Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: November 30, 2015 through December 6, 2015

 

Poem for the week:

 

Blessing

 

Fair Rosamund by Arthur Hughes via Wiki Commons

Fair Rosamund by Arthur Hughes via Wiki Commons

On the day when

the weight deadens

on your shoulders

and you stumble,

may the clay dance

to balance you.

 

And when your eyes

freeze behind

the grey window

and the ghost of loss

gets in to you,

may a flock of colours,

indigo, red, green,

and azure blue

come to awaken in you

a meadow of delight.

 

When the canvas frays

in the currach of thought

and a stain of ocean

blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight

to bring you safely home.

 

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

and so may a slow

wind work these words

of love around you,

an invisible cloak

to mind your life.

~ John O’Donohue ~

Over the coming year, we will continue to talk about the square formed between Saturn and Neptune. We will be asked to untangle some confusing internal struggles. Where do you experience a conflict between compassion and safety? This is Saturn square Neptune. If you look beyond your own skin and into the fabric of our culture, you can see it clearly indeed. The question comes down to how to protect the self and show compassion toward others.

You may find yourself in difficult situations where it seems that you have no choice but to either be kind and compassionate or put your safety and security first. We must each work to find a balance, to respond with compassion and kindness, and guard our safety.

This is the question of the year; this is a deep, powerful, and universal struggle. There are no easy answers. Only remember that closing your heart is never, absolutely never, the correct choice.

 

Are you concerned or unclear about your path ahead? Let Astrolore help you see your life and your path forward from a perspective that will change everything. Allow more joy and love into your life.

Make your appointment today!

Together, we will work with your individual horoscope to explore your hopes, dreams, goals, your current path, and the reality of your life purpose.

Our conversation will offer you a profoundly renewed perspective on your life and circumstances.

 

 

 

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Monday, November 30, 2015:

The week begins on a high note with the moon in Leo making lovely aspects to Saturn, the Sun, and Mars.

Keep in mind that the Moon moves through the signs quite rapidly. She spends between two and 2 ½ days in each sign. Consider that the Moon carries with her the emotional backdrop of our lives. As she passes through each sign, she brings the energy of that sign into the emotional environment of the day.

The sign of Leo must learn to outwardly express what hides deep within. Therefore, when the Moon moves through Leo we feel the urge to express that which is internal.

The drama, performance, and sometimes, childlike behavior of the Leo archetype is for the purpose of expression. Any person with a strong Leo signature in their horoscope must find a way to outwardly express what is internal.

On Monday, we experience the high side of Leo: the joy, the pleasure, and the playfulness. Unless, of course you have something to hide, in which case stay clear of anyone you may spill the beans to!

Whatever is internal wants to be expressed. Find a playful friend and enjoy!

 

 

SECRETS MAY BE REVEALED

Tuesday, December 1, 2015:

The Moon remains in Leo offering another day of high expressive energy. However, Tuesday brings this energy to a new level of intensification, excitement, or stress as Mercury trine Uranus, even as the Leo Moon joins them to form a grand trine in Fire. The Universe wants a party of expression!

What needs to be said can be said easily, dramatically, and joyfully. Expect the unexpected. If you have secrets, they may be revealed at this time. If you are freely expressing what is internal, this is a time of great excitement.

If you are withholding communications and information that you do not want others to know, this can be a time of great tension. Watch for secrets being revealed amid great tension or great excitement.

If you notice a new interest or curiosity, do not ignore it; there is something for you to learn within that curiosity. Something is calling you forward. Expect the unexpected; watch for it; allow it to move you.

 

 

From My Camp (Sirius Cove) by Arthur Streeton via Wiki Commons

From My Camp (Sirius Cove) by Arthur Streeton via Wiki Commons

WHICH DRAGON WILL YOU FEED?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015:

In case your attention wandered, Wednesday brings you back to the issues regarding your struggle between compassion and safety.

The Moon enters Virgo early in the day encouraging you to keep your feet planted firmly in practical reality. Even as you contemplate the confusing place where caution meets sensitivity and restriction meets imagination, take steps to get practical issues handled on Wednesday.

No big ideas, just practical routine accomplishment. As much as possible, allow both sides of the conversation to have space, avoid thinking you have to solve something right now.

Sit with it, weigh the two sides of the conversation. Your heart has an answer; your head may have a different one. Which do you listen to? Which dragon do you feed with your attention?

It makes all the difference. The one you feed is the one who will grow stronger.

 

 

THIRD QUARTER MOON – RELEASE

Thursday, December 3, 2015:

The Third Quarter Moon (in Virgo) reminds us that there is a point of release in all things. The lunar cycle that began at the New Moon on November 11, came to its full illumination at the Full Moon last Wednesday, November 25th, and now comes to the point where releasing and letting go is inevitable. Between now and the next New Moon on December 11th, is the time to release and let go.

