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.