Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: March 27, 2017 through April 2, 2017

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Diana at the Bath by James Ward via Wiki Commons

Diana at the Bath by James Ward via Wiki Commons

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ARIES NEW MOON – TIME TO BEGIN (For some of us!)

Monday, March 27 2017:

The New Moon is not exact until 10:58 PM EDT! Even though today is the day of the New Moon, save your excitement for Tuesday! 😉

Monday, very likely gets off to a slow start, with the feeling that you are dragging your feet. When the Moon enters aggressive Aries at 10:10 AM EDT, you may expect to feel more engaged and ready for activity and yet, with Mars (the ruler of Aries), forming a sextile to Neptune at 12:44 PM EDT, you may continue feeling dreamy and not quite ready to make a commitment to moving forward.

On January 1st, the cycle between Mars and Neptune began. Did you make a commitment to a significant New Year’s resolution that involved a dream that you wanted to create or, perhaps, your desire was to create an expanded spiritual practice? Think back to that time and re-engage your commitment to that dream.

There is no need to push yourself to do anything about it at this time, just go back and re-explore those ideas. There will be time for further action in mid-May.

Here on the East Coast, we are in the dark of the Moon throughout the day, be sure to adjust for your Time Zone.

At 10:58 PM EDT, (if you are on the West Coast, this will occur at 7:53 PM PDT), we come to the New Moon. On Tuesday, your energy will return and you will be ready to begin! Unless you stay up late on Monday, you should start your New Moon ritual on Tuesday. With each New Moon, remember to wait to complete your ritual until after the actual time of the event.

The Pisces Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 6:20 AM EDT until she enters Aries at 10:10 AM EDT. 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.

 

TAKE ACTION WITH CONSCIOUS INTENT

Tuesday, March 28, 2017:

Because the New Moon occurred late on Monday, you will want to do your New Moon ritual on Tuesday. With each New Moon, remember to wait and perform your ritual after the actual time of the event.

On the East Coast, where I write from, the exact time of the New Moon was Monday at 10:58 PM EDT, on the West Coast it was 7:53 PM PDT; adjust accordingly.

The Sun and the Moon in hotheaded Aries make challenging contact over the next 24 hours with the ongoing stressful configuration of Jupiter (whose job it is to expand whatever it touches), Uranus (whose job it is to revolutionize whatever it touches), and Pluto (whose job it is to empower or destroy whatever it touches).

Watch yourself for overly aggressive attitudes and behaviors. Listen for that edge of aggravation and impatience in your voice. When you heart that tone in others, consciously reject the tendency to take it personally. Each of us is ready to blast forward in some area. With this powerful, fiery energy, it is not easy to take others into consideration.

Take direct and deliberate action only after you have slowed your breathing and connected consciously with the true higher purpose of this action.

For your New Moon ritual, set an intention regarding the ability to assertively begin something new. If you know what house on your birth chart holds 7° Aries, it will help you determine what seed to plant. If you don’t have that information, simply go with your instinct of what area of your life needs additional courage and assertiveness.

Don’t neglect this New Moon ritual. Keep it simple. Take a moment to write down what you wish to begin, create, or increase in this upcoming cycle. Have two candles available for your ritual. Light the first candle to represent yourself, just as you are at this moment in time. Light the second candle as an aspiration of what you aspire to create. Each day, take a moment to focus on yourself as you light the first candle. As you light the second candle, focus on drawing to you what you are creating, as you bring the two candles closer together. At the Full Moon in two weeks, bring them fully together and see the results of what you have created. Share this ritual with your friends and loved ones.

The Aries New Moon suggests that you plant a seed of determination and dynamic courage. Prepare yourself to grow in bravery and independence

 

SHARE YOUR THINKING

Wednesday, March 29, 2017:

Roman Slave by Oscar Pereira da Silva via Wiki Commons

Roman Slave by Oscar Pereira da Silva via Wiki Commons

When the Moon enters Taurus at 11:47 AM EDT, you will be able to bring more calm and steadfast patience into the day. At 2:16 PM EDT, Mercury forms an easy trine aspect to enduring Saturn, further settling your mind in focused determination on your path forward.

