Find Time for Silence; Virgo New Moon Eclipse on Sunday 9/13

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: September 7, 2015 through September 13, 2015

Sunflowers by Harmony Hansen

Sunflowers by Harmony Hansen

Contemplation for the week:
The world is far bigger, more complex, and more beautiful than any of us can imagine. Very little is beyond the scope of what is possible. If we aspire to kindness and love, we are on the right path.

Other than the Moon, there are no planets changing sign this week. We have several interesting aspects, my favorite being a beautiful trine between Mars and Uranus on Tuesday.

This suggests a great deal of excitement and powerful energy, all presented with a sense of flow. In positive psychology, FLOW, also known as THE ZONE, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Be aware of and allow yourself to be pulled into this flow, this zone, in the early days of the week!

Wednesday, you are well advised to practice mindful speech, kindness, and more compassion than is your usual habit. It is safe to assume that things will be said that cannot be taken back. We have all been there.

If you find yourself regretting something you said, apologize and move on with more awareness. There’s no point beating yourself up about this, everyone has the experience of being pulled into saying what should not be said. Therefore, we can show compassion and forgiveness.

If you pay attention to the VOC* schedule, posted below the blog, you will notice that we currently have very short periods of VOC* Moon. This is due to having several planets in the very late degrees of their sign so the Moon continues to make aspects throughout her course through the signs. Read below if you need more information.

The important thing is to realize is that things feel a bit easier and we have a sense that our lives are more workable day-to-day. When we have long VOC* Moon times, life can feel a bit choppy as we encounter those times that things simply don’t flow easily.

Are you concerned or unclear about the path ahead? Do you know where spring will find you? Let Astrolore help you understand the upcoming adventure and the path you are on. Make your appointment today!

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INTENSE EMOTIONAL CONNECTION

Monday, September 7, 2015:

Monday morning, you can expect to wake up with a visceral sense of the dreams you are leaving behind. Your imagination is activated with a flow of gentle and intangible dreaminess. Coming out of sleep may be the last thing you will want to do on Monday morning.

Once you’re moving into the day, your mind becomes more active and accomplishing your endeavors should be relatively easy as long as you are able to move beyond moodiness.

Sensitivity could get in the way and by mid-afternoon, you can anticipate intensity within connection, conversation, or conflict with a family member. This could be a mother, sister, daughter, lover, ex-wife, or very close woman friend.

In any such encounter, maintain mindfulness and compassion. It really is up to you whether this escalates or not. You could hold the experience as if it were a passing cloud. Breathe and practice kind awareness. It will pass.

“Just like children, emotions heal when they are heard and validated.” ~ Jill Bolte Taylor

 

EXCITEMENT AND ACTIVITY

Tuesday, September 8, 2015:

So much of how this week unfolds depends upon how you dealt with the intensity or conflict that was raised on Monday. If you went to sleep Monday night with intense upheaval still cranking around within, it is apt to carry through and create difficulties throughout the week.

The Moon remains in Cancer until 10:36 PM EDT when she will enter Leo.
At 3:53 PM EDT, Mars (the planet of action) trine Uranus (the planet excitement). Remember, that a trine aspect is a free flow of energy. When Mars and Uranus connect in this way, we can expect unexpected intensification.

Look for excitement or an unusual activity. If you have a lot of Fire and Air your chart, you will likely enjoy this greatly. If you have a great deal of Earth and Water in your chart, there may be stress and anxiety involved. Either way, try to relax into the excitement, enjoy a new way of seeing the world and your experience of it.

If you are interested in following the entire cycle between Mars and Uranus, look back to March 2015 when the cycle between them began. Did you make a sudden decision or start a sudden project at that time? Did you take on a new lover? Did an existing relationship take a new path at that time? Did you begin a new exercise routine or other physical activity?

Whatever began then took a major step forward in mid July. Within this cycle, we now are able to see the benefit of what we have been working toward. Allow the current energies between these planets to move you easily toward the clarity you will reach by the second week of December.

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

NO PLACE TO HIDE

Wednesday, September 9, 2015:

On Wednesday, the Leo Moon offers playfulness and joy to your emotional life. Mercury squares Pluto at 3:27 PM EDT. Words may be spoken that are not intended, welcome, or understood. Conversations and communications could get deep, intense, and potentially ugly.

Rainbow at Ethan Allen Fort by Harmony Hansen

Rainbow at Ethan Allen Fort by Harmony Hansen

Keep your awareness and mindfulness sharp. Reach for deep intense honesty, fully connected to kindness. Take full responsibility for where you find yourself in your life. If you are able to hold this, you should be able to avoid the more negative side of this aspect.

Because Mercury goes retrograde next week, this aspect (Mercury square Pluto) will be repeated on September 24th and again on October 22nd. What intense depths of conversation have you been avoiding? How can you say what needs to be said with kindness and compassion?

On December 25, 2014, we began a new cycle of intensity in communication. Perhaps, you made a commitment to intense honesty within a relationship; or you may have held tightly to a deep secret that you were unable to reveal. The cycle unfolded with a necessary communication in early April. By mid-July, the conversation continued with deeper intensity of honesty or a stronger hold on the lack of honesty.

Now, it is time to move on. Understand that over the coming months you will begin to unravel your own hidden agenda. There is a complication here because not everything has been above board. It is time to get honest and clear, first with you!

Prepare now to move into a renewed understanding of yourself in relationships and communication. Be willing to see what the Universe is showing you. Be kind to all involved, including yourself.

“It is better to be honest and authentic and disappoint some people then to exhaust yourself trying to keep up the façade of perfection.” ~ Crystal Paine

 

INTERNAL SILENCE & EXTERNAL EXCITEMENT

Thursday, September 10, 2015:

This is the day of the week that I am looking forward to!

Of course, the intensity from Wednesday is still with us. However, if we paid close attention and did the work necessary, now on Thursday we can enjoy a lovely day even as we internally assimilate Wednesday’s issues.

