Monthly Overview for August, 2022

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After all the activity in July, August could seem tame by comparison. But wait, all the personal planets change signs, Venus and Mars are active, and a very important retrograde takes place.


As the month opens, Mars makes a new cycle (conjunction) with the evolutionary Soul Star Chakra (N. Node), the last of the personal planets to do so. He follows the steps that Mercury took in April and Venus went over in June. We can feel these steps towards the future in our bodies, making them more grounded and a part of us. Mars also communes with (or conjuncts) Uranus on the same day, 8/1, making for the potential for shocking actions by some, physical shocks to the planet, or some kind of shock to the body. The net result of any of these is awakening, pure and simple. But Venus forms a resource to these new cycles, reminding us to give ourselves space to examine our feelings and values, and put Love into the equation. When we remember what matters to us, we can restore ourselves to balance in the face of sudden surprises. Mars continues on to make a new cycle with Sedna 8/19, before moving into Gemini 8/20. This Gemini placement is important, since Mars goes retrograde there at the end of October, and remains in Gemini until March 2023. This is the beginning of a new mind-body connection, a new understanding of what motivates our thoughts, and knowing when to act upon them, from a place of love.


The mind shifts into a different quality of consciousness when Mercury enters Virgo on 8/4. He is moving very fast, but while he’s in the sign of Inner Alignment, our capacity for aligning the mind with the emotional and physical aspects of our being are enhanced. Our thoughts turn to how we can be of service in these unprecedented times. The Mercury-Orcus new cycle occurs on 8/12; while the lower mind is limited, we know that our soul is not, and this is merely a journey we are taking. On 8/20 Mercury enters his shadow (the same day that Mars enters his sign) and on 8/25 he enters Libra, preparing for his next retrograde in September. This month prepares us for what lies ahead.


Venus also has a busy month. On 8/9 she makes a bridge (or opposition) with Pluto, once again bringing up the year’s theme of the empowered heart and changing values. Venus moves into Leo 8/11, just in time for the Leo New Moon. Once there, she makes her way to new cycles (conjunctions) with Varuna (8/16) and Ceres (8/22) and a bridge with Saturn (8/28). We experience the blessings of an expanded perspective, which brings in a new way of looking at the world, and this gives us a sense of empowerment and greater self-esteem.


The Sun is dignified in Leo, making us aware of our life force, how our attitudes and outlook affect the world around us, and how shifting into the positive raises the energy all around us.

The Full Moon in Aquarius occurs on 8/11, with the Moon conjunct Saturn, bringing up the lesson that if we can love ourselves completely, we can let ourselves shine, and so serve others. Uranus disposes the Aquarian Moon and makes an intersection  (T-square) with the Sun-Moon bridge. Will we focus on the positive, or revert to negative reactions? The Moon looks towards the future, and Saturn makes sure we respond with integrity. On this day Ceres manifests with (trines) Jupiter, birthing some expansive energies, especially socially. Such a powerful, positive aspect.

The Sun works his way through Leo, aspecting Eris and Pluto along the way, as he enters the energy field of Virgo 8/22. This is the sign of the purity of the spiritual Mother, who holds the Christ Consciousness of forgiveness, healing, mastery and service. Virgo allows us to zoom in to what needs healing and alignment, making us whole. This is where the New Moon takes place, at 4° Virgo, on 8/27. Mars makes a stepping stone (aka square) with this lunation, bringing the energies of the mind-body connection together with the Sun-Moon communion (or new cycle) of alignment. Chiron has domain over this New Moon, and he manifests with (trines) Ceres at the World Axis point, underscoring that something new is coming into being that will bring healing to us all. We may not be able to grasp it, but we’re certainly feeling it on some level. It’s a hopeful way to closes out the month.


The month ends with Sedna stationing retrograde, at the master degree of Taurus. The ancient Divine Feminine still has more work to do before Sedna dips a toe into Gemini. More grounding is necessary. But as the song says, a change is gonna come.


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Monthly Overview for June, 2022

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The first half of 2022 was filled with many huge aspects that occurred at seemingly breakneck speed. We’re at the midpoint of the year, and June provides a bit of a respite before gearing up in July. Still, the month contains 2 major retrogrades and the Summer/Winter Solstice, so change is still on the menu.


