Astrolore’s weekly weather: June 30, 2014 through July 6, 2014

Carl-Spitzweg-The-attic-Oil-Painting

 

This week is about moving forward. On Monday Mercury will turn direct at 24° Gemini, enabling us to finally take our first steps forward following all the cleanup we’ve been doing for the past three weeks. Throughout the course of the week the Moon moves through Leo, Virgo, Libra, and ends the week in Scorpio. We seek fun, to be of service, to partner diplomatically, and to make contact on deep emotional levels.

 

What have you been waiting for these past three weeks? You are now ready to take the first steps forward.

 

 
 

Monday, June 30, 2014:

 

The week begins with the Moon in playful, expressive Leo.

 

On Monday you would love to play hooky and have an extra day off from work. The afternoon may be challenging as the Moon trines Uranus and sextiles Mars, encouraging you to take action on your most unusual plans. You long for space, freedom, and emotional independence. And yet, even as you seek freedom, you feel pulled back by a sense of responsibility, guilt, and resistance (Moon square Saturn). It is easy to project the difficulty of this onto someone else. Take personal responsibility for the excitement and the hard work of your situation.

 

This may present us with the desire to fight for change and the desire to strongly resist change. Yes, the two can coexist. Allow both to be the reality of your situation. No decision needs to be made at this time. Cultivate the ability to hold two opposing ideas at the same time. With so many contradictory opinions, it is a good idea to learn to find stability, excitement, and comfort in this balance.

 
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014:

 

It is a relief to finally come to this day! After three weeks of moving backwards (our perception), Mercury finally turns direct at 8:49 AM EDT. It will take a few days for Mercury to get up to speed. In the meantime you are grateful to be moving forward.

 

At 6AM EDT, following a sextile to Mercury, the Moon goes VOC* in Leo until she enters Virgo at 5:24 PM EDT. This provides you with the entire day of Moon VOC*. My favorite thing to do when the Moon is VOC* is to spend it in a coffee shop with a good book! You may not have that luxury. However, don’t work on your most important projects on Tuesday. Spend the day completing routine tasks. It will be a few days before Mercury gets to full speed. Save your more important activities for this evening or later in the week.

 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014:

 

Don’t be surprised if you wake up Wednesday morning feeling overly sensitive and confused about the direction of your day. The Moon is in Virgo, opposing Neptune at 8:30 AM EDT.

 

The best way to approach this is to simply get out of your own way and find where you can be of help to others. If you focus your energies on selfish pursuits you will likely struggle and lose your way. Bring humility and discrimination to all your projects and interactions with others. Focus on precision and efficiency in all that you do. Wednesday evening as the Virgo Moon trines Pluto would be a great time to tackle a meticulous project that requires analytical perfection.

 

Wednesday will probably not be a day of excitement but can be a day of practical productivity and quiet time shared with others.

 
 

Thursday, July 3, 2014:

 

Thursday’s energies are similar to Wednesday’s, a productive day good for detail-oriented work and service to others. However, as we move toward evening, Friday’s early morning opposition between Sun and Pluto is bound to begin making itself known. If you have planets at 12° of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), pay attention. Where in your life are you under the thumb of someone else’s power or coercion? Over the next 24 hours keep your eyes open to those things you may be trying to keep hidden, from yourself or others.

 
 

Friday, July 4, 2014:

 

Friday offers an opportunity to see deep clarity on your path. At 4:02AM EDT Sun opposes Pluto. Get out your journal and let’s take a look at where this cycle began. Actually, you probably won’t need your journal for this one. The cycle began when Sun conjuncted Pluto on January 1, 2014. That should be an easy day to remember! A new cycle regarding your personal empowerment began at that time. Whatever began on January 1 now has the ability to release the creative energy that has built since that time. Where have you been building power and empowerment? What transformation began that you now see the full picture of? Since January you have been building, purifying, and transcending. How far have you come? What have the results been? Powerful forces have created major change in your life. New perspectives are confirmed!

 

The Moon is in Libra all day offering diplomacy to the situation.

 
 

Saturday, July 5, 2014:

 

On Saturday, the Moon is in Libra making stressful aspects to Pluto, Sun, Uranus, and Mars. You may want to partner with someone and yet the energies are not making it easy. Your communications could be easily misinterpreted. Early morning brings us to the first quarter square of the Moon. Last Friday, June 27th was a New Moon in Cancer. At that time you planted seeds of domestic desire. Whatever new dynamic you are creating in your domestic situation requires a step forward. Consider what you want to change in the situation and take an action on Saturday.

