Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: February 20, 2017 through February 26, 2017

There’s a lot of activity this week. Keep your eyes open, Pay attention to your environment and what it is asking of you. On Sunday, we have a Full Moon Solar Eclipse at 9:53 AM EST at 8° Pisces. Remember, eclipses are game changers. How is your life shifting beneath your feet? Pay attention.

Dans les Oliviers by John Singer Sargent via Wiki Commons

Dans les Oliviers by John Singer Sargent via Wiki Commons


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Monday, February 20, 2017:

The Sagittarius Moon is having conversations of excitement and ease with assertive Mars, conversational Mercury, revolutionary Uranus, and expansive Jupiter! All of this before noon!

Please, get up early and get on with this day. There is great activity and shifting perspectives will be available. This should be a great morning for planning or implementing a road trip or in some way expanding your world-view.

Given all the activity and excitement, do keep your feet firmly anchored on the ground. At 6:37 PM EST, you may encounter restriction or have to face reality on an issue you were hoping to avoid.

As you are heading toward sleep on Monday night, you may be blindsided by excitement or anxiety. You may receive a message, hear or read something that activates your thinking in a way that makes falling asleep challenging!

If there is a conversation that you need to have or something you need to research, you may as well stay up late.

Some idea or conversation is offered that may change the fabric of your thinking over the coming weeks. At 11:01 PM EST, Mercury, the planet that represents our thoughts and communication forms a sextile aspect to Uranus, the awakener. Perhaps, there is something that needs to be released unexpectedly in order for deeper understanding and a new idea to be birthed in late March.

The Sagittarius Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 6:37 PM EST until she enters have Capricorn at 2:07 AM EST in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Remember, when the Moon is VOC* there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have significant future impact.




Tuesday, February 21, 2017:

When you wake on Tuesday, the Moon is in ambitious Capricorn encouraging you to engage in mature, responsible activities. The serious Capricorn Moon stabilizes the idealism of Pisces as a sextile aspect forms between the Moon and the Sun (in Pisces) at 8:16 AM EST. Get to work early and plan on making great strides of accomplishment. You have the stamina to maintain a powerful work ethic and focus throughout Tuesday.

Keep exerting pressure on the focused maturity of your effort.

At 1:27 PM EST, a flowing trine aspect forms between mental Mercury and expansive Jupiter. Think back to an idealistic view or idea that began to take hold between August and October of 2016. That idea has been mightily challenged, has had space to grow, and now flourishes. Open your mind to idealism and hope.

The Lament for Icarus by Herbert James Draper via Wiki Commons




Wednesday, February 22, 2017:

Please keep in mind that fighting battles that you have no control over the outcome and simply cannot win will simply drain you and leave you mentally and emotionally vulnerable.

A square aspect formed between two plants represents a challenge. The energies of the two plants involved are working at cross-purposes. On Wednesday, a square aspect forms between aggressive Mars and obsessive Pluto. This holds a powerful shadow over much of the week, but watch most closely for it on Wednesday.

Understand that this suggests a high potential for conflict, anger, and power struggles.

Consider where you can best direct your warrior spirit. Make a constructive difference in your world with this powerful energy. Dynamic Mars squares the hidden forces of coercive Pluto at 4:02 AM EST.

Focus your attention on what you can change. Go inward and get clear about your responsibilities and consciously consider where you can direct your energy for the greater good of all. Beating your head against the wall is not useful; try gathering like-minded folks together to discuss current events.

The start of this cycle was on October 19, 2016. Watch the political drama that is playing out!

The Capricorn Moon takes everything seriously and also forms difficult aspects to angry Mars, unsettling Uranus, and powerful Pluto. This is a challenging day, use it well, and with respect and caution.

The Capricorn Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 10:24 PM EST until she enters Aquarius at 12:18 PM EST on Thursday afternoon. Remember, when the Moon is VOC* there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have significant future impact.




Thursday, February 23, 2017:

Thursday morning, you will most likely still be in the grip of the challenges that Wednesday’s aspect of Mars square Pluto brought. Don’t miss your daily meditation practice. It will serve you well.

At 12:18 PM EST, the Moon (the holder of our ‘feeling nature’) enters unemotional Aquarius. This will bring the relief of a cool detachment. Any emotional intensity held over from Wednesday can now wash away, being replaced with a more intellectual, detached perspective.