In early April, Mercury will be turning retrograde. If you have plans, projects, or communications that you are thinking about accomplishing, this is the time to begin the process. If you begin them now, you will be able to accomplish a great deal during the Mercury retrograde (April 9th – May 3rd). Think about ideas and plans on the horizon that will require intelligent thoughtful discipline.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, you should be easily able to engage in conversations that will be beneficial to both parties. In the midst of these crazy times, this is a good opportunity to think and act on stabilizing your relationships.

The Aries Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 8:07 AM EDT until she enters Taurus at 11:47 AM EDT. 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.

 

TRUST THE PROCESS

Thursday, March 30, 2017:

Thursday brings us back to a harder edge of the current story. The good news is that the sensitive Moon continues through tried and true Taurus allowing you to stay calm even in the face of serious challenges. The day begins with a bit of dreamy imagination as the Moon sextile soft Neptune at 8:33 AM EDT.

At 11:50 AM EDT, when the Moon conjunct angry Mars, your patience may lose its grip. That quickly moving transit, which generally would simply feel like momentary anger, immediately leads us to Jupiter (which enlarges every issue) forming an argumentative square aspect to power hungry Pluto at 2:18 PM EDT. This is an aspect that will amplify issues regarding control and the expansion of manipulation of power. Watch how this plays out in the government, your family, communities, and within your own mind.

Any fear that this introduces must be faced directly and can be transformed as the Moon forms a trine aspect to Pluto, which will show positive side of empowered transformation.

This is an intense day. Breathe deeply, hold steady, and trust the process.

The Taurus Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 7:13 PM EDT until she enters Gemini on Friday at 12:41 PM EDT. 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.

 

QUIET THE MIND

Friday, March 31, 2017:

Friday may begin slowly but with the Moon’s entry into Gemini at 12:41 PM EDT, you will find yourself pushing forward with plenty of drive, chatter, and activity.

Your thinking, however, settles into a deeper composure when Mercury, the planet responsible for how we think, talk, and process information, enters the slow moving realm of Taurus.

On April 9th, Mercury will turn retrograde but will remain in Taurus until April 19th, when it will return to Aries to bring you the opportunity to say what you weren’t able or willing to say over the past few weeks.

During the time between April 9th and April 19th, you will get clear on how to express the communication that needs to be delivered in a way that shows your own steady clarity while not ruffling anyone’s feathers. Put those dates on your calendar now. 😉

The Taurus Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) until she enters Gemini on Friday at 12:41 PM EDT. 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.

 

Bacchus, Ceres, Proserpina and Pluto by Pieter Van Lint via Wiki Commons

Bacchus, Ceres, Proserpina and Pluto by Pieter Van Lint via Wiki Commons

MAKE FUN PLANS FOR SATURDAY EVENING!

Saturday April 1, 2017:

You will probably wake up on the right side of the bed with plenty of thoughts and ideas of how to spend the day. With the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Gemini, plenty of possibilities abound! Although, this morning you may experience a bit of sluggishness. Allow it to pass without engaging in it and get on with your day.

At 8:01 PM EDT, when the friendly, socially active Gemini Moon forms an encouraging trine aspect to wide ranging and expansive Jupiter, you may find yourself searching for parties or dance clubs for the evening.

This is definitely a social Saturday night. Don’t stay home or anticipate a quiet evening alone. Search out fun, engaging, social activities! Whatever you do, invite your friends!

 

GROW IN COMPASSION & HEART

Sunday, April 2, 2017:

If you partied too much on Saturday night, you may wake regretting it. With the Gemini Moon opposing Saturn at 10:42 AM EDT, you may be experiencing a bit of self -judgment. You may not have overdone it at all but there is a sense that you should have been more circumspect with your time and your words. Release your grasp and attachment to that self-assessment!

