Astrolore’s weekly weather: June 30, 2014 through July 6, 2014

Carl-Spitzweg-The-attic-Oil-Painting

 

This week is about moving forward. On Monday Mercury will turn direct at 24° Gemini, enabling us to finally take our first steps forward following all the cleanup we’ve been doing for the past three weeks. Throughout the course of the week the Moon moves through Leo, Virgo, Libra, and ends the week in Scorpio. We seek fun, to be of service, to partner diplomatically, and to make contact on deep emotional levels.

 

What have you been waiting for these past three weeks? You are now ready to take the first steps forward.

 

 
 

Monday, June 30, 2014:

 

The week begins with the Moon in playful, expressive Leo.

 

On Monday you would love to play hooky and have an extra day off from work. The afternoon may be challenging as the Moon trines Uranus and sextiles Mars, encouraging you to take action on your most unusual plans. You long for space, freedom, and emotional independence. And yet, even as you seek freedom, you feel pulled back by a sense of responsibility, guilt, and resistance (Moon square Saturn). It is easy to project the difficulty of this onto someone else. Take personal responsibility for the excitement and the hard work of your situation.

 

This may present us with the desire to fight for change and the desire to strongly resist change. Yes, the two can coexist. Allow both to be the reality of your situation. No decision needs to be made at this time. Cultivate the ability to hold two opposing ideas at the same time. With so many contradictory opinions, it is a good idea to learn to find stability, excitement, and comfort in this balance.

 
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014:

 

It is a relief to finally come to this day! After three weeks of moving backwards (our perception), Mercury finally turns direct at 8:49 AM EDT. It will take a few days for Mercury to get up to speed. In the meantime you are grateful to be moving forward.

 

At 6AM EDT, following a sextile to Mercury, the Moon goes VOC* in Leo until she enters Virgo at 5:24 PM EDT. This provides you with the entire day of Moon VOC*. My favorite thing to do when the Moon is VOC* is to spend it in a coffee shop with a good book! You may not have that luxury. However, don’t work on your most important projects on Tuesday. Spend the day completing routine tasks. It will be a few days before Mercury gets to full speed. Save your more important activities for this evening or later in the week.

 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014:

 

Don’t be surprised if you wake up Wednesday morning feeling overly sensitive and confused about the direction of your day. The Moon is in Virgo, opposing Neptune at 8:30 AM EDT.

 

The best way to approach this is to simply get out of your own way and find where you can be of help to others. If you focus your energies on selfish pursuits you will likely struggle and lose your way. Bring humility and discrimination to all your projects and interactions with others. Focus on precision and efficiency in all that you do. Wednesday evening as the Virgo Moon trines Pluto would be a great time to tackle a meticulous project that requires analytical perfection.

 

Wednesday will probably not be a day of excitement but can be a day of practical productivity and quiet time shared with others.

 
 

Thursday, July 3, 2014:

 

Thursday’s energies are similar to Wednesday’s, a productive day good for detail-oriented work and service to others. However, as we move toward evening, Friday’s early morning opposition between Sun and Pluto is bound to begin making itself known. If you have planets at 12° of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), pay attention. Where in your life are you under the thumb of someone else’s power or coercion? Over the next 24 hours keep your eyes open to those things you may be trying to keep hidden, from yourself or others.

 
 

Friday, July 4, 2014:

 

Friday offers an opportunity to see deep clarity on your path. At 4:02AM EDT Sun opposes Pluto. Get out your journal and let’s take a look at where this cycle began. Actually, you probably won’t need your journal for this one. The cycle began when Sun conjuncted Pluto on January 1, 2014. That should be an easy day to remember! A new cycle regarding your personal empowerment began at that time. Whatever began on January 1 now has the ability to release the creative energy that has built since that time. Where have you been building power and empowerment? What transformation began that you now see the full picture of? Since January you have been building, purifying, and transcending. How far have you come? What have the results been? Powerful forces have created major change in your life. New perspectives are confirmed!

 

The Moon is in Libra all day offering diplomacy to the situation.

 
 

Saturday, July 5, 2014:

 

On Saturday, the Moon is in Libra making stressful aspects to Pluto, Sun, Uranus, and Mars. You may want to partner with someone and yet the energies are not making it easy. Your communications could be easily misinterpreted. Early morning brings us to the first quarter square of the Moon. Last Friday, June 27th was a New Moon in Cancer. At that time you planted seeds of domestic desire. Whatever new dynamic you are creating in your domestic situation requires a step forward. Consider what you want to change in the situation and take an action on Saturday.

 
 

Sunday, July 6, 2014:

 

When you awake on Sunday, I suspect you will feel an immediate relief after Saturday’s intensity. Take yourself, a friend, or your family out for brunch! Do something special to enjoy the early part of this day.

