Monday, June 29, 2009

Astro-Update: Uranus Retrograde & Mercury into Cancer! Week of 6/28/09

Hi! Hope this week’s Blog entry finds you well! Monday should be mostly quiet with the exception of a minor irritation that occurs on the morning. Wednesday and Thursday are the most astrologically active days, when both Venus and Mercury will transit 4 planets each! Also, early Wednesday, Uranus begins its 5-month Retrograde cycle. Friday, Mercury the planet that rules communication transitions into the domestic sign of Cancer. On Saturday July 4th leave the fireworks in the sky as Mercury opposes intense Pluto.

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.

(Sunday 6/26/09)- We start the early morning with the Moon (still in Virgo) forming a flowing trine with Venus in Taurus (exact at 4:04am EST). If you are awake around this time, you could find you thoughts with friends or loved ones. It is possible to receive a compliment on how you look. Love, beauty, art, creativity, and aesthetics will be favored (and because of this reason, shopping). Pamper yourself! The Moon will form an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 10:45am EST). 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 is possible that we may have trouble accessing our intuition around this time. Then the Moon will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Pisces (exact at 11:26am EST). This is not an ideal time to break from the tried and true. Even with the best of intentions to stick with details & organization, an outside event may steer you in a different direction. This will start a long void-of-course cycle that will last until 5:24pm EST. 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. Just after this, the Moon in Virgo will quincunx Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 11:37am EST). This is a time where you could feel disconnected from the crowd/group. Someone could challenge your beliefs around this time. Our optimism or self-confidence may be a little low. This is not a time to rely on luck. Don’t worry this will be temporary!

Later in the afternoon, the Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 5:24pm EST). Activities that are favorable during a Libra Moon are: fairness, beauty (did I say beauty?), partnerships, joint enterprise, aesthetics, harmony, graciousness, cooperation, justice, peace, and romance. Things to avoid are: indecision, dependence, fickle, and lying (to avoid confrontation). Libras make great judges and counselors because they are often able to see both sides. Its physical associations are: the kidneys, lumbar area of the back, buttocks and adrenal glands. All of these themes will be accentuated during the next 2 ½ days. Lastly, the Moon will square intense Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 8:40pm EST) possibly throwing a speed bump in our path. Someone could know how to push our buttons and really get under our skin. Luckily, the Moon in Libra will give us diplomacy (even when we need to politely put them in their place).

(Monday 6/29/09)- The only rough patch will be when the Moon in Libra squares the Sun in Aries (exact at 7:28am EST) which can lead to a feeling (or event) that people aren’t supporting your efforts. This can show itself in the form of an obstacle or irritation. Sometimes there can be frustration with a male or father figure. If you follow my Blog, you probably know that I don’t delve too deeply with asteroids. However, there is a significant transit occurring today when Ceres conjuncts Saturn both in Virgo. Although the height of this event will occur today, it will be active during the next couple of weeks. We will want more structure & stability for our home, family life, and children. Attention all caregivers! We may experience more concern around this time for an aging relative or young children. Caregivers often run around caring so much for others that they don’t stop for a hug or a kiss themselves. This could cause others to think that you don’t need such demonstrations of love (and they of course would be wrong). Try to make sure you incorporate affection towards you in your day, otherwise you are robbing others of the opportunity of getting the reward of giving love to you! Ceres also rules over female cycles (menstrual, menopause, etc) as well as food, eating, and eating disorders. If you experience issues with these areas, now would be a good time to come up with a plan on how to address them. Especially if there is something that you could change within your diet.

(Tuesday 6/30/09)- 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. We will experience 6 Moon transits today. There will be a strange mixture of 3 trines and 3 quincunxes. Trines are very positive with no opposing energies while quincunxes often represent an obstacle or delay. We may feel a push/pull all day long. Happy, frustrated, happy, etc. We start the day when the Moon in Libra makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Taurus (exact at 8:54am EST). Did you ever meet someone that says something that is completely different than how they actually act? For instance: you went out on a date, the person says that they had a fantastic time, and then they never called you? This type of disconnect (coming from yourself or coming from others) may be more pronounced around this time. Then, the Moon in Libra will make a flowing trine to Mercury in Gemini (exact at 1:02pm EST) assisting us to express how we feel. It will be much easier to speak with friends and loved ones during this time. The Moon will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Taurus (exact at 3:03pm EST) possibly causing a monkey wrench in the love department. It could be that the object of our affections is somewhat inaccessible around time…. unfortunately the same could be true with our finances too! Double-check your bank account before making a big purchase.

