In the Stars September 26-October 3, 2021...shining light on the astrology of the week


With the Sun in Libra we are now in the Fall season. The Sun has passed the point where day and night are equal, and now the Sun is moving toward its darkest point at the Winter Solstice.

Mercury turns retrograde on Monday, September 27 at 10:10 p.m. PDT until October 18 when it turns direct. The Mercury retrograde period can result in communication glitches and mistakes; and appliance, technological, and automobile breakdowns, so be patient with mix-ups and delays. The Mercury retrograde period can be good for re-thinking, revising, re-organizing, and re-doing. It is a good time to clean up your email in box and take care of old business. Mercury retrograde is square Pluto, making us indecisive.


Mars is trine Saturn, which can strengthen structures and lead to accomplishment. The Sun trines Saturn, giving grounding, and anchoring us to responsibilities. Venus-trine-Neptune is visionary and artistic.


The week ahead is rocky. Eris moves toward its fifth square to Pluto, a volatile aspect, perfecting on October 8th. Pluto begins to slow down, amplifying its energies. Pluto turns direct on October 6. Saturn also is slowing its pace, turning direct on October 10. This period of early October is one for pausing, re-considering, and waiting patiently for some of the retrograde energies to turn direct.


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The Moon moves into a Grand Trine alignment in air signs on Sunday (Moon in Gemini; Saturn in Aquarius; Sun and Mars conjunct in Libra). A Moon-Ceres conjunction and a Moon-Chiron sextile invite conversations and problem-solving. Mercury stands still before turning retrograde tomorrow. The Gemini Moon encourages connection, communication, and curiosity on Monday. We may want to travel short distances. Mercury turns retrograde for the next three weeks until October 20. Communication can be easily confused during the Mercury retrograde period, so be patient with written or spoken mix-ups.


We will want to stay home and cozy up with family mid-week while the Moon is in Cancer Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. These are good days for cooking, gardening, and home projects. Venus trines Neptune, exact on Wednesday. All three days hold inspiring, creative possibilities, as well as a generosity, compassion, and forgiveness.


Strong feelings will be stirred up on Thursday as the Moon opposes Pluto, and squares Eris and Mercury. Hard aspects between the Sun and Jupiter, and Venus and Jupiter, contribute to feeling overextended. This is an edgy, emotionally challenging day. However, when the planets are in hard aspect a lot can be accomplished as they push us out of our comfort zones. The mood lifts in the evening as the Moon enters playful, exuberant Leo.


Friday is a shaky, tense, volatile day. Mercury retrograde opposes Eris and squares Pluto, as these planets are moving toward their fifth exact square on October 8th. Mars opposes Chiron, and the Moon opposes Saturn and squares Uranus. The day is primed for revolution and speaking out. Feelings of unfairness and resentment may boil over. This is a day to watch the news headlines. You can personally use this energy for good by writing or calling government officials and speaking out about things that are important to you. Donate to causes about which you care. And think twice (at least) before you speak out to friends and loved ones.


Although Saturday is less tense than Friday, there are some powerful aspects at play that may bring concerns to the surface. Venus makes a benefic sextile to Pluto, and stirs passions. The ardent Leo Moon forms a T-square with Venus and Jupiter, exaggerating feelings. There is also playful energy in this weekend day, so do some things you love.


The time of the month to clean up and get organized ignites us Sunday and Monday. Use this industrious, task-oriented energy to get your life in order. Apply it to home life on Sunday. A Mercury-Jupiter trine in air signs Sunday encourages conversation and sharing different ideas, so set aside some social time with friends. A Sun-Chiron opposition fosters healing relationships and honoring one’s own needs.


Monday’s planetary aspects offer a balm for the rougher days of last week. A Moon-Uranus trine may take us off track in a good way, and bring some nice surprises. A Moon-Neptune opposition widens our perspective and releases us from the perfection Virgo for which the Virgo Moon years. A Sun-Ceres trine and a Moon-Pluto trine enable us to feel the love and support of family and friends. The Week in Short: Sunday: Ideas pour forth; this is a day for communication and connection. Monday: Mercury turns retrograde. Busy day with communications.

Tuesday: Tend to matters at home like cooking, gardening, and caretaking.

Wednesday: Inspiration abounds. Be generous and compassionate.

Thursday: Edgy, moody, challenging day. Lean in and meet obstacles with strong work.

Friday: Tense day rife with strain and conflict. Write letters, call, or donate to issues for the greater good.

Saturday: Passions are stirred. Dramatic energy ignites concerns. Ease up and enjoy yourself!

Sunday: Get your home life in order, and take time out for conversations with friends.

Monday: Perspective expands. Surprises pour forth. We give and receive support. 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 27 at 9:18 a.m. through September 28 at 6:34 a.m. (Moon in Cancer) September 30: 4:31 p.m. – 5:53 p.m. (Moon into L