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In the Stars September 27-October 4, 2020...shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

There is a great deal of tension and pressure from the planets this week, and for many weeks to come, and there are plenty of highly charged political and social issues expressing this energy. This is a hot and holy week, beginning with Yom Kippur on Monday, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, and a day for reflection and forgiveness.

Above: Pluto, from NASA Images

The American political climate promises become even more heated and contentious this week with the debate over the Supreme Court nomination to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in addition to the coming election. California is again on high alert for fire danger with hot temperatures. The planetary energy is extremely hot (still, again). Saturn is stationary and turning direct on Monday, September 28th, and Pluto is slowing down and turning direct on Sunday, October 4th. Pluto is at the exact midpoint of Jupiter and Pluto, all within a few degrees of each other in Capricorn. Mars and Eris, a reactive, combustible alliance, make an exact conjunction on October 3rd exactly square to Saturn. The week ahead is powerful, explosive, and transformative. Let us hope that this dynamic, combustible energy can be used for good, and let’s do all in our own power to make it so.

On a personal level we need to slow down and continue to work hard. We need to be diligent and deliberate—and patient. We need to exercise vigorously and eat nourishing food so that we feel strong and centered. We need to steer clear of potential disputes, as the energy is so hot and edgy that it is probably not a good week to work things out, though the Libra Sun certainly helps to understand both sides of an issue and move toward compromise and harmony.

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Again on Sunday we want freedom and space. Mercury moves into Scorpio for the next month where it will take us on deeper explorations. The day is quiet on the planetary front, setting the pause button for time out. Saturn moves toward its station, setting limits and demanding attention to responsibilities. Monday, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar that follows the 10 Days of Awe intended for reviewing one’s past year and misdeeds, and asking for forgiveness. An observance of a day of atonement is a good practice for all of us, whether or not we are Jewish. The spiritual Pisces Moon on Monday sets the stage for this reflective, spiritual day. Saturn turns direct after a five-month backward movement. Note that when a planet changes direction its symbolism is heightened. This is a serious, demanding, and tension-filled day with Mars making a tight square to stationary Saturn. Yet there is some ease from the Moon’s benefic aspects to Mars and Mercury, and a creative Venus-Mars trine. Hopefully these benefic aspects will ease the pressure of the Mars-Pluto conjunction.

Tuesday is a day of mixed energies. Mars and Saturn form an exact square which is full of tension and could present limitations and restrictions. At the same time the Pisces Moon makes benefic alignments with Uranus, Neptune, and Jupiter, offering vision, expansion, and ease.

September ends on a soft, unfocused note on Wednesday. The spacey Pisces Moon goes void of course from 10:29 a.m. to 7:47 p.m. PDT, Hopefully you have wrapped up the month’s tasks before this day. The Moon bounces into Aries at 7:47 p.m., igniting us with passion and enthusiasm.

The Harvest Full Moon ushers in the 10th month of the year on Thursday. The Aries Moon conjuncts Chiron in opposition to the Libra Sun. This is a highly charged Full Moon with Mars-conjunct-Eris square to Saturn and Pluto. This is an emotionally charged day, so meet the demands with vigorous exercise and hard work. Exercise extra patience for yourself and others, and allow extra time so you don’t create unnecessary trouble by being rushed.

Friday is a bold, tense, power-charged day. The Aries Moon makes dynamic squares to Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. Venus moves into modest, sensible, hard-working Virgo and is conjunct the royal star Regulus. Venus in Virgo aid the aggressive energy of the planets with its practical, efficient attention. Lean in and work hard, and be sure to de-stress with demanding exercise.

Saturday is an excellent day to attend to practical matters and work in your garden. Start your day by walking in nature. The Taurus Moon supports us to move along at a slow and steady pace and get a lot accomplished. A Moon-Venus trine sets the stage for a pleasant day, and yet anything can happen to upset the peace with Mars-Eris conjunction in relationship to the big three (Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn).

