In the Stars November 25-December 2, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Sun shot into Sagittarius on Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day, in the light of a Full Moon, signaling the beggining of the holiday season. 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. Mercury is retrograde until December 6th,, so continue to review, revise, re-negotiate, and re-organize. Be patient with mix-ups, mistakes, and breakdowns, which tend to happen more frequently when Mercury is retrograde. And, enjoy the expansiveness and the sparkle of the holiday season ahead.

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At the end of the holiday weekend, as we prepare 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 calls us 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 engender 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, uncomfortable energy to get a lot of work accomplished, rather than to allow it to get yourself into tangles. We are capable of sensibly taking calculated risks.

In stark contrast to Monday’s challenging vibe, Tuesday is golden! A courageous Leo Moon makes benefic trines to Jupiter, Mercury, and the Sun, planets that are all three conjunct in early Sagittarius. Mars makes a flowing sextile to Saturn. The planetary alignments make this a particularly brilliant day. Use it wisely. Go for the gold!

Wednesday is another day full of promise and possibility. There are no exact major aspects. The Sagittarius Sun is still conjunct Mercury and Jupiter, still giving strong energy for inspiration, enthusiasm, sensible risks, and excellent results.

Get to work and get organized on Thursday, as the Moon moves into efficient, orderly Virgo. Numerous easy and difficult aspects both make for a busy, active day, probably laced with a few challenges. After a cloudy start on Friday, we are empowered by a Moon-Pluto trine in earth signs Virgo and Capricorn, enabling us to get a lot accomplished. Venus is opposite Uranus, and this aspect may bring surprises and changes in social encounters and love relationships.

The Moon moves into Libra tropically early Saturday morning, forming benefic sextiles of opportunity with Mercury and Jupiter. Libra loves the fine arts, and I’ll be expressing it by attending the play The Wickhams’ Christmas at Pemberly at the Marin Theater Company with some women friends, the host having her Sun in Libra. Choose your own Libran activity such as visiting an art gallery, enjoying a high tea, or going to a concert. Mercury is still retrograde, and dips back into Scorpio, drawing us into deep, dark unresolved matters for the next couple of weeks until December 13 when it again returns to Sagittarius. A Moon-Saturn square in the evening may make us feel edgy and unsettled about what we did not accomplish while we languished in the pleasures of the Libra Moon.

Sunday is an edgy, volatile day. Lean into your work and keep moving. Venus moves into passionate Scorpio. The Sun makes a pushy square to Mars, and the Moon adds to the troubling energy when it makes a square aspect to Pluto. Use this volatile energy to get a lot of work accomplished, rather than bottling it up and then releasing it in some less-than-desirable way. Be careful about what you do and say, as this strong, hot, aggressive energy abounds on Sunday. Plan carefully how you will release tension appropriately.

Monday, December 3, the Libra Moon is opposed by Uranus, possibly knocking many things off balance. After a two-hour void of course Moon late morning (10:16 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.), then Luna moves into the deep, dark waters of Scorpio, joining Venus, amplifying our emotions and passions. A benefic Mercury-Chiron trine enables healing conversations.

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

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

Tuesday: Brilliant day full of potential. Go for the gold!

Wednesday: Another day of promise, possibility, and excellent results.

Thursday: Get moving and get organized, and move through challenges or obstacles.

Friday: Be empowered to get a lot accomplished–efficiently. You can make great strides getting your life in order.

Saturday: Beautiful day to do something artful with others.

Sunday: Challenging, testy, volatile day. Exercise and work hard, and watch what you do and say.

Monday: Surprising morning. Moon VoC 10:16 a.m.-11:55 a.m. PST. Passionate afternoon and evening. Healing conversations are possible.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Scorpio (December 2-January 6)

1.  Love deeply.
2. Write a poem to express your deep feelings.
3. Review your investments and research other investment options.
4. Make a commitment to increase your savings and investments.
5. Give generously to someone in need during the holidays.
6. Purge your stuff and give things away.
7. Get a massage.
8. Listen deeply, and say only what is necessary.
9. Read a deep, transformative biography.
10. Enjoy the quiet of this darkest time of the 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 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)

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

Thursday, November 29: 1:45 a.m. – 3:08 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

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

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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)

Tuesday, November 27: 7:22 – 8:35 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, November 29: 9:45 – 11:08 (Moon into Virgo)

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

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