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Sedona Conscious Magazine
By Henry Seltzer
An Amazing and Somewhat Confusing Month of August
The astrology of August features Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and presents us with yet another thoughtful and thought-provoking month. The optimistic expansionism of Jupiter – along with Uranus and the epiphanies it brings – are greatly emphasized. While Mercury no longer has even a hint of retrograde, the mental planet does aspect Neptune and also Saturn at the time of the New Moon from the final weekend of July. Everything, even our thought process, is moving more slowly than we would like, and is tinged with a confusion of multiple reflections. We will be looking within and finding, if not the answers to the puzzle of our very existence, at least further and more enlightened questions. We might also expect to remain somewhat stymied as we attempt to move forward with new vision in the midst of an interesting and somewhat paradoxical monthly cycle.
The July 26th New Moon that began the current August lunation was conjunct Jupiter, so that we begin the month with a wave of positivity that can be so progressive as to become overdone. When we throw caution to the wind we could get ahead of ourselves, so that the equally prominent nay-saying side of existence represented by Saturn, also emphasized at the time of the New Moon, might come as a welcome cautionary factor, a counter-balance to this natural and bubbly sense of optimism entirely running away with us.
The Full Moon of Sunday, August 10th, is powerful in its own way, making a T-square to Saturn and aspecting Uranus and transformative Pluto. We are getting a touch of the revolutionary energy for change that has been with us all year, as we head into the remainder of 2014. There is yet another exact hit of Uranus in square to Pluto in the offing by year’s end. This implies further dramatic changes still to come. Saturn, antithetical to Jupiter, and as well to Uranus and Neptune, wants us to slow down and take everything in. Just as farmers know that to best irrigate a field you must let the water move over the soil quite slowly, so also Saturn insists that to find the truest understanding of any situation, you must allow that truth to gradually sink in.
Neptune, being so strongly configured in these August configurations as well, speaks to us this month in subtle ways, directly from inner realms that are only perhaps discoverable through our earnest inquiry. Neptune is symbolic of otherworldly dimensions intuitively sensed; a reality that is orthogonal to the everyday one of getting and spending, and which yet gives this world its very substance. In addition to an exciting month of new possibilities, this is therefore yet a relatively subtle month as well, full of nuance, and for the potential for greater understanding of our own inner depths.
Grail Alchemy: Initiation in the Celtic Mystery Tradition
by Mara Freeman
Excerpt: Connecting with the Higher Self
It will take most of us countless lifetimes to attain the union of Soul and Spirit, an achievement we usually associate with a few exceptional men and women like Theresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, Ramana Maharshi, or the Buddha: those whom we call mystics or enlightened ones who have achieved a state of direct union with God or the Absolute. Yet we do in fact have access to a high spiritual source through a Higher Self (sometimes called the Divine Self) which resides within each of us and with whom we can make a connection. In some esoteric circles the Higher Self is called the Holy Guardian Angel, and regarded as one of the angelic kingdom who resides outside of ourselves and who walks by our side as a guide and mentor from birth to death. Yet, as Dion Fortune writes, it is not a separate entity at all:
The Higher Self is a single, unified whole, which builds up around the Divine Spark, which is the nucleus of each human manifestation.
This spiritual influence emanates from the highest Source, the Great Spirit, Radiant Mystery or Absolute, yet is ‘stepped down’ in frequency so that the human nervous system can handle the energy.
Be Your Own Herbal Expert (Part 8)
by Susun S Weed
Healing sweets: herbal honeys, syrups, and cough drops (Part 2)
Herbal syrups are sweetened, condensed herbal infusions. Cough drops are concentrated syrups. Alcohol is frequently added to syrups to help prevent fermentation and stabilize the remedy. Cough drops and lozenges, having less water, keep well without the addition of alcohol.
Herbs that are especially effective in relieving throat infections and breathing problems are also frequently made into syrups, especially when honey is used as the sweetener: coltsfoot flowers (not leaves), comfrey leaves (not roots), horehound, elder berries, mullein, osha root, pine, sage, and wild cherry bark are favorites for “cough” syrups.
Parenting With Authenticity
By Dr. Marta Adelsman
I grew up with parents who played roles. My father wore the commander-in-chief mask, using orders and threats to try to control my sister and me. My mother played the consoler. Rarely did they reveal the real person behind the roles.
As perceptive little people, your children know when you play a role. They see right through your inauthenticity. Since they don’t know how to talk about their perceptions and their feelings, they let you know you’re being inauthentic by misbehaving. You, their teachers or your friends may label them as “sassy,” “trouble-makers,” or “disobedient.” They push your buttons and, just when you want them to behave and make you look good, they embarrass you in front of your friends. Can you tell I’ve been there?
A wise parent will learn from the feedback provided by their children’s misbehavior. When you can see their acting out as a mirror for your own lack of authenticity, you have taken a big step toward becoming more authentic.