At 2:27 PM EDT, the Moon enters emotional, family oriented Cancer. At this point, you may want to spend time with your closest intimates and loved ones. The afternoon is best spent cooking or otherwise nesting at home.

At 8:25 PM EDT, Venus, on her retrograde path, backs into Pisces once more. How has your contemplation of your deep values and attitudes toward love and money been progressing over the past few weeks? As this ongoing contemplation moves back into mystical Pisces, soften your focus and allow compassion for past actions (your own and others) to grow. Venus will remain in passive, healing Pisces until April 28th, when she will return to determined Aries in forward, action oriented motion. For now, develop compassion and empathy to engage with the softest part of your huge heart.

The Gemini Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 10:42 AM EDT until she enters Cancer at 2:27 PM EDT. 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.

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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: October 10, 2016 through October 16, 2016

Hello my dear readers,

I’d like you to start this week with a quote by Pema Chodron.  It is a long one. Take the time to slowly read and contemplate it. Hold its wisdom in your heart as you move through the coming week.

Sending love and light,

Laurie

 

An Autumn Idyll by Francis Davis Millet via Wiki Commons

An Autumn Idyll by Francis Davis Millet via Wiki Commons

“We start with ourselves. We make ourselves right or we make ourselves wrong, every day, every week, every month and year of our lives. We feel that we have to be right so that we can feel good. We don’t want to be wrong because then we’ll feel bad. But we could be more compassionate toward all these parts of ourselves. When we feel right, we can look at that. Feeling right can feel good; we can be completely sure of how right we are and have a lot of people agreeing with us about how right we are. But suppose someone does not agree with us? Then what happens? Do we find ourselves getting angry and aggressive? If we look into the very moment of anger or aggression, we might see that this is what wars are made of. This is what race riots are made of: feeling that we have to be right, being thrown off and righteously indignant when someone disagrees with us. On the other hand, when we find ourselves feeling wrong, convinced that we’re wrong, getting solid about being wrong, we could also look at that. The whole right and wrong business closes us down and makes our world smaller. Wanting situations and relationships to be solid, permanent, and graspable obscures the pith of the matter, which is that things are fundamentally groundless.

Instead of making others right or wrong, or bottling up right and wrong in ourselves, there’s a middle way, a very powerful middle way. We could see it as sitting on the razor’s edge, not falling off to the right or the left. This middle way involves not hanging on to our version so tightly. It involves keeping our hearts and minds open long enough to entertain the idea that when we make things wrong, we do it out of a desire to obtain some kind of ground or security. Equally, when we make things right, we are still trying to obtain some kind of ground or security. Could our minds and our hearts be big enough just to hang out in that space where we’re not entirely certain about who’s right and who’s wrong? Could we have no agenda when we walk into a room with another person, not know what to say, not make that person wrong or right? Could we see, hear, feel other people as they really are? It is powerful to practice this way, because we’ll find ourselves continually rushing around to try to feel secure again — to make ourselves or them either right or wrong. But true communication can happen only in that open space.“ ~ Pema Chodron

 

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CHALLENGE YOUR ASSUMPTIONS

Monday, October 10, 2016:

By the time you wake up Monday morning, the Moon will be in humanitarian Aquarius.  Be prepared to accept and engage with a free flow of creative, unusual ideas as you consider your future and the future of our culture on Monday. Keep your mind open and look clearly from a new and unexpected perspective.

Encourage open dialogue in the expression and sharing of new ideas for future development. If you are drawn to a new course of study or a new way of perceiving your world, follow your curiosity. If you encounter people with very different ideas, welcome them as a way of more deeply developing and engaging your own thoughts and ability to articulate your ideas and beliefs. Challenge your thinking and your assumptions.

Consider a social activity in the evening for the sheer enjoyment of encountering new thoughts, opinions, and original perspectives. Follow your curiosity into new dimensions of intellect. Enjoy the play of conversation and where it may take you.

The Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 12:51 PM EDT on Sunday until she enters unusual Aquarius at 2:33 AM EDT Monday morning.  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.

