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

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

Rosalind by James Sant via Wiki Commons

Rosalind by James Sant via Wiki Commons

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

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

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

 

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RESPECT AND RELEASE

Monday, August 15, 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

 

INNOVATION AND DETACHMENT

Tuesday, August 16, 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

POWERFUL LOVE

Rosalind by James Sant via Wiki Commons

Rosalind by James Sant via Wiki Commons

Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

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

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

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

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

 

AQUARIUS FULL MOON: ILLUMINATION

Thursday, August 18, 2016:

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

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

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

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

 

DEEP SENSITIVITY

Friday, August 19, 2016:

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

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

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

Blue Moon via Pinterest

Blue Moon via Pinterest

SEEK INTERNAL PATIENCE

Saturday, August 20, 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

 

KEEP YOUR HEART & MIND AWAKE

Sunday, August 21, 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: July 27, 2015 through August 2, 2015

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: July 27, 2015 through August 2, 2015

This past Sunday, July 26th, Uranus turned retrograde. Perhaps, you felt a sharp pull of rebellion in some area of your life.

Flower by Yvonne Nelson

Flower by Yvonne Nelson

If you know where 20° Aries falls in your natal chart, this will be the area of your life where you are experiencing this anxiety and need for dramatic change. If you don’t know your chart, pay attention to where in your life you feel the need for independence, innovation, and dramatic change.

You may feel disoriented by this sudden wave of rebellion. Uranus will remain retrograde until she stations direct in late December 2015. While Uranus is retrograde, you will explore your need for freedom and liberation.

With both Venus and Uranus retrograde, you may notice personal long-term patterns involving freedom and autonomy in intimate relationships. You may also want to explore how you have used money and resources to maintain or deny your full independence

Where do you give your individuality away in order to maintain relationships? Do you believe you have to do it this way? Explore new and unusual ways of engaging in and managing your love relationships and your financial issues.

There is a powerful urge to confront what we have previously ignored. How have you allowed yourself to lose freedom and autonomy in order to be loved? Have you believed that you had to be less of yourself in order to be worthy of love?

You are not here to be small. You have the opportunity to create an amazing life for yourself and for all you encounter. It is not easy to live an authentic life. That is okay. What are you learning?

Examine the deep place of your mind and heart. What must you shake up in order to bring your life’s direction to a higher level of manifestation? Explore your beliefs and your values; prepare for major forward motion in mid-September.

On to the dailies!
VACATION: REAL OR IMAGINED

Monday, July 27, 2015:

Monday is a day of exploration. What do you want to experience? Are you able to make your imagination real? This is a time to open the heart and mind to seeing and experiencing new ideas, new cultures, and new places.

If you happen to be on vacation – what a lovely day!

The morning begins with Sagittarius Moon squaring Neptune, a lovely morning to sleep late and dawdle over coffee and conversation. Start the day slowly with meditation and/or music. Allow the mind to drift where it wants to go; slow and easy.

This evening, the Sagittarius Moon trine Uranus, pulling us out of a dreamy space and into excitement and innovation. Spend time with friends who are of a like mind.

Seek ways to expand the good for everyone. This is not the time to think only of yourself. In order to uplift yourself, focus on uplifting those around you.

 

BE PRACTICAL WITH YOUR HEART

Tuesday, July 28, 2015:

Don’t take yourself too seriously on Tuesday morning. Bring humor to the table. With Venus retrograde insisting that we be so focused on relationship and resource evaluation, it would be easy to forget how much humor and lightness is needed to get through our lives! Take it easy on yourself and those you come into contact with.

At 9:36 AM EDT, the Sagittarius Moon is VOC* until she enters Capricorn at 2:47 PM EDT. At this point of the day, we feel the shift to a more serious nature and the ability to get much more accomplished that we would have expected earlier in the day.

This is a good evening to focus on exploring your financial and/or relationship goals with your partner or loved ones. A family conversation to plan for changes in income or practical considerations would be appropriate. You will find that you are able to be more practical than usual even with the involvement of your heart.

 

Mushrooms by Hülya Tokur

Mushrooms by Hülya Tokur

DO THE WORK

Wednesday, July 29, 2015:

Wednesday we can expect to be a serious or ambitious day once we get past the early morning dreaminess. Revisit your goals, ambitions, and dreams in the morning. At a certain point, you will realize that you are ready to get serious about accomplishment.

