Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: October 16, 2017 through October 22, 2017

 

 

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

 

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BEGIN THE PLAN

Monday, October 16, 2017:

This week begins on a much easier note than last week; thank goodness!

The Moon is in precise, efficient Virgo providing the ability for you to pay careful attention to the details, buckle down, and accomplish what needs to be done.

At 7:13 AM EDT, as you begin the day, the diplomatic Libra Sun forms a charming sextile aspect to hard-working Saturn. This is a good time to explore how you want to work with a new cycle of stabilization that will begin in late December when the Sun and Saturn conjunct at zero degrees Capricorn. Look at where zero degrees Capricorn falls in your chart; the house placement will tell you what area of life requires a major, meaningful new beginning.

Explore new ideas, get serious about this; begin to gather your thoughts about a very important, new endeavor to start in late December. As Saturn leaves Sagittarius behind to enter Capricorn, we will all begin to be engaged on more serious projects. Begin your preparation for that now.

 

 

THE MIND DEEPENS

Tuesday, October 17, 2017:

When you wake up on Tuesday morning, you may notice the quality of your mind has shifted to a very different state. While you slept, Mercury left Libra behind to enter Scorpio. While in Libra, your thinking and conversations have been focused on making things look good and maintaining, at least, the image of refinement and charm. Remember that Mercury represents the way you think, what you think about, and how you communicate and share information.

At 3:58 AM EDT, Mercury entered the still, deep, dark waters of Scorpio. While Mercury is in Scorpio (until November 5th), observe your mind as it becomes determined to search out what is hidden and goes deeply into private and introspective considerations.

Those who have undisclosed secrets can find themselves in a rough spot as those hidden issues may be revealed at this time.

At 1:34 PM EDT, the Moon enters lovely, polite Libra. Perhaps, you are not quite ready to go into those deep Scorpionic places yet or to bring them into the conversation. For the time being, you can allow your mind to go deep even as your heart remains discreet… there will be time to open to the full extent of what is revealed when the Moon enters Scorpio on Thursday night.

The Virgo Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 7:27 AM EDT until she enters Libra at 1:34 PM EDT. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; it is not good or bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.

 

 

SHARE DEEP THOUGHTS

Wednesday, October 18, 2017:

Sandor Wearing Vest by Jozsef Rippl-Ronai via Wiki Media

With Mercury now in Scorpio, you are generally more likely to keep your own counsel, you may not be quick to share what may seem too dark or vulnerable. However, on Wednesday, mental Mercury joins with expansive Jupiter in the early morning hours. You can’t help but bring those deeply intense ideas out into the open. You long to share your deepest concerns, vulnerabilities, even your fears.

By sharing these deep issues with others, you are able to understand yourself more thoroughly. Pay close attention to who you chose to share yourself with and be willing to be a sounding board for others as they unload their deep concerns as well.

When the diplomatic Libra Moon forms a challenging square aspect to deeply intense Pluto at 9:03 PM EDT, you may question the wisdom of all that you have shared. Don’t worry, trust it, and go deep.

Darkness is easy to locate as we are in the Dark of the Moon, moving to the New Moon on Thursday.

 

 

LIBRA NEW MOON – SEEKING HARMONY AND GRACE

Thursday, October 19, 2017:

Even with the Moon in peaceful Libra, you may feel anxiety or excitement as the Sun challenges the unusual with the Sun opposing Uranus early on Thursday afternoon. The cycle between the Sun and Uranus is a cycle of personal freedom, originality, and detachment from conventional ideas and patterns that holds you back. The cycle between them began in mid-April of 2017. What excitement began at that time? How far have you come in moving forward on this path?

At this point, you can see and acknowledge your progress and you are able to determine how best to bring this issue forward into your life more fully in the coming months.

At 3:13 PM EDT, we reached the New Moon at 26° Libra. At this New Moon, you will want to plant a seed that will develop into love, grace, and harmony; over the coming weeks build on this theme. Create beauty in your life; bring love to others; set selfishness aside.

At 9:41 PM EDT, the Moon enters deep, transformative Scorpio. .When you fall asleep on Thursday night, look for dreams of the Phoenix, transformed, coming from the ash.

