In the Stars November 18-25, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

Enjoy another few days of repose before the Sun bounces into Sagittarius on Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day, and the holiday season begins. Jupiter has just shifted into its ruling sign Sagittarius tropically for a one-year stay, where it will be uplifting and well-functioning. Jupiter in Sagittarius encourages us to expand our knowledge through travel, study, and adventure. Think about how you might expand your belief systems and engage in new explorations of Sagittarian themes such as philosophy, religion, metaphysics, and exploration of other cultures. Mercury just turned retrograde for three weeks until December 6th. It is now time to review, revise, re-negotiate, and re-organize.

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In strong contrast to yesterday, the Moon bounces into fire sign Aries on Sunday morning at 7:56 a.m. PST. Start your morning with vim and vigor, and get moving. Get some strong, feel-good physical exercise. Lean into your goals and projects and give them the works.

The work week gets off to a strong and energetic start with the Moon in cardinal, action-oriented Aries. The planetary signature of the day is a feisty Mars-Jupiter square. The best of this energy gives courage and confidence in such strong force that powerful changes could be made, and new directions could emerge.

Moon conjunct Uranus is the aspect of the day on Tuesday—symbolizing reversals, change, and surprise. Shortly after this exact conjunction, at 3:43 p.m. PST, the Moon moves into Taurus, its place of exaltation, or highest functioning. Feast with the gods in the evening. Enjoy good food, wine, and music, and of course, good company, and in a beautiful setting.

A lot can be accomplished on Wednesday against the backdrop of an exalted Taurus Moon that makes a flowing trine to Saturn, the planet that symbolizes work and accomplishment. A benefic lunar aspect to Neptune uplifts and inspires us. We find beauty in our work and jobs well done, as we prepare for the holidays ahead.

Thanksgiving Day Thursday is buoyed by the Sun’s entry into Sagittarius tropically, and is lit up by the Full Moon. This year the transition of the Sun into exuberant, party-loving Sagittarius exactly lines up with Thanksgiving, the holiday that ushers in the holiday season through the New Year. Jupiter is conjunct the Sun, opposite the Moon, amplifying the energy of this Full Moon. Transformative Pluto makes benefic aspects to the Full Moon, increasing the power of this gregarious, party-loving Full Moon. The only caution in this Full Moon is to not be excessive—in communication, food and drink, and just about anything. Wisdom is the best of jovial Jupiter’s gifts.. Mars makes a challenging square to the Sun and Moon, keeping things in check. Don’t push the river, and all will be well.

Challenging energies abound on Friday. Give and take in communication. Check information twice. Edit your work carefully.

Neptune turns stationary direct on Saturday after a five-month retrograde spin since June 20. We can now turn toward new dreams. The Moon makes benefic aspects to Venus and Jupiter, amplifying positive energies and attainment of goals.

At the end of the holiday weekend, as we get ready for the week ahead, we welcome the energetic energy of a Moon-Mars trine. This is helpful for undertaking the numerous household tasks that need to be accomplished. A Moon-Saturn opposition asks us to tend to our duties and responsibilities. The Sun is conjunct Jupiter, giving vitality, buoyancy, and optimism. After a productive work day, we can relax into an inspired, joyful evening.

Monday’s vibe is contentious, irritable, and edgy. Think twice, or maybe three times, before you speak. A Mercury-Mars square may trigger communication that you could regret. An opposition of Pluto to the Cancer Moon can trigger volatile, deep feelings. To make matters worse, Venus squares the Moon and Pluto. This is a day to be particularly conscious of your interactions with others, and how you express your feelings. It would be best to use this pushy, edgy energy to get a lot of work accomplished.

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Sunday: The day offers a lot of vim and vigor. Get moving!

Monday: The work week gets off to a healthy, energetic start. The Mars-Jupiter square gives us gifts of confidence and courage.

Tuesday: Expect surprises and reversals. Enjoy good food and good company in an exquisite evening.

Wednesday: Honor the beauty in your work, and get a lot accomplished.

Thursday: An exuberant, gregarious, blessed Thanksgiving Day! Sun into Sagittarius. Full Moon gives maximum light and wisdom.

Friday:  Challenging day! Check information at least twice, and edit your work carefully.

Saturday: Neptune turns retrograde. Energetic day to get a lot accomplished.

Sunday: After a productive work day, relax into an inspired evening.

Monday: Contentious, irritable, edgy day. Think twice, or three times, before responding.


Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Sunday, November 18: 0:04 a.m. – 7:56 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, November 20: 2:46 p.m. – 3:43 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, November 22: 1:58 a.m. – 8:10 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, November 24: 9:31 p.m. – 10:38 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, November 26 at 11:22 p.m. through Tuesday, November 27 at 0:35 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, November 29: 1:46 a.m. – 3:08 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, December 1: 6:34 a.m. – 6:49 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Monday, December 3: 10:16 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, December 5: 1:53 p.m. – 6:49 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, December 8: 2:00 a.m. – 4:01 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, December 10: 1:27 p.m. – 3:39 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, December 13: 2:20 a.m. – 4:40 a,m, (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, December 15: 3:49 a.m. – 4:44 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Monday, December 17 at 11:21 p.m. through Tuesday, December 18 at 1:37 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, December 19 at 4:42 p.m. through Thursday, December 20 at 6:43 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, December 22: 6:21 a.m. – 8:28 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Sunday, November 18: 8:04 – 15:56 (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, November 20: 22:46 – 23:43 (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, November 22: 9:58 through Friday, November 23 at 4:10 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, November 25: 5:31 – 6:38 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, November 26: 7:22 – 8:35 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, November 29: 9:46 – 11:08 (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, December 1: 14:34  – 14:49 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Monday, December 3: 18:16 – 19:55 (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, December 5 at 21:53 through Thursday, December 6 at 2:49 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, December 8: 10:00  – 12:01 (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, December 10: 22:27 – 23:39 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, December 13: 10:20 – 12:40 (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, December 15 at 11:49 through Sunday, December 16 at 0:44 (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, December 18; 7:21 – 8:37 (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, December 20: 0:42 – 14:43 (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, December 22: 14:21 – 16:28 (Moon into Cancer)

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