The Moon is in playful expressive Leo making contact with Venus at 14° Leo (conjunct my Sun!). This playful Moon then goes on to open a free flow of enthusiastic expansive excitement into the day (1:20PM EDT Moon trine Uranus).

Barring anything restricting within your personal chart, you will have a great deal of playful, inspired, creative, and optimistic energy at your fingertips.

Yes, we are moving into the dark phase of the Moon and even as you experience this excitement, your heart is being pulled into a quiet more inward space. It is important to balance the excitement while holding the quiet inward space.

As humans, we have not trained ourselves to hold opposites at the same time. The first step in developing this skill is to simply slow down. Holding dichotomies within your heart and mind is possible. Hold out your hands. In one hand, hold space for quiet inward awareness, in the other hold full expressive playfulness with others.

We are so much bigger than we think. Once you learn how easy it is to hold two sides at once, you will wonder why you ever thought it was difficult. On Thursday, this is your powerful practice.

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”

~ Orison Swett Marden

 

RELEASE JUDGMENT

Friday, September 11, 2015:

We have a brief VOC* Leo Moon to begin the day. By 10:00 AM EDT, the Moon has entered Virgo and we can expect the next two days to have few complications. There is energy for accomplishment particularly regarding detailed or routine work. You may feel a strong need or desire to either help or criticize others!

Look at that person you feel critical of and realize, on a very deep level, your shared humanity. Understand that whomever your mind may be judging is simply trying; in the best way they know how, to live a happy life free of pain. It is important to find that space within yourself to connect with others in our shared humanity.

You may think you know how they should do things better or how they should live their life, but you must realize that you have absolutely no idea of their life journey.

Find kindness, compassion, and lack of judgment within your heart. This is where the rubber meets the road. Find that place where your desire to be a better person or your spiritual practice, or whatever it is, bumps into your own internal critic.

Find that soft, kind space at your center that can see the other as simply, like you, trying to get through this, often very difficult, life!

This is a day of detailed routine work and inner deep contemplation.

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It is a relationship between equals.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

Hot Air Balloons outside of Montreal by Harmony Hansen

Hot Air Balloons outside of Montreal by Harmony Hansen

ON THE LINE BETWEEN ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

Saturday, September 12, 2015:

On Saturday, we come to the deepest part of the dark phase of the Moon. This phase is called the Balsamic Phase. On Sunday, we will reach the New Moon (in Virgo) and we begin, yet another, Lunar Cycle.

This is the quiet time, the time to allow your emotional nature to sleep, take refuge in quiet rest for your soul. Now, is a time to allow intuition and instinct to run the show. This is not a time to follow a path of logic.

You will do best if you use Saturday to rest and trust the process that you are on. This is a shifting time, a time to end one cycle even as you begin a new one. There is something disorienting about this process each month. I picture the awkwardness of sincerely saying goodbye to a friend at the train station at the same time as you are welcoming a new friend. How do you hold these two perspectives? Letting go of the old while welcoming the new?

Throughout our lives, we learn to hold space for many things within our hearts and our minds. This is a day to practice the skill involved. Say goodbye to the old as you open your heart to the new. Keep your eyes open to the people you may encounter who need a bit of assistance in their similar process. Rest.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

 

VIRGO NEW MOON ECLIPSE: 20 DEGREES VIRGO

Sunday, September 13, 2015:

At 2:42 AM EDT at 20 degrees Virgo, we reach a partial Solar Eclipse. Being in the sign of Virgo, work and health matters are likely to call for your attention. The eclipse offers a new beginning within your work, details, fitness, health, and routines.

This is a time to cultivate new habits that will increase your health and energy levels. Set up routines that support your body and your own healing process. This is the best time to develop organization and pay more attention to details of self-care.

Eclipses can open our awareness to things that have been hidden; perhaps things you have hidden from yourself. This is a time when you will see some realities you may not want to see. It is urgent that you find the courage to face the reality of your situation. Not looking clearly at your reality at this time will close doors that you want to keep open! Your eyes are open and you are able to see yourself clearly.

Please keep this clarity focused on you; there is plenty of work to do close to home.
You may need to let go of something significant in order to move into the next chapter that is being offered in your life. Surrender to the unknown. You are on a new path. Embrace it.

Where has your thinking become too small? Where are you ready to encounter a new expanded vision of the world and of your life? Allow the vision in.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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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, September 8, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Cancer) following a trine to Saturn at 9:28 PM EDT, until she enters Leo at 10:36 PM EDT.

Friday, September 11, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Leo) following a square to Saturn at 9:03 AM EDT, until she enters Virgo at 9:56 AM EDT.

Sunday, September 13, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Virgo) following a sextile to Saturn at109:08 PM EDT until she enters Libra at 10:41 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 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: August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015

Alaskan Water by Gilda Seelke

Alaskan Water by Gilda Seelke

Another week with just the dailies! Saturday, the 8th was my birthday, and celebration must come first!

The days of playful Leo are coming to a close soon!

Are you concerned with your path as we move into the more serious days ahead?

Let Astrolore help you prepare! Make an appointment today!

 

 

SELF-LOVE MUST COME FIRST

Monday, August 10, 2015:

Monday, as a day unto itself, is a simple day. At 8:09 AM EDT, the Moon enters Cancer. With the Moon in Cancer, you can discover hidden depths within yourself of compassion, kindness, and self-love.

You may notice that others respond with more sensitivity and moodiness than you may expect. Work on increasing your sensitivity and help others to develop the same. In order to develop love and compassion toward others, self-love is sorely needed.

Think of the past; consider relationships with others – particularly family members – who are no longer part of your daily life. What needs to be said or done to heal the wounds left behind? You may want to connect with your mother, grandmother, sisters, aunts, and cousins, even if you have been out of touch for years.

No big communications or grand gestures; just let them know that the door is open to future possibility.