Aquarius allows us to see the world objectively enabling us to plan accordingly. We see the big picture as we plan humanitarian rebellion. Watch what is happening around the world. There is instability that demands that we each look at the bigger picture and join together with others to plan accordingly.

Mercury (currently in Aquarius) is the planet of thinking and communicating. At 4:45 PM EST, Mercury sextile serious Saturn. A sextile aspect is an opportunity.

Generally speaking, we want to say yes to the opportunities that a sextile presents. This opportunity is one of speaking your mind. If there is something you need to say, now is the time to say it. This is a wonderful aspect for writers, speakers, or anyone who has something to say!

The Capricorn Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) until she enters Aquarius at 12:18 PM EST. Remember, when the Moon is VOC* there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have significant future impact.




Friday, February 24, 2017:

Finally, we come to a day that offers simplicity.  The Moon continues through objective and rebellious Aquarius. Your ideas and emotions continue their focus on the needs of the larger culture. When the Moon is in Aquarius, we are able to see outside of ourselves to the issues that impact humanity at large.

At 10:41 AM EST, when the Moon forms a sweet sextile to lovely Venus, the planet of beauty and love, our hearts open to the harshness in the state of our world. You are able to see into the eyes of those less fortunate and seek ways to be of help.

Your task for Friday is to find an avenue to direct your attention, efforts, and money to help the world outside of your little personal bubble.

Pillangók by Csontváry Kosztka Tivadar via Wiki Commons

Pillangók by Csontváry Kosztka Tivadar via Wiki Commons



Saturday February 25, 2017:

Get up early on Saturday morning and gather together with friends or family. This is a lovely day with positive aspects to assertive Mars, unusual Uranus, expansive Jupiter, and stabilizing Saturn. You will be able to get a lot accomplished or simply have a lot of fun during the bulk of the day.

Things change when, at 6:07 PM EST, mental Mercury follows the Sun into dreamy, mystical Pisces and the Moon follows on its heels at 7:25 PM EST. We now have a serious pile-up of planets in sensitive Pisces.  With our focus on the surreal Pisces energy, you may struggle to understand what is nearly unknowable.

What is under the surface of your life that you cannot quite see? Perhaps, it shows up as a vague shadow. What are you unable to see clearly? Taking time in meditation over the coming days will be highly valuable.

We are also in the Dark of the Moon as we approach the New Moon and Solar Eclipse which will be exact on Sunday morning. Go inward for understanding; there is more intensity right around the corner. It is important to strengthen your soul’s purpose and direction.

The Aquarius Moon is VOC* (think of it as being adrift, without focus or connection) from 1:12 PM EST until she enters Pisces at 7:25 PM EST. Remember, when the Moon is VOC* there will be no result from anything that is begun. This is neutral; not good, not bad, it simply suggests that whatever occurs will not have significant future impact.




Sunday, February 26, 2017:

Sunday is a significant day! First, we have the New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 9:59 AM EST. You may feel plunged into darkness and confusion. Do not despair. Keep your eyes open, allow inspiration and transcendent mysteries to be revealed. It may be difficult to see fantasy from reality so allow yourself to hold a soft focus.

This is not a day to make solid decisions, and not a day to allow yourself to get lost in confusion or escape. Hold steady. Spend time in meditation, creating art, listening to music, or opening your heart to compassion.

Eclipses open new doorways, they can put our feet on a new and unexpected pathway. Life can change on a dime.

Accentuating all of that is the conjunction between Mars and Uranus at 7:19 PM EST. This begins a two-year cycle of assertive, revolutionary change. This aspect occurs at 22° Aries. To understand where in your personal life this change, begin by looking to where 22° Aries falls in your natal chart. If you want to understand more about your personal chart, please contact me for a consultation ( You will learn a great deal about yourself and your path forward.

* 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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Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: March 9, 2015 through March 15, 2015

We are still waiting. The final exact square between Uranus and Pluto comes next Monday.

The pressure is on!

There is no question as to the intensity of this week. When Mars, currently in his glory in Aries, lines up with Uranus and squares Pluto, it is anyone’s guess how this will manifest.

Be sure to practice kindness and compassion to yourself and others. Enjoy the intensity; ride with the changes!


Woman with a Harp by John Armstrong

Woman with a Harp by John Armstrong

Monday, March 9, 2015:

Monday begins with the Libra Moon VOC* until she enters Scorpio at 9:10 AM EDT. Remember, that Sunday night we began Daylight Savings Time and our clocks moved ahead an hour.

