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.

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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.