Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: May 9, 2016 through May 15, 2016

We can anticipate a considerably lighter and easier week!

The week begins with Jupiter turning direct, bringing our renewed understanding of the universe into the open.  Perhaps, it is time to share the wisdom we have learned in the past four months.

Фотография картины Игоря Орлова by Ujalov via Wiki Commons

Фотография картины Игоря Орлова by Ujalov via Wiki Commons

Venus forms lovely aspects throughout the week.  Remember, that Venus is currently in Taurus; Venus is delighted to be in her home sign playing happily with others.  She forms a sextile to Neptune on Monday, offering a possibility to reignite a previous dream.  She forms a trine aspect to Jupiter on Tuesday, enlarging our capacity for love, and forms a trine aspect to Pluto on Friday bringing a powerful flow of energy to our deepest values.

These are aspects of empowerment, expansion, and bring imagination to the things in life that mean the most to us: love, resources, and deep values.

Mercury, the planet that manages our thinking and communication skills (and is currently retrograde), also forms positive and helpful aspects this week.  On Thursday, Mercury forms a trine aspect to Pluto empowering our ability to communicate about practical real world issues.  If you have projects that require concentration and focus of the mind, this would be very helpful aspect to support you.  On Friday, Mercury is conjunct Venus, bringing the power of mind to the contemplation of values.

A powerful and lovely week ahead!


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.




Monday, May 9, 2016:

Early Monday morning, Jupiter turns direct after having been retrograde since early January of 2016.  What inner work have you done during this time that has resulted in a deeper understanding of yourself and your place in the universe?  Jupiter turning direct suggests that it is time to bring that learning out into the world and test your understanding through interactions with others.  The time and attention you have given to this inner work now begins to pay off.

Venus sextile Neptune at 7:10 AM EDT offers a subtle gentleness to the day; asking us to explore the possibilities available as your consider moving forward with a beautiful dream that began around March 20th.

Don’t make decisions now.  Investigate your options.  There will be more clarity in early June.

The Moon enters Cancer at 12:23 PM EDT and moves our emotions toward home.  Head home early this evening to share a meal with family and loved ones.

At 10:12 AM EDT, the Taurus Sun conjunct retrograde Mercury focusing our attention once again on what is truly of value to us.  This is a time to review your plans with your new understanding of your deepest values in mind.

Rewriting your goals and plans is an ongoing process that you will want to begin now.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016:

What a lovely day we can expect on Tuesday!  There seems to be a glow around everything and we feel our hearts expand with love!  At 2:00 PM EDT, Venus forms a trine aspect with Jupiter expanding our hearts and our understanding of deep value and deep love.  The cycle between Venus and Jupiter is the cycle of expanding, growing, and understanding love!  The cycle began in October of 2015, came into its full expression in late March, and now is simply exuding powerful love.  We understand our responsibility and are aware of the choices we make daily to open our hearts and expand love.

Some tension or power struggles may sneak in during the early evening.  This is reflected by the sensitive Cancer Moon’s opposition to Pluto at 6:04 PM EDT.  Remember, Moon aspects are very short-lived.  If you can resist being pulled into the difficult issue, you won’t have to wait too long before you can simply get on with a pleasant evening.  The key is: Don’t take the bait!



Wednesday, May 11, 2016:

Fleurs by Simona Estrana via Wiki Commons

Fleurs by Simona Estrana via Wiki Commons

The Moon is very quiet as she moves through the sensitive sign of Cancer on Wednesday, perhaps she is brooding with a bit of nostalgia.  It may be a good day to do a bit of internal work on your emotions, although, I think you’d be better off cooking a meal for friends or bringing food to the homeless person on the corner.

Don’t get stuck in feelings that are not supporting forward motion.

Let me tell you about a practice I began recently that has made a huge difference in my life.  I realized that I was constantly evaluating my ‘feelings’.  “How do I feel this morning?”  “How do I feel about this or that situation?”

We know that our thoughts grow out of this focus on ‘feelings’.  Turn it upside down! Change your words… Instead of asking: “How do I feel in this situation?”  Ask “Who do I want to be in this situation?”  Once you are clear on who you want to be, your feelings can follow that to appropriate action and movement forward.  So simple and it changes everything!

At 5:31 PM EDT, the Moon enters Leo and all that sensitive quiet is upended!  Find a way to express yourself.  Go to a play this evening or get outside and play soccer or tennis with friends.  Show generosity and openhearted love to everyone in your life!  Isn’t that who you want to be?



Thursday, May 12, 2016:

With the Moon in warm-hearted, generous Leo, we are able to more easily feel love and connection with others.  With a supportive trine aspect between the Moon and Saturn at 8:30 PM EDT, we feel inspired to bring practical effort to our generosity and kindness.  Perhaps, you are motivated to volunteer at the local soup kitchen or send a check to your favorite charity.

A trine aspect between Mercury and Pluto is exact at 10:45 PM EDT which will impact much of Thursday and into Friday.  Keep your eyes open for hidden information being revealed, intense knowledge coming into focus, or a transformative idea manifesting in your mind.  Allow that knowledge, information, or idea time and space to assimilate.  It is not ready for action yet.

Whatever comes to light now, will help us understand the direction to take following the Mercury retrograde; Mercury turns direct once more on May 22nd.  For now, rest in the empowerment of the mind with more information!



Friday, May 13, 2016:

Friday may feel like a roller coaster ride with multiple ups and downs.  We start the morning with the dramatic Leo Moon trine Uranus at 11:03 AM EDT.  Enthusiasm and excitement abounds, and the possibilities seem endless.

