In the Stars September 12-19, 2021...shining light on the astrology of the week


The Sun continues to shine in Virgo, the zodiac sign that symbolizes order, cleanliness, attention to detail, service, and self-improvement. Grounded in its gifts, we can address the tasks before us and get a lot accomplished. This week is the most sacred of the Jewish year, the high holidays. Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, is Thursday, September 16.


Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are all retrograde for the next two months, and some of them throughout the rest of 2021. Mercury joins them from September 27 through October 18. Now is the time to make travel arrangements and finish projects and commitments before Mercury turns retrograde. Pluto turns direct on October 6th, the first of the retrograde planets to change direction. Retrograde energy is strong, but more inwardly focused. With all these planets retrograde there may be little progress for the next few months on problems that are looming, both global and personal. This is a good time to pull back and re-think things.


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Sunday is a buoyant day. The sunny Sagittarius Moon calls us to adventure. Enjoy a hike, perhaps on a new trail.


Neptune plays a strong role on Monday as the visionary planet opposes the Virgo Sun and squares the Sagittarius Moon. These strong Neptune aspects with the luminaries may manifest as confusion or drifting, or they may offer illumination and creativity.


The Capricorn Moon frames Tuesday and Wednesday for hard work. A benefic Moon-Venus sextile on Tuesday invites us to relax over lunch and connect with a colleague. Mars enters Libra, which is not its strongest placement because the directness of Mars is uncomfortable in conflict-avoidant Libra, but it gives energy for relationship matters. Thursday morning Uranus makes a trine to the Capricorn Moon, perhaps bringing in the unexpected and steering us off course. The Moon conjuncts Pluto and trines the Sun, making for a lot of solid energy in earth signs. These are days for getting a lot accomplished.


Thursday is Yom Kippur, the Jewish high holy day/holiday of atonement. The Aquarius Moon expands our thinking toward progressive, inclusive issues. It is overall a friendly day. The Sun perfects in a benefic trine to Pluto. With earth signs in the configuration, a lot can be accomplished. Some testy relationship aspects form as the day wears on, so there may be interpersonal issues to address. Ask for forgiveness wherever needed in your life.


Friday may not go as planned due to a Moon-Uranus square. However, there can be interesting twists and turns if you stay open to what comes. The Moon trines Mercury; with Earth signs in aspect this gives measured, reasonable thinking. Celebrate the beginning of the weekend by doing something unusual.


Saturday morning the Moon is void of course until 1:22 p.m. PDT. During this time it is best to do insignificant tasks such as yard work and weekend chores. At 1:22 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Pisces, offering a soft, dreamy, compassionate rest of the weekend.


Sunday’s Pisces Moon calls us to the water for inspiration. Two benefic aspects: Moon-trine-Venus and Moon-sextile-Uranus add love, beauty, and surprise to the day. A walk on the beach or by a lake could be a nourishing outing.


The Moon is Full in Pisces (28:14 degrees Pisces-Virgo) on Monday—exact at 4:54 p.m. PDT. The Sabian symbol for this degree (29 Pisces) is “Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism.” What a beautiful image of optics and options, inviting us to consider many facets of a situation! The Moon’s close proximity to Neptune gives empathy and compassion. Mars is in close proximity to the Sun, giving speed, energy, and direction. Live into the spectrum of possibilities this day offers.



The Week in Short:

Sunday: Buoyant, optimistic day calling for adventure.

Monday: Dreamy day that may be confusing or illuminating.

Tuesday: Grounded day, good for work, but you can take time out to smell the roses or pause and enjoy lunch with a colleague.

Wednesday: Strong work day. A lot can be accomplished.

Thursday: Expansive, friendly day. Relationship issues emerge to be addressed later in the day.

Friday: Twists and turns; grounded thinking enables you to navigate the fluctuating energies well.

Saturday: Moon VoC 9:17 a.m. – 1:22 p.m. PDT. During the Moon VoC time, attend to routine tasks, then open to a dreamy, inspired, compassionate afternoon and evening.

Sunday: Inspiring day full of love, caring, and beauty.

Monday: Full Moon in Pisces—exact at 4:54 p.m. PDT. Live into the spectrum of possibilities this day offers.


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Scorpio (September 10-October 7)

1. Love deeply. 2. Write a poem to express your deep feelings. 3. Review your investments and research other investment options. 4. Make a commitment to increase your savings and investments. 5. Listen to provocative music that taps into deep feelings. 6. Purge your stuff and give things away. 7. Get a massage. 8. Listen deeply, and say only what is necessary. 9. Read a deep, transformative biography, or a mystery. 10. Take some solitude.


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:

September 11 at 10:32 p.m. through September 12 at 1:34 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

September 14: 3:57 a.m. – 4:33 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn

September 15 at 10:39 p.m. through September 16 at 8:22 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

September 18: 9:17 a.m. – 1:22 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

September 20: 4:54 p.m. – 8:12 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

September 22 at 7:04 p.m. through September 23 at 5:37 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

September 25: 6:09 a.m. – 5:36 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

September 27 at 9:18 a.m. through 6:34 a.m. (Moon in Cancer)

September 30: 4:31 p.m. – 5:53 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

October 2 at 4:42 p.m. through October 3 at 1:37 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

October 5: 1:46 a.m. – 5:40 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

October 6 at 10:03 p.m. through October 7 at 7:21 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

October 8 at 11:05 p.m. through October 9 at 8:24 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

October 10 at 9:30 p.m. through October 11 at 10:14 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

September 12: 5:32 - 8:34 (Moon into Sagittarius)

September 14: 10:57 – 11:33 (Moon into Capricorn)

September 16: 5:39 - 15:22 (Moon into Aquarius)

September 18: 16:17 – 20:22 (Moon into Pisces)

September 20 at 23:54 p.m. through September 21 at 3:12 (Moon into Aries)

September 23: 2:04 - 12:37 (Moon into Taurus)

September 25 at 13:09 through September 26 at 0:36 (Moon into Gemini)

September 27 at 16:18 through 13:34 (Moon in Cancer)

September 30 at 23:31 through October 1 at 12:53 (Moon into Leo)

October 2 at 23:42 through October 3 at 8:37 (Moon into Virgo)

October 5: 8:46 – 12:40 (Moon into Libra)

October 7: 5:03 - 14:21 (Moon into Scorpio)

October 9: 6:05 - 15:24 (Moon into Sagittarius)

October 11: 4:30 -17:14 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)


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