With the Moon in Virgo squaring the Sun in Sagittarius, your heart and mind are once again seeking different directions and different paths. Acknowledge both, while owning your personal responsibility in all things.

Move slowly through this day gaining practical accomplishments and seeking practical skills.

Pay close attention and release your desire to have things look, or ‘turn out’, a certain way. Continue to hold space for differing ideas and opinions within yourself and between yourself and others.

 

 

LOOK DEEPLY

Friday, December 4, 2015:

On Friday, Mercury (in Sagittarius) squares Jupiter (the planet that rules Sagittarius). Your ideas and opinions are strong and you want to hold them tightly.

Think back to August; what new curiosity or idea did you encounter? This was an idea that asked you to travel into new territory. If you can identify what that idea, interest, or curiosity was, now is the time to take significant action that will move that idea into a future reality.

The Moon is VOC* in Scorpio until she enters Libra at 5:34 PM EST. Spend the evening with loved ones or in the creation of beauty; contemplate your big ideas and prepare for a shift in values over the coming days.

At 11:15 PM EST, Venus enters Scorpio. Venus has been happily enjoying her time in Libra since September 29th. Now, as she moves into Scorpio you will notice your values moving into deeper waters.

It is not enough to create charm and beauty, now you must bring your creation into more difficult areas that will transform you. You are asked to look into your darkest corners and to understand that neither beauty nor partnership can protect you from the intensity that dwells within.

Look deeply within and allow an inner transformation of your values.

 

View of Via di Ripetta in Rome by Bernardo Bellotto via Wiki Commons

View of Via di Ripetta in Rome by Bernardo Bellotto via Wiki Commons

 

DO NOT BURN THOSE BRIDGES

Saturday, December 5, 2015:

Saturday, you may spend in the assimilation of the new energies at hand. Adjust to the deeper sense of your values. What changes did your activities of Friday night bring? Did something occur that brought your ideas and thoughts onto a deeper playing field?

And, oh… let’s not neglect to mention that on Sunday we have a very intense transit that we will feel strongly over the last few days of this week. It will feel very strong on Saturday and heighten even more on Sunday.

If you notice dangerous levels of anger, aggression, or risk taking behaviors, please take some time out, go for a run, or find another way to release this energy without burning any bridges or causing difficulties for yourself or others.

It is important to remain connected to the reality of others. Sometimes it is easy to get so caught up in our own experiences that we forget how real the lives of others are and how profoundly our communications and actions impact them as well.

 

 

DEVELOP COURAGE IN THE FACE OF POWER

Sunday, December 6, 2015:

Please re-read the post from Saturday and consider how aggression and power dynamics are currently impacting your life. The tension and struggle is necessary for the purpose of release and letting go of something that needs to be relegated to the past.

Let’s look back to the full cycle between Mars and Pluto; this is a 2 year cycle that began in November 2014 and will be complete in October 2016. This is a cycle of transforming sexual and physical energies through empowerment, purification, and transformation.

The full illumination of this cycle occurred in July 2015. This can have a lot to do with developing courage and utilizing the power necessary to transform your life.

These are tricky energies to handle as they are very powerful and are not easily managed. If you are in a situation that does not feel altogether safe, pay attention to your intuition and make sure you find a safe space. If you need support, seek it.

 

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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: November 2, 2015 through November 8, 2015

Astrolore's Bookshelf by Laurie Farrington

Astrolore’s Bookshelf by Laurie Farrington

 

Contemplation for the week:

“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that’s all that’s happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction. On the other hand, wretchedness–life’s painful aspect–softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody’s eyes because you feel you haven’t got anything to lose–you’re just there. The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We’d be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn’t have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.” ~ Pema Chodron

 

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CREATE VALUE

Monday, November 2, 2015:

Last week, the Sun entered Scorpio and this Monday, our thinking catches up. We all understand the feeling sense of Scorpio. It is an energy that we can’t miss and we all recognize. We often associate it with stories from our childhood; I dare say most of those stories probably occurred in late October or November.

Do you remember the time your friend enticed you into the graveyard after dark? Regardless of the fear, the intensity called you forward. I’m sure you have experienced a wave of fear washing over you, even as intense emotion holds you riveted to the spot. Scorpio is the inability to look away when something too scary or horrifying is before you.

At 2:06 AM EST, Mercury leaves Libra behind to enter Scorpio. This brings our thoughts and communications into this same place of intensity and darkness. We are less interested in making things look good; we are less available for ‘small talk’. We must get to the deepest core of the topic at hand.

The Moon in Leo struggles to keep things playful but may resort to less positive points of dramatic creativity!

Monday evening, Venus and Mars come together in the last of a series of three transits since last February. (Due to Venus’ retrograde during last summer). This aspect often reflects our push toward ‘capital R’ relationships.

There are other ways these two planets join together. Remember, that Mars energizes Venus while Venus softens Mars. Consider not only the masculine and feminine principles but also Venus as your values, money, and resources and Mars as the assertive push toward what is desired.

