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*2014* Moon Forecast: The Moons of August
By Tara Mideaker
When was the last time that you thought about yourself? Not in a self-deprecating way or as a projection of someone else's opinion of you, but in a way that allows you to understand who you are, what you want and what it will take for you to be happy? The Moons of August are going to challenge you to take the time and energy to get up close and personal with "you". While it can be hard to ignore the call to be out and about - especially this time of the year - you want to be sure to carve out some "me" time during the month to take full advantage of this opportunity. Before you start thinking that you don't have the time because others need you and depend on your attention, consider how it will benefit them if you feel more comfortable and happy within yourself. Taking the time to nurture ourselves is an investment in what we can contribute to others. It sounds so simple but it can be so hard for many of us. If you want something to change, now is the time to realize the only thing that you can ever change is yourself. The Moons of August will help you find the best place to start.
The New Moon in Leo on July 26 will place your focus directly on...well, yourself! This is the time to insure that you are taking care of yourself and if you are not, then make the necessary adjustments. This energy won't allow you to feel guilty or selfish about emphasizing what you need, want and even deserve, because Leo knows that a happy "you" is a more effective and productive "you". One of the most important aspects of a Leo Moon is that it reminds you that you have all of the control. So what are you going to do with it? Now is when you want to gain (or regain) control of something. You will be able to see where your leadership will be beneficial - and even necessary - to move things forward. Use Honey Calcite to restore any boundaries that you have been bridged and send the message that you mean business when it comes to doing what is best for you. Black Onyx will renew your commitment to take charge and make positive changes that will spread throughout your world.
The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio on August 4th will remind you of the power to be gained from knowledge and silence. A Scorpio Moon will encourage you to keep things close and work in seclusion while you build your mental resources. Use this energy for review and research but keep your findings to yourself for the time being. You will become very aware of your psychic powers so pay close attention to any insights. With so much daily input from people, media and the general chaos of life, it can be a gift to spend time with ourselves so be sure to use this opportunity. Just be cautious that you don't allow negative energy to creep in and become brooding and melancholy. Focus on the bright future ahead and you will gain valuable knowledge from within and outside about what matters most to you. Lapis Lazuli will help you avoid mental anguish, while Aquamarine allows a positive flow of clear and supportive information.
If you like your Moons big and bold then August is your month. "Super Moons" occur in July, August and September when the Moon appears closer to Earth and thus much larger. The August Full Moon in Aquarius on August 10th will appear very close to Earth and will loom quite large in the night sky. Will the energy feel any different? The energy will be the same as an Aquarius Full Moon - which is quite amazing - but your perception could add to the energy and allow you to feel it more deeply. While the "Super" part might not feel any different to you, the Aquarius energy is sure to get your attention. This Moon will help you to realize and exert your personal freedom and show you the potential benefits of a life free of restraint. This is powerful energy and, if there is something that you have wanted to end; something that you need to be free of; something that is harming you and needs to stop, then now is your time to act. You have the resources, power and strength to make sudden and decisive moves that will eliminate anything that is keeping you from pure happiness. You have the choice to begin great and lasting changes now, so use Rhyolite to expose your inner power and Tiger Eye to direct it where it is needed the most.
The August cycle wraps up on August 17th with the Last Quarter in Gemini. While August as been centered on you as an individual, the Gemini Moon is going to do what it does best and challenge you to look at a myriad of options rather than focusing on solitary energy. You want to be open to your environment right now and pay attention to others’ feelings and ideas. As you review what has occurred within you (physically and psychologically) since the beginning of the cycle, you will find any outside input will be of great value to your current plans. Expect the need for adjustments, but it will be a smooth transition and ultimately improve your best interest. Ametrine will enable you to listen to other ideas and use them in harmony with yours. Sphene will stimulate growth and evolution.
Enjoy your month and be sure to relax and re-energize because September is a busy month in the sky!
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