A Personal Story; Attempted Assault

 

Transiting Saturn Square Neptune; Fully Flavored by Mars Retrograde

 

We all have our stories; the ongoing occurrences that keep us company as we move through our days. Sometimes these stories lift us up beyond our expectations, other times they seem to kick our legs out from under us, leaving us to question our entire path.

It is up to each one of us, along our individual journey, to find the meaning in the more difficult stories. Sometimes metaphors are so clear we can hardly miss them; other times we poke around and only with time and effort, see the subtle messages.

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Let us consider the ongoing square between Saturn and Neptune (the most significant transit of 2016). Saturn is insists that we pay attention to structure, hard work, and the necessity to face reality in our individual lives.

This is quite the challenge to Neptune as she offers us the opportunity to dissolve whatever is in our path through some form of spirituality or escape. These two planets coming together have an awkward alliance and we must pay careful attention to understand the messages and lessons within.

Of course there are other planetary cycles that are impacting our current circumstances and the main one I want to consider along with the square aspect between Saturn and Neptune is that Mars is still retrograde (about to turn direct 6/29/2016).

Remember Mars? In his retrograde times he provides us with the necessity to work with issues of aggressive energies such as anger, initiative, courage, and drive. Conversations about toxic masculinity may trigger you, but let me explain.

When I speak of toxic masculinity (I’ll call it TM) I’m not saying that men or masculinity itself is toxic. After all, there is also toxic femininity. We each have both masculinity and femininity in our personal energetic field.

One difference between the two, is that MT tends to leave more blood, destruction, and war in its wake. Also, currently it is Mars that is retrograde, not Venus. When Venus is retrograde we can talk about the toxic side of femininity.

 

I struggle with how much of my private life to share with my readers and I’m pushing myself a bit beyond my comfort zone with this story but I do believe there are certain lessons that are universal. I also entertain the thought that I could share more than I do. Perhaps this is the beginning of a trend!

 

I have a tiny sundial that I wear around my neck that represents magic in my life (perhaps I should tell that story someday J it is a very happy one).

 

 

The Story: Attempted Assault

This story has its share of magic and for that, I am deeply grateful. Any minor change in my day on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 would have ended with very different results. We will not dwell on those. The event itself happened at approximately 8:30PM EDT.

By sheer magic (luck) I was walking by my front door at the moment when I heard a key enter the lock. When I heard it, I was confused, but my immediate assumption was that someone was simply at the wrong door. Then I saw the dead bolt turn.

I immediately grabbed and held the deadbolt closed still assuming it was an innocent situation and that I must not have locked the door thoroughly.

So in my confusion (or naivety) I let go of the lock, making sure it was in the locked position; immediately the key and deadbolt turned and the door began to open. I slammed my body against the door, managed to push the dead bolt closed again as I hollered “who’s there?” etc.

There was no response; still in my somewhat confused/naïve state of mind I nearly opened the door to see who was there. Luckily I heard a tiny voice in my head say ‘look through the peep hole’.

When I looked through the peephole what I saw was a shock. All I could see was a man’s hand, middle finger raised, thrusting toward the peephole aggressively, repeatedly, and silently. I could feel the rage and frustration in that gesture. He then dropped below the view of the peephole.

My phone was not within reach, I had to pee terribly, and someone with a key to my apartment and nefarious intent was on the other side of my door. At that moment I was profoundly aware of being on the third floor with no alternate exit other than the one door I was guarding from an intruder.

I waited for what seemed like hours before racing to find my phone, get back to the door to continue holding it closed and call the police.

I have only lived in this apartment since December, I rarely have company, and I have never figured out how to buzz someone in the front door from my apartment. So, in order to let the police in I had to leave my apartment to take the elevator downstairs and unlock the front door. I had no idea if this man was still in the building. I was terrified.
The police explored the building and I called the housing authority. At approximately 10:30PM a maintenance person from the housing authority arrived to put a new lock on my door. While I waited I sat with my body against the door thinking that a new lock was going to make everything okay. However, as I talked with the maintenance person they told me that every time a new tenant moves in a new lock is installed.

That came as a shock as the realization hit me that whoever had been on the other side of the door didn’t just have a key to my door but had a master key for the building. I was no safer with this new lock than I have been with the previous one.

For a moment I was confused and then the question: Why me? Why my apartment? At that moment a light bulb went off in my head as I recalled a situation from several days earlier that answered the question.

 

The laundry room in my building is directly across the hall from my apartment. Last week as I was doing laundry a man entered the room. Apparently he had been washing the hallway floors and the janitor’s supply closet is accessed through the laundry room. I exchanged a few sentences with him about washing the floors in the hallway. When that exchange was complete it seemed appropriate for him to leave the room. He didn’t… he stood there… it was awkward so I made a comment intended to fill the silent awkward space.

It was a hot summer day, the dryers were running, and the room was overheated. I said “It is hot in here”; he responded “Isn’t it hot because I’m in here”. Ick.

He proceeded to make a few more equally inappropriate comments about how ‘hot’ he was. At that point I gathered my laundry, walked across the hall and he watched me as I entered my apartment.
Here was the answer to the question: Why me? Why my apartment?
So there’s this crazy guy out there making inappropriate comments and then trying to get into my apartment? It seems like some sort of a bad movie. I moved here (the first time in 60+ years that I have lived alone) looking to live a quiet reflective life (Sagittarius North Node in the 4th house).

This is the story. I am so tired of this whole tale. There have been so many conversations and meetings and they (the housing authority) did discover (and admit) that a Grand Master Key was accidentally left available to the cleaning contractors!!?