On 6/3 Mercury stations direct, ready to focus and bring thoughts of non-attachment to the fore. When we are not attached to people, places, things, or ideas, we can more easily hear the voice of our inner guidance. In Cosmic Consciousness, Mercury holds divine masculine energies. He meets Sedna for the last time on 6/12, gathering ancient Divine Feminine memories to balance the mind, before entering Gemini 6/13. At that point, Mercury, Venus and Mars are each in their own home signs, where their influence is harmonious and strong. On 6/18 Mercury leaves his shadow, essentially beginning a new cycle of thinking and communication.


For the last few years Saturn began his retrograde in May; this year begins a new pattern when the Great Teacher begins his backward movement on 6/4. For the next 4 1/2 months we have a chance to reevaluate the structure of our lives, and see what needs tweaking to strengthen the foundation of our connections with each other, taking responsibility for what we want to achieve.


On 6/5 the Mars-Salacia new cycle (conjunction) occurs, providing the possibility of finding joy through movement and lighthearted actions. Healing is available too, when Mars and Chiron commune (conjunct) on 6/15, preparing us for disruptions that can occur around 6/27, when Mars and Eris make a new cycle of disturbances and awakenings at the physical level. We are ready for this.


Mercury and Jupiter have domain over the Full Moon in Sagittarius, which occurs on 6/14. Mercury has just entered Gemini and Jupiter sits in early Aries, making a resource (sextile) with the Great Messenger. Neptune forms an intersection (aka T-square) to the Sun-Moon bridge (opposition). It’s a good time to set intentions and dreams for the future, as the opportunity is there for new ideas to emerge. The Sun makes aspects with Eris, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto before entering Cancer on 6/21, kicking off the Summer/Winter Solstice that is felt all over the world.


The Solstice chart shows the Sun in a Lightbridge (or opposition) with Ixion, Ceres in a stepping stone (square) with Chiron, and Venus manifesting (in a trine) with Pluto. Empowerment of the heart is a big theme this year, and it continues this season, along with a new focus on aligning our inner purpose with healing the planet and our own fractured emotions. We hold space for those who are just beginning to awaken to the realization of unity consciousness.


The Venus-Uranus new cycle on 6/11 may produce sudden shocks or surprises that awaken something new within us. As Venus journeys through Taurus, she meets Pallas (6/14), the North Node (Soul Star) on 6/16, and Sedna (6/22). The heart connects with the mind when Venus enters Gemini 6/22.


Neptune, representing higher love, clarity and enlightenment, stations retrograde on 6/28 for 5 months. It is an opportunity to turn within and see which of our dreams are still feasible, and what brings confusion into our lives. We learn to trust ourselves. On the same day, the New Moon in Cancer occurs, bridging (opposing) Quaoar, 5D planet of new thought. A new beginning of emotional intelligence is on tap. Venus and Chariklo also connect with the New Moon, bringing stability and inner harmony if we open up to it.


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Monthly Overview for May, 2022

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The best that can be said about this month is that there is a major shifting of energies as 7 planets change signs, and Venus pulls a “Mercury,” moving from Pisces to Taurus (2 signs). There are many new cycles, another eclipse, a Mercury retrograde, and the closing of the current wormhole we are in. By the end of May, all the personal planets will occupy Aries, Taurus and Gemini, which, according to Cosmic Consciousness, comprises the Mental quadrant of the zodiac. Here lies the possibility to change our way of thinking, perceiving, communicating and connecting with the world.


Venus, fresh off her meeting with Jupiter, enters Aries 5/2, resources Mercury 5/6, and makes new cycles with Salacia (5/9), Chiron (5/15) and Eris (5/23) before moving into her home sign of Taurus on 5/28. It is a busy month for the heart, learning to stay open and centered in order to activate the proper use of the mind. The Divine Light of Creation gets infused with heart frequencies, and Venus’ mission in this sign is to lighten up, heal and align with love-based energies vs those of fear, and negotiate disruptions that arise. Love is the balm that heals.


