So often August is a sleepy month as nature is getting ready for another change of season. It is a time of holidays, of leaves starting to change colour and there is a hint of autumn – or spring – in the cool dawn mists. Here in the Cambrian Mountains the house martins are on their third and probably last broods of the summer, the swifts have left and the nights are filled with bats young and adult making the most of balmy insect-laden nights.
It is a typical and traditional scenario in a rural area such as this, once perhaps wild meadow land and perhaps one day returning so to be. Despite the ritualistic normality of these events, behind them there is a lurking uncertainty for their future more from the actions of humans than changes in climate. The promises from COP 26 seem forgotten now, and it is a sign of the new times that Bolsinaro of Brazil’s promise to build a motorway through the Amazon goes largely unremarked.
The complete lack of global leadership over helping Earth and reducing human impact is stark now, and I am struck by the lack of any discussion on the subject by the two candidates to be Prime Minister or those who question them. The astrological configurations of this month which highlight meetings between Uranus, Mars and the North Node in Taurus emphasise the folly of this approach to the environment which may have karmic repercussions we will not enjoy.
Overall and otherwise, this normally placid month will be fiery, a pivotal time for strong emotions and exploding tensions, potential conflicts and crises, accidents waiting to happen. It is a time when a hard reality check could arrive uninvited, and we may need to be clear as to where our freedom lies.
The role of Mars is of particular interest as he enters the sign of Gemini where he will linger for nine months, bringing not only the bellicose aspects of the First Ray but also an emphasis on communication as a weapon.
Words can be used to harm and deceive, to manipulate and undermine, or they can be used to enlighten, comfort and heal. This fiery August when words are so important and powerful, it may serve us all to remember the words of Rumi. “Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”