In the Stars September 10-17, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Great Solar Eclipse energy continues to provoke big events. Hurricane Irma is next up, and as of this writing is expected to hit Florida as one of the most powerful hurricanes in history. The past week unfolded its fury and volatility, powered by the Full Moon in Pisces at mid-week, conjunct Neptune. Pisces is a mutable water sign, ruled by the Neptune. The symbolism in this Full Moon was strongly linked to excessive water issues, so the hurricane parade is not surprising. Meanwhile, there are large, intense fires near Portland and in the Montana-Wyoming area, the latter so vast that smoke has carried across the middle third of the upper United States. Ethiopia is in the midst of the worst drought in history. The powerful elements of Water, Wind, Fire, and Earth are raging out of control in many spots in the world. Political chaos continues with President Trump’s announcement of the shut-down of DACA, and the volatility of North Korea.

Saturn and Mercury are now direct, though Mercury is in its shadow phase until September 19, still operating somewhat like a retrograde Mercury. So continue to exercise care when making appointments and commitments, and be understanding with mix-ups. The Sun continues in practical Earth sign Virgo, joined by Mercury (exalted in Virgo) and Mars. This strong dose of Virgo energy enables us to handle the extreme weather patterns and emotional volatility. It is available to help us plan and organize, and take care of business. The week ahead is graced by a Venus-Saturn trine and a Venus-Jupiter trine, aspects that can help us make good choices and good decisions. There may be a few nice surprises in the coming week, rewarding our efforts.

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Sunday, the Taurus Moon eases us into a golden day. The Moon joins Pallas Athena and forms a Grand Trine with the Sun and Pluto, a powerful combination. In the face of any challenge, we will feel capable and confident; and we can manage life well. Celebrate this day by treating your senses to delicious food, inspiring music, sweet smells, and beauty, and touch someone you love.

Expect a slow, undefined start on Monday morning, as the Moon is Void of Course until 12:20 p.m. PDT. Hopefully you haven’t scheduled any Monday morning meetings of consequence. Attend to routine tasks until the Moon moves into Gemini at 12:29 p.m. PDT. Then it is time to connect, make calls, and answer email. Lunar squares to Mercury and Mars make for a restless, unsettling afternoon and evening. When the Moon is in Gemini, you may as well be doing several things at once and allow for a few distractions, as will be our natural tendency.

The Gemini Moon stirs our curiosity from Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon. These are chatty, congenial days, when conversation with almost anyone comes easy. These days are colored with an exact benefic trine between Venus and Saturn. This symbolism helps us attend to financial business. It may be time to re-balance accounts, or carefully consider a purchase. It could be a good time to buy a car or make another big purchase or investment. This fire trine linking the planets of love and commitment creates good energy for re-negotiating relationships and renewing commitments.

Wednesday morning’s benefic lunar aspects to Jupiter and Venus add optimism and sweetness. However, a Sun-Saturn square sets boundaries and keeps us accountable. Wednesday also has a VoC Moon from 11:35 a.m. to 3:12 p.m. PDT, so focus on routine tasks during that time, rather than meetings or connections that will not be likely to produce good results. At 3:12 p.m. the Moon slips into Cancer, the zodiac sign that symbolizes home and family. Cook some comfort food for dinner and cozy up in conversation with those near and dear.

Thursday is buoyed by a number of benefic aspects, making for a splendid day full of vision and possibility [Venus conjunct North Node and trine Eris; Moon trine Neptune and sextile Mars]. The Moon opposes Pluto, which could generate some emotional volatility, but could also provoke action and empower you to take big leaps forward with your aims and goals.

Friday’s offerings are mixed. A Venus-Jupiter sextile encourages positive outcomes. However, a Moon-Uranus square may deliver some surprises and emotional drama. Another 4-hour Void Moon period emerges from 2:23 p.m. through 6:09 p.m. PDT. You may as well wind down your work week early; do not try to get too much accomplished in this window. Get ready to shift into a fun weekend. The Moon arrives in sunny Leo at 6:09 p.m., and then it is time to party! Do something unusual (in the light of the Moon-Uranus square) and have a vibrant, fun evening.

Saturday and Sunday the Moon remains in Leo, highlighting children, play, and creativity. On Saturday, Mercury conjuncts Mars in Virgo, with the Sun shining in Virgo as well. This all brings practical mental energy for detailed planning and organizing. Plan an adventure or a home improvement project, and be sure to make the work fun. We are in the transitional part of the year, as we shift from summer to fall, from mutable/changeable Virgo to cardinal/action-oriented Libra. In a few days around September 22, The Autumn Equinox starts a new three-month season. This weekend holds good planning energy for three months ahead.

Amazing things could happen on this golden Sunday. Benefic aspects abound, including a Venus-Uranus trine. The Moon joins Venus, and makes good aspects to Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus. With all this generous, positive energy, grounded by the Sun, Mars, and Mercury in get-it-done Virgo, this day could be awesome. Try something new, keep it fun and creative, and expect at least one sweet surprise.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Golden Day! Powerful Grand Earth Trine! Celebrate your senses.

