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It has been an amazingly busy weekend ! The post may be a bit abbreviated but  looks like we have a relatively simple week to enjoy!

The Wind by Karl Hofer

 

This week’s VOC* Moon!

Block off these times in your schedule and avoid making significant decisions or trying to work 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!

 

Monday, September 15, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a Square to the Sun at 10:05PM EDT, ending at 11:24AM EDT on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 as the Moon enters Cancer.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a Sextile to the Sun at 2:38PM EDT and ending 11:10PM EDT as the Moon enters Leo.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a Sextile to Mercury at 12:34AM EDT and ending at 11:54AM EDT when the Moon enters Virgo.

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 15, 2014:

 

Monday is a great day to explore options, ask questions, and engaged your deepest curiosity. Suggest unusual ideas and offer new perspectives.

The week starts with the Moon in Gemini. We may feel restless and flirtatious, enthusiastic and alert. Our emotions may seem highly unstable and deeply exciting.

Do you remember the anxiety or excitement that was on your mind and within your communications last Saturday? On Monday we encounter the same excitement or anxiety although with a more positive and uplifted energy. At 10:05 PM EDT the Gemini Moon reaches its Third Quarter Square followed by a VOC* Moon which will last until Tuesday morning at 11:24 AM EDT. A good night to get to sleep early and enjoy the dreams that arise!
 

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

 

Tuesday begins with the Moon VOC* until she enters Cancer at 11:24AM EDT. Don’t rush to the office as your best work won’t be done until after 11:30AM EDT on Tuesday morning. The day begins slowly; your best bet is to stick to routine tasks until afternoon.

Even then your work may be compromised by the trine between the Moon and Neptune. Allow your imagination to rule the day. Tuesday we will do best to work with our lives through the perspective of intuition, imagination, and the surreal. Do not put hard edges on this day. Allow softness, listen to music that will transport you, spend time in meditation. Open to the mystical and what is unseen.

 

Girl with Cactus by Carl Hofer

Girl with Cactus by Carl Hofer

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014:

 

On Wednesday, you can anticipate the need to look more directly at the reality of your situation then you have over the past few days. The Cancer Moon makes difficult aspects to the Square between Pluto and Uranus. Once again it is important that we step back and look at the transformation that has been active in our lives, and on the greater world stage, since the summer of 2012. Simply take a bit of time to appreciate how far your life has brought you since that time.

I don’t often talk about Chiron, but today we must note the opposition between Venus and Chiron. The cycle between them began in April; yes, right in the middle of the Grand Cardinal Cross.

Consider where, in your life, and in your heart, you encountered a sense of being broken in April. At that time, perhaps for the first time, you understood that healing was possible. On Wednesday we reach the opposition between Venus and Chiron, suggesting that you are able to see the reality, the possibility, and the agent of your healing. Your job today is to look directly into the heart of your own woundedness and see the gift of healing that is offered. You may not understand this but that healing gift is already in your hands; offer thanks and accept this gift of healing.

 

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014:

 

Get out of bed 20 minutes earlier today! It will help to smooth some of the early-morning anxiety of getting the family out the door to work and school. The Moon is in moody, emotional Cancer throughout the day making a final aspect (sextile to the Sun) at 2:38PM EDT. With that energy holding steady, the Moon is VOC* until 11:10PM EDT when the Moon enters dramatic, expressive Leo.

Any projects or tasks of importance need to be completed early in the day. The afternoon provides us with an excuse to rest, recuperate, and complete mundane tasks.

 

 

 

Friday, September 19, 2014:

 

This is a day meant for open expression and playfulness. If you have children in your life take time to focus yourself within that simple Space of childhood. Turn your living room into a tent fort, put on a puppet show! Pretend every interaction is a staged performance! Encounter, and joyfully accept, the largeness of your own heart! Bring generosity to everyone you encounter.

Friday evening would be a great night to go to a show, a concert, or the theater! Go out with friends, have a party! This is a great evening for socialization, for expressing your true nature, for giving and receiving appreciation!

 

 

Saturday September 20, 2014:

 

Saturday continues the expressive pleasures of Friday. The Moon continues through the extroverted and flamboyant sign of Leo. The most negative side of Leo is the tendency toward arrogance and a prideful nature. I had an astrologer once tell me that Leo is loud and arrogant because it is the one sign that deep inside worries the most about its worthiness. The early part of the day brings with it a great deal of excitement as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter and Trine Uranus! Seek out a worthy stage for your performance this morning! Find a way to deeply express a spark of your creativity from within. The later part of the day may become a bit weighted down with concern, caution, and pessimism.

Make it a point to spend at least a few hours on Saturday alone. Solitude will allow the shift from exuberance to a deeper sense of responsibility.
 

 

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014:

 

Sunday is the most complicated day of the week! The Moon makes a final aspect (sextile Mercury) at 12:34AM EDT. This ushers us into a VOC* that lasts until 11:54AM EDT when the Moon enters Virgo.

At 9:02AM EDT Venus Sextile Saturn; Venus represents beauty, love, romance, and our own personal values. Saturn represents structure, stabilization, and restriction. The sextile between them offers an opportunity to stabilize our values and our relationships. As this is a closing sextile it offers the opportunity to release restrictions, to let go of things that have held back our sense of beauty, our need for love, romance, and the development of our own individual personal values. In November we will begin a new cycle between these two planets. This will be the rebuilding of solid stable values that more clearly reflect our true nature at this time.

At 11:58 PM EDT Mars squares Neptune. The cycle between Mars and Neptune began in February 2013. Consider where your assertive or sexual energy is unclear or idealized. Fantasy and charisma play a role in how we move forward. Keep your eyes open and understand that there is a lack of clarity that will simply take time to unravel.

 

Reading and Art by Karl Hofer

Reading and Art by Karl Hofer

 

Images by Karl Hofer (1878 – 1955)

______________________________
* 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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*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; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

 

The Woman at the Well by Jean-Francois Millet

The Woman at the Well by Jean-Francois Millet

 

If you were hoping for a simple week with no complications, just put that idea aside! Dive in and welcome the reality of what this week offers.
 
The week begins with a lovely Full Moon in Pisces allowing us the opportunity to see the full illumination of the dreams, fantasies, and/or fears that we have been busy building these past weeks!
 
Consider the seed you planted two weeks ago at the New Moon. How have things changed in this time? Can you see the results that have been created?
There are several VERY long VOC* Moon periods this week. Thursday and Saturday will need to be planned with this in mind. Remember you can expect a lack of results from whatever you put your attention or effort into while the Moon is VOC*. Focus your attention on mundane tasks, catch up on rest, recuperation, and simple activities.
Pay careful attention, this week, to the stories you tell yourself and the ways that you present those stories to others.
 
Carefully consider your response to unexpected news or information. You may experience a delightful surprise or an unwanted shock. Mercury comes into contact with Uranus and Pluto this week, bringing intensity, transformation and sudden surprises to your most ordinary ways of thinking, exploring communications, and working with your mind.
 
Seek inspiration, sudden epiphanies, and surprising/shocking ideas. Do not discount the significance of any of these!
 
Explore ways to share the transformation of your thinking with those around you. Do this without expectation of the response you receive.
Midweek Venus opposes Neptune reminding us that sharp clarity is not always available when our hearts are deeply involved.
On Saturday Mars who has very happily been moving through Scorpio now enters Sagittarius. Action takes flight! Over the coming weeks you will find yourself planning a major trip or considering some education you realize you need for your upcoming changes.

 

 

 

This week’s VOC* Moon!

 

I’m going to start providing this information each week to help support the workability of your lives!

Block off these times in your schedule and avoid making significant decisions or trying to work 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!

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a trine to Mars at 3:09PM EDT and ending at 7:32PM EDT as the Moon enters Aries.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a conjunction to Uranus at 8:57PM EDT and ending on Thursday, September 11th at 9:17PM EDT as the Moon enters Taurus. Yes, You read that correctly; this is a 12+ hour VOC Moon.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a trine to the Sun at 9:31AM EDT and ending on Sunday morning at 2:25 AM EDT when the Moon enters Gemini. That is nearly 15 hours of VOC* Moon!

