For myself, and I expect most of you, the past week has focused on simply assimilating the intensity of last week’s Cancer Full Moon. That was no ordinary Full Moon; even for Cancer!
With the Sun Conjunct Pluto and the Moon and the Sun Square Uranus; that was clearly no ordinary Full Moon. All of the energy from the past two years of Uranus transiting Square to Pluto was packed into that Full Moon!
When the Full Moon is in Cancer and when the Moon moves through Cancer, we live with increased sensitivity and moodiness. Due to this Full Moon’s connection to the Square between Uranus and Pluto, the energies brought forth were off the chart with intensity and long-term impact.

Illustration of fete of birds from Le Petit Journal.  1913

Illustration of fete of birds from Le Petit Journal.

Some of you finally released something that has been holding you back for a very long time. It could be the ending of a long-term relationship, the release of an addiction, or the release of a particular belief or attachment. No matter how difficult, you now have space in your life for profound growth.
On the other side of that powerful Full Moon and following the assimilation of the past week, we now gather our bearings to move forward.
At the end of last week, Mars, Venus, and Mercury were all traveling through Aquarius. The energy of Aquarius has enabled us some detachment from the emotional turmoil of letting go. There are certainly parts of us that are able to see the future clearly enough to understand the necessity of releasing the past.
On Monday morning, Mars leaves Venus and Mercury behind to enter the deeply intuitive waters of Pisces. As we move into the week, we consider the best way to balance the energies of cool intellectual detachment and deep mystical intuition. Our ideas and our values are wildly original and yet we must fall back upon our intuition to move forward with the proper action.
Both Venus and Mercury form Sextile aspects to Uranus this week, offering us new possibilities and allowing us a glimpse of an exciting and unexpected future that is right around the corner!
Wednesday and Thursday could pose a challenge as we feel restriction upon our freedom and our movement in the very direction we seek.
Keep in mind that ‘no’ only means ‘No, for now’. If something is preventing you from moving forward, let yourself slow down and allow your intuition to show you the proper way to move ahead. Allow intuition and a softer heart to guide the way.
Okay, let’s break it down by the day!
Monday, January 12, 2015:
The week begins with the Moon in Libra making contact with the Square between Uranus and Pluto. An emotional intensity on Monday will connect your thoughts firmly to the gigantic shift that you’re still in the process of undergoing.
Truly, I do hope you understand this will not last forever! I know we have talked about the Square between Uranus and Pluto for so long I’m concerned some of you may be bored with the whole business. However, there are only a few more months until it begins to (finally) drift away. The energy between these planets reflects the revolutionary transformation of our lives that is continuing to build until it’s final culmination in March.
Monday morning Mars leaves Aquarius behind to enter Pisces. Mars is not delighted to be in Pisces. Mars wants to be in Fire signs, or perhaps in an Air Sign, but he certainly does not want to be in the intuitive, emotional sign of Pisces. During the time that Mars travels through Pisces, let’s pay careful attention to any passive aggressive tendencies we may have. We are also likely to see those tendencies in others. When you encounter passive aggressive behavior in yourself or others, it is probably best to simply observe and pay attention.
Mars will remain in Pisces until February 19th. During this time, any forward action will be best done from a quiet place of heartfelt intuition. This is a lovely time to start a meditation practice as it will support your ability to understand your true physical, mental, and emotional energies.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015:
Tuesday the Moon begins the day in Libra. While we sleep, she makes her final Square to the Sun at 4:47AM EST. This is the Third Quarter Square of the Moon and is a time of letting go and releasing. It is a time to release what you have been clinging to out of fear. It is time to look forward to what is on the horizon. Following this Square, the Moon is VOC* until she enters Scorpio at 6:44PM EST, another very long VOC* period.
We may feel an emotional deepening, however, at 3:11PM EST Venus Sextile Uranus to help keep those emotions at bay.
Think about this connection for a moment and you may feel the excitement, intensity, and buzzzz! Venus represents our deepest values, our love relationships, and our finances. Uranus loves to shake things up with excitement, anxiety, or simple intensification.
In mid-May 2014, Venus Conjunct Uranus began a powerful cycle of developing an unexpected love, an unusual personal value system/life style, or perhaps even an unconventional way of making money or dealing with finances. The cycle that began in mid-May has been busy revolutionizing your life and your personal values since that time.
As the end of that cycle comes into focus, we are given an opportunity to trust the changes that have occurred and let go of our previous expectation. We must take any opportunity offered to prepare for the new cycle that begins early in March 2015.
Hour of Silence by Henri Meunier