Jupiter is a planet we like to watch because of his huge effect on us all, especially socially. On 5/3 he forms a resource with Pluto, a positive connection between these two very expansive energies. Jupiter stretches our consciousness and brings wisdom and abundance. Pluto transforms and resurrects. Any interaction between these two recalls the major effect of their 3 meetings in 2020. Jupiter enters Aries on 5/10, where he retrogrades at the end of July, and will remain until the end of October. For the next 5 months we will have the benefit of Jupiter’s willingness to share connection, truth, new learning and wisdom with Aries’ pioneering spirit and creative spark. Things can get over the top with Jupiter, but if we remember to apply conscious discipline to our thoughts and choose a loving perspective as much as possible, we will reap the rewards Jupiter has to offer.


Also on 5/10, Mercury begins his 2nd retrograde of the year, at 5° Gemini, in his home sign. It takes him until 5/21 to meet up with the Sun in an inferior conjunction at the beginning of Gemini before he backs into Taurus the next day to wrap things up. This is the 2nd of a 3-part process of integrating the mind with the heart. Mercury communes with Sedna again for some ancient divine feminine wisdom, but ends his retrograde in June without connecting with the Soul Star Chakra. We are already on the evolutionary path. Mercury will have much to say in the coming month.


The Sun’s journey through Taurus is also a busy one, with some high-level new cycles. Our consciousness is imbibed with electrical energy and sudden revelations when he conjoins Uranus on 5/5. Whatever we’re not ready to receive from within will come to us from other people or situations. And surprises do not have to be negative, but they will wake us up. As a point of evolution, the Sun-Soul Star new cycle on 5/13 focuses us on what we need to know now as we move into the future.


On 5/16 the Sun and Moon form a bridge that is the Full Moon in Scorpio. Because the Moon’s nodes are so close to the Sun and Moon, (the karmic Earth Star Chakra conjoins the Moon) this is a total lunar eclipse. This sideways elevator can help us clear old emotional reactions to what is occurring now, giving us space to formulate  new responses that will shift our interactions towards a positive direction. Venus and Pluto have domain over this lunation, echoing the theme of changing values and seeing Love with new eyes. Saturn in Aquarius intersects the Sun-Moon nodal bridge, allowing us a path to use to follow our inner guru’s guidance for decisions that benefit everyone.


May 19 is a big day as the Sun manifests with Pluto, forms a great eliminator (Inconjunct) with Haumea, and merges with Sedna, integrating a little more of Sedna’s very high frequencies. On 5/20 the Sun enters Gemini, and the focus of our life force and consciousness becomes one of being aware of our thoughts and what motivates them, and speaking our truth with presence.

We focus on the mind as the servant, not the master.


Two other planets change signs: Ceres ingresses Cancer (5/15) and Vesta enters Pisces (5/24). All month Mars is moving through Pisces, and on 5/18 he conjoins Neptune in a new cycle of putting faith in action. If we can ‘act in good faith’ despite any momentary confusion, we will be applying much needed spiritual wisdom in the world. Mars, too, changes signs, entering his home sign of Aries on 5/24.


April’s two New Moons reset the pattern, and now they occur at the end of the month, instead of at the beginning. The New Moon in Gemini on May 30 brings the wormhole to a close, and the energies settle down somewhat. Chariklo (representing balance, stability and safety) and Salacia (feminine expression of Neptune, bringing flow and lightness) connect with this lunar event, helping us to stay centered and calm in the midst of much mental activity. Communication and connection should be easier now as well.


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Monthly Overview for July 2022

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This month the pace quickens with lots of planetary activity. Fully 7 planets change signs, one shifting twice, and 7 other planets shift direction, 5 going retrograde. There is a huge influx of Leo energies, with 3 planets entering that quality of consciousness, and the New Moon taking place there as well.  And there’s so much more.


To start off, Mars makes a stepping stone with Pluto 7/1, which can lead to some very tense energies on the 3D level. In 5D, Mars is the masculine expression of the divine feminine, protecting the earth and keeping us safe. Using this energy consciously leads us to see where the proper action is required, as opposed to giving in to anger. Pluto’s 2nd return occurs on 7/11, bringing up the themes from February, but from a more reflective viewpoint. Ceres forms a Lightbridge with Pluto 7/18, with Haumea connected to both; as things slowly metamorphosize, or fall apart, seeds of creative new solutions and systems are being planted. It will take a while to manifest, but it is coming. And new ideas are born when Mercury makes a new cycle with Ceres on 7/18.


