Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: July 13, 2015 through July 19, 2015

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: July 13, 2015 through July 19, 2015

In looking at the week ahead, we have Mercury, Mars, and the Sun joined together in Cancer. Early Tuesday morning, the Moon joins them. Oh, what an emotional week we have ahead of us!

Alaska by Gilda Seelke

Alaska by Gilda Seelke

Please, pay careful attention to your emotional state this week and to the emotional state of those around you. Consider your default method of dealing with your emotions. Do you face them head-on? Work through them in conversation, meditation, or journal writing? Do you avoid them by eating, drinking, or indulging in other excessive behaviors? Do you hide them under humor or bravado?

What you discover in this exploration may surprise you. If you see things that you would like to change, don’t beat yourself up or expect immediate resolution. Simply observe and work to understand your personal patterns. Discover ways that you can actually feel and share your emotional state.

Try to discover what your emotions are telling you rather than avoiding, postponing, or stuffing them down with food, drugs, television, or pornography. Allow yourself to experience and listen to the emotional truth of others without feeling that you have to fix or change them.

If you feel angry, look beneath the anger until you discover the sadness. Allow yourself to feel. Come out of your self-enclosed cocoon and pay attention to the faces of those around you.

Watch expressions. Can you read the emotion beneath the expression? How can you send comfort, healing, and kindness without a word?

Carry these contemplations throughout the week. Allow your emotions to speak to you; let them show you the path forward.

On to the dailies!

 

 

SILVER LINING

Monday, July 13, 2015:

On Monday, we can expect the Gemini Moon to allow us a bit of light pleasure. Perhaps, it is giving us the opportunity to avoid the depth and complexity of our current circumstances. Or maybe both are part of the plan!

With that said, let’s enjoy today! It may be possible to relax into light fun and exciting conversation. The Gemini Moon is making lovely sextile aspects to Uranus, Jupiter, and Venus.

At 3:13 PM EDT, Mercury forms a free flowing trine aspect to Neptune. In late March, when Mercury and Neptune began their cycle there was a powerful dream on the table. In recent weeks, I suspect you have struggled with that dream. The struggle is not over.

However, on Monday, if you try, you can see it that dream is still viable. There is hard work ahead if you chose to continue in that direction. If you look, you will see the glimmer of the silver lining.

It is there. It is possible but not necessary to work your way towards fulfilling that dream. Regardless of the next step, hold the silver lining in your mind and your heart as we begin this week.

 

WHAT MUST BE RELEASED?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015:

The energy of love and nurturing kindness, or powerful protectiveness gets a boost on Tuesday as the Moon joins Mercury, Mars, and the Sun in Cancer while we sleep.

Also, very early on Tuesday morning, Venus forms a square aspect to Saturn. These two planets coming into a challenging aspect is not easy. There are several ways to look at this; if you think in terms of archetypes, consider Saturn as an authoritative, serious, no-nonsense teacher. Consider Venus to be your warm, sensual, and beautiful belly-dance instructor. On Tuesday, you may hear a stressful conversation between these two internal archetypes.

Venus longs to be beautiful, appreciated, and loved. Saturn insists on being taken seriously and wants to hold you accountable. This may be a day when our serious side has little patience for giving our beautiful side the appreciation that we need.

Thinking about this in terms of the full cycle, we will want to consider this to be a cycle of stabilizing finances and love. The current cycle began in mid-November 2014.

Where were our relationships being formed with structure and purpose? In mid-April, we saw the full illumination of where that stabilization had brought us. Did the cycle bring you the place you imagined? Has it been better than you imagined? Or has it been a terrible disappointment?

Now, we are at the Third Quarter phase of this cycle. We know it is time to look clearly, work with what is of value, and let go of what needs to be released.

Decisions to determine what needs to be released, in relationship or resources, sit heavily on your plate today. Spend some time alone in contemplation and please bring kindness to all your encounters, especially your encounters with self.

Liberty, Maine by Claire Perry

Liberty, Maine by Claire Perry

 

NEW MOON – PLANT A SEED TO HEAL LOVE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015:

I’m afraid I cannot tell you to anticipate a fun and easy day on Wednesday. That doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to having a terrible day. It does mean that you will want to pay careful attention to how you manage situations and people that you encounter.

The Moon is in Cancer (New Moon at 9:25PM EDT) brings our sensitivities close to the surface while making rough aspects to Mars, Pluto, and Uranus. Our sensitive emotions are being challenged by life transformations that we may have no control over.

We will do best to simply release the need to have control. Ride with the flow of this day, this week, and much of this lifetime.

Because Mars and Mercury are traveling hand in hand, (they will make full contact shortly after midnight), they each make an opposition to Pluto on Wednesday. Remain fully aware of your thoughts, your words, and your actions. An extra dose of meditation should be helpful!

If you have personal planets between 13 – 15 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn), be particularly diligent and aware of the power within your presence.

Can you see the results of what began between November 8th and November 12th 2014? I hope the results from that time are what you were seeking; pay attention now and plan accordingly. The answers to the questions should be clear.