However, at 1:03 PM EDT, the Leo Moon squares the Sun in Taurus.  We may feel that we have trapped ourselves on a path we thought we wanted to be on only to discover doubt and obstacles block the way forward.  Consider what you started last Friday at the Taurus New Moon; use the stuck energy of doubt to push yourself to take one decisive action to push that New Moon intention forward.  The extent of the challenge is exacerbated by the retrograde energies from both Mercury and Mars.

At 3:20 PM EDT, Mercury conjuncts Venus offering us a softer perspective and turning our minds to the value of love received and love given.  Even as you let go of the challenges of the early part of the day, the end of Friday leaves us with the powerful statement of Venus trine Pluto (10:20 PM EDT).  This brings deep levels of intimacy and trust front and center.  We understand that the depth of our desire can bring anything to fruition.  Love deeply and allow love to penetrate your heart.

Paysage de Venceslas Dedina by Marcusarurelius2 via Wiki Commons

Paysage de Venceslas Dedina by Marcusarurelius2 via Wiki Commons



Saturday, May 14, 2016:

With the Moon in service-oriented Virgo, we wake up Saturday morning to a very different kind of day.  At 10:28 AM EST, the Moon squares Mars leaving us cranky and not in the mood to deal with ourselves, much less others.  By noon, this will pass and the rest of the day should pass without that concern.

There is a Zen teaching I remember that goes something like this:

Before Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water
After Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water

Keeping this in mind will remind you to be present to all of life.  Refusing to label some parts of your life as good and others as bad will increase your daily pleasure and your joy in life!



Sunday, May 15, 2016:

Sunday brings us a day with great potential for productivity and accomplishment.  The challenge of a harsh aspect between the Moon and Saturn (5:21 AM EDT) will pass unnoticed, but just to be sure, stay in bed until after 8:32 AM EDT.

As we proceed into the day, the efficient hard working Virgo Moon forms a Grand Trine with Mercury and Venus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn.  This offers an easy flow to any projects that require attention to detail and efficiency.  Utilized properly, you could get a ton of work completed this weekend.

Keep your expectations simple by moving with an easy flow.

We are still in the waxing phase of the Moon, so put effort into building on whatever you began at the Taurus New Moon on Friday, May 6th.

Kindness and service to others will come more easily as well, providing a perfect opportunity to develop generosity.  Take a friend out to dinner and show profound generosity to the wait-staff. However, do so with humility and quiet modesty. Otherwise, it simply won’t count!

Sending love to you all.

* 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: May 2, 2016 through May 9, 2016

I don’t think there’s much we can do to keep this week simple.  We’re going to have to work with what is currently on the table.  The week begins with Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all in retrograde motion.

That is a lot of energy telling us to pay attention to all unfinished business, unresolved issues, and lingering doubts that are holding us back.  Now is the time to deeply focus on cleaning up and resolving issues from the past.

Моя Cемья by Зурбаган via Wiki Commons

Моя Cемья by Зурбаган via Wiki Commons

If you have been following astrology for any amount of time, you are familiar with the way Mercury retrograde tends to manifest in our lives.  If we are not paying attention, if we continue to push forward into new territory regarding communications or projects, then we are apt to run into problems, detours, and delays.

During this time, choose your communications carefully, double check details, and most of all, practice patience with all people (including yourself), and in all circumstances.

Mercury retrograde is not a terrible time!  If you consciously spend the time cleaning your desk, your mind, and your heart of old projects and overdue communications, this can be a time of great accomplishment.

The Mars retrograde is not so simple.

Mars is the planet of assertiveness, anger, leadership, courage, impulsive action, sexual energy, violence, and the power of will.

Consider that when a planet is retrograde, we are asked to look honestly at where we have fallen short in utilizing the energy of that planet.

The last time Mars was retrograde was between March 1, 2014 and May 19, 2014.  If you keep a journal, it will be helpful to go back and check that period of time in your life.  This can give you a good idea of how you personally respond to Mars retrograde; although you must keep in mind that where the retrograde is occurring in your own chart is also highly significant. The current Mars retrograde begins at 8° Sagittarius moving back to 23° Scorpio. If you want help in understanding this contact Jennie or me (Laurie) for a consultation!

Consider how you have utilized this strong Mars energy since May 2014.  What areas in your life have you misused powerful energy or been out of integrity?  Think about how you have used the power of your will, your sexual energy, and the power you wield over others through leadership or other methods of control and/or power.

It is now time to wake up and learn to better use your own powerful energies.

Pay attention to any disruptions that occur during this time.  Understand that disruptions now reflect the need to consciously wake up and use power and will with integrity and kindness to others.


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.




Monday, May 2, 2016:

Monday would be a great day to stay home from work.  The Pisces Moon forms aspects that do not help pull us out of the space we may find ourselves in with sluggish energy and lack of focus.

At 8:23 AM EDT, the Pisces Moon opposes Jupiter and we may feel pulled between the fantasy world of Pisces and Virgo’s insistence that we fulfill our duties, and get back to work and accomplish something!

At 11:39 AM EDT, the Moon squares Saturn reaffirming the fact that we simply do not want to be at work.  If your work is highly creative, you may be able to use this to your advantage by thinking of it as putting effort into bringing the dream into reality.

Spend the evening in meditation, with a fantasy novel or movie, or go ahead and indulge in that extra glass of wine.  It is an evening for soft dreams, an evening to not only allow but enjoy the lack of clarity that holds sway.

Yes.  Go ahead and indulge your dreams.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016:

Buoyant optimism takes over on Tuesday with the Sun trine Jupiter in the wee hours of the morning.  The Moon then enters impulsive, energetic Aries at 12:05 PM EDT.  This is a welcome change after the sluggishness we had to manage on Monday.