We begin a new cycle here, be it in the realm of energizing love or assertively creating something of value.

“At some point you must realize that some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life.” ~ Unknown

 

PRACTICE RELEASING

Tuesday, November 3, 2015:

Tuesday begins with the stress of the Sun square Moon. This is the Third Quarter Moon phase, representing the need to let go of something we had hoped would last longer than it has. This probably does not represent an issue of long standing, rather it is something more immediate.

What began at the New Moon three weeks ago, that came into full view last Tuesday? That is the thing to release.

Sometimes, the stress of this square can try to persuade you into thinking that there is something more significant to release. In a few days, you can look more deeply into that, but for now you are asked to release something with a smaller footprint in your life. This is practice for the bigger release that is coming.

Today’s Leo Moon is not in her happy-go-lucky expressive guise. When she comes out to play and finds that the Sun is in Scorpio, her fire is dashed with icy waters.

These are two fixed signs with very clear ideas of how life should be lived. Leo wants to play and be loudly expressive; Scorpio wants to dig deep and discover in silence and privacy. They do not play well together.

Keep this in mind as you go about your day and allow space for both of these energies to live within the day. Be patient with others as we are all dealing with the stress between these two very powerful signs.

“Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.” ~ Richard Kline

 

Road Less Traveled by Deanna Brinkman

Road Less Traveled by Deanna Brinkman

EXPAND & STIMULATE YOUR MIND

Wednesday, November 4, 2015:

Wednesday brings us another full day with the Moon VOC*! The VOC* period is the time between when the Moon makes her final aspect in one sign and when she enters the next sign. The general feel for the time will reflect the energy of her final aspect.

Tuesday at 8:47 PM EST, the Moon made her final aspect in Leo, along with a trine to Uranus, so that will be the energy that we hold until the Moon enters Virgo at 9:23 PM EST.

I would expect an intellectually stimulating day but probably not a great day for accomplishment. Stick with routine tasks along with exciting mental explorations.

What routine tasks do you need to get done? Filing paperwork, mindless forms that need to be filled out, cleaning house, or laundry? Combine those types of jobs with filling your mind with information that is stimulating and exciting. Listen to podcasts or an audio book. Perfect solution!

Conversations can enrich and expand your mind but won’t result in anything tangible over time. Remember that when settling on a topic to listen or talk about!

“You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.” ~ Vironika Tugaleva

 

ACCOMPLISHMENT AND CLARITY

Thursday, November 5, 2015:

The Moon in Virgo certainly wants us to get to work on Thursday. That long VOC* period on Wednesday may have delayed progress, fueling our need to get a great deal accomplished on Thursday. Prepare yourself to be surprised by how smoothly work can go, how much you can get done by the end of the day, and how much you can enjoy the process as well.

Shortly before midnight, the Sun makes a sextile aspect to Pluto. This heralds your gaining clarity of the circumstances surrounding a powerful transformation that began last January 2015. Now, you get clear about what needs to be released.

For now, simply investigate your options, be curious about the new cycle of empowering and transforming your core that will being in January 2016, and begin to dream your future.

Take a chance; ask others what it is they are releasing for a new vision of their future? The question will take them by surprise; they will be delighted with the opportunity to share. Share how that conversation plays out, leave a note here.

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ~ Steve Maraboli

 

SHARE WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED

Friday, November 6, 2015:

In keeping with Thursday’s theme of ‘release to prepare for a new cycle’, on Friday your mind turns to the dream that began in March 2015. The powerful internal transformation that began in January 2015 likely pulled you into a dream that began in March.

Perhaps, you lost clarity. In retrospect, you see that things were simply not as you imagined them to be. Now, you can see clearly what needs to be released and are able to articulate how this process has changed you.

How have your dreams and realities played out in this process? How has your life changed irrevocably? What can you bring from this situation into your life to support your future and be of service to others?

You have learned more than you imagine. Allow yourself to share what you have learned.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Cemetery by Laurie Farrington

Cemetery by Laurie Farrington

SATURDAY EVENING SEEK BEAUTY AND PLEASURE

Saturday, November 7, 2015:

Saturday begins with the Moon still in Virgo. Following a brief VOC* between 7:48 AM EST and 10:15 AM EST, she enters Libra.

Take advantage of Saturday being the final day with Venus in Virgo to get some organization or detailed work done. By next week, you will have less energy available for those cleaning and organizing projects, as they will simply seem much less important.

Saturday evening will be good for social engagements, dinner parties, and art shows. This is not the evening for a wild party or an evening alone. Seek cultured environments of beauty and pleasure.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

 

HOLD OPPOSING POINTS OF AWARENESS

Sunday, November 8, 2015:

A slow start seems a good idea for Sunday. Although, being that this is the best part of the day, utilize it more actively if you have some connection to make that needs a lighter touch.

