In the Stars October 23-30, 2016…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

Mars and Pluto were tightly conjunct this past week. Did you experience turbulence–or breakthrough– in your life? These two powerful, potentially destructive planets, still in tight alignment, may bring issues to the surface in an explosive, or definitive manner. In the coming week Mars moves ahead a few degrees, and although we will still experience this energy, it will be less intense. How to use it? Petal to the metal and get things accomplished. Dive deep into a difficult issue and confront the truth. Let go of old, worn-out systems and move forward.

The Sun has entered Scorpio, ushering in this autumn month where we want to go deep, and claim some solitude. We need this quiet month in preparation for the Sagittarius Sun, and all of the holiday parties and festivities ahead. This next month calls for putting a log on the fire, curling up with your beloved—or a good book, and getting plenty of rest.

We have a sunny Sunday, with the Moon in playful Leo, and making benefic aspects to Jupiter and Saturn. Make it a playful, expansive day, and get ready for a productive work week ahead.

Bounce out of bed early Monday. A trine between the Moon and Uranus in fire signs sets the tone for the day:  expect the unexpected. It’s a day for discovery, but not a day to get a lot accomplished. The Moon is Void of Course all day after it aspects Uranus. Take care of small matters that do not depend on appointments or making decisions.

Tuesday and Wednesday is that time of the month to clean house and get things done; the Moon is in practical, industrious Virgo. Its ability to analyze and discern may be complicated by its opposition to Neptune. A Venus-Neptune square calls us to our ideals, but life isn’t likely to live up to them, as Saturn squares the Moon. It’s a mixed day when you want to get a lot accomplished, but time and money are too easily spent, and we are seduced until Saturn calls us back to reality late in the day.

We feel expansive and generous on Wednesday. The practical Virgo Moon aligns with the powerful Mars/Pluto conjunction. Use all this benefic energy to take stock of your finances and relationships. The Moon is Void of Course all afternoon and evening after 11:33 AM PDT, so ponder the possibilities, but do not take any action steps or make decisions at least until the following day.

Life is copasetic with the Moon in Libra Thursday. It is a good day to move forward on the money matters or relational issues that you have been pondering the last couple of days. The day calls for action.

Friday is mixed with the Libra Moon conjunct Jupiter, and making benefic aspects to Saturn and Venus. These alone would make for sweet opportunities and satisfaction. However, Mars squares Uranus and the Moon squares Pluto, two extremely turbulent aspects. We may be impulsive and easily angered, so go slow and stay cool. Channel this mixed package of astounding potential into a constructive project.

We have another long Void Moon day, the third one this week, on Saturday. The Moon is dark, calling us inward. The Moon makes hard (challenging) aspects to explosive Mars and Uranus. Pull back and dwell in solitude. Venus conjuncts Saturn, curbing excess. It is not a day to shop or for gathering with others. Read a book, clean up your garden, pay bills, and attend to financial matters.

A new lunar cycle begins with the New Moon in Scorpio on Sunday. Set new intentions around shared finances, and strong emotional issues. Mercury trine Neptune colors the day poetic. Heighten your imagination by watching a good film, going to a concert, or visiting an art exhibit.

Looking ahead to the holidays, Christmas Day has some powerful aspects. A near exact “Thank the Lord” Jupiter-Uranus opposition holds three benefic sextiles within it (Jupiter sextile Saturn; Saturn sextile Venus; Venus sextile Uranus).  All of these planets are exact at 20 degrees. Some people are going to get some big gifts for Christmas. I heard that Christmas shopping is expected to be strong this season, and these aspects would support that. Wonderful things could happen with these aspects. On the other hand, Mars is moving in close aspect to the Nodes from December 23-January 2. Mars will conjunct the South Node (known as Ketu in Vedic astrology) and oppose the North Node (known as Rahu in Vedic Astrology). This pattern is volatile. Stay away from crowded places. Enjoy the holidays with simple activities far from the maddening crowds.

The Week in Short:

Saturday: Another emotionally turbulent day. Keep it simple. Sun enters Scorpio.

Sunday: Playful, expansive day.

Monday: Moon Void of Course all day. Stick to tasks not requiring decisions, but be open to surprise.

Tuesday: Practical work day, but dreamy.

Wednesday: Expansive and generous day. Moon VoC all afternoon and evening after 11:33 AM PDT.

Thursday: Harmonious day to focus on money matters or relational issues.

Friday: Mixed day of astounding potential, but high volatility. Go slow and be careful.

Saturday: Yet another day with the dark Moon VoC all day. Rein it in, and give yourself solitude and rest.

Sunday: New Moon in Scorpio. Set new intentions around shared finances. Poetic day to raise the vibration of art and beauty in your life.

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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, October 24: 5:21 AM-8:16 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, October 26 at 11:33 AM through Thursday, October 27 at 6:51 AM (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, October 29: 3:09 AM-7:01 PM (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, October 31, at 7:44 PM through Tuesday, November 1 at 7:43 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, November 3: 3:35 AM-8:05 PM (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, November 6: 1:56 AM-5:55 AM (Moon into Aquarius)

Tuesday, November 8: 5:55 AM-1:45 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, November 10: 3:16 PM-5:45 PM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, November 12: 4:45 AM-6:24 PM (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, November 14: 5:52 AM-11:54 PM (Moon in Gemini)

Wednesday, November 16: 2:57 AM-4:57 PM (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, November 18: 2:02 PM-7:14 PM (Moon into Leo)


Monday, October 24 at 12:21 through Tuesday, October 25 at 3:16 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, October 26 at 18:33 through Thursday, October 27 at 13:51 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, October 29 at 3:09 through Sunday, October 30 at 2:01 (Moon into Scorpio)

Tuesday, November 1: 2:44-14:43 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, November 3: 10:35 through Friday, November 4 at 3:05 (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, November 6: 9:56 AM-13:55 AM (Moon into Aquarius) (Daylight Savings Time Ends)

Tuesday, November 8: 13:55-21:45 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, November 10 at 23:16 through Friday, November 11 at 1:45 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, November 12: 12:45 through Sunday, November 13 at 2:24 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, November 14, at 13:52 through Tuesday, November 15, at 7:54 (Moon in Gemini)

Wednesday, November 16, at 10:57 through Thursday, November 17 at 0:57 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, November 18, at 22:02 through Saturday, November 19, at 3:14 (Moon into Leo)

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2 Responses to In the Stars October 23-30, 2016…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

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

    It’s disturbing to read what you forecast around Christmas. Disturbing because where I live (Tempe, AZ) the stupid City of Tempe is allowing (almost promoting) fireworks. Not at a city show, but for people anywhere to use them. The desert terrain and foliage are like tinder, as it hasn’t rained for many, many months, and the only people thrilled with the idea of fireworks for the entire Christmas season are (1) people who sell this crap and (2) people who like to upset and disturb “neighbors.”

    The 4th of July in Tempe is a time to stay at home, keep your hoses ready to be used, and worry a lot that your house and landscaping will not go up in flame.

    I believe that making it legal to let hoodlums run around with fireworks is NEVER a good idea. After all, the city puts on huge fireworks displays for the public in its downtown, so I just see this “new theme” in lax law enforcement as more deterioration in an already extremely hypocritical and quite lawless place.

    City of Tempe is the epitome of “The Stepford Wives.” The Shadow is far bigger than the Persona.

  2. Cathy Coleman says:

    Yes, fireworks could be trouble. It could be good to be forewarned.

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