 
 

Sunday, July 6, 2014:

 

When you awake on Sunday, I suspect you will feel an immediate relief after Saturday’s intensity. Take yourself, a friend, or your family out for brunch! Do something special to enjoy the early part of this day.

 

At 11:31AM EDT, following a connection with Jupiter, the Moon goes VOC* in Libra.

 

At 3:34PM EDT the Moon (the symbol of your deepest needs) enters Scorpio. You would benefit from spending time alone in deep contemplation in the afternoon or evening.

 
 The Poor Poet by Carl Spitzweg

 

 

 

images: Carl Spitzweg (1808 – 1885)

 

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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.

Astrolore’s weekly weather: June 23, 2014 through June 29, 2014

Lady with a Monkey by Roger Fry

 

 

We start the week with an inward focus as we move into the darkest phase of the Moon.

 

The week begins with both the Moon and Venus in Taurus, but not for long. Monday morning Venus leaves behind the steadfastness of Taurus to enter the curious activity of Gemini.

 

Tuesday morning the Moon follows Venus into Gemini as well. Venus in Taurus will assist us in grounding into the moment.

 

On Wednesday we may encounter something that surprises or shocks us. Perhaps we thought we had a firm hold on something that is less solid than we expected. Again you will want to watch your levels of assertiveness and anger. If you feel frustrated or angry do not use sharp tools and do not drive.

 

Thursday brings us to the New Moon at 5° of Cancer. Pay attention to the opportunity to plant some seeds of domestic love. This begins a cycle that will determine much of our domestic situation and comfort over the coming months.

 

Sunday ends the week on an interesting note as we notice the flow of fantasy and dreams and the places where our deeper values block those dreams. There are no decisions that need to be made. The important thing is to be kind to yourself and to those who are involved in your current situation.

 

Are you tired of trying to make sense of the mixed messages in your mind?

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Monday, June 23, 2014:

 

The week begins with an emotional hangover as we are confronted with the realities of Monday morning following the wonderfully open and engaging weekend.

 

Initially it may feel difficult to face the week, but as the day moves on it becomes easier and more interesting! As Venus enters Gemini we become very busy and our social lives amp up! Be careful not to overbook yourself. Remember you still need time to care for yourself.

 

Summer is so short here in Vermont, it is helpful to have Venus in Gemini encouraging us to make the connections that will support our growth and movement forward.

 

The Moon is in Taurus all day, going VOC at 9:48PM EDT following a sextile to Jupiter. I would anticipate a simple pleasurable evening.

 
 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014:

 

At 7:06 AM EDT the Moon leaves Taurus behind and enters Gemini. Several hours later the Moon connects with Venus. Because the Moon circles the entire zodiac each month, she makes contact rapidly with all the planets. When the Moon touches other planets it is not a long-term effect but one that is noticeable in our day-to-day lives. When the Moon and Venus come together this morning in Gemini we feel encouraged to socialize and to communicate openly, particularly in our relationships with women.

 

Early tomorrow morning Mars opposes Uranus. Watch carefully any edginess that is lurking around the edges; it is apt to increase and show its face strongly for the next 24 hours. Awareness of your own energy and the energy of those around you is your greatest gift at this time.

 

 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014:

 

Wednesday may be the wildcard of the week. We awake to the energy of Mars opposing Uranus. On March 22, 2013 the cycle between Mars and Uranus began at 8° Aries. Think about what may have begun at that time in your life. When we bring Mars and Uranus together we are thinking about revolution, decisive action, sexual excitement, and/or a tightly wound nervous system. Mars and Uranus have a reputation for being accident-prone. As a rule this problem can be solved by simply slowing down and not moving quickly forward if we are aggravated, frustrated, or angry. The point we are at in this cycle now brings us to a full expression of the creative energy that has been building since March 2013. Please share with us any awareness is that you may have of this cycle. We learn so much as we share with each other.

 

The Moon is in Gemini throughout the day making aspects that suggest that on the surface this is an easy day of fun, play, communication, and friends.

