In the Stars August 27-September 3, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

My experience of the Great Solar Eclipse was glorious! I was at the Yamhill Winery in McMinnville, Oregon, near the highest latitude of totality. There were no clouds in the Oregon sky. We had brunch on a beautiful hillside surrounded by lush vineyards. We were able to behold the eclipse without glasses during totality. I felt grateful for a superb experience of this cosmic event.

The Solar Eclipse triggered some intense geological and atmospheric events: Hurricane Harvey in South Texas, Typhoon Hato in China near Hong Kong, and several volcanoes, including Popocatepetl in Mexico and Poas in Costa Rica. Politically, the Solar Eclipse and the Saturn station undoubtedly had some influence on the chaotic “unmerry-go-round” in the US executive branch continued with the removals of Steve Bannon and later Sebastian Gorka, mounting tensions between Trump and McConnell, scorching denunciations (and tweety recriminations) of Trump from several Republican senators and ex-senators, and demonstrations around the country. In four hours on Friday with Hurricane Harvey about to wreck the lives of 15 million citizens, Trump issued a transgender ban in the US military, pardoned medieval Sheriff Arpaio who had been convicted of federal civil rights violations, and fired Gorka.

Saturn has just turned direct in motion, but Mercury continues retrograde until September 6, along with five other planets: Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, and Juno. During the time that Mercury is retrograde there are often mechanical failures, and mistakes in written and spoken communication. Check twice for appointment times, agreements, and accuracy of communication. Be patient and understanding about errors and mix-ups. This Mercury retrograde cycle is made for review, re-considering, re-negotiating, and re-working.

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Sunday’s big cosmic event is a Jupiter/Saturn sextile, urging us to do the practical work to manifest our goals. This aspect bridges the tension between expansion and contraction. The Moon is in Scorpio on Sunday, stirring our emotions. We want to draw inward when the Moon is in Scorpio, and dive deep. Mars is conjunct the North Node, a combustible aspect. Put the volatile energy to work by getting vigorous exercise. Watch an intense movie, or go to an evocative concert. I will attend a grand San Francisco concert featuring gospel-soul singer Mavis Staples, music sure to feed the desires of the Scorpio Moon. Get things organized Sunday evening for Monday and the week, including deciding on what you will wear, as the Moon is Void of Course Monday morning, and getting out the door will not come easy.

Expect a slow start to the work week Monday morning. The void Moon that begins in thewee hours does not end until 12:48 p.m. PDT. This is not a time for meetings, appointments, or tasks that call for decisions. Energies start to get focused on goals as the Moon emerges into Sagittarius tropically when the VoC Moon passes. Later, a sweet, benefic Moon-Venus trine gives a beautiful, joyful evening.

Tuesday, August 29 (my birthday), is graced by the gregarious optimism of the upbeat Sagittarius Moon. However, we may feel some discontent as a result of a couple of hard aspects. Keep your eye on the prize; don’t give in to doubts! Sagittarius loves to move, especially the thighs, so hike, run, or climb stairs.

The exuberance and optimism fostered by the Sagittarius Moon are reigned in Wednesday morning when the Moon conjoins Saturn, an aspect good for work and sensible, measured decisions. This sound start to the day is amplified and energized by benefic aspects to the Moon from Jupiter, Mars, and Uranus. With the day’s mix, a lot of things can be accomplished, and results may be better than usual.

Work is the theme for Thursday through Saturday morning, supported by the Cardinal Earth Capricorn Moon, whose job is to get things accomplished. The Capricorn Moon combines with the task-oriented Virgo Sun to make these days supercharged for accomplishment. Mercury moves into playful Leo to lighten our minds and add some fun. Friday the Moon conjuncts Pluto and shines its light on the powerful Jupiter-Pluto square. This could result in big challenges…or provide the energy to push through tasks and realize big accomplishments.

After all the work you will have completed over the past two days, go easy Saturday morning while the Moon is Void of Course (9:30 a.m. to 1:06 p.m. PDT). When the Moon is VoC it is a good time to putter in the garden, take care of routine tasks at home, or read a book. Shopping for the holiday weekend is best delayed until mid-afternoon. The day may be full of surprises and big leaps [Mars trine Uranus]. Open up to new possibilities in the afternoon and evening.

Sunday is framed for friendship. The Aquarius Moon calls for freedom and independence, new thoughts and ideas. Gather with an interesting mixture of friends and family on this Labor Day weekend Sunday. What can you learn from surprising conversations and different points of view?