Time is short. Consider what must be healed from the past.
 

 
EXPAND SERVICE TO OTHERS

Tuesday, August 11, 2015:

The most significant news of the week is on Tuesday as Jupiter leaves its long sojourn in Leo to enter Virgo! That transit is exact today! Jupiter, the planet of expansion and generosity, has been dramatically simmering in the warm fiery sign of Leo since July 2014. Jupiter will not see Leo again until June of 2026.
As Jupiter moves through Virgo, where it will be until September 2016, what can we expect?

Jupiter brings expansion, confidence, and opportunity wherever it goes. Sometimes, it can bring too much expansion and we find that we are overextending ourselves and dealing with excessive optimism or generosity. While in Virgo, we can expect expansion and excess in the area of service and perfectionism.

Will we begin to learn a powerful lesson in humility and begin to deeply see the need to be of service to others less protected in our culture than our-selves? During this period of time, you will make an effort to find where you can be of true service to others or perfect the service that you are already providing to others.

With the Moon in Cancer, you understand the need to nurture and care for your loved ones.

 
 

CLARITY OF THE DREAM

Wednesday, August 12, 2015:

Wednesday begins on an even keel with the Moon still in Cancer as we move toward the dark of the Moon culminating with the New Moon in Leo on Friday. The Moon is VOC* at 1:44PM EDT until she enters Leo at 4:53PM EDT.

At 9:11PM EDT, Mercury opposes Neptune highlighting dreams, fantasies, and possible suffering. This cycle began at the conjunction of Mercury and Neptune on March 18, 2015. The cycle of Mercury and Neptune is a cycle that develops imagination, sensitivity, spiritual, and mystical awareness.

Lillies by Yvonne Nelson

Lillies by Yvonne Nelson

At the opposition, we are able to see the full development of the dream or creative project that began in March. The dream that began is now fully illuminated, and you are able to release the creativity and compassion that has developed. If you were swept into an unwise dream, it will be painfully clear at this time.

If you began a new step on your spiritual journey at that time, you will see how far it has developed your path. Do you feel inspired, idealistic, confused, or deeply creative?

Whatever it is, look at the reality. There is no going back but there will be more opportunities for new dreams as you release the energy from the past and move forward.

 
 
ON THE RIGHT PATH

Thursday, August 13, 2015:

Thursday is a lovely mid-Summer day with both the Sun and Moon in dramatic, creative, expressive, generous Leo. This is the heat of mid-Summer that we wait for all winter long!

Consider the heat, drama, and expressive generosity of the Sun, which rules Leo. Yes, Leonine energy can be over-the-top with its flamboyant exuberance and flashy vitality. Get too close and you know you will burn, stay too distant and you will lose heat, light, and life. Leo must be managed with full appreciation, respect, and honor.

The deeper excitement of this day comes with the beautiful trine aspect being formed between the Sun and Uranus – exact at 6:26AM EDT. The cycle between the Sun and Uranus is a cycle of excitement and innovation. This cycle began in early April; did you encounter or experience something unusual or surprising at that time?

Now, with the first trine aspect between them you are able to see more clearly that you are moving in a direction that is bringing you exactly where you want, or need, to go. Perhaps it has not been an easy road but, for now, you are able to see the value and depth of your path!

This is a day of potential excitement, opportunities, innovations, and desires.
Remember, this is the dark of the Moon; take time alone for contemplation and acknowledgement of your path. Plan for the new lunar cycle which begins at the Leo New Moon on Friday.

 
 
LEO NEW MOON ~ FULL EXPRESSION REQUIRED

Friday, August 14, 2015:

On Friday, make a commitment to find your deepest, most authentic passion. There is no reason or excuse to move in any direction that does not make your heart sing!

The New Moon always brings a new birth. In Leo, the Moon asks us to begin a new cycle of full generosity and self-expression. There is not healthy reason to hold back the places in your heart that want to sing and expand.

Over the next two weeks, allow expression and joy to open your heart. Allow full expression, full passion, and the expansion of dramatic generosity and playfulness.

This is Full Summer! Enjoy! This is a day for pleasure, a day to say yes to yourself, a day to wear your heart on your sleeve, and to allow full vulnerability; it will pay off.

Florida Sky by Debbie

Florida Sky by Debbie Hinds

 

 

EMPOWERED CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, August 15, 2015:

By the time we begin the day on Saturday, the Moon has entered Virgo. You may notice yourself being a bit more critical and compulsive than usual. Turn your attention outside of yourself and you will be able to manage the energy in a way that will work better for everyone.

Find ways over the weekend to be of service to others. Put your own personal circumstances and concerns aside. Look outside of your own needs and desire and find ways to be of help.

This is an interesting day as Jupiter and the Moon join together to expand and enlarge emotional connection just as the Sun and Venus begin a new cycle of illuminating love and beauty. Start a new relationship to love or beauty, a project, or a loving connection. We are ending a cycle that began in late October 2014.

With Mercury trine Pluto, you have a powerful ability to articulate powerful ideas that have been brewing within your mind over the past 8 months. What story did you begin telling yourself in late December 2015? Those lessons are now able to empower your conversations and help you show a new path to others who are hungry to learn a new manner of empowerment?

 

 

MORE TIME FOR PLAY

Sunday, August 16, 2015:

Okay. Now that we have passed the Leo New Moon, we are suddenly aware that the Summer (here in the Northern Hemisphere) is closing in on us. The Moon is in Virgo on Saturday and before the end of next week the Sun enters Virgo (August 23rd @ 6:37AM EDT), essentially ending High Summer.

Of course, the Virgo Sun brings lovely days, still warm and sunny… and yet, it is not the carefree days of Leo.

You are aware of the more serious times rapidly approaching and you must squeeze every drop of pleasure out of these last days of High Summer.

Have a camp-fire on Sunday night. Gather with friends. Don’t rush into a state of seriousness.