The cycle between the Sun and Jupiter is a cycle of self-expansion and growth.  What seed of personal growth did you plant in late August of 2015?  Did you see a new possibility that could bring you into a broader understanding of your self and your place in the world?  Did you take action to bring clarity to your own growth in mid-December?  The full creativity of that seed was evident in early March and now you are able to accept the gift of higher understanding and an expansive ability to support others.

It would be good to move your body and expend physical energy this afternoon.  Go for a run, a bike ride, or a swim.  Use the assertive powerful energy of Aries in a way that will tire you out.

With the Aries Moon trine Mars around bedtime, you may have a hard time getting to sleep if you do not physically tire yourself out.  Of course, the best use of this energy would be to engage in a passionate romp in the hay.  If you have an interested, willing, and enthusiastic partner, make it a date.  If not, make a date with yourself.

You may stay up later than is customary on a weeknight but the sleep you get on the other side of enjoying a deep sexual connection will be worth more than a sleepless night with this energy blocked in your body.

There is much to enjoy in this day.  Keep your eye on the prize.


Alcazar desde Parque Safon by Angel Oliveras Guart via Wiki Commons

Alcazar desde Parque Safon by Angel Oliveras Guart via Wiki Commons


Wednesday, May 4, 2016:

By the end of Wednesday, you may feel that you have spent the day on a roller coaster.  In the midst of such a day, it may be helpful to maintain awareness that we are heading into the ‘dark of the Moon’.  Remember, the importance of quiet introspection over the next few days as we prepare for the Taurus New Moon on Friday.

The day begins under the influence of the Moon trine Saturn, stabilizing that powerful Aries Moon.  With courage and assertion, you should be able to get a great deal accomplished during the morning hours.

Remember, with Mercury retrograde to stick with already established plans and projects; do not start any new projects at this time.

The late afternoon brings us face-to-face with the stress and difficulty of the Moon square Pluto and later in the evening, the Moon conjunct Uranus.  Emotional concerns, disruptions, and struggles could easily rock the boat.  As much as possible do not lay blame; take responsibility for where you find yourself, and look deeply at what needs to be transformed to bring your life to a higher level of personal growth and understanding.

Work with this internal process; fighting against it could backfire into interpersonal dynamics that would only cause more difficulties on the path ahead.  In any and all interactions with others on Wednesday evening, offer kindness.  Get out of your own way.  Look into the eyes of those you encounter and see your reflection.



Thursday, May 5, 2016:

You may wake up on Thursday with the uncomfortable sense that you didn’t deal with Wednesday’s challenges as well as you wish you had.  You may have had a difficult night’s sleep as well.  There is no doubt that Mars retrograde adds to the difficulty of all challenging aspects to a sometimes overly aggressive Aries Moon.

Don’t let it get you worked up; things will smooth and energies shift dramatically as the Moon enters Taurus at 12:11 PM EDT.  We gratefully settle into a more peaceful emotional space and may even wonder what had us so stressed on Wednesday.  Whatever the cause of anxiety, it just doesn’t seem so important once the Moon is in steady, dependable Taurus.

The planets are very quiet for the rest of the day.  There is nothing to do but feel the calm, steady energy of Taurus, enjoy the desire for peace, comfort, and sensual touch.  Embrace the slower pace; get comfortable, and ‘stop to smell the roses’.  Offer a massage, a home cooked meal, or bring flowers to a friend.



Friday, May 6, 2016:

Lovely aspects to the steadfast Taurus Moon prevail throughout the day.  This is very significant with the New Moon exact at 2:30 PM EDT.  The aspects to a New Moon tell us much about the cycle we are beginning.

At this New Moon, the Sun and Moon are conjunct at 16° Taurus.  Together, the Sun and Moon form a Grand Earth Trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Virgo.  This is a powerful configuration offering creative determination, resourcefulness, and the steadfast energy required to make powerful progress toward our most practical goals.

Please take time to do a simple New Moon ritual.  You want to complete the ritual after the exact time of the New Moon and within 24 hours.  This is a powerful New Moon for practical goals and accomplishments.  You should make a plan regarding real world desires; money or love come to mind.

Don’t neglect your New Moon ritual.  Keep it simple.  Take a moment to write down what you wish to begin or create in the upcoming cycle.  What do you want to see increase over the coming month?  Have two candles available for your ritual.  Light the first candle to represent yourself, just as you are at this moment in time.  Light the second candle as an aspiration of what you want to create.  Each day, take a moment to focus on yourself as you light the first candle.  As you light the second candle, focus on drawing to you what you are creating as you bring the two candles closer together.  At the Full Moon in two weeks, bring them fully together and see the results of what you have created.

Share this ritual with your friends and loved ones.  I have been using this process for some time now and find it amazingly powerful. 🙂


Mope by Aleks Vol via Wiki Commons

Mope by Aleks Vol via Wiki Commons


Saturday, May 7, 2016:

After the stabilizing New Moon on Friday, Saturday brings us the full empowerment of Sun trine Pluto.  This brings to our core an intense, free flowing energy of transformation and transcendence.

The current cycle between the Sun and Pluto (a cycle of personal empowerment) began in early January. At that time you planted a seed or set an intention intended to increase your personal power through dismantling some inner force; purification and rebirth required.

Whatever you did early in April to push forward with this dismantling and transformation has put you on a path now where you can flow with the change.

