Monday, April 13, 2009

Astro-Update: Mars Conjunct Uranus & Venus Turns Direct! Week of 4/12/09

This week is being defined by a transit that only occurs every two years-Mars will be conjuncting Uranus on Wednesday. This will be felt for almost the entire week. The Moon will highlight the conjunction in a negative way on Tuesday but it will highlight it positively on Friday. The other big event will be when the planet Venus goes Direct again on Friday (yay) after it being Retrograde since March 6th. Helping us to move forward (or not) with our relationships after a period of analysis.

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. The energy is usually felt more strongly during the time leading up to the height and then it slowly starts to dissipate after. Keep in mind that Moon transits tend to last a shorter period of time than planetary transits.

(Sun 4/12)- To those who celebrate….Happy Easter! We start the day with the Moon still in Scorpio. This will be a relatively quiet day, astrologically speaking. Early in the morning the Moon will make an uncomfortable square to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 6:05am EST) making us feel a little fuzzy & disoriented at worst. At best, Neptune can influence us to feel spiritual and idealistic. The Moon will make a flowing trine to Venus (R) Pisces (exact at 1:28pm EST) helping us to connect with loved ones and family. (If this is a day that you are spending with family and the relationships are strained, this transit will smooth tensions & help it to be more tolerable.) Trines are gifts with no opposing energies. This will begin a very short void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until 2:00pm EST when the Moon shifts into optimistic Sagittarius. 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 has a decreased chance of working or will have delays. Activities that are favored during Moon in Sagittarius are: sports, horseback riding, outdoors/nature, spiritual aspirations, higher consciousness, honesty/bluntness, law/legal, higher learning, education, travel, and getting out to meet people. It is best to avoid taking too strong of a stance and not being open to others opinions, as people will usually defend their beliefs rigorously at this time.

(For those of you who follow asteroids the “Great Mother” asteroid, Ceres in Virgo goes direct today exact at 1:42pm EST).

(Mon 4/13 )- This is another astrologically quiet day, although the energies are more unfavorable. Early in the day the Moon makes an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Taurus (exact at 4:21am EST) possibly causing us to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. This could cause an obstacle with plans, finances, and/or communication. Lastly, the Moon will form an annoying square with Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 9:04pm EST). This can cause issues with organization and possibly feeling left out. This can exacerbate feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression. Luckily, this influence doesn’t last long.

(Tues 4/14)- We start the day with the Moon forming a positive sextile to Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 8:20am EST) helping us to feel positive. However, use caution in the afternoon when the Moon highlights tomorrow’s conjunction with Mars/Uranus. The Moon will form uncomfortable squares with Mars in Pisces (exact at 1:10pm EST) and Uranus in Pisces (exact at 2:12pm EST). (Please read Wed. entry for more details) This can influence us to literally feel as if we are coming out of our skin. It will be easy to get annoyed with others at this time. It may make us want to go against the status quo, making it easy to make mistakes. Also use caution when driving as people make take more risks at this time. Luckily, the Moon will form a flowing trine to the Sun in Aries (exact at 3:20pm EST) that will help to soften this transit a little & assist us in feeling supported by others. Lastly, the Moon will make a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 5:18pm EST). Try to get outside after work today, listen to music or get involved with art or creativity to feed your soul!

(Wed 4/15)- Just after midnight, the Moon will square Venus (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:07am EST). This can stir up arguments with loved ones, so I am hoping that you have the same rule that I do….don’t go to bed angry! The Moon will begin a short void-of-course cycle until it transitions into the business-oriented sign of Capricorn (exact at 1:27am EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Capricorn are: business endeavors, work, goal setting, public ambition, and tradition. Try to avoid: workaholic tendencies, coldness, and using people for personal gain.

As I alluded to in yesterday’s entry, Mars will conjunct Uranus both in Pisces (exact at 6:00am EST). This event only happens once every two years! Since these planets are slow moving, you may have been feeling this since the weekend. Those who are sensitive may feel like they are “buzzing”. This is a great time to implement new ideas and changes to your environment. The old way of doing things may feel unacceptable at this time. Technology (like computers), athletics, music, healing, nature, spirituality, etc. will be highlighted. Mars (the God of War) rules over energy, who you are sexually attracted to, and masculinity. Uranus (the God of the Sky) rules over: disruption, change, originality, friends, lightening, uniqueness, electricity, New Age (and Astrology), accidents, and unexpected events. It is associated with lower legs & ankles, blood circulation, nervous conditions, body spasms and X-Rays. The planets conjuncting intensifies the energy of both planets (for good or bad depending on other factors). If you feel too nervous or jittery, make sure you engage in physical exercise. This energy will demand to get out one way or another; it would be better to channel it in a positive way.