You may feel it strongly on Sunday but you do still have almost a week before Virgo sets in! Enjoy. Play a bit more!

Vermont Moon by Brenda Churchill

Vermont Moon by Brenda Churchill

 

 

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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*!

Monday, August 10, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Gemini) following a sextile to Jupiter at 7:45 AM EDT, until she enters Cancer at 8:09 AM EDT.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Cancer) following a trine to Saturn at 1:44 PM EDT, until she enters Leo at 4:53 PM EDT.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Leo) following a square to Saturn at 12:37 AM EDT until she enters Virgo at 3:46 AM 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 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: July 13, 2015 through July 19, 2015

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: July 13, 2015 through July 19, 2015

In looking at the week ahead, we have Mercury, Mars, and the Sun joined together in Cancer. Early Tuesday morning, the Moon joins them. Oh, what an emotional week we have ahead of us!

Alaska by Gilda Seelke

Alaska by Gilda Seelke

Please, pay careful attention to your emotional state this week and to the emotional state of those around you. Consider your default method of dealing with your emotions. Do you face them head-on? Work through them in conversation, meditation, or journal writing? Do you avoid them by eating, drinking, or indulging in other excessive behaviors? Do you hide them under humor or bravado?

What you discover in this exploration may surprise you. If you see things that you would like to change, don’t beat yourself up or expect immediate resolution. Simply observe and work to understand your personal patterns. Discover ways that you can actually feel and share your emotional state.

Try to discover what your emotions are telling you rather than avoiding, postponing, or stuffing them down with food, drugs, television, or pornography. Allow yourself to experience and listen to the emotional truth of others without feeling that you have to fix or change them.

If you feel angry, look beneath the anger until you discover the sadness. Allow yourself to feel. Come out of your self-enclosed cocoon and pay attention to the faces of those around you.

Watch expressions. Can you read the emotion beneath the expression? How can you send comfort, healing, and kindness without a word?

Carry these contemplations throughout the week. Allow your emotions to speak to you; let them show you the path forward.

On to the dailies!

 

 

SILVER LINING

Monday, July 13, 2015:

On Monday, we can expect the Gemini Moon to allow us a bit of light pleasure. Perhaps, it is giving us the opportunity to avoid the depth and complexity of our current circumstances. Or maybe both are part of the plan!

With that said, let’s enjoy today! It may be possible to relax into light fun and exciting conversation. The Gemini Moon is making lovely sextile aspects to Uranus, Jupiter, and Venus.

At 3:13 PM EDT, Mercury forms a free flowing trine aspect to Neptune. In late March, when Mercury and Neptune began their cycle there was a powerful dream on the table. In recent weeks, I suspect you have struggled with that dream. The struggle is not over.

However, on Monday, if you try, you can see it that dream is still viable. There is hard work ahead if you chose to continue in that direction. If you look, you will see the glimmer of the silver lining.

It is there. It is possible but not necessary to work your way towards fulfilling that dream. Regardless of the next step, hold the silver lining in your mind and your heart as we begin this week.

 

WHAT MUST BE RELEASED?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015:

The energy of love and nurturing kindness, or powerful protectiveness gets a boost on Tuesday as the Moon joins Mercury, Mars, and the Sun in Cancer while we sleep.

Also, very early on Tuesday morning, Venus forms a square aspect to Saturn. These two planets coming into a challenging aspect is not easy. There are several ways to look at this; if you think in terms of archetypes, consider Saturn as an authoritative, serious, no-nonsense teacher. Consider Venus to be your warm, sensual, and beautiful belly-dance instructor. On Tuesday, you may hear a stressful conversation between these two internal archetypes.

Venus longs to be beautiful, appreciated, and loved. Saturn insists on being taken seriously and wants to hold you accountable. This may be a day when our serious side has little patience for giving our beautiful side the appreciation that we need.

Thinking about this in terms of the full cycle, we will want to consider this to be a cycle of stabilizing finances and love. The current cycle began in mid-November 2014.

Where were our relationships being formed with structure and purpose? In mid-April, we saw the full illumination of where that stabilization had brought us. Did the cycle bring you the place you imagined? Has it been better than you imagined? Or has it been a terrible disappointment?

Now, we are at the Third Quarter phase of this cycle. We know it is time to look clearly, work with what is of value, and let go of what needs to be released.

Decisions to determine what needs to be released, in relationship or resources, sit heavily on your plate today. Spend some time alone in contemplation and please bring kindness to all your encounters, especially your encounters with self.

Liberty, Maine by Claire Perry

Liberty, Maine by Claire Perry

 

NEW MOON – PLANT A SEED TO HEAL LOVE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015:

I’m afraid I cannot tell you to anticipate a fun and easy day on Wednesday. That doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to having a terrible day. It does mean that you will want to pay careful attention to how you manage situations and people that you encounter.

The Moon is in Cancer (New Moon at 9:25PM EDT) brings our sensitivities close to the surface while making rough aspects to Mars, Pluto, and Uranus. Our sensitive emotions are being challenged by life transformations that we may have no control over.

We will do best to simply release the need to have control. Ride with the flow of this day, this week, and much of this lifetime.

Because Mars and Mercury are traveling hand in hand, (they will make full contact shortly after midnight), they each make an opposition to Pluto on Wednesday. Remain fully aware of your thoughts, your words, and your actions. An extra dose of meditation should be helpful!

If you have personal planets between 13 – 15 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn), be particularly diligent and aware of the power within your presence.

Can you see the results of what began between November 8th and November 12th 2014? I hope the results from that time are what you were seeking; pay attention now and plan accordingly. The answers to the questions should be clear.

The New Moon is a time to consciously plant a seed toward your own personal growth and development. Take time to contemplate what you want this lunar cycle to bring. This is a cycle that has the potential of offering the healing of broken love.

 

DIRECT COMMUNICATION

Thursday, July 16, 2015:

Over the past few days, as Mercury and Mars have been dancing together in Cancer, we have had the opportunity to look at our personal patterns of expressing assertiveness and anger. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed the places where your old patterns no longer work.