Thursday is a powerful day. Use it well.

The Libra Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 3:13 PM EDT until she enters Scorpio at 9:41 PM EDT. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; it is not good or bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.

 

 

VERBALIZE YOUR SHADOW

Friday, October 20, 2017:

As the Moon begins her trek through mysterious Scorpio, she immediately bumps into expansive Jupiter and shortly thereafter joins with Mercury, the planet of communication and thought processes. This suggests that issues of intensity and depth may require verbal expression in ways that you may not even anticipate. The results of your words may have a larger impact than you expect. This will be a great morning for writing; write down your deepest secrets, your most intense inner shadow issues; allow healing to come through words expressed.

Most of the day is relatively quiet although you can expect to have a high degree of awareness regarding the shocking depth of transformation of what so many in the world are currently processing in their own lives. Spend time in deep inner work.

Do you know the practice of tonglen? Tonglen is a practice for soothing others and cultivating love and compassion. It is a gentle process of opening the heart by embracing, rather than rejecting, the unwanted and painful aspects of experience, we can help ourselves and others to overcome fear and develop greater empathy. Instruction here.

At 8:15 PM EDT, the Moon engages in a flowing trine aspect to dreamy Neptune, allow yourself to drift into an early sleep deeply connected to dream, fantasy, and inspiration.

 

Count Somssich by Jozsef Rippl Ronai via Wiki Media

 

RELEASE THE STORY

Saturday, October 21, 2017:

You can expect Saturday to be a relatively quiet day but one of great emotional depth and intensity. Early in the morning, the Scorpio Moon forms a sextile aspect to powerful Pluto, offering the opportunity to dig deeply into very private issues of power and control. You will want to get to the bottom of whatever issues present themselves and are willing to get your own hands dirty in the process. Truth and honesty are important to you but if you experience jealousy or obsessiveness, consider that you may be embroiled in some unwarranted paranoia as well.

If you have the sense that something untoward is unfolding, allow it to happen. Release the story that you feel wrapped up in and focus on the underlying issues of power and control. Let go of your attachment to having things as you expect or want them to be.

The Scorpio Moon reminds us each month of the importance of going deep, relaxing your hold, and releasing control in order for a more positive outcome than you may imagine.

 

 

THE COURAGE OF DIPLOMACY

Sunday, October 22, 2017:

The depth and intensity of the past few days, courtesy of the intense Scorpio Moon, can be set aside as the Moon enters optimistic Sagittarius at 7:57 AM EDT. With the Moon in freedom-loving Sagittarius, your emotional attention turns to travel, big ideas, and a higher understanding of the world and your place in it.

At 2:28 PM EDT, Mars, having been in orderly Virgo since September 5th, enters romantic, charming Libra. Mars represents the manner in which we take action, the way that we push ourselves forward with courage and purpose. While Mars was in Virgo, you may have noticed that you spent a lot of your attention busily looking at the details and attempting to perfect all your projects and physical activities.

Now, as Mars finds his way into diplomatic Libra, your thoughts and actions turn toward cooperation and balanced social interactions. Mars would prefer to be in aggressive Aries where he can simply take what he wants directly and assertively; however, while he moves through Libra until December 9th, he will teach us the importance, and even the courage it takes, to negotiate and allow human relationships to determine the direction forward.

Remember what your mother told you… ‘You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar’. 🙂

The Scorpio Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 7:36 AM EDT until she enters Sagittarius at 7:57 AM EDT. Remember, when the Moon is VOC*, there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; it is not good or bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant future impact.

 

 

 

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

* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

 

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: 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 from August 22, 2016 through August 28, 2016

We can expect an interesting week ahead! This week, Mercury and Venus will conjoin Jupiter in Virgo and the Sun will enter Virgo.

Leaf Fall by Evgeniy Stasenko via Wiki Commons

Leaf Fall by Evgeniy Stasenko via Wiki Commons

We must consider the deep meaning of Virgo with so many planets currently residing there. Virgo has a rough reputation and I want to make sure none of you get stuck with that negativity as your understanding of Virgo.