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 8, 2014:

 

The week begins with a Pisces Full Moon, which will be exact at 9:37PM EDT.

Take a moment this morning to consider the seed you planted at the Virgo New Moon on Monday, August 25th.

The appropriate response to that New Moon was to plant a seed of aspiration. To aspires to perfect something within the self as a gift for humanity. What seed did you plant?

What new routines did you put into place with the intention of making yourself a better person? With Monday’s Full Moon, we release the creative energy that has been building since that new seed was planted.

There is a very dreamy quality about Monday. The creative energy being released is full of deep empathy, compassion, and sensitivity. The reality of what has grown over these two weeks may leave you feeling deeply inspired, impressionable, and idealistic.

The creative energy, which has been building over the past two weeks, is ready to be released. Do not waste this elusive energy on escapism through drugs or alcohol. Reach instead for your mystical depth and transcendent understanding.

Open your heart through music, poetry, meditation, prayer; allow mystical transcendence into your experience.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014:

 

Tuesday begins with the Moon still in Pisces. Following a trine to Mars at 3:09PM EDT the Moon will be VOC* until 7:32PM EDT. Those 4 ½ hours will be best spent on routine tasks, or simply as, well deserved, downtime. At 7:32PM EDT the Moon enters Aries, bringing us the sense of wanting what we want, when we want it! Patience is not our strength on Tuesday evening.

The most significant issue on this day is reflected in the square between Mercury and Pluto.

Maintain vigilant awareness of your thought processes and your communications. There is more power in your words then you may understand. Communications and conversations can easily go to deeper, more powerful, and potentially more dangerous places then we anticipate. Watch your words. Pay attention to the responses you get from others. Prepare yourself give or receive communications that may change you and those you love, in unfathomable, long-term, and profound ways.

This has the potential to be a day when secrets are revealed and power dynamics are exposed. Please do your best to be aware of and kind to everyone you encounter.

Take a moment to consider the full cycle between Mercury and Pluto: the cycle began on December 31, 2013. Carefully consider what was on your mind at that time. What was your most pressing concern? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Whatever you began at that time required attention and action in mid-April 2014, was fully realized in July, and is now asking for reconsideration in preparation for future release. This cycle will end and the new cycle begin in December, 2014.

 

 

 

The Stubble Burner by Jean-Francois Millet

The Stubble Burner by Jean-Francois Millet

Wednesday, September 10, 2014:

 

On April 11, 2014 Venus conjunct Neptune at 6° Pisces. Did you begin a new dream; did you open you eyes to a new idealized vision of abundant love, money, or resources? Take time today to consider what began in April. How far has it come to fruition? Where have you been successful in implementing this dream? Do you now see its full potential? Over the coming months the full realization of that dream will be further explored.

The Aries Moon is impatient with the speed of internal progress. Remember the side of Aries that is represented by the screaming infant demanding its due!

Love is idealized even as the necessary transformation of our lives may not have caught up enough to support the idealized vision of that love.

Mercury sextile Jupiter (2:36PM EDT); offering the opportunity to show your most authentic self to others. Speak your truth to those you love. Allow vulnerability at your very deepest core. This is the time.

At 8:57 PM EDT the Moon makes her final aspect, a conjunction to Uranus before going to VOC* until quite late on Thursday.

 

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014:

 

Keep your plans for Thursday very simple. There is really nothing of great importance to be done. Spend the day on routine tasks, meditating, reading, contemplating, or resting. This is a very long VOC* Moon in Aries; from 8:57PM EDT Wednesday until 9:17PM EDT Thursday when the Moon enters Taurus.

The Virgo Sun sextile Saturn at 11:03AM EDT suggesting that there is great stabilization energy available to us at this time. This is great for getting things accomplished! Hummmm. With the combination of this and the Moon being VOC* the logical way to deal with this day is to really dig into the many routine tasks that need doing in your office or your life! This would also be an excellent day to spend with someone whose wisdom or experience you respect. Seek a mentor in each person you encounter on Thursday.

 

 

Friday, September 12, 2014:

 

It looks like we are gearing up for a lovely weekend! Friday the Moon is in Taurus all day making lovely aspects to Neptune, Venus, Pluto, and connecting with Jupiter as well.

Friday is the day to appreciate Life! This is a day to make those lists of things that you are grateful for. Taurus has a sensual, earthy, reverence for life. This is not a day to be in a hurry. Take your time and create beauty everywhere you go.

Seriously take the time to enjoy each of your five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Appreciate the gift it is to live in this human body. Allow yourself to seek comfort in reliability and consistency.

Early Saturday morning the opposition between Mercury and Uranus will prevent this day from being without excitement. With all the desire for comfort and reverence, beneath the surface we feel the instability that is right around the corner.

 

 

Saturday September 13, 2014:

 

Saturday morning we awake with a pulse of excitement moving through our minds. Where do you want to take your mind today? Did something begin in mid April 2014 that is now releasing creative energy? Mercury opposes Uranus at 4:16AM EDT, your thoughts and communications are electrified with powerful revolutionary energy. Expressed negatively this could reflect you feeling scattered and full of nervous energy. From a more positive perspective it reflects great excitement in the mind. Our perceptions, our thoughts and ideas are moving quickly! Intuitive insights can come suddenly and without warning.

Meet new people! Engage in exciting and interesting conversations. Expect people to be direct and even blunt in their communications. Expect to hear the unexpected and perhaps to speak the unexpected as well!

Another very long VOC* Moon following a Trine to the Sun at 9:31AM EDT! Yes another full day of rest, revitalization, routine tasks, and downtime!

At 5:56 PM EDT Mars (having been in Scorpio since July 25) enters Sagittarius. Don’t be surprised if you notice yourself planning some sort of travel for yourself and a loved one. Get out the travel magazines and the education catalogs. Book yourself a cruise, plan a vacation, sign up for a class, or learn something new! Make it a point to engage in conversations with people from other cultures, other belief systems, or other lifestyles!

 

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014:

 

Sunday morning we awake to the Moon in Gemini making an early-morning opposition to Mars. The day may start with a sense of aggravation and anxiety.

If possible spend a few hours alone on Sunday morning with a good book or a pen and your journal.

You will find your mind very active and hot. Explore the thoughts and ideas that are working their way through your mind at this time. At 10:34AM EDT Venus trine Pluto reflecting great intensity of your emotional expression and your connection to others. Love relationships are profound and powerful at this time. Any love and any expression of beauty will take on great death and intensity.

Our souls are deeply touched, deeply moved, and deeply transformed by the profound soul connection of love at this time.

 

The bouquet of daisies - by Jean Francois Millet

The bouquet of daisies – by Jean Francois Millet (1871)

Images by Jean-Francois Millet

 

 

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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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*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; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wheel of fortune by Edward Burne Jones

The wheel of fortune by Edward Burne Jones

 

Consider the planetary energies of the week ahead and plan your best approach.

 

Do you feel like you are still waiting for the Virgo Sun to bring a bit more stability? Did you expect the productive energy of Virgo to have settled over you and calmed all the tension in your life? When the Sun left Leo for Virgo last week we anticipated our lives becoming more settled and stabilize. It hasn’t really played out that way in my life. How about yours?

 

I suspect it is the approaching Trine between Jupiter (in Leo) and Uranus (in Aries) that may be keeping your solid work focus at bay. This aspect will not perfect until September 28th but is a powerful intensification of expanding individuality and truth that has been building since June 2010.

 

Ride with the wave of it. Enjoy that the excitement of Summer hasn’t yet let up!

 

This week we have several planets changing sign:

 

On Tuesday Mercury moves into Libra, encouraging our thoughts to move toward diplomacy, romance, and partnerships of all kinds.

 

On Friday Venus leaves Leo behind to enter Virgo. This will help to increase our appreciation of work and productivity. We are reminded of the value and beauty within efficiency and orderly dedication. We are able to release some of the overriding desire for expressive and constant appreciation. Allow this to settle your ego’s over-riding need for attention.

 

 

This week’s VOC* Moon!