Monday: Slow start with Moon VoC until 12:20 p.m. PDT. Then the Gemini Moon fosters connection and conversation.

Tuesday: Chatty, congenial, curious day. Rebalance finances or relationships.

Wednesday: Focus on routine tasks while Moon is VoC 11:35 a.m.-3:12 p.m. Cook some comfort food for dinner and cozy up with family for the evening.

Thursday: Splendid day full of vision and possibility, though perhaps emotionally challenging.

Friday: Mixed planetary offerings with probable positive outcomes. Moon VoC 2:23 p.m.-6:09 PM. Then let the good times roll!

Saturday: Good day for planning and organizing, but make it fun.

Sunday: Another golden Sunday! Wonderful, perhaps amazing things could happen.

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Ten Things to Do While Venus is in Leo (August 26-September 20)

  1. Play with your children or grandchildren.
  2. Wear a smile and be joyful!
  3. Express appreciation.
  4. Adorn yourself with gold jewelry.
  5. Make a greeting card—and send it.
  6. Dance joyfully!
  7. Make life a game.
  8. Open your heart and be generous.
  9. Update your wardrobe with bright colors.
  10. Enjoy a picnic that includes children, games, and fun!

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.

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

Pacific Standard Time:

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 11:35 AM-3:12 PM (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15: 2:23 PM-6:09 PM (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, September 17: 5:55 PM-9:52 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 PM through Wednesday, September 20 at 3:06 AM (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 6:04 AM-10:40 AM (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24: 0:33 AM-9:01 PM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, September 27: 4:08 a.m.-9:24 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, September 29: 5:14 p.m.-9:40 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)


Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 18:35-22:12 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15 at 21:23 through Saturday, September 16 at 1:09 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, September 18: 0:55-4:52 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, September 20: 5:30-10:06 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 13:04 AM-17:40 (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24 at 7:33 through Monday, September 25 at 4:01 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, September 27: 11:08-16:24 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 29: 0:14-4:40 (Moon into Aquarius)


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One Response to In the Stars September 10-17, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    I have no idea what a phrase like “Venus conjunct the North Node” means — as a general statement. I know where my personal North Node is, and it’s in the 8th house in Leo, but I don’t even really know what that means. Astrologers have commented on it for me, but, really, all their comments are “vague.” I’ve tried to read about it, but what I have read is vague also. For me, the 8th house is even more vague than the 12th.

    I was pressured into doing an astrological reading once (the man who wanted it pressured me, even though I told him I didn’t regularly do such things, as I have always considered myself a student of astrology), and the man wanting the reading had his Sun in Cancer in the 8th house. Well, the reading went over “famously” with him and his wife (he was with a very incompatible wife, and they did get a divorce), and I somehow just “talked around” the 8th house.

    Yes, there is smoke from burning forest fires all over the central USA, especially in and near the mountains. I spoke with a person yesterday who was in Colorado Springs (a place I lived for a while as I restored a house from 1888), and she said her voice was harsh because of all the smoke from fires blowing down into Colorado. This did amaze and impress me, as she said the smoke was coming all the way down from Montana!

    I have begun to conclude that living in the East, particularly Northeast, is making the most sense in an era when the nation and the planet seem to be heading toward burning up and becoming desolate. In Buffalo, NY where I grew up, they did have 90 inches of snow a few years ago. That’s quite a bit of “water.”

    A few years ago I was in a bookstore in the Phoenix area, and I simply shared “a vision” I had, based only on my intuition, and that was that the entire area would be overrun with sand, parched totally and short of even the water the area has now, and desolate. An astrologer who heard me say this was eager to talk to me, asking “how I knew this.” I replied that I didn’t “know” it but that images of it had come to me. She was freaked, saying “My God, that’s exactly what astrological work we’ve done on this area shows. I am even afraid about losing my house to such a happening.” I replied that I couldn’t “see” how far off this would be. Right now houses in the “Valley of the Sun” “seem” to be at an all-time high price level once again (they come and go here), but I noticed that even ASU started an entire “School of Sustainability,” which is focused mainly around whether or not the Phoenix area can survive as habitable. I am looking forward to being able to go out and walk around again in a month or so. The Phoenix area really entails staying indoors for at least 4 to 5 months every year, unless one wants to try to hike around in “severe heat warnings,” with temperatures up to 120 and “high air pollution warnings” because of “high ozone” far too many days (people are asked to stay indoors and not exert themselves). So in cooler months, which may take till November to see, one can get out a bit more, though air pollution is always a problem here.

    A friend of mine in Vienna shared in his e-mail to me that there was an “incredibly hot” period of time this summer, so much so that show-horses were “retired” and were not used to entertain tourists, and, he said, much activity had just closed down. That is somewhat amazing. He urged me to get to Central Europe to see more, though I have no money to do so right now. Saturn going over Sun, Venus, and Mercury in my chart has been no fun at all, and the Venus-Mercury part will last for quite some time. I at least reflect that I have “patience,” but I am not truly “patient” at all in general.

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