Monday, March 2, 2009

Astro-Update: Venus Retrograde! Week of 3/01/09

If you live in the North East like I do, well Happy Snow Day! Hope this week finds you well. We have two exceptionally active Astrological Days this week, Wednesday and Friday…..

(Sun 3/1)- The Moon is still in stable Taurus. 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. Mercury in Aquarius makes an annoying quincunx to Saturn in Virgo (exact at 7:56am EST). This may cause us to have trouble organizing our thoughts earlier in the day. Later, Mercury conjuncts Mars both in Aquarius (exact at 10:05pm EST) this will highlight media, arguing, computers, hyper conversation, etc. Watch what you say, because it may be perceived as being too aggressive.

(Mon 3/2)- Early in the day the Moon trines Saturn in Virgo (exact at 7:43am EST) making us start the day with the best of intentions and trying to be organized. But by mid-morning our patience is tried with two irritating squares; 1st Moon square Mars in Aquarius (exact at 10:02am EST) and Moon Square Mercury in Aquarius (exact at 10:42am EST). The 1st will make us feel as if someone is trying to control the situation. The second may actually result in someone cutting us off and not letting us communicate or we may not feel heard. The Moon then sextiles Uranus in Pisces (exact at 1:10pm EST) which may result in a surprise or shocking news. The last planetary rendezvous will be the Moon squaring nebulous Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 5:42pm EST). This transit makes us dreamy and unrealistic. It is advised to not sign contracts or to make important business decisions when Neptune is involved-just FYI.

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. The Moon will be void of course between 5:43pm-2:59am when it finally enters into communicative Gemini tomorrow morning.

(Tues 3/3)- 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 1/2 hour). They are located at 125 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington Vermont across from the Fire Station. Walk-ins are welcome or you can call to set up a time.

The Moon enters into Gemini (exact at 2:59am 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.

The Moon only aspects one planet today. It forms and annoying quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 8:11am EST). Quincunxes usually present a problem that we are supposed to learn from, usually in the form of an obstacle. On a personal level this may affect business & responsibility and a possible transformation that is taking place on that level. You may remember when Pluto switched into the sign of Capricorn this past November? It brought with it bankruptcies, crashing of stocks, corporate restructuring, etc. A transformation that is still playing out and hopefully we are learning from! Later in the day Mercury will conjunct The Wounded Healer- Chiron in the sign of Aquarius (exact at 9:09pm EST). We may feel that it is healing to talk with someone tonight (especially friends). All New Aged activities and holistic healing practices get a “thumbs up” tonight too!

(Wed 3/4)- The Moon makes contacts with 8 different planets today! At best, this will be a complex day. There is already a propensity to feel scattered with Moon in Gemini, which will only be enhanced with all this Moon activity. Luckily 5 (out of the 8) transits are positive, mostly coming from interaction with planets in the sign of Aquarius. The planets are equal in Fixed versus Mutable energies. Therefore, this is a day where it would be good to try something new, get out of your rut. Try a new approach to an old problem. If you are usually very structured then try going with the flow, and if you are too unstructured try creating a plan. The Moon will be void of course starting at 9:10 pm EST until tomorrow morning when it changes signs….

(Thurs 3/5)- The Moon enters the sign of sensitive Cancer (exact at 6:07am EST). 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.

Early in the morning Mercury conjuncts Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 4:39am EST). Let your imagination soar! You may find yourself daydreaming or feeling a bit fuzzy. It’s possible to have increased intuition or prophetic dreams. Then the Moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 11:16am EST). Someone may challenge you and this could lead to feeling emotional. This may be a good time for counseling or psychology because of the propensity to having deep insights into ones self. Later Mars will conjunct The Wounded Healer- Chiron (exact at 7:27pm EST). It’s possible that someone may tell you what to do that doesn’t know how to do it himself or you could do that to someone else. The example would be a baseball coach that never actually played baseball. This would be good for healing physical aliments or exercising.

(Fri 3/6)- This day is very similar to Wednesday. The Moon transits 7 planets. Only this time 4 of those will be negative transits. The same interplay will be happening with 3 planets being Fixed (stable, sometimes too rigid) and 3 planets being Mutable (easy going, flexible). Again this will be felt more strongly if you are sensitive to the Moons transits or have Cancer, Aquarius, or Pisces in your chart. Sensitivity may be at an all time high today with the Moon being in Cancer still


The big event that will be happening today is that Venus (the Goddess of Love) in Aries will be turning Retrograde (exact at 12:17pm EST) until April 17th! You know what it is like when Mercury goes Retrograde? Well this is like that, only pertaining to love & finances. Fun?!? This will bring up lessons that we are supposed to work on pertain to those areas. Venus Retrograde can certainly bring old flames back into the picture; with them contacting you or you contacting them or just simply running into to them at a random time. Just remember, and ex is an ex for a reason! For more info on Venus in Aries, please reference my Blog entry from Feb 5th, which goes into more detail. (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 Moon will be void of course from 7:29pmESt until 8:24am EST tomorrow morning when it changes signs….

(Sat 3/7)- The Moon will transition into proud Leo (exact at 8:24am 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".

The Moon will form an annoying quincunx Mercury in Aquarius (exact at 4:46am EST). Remember quincunxes usually present a problem that we are supposed to learn from, usually in the form of an obstacle. The Moon rules over emotions and Mercury communication and thoughts. We may have trouble reconciling the two or we may have to face a problem that highlights these areas. Most likely we will feel torn. Then the Moon will quincunx Pluto again (exact at 1:34pm) just like it did on Tuesday. Please refer to those notes.

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. 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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