Astrology divides the Zodiac into Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Fire Signs spark the journey of individuation - the quest to claim your full creative power. Earth Signs stabilize the need to ground into life's practical matters and create forms and structures true to your unique nature as an individual.
Air Signs exchange information and ideas - the intellectual conduits that connect our minds with other minds. Water refers to the deep psychic-emotive underlayer of human beings; the intense innermost experience each of us has as we go through most of our lives, which are lived up on the surface, in society and relationship.
During August very few Planets are in Earth Signs, which may feel like the ground has been pulled out from under. Like most astrological shifts this has a plus and minus. The minus is that you can be upended and fall down. The plus is that old structures which no longer serve your future direction now have less substance and can be replaced by structures better suited to the person you're becoming.
However, when earth crumbles and old structures need to be replaced it's crucial to transform your inner connection to the old, or else the new structures will revert to the same old thing in disguise a little further down the road.
Have you had the experience of getting out of a dysfunctional relationship, swearing to never do that again, then beginning a new one that seems entirely different, only to later find the new reverting to some version of the old?
This occurs because if you release your old structures without transforming the part of you that created them in the first place, that part remains on a root level, springing up yet one more version of dissatisfaction.
When you release the external version of the old, such as a former job or relationship, your inner earth also has to gain the full lesson. Releasing the dissatisfying marriage or job is only half the story, and the deeper half has to do with looking into yourself to uproot the foundations of your own dysfunction.
During times when life proceeds smoothly, with few bumps, there is less reason to have to look that deeply into your own roots. But at times like these with collective humanity undergoing the greatest crisis of our lives, that collective crisis ripples down through each of our personal structures as well, and it's time to awaken to the truth of how we create our own existence. Until we awaken to the root-level power we have to create happiness and discord, we will tend to recreate dissatisfaction over and over. When Earth is lacking and structures crumble it is the best time to uncover your own semi-conscious structures.
We're being summoned to call upon the other elements now to make this kind of shift: The fire of your creative dream of life on earth, your passionate yearning for a life of love that's good and true. Your airy ability to open your stuck ideas and change your mind. And the deep watery realm inside you - all of those intense inner feelings that have gotten repressed in order to juggle the complex factors of your existence.
Now is the time to clarify who you are and what you're doing, in order to bring the external forms and structures you belong to into accord with who you really are inside. It helps to know that every day you and I co-create the universe.
Every day and night your dreams and thought forms swirl around like a spark around an ignition coil, building energy that draws other similar energies. At such a changing time in history, these thought-energies are racing around like crazy trying to find some new world to create, some new story to inhabit, some new world to replace the one that's dying as the old stories become obsolete.
With a lack of Planets in Earth this month, we're being asked to create Earth from within. This means asking yourself which world you are creating. What are you doing with your right to create the life you dream of? What kind of love and sexuality have you settled for? Are you trapped like a lab rat running around someone else's maze? Where is the life you dream?
Dream power forms the structure of governments and institutions. Stories run the world. The United States is a story that formed in the minds of people fed up with the Old. It's time to dream a new dream, and find a new story to replace the old. This is an Inside Job that has many outer consequences, and can put the world back on track.