In the Stars January 21-28, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

This past week I planned and held a memorial for my brother, Gehrig Coleman, who died January 12, and began to work on the practical demands of the dissolution of his household. Then my beloved sister-in-law, Judy Metzner, died unexpectedly on January 18, and I have just attended her memorial in New York City. The vibrations and rhythms of planetary movement bring us new experiences, and new friends and relatives, and they bring endings and transitions as well. The great wheel of time turns, drawing in our entrances, and drawing out our exits. I honor the gifts that Gehrig and Judy have given to me, and carry their legacies forward as the great wheel of time moves my life.

The week ahead begins strong, and is demanding. Energies soften Wednesday and Thursday with the Moon in exalted Taurus. The week ends with themes of curiosity, community, and conversation. Mars moves into Sagittarius on Friday, fostering expansion and adventure in the mutable fire sign of adventure until March 17. By week’s end we are nearing the first eclipse of 2018, a total eclipse of the Moon January 31.

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The compassion and comfort of the Pisces Moon light the way on Sunday. This mutable water Moon makes benefic aspects to Pluto, Jupiter, and Mars. Listen to your intuition. Be imaginative, creative, kind, and generous.

The pace picks up Monday and Tuesday with the Moon in Aries. A lunar square to Saturn commands discipline and responsibility. Get your work week going with zest and commitment, even if you feel somewhat resistant. The evening is more agreeable, thanks to a Moon-Venus sextile.

Tuesday is tense. The heavy dose of powerful, edgy energy can be used to get a lot accomplished. However, with the Moon in headstrong, fiery Aries, we will need to think before we act, and simmer down if situations become overheated.

The Moon’s arrival in Taurus on Wednesday cools the temperature and eases the volatility. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, where it is highest functioning, and where it seeks pleasure. Mercury and Pluto are conjunct in Capricorn, driving us to deeper understandings. A Moon-Saturn trine keeps things steady, and drives us toward accomplishment. The Moon conjoins Pallas Athena, drawing us toward art and beauty.

All things sensual are highlighted on Thursday. The Taurus Moon makes benefic aspects to Neptune, Pluto, Jupiter, and Mercury. Thursday is a day to eat delicious food, play inspiring music, hug your loved ones, set your sight on beauty, and perhaps get a massage. Inspiring conversations may result in insight and surprising realizations.

Friday morning may start aimlessly, as the Moon is void of course until 9:40 a.m. when it jumps into Gemini. The zodiac sign symbolizing communication and curiosity reigns through Sunday evening. Mars bolts into Sagittarius where it fosters travel, adventure, and expanding perspectives through March 17.

In the light of the Gemini Moon Saturday is made for short trips, social events, communication, and connecting with siblings. Curiosity piques. Explore your neighborhood. Get together with a sibling or relative, or read a book to learn something new.

The Moon is void of course Sunday morning until 10:57 a.m., so enjoy a leisurely breakfast and reading of the Sunday paper. Then the Moon rolls into compassionate Cancer. Sunday is a day for home and family. The Moon-Saturn opposition Sunday evening calls for planning the work week ahead, attending to responsibilities, and honoring limitations. Cook a nourishing dinner and enjoy it with loved ones.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Enjoy a passionate and compassionate Sunday.

Monday: The day demands discipline. Get your work week moving.

Tuesday: Tense, powerful, edgy day. Keep your cool and think before you act.

Wednesday: A strong, steady day when both accomplishment and pleasure are possible.

Thursday: Nourish your senses, and engage in inspiring conversations.

Friday: Moon VoC until 9:40 a.m. Enjoy conversation, community, and connection.

Saturday: Take a short trip to explore something new, or read a book and learn something new.

Sunday: Moon VoC until 10:57 a.m. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Then focus on home and family.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (January 17-February 10)

  1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.
  2. Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.
  3. Diversify your portfolio.
  4. Read a book about an African American who made a contribution to civil rights.
  5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
  6. Explore and consider joining a new group to expand your life.
  7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite social causes.
  8. March in a political rally (Women’s March?)
  9. Make new friends.
  10. Host a dinner party with a group of diverse friends.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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, January 21: 5:13 p.m.-10:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, January 23 at 8:16 p.m. through Wednesday, January 24 at 5:39 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, January 25 a7 7:17 p.m. through Friday, January 26 at 9:40 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 2:39 a.m.-10:57 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 30: 8:40 a.m.-10:53 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, February 1: 2:58 a.m.-11:13 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Friday, February 2 at 11:07 p.m. through Saturday, February 3 at 1:47 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Monday, February 5, 2018: 10:46 a.m.-7:56 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, February 7 at 11:16 p.m. through Thursday, February 8 at 5:53 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, February 10: 8:36 a.m.-6:21 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, February 12 at 9:43 p.m. through Tuesday, February 13 at 7:11 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, February 15: 1:05 p.m.-6:42 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, February 17 at 2:13 p.m. through Sunday, February 18 at 4:05 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

GMT:

Monday, January 22: 1:13-5:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, January 24; 4:16- 13:39 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, January 26: 3:17-17:40 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 10:39 a.m.-18:57 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 30: 16:40-18:53 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, February 1: 10:58-19:13 (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, February 3: 7:07- 21:47 (Moon into Libra)

Monday, February 5, 2018 at 18:46 through Tuesday, February 6 at 3:56 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, February 8: 7:16-13:53 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, February 10 at 16:36 through Sunday, February 11 at 2:21 (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, February 13: 5:43-15:11 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, February 15 at 21:05 through Friday, February 16 at 2:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, February 17 at 22:13 through Sunday, February 18 at 12:05 (Moon into Aries)

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In the Stars January 14-21, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Capricorn

My blog this week is dedicated to my brother, Gehrig Coleman, who died on Friday, January 12. Gehrig, a younger brother born with the Sun in Scorpio tropically, introduced me to astrology when I was a teenager. My mother and I hosted a Scorpio-themed birthday party for him when he turned 16 (I was 17). My serious study of astrology began in 1976 when I made a life-changing move to Houston, Texas, where he lived, and happened upon astrology classes with renowned financial astrologer Jeanne Long. Gehrig always supported, encouraged, and promoted my astrological study and practice. An excellent scholar and writer, he has been the final editor of this blog for several years. I am going to miss him.

This week sports a New Moon on Tuesday in Capricorn. The Moon joins five other planets (Sun, Saturn, Mercury, Pluto, and Venus) in Capricorn, the cardinal, action-oriented, earth sign that symbolizes productivity, responsibility, and accomplishment. The New Moon is significant and powerful, calling for commitment to a course of action.

I repeat this summary this week of the benefic energy available this year. This whole year is full of benefic aspects due to four slow-moving planets being in earth and water signs: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. Uranus joins them in June when it ingresses into Earth sign Taurus. This month Mars is in water sign Scorpio nearly all month. The Sun, Mercury, and Venus are in earth sign Capricorn each for about three weeks. This is a lot of mud (earth and water), which also molds into clay from which come beautiful pieces of pottery, or concrete which forms the foundation for building structures. Sextiles are opportunities. We can do nothing, and our lives will generally go well. Yet, we should all take advantage of the benefic energy to boost ourselves into warp drive toward better futures. Think of the potential of making beautiful, useful pottery out of clay and water. Maybe it is time to sign up for a pottery class—or to start building the foundation for a new home or business.

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Sunday morning the Moon is void of course (again, following a lot of void Moon time the past week), so enjoy a leisurely Sunday breakfast and the reading of the Sunday paper. Then, at 11:42 a.m. PST the Moon ingresses into Capricorn, and the rest of the day is for getting some serious work done, and for planning the month ahead. The Moon is dark, heralding a New Moon on Tuesday at 25 degrees Capricorn, so you will want to draw inward, finish projects, and seize more time alone. The Sun squares Uranus, so expect some surprise events even while you drill down on the work.  The weekend finishes strongly with the determination of a Moon-Saturn conjunction. Reflect on the possibilities and opportunities that emerged in your life the past week, and your intentions with the coming New Moon on Tuesday.

Jupiter and Pluto align in a benefic sextile on Monday, bringing confidence and light, and fueling movement and change. This day when the Moon is at its darkest is a fine day for my brother Gehrig’s life to be celebrated at a memorial, and then buried in Chillicothe, Missouri, where we grew up. Monday is also Martin Luther King Day, a day to celebrate a man who fought honorably for civil rights. Gehrig was a champion of diversity, and people of all races and social classes were his friends, so it is a fitting day to celebrate Gehrig’s life and send him off to the afterlife. Against the backdrop of the Capricorn Moon, this Jupiter/Pluto aspect is extremely powerful. Big projects can move forward. In the low light of the dark Moon, draw inward, and set your goals and intentions for the new lunar month that begins tomorrow.

