Congrats everyone, you made it through the first half of 2018. With some of the hard aspects that we have all shared this year, that is a huge accomplishment. July's heat wave will present a few bumps in the road, but a lovely grand trine right in the middle of the month will cool things off. This trine is so beautiful, in fact, that I would schedule major events and even births (if you can) on and around July 13th to 15th. But more on that later for some of the signs below. Heads up…Mercury goes retrograde on July 29th (you'll start to feel it by the 26th) so make sure that you buy your electronics, sign your contracts and have your tricky negotiations before the end of the month. Happy summer!
June 21-July 22
“Water your seedlings"
Happy Birthday to our summer friends born under the sign Cancer the Crab. The end of June would have been a bit of a struggle for you. Things are going to lift at the beginning of this month and line up by July 10th. This July 4th holiday will be especially fun and meaningful. Be with loved ones and celebrate. Just don't overindulge. How do you take advantage of the Earth sign grand trine around July 13th-15th? Water your garden. I mean your actual garden…but also your metaphorical garden. It's a good time to take action around tending to the goals that you have already set and not spending too much time dreaming…or planting new seeds. Work on your company's process, renovate your property, take care of warranty issues and pay attention to your assets. God will take care of growing the plants right now. You just need to be a good caretaker.
July 23-August 22
“The party is over"
It's time to clean up all the remnants of the good times that you've been having lately. It's not just drudgery for you, it's just time to get to work. The earth trine July 13th-15th calls you to focus on the practical application of your dreams. Be realistic. You still have lovely Mars energy on your side this month and on July 5th-6th you can convince anyone to do anything. Get prepared for Mercury going into retrograde at the end of the month in your sign of Leo. Not a good time to take a trip, but a great time to rest and organize your home with Venus in Virgo. What have you invented lately? Write it down.
August 23-September 22
“I can see clearly now"
Are you ready to receive your vision dear Virgo? This month is especially magical for you. It's like the universe picks you up, alights you on top of a beautiful mountain, and gives you a glimpse of your future including all the miracles, obstacles, treasures and hills to climb. It's so beautiful. Don't miss it because you are too busy looking down obsessing over the details or looking behind you trying to understand what went wrong. Look up and out. Your life is becoming a heroic tale. Have faith and keep moving.
September 23-October 22
“Digging out from under"
This Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn has been weighing on you for quite some time now. It feels heavy, like you can never finish what you've started. Keep going for there is a reward at the end of this marathon. It's just going to take a while. In the interim, dance with your Mars in Aquarius…dream, create, try new things. The “new" is your friend right now. New restaurants, travel destinations, ideas and cultures. Be frugal with your assets, especially real estate. It's the season of living below your means. That can be hard for the Librans that love new things and “retail therapy."
October 23-November 22
“Knights in white satin"
Scorpios who know anything about astrology understand that right now is a golden time for them because of the lovely transits happening in the major planets. For Scorpios, these auguries represent grand life visions, work abundance, asset building and spiritual connection. In other words, you are being blessed right now in the short term and long term. So why can't you be more respectful to those around you? Why do you feel like it's ok to lose your temper and have a negative impact on the people that matter the most to you? I'm not talking to the more mindful and conscious Scorpios right now. But for many of you it's the everyday interpersonal frustrations that are the stress for you right now. Some handle this better than others. Try to stay in an attitude of gratitude. It's a medicine that will do wonders.
November 23-December 21
You still have the gift of persuasion and gab right now, but the Mercury in retrograde at the end of the month (starting July 26th) is especially “interesting" for you. With the grand trine in earth signs and the retrograde coming, I would choose my words carefully and focus on getting my assets and finances in order presently and for your retirement. It's also a time to downsize as a part of a future vision. In other words, don't get into a situation where you have to “put your money where your mouth is." This month is not a time to gamble on anything. That's a bummer for Sagittarians because they practically invented the art of making a wager. Trust me, right now you can't afford to lose.
December 22-January 19
“Manna from heaven"
Woohoo! Hot damn what a month for you. Sorry was that too loud? Capricorns don't like making a scene. It's uncouth. In fact, they would rather assess all of their abundance and good fortune in private. Smart Capricorns (everyone else please take note) know that this is a sellers' market. They are unloading real estate and assets. They are building up a fund to buy up the deals when the market inevitably goes soft soon. This is just business as usual for them. The only difference is that the way they see the world is how the world is right now. Slow and steady wins the race. This isn't always the case. There is also love happening for our Cap friends. But, of course, that is very private. Look at their faces closely…see the little corner of a smile on that otherwise stern face? There it is…Caps are winning.
January 20-February 18
“Hear ye, hear ye"
I know it has been slow building the path to your dreams lately. It feels like the foundation is never quite finished. You are never done. You want to move on to the fun aspects of your vision. You want to start living in your vision. It's simply not time yet to have everything that you want. It wouldn't even be fun if you really think about it. Would you want everything that you've ever desired to eat all on one table in front of you at the same time? You wouldn't be able to be present for all of it. Besides, right now the universe is asking for you to share your process of building as an inspiration to others. The story of your struggles and process is an important teacher. Speak your truth to help others out.
