The Second-Most Interesting of Times

So, anyone else feeling the building tension? There are good reasons for that, and reasons for why the collective pot is starting to boil over even now. August has the potential for some extreme Special High Intensity Transformation to be unleashed! Let us diagram our "perfect storm" coming together...

1) The time of Lammas, the First Harvest. There is a theme of death and sacrifice that attends this particular sabbat, not as prominently as Samhain (Halloween) at the end of October, but it's there if you look deeply enough. Basically, it all boils down to one question: What are you willing to Release before you're able to Receive the Bounty of the Harvest?

2) The Fifth Day and Night of the Mayan Calendar. Day 5 begins right around Lammas, with the largest energy surge we've experienced to date. To quote the material, this will be "the brightest period of light" - until we hit August 18th. Then Night 5 sends the energies down into the largest crash, "the darkest period of dark," as the material says.

3) To make things extra interesting, Mercury is going to be Retrograde for most of this month. This is going to serve to put the emphasis on the Shadows within each individual. Communications get skewed on purpose, so that one is forced to look within during this time! You're not just going to light up the back of the closet of your subconscious, you're going to have an opportunity to shine a honking-big spotlight throughout the whole blessed closet!

So let us cycle back to the Question du Season: What are you willing to Release before you can Receive? What I'm seeing is two-fold: on the personal level, this is your one best opportunity to do a Spring Cleaning of the Soul. (This might sound a bit odd in the Northern Hemisphere, but it's perfectly timed for the Southern Hemisphere.) Everything you want to get rid of in your life, materially and spiritually, gather it together in a big pile. Offer it up to your image of Divinity, with the appropriate prayers and incense. Get everything ready during the Surge, because it's all going to be cleared away during the Crash. And if you don't think you have anything to release? Well, the Crash might "liberate" you from a few things you didn't think you were ready to release, but guess what? You've held on to this stuff for too long, and you're blocking your own growth. So whatever you're holding on to will be released for you, especially if it no longer serves your highest good! It's the old ultimatum, "We can do this the EASY way, or we can do this the HARD way." You'd be surprised, perhaps, how many people still need to do it the "hard way" in order to get the lesson at last!
Meanwhile, on the global level, the Theater of the Absurd is going to reach the climax of its drama. The music will swell to a crescendo, the "fat lady" will stride onto the stage and sing her aria, and we will have some folks declaring that the Apocalypse is Here, Now...and run to whatever they use to self-medicate. If you are a Lightworker, don't let the hyperbole distract you from Holding the Vision. This may be the most critical time for Holding that Vision steady in your mind's eye. As the energy surges high and low, back and forth, we will be called upon to Hold Space and Keep the Balance, smoothing out the energetic pulses and evening out the wild oscillations. We've managed to defuse a lot of Earth's volatility so far; just one big bumpy patch of cosmic turbulence and then the ride smooths out considerably, at least for a few months. Remember to use what's in your toolbox to ground, center, and protect yourself - and remember to Get Out Into Nature if it all becomes too much to handle by yourself.
We're all in this together, supporting one another...and our efforts are Definitely Appreciated. :-)


Wait for it...!

All righty, we're in the third and final eclipse. This weekend we can unfasten our seat belts and deplane, right?
Well - not really. We haven't come to a full and complete stop yet...

Summer is typically a period featuring dynamic growth and transformation, possibly even including lightning-fast changes. These traits have most definitely been apparent in this Summer season! So for this month, expect a lot of "forward progress," even - and dare I say, especially - if it seems you're going in completely the opposite direction you've intended! Many of us will indeed get where we're supposed to be going, though the terrain might be looking completely unfamiliar at this moment. Think of it this way: you're taking the "scenic route" instead of zipping directly down the highway. See if you can relax and allow the journey to unfold, especially if you've been kicking and screaming the whole way up to this point.

We're getting a big boost in relaxing and going with the flow from the energies currently swirling about. A few days ago, we entered the "Fourth Day" of the Mayan Ninth Wave; we're going to be switching to the Fourth Night on the 13th this month. This is a time to indulge in the other energies that Summer is known for: Passion and Play. Within all of the chaos and confusion, several shiny new possibilities may be coming into view for you. Now is your chance to get in touch with your inner eight-year-old, raid the parental closet, and play "dress up." What do you want to be when you grow up, on January 1st, 2013? Explore possibility, without the pressure of committing to anything yet. :-)

Take the opportunity to play NOW, because the end of the month features yet another significant convergence of energies:
First, we have a Blue (new) Moon on the 30th. Technically, we have a "blue moon" every year. Consider - this year, we have two new moons in the same month. Next year, we'll have two first quarter moons in the same month. In 2013, we'll have two full moons in the same month, and so on down the line. The significant mojo, however, is raised during the Blue new and full moons, which brings us back to our "Blue Moon Chaser" to follow last month's eclipse sandwich.
Second, we shift seasons once more and begin to tiptoe our way into Autumn. Lammas/Lughnasadh is marked on August 1st, but the energies begin to stir for the Sabbats a bit before and a bit after their actual dates. This will be the first of three Harvest Festivals; I'll go more into depth about the legends and lore of Lammas closer to time. Suffice to say right now you will be asked this question, on many levels: what are you willing to release before you can fully receive?
Third, and by no means least, let's peek at the Mayan Calendar again. On the 31st (just after the Blue Moon), we begin the "Fifth Day" - which looks to be the biggest yang spike of energy during this whole process. This will, in turn, be followed by the "Fifth Night" in mid-August...which looks to be the biggest yin spike of energy! In other words, next month will feature a big energy surge, followed by a big energy crash. No, we're not going to deplane just yet!

What is to come? The potential, at least, for more Special High Intensity Transformation. Remember, however, that you always have a choice: resistance or acceptance. If you choose the latter, you don't have to like the situation you're in, but you accept that you're right here, right now...and you can control your reaction to what hand Life deals you from the cosmic deck. So frolic now, friends, because we're going to be diving deep once again, very soon!
These two know the drill... ;-)