The energy of Virgo (and anyone with a focus in that sign) has the ability to see potential more clearly than others. The criticism that Virgo is so well known for is a result of Virgo seeing what is possible and not accomplishing it as efficiently as one would like. The thing I respect and love the most about Virgo is the fact that whatever it is that Virgo must perfect, within themselves, is done for the service of others. There is nothing selfish in Virgo.

Mars makes contact with both Saturn and Neptune, even as Saturn and Neptune continue their dance which culminates in the third and final square aspect between them which will be exact on September 10th.

Remember that conjunctions are the beginning of a cycle between the two planets involved. This week we have three new such cycles beginning. On Monday, we begin the cycle of expanding our minds, beginning a new study, a new conversation, or a way of viewing the world. This is represented by the conjunction between Mercury and Jupiter.

On Wednesday, we begin a cycle of energizing our struggles and the places we are stuck. This is the cycle between Mars and Saturn, and, on Saturday, we begin a new cycle of expansive love with the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.

There is both struggle and beauty inherent within this week. Flow with that. Don’t be too hard on yourself or others. Remember, the soft kindness of Virgo is available when we show ourselves kindness and compassion first.

 

SUN ENTERS VIRGO – SETTLING DOWN

Monday, August 22, 2016:

Our minds are sharp as a tack on Monday morning. Consider carefully what you want to focus your attention on. At 5:04 AM EDT, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter planting a seed of expansive visionary thinking and awareness.

Because Mercury is turning retrograde soon (August 30th), this gives us time to implement or refine where we want to focus our new learning or new ways of perceiving the world. Due to the upcoming retrograde, this conjunction will be repeated on September 2nd and October 11th.

At 12:38 PM EDT, the Sun enters Virgo ending the hot season of Leo’s playful expression and bringing us back to earth with the need to get serious as we look forward to the changing season ahead. We are ready for this; ready to slow down, send the kids and ourselves back to school, and begin preparing for the harvest.

The Aries Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 7:47 AM EDT until 5:20 PM EDT when she enters Taurus further settling us into a quieter slower pace. 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.

 

BUILD STABILITY; CREATE BEAUTY

Tuesday, August 23, 2016:

This is a day to relax into. The Taurus Moon allows a deep, reverent calm throughout the day. With a sextile to Neptune at 11:31 AM EDT, we are able to bring imagination and a warm glow to our building stability.

At 6:43 PM EDT, as the Moon trine Pluto, we are empowered to make slow and steady progress to the dream we hold of a stable life of beauty and love.

Put flowers on the table, light candles, and embody the level of romantic beauty (even if you are alone) that makes your own heart sing.

 

DETERMINATION AND PATIENCE

Torso by Misha via Wiki Commons

Torso by Misha via Wiki Commons

Wednesday, August 24, 2016:

Wednesday begins with Mars conjunct Saturn at 7:26 AM EDT. This has been a long time coming and I anticipate a positive manifestation of this combination. A conjunction represents the start of a new cycle and the ending of an old cycle. It is important that we slow down and manage any personal impatience in our lives.

The maturity of Saturn combined with the drive of Mars can place us on a path of determination to accomplish things. We cannot rush. Maintaining focus without hurry is what is required. Some of us will settle in for the long haul, making significant effort that will result in significant rewards. Others will experience frustration as desires seem to be stuck in a pattern that feels too slow. Hold steady, understand that what is most worthwhile in our lives takes time and effort. Settle in.

The slow, Taurus Moon makes lovely aspects to Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter throughout the early part of the day. The Taurus Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 3:38 PM EDT until she enters Gemini at 7:39 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. Find friends and a bit of social fun for the evening

 

NO DECISIONS NEED TO BE MADE

Thursday, August 25, 2016:

Normally, a day with the Moon in chatty Gemini is a light, easy kind of day. Unfortunately, Thursday’s Gemini Moon is involved in stressful considerations with her cohorts.  At 12:30 PM EDT, she opposes Saturn which may leave us feeling overburdened by work and effort, then she opposes Mars at 1:34 PM EDT adding frustration or anger to the mix, when she finally forms a square to confusing Neptune at 2:06 PM EDT.