February 19-March 20
You have been out in that Piscean, watery sea for quite some time now. You are comfortable in the ocean of emotions, vision and creativity but everyone needs to throw an anchor down at times to recharge and replenish your cargo. Now is your time to take a furlough on dry land. In other words, reap financial and physical rewards for your hard work and put your focus on evaluating assets and the structure of relationships. Take stock of your resources and plan for your future resources. Buy or sell real estate. Move or edit possessions if it's needed. Work on career planning. Make or break a commitment within a relationship. The sky is clear of storms…time to make your intentions clear as well.
March 21-April 19
I call this “tsunami season" for Aries. You have all the major planets squaring or otherwise not trining your sun. Imagine yourself on a surfboard in the middle of the ocean. The horizon looks calm but I'm letting you know now that there are several tsunamis on the way. There are a few ways to handle this news: 1. Stay in a denial that they aren't coming. 2. Become paralyzed with fear that they are coming. 3. Get excited about how amazing the surfing is going to be and where these waves may take you. For an Aries, the latter is almost always the choice you will make. Just keep one mantra in mind: submit. You must submit to the forces of fate that are beyond your control right now. See it as an exciting adventure and don't resist. You will end up somewhere wonderful and new I promise.
April 20-May 20
“Upside down, downside up"
Like I've said previously, this month is a wonderful bounty for the earth signs and you are no exception. The special twist for Taurus is the Uranus transit of change and surprise. Taurus is not usually one for surprise, but I suggest that you put your life vest on and get excited (see Aries above). Your fortune could change, your identity could change, your whole life could change without any planning on your part. While this is happening, your finances can become more stable. Your creative life will flourish, and your emotional life can become more fulfilling than ever before. Just try to watch what you say and how you say it with Mercury in Leo. Don't gloat. Some people will be jealous of your success.
May 21-June 20
“Eye on the ball"
It's a month to stay focused and on task for Geminis. Revisit your long-term goals. Who do you need to network with to get to where you want to be? Who really has all the power? Are you staying within a budget or are you living above your means? It's a great time to sell real estate. It's not a good time to make major financial commitments that are a stretch. You have Mars energy on your side, but it is not the time to start new things. It is a time to assess your strategy and to eliminate redundancies. Keep building and plugging away on your projects and eliminate the word “should" from your vocabulary. I should have this by now…I should be there by now…you are exactly where you “should" be right now.
Following are excerpts from "Unleash the Girls, The Untold Story of the Invention of the Sports Bra and How It Changed the World (And Me)" By Lisa Z. Lindahl
There is an idea that has popped up everywhere from Chaos Theory to Science Fiction and New Age memes known popularly as the "Butterfly Effect." Simply put, it is the notion that one very small thing—the movement of a butterfly's wing say, or the ripple in a lake caused by a pebble being thrown into it—can cause tremendous effect far away: the butterfly's wing a tornado, the ripple a large wave on a distant shore. Cause and effect, does it have limits? The field of physics is telling us that it takes only observation to bring a thing into being. We cannot consider these areas of investigation and not acknowledge that everything—everything—is in relationship in some way or another with everything else.
So, it is evident to me that commerce of any kind is, also, just about relationships. It all boils down, on every level to this simplicity. While we usually think of relationships as occurring between people—it is far more than that.
I used to teach a course in entrepreneurship specifically for women in The Women's Small Business Program at Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont. I made this concept of relationship and its importance central in how I taught the marketing thought process. I would stress that for a product or service to be successful, it had to meet a perceived need. There is a need, and it wants to be met; or it may be thought of as a problem to be solved. Or there may be an existing solution that is less than adequate.
For example: In my universe as a runner there already were a plethora of bras available, but they were inadequate for my purpose. The relationship between my breasts, my running body, and my bra was creating discomfort and distraction. A new solution had to be found, the relationship occurring when all these things came together had to be fixed. Utilizing this point of view, one sees a set of issues that need to be addressed—they are in relationship with each other and their environment in a way that needs to be changed, adjusted.
Nowhere is this viewpoint truer than in business, as we enter into more and more relationships with people to address all the needs of the organization. Whether designing a product or a service or communicating with others about it—we are in relationship. And meanwhile, how about maintaining a healthy relationship with ourselves? All the issues we know about stress in the workplace can boil down to an internal balancing act around our relationships: to the work itself, to those we work with, to home life, friends and lovers. So quickly those ripples can become waves.
Because Jogbra was growing so quickly, relationships were being discovered, created, ending, expanding and changing at a pace that makes my head spin to recall. And truly challenged my spirit. Not to mention how I handled dealing with my seizure disorder.
