Fortunate Surgery Dates & Events

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Event Astrology

I can find a fortunate date or choice of dates for your surgery, a wedding, to launch a business, or more.

First, avoid surgery on the full Moon, and the three days before and the two days after the full Moon, to avoid swelling, bruising, and complications. But for a big life event such as a business launch, schedule your event on or close to the full Moon for better attendance and more energy.

The fee is $90. For surgery, let me know if you are adding to or removing from the body, and what body part is involved. Surgery dates work for animals too!

Let me know a window of time (month or two) you have in mind for your event, the location where the event will take place, and please include your birth date, place, and time. Most event astrology is easy to do by email

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(Note that your event date, or choice of dates, is not your birth chart reading or astrology forecast. More info.)

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– Beth K.,  London

To figure out your best SURGERY DATE, plan your surgery based on the Moon:

1. Avoid the full Moon to avoid swelling and complications!
And avoid the three days before the full Moon, and the two days after the full Moon.
So that’s six days of the month to avoid for surgery.

2. Lunar Cycles: The waxing cycle is best to add to the body like an implant.
The waning Moon is best to remove from the body like a tumor.

The waxing Moon begins on the new Moon until the full Moon, but stop three days before the full Moon for surgery.
The waning Moon begins after the full Moon, but wait at least two days after the full Moon to schedule surgery.
(This info is for surgery. A wedding? Plan that for the waxing half Moon.)

3. Moon Signs: from Aries that rules the head to Pisces that rules the feet. (Info below.)
Avoid the sign that rules the specific body part involved.
For example, avoid breast surgery when the Moon is in Cancer because Cancer is the sign that rules the breasts.
For dentistry avoid both the Moon in Aries that rules the head and avoid Moon in Capricorn that rules skin, teeth, and bones.

4. Avoid when the Moon is void of course, meaning that the Moon is changing signs.
The Moon is in a sign for two and a half to three days each month.

5. Consider the season and temperature in your location.
Avoid cold and flu season if you live in a cold climate.
Most events, especially surgery, are better in warmer months.

6. Holidays and Medical Staff.
Avoid scheduling surgery on the Monday morning after a holiday when hospital staff could be hung over from the weekend, or not yet in their weekly rhythm.
And avoid scheduling as the last person on a Friday when the hospital staff can be distracted by the weekend and out the door.

7. And good Feng Shui!
Organize your home, especially the room where you will rest and recover after surgery.
Create your environment to help you heal when you return from the hospital.
Have your bedroom (or the room where you’ll be recovering) clean, tidy, with fresh linens on the bed, and very comfortable.
Be sure to have soups and broths prepared to eat during your recovery.
Rest the day or two before surgery, not running on empty before it begins.
Allow enough time for your recovery, not hop out of bed too soon because people can be impatient in this Tiger year.

During recovery you have time to read, so here’s the link to my books.

Remember, no Full Moon for surgery! But yes Full Moon for an event!
Don’t know when the Moon is new or full? Stay current by following my Lunar Astrology Newsletter.

The most important surgery tip is to avoid the full Moon!  So remember, no surgery on the day of the full Moon, or during the 3 days before or the 2 days after the full Moon, to avoid swelling, bruising, and complications. Like sap rising in trees or the powerful ocean tides, fluids rise on the full Moon. Bruising and swelling is much greater on a full Moon. So for any surgery, block out 3 days before, the day of, and the 2 days after the full Moon.

A full Moon is when the Sun and Moon are opposite, and that can bring tension to the surface. There’s much data on how emergency rooms are more active during full Moons, more babies are born due to the pull of the full Moon, and more. So avoid it all by not having surgery during these days. Although the full Moon days can be exciting and fortunate for many events, just not surgery.

Lunar Cycles

Once you know the six days to avoid near and on the full Moon, then does your surgery add to the body, remove from the body, or both?

Add during the Waxing Moon:
The waxing Moon is best to add to your body. The waxing Moon starts on a new Moon, and lasts for the next two weeks, building up to the full Moon.

