Monday, August 24, 2009

Astro-Update! Mars, Mercury, & Venus Changes Signs! Week of 8/23/09

Hi! Hope this week’s Blog entry finds you well! Pluto will be giving this week some intensity. It will be making transits with the Sun on Monday, Mercury and Mars on Wednesday and Venus on Thursday. There will also be 3 planetary transitions this week. On Tuesday Mars will transition into Cancer and Mercury will transition into Libra. Then they will form an uncomfortable square with one another. On Wednesday Venus moves into Leo. I think that Thursday afternoon into Friday will be pleasant while I would try to lay low on Wednesday! Have a great week!!

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 8/23/09)- This will be an astrologically quiet and pleasant day. In the afternoon, the Sun in Virgo will form a beautiful flowing trine with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:20pm). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is a time where we may want to get deep and explore our subconscious. This will greatly assist us in processing our emotions and is beneficial for all types of counseling, cathartic experiences, and exploration of hidden or “taboo” subjects. We may even be feeling passionate & sexy around this time! It will be hard to be superficial. Even though it is Sunday, our business “sense” may be sharp. Both Virgo & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or to be connected to nature. Later in the evening, the Moon in Libra makes a flowing trine with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 11:00pm EST) helping us to feel optimistic and/or lucky. This is an ideal time to be with friends or to work with groups of people. It is also beneficial for spirituality/religion, higher education, horses, law/legal matters, advertising, sales, and publishing.

(Monday 8/24/09)- There will be 6 Moon transits today (remember Lunar transits are shorter in duration to planetary transits). Four out of the six will be positive/beneficial. In the morning, the Moon in Libra will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 6:09am 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. (I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time). Then the Moon forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:20am 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. Later in the morning, the Moon will square Venus in Cancer (exact at 10:53am EST). Although we will have a drive to be with others around this time, it would be best to avoid heavy conversations pertaining to love. Sometimes the object of our affections is just out of reach (or otherwise detained) around this transit. The is not a good time to go shopping or work on beautification because what we think looks good now may seem like a bad idea at a later time.

In the afternoon, the Moon will form a flowing trine with Mars in Gemini (exact at 2:10pm EST). Our actions will be in harmony with how we feel. We may crave action around this time or have more energy. People will be inclined to fight for what they believe is right. This will start a short void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into Scorpio. 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. The Moon will transition into intense Scorpio (exact at 3:16pm 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). A little later, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:36pm EST). This will be a favorable time to look below the surface and have in-depth conversations or counseling. This is a time that we could be feeling passionate or intense. This will amplify the Scorpio Lunar traits. Lastly, the Moon will make a positive sextile to the Sun in Virgo (exact at 6:41pm EST). This is an ideal time to be with friends & loved ones. This transit is conducive for feeling supported. Maybe it’s time to make your sweetheart a nice dinner?

(Tuesday 8/25/09)- 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.

This will be an interesting day. Both Mars and Mercury will be transitioning into other signs, but just after, will form an uncomfortable square with each other. There are no Moon transits today. The Moon will be in the sign of Scorpio all day. In the afternoon, Mars (the God of War) will transition into the sign of sensitive Cancer (exact at 1:15pm 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. Mars is action oriented but Cancer (the sign of the crab) tends to take an indirect approach to things. People will be more sensitive and possibly introverted, not as open with their feelings and thoughts. We will be more inclined to put or energies toward home, family, cooking, and really all domestic endeavors. This would be a great time to make a summer stew with all the leftover garden veggies. It depends on where Mars/Cancer falls within your chart as to how this will affect you on a personal level. Mars will be in the sign of Cancer until 10/16/09.

