Monday, March 30, 2009

Astro-Update: Pluto Retrograde! Week of 3/29/09

Happy Spring! I hope this post finds you well. The beginning part of this week will be more “quiet” than the later part. There will be several planetary transits Thurs, Friday and Saturday that may create friction. The tension will be exacerbated when the dwarf planet Pluto, goes Retrograde. People who are sensitive may start to “feel” this early this week. The most beneficial transit will occur on Sat morning when Mercury Sextiles Jupiter.

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.

(Mon 3/30)- The Moon changes into chatty Gemini (exact at 9:36am EST). Good Gemini Moon activities are: communication (including talking, emailing, faxing, writing, etc), working with your hands, interaction with others (especially siblings and teachers), learning something new, diversified interests, mental agility, inquisitiveness, travel, and reading. Things to avoid are: fickleness, information overload, starting to many things & not being able to finish them, hyper activity, talking too much, and indecisiveness. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days……

The Moon makes an annoying quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:12pm EST). Quincunx’s usually present a blockage of some sort. In this case, it would produce difficulty with merging emotions and power. It may be harder to access the deeper side of ourselves or possibly present a situation with someone having power over us that may have difficulty understanding where we are coming from. The Moon will then make a positive sextile to Venus (R) in Aries (exact at 6:37pm EST) making us feel more loved a later in the afternoon. Lastly, the big event is when the Sun conjuncts planet Mercury both in Aries (exact at 11:29pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This indicates lots of mental energy. This transit will highlight all of the traits of the Gemini Moon listed above, because Mercury is the natural ruler of Gemini. Great time for communicating & travel. Just make sure that you take time to give something sufficient thought, and don’t be too quick to judge until you know all the facts. Sometimes this placement can produce excessive sarcasm and changeability.

(Tues 3/30)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2-5pm. This is a great opportunity to get an introductory reading from me at a discount ($25.00 per ½ hour). They are located at 125 S. Winooski Ave in Burlington VT (across from the fire station). Walk-ins are welcome or you can call me for a time.

The Moon makes several transits today. Mostly the “vibe” of today will favor mental energy over physical energy. The Moon will be making a positive sextile to both the Sun (exact at 3:50am EST) and Mercury (exact at 4:12am EST). This will just (positively) highlight the Sun/Mercury conjunction and continue these themes as we head into the day. The Moon will square Mars in Pisces (exact at 7:18am EST) possibly zapping some of our physical energy. This can also indicate an annoyance with others (although it will be temporary). Then, the Moon will make another annoying square to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 1:51pm EST) causing difficulties with organization and scatteredness. Sometimes this transit has a way of enhancing feelings of isolation or a feeling of being “passed over”. We will feel better when the Moon makes a flowing trine to Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 5:59pm EST) assisting our optimism to return. This is a good time to reach out to friends and help others.

(Wed 4/1)- Happy April Fools Day!! I know this day is notorious for pranks and hoaxes, but I’m not sure the planets will make us so receptive. Us caution when picking your “victim”, as folks may be more sensitive today. The Moon will make an annoying square to Uranus in Pisces (exact at 1:48am EST) possibly causing disruption in our sleep or enhancing our dream-state. Then early in the morning the Moon makes a flowing trine to Neptune (exact at 5:03am EST). Let your imagination soar! You may find yourself daydreaming or feeling a bit fuzzy as we awake. It’s possible to have increased intuition or prophetic dreams at this time.

The Moon will start a void-of-course cycle between 5:03am EST until 12:30pm EST when it will transition into the sign of sensitive Cancer. When the Moon makes no major planetary aspects to another planet, before it switches into the next sign, is call “void of course”. It is best to not do anything new during these times because it won’t pan out. Good Cancer Moon activities are: anything to do with home and family, cooking, maternal/mothering, being emotional, crafts, sensitivity, empathy, finances, savings, and care-taking. Things to avoid are: holding grudges, feeling slighted (possibly with little or no cause), over sensitivity, emotional eating, stubbornness, and being grumpy.

The Moon will oppose Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 6:06pm EST) making us feel even more sensitive. This is could even cause an argument with someone. I would wait for another day to have a deep discussion with someone because tension could be close to the surface. This could bring up work vs. family obligations. It won’t help when the Moon will then square Venus (R) in Aries (exact at 7:28pm EST). This could have us walking a fine line between approval/disapproval from others. Although it may give us the drive to be around friends & loved ones….just keep things light!

(Thurs 4/2)- There will be 5 lunar transits today and one planetary transit, making this a complicated day at best. Four out of the six transits will be unfavorable. In general, the day will consist of compromise. The key will be to balance when to take charge and when to go with the flow. The Moon will be making an annoying square to Mercury in Aries (exact at 3:46pm EST) interrupting our communication with others. Then the Moon will make a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 4:32pm EST) encouraging us to be conservative and helping us to stay organized. Both of these transits will be highlighting the stronger planetary transit when Mercury in Aries will quincunx Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 8:52pm EST). Communication could be interrupted or may not be compatible with long-term goals. This can create problems with authority (especially father-figures). Travel and communication may need several adjustments & flexibility. I would advise going with the flow today and no big movements. If at all possible, it would be better to re-organize and catch up on that stack of papers that need to be filed. This is not a favorable day to start a new project.

