Weekly Forecast: July 26 - August 1, 2015

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.

*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.

Weekly Forecast: July 26 - August 1, 2015


WOW! But no shortage of movement, read on.

7/24 ~ SCORPIO First Qtr Moon
7/25 - Venus Retrograde in LEO
7/26 - Uranus Retrograde in ARIES
7/31 - AQUARIUS Blue/Full Moon
8/1 - Saturn Direct in SCORPIO
8/6 ~ TAURUS Last Qtr Moon
8/7 ~ LEO Gate of Power
8/14 ~ LEO New Moon

7/25 - Venus Retrograde in LEO

Review Your Core Essential Nature, Authentic Self-Expression & Connection to Your Heart ...Venus is now covering the ground which will be reviewed between July 25th (retro) and Sept 6th (direct) and anchored during Oct/Nov/Dec 2015. The whole point of any planet going Retrograde is to bring up the issues of its domain, in Venus' case, values, priorities & resources. It brings these issues to the surface, essentially getting your attention in a way that (hopefully) will prompt you to want to explore more deeply (retrograde) before charting the course of future forward movement (direct/out of shadow) when you will have acquired more clarity and sure-footedness. Venus has an 8-year Cycle, and last did this in 2007 (Retro in Leo), so how have your values evolved over the last 8-years where being your Authentic Self & expressing what's truly in your Heart are concerned? How would you like to evolve over the next 8-years? Venus energy focuses your attention on what you deeply value or what you give your resources to, which tells the Universe what you truly value. How did you spend your time, energy and money over the last cycle? How will/must that change going forward so that it better expresses what's truly in your Heart?

Venus Retrograde ~ July 25, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Review, Reflect & Set Conscious Intentions for Release & Reclamation

~ June 5 - July 25, 2015 ~ Introduction to New You & Your New Priorities
~ July 25, 2015 - Sept 6, 2015 ~ Re-View, Re-Evaluate, Re-Vision, Re-Examine
~ Sept 6 - Oct 8, 2015 ~ Integration of the New You & Your New Priorities
~ October 2015--Forward ~ Anchoring the *LEO* Energy & Initiating New Cycle

7/26 - Uranus Retrograde in ARIES

July 26, 2015 - December 25, 2015

Uranus is usually the planet of sudden and unexpected events. This is consistent in all aspects of life, nothing is excluded from possibly being affected. When it goes Retrograde, it usually means that those sudden, unexpected events are more internal than external. Sudden insights, unexpected emotions, major shifts in consciousness. These can have a positive or negative effect. The goal of such disruption is to separate us from our routine or normal way of discerning what's useful & relevant and what no longer is. It helps us to see things in a "new" light and hopefully, that enables us to move in a new direction. Again this is inner-directed. So it would be a new way of expressing our sudden emotions; or a new way of reacting to our sudden insights about ourselves/our world - take action rather than just acknowledge the insight. You can suddenly make connections where you couldn't before. This is all for your Highest good.

The Universe is trying to redirect you. There may be a sudden turn on the Path you've been on for some time now. That can be unsettling for some and exhilarating for others. It can make you feel alienated from all that you have known to be true thus far, what has now become ineffective at making you feel safe and secure. Some people react awfully to change, but change occurs nonetheless. So you might as well relax and see where you're led. This is the current energy surrounding all of us on a global scale. We are being forced to find new ways of connecting to ourselves and eachother; new ways of doing things we used to do manually that took very long times to produce, now use technology (ruled by Uranus) to produce the same thing with lightning speed. Quality versus quantity - how are you living? As dual beings, I think we must find a way to do both. Know the difference between what aspects of life require more time and care to produce and using technology in a way that serves us for the purposes it is most useful. There are some things a computer was never meant to do and it has become a toxic mimic of many of those things. It's all part of it now, so get used to it and adjust accordingly ... and try to get excited about it. This doesn't have to hurt.

This is a deeper expression of what I've been saying for years now, "you have to find a new way to do the same old mundane things". There is no more time for deciding what's what or how to do that - NOW you have recently been thrust into a "do or die" level of pressure to produce results. (And likely, most of that pressure is coming from within.) Or a sudden, drastic shift of some kind takes your life (and mind and heart) in a completely new direction. You had the last few years to experiment and try things and see what worked, now it's time to test what you've learned, which may mean taking more of a risk than you may be comfortable with and this energy usually triggers that feeling.