Look deeply and you will see what is being worked upon.  You will probably find the answer within the issues of Mars retrograde; issues of how much integrity you bring to your physicality and sexuality.  The trine aspect allows change to occur far more simply than you may expect.  It is not necessary to get in your own way.

The Moon enters Gemini at 11:35 AM EDT and with Mercury, (ruler of Gemini) retrograde, it would be easy to share this powerful internal process without realizing that others may not hear things in the way you intend.  Be sure that your reasons for sharing do not have complicated or unkind overtones.  Once you are clear on your integrity, go ahead and share, but double check that you are truly heard and understood.



Sunday, May 8, 2016:

Sunday the Gemini Moon is very active and your mind may be moving faster than you can keep up.  If you have a meditation practice, this is not a good day to skip it! Whatever you can do to stabilize your thinking early in the day will help you to make the most of it.

If you find yourself restless and agitated (the Gemini Moon is square Jupiter at 8:50 AM EDT), get out for an early morning walk.  Talk to yourself, your dog, and any inanimate objects; don’t bring the agitation into any of your domestic or family relationships.

The Moon opposes Saturn at 11:31 AM EDT allowing negativity and a judgmental attitude to attempt to sneak in.  It is a Moon transit so it won’t last long.  Go off by yourself, there is no point is stirring the pot when the energy will be gone if you simply allow it.  This is a good day to simply engage with a variety of activities. Keeping yourself busy will keep out of with unnecessary and problematic communications.

Remember, you are not alone in this.  Give everyone around you space to make mistakes.  Let it go.  If something is said that is upsetting to you, wait to discuss it later.  Today is not the day.

As long as you have managed the day without mishap, you can anticipate the late evening to loosen things up and allows space for some playful fun.

* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transits 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: April 25, 2016 through May 1, 2016

Let’s do our best to keep this week simple!


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.

ನಿಸರ್ಗದೋಂದಿಗೆ_ಮಹಿಳೆ03 by Vishwakarma Acharya via Wiki Commons

ನಿಸರ್ಗದೋಂದಿಗೆ_ಮಹಿಳೆ03 by Vishwakarma Acharya via Wiki Commons



Monday, April 25, 2016:

Monday begins with the Moon in Sagittarius.  Sagittarius energies generally offer idealism, the desire for exploration, and general optimism toward our lives and circumstances.  Throughout the course of Monday, the Moon forms challenging aspects to Mars, Neptune, Jupiter, and Saturn, adding challenge to the simplicity that Sagittarius would prefer!

Take time for an early morning meditation on all the aspects of your life that bring you pleasure and joy.  Focus on that expanded view even as your awareness requires that you go to a serious state of introspection.  Even as you hold in your mind the most expansive vision of your life, you must respond to your circumstances with a practical pragmatic approach.

Allowing both the expansion (that comes through study, understanding, and play) and the serious contemplation (that comes through introspection and analysis) to find an internal balance point is the task for Monday.  In all your dealings with others on Monday, be the observer.  Can you see how that balance is working in their situation?  If they are heavily weighted on one side or the other, offer the counter point perspective.




Tuesday, April 26, 2016:

On Tuesday, it will be much easier to enjoy the expansive, fun side of the Sagittarius Moon.  As the day begins, Lady Luna forms a trine aspect to Uranus followed by another trine aspect to Venus later in the day.

This is a day when surprising situations and circumstances can arise regarding your financial situation or your love life.  With both Uranus and Venus in Aries and the Moon in Sagittarius, this is a very exciting and fiery combination.  The element of Fire (which consists of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) offers enthusiasm, vitality, and inspiration.

Keep your eyes and heart open and available for unexpected inspiration.  Open to a larger vision of where you want to be!  This is not a day to hold back out of misguided humility.  Open to the full view of what is possible.

It is true that Mars is retrograde and some things may have to be renegotiated later, but don’t let that stop you from a path that lights up your heart as it calls you forward.  It may not be permanent, but there is so much to learn along the way.

At 6:55 PM EDT, the Moon enters Capricorn.  The next few days will carry a more serious tone.  On an emotional level, you may feel the need to take the practical realities of your situation more seriously than you have in recent days.

Before you go to bed, make a plan for what you will accomplish over the next few days.  Get to sleep early; you will be glad for the extra energy when you wake up on Wednesday morning.



Metamorphosis by Paskua via Wiki Commons

Metamorphosis by Paskua via Wiki Commons

Wednesday, April 27, 2016:

Wednesday begins with a lovely trine aspect between the Capricorn Moon and the Taurus Sun.  This supports any and all efforts toward practical goals and real world progress.  Where ever you put your attention, in the form of practical effort, should move forward with surprising ease.

You may be distracted by an unrealistic dream in the late afternoon when the Moon is sextile Neptune.  If you can sneak in even a brief meditation, at approximately 4:57 PM EDT, it will support your more practical efforts as opposed to it being a distraction.

At 8:46 PM EDT, the Moon trine Jupiter.  Begin a significant conversation with loved ones or family members before heading to bed.  Where do you want to support each other in your (and their) personal growth?  What practical considerations can you provide that will make a significant difference in someone else reaching their full potential?  Give this some thought.

Because Mercury is about to turn retrograde tomorrow, this is the time to make a list of all the things you want to get caught-up-on during that three week period of time.  Think about any unfinished projects of a practical nature, those projects that need time and attention to finally remove them from your to-do-list.

Make a list of all that has been left undone.  Those are the things that you will focus on accomplishing over the coming weeks.  We will have more conversation about Mercury retrograde over the next few days.  For now, make the list, and commit to sticking to it.

This three-week period will not be the time to begin new projects!



