Astrolore’s Astrology Weather: Week of March 10, 2014 through March 16, 2014:

You can see by the pictures on this weeks post that Spring is on my mind. It still feels like Winter here in Vermont but hope for Spring is growing and the Seed Catalogs are the most popular reading material in many homes!

On the surface this appears to be a simple week. However, as we move ever closer to the Grand Cross in  April we feel the intensity beneath the surface growing. We will talk more of this in the coming weeks.

As we move into this week, follow your routines and those things that bring stability to your life. The Moon travels through the Signs of Cancer, Leo, and Virgo this week; entering Libra on Sunday evening.

Last week with the Moon moving through the most personal signs of Aries, Taurus, and Gemini we were very concerned with our own process, how we approach our lives, and the impact that others have on us.

This week the Moon’s travels bring us more into contact with how we impact others. We are more interested in nurturing and caring for others, allowing others to see who we are beneath the surface, and finding ways that we can be of service to others. This week we engage with our impact on others on a very personal level.

In the past few weeks we have encountered so many planets reversing direction, we are still adjusting to the new manner of motion!  Mercury went direct on February 28th, Mars turned retrograde on March 1st, Saturn also reversed on March 2nd, and Jupiter turned direct on March 6th! A bit of stability of direction will feel good!

Monday, March 10, 2014:

The week starts on an emotional note! Anticipate waking up on Monday morning feeling highly in-tune with your needs for nurturing, loving, and being loved.  We may be a bit off kilter, cranky, nostalgic, and discontented this morning as that Cancer Moon makes stressful contact with both Uranus and Pluto.

This connection serves to activate the close, building Square between these two; Uranus and Pluto. Keep in mind that the energy of Pluto is the energy of transformation, destruction, and empowerment; the energy of Uranus is the energy of revolution and sudden irreversible changes that blast us into the future. As these two very powerful energies come together there is a great deal of stress and pressure that demands change. Whatever area of you life you feel this tension in, contemplate what changes you know must be embraced. Resistance to change is not recommended! 
In relating with your loved ones, give them more slack than usual. Trust that each of us are doing the very best we can in terms of loving and caring for each other.
These are stressful times; kindness is the gift that will serve all of us. Offer it to everyone you encounter.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014:

Tuesday begins with Mercury Squaring Saturn, bringing a serious edge to your thoughts and ideas. Is there something that you need to say that you are uncomfortable about? Have you taken on an important responsibility or project that you know you need to face head-on? This is probably related to something that became very difficult in your life, most likely in October or November, 2013. Perhaps it relates to something you agreed to or made a commitment to at that time. What needs to be spoken of regarding that commitment now?
If you take a step forward on this issue it will take much stress off your mind. Move forward to fulfill your responsibility. It likely will require an effort of mature communication on Tuesday.
At 3:51 PM EDT the Cancer Moon  Squares Mars, this is her final aspect while in Cancer and is followed by a VOC Moon until 10:09 PM EDT when the Moon enters Leo! Before you fall asleep Tuesday night honor the Leo Moon with one truly generous act!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014:

On Wednesday you will want to get out and allow the world to see who you really are! Show your generosity, seek appreciation and love!
The Moon is in Leo all day!  The two main connections the Leo Moon makes on Wednesday are to Venus early in the morning and to Uranus later in the evening. Both Aspect are of a positive nature. We can anticipate the focus of the day to be on love, beauty and unusual connections with others! We may connect in unusual ways or with unusual people!

Generosity is abundant; generosity of love, money, friendship, and/or beauty. Be available to except what is so freely offered.

Thursday, March 13, 2014:

On Tuesday we talked about looking back to the Fall-time regarding some seriousness of thought or responsibility. Today, we once again look back at that time. On Thursday we, once again, come to the same process but with a lighter touch and without the struggle! We sense the ability to intuitively push this issue forward in a very productive manner. Do you know what the issue is in your life? The moon continues through Leo and I’m hoping there’s some generosity that is involved in pushing forward what began as a very serious issue or commitment in the Fall-time.
The Moon continues through Leo all day. Shine the light of generosity on any person, animal, or situation that you encounter. Be the Light, the Generosity, the Warmth! In this way you can make a huge impact on everyone in your world!