 

PATH OF FORGIVENESS

Tuesday, October 11, 2016:

Tuesday is an astrologically active day, beginning with mental Mercury (in diplomatic Libra) conjunct expansive Jupiter at 5:45 AM EDT. Pay attention to what thoughts you awake with and any dreams that linger.

This is a day to think about and express your most optimistic big ideas.

Trust your ability to bring these ideas to fruition, in order to do so you must dauntingly engage your mind and your conversations. The Universe will support your manifestation of ideas and plans that are engaged with in speech and concrete plans. Go ahead; speak aloud your BIG IDEAS, BIG PLANS, and BIG DREAMS.

Pay attention to how these ideas are closely connected to the release of a dream or an unrealistic idea that began in January 2015. This is related to Mars sextile Neptune at 1:03 PM EDT. You have the opportunity now to clearly understand how that release will foster a more realistic dream that will come in to focus in January 2017. The best form for this release to take is through the path of forgiveness. Contemplating and forgiving your own mistakes and unintentional wrongs will enable you to understand and forgive those who have wronged you.  The true development of forgiveness is more important to your life path than you may imagine.

With the Aquarius Moon sextile Uranus at 7:49 PM EDT, it should be a great evening to enjoy exciting banter with friends.

The revolutionary Aquarius Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 7:49 PM EDT until she enters poetic Pisces at 8:42 AM EDT Wednesday morning. 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.

 

Nymphs and Satyr by William Adolphe Bouguereau via Wiki Commons

Nymphs and Satyr by William Adolphe Bouguereau via Wiki Commons

MEETING THE DIVINE

Wednesday, October 12, 2016:

Wednesday is a day best used for spiritual development or daydreaming. Pisces is a mutable water sign, arguably the most sensitive sign in the zodiac. The Moon in Pisces provides us with an emotionally sensitive day where we are highly attuned to intuition and the emotional states of others. The challenge of any day with strong Pisces energy is in dealing with real world responsibilities and realities.

If you must go to work and play an adult role, do the best you can while paying more attention than usual to intuition. If you don’t have to deal with the real world on Wednesday, enjoy a sense of deep sensitivity, idealistic compassion, and mystical transcendence. Engage in spiritual practice, artistic practice, or any other practice that helps you to meet with the divine.

In all interactions with others, make profound compassionate connection. You can do that with a simple kind word and conscious eye contact. Practice it. This is where you meet the divine in others.

The quirky Aquarius Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 7:49 PM EDT Tuesday until she enters sensitive Pisces at 8:42 AM EDT on Wednesday. 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.

 

KEEP EMPATHY CLOSE AT HAND

Thursday, October 13, 2016:

At 6:19 AM EDT, the Pisces Moon square Saturn may have you feeling out of sorts when you awake Thursday morning. In most things on Thursday, it will be good to follow your personal intuition and take your own counsel. However, don’t listen to the little voice that tells you to call out sick from your job. That voice is illusion, not intuition and will be long gone by the time the Moon sextiles Pluto at 10:20 AM EDT. Pluto offers empowerment to intuition and assures us that whatever our intuitive heart chooses to explore at this time will shine a light on a powerful core within us to be developed over the coming weeks.

At 4:59 PM EDT as Mercury squares Mars, keep your eyes open. Please do not start arguments or allow yourself to be pulled into them. Find a way to engage your mind in developing healthy ways to assert your opinions without making it about who is right and who is wrong. Listen to others, respect that they do not see or experience the world in the same way that you do. Take the high road.

Another healthy way to work with this transit is to argue for the underdog, stand up for a cause that is dear to your heart. Keeping empathy close at hand will help you to not get too tied to results that are not within your current control.

 

SPEAK UP

Friday, October 14, 2016:

Friday begins with a continuation of the sensitivity that has been with us for a few days. Allow a passive dreamy state to remain for the early morning hours.

At 11:08 AM EDT, the Moon enters Aries returning you to self-confidence; you are ready to face the world head-on. Indeed, you may notice less patience but you will welcome a renewed sense of independence and self-determination.

