Saturday, May 23, 2009

Astro-Update: Neptune Retrograde & Mercury Direct! Week of 5/24/09

I hope this weeks Blog entry finds you well! How did everyone make out with last weeks Mercury transits (on the 20th-21st)? The Universe will be testing us again this coming week with Mars transits on Tues through until early Wednesday. Mars will be highlighting the complex triple conjunction between Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune (attention to all healers!) that I wrote about in last weeks Blog entry. Neptune will be the predominant player on Wednesday with 3 planets aspecting it. Thursday will be the most astrologically quiet day. Holly Retrograde?!? We have nebulous Neptune going Retrograde on Friday and Chiron on Saturday. The good news is that Mercury will go Direct on Saturday helping to clear-up communication so that we can proceed with forward progress!

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 5/24)- We start the day (early) with the Moon transitioning into the communicative sign of Gemini (exact at 2:34am EST), which will also be a New Moon! The height of the New Moon will occur around 8:11am 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 days……

This is a quiet astrological day. The Moon will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 6:58am EST). Certainly this can bring up jealousy issues, power struggles, hidden fears, and obsessions. This transit could cause frustrations on blending work and family time early in the morning. Hopefully you can sleep in a little and miss this event! Then the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with the Sun both in Gemini (exact at 8:11am EST) helping to offset the earlier quincunx. This usually makes us feel connected & supported by loved ones. It’s easier to talk about our emotions during this transit. We will enjoy being social, so get out and enjoy the day!

(Mon 5/25 )- Memorial Day observed. Please take a moment in your day to pause and send out healing thoughts/prayers for our veterans and those that lost a loved one in the military.

There are a total of six Moon transits today. Four out of the six are positive. Remember that Moon transits don’t last as long as planetary transits and are therefore considered to be more temporary in nature. This will be a positive day for love and relationships. The Moon in Gemini will make an annoying square with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 2:47am EST). Luckily the duration of this event is short and the height will occur while we are sleeping. Sometimes this can give us a feeling of loneliness or isolation. We may feel passed over or possibly not getting the recognition that we deserve. It is better to work on organization at this time. The Moon will form a positive sextile with Venus in Aries (exact at 9:32am EST). It is likely that we could receive compliments on how we look or dress. It will be easy to interact with others. This transit is positive for both relationships/love and finances.

Later, the Moon will form a positive sextile with Mars in Aries (exact at 7:50pm). As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time. Sexuality can be enhanced around this transit. Our feelings will be in alignment with how we act. The small bump in the road will be when the Moon uncomfortably squares Uranus in Pisces (exact at 8:41pm EST). This is a time where someone around you may challenge tradition. You may also want to buck the system. An expected event or surprise could catch you off-guard. Don’t worry though because just after, the Moon makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 9:07pm EST) helping us to feel optimistic and/or lucky. We end the day on a high note with the Moon forming another flowing time to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 9:17pm EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time. Especially since this will also be the start of a long void of course cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into 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 has a decreased chance of working or will have delays.

(Tues 5/26)- 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 will transition into the sensitive sign of Cancer (exact at 2:58am 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. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days….

The Moon will form its monthly opposition to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:16am EST). This can signify a (short) period of intensity. Someone could challenge you in an area where you are sensitive. Another possibility is that you may spend too much time analyzing instead of acting. Avoid underhanded tactics because someone will be more apt to notice.

Mars in Aries will form a positive sextile with (the Wounded Healer) Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 4:32pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be the 1st of 3 Mars sextiles. Sextiles often produce an opportunity that requires some effort on your part to have it come to fruition. Mars will be highlighting the triple conjunction between Chiron, Jupiter and Neptune. (See last week’s Blog entry for more info). This will be certain to bring up old wounds and memories. However, Mars provides us with the tools to act and make things better. It would be best to face these situations directly (yet with tact) and just deal with them once and for all. The rewards will out weigh any uncertainty. Later, Mars will form a positive sextile to optimistic Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 11:19pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Physical energy should be high today. This is a beneficial transit for any type of physical activity, exercise, physical therapy, and (especially) group sports. This is a day for action! This transit will also be favorable for career endeavors, law or legal issues, planning to further one’s education, humanitarian efforts, and possibly speculative endeavors. Be on the lookout for opportunity today!

Wed (5/27)- There will be a multitude of Moon transits today (seven total). Four out of the seven will be unfavorable. I will not explore all of them in this entry, instead focusing on planetary transits (since they are dominant anyway). Interestingly the Moon transits will mostly occur after 1:30pm EST. There will be 3 transits to Neptune today. Neptune’s influence can cause us to be fuzzy and idealistic. It is therefore, not an ideal time to make bold moves and big decisions. It will be a time of heightened intuition and would be excellent for artists, designers, and musicians.

Overnight Mars in Aries will form another positive sextile. This time it will be with nebulous Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 12:37am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This would be an ideal time to focus your energy on creative and artistic endeavors. The energies of these two planets don’t normally blend easily. Mars is about fire and passion. Neptune is water and emotion. But blending them is exactly what is called for! Dancing, yoga, meditation, boating (in fact all water sports) are also recommended around this time.

