In the Stars September 16-23, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

The Sun shines in Virgo tropically for one more week. From a sidereal/Vedic perspective the Sun continues in Virgo until October 17. During this time you can access Virgo’s grounded earth energy to get your life in order, clean house, and revitalize your exercise regime and clean up your diet. Virgo likes to keep the body, mind, and spirit lean, clean, and efficient. Saturn and Vesta are conjunct in Capricorn. Vesta is the goddess of the hearth; she symbolizes the person who dutifully takes care of the home and practical matters. Saturn and Vesta together in Saturn’s hardworking ruling sign of Capricorn symbolize strong energy for duty, responsibility, and getting things done. We can effectively move forward with our work projects and meet our demands.

Thank goodness for the practical energy of the Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Vesta, Pluto, and Uranus in earth signs to keep us grounded, as the week ahead is another volatile one. Venus is still opposite Uranus and square the Moon’s nodes, though it is moving on, and lessening the intensity. However, Mars is conjunct the south Node exactly this week, and Mars and Uranus make their third and final square, and Venus is still in the mix. Again, as last week, this combination is dynamic, testy, shaky, and dangerous, so move through your week carefully, and with attention and caution. Slow down, think twice, and do not take risks. This volatile energy, however,  can moves things forward, and can also be creative.

This week holds the last influence of the Jupiter-Neptune trine, as Jupiter is pulling ahead and dissipating the energy of the aspect. Still, you can catch a last bit of its uplifting, visionary energy. The profound, grounded earth Saturn-Uranus trine (Uranus in Taurus trine Saturn in Capricorn) still holds, keeping us tethered to commitments and solving problems creatively. An arc of sextiles still exists: Neptune in Pisces, Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Mercury in Virgo, giving opportunities. Take advantage of this plethora of positive energy!

Wednesday and Friday the Moon is void of course most of the day, so plan accordingly. During these times attend to routine, inconsequential tasks, and avoid meetings or situations calling for connections and decisions.

From a Vedic/sidereal perspective Venus is in its ruling sign of Libra from September 1 through early January, due to its retrograde motion. Venus in Libra Venus brings harmony, happiness, and good fortune with relationships and finances. The next four months are blessed by this dignified Venus.

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We are full of expansive ideas on this sunny Sunday. Make the most of this buoyant day. Expand your mind by reading something new that carries your into another world, geographically, or philosophically. Get prepared for the week ahead in the afternoon, as the Moon goes void of course at 4:15 p.m. PDT, and it will be more difficult to make definitive decisions after this time. Relax in the evening and do something fun. Board games with the family? The energy shifts on Monday, and the week ahead will be demanding.

Step into a strong work day on Monday, with the Moon conjunct Saturn in hard-working, driven earth sign Capricorn. The Moon-Saturn conjunction makes a benefic trine to Uranus. We could expect something surprising, electric, and unique in our work. In the evening the Moon forms a benefic trine to Pallas Athena, highlighting independence and the arts.

Earthshaking may describe Tuesday, which holds the third and final exact volatile Mars-Uranus square. In addition, the Moon conjuncts Pluto, heightening the intensity. Lunar sextiles to Neptune and Jupiter will help ease the tension. This is a day for hard work and stepping into your power. However, be cautious and don’t take risks. The Mars-Uranus square can be super creative, as well as destructive. Put your energies into fresh, energetic expressions.

The Moon is void of course most of Wednesday (10:10 a.m.-4:52 p.m. PDT), so turn your attention to inconsequential tasks, and avoid meetings, shopping, or matters requiring decisions. Aftershocks of yesterday’s earthshaking intensity are sparked by the Moon’s conjunction with Mars, which is square to Uranus. At 4:52 p.m. PDT the Moon enters Aquarius tropically where it resides through Friday evening. We are drawn to attend to our diverse friends and groups on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Again on Friday the Moon is void of course almost all day from 10:13 a.m. through Saturday at 5:27 a.m. PDT. Mercury moves into air sign Libra tropically; however remains in Virgo from a sidereal perspective, where it is in its dignity, or especially high functioning, Mar is exactly conjunct the South Node, an explosive combination. Take it easy, and keep things simple.

Saturday is the Autumnal Equinox, when the Sun enters the sign of Libra tropically. Day and night are in equal balance. A Pisces Moon makes a benefic sextile to Saturn and Uranus. The Moon trines Venus. Although we are still in the throes of the volatility of the Mars/South Node conjunction that is square to Uranus, these blessed sextiles and trines soften the day, and may bring some grace and ease to any tension. Chiron in Aires opposes the early Libra Sun, bringing a focus to heal our wounds and relationships.

Sunday morning may be somber, yet inspired with a Mercury-Saturn square and the sweet and sensitive Pisces Moon conjunct visionary Neptune. The evening is stoked with benefic aspects (Moon sextile Pluto, Mercury trine Mars, and Moon trine Jupiter). With these positive aspects as the backdrop, we can reach for the stars and touch the divine. Write poetry from your expanded heart.

Monday the Moon is void of course all day until 4:04 p.m. PDT, so lower your expectations for getting the week off to a strong and definitive start until the Moon moves into Aries then at 4:04 p.m. PDT. A few hours later at 7:04 p.m. the Moon perfects with the Sun into a Full Moon. The Full Moon is bright and strong, and combines into a tight T-square (Moon is conjunct Chiron; Sun is conjunct Mercury and Ceres, and Saturn and Vesta square both luminary combinations), in cardinal, action-oriented signs. Tensions can be fought off with well-considered words, and by honoring rules and protocols.

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Sunday: Buoyant day for expanding your mind.

Monday: Demanding work day, with an element of surprise.

Tuesday: Earthshaking, intense day. Step into your power and work hard.

Wednesday: Moon VoC 10:20 a.m. – 4:52 p.m. Another volatile, intense day.

Thursday: Spend time with a group of friends.

Friday: Moon VoC 10:13 a.m. through Saturday at 5:27 a.m. PDT. Another volatile, intense day. Keep things simple and go carefully.

Saturday: Autumnal Equinox. Another, intense, volatile day. Keep things simple and invoke grace and ease.

Sunday: Somber, yet inspired morning. Reach for the stars, and touch the divine.

Monday: Full Moon! Moon VoC all day until 4: 04 p.m. PDT. Consider your words, and honor protocol.


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, September 16 at 4:15 p.m. through Monday, September 17 at 4:07 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, September 26 at 3:26 a.m. through Thursday, September 27 at 0:16 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, September 28 at 3:36 p.m. through Saturday, September 29 at 6;26 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, September 30 at 8:38 a.m. through Monday, October 1 at 11:00 a/m/ (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, October 3: 1:33 a.m. – 2:12 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Friday, October 5: 4:34 a.m. – 4:19 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, September 17: 0:15 – 12:07 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, September 26 at 11:26 through Thursday, September 27 at 8:16 (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, September 28 at 23:36 through Saturday, September 29 at 14:26 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, September 30 at 16:38 through Monday, October 1 at 19:00 (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, October 3: 9:33 – 22:12 (Moon into Leo)

Friday, October 5 at 12:34 through Saturday, October 6 at 0:19 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, October 7 at 15:03 through 2:10 (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, October 9 at 9:50 through Wednesday, October 10 at 5:09 (Moon into Scorpio)

Friday, October 12: 0:12 – 18:53 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, October 14: 1:58 – 20:17 (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, October 16 at 22:49 through Wednesday, October 17 at 8:36 (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, October 19: 13:27 – 21:20 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday. October 22: 0:47 – 7:58 (Moon into Aries)

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