Moonletter August 2019

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on August 1st 2019 with the new moon in Leo, and spanning the full moon in Aquarius on August 15th 2019.

New Moon in Leo – 1 August – Lammas / Lughnasadh

Traditionally Lughnasadh was a Gaelic festival, equivalent to the English Lammas, celebrating the first harvest of the year. Special Lammas bread was baked and taken to church to be blessed. In many towns and villages Lammas fairs took place where servants were hired and fired, rents were collected, and livestock was traded.

Postage stamp from 1981 celebrating British Folklore
Postage stamp from 1981 celebrating British Folklore

Even today there are still Lammas Fairs. In Scotland at St Andrews and Inverkeithing while at Ballycastle In Northern Ireland the ‘Ould Lammas Fair’ takes place but at the end of August.

This year, Lammas/Lughnasadh coincides with the new moon. We’ve moved away from the heavy karmic stuff of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that was aligned with the eclipses in last moon cycle. Now at the new moon, the sun and moon are close to the midpoint of Venus and Mars in Leo. Could be a ‘midsummer marriage’ or just a holiday romance. But do not expect anything to go according to expectations around this time. Uranus in Taurus is square to the planets in Leo. Any machinations or manipulations are likely to come to naught. Best just deal with situations as they arise and be prepared to be surprised by and enjoy whatever goodies come your way in terms of personal connections.

On the same day as the new moon, Mercury, the planet of communications reaches the end of its retrograde period with its cancellations and delays, incorrect assumptions and associated confusions and is now running direct.

Information should flow a bit better and the decisions you may have been waiting for are more likely to arrive. (This does not apply to France and Italy where things are pretty much closed for the August holiday.)

Full Moon in Aquarius – 15 August

The planet Venus never moves far away from the Sun. In astronomical terms it’s called ‘an inferior planet’, not to denigrate it in any way, rather to refer to the fact that its orbit is inside that of the Earth’s, closer to the sun. As a result, Venus-Sun contacts are nothing unusual. Every couple of years however, Mars comes along and joins in. In energy terms, Venus sets up the attraction, then Mars will go for the action.

Looking at the current mooncycle, in terms of relationships, what was started at the new moon reaches its full potential at the full moon. But nothing will keep unless Saturn gives it duration. So, again, enjoy what comes your way.

Go well Ben

Key Dates this month:

01-AugLughnasadh / Lammas – beginning of the harvest season
10-AugJews commemorate Tish’a B’Av – the destruction of the temple
11-AugJupiter turns direct in Sagittarius
12-AugUranus turns retrograde in Taurus
12- 15 AugustMuslims celebrate Eid al Adha – the festival of the sacrifice
15-AugFull Moon in Aquarius12:30
23-AugSun enters Virgo10:03
28-AugNew Moon in Virgo10:38

All Key Date times are GMT

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