Schedule operations that add on the new Moon, or during the next 9 days (or so) after the new Moon. Stop 3 days before the full Moon.

So the 9 days of the waxing Moon are the time for surgery to add (not remove) something to your body, like a new hip, heart valve, dental implant, or a breast implant for a cancer survivor.

Remove during the Waning Moon:
The waning Moon is best to remove from your body. The waning Moon starts the day after the full Moon and lasts for the next two weeks as the full Moon wanes down.

This is the time for surgery to remove something from your body, such as a tumor or extra skin. So schedule operations to remove starting 2 days after the full Moon until the next new Moon.

Both add and remove:
What if your surgery both removes from the body and adds to the body?
Then surgery during the waxing or waning Moon cycles could work.

In surgical procedures whereby the removal is more important than the new adding, such as a root canal, then schedule your surgery during the waning lunar cycle.
In surgical procedures whereby the adding is more important than the removal, then schedule your surgery during the waxing lunar cycle.
Just be sure to avoid the full Moon, and the 3 days before and the 2 days after the full Moon.

Moon Void of Course
The Moon changes signs every 2 and 1/2 to 3 days. While the Moon is changing signs, it is considered Void of Course, meaning that it no longer has the full energy of the sign it is leaving, but is not yet fully in the energy of the next sign it is entering. So if you can avoid surgery during Moon Void of Course, then do so.

Moon Void of Course is good for activities that do not require much conscious energy, such as cleaning house, doing laundry, and other routine domestic chores, or completing a task before expanding into a new area. What if you cannot change a surgery date on a void of course Moon? That can be doable because most surgeries are routine. Doctors can go with the flow of the procedures they have performed many times. Unless this is a unique or experimental surgery, Moon void of course can work for routine procedures

Mercury Retrograde
Mercury is retrograde for three weeks, three or four times a year. If you can schedule your surgery to avoid Mercury retrograde dates, then do so. And avoid the week before and the week after Mercury retrograde, the shadow period that still feels the influence of Mercury.

If you do not have a choice and your surgery is during Mercury retrograde, that does not have to be a problem. Most surgery is very routine, not highly mercurial. Surgeons are not inventing new methods on you as they go.

So if your surgery is during Mercury retrograde, allow enough time to get to your surgery appointment, and plan to arrive early. Know the exact surgery location if it’s different from where you usually see your doctor. Anticipate possible mercurial mix-ups such as incorrect billing.

What about a wedding during Mercury retrograde? Be sure that the guests arrive the day before the wedding in case there are any travel delays. And be sure that everyone knows the exact location of the wedding, and have clear directions to get there.

To avoid the three weeks when Mercury is retrograde, note the following dates:

Dec 29, 2022 – Jan 18, 2023 in Earth sign Capricorn to get grounded, realistic, and organized especially with career and finances. Mercury is retrograde now until Jan 18. If you include the shadow period a week before and after Mercury retrograde, the ending date is Jan 25.

April 20 – May 14, 2023
Mercury retrograde in solid Earth sign Taurus to say what you mean and mean what you say. But be flexible to not have to stand your ground. Dates that include the shadow period are Apr 13 – May 21.

Aug 23 – Sept 15, 2023 
Mercury retrograde in Earth sign Virgo, a sign ruled by Mercury as is Air sign Gemini. Time to refocus on health and attend to details. Do an autumn cleaning if you missed spring cleaning in May Snake month. With the shadow period it’s Aug 16 – Sept 22.

Dec 12 – Jan 1, 2024 
Mercury retrograde in both Earth sign Capricorn for realistic assessment of career and finances, and in Fire sign Sagittarius to see the point and go right to it. Consider Dec 5 – Jan 8, 2024 to be Mercury retrograde.

Venus Retrograde
Venus is retrograde every year and a half (18 months) for 40 to 43 days. If your surgery is for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons, then avoid Venus retrograde. And no weddings during Venus retrograde!
Weddings are best on (or close to) the waxing half moon, the first quarter Moon.
But not from Summer Solstice to Oct 7 this year.

