In the Stars September 9-16, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Virgo

Saturn moved into direct motion last Thursday. With the Sun in Virgo, forming a New Moon in Virgo on Sunday, September 9, and Saturn direct, it is time to get to work. Clean house, revitalize your exercise regime and clean up your diet. Virgo likes to keep the body, mind, and spirit lean, clean, and efficient. We can effectively move forward with our work projects and demands.

Thank goodness for this practical energy in Virgo and Capricorn to keep us grounded this week, as it is a volatile week. Venus is opposite Uranus and square the Moon’s nodes. Mars is conjunct the south Node, and squares Venus and Uranus. 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 can also be creative. Stir up some new forms of fun, and do things differently. Relationships may be tested; new ones may emerge suddenly and surprisingly.

Again this week the two beneficial trine aspects that have been noted the last two weeks are still with us, coloring our world with good energy and possibilities: Jupiter-Neptune (Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces), and Saturn-Uranus (Uranus in Taurus trine Saturn in Capricorn). Jupiter-Neptune is an uplifting, visionary, artistic aspect, though Jupiter is beginning to pull away, dissipating this energy by the end of the week.

We still have the two trines of Jupiter and Neptune, and Saturn and Uranus, enabling new developments to be formed and built. The Sun forms a trine with Pluto, giving us the power to transform. An arc of sextiles: Neptune in Pisces, Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in Scorpio, and the Sun in Virgo, give opportunities. Be ready to seize them!

Yet another aspect now is Black Moon Lilith conjunct Mars. Astrolgoer Kelly Hunter wrote:

“ Black Moon Lilith joins bright red Mars on the Aquarian South Node, heightening the electricity in the air and opening uncharted mental space. It is especially important to keep an open mind about what is going on. Judgment limits our perception and is likely to evoke pushback effects. No fooling around with Lilith. Much of what we can call the global “reality show” was triggered by the total solar eclipse last August. If we can manage to take a deep breath, step back, watch and consider what is going on (personally and globally) without emotional reactivity, we can gain a different perspective and let the fresh winds blow through without too much storm damage. Hurricane season is upon us. These times are world-changing on so many levels.”

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Sunday sports a New Moon in Virgo, a powerful message to get your life in order. Neptune’s opposition to the New Moon expands your vision, if you allow your imagination to soar. Pluto’s trine to the New Moon in Virgo gives power to accomplish many things on your project list. Venus shifts into Scorpio tropically until October 9; passion is stirred for love and money during this next month.

Relationships are the focus of the Libra Moon on Monday, yet interpersonal relations may be testy, as the Moon-conjunct-Ceres forms a tense T-square to Chiron and Saturn. Mars shifts into Aquarius tropically, and continues in a challenging square to Venus and Uranus. Balance and satisfaction will likely be difficult to attain. Go with the flow, meet the challenges, and be kind and compassionate.

On Tuesday the powerful Virgo Sun makes a benefic trine to Pluto and a benefic sextile to Jupiter. These aspects give confidence and courage and tremendous energy for accomplishment—and even perhaps some good luck. However, the Libra Moon squares Pluto, shaking the ground and creating disharmony. We may feel testy, irritable, and volatile, though the Libra Moon will help us stay kind and work toward resolution.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the Moon dives deep into the emotional waters of Scorpio. Wednesday is chock full of planetary aspects, both benefic and challenging, which will make for an eventful day. Pluto is exactly sextile Jupiter which could bode well for building and boosting financial matters, or boosting any new and challenging endeavor. The Scorpio Moon conjuncts Venus, and these conjunct planets make an exact opposition to Uranus, bringing up issues having to do with love and money. This tense opposition is amplified by its square to Mars and the South Node. Although the day is tense, at the same time it is ripe with possibility, creativity, and surprise. Be active, engaged, and open, and see what this day brings.

A Jupiter-Moon conjunction on Thursday should contribute to a positive day. Mercury opposes Neptune, so no matter what happens, we may not see it clearly. This is not a day for making significant decisions. Stay positive and visionary.

Friday the Moon is void of course all day. This is not a good day for meetings, connections, or decisions. Stick to routine, insignificant tasks until the Moon enters sunny Sagittarius at 5:45 p.m. PDT, when energy shifts dramatically, and our spirits soar. Friday evening’s planetary energy is good for a social get-together, a welcome relief to the intense past few days.

The Sagittarius Moon continues to color the weekend with sunshine and optimism., making it a great day for a hike or bike ride. A Mercury-Pluto trine gives an interest in investigation, digging deeply into problems, and figuring out resolutions. Settle into a fun, lazy, social evening.

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 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.

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Sunday: New Moon in Virgo. Power through your task list. Venus into Scorpio.

Monday: Relationships are the focus, but they may be testy. Seek balance and be kind.

Tuesday: Courage and confidence give energy for accomplishment, yet energy is testy and volatile.

Wednesday: Tense day, yet ripe with possibility, creativity, and surprise.

Thursday: Positive day, though we may not see clearly. Not a day for decisions.

Friday: Moon VoC all day until 5:45 p.m. PDT. Attend to routine, insignificant tasks. After 5:45 p.m. PDT make it a fun social evening.

Saturday: In the light of sunshine and optimism, go for a hike.

Sunday: Buoyant day for expanding your mind.

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


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:

Monday, September 10: 8:12 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, September 11 at 3:57 p.m. through Wednesday, September 12 at 11:15 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Friday, September 14: 1:54 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, September 10: 16:12 – 16:20 (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, September 12: 0:57 – 19:15 (Moon into Scorpio)

Friday, September 14 at 9:54 through Saturday, September 15 at 1:45 (Moon into Sagittarius)

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)

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