Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: January 15, 2018 through January 21, 2018

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With Venus and the Sun entering innovative Aquarius this week, you can expect the movement of new ideas and big changes. Over the coming month, you can anticipate unexpected and surprising shifts to the ground beneath your feet. Your perspective and, of course, your personal chart can create excitement or stress. If you experience stress, hold your head high and look for the silver lining, it is right there.

 

 

 

 

RELEASE WORN OUT BELIEFS

Monday, January 15, 2018:

We are currently in the darkest phase of the Moon, the Balsamic phase. The Moon is joining forces in the most conservative, serious sign of Capricorn, with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Pluto. This is quite a pile-up of energy in this prudent, mature sign.

The Balsamic phase of the Moon is a time of inward contemplation, a time to seriously consider your ambitions and your path ahead. Things are about to lighten up somewhat in the coming days with the quicker moving planets preparing to leave serious Capricorn behind and move toward new innovations. Both Venus and the Sun will enter Aquarius this week.

With a closing sextile aspect between Jupiter and Pluto, you may have an opportunity to release some dark influences that began at the end of 2007 with the conjunction between those planets. Ponder how your beliefs impact your deepest understanding of life.

Allow this new energy to move you in a new direction. Begin to release the tight hold that worn out belief systems have on you. Allow yourself to see the world and your place in it in a new way. Hold this message throughout the week.

 

 

CAPRICORN NEW MOON – AMBITIOUS ENDEAVORS

Tuesday, January 16, 2018:

The Moon continues through persistent, cautious Capricorn throughout the day. Focus on serious consideration of your most ambitious plans for the months ahead.

The Capricorn New Moon occurs at 9:18 PM EST. This is when the Sun and Moon join together, currently at 27° Capricorn. It will aid you to wait and perform your rituals on Wednesday. Remember, never attempt these observances ahead of the exact time of the New Moon. They are best done on the day following the New Moon.

I will post instructions for a simple New Moon ritual on Wednesday. Serious contemplation will bring you to an understanding of the focus of growth you want to begin in the upcoming phase.

With a challenging square aspect from the conservative Capricorn Moon to innovative, wild Uranus at 4:45 PM EST, you may find yourself wanting to move forward but feeling held back by some restrictive outside or inner force. You want to take that step but are held back for a bit longer. Continue your contemplation and serious planning.

Keep Monday’s message of releasing worn-out beliefs in mind. Release must happen before you can move ahead.

 

 

THE NEW MOON RITUAL & MORE

Wednesday, January 17, 2018:

One in Four by Jonnyh31 via Wiki Media

The Capricorn New Moon was exact on Tuesday. However, it is best to do your New Moon ritual on Wednesday, after the Moon has moved away from the ‘beams of the Sun’. The growth of the seed you plant will be supported by the wait.

Keep your ritual simple. Take a moment to write down the changes you wish to begin, create, or increase in the upcoming Moon Cycle. With this New Moon occurring in Capricorn, the intention you set will be ambitious, business related, requiring hard work, and sustained effort.

If you know what house in your birth chart holds Capricorn, it will help you clarify where this effort is needed. For example, if Capricorn rules (is on the cusp of) your 1st house, set an intention for serious effort regarding how you present your personality or in the 4th house, set an intention to bring serious effort to your family relationships or your home environment. If Capricorn is in the 7th house, perhaps you need to make a significant commitment to a partner or in the 10th house, you may need to put your nose to the grindstone and focus on ambitious growth of your business.

If you don’t know what house is involved, simply go with your intuition regarding the area of life that requires maturity, focus, and hard work or make an appointment for a consultation. Contact me.

~~ Onto the Ritual ~~

Have two candles available; light a candle to represent yourself, as you are in the moment. Light another candle as an aspiration of what you intend to create. Each day, take a moment to focus on yourself as you light the first candle, then light the second candle, focusing on drawing to you what you want to create, bringing the two candles closer together. Do this each day until at the Full Moon, you will bring them fully together and acknowledge the result of what you have created.

The Capricorn New Moon suggests that you plant a seed of maturity, facing reality, growth through hard work, and stability.