Venus will be retrograde in Leo July 22 – Sep 3, 2023.
You can feel the Venus retrograde influence the month before and the month after Venus retrograde.
So consider Summer Solstice June 21  – Oct 7 to be in the shadow period.
(The Venus retrograde shadow period ends Oct 7 when Venus is again in 28 degrees Leo).
Allow at least one month before and after Venus retrograde.

Mars Retrograde
Mars is retrograde every 2 years for about 2 months. The planet Mars is named for the god of war. Metal weapons are under the rulership of Mars. But the influence of Mars retrograde is less of an issue in modern times. Your surgery is not being done on a battlefield. Surgeons use small lasers, not saws or knives.

If you have a choice about when to schedule your surgery, or you just do not like Mars retrograde for surgery, then schedule when Mars is direct. Good Mars transits bring strength and courage. If you are fearful of having a surgical procedure, during Mars retrograde it might be harder to find your courage. Then schedule your surgery on a date when Mars is direct. Mars retrograde is Oct 30, 2022 – Jan 12, 2023.

Planets in Retrograde 2023

It is not unusual for planets to be retrograde.
Jupiter is retrograde once a year for about 4 months, or 120 days:
Sept 4 – Dec 30, 2023

Saturn is also retrograde once a year for about 4 months every year:
June 17 – Nov 4, 2023

Uranus is retrograde for about 5 months, and can retrograde twice in one year:
Aug 24, 2022 – Jan 22, 2023 and Aug 28, 2023 – Jan 27, 2024

Neptune is retrograde yearly for about 5 months:
June 30 – Dec 6, 2023

Pluto is retrograde yearly for about five or six months:
May 1 – Oct 10, 2023

zodiac-man-1413-16-2Moon Signs

So avoid the full Moon, and figure out if you’re adding to or removing from your body. Then avoid the Moon sign that rules that body part. — from Aries the head down to Pisces the feet.

The Moon changes signs every two to three days. If you are interested in following a lunar calendar, I recommend the We’Moon calendar.

Aries rules the head, including face, brain, and eyes.

Taurus rules the throat, including neck, vocal chords, and thyroid gland.

Gemini rules the lungs, including the shoulders, arms, hands, and nervous system.

Cancer rules the breasts.

Leo rules the heart, and upper back.

Virgo rules digestion, intestines, and spleen.

Libra rules the kidneys, lumbar region, and buttocks.

Scorpio rules the sex organs and bowels.

Sagittarius rules the thighs, hips, and sciatic nerve.

Capricorn rules skin, teeth, and bones including the skeletal system.

Aquarius rules the ankles and circulatory system.

Pisces rules the feet including toes, lymphatic system, and adipose tissue.

For examples, avoid breast surgery during the Moon in Cancer because Cancer rules the breasts, avoid prostrate surgery during Moon in Scorpio because Scorpio rules sex organs, and avoid dental surgery during Moon in Aries and Moon in Capricorn because Aries rules the head and Capricorn rules skin, teeth, and bones.

Seasonal Influences

Spring, Summer, Autumn – not Winter cold. You’ve avoided the full Moon days, know the lunar cycle to add to or remove from the body, and understand the Moon sign. Next, when you are selecting your surgery date, consider the season!

If there is an emergency or you cannot wait for better weather, then schedule right away to take care of your health. But if you have a choice about when to schedule surgery, chose a time in spring, summer, or early autumn. Avoid the cold and flu season of winter when hospital staff could be sick, people are distracted by the holidays, and when your own immune system is weaken by harsh weather. It’s much easier to heal in mild weather. If you have any sort of sensitivity to loss of light in winter (SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder), it will be easier to keep your spirits up when there is more light outside. Keeping your spirits up.

Holidays and Medical Staff

Medical staff have a busy life too! Monday morning after a holiday weekend is not the best time to schedule your surgery. If you schedule on the day after people return to work after a holiday weekend, or any event with lots of eating and drinking such as Superbowl Sunday, anticipate that hospital staff probably won’t be rested.

