DOUBLE SHEEP MONTH until August 14
The NEW MOON on July 15 began the month of the Water Sheep in Wood Sheep year. This is auspicious because Water is the mother of Wood, meaning Water helps Wood (plants) to grown. Sheep are artistic souls who cherish beauty and value the finer things in life. Under the influence of double Sheep, life can be more beautiful and fulfilling. Sheep care about the quality of life.
On August 1, Saturn turned direct after being retrograde since March 14. There will be fewer obstacles in your path. Build on the foundation you’ve already established. Uranus is retrograde, the planet of rebellion and change, so be open to experiment and to vary your routine. Uranus went retrograde on July 16, and goes direct on December 25, so there’s time to resolve old problems, heal resentment, and learn from past patterns or mistakes. Sometimes a change of scenery does the trick for a new vision. There can be sudden breakthroughs of perception, especially for Air signs Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra and those born in Tiger, Horse, and Dog years.
Plus love planet Venus retrogrades back into Leo until mid October, so time to express yourself. Leo loves drama and romance. Important relationships become stronger, although weaker ones may fall by the wayside. Neptune is retrograde until November 18. Neptune in Water sign Pisces is a natural fit for the planet named after the God of the Ocean. Pluto is still retrograde in Capricorn until September 24. Under the influence of Earth sign Capricorn, focus can be on materialistic or practical matters.
NEW MOON in LEO begins MONKEY MONTH
The new Moon on August 14 at 7:53 am PT beings the month of the Wood Monkey, the lively green Monkey. Pace of life quickens, and anything can happen as this new Moon trines Uranus in Aries. Sun, Moon, and Venus are conjunct bringing luck in love.
For Monkey month in Sheep year, start to prepare now for Fire Monkey year 2016. Use the remainder of gentle and scholarly Sheep year to balance the eight limbs of Chinese medicine, each branch as important as the branches of a tree. When Monkey year arrives February 8/9 you can jump to any branch and succeed — or if delayed, then spend some time in Monkey year balancing the weakest limb.
All eight limbs of Chinese medicine work together to create good health: feng shui, astrology, herbology, exercise (tai chi, chi kung), meditation, diet, massage, and acupuncture. Feng shui is one of the eight limbs of Chinese medicine to heal in a calm, peaceful environment that helps us to rest, relax, and restore our vital energies. Here is a Monkey tale about a messy, chaotic environment:
I went to my neighbor’s apartment to check out a drain on the roof of the building. He said, “Give me a few minutes” then ran around putting away clothes, making the bed, and generally clean up. (Many people have done this, a quick tidy-up before entering with someone new.)
If you live like this, then do your tidying up before you leave your home and office. Especially at work, don’t leave a mess over the weekend. Then you won’t arrive at home or work to yesterday’s mess. Stop mess before it builds is my advice for Wood Monkey month in Wood Sheep year. There’s lots of Wood so you want something to do.
If your environment is balanced, note the branch that needs some love! For me right now it’s massage and acupuncture. Develop the branch that is the weakest to be a strong point that helps you succeed in Fire Monkey year. This lunar Monkey month gives us a preview of Monkey energy.
FULL MOON in PISCES
August 29 at 11:35 am PT is a full Moon in sensitive and spiritual Water sign Pisces. (I know; I’m a Pisces.) Time for reflection, peace, and healing. Empathy is increased as people are more tuned into their feelings, and to the emotions of others. Full Moon conjuncts Neptune to follow your intuition. Answers can arrive in dreams.
It is fortunate to get to a body of water, or take a long bath. And an excellent time for divination! Luck is strongest for the Water signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Call me in San Francisco at 415.642.8019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.
MERCURY RETROGRADES 2016
Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.
September 11 – October 9, 2015 in Air sign Libra. Relationships will be important under the influence of Libra.
January 5 – 25, 2016 in Air sign Aquarius. Good for think tank, new ideas, and networking. Mercury is exalted in Aquarius, the best sign for Mercury.
April 28 – May 22, 2016 in Earth sign Taurus. Good to review, organize, and stay solid.
August 30 – September 21, 2016 in Earth sign Virgo. Mercury is comfortable in its rulership sign Virgo.
December 19 – January 8, 2017 in Earth sign Capricorn. Time to review and organize finances and legacies.
Wishing you a happy and peaceful August,