Japan On My Mind

These past few days feel like a bit of a blur. Japan is on my mind. Is it possible to truly imagine or understand what the people of Japan are experiencing?

I believe/hope that we are all beginning to realize the connection between all humans, no matter the distance between us. If our hearts are open we feel the pain that is resonating within your country, your culture, your world and each of your individual lives.

The pain that is felt in one part of our human body (or our earth) is felt in the whole of humankind. What happens to a part happens to the whole.
With an event such as this we are forced to look at how unstable our lives are, how impermanent all of life is. We must open our eyes and our hearts to the fact that we never know the ways our lives may change in a day or even in a moment. It is important that we use these experiences as an opportunity to understand the reality of impermanance in our lives. We can become more deeply aware of the gift that each day is to us and the gift of each human connection within those days.

As a gift and an honoring for all those who have died we can learn to love more deeply, more honorably and to live each day as if it really matters because it does!

Champing At The Bit!

‘Warm Home’ photo by Laurie

We are entering a very interesting week with major changes nipping at our heels! We (here in Vermont, USA) have started our work week with a ‘Snow Day’! Very few of us managed to get to work today as we are in near blizzard conditions around the state.

There are amazing CHANGES afoot! It may be wise not to get too comfortable with the soft energy we are still immersed in while there are still so many planets in gentle, imaginative Pisces! By the end of the week these planets will have entered the more independent, dynamic energy of Aries and we will feel the powerful urge and requirement to ‘GET UP AND GO’!

Yesterday afternoon the Moon (which governs our emotional nature and relationships with women) engaged with Pluto bringing intense dark emotions to the surface as we moved into the evening she made intimate contact with the ideailistic expansive planet Jupiter.  This morning we awoke to the Moon encountering the heavy hand of reality which is Saturn. With Saturn in the picutre we must slow down and look at reality.  The awareness of being snowbound was a rude awakening of reality!

We have been in a waiting game for several weeks now, it is not over yet.

We want to, need to, and belive we are ready to move forward. However, there is still something standing in our way. (20+ inches of snow is certainly a show stopper here!)

We feel the horses champing at the bit, waiting at the gate… ready to blast forward…..
Still we must wait. The time is closing in but not yet at hand.

So… while we wait, hold steady. Open your eyes and see that dream ahead. What do you still need to do to prepare for the next step in bringing your dream into the future?

Things will never be the same once those doors have opened. Time will accelerate. Enjoy these last few days where the dream is still a dream. Do what you need on an internal level. Do your last preperations.

Uranus is the energy of sudden irreversible change, the energy of revolution, independence and intensification! It takes 84 years for Uranus to move through the zodiac. This is a one time deal (in our lifetime) into Aries; the sign of courage, new beginnings & determination.

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‘Winter Outside’ photo by Laurie

Break Free… Soon!

‘Train’ photo by Laurie

Things certainly feel different now that we have all this focus of planets in Pisces!
Last week we had a line up of planets in the last few degrees of Aquarius. Everywhere we looked, revolution was in the air.

Have you felt the pull inward? Suddenly there has been more difficulty pushing ahead. Pisces requires that we pull back and take some time in quiet contemplation. What is it that must be sacrificed before we push ahead with more vigor than ever as Uranus enters Aries?

On March 11th, the planet of Revolution (Uranus) enters the sign of the Warrior (Aries)! The first degree of Aries is a very public spot. This is not an issue that can be hidden from public view. Issues that have been hidden will likely come to light during this time. While Uranus has moved through Pisces there have been many secrets but now the lid is blown off and all bets are off! With sudden ferocity much is brought out into the open.
Shortly after the Sun and Mercury will also enter Aries and then Mars….
Ahhh, the warrior, the pioneer, the kicking, screaming child will have his day.
During this move of Uranus we all sense the need to break free, to remove the shackles that have kept us in bondage. We feel an intense flush to open the door to whatever winds of change are ready to move in!
As we move forward, we are without fear.
The Warrior; The Pioneer.
It is time to ACT.

‘Train_2’ photo by Laurie

Leo Full Moon – Sun enters Pisces!

‘Stark Tree’ photo by Laurie

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my blog on this rainy February Friday – Full Moon in the last degree of Leo! This is the 5th month (and last in this series) of Full Moons that have occurred at the 29th degree of it’s sign! The final degree of a sign brings us full circle and pushes us forward into the next sign. To me this indicates that it is a time for our eyes and minds to open to a change that has been working within us for the past 5 or 6 months.