Later in the afternoon, Mercury (the ruler of communication & transportation) will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 4:18pm EST). Words and phrases to describe Libra are: “I Balance!”, Cardinal/Air, fairness, beauty (did I say Beauty?), partnership, aesthetics, harmony, indecision, dependence, fickle, and gracious. Libras make great judges because they are often able to see both sides. Creativity in your life! Its physical association are the kidneys, lumbar area of the back, buttocks and adrenal glands. Its metal is Copper. Stones: Quartz, Marble, Peridot, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, and Rose Quartz. During the next 3+ weeks, our mental processes will become more relationship oriented, diplomatic, and fair. However, Libra is famous for its indecision and sometimes this can cause analysis-paralysis. I will be discussing Mercury a lot in the next few weeks, as it will be going Retrograde soon. It will be spending part of its Retrograde cycle in the sign of Libra and then (due to its backwards motion) it will return to Virgo. It was in Virgo between 8/2/09-8/25/09, pay attention….did anything happen during this timeframe for you? It will be brought back up when it returns to Virgo on 9/17/09-10/9/09. It will be Retrograde between 9/7/09-9/29/09…so mark your calendar!! Use the next 2 weeks to finish details or launch new projects.

So these two planets are going to become incompatible (at least for now). Mercury in Libra will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Cancer (exact at 11:57pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Think before you speak! We may have difficulty putting our thoughts/ideas into action. This may cause us to feel restless (attention those with hyperactivity, ADD or ADHD). Children (and adults) may be irritable. There can be issues with mechanical failures, travel plans, arguments, technology, communication, etc. This transit may affect relationships and domestic fronts the most. Remember, if someone doesn’t understand what you are saying, don’t push the issue (wait until another day). The height of it occurs toward the end of the day, so try not to go to bed angry…it’s bad for the soul!

(Wednesday 8/26/09)- Today may be the most complex and active day of the week. I would love to sugar-coat things, but it may in-fact, be trying. Tensions may be high because of two malefic transits to Pluto. Try to stay calm and grounded. This would not be a good day for intense discussions, wait until another time. It starts early, when the Moon in Scorpio will make an annoying square with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:14am 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. One of the positive transits occurs when the Moon in Scorpio forms a positive sextile to Saturn in Virgo (exact at 8:25am EST). Time to tap into our inner discipline, organization and attention to details. This would also be a beneficial time to garden and connect with the earth.

In the afternoon, Mercury in Libra will form an uncomfortable square with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:09pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. It may be harder to access deeper thoughts around this time. This is actually a better time for superficial activities. Keep things light! Not a good time to do research or to “dig below the surface”. Another scenario is that outside influences could affect you and you may need to change how you think about a situation. Adjustment (on your part) may be needed to come out on the winning end. Verbal sparring or debates could end in disastrous results. Others won’t want to back down right now. People may have trouble reconciling “relationship time” vs. “work time”. Just go with the flow right now. Luckily, just after this stressful transit, the planet Venus (ruler of love, art, beauty & finances) will be transitioning into the proud sign of Leo (exact at 12:11pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Over the last month Venus has been in the sensitive & conservative sign of Cancer. Our express of love will change dramatically! Words and phrases to describe Leo are: “I Will!”, Fixed/Fire, warm, kind, generous, actor/theater, drama, loyal, domineering, proud, dignified, egocentric, creative, gambler/speculation, honest, noble, love children (especially their own), and games. A lot of “larger than life” people are Leos. It is common for actors and performers to be Leo or have heavy Leo in their chart (Leo needs recognition-I believe that is why). Areas of the body associated with Leo are the heart, gall bladder, & spine. Stones: Ruby, Onyx, Carnelian, Golden Topaz, and Tourmaline. Leo’s usually like to show their love with gifts and bold declarations. We may want to “play” with our partner. Over the next month we may go to shows, concerts, or other forms of entertainment. If you are single, this would be a good way to meet new people, so don’t decline any invitations. Children (or pets that we consider our children) may be on our mind more during this time. It would be a great time to pursue a career or charity that benefited children. We may be more inclined to gamble or invest our money in speculative investments during this time (obviously if you have the funds, that is great. If you don’t then certainly use caution!). It depends where Venus/Leo falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Venus will be in this playful sign until September 20th when it will transitions into perfectionist Virgo. Then the Moon forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 1:21pm) telling us to not believe everything we are told. On the positive side, creativity will be high around this transit. Another beneficial transit occurs when the Moon will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:34pm 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 during the day, so write it down! Technology (like computers), inventing, New Aged ideologies, and friendships are favored around this transit. This will start a long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until 11:16pm when the Moon changes into adventurous Sagittarius. Use this time to finish old projects. Today is not favorable to start new or bold projects anyway.