Later in the afternoon, the Moon will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:11pm EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. This transit is beneficial for imagination, creativity, daydreaming, idealism, intuition, romance, music, poetry, abstract ideas, mysticism, etc. It is possible to be more charming around this transit. Although, I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time. Then the Moon forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 5:58pm 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. Just 1 minute later, the Moon makes a flowing trine with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:59pm EST) helping us to feel optimistic and/or lucky. This is an ideal time to be with friends or to work with a group of people. It is also beneficial for spirituality/religion, high education, horses, law/legal matters, advertising, sales, and publishing. This will start a long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until after midnight…….

(Wednesday 7/1/09)- Astrologically speaking, July starts with a bang! Just after midnight, the Moon will transition into intense Scorpio (exact at 12:18am EST). Favorable Scorpio Moon activities are: anything related to research, occult, detective work, self discovery, digging below the surface (both figural & literal), passion, mysteries, secrets, etc. Things that are not favored or exacerbated during the Moon in Scorpio are: jealousy, anger, intensity, and surgery (it can delay healing time).

The planet Uranus (God of the Sky), goes Retrograde at 3:37am EST). Uranus is a slow moving planet and the third largest in our solar system. It goes Retrograde for 5 months out of the year and is stationary for about 16 days before and after the “beginning” of the Retrograde phase. (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). Uranus rules over: disruption, change, reform, originality, friends, lightening, uniqueness, electricity, New Age (and Astrology), technology (like computers), accidents, and unexpected events. It is associated with lower legs & ankles, blood circulation, nervous conditions, body spasms and X-Rays. Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius. You will feel this event more strongly if: your Sun or other planets are in the sign of Aquarius, if Uranus was Retrograde at your time of birth, or if you have a heavily aspected Uranus in your birth chart. Uranus is a wild card of sorts. Expect the unexpected. With Uranus Retrograde we could experience a blockage of original ideas, only to have sudden “breakthroughs” all at once. A famous Aquarian, Oprah Winfrey describes these as “Aha Moments”. Uranus is in the sign of Pisces right now. This could affect water, oceans, and plumbing as well (during the last Uranus Retrograde I had several friends that experienced water issues in their houses & a plumber that got laid off from his job!). Lastly, Uranus affects shaking and spasms. I have written several times about the Saturn/Uranus opposition that will be occurring until 7/2010. I believe we may hear of increased seismic activity including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and Tsunamis. The opposition will be moving into exact position again on 9/15/09. Uranus will be Retrograde until December 1st 2009. No matter where Uranus shows up in your chart, it will force change in that area!

Early in the morning, the Moon will form a positive sextile with Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 3:40am) helping us to connect with what is going on under the surface. If you were awake during this time it would be beneficial for: cathartic experiences, deep conversations, and all forms of counseling are favored during this transit. It may be possible to have intense dreams while you are sleeping.

OK, so here we go. There will be a multitude of planetary transits occurring later in the day until tomorrow. Those of us that are sensitive to these vibrations will literally feel like we are buzzing! There will be extra emphasis on mental energy. Try to use some grounding techniques during this time (it will help to connect with the physical). Both Venus and Mercury will be transiting the super-triple conjunction (with Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter) and also Uranus. Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Trines are positive and have no opposing energies while squares are uncomfortable and can bring irritation. The day will look like this:

Venus (Taurus) Square Chiron (R) (Aquarius) 5:42am EST: This could bring up past pains & past loves. Use this time to heal old wounds.

Mercury (Gemini) Trine Chiron (R) (Aquarius) 10:56am EST: Indicating that talking could heal old wounds. Wearing your heart on your sleeve?

Venus (Taurus) Square Neptune (R) (Aquarius) 4:01pm EST: Idealism, love, escapism all rolled up into one big rose-colored package! Wait until another day before serious declarations of love or before signing on the dotted line!

Mercury (Gemini) Trine Neptune (R) (Aquarius) 4:48pm EST: All that idealism could have you simply gushing to all your friends. Daydreaming and intuition high around this time. You may be thinking (& talking) about a vacation or simply just getting away for a while.

Sun in Cancer will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Scorpio (exact at 7:48pm EST). This is beneficial for all kinds of relationships (especially with children) and assists in making us feel loved and supported.

Mercury (Gemini) Trine Jupiter (R) (Aquarius) 9:34pm EST: Now you’re really thinking about a vacation! Interest in other cultures, philosophy, higher education, and law high around this time.

Mercury (Gemini) Square Uranus (R) (Pisces) 10:13pm EST: Could hear some unexpected news around this time. Something could rattle your mental processes. This one can enhance anxiety or circulatory issues (esp: lungs, wrists, & ankles).