 
 

Thursday, June 26, 2014:

 

Thursday begins with the Moon and Mercury coming together in Gemini. Following the conjunction between them at 7:56AM EDT, the Moon goes VOC until she enters Cancer at 5:05PM EDT. It’s interesting to have a day with Moon and Mercury together in Gemini and yet with the Moon VOC all day. This is a great day for the mind — the mind is active, the mind is clear — and yet because the Moon is VOC there is not much that will come from whatever we try to accomplish today. Interesting! Do not implement what you learn today. Take information in, let it percolate on its own. It will find its way to the surface when the time is right. Take in information today that you know you will need in the future.

 

At the end of the workday it will be time to set that entire learning curve aside and find comfort in dinner with your loved ones. If you find yourself alone this evening, I recommend either cooking yourself a special meal or taking yourself out to dinner. Treat yourself as the beloved.

 
 

Friday, June 27, 2014:

 

Very early in the morning, at 4:09AM EDT, is the New Moon at 5° Cancer. This begins the monthly lunar cycle bringing our attention to the seeds of domestic harmony that need to be planted. Look to your living situation, those you share the responsibilities of home with, your children, or your mother. What new seeds are required? What new patterns are you ready to develop that will nurture the lives of those you call ‘Family’.

 

Set time aside to contemplate how you are going to get your own needs met in terms of love and nurturance. Contemplation only goes so far. Reach for your notebook and a pen, brainstorm what your core needs are and what changes need to occur in your life to fulfill those deep needs. This will be the day to take those first steps to bring domestic fulfillment to your life. This process may not be as easy as you expect. Beginning something new shows us where change is required. You may be surprised at what you discover.

 
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014:

 

The Cancer Moon is with us all day on Saturday. Sleep late if you are able to. The morning is likely to be the most difficult part of the day. You may even want to go to the office or spent the morning cleaning house.

 

Don’t worry, the day gets better! Following the suggestion of aggravation and frustration in the morning, the afternoon is relatively uneventful!

 

At 9:03 PM EDT the Moon conjuncts Jupiter and is VOC until tomorrow morning! The connection between the Moon and Jupiter allows us to move away from frustration into a soft space of acceptance and openhearted Love. Whatever you can do to bring this openhearted acceptance to others will support all of us!

 
 

Sunday, June 29, 2014:

 

Sunday begins with the Moon VOC in Cancer, but she quickly enters Leo before we awake. The Moon enters Leo at 4:43 AM EDT, making a sextile to Venus this evening. What a lovely day!

 

At 3:30 PM EDT, Venus in Gemini squares Neptune. These are the first quarter days of the cycle between Venus and Neptune. When Venus and Neptune come together we think of romantic love, fairytale romance, and idealized beauty. We may be very susceptible to a lack of clarity in seeing the reality of our relationships and our financial situations at this time. If you keep a journal, go back to April 11, 2014, give or take a day or two. Was there something new going on at that time regarding your relationships or your resources? If you are able to identify something that began at that time, now consider what action needs to be taken on that issue. For me it must have something to do with taxes! I will definitely need to give this some thought! I know that that was the day that I filed my taxes!

 

This may be a dreamy evening perfect for deep meditation, getting lost in a great movie, or enjoying that extra glass of wine!

 

Are you tired of trying to make sense of the mixed messages in your mind?

The wisdom of astrology will open the door to self-understanding.


Schedule a personal consultation with Astrolore!

 Still Life with Apples, Plums and a Jug by Roger Fry

 

images: Roger Fry (1866-1934)

 

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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.

 

Astrolore’s weekly weather: June 16, 2014 through June 22, 2014

Nasturtiums by Felix Vallotton

 

 

Wow what a week we have just passed through! Are you ready for another?
Are you adjusting to Saturn and Neptune being retrograde?

 

 

Let’s ask that another way!

 

 

Where in your life have you noticed yourself returning to the reality of your responsibilities?
Have you realized the need to return to previous rituals or spiritual practices?

 

 

Indeed, we have encountered many sharp edges in our lives since April 2014. In what area have you been off-track since that time? Have you been neglecting your spiritual growth and/or your personal development? Have you neglected important responsibilities?

 

 

These are important questions for each of us to ask ourselves. For myself I have noticed Life moving very quickly since the beginning of April.

 

 

This week, as Neptune turned retrograde, I returned to my meditation cushion. It became clear to me that my ongoing meditation practice is the most significant gift I can give to my clients, to myself, and to my loved ones
The week begins with the Moon in Aquarius. Throughout the week the Moon will pass through Pisces, Aries, and ends the week in Taurus. I anticipate this week being far easier than the past several weeks.