Then Mars in Cancer will form a stressful opposition with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:34pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. I am glad that this only happens once a year. So what happens when the God of War opposes the Lord of the Underworld? This is when hidden enemies and agendas can come to the surface. Don’t push others around this time (they will be certain to push back)! It is best to strategize behind the scenes. Actions now will have far reaching results. Try to keep today positive….just remember that Pluto is the “great transformer”. This one could bring about lots of physical energy. As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time (Mars creates energy and it would be best to channel it into positive pursuits). We may be inclined to over-do it (like the weekend warrior syndrome). Sexuality & passion (jealousy is another form of passion) can be enhanced around this transit. Lastly, the Moon transitions into the sign of adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 11:16pm EST), helping to lighten things up! 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….

(Thursday 8/27/09)- Want to develop or “play” with your intuition? Candles & Creations in South Burlington VT will be hosting their monthly Sixth Sensory World meeting (based on the teachings of Sonia Choquette). 7-9pm. There is no fee to attend. Click onto link for more info: http://candlesandcreations.net/sixth_sensory_world.php?osCsid=ae359b9efc17dfad476e86c2e06498a2

There will be 5 transits today, all will be occurring before 7:42am EST!! For those of us that are sensitive to the planets energies; we may have difficulty sleeping tonight or will have a very active dream state. We will therefore mostly feel this the night before into the morning. I am going to give you the interpretations as if you are experiencing them when you are awake. They could also be subjects that you find yourself dreaming about. The remainder of the day will be quiet (which we will need after the last 24 hours).

We start with the Moon in Sagittarius forming a flowing trine with Venus in Leo (exact at 12:27am EST). You could find your 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 too). Pamper yourself! Then the Moon makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Cancer (exact at 1:06am 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. Just after, the Moon will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Libra (exact at 1:35am EST). This will make us want to reach out to friends and family to chat. This transit helps with the flow of communication.

Pluto is not done with us yet! The bigger planetary transit will occur when Mercury in Libra will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:43am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually will manifest in the form of a block or obstacle. It may be harder to access deeper thoughts around this time. This is actually a better time for superficial activities. Keep things light! Not a good time to do research or to “dig below the surface”. Outside influences could affect you and present situations beyond our control. Lastly, the Sun in Virgo will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Sagittarius (exact at 7:42am EST). So, in the morning, we may experience some tension between friends or loved ones. This won’t be conducive to feeling very supported. Sometimes this transit brings (minor) squabbles. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Sagittarius Moon (see definition under yesterday’s entry).

(Friday 8/28/09)- We start the day with a pleasant transit. Mercury in Libra will form a positive sextile with Venus in Leo (exact at 9:25am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Sextiles often present opportunity, but may require some effort on your part to come to fruition. We may have love on the mind and want to talk about it! Artistic and social endeavors are favored. It may be possible to have a money-making idea (or opportunity). If you’re single, you will be drawn to an intelligent & witty person. If you are in a relationship, have fun laughing with your partner (maybe watch a comedy or go to a show)! You know what they say; your brain is the biggest sex organ!

In the afternoon, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 3:10pm 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. Lastly, the Moon will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 7:44pm 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.

(Saturday 8/29/09)- 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.