Hour of Silence by Henri Meunier

Wednesday, January 14, 2015:
Wednesday brings Mercury to the place that Venus was on Tuesday: Sextile Uranus. There is great excitement and possibly anxiety in the middle of this week due to both Venus and Mercury connecting with Uranus.
On Wednesday, we are focused less on our personal values, money, and relationships and more on our thoughts, communications, and ideas. Again, we have the opportunity to say things that may be unexpected and to hear things that may change our lives. If secrets were not exposed at the Full Moon, they have another opportunity to be revealed.
On Tuesday, we looked at the cycle between Venus and Uranus (and the development of an unusual value system), now on Wednesday we are looking at the cycle between Mercury and Uranus. On April 14, 2014 a new cycle between them began, encouraging us to develop a new perception of our world, a new way of thinking, and a new way of communicating. Clearly, these two cycles (Venus and Uranus; Mercury and Uranus) are closely connected. In the Spring of 2014, something in our lives began that opened our minds and our deepest values in an expansive new direction. This week we see how far we have come and take the opportunity to prepare for closure and the new cycle that will begin in the Spring of 2015.
The Moon is in Scorpio throughout the day encouraging us to feel deeply and to explore our dark places that need the healing of the light. Enjoy the process.
Thursday, January 15, 2015:
Get your journals out again as we have another cycle to talk about! Thursday begins with Mars Square Saturn at 1:09AM EST. When you think about the cycle of Mars and Saturn, consider how you structure and stabilize your directed, assertive energy. Mars represents forceful, aggressive action; Saturn represents restriction, structure, stabilization, and hard work.
A new cycle began between Mars and Saturn in late August 2014. At that time, we began working in a new way with our most base physical energies. Mars also represents sexual energy. Consider what began on a physical or sexual level at that time. On Thursday, the Square that is formed between Mars and Saturn is a First Quarter Square. This suggests that we have reached a crisis point in the development of the cycle. Look clearly and determine what action must be taken to bring this cycle forward in terms of maximum fulfillment. Do not be concerned that there is a stress upon your energy; it is necessary and a very important part of the cycle. Determine what action needs to be taken and do not hesitate to take that action now.
Two Nudes by Pierre Auguste Renoir

Two Nudes by Pierre Auguste Renoir

The Moon continues through Scorpio on Thursday going VOC* at 6:52PM EST until Friday morning when she will enter Sagittarius to add a little spark to our weekend.  Enjoy a quiet evening of emotional connection to self and others.
Friday, January 16, 2015:
At 3AM EST, the Moon enters Sagittarius! I am always delighted to see a weekend with the Moon in a Fire Sign.
The Moon in Sagittarius encourages us to explore new ways of encountering our world. The early part of the day may feel a bit restrictive and irritable. By the time we reach evening, I suspect we will all be looking forward to a more pleasant time. This should be a fun Friday night.
Do watch your tendency to be overly opinionated. Be open to different ways of seeing the world, celebrate diversity, and learn from those who are very different from your usual cohorts. With that in mind, you can anticipate a lovely weekend.  On the other hand, if you approach others as though their opinions don’t count and that you have the best beliefs and ideas, this could be a very rough weekend.
Take time to listen and make an effort to understand people whose perspective on the world comes from a very different place than your own.
Saturday, January 17, 2015:
The early part of Saturday is great for any activity, work, or tasks that encourage or require open communication, learning, and self growth! Continuing the theme of Friday, this is a great day to explore ideas outside of your normal routine or accustomed ways of participating in the world. People who think differently than you and who see the world from a very different perspective have a great deal to teach you at this time.
At 2:25PM EST following a Trine to Jupiter, the Moon is VOC* until entering Capricorn early Sunday morning.
A great day for fun, learning, and exploration! Get out of the house (no matter how cold it is) go skiing, go hiking, find a party and join in!
Newton by William Blake

Newton by William Blake

Sunday, January 18, 2015:
I hope you made Saturday work in terms of fun and pleasures because Sunday is a very different kind of day. Unless hard work is your preferred activity, this will not be a great a day as Saturday.
Don’t get me wrong, this does not signify a negative day! Sunday actually looks like a fabulous day for accomplishment. Do you have a project you really want to get some major movement on before Mercury turns retrograde next week? This is the day to get work accomplished.
Sunday would be a great day to get a jump on preparing last years taxes! You will be able to accomplish a great deal in terms of planning or deep organization. Think about this day in advance. Make a plan! You will be very glad you did!
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; times 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, January 13, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Libra) following a Square to the Sun at 4:47 AM EST and ending at 6:44 PM EST when the Moon enters Scorpio.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Scorpio) following a Sextile to the Sun at 6:52 PM EST and ending on Friday, January 16 at 3 AM EST when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
Saturday, January 17, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Sagittarius) following a Trine to Jupiter at 2:25 PM EST and ending Monday morning at 7:03 AM EST when the Moon enters Capricorn.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*.
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions.
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.