It's time to put your systems to the test - are they serving you, your current goals and your Highest good? You are being stripped of all old habits and ways that you tend to fall back on them like a crutch during challenging times. Uranus will kick that crutch out from under you and break it in half. All to teach you that you have to find a NEW WAY to walk and get around in life and deal with challenges a whole new way. The old defense mechanisms will fail you at this time in order to force you to come up with new ways of coping with the shifts in your world. This is our "learn to like change" exercise. If you do not learn to embrace change with enthusiasm and faith then change will just drag you along anyway which is a much longer, harder road to travel.

It's time to create a new system - a new system that accommodates who you are TODAY - not who you were when you first created it. Are there any systems for your every day life that could be improved upon? and made more effective for who you are and what you're trying to accomplish today? Consider your Self as your dream car - and it's time to upgrade to the new model ... it has all the reliable, useful and relevant parts of the old model (you) firmly rooted ... along with the newly added improvements that make a more effective entity. You have already started the new system, whether you're conscious of it or not. During this Retrograde period, go deep within and check your "systems" - physically and metaphysically. This is a great time to connect with your own potential - who are you TODAY? who do you want to be? Start BEING THAT!! Whatever it is you visualize for your Self, find a way to practice it on some level so that it becomes "real" to you. (As you grow in consciousness your definitions of "real" will change accordingly.) It's a great time to design your new life and then work on the steps to manifest it physically. Do you have a blueprint in mind? Start drawing it out - don't try to shape it right away. During the Retrograde, you just want to facilitate the flow. Get ALL your ideas out and on paper/computer/canvas/whatever your medium, allow the flow like an old faucet turned on, the rust comes out first. Later, good, clean, clear creations will come out of you and then you can start thinking about what to do with what you have (and who you are).

7/31 - AQUARIUS Blue/Full Moon

As the Sun moves in to Leo (7/22 - 8/23), it activates the *Annual* Check-In with your Heart & Authentic Self, are you being true to YOU? and expressing your unique *Light & Brilliance* ~ from the inside out? Leo energy activates your Self-Love/Self-Worth issues. As you discover your unique strengths & gifts, it becomes your responsibility to share them with the Community to which you belong. There is an old idea that "whatever's inside comes out" (especially under external pressures) ... so if you are full of Love & Light, then a generosity of Spirit comes out ... if you are full of Fear & Doubt, then obstacles and blockages come out. What's inside you? in your true heart-of-hearts? Now more than ever, we must be congruent with our Inner & Outer Natures in order to thrive & evolve. If we are "serving two masters" (or incongruent on one or many levels) ~ having the private side of your nature be too drastically different from that which you present to the world ~ then you're going to have challenges, blockages and delays until you get into more alignment. Leo energy teaches us all how to BE it (your Authentic Self), not just "appear" to be it; it asks that you know who you are (and next month, Virgo will perfect it ;-)). What has changed on a *fundamental* level (Cancer/Capricorn ~ personal/professional) for you, that has now made you aware of how vital it is to honor your essential nature (Leo/Sun), so you are able to contribute to the whole (Aquarius/Uranus) in a more useful and delicious way?

Leo time brings us the Mid-Point between Summer & Fall, activating the Gate of Power as well as the annual Pre-Harvest. It is the time of year when we assess what we can preserve and build on, in time to have a good Harvest come Fall Equinox (9/22) that will then carry us to Winter Solstice (12/21). This time is potent, especially for the *Fixed* Family ... LEO *Initiation* ~ AQUARIUS *Integration*~ TAURUS/SCORPIO *Test/Growth*. This time of year, every year, is considered the time of 'pre-harvest' and it is a celebration, as well as an early assessment of all that you, the individual, has been able to create or contribute. It is time to assess and celebrate how far you have come, how much you have manifested and your overall progress for this year so far. This is where you are, at a crossroads or turning point, when depending on your harvest, it is time to plan the next leg of your journey. Using Leo's heart-centered faith & confidence, as well as child-like joy & hope, you will radiate light and magnetize all that you need, desire & deserve!