Thursday, April 28, 2016:

The early part of the day may bring you face-to-face with some deep insecurity as you are again reminded of the intense, revolutionary change that is occurring in so many areas of the world, including our culture, our communities, and on a profoundly personal level, within us.  Each layer reflects the other layers.

What you see shifting and changing internally, you will also see reflected in the circumstances of your community and the world.  The Capricorn Moon makes challenging aspects to both Pluto and Uranus before 12:00 PM EDT.

As you try to find the best way to manage these uncertain energies with all the thoughts they bring to mind, Mercury turns retrograde at 12:20 PM EDT.

Remember, there are 4 simple steps to working with Mercury retrograde:

  1. Don’t buy into the drama you hear about Mercury being retrograde!
  2. Make a list of everything that you have begun but NOT completed since the last Mercury retrograde – this includes projects, errands, conversations, and even books you have not finished.
  3. For the next 3 weeks, check off the tasks on this list!  This is your focus!
  4. Don’t be tempted to start any new projects, new commitments, new jobs, or new relationships.

Following these steps is not only intended to help smooth out the process but is intended to help you absolutely LOVE Mercury retrograde.  It is such a powerful time to catch up with all that slipped through the cracks of your busy life!

People get so worried about Mercury retrograde; it really is only a problem if you don’t follow these steps.  This is a powerful time to catch up with your life!

Share this post!  Help others understand how best to work with the cycles of life.

Mercury’s retrograde is in Taurus, suggesting that we will be rethinking our most personal values and re-evaluating how we use our time, attention, and physical energy.



Friday, April 29, 2016:

In the wee hours of Friday morning, the Moon enters freedom-loving Aquarius.  With the Moon in Aquarius, we are able to envision the world from an objective and unpredictable vantage point.  This enables us to experiment with new ideas without having to worry about what others think of us or our ideas.

As the Moon moves through the early degrees of Aquarius, she forms a square to the Taurus Sun (exact at 10:29 PM EDT).  This is the Third Quarter Square in the Lunar Cycle.

Think about the Sun in stable, conservative, routine loving Taurus and the Moon in progressive, inventive, unconventional Aquarius.  It is easy to feel the tension and stress created between these energies.

You can see this reflected in the world as the pull between the conservative and the innovative.  Look at how it is currently reflected within yourself, amongst your friends, and certainly, in the US political process!

Take time to review anything that you initiated around the New Moon on April 7th. Consider what needs to be completed or released in preparation for the new lunar cycle that will begin on May 6th at 16° Taurus.

At 7:35 PM EDT, Venus joins the Sun and Mercury in Taurus.  Your most pressing values and your desire for love find stability following the recent intensity and excitement when Venus (while in hot-headed Aries) joined with Uranus last week.  If there has been great intensity, excitement, and anxiety regarding a significant relationship, now you will find it slowing down to seek stability or it will settle into a space of boredom.

Observe your attitudes and behavior toward love and money over the coming days.  It is up to each of us how we use this energy.  Venus in Taurus can be lazy and may want nothing more than to sit on the couch holding hands and watching TV.  A better use for the Venus in Taurus energy would be to get out the massage table and increase sensuality and body pleasure.  Give a massage; get a massage.  Plant a garden; create beauty.  Notice beauty in everything.  Develop reverence toward your life.


Летний день в Самаре, 2005 by 3ypoarah via Wiki Commons

Летний день в Самаре, 2005 by 3ypoarah via Wiki Commons


Saturday, April 30, 2016:

When we awake on Saturday, we face a day of open-minded detachment because of the lovely Aquarius Moon.  Make it a point to spend time engaging in conversations, in the company of like-minded others, about humanitarian issues in spite of all the things that seem more important on your ‘to-do list’.  Expect the ability to exercise freedom and detachment from the emotional demands or poor boundaries of others.

Regarding that group of ‘like-minded others’, the empowerment you receive through your connection will be stronger if you don’t know each other on a personal level.  Find a group that is discussing some political or social issue you feel passionate about.  Let your spouse and best friends find something else to do.

This is a day to develop revolutionary (or at least unusual) ideas with others, for others.  You can assist in opening the group-mind to innovative solutions for those who need us to shine a light in the direction of real cultural progress.

Continue into the evening engaged in a social event with purpose.  Bring your friends together and guide the conversation to humanitarian, revolutionary, or scientific topics.  Human progress and innovation is essential now.



Sunday, May 1, 2016:

At 7:00 AM EDT, the Taurus Sun forms a sextile to Neptune in Pisces.  You may be tempted to sleep late as the dream state feels like just the place to be during this transit

Think back to February 28th or thereabouts.  Did you enter or engage a significant dream, fantasy, or illusion at that time?  Perhaps, you began a spiritual practice, an escape plan, or you lacked the ability to pull yourself out of a deep bewilderment, self-delusion, or suffering.

With respect to how far you have come regarding whatever began at that time, examine how you want this situation or process to unfold.  There is no action that needs to be taken at this time, but action will be necessary in early June

At 9:34 AM EDT, the Moon enters Pisces and we are even less likely to want to move forward to an active or accomplishment-focused day.  You may feel very spiritually or psychically open.  Use this energy for spiritual or creative pursuits.  If nothing else seems to feel ‘right’, allow music to provide your spirit to open your ability to access deep spiritual awakening or insights.

Offer compassion, love, and beautiful to everyone you encounter, many may be in deep confusion.  Your compassion can be just what they need to reach a more grounded workable state.

* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transits 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: April 18, 2016 through April 24, 2016

This will be the first week with Mars retrograde.  If you have planets or significant points in your chart within a few degrees of 8° Sagittarius (or Pisces, Gemini, or Virgo), this week will have some significant messages for you.  Pay careful attention to how you utilize the energy represented by the planets that are being impacted and the house that contains 8° Sagittarius.

Wintersonne ubern See by Olgemalde via Wiki Commons

Wintersonne ubern See by Olgemalde via Wiki Commons

If you are uncertain as to where and how this is impacting you and yet you feel the impact strongly, please consider getting a consultation with either Jenny or myself.

This is a powerful transit and one that is very important to pay attention to.  Mars represents direct action, assertive energy, self-determination, and strength.  He also represents initiative, impulsive action, sexual energy, survival instinct, courage, anger, and war.

Look within to examine how you use the energy of Mars.  Consider how direct you are and how you use your sexual energy.  It is not uncommon for a lover from the past to resurface during Mars retrograde.  If this happens, think about how the energy within that relationship was used, are there amends that can be made now?  Was there a lack of integrity between you regarding sexual expression or anger?

Are you willing to face wounds to your sexuality or wounds you have visited on others due to your lack of integrity with your own sexuality or issues of anger?

It is also important to get clear on whether your actions are in true alignment with your beliefs and your deepest values.  Reflect on your motivations and your pursuit of your desires.

Working with your deepest personal values is going to be a significant focus this week as Venus (the planet of personal values, relationships, and money) forms difficult aspects to both Pluto and Uranus.

You can expect a powerful week as we adjust to the backward motion of Mars, encounter powerful transformative energy regarding our values, and come to the Scorpio Full Moon while we sleep on Friday morning.


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.




Monday, April 18, 2016:

The day begins with Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all retrograde; then at 3:26 AM EDT Pluto joins the fun!  On April 28th, Mercury will also jump on the retrograde wagon.

When the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) are retrograde, they stay retrograde for an extended period of time.  Pluto will be retrograde for approximately 5 months passing through the middle degrees of Capricorn.  While Pluto is retrograde, I think we have the opportunity to work deeply on our hidden psychological issues. During this time, you may be able and willing to see and overcome deeply ingrained patterns of powerlessness and damaged self-esteem.

The Moon is in Virgo throughout the day, she is highly inactive after 8:30 AM EDT. As much as possible, take time to rest on Monday.  You may feel disoriented as you adjust to the retrograde pattern of both Mars and Pluto.

At 10:37 AM EDT, Venus and Saturn (in Aries and Sagittarius, respectively) form a trine aspect (120°) between them.  While there is disorientation in certain areas, you are likely to feel some stability and inspiration in the area of your love relationship(s), your creative efforts, or your financial situation.  In these areas, go ahead and push forward with gentle steady pressure.  Please keep your level of integrity high and your level of expectation low.

Remember, on Monday that the people you love and all the people you encounter are adjusting to these shifting cycles.  Yes, the stories we live are different but many of the struggles reside in the same places in our hearts.

Offer respect, assistance, and love.  You can do that silently from your heart to theirs.



Tuesday, April 19, 2016:

Prepare for a significant day on Tuesday.  At 7:24 AM EDT, the Moon enters Libra, the sign of grace and diplomacy.  Then at 11:29 AM EDT, the Sun enters Taurus, the sign of steadfast predictability.  Now, doesn’t that sound like a lovely combination?

Both Libra and Taurus are ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, love, and your personal values.  However, this day Venus squares Pluto at 4:51 PM EDT, throwing a monkey wrench into the system.  We must consider not only what this aspect means on its own, but also the entire cycle between Venus and Pluto.

The cycle between Venus and Pluto is a cycle of empowering our values, in order to do so; we often have to face our demons.  This can bring up issues regarding relationship, finances, resources, or beauty.  This cycle began on February 5, 2016. Consider what began in your life at that time.  Now, you will want to take an action to push this that situation forward.  The cycle will come to full expression on June 30th, just as Mars turns direct once again.

You will likely encounter a struggle regarding love or finances, it is important that you take the action most appropriate to bring you where you want to go with this issue.  There may be a powerful struggle involved.

Think about who you want to be rather than how you feel.  Take action to move forward.  You really do have a choice how you engage in the power struggles that you encounter.

Be willing to explore what is difficult; do not turn your back on it.  With Venus in Aries, find the courage to look clearly at your own motivations and control issues.  This is not the time to play the blame game.  Take responsibility for yourself and your ability to become the person you know you can be.


Sol Negro by Luis Manuel Tejada via Wiki CommonsUNCOVER TRUTH – MAINTAIN STABILITY

Wednesday, April 20, 2016:

The challenges of Tuesday remain with us on Wednesday as the Libra Moon forms a square aspect to Pluto.  This simply reinforces our need to continue to pay attention to the level of integrity and kindness with which we live our lives.

Take a friend out to dinner, use kindness toward others as a way to move out of the difficulty in your energy field.

The energy continues to build toward the Scorpio Full Moon, which will be exact Friday at 1:24 AM EDT.  Focus on finding an objective balance between the need to dig into the muck to uncover truth and the desire to maintain the calm stability required to build the structure you need to support your good life.



Thursday, April 21, 2016:

The day begins with an opposition between the Libra Moon and Uranus.  For the rest of the day, the Moon is VOC*, suggesting a day useful for focused democracy and relationship building.  Do whatever is in front of you to do today.  Engage where you can make a difference.  Do not expect payback.  Do not hold the outcome in mind.

Allow your kindness to speak for itself and trust that whatever is yours, will come back in its right time.