On Wednesday, Venus and the Moon enter Aquarius, lightning up your mood and bringing you out of the dark as you enter a significant growth cycle. The energy of Aquarius encourages us to look at innovative and unusual solutions to long range issues of the human condition. This is an excellent time to look at where you can make a difference in the challenge of being a human on this planet in these times. What can you do to support the growth of awareness in the world? How can you help on a humanitarian level? Look outside of yourself and find a way.

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the Capricorn Moon is VOC* from 1:30 AM EST until she enters Aquarius at 3:32 AM EST. By the time you wake up, the Moon will be in Aquarius.

 

 

MOVE BEYOND “PREACHING TO THE CHOIR”

Thursday, January 18, 2018:

With both Venus and the Moon now in rebellious Aquarius, take the time to consider the areas of life where you are resistant to the pressures of social conventions.

Remember, that while the Moon is a passing concern (remaining in each sign for only a few days) Venus, on the other hand, will remain in objective Aquarius until February 10th. Venus represents values, the ability to create relationships, and the ways that we choose to use our money and resources. Consider where your values are outside, and perhaps, beyond the beliefs and values that the majority of your culture holds.

This is a good time to look at how your beliefs fit into the wider world around you and how you support what you believe. What can you do to bring a more progressive perspective to others? It is far too easy to seclude yourself within your own social circles. This results in your voice being weakened by simply “preaching to the choir.”

Take the time to truly and deeply listen to those who think differently than you. Take the time to understand. Learn to express your ideas in a way that others, even those who think much differently than you, may be able to hear. You may feel ‘out of step’ but you can continue to speak your truth with kindness, honesty, and open-hearted acceptance of the true beliefs of others.

It is a valuable skill to learn to listen without judgment. Aquarius allows you to focus on the importance of your task even as you are able to set your emotions aside, moving you in the direction of a less conventional future.

 

 

SUN ENTERS AQUARIUS – EXPANDING INNOVATION

Friday, January 19, 2018:

Early Friday may bring us some challenging aggravation as the detached Aquarius Moon forms a stressful square aspect to assertive Mars, who has little patience while in Scorpio. Don’t engage in difficult struggles with family over the breakfast table. Allow agitation and anger to roll off your back.

At 3:27 PM EST, the Moon enters soft-spoken, mystical Pisces, softening your emotional reactions.

At 8:07 PM EST, Mercury forms a sweet sextile to mystical Neptune. You may be tempted to look for an escape route this evening as you are simply tired of dealing with the harshness of reality. Go for the healthy escapes such as poetry, music, or meditation; an extra glass of champagne or wine is fine as well. Choose, perhaps, a movie to dream the evening away.

At 10:09 PM EST, the all-powerful Sun enters Aquarius, beginning a month long experience of expanding your understanding of humanitarian issues. The Sun in Aquarius comes at the coldest time of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere. With the cold, we go inward as our minds move into unexpected areas that bring us forward to new innovations in order to support the growth of humanity. Watch how your thoughts open to new ideas and the connection with folks of differing viewpoints.

The Aquarius Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 6:52 AM EST until she enters Pisces at 3:27 PM EST. Remember, when the Moon is VOC* there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have significant future impact.

Wash Day 2 by Robert Aswani via Wiki Commons

 

 

COMPASSION, ACCEPTANCE, LOVE

Saturday, January 20, 2018:

Saturday will usher you into a weekend of gentle connections. The Moon remains in fanciful Pisces throughout the weekend, blurring the boundaries between you and others. You may notice yourself feeling more compassionate and forgiving. You may also notice yourself experiencing deep sadness as you are easily overwhelmed by the pain and suffering you see in others.

Take time this weekend to daydream and enjoy any healthy means of escape from the harsh realities of your life. Go ahead and enjoy an extra glass of wine and a good film. Allow yourself to dream, listen to music that sweeps you to another land or best idea yet: meditate.

At 6:21 PM EST, the Moon forms a supportive sextile to Mercury, encouraging you to speak words of compassion, acceptance, and love.

 

 

MEDITATE. PRAY. LOVE.

Sunday, January 21, 2018:

Another day with the Moon forming pleasant aspects to other planets, as she moves though inspired, gentle Pisces. You can easily connect with feelings of unconditional love and kindness as your heart and imagination open easily into areas of transcendent, mystical sensitivity.

