In the Stars November 25-December 1, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

Mercury is now direct, though in its shadow phase through December 7, so some of Mercury’s communication issues are still n effect until then. Last week Mars moved into Scorpio, its traditional ruler. Mars in Scorpio is ambitious, focused, and driven, and much can be accomplished while it is in this sign through January 3rd. The Sun now shines in sunny Sagittarius, and all seems brighter and more hopeful, while at the same time Saturn is closing in on Pluto, growing toward their first exact conjunction on January 12th. Venus ingresses into Capricorn on Monday, joining Saturn, Pluto, and Ceres in the practical cardinal earth sign, giving a serious and somber, yet strong tone to the season.

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Sunday is full of planetary alignments, some easy and delightful, and others edgy and challenging, making for an active day full of potential. I’ll be lecturing early that morning at the Vedic astrology conference in Sedona, Arizona on the symbolism of the Nakshatras, a system of 27 divisions of the Moon. A Venus-Jupiter conjunction fills us with hope and excitement about the coming holidays. A Mars-Uranus opposition pushes us toward something new and exciting; Mars-Uranus can also be impulsive and reckless, so slow down, and be careful and thoughtful.

The Moon is void of course all day Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m. PST. After a strong and determined start, focus on routine tasks, and don’t waste time on meetings and activities requiring decisions. Venus moves into Saturn-ruled Capricorn for the next month through December 20th. This may help us curb our holiday spending, and attune to reasonable and healthy limits.

A New Moon in upbeat Sagittarius on Tuesday ushers in the Thanksgiving holiday with good cheer. This New Moon at 4 degrees of Sagittarius is closely conjunct the asteroid Pallas Athena, which symbolizes strategy and wisdom. Since Sagittarius is not known for strategy, this New Moon can benefit by this alliance, enabling us to do some wise planning to reach our goals over the next month. The New Moon is inconjunct Uranus, an aspect that can reveal blind spots, and trine Chiron, the mentor and healer. At the same time a Venus-Jupiter conjunction trines Uranus. All these planets and aspects combine to make for a potent, creative, electric time, when wisdom, strategy, and esoteric wisdom can be accessed for good. We may wisely consider purchases and spending, and interactions with relations, especially helpful through the holidays.

Neptune is a strong player Wednesday, as it is stationary, turning direct, and making a challenging square to the Moon. We can be both inspired and confused. Neptune is also compassionate, which can be helpful during these holidays that we will spend with family and close friends. Strong Neptune calls us to be mindful of those less fortunate and in need.

Thanksgiving Day Thursday is chock full of positive aspects, though the Capricorn Moon casts a somewhat serious, discerning tone. Practical and sensible will most likely be the over-riding energy as this buoyant Jupiter’s Day (Jueves) is infused with planetary and earthly blessings.

On Friday, Black Friday, the Moon is not void of course until late in the day at 8:00 pm. PST, so unlike the last few years with void Moons all day, this Black Friday is clear for shopping and getting things done. The Moon is conjunct Saturn and Pluto, a combination in Capricorn that will hold us to prudent spending. It would also be a good day to dive deep into a challenging project. Although the day is demanding, all aspects are powerful and useful. Make the most of this opportune day.

Saturday morning’s void Moon can serve well as good energy for Thanksgiving clean-up, putting the house in order, and decorating for the holidays. At 12:13 p.m. PST the Moon glides into friendly air sign Aquarius. Expect something surprising and different Saturday evening such as meeting someone new, as the Moon makes an active square to Uranus.

The Sun and Moon are aligned in a benefic sextile on Sunday between the freedom signs of the zodiac: Sagittarius and Aquarius. Sunday is Jupiter’s last day in Sagittarius. This would be a good day for a hike or outdoor adventure, and later, a social gathering. Host an open house and invite diverse friends. Get your holiday sparkle on.

On Monday the Moon is void of course all day from 4:27 a.m. through 11:11 p.m. PST. Stick to routine, inconsequential tasks. Monday is not a good day for meetings and decisions, although Mercury is in a benefic sextile with Pluto, so it is a good day for deep, transformative thinking and problem solving. Jupiter moves into Capricorn where it will reside until December 20, 2020. Jupiter’s shift is significant as it has moved out of the sign it rules, Sagittarius, where it is strong, and into the sign of its fall, Capricorn, where it is weak. It is time to be much more prudent and conservative with financial matters.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Busy day infused with possibility and creativity. Go slow and be mindful.

Monday: Moon VoC all day. Attend to routine tasks and refrain from meetings and activities requiring connections and decisions.

Tuesday: Buoyant New Moon in Sagittarius. Plan wisely and strategically for the holidays and month ahead.

Wednesday: Neptune turns direct. The day can be confusing, compassionate, and inspiring.

Thursday: Thanksgiving Day is infused with practicality, compassion, and ease. Count your blessings.

Friday: Dive deep into a challenging project.

Saturday: Lazy morning under a void Moon. Afternoon and evening framed for friendship—and surprise.

Sunday: Join with friends and get your holiday sparkle on.

Monday: Moon VoC all day, so focus on routine tasks. Jupiter into Capricorn for the next year.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn (November 25-December 19, 2019)

  1. Focus on finances, and bring financial matters up to date.
  2. Prudence and conservation are the names of the financial games you may want to be playing.
  3. Get your portfolio in ship shape for the new year.
  4. Tighten your belt and save more.
  5. Be discerning in your love life.
  6. Host a social gathering for old and new business associates.
  7. Give to the needy poor.
  8. Prune your wardrobe.
  9. Select quality practical gifts of good value this season.
  10. Set goals to increase your business over time, especially in the coming year.

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:                  

Monday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m. through Tuesday, November 26 at 0:11 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, November 28: 2:50 a.m. – 4:33 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, November 29 at 7:57 p.m. through Saturday, November 30 at 12:13 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 2: 4:27 a.m. – 11:11 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, December 5: 0:15 a.m. – 11:44 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, December 7: 7:01 a.m. – 11:29 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, December 9 at 5:12 p.m. through Tuesday, December 10 at 8:47 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, December 11 at 9:12 p.m. through Thursday, December 12 at 3:23 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, December 14: 7:57 a.m. – 7:56 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Monday, December 16: 2:10 p.m. – 11:16 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 0:07 a.m. – 2:04 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 3:45 a.m. – 4:57 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, December 22 at 7:27 p.m. through Monday, December 23 at 8:34 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, November 25 at 17:30 through Tuesday, November 26 at 8:11 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, November 28: 10:50 – 12:33 (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, November 29 at 15:57 through Saturday, November 30 at 20:13 (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 2 at 12:27 through Tuesday, December 3 at 8:11 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, December 5: 8:15 – 19:44 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, December 7 at 15:01 through Sunday, December 8 at 7:29 (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, December 10: 1:12 – 16:47 (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, December 12: 5:12 – 23:23 (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, December 14 at 15:57  through Monday, December 15 at 2:56 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, December 16 at 22:10 through Tuesday, December 17 at 7:16 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 8:07 – 10:04 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 11:45 – 12:57 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, December 23: 3:27 –  16:34 (Moon into Sagittarius)

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