The Moon enters Scorpio at 8:18 PM EDT, preparing for the Scorpio Full Moon, occurring in the early hours of Friday morning.  Expect your emotions to be in a highly responsive state as we build toward the full illumination of the lunar cycle that began on April 7th.  You may find that you are easily attuned to the feeling state of others.

Consider objectivity and emotional autonomy.  What would it be like to deeply love without the sticky sense of responsibility, guilt, and loss of self?



Friday, April 22, 2016:

The Scorpio Full Moon is exact at 1:24 AM EDT.  Consider what has grown from the intension that you planted at the Aries New Moon on April 7th.  Did you take the appropriate action at the First Quarter Moon on the 14th?  Where do you find yourself now?  Do you need to adjust your expectation or simply enjoy the release of creative energy?

This Full Moon is likely to leave us all feeling highly sensitive with a natural inclination to keep that emotional sensitivity private, almost a secret.

Attempting to remain objective and keep an emotional separation between yourself and this sensitivity may be desirable and possible with Venus conjunct Uranus (4:59 PM EDT).

Keep your eyes open to an unexpected experience, person, or situation coming into your life this week that will bring new perspective, excitement, and possibly a bit of anxiety.  This is the beginning of a cycle of unexpected movement within the arena of relationship, or resources.  Be prepared to open your eyes, heart, and mind in ways that will become more comfortable with time.

With Venus and Uranus connecting in the hot, aggressive sign of Aries it is important to allow yourself and others plenty of space and freedom.  Any attempt to control another person will certainly backfire.  Be open to new experiences.

Yes, you can re-write the rule book on love.  Do so wisely; you can change the rules radically as long as you do so with respect, love, and patience.

Once Again by Lincoln Austin located in Brisbane, Australia via Wiki Commons


Saturday, April 23, 2016:

The bulk of Saturday’s energies revolve around the Scorpio Moon and the aspects she makes.  When the Moon is in Scorpio, our emotions are deeply intense and private.  We feel more than usual and attach more passion and depth to our experience.

This is not a lighthearted day.  Do not expect connections to be simplistic, fun, or playful.  This is a time you will want to go to the depths of the situations you encounter.  You want what is real.  Superficiality has no place for any of us this weekend.  Spend the day by yourself or with deeply trusted confidants.

Ask: what is at the core of the matter?

Look in the mirror… allow yourself to explore the depths of your own inner heart and mind.  There is nothing to hide from yourself.  Open your mind to what is real and what is beneath the surface of what you show to the world.



Sunday, April 24, 2016:

There is nothing quite like the Sagittarius Moon to bring a more meaningful perspective on where we find ourselves.  The Moon leaves the intensity of Scorpio behind to enter Sagittarius at 8:47 AM EDT.

This would be a great day for a road trip, philosophical conversations with friends, or a loud and lively party!  Allow Monday to take care of itself.

For Sunday, give yourself a little space to just enjoy the simple energy of exploration and fun.

* 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: April 11, 2016 through April 17, 2016

Puente San Martin desde Roca Tarpeya by Angel Oliveras Guart via Wiki Commons

Puente San Martin desde Roca Tarpeya by Angel Oliveras Guart via Wiki Commons

We can anticipate a smoother journey through this week then last week.

The Aries New Moon on April 7th was an intense moment in time.  Whatever you began at that New Moon continues to profoundly impact your path forward.

The urgency for change will move us all forward, personally, communally, and globally.

Take every moment of this precious life seriously even as you seek pleasure and play.


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.






Monday, April 11, 2016:

Following the intensity of the past week, you may encounter a lingering sense of anxiety making it difficult to settle into normal workday routines.  I suppose that depends on what your normal workday routines consist of!

A great use of the energy Monday morning and into mid-afternoon would be to engage in all kinds of intellectual curiosity or exploration.  You may have the ability to see situations from a more diverse and unusual perspective as the Gemini Moon forms a sextile aspect to both Uranus and the Sun.

If possible, go ahead and leave work early.  Following a sextile to the Aries Sun, at 2:56 PM EDT the Gemini Moon will be VOC* until early Tuesday morning.  This is a time to spend without expectation of accomplishment.

Spend the late afternoon and evening with casual acquaintances and fair weather friends.  This is not an evening for deep connections or intellectual conversations but a time for witty banter and fun lighthearted interactions.  We all live in circumstances that can be seen from many perspectives.

This evening allow yourself to leave what is challenging and difficult behind and focus on simple exploration and fun.



Tuesday, April 12, 2016:

Tuesday begins with the Moon in nostalgic, family-oriented Cancer.  While the Moon is in Cancer, we tend to feel deeply sensitive, moody, and drawn to our memories of the past.

At 5:39 AM EDT, Mercury sextile Neptune suggests a pleasant time to explore creativity, music, film, or higher spiritual states.  Consider how your mind opens to the flow of imagination or inspiration.

Are you exploring the benefits of a meditation or other spiritual practice?  Is your spiritual practice opening your mind in ways that seem nearly intangible?  Do you find yourself working with deep imagination?  Do you feel the urge to write poetry?

Take some time to consider these possibilities.  If you are drawn to drugs, alcohol, or other methods of escape, turn your attention to music, poetry, or meditation.

At 3:16 PM EDT, Venus forms a trine aspect to Mars.  Whatever value – love or beauty-  that began to develop in November of 2015 is now well on its way to full illumination which will present with clarity in late May.  This lovely free flow of energy created by the trine between the planet of love and beauty (Venus) and the planet of assertive action (Mars) allows you to bring courage and action to all that you long for.

Everything seems possible in love and money.  Enjoy the sense of abundance.