With Mercury sextile Saturn at 2:46 PM EDT, you are ready to articulate thoughts of future plans. Communication and intentions are expressed and heard easily. If you have been struggling with the need to express a desire to let go of a plan or project,this would be a good time to say what needs to be said.

With the Aries Moon opposite Jupiter at 11:33 PM EDT, you may head to bed feeling satisfied, optimistic, and possibly infused with wisdom. Sleep well!

The sensitive Pisces Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 3:13 AM EDT until she enters assertive Aries at 11:08 AM EDT.

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.

 

Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse via Wiki Commons

Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse via Wiki Commons

DIGNITY AND COURAGE

Saturday, October 15, 2016:

Saturday will offer us each the possibility of a powerful and challenging day. The Moon in Aries offers independence and courage to face whatever the day brings.

At 6:43 AM EDT, the Sun opposes revolutionary Uranus.  Sudden events, unusual occurrences, and unexpected surprises may leave you agitated, unsettled, or potentially excited. Remaining detached from results and outcomes will be the best way for you to maintain balance and equanimity.  Remember, this could potentially be excitement that changes your world. Excellent news can leave us just as unsettled as bad news. Make no assumptions!

“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang onto, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche

At 10:29 PM EDT as Mercury comes to square Pluto, we may do well to sit in meditation before bed. It is easy to get caught up with obsessive or destructive thinking patterns when we are so unsettled. Use this aspect of deep powerful mental activity to gain powerful insights to your deepest inner landscapes.

Shortly after midnight (Sunday morning), the Aries Full Moon conjunct Uranus shows us the power of revolutionary change; do consider that with the Sun in Libra it is important to understand that compromises must be made.  Compromise with dignity and courage in all things.

 

ARIES FULL MOON – COMPROMISE WITH COURAGE

Sunday, October 16, 2016:

Just as the day begins (just past midnight of Saturday – but Sunday nevertheless) we reach the Aries Full Moon at 12:23 AM EDT.

What seed of love did you plant on the Libra New Moon of September 30th? Now at the Full Moon observe how that seed has grown. Can you see with clarity what you have developed?

The Libra New Moon was about the expansion and growth of love, partnership, and resources. Since then, I suspect you have gotten more realistic about where you stand in the development of this romantic vision. On the one side, stands the Aries Moon, so strong in independence and forcefulness; so clear about getting, and even demanding what you want. On the other side stands the Libra Sun insisting that you get clear and understand the level of compromise you need to make to get close enough to your desires.  You do not get to have it all your way Aries; you must include the balanced diplomacy of Libra. Together, you can have it all.

At 11:04 AM EDT, the Moon leaves combative Aries behind and relaxes into the deliberate steadfast consistency of Taurus. Allow the rest of the day to hold a steady dependable calm. This is what you need.

Get a massage on Sunday evening or just spend it quietly at home in comfort with family and loved ones. Relax, find calm.

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets.  I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods.  I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.

* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, textiles, 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: April 6, 2015 through April 12, 2015

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: April 6, 2015 through April 12, 2015

The end of last week and the beginning of this week are likely to offer some challenges. We still are in the midst of understanding the profound changes in our personal lives and the world around us.

As we work to make sense of our new lives, there is the added challenge of trying to understand where others are in their life changes, and how these changes impact our relationships.

We have encountered profound shifts in ourselves but also the people we love, live and work with seem to be on a very different path as well. Just when we might be comforted to have the familiarity of old friends and loved ones, we look around and they are no longer filling the roles in our lives that we have come to expect of them.

Have you found yourself engaging with a new social circle over the past 6 to 12 months? Go ahead and allow the new people in your life to take more space as the past is left behind and we move forward into our new life.