There will be 6 Lunar transits today. Remember the duration of a Moon transit is not as long as planetary transits. Just after midnight, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 12:11am 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. Anyone have rose-colored glasses? If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. Then the Moon uncomfortably squares Uranus in Pisces (exact at 1:26am 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. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep. This will start a 9+ hour void-of-course cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into the sign of traditional Capricorn (exact at 10:44am EST). Themes that will be prevalent over the next 2 ½ days are: business endeavors, work, goal setting, public ambition, and tradition. Try to avoid: workaholic tendencies, coldness, and using people for personal gain.

Just after noon, the Moon in Capricorn will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (R) (exact at 12:09pm EST) adding emotional intensity to the mix. This may help with insights pertaining to business and financial endeavors. Helping to “pick up” on the undercurrent of a situation. This is also beneficial for therapy, cathartic experiences, passion, and ferreting out secrets. Later in the day, the Moon in Capricorn will form its monthly opposition to Mars in Cancer (exact at 4:00pm EST). Someone could irritate you during this transit. It’s possible to enjoy a debate with someone (or at worst, an argument). As with all Mars transits, I recommend exercise or doing something physical. Mar’s energy will want to get out one way or another; it might as well be constructive! The Moon forms an uncomfortable square with Mercury in Libra (exact at 5:12pm EST) possibly causing miscommunications. You may find that you are not able to express yourself as easily or someone may cut you off from saying something. Lastly, the Moon will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Leo (exact at 6:37pm 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDERS! FULL MOON IN PISCES NEXT FRIDAY 9/4/09.

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

(802)-999-4677

DreamHomes@GretchenRealtor.net

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Astro-Update! Sun into Virgo & New Moon! Week of 8/16/09

I hope this week’s Blog entry finds you well! I hope last week was restful for you because this week is going to be highly active, astrologically speaking. We start the week with the Sun, Mars, and Mercury transiting the triple conjunction (with Jupiter, Chiron, & Neptune). On Tuesday Mercury will conjunct Saturn (possibly causing some delays). Then Wed-Sat Venus will quincunx the triple conjunction. The New Moon in Leo will occur on Thursday morning. Lastly, the Sun will transition into Virgo on Saturday….So Happy Birthday Virgos!!


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 8/16/09)- Shortly after midnight, the Moon in Gemini will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 1:07am EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. This transit is also beneficial for 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.) Just after, the Moon in Gemini will uncomfortably square Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:19am 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. Both of the above transits can result in vivid dreams, restless sleep, and sudden inspiration during dreams; so make sure you remember to write them down! This will be the beginning (starting at 2:19am) of a short void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into 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.


In the morning, the Sun in Leo will form its annual opposition with Chiron (R) (Aquarius) 6:15am EST. Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. The Sun is now opposing the triple conjunction between Jupiter, Chiron & Neptune. Oppositions in astrology can be stressful. 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. Healing and awakening is the “key” to this transit. The Moon will transition into sensitive Cancer (exact at 9:13am 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. Later in the morning, the Moon in Cancer forms its monthly opposition to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:35am 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.


The remainder of the day is quiet, which is good considering the onslaught of planetary influences that will be experienced tomorrow!


(Monday 8/17/09)- Today will be a very active astrological day to say the least. The Sun is finishing up its opposition with the triple conjunction, Mercury is making its yearly conjunction with Saturn, and Mars is finishing its trine with the triple conjunction. With this much planetary activity things could get a little confusing or chaotic. Today is a great day to practice grounding work. Try to get some quiet time to yourself, or utilize a car drive for some positive self-talk. I will not be covering some of the Moon transits, as their energy will be overshadowed.


We start the day with the Sun in Leo forming a positive sextile with Mars in Gemini (exact at 6:58am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is an excellent time to get things done or start a new project. As with any Mars transit, I always advise doing something physical around this time to positively use up some of that energy. Sextile’s usually present opportunity, so make sure you are ready to act! This could be a positive time to be around children or someone younger than yourself (or young at heart). Later in the morning, Mercury forms its yearly conjunction with Saturn both in Virgo (exact at 11:14am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. A slow and steady approach is called for. Focus on one thing at a time, otherwise there is a good chance mistakes will be made or it will need to be done over anyway. It may be possible that we are slower than normal in learning something (people with learning disabilities may have trouble around this time). It is possible to experience solidarity. Stick with the facts if you need to communicate. Don’t try to tackle too many things around this transit. A great time for building foundations!! This transit will occur again on 9/22/09 & 10/8/09, because of Mercury’s Retrograde phase during 9/7/09-9/29/09. Pay attention to what happens around this time because it may be brought up around 9/22 & 10/8 (again)!