Friday, March 14, 2014:

Friday begins with the Moon VOC in the generous, playful sign of Leo but doesn’t linger there long. At 10:18 AM EDT the Moon enters more stable terrain as she moves into Virgo. This should be a highly productive day, we all know that Virgo likes to work, and enjoys the satisfaction of a job well done. Mercury (which rules Virgo) forms a Trine to Mars on Saturday as well, bringing a good deal of energy to our thoughts. This is a day to act on our thoughts and think about our actions!

Yes, Mars is retrograde; indeed, keep this in mind! Contemplate how you have worked with the energy and the issues of Mars in the past. Determine how best to work with these issues as you move forward. Consider issues of aggression, assertiveness, sexuality, anger, and violence. How can you see your relationship to these issues in a new light? Do you need to make peace with something from your past that is reflected here? Hold no ill will toward yourself or others; seek friendliness and compassion to self and others for misuse of energy.

Saturday, March 15, 2014:

What a lovely Saturday as we reach for Sunday’s Full Moon! This looks like a day with plenty of room for expansion and empowerment and without complications! The Moon is in Virgo all day pushing us forward to accomplish whatever we put our focus on! This will be a powerful weekend. Don’t waste it. Set a plan and get something significant accomplished. A major home or building project could be accomplished more easily than you may expect. Better yet, help someone else with a project they are unable to complete on their own. You will shine if you put yourself in service to others! Think ahead and make a significant plan for this weekend!

Sunday, March 16, 2014:

This entire week has been building to the point of this VIRGO FULL MOON at 1:09 PM EDT on Sunday. On March 1st at the New Moon in Pisces we began the current Lunar Cycle. How have things progressed since that time? A Full Moon suggests a release of creative energy, and a full illumination, of what began at the New Moon.

This Full Moon falls at 26° Virgo, the energy expressed or released is one of discrimination and humility. What ever it is you are creating in this Cycle involves service and kindness to others. Contemplate what part of yourself is being perfected in order to have an offering to serve the higher good of humankind.  The moon is VOC following the Full Moon at 1:09 PM EDT until she enters Libra at 8:46 PM EDT. Next week we will begin on a note of diplomacy and seeking out beauty in our relationship and our surroundings.

* In my weekly reports I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*VOC (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

Astrology Weather Report – Mercury turns Direct, Pisces New Moon; February 24, 2014 – March 2, 2014

This week as the Moon moves through Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces your outlook is apt to be less about those in your immediate surroundings and more about humanity in general. You may seek to become more engaged with humanitarian issues rather than personal issues.

This is an active week! You will feel relief when Mercury turns direct on Friday. Yay! You’ve traveled this far, only a few days to go! I hope you have used the Mercury Retrograde well and gotten a great deal of old projects crossed off your lists!

On Saturday the New Moon occurs at 10degrees Pisces, and Mars turns Retrograde!

I will talk more about Mars Retrograde over the coming days and weeks. As we move from one Retrograde to another (first Venus was retrograde, then Mercury, and now Mars and Saturn) we must continue to clean up issues from our past. During Mars Retrograde it is important to reevaluate our sexuality, our intimate relationships and any relationships that have held a core of anger since April 2012. You may be asked to look deeply into the ways that you manage anger and aggression. Mars will remain Retrograde until May 19, 2014

This week the Sun pulls ahead of Neptune and the fog of the previous week will lift. You may see reality more clearly, although there will be a bit of a trade-off. As you gain clarity you lose some inspiration and creativity.

Monday, February 24, 2014:

When you wake on Monday morning the Moon will be VOC in Sagittarius. You may not want to get moving but you probably feel relatively light-hearted. A shift happens almost immediately, taking on a heavier tone as the Moon enters Capricorn at 8:51 AM EST. The Moon in Capricorn brings an ambitious start to the week as we head into work with a serious attitude and a high level of work ethic.

At the end of the day Venus will Sextile Saturn. This will continue its affect into Tuesday. Think back to mid September 2013. This was the beginning of the current Cycle between Venus and Saturn. What issues regarding your creativity or personal relationships were asking for seriousness, structure, or commitment at that time?

On Monday or Tuesday you will be well advised to revisit that issue; look how far you have come in its development. This will be a good time to reassess the direction you are going in this regard. This is not a time to act on the situation, but a time to research and explore the current direction and alternative directions forward.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014:

Tuesday is most likely to be a serious day with the very little space for humor or pleasure. Luckily we still have Venus Sextile Saturn in effect. This reflects an open opportunity to stabilize and structure your love relationships or your creativity. This is a good time to reassess the depth of your commitments in relationships and in your process of creativity.