The Moon makes benefic sextiles (aspects of opportunity) with Mars, Jupiter, and Chiron, giving confidence and courage, and bolstering trust on Tuesday. The New Moon (exact at 6:17 p.m. PST) calls for monthly, or perhaps this year’s intentions, since it is the first New Moon of the New Year. Capricorn symbolizes both fear and authority. This New Moon calls for us to claim our power, dispel fear, and connect with our inner authority, The New Moon squares Uranus, a revolutionary, chaotic, disruptive energy that changes games. Surrender to divine order. The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is “Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.” This New Moon contains the potential to ascend to higher realms of consciousness.

The restrictive energy of the six planets in Capricorn begins to lift on Wednesday when the Moon and Venus move into freedom-loving Aquarius. Mars and Uranus make a reckless aspect, so go easy with the chaos that may be part of Wednesday. Bring a focus to friendship and diversity.

Resentments can be released and emotional wounds healed through Thursday’s Mars-Chiron trine. We may feel emotionally overextended. Bring the energy of the Moon and Venus in Aquarius to social concerns and broader issues. Make a donation to a cause about which you care. Gather with friends for happy hour or dinner.

Friday morning the Moon is void of course until 12:56pm PST when it enters Pisces. Devote Friday morning to routine tasks rather than meetings or things requiring decisions. In the evening, the Sun moves into Aquarius tropically, releasing more Capricorn energy from the restrictive stellium in Capricorn. Emotional intelligence and imagination are heightened throughout the weekend with a Mercury-Neptune sextile.

The compassion and comfort of the Pisces Moon light the way throughout the weekend. As a bonus this mutable water Moon makes benefic aspects to other planets Saturday (Neptune and Mercury) and Sunday (Pluto, Jupiter, and Mars). Listen to your intuition. Be imaginative, creative, kind, and generous.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Enjoy a leisurely morning while the Moon is void.  After 11:42am PST drill down on work and get a lot accomplished. Expect surprises and disruptions.

Monday: Dark of the Moon: draw inward. Confidence fuels the will to move forward. Set intentions for the first New Moon of the year.

Tuesday: New Moon in Capricorn. Claim your personal power and inner authority and aim to raise your vibration.

Wednesday: Go easy and focus on friendship and social concerns.

Thursday: Let go of wounds, resentments, and restrictions, and open to wider concerns and explorations.

Friday: Focus on routine tasks while the Moon is VoC until 12:26pm PST.  Then finish the work week and ease into an uplifting weekend.

Saturday: Open to creative, imaginative ideas.

Sunday: Enjoy a passionate and compassionate Sunday.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (January 17-February 10)

  1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.
  2. Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.
  3. Diversify your portfolio.
  4. Read a book about an African American who made a contribution to civil rights.
  5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
  6. Explore and consider joining a new group to expand your life.
  7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite social causes.
  8. March in a political rally (Women’s March?)
  9. Make new friends.
  10. Host a dinner party with a group of diverse friends.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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, January 14: 0:48 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, January 16 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, January 17 at 0:32 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 3:53 a.m.-12:26 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, January 21: 5:13 p.m.-10:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, January 23 at 8:16 p.m. through Wednesday, January 24 at 5:39 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, January 25 a7 7:17 p.m. through Friday, January 26 at 9:40 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 2:39 a.m.-10:57 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 30: 8:40 a.m.-10:53 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, February 1: 2:58 a.m.-11:13 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Friday, February 2 at 11:07 p.m. through Saturday, February 3 at 1:47 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Monday, February 5, 2018: 10:46 a.m.-7:56 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, February 7 at 11:16 p.m. through Thursday, February 8 at 5:53 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, February 10: 8:36 a.m.-6:21 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT:

Sunday, January 14: 8:48 -19:42 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, January 17: 6:30-8:32 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 11:53.-20:26 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, January 22: 1:13-5:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, January 24; 4:16- 13:39 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, January 26: 3:17-17:40 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 10:39 a.m.-18:57 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 30: 16:40-18:53 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, February 1: 10:58-19:13 (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, February 3: 7:07- 21:47 (Moon into Libra)

Monday, February 5, 2018 at 18:46 through Tuesday, February 6 at 3:56 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, February 8: 7:16-13:53 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, February 10 at 16:36 through Sunday, February 11 at 2:21 (Moon into Capricorn)

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In the Stars January 7-14, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

Did the New Year ring in bold and bright for you? Uranus turned direct on Tuesday, January 2, after a five-month retrograde spin, releasing energy for innovation and independence, and a big leap forward. Sun and Saturn have just marched into Capricorn, joining Venus and Pluto in this cardinal, action-oriented, earth sign. This power pack of planets in Capricorn gives focus and drive for accomplishment. Mars made an exact conjunction with Jupiter yesterday, a combo that encourages risk taking and bold expansion. Energy is at hand to clean house, simplify your life, and take big, bold steps forward.

This whole year is full of benefic aspects due to four slow-moving planets being in earth and water signs: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. Uranus joins them in June when it ingresses into Earth sign Taurus. This month Mars is in water sign Scorpio nearly all month. The Sun, Mercury, and Venus are in earth sign Capricorn each for about three weeks. This is a lot of mud (earth and water), which also molds into clay from which come beautiful pieces of pottery, or concrete which forms the foundation for building structures. Sextiles are opportunities. We can do nothing, and our lives will generally go well. Yet, we should all take advantage of the benefic energy to boost ourselves into warp drive toward better futures. Think of the potential of making beautiful, useful pottery out of clay and water. Maybe it is time to sign up for a pottery class—or to start building the foundation for a new home or business.

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Sunday is a much more quiet day on the cosmic front than the exuberant Saturday it follows, but it is colored by an edgy Moon-Saturn square, challenging us to consider work-life balance. Although we’re ready for a day of rest, we will feel the call of work to be done. At the end of the day, enjoy a lovely, leisurely dinner with those you love. Look back on this first week of the New Year and marvel at your revelations, breakthroughs, and accomplishments.

Monday is a buoyant day packed with opportunity, made possible by three benefic Scorpio-Capricorn sextiles: Sun/Jupiter; Venus/Jupiter; and Mars/Pluto. At the same time the Libra Moon makes three edgy squares that push and challenge us. Use the dynamic energy of this day to get things moving during this second week of our new year. Any project that begins Monday will have a strong start.

The Moon is void of course Tuesday morning until 12:05 p.m. PST, so stick to routine tasks before 12:05, when the Moon dives deep into Scorpio. Again, there are a lot aspects, with four more sextiles. Tuesday offers another day of cosmic support for numerous possibilities.

Wednesday’s alignments foster self-reflection. Deep feelings are stirred when the Moon is in Scorpio, and support for deep inner exploration is appreciated. Otherwise, it is a quiet day, with Mercury moving into earth sign Capricorn in the evening.

After yet more benefic sextiles during the night set the stage for good energy and possibilities, the Scorpio Moon will be void of course for 17 hours—the entire day and evening (6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m.). This is a day to focus on routine tasks such as doing a winter garden clean-up or putting away holiday decorations, or simply reading a book. This is not a day for appointments or making purchases, or anything requiring a decision.

From Friday through mid-day Sunday, the Moon is in sunny Sagittarius, helping to lift the heavy load of planetary energy in serious and somber Capricorn. Mercury is conjunct Saturn on Friday, raising doubts and concerns. The glass may appear to be half empty, and the evening’s Moon-Neptune square will make things cloudy. However, the Mercury-Saturn conjunction can provide tremendous focus, and with the drive of the optimistic Moon, much can be accomplished. Forge ahead in the face of any self-doubt. This may be one of those days to remember the ironic adage, “When you think long, you think wrong.”

Independence is Saturday’s theme song with the Moon in freedom-loving Sagittarius, and with Venus square Uranus. There may be disruptions in relationships. Take some time and space alone.

Sunday morning the Moon is void of course (again), so enjoy a leisurely Sunday breakfast and the reading of the Sunday paper. Then, at 11:42 a.m. PST the Moon ingresses into Capricorn, and the rest of the day is for getting some serious work done, and for planning the month ahead. The Moon is dark, heralding a New Moon on Tuesday at 25 degrees Capricorn, so you will want to draw inward, finish projects, and use more time alone. The Sun squares Uranus, so expect some surprise events even while you drill down on the work.  The weekend finishes strongly with the determination of a Moon-Saturn conjunction. Reflect on the possibilities and opportunities that emerged in your life the past week.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Consider work-life balance; attend to responsibilities, but enjoy a relaxing, beautiful dinner in the evening.