The whole issue is muddied by simply not knowing which way to turn. It may be important to remind yourself that you do not need to make any decisions today. You may want to simply head to bed early. It is not a bad idea to be well rested for the challenges of Friday.

As in all things remember kindness for yourself and everyone you encounter will smooth the way.

 

FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION TO FIND TRUTH

Friday, August 26, 2016:

Friday comes on the heels of Thursday’s Moon square Neptune where our frustration turned to confusion leaving us ready to sleep early. At 2:56 AM EDT, Mars squares Neptune; this energy has been building and will stay with us for another day. Consider the meaning of these planets and imagine them standing at cross purposes to each other.

Mars represents conscious will, the ability to take action, and determination. Neptune represents imagination and the dissolving of concrete form. You may experience disappointment and frustration due to the lack of clarity about what you really want. You may be suddenly aware that what you thought you wanted does not match your true desires and expectations.

Watch how this plays out in the political arena. We can expect more strange stories and revelations.

The Gemini Moon may feel a bit of disturbance as she locks horns with the planets currently in Virgo. This will pass but you must manage yourself well. Work to NOT say the first thing that comes to mind in any given situation. Watch what you say and do your best to remain detached to the conversations and opinions of others.

 

Collage on Oil Painting by Jean Michel Coulon via Wiki Commons

Collage on Oil Painting by Jean Michel Coulon via Wiki Commons

BEGIN TO GROW IN LOVE

Saturday, August 27, 2016:

We awake Saturday morning to a Cancer Moon, clearly in the mood for connection and love. You may feel sensitive, sentimental, moody, and wistful. Keep close to family and loved ones.

At 6:28 PM EDT, Venus and Jupiter come together at 27° Virgo. This begins a cycle of growth and expansion of love and our personal values. Our hearts and all that we value seem to grow, expanding to engulf the world.

Show love in all that you do and witness the love reflected in those around you. Offer a simple genuine smile to someone on the street, the young person checking you out at the grocery store, or pouring your coffee at the café. Wherever you encounter anyone in a service job pour love in their direction and accept love in return.

Make it simple and uncomplicated; give and receive abundance; it is easier than you may think.

 

SIMPLICITY AND LOVING KINDNESS

Sunday, August 28, 2016:

The Moon continues her path through the nurturing waters of Cancer on Sunday. During the afternoon hours, she will encounter serious snags as she opposes Pluto at 1:38 PM EDT and squares Uranus at 5:42 PM EDT. We are reminded again of the profound change that has occurred in every area of our lives and the world. However, we are not out of the woods yet.

Allow worry and concern to flow pass without engaging. These are simple transits of the Moon and will pass harmlessly unless we engage them with stress or anxiety. Time alone is valuable for contemplation and healing. Set intentions of loving kindness and give yourself and others the benefit of the doubt in all things. Keep complications at bay to allow the day to unfold without stress or agitation.

 

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: August 15, 2016 through August 21, 2016

Given that August is always my favorite month (you know, my birthday and all!) it has been challenging to look clearly at the difficulties apparent in this August.

Rosalind by James Sant via Wiki Commons

Rosalind by James Sant via Wiki Commons

I believe that once Mars finally conjuncts Saturn on August 24th and squares Neptune on August 26th, things will begin to clarify and settle down. The build-up to this time could be a deep challenge for many of us.

I suspect that we will all awaken in early September wondering how we got so pulled into directions that have clearly been mistaken steps. Watch your back and support others.

Don’t forget to put August 30th on your calendar as the day that Mercury goes retrograde. Consider this your heads-up. Begin now to prepare to stop forward motion on all projects at that time. For the following three weeks, it will be important to focus on completions. Depending on the weeks leading up to Mercury’s retrograde, there may be much for us to assimilate going forward.

