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

Sunflowers by Harmony Hansen

Sunflowers by Harmony Hansen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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INTENSE EMOTIONAL CONNECTION

Monday, September 7, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

 

EXCITEMENT AND ACTIVITY

Tuesday, September 8, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NO PLACE TO HIDE

Wednesday, September 9, 2015:

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

Rainbow at Ethan Allen Fort by Harmony Hansen

Rainbow at Ethan Allen Fort by Harmony Hansen

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

INTERNAL SILENCE & EXTERNAL EXCITEMENT

Thursday, September 10, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Orison Swett Marden

 

RELEASE JUDGMENT

Friday, September 11, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hot Air Balloons outside of Montreal by Harmony Hansen

Hot Air Balloons outside of Montreal by Harmony Hansen

ON THE LINE BETWEEN ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

Saturday, September 12, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

 

VIRGO NEW MOON ECLIPSE: 20 DEGREES VIRGO

Sunday, September 13, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This week: The VOC* Moon!

VOC* (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment. These times are ideally suited for rest and contemplation.
Block off these times in your schedule and avoid making significant decisions or working on important projects during these times. During VOC* Moon, focus on routine tasks. You will be surprised at how this one change will smooth the edges of your life!

Do you have questions about what is appropriate to do or not do during the VOC* moon? A simple way to think about it is to ask a simple question: Do I hope that this activity will amount to something? If the activity does not need to amount to anything, go ahead with it!

If you have an expectation or desire that this action is going to amount to something, do not do it while the Moon is VOC*. Think about the time you bought a book you were certain you were going to love and you never could finish it! Think about the time you bought the perfect article of clothing that you ended up never wearing. That is the Moon VOC*!

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

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

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

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: 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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