One more thing: Happy Birthday to my son Elliot’s dad, John Lajza! J


Untitled by Mikhair Mikhailovich Tarkhavon via Wiki Commons

Untitled by Mikhair Mikhailovich Tarkhavon via Wiki Commons


Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

The Cancer Moon continues to hold us in its grasp throughout the day on Wednesday.  As she makes challenging contact with confrontational Pluto and unpredictable Uranus, there is a challenging twist added to an already emotionally touchy day.

It will be far too easy to take situations out of context and to proceed to take them very personally.  Be aware of the tendency to go on the defense without realizing that the situation may have very little to do with you.  Get out of your own way and stay out of the way of others.

This is a good day to keep your own company and find a way to see yourself and others more objectively.

The First Quarter Moon occurs just at midnight, impacting Wednesday night and Thursday.  Consider what began at the New Moon last Thursday (April 7th) and be sure to take some action to move that situation forward.  Look for the place of stress and you will know the action needed that will bring the situation to full illumination at the Full Moon next week.

The best way to deal with a day of this type of stress is to offer kindness to others. Remember that everyone around you is also dealing with this level of agitation and stress.  Help make it easier for others and it will automatically make it easier for you.



Thursday, April 14, 2016:

The basic energy we awake with on Thursday is suggested by the square aspect between the Sun (Aries) and the Moon (Cancer).  This is the First Quarter Square of the lunar cycle.  You may feel the need to push yourself to accomplish something significant that is a part of an ongoing project.

At 9:53 AM EDT, the Moon enters the playful, regal sign of Leo.  You may feel relief as you are able to let go of the anxiety, stress, and emotional sensitivity of the past few days.

At 11:27 AM EDT, Mercury in Taurus trine Jupiter in Virgo.  This aspect will serve us well as our minds are able to see a new perspective, the bright side that we really need right now.

This aspect offers stability to your thoughts and your ability to make decisions.  The cycle between Mercury and Jupiter is about the expansion of our ideas, developing faith and belief in the goodness of life, and helping us open to optimism.

This cycle began in early August 2015 challenged us strongly in the first days of December.  Now, we are able to see the benefits and the lighter touch we have developed within our thinking.



Friday, April 15, 2016:

As the Moon moves through Leo on Friday, she forms a Grand Trine with Mars in Sagittarius, Venus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius.  Your energetic body is alive and wants to fully express itself through dance, performance, or play.

The only glitch in the day is Moon square Mercury in the mid-afternoon, you may struggle to find concepts or words that allow you to express your true generosity of spirit and your ability to enliven others and bring delight to the table.  Lacking the ability to articulate all of this does not slow you down in finding other methods of expression.

Indeed, we have left the days of childhood behind.  That is no reason to neglect the creativity, imagination, and play of childhood.  Allow that sense of wonder to flare up again within your soul.

Nurture creativity and joy in every person you meet on Friday and Saturday.  Offer bottles of soap bubbles or other childlike toys to children and adults alike.

Seriously!  Imagine!  You will be surprised at the delight you can create, so simply, in the lives of others.

Much like a forgotten fire, your childhood can flare up again within you.  Encourage that ability now.  Allow yourself to seek pleasure and to offer that pleasure to others.

Порт Феста Матала by Л.Н. Шабаев via Wiki Commons

Порт Феста Матала by Л.Н. Шабаев via Wiki Commons


Saturday, April 16, 2016:

On Saturday, the Leo Moon forms a trine aspect to both Uranus and the Sun offering you the support and excitement you need to express your most authentic self without apology.  Pay attention and you will see that others are also expressing themselves deeply.  Make it a point to acknowledge and appreciate that expression in others.

Expect to encounter a delightful surprise, an unexpected thought, or an unusual communication that will shift your day to pleasure.

Leo is the sign of childlike playfulness.  Consider what it is that allows children to experience joy more simply than adults.  Children live in the present without concerns about money, productivity, or being cool.  They have no limits on their imagination, and they create and play with abandon.  Children are endlessly curious and love to perform without self-consciousness.

Live as a child on Saturday.  Remember, children don’t sleep late, so get up and enjoy the precious morning hours!

At 7:23PM EDT, the Moon enters Virgo, releasing the time of playful expression.  You may want to stay home, talk with close friends, or organize your closets on Saturday evening.  Playtime this weekend is clearly Friday, not Saturday night!



Sunday, April 17, 2016:

You may wake up with an intense focus on a subject that has deeply embedded itself within your mind since December 2015.  Your thinking is focused and powerful.  If you have a communication that must be delivered, this would be a good morning to proceed with that.  It will be easier to communicate and to be understood than you may expect.  This is a significant time for study, deep understanding, and communication on profoundly significant issues.

At 8:14 AM EDT, Mars turns retrograde at 8 degrees Sagittarius.  Mars will remain retrograde until June 29th when he will turn direct at 23 degrees Scorpio.  It is important to consider where this is occurring in your chart and your life.

During this time, we must look closely and honestly at our actions.  Are you concerned with how you are expressing your sexuality, assertiveness, and the manner with which you take direct action in your life?  These are issues that you will be called to consider over the coming 10 weeks.  Do your actions reflect your deepest values and beliefs?  Are you using your sexual energy and assertive strength to push forward in a way that truly reflects what is important to you?

This contemplation is not an easy one for many of us.  We tend to take action in these areas automatically.  It is important to look at your deepest integrity regarding your sexuality.

This would be a great time to have a consultation.  There is much to talk about that will be reflected in how this plays out in your individual chart.  You have 10 weeks to look carefully, get honest with yourself, and find ways to move forward with more clarity on your drive and sexuality.  Contact me for an appointment.

* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transits 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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