There’s no way to prove who was at my door. I couldn’t see his face in the peephole, in the laundry room I did my best not to look at him, and without cameras in the hall, we have no prof.

At this point I have a lock on my door that has no master key. They are putting new locks on every door in the building, cameras in all the common spaces, and have offered to move me to another building.

They have also dealt with the cleaning company, letting them know of the inappropriate comments, that the man in question is a suspect in a crime, and have threatened to pull their contract if that man is seen on any property owned by the Housing Authority. Given all of that, I suspect that man has lost his job. Which of course makes me feel less safe and yet I am grateful.

Let’s think about the reflection in this tale of Saturn squaring Neptune along with Mars retrograde.

I think of the rose-colored glasses (Neptune) I have worn my entire life regarding TM (Mars retrograde), as a child it was certainly not safe (Saturn) to point out when inappropriate masculine behavior occurred. We were taught to sweep it under the rug, make excuses, and blame ourselves.

There was always an excuse for inappropriate and even violent masculine behavior; “he was just a child himself”, “he was damaged”, he didn’t know any better”, or even, “he somehow couldn’t help himself”. No matter how much hurt was caused, his pain always seemed to be the one validated.

Throughout my life when I have suffered at the expense of that toxicity I was clearly taught to hide those stories, knowing the blame would land on me. Even now, in this circumstance, I watched myself wanting to hide as though it were somehow my fault. Even now that inexplicable guilt lingers.

However, I am finally clear that, without question, the perpetrator of inappropriate masculine behavior (whether it be a man or a woman) is 100% responsible (Saturn) for their actions. Yes, there may be significant other factors. Nevertheless we each must take full responsibility for our own actions and the results of those actions.

This is a powerful lesson of Mars retrograde. When we stop making excuses for others, we can no longer make excuses for ourselves. We each must look with clear eyes into our own hearts. Neptune has allowed a lack of clarity that Saturn is now demanding.

I certainly cannot deny the wake of damaged relationships I have left behind me over the years. With seven (7) planets in Fire Signs, it is no wonder issues of TM are still dogging me (Fire and Air signs hold masculine energy; Earth and Water signs hold feminine energies).

This situation has forced me to look beneath my comfortable illusions (Neptune) with the sheer weight of its reality (Saturn). It has taken me 60+ years to see my own tendencies of avoidance, denial, and yes, my own brand of MT.

I believe a core lesson here is to look MT square in the eye, name it wherever we see it without apology, and own its presence in our own lives.

Making excuses for TM in others enables us to make excuses for ourselves. Neatly covering it with compassion and veiled kindness (Neptune) (ei: he was so damaged, he couldn’t help it) is not the same as taking full responsibility (Saturn) and doing the hard work of routing it out once and for all.

Remember, masculinity itself is not the problem. It is important to acknowledge and honor the positive side of masculinity; vitality, enthusiasm, passion, assertiveness, action, and will power.

 

Consider how this is reflected in your our culture (issues in the military, the prison system, police issues, the Republican incumbent), within the cosmos, and in your personal life as well. Where is this playing out in your own life?

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In light of where this situation has taken my heart and mind, I am changing the trajectory of my business. I have had such lofty goals and have been working to create online courses and other big projects.

I’ve decided to let go of those overblown projects/ goals.

I simply want to make connection with you, my clients and students. I want to do consultations and I want to teach. One-to-one, you and me; in one powerful enlightening conversation at a time, one person at a time.

Contact me. Let’s do this. Let’s connect, talk, and grow in understanding of our lives and our place in the world. I want to talk with you, share my perspective, and view the goodness within each one of you. Bring your friends on board. Send this to anyone you know who might be interested and schedule your appointment today.

No matter where you are I can work with you on Skype or the telephone. If you are local it will be a delight to sit directly across the table from you. I want to help you uncover the truth of who you are, to look clearly at reality while allowing yourself to dream and grow.

Please set up an appointment for a consultation or contact me for a conversation about becoming a student. I am honored to work with each student and every client.

Thank you for your interest in this story and all the love you send my way. I feel it everyday.

Much love,

Laurie

 

June 2016

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: June 27, 2016 through July 3, 2016

For those of you who wrote in response to my offer to send my Saturn Square Neptune/ Mars retrograde story:

Obra Serie Soluz by Felipe Juan Artista via Wiki Commons

Obra Serie Soluz by Felipe Juan Artista via Wiki Commons

Doing this piece of writing has been quite a process. It is almost done. Thank you for your patience. If anyone else is interested, let me know. I will have it to you be early next week.

Let’s do our best to keep this week simple!

Onward to the dailies:

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ENERGY FLOWS TO YOUR DREAM

Monday, June 27, 2016:

We begin the week with the Moon in Aries forming the Final Quarter Square to the Sun at 2:18 PM EDT. This places our needs and desires at cross-purposes to each other.  At a fundamental level, there is a sense of wanting our familial relationships close by for comfort and love. However, at the same time we sense the need for pushing forward on an individual path that will take us further from those familial relationships. Balance between these two can be a challenge, accept that challenge and utilize courage to work with it.

At 9:52 AM EDT, Venus forms a lovely trine aspect to Neptune. This is a highly romantic aspect, although not necessarily the romance of personal love. It could show up regarding a dream, a fantasy, or a spiritual aspiration that holds that same energy of soft love.

Think back to March 20th – give or take a day – of this year. What began at that time? Was it a dream, a fantasy, a new acceptance or awareness of spirituality, or was it, in fact, a romantic love relationship? Whatever began at that time very likely came to a point of requiring attention and effort on (approximately) June 3rd.  Now, we are on the part of the path that is clear sailing. We encounter a free flow of energy occurring between these two planets that will support you as you reach the full illumination of the dream or awareness in mid August.