 

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RESPECT AND RELEASE

Monday, August 15, 2016:

Monday brings us the isolationist Capricorn Moon forming harsh connections with both Pluto and Uranus. This highlights the tough aspect between Pluto and Uranus that has reflected many of our cultural and personal woes over the past 4 years. We have watched the struggle between our need for independence and freedom and our equally valid need for structure and stability. These two needs crash into each other regularly in a million different ways. The planetary cycles are expressed in the political struggle, and reflected in our personal struggles.

We have front row seats on an amazing show – for all its wonder and distress!

These are quickly passing Moon transits and will only cause serious problems if we respond from a place of fear, defensiveness, and our own self-interest. Look outside of yourself to find understanding of perspectives that are not necessarily aligned with your own.

This is a great day to spend in solitary contemplation and work. Show kindness toward others with the acknowledgement that you can never fully understand another’s view. You don’t have to. You only need to respect and allow.

The Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 10:45 PM EDT until she enters Aquarius Tuesday morning at 7:53 AM EDT. Remember, there will be no result from anything that is begun during a VOC* Moon. This is neutral, not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant impact.

 

INNOVATION AND DETACHMENT

Tuesday, August 16, 2016:

On Tuesday morning at 7:53 AM EDT, the Moon enters intellectually innovative Aquarius.  With the Moon in Aquarius, we are able to take a break from sensitivity and overly engaged emotions. We have the ability to detach from drama and seek unusual solutions.

At 4:23 PM EDT, the Sun while moving through dramatic Leo, trines Uranus the planet that rules Aquarius, making this a very Aquarian day. If possible, make it a point to spend time with your most unique friends working on original projects created for the betterment of humanity. Keep your eyes on the larger picture. In all things, consider what is best for all humankind rather than on your own self interests.

The excitement or anxiety that you feel today is a direct result of a seed that was planted in your life on or around April 9th. What action did you take to help that seed develop on or about July 16th? On Tuesday, the Sun trine Uranus brings excitement (or dread) as you intuit the outcome approaching. You may receive surprising or unusual news that will help move you forward. The full illumination of this cycle occurs in mid October.

The Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) until she enters Aquarius this morning at 7:53 AM EDT. Remember, there will be no result from anything that is begun during a VOC* Moon. This is neutral, not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant impact.

One thing to remember, if you feel low or depressed on Tuesday, consider what it is that the Universe is asking of you that you are afraid to take on. Gather courage and step up to that plate.

The Moon forms an energetic sextile to Mars at 6:50 PM EDT. You may have an unexpected boost of energy in the evening hours. Don’t waste it sitting home alone. Get out into the world and find people who will engage in interesting and inspirational conversations.

 

POWERFUL LOVE

Rosalind by James Sant via Wiki Commons

Rosalind by James Sant via Wiki Commons

Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

The Moon continues through objective Aquarius throughout Wednesday. This is another day when we should be able to see the world objectively and not get caught in sensitivity or other challenging emotional states.

At 10:17 PM EDT, harmonious Venus forms a trine aspect to transformative Pluto.  This trine aspect creates a free flow of empowerment into our love relationships, our sense of beauty, and possibly, our finances.  A gift is given, a gift of love or a gift of insight. This cycle began with a seed of passion and beauty planted in early February, by the end of June you knew how far this seed was going to be able to develop.

Now is the time to set it on its way, to begin to deepen the commitment or, alternatively, begin to release it. Now, you should be able to see and understand the trajectory of development and how this energy can be of service to others.  Profound observations can be made if we keep our eyes open and continue to check in with the reality of others.

Opening your heart, you will find love is right there waiting.

 

AQUARIUS FULL MOON: ILLUMINATION

Thursday, August 18, 2016:

The Aquarius Full Moon is exact at 5:27 AM EDT.  At the Full Moon, the world embodies a sense of illumination. The Moon provides the light by which we can see what is often hidden. Truths are easily revealed, understood, and accepted at the Full Moon.

With the Sun in expressive Leo and the Moon in unusual Aquarius, we are able to show our full authentic and unique self while maintaining open hearted generosity. Did you do your New Moon ritual on August 2nd? Can you now see how far you have come regarding the seed that you planted at that time?