(Fri 4/3)- This is another astrologically complex day. There will be 4 lunar transits today and one planetary transit. Three out of the five transits will be unfavorable. We begin our day with the Moon being void of course between 4:59am EST until 3:32pm EST when it transitions into the sign of Leo. The big planetary transit will be when Venus (R) in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 6:22am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be much felt longer than a Moon transit. So, the Goddess of Love (and finance) is inharmonious with the planet that rules over secrets, fears and obsessions. Someone may be probing into our lives that we don’t necessarily want to share our secrets with (or conversely you could pry into someone else’s life). Be respectful of others personal space and have healthy boundaries with others. Something could be blocking our ability to express our passions. This can bring up fears of commitment & intimacy. If you have been infatuated with someone, you could find yourself obsessing over him/her. Remember, Venus is still retrograde and Pluto is about to go retrograde tomorrow, so it could be a former lover or someone from the past.

The Moon will transition into proud Leo (exact at 3:32pm EST). Good activities to do when the Moon is in Leo are: anything to do with performing or theater, seeing a show, dressing up & looking nice, managing, feeling proud, entrepreneurial endeavors, gambling, playing games, routing for the underdog and taking care of children. Things to avoid are being too bossy, acting egotistical, and going over the top. Later in the evening, the Moon will highlight the Venus/Pluto square by making a flowing trine with Venus (exact at 8:38pm EST) and making an annoying quincunx with Pluto (exact at 9:11pm EST). Again this is another day to lay low and keep things light. It may be hard because Pluto is anything but superficial, especially avoid being dragged into someone else’s drama!

(Sat 4/4)- Ahhhh, finally some good news! The last two days have been so heavy! Mercury in Aries will be making a positive sextile to Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 10:58am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt longer than a Moon transit. This will help us to make decisions and to be able to think more clearly & positively. Sextiles usually present opportunity, but require some effort on your part to have it come to fruition. All aspects of physicality, exercise, leadership, social endeavors, humanitarianism, and politics are favorable. This transit will make us feel very sociable and it’s a great day to go out into the world and be with friends, groups, and loved ones. The Moon in Leo will make a flowing trine the Sun in Aries (exact at 5:38pm EST). Enjoy the support from friends and family with this gift. This transit makes us feel loved and supported with no opposing energies.

Hold up! The Moon will make an annoying quincunx to Mars in Pisces (exact at 7:27pm EST). This may cause us to feel like we want or need to do more, but can’t for some reason. This can come in the form of a real or perceived block. Further, Mars will make its annual opposition to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 8:55pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt longer than a Moon transit. This is a time when your actions can go against the status quo. It is possible to (again) meet up with some sort of opposition or belligerence. Stifled anger can boil to the surface and be detrimental to long-term goals. Sometimes this can cause us to feel physically run-down….so don’t over do it in the morning when exercise was favorable! LOL If you overindulge in libations this evening-you will be sure to feel it more strongly!

Lastly, I want to discuss the “planet” Pluto in Capricorn going Retrograde today (exact at 1:33pm EST). Pluto is not a light-n-fluffy type of “planet”. Pluto (ruling “planet” of Scorpio) rules over: secrets, obsessions, adoption, power, transformation, forcefulness, intensity, restructuring, destruction, anarchy, sexual influences, and detective work. It’s associated with reproductive organs, rectum, obsessive behavior, prostate gland (root-chakra issues) and allergies. Pluto has been associated with Phoenix Rising, death/rebirth, etc. Powerful stuff! As you may remember, Pluto went into the sign of Capricorn at the end of November 2008. Pluto also rules over world leadership on a global level (not just the US), terrorism, nuclear-atomic energy, and bankruptcy. Capricorn rules over business endeavors, establishment, and structures. Many CEO’s and heads of companies were affected by this transition along with many people facing bankruptcy/foreclosure. This will signify a time where we now need to reflect on what just happened and if we handled things correctly. It is a slow moving planet and has been stationary for the later part of the week, with no movement at all. Wherever Pluto falls within your chart, will show where the transformation will take place on a personal level. Just remember, this time of transition was necessary. I use the analogy of a forest fire, out of the destruction comes nutrient rich soil and new growth…… It will remain Retrograde until Sept 11th, 2009.

Retrograde meaning: As all planets orbit around one another, they do so at different rates. Long ago Astronomers/Astrologers believed that the planets seemed to slow down and eventually reverse their orbit. This in fact, is an optical illusion caused by different orbit speeds, when viewed from Earth. This process is called a Retrograde in Astrology. In interpretation it means that the planet is somewhat weakened and the energies are harder to access.

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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