Monday: Buoyant day packed with possibility; new projects get a strong start.

Tuesday: VoC Moon until 12:05 p.m. PST. Then the day bursts forth with numerous possibilities.

Wednesday: Quiet day for deep reflection.

Thursday: Moon void all day 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. PST. Stick to routine tasks and clean up.

Friday: Focus and optimism abound with the Moon in sunny Sagittarius.

Saturday: Take time and space for yourself.

Sunday: Enjoy a leisurely morning while the Moon is void.  After 11:42 a.m. PST drill down on work and get a lot accomplished. Expect surprises and disruptions.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn (December 26 –January 18)

  1. Make a commitment to some regular yoga in your life.
  2. Clear clutter.
  3. Clean your closet and give things away that you no longer need or use.
  4. Design a new business card.
  5. Tell your boss or co-worker what you appreciate about him or her.
  6. Make your office space more efficient and more beautiful.
  7. Make a plan to boost your retirement accounts and savings.
  8. Meet with a financial planner to tune up your finances.
  9. Simplify your life.
  10. Love your job, and if you’re not loving it, change it.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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:

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 8:12 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11: 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 0:48 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, January 16 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, January 17 at 0:32 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 3:53 a.m.-12:26 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, January 21: 5:13 p.m.-10:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, January 23 at 8:16 p.m. through Wednesday, January 24 at 5:39 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, January 25 a7 7:17 p.m. through Friday, January 26 at 9:40 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 2:39 a.m.-10:57 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 30: 8:40 a.m.-10:53 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, February 1: 2:58 a.m.-11:13 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Friday, February 2 at 11:07 p.m. through Saturday, February 3 at 1:47 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

GMT:

Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 12:12 – 22:05 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11 at 14:53 through Friday, January 12 at 7:04 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 8:48 -19:42 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, January 17: 6:30-8:32 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 11:53.-20:26 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, January 22: 1:13-5:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, January 24; 4:16- 13:39 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, January 26: 3:17-17:40 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 10:39 a.m.-18:57 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 30: 16:40-18:53 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, February 1: 10:58-19:13 (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, February 3: 7:07- 21:47 (Moon into Libra)

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In the Stars December 31, 2017-January 7, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon-New Year

Welcome to 2018! The New Year rings in bold and bright in the light of a Full Moon. Uranus turns direct on Tuesday, January 2, after a five-month retrograde spin, releasing energy for innovation and independence, and a big leap forward. Sun and Saturn have just marched into Capricorn, joining Venus and Pluto in this cardinal, action-oriented, earth sign. This power pack of planets in Capricorn holds us accountable on practical matters. Mars is marching toward a conjunction with Jupiter on Saturday, a combo that encourages risk taking and bold expansion. Consider how to de-clutter and simplify your life. Consider how the power of limits can give you more time and energy for what is most important. How can you break free of stuck patterns?

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The last day of 2017, New Year’s Eve Sunday, boasts an opportune sextile to the Moon from Uranus. The snap, crackle, and pop of New Year’s Eve is symbolized by the planetary energies. Aligning with the planets, it’s a New Year’s Eve to celebrate simply, perhaps at home. We can expect a few surprising conversations. The Gemini Moon is void of course from 3:38 p.m. PST until just after midnight, 0:10 a.m. PST, on Monday.

The first day of 2018 glows with an auspicious Full Moon (Moon in Cancer, Sun in Capricorn), anchored in the responsibility and mastery of the four planets in cardinal earth Capricorn: Saturn, Venus, Sun, and Pluto. The Cancer Moon forms a Grand Water Trine with Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. Our feelings and intuition can offer guidance, and we have the ability to go with the flow of life. Another powerful formation is that of a kite, formed from the combination of the Full Moon and the Grand Trine, with Mars/Jupiter and Neptune in sextile aspect to the Sun.  The kite pattern symbolizes metamorphosis and transformation. Sextiles are opportunities. Grand Trines offer flow and ease. Yet, the opposition in the Full Moon gives challenge and calls for attending to the business of work and family. All together this configuration connects you with the stars. A high wind fills your sails. How will you use it to move your life forward, this New Year’s Day and this year ahead—2018? Powerful insights are available with this Full Moon if we open our hearts and invite pathways to change.

Uranus stations direct on Tuesday after a five-month backward spin. Just after the Full Moon, this shift brings breakthroughs and change. In addition, the Moon opposes Pluto and squares Uranus, a powerful, turbulent energy that may create challenge and upset, but may also result in tremendous solutions for good. Wait, there’s more, as if these powerful alignments are not already enough. Ceres squares Jupiter, exaggerating our emotional needs and calling for nourishment. Mars squares the Moon’s nodes, and the Sun sextiles Neptune, giving vision and compassion. There are so many bold, dynamic energies at play, it is difficult to predict how this day will play out. And the stationary Uranus brings the element of surprise! This could be a very interesting day. Use this potent energy wisely to imagine a magnificent year ahead. The Moon is void of course for a long period from 2:46 p.m. to 11:22 p.m., so during this time focus on routine tasks, and refrain from anything requiring a decision.

The Moon lightly lifts into Leo, the sign symbolizing play, on Wednesday through Thursday. The heavy, challenging energy of the past few days is dissipated. An opportune Venus-Neptune sextile gives sparkle and delight, vision and compassion.

Thursday is buoyed by lunar trines to Mercury and Uranus, but frustrated by hard aspects between Mars and Saturn. The benefic fire trines may offer innovative, clever solutions to long-standing problems and challenges of the day.

The Virgo Moon signals a time for clean-up on Friday and Saturday. If you haven’t put away your holiday decorations and paraphernalia, now is the time to do it. An industrious Moon-Saturn trine Friday morning encourages taking care of business. A Neptune-Moon opposition in the evening softens the focus, and indicates that after a productive day of hard work, it is time to relax. Eat a healthy dinner and enjoy a movie.

Saturday is an extremely active day full of aspects—and potential. The Moon continues to shine in industrious Virgo. Six benefic aspects color the day with ease and flow.  A Mercury-Uranus trine offers insight and brilliant solutions. Mars is exactly conjunct Jupiter, a buoyant, expansive aspect that has been building all week. Make the most of this high-energy, productive day that is crowned with exuberance and ingenuity.

Sunday is a much quieter day on the cosmic front, but it is colored by an edgy Moon-Saturn square, challenging us to consider work-life balance. Although we’re ready for a day of rest, we will feel the call of work to be done. At the end of the day, enjoy a lovely, leisurely dinner with those you love. Look back on this first week of the New Year and marvel at your revelations, breakthroughs, and accomplishments.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Sober New Year’s Eve, with some surprising conversations. Usher in a new year of responsibility, de-cluttering, and upgrading.

Monday: Auspicious New Year’s Day! Full Moon offers insight, metamorphosis, and transformation.

Tuesday: Uranus direct! Numerous dynamic energies at play. Expect surprises and open to change. Moon VoC 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. PST.

Wednesday: Uplifting, sparkling, delightful day!

Thursday: Buoyant day. Innovative solutions available to solve long-standing problems.

Friday: Industrious day for work and clean-up. Relax in the evening over a healthy dinner.

Saturday: High energy, productive day, crowned with brilliance and insight.

Sunday: Consider work-life balance; attend to responsibilities, but enjoy a relaxing, beautiful dinner in the evening.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn

  1. Make a commitment to some regular yoga in your life.
  2. Clear clutter.
  3. Clean your closet and give things away that you no longer need or use.
  4. Design a new business card.
  5. Tell your boss or co-worker what you appreciate about him or her.
  6. Make your office space more efficient and more beautiful.
  7. Make a plan to boost your retirement accounts and savings.
  8. Meet with a financial planner to tune up your finances.
  9. Simplify your life.
  10. Love your job, and if you’re not loving it, change it.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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, December 31 at 3:38 p.m. through Monday, January 1 at 0:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2: 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 3:10 p.m. through Friday, January 5 at 0:12 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 8:12 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11: 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 0:48 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, January 16 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, January 17 at 0:32 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 3:53 a.m.-12:26 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, January 21: 5:13 p.m.-10:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, January 23 at 8:16 p.m. through Wednesday, January 24 at 5:39 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, January 25 a7 7:17 p.m. through Friday, January 26 at 9:40 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 2:39 a.m.-10:57 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

GMT:

Sunday, December 31 at 23:38 through Monday, January 1 at 8:10 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2 at 22:46 through Wednesday, January 3 at 7:22 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 23:10 through Friday, January 5 at 8:12 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 12:12 – 22:05 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11 at 14:53 through Friday, January 12 at 7:04 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 8:48 -19:42 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, January 17: 6:30-8:32 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 11:53.-20:26 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, January 22: 1:13-5:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, January 24; 4:16- 13:39 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, January 26: 3:17-17:40 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, January 28: 10:39 a.m.-18:57 (Moon into Cancer)

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In the Stars December 24-31, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Sun and Saturn have just marched into Capricorn, joining Venus and Pluto in this cardinal, action-oriented, earth sign. There is now fuel for productivity and accomplishment! Saturn represents government. Jupiter is now in Scorpio, symbolizing wealth, debt, and taxes—other people’s money. Note the tax reform bills were just voted into law as the Sun and Saturn moved into Capricorn. Mercury has just turned direct, so communication and plans can move forward. The importance of the Saturn/Sun conjunction at 0 degrees of Capricorn cannot be overemphasized in its significance.