The important thing here is to trust where you are in the process, allow the gift that is offered in the form of opening your spirit and heart to love and you are over-arching dream.

 

ALLOW ANXIETY OR POWER DYNAMICS TO PASS

Tuesday, June 28, 2016:

The only major aspects in the heavens on Tuesday involve the Aries Moon. Therefore, even the most difficult challenges won’t stick around long if we allow the energy to simply pass by without attaching ourselves to a particular agenda.

At 7:14 AM EDT, the Aries Moon squares Pluto. This suggests the potential for a volatile morning. Perhaps a run, bike ride, or a trip to the gym would be helpful to release this energy. If you choose not to move the energy in that way, make the effort to simply not engage with frustration and power dynamics. This challenge will pass quickly if you do not feed it with drama and upset.

At 8:12 PM EDT, the Moon conjunct Uranus offers more highly intensified emotional energy. If your chart is predominantly of the Water or Earth elements (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces), make an effort to show restraint regarding impatience and aggravation toward others. If your chart is more highly balanced in the Fire or Air elements, this can be a very innovative and exciting evening.

If you notice yourself feeling excited, enjoy the ride. If you notice anxiety or even fear arising, understand that if you can hold steady it will pass rapidly.

This is a passing influence; neither the anxiety nor the excitement will last long. Give everyone, including you, some slack to make mistakes.

 

MARS TURNS DIRECT; RELIEF

Obra Serie Amado Luz o Serie Corazon by Felipe Juan Artista via Wiki Commons

Obra Serie Amado Luz o Serie Corazon by Felipe Juan Artista via Wiki Commons

Wednesday, June 29, 2016:

Wednesday morning the Moon enters Taurus at 6:03 AM EDT. This settles us down and brings our focus to simple pleasures and practical effort. We are deeply aware of our desire to build a life that works smoothly without drama. Mercury leaves its home sign of Gemini to join the Sun and Venus in Cancer. Venus will remain in the emotional sign of Cancer until July 12.

While Mercury is in Cancer, our thoughts are based on feelings more than actual thoughts; communications become personal as we nurture others with our words and conversations.

We have been waiting for this day for a while now! I am delighted to finally be here! At 7:38 PM EDT, Mars having been retrograde since April 17th finally turns direct at 23° Scorpio. Now, we must consider what we have learned over the past 2.5 months regarding our use and experiences related to assertiveness, aggression, anger, and even violence in our lives.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to contemplate the most authentic ways to use powerful, masculine energy with integrity. Watch this learning as it reflects in our culture as well as our personal lives. The current conversation about gun control issues is one obvious place this issue is playing out.

The experiences of Mars retrograde have past and now we learn from what we have encountered.

 

A LOVELY MORNING

Thursday, June 30, 2016:

Thursday begins with high hopes and the potential of love and sweetness. We start the day with a Grand Trine aspect in stable Earth signs with the Taurus Moon forming trine to both Pluto and Jupiter along with sextile aspect to Venus and Neptune. This is a prescription for pleasure, enjoyment, and personal growth.

By evening, the tides turn as the Moon opposing Mars at 8:18 PM EDT. Slow down and allow your temper and impatient to dissipate. Once that passes, the atmosphere of conflict will very likely continue into your dreams as Venus opposes Pluto at 11:31 PM EDT. Jealousy, power dynamics, and possessiveness may arise.

Consider that you may be projecting your own insecurities onto your relationship(s). Go inward for this contemplation. Go to sleep early, sleep late on Friday and perhaps you can process this challenging transit within sleep and dreams.

 

ENJOY THE LOVE

Friday, July 1, 2016:
Friday loosens up the tight knot of inflexibility and intensity that was with us through the later part of Thursday. At 7:45 AM EDT, the Moon enters Gemini where our minds and hearts open to flexibility, simplicity, and friendliness. This is not a day for heavy conversations or deep introspection. This is a day for light friendship and pleasant explorations.

At 3:18 PM EDT, Venus, the planet of love, forms a sextile aspect to Jupiter expanding possibilities for love and sweet connections. Show your appreciation for others (and you will likely feel a great deal of it) with words and deeds rather than with gifts. It would be far too easy to spend more than is advisable.

You would be ill advised to do any shopping on Friday unless you have planned the purchase ahead of time. Pay attention to all the areas of your life that you cannot afford to overindulge in. Make sure before you enter any situation that may elicit this issue that you know exactly the lines and limits you want to stick with. It is so easy to overdo it when Venus and Jupiter join forces. ☺ Enjoy the Love!

Red Snapper by Paul Bica via Wiki Commons

Red Snapper by Paul Bica via Wiki Commons

 

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCING

Saturday, July 2, 2016:

Saturday’s Gemini Moon is actively encouraging us to explore all kinds of internal and external conversations, people, and ideas. Do you have plans for this weekend? If not, don’t sit at home waiting for the Gemini Moon to do its magic without your making the effort. Follow curiosity; seek out people, places, and situations that engage your most inquisitive nature.

Brunch, followed by a road trip with friends would be ideal. Watch your tendency to overspend when you are out with others.

If you stay up late, you may encounter delightful and unexpected surprises as the Gemini Moon sextile Uranus at 11:43 PM EDT. Perhaps, this is the Saturday night to head to a dance club and enjoy play and movement.

