Monday, March 23, 2009

Astro-Update: New Moon in Aries! Week of 3/22/09

Happy Spring! I hope this post finds you well. Tuesday will be the quietest day of the week. Wednesday Mercury (communication & transportation) moves into pioneering Aries. While Thursday is what I call a “power day” with the New Moon in the sign of Aries. Saturday will be quite pleasant with thoughts of love!

I wanted to add a footnote to my entries. I include the time that a transit will be exact so that you can see when it waxes and then when it starts to wane. However, the effects are often felt sometimes even as long as a day or two. Keep in mind that Moon transits tend to last a shorter period of time than other planetary transits.

(Sun 3/22)- We start the week off with Mercury conjuncting Uranus both in Pisces (exact at 1:02am EST). We will start feeling this from Sat until Monday. Make sure you write down ideas at this time, as information may come with lightening speed! This is an excellent time to talk with a mentor or receive a “lesson” from a teacher (it doesn’t have to be in a formal scholastic setting). Ideas, mental processes, writing, information, inventions, New Age ideologies, engineering, mathematics, and technology are all favored. For folks that are prone to anxiety or nervousness, this transit and exacerbate those tendencies. So work on grounding yourself!

The Moon is still in the sign of Aquarius and will make a positive sextile to Venus in Aries (retrograde) (exact at 3:18am EST). We may feel loving and possibly nostalgic in the morning. This is a good time to be around family and loved ones. In the afternoon Jupiter in Aquarius will make a challenging quincunx to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 12:46pm EST). Jupiter wants to expand and Saturn wants order. The challenge will be to retain enthusiasm with structure and perseverance. It may not be easy when someone or something wants to “rain on our parade”. This theme is further enhanced when the Moon quincunxes Saturn (exact at 4:27pm EST). However, it will start to be tempered when the Moon conjuncts positive Jupiter (exact at 4:32pm EST). Later in the day we will start to feel more jovial and this would be a good time to spend with friends.

(Mon 3/23)- We start off the day with the Moon conjuncting nebulous Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 8:09am EST). While both planets are in harmonies flow with one another, this transit can make us feel too dreamy & fuzzy. Creativity (especially with music), arts, spirituality, helping others, and nature are favored. However, for this transit to take place on Monday morning, possibly when we are going to work, plan accordingly because your head could be in the clouds. It will be easy to absorb other people’s emotions at this time. This will begin (at 8:10am EST) a long void of course cycle until 5:08pm EST when the Moon transitions into the sign of dreamy Pisces. (When the Moon makes no major planetary aspects to another planet, before it switches into the next sign, is called “void of course”. It is best to not do anything new during these times because it won’t pan out.)

This afternoon the Sun in Aries will make an uncomfortable square to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 2:35pm EST). This may signify problems with power, pure and simple. It could also present a time of wanting something deep but being faced with superficialness instead. Conversely, you may be wishing to keep things superficial and may encounter someone that finds your hot spots. These encounters will be temporary and will most likely resolve (or you will feel better about them) later in the day when the Moon makes a positive sextile to Pluto (exact at 11:22pm EST). Meanwhile the Moon will transition into dreamy Pisces (exact at 5:08pm EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Pisces: creativity, intuition, spiritual aspirations, higher consciousness, connections with feelings, counseling, music, art, photography, nature and especially being near water, and charitable work. Things to avoid are: getting so caught up in others feeling that you put your aside, excessive escapism, and acting like a martyr. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days……

(Tues 3/24)- This is an astrologically quiet day. I just wanted to mention that this moon phase (Pisces, 4th quarter) is also beneficial for planting bulbs, fishing and borrowing money. The Moon conjuncts Mars today both in Pisces (exact at 7:02am EST). All of the Pisces Moon themes apply. This will also feel energizing and will help us to feel healthy. Great time for exercise!

(Wed 3/25)- Some of you may remember me talking about the Saturn/Uranus opposition that has been occurring since November and will continue until July of 2010? One of my predictions was earthquakes, because it fugitively and literally means a “shake-up”. As well as it affecting costal areas and possibly producing a tsunami. Well, all 3 happened last Friday. An earthquake off the coast of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean, actually caused a volcano to erupt! Its magnitude was 7.9. The reason why I am bringing this up is that the Moon will highlight this opposition today. The Moon will be opposing Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 1:24am EST) and then will conjunct Uranus in Pisces (exact at 12:53pm EST). Get ready for some aftershocks! Saturn represents order and Uranus represents shocks and surprises. The key is to develop a new path using old systems as a base. In the case of our volcano, scientists are saying it is actually developing into a new island! The disruption literally clears the way for something new……

The Moon will start a long void-of-course cycle between 12:54pm until tomorrow at 1:03am EST.