 

 

Are you tired of trying to make sense of the mixed messages in your mind?

Are you ready for deep self-understanding?

Understanding leads to self-compassion and profound healing.

The wisdom of Astrology opens the door.

 

 

Schedule a personal consultation with Astrolore!

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 16, 2014:

 

Heading to work on Monday morning can be so much more enjoyable than you may expect. Habitually, we don’t like Monday mornings! Don’t let that stop you from enjoying your walk or your drive to work this Monday.
Many of you are heading to jobs that you do not enjoy. Don’t let that stop you from having a fabulous day. Approach this in a different way. Whatever you’re doing (within reason), teach yourself to enjoy it. Unless you’re ready to leave that job, you may as well learn to love it!
There is a good deal of excitement in the air as the day begins. Enjoy it while it lasts. By the time you head home at the end of the day you may notice a sense of dissatisfaction. Don’t try to fight it. Don’t try to fix anything. Relax into comfort with exactly as things are, at this time, in this place. Head to bed early; make it an early night. Your body and your mind can use the rest.

 

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014:

 

The day begins with the Moon still in Aquarius.
At 6:04AM EDT Mercury retrogrades from Cancer back into Gemini. Our minds are able to return to center; to the intellect. Mercury is delighted to be back in Gemini, to return from the watery emotional space of Cancer. Even the final the Moon makes while in Aquarius (a trine to Mercury) suggests our hearts and minds are move easily able to work together in harmony.
The Moon is VOC* between 2:06PM EDT and 2:26PM EDT when the Moon enters PISCES.
If you struggle with issues of addiction, make sure you are in sober company tonight. If there is a voice saying that you ‘deserve to’ indulge, you can rest assured that voice does not have your best interests at heart. Consider what your heart really needs. Perhaps your soul wants wings; to escape the confines of this life. When we long for escape it is easy to turn to alcohol and/or drugs. Consider some healthier choices. The same sense of release and escape can be found in music, poetry, spirituality, meditation, mysticism, and deep levels of selfless suffering.

 

Interior with a Young Girl Writing by Felix Vallotton

Wednesday, June 18, 2014:

 

Whatever is on the agenda for Wednesday make it special! This is a day to bring your imagination to life, to release restrictions within your mind, and allow beauty and wonder to tear down the walls you thought you needed for protection. Open the windows and the doors, allow air and light to enter. There is opportunity for good fortune and luck to present possibilities on your path.
Venus sextiles Jupiter at 5:15 AM EDT. This is a sentimental, bighearted day; excellent for expressing love, kindness, and generosity. We may not be seeing things clearly but what we see is pleasurable and a bit on the dreamy side.
Our values and our beliefs encourage us to consider what is possible. This is the day to simply show up, keep your eyes open, and anticipate the best.

 

 

Thursday, June 19, 2014:

 

So much has been learned over these past few months. Take a look at some of the stories you’ve been telling yourself. How have things changed in your life; in your experience?
Thursday brings us to the Third-Quarter Moon. This phase of the Moon may feel a little bitter-sweet as we understand that it is time to release something that has been important to us.
I believe it is good for us, as we live in this uncertain and impermanent world, to remember and practice the necessary skill of Letting-Go.
Learning to release is an important life lesson. It is great that we have these opportunities to practice in small ways. At 3:05PM EDT (following a square to Mercury) the Moon goes VOC* until entering Aries at 5:26PM EDT. At 6:49 PM EDT the Sun and Mercury conjunct at 28° Gemini.
The Sun and Mercury never stray too far apart. There are several ways to think about the impact as they come into contact. Our thoughts are either blinded by the brightness of the Sun, absorbed by the Sun, or fully illuminated by the Sun. If the Sun and Mercury are conjunct in your birth chart, please tell me: How does it feel to you? Do you feel that your mind has been absorbed by the heat of the Sun or do you feel that your mind is brightly illuminated by the Sun? Thank you in advance for sharing!

 

 

Friday, June 20, 2014:

 

Friday is the last full day with the sun in Gemini, be prepared for a big shift Saturday morning. We can anticipate a good deal of impatience on our part and those we encounter. What a great time to practice our skills at paying attention and working with kindness toward others.
The Moon in Aries is very hot today as she encounters, once again, Pluto, Mars, and Uranus. It is important to use this powerful energy consciously. Before you get in your car to drive or use power tools, check in with your state of mind. If you notice impatience, anger, frustration, or anxiety; Wait! Do not move forward, do not drive, use knives or power tools until you know your mind is settled.
Plan ahead ways to use this energy to your advantage; this is great energy for personal physical exertion. Not the best time for team sports but excellent for mountain biking, kayaking, or skydiving; activities where you are dependent on yourself.