 

I’m going to start providing this information each week to help support the workability of your lives!

Block off these times in your schedule and avoid making significant decisions or trying to work 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!

 

   Monday, September 1, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a sextile to Mercury

at 11:40AM EDT and ending at 1:17AM EDT as the Moon enters idealistic Sagittarius.

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a trine to Venus

at 2:06PM EDT and ending at 6:15PM EDT as the Moon enters ambitious, hard working Capricorn.

 

Friday September 5, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a sextile to Mars

at 11:08AM EDT and ending at 7:59PM EDT when the Moon enters quirky, unusual Aquarius.

 

Sunday September 7, 2014 Moon is VOC* following a square to Mars

at 1:18PM EDT and ending when the Moon enters Pisces at 7:47PM EDT.

 

 

 

Monday, September 1, 2014:

 

The week begins with a holiday (Labor Day) here in the US. Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. Labor Day constitutes a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to our strength, prosperity, and well-being. Celebrations generally consist of parades, barbecues and gatherings of all types where you may encounter folks you don’t generally encounter in your everyday life.

The astrological weather supports these gathering with a bit of a twist.

We begin the day with the Moon in Scorpio making her final aspect (a sextile to Mercury) at 11:40AM EDT. The Moon is VOC* from then until she enters Sagittarius at 1:17 PM EDT.

Enjoy the afternoon and evening by enjoying the traditional celebrations in a more non-traditional way. Mingle with people who provide you with a very different sense of the world. Explore Reality and Truth from the perspective of someone who sees the world very differently from you! Open your mind to the vast difference in thought and experience between you and another. Work to remove the barriers in your mind.

The reality, experience, and thinking of those from a different background, culture, or life style is valid and fertile ground for your own personal essential growth.

 

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014:

 

Tuesday the Moon is in Sagittarius all day. At 7:11AM EDT the Moon reaches her First Quarter Phase. This is the waxing Square aspect of the Moon to the Sun.

At last Monday’s New Moon in Virgo (August 25), consider the seed that you planted, the aspiration you declared. Consider, once again, your intention and now take a specific action to move toward this intended growth; envision and feel your way into your future.

When you wake Tuesday morning the big news is that Mercury has entered Libra. Mercury is currently moving very quickly and has only been in Virgo since August 15th. Your mind has likely been trying to stabilize the wild Fire energy and with Mercury’s entrance into Libra, now seeks the help of companionship. You will notice that your thoughts turn to finding ways to partner more effectively. Consider how the help of another can balance and bring more harmony to your mind. Mercury will remain in Libra until September 27th.

This should be a great time to work with issues of diplomacy and cooperation. You are able to see both sides of the conversation. During this time your mind is not stuck on holding our own perspective irregardless of the reality for the thinking of others. Connect with others, listen closely, and balance your mind.

The Golden Stairs by Edward Burne-Jones

The Golden Stairs by Edward Burne-Jones


 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014:

 

Wednesday brings extremely dynamic energies into our lives! The Virgo Sun forms a waning Trine to Pluto at 12:09 PM EDT. The powerful transformation of who you are and how you present yourself in the world cannot easily be hidden or contained. The response from others is also not easily contained. Strive for internal balance; allow the meticulous care of Virgo to feed the ambition of Pluto in Capricorn.

Pay attention to the way that power dynamics are working in your life. Consider who has power and how do they use it. Consider the areas in your life where you utilize power, how respectful are your dealings with those who have less power than you. Use the empowerment available today to expand your hopes and ambition for the future. If your birthday falls between April 29th – May 3rd, September 2nd – September 5th, or December 31st – January 3rd, this empowerment is more strongly available then for the rest of us.

For all of us power dynamics are important to pay attention to. If these energies are used unconsciously and without integrity, this power will backfire and work against your life. Never forget the importance of using power dynamics consciously and with the highest integrity. Your impact on others is highly significant at this time; far more so than you are likely to understand.

And Moon begins her day in Sagittarius making her final aspect (Moon Trine Venus) at 2:06PM EDT. Following this the moon is VOC*until entering Capricorn at 6:15 PM EDT. This brings you to a serious evening where your mind may be focused on work, ambition, and results.

Be aware, be kind; remember that each action, choice, and decision has lasting significance.


 

Thursday, September 4, 2014:

 

If you didn’t read Wednesday’s post go back and take a look. The energy in issues of power and empowerment will linger throughout Thursday.

The Moon is in Capricorn all day offering us a serious day of accomplishment, ambition, and the ability to focus in on the work we need to do.

As the Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus today we are highly aware that you are living, working, and playing in a very different world than you were several years ago.

Many of you are tired. Tired of the hard work of transformation that these past months and years have insisted upon. However, the aspects to the Moon on Thursday will remind you that you are not complete with this process yet. Consider where you resided in your life several years ago. Look at how far you have come, and consider how much further you have to go in this process. The last exact hits of Uranus Square Pluto will come in December 2014 and March 2015. It is interesting to image where we will each find ourselves by mid 2015!


 

Friday, September 4, 2014:

 

The Moon begins the day in Capricorn. Ambition, work, and discipline come very naturally. There is much to be accomplished.

At 11:08AM EDT following a sextile to Mars the Moon is VOC* until she enters Aquarius at 7:59 PM EDT; therefore the Capricorn Moon is VOC* between 11:08 AM and 7:59PM EDT. This is a perfect time to catch up on routine tasks!

The significant change on Friday comes at 1:06PM EDT when Venus leaves the playful expression of Leo behind and enters the meticulous, detail-oriented sign of Virgo. Your desire to Play recedes somewhat and you are able to embrace the necessity of precision and efficiency. With Venus in Virgo analytical precision and meticulous detail become something we want more of. We are able to see beyond our ego and envision the beauty in humility and service.

Venus will remain in Virgo until October 10th. Find the areas of your life that need to be perfected in order to perfect the one thing that you have to offer the world as a service. We each have something to give, and at this time in humanities history it is so necessary that we find that skill, perfect it, and offer it as our gift. Seek your own unique gift that the world is waiting for.

At 7:59PM EDT the Moon enters Aquarius, providing us with a lighter more intellectually stimulating evening. Get out with friends (old and new) and explore new, interesting, and wild ideas.

 

 

Saturday September 5, 2014:

 

This certainly has the potential to be a fabulous Saturday! Do something different from your usual routines! Gravitate toward areas that both fear and excite you.

Go somewhere and do something no one expects you to do; do it on your own, with platonic friends, or with a group of like-minded adults.

Go skydiving, mountain climbing, surfing, or jeeping! Whatever you do, make sure it is outside your general way of being, or outside your comfort zone. Surprise yourself. Find a new perspective on your life and your world. Don’t bring your spouse or your lover! Saturday is a day to detach from intimacy and experience your full individuality.

If you allow yourself to simply be ‘an extra’ in someone elses movie you will be resentful and miserable. Don’t let others dictate your day. Bring your truth to this day; your ability to move forward without restraint moves humanity forward in ways you can’t anticipate.

 

 

Sunday, September 6, 2014:

 

Sunday begins with the Moon still in Aquarius. At 1:18PM EDT the Moon squares Mars before going VOC*.

If you were truly able to engage your individuality in an exciting way on Saturday, there could be some difficulty adjusting back into your routines on Sunday.

Keep a low-profile with others as anger or frustration could easily bubble up from below the surface. The VOC* Moon lasts from 1:18PM EDT until 7:47PM EDT, when the Moon enters Pisces.

Saturday evening would be well spent in meditation or prayer. Another excellent option would be to simply watch a great film this evening. Allow yourself to escape the confines of the mundane world. Enjoy sensitivity and rest.

Garden of the Hesperides by Edward Burne-Jones

Garden of the Hesperides by Edward Burne-Jones

Images by Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

 

 

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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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*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; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

 

 

 

Do you have children who are heading back to school?

Are you heading back to school?

 

In the Schoolroom by Jacob Spoel

It is time to get back into study mode or pack up the little ones and get them onto the school bus to begin another year of learning, study, growth, and change!
 
 

Your life will change dramatically with this cycle!
 
 

I honor this shift to Virgo with an offer of 20% discount on a full consultation.