 

THE RESULTS OF A DREAM

Sunday, July 3, 2016:

Whatever you encountered at that dance club on Saturday night must have been beneficial as Sunday begins with a trine aspect from the Sun to Neptune (due to Neptune’s retrograde this aspect will be repeated one last time on November 1st). We may feel that we are under a spell of mystical pleasures and overwhelming compassion and love.

When the Moon enters Cancer at 9:20 AM EDT, the desire to nurture and love increases. It is important to find an outlet for this deep kindness. Babies, puppies, lovers, & friends are all easy recipients; allow tenderness to flow.

Whatever dream began in late February is now flowing its fullness into your heart. Accept this soft transcendent sensitivity as a natural outcome of allowing the dream to take root in late February.  A new dream (or a renewed version of this one) will begin in early March 2017. Go ahead; begin to plan for that now.

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets.  I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods.  I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, textiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: June 20, 2016 through June 26, 2016

Last week brought us to the second pass of the square between Saturn and Neptune. I need to touch on this a little bit more today as my life, on a personal level, has put me face-to-face with this troubling aspect

OM by Adam Cram via Wiki Commons

OM by Adam Cram via Wiki Commons

Saturn represents where we are solid, where we think we know reality, and how we try to structure and control our lives. With Neptune forming a challenging square aspect to Saturn, our illusions of stability and safety can be clouded in confusion and simply dissolved. What fantasy (imagined as reality) must you face head-on and finally see as the illusion it has always been?

With this square between these powerful forces (Saturn = structure, stability, and hard work; Neptune = fantasy, mysticism, and dissolution), we must learn to acknowledge and work with our imagination and our dreams while clearly understanding the reality and firm patterns we have set-up in our lives. Where in your life is reality and fantasy in conflict? What hard, cold reality would you rather not look at? Where do you resist putting structure to the task of supporting your imagination, dreams and spiritual life? Equally, where do you put your spirituality or your imagination to the task of supporting the solid structures of your life?

Is this the time to put words on paper and in doing so bring your imagination into form? Is this the time to get serious about releasing an addictive behavior? Is this the time to see the ‘truth’ beneath the illusory patterns you have set up in your life to keep you safe? Where do you resist looking at reality? Or where have you restricted yourself by not allowing yourself to dream? Please remember that both reality and magic have a place in our lives and now is the time to teach them to work together.

Looking internally at the places we have hidden our more sensitive side is not easy. Seeing clearly the places that we have allowed ourselves to be confused and lost in fantasy requires the courage of Mars and the reality check of Saturn.

On a personal note, I have had a huge ‘wake-up call’ in this regard. My story may have something to teach you. Send me a private note at astrolore@gmail.com and I will send you my recent story.

Let’s show each other as much love and kindness as we can muster.

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FULL MOON & SUMMER SOLSTICE

Monday, June 20, 2016:

Astrologically, Monday is a day to remember. The Full Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 6:02 AM EDT. This is the second Sagittarius Full Moon of the season. The first occurred on May 21 at 1° Sagittarius.

Monday’s Full Moon occurs at the final degree of Sagittarius. It is relatively uncommon to have two consecutive Full Moons occurring in one sign, this simply brings more attention to issues of Sagittarius. We must explore how we hold our opinions and keep our minds open to new concepts, ideas, and ways of viewing the world.

Following the Full Moon, the Moon enters Capricorn at 6:55 AM EDT and the Sun enters Cancer at 5:34 PM EDT bringing us to the moment of the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.

With the Solstice occurring less than 12 hours after the Full Moon, this is a powerful moment in time. The Solstice opens gateways of energy, suggesting unpredictable and potentially polarizing situations and circumstances. Keep your eyes open and remember that love is clearly what we need, what everyone we encounter needs, and what the world needs. Keeping your heart open in difficult circumstances is the practice.

Mercury, the planet that represents how we think and communicate, comes into a difficult aspect with Saturn at 9:55 AM EDT and Neptune at 12:11 PM EDT. I can imagine difficult conversations both internal and external on issues that impact your self-worth and how you view reality. I further imagine this being followed the possibility of slipping into confusion or escapism. Find a softer approach, try work with intuition and imagination. This approach will likely be more productive than trying to stay on the line of hard cold logic.

Work on finding your own philosophical rudder to guide you through unpredictable waters.  Remember love and kindness to self and others.

 

WHAT HAVE YOU HIDDEN FROM YOURSELF?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016:

Activity in the heavens slows down on Tuesday giving us an opportunity to review where we now stand. The Capricorn Moon offers a steady hand as we assimilate and work with the changing thoughts and ideals the past days have brought to light.

The day begins with cold logic being mitigated by our ability to utilize intuition and compassion for others (Moon sextile Neptune).

As the day progresses, we enter briefly an expansive clarity of understanding (Moon trine Jupiter) and then by mid afternoon, we encounter (within ourselves or from an external source) mistrust or power struggles as the Moon conjunct Pluto at 2:17 PM EDT.

Keep in mind the importance and necessity of your willingness to face the reality of your old internal struggles. Determine for yourself to not sweep anything under the rug. You know it never stays there!

Look deeply and realistically at your own dark shadow side; those things you have worked so hard to keep hidden from others and often from yourself. What ever you are able to uncover this afternoon and evening will enable those hard pieces to break up into shards of metaphorical glass as you sleep early Wednesday morning (Moon square Uranus).

Difficult internal work is required of all of us. The path may not be as easy as we would like but don’t ever discount the joys and pleasures along the way or the importance of allowing ourselves to experience deep pleasure and profound joy! Yes, even in the worst of times.