Sunday quakes and rumbles, beginning with a Moon-Uranus conjunction. You may have awakening dreams, and your morning may be anything but routine. Pluto stations to go direct after five months in retrograde motion, swelling with its full power and fury. The Pluto station square to Mars and Eris, coupled with the Moon-Uranus conjunction, is explosive. Put this energy to good use tackling a big, demanding project, and go slowly and carefully. Fortunately, benefic lunar trines to Jupiter and Neptune lift and expand us in the evening.

Monday is framed for planning and accomplishment by the morning’s lunar trines to Pluto and Saturn. Get the day off to a strong start in the morning. The Moon is void of course from 11:41 a.m. through 9:03 p.m. PDT. Plan meetings and connections for the morning hours and handle routine tasks in the afternoon.


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The Week in Short: Sunday: Take some space and honor limits. Monday: Saturn stations direct. Yom Kipper, day of atonement. Tense, demanding day.

Tuesday: Mixed day of tension, limitation, and pressure, as well as expansion, vision, and ease.

Wednesday: Unfocused day. Moon VoC 10:29 a.m. 0 7:47 p.m. PDT. Lower expectations and stick to routine tasks.

Thursday: Full Moon. Hot, passionate, intense day. Get vigorous exercise and work hard.

Friday: Lean in and work hard. Aggressive day.

Saturday: Strong work day. Handle practical matters and work in your garden.

Sunday: Powerful, turbulent day. Pluto stations turning direct. Lean in and go slow.

Monday: Plan your week and get off to a solid start in the morning. Moon VoC 11:41 a.m. – 9:09 p.m. PDT

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Virgo (October 2-27)

1. Make your life shipshape.

2. Organize your work space.

3. Deep clean your home.

4. Take a self-improvement course.

5. Clean up your make-up drawer and wash your cosmetic brushes.

6. Do a 3-day cleanse.

7. Eat a pure diet during this time.

8. Adjust your health regime.

9. Attend to the details in your job that call for attention.

10. File your financial papers and balance your checkbook.

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 21: 11:13 a.m. – 12:32 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius) September 23: 10:32 a.m. – 4:16 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn) September 25: 8:36 p.m. – 11:08 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius) September 28: 0:18 a.m. – 8:34 a.m. (Moon into Pisces) September 30: 10:29 a.m. – 7:47 p.m. (Moon into Aries) October 2 at 10:47 p.m. through October 3 at 8:12 a.m. (Moon into Taurus) October 5: 11:41 a.m. – 9:03 p.m. (Moon into Gemini) October 7 at 6:57 p.m. through October 8 at 8:45 a.m. (Moon into Cancer) October 10: 9:03 a.m. - 5:24 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

October 12: 7:30 a.m. - 9:56 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

October 14: 3:47 p.m. – 10:54 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

October 16: 3:11 p.m. – 10:05 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

October 18: 2:43 p.m. – 9:43 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

October 20: 8:38 p.m. – 11:44 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

October 22 at 9:35 p.m. through October 23rd at 5:17 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

October 24 at 2:53 p.m. through October 25 at 2:18 p.m. (Moon into Pisces) GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): September 21: 19:13 – 21:32 (Moon into Sagittarius) September 23 at 18:32 through September 24 at 0:16 (Moon into Capricorn) September 26: 4:36 – 7:08 (Moon into Aquarius) September 28: 8:18 – 16:34 (Moon into Pisces) September 30 at 18:29 through October 1 at 3:47 (Moon into Aries) October 3: 6:47 - 16:12 (Moon into Taurus) October 5 at 19:41 through October 6 at 6:03 (Moon into Gemini) October 8: 2:57 - 16:45 (Moon into Cancer) October 10 at 17:03 through October 11 at 1:24 (Moon into Leo)

October 12 at 15:30 through October 13 at 5:56 (Moon into Virgo)

October 14 at 23:47 through October 15 at 6:54 (Moon into Libra)

October 16 at 23:11 through October 17 at 6:05 (Moon into Scorpio)

October 18 at 22:43 through October 19 at 5:43 (Moon into Sagittarius)

October 21: 4:38 – 7:44 (Moon into Capricorn)

October 23: 5:35 – 13:17 (Moon into Aquarius)

October 24 at 22:53 through October 25 at 22:18 (Moon into Pisces)


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