 

At 11:31AM EDT, following a connection with Jupiter, the Moon goes VOC* in Libra.

 

At 3:34PM EDT the Moon (the symbol of your deepest needs) enters Scorpio. You would benefit from spending time alone in deep contemplation in the afternoon or evening.

 
 The Poor Poet by Carl Spitzweg

 

 

 

images: Carl Spitzweg (1808 – 1885)

 

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

Astrolore’s weekly weather: June 2, 2014 through June 8, 2014

 

 

Mechanical Terrier. Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

 The week begins with the excitement and generosity of the Leo Moon. Throughout the course of the week the moon moves through Leo, Virgo and Libra.

 

The emotional energy of the week brings us into connection with others: in Leo we engage our generosity and playfulness, in Virgo we engage in offering ourselves in service to others, and in Libra we seek to bring diplomacy and pleasure to those we encounter.

 

The most significant issue of the week comes on Saturday morning when Mercury turns retrograde at 7:56 AM EDT. Beware of astrologers who talk about Mercury retrograde as being a terribly negative time. Indeed, Mercury retrograde takes some understanding and effort to utilize well. You will hear people saying that everything goes wrong when Mercury is retrograde; you will hear stories of communications, projects, vehicles, electronic devices, and friendships falling apart!

 

Take the time to prepare yourself. Make sure your hard drive is backed up, make sure your car has been serviced, make sure communications between yourself and your loved ones are in a state of harmony and balance.

 

 

Monday, June 2, 2014:

 

We begin the week with the Moon in Leo, suggesting the importance of offering open-hearted generosity in all that we do. The Moon Squares Venus in the morning indicating a conflict between our desire to be seen in the world and our desire to sit home enjoying comfort and sensual pleasures.

Monday evening offers the possibility of social connections and interesting engagement with others. We are likely to have a great deal of energy and the ability to deeply move others. It may not be easy to wind-down at the end of the day, as our minds are very active.

We are apt to see things that we are anxious to take action on. Go ahead and allow yourself to stay up later than normal. See what you can accomplish before heading off to bed! Enjoy the excitement and possibility swirling through your mind.

 

 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014:

 

Tuesday brings another full day with the Moon in Leo. The morning begins with intensity and excitement as the Moon Trine Uranus. Our emotions are not willing to hide! We want to be seen for the unique individual that we are!

That excitement does not last long and by midmorning it is a thing of the past.

At 10:42 AM EDT (with the final aspect of the Moon being a Square to Saturn) the Leo Moon goes VOC* for the remainder of the day. Do not anticipate a great deal of accomplishment on Tuesday. This is a fine day to contemplate how you will manage the upcoming Mercury retrograde. Mercury has slowed considerably in his/her preparation for turning retrograde on Saturday. We are definitely feeling ‘off our game’. Keep this in mind as you encounter others throughout your day. As the anxiety builds many of us are in need of deep kindness. Offer simple friendship and compassion without expectation. It is hard to overemphasize the difference a bit of kindness can make in a single life. We never know how far that kindness spreads.

 Flowers (Hand Colored). Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014:

 

Wednesday begins with a lovely Sextile between Venus and Neptune. This offers us the opportunity to work on a project that began in February of 2013. Consider what you began then. At that time there were many planets in Pisces! It may be hard to identify what began; did you start a project that involved art, beauty, or romantic love? Did you develop a new awareness around the spirituality of money/resources, or did you begin a meditation or spiritual practice? Consider the energy that comes together when Venus and Neptune meet: romantic love, idealized beauty, love of dreaming, clandestine relationship, the spirituality of money. Be aware of the opportunity that is available now to push that issue/situation/project forward. If you began some artistic endeavor, pick up those paintbrushes; if you began a spiritual practice, sit on that meditation cushion a little longer, if you fell in love, go back to the source of that love. We may notice this week that we are in love with love and all things of beauty. We do not want to see what is dirty or ugly in the world. Our focus is on love.

At 10:20 AM EDT the Moon enters Virgo ending a very long VOC* and brings an emotional practicality to this soft spiritual awareness.

 

 

Thursday, June 5, 2014:

 

The Virgo Moon is highly active on Thursday, making contact with Neptune, Venus, Pluto, Sun, and Saturn. This suggests a very busy day. At 4:39 PM EDT the Virgo Moon makes the First Quarter square to the Sun. This is the point in the Lunar Cycle when we are asked to take action on something that needs attention in order to move forward. What kind of busyness would you imagine with an active Virgo Moon? If you don’t have a traditional job to go to, you could clean out the attic, the closets, the basement! If you have that traditional job, I’m sure you’ve got a ton of organization to accomplish before Mercury goes retrograde on Saturday. This is a great day to focus on the details of life.

Consider who you are and how your work in the world is of service to others. Take a good long look at your own internal processes. What can you improve within yourself to be more useful to your community?