The Moon in in ambitious, hard working, Capricorn throughout the day. Do the hard work. It is a good day to cross everything off your ‘to do list’!

Stay at work late because your mind will be on work even if you are at home. If you head home too early, you may encounter power dynamics that may be difficult to manage.

Wind down and head to bed early unless you have a work or writing project that can keep you occupied in a solitary endeavor. Even with the Sun in Leo, we can’t have everyday be about fun and pleasure!

 

BRING INNOVATION TO EFFORT

Thursday, July 30, 2015:

You can expect to encounter an interesting edge to your work and ambition on Thursday and you may well meet with resistance and a certain amount of aggravation. You will want to find a way to bring change and innovation to whatever the work or effort is that you are involved in.

Don’t forget your meditation Thursday morning, as you will need whatever stability and calm it helps you to maintain. Utilize the internal aggravation to push forward on solitary work.

At 5:41 PM EDT, the Moon enters Aquarius and you will be able to connect more easily with others. Gather with friends. All of you will need the social connection after the solitary work of the past few days.

Release tension. Enjoy the evening.

 

AQUARIUS FULL MOON; SEEK SOCIAL EQUALITY

Friday, July 31, 2015:

Early Friday morning, we reach the Aquarius Full Moon (6:43 AM EDT). This brings us to the full illumination of the Lunar Cycle that began two weeks ago at the Leo New Moon.

At the Aquarius Full Moon, take the time to explore issues of social justice or injustice. You do not need to look very deeply into the fabric of our culture to see how far we still have to go to reach the social justice you may have thought you had all along.

As we gain in the area of marriage equality, we are confronted with immense inequality related to race. It is up to each one of us to move this world toward a place of full equality and love for our fellow humans. Speak out with clarity anywhere you see inequality.

Venus retrogrades back into Leo at 11:27 AM EDT; let go of any perfectionism you have fallen into. Relax into a bit more fun even as you continue reevaluating money and love.

 

FIND YOUR DREAMY PLACE

Cemetery Sky by Erin Krygier

Cemetery Sky by Erin Krygier

Saturday, August 1, 2015:

The Moon is in Aquarius making contact with Jupiter and Venus offers a lovely day as the expansion of love is highlighted.

Acknowledge love, offer love, seek love, accept love, open your heart and feel love. If your life feels bereft of love, open to the love that is always internally available.

There is no reason to have a lack of love in your life. Offer it with abandon and it will always be with you. Look in unusual places for love; for love and beauty have the ability to surprise us on a day like this!

At 6:36 PM EDT, the Moon enters the softer space of Pisces and we are able to dwell in an intangible dreamy place.

Be careful with the tendency to explore the edges of reality with drugs and alcohol. It would be a better choice to allow a sense of the intangible with music or meditation. You want to reduce the boundaries between yourself and others, and between yourself and the universe.

 

RESPONSIBILITY & CHANGE

Sunday, August 2, 2015:

Enjoy an interesting day on Sunday as Mercury trine Uranus will electrify the space between our ears and bring our thoughts and conversations to the most interestingly innovative places.

This is a day when brainstorming ideas can bring you places that will move your life forward! Don’t stick with the ‘tried and true’.
This cycle of innovative thought began in early April. Consider what may have come as a shock or invigorated your thinking at that time. We are in a smooth area with a clear vision of where we would like to be at the full illumination of that cycle in late October.

Your imagination and intuition will be strongly supported by the Pisces Moon. Watch a movie, have an extra glass of wine. Allow yourself to dream.

As Saturn turns direct, it is time for all in authority to take its rightful responsibilities. I hope this will herald a time when the police (and all white people) in this country will begin taking responsibility for the unimaginable racial issues (and the ones that may seem minor) that have come so dramatically to our attention while Saturn has been retrograde.

Where in your life have you become aware of the need to take responsibility? It is possible that you were unaware of this issue before Saturn turned retrograde (March 2015). Now that you are aware of it, what are you going to do to take responsibility and make the necessary change?

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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, July 28 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Sagittarius) following a trine to Jupiter at 9:36 AM EDT, until she enters Capricorn at 2:47 PM EDT.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Capricorn) following a sextile to Saturn at 2:50 PM EDT until she enters Aquarius at 5:41 PM EDT.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Aquarius) following opposition to Venus at 6:02 PM EDT until she enters Pisces at 6:36 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.

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