Here are some observations by Astrologer Alan Oken about this Capricorn Sun/Saturn alignment. It is rare for my blog to go into this kind of detail or lean on a colleague. Yet this is rare and complicated, presenting opportunities that we each should seize. Oken is just excellent here:

“As the year ends, Capricorn begins on a most intense note.  This is the “cazimi” conjunction of the Sun and Saturn at 00.12 degrees of the celestial Mountain Goat. A few notes of explanation are required in order to highlight and define the importance of this contact:

  1. A “cazimi” conjunction means that the two planets involved are less than half a degree apart in orb.  This greatly intensifies that nature of the planet’s influence as the Sun vitalizes all spheres that it touches and the most intense of these geometric contacts/aspects is the conjunction of which the cazimi is the closest in nature.
  2. This is thus a very important time in which each of us should be prepared to practice discipline, patience, dedication, and responsibility to all areas of our life signified by the natal house placement of the Sun/Saturn conjunct in the birth chart.  In essence, this…is great for making seriously binding New Year’s resolutions and indeed for making life-long resolutions.
  3. Let’s not think that Saturn at 0 Capricorn applies only to our career; it speaks about the culmination of all our life efforts.  This transit should be taken seriously as when Saturn is obeyed and respected many benefits are likely to come to us and conversely when we refuse to incorporate certain beneficial restraints and limitations into our lives, suffering is bound to follow. Thus if you know that the time has come for a diet, time to release oneself from alcohol or other addictions, time to gather together research in order to write a book, time to make amends for when we have been in error in relationships, time to build financial structures for our future, etc., Saturn at 0 Capricorn especially when conjunct the Sun indicates that now is the time to do it!  After all Saturn is Chronos, Father Time.
  4. It is very rare for the Sun and Saturn to be together at 0 Capricorn (the Solstice) and thus create an exact conjunction at that critical and sacred degree!
  5. Saturn as we know rules “limitations” and in a world where the consensus for “good” is “more is better” and hence the great success of “all you can eat” buffet restaurants (especially in the USA) with the resulting epidemic of obese children and adults, this is not necessarily the case.  A balanced life is the goal (Saturn is exalted in Libra): Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (contraction); Uranus (freedom) and Saturn (discipline), when combined lead to harmony and wholeness.” https://www.alanoken.com/newsletter/#collapse-december17

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Sunday, Christmas Eve, is an energetic day full of mixed aspects, both flowing and challenging. The Pisces Moon is idealistically compassionate and generous. Employ the care and compassion of the Pisces Moon to give time and/or money to those in need as a holiday gesture of kindness. This would be a good day to write out your year-end checks for organizations whose missions serve your soul. Christmas Day’s energies are edgy, so center yourself on Sunday in love and compassion.

The Pisces Moon is void of course all day Christmas Day until 4:27 p.m. PST. The day may not go quite as planned. You may have a difficult time getting to holiday dinners. If your day is slow, open, and loosely planned, as mine is this year, then that is perfect for this year’s Christmas Day planetary alignments. If you have plans and commitments, allow extra time for getting where you need to go, and get things ready to go the day before. Relationships may feel strained as a result of the Venus/Saturn conjunction that is squared by the Moon. We also may feel the pinch of the money we have spent. As much as possible, chill and enjoy, and channel frustration into gratitude for those in the orbit of your holiday. A new lunar cycle begins in the evening as the Moon moves into Aries.

Tuesday is more quiet in the cosmic backdrop. However, an Aries Moon does not rest easy; it is always fired up for adventure! Take a hike with your Christmas guests or explore something new, or do both. A lunar trine to Mercury makes open conversation easy.

Wednesday’s Aries Moon makes turbulent alignments with Pluto and Uranus. However, a Mars-Neptune trine may calm the choppy seas. Expect some ups and downs—and flow with them. The Moon is void of course for a long period from 12:57 p.m. to 10:23 p.m. This is not a time to exchange Christmas presents or shop. Simply attend to routine tasks that need to be accomplished post-Christmas.

All things sensual are highlighted Thursday and Friday with the Moon in Taurus, where it is exalted and highly functioning. This Taurus Moon makes benefic trine aspects to Saturn, Venus, and the Sun in Capricorn. Much can be accomplished on practical matters. Apply yourself, and work hard, but make it pleasurable. Pay homage to the Taurus Moon by listening to good music, enjoying good food, and taking pleasure in the beauty around you. Take a drive to enjoy Christmas lights while they are still up in your neighborhood.

All day Friday the Moon is void of course—from 6:00 a.m until Saturday at 0:31 a.m. Between holidays, and just before the New Year’s holidays, make this is a day to relax, connect with loved ones, take time out and read a book, or go on a hike in nature. Like Wednesday, this is not a day for shopping and definitive activities. Hang! If you live in the wine country, it is a perfect day for wine tasting.

Saturday and Sunday the Moon is in gregarious, chatty Gemini, a quite different energy from the numerous planets in serious cardinal earth Capricorn. The energy for the next three weeks overall is somber and sensible, with four planets in Capricorn (Sun, Saturn, Venus, and Pluto). The Moon in Gemini lightens the load this weekend with conversation and connection, and good humor.

The last day of 2017, New Year’s Eve Sunday, boasts an opportune sextile to the Moon from Uranus. The snap, crackle, and pop of New Year’s Eve is symbolized by the planetary energies. We could expect a few surprising conversations. The Moon is void of course from 3:38 p.m. PST through Monday, January 1. The opportunity and invitation of this New Year’s Eve hearkens to the Sun-Saturn conjunction. This is a sober New Year’s Eve. It calls us to consider how to declutter our lives, and to consider the power of limitations. What is most important? What no longer serves us? How can limitations create a more balanced life? Aligning with the planets, it’s a New Year’s Eve to celebrate simply, perhaps at home, in meaningful conversation with just a few close friends.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Mixed day, full of energy.

Christmas Day, Monday: Ease into a slow, loosely planned day. Compassion trumps strained relationships. You may feel the pinch of Christmas expenses.

Tuesday: Gear up for adventure and get moving!

Wednesday: Mixed day with ups and downs. Moon VoC 12:37 p.m.-10:23 p.m. Time to attend to routine matters.

Thursday: Productive day. Work hard against the backdrop of good music, food, and visual landscape.

Friday: Moon Voc All Day! Read, hike, or do yard work. Handle routine matters.

Saturday: Enjoy connection and conversation.