 

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014:

 

The Sun enters Cancer at 6:50AM EDT! Here in the northern hemisphere we think of this as the summer solstice. In the southern hemisphere this is the winter solstice. We each are so accustomed to our own perspective it is hard to imagine how different it is for others. The solstice gives us a great opportunity to consider this difference. In many ways our world seems so small and yet to contemplate this stretches our minds.
And yes, my perspective is from the northern hemisphere where we now enter summer. The rapid growth of Gemini enters the slower, deeper considerations of Cancer. We turn a bit inward and move closer to those we love.
The stress of Friday’s Aries Moon is easier to manage on Saturday. At 6:24PM EDT the moon goes VOC* until she enters Taurus at 11:03PM EDT.

 

 

Sunday, June 22, 2014:

 

Sunday! Whatever you do take advantage of this day!
The Sun is now in Cancer and the Moon is in Taurus. This is a lovely combination. We each have the opportunity to open our hearts, to allow softness and vulnerability. Our emotions and our values are able to shine in harmony. Don’t hold back. This is the day to find your strength and stability through open-heartedness. We can nurture others and allow ourselves to be nurtured in return. If you have sisters, mothers, aunts, or grandmothers reach out and connect with them on Sunday! It will do each of you good and it will do the world good!

 

 

 

Are you tired of trying to make sense of the mixed messages in your mind?

Are you ready for deep self-understanding?

Understanding leads to self-compassion and profound healing.

The wisdom of Astrology opens the door.

 

 

Schedule a personal consultation with Astrolore!

 

Sunset by Felix Vallotton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Felix Vallotton  1865-1925

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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.
 

Astrolore’s weekly weather: June 2, 2014 through June 8, 2014

 

 

Mechanical Terrier. Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

 The week begins with the excitement and generosity of the Leo Moon. Throughout the course of the week the moon moves through Leo, Virgo and Libra.

 

The emotional energy of the week brings us into connection with others: in Leo we engage our generosity and playfulness, in Virgo we engage in offering ourselves in service to others, and in Libra we seek to bring diplomacy and pleasure to those we encounter.

 

The most significant issue of the week comes on Saturday morning when Mercury turns retrograde at 7:56 AM EDT. Beware of astrologers who talk about Mercury retrograde as being a terribly negative time. Indeed, Mercury retrograde takes some understanding and effort to utilize well. You will hear people saying that everything goes wrong when Mercury is retrograde; you will hear stories of communications, projects, vehicles, electronic devices, and friendships falling apart!

 

Take the time to prepare yourself. Make sure your hard drive is backed up, make sure your car has been serviced, make sure communications between yourself and your loved ones are in a state of harmony and balance.

 

 

Monday, June 2, 2014:

 

We begin the week with the Moon in Leo, suggesting the importance of offering open-hearted generosity in all that we do. The Moon Squares Venus in the morning indicating a conflict between our desire to be seen in the world and our desire to sit home enjoying comfort and sensual pleasures.

Monday evening offers the possibility of social connections and interesting engagement with others. We are likely to have a great deal of energy and the ability to deeply move others. It may not be easy to wind-down at the end of the day, as our minds are very active.

We are apt to see things that we are anxious to take action on. Go ahead and allow yourself to stay up later than normal. See what you can accomplish before heading off to bed! Enjoy the excitement and possibility swirling through your mind.

 

 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014:

 

Tuesday brings another full day with the Moon in Leo. The morning begins with intensity and excitement as the Moon Trine Uranus. Our emotions are not willing to hide! We want to be seen for the unique individual that we are!

That excitement does not last long and by midmorning it is a thing of the past.

At 10:42 AM EDT (with the final aspect of the Moon being a Square to Saturn) the Leo Moon goes VOC* for the remainder of the day. Do not anticipate a great deal of accomplishment on Tuesday. This is a fine day to contemplate how you will manage the upcoming Mercury retrograde. Mercury has slowed considerably in his/her preparation for turning retrograde on Saturday. We are definitely feeling ‘off our game’. Keep this in mind as you encounter others throughout your day. As the anxiety builds many of us are in need of deep kindness. Offer simple friendship and compassion without expectation. It is hard to overemphasize the difference a bit of kindness can make in a single life. We never know how far that kindness spreads.