Venus enters Libra at 10:30 AM EST bringing your attention away from details and perfectionism. While Venus is in Libra, (until December 5th), you are encouraged to be more aware of the significance of your partnerships and the beauty you are able to create in the world and your life.

During this time, consider what you see as valuable and beautiful in your life and your values. Venus loves being in Libra where she feels so at home, creating beauty, love, and partnership. Enjoy her time here in her home sign.

The afternoon and evening may bring a certain amount of stress or discord as the Moon makes challenging aspects to both Pluto and Uranus. There may be some internal discord as you not only feel the deep value of partnership but also need space and autonomy. Both are equally valid; we can be aware and feel both deeply at the same time.

Learning to hold opposing points of awareness at the same time is a valuable skill indeed.

“Wisdom is merely the movement from fighting life to embracing it.”~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

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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, November 2, 2015, begins with the Moon VOC* (in Cancer) until she enters Leo at 10:48 AM EST.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Leo) following a trine to Uranus at 8:47 PM EST until she enters Virgo on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:23 PM EST.

Saturday, November 7, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Virgo) following a conjunction to Venus at 7:48 AM EDT until she enters Libra at 10:15 AM EST.

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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: October 19, 2015 through October 25, 2015

Heading Home by Laurie Farrington

Heading Home by Laurie Farrington

Contemplation for the week:
“We don’t need more money, we don’t need greater success or fame, we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment needed to achieve complete happiness.”
~ Dalai Lama

This certainly looks like an interesting week ahead!

Monday looks relatively uneventful although it should be a great day for ambitious accomplishment.

Tuesday brings the stress of the First-Quarter Moon as you become aware of the need to take a particular action to prepare for the future. The action necessary may be within the context of a relationship, an idea, a material possession, or something else altogether.

Mercury moves into full action on Thursday as it forms a square to Pluto and (of course) by the end of the week it will also oppose Uranus. As the impact of these aspects last for several days, these two may be working together to bring your attention, once again, back to the intense transformative days of the square between Uranus and Pluto.

Even though the square between Uranus and Pluto had its final hit in mid-March, we are still in a very active phase of assimilating and understanding the true depth of its impact on your individual life and in the larger human community.

Venus comes into play later in the week as she makes a beautiful, powerful, free flowing trine to Pluto on Friday and then joins forces with Jupiter on Sunday. This is a powerful week of empowering and expanding your values, love relationship, and money and resources! Remember, the flow of money may be going out as likely as coming in; be aware and conscious of which direction your money is moving.

Are you concerned or unclear about your path ahead?  Let Astrolore help you see your life and your path forward from a perspective that will change everything. Allow more joy and love into your life.

Make your appointment today!

Together, we will work with your individual horoscope to explore your hopes, dreams, goals, your current path, and the reality of your life purpose. Our conversation will offer you a profoundly renewed perspective on your life and circumstances.

 

 

FOCUS ON AMBITION

Monday, October 19, 2015:

Our weekend, now behind us, has left in its wake a great deal of forward moving energy. Monday is the perfect day to put that energy to good use.

With the Capricorn Moon making many aspects throughout the day, there is much activity. Put your shoulder to the grindstone, as they say, and you can accomplish more in this day than in many weeks.

With the Moon in Capricorn, your work is likely to be solitary work. This is not a day for corroboration or for working on projects you hope to receive accolades on.

This is a day when you work for your own applause. Consider the Mountain Goat that represents Capricorn. He works alone with focus, ambition, and integrity. He is not in a hurry; he has no concerns with what others think. It is all about what must be done by the end of the day. Follow his lead.

“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” ~ Andrew Ryan

 

WHAT ACTION WILL YOU TAKE?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015:

Tuesday begins with our minds still on the work we accomplished on Monday. Begin the day with a grounding meditation in order to continue on that project.

By late afternoon, you may experience some frustration with your progress. At that point, it is time to give yourself a break.

Consider what you began, what seeds you planted, or what intentions you made at the New Moon on October 12th. A specific action is required bring that intention to life. Consider the seed you planted at the New Moon; now it is time to water that seed with a specific action and the vision of its full growth in mind.

The Capricorn Moon is VOC* between 4:32 PM EDT and 9:38 PM EDT when the Moon enters Aquarius. Enjoy a low-key evening without high expectations on yourself or others.

“Things do not change, we change.” ~Henry David Thoreau

 

EXPLORE IDEAS

Wednesday, October 21, 2015:

Contemplate Stillness by Laurie Farrington

Contemplate Stillness by Laurie Farrington

You may notice, on Wednesday, that your interest in solitary work has passed. Now, your mind turns to those who can help you and those you can help with some of the lessons you have recently learned. This is a day of corroboration and action taken with a humanitarian focus in mind.

The Aquarius Moon forms pleasant aspects to both Saturn and Mercury on Wednesday. Your emotional nature feel supported and stabilized; from that place of support you are able to express your ideas effectively.

