Earth and Fire predominate as the month closes, with only Venus and Neptune in Water signs (and no planets in Air signs) at the time of the first quarter moon (August 25th, 18:58 BST). What to do with that Earth and Fire? Perhaps make and fire pots, statues, bricks – physical and metaphorical.
If you haven’t taken action on your new moon intentions yet, do so now. When Mars turns retrograde it will be more difficult to move forward.
“As we write, so we build: to keep a record of what matters to us.”
*What am I aiming to do? *Who am I aiming to be? *What supports me in my endeavours? *What needs to burn away?
Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions
*This could be a good time to make plans for the second part of this year (which likely look very different from what you thought they might be coming in to 2020), but don’t spend all the time planning and not taking action because real progress is possible now. *Smoke cleansing and consecration of tools, particularly those with an action orientated/ creative purpose
So much inner work has happened over the past month and a half, and we are almost out of the current tunnel. The third quarter moon falls in Sagittarius (March 16th, 9:34 GMT) with Mercury direct (but still in shadow). This is the outbreath. Hopefully things that are, in new age terms, no longer serving us, have been cut away, and the energy feels clearer. The possibility of something new can be smelled on the air.
Everything dies. And that is good. Our inner and outer lives have seasons as real and tangible as the seasons and the rhythms of nature. We can try and hold on to the beauty, put those roses in a vase, or dry them, or press them, but ultimately what we are doing is stagnant. It is richer to return the (metaphorical and literal) beautiful dead to the earth so that new life can be nourished.
“In many ways, women are death’s natural companions. Every time a woman gives birth, she is creating not only a life, but a death. Samuel Beckett wrote that women “give birth astride of a grave.” Mother Nature is indeed a real mother, creating and destroying in a constant loop.”
― Caitlin Doughty
Divination/ Journaling Prompts
*Where am I in my current cycle?
*What message do I need to hear?
*What does my current death contribute to?
*What might grow from my soil?
Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions
*Do you have a set of womanrunes? They are gentle and beautiful and trithful and sometimes harsh. It doesn’t need to be them, but any form of divination that you trust will serve you well now. Ask the hard questions.
*Carve out a little time and space to create something beautiful, a eulogy to the part(s) of yourself you are laying/ have laid to rest. It might be a physical space/ shrine, or a journal page/ artwork/ crocheted shawl, you get the idea. We honour the dead with love.