 

 

Friday, June 6, 2014:

 

On Friday we have another very long VOC* Moon! The last aspect the Moon makes while in Virgo is a Sextile to Jupiter at 5:13AM EDT. Emotionally the day is colored with the expansive optimism of Jupiter!

At 7:20 AM EDT the Gemini Sun sextiles Uranus suggesting great inspiration and excitement. Don’t expect an ordinary day! Our thoughts and experiences may be a bit unsettling and we are not afraid to upset the apple cart. We may notice defiance in others even as we insist on our own independence and originality. Consider what was on our minds the first few days of April 2014. What was your excitement or inspiration then? How can you now take a step forward to realize your vision?

At 10PM EDT the Moon leaves Virgo to seek the beauty and diplomacy of Libra. Enjoy sweet dreams!

 

 

Saturday, June 7, 2014:

 

Today Mercury turns to retrace his/her steps! The first steps back begin at 7:56 AM EDT. Following several days of very slow motion, it is almost a relief when Mercury is actually retrograde. Anyone who has followed me for long knows that I love our Mercury Retrograde times. Many people become very uncomfortable when Mercury is retrograde and yet it is a time where much can be accomplished. When you hear people discussing all the things that are going to go wrong when Mercury is retrograde, please try to explain to them that it is only a time to redo what hasn’t been done properly since the last Mercury retrograde. Think about the time between then and now. The last Mercury retrograde began on February 6, 2014 and extended through until February 28, 2014. Consider all that you have done, all the projects you have begun, all the books that you’ve started. Consider all the things that have not been completed. How many projects that are half done under a pile on your desk? Mercury will be retrograde until July 1. This gives us time to go back and finish all those half-done projects! It is true that this is not the time to begin new projects, this is not the time to take on new responsibilities, this is not the time to purchase new electronic devices or new cars. This is the time to focus on what needs to be completed from the past. Conversations that have been left unfinished can be finished now. Used properly, Mercury retrograde is a powerful time of getting caught up in accomplishing things that have been on your to do list since the February. Get on it, get to work, no complaining about Mercury retrograde, enjoy this time!

On Saturday, the Libra Moon is stressed as she harshly encounters the realities still inherent in the Uranus square Pluto transit, with Mars still involved. We may want to pick our battles gently, offering more kindness than what comes easily.

 

 

Sunday, June 8, 2014:

 

On Sunday, the Moon is in Libra all day. There is a sense of it being a much kinder day than Saturday. The Moon and Sun are in a beautiful trine aspect, opening us to friendships and lovely conversations! This has the potential to be a very pleasant day. Go out for brunch with friends, take in a movie. Enjoy the people in your life.

The evening brings another free flowing trine between Venus and Pluto. There is the possibility of tapping into powerful experiences of love and beauty. Perhaps you will win a fortune on the race-track! Or fall in love! There is the possibility of deep empowerment regarding something that you value highly, be that love, beauty money, or resources. Something that began in mid-November has grown to the point of bringing powerful beauty into form now. Get out your journals and let me know what this is about for you. I would love to hear!

 

Details of Renaissance Paintings: One Plate by Andy Warhol

images: Illustrations from Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

 

 

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

 

Looking Inward/ Settling The Mind

What was it you needed to say last night?

(MERCURY-VIRGO TRINE PLUTO-CAPRICORN)

Did you say it?   Were you heard?

Today is a day of a very busy mind.

(GEMINI MOON)

Do you have a regular meditation practice?

Yes? Double the amount of time you spend in meditation over the next few days!

No? There is no time like the present to begin.

It is the responsibility of each one of us to learn to settle our minds.

This is a great day to find intellectual companions; sharing intellectual space with others can bring great benefits and great pleasure.

Go to a talk on a college campus or other educational space; someplace where the public is encouraged to share, express, and debate opinions, ideas, and values.

Open your mind to understanding others, no matter how different their ideas and opinions are from your own!

Show your own vulnerabilities; allow yourself to be seen.

We are each human, trying to understand our nature and our vulnerabilities. As we come to understand ourselves we begin, finally, to understand others.

4 Simple Steps to Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde!

Here we are once again!
MERCURY turned Retrograde (23degrees CANCER) yesterday at 9:07 AM EDT!

Everywhere I turn these past few days someone is asking me (with trepidation and a touch of fear in their eyes) is Mercury turning retrograde AGAIN??

There is so much unnecessary fear and misinformation around Mercury’s retrograde cycles.

I am going to keep these instructions very simple!

#1.  Don’t be afraid, worried, or concerned!

I know that is easier said than done, but please forget all the terrible things you have ever heard about Mercury retrograde!

There are no astrological conditions that we need to block ourselves from in fear!  We simply need to learn how to make the best use of the planetary cycles as we encounter them!