(in person, telephone, or Skype)

 

 

Leaving Leo behind opens the door to the potential growth that Virgo offers!

 

Get the children on that bus or drop them off at school, sit alone, examine where you find yourself, and explore the potential that you envision for yourself over the coming year.

 

The Virgo energy of working toward your fullest potential is the perfect time to explore your individual situation and cycles.

 The School of Hard Knocks

 

I honor this shift to Virgo with an offer of 20% discount on a full consultation.

 (in person, telephone, or Skype)

 

 

Use code ‘school’ to get a 20% discount on a full consultation between now and September 10th.

 

 

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Sunflowers by Angel Botello

There are a lot of cycles in action this week. There is no doubt we can expect a complex week!

 

We start the week with a New Moon in Virgo immediately pushing us to our potential. Plant the seed of discernment and detail.

 

I need to do a quick down and dirty post today! It’s been a busy week and family responsibilities took me away at the time I normally do my writing.

 

So… here is what I have for ya!


 

Monday, August 25, 2014:

 

The week begins with an extremely active day on Monday. It’s tricky to flesh out all the pieces that are involved! Your mind and heart could cover a wide range of thoughts and emotions on Monday.

Let’s first consider the New Moon at 2° of Virgo. The chapter on the month of lovely Leo is over! The New Moon in Virgo suggests the importance of planting a seed of work, efficiency, and productivity. You are preparing to reach your full, true potential. Plant the seed and care for it over the coming weeks.

Make a commitment to your productivity and your ability to be helpful and of service to others.

Late in the afternoon Mars joins with Saturn at 17° Scorpio. This begins a new cycle involving the ways we structure, restrict, or make judgments on our own assertiveness, aggressions, and/or sexuality. Consider that the previous cycle began in August 2012. Whatever began at that time ends now as we move forward to this new phase.

Rest assured that whatever begins now, the decisions you make at this time have long-range consequences. Any choices presented at this time are not trivia. Your decisions will determine the direction of action in your life over the next two years. Keep this in mind as you make choices with your eyes wide open.

Mercury brings a sweet sextile to both Mars and Saturn on Monday, enabling and encouraging you to speak openly as you move forward. Say what needs to be said; be available to hear what is said in return. If the actions you’re taking impact others please speak your mind. The results may be far less difficult then you would expect.

As if all of that is not enough for one day Venus trine Uranus. This aspect could bring any number of surprising results or communications regarding your love relationships or finances. It is important to get out and mingle with others this evening. Expect the unexpected and open yourself to the energies that are available.

 

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014:

 

Tuesday looks to me like a very productive day. The moon is in Virgo keeping us focused on efficiency and organization. You are able to see where you want to go, and the view of this potential pulls you forward. The Virgo moon is engaged in happy communication with Pluto, Saturn, Mars, and Mercury! Work will get done!

Venus in Leo squares Saturn in Scorpio at 2:21PM EDT.

On Wednesday she will square Mars as well. Consider back to the beginning of the cycle with Venus conjunct Saturn in September 2013. Did you begin a new relationship with either love or money at that time? Whatever you were building, or whatever was important to you at that time, has shifted to where you need to reconsider your former position and release. You are now reaching for a new stabilization around your finances or love that will begin in earnest by mid November 2014.

At 10:29 PM EDT the Virgo Moon goes VOC* until late Wednesday afternoon.

 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014:

 

Wednesday offers a day of rest… if you can take it. This day would be best used for thoughtful consideration and time alone in analytical contemplation.

The Virgo moon is VOC* until she enters Libra at 5:54 PM EDT.

Venus squares Mars at 11:45AM EDT. This is a day to consider the ways that you express kindness to others from a truly selfless heart. Mars (the principle of war) energizes Venus (the principle of love) and Venus softens Mars; Mars brings sexuality to Venus; Venus brings love to sexuality. There is deep tension between these two planets as they form a square aspect. It is palatable. Spend time engaged in actively expressing love!

When the Moon enters Libra at 5:54 PM EDT this increases our attention to relationship, diplomacy, and the necessity to balance and soften all factors of our lives. Spend the evening with loved ones in the spirit of peace.

 

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014:

 

When you wake up Thursday morning the most prevalent energy is a sextile aspect between the Libra Moon and Jupiter in Leo. This early part of the day will be the best part of the day! Take advantage of this energy if you have communications or negotiations with others that could be accomplished in the morning. By mid to late afternoon, as the Moon squares Pluto, interactions with others will not feel so workable. Be aware of the tendency for power struggles in all types of relationships.

Shortly after midnight the Moon will also interact with Uranus. Rest in the knowledge that you are on your own path to transforming your life.
Please do not engage in unhealthy power struggles with others. Power issues do indeed exist in our significant relationships and we have likely spent most of our lives learning unhealthy ways of managing these struggles. Today, consider and seek ways to work with these energies consciously, with full awareness of yourself and the ‘other’; your environment, your existence, sensations, and thoughts. Be aware of it all! Allow creativity to find the way to a healthy expression of power; give and take. Play with these dynamics with full respect of the intensity involved.

 

Friday, August 29, 2014:

 

Get your journals or calendars out again, we are going to look at the cycle between The Sun and Neptune. On February 23, 2014 these two planetary bodies came together in Pisces. What dream, fantasy, or flight of imagination began at that time? Do you remember? Today as you look back, it should be clear exactly what you have made of that dream. With the Opposition between the Sun and Neptune the full creative expression of that energy is now released. You now know if you made the best choices then. Do you feel a deep satisfaction and release of creativity? Do you feel a deep suffering as you now see the mistake made at that time. Either way, look clearly now so you will be ready to begin a new cycle of dreams in February 2015! As you watch these cycles and understand how they work together your ability to make better choices increases.

 

 

Saturday August 30, 2014:

 

At 4:52AM EDT on Saturday the Moon enters Scorpio. This may be a deeply emotional day, but one that is highly workable. This is a day when love, affection, and friendships can go deep while maintaining stability.

You will not be satisfied interacting on a superficial level. It is important to deeply explore your emotional connections with others. This is not a Saturday night you will want a lot of socializing. You may feel your best while connecting deeply with an intimate partner. Soft, deep, intense connections are available.

 

 

Sunday, August 31, 2014:

 

Sunday starts out much like Saturday. You may feel deeply and emotionally connected and comfortable in your own skin and in your own reality. Enjoy it while it lasts.

By afternoon the atmosphere of the day becomes heavier, more restrictive, with possible overtones of anger and aggression.

The best Time this weekend for socializing is Sunday morning. Go out for brunch with a few close friends.

By afternoon the Scorpio Moon conjunct Saturn insist that you carefully investigate some of the decisions you are making.

On Monday we talked about the decisions that are being made and their importance; this evening our emotional nature catches up to the understanding of what we may be getting ourselves into. Don’t consider running away. Hold steady, look deeply, face reality, and move forward. Is always best to directly face those places of fear in our hearts.

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Images by Angel Botello (1918 – 1986)

 

 

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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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*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; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

 

 

 

'TP' Three Years Old by Thomas Hart Benton

‘TP’ Three Years Old by Thomas Hart Benton

 

The shift that we go through at the end of the summer, just before school begins is deeply familiar to each of us. Perhaps you’ve never thought of it in terms of the astrological movement of the planets. But you know what it feels like when summer is over and it is time to get back to school or work.

 

Think back to all the years you spent in school; from kindergarten through graduate school, the pattern remains the same. The shift from summer vacation to buckling down to your homework is the shift from Leo to Virgo.

 

At this time of year our minds are ready to put the party behind us and get down to business.

 

Do you feel the call to learn something new, to take the direction of your life more seriously?

 

It is no accident that the stores are overflowing with back to school supplies! We all need new notebooks, protractors, and pens at this time of the year.

 

The movement from Leo to Virgo is the big news of the week.

 

With Monday’s Venus conjunction to Jupiter, we are beginning a new cycle of expanding love or material value in our lives. The week starts as we plant that seed and we are deeply hopeful and optimistic of the outcome.