"My Lifelong Partner"
Let me tell you a bit about my old friend, Epilepsy. Having Epilepsy does not make any sort of money-making endeavor easy or reliable, yet it is my other "partner" in life. Husbands and business partners have come and gone, but Epilepsy has always been with me. It was my first experience of having a "shadow teacher."
While a child who isn't feeling she has power over her world may have a tantrum, as we grow older, most of us find other more subtle ways to express our powerfulness or powerlessness. We adapt, learn coping mechanisms, how to persuade, manipulate, or capitulate when necessary. These tools, these learned adaptations, give a sense of control. They make us feel more in charge of our destiny. As a result, our maturing self generally feels indestructible, immortal. Life is a long, golden road of futures for the young.
This was not the case for me. I learned very early on when I started having seizures that I was not fully in charge of the world, my world, specifically of my body. There are many different types of epileptic seizures. Often a person with the illness may have more than one type. That has been the case for me. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy—with a seizure type now referred to as "Absence seizures"—when I was four years old. I have seen neurologists and taken medications ever since. As often happens, the condition worsened when I entered puberty and I started having convulsions as well—what most people think of when they think of epileptic seizures. The clinical name is generalized "Tonic-clonic" seizures.
In such a seizure the entire brain is involved, rather like an electrical circuit that has gone out as a result of a power surge. I lose consciousness, my whole body becomes rigid, the muscles start jerking uncontrollably, and I fall. Tonic-clonic seizures, also known as "grand mal" seizures, may or may not be preceded by an aura, a type of perceptual disturbance, which for me can act as a warning of what is coming. The seizure usually only lasts for a few minutes, but I feel its draining effects for a day or two afterwards. Although I would prefer to sleep all day after such a physically and emotionally taxing event, I have often just gotten up off the floor and, within hours, gone back to work. It was necessary sometimes, though definitely not medically advised. I'm fond of saying that having a grand mal seizure is rather like being struck by a Mack truck and living to tell the tale.
Having Epilepsy has forced me to be dependent on others throughout my life. While we are all dependent upon others to some degree—independent, interdependent, dependent—in my case a deep level of dependency was decreed and ingrained very early on. This enforced dependency did not sit well with my native self. I bucked and rebelled. At the same time, a part of me also feared the next fall, the next post-convulsive fugue. And so I recognized, I acquiesced to the need to depend on others.
The silver lining of having Epilepsy is that it has introduced me to and taught me a bit about the nature of being powerless—and experiencing betrayal. I could not trust that my body would always operate as it should. Routinely, it suddenly quits. I experience this as betrayal by my brain and body. It results in my complete powerlessness throughout the convulsion. Not to mention an inconvenient interruption of any activities or plans I might have made.
Hence, I am the recipient of two important life lessons—and I was blessed to have this very specific and graphic experience at a young age. It made me observant and reflective, giving me the opportunity to consider what/where/who "I" was. I knew I was not "just" my body, or even my brain.
So, who or what did that leave? Who, what am I? Much has been written about trauma, and about near-death experiences, both of which seizures have been classified or described as. I won't delve into that here except to say that experiencing recurrent seizures and the attendant altered states of consciousness that sometimes accompany an episode (the euphemism for a seizure) changes one. It deeply affects you. It is both illuminating and frightening. It opens you up in some ways and can close you way down in others. For me it made it easy to consider the possibility of other ways to perceive, of other realms. And as an adult I became interested in quantum physics, where Science is pushing and challenging our long-held perceptual assumptions. Me, who was poor in math and disinterested in Science while in school! So if not merely body and brain, who am I? Spirit. And with Epilepsy's tutelage, I was encouraged to question, seek, try to understand what lies beyond.
Living with Epilepsy has also given me great strength. In realizing the futile nature of trying to have "power over" Epilepsy, I developed a deep well of "power within"—that inner strength that comes in the acceptance of that which one cannot change—and looking beyond it.
Through my experience building the business of Jogbra with the unique lens afforded me by my Epilepsy partner, I came to understand more fully the nature of power and what it means to be truly powerful.
Specifically, that having power and exercising it is not simply a manifestation of the ego. It need not be "power-tripping." It is how I wield my power that matters, making the all-important distinction between creating a situation of power over, power with, or empowering and having and creating strength in oneself and others.
Being powerful is a big responsibility.
To put all this another way: do I choose to create situations in which I am able to wield power over others? Or do I choose to empower others, sharing my strengths with them, while nurturing their strengths as well? The first is not true power. It is control. The second I believe to be the essence of true and positive power: strength. And integral to creating a more harmonious world, oh by the way.
While this may be apparent, even basic to others, it was an "aha!" moment for me. Too often in the years ahead I would give away my power and question my own strengths,. Time and again, however, my inner strength, my shadow teacher's gift, helped me survive and thrive until I could take responsibility for and embrace more fully my own power.
© Lisa Z. Lindahl 2019