July 23 – August 22: Whether you’re in a light or heavy mood this birthday month, understand that you’re simply riding a wave of energies. Your desired outcomes lie just ahead, but first there must be clarity and movement into a better headspace. To keep things on the up and up, seek out serene or expansive spaces. Sungazing or forest bathing in, say, the Japanese wilderness could make all the difference.
August 23 – September 22: Big change, and possibly a new beginning, appear to be on the horizon. You’re fully capable of mustering the strength and resolve to deal with these new developments. If that busy season has arrived, catch a breath with timely breaks or a new activity.
September 23 – October 22: You seem to be sitting in abundance, but you’re constantly pushing for more. Perhaps a situation has run its course and a shifting of goalposts or intentions is needed. Ground yourself (time for some meditation by the beach?) — to rejig the senses.
October 23 – November 21: You’re on a journey, moving at just the right pace, but there are two things to bear in mind: set your priorities and understand that you’re equipped to handle anything that life throws your way. Elevation in the form of an outdoor challenge could bring fresh perspectives.
November 22 – December 21: Poised for a new start somewhere? You’re feeling carefree, and guidance and good news are incoming as well — all to support you in your moves forward. These prompts could come from friends or strangers. Keep the mind open and send feelers out as you go.
December 22 – January 19: The theme of union and wholeness — within the self or with others — rules the month. There’s healing taking place within you and this process is here to reveal just how good you have it. To ride this wave smoothly into clarity, seek balance in all ways and forms.
January 20 – February 18: The month heralds a time of security and prosperity, and you may find your spirits lifted. Be aware of emotional blocks coming up to deter you from the abundant path. Counter this with an open talk, followed by an intimate, indulgent trip.
February 19 – March 20: Check yourself and your inner equilibrium as you move through the month. Watch out for an imbalance of energies and a lack of awareness that could set you up for difficult interactions or situations. The advice is to hunker down, reflect and tune into your innate creativity.
March 21 – April 19: The month’s transformative energies will guide you. Transitioning into lighter, easier feelings is very possible; you simply need to focus on what brings you joy. Is it something like night cycling through Singapore, or karaoke-ing ’til morning in Seoul?
April 20 – May 20: Your mind may be in conflict with your heart this month. It’s important to understand that the two work best in tandem. Get clear and grounded before making any big moves. Earthing yourself — try walking barefoot in a garden — promotes inner calm and clarity.
May 21 – June 20: You’re on a healing journey that’s helping birth new ideas or a new chapter in your life. A quiet getaway — to the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao, maybe? — may provide the inspiration you need to kick-start your next passion project.
June 21 – July 22: There’s a time for relaxing and regrouping and then there’s a time for being at the ready for the next opportunity that comes your way. The latter position is where you’re guided to be this month. A clean, clear space may help with the process.
Illustrations by Jovan de Ocampo
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This article first appeared in the August 2019 issue of Smile magazine.