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!
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This week: The VOC* Moon!

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

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions.
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

A Passionate Dance offers a New Cycle of Love

Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: February 16, 2015 through February 22, 2015

There is much interesting activity and shifting energies throughout the upcoming week! The Sun enjoys its final days in the sharp, intellectual clarity of Aquarius before entering the watery sensitivity of Pisces on Wednesday evening.

As we move deeper into the week, Mars and Venus are dancing closely together in Pisces. We intuitively understand and work with releasing the expression of desire and beauty that began in April 2013. Perhaps the cycle beginning at that time brought with it a new romantic connection, a new direction in art or expression, or a new focus of our financial concerns (on a personal note, I finally gave up all outside work to focus on my astrology business in April 2013!).

Porto, Portugal by André Burian

Porto, Portugal by André Burian

In the last degrees of Pisces, you can expect this release to bring with it a certain amount of suffering. The process will bring less stress if you can let go of your need to control the opinions of others. If you find yourself in a victim/savior role; step aside and work on building healthy patterns of relating with yourself and others. Maintain an awareness of your patterns of alcohol and drug use.

As Venus and Mars enter Aries (exact on the powerful Aries Point – zero degrees Aries) shortly after midnight on Saturday; watch for the fireworks.

Once the past has been released, you are free to firmly take the reins on a new project, a new relationship, or a new development and focus of your desire. This brings us to a new cycle between Mars and Venus.

Where is Zero Degrees Aries in your personal horoscope? Can you anticipate what this new cycle means regarding your desires, attractions, and deepest values?

Attraction and a powerful pull toward relationship can be very compelling and significant at this time.

By the end of the week, we are immersed in the powerful element of Fire. Remember, Fire moves very quickly, is powerful, enthusiastic, and hot. With the Sun in Pisces approaching Neptune, use this time to work with your meditation practice to keep from being overwhelmed by the passionate energies coursing through our environment.

 

Monday, February 16, 2015:

The week begins as the serious Capricorn Moon offers us the opportunity to deal with the practical realities of releasing what was once deeply important to us. It is time to approach and/or manage the practical and financial side of dissolving a business or personal partnership.

As you change the entire structure of your life, bring to mind-full consideration to the reality, the finances, and the possessions you want to retain and what you are willing/able to leave behind.

The more you are able to release at this time, the more you will open yourself to the fresh expansive future you are being called to. The Moon is VOC* following an opposition to Jupiter at 8:59 PM EST. Tuesday we will have that VOC* with us throughout the entire day!

Keep your mind awake and aware through daily meditation so you do not miss the breadcrumbs that are there for you to follow. Assist others with awareness and kindness.

 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015:

Tuesday begins with an opportunity to stabilize our emotional nature in the midst of intense change. The morning would be best spent with organizational focus as we approach uncertainty. The effort put into stabilization will be helpful over the next few weeks.

Tuesday afternoon and evening expect the seriousness of the morning to give way to excitement. We know that no matter what the difficulty, these changes will ultimately breathe new life into every cell of our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Tuesday evening provides an opportunity for socialization. Find folks whose passions and interests align with your own. This community is important to have in place as we reach ever closer to the final culminating aspect of the Uranus Pluto square.

Allow radical change.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015:

Wednesday begins with the Aquarius Moon, having been VOC* since Tuesday at 8:59 PM EST when the Moon opposed Jupiter. This is a helpful aspect to begin such a long VOC* Moon time, allowing us to hold an open and expansive awareness.

As we come ever closer to the Uranus Pluto square, it would be very helpful if we could take advantage of these very long VOC* periods. Life would work better for all of us if we could take Wednesday to simply care for ourselves in whatever way soothes and quiets our spirit.

Femme nue dans un paysage by Pierre Auguste Renoir

Femme nue dans un paysage by Pierre Auguste Renoir

The Aquarius New Moon (6:47 PM EST at the final degree of Aquarius) starts us on a cycle that will potentially bring public awareness or exposure. Your most hidden desires may come to light, or be publicly exposed in a way that changes your perspective. Keep your eyes open and your awareness sharp.

Immediately following the New Moon, she enters Pisces. Two minutes later, the Sun follows the Moon into Pisces. As you head toward sleep on Wednesday night, anticipate powerful dreams and remember them when you awake Thursday morning.

As the Sun enters Pisces, awareness shifts from sharp intellect to deep sensitivity. We become aware of silent secrets and sensitivities in the deepest resources of our souls. The upcoming month brings sensitivity, imagination, and dreams. We go inward, we long for silence to explore what is unseen. It is time to go deep, to see with the inner eye, to accept the ability to feel our way through the world.

Here in the northern hemisphere, we are deep in the coldest part of winter. It comes easily to enjoy an extra glass or two of wine or to seek escape in ways that may be less than healthy. In these cold climates, perhaps some form of escape may be necessary. Make it a healthy one. Explore new kinds of music; explore the benefit of meditation or mysticism.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015:

Thursday is the first full day with the Sun in Pisces. With both the Sun and Moon in this watery sensitive sign, you can anticipate a day of working with imagination and fantasy.

With Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus each holding court in a different Fire sign, this influx of sensitive Water energy may feel stressful to manage. You want to take major dramatic action, and yet on the other hand you simply want to dream, lick a few old wounds, and nap! Work on finding a way to manage and balance these energies.

Remember it is you that is on each side of every equation. All kinds of trouble will be created if you project one side onto a friend, child, parent, or partner. If you are acting out drama and heat and your partner is acting out dreamy sensitivity, you can expect that both sides are part of the energy we are all living in. Do not play the blame game.
Be patient and loyal.

At 8:05 AM EST, Mercury sextile Saturn encourages us to look back to the last week of August 2014. What was your most serious consideration at that time?

Now it is time to explore and investigate where you want that path to lead you. A serious decision will need to be made on this issue in mid-March. Now is the time to gather the information to make the appropriate decision and take the appropriate path in mid-March.

At 7:11PM EST, Mars enters Aries, the sign of his ruler-ship where he will remain until March 31st. Utilize this time; much can be accomplished.

Venus will follow Mars into Aries on Friday and we will push forward assertively. If your health has suffered over the past few months, this should help those issues move forward and you should begin to feel much stronger.

Following a sextile to Pluto at 6:02 PM EST, the Moon will be VOC* until Friday evening at 6:12 PM EST when she joins the pack currently gathering in Aries.

 

Friday, February 20, 2015:
The Moon is VOC* in Pisces for another full day on Friday! This VOC* follows a sextile between the Moon and Pluto on Thursday evening. When a VOC* is preceded by such a powerful and active aspect, we are able to function well on a deep intuitive level. Our emotions and ambition are activated. Hold steady; internal self-work is called for.

At 6:12 PM EST, the Moon follows Mars into Aries and is quickly joined by Venus as she enters Aries at 3:05 PM EST. We now have four planets plus the South Node in Aries, Jupiter in Leo, and Saturn in Sagittarius.

That is a lot of Fire; a lot of assertiveness and aggression. We are being asked to access deep levels of courage.
With the Moon, Venus, and Mars all gathered at 0° Aries, I can’t help recommend that we keep an eye on what is happening in the greater world as well as the aggression in our personal lives.

Be aware of what is public and what is private. Be aware of the energy you may encounter in the public.
With the Sun closing in on Neptune, we may not see reality as clearly as we would like to imagine.

Watch your own internal aggression, work with what is real in your life, and maintain a focus on kindness, compassion, and self-care.

 

House and Garden of Claude Monet by Claude Monet

House and Garden of Claude Monet by Claude Monet

Saturday February 21, 2015:

I suggest that each of us takes clear responsibility throughout this weekend for our behavior and our tendencies to run roughshod over others.

Don’t play the victim. Don’t leave space to be put in the role of victimizer.

This is an excellent weekend for high physical activity, release anxiety through intense physical drive. However, please be mindful, do not be reckless in the face of physical activities.

On Saturday, the Aries Moon comes in contact with Uranus square Pluto as they come ever closer to their final contact point in March.

Shortly after midnight (technically on Sunday), Venus and Mars connect at 1° Aries. This ends the cycle between them that began in April 2013.

When Venus and Mars come together, our minds turn to relationship as each of these planets play a major role in our most intimate partnerships. Think of Venus softening the energy of Mars while Mars activates the beauty and love of Venus. The fact that this cycle begins at the Aries point suggests that there is something profoundly public within partnership and asserting the self.

We are beginning a new two-year cycle of working within partnership. We are completing a relationship even as we begin a new one, or we are ending one phase of a relationship even as we begin a new phase to the partnership. Approach this with fully open eyes and mindfulness.

The Moon goes VOC* at 7:36 PM EST following a trine to Jupiter. There is nothing to accomplish but plenty of energy to expend. Find a useful and healthy outlet for that energy!

 

Sunday February 22, 2015:

For Saturday’s post, I talked about the Venus Mars conjunction, which technically happens very early on Sunday morning. As you awake on Sunday, contemplate your relationship status. What is beginning? What is ending? How do these two support each other?

Allow your desire for beauty and harmony to calm the fiery flames of Mars in Aries. Allow those flames of Fire to bring the issue of beauty, love, and harmony out into the world with determination and courage! The Moon is VOC* in Aries throughout the day following the trine to Jupiter on Saturday evening.

You may want to consider Sunday to be a day of play although you must be more cautious than you may like. This is not a quiet day to sit and read a book or watch movies. This is a day to use your body, exert yourself, stretch your boundaries, and continue the process of developing courage in your life.

At 7:28 PM EST, the Moon enters Taurus. We need the bit of calm Taurus may provide! All in all, this has been a very powerful weekend.

 

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This week: The VOC* Moon!
VOC* (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment; 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, February 16, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Capricorn) following a sextile to Mats at 3:17 PM EST and ending at 7:12 PM EST when she enters Aquarius.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Aquarius) following an opposition to Jupiter at 8:59 PM EST and ending on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:47 PM EST when she enters Pisces.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Pisces) following a sextile to Pluto at 6:02 PM EST and ending on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:12 PM EST when the Moon enters Aries.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Aries) following a trine to Jupiter at 7:36 PM EST and ending on Sunday, February 22, 2000 15 at 7:28 PM EST when the Moon enters Taurus.

 

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* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions.
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

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