 

BIG IDEAS

Most Kings by Robert Mars via Wiki Commons

Most Kings by Robert Mars via Wiki Commons

Wednesday, June 22, 2016:

With Mercury squaring the nodes at 10:14 AM EDT, you may notice a difficulty in making decisions. Do you have all the information you need in order to make any decisions that are being asked of you? Perhaps, the difficulty is simply a lack of information.

When the Moon enters Aquarius at 3:09 PM EDT, watch as your perspective changes considerably. On an emotional level, you are ready to see a less constricted view than you were capable of seeing just several hours before. You should be able to detach yourself from the emotional outcome of the information you gather and the decisions you must make.

At 5:58 PM EDT, Mercury squares Jupiter encouraging us to consider and work with big ideas. Whenever Jupiter is involved, we must be realistic about those big ideas no matter how ideal them may seem. Enjoy them for what they are but don’t get too comfortable thinking that you are able to follow through to the full extent of your overblown thinking.

Don’t say yes to every request made of you.  You may not want to be realistic but Mercury squaring Jupiter is well known for its over idealism and lack of reality. Enjoy the pleasure but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!

 

SUPPORT COMMUNITY

Thursday, June 23, 2016:

Thursday is a day with very little planetary activity. Let’s enjoy the sense of rest and recuperation.

At 12:29 PM EDT, the Aquarius Moon forms a sextile aspect to Saturn. This supports us with opportunities to stabilize our own emotions and help others to not get carried away with they are own. Thinking only about yourself on a day like this would be a mistaken use of the energies available.

Look outside yourself to find where you have the opportunity to support the larger community. What have you done to contribute to or help those suffering in the wake of the Orlando disaster? If you are not a part of the LGBT community yourself, I’m sure you have friends, family, or loved ones who are.

How have you offered support? How are you helping others to deal with the fear and sorrow that has been activated in this terrible tragedy? Every act of kindness is of high-value. Hold out your hand, your heart, and your wallet to support those suffering. Our hearts are full of love for the greater good and for all humankind. Don’t hold it inside; pass it on.

 

CALL OUT SICK OR LEAVE WORK EARLY

Friday, June 24, 2016:

We may begin Friday morning with a sense of aggravation, impatience, and crankiness. Watch what you say. Stay out of the way of others and let that energy pass. It will not last long and will only cause concern if you hold onto it or escalate it with aggression.

This would be a good morning to head to the gym in order to release physically energy. You could also call out sick from your job and move some sexual energy… on your own or with a partner. The Moon is in Aquarius for the vast majority of the day keeping our emotions light and somewhat uninvolved.

At 10:48 AM EDT, the Aquarius Moon forms a sextile aspect to Uranus encouraging us to activate something new and unexpected in the day. If you went to work early, you may want to consider leaving early to enjoy a sense of freedom and irresponsibility. Go to the beach, meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a long time, find a way to express unusual fun.

At 9:31 PM EDT, the Moon enters Pisces setting us up for a weekend of escapism, inner spiritual seeking, or simply rest after this long, somewhat edgy week.

Las niñas tristes por no comer

Las Niñas Tristes Por No Comer by JMaria via Wiki Commons

 

INNER CONTEMPLATION

Saturday, June 25, 2016:

Saturday begins on a highly positive and downright sweet note. With the Pisces Moon forming a free-flowing trine aspect to both the Sun and Venus (both in Cancer), we feel open hearted, forgiving, and fully in touch with generosity and love.

It would be a good idea, however, to take several hours alone between approximately 5:00 and 7:00 PM EDT.

Due to the Moon square Saturn, we could be giving and receiving difficult restrictive messages from others. Time alone spent in inner contemplation is the best way to spend this time. If you want to extend that time,  you would continue to benefit from time alone into the late evening.. Spend time in nature, listen to music, watch films, meditate, or explore your deepest, most mystical side.

This will be a great night for release and escape into sleep. Be aware of your relationship with alcohol and drug consumption. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPLORATION

Sunday, June 26, 2016:

We have saved the best day for last this week. The Moon remains in Pisces throughout the day giving us an overlay of mystery while allowing a sense of connection and compassion in our interactions with others.

At 7:30 AM EDT, we come to the last of three trine aspects (the first in October of 2015 and the second in March of 2016) between Jupiter and Pluto. This could bring a feeling of optimism, empowerment, and may even indicate material rewards.  Go ahead and buy a lottery ticket. If you have planets between 15 – 17 degrees of the Earth signs, (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) go ahead and buy a few (if you win anything, you can share the proceeds with me)! ☺

At 9:31 PM EDT, Mercury sextile Uranus; this is not a great aspect to come just before bedtime as our minds may be far too stimulated for sleep. Work with this energy this evening and into tomorrow morning. This is powerful stimulation of the mind.

What new unusual thought patterns are bubbling up in your mind? Pay attention to the movement of mind. Any unusual thoughts and ideas that pop into your head at this time need to be thought about, contemplated, and absorbed. Those unexpected light bulbs in our heads can change our lives (and the lives of others) in powerful ways. The sextile aspect is one of positive regard suggesting an opportunity and exploration.

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets.  I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods.  I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.

* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, textiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

 

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: June 13, 2016 through June 19, 2016

The big news of this week is the second exact “hit” of the Saturn and Neptune square. The first encounter was exact on November 26, 2015 and the final encounter happens in September of 2016. This is the most significant astrological transit of 2016.

Tuscan Skies by Herbert Murrie via Wiki Commons

Tuscan Skies by Herbert Murrie via Wiki Commons

The energies of Saturn and Neptune do not work easily together and even less so in a square aspect. The square between them indicates that the two are in an ongoing argument. One insists on going in one direction, even as the other is moving at cross-purposes to the first.