Sunday: Sober New Year’s Eve, with some surprising conversations. Usher in a new year of responsibility, decluttering, and upgrading.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn

  1. Go to a yoga class, and make a regular commitment to some regular yoga in your life.

2. Clear clutter.

3. Clean your closet and give things away that you no longer need or use.

4. Design a new business card.

5. Tell your boss or co-worker what you appreciate about him or her.

6. Make your office space more efficient and more beautiful.

7. Make a plan to boost your retirement accounts and savings.

8. Meet with a financial planner to tune up your finances.

9. Simplify your life.

10. Love your job, and if you’re not loving it, change it. 

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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:

Saturday, December 23: 2:13 a.m.-6:42 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, December 24 at 6:48 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 4:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27: 12:57 p.m.-10:23 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 6:00 a.m. through Saturday, December 30 at 0:31 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 3:38 p.m. through Monday, January 1 at 0:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2: 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 3:10 p.m. through Friday, January 5 at 0:12 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 8:12 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11: 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 0:48 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, January 16 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, January 17 at 0:32 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 3:53 a.m.-12:26 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, January 21: 5:13 p.m.-10:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

GMT:

Monday, December 25 at 2:48 through Tuesday, December 26 at 0:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27 at 12:57 through Thursday, December 28 at 6:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 14:00 through Saturday, December 30 at 8:31 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 23:38 through Monday, January 1 at 8:10 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2 at 22:46 through Wednesday, January 3 at 7:22 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 23:10 through Friday, January 5 at 8:12 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 12:12 – 22:05 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11 at 14:53 through Friday, January 12 at 7:04 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 8:48 -19:42 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, January 17: 6:30-8:32 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, January 19: 11:53.-20:26 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, January 22: 1:13-5:27 (Moon into Aries)

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In the Stars December 17-24, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Sagittarius; Winter Solstice

There are several significant planetary events this week: the New Moon on December 17/18, Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn on December 19, the Winter Solstice when the Sun ingresses into Capricorn on December 21, and Mercury turning direct on December 22. The expansive Jupiter-Neptune trine lingers, though loosely, giving vision, possibility, and idealism. These days before the Winter Solstice glow with possibility, as the Sun and Saturn form a benefic trine with Uranus and Pallas Athena. You can open up to new creative endeavors and manifest change. Listen to your intuition. The planetary alignments are strong. They support hard work, compassion, and generosity. In the spirit of the season, share your bounty with friends and with those less fortunate, and make the most of this week with significant planetary alignments.

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The week begins with the glow of a New Moon in Sagittarius, exact at 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening PST, or 1:30 a.m. Sunday EST. Sunday is a splendid astral day! The Moon aligns with the Sun at the Galactic Center, and also conjuncts Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. There are five planets in sunny, optimistic Sagittarius! The Sun, Moon, and Saturn are near the powerful galactic center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Some say that planets at these degrees symbolize truth-telling. Uranus is trine this New Moon/Saturn, making a powerful alignment for exploring creative, new ideas, and thinking about far-reaching goals for 2018. This is a golden day for new beginnings and big leaps forward. If you have been thinking about more education, this is a time to plan it. Are there hobbies, new fields of endeavor or avocation you have contemplated broaching? Where would you like to travel and explore new territory and cultures? How can you uplift your spiritual life? How can you expand the cultural diversity in your life?

Monday continues to shine with the brilliant glow of the New Moon’s alignments. Saturn’s conjunction with the Sun and Moon, and an opportune lunar sextile to Mars make Monday a day of determination and action. Get moving on your goals for this new lunar month, and finish your holiday preparations.

Powerful, capable, creative, and inspiring are adjectives for Tuesday’s energies and potential. The hard-working Capricorn Moon makes opportunistic sextiles to Neptune and Jupiter. After two and a half years in Sagittarius, Saturn ingresses into Capricorn, the sign it rules, where It is serious, hard-working, and high-functioning the next two and a half years. If there are matters and habits in your life that you want to change, this is an excellent day to make a commitment to change them—and to get started. This is a day to move mountains.

Wednesday is a day to pause and focus on routine tasks while the Moon is void of course for a long day from 7:37 a.m. through 6:29 p.m PST. However, expect the unexpected, as Uranus trines Venus. You could be surprised by the re-connection of an old friend, or you could initiate the rekindling of a friendship. From Wednesday evening (when the Moon goes into Aquarius at 6:29) through Friday is a period tailored for friendship.

The Winter Solstice is Thursday, when the Sun ingresses into Capricorn. This is the darkest day of the year, and the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere. Saturn exactly conjuncts the Sun at 0 degrees of Capricorn. I bolded this note, as this alignment as it is extremely significant. The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of a new year. Astrologer Rio Olesky, in a lecture on 2018 to the San Francisco NCGR group December 16, said that the Winter Solstice should be considered the beginning of a new year rather than January 1, as it marks the darkest day of the year and the beginning of increasing light. The fact that Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn is conjunct the Sun on this day is unusual and extremely significant. The tone of the season dramatically shifts from the exuberant glow of Sagittarius, to the taciturn, serious nature of Capricorn. This winter season calls for maturity, self-discipline, and achievement through hard work. It would be wise to amend or alter your routine to afford yourself time for forward-oriented, quiet contemplation. Celebrate the solstice, and the alignment with Saturn, in a reflective, meaningful way.

Mercury turns direct on Friday. Communication should start to clear over the next couple of weeks; but, at this time when the planet is stationary, its strong shifting energies can result in mix-ups and mistakes. Therefore, continue to be patient with problems. Jupiter and Uranus aspect the Moon, so be open to the mystery of the day, and expect a few astonishing ideas to manifest.

Saturday’s colors are beautiful…light and easy. The Moon is in sweet Pisces and makes facile, flowing aspects to Venus, Saturn, and the Sun. This is the Saturday before Christmas, likely full of celebration with friends and family. Be inspired and share your glow with the world around you.

Sunday, Christmas Eve, is an energetic day full of mixed aspects, both flowing and challenging. The Pisces Moon is idealistically compassionate and generous. Use this care and compassion of the Pisces Moon to give time and/or money to those in need as a holiday gesture of kindness. This would be a good day to write out your year-end checks for organizations whose missions serve your soul. Christmas Day’s energies are edgy, so center yourself on Sunday in love and compassion.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Golden day! New Moon in Sagittarius. How do you want to uplift your life?

Monday: Fueled by determination and commitment, and a love for work, get going on your goals.

Tuesday: Powerful, creative, hard-working day. You can move mountains. Saturn into Capricorn.

Wednesday: VoC Moon all day. Focus on getting routine tasks done.

Thursday: Winter Solstice, beginning of winter. Sun into Capricorn.

Friday: Mercury turns direct. Expect a few surprises.

Saturday: Easy, compassionate day of the heart. Give generously to others.

Sunday: Mixed day, full of energy.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius (December 1-24, 2017): 1. Invite someone to dinner who is from a different culture or has a different religion. 2. Express appreciation to your in-laws. 3. Plan your next long-distance trip (or make a wish list). 4. Read a book about a far-away country, culture, or religion. 5. Expand your knowledge of metaphysics. 6. Write—and publish. 7. Visit a religious art exhibit, or one from another country or culture. 8. Explore a philosophy through a book, book-on-tape, or a lecture. 9. Take a hike (Sagittarius rules the thighs). 10. Venus in Sagittarius is idealistic in love: read some love poems that transport you to the ideal!

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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, December 18: 5:10 a.m.-5:33 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20: 7:37 a.m.-6:29 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 2:13 a.m.-6:42 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, December 24 at 6:48 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 4:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27: 12:57 p.m.-10:23 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 6:00 a.m. through Saturday, December 30 at 0:31 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 3:38 p.m. through Monday, January 1 at 0:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2: 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 3:10 p.m. through Friday, January 5 at 0:12 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 8:12 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11: 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 0:48 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

 GMT:

Monday, December 18: 13:10-13:33 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20 at 15:37 through Thursday, December 21 at 2:29 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 10:13 a.m.-14:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, December 25 at 2:48 through Tuesday, December 26 at 0:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27 at 12:57 through Thursday, December 28 at 6:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 14:00 through Saturday, December 30 at 8:31 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 23:38 through Monday, January 1 at 8:10 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2 at 22:46 through Wednesday, January 3 at 7:22 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 23:10 through Friday, January 5 at 8:12 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 12:12 – 22:05 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11 at 14:53 through Friday, January 12 at 7:04 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 8:48 -19:42 (Moon into Capricorn)

 

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In the Stars December 10-17, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

I have sympathy with those experiencing the wildfires in Southern California. This is a continuing influence of the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse, as several planets aligned with the eclipse degrees. Better news is that the euphoria and expansion of the Jupiter-Neptune trine lingers with us for another week. The Sun, flanked by Venus, Saturn, and Mercury in sunny Sagittarius, keeps our spirits high. Mercury remains retrograde until December 22, so continue to reflect and revise plans and projects. The Mercury retrograde period is conjunct Saturn, calling for serious, discerning focus on all aspects of our lives. Next weekend, just before the Winter Solstice, glows with possibility, as the Sun and Saturn form a benefic trine with Uranus and Pallas Athena. You can open up to new creative endeavors and manifest change. Listen to your intuition. Overall, the planetary alignments support the joy and generosity of the season. Be sure to share your bounty with friends, and with those less fortunate.

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While there were holiday parties over the weekend, the stage is set for getting a lot accomplished. Take advantage of the efficient, organized energy of the Virgo Moon on Sunday to get your Christmas shopping done, cards written, decorations up, and baking done. We can literally accomplish most or all of our holiday preparations. Mars leaves Libra, where it does not function at its best, and enters Scorpio, where it functions well. This shift fills our sails. A Mercury-Uranus trine colors Sunday brilliant and exciting. However, at the same time a Venus-Neptune and a Mercury-Chiron square may foster uncertainty. Lunar squares to Mercury and Saturn may present obstacles. In the midst of various mixed energies this last day of the weekend, hold to the insight and clarity of the Mercury-Uranus trine, and meet any obstacles in your path with skillfulness and intelligence.