Later in the afternoon, the Sun in Cancer will form its annual opposition with nebulous Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 4:55pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Neptune can zap some of the Sun’s vitality. This may be a morning that you might want to sleep late (if at all possible) or take a nap. We may feel dreamier or even a little fuzzy around this time. Unfortunately the “dark” side of Neptune involves illusion, delusion, and deception. People with escapism or addictive tendencies may have trouble. It would be best to stick with creativity around this time. One Moon transit that I will mention, is when the Moon will conjunct Venus both in Cancer (exact at 5:11pm EST). We will want to experience love on a visceral level. This is a great time to: pamper ourselves, decorate, shop (because we will have an “eye” for things that look good), artistic endeavors, creativity, and be in the company of loved ones. Sometimes this transit can have us feeling a little indolent; it is actually a favored time for finances. Later, Mercury in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 8:00pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Too much information (TMI)! This is a time where we could find others (or even ourselves) saying too much. This is a “foot in mouth” transit! Careful who you confide in, as they may not have your best interest at heart. This would not be a favorable time to plan a trip or pursue legal endeavors. Lastly, Mars in Gemini will form a flowing trine with nebulous Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 9:28pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. *This is the most long lasting transit of today.* This would be an ideal time to focus your energy on creative and artistic endeavors (like music, art, film, crafts, poetry, etc). Dancing, yoga, meditation, boating (in fact all water sports) are recommended. Selflessness is in style. It would be best to help others (and animals) and to concentrate on giving.


(Tuesday 8/18/09)- 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.

There will be 3 transits to Uranus today. Whenever Uranus is involved, expect the unexpected. This is another day to work on grounding as Uranus can highlight/enhance anxiety, nervous condition, palpitations, and electrical conditions of the body. It can also wreak havoc with technology, computers, & electricity. Overnight, the Mars/Neptune transit is enhanced when the Moon in Cancer forma an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 2:01am 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. If sleeping, it would be possible to have prophetic dreams. Also overnight, the Moon will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 3:09am 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! Technology (like computers), inventing, New Aged ideologies, and friendships are favored around this transit. This will start a long void-of-course Lunar cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into dramatic Leo (exact at 9:56am 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….


Later in the morning, the Sun in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 10:02am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes often represent a block, obstacle or delay. In the morning, we may receive some unexpected news. It may be difficult to act on this new information. There may also be small glitches with technology or travel. It’s possible that we may just be restless around this time. Just remember that it is difficult to change everything at once, even if we are inclined to! Then the Moon in Leo will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:14am 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.


Lastly, Mars in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with transiting Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 10:24pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to expect the unexpected! If you are normally impulsive, then a steady approach is best during this time. If you are normally sedate or in a rut, then use innovation to jolt yourself out of it. This can be a great time for innovation and sudden breakthroughs just make sure to think things through before you act. As with any Mars transit physical activity is favored (to assist in positively channeling the extra energy). Those prone to nervous conditions and anxiety may have difficulty around this transit.


Special Note: For those of you who watch the Nodes of the Moon; they will be changing today into the Capricorn (North)/Cancer (South) axis.