Thursday brings us to the conjunction between Mercury and Mars beginning a new cycle of direct, clear communication. If you are having troubles in communication with a partner, friend, coworker, children, or parents, Thursday is the day to begin a new cycle of developing clear communication.

If this is an significant issue in your life at this time, I recommend a book called: The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Conflicts, and Accomplish Your Goals by Susan Gillis Chapman.

The Moon enters Leo at 10:15 AM EDT lightening things up and allowing us some space for play. Don’t waste time… Play… Summer is short!

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and connect than the most well-intentioned words.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

 

RELEASE, RESIST, REST

Friday, July 17, 2015:

Friday is an unusual day. There are absolutely no major aspects, no planets changing signs, no VOC* Moon; an absolutely quiet day!

I know there is an energy bleed through from other aspects which came earlier this week or are appearing over the coming days, but a day with no exact major aspects is uncommon. I take this as a sign from the Universe to release, resist, and rest. I plan to take nothing too personally or too seriously on this day.

These weeks has certainly offered up its challenges but for today, let’s look at the broader perspective and remember that the excitement of Uranus is still offering it’s intensification to the expansion of love expressed through Venus and Jupiter in Leo. Hold the thought of that energy throughout this Friday.

The Moon is in Leo asking that we step forward with full authentic expression. The energy of Leo demands that we outwardly express all that is internal.

Focus on expression, kindness, and love. Hold your loved ones close and never for a moment forget to be grateful for each day.

“The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.” Zig Ziglar

 

Sunrise Clouds by Janice Montecalvo of Providence, RI

Sunrise Clouds by Janice Montecalvo of Providence, RI

A PICNIC OR THE BEACH

Saturday, July 18, 2015:

The Moon is in Leo until Saturday evening. Please head to the beach or for a picnic! This is a great Saturday to truly enjoy Summer activities.

Saturday evening, the Moon goes VOC*at 5:42 PM EDT and enters Virgo at 8:47 PM EDT.

Venus enters Virgo at 6:38 PM EDT, having been in Leo since June 5th. Venus will not spend too much time in Virgo as she will be retrograding back to Leo over the coming weeks. Venus in Virgo highlights the pleasure and appreciation of a tidy house and organized closets. However, an even more significant influence, Venus in Virgo appreciates kindness and the ability to be of service to others.

Another cycle that began in the Spring is asking for our attention this weekend. On April 8th, Mercury and Uranus came together, beginning a cycle of intense and unusual communication or expression. If you can identify what began at that time, it is now time to step forward and take action on that issue.

I started a writing project at that time that I have not been paying much attention to. Clearly, it is time for me to pick that project back up and work on it this weekend. Funny, I have heard it calling to me!

 

PREPARATION

Sunday July 19, 2015:

With the intensification of this entire week, it’s nice to have a quiet Sunday.

The Moon is in Virgo with a touch of soft dreamy energy in the afternoon when she makes contact with Neptune. This should be a great day to simply prepare for the upcoming work-week or begin preparation for any upcoming event, vacation or party.

Sunday is a good day for any type of preparation: paying bills, doing laundry, cleaning, or packing. I know that doesn’t sound exciting, but it is a blessing to have these days. Clearly, every one of us must do these things in order to take good care of ourselves. The more you can focus on these issues today the more you can enjoy the upcoming week.

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. “ ~Buddha (paraphrased)

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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*!

Monday, July 13, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Gemini) following a trine to Venus at 11:32 PM EDT, until she enters Cancer on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2:15 AM EDT.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Cancer) following a trine to Saturn at 7:24 AM EDT until she enters Leo at 10:15 AM EDT.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Leo) following a square to Saturn at 5:42 PM EDT until she enters Virgo at 8:47 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 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: June 15, 2015 through June 21, 2015

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: June 15, 2015 through June 21, 2015

This brings us to a week that certainly looks like a simple, uncomplicated, and pleasant week. Wow. Two weeks in a row!

Are you taking an early Summer vacation? This would be a great week for it. With very little external turmoil or intensity, we can make our own path more easily. Our equilibrium is more in our control as the planetary cycles buzz along quietly in the background.

My own life is happily reflecting the ease of this past week, as I am delighted to see that there is the opportunity for this ease to continue a bit longer.

Buddha Bath by Libby Sullivan of Aspen, CO

Buddha Bath by Libby Sullivan of Aspen, CO

There are a ton of uncertainties in the life path I find myself on and yet I feel relaxed, calm, and reaching out for more focus. It is a relief to have Mercury Retrograde behind us in order to move forward effectively.

I do want to give you a heads up of what is ahead of us. On July 25th, Venus is turning retrograde. What could that possibly hold for us? If you have been following my posts for any length of time, you have some understanding of Mercury retrograde… this is similar.

Take what you know about Mercury retrograde and consider what Venus refers to as opposed to what Mercury refers to. Think of Venus as the teacher of love and beauty. This is not the nurturing, parenting kind of love. This is a love of desire and urges that long to create beauty.

During this time, you may need to look back at decisions made since the last time Venus was retrograde (between December 21, 2013 and January 31, 2014).

For many of us, Venus will represent our most intimate relationships. For some of us, it will represent the beauty we create in the world, whether that is an artistic creation or our presentation of self.

None of us can re-write history and yet, we certainly can take steps to clean up the messes we may have left behind. Do you need to look again at how you have managed your own sense of what is important in your creativity and your love-life?

There may be issues left unresolved. Assuaging your guilt is never helpful; but a simple, clear apology will go a long way toward helping everyone move forward.

 

 

HIDE NOTHING

Monday, June 15, 2015:

We begin the week in the dark phase of the Moon. As she prepares for Tuesday’s New Moon, she moves through Gemini making lovely aspects to Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus. Our curiosity may very well be inclined in the direction of unusual and expansive ideas on relationship. We are interested in how we and others express and appreciate beauty.