It is difficult to get up an hour earlier on Monday morning knowing we will not gain that hour of sleep back until next Fall.

With the Moon in Scorpio and all the intensification that this period of time holds, pay attention to what hidden issues or secrets may be revealed. Be aware that any secrets you have may come to light at this time as well.

Be prepared to deal with such revelations with as much integrity as you’re able to. It will serve each of us well to look deeply into our own motivations at this time. Give yourself and others space to make mistakes and ask forgiveness.

Remember we are all human, we all make mistakes. Within the depths of our souls is a core of basic goodness that is never marred regardless of what mistakes we have made. Honor yourself and others with integrity, kindness, and open-hearted acceptance.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015:

Tuesday brings a trine aspect between Mars and Jupiter that brings our attention back to July of 2013. A trine aspect offers a free flow of energy! This offers powerful incentive to expand courage in some area of our lives.

On Wednesday, as Mars moves through Aries (the sign of his ruler-ship), he conjuncts Uranus and squares Pluto. We are less than a week away from the final square between these two powerful planets. This is extremely powerful, dramatic, unpredictable energy that will be a challenge for all of us to manage! With the Moon in Scorpio, you may want to ask; what are the secrets that are hidden beneath the surface? Where are we holding energy that is potentially dangerous, destructive, and deeply transformative?

Keep your physical energy, anger, and drive in check. Be aware of any personal tendencies to anger or destructive behaviors. Stay out of situations that will trigger the more negative side of Mars. Play safe, stay safe.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

Okay! There is no denying the intensity of this day. At 11:05 AM EDT, Mars conjunct Uranus at 15° Aries; at 5:40 PM EDT Mars square Pluto.

If we simply think about the keywords for these three planets, we will have an idea of the energy involved. Mars represents action, courage, assertiveness, anger, violence, and war. Uranus is about sudden change, innovation, revolution, defiance, and inspiration. Pluto is about destruction, subversion, transformation, hidden forces, and empowerment. Bringing these three energies together within the powerful sign of Capricorn and the ‘take no prisoners’ sign of Aries suggests that we will want to pay careful attention to this day and this entire week!

Please spend extra time in meditation and pay careful attention to your personal triggers.

The final exact hit of the square between Uranus and Pluto is very close at hand (Monday, March 16). Powerful energies continue to build.

The final aspect of the Scorpio Moon is a square to Mercury at 3:46 PM EDT. Following this aspect, the Moon is VOC* until 7:31 PM EDT when she enters Sagittarius. We wish we could breathe a sigh of relief but we are still in the clutches of this very powerful day. The final aspect of the Scorpio Moon is a square to Mercury, pay careful attention to your communications and conversations with others, particularly between 3:46 PM and 7:31 PM EDT. Watch your words and be aware of your body language. If you feel yourself moving toward high agitation, take time out, go for a walk, or sit in meditation.

Thin Man Wearing a Derby by John Armstrong

Thin Man Wearing a Derby by John Armstrong

Do not try to avoid this energy by watching television, eating ice cream, or engaging in some other addictive way of avoiding your feelings. Become comfortable within the discomfort that is the astrological weather we are experiencing. Look at reality, no drama needed. Stay clear and allow this transformative energy to move you without regret.

In order to maintain the lack of regret, you will want to watch your words and actions carefully.


Thursday, March 12, 2015:

Thursday observe those around you and come to understand how others are assimilating and working with the changes in their lives. Remember that you do not live in a vacuum. The people you encounter are experiencing deep internal changes similar to your own.

Yes, it is possible that you are one of the lucky ones, not experiencing these energies directly. Even if that is the case, you live in the same weather patterns as the rest of us. Even if these weather patterns are not actively grinding the changes into your life, you are witnessing it in your loved ones. You may see it reflected in your neighbor’s lives, and you likely see it in the bigger arena of culture and community.

We are being transformed. Transformation is never an easy process. Neither cultures nor individuals can be transformed without growing pains. The more we fight the changes the harder the process becomes.

Ride the waves, open your arms, open your heart, and accept the changing patterns of your life. This transformation will deliver you to a new place, a new understanding of your experience, and a new world perspective! Embrace change.


Friday, March 13, 2015:

The message for Friday is all about letting go; releasing.