Let’s consider what these two planets represent and why they struggle with each other even in the best of times. Saturn is the planet of structure and form. Saturn builds and maintains boundaries and fences designed to control, restrict, and keep us safe. Neptune, on the other hand, seeks to break down boundaries and dissolve barriers.

When two planets form a square aspect to each other, we must find a way to accommodate and work with both sides of the equation.

Neptune wants to lead us down pathways of spiritual awakening, creativity, music, poetry, and art. Neptune invites us to a spiritual path and then offers us a bottle of wine and the bong. She lures us into a boat in the middle of a lake with no cares in the world.

Saturn, on the other hand, shows us the real world, he is pragmatic and reminds us of the necessity of rules, restrictions, and responsibilities.

Anytime we have too much of one of these energies, we long for the other. Too much focus on a dream and we want reality. Too much restriction and we want that extra glass of wine.

Right now, we need to pay close attention to this balance. If you tend to be a practical, structured person, you must allow space to dream. If you tend to spend your life in soft spaces of spiritual transcendence, poetry, and wine, pay attention to reality, responsibilities, and play by the rules.

Bringing structure to transcendence even as we bring mystical awareness to our responsibilities will move us forward and ultimately land us is an interesting contemplation and a new awareness of our path forward.

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CULTIVATE WISDOM

Monday, June 13, 2016:

The Moon is in Libra offering us the opportunity to start the week with everyone at least trying to ‘play nice’. The Moon’s only conversation with another celestial body (a transit), involves an acute interest in stabilizing our affections and connections with others.

At 9:26 PM EDT, she forms a sextile aspect with Saturn. This is definitely a ‘play nice’ evening. We are apt to see the best in each other and want to do what is needed to maintain close connections.

At 4:42 PM EDT, Neptune turns retrograde at 12° Pisces. Neptune will remain retrograde until November 20th at 9° Pisces. Anyone with personal planets or sensitive points between 8° Pisces – 13° Pisces, will be most powerfully impacted during this time.

While Neptune is retrograde, we can anticipate being more sensitive to intuition, suggestion, and dreams then usual. This may be a time when deep spirituality calls to you or you may be plagued by a vague sense of disconnection and dissatisfaction. It is important to pay careful attention to your use of drugs or alcohol and to your involvement with people who seriously drain your energy.

Use this time to connect to a higher purpose, to a deeper understanding of yourself and the world, and you may heal old wounds and grow in deep wisdom. If you are determined not to explore your inner awareness, you will be likely to struggle with the harsher manifestations of Neptune.

Develop your psychic perceptions, spiritual growth and wisdom, write poetry and music, and make space in you life to create art. Cultivate culture, beauty, and wisdom.

 

BREAKTHROUGH

Tuesday, June 14, 2016:

Tuesday begins with a brilliant sextile between the Sun and forward thinking Uranus. Open yourself to the possibility of a sudden breakthrough in self-understanding. We may experience the sudden awareness of a whole new way of living our most authentic truth.

However, even as we want to explore this progressive new offering, the Libra Moon forms harsh aspects to both Pluto and Uranus who would like to stop the whole thing dead in its tracks.

This fear is wholly based on an emotional level. Rather than considering your ‘feelings’, for today; set your feelings aside and simply ask: ”Who do you want to be? Follow the wisdom the answer offers rather than following your emotions.

Energies will calm considerably by bedtime as the Libra Moon forms a lovely trine to the Sun at 9:57 PM EDT. Enjoy an excellent night’s sleep.

 

A PATH OF HEALING

The Sky over the City by Mikhail Evstafiev via Wiki Commons

The Sky over the City by Mikhail Evstafiev via Wiki Commons

Wednesday, June 15, 2016:

Wednesday begins with a bit of sweetness as the Libra Moon forms a lovely trine to Venus.

At 9:19 AM EDT, the atmosphere shifts considerably as the Moon leaves the arena of co-operation to dive deeply into the powerful waters of Scorpio. In your interactions with others, you will not be content to stay on the surface, you must dig deeply.

Jealous and power issues may come to the surface, don’t try to sweep them under the rug.  Engage with the intensity while maintaining deep respect and kindness for yourself and others.

At 5:36 PM EDT, the Sun forms a square aspect to Chiron. Look for clarity regarding a deep inner wound that your awareness brings to mind at this time. Look carefully and you may see the lesson in what you previously felt victimized by. Open yourself to the path of healing that is offered. If you do not see it, just hold quietly until it reveals itself.

 

POWERFUL RENEWAL

Thursday, June 16, 2016:

Thursday, we can expect a highly sensitized, emotionally rich day. The Moon remains in the deep, powerful waters of Scorpio, as she forms lovely aspect to Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto.

These are powerful energies offering support for our opening to new ways to experience our current circumstances.

Consider yourself invited to experience a powerful renewal of your place in the world. The more we understand ourselves and our deeper connection to others, the more empowered our experience.

Allow yourself dreamtime. These dreams are rich with meaning and will deepen and expand your heart.

 

ACCEPT LIMITATIONS WITHOUT LOSING THE DREAM

Friday, June 17, 2016:

The Moon begins the day still in Scorpio until she enters Sagittarius at 9:34 PM EDT, lightening things up for the next few days.

Venus, the planet of love and beauty, has been curiously exploring her possibilities since entering Gemini on May 24th.

On Friday, she leaves Gemini behind to enter Cancer where her focus becomes softer, deeper, and more concerned with nurturing love. We man notice we are not as interested in lightly playing with love and are more focused on creating deep familial bonds of love.