Later in the afternoon, Jupiter will conjunct Neptune both in Aquarius (exact at 4:06pm EST) again highlighting creativity. This would also be a favorable time to explore different cultures and religions. We would do well working with a group for a greater cause that is bigger than ourselves. Its about self-sacrifice and service to others. The only caveat is use caution with putting friends or an organization up on a pedestal. You know what happens when they fall!? The late, great astrologer Linda Goodman used to say: “Aim straight, shoot higher than man can see-past the stars-to the place all dreams were really born”.

The Moon will start a void-of-course cycle at 11:06pm EST until tomorrow when it transitions into the sign of proud Leo…..

Thursday (5/28)- This will be an astrologically quiet day. The Moon will transition into dramatic Leo (exact at 3:44am 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. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days….

Early in the morning, the Moon in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 8:04am EST). Often quincunxes can result in a block or an obstacle. Either we will want to delve deeper than others at this time or someone could pry into our business. Either way it could result in an uncomfortable situation. This could involve business/work or your children (if you have them). Luckily, the cloud will lift when the Moon forms a positive sextile to the Sun in Gemini (exact at 4:23pm EST). Sextiles often present opportunities, but will require some work to have it come to fruition. This transit will help us to feel supported by our friends and loved ones. This transit can also be beneficial pertaining to children, social endeavors, and entertainment!

Friday (5/29)- We all just had a “mini”-lesson on the mysteries of watery Neptune on Wednesday. Now I will need to cover what it means when Neptune goes Retrograde (exact at 12:30am EST). (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). Since Neptune is a slow-moving outer planet, most of us won’t really feel this too strongly (unless you have a strong Neptune in your chart like I do or if Neptune was Retrograde at the time you were born). Neptune is usually in each sign for roughly 14 years and goes retrograde for approximately 4 ½ to 5 months per year. Usually, most people will feel this during the 1st 2 weeks during its Stationary/Retrograde phase and the last 2 weeks while it is returning to Direct. Neptune is currently in the sign of Aquarius and it rules over dreams, fantasy, imagination, creativity, spirituality, escapism (drugs & alcohol), film industry, music, hypnosis, institutions/hospitals, illusion, idealism, and fluidity. It is associated with: feet, toes, toxins, malformation, leakage, and really anything that is hard to diagnose.

The Moon transits won’t start until later today. We begin with the Moon will forming an uncomfortable square with Mercury (R) in Taurus (exact at 6:09pm EST). This will be the last Mercury transit until after it goes Direct tomorrow! This may cause a small bump in the road with communication or transportation. This will be temporary and softened by the Moon in Leo forming a flowing trine to Venus in Aries (exact at 6:21pm EST) helping us to get along well with others. This transit is especially beneficial to personal/love relationships. We will want to look good and may take more time with our hair around this transit. Lastly, the Moon will form an annoying quincunx with unique Uranus in Pisces (exact at 11:46pm EST). We may want to try a new way to handle an old problem, but we may simply be perplexed has to how to do it. It's possible that we encounter problems/blocks with technology (especially computers), New Aged ideologies, electricity, unexpected events, and non-conforming attitudes around this transit.

Sat (5/30)- 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.

Just after midnight, The Moon will highlight the triple conjunction again by forming oppositions. So use caution if you are out late on Friday night (especially with libations). If you meet someone new under this influence, make sure he or she is all they say they are. It will be easy to get carried away with our fantasies. The Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Mars in Aries early (exact at 4:18am EST). We start the day with some degree of vigor. Our actions will be in harmony with how we feel. This will start a short void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until 6:17am EST when the Moon shifts into detail oriented Virgo. Words and phrases to describe Virgo are: “I Analyze!”, Mutable/Earth, detail oriented, perfection, service, criticism, conscientious, health, intelligent, analytical, worry, improvement to others lives, and practical. It is associated with the abdominal area, gastrointestinal system (large and small intestines), spleen, solar plexus, and lower lobes of the liver. All of these themes will be prominent in the next 2 &1/2 days….

For those that follow asteroids, Chiron (“the Wounded Healer”) will go Retrograde today (exact at 7:12am EST). Chiron influences healing (especially holistic), chiropractic medicine, & healing ability. It is a teacher in its highest form. However, sometimes it can produce an “expert” that doesn’t have any “hands on” experience with the subject. It has the ability to bring up old wounds and heal them. This is a slow moving asteroid and takes 50 years to go around the chart (the Chiron Return). When it goes Retrograde it is similar to my comments on Neptune. Depending on your chart, you may or may not feel this in a personal way. During its 5-month Retrograde phase we may hear of more scandals and corruption, but there will be work done to resolve the matter.

The Moon will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:44am EST). This will greatly assist us in processing our emotions and is beneficial for all types of counseling.

Speaking of Retrogrades, Mercury is going Direct again as of 9:21pm EST!! It will take a few days for it to start making forward progress. So all the ideas and projects that you have been holding off on can now be pursued! Since I deal with contracts in my “day” job, I always count down the days for Mercury to go Direct again….Mercury Retro can be so tough when dealing with communication and details!

Lastly, the Moon will form an uncomfortable square with the Sun in Gemini (exact at 11:22pm EST) making us not feel very supported. Sometimes minor squabbles and bickering can happen around this 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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