An added, expanding element is Jupiter finishing its once-in-12-year journey thru Leo (7.16.2014 -thru- 8.11.2015). This has expanded & illuminated the lesson of courage, authenticity and deep self-love. When you're connected to your Heart and truly love your Self, it is easy to give/receive and share/attract LOVE! When you operate from a confident, strong center, rather than insecure ego, you radiate LOVE and magnetize a similar (loving/confident) energy to you. Collectively, when you love and take care of your community, it can come together and create new, innovative structures & institutions which actually serve & support the needs of the people in the here & now. Your community can be free to grow, thrive & prosper, handling each blessing, as well as each challenge, that comes along. Cancer brought us out of the first quadrant of survival issues & basic needs to more of the individuation process (Leo) when we tend to focus more on asserting ourselves and integrating all that we learned in the last quarter. Leo is ruled by the Sun and the Sun represents your Source - your inner Light - and all that you have come to create & contribute to the community (Aquarius). Leo energy helps you expand the concept of who you are and what you are capable of, not to mention the value of the energy & service you provide to the community. Jupiter in Leo will teach us that we can ALL be free, when we ALL do our part.

AUG/SEPT 2015 supports purging, purifying & stabilizing on multiple levels. My Fixed Babies (and the Fixed areas of the rest of our charts) are up for a familiar *evolution* ~ LEO = Self-Love, Magnetism, Courage to be Authentic Self, Rooted/Sourced in the Heart & Radiant Creativity (among many other things and Shadow = ego & looking like something rather than 'being' it). So, while ALL of us will benefit from this infusion of fun, expansive, creative energy, my Fixed Babies will feel it the most intensely. This month's Lunation is our introduction to how it will feel on a *personal* level.

The *SCORPIO* First Qtr Moon (7/24) which brings the first step after the Cancer New Moon (7/15), so the Water energy continues to lead: How does everything *feel* to you at this time? Heart & Soul, are they engaged? protected? easily accessible? Leo time often comes with a 'makeover' of sorts, though this one may feel more internal than external. You are literally conceiving a New YOU! one that gets an annual makeover this time every year, but add Jupiter and bigger themes, tests & triumphs expand the possibilities in potent ways. Often, to move in new directions, a sacrifice or ending has to happen first. Make sure that your Soul and your Heart are communicating, then the new realms you may soon find yourself working & playing in, will be rich & rewarding. That said, the rewards will be equal to what to you believe you are worth; the sense of passionate purpose will be equal to how authentic & creative you can be, naturally. Scorpio represents Soul Level/Raw Truth, so this week may bring your breaking point, in that, you can no longer continue to 'go along to get along'. You will be forced to honor your Soul Self and take a brave step into the Unknown ... trusting your Heart, as well as your own instincts! A deeper commitment to daily/ongoing (6th House) focus or active practice (Leo Sun) will set you up better, for living the Highest Truth (9th House) of your Soul (Scorpio Moon). This will enable you to express more Light and magnetize more beauty & abundance, and ultimately benefit from Jupiter's 1-year stay.

The *AQUARIUS* Blue/Full Moon (7/31) is the second Full Moon this month, flushing your systems of any residue of your former Self. No matter who you are, we have all been *upgraded* in a sense, rebirthed on multiple levels and we're only now beginning to truly assimilate 'The Shift of 2012' on a personal/individual level. It's time to make the connection between Head & Heart, between your Soul and your Personality and get them congruent, on the same team and working together for your greater good. Jupiter's once-in-12-year addition allows you a huge upgrade to your consciousness. Leo/Aquarius energy/lesson is all about learning who you are as a unique individual and then determining where you can contribute the most, to the collective community ... just be being your Self and loving who you are! This Blue/Full Moon has added *juju* to help you release anything blocking the full potential of embodying your essential nature and contributing your unique gift to the Collective. It's time to activate your most heart-centered, authentic Self & release all ego-attachment, self-righteousness, denial & rigidity.

You are deeply supported to release all that is no longer "truth" for you, on all levels. Begin the process of integrating these amazing new aspects you've recently discovered (or recovered) about your Self and HONOR who you have worked so hard to become! As you integrate on this new level, your ego may struggle against the shift. These inner urges (the ego) should be handled with strength & firmness, yet NOT repressed & broken or we lose power & potency to survive & make our way in life. As you allow both Spirit & ego to co-exist, assigning them both tasks best suited to their skills (and nature), you will discover your Authentic Self & Unique Gift in that process. Often, we don't express the authenticity that would enable us to create more fulfilling lives. It's time to practice being authentic, honoring your nature & sharing your gifts, until it's automatic, innate & natural again. You can & will survive all the humiliations & defeats, and ultimately, emerge stronger, more vibrant and alive!