The most significant astrological aspect on Friday is the second exact hit of the square between Saturn and Neptune. This is the most powerful over-riding transit of 2016. We see it reflected in politics and news stories every day.

Let’s consider what these two planets represent and why they struggle with each other, even in the best of times. Saturn is the planet of structure and form. Neptune, on the other hand, seeks to break down boundaries and dissolve barriers.

When two planets form a square aspect to each other, we must find a way to accommodate and work with both sides of the equation.

Anytime we have too much of one of these energies, we long for the other. Too much focus on a dream (Neptune) and we want reality (Saturn). Too much restriction (Saturn) and we want that extra glass of wine (Neptune). We need to pay close attention to this balance. If you tend to be a practical, structured person you must allow space to dream. If you tend to spend your life in soft spaces of spiritual transcendence, poetry, and wine, pay attention to reality, responsibilities, and play by the rules.

Bringing structure to transcendence even as you bring mystical awareness to your responsibilities will move us forward and ultimately land us is an interesting contemplation and a new awareness of our path forward.  This is about accepting our restrictions and limitations without losing the ability to move beyond those restrictions.

 

Dancing in Sky by Dekkhosh1355 via Wiki Commons

VISION & STRUCTURE

Saturday, June 18, 2016:

On Saturday, the Moon in Sagittarius keeps us focused on the challenges Saturn and Neptune brought on Friday. The Moon is conjunct Saturn and squares Neptune in the evening hours.

We must continue to work directly with the balance between restrictive rules and the freedom of our dreams for transcending those very rules. Embracing paradox is possible with a shift in perspective. Work to open your mind and heart to the possibility that we can hold both vision & structure within us concurrently.

While all of that is going on beneath the surface, you will want to plan for lovely Saturday with the Moon in Sagittarius. Plan a road trip or a gathering of friends. Don’t let the undercurrents of struggle take over your pleasure. Allow pleasure and fun to filter down and sooth the struggle.

 

EASE, FLOW, FUN

Sunday, June 19, 2016:

Sunday looks to be the best day of the weekend. With the fiery Sagittarius Moon trine Uranus at 8:11 PM EDT, there is excitement in the air. This would be a great way to end a weekend road trip on a high note. Alternatively, you may want to get out your maps and plan an upcoming adventure.

If you are feeling restless, get out there and find an adventure. It may be Sunday but you’ve gone to work on very little sleep before!

Find an adventure! It is Summer and the Sagittarius Moon is in the spirit to party. Don’t deny her that. We have pushed trough some rough stuff this weekend.

Allow ease, flow, and fun.

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets.  I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods.  I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.

* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, textiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.

* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: June 6, 2016 through June 12, 2016

The week begins on a delightful note with the Moon newly waning in Cancer, and a lovely conjunction between the Sun and Venus. We will encounter good feelings, kindness, and beauty wherever we turn.

Tuesday, we may see that we were being a bit unrealistic to expect that level of sweetness to maintain itself!

On Wednesday, our energy picks up as we try to squeeze every bit of pleasure we can out of the short season of Summer. With the Moon now in Leo, Summer is very much on our minds. Get the plans in place because you don’t want to waste a bit of it!

As we move deeply into the week, we cannot avoid the unease that looms. It is clear when we look outside ourselves into the political arena and onto the world stage that there are problems seething below the surface. Where are those issues arising in your own life and within your own skin? Look deeply, take time in meditation, it helps more than you can imagine. Make it a true habitual part of your life and it will make a huge difference moving forward.

We are in the thick of the Grand Cross between the Sun in Gemini, Venus in Gemini, Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces. These energies are each pulling us in different directions.

Even as we try to build structure, we want to break down boundaries; even as we expand, we want to restrict. Keep moving; keep breathing. Do not blame others for your discomforts. Look at where these energies are all a part of your internal blueprint.

If you know your chart, look to the mid degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces). These are the areas you will need to balance and work with consciously.

 

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EXPRESS AFFECTION

Monday, June 6, 2016:

This week begins on a cheerful note with the Sun/Venus conjunction in Gemini. Interactions with others should be smooth sailing with open, warm, affectionate communication. If you have something to to say, this is the day you will be able to articulate it in a way that is openly accepted.

The Moon is in Cancer throughout the day forming lovely aspects to both Neptune and Jupiter. These transits are supporting emotional connection, compassion, and the expression of love. This combination seeks emotional depth love of a nurturing, kind, and maternal kind.

The Sun/Venus conjunction suggests a profound interest and ability to communicate the love that is internally felt. If you have an opportunity to speak of love and connection do not let it pass by on Monday. Share the good feelings; we all need them.

 

WAS THAT REALLY A GOOD IDEA?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016:

Tuesday, the Cancer Moon runs into some challenges, perhaps even wondering if it was a good idea to have been so open with her feelings yesterday. Don’t worry; in the long run you did the right thing by sharing your authentic expression. How others respond is not something we can control; nor would we want to if we were able to see the full picture.

From where you stand now, you wonder; where will the backlash come from? Don’t look outside yourself. Take responsibility for the whole story. Why are you questioning the expression of your true self? If someone responds negatively, it is good to know sooner rather than later. You do not want to proceed along a path when the other(s) involved don’t know the whole story. We often stay on the wrong path not knowing the full picture.

In order for connection and love to flourish, we need to show all our cards, the beautiful, the uninspiring, and the downright ugly!

Late afternoon offers more ease; a sextile from the Moon to Mercury wants to elaborate on the original conversation and the trine between Moon and Mars encourages us to push forward and accomplish something that takes effort.