 Flowers (Hand Colored). Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014:

 

Wednesday begins with a lovely Sextile between Venus and Neptune. This offers us the opportunity to work on a project that began in February of 2013. Consider what you began then. At that time there were many planets in Pisces! It may be hard to identify what began; did you start a project that involved art, beauty, or romantic love? Did you develop a new awareness around the spirituality of money/resources, or did you begin a meditation or spiritual practice? Consider the energy that comes together when Venus and Neptune meet: romantic love, idealized beauty, love of dreaming, clandestine relationship, the spirituality of money. Be aware of the opportunity that is available now to push that issue/situation/project forward. If you began some artistic endeavor, pick up those paintbrushes; if you began a spiritual practice, sit on that meditation cushion a little longer, if you fell in love, go back to the source of that love. We may notice this week that we are in love with love and all things of beauty. We do not want to see what is dirty or ugly in the world. Our focus is on love.

At 10:20 AM EDT the Moon enters Virgo ending a very long VOC* and brings an emotional practicality to this soft spiritual awareness.

 

 

Thursday, June 5, 2014:

 

The Virgo Moon is highly active on Thursday, making contact with Neptune, Venus, Pluto, Sun, and Saturn. This suggests a very busy day. At 4:39 PM EDT the Virgo Moon makes the First Quarter square to the Sun. This is the point in the Lunar Cycle when we are asked to take action on something that needs attention in order to move forward. What kind of busyness would you imagine with an active Virgo Moon? If you don’t have a traditional job to go to, you could clean out the attic, the closets, the basement! If you have that traditional job, I’m sure you’ve got a ton of organization to accomplish before Mercury goes retrograde on Saturday. This is a great day to focus on the details of life.

Consider who you are and how your work in the world is of service to others. Take a good long look at your own internal processes. What can you improve within yourself to be more useful to your community?

 

 

Friday, June 6, 2014:

 

On Friday we have another very long VOC* Moon! The last aspect the Moon makes while in Virgo is a Sextile to Jupiter at 5:13AM EDT. Emotionally the day is colored with the expansive optimism of Jupiter!

At 7:20 AM EDT the Gemini Sun sextiles Uranus suggesting great inspiration and excitement. Don’t expect an ordinary day! Our thoughts and experiences may be a bit unsettling and we are not afraid to upset the apple cart. We may notice defiance in others even as we insist on our own independence and originality. Consider what was on our minds the first few days of April 2014. What was your excitement or inspiration then? How can you now take a step forward to realize your vision?

At 10PM EDT the Moon leaves Virgo to seek the beauty and diplomacy of Libra. Enjoy sweet dreams!

 

 

Saturday, June 7, 2014:

 

Today Mercury turns to retrace his/her steps! The first steps back begin at 7:56 AM EDT. Following several days of very slow motion, it is almost a relief when Mercury is actually retrograde. Anyone who has followed me for long knows that I love our Mercury Retrograde times. Many people become very uncomfortable when Mercury is retrograde and yet it is a time where much can be accomplished. When you hear people discussing all the things that are going to go wrong when Mercury is retrograde, please try to explain to them that it is only a time to redo what hasn’t been done properly since the last Mercury retrograde. Think about the time between then and now. The last Mercury retrograde began on February 6, 2014 and extended through until February 28, 2014. Consider all that you have done, all the projects you have begun, all the books that you’ve started. Consider all the things that have not been completed. How many projects that are half done under a pile on your desk? Mercury will be retrograde until July 1. This gives us time to go back and finish all those half-done projects! It is true that this is not the time to begin new projects, this is not the time to take on new responsibilities, this is not the time to purchase new electronic devices or new cars. This is the time to focus on what needs to be completed from the past. Conversations that have been left unfinished can be finished now. Used properly, Mercury retrograde is a powerful time of getting caught up in accomplishing things that have been on your to do list since the February. Get on it, get to work, no complaining about Mercury retrograde, enjoy this time!

On Saturday, the Libra Moon is stressed as she harshly encounters the realities still inherent in the Uranus square Pluto transit, with Mars still involved. We may want to pick our battles gently, offering more kindness than what comes easily.