Pallas Athena begins the parade of planets shifting qualities of consciousness when she enters Gemini 7/4. Mars ingresses Taurus 7/5, slowing us down to get in touch with our intuitive guidance. When we are grounded in our bodies, we feel calmer and steadier, more supported. Also on 7/5, Mercury moves into Cancer for 2 weeks, and during that time he goes out of bounds for a week. Cancer is the place where the multidimensional fixed star Sirius is located. It is not a coincidence that our mental operating systems are in uncharted territory when Mercury conjoins with Sirius for some amazing downloads before returning to the ecliptic 7/13.

The Sun Mercury superior conjunction occurs 7/16; then the Great Messenger meets with Ceres before entering Cancer on 7/19. The 7/22 Mercury Varuna new cycle gives us the capacity to see more of the bigger picture. We are growing in the ways we use our minds.


Mercury was the 2nd planet to conjoin with Sirius; the Sun makes that connection on 7/6, stretching our consciousness if we are open to it. The 7/30 Venus-Sirius new cycle completes the upgrade of the mind-heart connection. These communions with Sirius happen yearly, but not often do these 3 personal planets come together with the fixed star in the same month.


The 7/13 Full Moon in Capricorn is one of major proportions. The Sun is flanked by Mercury and Ceres, while the Moon conjoins Pluto, just at the point of his 2nd return. The nodes connect with the Sun-Moon bridge by resource and manifestation, and Juno resources the Moon as well. This is a lunar event of rising unity consciousness and new modes of communication and connection. The old responses just won’t work anymore. Saturn has domain over the Moon, and he manifests with Venus, providing action with heart-based integrity. We understand our love for and responsibility to each other.  The Sun goes on to meet with Mercury (7/16) and Ceres (7/22) before moving into Leo 7/22. Ceres then switches into Leo 7/23, where she will remain for the next 2 months.


The Sun has domain over the 7/28 Leo New Moon, another powerful lunation. This one features a triple new cycle between the Sun, Moon, and Varuna, with Ceres in attendance. It forms a Lightbridge with Chariklo, and is the point of a Finger of God (yod) with Quaoar and Vesta. Jupiter is stationing to go retrograde, making his energies most powerful, and his communion with Salacia (exact 7/20) reminds us to combine our wisdom with playfulness and joy. No matter how polarized and chaotic things seem, we have the capacity to pull back and see the soul’s-eye view, which can open us up to new ideas and understandings of current situations, especially if we face what comes with courage and faith. The 7/31 Uranus-Soul Star Chakra new cycle underscores this, and any sudden shake-ups and surprises that occur are meant for our evolution, and so are ultimately positive. There is still joy and beauty to be found, it just depends on our perspective.


This month there are many retrogrades that shift our energies within for reflection and calibration. For starters, Vesta goes retrograde 7/7, followed by 5D planet Salacia 7/9. Haumea, who figures so prominently with Pluto this month, goes direct on 7/12, bringing forth creativity and a sense of wholeness. Another 5D planet, Astraea, begins her backwards journey on 7/17, the same day Venus enters Cancer, bringing emotional harmony.


On 7/19 the Master Teacher-Healer Chiron goes retrograde.  Chiron makes things whole, and his function is to connect us to our higher Self. Without that higher connection in us, Chiron makes us pay more attention to the body, the vehicle that carries the soul in this lifetime. For the next 5 months it would be useful to attend to the body’s messages, giving it care and gratitude. Chiron in Aries also indicates a mastery of thought, and while he is in that energy field, we are exploring our thought processes and redirecting them towards Christ Consciousness.


The asteroid planet Juno turns retrograde 7/25, and we begin to reevaluate our relationship to everything and ultimately ourselves, since everything is, after all, a projection. Finally, Jupiter, giant planet of social consciousness and wisdom, moves backward towards Source 7/28, same day as the Leo New Moon. Jupiter expands our consciousness, and even when he is retrograde, his expansive frequencies can be felt. During this time, we go within and reevaluate how we connect socially, where we could have applied wisdom but did not, and how we can expand our consciousness to see the Truth in others.


Taken altogether, this is a busy month. It would be worth our while to make time for reflection or quiet meditation each day, even if only for a few minutes. This gives us needed space to note the changes around and within us, and sense the tiny gems of new consciousness begin to emerge.


Shelly offers short, written 5D readings based on one question. For more details, please email me at, with your birth information and your question. I look forward to hearing from you!