Thursday brings powerful intensification that you will begin feeling on Wednesday.

It is important to consider, as you express your thoughts and ideas, that this is a time of sharing those ideas in order to receive input. You may feel a deep shift happening on, deep within your opinions.

Do not hold hard lines within your thinking. Allow space to change your mind. Enjoy the process of exploring your thoughts and ideas with others.

“Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?” ~ Paul Gauguin

 

EXPLORE THE DEEP MIND

Thursday, October 22, 2015:

Now, we enter the more intense part of this week. The Moon remains in Aquarius as we are reminded of the plight of humanity. How do you make a contribution to the suffering of humankind? This is an excellent question to ask yourself. How blessed is your life and how are you being of service to others?

The significant aspect of Thursday is traditionally considered to be very negative. Mercury square Pluto is thought of as a time when you may be suspicious of or mistrust others.

I tend to put a more positive spin on most of astrology, as I believe that it is often up to us to determine how we experience these daily aspects and cycles.

Yes, you may notice your mind seeking negativity under this influence. You may also notice that your mind wants to dig very deeply and uncover what is hidden in the dark quiet spot within.

If you notice yourself being suspicious or negative, pay attention to what is hidden beneath that negativity. Depth holds great beauty if we can look beneath the muck. Think of compost.

An excellent use of this day would be to spend time in silent meditation, exploring the power within the depths of your mind. It would also be very powerful to pick up pen and paper to explore the depths of your mind through writing.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon

Bridge to Light by Laurie Farrington

Bridge to Light by Laurie Farrington

 

SUN ENTERS SCORPIO: A DAY OF POWER

Friday, October 23, 2015:

Early Friday afternoon, the Sun leaves Libra behind to enter Scorpio at 1:46 PM EDT. Have you noticed a deep quietness that settles upon you at this time of year? We each tend to go inward; we go deep, we feel the intensity and understand the reality of our own mortality. That is the energy that Scorpio brings.

Here, in the Northern Hemisphere, the days have become very short. We wake up in the morning and it is dark, we come home after work in the dark. The leaves are off the trees and we see images of death and dying all around us. Your mind and heart plunge to the deepest core.

In our culture, this is the time of Halloween; a time when everyone seems to enjoy a sense of what is frightening and hidden. This is a time to contemplate death, darkness, and what is hidden beneath the surface.

It is always worth exploring the darker corners of your mind. There is great wisdom and rich gifts hidden there.

The Moon entered Pisces in the early hours of the morning bringing a bit of softness and an opening to your imagination.
Friday also brings a trine aspect between Venus and Pluto. Anytime there is a trine aspect between two planets, it brings the energies together in a powerful free flow of positive energy. Venus represents our values, our love relationships, and our finances. In a positive encounter, Pluto brings empowerment and transcendence. Consider your values and love relationships being infused with deep empowerment and transcendence.

Friday will bring a powerful day indeed. Connect with a loved one or with your own empowerment. Make good use of this day within the context of a sexual relationship or in deep personal work. It’s a great night for ritual trance work or simply take yourself out dancing!

“Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.” ~ William Penn

 

SENSITIVITY AND IMAGINATION

Saturday, October 24, 2015:

Saturday is a day of assimilating the high intensity of Friday.

The Moon is in Pisces all day, enabling you to utilize and work with your imagination and your deepest sensitivities. This is a day to expand your beliefs and look for areas to put those beliefs into practical use.

Your imagination is activated in service to your values. The actual work of the service will come later; this is simply a time to seek the pathway. The path forward may seem vague or allusive. Clarity will come later.

Work with yourself exactly where you are. If the path forward feels surreal, intangible, or inspired, you are on the right path.

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”~ Niels Bohr

 

REFINED BEAUTY; UNCONVENTIONAL THOUGHTS

Sunday, October 25, 2015:

Following the dreamy day we had on Saturday, Sunday brings a day of action. The Moon is in Aries, providing the energy to get done what that didn’t get done on Saturday.

Venus conjunct Jupiter at 4:03 PM EDT, begins a cycle of optimistically expanding love and beauty in your life. The values that are being expanded are of a refined elegance.

Think about the values of discrimination, efficiency, humility, and kindness. There is nothing showy here, no hot passion or intensity. Expand with the love of service and kindness to others.

If your birthday is between September 4 – 10th, December 4 – 10th, March 1 – 7th, or June 2 – 8th, this will be particularly significant in your life.

At 6:59 PM EDT, Mercury opposes Uranus. Expect progressive conversations, anticipate unconventional changes in your thinking, and consider innovative ways to view the world.

Open your mind to thoughts, ideas, and topics of study that will open and expand your philosophical understanding and bring adventure and wisdom to your life.

The weekend ends on a powerful note as we reach ever closer to the Full Moon next Tuesday.