The *TAURUS* Last Qtr Moon (8/6) may bring some results or rewards of your recent labors, but ultimately, it is about evaluating what is sustainable for you, and what is not. Last Qtr Moon pulls your focus inward, to personally *feel* what needs to be further cultivated, and what needs to be released altogether. It's time to question the worth & value of what's in front of you at this time. Will it create more stability or chaos for you? and which would be more useful, more stability? or more creative chaos? where are you in a 'famine' of sorts? It also demands that you do this processing in your BODY, literally, physically. If you've done all of the above Leo Self-Work of rebirthing your identity and who you are in the world, then this is the time to establish the base or foundation of that New YOU. Taurus' aspect of the base has to do with food, sex & money ~ our literal security needs and where any famine may be happening unconsciously. What are you starving/thirsting/yearning for? Start there and add it to the new identity *brew*. We are reminded of the value of balancing & activating the Elements in our lives & bodies (and planet). Essentially, YOU are the center-point, then you have Above & Below, Four Directions & Elements to work with: Fire/South (your spirit), Water/West (your emotions), Wind/East (your intellect), Earth/North (your body).

*LEO* Gate of Power/Cross Qtr (8/7) is about *PRESERVING* what is growing strong, solid, useful and nourishing ... while releasing density, weight & excess to be composted in to something more useful in the season to come. It's a time of gratitude & celebration, in anticipation of the Fall Equinox season of Harvest. Some call this the Pre-Harvest. You can get a jump-start on assessing the year if you've completed your "clearing & releasing" process. If not, this is the final *purge* in preparation for the Harvest Season. Artemis, Goddess of Moon & Hunt is also associated with this Sacred Season and supports us this season to drop deep in to our Hearts (Leo) to connect with what we really love, and renew our dedication to that. It's time to position your Self for an expanded perspective at this time. Explore your options with fresh eyes! Allow your instincts to guide you on your Path and Trust the Divine Feminine within & around you, that She will *contain, nurture and protect* all life, now and always. Artemis reminds us to honor that which sustains us and to always aim your magical arrow at only the most precious dreams, your deepest heart's desire.

The *LEO* New Moon (8/14) is annual *Initiation* of the New YOU! on a core, essential level. It is time to reconnect with your Heart and begin to tap into the courage to live Authentically, here & now. It's time to have faith in what you are personally here to express, this lifetime. Use this month to connect to a completely NEW way of expressing your true Self and the infinite creativity that wants to come through you. HINT: Start with the Heart! What do you LOVE to experience? to express)?

8/1 - Saturn Direct in SCORPIO & ReEntering SAG (9/17) ~

June - Sept 2015 finishes Saturn's stay in Scorpio, so there are many, many 'endings/completions' that must take place to clear space for your new level of consciousness to anchor & bloom.

Saturn in Sagittarius ~ 2015-2017 ~

Saturn, the planet of our definitions, physical limitations & 3D/reality, is finishing up Scorpio work (June-Sept) but will re-enter Sag for a solid 2+ year renovation of our belief systems: do they support & protect you or put you in possible danger because they are incongruent with the reality you are currently living? Saturn is going to come in during the Fall to illuminate things from a higher perspective and push you to ground, contain & direct all that you’ve been ‘thinking’, ‘dreaming’ or ‘talking’ about for the last few months to the last 28-years. All this influx of higher frequencies and higher consciousness since 2012 alone, not to mention, alllll the learning we’ve done since 1985-1988, must be rebirthed (redefined) and grounded into a workable belief system that supports & protects you, your body and your consciousness, in the here & now. (A Kelly-Quote: If you're gonna redefine your reality, then you better be prepared to rebuild it too!)

Feel the *Liberation* from the Old Story

Your ideas & inspirations (Gemini) are a reflection of what you believe (Sag) to be possible, for you, others or the planet. When you are ready to experience life in a new way, often you need only ‘think’ it (and almost always when you 'feel' it) and the molecules start moving to facilitate that physical experience or manifestation. The more conscious awareness you give to directing your thoughts & feelings, trying things in a new way, learning along the way, and developing your own theories about how life really works (for you), then the more effective you become and living your physical reality can be safer & more comfortable, even lighter & brighter! Feel the *Liberation* from the Old Story, the things which are no longer true (if they ever were). Feel that release from any literal or figurative bondage, especially self-imposed mental/emotional prisons. Then, ground in your body and trust the evolved, emerging Truth ... and prepare to tell the evolved, emerging Story! Saturn in Sag will help us all ground a Higher Truth and more interesting Story over the next couple of years.



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