 

Anytime a new cycle begins (such as this: Venus conjunction to Jupiter) we must also look at it as the ending of the previous cycle.

 

What began, what seed was planted regarding love or material resource in May 2013? For myself I see several factors that were beginning at that point in time. As we watch these cycles we understand what needs to be released and what needs to be begun.

 

I see doors to love opening even as my astrology practice is expanding in ways I could not have imagined in May 2013!

 

My work and my clients provide the highest value in my life and I am delighted to see the process opening into a new expensive cycle.

 

 

 

Monday, August 18, 2014:

 

What a lovely start to the week! The perfect exact conjunction between Venus and Jupiter forms at 1:21AM EDT at 7° Leo!! Consider what planet you have between 5° and 9° of Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, or Taurus.

Only good can come from this conjunction. Venus speaks to what we value and what we see as beautiful in the world. Jupiter simply expands and energizes whatever it touches and wherever it moves.

Think of the generosity of Leo and consider how these planets increase love, generosity, and the expansion of love in the world. Allow love, generosity, and heart to grow throughout the week.

We can certainly think of this combination in terms of material value and wealth. Perhaps I should recommend that you go buy a lottery ticket again today, Particularly if you have any significant planets near 7° Leo.

The Moon is in Gemini on Monday; you want to share and express your experiences of love, generosity, and the basic goodness that lives within the heart of each person you meet.

At 11:40PM EDT Mercury opposes Neptune. Explore your dreams. With this cycle you want to look back to March 2014. If you can identify a dream that began at that time, revisit it today. It should be clear at this time where that dream has brought you. Now you release the energy of that dream and see exactly how it has been fulfilled, or not. Fully express that dream or fully released it now. Trust your intuition on this one!

 

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014:

 

With Monday’s connection between Mercury and Neptune very much coloring the day on Tuesday; allow your mind to enjoy fantasy, allusive sensitivity, compassion, and an opening to spirituality.

Contemplate your ability to step into the shoes of others. Consider the richness of joy and suffering that each person you meet along your path experiences. We are not alone in either our joy or our deepest suffering.

Would you be kinder to the person behind the counter at the grocery store, your annoying coworker, or even a telemarketer who interrupts your dinner; if you understood the causes and the depth of their suffering?

With the Moon in Gemini all day you may want to ignore the sensitivity that tries to get your attention. Wouldn’t it be easier to hang out with friends, listen to insignificant storylines, and have a few extra glasses of wine? Indeed it may be easier, and it would probably be fun.

Gemini wants to be in social situations; Neptune and Mercury together enjoy the fog that alcohol brings to the mind. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as it is done consciously and without harm. No matter how you use this energy keep the idea of intangible sensitivity, compassion, and mysticism close at hand.

 

 

Jessie with Guitar by Thomas Hart Benton

Jessie with Guitar by Thomas Hart Benton

Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

 

By the time you wake up on Wednesday morning the Moon has entered Cancer and the sensitivity from Tuesday grows to a deeper more personal level.

Your emotional security takes center stage today. It may be best to avoid socializing this evening, go home and enjoy domestic comfort and connection.

Here in the northern hemisphere the days are getting shorter, we feel that the Sun preparing to leave the heat of Leo.

It is a very bittersweet time for me. I would love to know how it feels to you!

On Saturday before we awake the Sun will enter Virgo. On Wednesday using the Cancer Moon to support us, we would do well to do a bit of domestic preparation. Prepare to set aside the summer toys, to sharpen your pencils and purchase your notebooks.

 

Friday night will be your last Leo Sun hurrah! Make it good!

 

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014:

 

Don’t be too surprised if Thursday presents you with both an emotional struggle and an emotional breakthrough. The Cancer Moon makes tough aspects to Uranus and Pluto insisting that you keep your eyes focused on the most important transformations as they are occurring in your life.

The sensitive and nostalgic Cancer Moon also makes lovely aspects to Mercury, Mars, and Saturn throughout the day. Emotionally Cancer Moon suggests deep sensitivity and possibly moodiness.

The final aspect is a trine to Saturn at 3:33PM EDT. Following this aspect the Moon is VOC* until late tomorrow afternoon! The final aspect before a VOC* Moon is very significant. It suggests how the VOC* period is reflected in your circumstances. The trine to Saturn is a positive energy of stabilization! Following the emotional moodiness of the morning you have stabilized and encouraged others to hold steady with full awareness of the balance our lives are ultimately seeking.

At 3:19PM EDT Mercury in Virgo trine’s Pluto in Capricorn. This reflects the empowerment of your thinking and communicating at this time. You may notice that you are not satisfied with trivial or inconsequential conversations.

December 31, 2013 was the beginning of the current cycle between Mercury and Pluto. Consider issues of ambition and deep thought. Reflect upon any New Year’s resolutions that you made. Now you’re able to see where those thoughts or resolutions have brought you. You are ready to bring the wisdom you have gathered to others.

Consider this: What began at the New Year? What have you learned on this issue, and how can you teach others from this experience? Your thoughts and communications may seem almost obsessive as the power within them absorbs all of your thoughts. Your thoughts and communications are being powerfully impacted and have a powerful impact on others.

 

 

Friday, August 22, 2014:

 

Friday begins with the Moon still VOC* in Cancer. You may start the day feeling lethargic; not in a hurry to accomplish anything. You could sit on the couch all day sorting through old photographs, reading old letters, and generally getting lost in nostalgia and moodiness. If that is what you are called to, go ahead. However, consider other ways to use this nurturing, sensitive energy.

Contact family members you’ve been out of touch with, cook for a loved one, find ways to care for and nurture yourself and others.

At 4:49PM EDT the Moon enters Leo and we leave the sensitivity behind. Shortly after midnight the Sun leaves Leo behind to enter Virgo.

Keep this in mind as you prepare for Friday evening. I think of this as the last hurrah. The end of hot summer play-time!

It is time to turn our thoughts to work, study, classes, and new ways to be of service to our world.

For tonight: party! Make it loud, Make it fun, fully express your most flamboyant demonstrative nature! Don’t hold back expression of love, joy, and heat.

 

 

Saturday August 23, 2014:

 

Saturday we wake to a very different world! Sun is now in Virgo! As the Sun moves from one Sign to another, our lives and attention shifts from one area of our life to another. The past Month with the Sun in Leo we have been able to express the energy of generosity, flamboyance, and creativity.

Whatever house has Leo on the cusp in your personal horoscope is the area of your life where you have been called to express the fullness of your individuality over this past month.

Now with the Sun in Virgo, it is a time to dedicate yourself to the potential you see in your career, relationships, loved ones, and yourself.

Party time is over. If you haven’t already done your back-to-school shopping it’s time to do it now. Even if you’re not going back to school in the traditional sense you may find yourself needing the type of organization that comes with new pencils and notepads!

If you have a copy of your horoscope, pay attention to the house that has Virgo on the cusp. This is the area that requires focus. In what way can you improve this area of your life? What is the potential that ultimately needs to be developed in order for you to have something useful to offer as a service to others?

Today’s playful Leo Moon makes contact with both Jupiter and Venus. Love and resources are offered without condition. Love and beauty are fully expressed. Regardless of your relationship status you can fully engage with the love that overflows from your heart.

 

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014:

 

I love having a Sunday with a long VOC Moon! It is simply the perfect excuse to take a day fully off from effort and engaged with full relaxation.

The final aspect of the Moon in Leo is a square to Saturn at 4:26AM EDT. This reminds us that we can’t always have what we want. Regardless of how we know that to be true, it is often a bitter pill to swallow.

So, on Sunday rest, acknowledge the situations in your life that are not the way you would like them to be. The movement from the intensity of Leo’s fire to the quieter space of Virgo takes some adapting. There’s been a great deal of beauty and intense generosity of love over these past few weeks. As the sun shifts to Virgo you may have concerns with where and how you will manage that moving forward.

This may not be an easy day. Take it for what it is: a day of adapting to, possibly unwanted, change. The simple fun of summer is over. Prepare for work, creating stability, finding, and perfecting, the thing within yourself that is your gift to the world.

