In the Stars October 10-17, 2021...shining light on the astrology of the week
Three planets change from retrograde to direct motion in the next week: Saturn (on the 10th), Jupiter (17th), and Mercury (18th). These planetary shifts follow Pluto’s shift to direct motion a few days ago on the 6th of October. The stationary, stuck energy we have experienced the past few months will begin to move forward in another week.
We are still in the Mercury retrograde period until the 18th, and then for three weeks afterward when Mercury is in its shadow phase. The Mercury retrograde period can result in communication glitches and mistakes, so be patient with mix-ups and delays. Appliance, technological, and automobile breakdowns are more likely to occur. The Mercury retrograde period can be good for re-thinking, revising, re-organizing, and re-doing.
Venus has ingressed into Sagittarius. See “Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius” below.
Sunday is a day of opportunities. The Moon makes sextile (60 degree) aspects to the Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. Saturn stations, turning direct in motion. Garnering commitment and responsibility, work now gathers steam and progress can be made.
It may be hard to get going on Monday morning, as the Moon is void of course until 10:15 a.m. PDT. Then we get serious and down to business as the Moon moves into Capricorn. As the day wears on a lot can be accomplished.
Tuesday is a mixed day with the Capricorn Moon in a hard square aspect to Mercury, Mars, and the Sun. Efforts could feel constricted and limited. On the other hand, benefic aspects bookend the day and lighten the load. The Moon trines Uranus early in the day, giving insight, while the Moon trines Neptune at the end of the day, giving acceptance.
Sleep may be restless Wednesday as the Moon squares Pluto and Eris. The Moon is void of course from 3:53 a.m. until 1:47 p.m. PDT, so pause and give your attention to insignificant matters such as cleaning, filing, gardening, or tending to email until the Moon changes signs. When the Moon is void of course it is a waste of energy to have meetings or appointments, to shop or make plans, as things often do not come together—or we change our minds later about decisions made when the Moon is void. Venus makes a benefic sextile to Saturn, giving strong relational skills, boosted by the Moon’s entry into socially-oriented Aquarius after 1:47 p.m. PDT. A Mercury-Ceres trine fuels family conversations.
Difference is in the air Thursday, as the Aquarius Moon that marches to its own drum squares Uranus, the planet that symbolizes the unusual. Mercury trines the Moon, giving brilliant out-of-the box ideas. Expect to be surprised.
Friday is a high-spirited day with the Sun making a benefic trine to Jupiter, the planet of expansion, generosity, and optimism. In addition, the Moon conjuncts Jupiter. To underscore, an exuberant Moon-Jupiter conjunction makes an powerful benefic trine to the Sun. The Moon is void of course all day from 5:32 a.m. until 7:21 p.m. PDT. If you can take the day off, do so. Use the exuberance of this special day to do something special.
Saturday is a creative, compassionate day hosted by the Moon in Pisces. Yet, aspects are mixed. Supportive aspects include Venus-Chiron trine, Mercury-Venus sextile, and Moon-Uranus sextile, all giving energy for connecting and addressing issues in a helpful manner. On the other hand, the Moon squares Ceres and Venus, challenging relationships. Try a new restaurant, or cook a new dinner menu or recipe at home. You might want to reach beyond your comfort zone and invite someone you have recently met, or with whom you don’t frequently socialize, to join you.
Jupiter stations to move direct on Sunday after a four-month retrograde spin since June 20th. When planets station their energy is amplified, so this change in motion adds exuberance, optimism, and wisdom to the day. In the mix is a difficult aspect of the Sun’s connection with the Pluto-Eris square; this cardinal T-square may be testy. However, a Moon-Neptune conjunction calms the volatility and can be a balm to the uproar.
The week ahead is off to a sprint on Monday as the Moon enters Aries. Mercury turns direct in motion, ending its backward spin, at 8:16 a.m. PDT. A Mars-Jupiter trine gives courage and optimism, helping us overcome obstacles and challenges, and leap forward.
The Week in Short: Sunday: Day of opportunities, along with the weight of responsibility. Saturn turns direct.
Monday: Slow start as Moon is VoC until 10:15 a.m. PDT. Then get to work and tend to responsibilities.
Tuesday: Mixed day of challenges and restraints, insight and possibilities.
Wednesday: Moon Voc 3:53 a.m. – 1:47 p.m., a time for routine tasks. Friendships and relationships are encouraged and supported.
Thursday: A different day. Ideas pour forth. Expect the unexpected.
Friday: High-spirited, exuberant day. Moon VoC 5:32 a.m. -7:21 p.m.
Saturday: Creative, compassionate day. Do something new and different for dinner.
Sunday: Jupiter turns direct, giving enthusiasm and expansiveness. Mixed day of uproar, compassion, and understanding.
Monday: Mercury turns direct. The day is off to a sprint and you can leap over obstacles and move forward.
Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius (October 8 - November 6) 1. Invite someone to dinner from a different ethnic culture. 3. Plan your next long-distance trip (or make a wish list). 3. Read a book about a far-away country, or a different culture or religion. 4. Expand your knowledge of metaphysics. 5. Visit a religious art exhibit. 6. Explore a philosophy through a book, book-on-tape, or a lecture. 7. Take a hike (Sagittarius rules the thighs).
8. Express appreciation to your in-laws. 9. Venus in Sagittarius is optimistic and philosophical in love: read inspiring love poems!
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 is 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): Pacific Standard Time: October 10 at 9:30 p.m. through October 11 at 10:14 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
October 13: 3:53 a.m. – 1:47 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
October 15: 5:32 a.m. – 7:21 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)
October 17 at 4:23 p.m. through October 18 at 3:03 a.m. (Moon into Aries)
October 20: 7:56 a.m. – 12:58 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)
October 22 at 9:31 a.m. through October 23 at 12:57 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)
October 25: 7:11a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)
October 27 at 11:02 p.m. through October 28 at 2:07 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
October 30: 12:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
November 1: 10:00 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. (Moon into Libra)
November 3: 3:32 p.m. – 5:52 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
November 7: 5:43 a.m. -5:03 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius) GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): October 11: 4:30 - 17:14 (Moon into Capricorn)
October 13: 10:53 – 20:47 (Moon into Aquarius)
October 15 at 12:32 through October 16 at 2:21 (Moon into Pisces)
October 17 at 23:23 through October 18 at 10:03 (Moon into Aries)
October 20: 14:56 – 19:58 (Moon into Taurus)
October 22 at 16:31 through October 23 at 7:57 (Moon into Gemini)
October 25: 14:11 - 21:00 (Moon into Cancer)
October 28: 6:02 - 9:07 (Moon into Leo)
October 30: 7:05 – 18:10 (Moon into Virgo)
November 1: 17:00 – 23:10 (Moon into Libra)
November 3 at 22:32 through November 4 at 0:52 (Moon into Scorpio)
November 7 at 13:43 through November 8 at 1:03 (Moon into Sagittarius)
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