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Ten Things to Do While Venus is in Leo (August 26-September 20)

  1. Play with your children or grandchildren.
  2. Wear a smile and be joyful!
  3. Express appreciation.
  4. Adorn yourself with gold jewelry.
  5. Make a greeting card—and send it.
  6. Dance joyfully!
  7. Make life a game.
  8. Open your heart and be generous.
  9. Update your wardrobe with bright colors.
  10. Enjoy a picnic that includes children, games, and fun!

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Take stock of the days’ tension between expansion and contraction; make a plan for manifesting a dream.

Monday: Moon VoC 2:38 AM-12:48 PM PDT. Slow, perhaps confusing start to the day, and then things pick up. Brilliant, buoyant evening.

Tuesday: Optimistic, upbeat day! Get some exercise, especially for your legs.

Wednesday: A lot can be accomplished, with good results.

Thursday: Supercharged day for getting a lot accomplished.

Friday: Another powerful day for big accomplishments.

Saturday: After a lazy morning with Moon VoC, surprises and big leaps are possible.

Sunday: A day for friendship and conversation. Consider other points of view.

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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, August 28: 2:38 a.m-12:48 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, August 30 at 9:42 p.m. through Thursday, August 31 at 1:18 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 9:30 a.m.-1:06 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 p.m.-10:28 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 p.m. through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 a.m.-9:23 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 p.m. through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 11:35 AM-3:12 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15: 2:23 p.m.-6:09 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, September 17: 5:55 p.m.-9:52 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, September 20 at 3:06 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 6:04 a.m.-10:40 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24: 0:33 a.m.-9:01 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)


Monday, August 28: 9:38-19:48 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 30 at 4:42-8:18 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 16:30-20:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 18:35-22:12 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15 at 21:23 through Saturday, September 16 at 1:09 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, September 18: 0:55-4:52 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, September 20: 5:30-10:06 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 13:04 AM-17:40 (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24 at 7:33 through Monday, September 25 at 4:01 (Moon into Sagittarius)

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One Response to In the Stars August 27-September 3, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    I’m glad your experience of the Great Solar Eclipse was “glorious.” No doubt you arranged affairs so that it would be, and you were fortunate enough to have the money and time to travel to Oregon to “see” the eclipse. (Perhaps I’m a bit jealous!)

    My experience of it was horrible and disastrous: finding out with certainty that I have a full re-occurrence of a cancer I have been fighting; having a maniacal “driver” ram into my truck in traffic and with so much rage that he “totaled” the truck and injured both me and my sister; neighborhood vandalism picking up in many dimensions, etc..

    The only way I can make anything “positive” out of it is that it brought these situations to a head. Once they are at a head I can “deal” with them. I am trying to make plans for a new treatment modality that I have been reading about for the past year or so, and I have already made a positive connection with the facility (which is out of the state, in a location where I used to live). The major “problem” will be “money,” but I have also researched organizations which help fund people, ones that I did not know about previously.

    I am not a Trump-hater, so I just “observe” what happens. To me it is apparent that the old “establishment” and “deep state” needed to go, and nothing yet has come about to replace what clearly was not working for all Americans. Globally it appears that people of all races and creeds want their own identities respected — black, white, Christian, Muslim, or whatever. The “protected classes” mentality is clearly dead. Indeed, all lives do matter.

    As a Sagittarian, the Saturn transiting my sign has clearly put a “damper” on things, but with Saturn ruling my chart, I have learned to see difficulties pile up and to tackle them until I get to the bottom of the pile. With my Aquarian Moon and its aspects as perhaps the most powerful “complex” in my chart, I must compliment myself for having a penchant for “detachment” when the world seems to be falling down around me. I contrast this with my sister, for example, who has Moon in Aries. She wants to “fight” about the facts and consequences of the disaster.

    I noticed that the Great Solar Eclipse, so-called, fell conjunct my North Node and in the Eighth House. I don’t understand the Nodes very well, but I know that they are of great importance, particularly the North one, since it concerns how we are evolving toward the future (? — I hope I expressed that correctly; honestly, the Nodes have always mystified me somewhat).

    I wish I had “taken off,” left town, and gone to “see” the eclipse. Then I would have avoided the medical issues, the devastating attack in traffic that destroyed my very expensive vehicle that I was depending on for many years yet, the neighborhood vandalism, etc.. But doing so (taking off) was not in the “context” of my set of life-experiences right now.

    It’s still hard to “generalize” about the “meaning” of a big eclipse, it seems to me, but it is obvious that such eclipses are intense and either create or highlight very significant issues in our lives.

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