 

 

Sunday, June 8, 2014:

 

On Sunday, the Moon is in Libra all day. There is a sense of it being a much kinder day than Saturday. The Moon and Sun are in a beautiful trine aspect, opening us to friendships and lovely conversations! This has the potential to be a very pleasant day. Go out for brunch with friends, take in a movie. Enjoy the people in your life.

The evening brings another free flowing trine between Venus and Pluto. There is the possibility of tapping into powerful experiences of love and beauty. Perhaps you will win a fortune on the race-track! Or fall in love! There is the possibility of deep empowerment regarding something that you value highly, be that love, beauty money, or resources. Something that began in mid-November has grown to the point of bringing powerful beauty into form now. Get out your journals and let me know what this is about for you. I would love to hear!

 

Details of Renaissance Paintings: One Plate by Andy Warhol

images: Illustrations from Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

 

 

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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.

 

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Forecast: May 19, 2014 through May 25, 2014

A Rehearsal in Fairy Land by Richard Doyle 

An exciting week ahead!

 

The most significant changes happen early in the week. On Monday at 9 PM EDT, with the Moon in Aquarius, Mars turns direct! Mars has been retrograde, moving backwards through Libra, since March 1, 2014.

 

Over the course of this period of time, what have you learned about your own assertiveness and aggression? Have you had the opportunity to contemplate where you need to develop more courage in your life? Have old stories from the past arisen, showing you places where you have misuse your sexual energy? Where in your life have you learned something about courage and the use of bravery?

 

As Mars turns direct it will be wonderful to move forward once again. Even in direct motion Mars is uncomfortably restrained in this Sign of balance and harmony. Wherever 9degrees Libra is in your chart, you will be ready to move forward following the reservations of the past 6 weeks. Mars will remain in Libra until July 25, 2014.

 

Enjoy the last few days of Spring’s soft pleasures. As the Sun traveled through Taurus we (in the northern hemisphere) have enjoyed the slow, earthy push toward the warmth of Summer.

 

Late on Tuesday (10:58PM EDT) the Sun enters Gemini alerting us to enthusiasm and restlessness. This brings us to the last phase of Spring. In another month we will enter Cancer; and with it – Summer!

 

As we move into Gemini we encounter energies which engage us in curiosity and restlessness. There seems to be a general anxiousness and Inquisitiveness about the changing seasons. As we move out of the slow time of Taurus we are ready to pick up the pace over the coming weeks. During Sun in Gemini we are curious and anxious to engage in many new activities of the mind. We are ready to meet people, talk, listen, and learn!

 

This week begins with the Moon in Aquarius and ends shortly after the Moon enters Taurus. This brings a decided shift on Friday afternoon as the Moon moves from the universal signs into the personal signs.

 

Our attention moves from the collective to the personal. By the weekend we will want to find a balance between taking care of ourselves and caring for others. We must consider both sides to this coin!

 

 

 
Monday, May 19, 2014:

 

Shortly before sunrise on Monday morning, the Moon enters Aquarius. The week begins on a high note of innovative energy and emotional detachment. We are not excited to head into a routine job today. We would love to engage a more unpredictable and independent side of our nature.

We would like to explore new ideas of a humanitarian nature. Once we get to work we have the potential to bring unusual and progressive ideas to the table.

On Monday Mars finally turns direct after moving retrograde since March 1, 2014. Look to the area in your chart the holds 9° of Libra and consider what is ready to finally move forward in this area of your life. Where have you felt restrained and feel that you can finally move forward?

 

Aries: relationship

Taurus: health routines/cooperation

Gemini: creativity/play

Cancer: your home

Leo: communication/siblings

Virgo: finances/resources

Libra: how you present yourself

Scorpio: something deeply internal

Sagittarius: your community

Capricorn: your career/reputation

Aquarius: travel/education

Pisces: inheritance/resources from someone else

 

 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014:

 

Tuesday is the last day of the Sun in Taurus! Before we rush into the busy season of Gemini spend time today appreciating the gifts of Taurus. Take a moment to slow down, enjoy a quiet meal and perhaps a glass of wine, with a close friend. Pay close attention to the details that are so often missed in our busy lives. Listen to the quality of your friends voice, savor the flavors of the food before you. Pay attention to where you are and what you are doing in each moment. Take nothing for granted. Tomorrow a push of busyness and activity will envelop us as we push inquisitively and restlessly forward.

Moon is in Aquarius throughout the day VOC* following a Trine to Mercury at 6:22PM EDT.