Monday is a peaceful, quiet day. A benefic sextile between the Moon and Venus in the evening sets the stage for a sweet evening with your partner or friends, especially women friends.

The tide turns on Tuesday with the cardinal, action-oriented Moon opposing Uranus and squaring Pluto, creating restless and edgy planetary energy . Although the Libra Moon makes us languorous, the planetary aspects are a call to action. Things may not go as expected. Mercury is energized by the Sun’s exact conjunction. Diplomacy guides our way through troubles.

After Tuesday’s stormy alignments, we may still feel emotionally volatile Wednesday. The Moon is in Scorpio, tropically, Wednesday through Friday, stirring our emotions. Mars adds heat, and can make us feel strong and courageous, and able to deal with whatever issues are before us.

Jupiter conjuncts the Moon on Thursday, a lucky monthly alignment that is sure to give some blessings. Benefic aspects to Neptune and Pluto give us strength and vision.

The Moon is void of course all day Friday, so attend to routine tasks and don’t waste your time on meetings, holiday shopping, or anything requiring decisions. At 5:07 p.m. the Moon bounces into sunny Sagittarius. Then it’s time to party! Plan something for Friday night that is special for the season.

Saturday is a stellar day as the Sun exactly forms a benefic trine to Uranus and makes a benefic trine with Saturn and Pallas Athena in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. This is a powerful alignment for thinking about travel, exploring creativity, and thinking about your goals for 2018. Positive planetary forces are with you. May you think about how to move your life a big leap forward, and to make it more exciting. It is an excellent day for Outlook 2018, a forecasting event sponsored by the National Council on Geocosmic Research (NCGR) San Francisco.

Sunday is another splendid astral day! The Moon aligns with the Sun at the Galactic Center to form a New Moon, and also conjuncts Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. This is a golden day for new beginnings. If you have been thinking about more education, this is a time to plan it. Are there hobbies, new fields of endeavor or avocation you have contemplated broaching? How can you uplift your spiritual life? How can you expand the cultural diversity in your life?

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Mixed energy day, with some challenges, but the brilliant and exciting Mercury-Uranus trine reigns.

Monday: Quiet day; socialize in the evening with women friends.

Tuesday: Restless, edgy day. Get moving! Expect surprises!

Wednesday: Emotionally hot, steamy day. Be courageous about what matters.

Thursday: Lucky day, boosted with courage and vision.

Friday: Moon VoC all day until 5:07 p.m. PDT. Then it’s time to let loose and party!

Saturday: Stellar day! Grand Fire Trine. Take a giant leap forward.

Sunday: Golden day! New Moon in Sagittarius. How do you want to uplift your life?

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius (December 1-24, 2017): 1. Invite someone to dinner who is from a different culture or has a different religion. 2. Express appreciation to your in-laws. 3. Plan your next long-distance trip (or make a wish list). 4. Read a book about a far-away country, culture, or religion. 5. Expand your knowledge of metaphysics. 6. Write—and publish. 7. Visit a religious art exhibit, or one from another country or culture. 8. Explore a philosophy through a book, book-on-tape, or a lecture. 9. Take a hike (Sagittarius rules the thighs). 10. Venus in Sagittarius is idealistic in love: read some love poems that transport you to the ideal!

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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, December 10: 7:02 p.m.-9:01 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, December 13: 4:27 a.m.-5:59 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, December 14 at 5:42 p.m. through Friday, December 15 at 5:07 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, December 18: 5:10 a.m.-5:33 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20: 7:37 a.m.-6:29 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 2:13 a.m.-6:42 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, December 24 at 6:48 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 4:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27: 12:57 p.m.-10:23 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 6:00 a.m. through Saturday, December 30 at 0:31 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 3:38 p.m. through Monday, January 1 at 0:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2: 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 3:10 p.m. through Friday, January 5 at 0:12 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

 

GMT:

Monday, December 11: 3:02-5:01 (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, December 13: 12:27-13:59 (Moon into Scorpio)

Friday, December 15 at 1:42 through Saturday, December 16 at 1:07 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, December 18: 13:10-13:33 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20 at 15:37 through Thursday, December 21 at 2:29 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 10:13 a.m.-14:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, December 25 at 2:48 through Tuesday, December 26 at 0:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27 at 12:57 through Thursday, December 28 at 6:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 14:00 through Saturday, December 30 at 8:31 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 23:38 through Monday, January 1 at 8:10 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2 at 22:46 through Wednesday, January 3 at 7:22 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 23:10 through Friday, January 5 at 8:12 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

 

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In the Stars December 3-10, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

The euphoria and expansion of the Jupiter-Neptune trine that was exact on Saturday, December 2, continues throughout the coming week. The Sun, flanked by Venus, Saturn, and Mercury in sunny Sagittarius, keeps our spirits high. In spite of dark reckonings [Mars opposite Uranus] like the outpouring histories of celebrity sexual harassment, the season remains sunny and bright. Mercury turns retrograde Sunday, December 3, so it is time to reflect and revise plans and projects. The Mercury retrograde three-week period is conjunct Saturn, calling for serious, discerning focus on all aspects of our lives. While Mars just passed its exact opposition to Uranus–a time prone to accidents or creative breakthroughs–this aspect is still in effect throughout the week. It is tied into a challenging cardinal T-square with numerous other planets [Eris, Palls Athena, and Uranus in Aries; Juno and Pluto in Capricorn; and Mars in Libra]. The Mercury/Saturn conjunction makes a trine to Uranus and a square to Chiron. These many alignments provoke a lot of action. Keep moving! While it is not a time to start new projects, it is a great time to solve old problems and revise thoughts that may be stuck and could benefit from innovation. Overall, the planetary alignments support the joy and generosity of the season. Be sure to share your bounty with those less fortunate.

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Sunday the Moon is in curious and conversational Gemini, forming a Full Moon to the Sagittarius Sun. Neptune squares this Full Moon, both clouding and uplifting issues. Perhaps even more formerly hidden secrets and illusions will be revealed this week. This is a Super Full Moon, with the Moon in close proximity to the Earth, magnifying its appearance and emotional intensity. Jupiter trines Neptune exactly, the first of three exact trines the next eight months. This is a divine, visionary aspect that calls us to the ideal, to release resentments, then to move toward compassion and forgiveness. This aspect provides a holy umbrella over us through August. Mercury turns retrograde for three weeks. Sunday is not a good day for sorting out what is true; rather, it is a day for considering many options. Sunday also features several other tight, challenging aspects: a T-square with Mars, Uranus/Pallas Athena and Juno; and another square with Saturn/Mercury and Chiron. With multiople tense aspects, this day will be one when issues will need to be addressed. Be prepared to pay to play.

Monday morning’s Gemini Moon is primed for both reason and intuition. It is slow and thoughtful, and also brilliant and generative, making benefic aspects to Mars and Uranus. See how many creative solutions to standing problems you can concoct before noon! For exactly 48 hours from 12:37 p.m. PST, the Moon is in its own ruling sign of Cancer: lunar light shines on home and family. Make a warm and nourishing dinner. Comfort food calls.

Chiron turns stationary direct at 24 Pisces on Tuesday, illuminating what needs to be healed. The Cancer Moon forms a promising Grand Water Trine with Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio. If we tune in, and consider our feelings and intuition, we may understand the emotional needs of ourselves and family, and know how to address them.

Our minds are supercharged with energy on Wednesday, We can be focused and determined [Mercury conjunct Saturn], and courageous in speaking our truth [Mars sextile Mercury/Saturn]. The Moon is void of course for a few hours from 9:56 a.m. through 12:37 p.m., so use the time for review and re-thinking. Then at 12:37 p.m. the Moon bounces into playful Leo tropically through Friday afternoon. The joy of the season emerges!

Thursday is a glowing, enthusiastic day. Boldy connect to the best of yourselves, and to what is right with the world [Moon conjuncts Ceres and the North Node in Leo, and makes benefic trines to Venus and the Sun in Sagittarius]. The only challenge is that we may try to do too much and feel overextended. Thursday is a day to give generously from the heart.

Although Thursday was merry and bright, Friday is golden! It sparkles with a Grand Fire Trine [Moon in Leo, Mercury/Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries]! The day invites us to say “yes” to creative, brilliant solutions. Get moving, and capture the magic of this day. Late afternoon (3:09 p.m. PST) the Moon arrives in work-oriented Virgo for the weekend.