However the Capricorn Moon makes harsh aspects to both Uranus, Pluto, and Jupiter. Your emotional nature may feel closed down; consider that behind the harsh wall there is a rawness and the need to make a powerful and possibly difficult shift in your life. There is little humor here.

Please remember this and take the opportunity to offer kindness to others. Go out in search of someone who needs a kind word. Don’t allow yourself to get wrapped too tightly in your own issues. Life is not easy and kindness is much needed by everyone you meet. If you give what you need you will be enriched more than you can imagine.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014:

Wednesday may begin with that same heavy energy of yesterday but will shift early!

The Moon enters Aquarius at 9:56 AM EST; this will lighten things up considerably! Our attention reaches out to a crisply sharp exploration of ideas and intellectual pursuits. We may feel excitement as we are pulled to the future leaving behind the heaviness of the past few days.

Take a moment to consider the latter half of 2010; consider your state of intellectual or spiritual expansion. Where in your life was there something unusual blossoming in your life? Did it have something to do with travel, spirituality, education, publishing, mind expansion?

Jupiter Squares Uranus today. Whatever began in 2010 is demanding attention now. You were very likely asked to take action, to push these desires forward last August, once again Now, and again in April 2014. If you know where in your chart 10° Aries and 10° Cancer fall, you will find clues to the situation and the actions necessary.

The full results of this project/new way of thinking (the one that began in 2010) will be fully illuminated and fully expressed in the Spring of 2017. As you take steps forward set your goals with that time in mind. It is only 3 years away!

Thursday, February 27, 2014:

You can anticipate a pleasant and possibly exciting day on Thursday! This is a day to seek freedom and expression, to allow your mind to explore and express innovation! Consider the movement forward you would like to see on the level of culture and your own community. Consider where you are being of help to the community and future generations; consider where you could offer more of yourself in this regard. The Moon is an Aquarius all day making pleasant aspects to Uranus and Mercury. Your mind is active with unusual and exciting ideas.

It may be of benefit to spend the later part of the evening alone, engaged in a more serious endeavor, or head to sleep early, as the Moon Squares Saturn Saturn at 11:12PM EST.

Friday, February 28, 2014:

Yay! On Friday you will be happy to know that Mercury (18° Aquarius) turns direct at 8:59AM EST. I hope that you watched my video and were able to utilize this Mercury retrograde well! I hope you accomplished as much as I did! Much has been removed from that old ‘to-do list’!

There will be a lightness in your step as you head to work this morning!

The Moon enters Pisces at 9:53AM EST and connects with Neptune at 6:16PM EST. You may feel dreamy, a bit disconnected, and sensitive throughout the day. The Sun Trines Jupiter at 11:05PM EST. This brings you into deep waters of emotion tonight; offering the opportunity for a delightfully romantic evening or substantial surreal dreams through the night.

Depending on your situation there will be love and romance, nostalgia and tears, or deep empathy and compassion. Consider which one of these scenarios will best serve your situation and open to that energy.

Saturday, March 1, 2014:

Saturday begins with the New Moon in Pisces! The New Moon is the end of one cycle and the start of a new monthly cycle.

Consider what you want to begin today; what you want to bring into fruition. This should somehow be related to your imagination, your intuition, or your offering of yourself in service to humanity. Take time to consider what it is you are creating, put it on paper, create a ceremony to make it real in your own heart and mind. Join with others to offer support as you each bring some reality to that which is intangible.

Mars turns Retrograde this morning at 27° Libra. Wherever that falls in your chart pay attention; look at where and how you are using your direct energy. Mars will remain retrograde until May 19, 2014. This will offer you the opportunity to reassess your sexuality and your aggressive nature. There may be issues from the past that need to be understood in a new way.

Sunday, March 2, 2014:

Sunday will be a lovely morning to wake slowly, have an early breakfast with friends or simply pamper yourself with pleasure if you are alone. The Pisces Moon is VOC* following a sweet Sextile to Venus.

At 10:39AM EST the Moon enters Aries. A trip to the ski slopes or a hike in the woods would be an ideal way to spend this Sunday afternoon. Your physical energy will be high and exercise will bring out the very best in you physically and emotionally.

