Venus day blessings dear One,
August is a month of beauty codes streaming in from the cosmos, as Venus, the goddess of love is a shining star in the astrology of this month. The Venusian realm is one of creativity, harmony, sensuality, the art of relationship, beauty and culture. Venus teaches that human liberty depends on an intimate relationship with the natural world.
Foundation is everything, and it is essential to cultivate any partnership from a nourished well. The Venusian teachings are one of self love and self care. A true Queen, and a true King is a being who is of service and devotion to their community. Many stories and fables have shown us royalty who have gone sour, yet true leadership is the willingness to give consistently with the love of an open heart.
First to serve self, to give to oneself with the love and devotion you long for is essential. To unite the divine masculine and the divine feminine within. To truly care and tend to the self, so that from this rooted and grounded space, you may give to others. From this solid foundation there is an ability to enjoy life, to savor the pleasures and the beauty that abound. And to create! Create, oh creator!
Throughout most of the month, Venus, the Sun, Moon, Mars and Juno all align in Leo, weaving a story of the birth of new love, of fated love, of destined love and partnership. Love between lovers, friends, business partners and children are all emphasized. There is so much potential, particularly with Uranus in Taurus activating opportunities for radical changes!
Next Thursday the Lion's Gate portal opens up, with Venus offering Jupiter's expansive gifts as Sirius rises on Earth. Sirius is a fixed star that offers many wisdom teachings to our planet. As we approach the Aquarius Full Moon, the Sun and Venus will come into direct conjunction, distilling more love notes from this glorious giver of creativity, partnerships of all kinds, pleasure and sensuality.
We are also in the midst of the gate of Lammas, also known as Lugnsadh, which peaks into this month's Full Moon. This is the Summer cross quarter festival, a time of feasting and celebrating the great Grain Mother. In ancient Celtic times this was when tribes would come together, particularly at sacred trees, holy wells, hilltops or ancient cairns.
She who is seed, she who is womb, she who is soil, she who is the Provider of Life, she who is the regenerative power. . .again, we are reminded as the Wheel of Life turns that we are renewed by death. . .life, death, life, again and again.
This is a time to collect seeds which can be saved and planted next Spring. It is a time to relish the sunshine. It is a time to gather and process our own inner harvest, the fruits of our active phase manifest in the outer world. We are reaping both physically and metaphorically.
This is a natural season to pilgrim, and is why three years ago I began stewarding an annual pilgrimage this time of year. In just a week we are gathering at the sacred wells of Avalon and Cornwall, at ancient sacred stones, traversing the dragon lines that are part of the Earth's energetic matrix. If you have particular prayers that you would like shared at these sites, send me a message and I will bring your offerings on our journey in confidence.
August bestows so much potential to honor the juiciness of life, where we may wed our human creativity with Nature in a true love affair. May you celebrate the art of living. May you live with elegance. May you walk in beauty.