The Moon is in Sagittarius forming her final aspect, a trine to Venus at 7:11 PM EDT. Following that lovely aspect, the Moon enters VOC*, lasting until Saturday morning at 2:40 AM EDT when she will enter Capricorn. Friday also brings us to the Third Quarter Moon at 22° Sagittarius.

It is important on Friday to manage the stress between our need to move forward with open exploration and our equally strong reticence to do so. The Third Quarter square Moon Phase, like the First Quarter is formed from a square aspect between the Sun and the Moon. Square aspects always create stress; when enough stress is created we have no choice but to take action. At the First Quarter Moon, the action taken is part of the building process, of creation. At the Third Quarter phase, it is a necessity to break down and let go as we are approaching the end of the cycle. The internal discomfort provides the impetus to release, to let go.

A new cycle is on the horizon as we release what has served its purpose and it is now becoming a thing of the past.

Once again, I feel compelled to remind each of you to be kind to others. Understanding, even in a small way how the planetary cycles work, gives us a perspective that most people don’t have. Use that perspective to assist yourself and others along the path.


Garden of Contemplation by John Armstrong

Garden of Contemplation by John Armstrong

Saturday, March 14, 2015:

By the time we wake up Saturday morning, the Moon has entered Capricorn. We are encouraged to take this weekend very seriously. This is a weekend for serious endeavors, not for frivolous socializing or play. This will be a good weekend for solitary endeavors; for building or creating structures and solid forms in our lives.

At 11:01 AM EDT, Saturn turns retrograde at 4° Sagittarius. Saturn will remain retrograde until August 2, 2015. That gives us a 4 ½ month stretch where we must backtrack a bit to reassess the commitments, projects, and responsibilities that we have undertaken in the past. This is a time when we may need to back out of commitments and is not a time to take on new ones. Pay careful attention to the areas of your life that cause frustration or leave you feeling trapped or confined. Pay attention before this sense gets too strong; draw a line in the sand. Say “NO” where and when you need to say “NO”.

Do not start new business activities while Saturn is retrograde; work where you find yourself, go back and strengthen the structures that are already in place. During this time, it is very important that you look clearly and realistically at yourself. Examine your life in terms of personal responsibility and integrity. If you have not taken your responsibilities seriously, if you have not lived your life with integrity, you may find yourself during this time being held accountable. Whatever comes up, in this regard, deal with it now, do not try to sweep it under the rug. Face your responsibilities with clarity and integrity.


Sunday, March 15, 2015:

Very early Sunday morning, the Capricorn Moon will square Uranus and conjunct Pluto. I would recommend sleeping as late as you can with as little connection to other people as possible early in the day. Later in the afternoon, the energy will loosen up a little bit, but your best use of this will be to work on your taxes, to do paperwork, to get necessary solitary hard work accomplished. Once you have a clear sense of accomplishment and have prepared for the upcoming week, go to bed early. We truly cannot expect this to be an easy week. Monday, March 16th is the final exact ‘hit’ of the Uranus Pluto square. Remember this process has been transforming our lives and our world since the summer of 2012!

Now, we will begin the long process of assimilating the transformation and deep change to our personal lives, the culture, and the world around us.

Once again, please take this reminder seriously: practice kindness and compassion to others. We are all the same under the skin. We are all deserving of kindness, compassion, and love. Spread love; it will come back to you tenfold!
This week: The VOC* Moon!

VOC* (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.

Block off these times in your schedule and avoid making significant decisions or working on important projects during these times. During VOC* Moon, focus on routine tasks. You will be surprised at how this one change will smooth the edges of your life!

Do you have questions about what is appropriate to do or not do during the VOC* moon? A simple way to think about it is to ask a simple question. Do I hope that this activity will amount to something? If the activity does not need to amount to anything, go ahead with it! If you have an expectation or desire that this action is going to amount to something, do not do it while the Moon is VOC*. Think about the time you bought a book you were certain you were going to love and you never could finish it! Think about the time you bought the perfect article of clothing that you ended up never wearing; that is the Moon VOC*!

Monday, March 9, 2015, the Moon is VOC* (in Libra) to begin the week and enters Scorpio at 9:10 AM EDT.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the Moon is VOC* following a square to Mercury at 3:46 PM EDT until she enters Sagittarius at 7:31 PM EDT.

Friday, March 13, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Sagittarius) following a trine to Venus at 7:11 PM EDT and ending when the Moon enters Capricorn on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2:40 AM EDT.

* 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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