If you know your chart look to the House that has Virgo on the cusp. Work on that area of your life this month, is where your gift to the world resides.

 

Welcome to Virgo.

 

Roasting Ears by Thomas Hart Benton

Roasting Ears by Thomas Hart Benton

 

Images by Thomas Hart Benton (1889 – 1975)

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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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*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; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

 

 

A Sunflower

 

 

ACCEPT THE INSPIRATION, JOY, AND WARMTH OF THE SUN! LEO RULES A BIT LONGER!

 

 

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly this month of high summer passes. Here we are at the final full week with the Sun in Leo.

During August we are surrounded by the power, heat, and intensity of the sun. We open our eyes and see the full bounty of our world.

 

Sunflowers, goldenrod, and black-eyed-susans brighten the landscape in my part of the world.

 

As we move deeper into August, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we feel the coolness in the breeze and are aware of the change in the angle of the sunlight.

 

We know that Summer is not eternal. Absorb the light and heat of the Sun; you will need it to get through the approaching Seasons!

 

 

 

Monday, August 11, 2014:

 

Monday begins with a very brief VOC* Moon. At 8:54AM EDT the Moon enters Pisces. In the evening the Pisces Moon makes contact with Neptune. Along with the excitement of Fire, you can expect to deal predominately with issues of Pisces today.

Consider astrology as a symbolic language with each symbol offering many layers of meaning. The energies that Pisces and Neptune offer run the gamut from escapism and suffering to transcendent compassion. Consider the ways that you rise above, or sink below the mundane world; find what raises you to a mystical state of spiritual awareness.

On the lowest level this energy seeks escape through drugs, alcohol, or other habitual addictions. On the highest level this same energy brings us to spiritual awakening, or mystical transcendence.

Many would argue that this is escape as well.

In the middle ground between these two extremes there are more common ways to escape the mundane world. You may allow music or poetry to open your heart to inspiration and transcendence of the body.

On Monday it is important to spend time in some allusive, inspired, surreal emotional or mental spaces. Pay attention to your own habits when this energy is strong. However you choose to use it, do it from a place of awareness.

Perhaps today you could find a better way to use this sensitive energy. Open your heart to the selfless service of others.

Ultimately Pisces demands that we use our personal suffering to understand the suffering of others and finally offer our open heart in service and compassion.

 

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014:

 

On Tuesday Venus enters Leo at 3:23 AM EDT. I am very excited about the middle part of this week!

Between Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon we have a very strong focus in Leo! Mercury, Jupiter, Sun, and now Venus are all in Leo!

On Wednesday we will have more Fire as the Moon will be in Aries. But for now, the Moon is still in Pisces, allowing us to touch this Fire with more sensitivity and less ego attachment!

Venus in Leo brings our attention to love, great generosity, and warm expression. Leo loves love! While Venus is in Leo you will notice a stronger than usual need for attention, love, and adoration.

In your interactions with loved ones, remember, you can’t lay it on too thick!

Consider the depth of your need to be appreciated and admired at this time. Keep in mind that every person you meet has a similar need that is being strongly activated. If you love someone, don’t try to hide it this week.

Expression is everything!

This brings you to a new cycle in love, creativity, and self-expression. Open your eyes, open your heart; allow the powerful heartbeat of love to enter, bringing warmth, comfort, and joy.

 

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

 

On Wednesday with so many planets in Leo we add more Fire to the mix as the Moon enters Aries at 9AM EDT.

Throughout the course of the day the Moon brings heat and passion as she makes Trine aspects to those Leo planets! A trine aspect allows the energies to flow freely! This is a powerful day for the manifestation of love, money or other resources.

The way this lines up on my chart I hope I’ll be smart enough to remember to buy a lottery ticket on Wednesday! Maybe you would remind me!

Your need for attention and appreciation is very high. Again, please keep in mind; show your appreciation, love, and adoration as much as possible! It won’t be too much! If you are being shown appreciation and love, do not resist it; allow it to enter and warm your soul!

If this powerful energy brings a new love, except it for what it is today. Make no demands and hold on with the lightest touch.

 

Hopeful by Komi Chen

Hopeful by Komi Chen

 

Thursday, August 14, 2014:

 

Thursday brings us an interesting mix of energies. Early in the day the Aries Moon makes uncomfortable contact with both Pluto and Uranus. Perhaps your need for attention and love has brought you to a place of awareness that may be overwhelming or frightening.

You very likely know the dark places your need for love and appreciation can take you. Most of us have been down those dark paths at some point in our lives. Keep some perspective. There is much shifting within our emotional nature at this time. Do not over analyze any of it.

For Thursday sense the comfort of where you are in your current transformation. On this part of your journey there are certain comforts that you know you must release. Perhaps the stress of today is simply reminding you of the difficulties that you will need to face as you move forward. One step in front of the other; transformation occurs.

By evening things feel a lot more workable. Aries Moon trine Leo Sun at 10:23PM EDT. You are clear that you are able to take the steps necessary. Pay attention to your dreams Thursday night.

 

 

Friday, August 15, 2014:

The Moon enters Taurus at 11:58AM EDT where she will remain throughout the weekend. Last weekend may have been highly exciting; this weekend offers steadfast sensual connection.

At 12:43PM EDT Mercury leaves Leo behind to enter Virgo. Mercury pushes forward, heralding the movement of the Sun into Virgo next week. This provides you with a taste of the shift from Leo to Virgo.

You are very familiar with this movement whether you know it or not. Think back to your years of schooling. From kindergarten through graduate school; every year the shift from summer vacation back to school is the shift of the Sun from Leo to Virgo.

You are ready to learn something new, and ready to take life a bit more seriously. Suddenly the stores are overflowing with back to school supplies. We all need new notebooks and pens at this time of year!

Over the coming week we still have the Leo Sun, Jupiter, and Venus to provide plenty of excitement and yet now we begin to look forward to re-engaging with the serious energies of learning and self-growth that Virgo insists upon.

I just love watching the flow of these days, how one energetic shift leads to another. If we watch and work with them we can see our lives unfolding.

 

Mars Sextile Pluto at 5:28 AM EDT; begins the preparation of the new cycle between them which will begin in November 2014.

Pull out your journal or calendars and consider the powerful cycle that began in November 2012 when Mars and Pluto conjunct at 8degrees Capricorn. What seed was planted that grew into a new manner of getting your needs met? This was probably physical and offered a deep transformation of self. This cycle involves the assertive ways that direct our energies. The cycle may have begun with aggression or even violence; it may involve the expression of courage, or the expression of your sexuality.

Once you have identified the seed that was planted at that time, consider the ending of that cycle is upcoming soon; November 2014. A new cycle follows.

While you wait for the new cycle consider how you want to honor its passing and prepare for the upcoming cycle. At this time see what it is offering now.

Focus on transformative action, the power of independence, and the purification of anger and rage. This energy is now presented as an opportunity to move your life forward relentlessly; prepare to release these energies as they have been carried since 2012.

A new dawn is in sight! Long needed assertiveness may be right around that corner; you may be preparing to embrace a new and powerful relationship to your own sexuality.

 

Saturday August 16, 2014:

Saturday offers you a day in the midst of all this fiery excitement to build stability or to simply rest. Absorbing sun on the beach in a lawn chair would be one choice for this day; unless of course you are called to work in the garden or build something solid that will somehow secure your future. Do your best to allow no stress; let the power and warm of the Sun wash over you. There have been so many changes, so many shifts, and so much upheaval in your life this year. For today rest or build without concern: absorb each moment as it comes and let it go.

The evening may bring a sense of restriction or limitation. In order to maintain self-respect and take on the gifts of maturity it is important to take our responsibilities seriously. It would be a good plan to make them a priority Saturday evening.

 

 

Sunday, August 17, 2014:

On Sunday we come to the Third-Quarter Moon in Taurus.

Pay attention to how today’s need for emotional security is at cross-purposes to the playfulness and fun that you want. When the Sun and the Moon are in a square aspect to each other there is a disconnection between what we want and what we need.