Summer by Pierre Auguste Renoir

Summer by Pierre Auguste Renoir

As we move through this week, our challenges and difficulties may subside. The later part of the week brings more ease, even as Jupiter turns direct on Wednesday! Jupiter is the planet of expansion and higher understanding. With its direct motion beginning this week, our learning and understanding move forward. Open your heart to the new direction, the new path you find yourself on; there is no going back. Find joy exactly in the place you find yourself.

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Monday, April 6, 2015:

You’re probably beginning this Monday morning with a certain amount of anxiety or excitement. The powerful energies of ongoing change continue their pressure upon us. A good deal may have shifted over the weekend with the lunar eclipse, the full Libra Moon, and the Sun squaring Pluto.

The pressure continues on Monday as the Sun joins up with Uranus at 10:07 AM EDT. This suggests the beginning of a year-long cycle of innovation; related to the cycle and relationship between the Sun and Uranus!

What did you start a year ago that is now coming to an end? What innovation or humanitarian effort do you need to begin now? If you have been doing the work necessary, I hope you are able, at this point, to trade in your fearful anxiety for anticipation and excitement. The transformation of our life and our world is in process; there is no turning back.

Remain focused, mindful, and clear; within the context of this anxiety, embrace the excitement. If you are struggling with fear or anxiety, don’t attempt to escape. Try to relax into it and learn from the intensity.

Imagine the best places your life may be taking you. It is best to open your heart fully, allow the softening of fear and anxiety to teach you the best steps forward.

At 9:25 AM EDT, Mercury trine Jupiter and we flow with the positive expansion of our minds and our conversations with others. Monday will be a powerful day, no doubt about it.

Today is a day to have conversations that need to be had and open the doors that need to be opened. Hold steady with mindfulness to embrace the response you receive from others. Accept where you find yourself with a joyful heart.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

Tuesday’s Scorpio Moon asks us to embrace the depth of our feeling nature even as we embrace these deep ongoing changes. On Tuesday, Mercury squares Pluto and on Wednesday, Mercury will conjunct Uranus.

The cycle between Mercury and Pluto which began in late December 2014 comes to the first quarter square on Tuesday. We keep coming back to these particular dates and considering what we began then. In late December, there was intensification of our thought process or a deepening commitment.

Now, it is significant to consider where the Mercury Pluto cycle brought us and what action we can take now. There may be a communication that is important to put on the table at this time. It could be a speech you need to give, a paper to write, or a line of thinking to actively process.

I would suggest a modicum of caution in your words. With a square between Mercury and Pluto, do not use your words thoughtlessly. Pay attention to what you say, pay attention to the responses you get from others, and don’t jump to conclusions about what you hear.

Your mind can take you in very deep profound areas or very profoundly frightening areas. Never fight against a Pluto transit, make a choice early in the day of how you want to work with your mind in a deeply profound way or in an area of deep understanding and awareness.

Pandora opening her box, artist unknown.

Pandora opening her box, artist unknown.

At 4:42 PM EDT, the Moon goes VOC* until she enters Sagittarius Wednesday morning at 1:08 AM EDT.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015:

We wake up Wednesday morning with the Moon in Sagittarius and our energy is immediately uplifted. Our good morning from Sagittarius encourages us to look at the wider perspective of the world. Consider the difference in perspective that people in other cultures have. This is a great time to simply be aware of the differences in how we think, process information, and attempt to bring understanding to the table.

At 8:19 AM EDT, Mercury conjunct Uranus and surprising or unusual information may come to light. Depending on your own personal chart, this could be a wonderful day or deeply stressful. This brings us to the beginning of a cycle of innovative thought.

Are you beginning a new understanding of your mind or a new understanding of how to communicate in a more helpful and interesting manner?

Shortly before midnight, Jupiter, which has been retrograde since December 8, 2014, turns direct. This provides a forward motion in some expansive area of your life. I think here in Vermont it provides the push for the final arrival of Spring! I think of Jupiter as a place where we feel rewarded. After the long cold Winter, we certainly need to push forward with the reward of Spring.