The Sun enters Gemini at 10:58PM EDT. If possible go to sleep early, otherwise it may be difficult to get to sleep at all! Wednesday brings us to a different day indeed!

 

 Feasting and Fun Among the Fuchsias by Richard Doyle
Wednesday, May 21, 2014:

 

Wednesday brings us a soft dreamy day as the Moon enters Pisces at 8:19 AM EDT. At 8:58 AM EDT the Moon Squares the Sun bringing us to the Third Quarter phase of the Moon. At the Third Quarter Moon we realize it is time to let go of whatever began at the New Moon three weeks ago. Next week we begin a new Cycle between the Sun and the Moon.
Wednesday evening as the Pisces Moon meets up with Neptune our dreams get more fully ingrained with our reality. This is a great day to transcend the ordinariness of our lives.

Touch in to your inspirations, imagination, consider the depth of your compassion. Create art, music, or poetry. Spend time in meditation or prayer. . Look up Tonglen. Practice it!

 

 

Thursday, May 22, 2014:

 

Thursday brings us a day of intense sensitivity and increased dreaminess. It may be difficult to stay in the real world with our jobs and responsibilities. Try to appreciate the more whimsical side of life, work on your intuition, spend more time in meditation. This can be a beautiful day once we escape our expectations.

We are able to see a different side of life; a softer side with less harshness. If you have recently suffered a loss, this could be the day you open to a new deeper acceptance.

The artistic side of life feels more real than the business side. Pay attention to impressions and elusive ideas that come out of the blue. Pay attention to what is soft, sensitive, and intangible. Put on those rose-colored glasses, look at the world with a soft focus, dream.

Listen to the dreams and the suffering of others.

 

 

Friday, May 23, 2014:

 

Friday starts with a VOC* moon following Moon Square Mercury at 2:26AM EDT.

The morning begins with your head still in the clouds from yesterday. It will not last. We are ready to get back to the real world and we do so at 12:02 PM EDT with the Moon entering Aries. Our attention directly enters reality.

Pay attention to the shift in ourselves and others. As we leave the dreamy energy of Pisces, in Aries we encounter the powerful courageous, dynamic, energy of Aries.

With Mars now direct, and ruling the Aries Moon, we are ready to take action this afternoon. We may feel courageous, combative, impatient, and determined.

Restaurants, bars, and everywhere that folks gather will be full this evening. People will want to assert themselves and their independence in physical ways. Find healthy outlets (go dancing!) for this energy and anticipate a great time..

 

 

Saturday, May 24, 2014:
 

Saturday is a day of mixed messages! As the Moon moves through Aries she makes stressful contact with Mars, Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. This asks us to look back at the messages we learned from the Cardinal Grand Cross several weeks ago. Some recent struggles may demand a bit more air-time.

Saturday also brings us to a beautiful free-flowing Trine between Jupiter and Saturn. In May 2000 Saturn and Jupiter began their current Cycle; in May of 2010 the Cycle was fully illuminated. This weekend we have the opportunity to share our understanding on this Cycle.   As we consider the Cycle of Jupiter and Saturn we think about abundance/fear, opportunity/struggle, philosophy/solitude, and enthusiasm/control.

Consider fear of abundance, how you define wealth and prosperity, and how your beliefs are tested. What was your state of prosperity in May 2010? What limitations where there on your belief of what was possible? I would suggestion that whatever you have learned during this cycle you are now able to teach. Who needs your message? Give this serious consideration.

How can you bring your understanding of expansion and responsibility to those in your world who could use this message?

 

 

Sunday, May 25, 2014:

 

Sunday begins with a lovely Conjunction between the Moon and Venus both in the sign of determination. This is a day to courageously love others. Following a Sextile to Mercury at 11:58AM EDT the Aries Moon is VOC* until she enters Taurus at 5:28 PM EDT.

This will be a great morning for conversation and the sharing of information. With Mercury in Gemini Sextile the Moon it is easy to make contact. Simple friendliness is easy to share and receive!

With the Moon VOC* in the afternoon, take it easy, spend time either alone or quietly with friends. Don’t schedule anything significant this evening. Spending time alone or with others will be satisfying and without drama. Learn to enjoy and work with the VOC* periods. Time out of time; time of simplicity, time of rest.

 

Fairy Queen Takes an Airy Drive in a Light Carriage by Richard Doyle

Paintings by: Richard Doyle

ca. 1824 – 1883

 

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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.

 

 

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