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.” ~ Virgil Garnett Thomson

Vermont Farm by Laurie Farrington

Vermont Farm by Laurie Farrington

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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, October 20, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Capricorn) following a square to the Sun at 4:32 PM EDT until she enters Aquarius at 9:38 PM EDT.

Friday, October 23, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Aquarius) following a trine to the Sun at 12:22 AM EDT until she enters Pisces at 1:17 AM EDT.

Saturday, October 24, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Pisces) following an opposition to Mars at 7:18 AM EDT until she enters Aries on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 2:22 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: August 3, 2015 through August 9, 2015

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: August 3, 2015 through August 9, 2015

This week and next are terribly busy! Posts are going to be a bit briefer than normal. With my birthday on Saturday, I have other things to do!

So… for now we have just the daily posts. Enjoy the Summer and enjoy my birthday!
Try this link for another holiday of interest!

 

Sunflower by Laurie Farrington of St. Albans, VT

Sunflower by Laurie Farrington of St. Albans, VT

ADJUST FOR REALITY

Monday, August 3, 2015:

I suspect that you could do with more assertiveness and less soft sensitivity on Monday morning. You may find yourself wanting to stay in bed, listen to music, make love, meditate, or pray. This is a day for deep contemplation.

At 7:24 PM EDT, the Moon leaves Pisces to enter Aries. At that point, your imagination and dreaminess will give way to a strong need to direct your physical energy more assertively. A bike ride, a run, or other solitary physical activities, will bring much needed energy to your body and help keep unnecessary aggressiveness at bay.

Jupiter squares Saturn on Monday asking you to make necessary adjustments. You may have recently noticed behaviors or thought patterns within yourself that no longer seem appropriate or in accordance with your current circumstances and reality.

This may bring tension as you attempt to adjust your thinking and behavior patterns. This may be accompanied by restlessness and uncertainty. As much as possible, observe the space between your current behavior and how you would like your behavior to be.

Do not worry about taking action at this time. Observe, contemplate, and prepare for the change without taking action, at least while Venus is retrograde.

 

THE COURAGE TO EXPRESS LOVE

Tuesday, August 4, 2015:

With Tuesday’s Moon in Aries, you may notice yourself feeling more competitive and assertive than usual. The Moon in Aries is a good time to look at the area of your life where you need to learn resourcefulness and courage. You may see clearly where you must learn to deeply rely on yourself.
Ask yourself where in your life are you learning to be truly and courageously independent and what is the next step that you must take in that direction?

Venus and Jupiter come together offering you the ability to increase and expand love within your life and your heart. Perhaps, the courage you must develop is the ability to be as vulnerable as necessary in order to fully allow and express love.

 

Dede's Lily Pad by Deanna Brinkman

Dede’s Lily Pad by Deanna Brinkman

CONTEMPLATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 5, 2015:

On Wednesday, there may be some struggle as you work with Venus retrograde. Remember, that Venus retrograde moves us to reexamine our personal values, finances, and relationships.

We are working with the cycle between Venus and Saturn. This cycle asks that you structure your love relationships or your finances.

Think about what began in November 2014 and culminated in April 2015.
At this time, you are letting go of some part of what that cycle has manifested as in your life.

No, this does not mean that the relationship has to end or that the financial plan is dead in the water. It does mean that there is some piece of the puzzle that you are working hard to let go of. The process is not easy and due to the retrograde this is not a simple act of letting go.

This energy of releasing spans from July through October. A new cycle and a new beginning of stabilizing relationship and finances will begin in January 2016.

 

PHYSICAL WORK; EMOTIONAL RELEASE

Thursday, August 6, 2015:

Thursday will provide you with a lot to think about. The contemplation of your personal values (courtesy of Venus retrograde) will be heavy on your mind.

Physical energy is strong and stable, you are able to get a great deal of physical work done. The contemplation of your relationships and finances will be greatly supported by physical work or effort.

Keep your mind working as you move energy through your body.

Much of this thinking may not be easy but there is a richness and depth that will bring much needed awareness to how you have been managing your relationships and finances.

Stick with the contemplation and develop keen self-observations.

Today’s Third Quarter Moon in Taurus supports the continued release of those things that are holding you back from your desired path. Are you releasing old self-limiting attitudes and beliefs about relationships and/or finances?

Contemplate release, contemplate security. No action is necessary or advised at this time.

 

EXPAND YOUR MIND

Friday, August 7, 2015:

Following a great deal of heavy, and possibly uncomfortable, contemplations on Wednesday and Thursday, Friday offers the expansion of ideas and new possibilities.

By now, some previously entrenched processes of your mind have been released and you notice yourself less attached to certain beliefs that have held you back.
Now, you are able to begin a new cycle of expanding the direction you allow your mind to go.

The Moon remains in Taurus throughout the day allowing you to maintain emotional stability and reverence in your present circumstances. In order to move forward, it is important to accept and honor what is available exactly where you find yourself. The reality of current circumstances must be loved fully in order to move forward.