At 8:26AM EDT the Taurus Moon squares the Leo Sun. We want to play, throw caution to the wind, and express ourselves with every fiber of our being; yet we also feel a deep need to secure our position, to create or find abiding stabilization for our lives. Consider how to balance this desire with this need. Both are valid; both are necessary. Acknowledge the value of each and understanding that they are not mutually exclusive. Often times we will identify with one and project the other onto a partner or a friend. Clearly understand that these are both a part of your reality and they both have a right to their individual expression.

Following that aspect at 8:26AM EDT the Moon is VOC* until she enters Gemini at 6:41 PM EDT. Plan your evening around this. Have dinner with friends, gather information through others, through books, or watch a documentary this evening! Embrace curiosity and new information. Early Monday morning Venus and Jupiter will conjunct! What a lovely way to start next week! This begins a new cycle of love! More on that next week!

 

Sunflowers in Bonnieux, France by Frederick Gore

Sunflowers in Bonnieux, France by Frederick Gore

 

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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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*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; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

 

 

 

ANOTHER POWERFUL WEEK OF DEEPENING YOUR AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING

Boys in a Dory by Winslow Homer

 

 I apologize again for missed the post last week. I am healthy now and back to work!

 

Although I must admit this is not an easy week for me to work. The first full week of August is my favorite week of the year!

 

I generally take vacation this week but this year is different in many ways!

 

I still intend to love every day of this week (including my birthday on Friday!), but have decided to stay close to home.

 

We are just about exactly halfway through 2014. For many of us this has been a very challenging year. The good news is that we’ve been through the hardest part of 2014.

 

This week is relatively uneventful and that is great news! I would say that Saturday, August 9 will probably line up to be the most challenging day of the week and yet if you pay attention and work with it well, it can be highly advantageous.

 

 

 

Monday, August 4, 2014:

 

The week begins with the Scorpio Moon conjunct Saturn. There’s certainly a serious edge to this day. This is not the day for excitement, playfulness, or fun times at the beach. You may wake up feeling the pressure of the world on your shoulders; don’t hold on to that feeling, simply let it pass.

At 1:43 PM EDT the Scorpio Moon trine Venus in Cancer. Following this aspect the moon is VOC* until tomorrow morning when she will enter Sagittarius. The trine aspect between the Moon and Venus reflects an easier emotional state throughout the afternoon.

Whatever you do on Monday afternoon will not have much outer impact so there is no need to worry about productivity or making any sort of an impression on anyone!

If you must work Focus on getting your most mundane, routine tasks accomplished. Better yet, take the afternoon off; spend time at the beach, sit on a park bench, read a novel, find the perfect place for people watching; to me that is the best use of a VOC* Moon! People intrigue me and I never tire of spending time in public places watching them. I learned a practice from Pema Chodron that I use often.

Try it; go to a public place and as you watch others notice your judgments. When you notice judgment toward another, take a breath, open your heart and repeat silently to yourself “she/he wants to be happy, just like me”.

Alternate that statement with another “she/he does not want to suffer, Just like me”. You will be surprised at what a powerful exercise this is. Work with it, it will soften your heart toward others and bring your awareness to the similarities of all humans. It is what I will be doing Monday afternoon on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont.

 

 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014:

 

Tuesday we are delighted to wake up to the Sagittarius Moon. The Moon enters Sagittarius at 6:19 AM EDT and makes a beautiful trine aspect to Jupiter at 2:17 PM EDT. This should be a great afternoon to plan a vacation or even to pack your bags for a spontaneous get-away! There is truly nothing holding you back from opening to the possibilities you see before you. If you are not seeing those possibilities clearly spend some time clearly the cobwebs from your mind. Possibilities abound! Keep the idea of spontaneity with you today. If at all possible, arrange your day so that you have no restrictions on your time or direction. Your freedom is very important as is your desire to explore new ideas and directions. Allow yourself to say YES to pleasures offered.

 

 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014:

 

Wednesday has another very long VOC* Moon, this time in Sagittarius. However, before we get there, the morning is highly productive, highly engaging, and potentially exciting! We may feel fired up and ready to take action. At 10:51 AM EDT following a Trine to Uranus, the Moon is VOC* until she enters Capricorn tomorrow morning. So, Wednesday’s VOC* Moon holds the excitement of Fire and the intensity and buzz of Uranus.

The lazy hot summer afternoon at the beach or in the park is certainly called for! The evening is made for socializing; get out and enjoy time with friends!

If you missed Monday’s post take a moment to go back and read it. I offered a practice that I learned from Pema Chodron that I think is particularly powerful on a VOC* Moon.


 

A Basket of Clams by Winslow HomerThursday, August 7, 2014:

 

Thursday begins with the Moon still VOC* in Sagittarius. Anticipate a slow start on the day. At 8:12 AM EDT Mars trine Neptune. If you keep a journal check back to February 4, 2013, Give or take a day! At that time Mars and Neptune came together, beginning the current cycle between them. Consider the energy of Mars and of Neptune, and of how the energy between them would feel. Mars is the energy of action and aggression; Neptune is the energy of illusion and imagination. Together they can provide you with an opportunity to see strength as an allusion, to put your ideals into action; they may feed the more masculine side of charisma, and sexual fantasy. Today the cycle between them offers a free flow of energy. You can act on your most mystical ideals, express masculine charisma, indulge in sexual fantasies, or see the illusion behind the curtain of power. Pay attention.

The Moon enters Capricorn at 9:38 AM EDT bringing a serious edge to the next few days.

With the Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter all in Leo a little seriousness may be useful.

 

 

Friday, August 8, 2014:

 

Friday will be an interesting day indeed! And it’s my birthday! Anyone who makes an appointment today gets 20% discount as my birthday gift to YOU!

As the Moon moves through Capricorn on Friday she bumps into Pluto and Uranus. You can expect an underlying emotional heaviness.

However, at 12:20 PM EDT the Sun conjunct Mercury in Leo; shortly after that they both trine Uranus! In many ways this will override the unhappy Capricorn moon! Do not hold back, allow yourself to be moved in a new direction of joy and full expression!

Use this excitement as a wake up call to Joy! Find the excitement and enthusiasm and prepare to fly!

By nightfall you will know that you must pay attention to the deeper seriousness of the week as Mercury square Saturn at 10:49 PM EDT our thoughts turn inward to responsibility and effort.

It is on days like this that you can learn to balance the dichotomy of playfulness alongside seriousness.

Think back to October/November 2013. Was there a serious conversation, pressing responsibility, or significant study that you are now ready to let go of? The excitement of Mercury and Sun trine Uranus will allow you to release the story you were telling yourself during that October/ November time frame.

 

 

Saturday August 9, 2014:

 

The weekend begins with a brief VOC* Capricorn Moon that concludes as she enters Aquarius at 9:52 AM EDT.

At 11:10 AM EDT the Leo Sun squares Saturn. This is deeply connected with Fridays Mercury square Saturn. Again the story of the cycle brings us back to November 2013. Now we see clearly that it was not simply a serious conversation that began then; consider something deeper. What was the core stabilization of your life? In May 2014 the full weight of that responsibility, and possibly your dependence on the stabilization became clear. Now with the Square between the Sun, Mercury and Saturn the time has come to begin releasing in order for a new cycle, which will begin in November 2014. Facing the situation clearly at this time will enable the full release to be more graceful in November.

If you simply have no idea of the larger view of this cycle, consider this to be a time to stabilize situations that you know you will need to let go of soon. If you can look clearly now to begin preparation, it will be easier when the time comes.

You know you were going to need to let go; begin now.

 

 

Sunday, August 10, 2014:

 

Oh a lovely Sunday; an entire day with the Moon in Aquarius. On the heels of the hard connections to Saturn over the past few days, Sundays Moon in Aquarius will show you how to detach from your addictions to sentimentality and moodiness. Today you can see with your eyes on the bigger canvass. Often times our emotions, our moodiness, and nostalgia has to be set aside for the good of the larger picture. Today is one of those days. Look beyond yourself, see where your emotional strength is able to be a guide for others.

Full Moon at 18° Aquarius at 2:10 PM EDT; the energy from the New Moon on Saturday, July 26th is released now. Look back at the seed you planted and see how far it has come.

