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.