is a good time to gather likeminded people for a working project. Creating and collaborating with others in the work you love comes into a flow. Your leadership and confidence supports you, as you make sure the practical details are analyzed, a plan is made, and put in place. At the end of the month differences of opinion jar good feelings. Stay patient and firm.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 32 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com