The Moon goes VOC* at 6:12 PM EDT. This is a day to look for quirky friendships, unusual people, and new ideas! Share your most unusual ideas, you may be surprised at how they resonate with others!

 

Three Boys in a Dory by Winslow Homer

Images by Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910)

 

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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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*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; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

 

 

 

 

I am so sorry that Weekly Weather Post did not appear in your inbox this week!!

Illus/Girl Attends Woman Sick In Bed

 

 

I have been very sick. No, not as sick as the person in this illustration but sick enough that I couldn’t seem to wrestle the post out of my brain!

 

 

I have managed to post daily on the Facebook Page!

 

 

I actually got stung by a wasp and ended up with a big dramatic infection!!

 

 

I am on a quick healing path now and you can count on next week’s post being in your inbox!

 

 

I am sorry to disappoint!

Sending love to you all,

Laurie

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There are no dull moments this season. It’s almost as though we could have put our lives in a jar as the season began (Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere), tightened the lid, violently shock it, and at the end of the season, when we re-open the jar, god knows what will emerge!

 

 

Since last April, when Uranus and Pluto had their last full-on contact, Uranus has pulled ahead by a full 4° or more. This week Uranus turns retrograde (at 16° Aries) in preparation for their next meeting in December 2014 at 12° Aries and Capricorn. Uranus, the planet of revolution, sudden change, and upheaval becomes intensified during its retrograde phases. We each will experience a powerful demand for freedom in whatever area holds 16° Aries and whatever house has Aquarius on the cusp.

 

 

Mercurys travels bring him into contact with the Uranus & Pluto energies this week, encouraging us to stay in contact with the transformations and upheaval that are occurring at the deepest levels of our being, our relationships, our societies, and our world.

The Sun enters Leo on Tuesday!!

 

 

The Leo Sun makes contact with Jupiter on Thursday. It may be difficult to contain the expansive, dramatic, expression that is longing to be released into the world. Yes drama can look many different ways; keep it playful and keep it fun!

I think this week is asking us to face the reality of the intense transformation our lives are demanding of us.

 

 

Mars is finally leaving Libra behind after a full eight months. I am sure you have each learned a great deal about yourselves and your relationships during this time.

 

 

Given that Libra is an air sign, the contemplation of relationship has been on the level of intellect. We have worked hard to understand our needs, our ability to cooperate in relationships with others; we have been practicing relationship on the level of mind. Now, as Mars enters Scorpio we will see how well we can implement what we have learned when the deepest intensity of shared emotion brings us to our knees.

 

 

The New Moon is in Leo on Saturday! Plant the seed that will bring forth the joy that you want to express and spread over the coming month.

 

 

What a week!

 

 

 

Monday, July 21, 2014:

 

Monday morning you will awake to the Moon in Taurus. At 10:13AM EDT the Moon sextiles Sun becoming VOC until she enters Gemini at 12:36PM EDT.

This quickly picks up the pace of the day, getting us off to active start.

At 10:52PM EDT Uranus turns retrograde at 16° Aries. The energy of Uranus tends to be activated by its retrograde cycles. The adage ”Expect the unexpected” is even more powerful while in retrograde motion.

Pay attention to the house placement and any aspects that Uranus is engaged in at this time in your personal horoscope. Admittedly, it is difficult to prepare yourself for the unexpected. How do you prepare for what you can’t imagine?

I would suggest holding lightly to the circumstances and people in our lives. Expect your need for freedom and rebellion to be reawakened in the coming weeks and months. Uranus will be retrograde until December 21, 2014. This will be a time to confront your fears. It is time to look directly at those things that are holding you back from the change that is required in your life. If you are in the wrong career, the wrong relationship, or pursuing the wrong education, Uranus retrograde will make it clear and will insist that it be dealt with. Once you see what is true, you cannot un-see it!

 

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

 

On Tuesday the Sun enters Leo! Hallelujah! Here we are at the height of summer in the Northern Hemisphere! At this time we realize in our time with this season is limited, we must embrace the warmth and Sun of summer while we have the opportunity. It is time to play, it is time to enjoy what pleasure we can grasp in this world.

This is a time of celebration! We celebrate expression, generosity, and love!

Along with the Sun entering Leo, Uranus is powerfully positioned at his station (16° Aries) and Mercury is opposing Pluto. This sounds to me like the perfect prescription for communications of a shocking and powerful nature. You may hear words spoken or communication delivered that propel you to the freedom you require even as they shatter the world as you know it.

 

 

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On Wednesday we adjust to the bigger world we are seeing as we pass through this amazing time of change. With The Sun and Jupiter together in Leo we feel our personal needs and desires as all powerful. Our compassion and understanding of others doesn’t measure up as our own ego expands and seeks recognition.

Moon is in Gemini making her final aspect (trine to Mars) at 8:53PM EDT. The Gemini Moon is then VOC until she enters Cancer at 11PM EDT. Settle into a sleep with dreams of heart connection, love, and nurturing. Allow your heart to open into love.

“Healing comes from letting there be room for all of ‘this’ to happen: room for grief, room for relief, for misery, for joy.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014:

 

The variety of energies that are present on Thursday are very intense. More shocking news, communications, or unusual ideas are activated (Mercury Square Uranus). Our minds, our experiences, and our situations feel bigger than life (Sun conjunct Jupiter). We can see the dream that began in early April expanding (Venus trine Neptune) toward the fulfillment that we be crystal clear in mid-September.

And, the icing on the cake is offered at the end of the day as our minds settled into A welcome stabilization (Mercury trine Saturn).

Emotionally we are highly sensitive with the Moon in Cancer, and yes, that Cancer Moon connects with Pluto Thursday night and with Uranus Friday morning.

Intensity and change do not let up yet.

 

 

Friday, July 25, 2014:

 

The Cancer Moon makes her final aspect (Moon conjunct Mercury) at 9:54AM EDT. The Moon will be VOC until Saturday morning at 10:55 AM EDT. This is a long emotional day of assimilating all the energies from earlier in the week and preparing for Mars’ movement into Scorpio at 10:24PM EDT. After a full eight months of Mars moving through Libra we are ready to let go of that path and move into the next phase of action in our lives. We have learned much regarding our own work in how we relate to others. We are ready to move into a deeper phase. As Mars goes from Libra Scorpio be aware of how easily those you love could become your enemy. You can expect dramatic passionate battles you will have the opportunity to tear the core apart or connect with deep passion. There is no in between with Mars in Scorpio. If you’re not sure where you stand in relationship, be prepared to find out!

 

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014:

 

Saturday morning begins with the Moon still VOC in Cancer. At 10:55 AM EDT the Moon enters Leo and at 6:42 PM EDT the New Moon is exact at 3° Leo. With the Moon, Jupiter, and Sun all gathered together, this is a day made for the birth of drama, generosity, and/or playfulness! Clearly your experience will be determined by where 3° of Leo shows up in your horoscope and what aspects are made from the New Moon to your personal planets.

Take the time on Saturday to clearly determine what you want to bring into your life during this lunar cycle. Prepare yourself to encounter the movement of very large energies; determine how do you aspire to use them. Be clear!

Here’s hoping that your experience and aspirations bring you to playfulness, generosity, and the drama of open expression.

I would be remiss not to mention the danger inherent in over-indulgence. Be careful not to overextend yourself. Don’t expect or demand too much, watch for gluttony, and/or overspending. Enjoy the expansion even as you maintain some caution to keep it in the realm of what is healthy for you and your situation.

This incredibly large Leo energy may be experience as the simple expansion of your heart. Allow yourself to feel how huge and how tender your heart is.

 

 

Sunday, July 27, 2014:

 

Sunday ends the week on a simple note, or at least as simple as it can be with all the expansion of generous heart energy, and all the other complications this week has laid on our plate.

Sunday is about assimilation, relaxing into the expansion, embracing and accepting the change! The Moon is in Leo throughout the day. You want to be seen, acknowledged, and loved deeply. This is a day to gather with friends for uncomplicated enjoyment.

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images: Tamara de Lempicka (1898 – 1980)

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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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*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; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.