The Moon will further intensify feelings when it conjuncts Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 8:04am EST) making it possible for a true transformation to take place. The change most likely started on a deep subconscious level, finally being allowed to come to the surface. All aspects of counseling are favored during this time. Lastly, the Sun in Aries will positively sextile Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 3:54pm EST). Let your imagination fly! All aspects of creativity, abstract thought, music, dance, helping others get a big “thumbs up” during this transit. Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. What a day??

(Thurs 4/16)- This is an astrologically quiet day (maybe we could use it after yesterday?). The Moon will make a flowing trine to Mercury (exact at 3:13am EST) possibly influencing our dreams. Pay attention to dreams that you have or ideas that you come up with earlier in the day, for they are likely to be insightful/useful. The Moon will then make another trine to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 9:17am EST) helping us to organize and become more efficient. This will assist us in feeling conservative or traditional. Sometimes, you will find people asking for you to assist them. You will be happy to oblige!

(Fri 4/17)- Lots happening today with the planets! Overall this should be a positive day! The Mars/Uranus conjunction should be softening a bit by now. However, it will be highlighted again in the early morning hours with the Moon positively sextiling Uranus in Pisces (exact at 3:15am EST) and Mars in Pisces (exact at 6:13am). This is another opportunity to break out of old patterns and shake things up (sextiles will often present an opportunity that requires effort to have it come to fruition). The only rough patch will be when the Moon squares the Sun in Aries (exact at 9:36am EST) which can lead to a feeling/event that people aren’t supporting your efforts. The Moon will form a positive sextile to Venus in Pisces (R) (exact at 12:42pm EST) that often makes us to think of love and romance. Anytime you have the Moon highlighting both Mars & Venus in one day, you can bet that romance & passion will be on the mind.

There will be a void-of-course Moon cycle that lasts between 12:42pm-2:19pm EST, which would be an excellent time to wrap up old business. The Moon moves into Aquarius (exact at 2:19pm EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Aquarius are: social endeavors, friendship, humanitarian efforts, politics, inventing, and New Age ideologies. Things to avoid: are getting too caught up in the greater good and masses that you forget the individual & their feelings, and being overly fixed in your own unique way of doing things that you can’t consider someone else’s good ideas.

The event we have been waiting for (at least I have been waiting for it-LOL); Venus turns Direct (exact at 3:24pm EST). As I have been writing about in previous entries, Venus has been Retrograde since March 6th 2009. Venus (The Goddess of Love) rules over: relationships, marriages, close partnerships, aesthetics, fashion, personal taste, beauty, money & wealth. It only turns Retrograde every 18 months. It will begin its forward movement today and we will start to see the cloud lift in these areas. The only word of caution is that it will take until May 21st for Venus to reach the point from which it started its Retrograde cycle (at 16 degrees Aries). The time it takes to travel back to its original position is called the Shadow Period. Sometimes this time frame can still produce effects of the Retrograde planet, so we are not out of the woods just yet. At least it will be moving forward! (Venus will be forming a tense square to Pluto May 2nd, so make sure to check that entry!)

Lastly, today Mercury in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 8:52pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is a time of great mental focus. You may be able to find solutions to problems that have been nagging at you. This placement has a seriousness attached to it and isn’t about play. This would be a good time to sign contracts, negotiate, start a budget, look over your finances, and start a diet or health regimen. Anything that requires mental discipline and organization will be favored. The effects of this will carry into tomorrow…….

(Sat 4/18)- 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.

This will be an astrologically quiet day. The Moon in Aquarius will form an annoying quincunx to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 9:35pm EST). Sometimes it is possible to feel disconnected or isolated with this transit. Oddly you may feel as if your not part of the crowd, while being in a room full of people. This could also give you a case of the “shoulds”….like I should be vacuuming, or I should be spending more quality time with the kids, etc. Don’t beat yourself up! Luckily, this transit is short-lived.

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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