 

Thursday, April 9, 2015:

As we head into the later part of the week, we come to Thursday which looks like a lovely day. The Moon in Sagittarius brings our thoughts into uncharted territory. We want to explore a new way of viewing the world. This would be a great day to spend getting to know folks who live a very different cultural or lifestyle than your own.

It is a great day to look for a new perspective. Everyone has an image of the centaur (half man /half horse) for Sagittarius. I like to think that the symbol for Sagittarius is not the centaurs themselves but the arrows that the centaurs release into the air!

Think about the perspective from that arrow and that is the perspective of Sagittarius. That is the perspective to seek on Thursday.

Take a few hours today to explore your ideas for future travel or education. Do you have children reaching the age of contemplating higher education? This would be a great day to get them excited about the prospects of their future! Dream big!

The Moon is VOC* following a trine to the Sun at 1:42 PM EDT; she will enter Capricorn on Friday morning.

Just before midnight, the Sun and Mercury connect at 19° Aries. This begins a new cycle of invigorating our intellect, and our way of thinking.

 

Friday, April 10, 2015:

Friday morning, the Moon enters Capricorn at 8:47 AM EDT. This moves us into a somewhat conflicted but serious weekend. Perhaps, you have a lot of work to do or you are feeling more ambitious then you have all week.

Maybe you can finally get some work done! Even as a part of you moves in this direction, there is a great deal of fire energy to be managed.

We would probably do well to spend the evening on our own, accomplishing our personal work without the distraction of social activities. In general, this is not going to be a great weekend for socialization. There just seems to be a damper on us even if we desire the socialization.

Much better use of this energy is to determine what it is you want to accomplish and plan the day around that. Don’t look for shared activities. Solitary activities will result in more accomplishment and you will end the day feeling great about yourself.

 

Beach and Two Houses by Maurice Brazil Prendergast

Beach and Two Houses by Maurice Brazil Prendergast

Saturday, April 11, 2015:

In the midst of this somewhat solitary hard-working weekend, we have Venus moving into Gemini at 11:28 AM EDT. Suddenly, the steadfastness of our desires shifts and we desire more activity and are curious about new options and possibilities. As Venus enters Gemini (an Air sign), she adds a spark to the five planets currently in Fire signs.

We know there is still solitary work to do and yet the pull toward fun and activity may very well get the best of us on Saturday.

I don’t know about you but for me I suspect this is going to be about the crunch time right before taxes are due on April 15th. Do your best to get those taxes completed on Friday and Saturday before 11:28 AM EDT.

Saturday afternoon, you may be tempted to take the kayak down the river, go for a vigorous hike, or get out for some last-minute Spring skiing! Don’t let the conflicting energies get to you; allow space for both the solitary ambition and powerful physical activity. Balance these two for the weekend.

 

Sunday, April 12, 2015:

Sunday morning begins with the Moon still in Capricorn. If you’re still working on your taxes, get them done this morning because by afternoon you’re not going to want to be bothered with any of that!

At 1:22 PM EDT, Mars sextile Neptune; think back to the beginning of this cycle that started on January 19 of this year. On Sunday, we are reminded of the dream that began at that time.

Consider where that process is moving now. Investigate what the next steps may be to bring this dream forward. Time alone in this contemplation could be very beneficial to the outcome.

The Moon is VOC following a square to Mercury at 4:15 AM EDT until she enters Aquarius at 1:44 PM EDT. Sunday afternoon and evening would be great to shake off the challenges of the early part of the weekend. Gather with like-minded friends, enjoy conversations that stretch your mind. Shake off the dust and enjoy the evening!

 

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This week: The VOC* Moon!

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Scorpio) following and opposition to Venus at 4:42 PM EDT until she enters Sagittarius on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1:08 AM EDT.

Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Sagittarius) following a trine to the Sun at 1:42 PM EDT until she enters Capricorn on Friday, April 10 2015 at 8:47 AM EDT.

Sunday, April 12, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Capricorn) following a square to Mercury at 4:15 AM EDT until she enters Aquarius at 1:44 PM EDT.

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.

The aspects 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.

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