You are able to feel the connections between yourself and others as the boundaries between you and others seem to simply dissolve. Allow this sensitivity and take steps to give of yourself to those who need your love and support. You are able to understand that what you give supports all of humankind, yourself included.

Solitary pursuits support your connection to divinity. Spend time in or on the water, at a beach or river, or simply take a long, hot bath. Take time to daydream, spend time in silent contemplation, and find your way back to your own center. You are susceptible to very subtle energies so make sure you are spending time with people who uplift you.

The Pisces Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 8:13 PM EST until she enters Aries on Monday morning at 1:28 AM EST. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; it is not good or bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transits 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.

 

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: January 8, 2018 through January 14, 2018

 

“There is no measuring with time, no year matters, and 10 years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of Spring without the fear that after them may come no Summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly still and wide. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful: patience is everything!”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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The night sky is very quiet right now with Jupiter and Mars coming over the horizon in the early morning hours. Venus is currently situated directly on the other side of the Sun from Earth. She will slowly edge away from the Sun’s glare over the coming weeks. By late February, she will begin her brilliant evening display which will last through September of 2018.

 

 

INTEGRITY PAVES THE WAY

Monday, January 8, 2018:

Monday brings us into a powerhouse of a week as Venus, the planet of love and beauty, joins with the Sun in its Superior Conjunction, when it is on the other side of the Sun. This aspect becomes fully expressed early Tuesday.

The Sun and Venus join with Pluto early on Tuesday as well, impacting the early part of the week powerfully.

Along with the deep and empowered conversation, these three planets are having, the Sun and Venus each form a supportive sextile aspect to expansive Jupiter.

Venus and the Sun, later in the week, also sextile with assertive Mars as Mars and Jupiter travel together through the deep waters of Scorpio.

There is a powerful opportunity here for the serious empowerment of love and of the feminine to break down the overblown patriarchal connection to negative sexuality, violence, and unhealthy aggression.

While in Saturn, the Sun, Venus, and Pluto are all in Saturn’s domicile of Capricorn, prepare to watch how integrity is rewarded and lack of integrity receives its comeuppance.

This is the year that we each must tell the truth and receive the supportive gifts or wrath of the Universe.

You may experience a sense of great relief along with these three sextiles on Monday morning. Consider how the sextile of the Sun and Venus to Jupiter turns your attention toward what brings meaning to your life and asks you to seek out others who share your passions and your goals.

Another sextile is formed between Mars and Pluto offering assistance as you commit yourself to the direction of those passions and goals.

There will likely be some stress in the evening as the Libra Moon, wanting to make everyone happy, encounters others who may not want to support the agenda. Relax and allow the more powerful conversations of the day to hold the space for powerful movement.

 

LOVE PAVES THE WAY

Tuesday, January 9, 2018:

The significant conjunction between the Sun, Venus, and Pluto is exact in the early hours of Tuesday morning. This brings powerful development as love and the feminine break down elements of negative masculinity, the misuse of sexuality, and violence.

In the coming months with Saturn, the Sun, Venus, and Pluto all in Saturn’s domicile of Capricorn, integrity must overtake control and greed. We must each do our part to uphold our love for the Universe and each other.

The Moon lingers in diplomatic Libra until mid-afternoon, forming a gently agreeable sextile to Mercury at 11:13 AM EST. This allows for engagement in conversations that encourage understanding and connection.

At 3:06 PM EST, the Moon leaves agreeable Libra behind and enters passionate Scorpio, closely followed by Venus sextile Mars at 4:07 PM EST. The conversations suggested for Tuesday afternoon may lead to romance or at the very least a purposeful and passionate connection. A pleasantly assertive Sun sextile Mars shortly after midnight,t heightens the possibility of romance.

The Libra Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 11:13 AM EST until she enters Scorpio at 3:06 PM EST. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; it is not good or bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.

 

REST IN FLOW

Wednesday, January 10, 2018:

Following the intensity of Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday offers a day to rest and allow yourself to daydream and reflect.

Sunset at Christmas Eve, Honolulu, Hawaii woodblock print by Arman Manookian via Wiki Media

At 2:40 PM EST, the Scorpio Moon forms a flowing trine aspect to dreamy, sensitive Neptune.