With the square to Neptune at 6:59 AM EDT, it is possible that the morning will bring some confusion or even a sense of suffering. The impact of the transits to the Moon are not long lasting. The Gemini Moon likes to stay on superficial, uncomplicated, and upbeat topics. So, it is unlikely you will stay in the confusion or suffering for long.

Monday evening would be a great time for social interactions along with the enjoyment of simple and yet profound conversations.

If there’s someone in your life that you are just getting to know, Monday would be a fun evening to explore the more unique contributions you each bring to the conversation. Whatever communication you are engaged in, regardless of who they are with, you must honor your true self and hide nothing. Allow yourself to be surprised by others, embrace your most unusual friends and loved ones.

 

 

GEMINI NEW MOON: BRING NEW IDEAS TO THE TABLE

Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

Tuesday morning at 10:06 AM EDT the Gemini Moon reaches the New Moon Phase as we explore with great curiosity a new way viewing and embracing the diversity of your community. Ask yourself (and others) the questions you really need the answers to. Begin the process of exploring where others people’s opinions and viewpoints are very different from your own. At this New Moon, you will want to plant the seed of new understanding.

At 10:06 AM, following the conjunction with the Sun, the Moon is VOC* until she enters Cancer at 6:51 PM EDT.

Yes, the entire workday the Moon is VOC*; during which time it is best to rest, recuperate, and have minimal expectations regarding accomplishment.

Tuesday evening is best spent at home with loved ones. Sure, get out those photo albums, reminisce about old memories or move forward to create new memories of shared time.

A home cooked meal on Tuesday evening will be much appreciated. Cook for your loved ones or allow them to cook for you. This will be a powerful evening to offer or receive protective, loving, nurturing energy.

 

 

Pilgrimage by Meredith Hart

Pilgrimage by Meredith Hart

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

Wednesday, June 17, 2015:

Wednesday, the Cancer Moon remains calm and undisturbed. We are motivated by love, kindness, and connection. Our feelings run deep, and we may be moody and perhaps need some time alone.

We may enjoy and be soothed by domestic activities, emotional connections with women, and nurturing activities in general. Let yourself reminisce about the past, rest in meditation, or take a bubble bath.

In the morning, the Moon trine Neptune allows us to see the world through rose colored glasses. By evening, when the Moon opposes Pluto, we may be reminded of the darker side of human love and family connections. Again, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. We must look clearly at the dark side in order to see the full illumination of the light.

Each of us resonates more fully with certain signs than others. If you resonate with the Cancer archetype, Wednesday and Thursday will be great for you. If love, nurturing, babies, and photo albums do not resonate with you, you may feel a certain amount of anxiety. Get the domestic chores out of the way and take yourself out to dinner!

 

 

FEEL YOUR WAY

Thursday, June 18, 2015:

Thursday is another day of little astrological note. The Moon continues through Cancer, preparing the way for the Sun to follow in several days!

The sign of Cancer, represented by the crab, brings us face-to-face with the sensitivity of feeling. When Cancer is highly active, our mental facilities slow down as our emotional nature takes precedent. Logic goes out the window as we feel our way along this part of the path.

For those of us with little or no water in our natal charts, this may feel less than genuine. Regardless of our individual make-up, it will ease the path forward as you learn to trust this sensitivity. Allow flow without resistance.

Consider nostalgia; allow tears to assist in whatever healing process you may be engaged in.

 

 

SEEK EXPRESSION

Friday, June 19, 2015:

While we slept, there was a brief VOC* Moon before she entered Leo at 2:23 AM EDT on Friday morning. When we awake, we immediately sense an increase of energy and the ability to look outside our insular lives with an awareness of the necessity of playful human interaction.

It feels to me almost as though there is an invisible barrier between our understanding and the reality of the world around us. Early this week, we were content to look inward and keep our focus on our closest circle of family and friends.

However, with the Moon newly in Leo and the weekend at our fingertips, we seek connection. We understand the necessity of drawing others into our circle or simply expanding that circle.

Friday afternoon/evening will be dominated by the energy of the Leo Moon sextile Mercury (in its home sign of Gemini). What communications do you need to deliver? Whatever you feel you must say may need some embellishment and even a touch of drama.

This is a good time to deliver communication if it is worthy of that embellishment! Please think about the generosity of the Leo Moon as she offers an opportunity for you to tell your story and express your own generosity and open hearted self. Do not put your light under a basket, seek expression!

 

Durga Yantra by Meredith Hart

Durga Yantra by Meredith Hart

 

EXPECT FUN

Saturday, June 20, 2015:

Saturday is an important day being that it is the last day with the Sun in Gemini. Tomorrow we reach the solstice, Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere and the Sun enters Cancer.

There is an inward feel to Cancer that we will encounter and adapt to over the coming days. For today, enjoy the outwardly expressive energy of the Sun still in Gemini.

The Moon is in Leo all of Saturday and well into Sunday. The Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Leo gives us a great deal of energy for socialization and playfulness.

Here in Vermont, Summer is so short and passes so quickly. It is important that we take advantage of each and every weekend. There is so much to enjoy.

On Saturday, that playful Leo Moon makes contact with both Venus and Jupiter, expanding our love, pleasure, and our ability to connect and play with others. This would be a great day for a party, wedding, or campfire with friends!

Don’t waste this day. Either do something exciting, active, and fun or rest in the warmth of the Sun, allowing her to heal every atom of your soul.

Expect fun and pleasure.

 

 

SUMMER SOLSTICE IN CANCER

Sunday, June 21, 2015:

Get up early on Sunday morning to enjoy the fun playfulness as the Leo Moon forms a lovely sextile with Mars. Enjoy an early morning romp with your children, your pets, or your partner.

At 12:09 PM EDT, following a square to Saturn, the Moon is VOC* until 12:59 PM EDT when she enters Virgo. Less than an hour with the VOC* Moon!

