In the Stars October 4-11, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week: Mercury turns direct

The Sun shines in the zodiacal sign of Libra tropically, symbolizing relationships, harmony, and beauty. Juno, the asteroid symbolizing the mate, stands close to the Sun, doubling the emphasis on partnership. This would be a good time to consciously bring more harmony and romance into your relationships, or to put some energy into cultivating partnership if you’re in need of a mate.

We’re in the home stretch before Mercury stations October 9 and turns direct. Exercise the opportunities of Mercury Retrograde this week to review and revise your projects and plans. This is also a good week to take care of old business and accumulated emails. Wait to start new projects until after this week.

The week could also be dubbed a “Void” week, as it has lots of time when the Moon is Void-of-Course: all day Monday; Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon; and Friday afternoon through Sunday. Let’s review what this means. The Moon becomes Void-of-Course (VoC) when it makes its last major angular aspect with a planet, and before it moves into the next zodiacal sign. 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 making sound decisions is difficult. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory or useless. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or solid, lasting decisions. You will more easily get lost or meander if you’re trying to get somewhere. These VoC times give us pause for puttering and meandering. They are good times for cleaning, reading, filing, gardening, cooking, and conversing: anything not requiring strong definition. Since there’s so much VoC time this week, tune into it and see how it might work in your favor. You may get sidetracked, but perhaps then make some amazing discovery while wandering around in the void!

The Cancer Moon continues on Sunday, making numerous benefic aspects to other planets (Mars, Neptune, and Jupiter), and forming a first-quarter Moon with the Sun. This will be productive day at home to do gardening or home renovation. The Moon’s last aspect of the day is an opposition to Pluto, which invites us to feel deeply and step into transformative opportunities for change.

Monday morning may be a bumpy start to the week. The Moon is then Void-of-Course all day so don’t expect it to be strident day. Take it easy and do routine tasks rather than trying to make things happen. Ponder and explore rather than initiating.

Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon is in Leo, which generally equates with sunny, fun days. However, a stormy Sun-Pluto square creates tension and, perhaps, drama. A Mercury-Saturn sextile delivers reason and solid thinking, a good antidote to the wavering, uncertain Mars-Neptune opposition. All combined, Tuesday is a challenging, dynamic day. Wednesday is a lot less tense, and more sunny. Surprising things could happen under the beam of a Moon-Uranus trine. The Moon is VoC after 2:10 PM PDT, so use the earlier part of the day for things calling for decisions and definition.

The Moon is in industrious, efficient Virgo from Thursday afternoon through Saturday. Venus moves into Virgo and immediately joins the Moon on Thursday afternoon, highlighting efficiency and organization. Mercury turns direct on Friday, the 9th, when communication will begin to clear and we can start moving forward again with projects and plans. Friday is buoyed by the Moon conjunct Jupiter and trine Pluto. Friday afternoon (3:12 PM PDT) through early Sunday morning, the Moon is Void, giving us a long period of time to simply focus on mundane tasks (or abandon the usual demands for work of the Virgo Moon and take in some films at the Mill Valley Film Festival if you live in the Bay area). This is usually the time of the month for efficient, productive work, but this long VoC period would be better used by puttering and doing basic clean-up tasks.

Sunday is an exciting day full of possibilities. The day should be productive, expansive, and surprising! Make it a good one!

The Week in Short:
Sunday: Productive day for home projects.
Monday: Bumpy start to week. Moon Void-of-Course all day. Do routine tasks rather than anything requiring definitive decisions.
Tuesday: Tense, dramatic day, but sound thinking will see you through.
Wednesday: Surprising things might happen. Do work requiring meetings and decisions done earlier in the day. Moon VoC at 2:10 PM PDT.
Thursday: Efficient, industrious day—until—Moon goes VoC at 3:12 PM PDT. Have an easy evening.
Friday: Buoyant Friday.
Saturday: Moon VoC all day. Take it easy. Clean house, do yard work, walk, or read. Don’t waste energy with anything requiring decisions. Not a day for shopping.
Sunday: Exciting day full of possibilities.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet and 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 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. You will more easily get lost or meander if you’re 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 Daylight Time:
Long VoC Periods Ahead:
Monday, October 5 at 4:04 AM through Tuesday, October 6 at 1:31 AM (Moon into Leo after a 21-hour VoC)
Wednesday, October 7 at 2:10 PM through Thursday, October 8 at 12:50 PM (Moon into Virgo)
Friday, October 9 at 3:12 PM through Sunday, October 11 at 1:46 AM (Moon into Libra)
Monday, October 12 at 5:06 PM through Tuesday, October 13 at 2:38 PM (Moon into Scorpio)
Wednesday, October 14 at 5:58 PM through Friday, October 17 at 2:18 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Sunday, October 18: 1:48-11:52 AM (Moon into Capricorn)
Tuesday, October 20: 1:31 PM-6:38 PM (Moon into Aquarius)
Thursday, October 22: 9:22 PM-10:18 PM (Moon into Pisces)
Saturday, October 24 : 4:18 AM-11:22 PM (Moon into Aries)
Monday, October 26: 5:25 AM-11:07 PM (Moon into Taurus)
Wednesday, October 28: 8:20 AM-11:24 PM (Moon into Gemini)
Friday, October 30 at 7:52 PM through Saturday, October 31 at 2:09 AM (Moon into Cancer)
Sunday, November 1 at 7:35 PM through Monday, November 2 at7:48 AM (Moon into Leo)
GMT :
Saturday, October 3: 17:18 through Sunday, October 4 at 0:22 (Moon into Cancer)
Monday, October 5 at 11:04 through Tuesday, October 6 at 8:31 (Moon into Leo)
Wednesday, October 7 at 21:10 through Thursday, October 8 at 19:50 (Moon into Virgo)
Friday, October 9 at 22:12 through Sunday, October 11 at 8:46 (Moon into Libra)
Tuesday, October 13: 1:06- 21:38 (Moon into Scorpio)
Thursday, October 15 at 1:58 through Friday, October 17 at 9:18 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Sunday, October 18: 8:48-18:52 (Moon into Capricorn)
Tuesday, October 20 at 20:31 through Wednesday, October 21 at 1:38 PM (Moon into Aquarius)
Friday, October 22: 4:22-5:18
Saturday, October 24 at 11:18 AM through Sunday at 6:22 (Moon into Aries)
Monday, October 26 at 12:25 through Tuesday, October 27 at 6:07 (Moon into Taurus)
Wednesday, October 28 at 15:20 AM through Thursday, October 29 at 6:24 (Moon into Gemini)
Saturday, October 31: 2:52- 9:09 (Moon into Cancer)
Monday, November 2: 2:35- 14:48 (Moon into Leo)

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

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One Response to In the Stars October 4-11, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week: Mercury turns direct

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

    Well, the coming week doesn’t look “great,” but thank God we’re moving away from the two eclipses straddling Mercury retrograde and just following Venus retrograde.

    I found the eclipse a week ago simply horrible. And the whole period of the Venus and then Mercury retrograde, with the two eclipses, awful. Everything that could go wrong did — and then some. The full moon probably didn’t help, either.

    Seldom have I found so many nasty and completely confusing things going on at once. The whole ordeal has left me feeling beat up and depressed.

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