The New Moon is a time to consciously plant a seed toward your own personal growth and development. Take time to contemplate what you want this lunar cycle to bring. This is a cycle that has the potential of offering the healing of broken love.

 

DIRECT COMMUNICATION

Thursday, July 16, 2015:

Over the past few days, as Mercury and Mars have been dancing together in Cancer, we have had the opportunity to look at our personal patterns of expressing assertiveness and anger. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed the places where your old patterns no longer work.

Thursday brings us to the conjunction between Mercury and Mars beginning a new cycle of direct, clear communication. If you are having troubles in communication with a partner, friend, coworker, children, or parents, Thursday is the day to begin a new cycle of developing clear communication.

If this is an significant issue in your life at this time, I recommend a book called: The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Conflicts, and Accomplish Your Goals by Susan Gillis Chapman.

The Moon enters Leo at 10:15 AM EDT lightening things up and allowing us some space for play. Don’t waste time… Play… Summer is short!

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and connect than the most well-intentioned words.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

 

RELEASE, RESIST, REST

Friday, July 17, 2015:

Friday is an unusual day. There are absolutely no major aspects, no planets changing signs, no VOC* Moon; an absolutely quiet day!

I know there is an energy bleed through from other aspects which came earlier this week or are appearing over the coming days, but a day with no exact major aspects is uncommon. I take this as a sign from the Universe to release, resist, and rest. I plan to take nothing too personally or too seriously on this day.

These weeks has certainly offered up its challenges but for today, let’s look at the broader perspective and remember that the excitement of Uranus is still offering it’s intensification to the expansion of love expressed through Venus and Jupiter in Leo. Hold the thought of that energy throughout this Friday.

The Moon is in Leo asking that we step forward with full authentic expression. The energy of Leo demands that we outwardly express all that is internal.

Focus on expression, kindness, and love. Hold your loved ones close and never for a moment forget to be grateful for each day.

“The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.” Zig Ziglar

 

Sunrise Clouds by Janice Montecalvo of Providence, RI

Sunrise Clouds by Janice Montecalvo of Providence, RI

A PICNIC OR THE BEACH

Saturday, July 18, 2015:

The Moon is in Leo until Saturday evening. Please head to the beach or for a picnic! This is a great Saturday to truly enjoy Summer activities.

Saturday evening, the Moon goes VOC*at 5:42 PM EDT and enters Virgo at 8:47 PM EDT.

Venus enters Virgo at 6:38 PM EDT, having been in Leo since June 5th. Venus will not spend too much time in Virgo as she will be retrograding back to Leo over the coming weeks. Venus in Virgo highlights the pleasure and appreciation of a tidy house and organized closets. However, an even more significant influence, Venus in Virgo appreciates kindness and the ability to be of service to others.

Another cycle that began in the Spring is asking for our attention this weekend. On April 8th, Mercury and Uranus came together, beginning a cycle of intense and unusual communication or expression. If you can identify what began at that time, it is now time to step forward and take action on that issue.

I started a writing project at that time that I have not been paying much attention to. Clearly, it is time for me to pick that project back up and work on it this weekend. Funny, I have heard it calling to me!

 

PREPARATION

Sunday July 19, 2015:

With the intensification of this entire week, it’s nice to have a quiet Sunday.

The Moon is in Virgo with a touch of soft dreamy energy in the afternoon when she makes contact with Neptune. This should be a great day to simply prepare for the upcoming work-week or begin preparation for any upcoming event, vacation or party.

Sunday is a good day for any type of preparation: paying bills, doing laundry, cleaning, or packing. I know that doesn’t sound exciting, but it is a blessing to have these days. Clearly, every one of us must do these things in order to take good care of ourselves. The more you can focus on these issues today the more you can enjoy the upcoming week.

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. “ ~Buddha (paraphrased)

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This week: The VOC* Moon!

VOC* (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment. These times are ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

Block off these times in your schedule and avoid making significant decisions or working on important projects during these times.  During VOC* Moon, focus on routine tasks. You will be surprised at how this one change will smooth the edges of your life!

Do you have questions about what is appropriate to do or not do during the VOC* moon? A simple way to think about it is to ask a simple question: Do I hope that this activity will amount to something? If the activity does not need to amount to anything, go ahead with it!

If you have an expectation or desire that this action is going to amount to something, do not do it while the Moon is VOC*. Think about the time you bought a book you were certain you were going to love and you never could finish it! Think about the time you bought the perfect article of clothing that you ended up never wearing. That is the Moon VOC*!

Monday, July 13, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Gemini) following a trine to Venus at 11:32 PM EDT, until she enters Cancer on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2:15 AM EDT.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Cancer) following a trine to Saturn at 7:24 AM EDT until she enters Leo at 10:15 AM EDT.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Leo) following a square to Saturn at 5:42 PM EDT until she enters Virgo at 8:47 PM EDT.

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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, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

 

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