In the Stars October 7-14, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

This week begins with a New Moon at 15:48 Libra on Monday evening (exact at 8:47 p.m. PDT). New Moons are opportunities to set intentions for the month ahead in the area that it symbolizes. In this case, Libra symbolizes relationships and partnerships. The Sun makes an edgy, action-oriented square aspect to Pluto, perfecting on Thursday, October 11, yet influencing the entire week. While it can make us prone to power struggles, the aspect can also empower us to stand up for ourselves, and to tackle issues, particularly relationship issues, and projects that need a big push. From a sidereal perspective, Jupiter moves into Scorpio on Thursday, where it has resided from a tropical perspective since October 11, 2017. We may encounter experiences calling us to use our higher wisdom for transformation. Our current political climate is certainly full of opportunities.

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Sunday the Virgo Moon is void of course all day, making it a perfect day to attend to the myriad tasks that need to be done. At 6:10 p.m. PDT the Moon enters Libra tropically. The Moon is dark, calling us to withdraw from the world to focus on finishing things. After a productive weekend, relax with your beloved or a close companion and enjoy an elegant dinner.

Employ the Moon-Mars trine Monday morning for an energetic start to the week ahead. Start the day with yoga or other exercise. The Moon conjoins the Sun Monday evening to form a New Moon at 15:48 Libra. Since Libra is concerned with partnerships and marriage, and Venus has just turned retrograde, we are called to improve relationships and express more love, especially in close partnerships.

The Moon is void of course all day on Tuesday, so put your focus on routine, insignificant tasks rather than on meetings, initiatives,  and decisions. Mercury enters Scorpio tropically until October 31, inviting us into deep conversations. We may experience surprising revelations Tuesday evening, as the Moon opposes Uranus.

Wednesday is an active, edgy day, full of challenges and potential. The Scorpio Moon enables us to dive deeply into matters of concern. A Mercury-Uranus opposition may help us discover brilliant ideas through generative conversations. A Venus-Mars square may present money/financial concerns.

The Moon conjuncts Jupiter, continuing in deep feeling Scorpio on Thursday. The Sun perfects a square to Pluto, highlighting power struggles, as well as constructive uses of power. This energy rings true especially for Thursday, but influences this entire week. Juno stations retrograde, further highlighting issues in marriage and partnership which it symbolizes. While Jupiter has been in Scorpio tropically for a long time (since October 11, 2017), on Thursday Jupiter moves into Scorpio from a sidereal point of view (until November 4, 2019). From the point of view of Vedic astrology, Jupiter will change its focus in your life for the next year. Jupiter is happier in Scorpio than in Libra, but Scorpio is the sign of transformation, and there may be conditions and opportunities that arise that require you to use your higher wisdom to transform your life in the coming year.

The Moon transitions out of the deep, dark waters of Scorpio overnight Thursday and bounces into Sagittarius Friday morning to light the way for an adventurous weekend. Bounce out of bed Friday and start the day with exercise, preferably in the outdoors. Mercury makes a benefic aspect to Saturn. If there is writing or speaking on your “to do” list, this would be an excellent day to work on it.

While we may feel a bit lazy about getting out of bed on Saturday, and want to catch some extra dream time, once we get going the day is buoyant and sunny. We are invigorated for adventure, travel, and learning. Make it a fun, social evening with good company.

The Moon is void of course Sunday morning until 12:17 p.m., so you may as well linger over breakfast and enjoy a leisurely read of the Sunday paper. While you have experienced a playful weekend, at 12:17 p.m. PDT the Moon goes into Capricorn tropically, and it is then time to get to work. The Moon’s conjunction with Saturn draws us to our responsibilities even more so by early evening. Plan your work week ahead, and get a jump start on your tasks and goals. An evening Moon-Uranus trine draws out your intuition, which can serve as a guide for what is most pressing, and ths aspect may offer up a few surprises as well.

The Capricorn Moon continues to focus us on our goals and aspirations on Monday and Tuesday. Numerous benefic aspects on Monday light the way for good ideas and satisfying productivity. Make the most of this magnificent Monday.

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Sunday: Virgo Moon VoC all day until 6:10 p.m. Attend to tasks on your list not requiring decisions. Enjoy a elegant dinner with close companions.

Monday: Make an energetic start to the work week. New Moon in Libra. Set intentions to improve relationships.

Tuesday: Moon VoC all day, so focus on routine tasks. Surprising revelations later in the day are possible.

Wednesday: Active, edgy day full of challenges and potential.

Thursday: Power struggles may emerge; use your personal power wisely.

Friday: Bounce out of bed and get some exercise, preferably outdoors. Good day for writing and communicating.

Saturday: Adventurous day for exploration, and a fun, social evening.

Sunday; Moon VoC in the morning. After 12:17 p.m. PDT plan the week ahead and lean into your work.

Monday: Magnificent Monday for a productive work day.


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, October 7: 7:03 a.m. – 6:10 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, October 9: 1:50 a.m. – 9:09 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, October 11 at 4:12 p.m. through Friday, October 12 at 2:53 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, October 13 at 5:58 p.m. through Sunday, October 14 at 12:17 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, October 16 at 2:49 p.m. through Wednesday, October 17 at 0:36 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, October 19: 5:27 a.m.-1:20 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday. October 21: 4:47 p.m.-11:58 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, October 23 at 11:18 a.m. through Wednesday, October 24 at 7:33 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, October 26: 7:49 a.m. – 12:41 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, October 27 at 9:37 p.m. through Sunday, October 28 at 4:27 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, October 30: 7:31 – 7:42 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, November 1: 9:31 – 10:48 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, November 4: 0:26 – 1:01 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, November 6: 0:19 a.m.-5:02 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, November 8: 2:42 a.m.-10:59 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, November 10: 7:35 p.m.-7:55 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Sunday, October 7 at 14:03 through 1:10 (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, October 9 at 8:50 through Wednesday, October 10 at 4:09 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, October 11 at 23:12 through Friday, October 12 at 18:53 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, October 14: 0:58 – 19:17 (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, October 16 at 21:49 through Wednesday, October 17 at 7:36 (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, October 19: 12:27 – 20:20 (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday. October 21 at 23:47 through Monday, October 21 at 7:58 (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, October 23 at 18:18 through Wednesday, October 24 at 14:33 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, October 26: 14:49 – 19:41 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, October 28: 4:37 – 23:27 (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, October 30: 2:31 – 2:42 (Moon into Leo)

Friday, November 1: 4:31 – 17:48 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, November 4: 7:26 – 8:01 (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, November 6: 8:19 – 12:02  (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, November 8: 10:42 – 18:59 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, November 10: 15:35 – 15:55 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

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