 

West Sky View by Janice Montecalvo of Providence, RI

West Sky View by Janice Montecalvo of Providence, RI

PARTY – ASTROLORE’S BIRTHDAY!

Saturday, August 8, 2015:

By the time you wake up on Saturday morning, the Moon is in Gemini. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are certainly at high Summer. The earlier part of this week required much work.

Saturday is a different day indeed! This is the day for a summer party! Coincidentally, it is also my birthday! 

At 7:32 PM EDT, Mars joins the Sun, Jupiter, and Venus in Leo! This is quite a line up of planets in Leo and quite the evening for a party!

This similarly mirrors my chart, in 1955 there were 7 planets lined up in Leo. Perhaps, I should plan that party! Want to join me?

 

OPPORTUNITY AND ADVANCEMENT

Sunday, August 9, 2015:

Don’t even try to think about work on Sunday. Continue the party from Saturday. Perhaps, you have been able to get away for the whole weekend. On Sunday, you will want to enjoy the company and conversation of others.

The Moon in Gemini forms a sextile to both the Sun and Uranus. Pay attention to all the things that spark your excitement. If you are offered an opportunity that feels invigorating and exciting, go ahead and say yes.

This is a great day to explore new ideas and new people that will bring your life to a new level of open intellectual advancement!

Enjoy.

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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 3, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Pisces) following a trine to Saturn at 4:36 PM EDT, until she enters Aries at 7:24 PM EDT.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Aries) following a trine to Jupiter at 7:30 PM EDT until she enters Taurus at 9:30 PM EDT.

Saturday, August 8, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Taurus) following a sextile to Mars at 12:46 AM EDT until she enters Gemini at 1:40 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: May 11, 2015 through May 17, 2015

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: May 11, 2015 through May 17, 2015

We begin this week with Mars and the Sun in the sensual, stable sign of Taurus. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we rest in the stable part of Spring. By the end of this week, Mars will have entered Gemini as we move closer to the point where we realize and remember how short the season is.

Before the end of next week, the Sun will follow Mars into Gemini and we become embroiled in our desire to squeeze every drop of pleasure out of this brief season.

Spring by John La Farge

Spring by John La Farge

Here in Vermont, we have been enjoying amazing Spring weather and it still seems that all the pleasure lays ahead of us. Soon, we must face the reality of how short this season is and how important that we enjoy every minute.

As Mars enters Gemini, we feel the increase in the heartbeat of time and we want to explore and experience all that is available to us. Mars is the planet that pushes us forward with assertive strength and drive. Don’t let this time slip away. Enjoy!

 

BALANCE PLEASURE WITH CONTEMPLATION

Monday, May 11, 2015:

Monday brings us to the Third Quarter Moon which is encouraging us to release something in our lives as we prepare for the new Lunar Cycle. This cycle begins with the New Moon on Sunday.

This week we move through the Dark Phase of the Moon. Our time will be spent going inward, spending time alone for contemplation; and becoming softer, kinder, and more pliable in the process.

The Moon is in Aquarius becoming VOC* at 6:35 AM EDT following the square to the Sun. She remains in limbo until entering Pisces at 10:54 PM EDT.

At 10:39PM EDT, Mars leaves Taurus behind to enter Gemini, ushering us into more physical and mental activity. The early part of Spring (Aries) is a time of sudden dramatic growth, and the mid part of Spring (Taurus) is a time of absorbing the energy and the sensual nature of Spring. Now as we enter the later part of Spring (Gemini), our activity and desire to participate in everything increases as we realize we must enjoy this time and these abundant pleasures before they are over.

It is important to balance your seeking of pleasure with inward contemplation; each will support the other.

 

REALITY WITH A SOFT FOCUS

Tuesday, May 12, 2015:

Tuesday should feel like a softer day as the Moon moves through Pisces, gently connecting with Venus and Neptune. Our imaginations are activated, and our rose-colored glasses are firmly in place as we encounter a gentle sense of loving kindness.

However, the downside is that we may want to avoid the necessary conflicts or rough conversations that must move forward.

We want pleasure and a soft touch and yet reality requires that we address certain issues at this time.

This is a balance that must be worked with on Tuesday. Don’t avoid what at first seems unpleasant. Enjoy the soft focus even as you look clearly at the reality and speak your truth. If you are able to do this with compassion and honesty, you have navigated the potential conflict well.

Encourage others to speak what may not be easy for them as well. Accept what they have to say as their own truth; hear them out without defensiveness. Take it in and respond with kindness.

 

CONTEMPLATION & ACCEPTANCE

Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

On Wednesday, we likely sink even deeper into soft fantasy. If you don’t absolutely have to work, stay home. This is a day to relax, sunbathe, listen to music, meditate, or daydream.