This Full Moon is opposed by, not only the Sun (which is what makes it a Full Moon) but by Mars and Neptune in Aquarius as well. our attention is drawn to the Leo – Aquarius axis. This combination brings an unpredictable, humanitarian edge to our extroverted generosity. Leo must understand the larger picture of humanity, to move beyond immersion in personal ego to the inclusion of ‘others’; Aquarius must come to an understanding that individual needs must be considered in order to bring the larger community forward.

We are motivated (Mars) and have no doubt that this is the end of a cycle. We are likely confused and a bit fearful of the direction ahead but there is no doubt of what must be left behind.

Leo must be seen and appreciated for her fullness, her generosity and her growing wisdom. The full Moon brings to light where we are not being seen and valued for all that we have to offer. It is time to move forward and witness the full extent of transformation that occurs when we are fully valued. Our best work can only be done when it is seen and acknowledged. It is time now to open our eyes to the places where that is not the case and find the way to change that situation. There is no blame in this, it is likely that we have kept our light hidden. Now is the time to take the cover off and SHINE!

Neptune is a major player in this Full Moon as well, our imagination is activated and stability may be lacking. As we jump forward into the void we must also step aside and simply observe. Understand that moving through fog is often a part of how we function, do not let it halt progress. Respect it’s message: do not take ourselves too seriously, understand that everything is in constant flux, and allow imagination to be a part of the process.
Clarity will come in time.

As if this were not enough shifting energy to begin the weekend with we have several other important issues to address.
Venus is squaring Saturn this morning as well. We may be feeling emotionally vulnerable in relationships, our feelings are easily hurt or we are overwhelmed with financial concerns. We need to allow ourselves to experience the feelings without becoming too attached to them or getting caught in the stories behind the feelings. Work with patience and steadfastness. No spending sprees, or high expectations of others, over the weekend. Stay close to home, be patient with yourself and others and make due with what you have in your cupboards!

Last but not least! The Sun enters Pisces at 8:25pm EDT. For the next month our focus will be more inward as we dwell on deeper issues of the collective consciousness. Open your mind and heart to the deepest mysteries of life through connection with music, the beauty of film, art… meditation, spirituality… whatever brings you to your deepest core.

Have a wonderful weekend!

i am currently available for Personal Consultations. Please email me at astrolore@gmail.com to set up an appointment. Consultations are done in person, via telephone or Skype.

‘Church Street – Winter’ photo by Laurie

Honesty and Freedom


‘Night Snow’ photo by Laurie

Last night we had a New Moon in Aquarius and this evening at 6:18pm Mercury moves into Aquarius as well!
With an overdose of Aquarius energy we are very aware of places in our lives where we are feeling confined, controlled, restrained or held down! With Mercury, the Moon, Mars, Sun and Neptune all in Aquarius we are currently feeling an overwhelming need to escape, break free or REVOLT!
As the light comes back and we know that Spring will come again we feel a growing need for independence and freedom.
During times of high Aquarius energy even devotion to our loved ones will not keep us from the changes that are being demanded of us. In order to move into the future we can not allow the feelings of others, or our concern for others, get in the way. There is detachment to this process of change. The Future calls to us and this Change must come first. This is one of those times.
It is time for to say what is true – yes, it may be difficult for another to hear and/or for you to say. We must detach from the emotions involved and simply, with kindness, speak the truth. Once the truth is spoken each person involved will be able to progress to the next level and move more openly to the future.
As Venus moves into Capricorn (2/5) we may feel the need/desire to add more of an element of responsibility and reality to our relationships.
Look into your life and find the places where freedom and responsibility go hand in hand – where your independence makes responsibly possible and where you must hold firmly to reality in order to understand the value of true freedom.
Where in your life do you want more freedom or independence? During this New Moon energy, write this down in the form of an aspiration. Work with finding ways to make create this in your life. It likely starts with a highly honest, and possibly uncomfortable, conversation. With Jupiter so newly in Aries and Uranus so close behind, the results of any such honest conversation may surprise you!
Make an appointment to talk about how this issue affects your life and the best ways to use this energy!
Send me a note. Let’s set up a time to talk in person, on the phone or Skype.
‘Street Light in the Snow’ photo by Laurie

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