In the Stars September 3-10, 2023 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week
The Sun shines in Virgo, highlighting themes of self-improvement, attention to health, cleanliness, and organization. This is the time of year to harvest, and get your life in order. It also the time to get back to study, school, and work on goals for self-improvement, including diet and exercise. Uranus turned retrograde on Monday, August 28. Venus turns direct on Sunday, September 3. Jupiter turns retrograde on September 4th. Then seven planets will be retrograde: Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. All this retrograde energy invites an interior, reflective, intuitive focus. Mercury’s three-week retrograde period through September 15 is a time for review and revision, but not for moving things forward or signing contracts. It is a good time to clear out your email in box, file papers, and handle tasks at hand.
Retrograde planets are slow, and thus, their energy is amplified. With Jupiter turning retrograde on Monday, optimism and vitality are stronger. However, the energy is more reserved, Promotion of your work or business is hampered. This is a good time to reflect and re-work plans and projects.
Ray Merriman wrote, in his September 4th newsletter, the following about the influence now of this unusual multitude of retrograde planets on financial markets:
“Now think of retrograde planets as increasing the size, rhythm, and direction of the waves. This becomes especially turbulent when several planets change direction in a short span of time. It’s like different waves coming from new directions with varying intensity very quickly. The result is choppiness. Sometimes, the ship is lifted very high; other times, it falls precipitously downward. The ship must constantly adjust its course to avoid being overwhelmed by the changing size and direction of the waves. Now, imagine that financial markets are like ships at sea. When so many planets are retrograde, markets become very choppy, and traders have to constantly adjust their outlooks on new waves (information, data, changes of policy) coming at them in order to stay afloat. This is the imagery of the financial markets in the past week and probably until September 15, when so many planets are retrograde and changing directions. You can navigate – trade – but you need to be constantly alert to sudden changes in the waves that can affect the stability of your position. It is one reason why we do not advise initiating new position trades unless you are able to be extremely attentive and stand the turbulence. The imagery of a ship being tossed back and forth in turbulent waters was most noticeable in Bitcoin last week.”
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Sunday, September 3, starts with a boom due to a tense Moon-Pluto square. Then the Moon moves into its place of exaltation in Taurus. Venus completes its retrograde motion, making a station to move direct, giving the day an extra strong, pleasurable Venusian tone. Relationships may be clarified and highlighted. Sunday invites gardening, cooking, and leisure. Color it beautiful.
Monday’s big news is that Jupiter turns retrograde for the next four months through December 30. Stationary Jupiter amplifies this planet’s symbolism of belief systems, higher learning, optimism, and good fortune. This is a relatively easy day thanks to a Sun-Moon trine, a Moon-Mercury trine, and a Moon-Jupiter conjunction. Confidence and optimism run high. There will likely be some surprises before the day’s end due to a Moon-Uranus conjunction in the evening. Expect the unexpected.
Tuesday morning the Moon makes benefic aspects to Neptune and Pluto, giving the green light for inspired work. However, the Moon is void of course from 9:45 a.m. to 1:06 p.m. PDT, so it’s best to focus on routine, insignificant matters. At 1:06 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Gemini, supporting connection and curiosity for the rest of the day. As evening comes, conversation is measured by a Moon-Saturn square, yet energized by a Moon-Mars trine.
The Sun and Mercury are conjunct in Virgo on Wednesday, September 6, and are squared by the Gemini Moon. Since both Virgo and Gemini are Mercury-ruled, mutable signs, this generates a lot of mental activity. Anxiety may run high, or there may be distractions. Yet, it would be a great time to put pen to paper and let ideas flow. Warmth and friendliness color the day due to a benefic sextile of the Moon and Venus.
Variety and exploration are themes on Thursday, September 7, as the Gemini Moon squares Neptune. A lunar trine to nurturing Ceres sensitizes us to the needs of others. The day may seem chaotic. Allow it to take you to new places, and see what you can discover.
