7 PERSONAL YEAR
6 Personal Month
So what does this month bring to your contemplative and soul-searching year? August is a four-week cycle that’s focused on responsibility, healing, and love. It’s a month where home and family take center stage. This can look like tangible and practical responsibilities that need to be taken care of at home—like cleaning or remodeling. You may also have additional responsibilities with family members—maybe there’s a birthday, a graduation, a wedding, or even an illness. Yet understand that the primary energy relates to your internal world and how you’re processing and acting upon what levels of responsibility you want to engage with and what might be over-the-top in terms of the expectations placed upon you. And usually it’s you placing the responsibility on yourself.
August encourages an exploration of your relationship with love.
This year has been all about knowledge seeking and gathering, plus getting to know yourself in a deep and profound way. August encourages an exploration of your relationship with love. This is a vital part of your growth this year and something that shouldn’t be overlooked, denied, or skipped over. It’s a year where you can evolve and develop a new model for healthy and connected love relationships, yet it takes a deep level of commitment to do so. This is accompanied by a current level of pain or discomfort in relationship that carries you forward into this kind of active inquiry. Often we lack positive foundations from which to choose partners. One of the most read articles in the New York Times in 2016 is a missive on exactly what you might be contemplating. Or here’s another article by Mark Manson about relationships that cuts to the point in a rather blunt yet clear way.
You’ll most likely have a lot of emotions bubbling to the surface right now, many that surprise you or bring up issues from your past that you thought were long resolved.
You’ll most likely have a lot of emotions bubbling to the surface right now, many that surprise you or bring up issues from your past that you thought were long resolved. The energy of August brings things to the surface that need to be worked through in matters relating to responsibility. You’re grappling with an event or a relationship in your life where you’re stuck on: “Whose responsibility is it?” Or: “Who’s at fault?” If this is the case, the issue will come to a head this month, either in face-to-face reality or within your psyche. Either way, if you’re blaming someone else, it’s your opportunity to let it go and take personal responsibility for the situation. If someone else is blaming you, it’s your task to extract yourself from this imbalanced relationship and insist that the other party take responsibility for themselves. It’s a time to take responsibility where responsibility is due and leave the rest in the cosmic compost pile.
Take the time to analyze—not overanalyze—certain relationships and set your course for taking actions that allow for healing and forgiveness. And needless to say, this can be simple—yet not easy. As you work with your memories and your internal life, it’s a perfect time for journaling, therapy, or meditation. Also understand that life moves around you at a steady pace and requires your participation. Chances are your input and presence is needed at home this month. It’s not the most advantageous time for travel or a vacation, unless it’s to visit family or fulfill a certain obligation.
Since you’re already in the mode where your own childhood keeps coming up for you, what a grand opportunity to play, have fun, and support other children as you connect with your sense of being a kid.
Some unexpected family matters—such as legal or financial affairs related to your home—may surface. It’s all right. Take it slow and steady. And if this sounds somewhat “heavy” so far, here’s the lighter and more fun aspect to the month. Since love and duty are your themes, there’ll be special times with family members with whom you feel especially close to during the week of August 9th. This is a close and heart-centered time when you can expect a great deal of affection and connection to be shared all around. Around August 18th, take some time for romance if you’re attached. If you’re a parent this is a time for some connection with your child or children—or the “children” in your life, however that shows up for you.
August is a great time to devote yourself to the children in your life or just children in general. Since you’re already in the mode where your own childhood keeps coming up for you, what a grand opportunity to play, have fun, and support other children as you connect with your sense of being a kid. Be sure to make time for all of this between August 21st and 27th. August is set up for you to heal and be healed. When you do manage to spend some time alone, you may want to do some planning for your domestic future, alongside your spiritual or intellectual studies. Some creative work that you do now—or make plans to carry out down the line—can lead to significant breakthroughs.