 

Painting by Glasgow Boy William Kennedy

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE BRINGS A NEW STORY

Wednesday, June 8, 2016:

By the time we wake up on Wednesday morning, the Moon has left the sensitivity of Cancer behind and entered the dynamic arena of Leo. The normally theatrical Moon is quiet on Wednesday; think of the regal lion stretched out in the Sun lazily at rest.

At 9:55 PM EDT, Mercury sextile Chiron providing an opportunity to reform some old stories that have caused us enough pain. With Mercury in slow steadfast Taurus and Chiron in Pisces, this is a deliberate effort to work on a deeply intangible level to unearth deep suffering and replace it with reverence for our deepest humanity.

Suffering is part of living this human life, part of what it means to live in human bodies encountering other human bodies. The stories we tell ourselves about how we have managed this journey determine our experience.

Find a new perspective on some old stories. Retell them in a way that can support who you want to be in the future. You are not changing the facts; you are simply seeing the world with new eyes, looking at your experiences from a different perspective. We are not stuck with a perspective that does not serve us.

 

HOLD YOUR TONGUE

Thursday, June 9, 2016:

On Monday, it was a good idea to speak what was in your heart. Thursday is a different story; it is important to closely guard your tongue. It would be so easy to lock horns with someone as Mercury opposes Mars at 1:00 PM EDT. Keep in mind the fine line between assertiveness and aggression and the even finer line of how others may perceive your expression.

Perhaps there is something that really needs to be said; the combination of Mercury and Mars will certainly give you the energy to do so. Keep aggression out of it.

Last year between April of 2015 and July of 2015, Mercury and Mars came together three times (due to Mercury retrograde). That began a cycle of asserting ourselves with a story, saying what needed to be said, or expressing anger and aggression.

If you can track that cycle you will see that whatever you began to express at that time is now ready to be released in full illumination. Use this energy wisely; keep solidly aware of any underground anger or resentment that may be seeking an outlet.

Don’t expect this to be easy and don’t let you guard down. The Moon in Leo wants nothing more than full expression. As the Moon makes a trine aspect to Uranus at 9:34 PM EDT, she could easily trick you into saying more than you intend to.

This powerful desire to express what is in your mind provides an excellent day and evening to write. If the entire expression and communication is between you and your pen and paper or between you and your screen and keyboard, there will be no one to argue with but yourself.

Get those aggressive, assertive communications on paper, you may learn something important when you go back and read what you have written.

 

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

Friday, June 10, 2016:

Friday brings us to a resting spot after the difficult struggles of Thursday. Regardless of whether you managed to avoid a battle of wills or not, today gives you the space to do a bit of internal emotional housecleaning. If you feel guilty about something you said or wish you had said more, this is a time to release the entire internal and external conversation. Don’t dwell on the cranky story beneath the issue. Feel the energy deeply and release it.

The Moon enters Virgo at 9:45 AM EDT suggesting a great day to do some practical organization, clean the closets, or clean out your email inbox. As we organize in the real world, our internal issues become organized as well. Honor the process by doing some little project and see it in a bigger context. As above, so below; as the cupboards, so the mind.

 

Summer Dream by Mark Shasha via Wiki Commons

Summer Dream by Mark Shasha via Wiki Commons

GET STUFF DONE

Saturday, June 11, 2016:

The Moon continues through the workaholic sign of Virgo. This is an outstanding day for working through your to-do list.

It is the middle of June and you may be itching to celebrate. This is the first weekend of summer vacation for many students and teachers. Because Summer is so short (at least here in New England), it is tempting to try to make every weekend a party or a celebration.

This Saturday seems simply too productive to spend in celebration. If you are not getting home owner type projects done, than spend the day on the beach with a good book. This is not a day of high excitement but a day of steady effort and productivity or self-care and kindness.

 

LOOK FOR THE UNUSUAL

Sunday, June 12, 2016:

Sunday’s First Quarter Moon (21 degrees Virgo Moon to Gemini Sun) is exact at 4:10 AM EDT. Look back to last Saturday’s New Moon. Did you do your New Moon ritual; did you plant your seed? If it was a seed of communication (the New Moon was in Gemini) you have certainly had a lot to think about this week with the challenges we have had to communication and gaining clarity in other areas as well. On Sunday, pay attention to the task that is asking to be done in service of the seed you planted. If it were an actual seed this would be the day that you would want to give it some fertilizer as well as making sure it has plenty of water.

What is it that your aspiration needs in order to reach its intended growth at the Full Moon next week? The square between the Sun and Moon is likely to induce some discomfort but it should pass easily with a sextile between loving Venus and unpredictable Uranus (11:12 AM EDT) grabbing our attention. This offers excitement and opportunity. Your mind may bring you back to a project of beauty, money, or love that began in late April. The only thing needed now is to explore where you would like this to develop over the coming months. If you meet someone new or encounter unusual beauty that interests you, pay attention.

Expect something new and unusual; it is right there… with eyes open you will see it.

At 7:22 PM EDT, Mercury enters Gemini; let the talking begin! In Gemini, we are all in the mood to talk and our curiosity arises about how others think. Mercury will remain in its home sign until the evening of June 29th when it will enter Cancer.

The Moon enters Libra at 8:43 PM EDT enabling us to make satisfying connections with loved ones in time to end the weekend.

I hope it is a great week for you.

With Mars still retrograde, this would be a great time to get a consultation. How are the cycles of these planets reflecting your life circumstances? Let me help you get some perspective on your life path.

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets.  I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods.  I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.

* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, textiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

 

 

 

 

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