In the Stars October 17-24, 2021...shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon


Saturn turned direct in motion on October 10, Jupiter on Sunday, the17th, and Mercury follows on the 18th. Mercury is in its retrograde shadow period until November 1st, during which time some of the characteristics of Mercury retrograde are still operant such as communication mix-ups and mistakes. The stationary, stuck energy we have experienced the past few months is now moving forward.


The week ahead is edgy and explosive, sporting a Full Moon in Aries that is conjunct Eris and square to Pluto. The Sun and Mars are conjunct. This is an extremely volatile configuration; there may be some acts of violence in the news. It will be easy to get over-heated this week and be quick to anger, so think about you can stay cool. This would be a good week to re-commit to a vigorous exercise routine if you have slacked off. Use the powerful, dynamic energy to move a project far forward.

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Jupiter stations to move direct on Sunday after a four-month retrograde spin since June 20th. When planets station, their energy is amplified. 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.


Tuesday is another energetic day when we can sprint through our tasks with the backing of the Aries Moon. Later in the day the Moon opposes Mars and sextiles Jupiter, generating more vim and vigor. You may want to take advantage of this energy by burning through work and projects late at night.


The Moon is Full on Wednesday, and forms an extremely dynamic pattern with volatile planets involved. The Moon conjuncts Eris and squares Pluto, two emboldened, intense symbolic energies. Mars and the Sun, a hot combo, are conjunct; thus, Mars forms a T-square with Pluto and Eris. The T-square, with powerful, explosive planets Eris, Mars, and Pluto involved may trigger situations. With Pluto at the apex, this configuration is potentially volatile and explosive. On the other hand, it can be used for powerful fresh starts and getting a lot of accomplished in a proactive manner.


The explosive energies inherent in the Full Moon continue on Thursday with Mars making an exact aspect to the Eris-Pluto square. Adding an extra punch is the Taurus’ Moon’s ingress into Taurus conjunct Uranus.


Expect the strong energies of the Full Moon in aspect to Eris. Mars, and Pluto to continue on Friday. The Taurus Moon trines Pluto, anchoring us and supporting sensible strides in our work, though the Moon-Jupiter square may make us a bit lazy and self-indulgent. The Sun moves into Scorpio at 9:51 p.m. PDT, inviting us to dive deeply into what matters for the next month.


The planetary stage is set for social gatherings, conversation, and connection on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening’s alignments invite a dinner party that is sure to stir up friendly conversations.


Allow your curiosity to take you on a short road trip on Sunday. A Moon-Neptune square may obscure communication, but a Moon-Jupiter trine gives levity and reminds us not to take things too seriously.


Following a Moon-Libra trine that encourages us to clear the air Monday morning, the Moon is void of course from 7:10 a.m. until 1:59 p.m. PDT. Attend to routine tasks rather than appointments and meetings that likely won’t come together. Make yourself comfortable at home in the evening with a nourishing dinner and family connection.

The Week in Short: 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; you can leap over obstacles and move forward.

Tuesday: Energetic day; we can spring through tasks and get a lot accomplished.

Wednesday: Full Moon; volatile aspects: A strong work day.

Thursday: Explosive, powerful day. Use the dynamic energy for good.

Friday: Challenging, yet productive day. Sun moves into Scorpio.

Saturday: A day for social gatherings and friendly conversations.

Sunday: Light-hearted day to explore something new.

Monday: Moon VoC 7:10 – 1: 59 p.m. PDT. During this period attend to routine tasks. Cozy up at home in the evening.


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!

10. Write!


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 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 5: 9:09 a.m. – 5:52 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

November 7: 5:43 a.m. -5:03 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

November 9: 9:51 a.m.-7:02 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

November 11: 11:52 a.m. – 11:53 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

November 13 at 9:39 p.m. through November 14 at 7:47 a.m. (Moon into Aries) GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): 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 5 at 16:09 through November 6 at 0:52 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

November 7 at 13:43 through November 8 at 1:03 (Moon into Sagittarius)

November 9 at 17:51 through November 10 at 3:02 (Moon into Aquarius)

November 11at 19:52 through November 12 at 7:53 (Moon into Pisces)

November 14: 5:39 - 15:47 (Moon into Aries)

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