I honestly LOVE Mercury’s retrograde cycle! I feel that during these times I can finally catch up with all the things that have been left undone since Mercury turned direct after the last retrograde cycle!

After years of watching and working with Mercury’s retrograde cycles, I have come to love these brief periods scattered throughout the year. I feel that they are a gift. We simply must know how to use them!

#2.  Get a notebook and a pen – Make a list of everything that you have begun but NOT completed since March 17, 2013

Start with a clean sheet of paper, quiet your mind and think back over these past few months. On March 17th Mercury turned direct at 5 degrees Pisces. Since then, s/he has zipped along through Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and into Cancer where s/he is now turning retrograde.

Think about what you have been doing since the middle of March. Look through your calendar, your notebooks, your bills, wherever you will find reminders of everything that you have been thinking about and working on since then. Now, carefully make a list of all the things that you have begun but not completed. Dig deep; there are probably more things than you are aware of.

What about that appointment you have been meaning to make? And how about the project that you finally tucked into a drawer because you couldn’t find the time to complete it?  I am certain that we all have communications that have fallen through the cracks!

#3.  Get to work! Accomplish what is on this list! Only what is on this list!

Once you have this list made up, it is easy to follow the perfect plan for the next three+ weeks (Mercury turns direct once again on July 20, 2013). Get to work, accomplish the things on this list. Nothing more, nothing less.

This is the whole trick of dealing with Mercury retrograde. Stick with this list!

Our lives are so busy; we zip from one project to another, from one communication to another. We never seem to have the time to slow down and carefully complete the tasks that we have begun.

Mercury retrograde brings us the gift of time to wrap up all those loose ends!

#4.  Don’t be tempted to start new projects, begin new commitments, new relationships, or new jobs!

This is the time for clean up only. Don’t move forward until Mercury turns direct on July 20th.

If you follow these simple steps, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish during this 3 week period!

Good Luck and Get to Work!

 

PS.  Do remember that these are guidelines; not Rules.  There are things that can not be put off.  Please be practical and do what must be done.

Master Your Mind, Master Your Life

How much thought do we give to the workings of our minds?

There are not many things in our lives that are more important than how our minds work, and what we place our minds on. Our lives are created from our thoughts, and our relationships are created from our expression of those thoughts.

As we follow our thoughts, so our lives are formed.

Yet many of us have little understanding, much less mastery, over how we think or what we think about. Perhaps it would be prudent to give some consideration to this, our most important resource.

How we communicate, how we process information, our intellect & vocabulary, our ability to speak, write, perceive, think, and understand are all functions belonging to the territory of MERCURY.

Once you know the SIGN OF THE ZODIAC that Mercury resides in, in your personal HOROSCOPE, you will begin to understand your perspective of, and impact on, your environment. There are other factors in the horoscope that impact the picture, but this is the place to begin.

Is your mind (Mercury) assertive & courageous (Aries), slow & steady (Taurus), quick & curious (Gemini), caring & warm (Cancer), dramatic & dynamic (Leo), organized & meticulous (Virgo), deep & mysterious (Scorpio), expansive & philosophical (Sagittarius), disciplined & ambitious (Capricorn), brilliant & unusual (Aquarius), or imaginative & vague (Pisces)?

If your Mercury is in Sagittarius it would probably not be wise to take a job as an accountant. If you have Mercury in Taurus you would likely not be effective, or happy, as a high-powered salesperson.

You and your partner may have a difficult time understanding why it is so hard for each of you to maintain open loving communication in your relationship. If your Mercury is in deliberate, reliable and conservative Taurus, it is no wonder there is difficulty with your partner’s Mercury in unpredictable, rebellious, and unusual Aquarius.

There are different, perhaps equally reliable, ways that we can get to know ourselves.  We may choose to  spend years in a therapist’s office exploring our childhood, learning to understand all the issues that have affected our development, or analyzing our dreams. We can go on retreats, sit on a cushion and meditate to come to some understanding of the terrain of the mind. We can spend years studying Astrology enough to get a full understanding of the language of our horoscope, or we can get an astrological consultation with a reputable astrologer who can guide and lead us to a deep understanding of our potential and life development.

I am available (in person in Burlington Vermont, on the telephone or on Skype) for An Authentic Astrological Insight Consultations assisting genuine human beings who are working toward a greater understanding of self/other.


This month (March 2012) Mercury is receiving a great deal of our attention as we prepare for, and move into the Retrograde period. MERCURY WILL BE IN ARIES UNTIL MARCH 23rd (retrograde from March 12th through April 4th – keep posted for more information on Mercury retrograde). Mercury will re-enter Pisces from March 23rd until April 16th when it will return to Aries. More information on these issues to follow.

Please contact me for your personal consultation soon.

~ Laurie

© by Laurie Farrington

Astrolore – March 2012

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