In the Stars October 29-November 5, 2023 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week
The two recent eclipses are now behind us, though we may feel the effects for up to three more months. What violence, death, destruction, and uproar they left with Israel-Palestinian violence, the earthquakes in Afghanistan, the Acapulco hurricane, the mass shooting in Maine, and ultra conservative Mike Johnson voted in as Speaker after weeks of turbulence in the House. The Scorpio Sun invites us into deep emotional territory. Halloween, All Saint\s’ Day and All Souls’ Day all occur in the next week, symbolizing death and rebirth. Saturn turns direct on Saturday, November 4th, and then stalled projects can move forward. Daylight savings time ends Sunday, November 5, and the days will seem darker as there will be less light at the end of the day.
Honor your deceased loved ones with a Day of the Dead altar. Light a fire in your fireplace, or light a candle. The next few weeks are days to draw inward. Cozy up with a good book or movie inside your warm home. Ponder what is no longer alive for you, what you want to let go. Rest and restore yourself.
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The exalted Moon in Taurus trines Venus on Sunday, October 29, setting the stage for expressions of love and pleasure. The Taurus Moon loves nature, so it would be a good day for an autumn hike. However, the Moon’s conjunction with Uranus may take us on unexpected detour. At the end of the day, the Moon sextiles Neptune, allowing us a feeling of tranquility, and ushering us into dreamland.
The Moon’s trine to Pluto in the early hours of Monday point us toward a day of demanding work. Augmented by a Moon-Saturn square we are reminded of our responsibilities to which we must attend. Yet, the Moon’s ingress into Gemini at 8:07 a.m. PDT colors the day with variety. It is a day for strong attention on many small things, so that boredom does not set in.
Venus is trine Uranus on Tuesday, October 31. This aspect may bring some surprising happenings in matters of love or money. Enjoy going with a completely new look or a lavish costume. The Moon is in playful Gemini, perfect for some Halloween pranks or mischief. Expect the unexpected in a good way.
The Gemini Moon square Neptune early Wednesday morning, November 1, clouding the day with possibilities, but no clear direction. The Moon is void of course from 5:36 a.m.-2:30 p.m. PDT, giving indecisiveness and a lack of definition. This is a day to go with the flow. Avoid meetings if possible during this time, as little is likely to be accomplished. At 2:30 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Cancer, a cardinal water sign. Then we will feel like stepping into action, particularly doing things that need to be done around the house. A Saturn-Moon trine will encourage us to reach out and help a friend or family member in need. This is All Saints Day, a day to honor your ancestors and deceased loved ones.
Thursday, November 2, is Jupiter’s Day, and All Souls Day. The planetary energy is supportive, and easy mostly. The Cancer Moon trines the Scorpio Sun, drawing us deep into our emotions. The Moon makes an opportune sextile with Jupiter, boosting our confidence and making us feel good. The Moon trines Mars toward evening, giving the drive to cook a scrumptious meal of comforting food.
Venus’ day, Friday, November 3, is an active day with mixed benefic and difficult aspects. The compassionate, but moody, Cancer Moon is active. The Moon makes positive aspects to Mercury, Uranus, Venus, and Neptune, fostering good conversation, generosity, and benevolence. On the other hand, the Moon makes challenging aspects to Eris and Pluto, generating tension and making us prone to confrontation. Center your thoughts and actions on kindness.
Saturn comes to a standstill, turning direct in motion on Saturday, November 4. When a planet is stationary, its symbolism is strong. We may feel the weight of duty, responsibility, and limitation. This may be the time to let go of something that is restricting you, or to make a decision to consolidate or pare down. In contrast, the Moon moves into confident Leo, lifting our spirits and galvanizing our creativity.
Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday. We turn clocks back, gaining an hour. The Leo Moon invites us to play on Sunday. The Moon’s square to Moon may provide just the drive we need to take on a vigorous hike or engage in a game of pickleball. Toward evening the Moon squares Uranus and Mercury, giving restlessness, and sparking debate in conversation. Use the energy to think differently about the week ahead.
It may be hard to get the week started on Monday morning, November 6, due to the Moon being void of course until 11:38 a.m. PST. Tend to routine matters during the void Moon time. As the Moon completes its void period in Leo, it moves into Virgo. The rest of the day is golden. During the afternoon and evening we will feel motivated to get our lives in order. The Moon’s opposition to Saturn draws us toward our responsibilities and priorities. A Venus-Pluto trine invites us to consider greater commitment in relationships. A Mercury-Neptune trine takes us to higher ground and draws us toward the big picture where we imagine a brighter future.
The Week in Short:
Sunday: Delight in expressions of love and beauty, and expect the unexpected. Walk in nature.
Monday: Lean into work, but allow variety into your day. Invite conversation.
Tuesday: Welcome unanticipated surprises in matters of love and money.
Wednesday: Moon VoC 5:36 a.m.-2:30 p.m. PDT, during which we may lack direction. Later in the day we are moved to help someone in need and get to work around the house.
Thursday: This feel-good day flows with optimism, caring, and drive.
Friday: Active day with mixed energies. Qualities of generosity and kindness are mixed with tension and angst.
Saturday: Saturn turns direct. Consider what you can consolidate or let go. You may feel the weight of responsibility, but confidence is boosted.
Sunday: Daylight Savings Time ends. Engage in vigorous play such as a challenging hike or a competitive physical game. Think differently about the week ahead.
Monday: Moon VoC until 11:38 a.m. PST. Then it is time to put your life in order. Make deeper commitments, and imagine a brighter future.
Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Virgo (October 8-November 7)
1. Make your life shipshape. 2. Organize your work space. 3. Deep clean your home. 4. Engage in a self-improvement course. 5. File loose papers. 6. Do a 3-day cleanse. 7. Eat a pure diet during this time. 8. Amplify your health regime. 9. Clean up your email. 10. Attend to the details in your job that call for attention.
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 30: 4:35 a.m.-8:07 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)
November 1: 5:36 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)
November 3 at 8:27 p.m. through November 4 at 12:20 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
November 5 at 11:25 p.m. through November 6 at 11:38 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
November 8 at 8:54 p.m. through November 9 at 12:07 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
November 11: 7:05 a.m.-10:38 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
November 13: 3:03 p.m.-6:22 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
November 15: 2:56 p.m.-11:41 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
November 18: 12:27 a.m.-3:27 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
November 20: 2:49 a.m.-6:28 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)
November 22: 7:09 a.m.-9:19 a.m. (Moon into Aries)
November 24: 9:40 a.m.-12:28 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)
November 26: 1:51 p.m. -4:39 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
October 30: 11:35-15:07 (Moon into Gemini)
November 1: 12:36-21:30 (Moon into Cancer)
November 3:27-7:20 (Moon into Leo)
November 6: 7:25-19:38 (Moon into Virgo)
November 9: 4:54-8:07 (Moon into Libra)
November 11: 15:05 a.m.-18:38 (Moon into Scorpio)
November 13 at 23:03 through November 14 at 2:22 (Moon into Sagittarius)
November 15 at 22:56 through November 16 at 7:41 (Moon into Capricorn)
November 18: 7:27-11:27 (Moon into Aquarius)
November 20: 10:49-14:28 (Moon into Pisces)
November 22: 15:09-17:19 (Moon into Aries)
November 24: 17:40-20:28 (Moon into Taurus)
November 26 at 21:51 through November 27 at 0:39 (Moon into Gemini)
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