At 11:18AM EST Saturn turns Retrograde at 23° Scorpio. You will be revisiting your ambitions, your ability and willingness to work hard, and your integrity over the coming months (Saturn will turn direct once again on July 20, 2014).
Sunday afternoon Venus Squares Mars. You may want to prepare, and consider the best ways to manage a certain amount of stress or challenges in your most intimate relationships. Do not try to avoid the stress, find ways to use it! Play tennis together, go on that hike. Use energy between you wisely. Sexual play can be the best use! Make a plan. How you use this energy can set the stage for the upcoming week!

* In my weekly reports I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*VOC (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

Responsibility & Reflection

Here we come to the end of another intense week.

Today’s CAPRICORN MOON begins the weekend with a great deal of emotional attachment to our ambitions, our ability to organize, and make use of our resources.

We may be surprised at the end of the day to see how far we have come, how much has been accomplished.

In the early morning hours The MOON makes stressful contact with the infamous URANUS SQUARE PLUTO transit that presents a perfect reflection of the irrevocable shifts, sinkholes, and transmutation of our world.

This reflection is clearly evident in our personal lives, our families, our communities, our nations, our planet, and even our Universe!

This evening also brings us to the FIRST QUARTER MOON (CAPRICORN).

Last Friday’s NEW MOON (exactly connecting with Uranus Square Pluto) was a very significant point in time.

Wow! It certainly uprooted my life! Funny how everything can change on a dime!

Look at your own personal circumstances. What began in your life, what came forth last weekend that now needs to be addressed in a serious manner?

Where in your life is it time to step up to the plate, accept your position of authority and responsibility and move forward with maturity into the unknown future.

Facing this reality will bring more beauty, grace, and balance to your life.

What is the appropriate action to take at this time in order to follow the path begun at last Friday’s LIBRA NEW MOON?

That is today’s consideration.

Virgo New Moon

Today’s VIRGO NEW MOON is exact at 7:36AM EDT.

I just love the energy of the past few days that led us into this month’s Virgo New Moon!

For several days we have been in the Dark of the Moon; a time of quiet preparation, a time of introspection and of closing doors that we no longer need to go through.

Each month as the Lunar Cycle comes to a close, and the Moon draws closer to the Sun (the New Moon occurs as the two unite), the Moon releases all but the deepest seed kernel of wisdom from the previous cycle.
The final aspect made by the Moon before she entered Virgo was a sweet Sextile to Venus, the planet of love and beauty (at 1:53PM EDT on Tuesday).

Following the connection to Venus, the Moon was VOC (void-of-course) for 16+ hours, between 1:53PM EDT on Tuesday and 6:44AM EDT on Wednesday) offering a gentle entry to guide us into this month’s New Moon phase.

Today, consider what Virgo means and how we can best work with the energies presented.

This is the time to begin new habits, to pay attention to the details, to clean up clutter that is within our minds and/or our environment.

Mercury rules Virgo; Mercury reflects all that relates to our minds, our way of thinking and communicating. This is a great time to develop new habits of mind.

Develop routines and habits of mindfulness, pay attention to your mind, to what you think about and what you speak about.

Bring simplicity to your thought processes, release complications. Spend the next few days exploring where you want to go and how well the details of your life and your habits support your direction.

Consider how we develop habits and how we can change them to better support our lives!

There is one more very important thing to consider at this Virgo New Moon. Virgo is the most selfless of the signs. Virgo wants to perfect something within itself to offer as a service to all of humanity. Consider what there is for you to perfect for the benefit of others.

First consider your potential to be of service to others. How can you help in this world? Who needs what you have to offer?

Ask yourself: how can my life serve the betterment of humanity?

Whatever it is that you can do does not have to be huge. It can be as simple as a kind word to the cashier at the grocery store, a helping hand when it is needed but not expected.

What can you do to help? It doesn’t have to be profound. The tiniest acts of kindness can change everything!

Remember the butterfly effect! e.g. a butterfly flapping its wings in South America can affect the weather in Central Park. The small things we do can be of great impact!

Have a lovely day!

The Lunar Phases and How to Use Them – Part 1

I think today is a great day to begin to talk about the Cycles of the Moon.