Crocus, snowdrops, and checkered lily bloom on an alpine meadow by Else Bostelmann

Crocus, snowdrops, and checkered lily bloom on an alpine meadow by Else Bostelmann

Following a sextile to the Sun at 12:55 PM EDT, the Pisces Moon is VOC* until Thursday morning at 1:14 AM EDT when she enters Aries.

As we are in the Dark of the Moon, the Moon is also encouraging us to spend time contemplating and investigating the inner terrain of our hearts and minds.

Pisces is not simple energy to understand. It is unfathomably sensitive, watery, and deep. It represents our consciousness; not the contents of consciousness but consciousness itself.

Understanding Pisces and Neptune, the planet of its ruler-ship, can be tricky. I think of Pisces as the rose-colored glasses we put on to avoid what is difficult. Pisces represents softness, lack of clarity, dreams, and suffering.

On Wednesday, it may be hard to feel that our feet are firmly on the ground. Don’t try to force them today. Allow the softness and the lack of clarity. Go inward for contemplation and full inner acceptance.

 

ENGAGE COURAGE

Thursday, May 14, 2015:

At 1:14 AM EDT, the Moon enters Aries, ushering in a day with more energy than we have had recently. We don’t want to waste time, we don’t want to ask permission; we want what we want simply because we feel it is our due. We don’t want to be slowed down by anyone and we don’t want anyone getting in our way.

This is a day to open our eyes fully and act with bravery and courage; a day to step forward for our own self-interest. Make sure your self-interests are not destructive to others and accept them for what they are.

Thursday can be problematic if you try to work with others; work on your own and you can move forward. Utilize physical strength and endurance; don’t let fear stop your movement forward. Engage courage.

 

ADJUSTMENT TO REALITY                       

Friday, May 15, 2015:

Another day with the Moon in Aries and we continue on a path of self-interest and the development of courage. At 2:02 AM EDT, Mars opposes Saturn.

Look to the start of the cycle between Mars and Saturn in August of 2014 at 17degrees Scorpio. Consider the development of some serious physical discipline or use of energy that began at that time; perhaps a new yoga class, a new sporting activity, or even a new sexual relationship.

Was a next step taken regarding the new discipline in mid-January? Now it becomes clear what the full expression and the full reality of what that discipline has become. Are there adjustments that can be made? Was it a worthwhile use of your precious energy? What have have created for yourself in this cycle of structuring our most active energies?

Consider that this cycle often relates to our sexual relationships or our sexuality in general. It may also refer to strong physical endeavors, sports, or something else that utilizes your physical body in a powerful way. Consider how you want your energy or sexuality to express itself in August 2016 at the start of the next cycle between Mars and Saturn.

We may feel that something is restricting us at this time; as though the cycle didn’t play out quite the way we have wanted/expected. Look clearly at the reality, don’t sugar coat it. Notice what adjustments can be made that will move your sexual energy in the direction you would like to see for your future.

The Aries Moon connects with both Pluto and Uranus early Friday morning following the conjunction to Uranus at 8:03 AM EDT.

The Moon is VOC* until 3:02 AM EDT on Saturday morning when she will enter Taurus for steadfast stability for the weekend.

 

Spring Landscape by Maurice Denis

Spring Landscape by Maurice Denis

FREE YOUR FANTASIES

Saturday, May 16, 2015:

Saturday morning, we wake up with the Moon in Taurus. This brings us to a fabulous weekend for spring yard-work or gardening.

Connecting with the earth in whatever way speaks to you is the very best use of this energy. Work with what is stable, solid, and dependable. Dig a ditch, plant a garden, cook a meal!

At 2:48 PM EDT, Venus trine Neptune suggests that within the solid stability of Taurus there is a deeply resonating dream coming to the forefront. You may not need a solid focus, but keep the dream alive and your internal soft imagination humming.

Create beauty in your world; make that yard and garden fill your soul with tender joy and unfocused beauty.

Allow fantasies freedom and free reign to join your reality.

 

 

NEW MOON: BEGIN A CYCLE OF SENSUALITY

Sunday, May 17, 2015:

Technically, the Taurus New Moon does not occur until Monday morning approximately 13 minutes after midnight.

But I don’t want to wait to talk about it! I think it is important to think about this now. Consider the opportunity the Taurus New Moon brings. This is a time when we are asked to begin a new relationship to our senses, to the sensuality inherent in our bodies, and the enjoyment our senses offer us.

Monday morning, allow yourself to observe and experience a new relationship to your body, your sense of beauty, and your own deeply internal values.

Along with Mercury turning retrograde, next week heats things up, prepare for the ride!

 

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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 11, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Aquarius) following a square to the Sun at 6:35 AM EDT until entering Pisces at 10:54 PM EDT.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Pisces) following a sextile to the Sun at 12:55 PM EDT until she enters Aries on Thursday, April 14th at 1:14 AM EDT.

Friday May 15, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Aries) following a conjunction to Uranus at 8:03 AM EDT until entering Taurus at 3:02 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 I consider: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
The planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

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