Allow yourself to get lost in daydreaming, watch a film, engage in whatever activity brings you to a place of ‘flow’; spend time in meditation, listen to soothing music, or create something that comes from your deepest sense of mystical oneness.

Thursday will remove your access to easy mental flow as Mercury entering Capricorn, where it will remain until January 31st, brings your mind to the stern edge of reality. Integrity remains in the limelight for each of us and the culture at large.

  

THOUGHTS DEEPEN

Thursday, January 11, 2018:

I hope you were able to enjoy the sense of flow that was available on Wednesday as it may be the last opportunity for such bliss, at least until Mercury enters Aquarius at the end of January.

As you begin the day, Mercury has joined Saturn, the Sun, Venus, and Pluto in cautious, serious Capricorn. This is a large pile-up in a very restrictive sign. If you know what house Capricorn holds in your chart, you will understand where the focus of hard work and increasing responsibility lies. This is the area of your life that came into focus in late December and will require ongoing attention and effort over the next few years. Make sure you are engaging in this area of your life with the highest integrity, maturity, and sustained effort. The reality of your situation will show where you need to deepen your attention and tell the truth about your commitment.

The Scorpio Moon forms a passionate conjunction with Mars at 7:35 AM EST. This will awaken you with strong energy to move forward. Shortly thereafter, she forms lovely sextile aspects to both the Sun and Venus, suggesting pleasant, intimate interactions with those you love. Take advantage, it should be a sweet morning leading into a quiet afternoon and evening.

The Scorpio Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 9:54 AM EST until she enters Sagittarius at 2:04 AM EST on Friday morning. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; it is not good or bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.

 

EXPAND YOUR VIEW

Friday, January 12, 2018:

By the time you begin the day on Friday, the Moon is in idealistic, freedom-seeking Sagittarius. This suggests an emotional need for autonomy, physical space, and exploration. Sagittarius is an optimistic sign and brings relief after the intensity of the past few days with the Scorpio Moon. You are more apt to see the humor and lightness of your circumstances and are ready to explore a more expansive view of the world and those around you.

Although the day is likely to be relatively upbeat, by evening, you may feel Mercury’s connection to Saturn looming. Communications and conversations seem to highlight the differences between yourself and others. There are indeed serious issues to consider but try not to fall into the trap of pessimistic thinking.

Be aware of your own self-talk and how you speak to others. Offer open-hearted kindness and resist the temptation to judge them. Remember, you know only your own mind and your own life, there is no space to judge the lives of others. Seek out true compassion.

Wintertafereeltje met Schaatsende Kinderen en een sneeuwpop by D. F. van Heyst via Wiki Media

 

AUTONOMY AND FREEDOM

Saturday, January 13, 2018:

Your best bet this weekend is to spend time alone.

Saturday begins with a heightened awareness of how differently you think from those around you and conflict arises easily. You may feel pessimistic and easily frustrated or aggravated. This is reflected in the early-morning conjunction from Mercury to Saturn.

The day does not get easier from there. At 2:08 PM EST, Venus forms a troubling square aspect to Uranus putting you at odds with your loved ones. We will all need a sense of autonomy and freedom. Taking time for yourself is the smartest choice you can make.

It is unlikely that you and those you love will want to go in the same direction, so go ahead and go your separate ways. Allowing that to be okay and supporting each other in this choice will support each of you. There is no need to explain yourself. We all need time alone.

As Venus sextiles Chiron at 9:51 PM EST, any issues of abandonment that came from the separation are able to be healed. Connect deeply on Saturday night as you will again need time alone on Sunday.

 

RESTLESSNESS AND DISTANCE 

Sunday, January 14, 2018:

If you assume that needing time alone was a one-off for Saturday, you’ll be in for a surprise when the same need shows up on Sunday thanks to a restless, unsettling square between the serious Capricorn Sun and detached eccentric Uranus.

The Moon enters Capricorn at 2:43 PM EST increasing a need for emotional distance. Again, give yourself and others lots of physical and emotional space. This would be a good day to work on individual, innovative projects that require long-term effort.

The Sagittarius Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 3:48 AM EST until she enters Capricorn at 2:43 PM EST. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; it is not good or bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.

 

 

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transits 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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