On a Friday afternoon, most people who work Monday through Friday want to be out the door after lunchtime. So schedule your surgery for Friday morning, not late afternoon before the weekend.

Avoid scheduling surgery on dates that are on or too close to a holiday. Few people have their mind on work during the couple of days before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Avoid surgery on Halloween when people come to work in costume and want to have fun. Same for the day after St. Paddy’s Day, or April Fools Day, that can be problematic because workers could be tired from celebratory activities.

So schedule a day and time when hospital staff are in their routine to avoid problems.

Earth, Air, Water, and Fire

All signs are good, they just offer different energy.
Favorable lunar signs for surgery are Earth signs Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus. These Earth signs are grounding operations or change of the physical body. They are good signs for good food, health focus, healing, and stamina.

Moon in one of the Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are especially good for technology and modern medical procedures.

Moon in one of the Water signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio events can flow and there can be good connections with healers, but people can be more emotional.

Fire sign Moons Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo are dynamic and focus on accomplishment. I recently did dental work (a new crown) on a Sagittarius Moon because my Moon is in Sagittarius. The dental work went quickly, and we stayed on target without distractions.

My favorite Moon sign for anything medical is Virgo when people are more focused on details — unless the medical work is for digestion, stomach, or spleen because that part of the body is ruled by Virgo.


Mutable, Cardinal, and Fixed Modes

Mutable, or changeable, astrology signs are Virgo (Earth), Gemini (Air), Pisces (Water), and Sagittarius (Fire).
I like surgery during a mutable sign because it goes quickly. I do most dental work during the Gemini Moon.

Cardinal, or active, astrology signs are Capricorn (Earth), Libra (Air), Cancer (Water), and Aries (Fire).
I also like surgery during a cardinal sign because it moves along with a purpose.

Fixed, or solid, astrology signs are Taurus (Earth), Aquarius (Air), Scorpio (Water), and Leo (Fire).
Fixed signs are good for stability, especially the Taurus Moon for cosmetic procedures because Taurus is ruled by Venus.
(Just not if the surgery involves the throat area because Taurus rules the throat.)
A client asked me if a fixed sign is best for the surgeon to have a steady hand. If your surgeon does not have a steady hand, get a new surgeon!

Mutable Moon signs are fast and easy. Cardinal Moon signs are good for accomplishments. Fixed Moon signs are slow and steady.
All modalities are good, they just bring different energy. I like quick mutable energy, but liking cardinal energy probably makes the most sense for surgery, and I understand how people like fixed Moon signs for stability. Go with the Moon sign you like and is good with your natal birth chart, but just be sure that the Moon sign does not rule the body part that needs surgery.



Egg in the light. Bleed in the dark.

Ovulate on the full Moon! Figure out when you menstruate and get your body in sync to produce your egg when the Moon is full.

Menstruate during the dark Moon, preferably during the balsamic Moon that’s the final two or three days of the lunar cycle. This is the quiet time to rest, release your blood, and honor your body.

Then you can plan travel and other stimulating events on or near the full Moon. Plan quiet, restful time during the final days of the lunar cycle during your menstruation. And yes, men are influenced by lunar cycles too.


ENTERTAIN and CELEBRATE under the full Moon light

Celebrations and parties are best on the full Moon, or as close to the full Moon as possible. Planning an art opening or family get together? The best attendance will be on or close to a full Moon. An event held on a dark Moon at the end of the lunar cycle will attract fewer people.



Avoiding the full Moon avoids a lot of strong energy, but flying on a full Moon is beautiful to see in the sky below the plane.

So decide what Moon phases you want to experience when you get to your destination. For a two-week vacation, I recommend to fly a week before the full Moon, be there for the full Moon, then fly out one week after the full Moon.

To learn more about astrology, schedule your birth chart. If you know your chart, schedule your yearly forecast. Birth charts and forecasts include your complete Western charts plus your Taoist Four Pillars (BaZi) charts.

Wishing you good fortune as you follow lunar cycles!