(Thursday 7/2/09)- And it just keeps going! Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.

Venus (Taurus) Square Jupiter (R) (Aquarius) 12:24am EST: What do you value most? Are you unconsciously pushing it away? Avoid impulse buys around this time; it will cost you! You may have grandiose ideas about the direction of a love relationship.

Venus (Taurus) Sextile Uranus (R) (Pisces) 1:42am EST: Routine is so boring! Desire for independence and freedom. BTW, don’t tell me what to do!

Sun (Cancer) Sesquisquared Chiron (R) (Aquarius) 6:42am EST: Did something come up recently that made you start thinking about that situation all over again? Living in the past is so time consuming and can be painful.

Sun (Cancer) Sesquisquared Neptune (R) (Aquarius) 6:43am EST: Dreaming and daydreaming of the good old days? Fine if you can afford to take the day off from work, if not….

Moon in Scorpio will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Virgo (exact at 8:12am EST): Time to tap into our inner discipline & organization. This would also be a beneficial time to garden (connect with the earth).

Lastly, the Moon will form its monthly opposition to Mars in Taurus (exact at 9:34pm EST). Someone could irritate you during this transit. It’s possible to enjoy a debate with someone (or at worst, an argument).

(Friday 7/3/09)- Wow! The last two days were very busy astrologically speaking! There will be one planetary transit today and 5 Moon transits. Some of that energy will still be lingering today so hang in there! We start the day with the Moon forming an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 2:38am) telling us to not believe everything we are told. On the positive side, creativity will be high around this transit. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly prophetic dreams). Sun in Cancer forming an awkward sesquisquare with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 3:09am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Try to avoid compulsive shopping. It is possible to over-promise or to be overly confident (bravado). There may be a conflict between family and friends. Then the Moon will make an annoying square with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 3:18am EST). Someone could challenge your beliefs at this time. It’s possible that you could find out someone within your group has been acting behind your back or is at odds with the greater good. Right after, the Moon will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 3:32am EST) helping us to step up to the plate and do the right thing, even though it may be somewhat unconventional. We could get a sudden revelation in our dream state tonight, so write them down!

We start the morning with the Moon forming its monthly opposition to Venus in Taurus (exact at 6:03am EST). It’s not good to shop or decorate during this transit. Someone could offend your sense of good taste! Our feelings could be at odds with love relationships right now. This will start a 4 hour void-of-course cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into the sign of adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 10:10am EST). It is said in Astrology that the Lunar transition between Scorpio and Sagittarius is the most stressful of all the Moon transition. So use caution around this time and allow for (minor) setbacks. 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 (especially international), 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. These themes will be prevalent for the next 2 ½ days….

Wow! All that happening before 10am!?! The only other astrological event that will occur today is when Mercury (the ruler of Communication & Transportation) will transition into the sensitive sign of Cancer (exact at 3:19pm EST). Words and phrases to describe Cancer are: “I Feel!”, Cardinal/Water, emotional, holds grudges, moody, intuitive, “chicken soup”, caring, tenacious, family, defensive, nurturing, conservative, frugal, empathic, maternal/mothering, cooking & complex. It is associated with the stomach, breasts, elbow joints, and pancreas. Over the next 2 weeks, people may not be as direct with their communication. They may beat around the bush so to speak. They also may not be as open with their feelings and thoughts. Their mental processes may be more about family & home around this time. Mercury will be in the sign of Cancer until 7/17/09.

(Saturday 7/4/09)- Happy 4th of July! Hope you enjoy Independence Day! Like I alluded to in my intro, try to keep the fireworks in the sky! Mercury in Cancer will form it’s yearly opposition with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:29am EST). Oppositions are usually stressful. People may be grumpy around this time! It is possible that you could encounter a sneaky, secretive person around this time. You don’t appreciate it and you will probably tell them too! This can bring up jealousies, paranoia, hidden fears, etc. Definitely use caution with business dealings around this time. This would not be a good time for the US to talk with N Korea (Pluto rules over nuclear, terrorism, and fanaticism)….Um can someone send this to the White House? (LOL) OK, on the upside it would be a good time to whisper sweet-nothings into your partners ear. Use words to arouse passion (the good kind!). Just after, the Moon in Sagittarius will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Cancer (exact at 11:32am EST). It may be hard to feel supported around this time. Accomplishments may go unrecognized. It is possible to clash with someone younger than yourself (like a parent child relationship).

Lastly, the Moon will make an annoying square with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 7:43pm EST). Luckily the duration of this event is short. 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 around this time.

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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