At 12:37 PM EDT, the Sun leaves Gemini behind to enter Cancer!

This brings us to the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere! Here, we reach the part of summer where we simply want to play with our children in the backyard and sip cocktails lazily in the afternoon. We feel the need to nurture ourselves with the Sun, the lakes, rivers and ocean!

During this upcoming month, we long to make our home a haven of safety and love. Plan gatherings of close friends and family. While the Sun moves through Cancer, it is important to acknowledge the people who nurture your life and to take stock of where you are bringing healing or nurturing energy to those around you.

At 12:59 PM EDT, the Moon enters Virgo leading us to a lovely evening ideally suited for wonderful family connections over shared food. Have a cookout or take your close family members out for a meal. Show, receive, and spread love wherever you are.

 

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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, June 16, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Gemini) following a conjunction to the Sun at 10:06 AM EDT until she enters Cancer at 6:51 PM EDT.

Friday, June 19, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Cancer) following a trine to Saturn at 1:52 AM EDT until she enters Leo at 2:20 AM EDT.

Sunday June 21, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Leo) following a square to Saturn at 12:09 PM EDT until she enters Virgo at 12:59 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 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: May 18, 2015 through May 24, 2015

 

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: May 18, 2015 through May 24, 2015

Before we start the week, we must prepare for the Mercury retrograde, which begins Monday evening at 9:48 PM EDT. If you have followed my work for any amount of time, you are familiar with my ideas on Mercury retrograde. If you are new to my work and have the expectation of a great deal of negativity during Mercury retrograde, it is time to consider a new perspective.

I love Mercury Retrograde. Are you surprised to hear that? I remember when I was younger and had not yet learned how to manage these Mercury retrograde cycles. I encountered the same difficulties everyone is warned about.

Communications always seem to go wrong. Electronic and mechanical devices of all sorts broke down, misunderstandings occurred at every turn, and I couldn’t manage to get to an appointment on time nor did any of my clients show up on time. These are frustrating situations indeed.

It is amazing that a new perspective, a new attitude, and some preparation have totally changed my experience of Mercury retrograde. I encourage you to take on this new perspective along with the preparation.

Blue Flower Watercolor Tile Design by William de Morgan

Blue Flower Watercolor Tile Design by William de Morgan

Think about the pace with which we live our lives. Most of us have very little time for relaxation, contemplation, or rest. We seem to always be moving from activity, to appointment, to project, to whatever the next thing is. When Mercury is retrograde, we must slow down and look at all the loose ends we have left in our wake as we have rushed forward since the last Mercury retrograde (January 21st to February 11, 2015).

Get out your calendars and journals. Make a list of any projects, important communications, and plans that you have been working on since February 11th. Make a list of all that must occur to bring those projects, plans, and communications to their proper conclusion.

Mercury will remain retrograde until June 11th. Between now and then, your mission is to check off as much from this list as possible. If you begin new projects, plans, and significant communications during Mercury retrograde, you are likely to get tangled up in the difficulties and challenges you may have experienced during previous Mercury retrogrades.

Since I began employing this plan during Mercury retrograde, I am amazed at what a productive time this can be! The whole thing delights me so much that I am nearly in denial that there’s any difficulty at all with Mercury retrograde! 🙂

I understand how difficult this change of perspective and new way of managing Mercury retrograde can be! Be kind to yourself as you learn to watch this cycle in a new manner and with new expectations.

 

 

TAURUS NEW MOON; MERCURY RETROGRADE

Monday, May 18, 2015:
The Taurus New Moon is exact at 12:13 AM EDT. By the time we awake on Monday morning, the Moon is newly in Gemini. On an emotional level, we feel a new start and we are ready to begin new communications on well-seasoned issues.

As we encounter new perspectives on old issues, we must be extra careful in communicating those perspectives in a way that others will understand. If you have been dealing with a difficult communication with a partner or loved one and now find a new perspective, be prepared for the challenge of sharing that perspective in such a way that it will be welcomed and understood.

Mercury turns retrograde at 9:48 PM EDT. I hope you made your list of all the things left undone since the last Mercury retrograde in February. Prepare yourself to focus on completing those tasks over this next three weeks. Mercury will turn direct once again on June 11th.

All the tasks that have been set aside and left on the table are now ripe for a new perspective and completion. There is much to be accomplished. Encourage those around you to join you in this new way of experiencing Mercury retrograde.

 

COMMUNICATE WITHOUT MISUNDERSTANDINGS

Tuesday, May 19, 2015:
Tuesday is a day of adjustment. I think we can expect this to be a challenging adjustment in how we communicate, and how we anticipate and understand the communications of others. If there is something you do not understand, in any situation, ask for clarification.

Watch carefully for the tendency to make assumptions. Making assumptions this week will create fertile ground for misunderstandings that will color the next three weeks (and beyond).

You may see exciting new possibilities on some of the issues that have been troubling you for the past few weeks. If these possibilities are starting you in an entirely new direction, steer clear.

If the new possibilities and perspectives are a continuation of what you have already begun, work on clarifying your thinking and communicating it with patience. Be certain that your intention is being heard clearly.

At 1:58 PM EDT following a sextile to Uranus, the Moon is VOC* until Wednesday morning when she will enter Cancer.

 

CREATE PRECIOUS MEMORIES

Wednesday, May 20, 2015:
The day begins with the Moon VOC* and we may feel terribly unmotivated to get moving early. However, at 9:56 AM EDT, the Moon enters Cancer. Other then the continued adjustment to Mercury retrograde, we sail rather smoothly through Wednesday.

Cranes in the Morning by Komi Chen

Cranes in the Morning by Komi Chen

This is the final day of the sun in Taurus. On Thursday, the core energy of the Sun, the energy that gives light and warmth to all the planets, enters Gemini as the season moves into a busy time of growth here in the Northern Hemisphere.