While there may be holiday parties to attend over the weekend, the stage is set for getting a lot accomplished. Take advantage of the efficient, organized energy of the Virgo Moon to get your Christmas shopping done, cards written, decorations up, and baking done. Yes, you could accomplish all, if not most of your holiday “to do” list. Mars leaves Libra, where it does not function at its best, and enters Scorpio, where it functions well. This shift also contributes wind in our sails.

A Mercury-Uranus trine colors Sunday brilliant and exciting. However, at the same time a Venus-Neptune and a Mercury-Chiron square may foster uncertainty. Lunar squares to Mercury and Saturn may present obstacles. In the midst of various mixed energies this last day of the weekend, hold to the insight and clarity of the Mercury-Uranus trine, and meet any obstacles in your path with skillfulness and intelligence.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Full Moon with numerous challenging aspects. Engaging day! Capture insight and realizations.

Monday: The morning is for creative problem solving; then focus on home and family and make a yummy dinner.

Tuesday: Tune in to the emotional needs of your family and yourself.

Wednesday: With focus and determination, speak your truth. Make it a fun evening.

Thursday: Glowing, bold, enthusiastic day, but be careful not to overextend.

Friday: Golden, magical day. Grand Fire Trine. Brilliant ideas and solutions abound.

Saturday: Get a lot accomplished with the efficient, organized energy of the Virgo Moon.

Sunday: Mixed energy day, with some challenges, but the brilliant and exciting Mercury-Uranus trine reigns.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius (December 1-24, 2017): 1. Invite someone to dinner who is from a different culture or has a different religion. 2. Express appreciation to your in-laws. 3. Plan your next long-distance trip (or make a wish list). 4. Read a book about a far-away country, culture, or religion. 5. Expand your knowledge of metaphysics. 6. Write—and publish. 7. Visit a religious art exhibit, or one from another country or culture. 8. Explore a philosophy through a book, book-on-tape, or a lecture. 9. Take a hike (Sagittarius rules the thighs). 10. Venus in Sagittarius is idealistic in love: read some love poems that transport you to the ideal!

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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, December 4: 11:13 a.m.-12:37 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, December 6: 9:56 a.m.-12:37 p.n. (Moon into Leo)

Friday, December 8: 2:40 p.m.-3:09 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, December 10: 7:02 p.m.-9:01 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, December 13: 4:27 a.m.-5:59 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, December 14 at 5:42 p.m. through Friday, December 15 at 5:07 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, December 18: 5:10 a.m.-5:33 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20: 7:37 a.m.-6:29 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 2:13 a.m.-6:42 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, December 24 at 6:48 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 4:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27: 12:57 p.m.-10:23 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 6:00 a.m. through Saturday, December 30 at 0:31 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 3:38 p.m. through Monday, January 1 at 0:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

GMT:

Monday, December 4: 19:13-20:37 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, December 6: 17:56-20:37 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Friday, December 8: 22:40-23:09 (Moon into Virgo)

Monday, December 11: 3:02-5:01 (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, December 13: 12:27-13:59 (Moon into Scorpio)

Friday, December 15 at 1:42 through Saturday, December 16 at 1:07 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, December 18: 13:10-13:33 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20 at 15:37 through Thursday, December 21 at 2:29 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 10:13 a.m.-14:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, December 25 at 2:48 through Tuesday, December 26 at 0:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27 at 12:57 through Thursday, December 28 at 6:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 14:00 through Saturday, December 30 at 8:31 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 23:38 through Monday, January 1 at 8:10 (Moon into Cancer)

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In the Stars…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon December 3

The coming week is euphoric with the building Jupiter-Neptune trine, exact on Saturday, December 2, and the Sun in sunny Sagittarius. Mercury turns retrograde Sunday, December 3, so make travel plans and arrangements early in the week. The Mercury retrograde three-week period is a time for pause and review. Saturn is located at the Galactic Center, 27 degrees of Sagittarius (exactly where my Moon is located).  Saturn’s passage over this black hole enables us to access intuition and high-level insights and solutions.

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Sunday is soft and dreamy. The day glows with inspiration, creativity, and happiness. Use this beautiful, expansive energy to make your home merry and bright for the holiday season.

Monday is gentle and caring, with the Moon in Pisces conjunct Chiron, the planetary body symbolizing holistic healing. This would be a good day to do something compassionate toward others…or healing for yourself. A Mercury/Saturn conjunction can lead to worry and doubt, yet can also give us focus and determination. Go for the latter! In the evening, lay out your clothes and your plans for work tomorrow, as the Moon will be void of course early Tuesday morning from 4:09 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. PST. A Void Moon in Pisces is especially undefined; so we will have trouble getting going in the morning unless we are well prepared.

After the void period for several hours before 8:30 Tuesday morning, the Moon bounces into action-oriented Aries, and makes a benefic trine to the Sagittarius Sun later in the day. This is a good day to get going and wrap up travel plans, arrangements, and invitations before Mercury turns retrograde on the weekend.

Power onward Wednesday with the Moon continuing in Aries, making a powerful square to Pluto. Give this day the works, and make it count!

A pre-dawn Moon-Uranus conjunction on Thursday sounds the alarm for a bold, productive day. This conjunction will be a perfect start to my trip to Sedona, Arizona, for a Vedic astrology conference, and to visit old and dear friends. The Moon is void of course between 10:37 a.m. and 12:38 p.m., so avoid meetings during this time and stick to routine tasks. Our productivity is enhanced by a Moon-Saturn-Mercury trine. At 12:38 p.m. PST, the Moon moves into easy, sensual Taurus. Settle into the afternoon and evening, and please your palate with a delicious dinner.

Friday scatter-shoots unsettling energies against the usually calm and easy-going Taurus Moon. Energetic Mars opposes Uranus, pushing us out of our comfort zones. This is also an accident-prone energy, so go slow and be careful, and heed the thunder in your life. The Moon makes benefic aspects to Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto. Venus enters Sagittarius, so see “Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius” below, from now until Christmas Day. The Moon goes void of course at 5:53 p.m. PST, so sign off from the work week, relax, and enjoy a pleasant evening.

Saturday and Sunday the Moon is in curious and conversational Gemini. Jupiter trines Neptune exactly, the first of three exact trines (May 25 and August 19 are the second and third). This is a divine, visionary aspect that calls us to the ideal, to release resentments, and to move toward compassion and forgiveness. This aspect colors the weekend beautiful. Better yet, this aspect provides a holy umbrella over us through August. Also note that Mercury turns retrograde for three weeks until December 22, calling for a time to review, revise, and renew.

This week ends and a new week begins with a Full Moon. Neptune squares this Full Moon, both clouding and uplifting issues. This is a Super Full Moon, with the Moon in close proximity to the Earth, magnifying its appearance and emotional intensity. Sunday is not a good day for sorting out what is true; rather, it is a day for considering many options. Sunday also features several other tight challenging aspects: a T-square with Mars, Uranus/Pallas Athena and Juno; and another square with Saturn/Mercury and Chiron. With these many, tense aspects, this day will be one when issues will need to be addressed. Be prepared to pay to play.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Beautiful, inspiring day. Make your home merry and bright.

Monday: Do something compassionate…or healing for yourself.

Tuesday: Get going and wrap up arrangements and travel plans, anticipating Mercury’s coming retrograde motion.

Wednesday: Give this day the works and make it count.

Thursday: Day starts with a snap, crackle, and pop. The Taurus Moon arrives as the Void Moon ends just after noon, emphasizing all things sensual and pleasurable.

Friday: Unsettling day that pushes us out of our comfort zones. Be careful!

Saturday: Euphoric, divine visionary day. Release resentments and forgive.

Sunday: Full Moon with numerous challenging aspects. Engaging day! Attend to insight and realizations.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius (December 1-24, 2017): 1. Invite someone to dinner who is from a different culture or has a different religion. 2. Express appreciation to your in-laws. 3. Plan your next long-distance trip (or make a wish list). 4. Read a book about a far-away country, culture, or religion. 5. Expand your knowledge of metaphysics. 6. Write—and publish. 7. Visit a religious art exhibit, or one from another country or culture. 8. Explore a philosophy through a book, book-on-tape, or a lecture. 9. Take a hike (Sagittarius rules the thighs). 10. Venus in Sagittarius is idealistic in love: read some love poems that transport you to the ideal!