Funny that we call it the Lunar Phases, or the Moon Cycles when it is really the relationship between the Sun and the Moon that is being discussed.

The Moon does not go through the visual changes we see on her own. It is  through her  relationship with the energy and the light of the Sun that changes how we see the shape of the Moon throughout the month.

Understanding these Cycles and learning how to use them, provides us with a powerful tool that can be used to assist in the organization of our lives.

As we work with these cycles we come to an important understanding of cycles in general. 

As we follow the path of the Moon we come to see how all pairs of planets, and, indeed, all of life, progress through these same cycles. 

The visual drama of the Moon Phases enables us to see and understand how these cycles work and how they relate to the cycles of all planets and all of life.

The Lunar Cycle begins at the NEW MOON which represents and speaks to us of birth and beginnings. This is a time to begin projects, to plant  seeds, to breath life into something that we hope will expand and grow.

Friday, January 11th was the first New Moon of 2013.

When the Moon is in the New Phase it is aligned with the Sun. Therefore when the Sun is in Capricorn, it stands to reason that the New Moon is also in Capricorn.

Next month when the Sun is in Aquarius the corresponding New Moon will be in Aquarius, and so on through all the signs of the zodiac. This cycle actually begins at the Spring Equinox with the New Moon in Aries.

The Full Moon follows the New Moon each month when the Moon has traveled half way through the zodiac and is opposing the Sun.

It takes approximately 2 weeks for the Moon to move from New to Full, to move half way around the zodiac.

In this way the Full Moon is in the sign opposite where it was at the New Moon. Therefore the next Full Moon falls on January 26th in Cancer (the opposite sign to Capricorn).

In February the New Moon will be in Aquarius and the Full Moon will be in it’s opposite sign of Leo.

As we learn to work with these Cycles it is best to begin with month sized projects so that it will be clear how the cycles works. 

For the time being lets present a simple listing of the Phases of the cycle and an explanation of how to work with each of the eight phases.

The New Moon begins the Cycle. It is the birth, the beginning, the emergence of something new. This is the time to place your intention on a particular action. During this phase a seed is planted, stimulated by vision and inspiration. Time alone in meditation or visualization is of value.

The Crescent Phase (3.5 days after the New Moon) This is a time of expansion, growth, and opportunity. This is the time to investigate, research, and gather information to support the idea that was planted at the New Moon. Write an affirmation, commit to the goal, light a candle.

The First Quarter Phase (a week after the New Moon) This is the time in the cycle to take an important action necessary to proceed toward the goal. This is a time of action, growth, and expression of the direction you are moving.  Contact others for assistance, help, and support. Act now.

The Gibbous Phase (2.5 days after the First Quarter) This is the time in the cycle to keep your eyes wide for adjustments that should be made as we await the full bloom of our goal. At this point it is important to continue preparations and trust the coming bloom! Rest in the wait, analyze, wait without judgement or worry. Continue to analyze and trust.

The Full Moon Phase (2 weeks after the New Moon) is the time when you are given a full view of the results of the seed that was planted at the New Moon. Here we have full illumination, full understanding of the process, and yet still the ability to make adjustments. Open your heart to the understanding of others, and the expression of what you intended at the New Moon. Allow full expression, awareness, and understanding.

The Disseminating Moon Phase (2.5 days after the Full Moon) is the time of the cycle when we see how much we have learned and are ready to share our new understanding with others.  By teaching others we gain much clarity and more expansive awareness. At this time we give back to those who have supported us in the process and distribute our love and knowledge. Share with others.

The Last Quarter Moon (1 week after the Full Moon) At this phase we realign, revision, and begin the process of letting go of this portion of your goal. Here we take action to close, to complete the activities we have been involved with in this process. At this point we are able to see what has and what has not worked in our plan for this goal and this cycle. Take responsibility for what you have created.

The Balsamic Moon Phase – the Dark of the Moon (2 – 5 days after the Last Quarter Moon) Now we are brought to the ending of this cycle. It is time to begin the action of releasing, transforming, and renewing our position. Now we  reflect on the passage of time and the passage of the cycle in order to prepare for the end of this cycle and the beginning of another. At this time we boil down all our understanding into the seed form that will be planted for the next cycle. It is time to let go, to trust, to prepare for the next phase that is coming. Become still.

More on these Cycles in the coming week! Stick with me! :)

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