Plan on enjoying this final day of sensual Taurean Energy as she so readily feeds Wednesday’s Cancer Moon need for closeness, connection, and love. This is a day to enjoy the sensual delights of shared food, shared memories, and shared physical connection.

Invite family or close loved ones to enjoy a meal together on Wednesday evening. Allow yourselves to reminisce and languish in memories of times and loved ones from the past.

Remain conscious that the love, affection, and pleasure you engage in now is a future precious memory.

 

SUN ENTERS GEMINI; WAKE UP

Thursday, May 21, 2015:
It feels to me that as the Sun enters Gemini, we all wake up!

The Sun enters Gemini at 4:44 AM EDT. Gemini is the final sign of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere.

As the Sun entered Aries in late March, we certainly woke up to begin the assertive process of Spring. When the Sun entered Taurus, we rested in the sensual pleasures of Spring.

Now, as the Sun enters Gemini, all of our senses are on high alert as we attempt to observe and experience all of the new life pushing forward.

Think of all the new life and growth in this period of time. Take a walk in the woods; how many new varieties of flowers can you count? How many new ideas are percolating through your being?

Mercury (who has just gone retrograde this week) is the planetary ruler of Gemini. Gemini longs to communicate, understand, and make connections everywhere.

There is no question that it is a challenge to have Mercury retrograde while the sun is in Gemini. However, there is no point in bemoaning this fact! Consider this to be an opportunity, pay careful attention to your communication skills and pay close attention to what is being communicated to you from others.

Curiosity is a wonderful gift of Gemini. Keep your eyes open, listen carefully, ask many questions, and do not make assumptions. Make sure your communications are being interpreted as you intend them to be. Double-check everything!

At 9:56 PM EDT, Venus opposes Pluto. Where is love or money demanding that you look very clearly into the very darkest corners of your heart, mind, and experience?

On December 20, 2014, the cycle between Venus and Pluto began. At that time, how was love, your deep values, or some financial situation insisting that you start a new cycle of great depth? Was there some way that money, relationships, or your values insisted on a new and profoundly deep path?

Look at where that path has brought you since its beginning. At this time, you should clearly see what you began and where it has landed you. The intensity of this situation releases its energy as you move forward to assimilate its full growth.

With the Cancer Moon connecting with both Pluto and Uranus, anticipate sensitivity and practice deep kindness. At 8:36 PM EDT following a square to Uranus, the Moon will be VOC*until Friday evening. No internet shopping on Thursday evening!

 

A MATURE SENSE OF SELF

Friday, May 22, 2015:
The Moon remains in Cancer and is VOC*until she enters Leo at 5:42 PM EDT.

Friday is likely to be a day of very little accomplishment. Not a lot will result from your efforts. Give yourself and anyone you encounter a lot of slack, as I can imagine a great deal of frustration as we try to get through to the other side of this day.

We may feel nostalgic and lonely, somehow seeing the past as preferable to where we are today. The intensity of the last 24 hours may leave us concerned that we have made a serious mistake in our lives. Keep moving forward, do not buy into regret, there are many more steps along this path.

At 9:34 PM EDT, the Sun opposes Saturn. This is energy that we feel for a day or so on each side of the exact aspect. Traditionally, we tend to think of the Sun opposing Saturn as being a time of restriction, regret, and hard work.

I am much more inclined to think of it in the context of the cycle between the Sun and Saturn. This cycle began in mid-November 2014. What was the hard work that you took on at that time? In what area of your life were you working to develop a more seriously mature perspective?

This is a cycle of maturing within the self. At this time, it should be obvious whether what you began in November has led you to a place of deeper maturity or not.

You may feel a bit heavy, even a bit depressed, but if you have developed deeper maturity you are on the right path. If your honest answer is no, that you have not developed a deeper maturity, it is time to make an adjustment that will lead you to a more serious space within the self.

 

Hydrangeas in Sun II by Gail Wells-Hess

Hydrangeas in Sun II by Gail Wells-Hess

 

BEGIN TO EASE UP

Saturday, May 23, 2015:
The opposition between the Sun and Saturn is firmly with us on Saturday as well. Spending serious time in self contemplation or meditation on Saturday morning should be very helpful.

Do not belabor the point, do not get stuck in feelings of restriction and self-denial. Understand that as humans we all make mistakes and we all learn from those mistakes. Shake off feelings of heaviness with physical activity.

The Moon is in Leo all day. Find fun and playful people to spend time with! Do not avoid the serious self contemplation, do not try to go directly to the fun and play.
You must do the work before the play. However, the playful, demonstrative self-expression of Leo is available once you have done the hard work.

Get it out of the way early in the day and get on with an enjoyable Saturday evening!

 

NO EXPECTATIONS; KEEP IT SIMPLE

Sunday, May 24, 2015:
No chores, no tasks, no expectations! Following a trine to Uranus at 6:50 AM EDT, the Moon is VOC* in Leo. She does not enter Virgo until Monday morning, giving us a very long VOC* Moon under the influence of Uranus!

Sunday is traditionally a day set aside from the rest of the work-week; a day for rest and spiritual renewal. I am not sure that this is a day specifically aligned for spiritual renewal but it is certainly a day for rest, and simple, if not unusual, pleasures.

Plan a day with uncomplicated friends and uncomplicated activities. Keep in mind the clarity that is required in your communications and enjoy working with friends toward simple fun.

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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*!

Monday, May 18, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Taurus) following a conjunction to the Sun (the New Moon) at 12:13 AM EDT until entering Gemini at 5:27 AM EDT.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Gemini) following a sextile to Uranus at 1:58 PM EDT until she enters Cancer on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 9:56 AM EDT.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Cancer) following a square to Uranus at 8:36 PM EDT until she enters Leo on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5:42 PM EDT.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Leo) following a trine to Uranus at 6:50 AM EDT until she enters Virgo on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 4:52 AM 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 under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

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