In the Stars September 23-30, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

The Autumn Equinox on Saturday, September 22 ushered in the Sun in Libra tropically. The Libra Sun symbolizes relationships, balance, harmony, art, and beauty.

There is a great deal of void Moon time this week occurring all day Monday, Wednesday, Sunday, and Friday evening, so plan accordingly. During these times when the Moon is void of course attend to routine, inconsequential tasks, and don’t waste your time on meetings or situations calling for connections and decisions.

This week’s big event is Pluto turning direct in motion on Sunday, September 30, after a five-month retrograde spin. It will remain direct until April 23, 2019. We can now move forward with change and transformation. With Pluto moving direct it will be interesting to watch big stories such as the sexual misconduct hearings of the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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 brings harmony, happiness, and good fortune with relationships and finances. The next four months are blessed by this dignified Venus.

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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 on Monday. At 4:04 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Aries, and then things begin to pick up. 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.

Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon moves through Aries, spurring us on in spontaneous, adventurous endeavors. The main cosmic event of the day on Tuesday is Sun square Saturn, calling us to duty and responsibility. Wednesday the Moon is void of course all day until just after midnight. After an early morning Moon-Pluto square there are no other aspects; thus, it is a quiet day on the cosmic front. This is not a day for meetings or definitive actions. Stick to routine, insignificant tasks, but in the light of the Saturn-Sun square, a lot could still be accomplished.

Just after midnight early Thursday morning the Moon moves into its exaltation in earth sign Taurus, where it functions at its best. The Moon joins Uranus in the early hours of the morning; we may be so excited that we can’t sleep. The usually peaceful, easy going Taurus Moon opposes Venus and squares Mars, though in contrast it makes a benefic trine to Saturn. The aspects are jagged and challenging. The Sun makes a benefic trine to Mars, generating a lot of energy for action, yet we have to contend with the challenging aspects to the Moon. The day’s mixed aspects encourage us to lean into our work, and get a lot accomplished. However, we will need to navigate complications and obstacles to progress. A Mercury-Ceres conjunction gives energy for kind words and diplomacy, a gift that graces the day no matter what else is happening.

The work week ends with an empowering tone. The Taurus Moon makes a benefic trine to powerful Pluto, ever more powerful as it is slow in motion, preparing to turn direct on Sunday. Lean into your work, and you can get a lot accomplished. Emotions are amplified by an opposition from Jupiter, exact at 3:36 p.m. when the Moon goes void of course. Wind up your work then, and settle into a relaxing evening. Dinner out at a lovely restaurant with excellent food and copasetic company would please the Taurus Moon.

The Moon jumps into curious Gemini early Saturday morning, and forms a benefic grand trine with the Sun and Mars. The planetary alignments support short excursions to explore something new. We will want to connect and converse, especially with siblings and relatives.

Sunday’s big event is Pluto turning direct in motion after five months in retrograde motion, since April 23. When a planet stations to turn direction its energy is amplified. In Pluto’s case this energy is powerful change and transformation. Sunday is the last day of the month, aligned with this big planetary shift in motion. Pluto goes direct at 18:45 Capricorn, and will march forward until April 23, 2019 when it will next retrograde at 23:09 Capricorn. The Moon is void of course all day Sunday from 8:38 a.m. through Monday morning. Stay focused on routine tasks.

The work week starts slowly on Monday, with a void of course Moon in mutable Gemini until 11:00 a.m. PDT. Then the Moon moves into action-oriented water sign Cancer tropically. In its ruling sign, the Cancer Moon normally likes to cozy into comfort. However, Saturn opposes the Moon, and is demanding and emotionally restrictive. The afternoon and evening may be challenging. Meet the difficult energy with hard work, and attend to responsibility.

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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.

Tuesday: Be spontaneous and adventurous, but heed responsibilities and duties.

Wednesday: Moon Voc all day. Focus on routine tasks, and avoid meetings and anything requiring significant decisions.

Thursday: Lean into your work, but be prepared to deal with obstacles and complications.

Friday: Powerful day to get a lot accomplished. After 3:36 p.m. PDT wind down, and enjoy a sensual evening with good company.

Saturday: Give in to your curiosity, and take a short trip to a new place.

Sunday: Pluto stations turning direct. Powerful day, but Moon is VoC all day, so stay focused on routine tasks.

Monday: Slow start with the Moon VoC until 11:00 a.m. PDT. The rest of the day is demanding and challenging, and holds us to our responsibilities.


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 23 at 10:26 p.m. through Monday, September 14 at 4:04 p.m.

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)

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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, September 24 at 6:26 through Tuesday, September 25 at 0:04 (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)

Tuesday, October 23 at 19:18 through Wednesday, October 24 at 15:33 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, October 26: 15:49 – 20:41 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, October 28 at 5:37 through Monday October 29 at 0:27 (Moon into Cancer)

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