In the Stars…shining light on the astrology of the week

Pluto stations direct this week, and Saturn and Pluto are in six degrees of separation, moving toward their first conjunction January 12th. When a planet is stationary, it is more powerful than usual, and that archetypal energy is strong. Archetypal Pluto symbolizes power, destruction, regeneration, and transformation, qualities which can be expressed for good or ill. Think of this week as especially powerful for good, and get your game on strong. There are beautiful, uplifting energies as a result of the lingering Jupiter-Neptune square. While it is separating, we can still be inspired. What part of yourself are you ready to shed in order to embrace your more powerful self? This is a week for strong work. Lean in.

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Saturday’s (September 28) New Moon at 5:20 degrees of Libra tropically signaled a new lunar month. This alignment calls us to re-align and re-invigorate our partnerships. A bonus for the relationship focus is a benefic Venus-Jupiter sextile. Expansive, loving energy flows. Venus and Mars, feminine and masculine planets respectively, embraced each side of the New Moon in Libra, giving strong energy to relationships.

Sunday is lovely and bright with the Moon conjunct Venus, and in benefic aspect to Jupiter. Midday the Moon makes an edgy square to Pluto. In cardinal signs, these planets call for action. Put this dynamic, provocative energy to work on a demanding project, and take some steps forward. Work hard, and later enjoy some sweet social time with those you love.

This last day of September, the first day of the work week, will be surprising. The Moon opposes Uranus in the signs that symbolize money: Scorpio and Taurus respectively. Monday will be an interesting day, and we will see how the markets finish the month, as well as the third quarter. Consider your finances and investments, and how you may want to change or adjust this area of your life. Take some solitude, as we want to draw inward and go deep when the Moon is in Scorpio.

On Tuesday the Moon makes benefic aspects to Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. This is an excellent day to purge—to clean out old stuff, and to work toward living lighter and cleaner. Stay focused on completing some work projects.

Pluto stations on Wednesday, and through Thursday, before turning direct after a five-month retrograde spin. As noted above, the planet Pluto symbolizes power, regeneration, and transformation. When a planet is stationary, its energy is especially powerful. The Sabian symbol for its degree of 21 Capricorn is “A Relay Race.” This symbol represents working as a team. Global issues at this time include major challenges such as climate change, the heat to impeach President Trump, and Brexit. Each of these issues, and others, require teamwork for resolution. The Moon in Scorpio magnifies the stationary Pluto energy. We dive deep into what is important to us, and how we want to change our lives. As Pluto moves direct we are ready to implement big changes that we have pondered for some time. The Moon bounces into sunny Sagittarius on Wednesday, and makes benefic sextiles to Mars and Chiron early in the day, and to the Sun late in the day.

Thursday is a bright and sunny and full of optimism as the Sagittarius Moon conjuncts Jupiter. Mercury enters Scorpio on Thursday where it will reside for over two months until December 9th, due to a Mercury retrograde from October 31-November 20. Mercury embarks into the murky, deep emotional waters of the underworld, to confront darkness, and to understand things better. Mars ingresses into Libra where it will reside until November 20, the end of the Mercury retrograde period, Mars in Libra is not its best place, as Mars is aggressive, and Libra wants harmony. We will need to be more careful about feelings of impatience and aggression in relationships. Yet, Mars is passionate, and more passion in relationships could be a good thing.

Friday morning will have a slow and unfocused start. Then, at 10:43 PDT the Moon moves into Capricorn, and we begin to make up for any lost work time during the past week. The Moon makes an edgy square to Mars in cardinal, action-oriented signs. We feel the push to get moving. We may come upon a brilliant, practical idea on Friday evening, as the Moon trines Uranus. Work hard and gear up for a weekend of accomplishment.

Nose to the grindstone on Saturday! This somber, serious day calls us to work to get a lot accomplished. Hearts open and fill with compassion in the evening, so reward your accomplishments with an inspiring dinner, and get to bed early to catch some dreams.

Again, Sunday is another day this weekend that demands hard work and productivity. This was not a weekend for relaxation and leisure. A Mercury-Uranus conjunction brings brilliant ideas. The Moon goes void of course at 4:25 p.m. After this time, lighten up and ease into a transitional Sunday evening. Get ready for the week ahead, and make time for friends early in the coming week.

Monday is edgy and challenging. The Sun squares Saturn; the Moon is in two edgy squares to Uranus and Mercury. The energy is uncomfortable, but square energy pushes us and make things happen. Embrace this day with its challenges, and see what you can learn from others.

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The Week in Short

Sunday: Work hard and enjoy some sweet social time.

Monday: Focus on finances. Draw inward and go deep.

Tuesday: Clear out old stuff and stay focused on completing work projects.

Wednesday: Dive deep and work on big changes that you want to manifest.

Thursday: Sunny, optimistic day with shifting energies: Mars into Libra and Mercury into Scorpio.

Friday: Unfocused start to the day. At 10:43 p.m. PDT we shift our focus on work and accomplishment.

Saturday: Nose to the grindstone. Relax a little in the evening.

Sunday: Make it another productive day. When the Moon goes VoC at 4:25 p.m. PDT, get ready for the week ahead and then relax.

Monday: Edgy day to lean in and make a difference.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Libra (September 14 – October 8)

  1. Speak kindly.
  2. Upgrade your wardrobe.
  3. Wear beautiful clothing.
  4. Adorn yourself with jewelry.
  5. Mediate or work out any conflicts in your life.
  6. Brighten your home with fresh flowers.
  7. Set a beautiful dinner table.
  8. Form a partnership, or engage someone to help you with a project.
  9. Enjoy social gatherings
  10. Fall in love, or more in love. 

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 29 at 7:06 p.m. through Monday, September 30 at 2:42 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, October 3: 2:46 a.m. – 4:44 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, October 4: 0:34 a.m. – 10:43 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, October 6: 4:25 p.m. – 8:42 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Tuesday, October 8 at 11:27 a.m. through Wednesday, October 9 at 9:05 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, October 11: 2:55 a.m. – 9:46 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Sunday, October 13 at 2:59 p.m. through Monday, October 14 at 9:24 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, October 16: 1:37 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, October 18 at 7:14 p.m. through Saturday, October 19 at 3:43 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, September 30: 3:06 – 10:42 (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, October 3: 10:46 – 12:44 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, October 4: 8:34 – 18:43 (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, October 7: 0:25 – 4:42 (Moon into Aquarius)

Tuesday, October 8 at 19:27 through Wednesday, October 9 at 17:05 (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, October 11 at 10:55 through Saturday, October 12 at 5:46 (Moon into Aries)

Sunday, October 13 at 22:59 through Monday, October 14 at 17:24 (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, October 16 at 9:37 through Thursday, October 17 at 3:30 (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, October 19: 3:14 – 11:43 (Moon into Cancer)

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