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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:

Saturday, November 25 at 6:37 p.m. through Sunday, November 26 at 0:04 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, November 28: 4:09 a.m.-8:30 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Thursday, November 30: 10:37 a.m.-12:38 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, December 4: 11:13 a.m.-12:37 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, December 6: 9:56 a.m.-12:37 p.n. (Moon into Leo)

Friday, December 8: 2:40 p.m.-3:09 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, December 10: 7:02 p.m.-9:01 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, December 13: 4:27 a.m.-5:59 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, December 14 at 5:42 p.m. through Friday, December 15 at 5:07 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, December 18: 5:10 a.m.-5:33 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20: 7:37 a.m.-6:29 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 2:13 a.m.-6:42 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, December 24 at 6:48 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 4:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

GMT:

Sunday, November 26: 2:37- 8:04 (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, November 28: 12:09-16:30 (Moon into Aries)

Thursday, November 30: 18:37-20:38 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, December 4: 19:13-20:37 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Wednesday, December 6: 17:56-20:37 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Friday, December 8: 22:40-23:09 (Moon into Virgo)

Monday, December 11: 3:02-5:01 (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, December 13: 12:27-13:59 (Moon into Scorpio)

Friday, December 15 at 1:42 through Saturday, December 16 at 1:07 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, December 18: 13:10-13:33 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20 at 15:37 through Thursday, December 21 at 2:29 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 10:13 a.m.-14:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, December 25 at 2:48 through Tuesday, December 26 at 0:27 (Moon into Aries)

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In the Stars November 18-26, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Scorpio

This blog is posting one day early to highlight the New Moon at 26 degrees of Scorpio. Scorpio symbolizes dying. In the darkness of the Scorpio New Moon, we are called to look at what is stagnant or stuck in our lives, what we want to let go or die, and how we want to regenerate. This New Moon calls for a deep look at what needs to be changed and transformed in our lives. Savor the inner quietude of the Sun in Scorpio for a few more days until  the Sun moves into Sagittarius on Tuesday, bringing on the glow of the holidays.

The Mars-Pluto square, exact on Sunday, is a big theme this week. This is dynamic but turbulent energy. Tempers can flare. However, these roiling energies can also be oriented positively through vigorous exercise or hard work on difficult projects. Thankfully, there is a lot of benefic energy to offset this ebullient, demanding alignment…which begins to wane after its crescendo on Sunday.

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A New Moon at 26 degrees of Scorpio heralds a new lunar cycle on Saturday. Scorpio symbolizes dying. In the darkness of the Scorpio New Moon, we are called to look at what is ready to die and pass away from our lives, and what is calling for rebirth. Death, sex, and taxes are Scorpio themes, and there have been plenty of stories in the news covering these themes: tax reforms, mass shootings, and truths revealed about sexual harassment in the workplace. Relationships and finances are areas of focus calling for pruning to spur new growth. Saturday’s slow start results from a Void of Course Moon until it bounces into sunny Sagittarius at 10:59 a.m. PST. Then we are called to adventure. Take a late autumn bike ride or road trip, or travel in your mind and learn something new. Saturday evening is staged for a party!

Sunday is a tempestuous day as a result of an exact Mars-Pluto square. It would be best to start this day with intense exercise to burn off the tension, and to invigorate ourselves. Then lean into a demanding project. If tempers flare, stay cool. The day is volatile, and yet we can use this dynamic energy to power through something challenging and worthy of our great efforts.

The Moon in Sagittarius highlights the Saturn-Uranus trine on Monday. This a major aspect that gives us the ability to ground and to work on our creative ideas and opportunities. The Moon makes a benefic trine to Uranus mid-day, opening us to innovation and amazement. A few hours later the Moon combines with Saturn, reining in our optimism, but giving us self-discipline for getting some things accomplished. However, this Saturn-Moon conjunction signals the beginning of a Void of Course Moon evening. Turn your attention after 4:26 p.m. PST to routine tasks and things already set in motion during this VoC period.

Tuesday sparkles with benefic aspects which help offset the serious, taciturn energy of the Capricorn Moon. The Sun ingresses into Sagittarius in the evening, delivering vision, optimism, and celebration for the next month. This is a day to dream big and look forward to the holidays—while you attend to the work at hand.

Neptune governs Wednesday’s themes as it stations turning direct. When a planet turns direct in motion its symbolism is amplified. Neptune symbolizes vision, imagination, idealism, and compassion. The hard-working Capricorn Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Mars. Neptune softens the hard edges of this dynamic day and reminds us of the bigger picture and what is f lasting importance.

Thanksgiving Day is a friendly day with Moon in Aquarius, the perfect backdrop for a holiday gathering with friends and family. Mars is a pulling away from its tense square with Pluto–easing up on the tense energy–and leaving us with a lightness, curiosity, and detachment.

Black Friday is the first one in three years that we do not have a VoC Moon, so unlike the last two years, it is a fine and free-spirited day to shop or hang out with friends. The only negative is a Moon-Jupiter square, which may lead to over-expenditures or excess eating. So get yesterday’s hedonism behind you: one day is enough!

Saturday sports a brilliant Mercury-Uranus trine. Insights and great ideas abound! Seize them. In addition, the day is mixed with mostly positive aspects. With the Moon in detached air sign Aquarius, we will not be encumbered. This is a day for friendship and generative conversations. Relax Saturday evening into a fun dinner with friends, as the Moon is void of course starting at 6:37 p.m. PST.

Sunday is soft and dreamy. The day glows with inspiration, creativity, and happiness. Use this beautiful, expansive energy to make your home merry and bright for the holiday season.

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The Week in Short:

Saturday: Slow start (Moon VoC) until 10:59 a.m. Then set out for an adventure. Make it a party night.

Sunday: Challenging, tempestuous day. Exercise vigorously, and work on a demanding project. Mind your tongue and temper.

Monday: Creative, innovative, amazing day. Self-discipline can help get some things accomplished.

Tuesday: Dream big and attend to the work at hand.

Wednesday: Neptune stations and softens the hard edges of a dynamic day.

Thursday: Friendly day for sharing with friends and family…and for Giving Thanks!

Friday: Free-spirited day to shop or hang out with friends. Watch tendencies to overspend and overeat.

Saturday: Insights and great ideas abound.

Sunday: Beautiful, inspiring day. Make your home merry and bright.

 

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Scorpio (November 7-December 1)

  • Love deeply.
  • Write a poem to express your deep feelings.
  • Review your investments and research other investment options.
  • Make a commitment to increase your savings and investments.
  • Give generously to someone in need during the holidays.
  • Purge your stuff and give things away.
  • Get a massage.
  • Listen deeply, and say only what is necessary.
  • Read a deep, transformative biography.
  • Enjoy the quiet of this darkest time of the year.Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.comExact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are: Monday, November 20: 4:26 p.m.-11:14 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)Saturday, November 25 at 6:37 p.m. through Sunday, November 26 at 0:04 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)Thursday, November 30: 10:37 a.m.-12:38 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)Monday, December 4: 11:13 a.m.-12:37 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)Friday, December 8: 2:40 p.m.-3:09 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)Wednesday, December 13: 4:27 a.m.-5:59 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)GMT:Thursday, November 23: 10:33 a.m.-18:14 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)Tuesday, November 28: 12:09-16:30 (Moon into Aries)Saturday, December 2: 1:53-9:21 (Moon into Gemini)Wednesday, December 6: 17:56-20:37 (Moon into Leo)Monday, December 11: 3:02-5:01 (Moon into LibraFriday, December 15 at 1:42 through Saturday, December 16 at 1:07 (Moon into Sagittarius)
  • Wednesday, December 13: 12:27-13:59 (Moon into Scorpio)
  • Friday, December 8: 22:40-23:09 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)
  • Monday, December 4: 19:13-20:37 (Moon into Cancer)
  • Thursday, November 30 at 18:37-20:38 (Moon into Taurus)
  • Sunday, November 26: 2:37 a.m.-8:04 a.m.  (Moon into Pisces)
  • Tuesday, November 21: 0:26—7:14 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
  • Thursday, December 14 at 5:42 p.m. through Friday, December 15 at 5:07 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
  • Sunday, December 10: 7:02 p.m.-9:01 p.m. (Moon into Libra)
  • Wednesday, December 6: 9:56 a.m.-12:37 p.m. (Moon into Leo)
  • Friday, December 1 at 5:53 p.m. through Saturday, December 2 at 1:21 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
  • Tuesday, November 28: 4:09 a.m.-8:30 a.m. (Moon into Aries)
  • Thursday, November 23: 2:33 a.m.-12:14 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
  • Pacific Standard Time:
  • 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.
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