Mercury (the God of Communication & Transportation) will move into the sign of Aries today at 3:55pm EST. Mercury is moving at a fairly good clip right now and will only be in this adventurous sign for the next two weeks (until 4/9). This will help our mental processes to speed up. As well as our driving-so watch your speed! Aries is known for being able to start many things, but isn’t great at finishing. Try to exorcise patience (it will be hard). This is a great time to start new projects!

(Thurs 3/26)- Power Day! It is said in astrology that either a New Moon or an Aries Moon are great times to start something new….well today we have both! Moon will transition into the sign of Aries (exact at 1:03am EST). It is considered to be a favorable time to start new projects, physical activities (like sports or working out), dynamism, leadership, competition, and action. Things to avoid are being too bossy, arrogant, and insensitive during the next 2/12 days. Aries rules the head, so pay attention to stress, especially of you are prone to tension headaches.

The reason why I am calling this a power day is because the Moon will conjunct 3 planets all in the sign of Aries today. Conjunctions are very powerful and can be harmonious or too much of a good thing. It will meet up with Mercury (exact at 2:36am EST) which will allow our ideas to be easily conveyed and understood earlier in the day. Then the Moon will meet up with the Sun (exact at 12:06pm EST), which will also be the height of the New Moon. Others will be willing to support our endeavors and we may receive recognition for our efforts. Lastly, the Moon will join Venus (R) (exact at 3:15pm) making us feel loving and romantic. We will appreciate beauty and pampering much more at this time (just watch over spending). Relationships will take on a dreamy quality and you will feel like that other person really “gets” you. This is a great day to start an exercise regimen!

The only bump-in-the-road will happen early when the Moon will square Pluto (exact at 6:58am EST) possibly causing some irritation or blockages, but I don’t feel that will last very long.

(Fri 3/27)- I have to say that this morning will be more difficult than the late afternoon/evening, so plan accordingly. The Moon in Aries will start by quincunxing Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 7:19am EST) making us feel unorganized or unprepared. Mercury in Aries will make an irritating square with obsessive Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 8:16am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt longer than a Moon transit. Secrets, obsessive thoughts, fears, paranoia, and power struggles can all be exacerbated by this transit. You may encounter someone that is under-handed. Although one may have deep thoughts at this time, it would not be a good time to share your thoughts with others. I would recommend journaling instead. Luckily the Moon makes a positive sextile to Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 9:38am EST) that will help to temper the previous transits negative effects. It will be a good time to work with others and group endeavors (just make sure you trust the people that you are working with).

The afternoon will improve when the Sun makes it’s annual conjunction with lovely Venus (R) both in Aries (exact at 3:24pm EST). Remember this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt longer than a Moon transit. This makes us enjoy beauty, the arts, aesthetics, and helps us to fall in love with love. This is a look good and feel good transit. Nice! Lastly, the Moon will make a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 10:17pm EST) which will further enhance the dreaminess of the Sun/Venus connection. If you are single today and meet someone new, it may be easy to get carried away with our feelings. Just remember that Mercury/Pluto square this morning….if it seems to good to be true, well you know the rest! The Moon will start a long void-of-course cycle from 10:17pm EST until tomorrow morning at 6:09am EST….

(Sat 3/28)- I will be doing free, mini-Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 12-6pm to help celebrate their annual “Gratitude Day”!! This is a great opportunity to get an introductory reading from me. The spots fill up fast. They are located at 125 S. Winooski Ave in Burlington VT (across from the fire station). Walk-ins are welcome or you can call for a time (#802-660-8060).

The Moon transitions into stabile Taurus (exact at 6:09am EST). Positive Taurus Moon activities are: focusing on organizing your finances, clipping coupons, decorating, designing, sensuality, cooking & eating luscious foods, organizing your home, massage, singing, and comfort. Try to avoid: laziness, relaxing too much, stubbornness, obstinacy and being too stuck in your ways. The Moon will form a positive trine with Pluto (exact at 11:51am EST). It will be possible to have a deep connection with someone at this time. All aspects of healing, gardening, and counseling will also be favored at this time. This is a great time to start construction on your home, buy clothes or fix your car (Moon in Taurus, 1st quarter) during the next 2 ½ days. Lastly, Mercury conjuncts Venus (R) both in Aries (exact at 10:31pm EST). We may feel compelled to discuss love today (especially past lovers, don’t forget that Venus is still Retrograde!). This is a good time to have appraisals done, as we will know the value of both ourselves and our belongings! Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt longer than a Moon transit.

The above transits are often felt collectively but you would need to know where within your chart that they would fall. As always, I am available for a professional astrological reading. I now have a variety of charts to choose from (relationship, life path, time-line, etc). I can do readings in-person or over the phone. Or if you’re not into having a reading I can just supply a chart. Please feel free to contact me for more information! Have a great week! Bye for now……

Peace & Light,

Gretchen A. Hidell, Astrologer

Intuitive Counselor/Gem/Crystal Work


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