At 12:35 PM EDT, the Moon enters the dreamy artistic sign of Pisces shifting our moods and feelings to sensitive awareness and gentle fantasy. Kindness toward others comes more easily as compassion and empathy expand. Allow that compassion and inspiration to envelop your heart and include others in your deepest dreams.

The Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 5:27 AM EDT until she enters Pisces at 12:35 PM. Remember, there will be no result from anything that is begun during a VOC* Moon. This is neutral, not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant impact.

 

DEEP SENSITIVITY

Friday, August 19, 2016:

The Moon continues moving through imaginative, sensitive Pisces on Friday. Let’s think about Pisces for a moment. Pisces relates to all that is intangible and unknowable. We attach words to the signs to enable us to understand their meanings and to somehow make them more solid. Yet, regardless of what words we attach to it, when we reach for Pisces it dissolves in our hands.

At 7:21 AM EDT, the Pisces Moon conjunct Neptune, increasing the sensitive, compassionate, and mystical energy of this day. You may notice yourself feeling more emotionally sensitive than usual. Please remember that others are more sensitive than usual as well. Be gentle in dealing with anyone you encounter.

Allow your imagination to soar with inspiration, idealism, and sensitivity. Create something of beauty, get lost in music or art, and meditate.

Blue Moon via Pinterest

Blue Moon via Pinterest

SEEK INTERNAL PATIENCE

Saturday, August 20, 2016:

On Saturday morning, you have a choice to make. You could get up very early for conversation and connections with expansively minded friends or you could simply stay in bed late and enjoy connecting with whoever is in your immediate environment, and relax easily into the day.

If you choose to meet up with friends, do so before 8:20 AM EDT. If you stay home, pour yourself that first cup of coffee before 8:20 AM EDT. With the Moon VOC*, It doesn’t really matter how you spend the time between 8:20 AM EDT and 3:19 PM EDT. Not a lot will result from however you choose to spend this time… so, sleep, drink coffee, play with your grandchildren! Whatever seems like a good idea will be fine.

At 3:19 PM EDT, the Moon enters courageous, independent Aries.  Make a plan to use direct physical energy on Saturday afternoon or evening. Make love; go for a run, a bike ride, or head to the gym. It is important that you move physical energy consciously in order to support internal calm.

This is a good evening for physical expression but not particularly for social interactions. We may be a bit impatient and even selfish. Be aware that others are feeling the same way. Seek patience while staying out of circumstances that could bring up aggression, forcefulness, and combativeness.  Seriously stay out of political conversations on Saturday afternoon and into the evening. No one will have the ability to see any perspective but what they are already attached to. Anger and self-righteousness is right below the surface and can easily emerge.  Respectfully avoiding these conversations will be your best bet.

The Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 8:20 AM EDT until she enters Aries at 3:19 PM. Remember, there will be no result from anything that is begun during a VOC* Moon. This is neutral, not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have any significant impact.

 

KEEP YOUR HEART & MIND AWAKE

Sunday, August 21, 2016:

You will want to get up early on Sunday morning to enjoy the dynamic Aries Moon forming a trine aspect to energetic Mars at 5:10 AM EDT followed by the Moon trine stabilizing Saturn at 7:44 AM EDT. You will have access to powerfully courageous and independent energy. Use it wisely.

Perhaps planning a solitary (Aries is an independent sign) adventure that will take effort and courage to accomplish. Make sure this ‘adventure’ has no ill effects on others.

At 4:42 PM EDT, when the Aries Moon squares Pluto, you may be confronted with the darker side of your own or another’s hostility and selfishness. Maintain awareness of others, the importance of kindness, and the value of love. This is not a day to go into unconscious states of paranoia, coercion, or obsession. Keep the softest side of your mind and heart awake.

As we close out the week, we approach a conjunction between Mercury and Jupiter that will be exact on Monday morning (August 22) at 5:04 AM EDT. We will be feeling this energy as it approaches. This will help us to open our minds to a new, and more expansive vision going forward.  Consider how you want to open your thinking two new ideas and perspectives. Are there new conversations to be had, new studies to engage with, or simply new windows of the mind to fling open?

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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.

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