Friday, September 8, is a buoyant, hopeful day as the Virgo Sun trines Jupiter in Taurus. Early morning the Moon trines Saturn, framing the day for work and accomplishment. At the same time there are some discordant, impulsive alignments, so go carefully and refrain from unnecessary risks. Keep your cool if provoked.
The Cancer Moon invites a cozy Saturday at home tending to home chores such as cooking and gardening. The Moon makes benefic sextiles to Jupiter and the Sun, generating a pleasant backdrop for family time. The Moon’s aspect to Uranus adds a pleasant twist; for example, you could use the aspect to re-arrange an area of your home. In the evening a Moon-Eris square may rock the otherwise pleasant day, so tend to your needs consciously.
Early Sunday morning, September 10, there is a demanding Moon-Pluto opposition that may embolden emotions. At 9:35 a.m. PDT the Moon moves into Leo, and the rest of the day invites play. Take your children or grandchildren on an outing, or attend a theater performance.
Monday’s Leo Moon conjunct Venus invites a day of heartfelt connection with a dear friend or lover. A Moon-Jupiter square may encourage overdramatizing, overspending, or overdoing in some way. Yet, it is a jovial day to enjoy.
The Week in Short:
Sunday: Venusian Day to do pleasurable tasks. Venus stations and moves direct. Relationship issues take center stage.
Monday: Buoyant, optimistic, forward-thinking easy day, with surprises.
Tuesday: Good morning to take care of routing task. Afternoon invites curiosity, connection, and conversation.
Wednesday: Busy, friendly day with distractions. Put pen to paper and let ideas flow.
Thursday: Allow yourself to go with the flow and see what you discover.
Friday: Buoyant, hopeful, confident day. Yet, go mindfully and carefully as you can be triggered.
Saturday: Pleasant day to tend to home matters such as cooking and gardening.
Sunday: After an emotionally demanding start, the day invites play.
Monday: Jovial, warm-hearted day.
Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Leo (June 5-October 8)
1. Wear a smile and be joyful!
2. Express appreciation.
3. Adorn yourself with gold jewelry.
4. Make a greeting card—and send it.
5. Dance joyfully!
6. Make a game of life.
7. Be generous.
8. Update your wardrobe with bright colors.
9. Be proud of your accomplishments!
10. Play with your children and grandchildren.
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 3: 4:56 a.m.-7:59 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)
September 5: 9:45 a.m.-1:06 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
September 7: 3:21 p.m.-9:59 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)
September 10: 5:47 a.m.-9:35 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
September 12: 8:05 a.m.-10:17 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)
September 15: 6:49 a.m.-10:44 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
September 17: 6:06 p.m.-9:57 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
September 20: 3:21 a.m.-7:05 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
September 22: 12:31 p.m.-1:20 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
September 24: 1:05 p.m.-4:29 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
September 26: 5:38 a.m.-5:17 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)
September 28: 1:57 p.m.-5:17 p.m. (Moon into Aries)
September 30: 2:49 p.m.-6:17 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
September 3: 11:56-14:59 (Moon into Taurus)
September 5: 16:45-20:06 (Moon into Gemini)
September 7 at 22:21 through September 8 at 4:59 (Moon into Cancer)
September 10: 12:47-16:35 (Moon into Leo)
September 12 at 15:05 through September 13 at 5:17 (Moon into Virgo)
September 15: 13:49-17:44 (Moon into Libra)
September 18: 1:06-4:57 (Moon into Scorpio)
September 20: 17:21-14:05 (Moon into Sagittarius)
September 22: 19:31-20:20 (Moon into Capricorn)
September 24: 21:05-23:29 (Moon into Aquarius)
September 26 at 12:38 through September 27 at 0:17 (Moon into Pisces)
September 28 at 20:57 through September 29 at 0:17 (Moon into Aries)
September 30 at 21:49 through October 1 at 1:17 (Moon into Taurus)
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