In the Stars September 30 – October 7, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

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. A woman sitting next to me on the airplane when I was returning from Kansas City this morning, September 30, asked what I was working on when I was writing this blog. When I told her I was an astrologer she told me that her mother is married to the nephew of Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930.  I told her that was a synchronicity of the day with the powerful Pluto energy of the planet turning direct in motion. With Pluto moving direct, Venus turning retrograde October 5, and Venus moving toward its star point on October 25, sexual and relational secrets and indiscretions may continue to be revealed on the world stage

Venus turns retrograde on Friday, October 5 for a six-week backward spin. Venus symbolizes love and money, offering an opportunity to focus more deeply on our values regarding love and money, to clear interpersonal debris and misunderstandings, and to set intentions concerning finances and relationships. Venus is in Libra for the next four months from a sidereal perspective. Venus in Libra is in its dignity, or in its own sign, and it can bring harmony, happiness, and good fortune with relationships and finances.

There is a great deal of void Moon time again this week occurring most of the day Sunday the 30th Wednesday, Friday evening, and Sunday the 7th, so plan accordingly. While I’ve been writing this blog at a café against the backdrop of the void Moon, three orders have been mixed up, illustrating the difficulty of definition and clarity when the Moon is void. 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.

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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.

Tuesday is likely to be an emotionally volatile day, though it is mixed with benefic and challenging aspects. The morning holds the benefic aspects, so may be smoother, while the afternoon and evening hold the challenging aspects. A Mercury-Pluto square encourages us to have honest conversations, and to get to the bottom of issues.

The Moon is void of course for much of Wednesday until 2:12 p.m. when it moves into enthusiastic Leo. During this void period attend to routine tasks, and avoid significant meetings or activities requiring decisions. The evening is playfui and creative; the Moon-Uranus square may take off course, and bring something surprising.

Thursday’s Moon in Leo highlights creative, pleasurable activities. Make it a fun day and get some Sun.

Friday’s feature news is Venus turning retrograde at 10:50 Scorpio until November 16 when it turns direct at 25:15 Libra. This period gives us a window of attention to review and re-think relationships and finances. Friday the Leo Moon is void of course all day until 4:19 p.m. PDT, so again give this day to routine, insignificant tasks, and avoid meetings and things requiring decisions. In the evening the Virgo Moon forms a grand earth trine with Saturn and Uranus. To make up for lost time this week during the Moon’s long void of course periods, and to make the most of the efficient, industrious Virgo Moon, you may want to make Friday evening a productive work evening, rather than relaxing at the end of the work week.

Saturday is a productive day for putting your life in order under the light of the Virgo Moon. However, The Moon’s benefic sextile to Venus and opposition to Venus call for some inspiration while you work. Play an inspiring playlist, and dance your way through your tasks.

Again 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 weekend. 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, the cosmic energy calls for intentions to improve relationships and expressing more love, especially in close partnerships.

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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.

Tuesday: Emotionally volatile day, more so in the afternoon. Engage in honest conversations.

Wednesday: Attend to routine tasks while the Moon is VoC until 2:12 p.m. PDT. Open to a playful, surprising evening.

Thursday: Create a day of fun and pleasure—and get some sunshine.

Friday: Venus turns retrograde until November 16. Moon VoC all day until 4:19 p.m. PDT. Make is a productive work evening doing something you love to do.

Saturday: Put your life in order, and whistle  while you work.

Sunday: Virgo Moon VoC all day until 6:10 p.m. Tackle the tasks on your list. 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.


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 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)

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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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)

Wednesday, October 30: 3:31 – 3:42 (Moon into Leo)

Friday, November 1: 5:31 – 18:48 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, November 4: 8:26 – 9:01 (Moon into Libra)

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