Wednesday (8/19/09)- This day basically involves 3 planets: Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. We start the day with Venus in Cancer positively sextiling Saturn in Virgo (exact at 6:11am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Discipline and organization are required. These transits will be permeated by seriousness. This probably won’t be a time of busy social activities. But the invites that you do get, will most likely be from your oldest and dearest friends. Any delays that are experienced will be for the better (but you might not feel that way at the time). This is an auspicious time for finances, business endeavors, strategizing, etc. This may be a good time to sit down with your partner to discuss long-term goals. If you are single and meet someone during this transit, the new romance may have promise of being long-term. This will also be a beneficial day to garden, cook, and/or do work around the house! Just after, Venus in Cancer will form an annoying quincunx with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 7:06am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. We may feel like being social around this time, but there might be something getting in the way of joining the group. It’s possible that we may make a small social faux pas, like wearing the wrong attire or calling the boss’s wife the wrong name. Avoid impulse buys around this time; it will cost you! You may have grandiose ideas about the direction of a love relationship. This would not be a beneficial time for trying to get a loan (especially for education) or legal matters. Next, Mercury in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron “the Wounded Healer” in Aquarius (R) (exact at 10:03am EST). We may find ourselves thinking about past pains around this transit. As hard as it will be, try to work on forgiveness. The truth will set you free….. Then later in the morning, Jupiter in Aquarius (R) will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 11:07am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. These are the two giants of our solar system, and they aren’t on the same page right now. Jupiter is optimism and the future and Saturn is the past, foundations, & long term goals. It will be very difficult to do goal setting right now or to have forward motion. We may hear about issues pertaining to banking/finance, construction, foreign policies, justice/law, teaching and education around this time (more than the usual). Use positive thinking and keep a smile on your face if a few speed bumps appear right now. Any delays will be fortuitous.


Lastly, the Moon in Leo makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 8:10pm EST). Sometimes this can zap our self-confidence. Conversely, we could also feel a little too confident and over state our abilities (possibly over promising). Just remember you won’t always feel this way and there are only so many hours in a day….it is OK to say no!


Thursday (8/20/09)- New Moon in Leo! Overnight, the Moon in Leo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 1:59am EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time. Especially since this will also enhance escapism (people with drug or alcohol issues will have trouble around this transit). Our dream-state may be active while we are sleeping tonight. Then, the Moon forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 3:06am 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. The Moon will form a positive sextile with Mars in Gemini (exact at 4:28pm). 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. (With all of this activity happening overnight, and the approaching New Moon, I am wondering if we will have trouble sleeping?) Then, as we approach the work day, the New Moon in Leo will be at its height (exact at 6:01am EST). All Leo Moon themes will apply. The New Moon is good for new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. This will start a short void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until 10:00am 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….


Later, in the morning, the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:16am EST). This will greatly assist us in processing our emotions and is beneficial for all types of counseling & cathartic experiences. It will be hard to be superficial around this time. Both Virgo & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening.


Lastly, Mercury in Virgo will quincunx nebulous Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:07pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Be very careful (especially) with business dealings today. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Review all fine print closely and if possible put off signing any contracts. We will want to idealize people/situations around this time. To put it bluntly, we could be more susceptible to manipulation or someone fibbing to get their way. We may want to get lost in our thoughts. Our imagination may be working overtime; this will give the day a dreamy quality.


Friday (8/21/09)- Technically, this will be the quietist day (astrologically) of the week. It may not feel that way because of a startling opposition between Mercury and Uranus. Mercury in Virgo will make its annual opposition with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:47am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. These two planets are sort-of the “live wires” of the zodiac. Oppositions in astrology are considered to be stressful and this one won’t be any different. People with ADD, hyper activity, anxiety, nervous conditions, etc., may have difficulty around this time. We may get ideas or sudden insights, but we may not be grounded enough to stop and think them through. There could be sudden changes in our plans, travel snafus, and issues surrounding technology. FLEXIBITY is the key word for today. Usually this opposition only happens once yearly. Mercury will be turning Retrograde in September, so we can look forward to encountering this one again on 9/23 and 10/4!! Anything that occurs now may resurface during those times. (Just like the Mercury/Saturn conjunction that occurred on Monday).


Later in the day, the Moon in Virgo will quincunx Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 8:25pm EST). This is a time where you could feel disconnected from the 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! Lastly, the Moon will conjunct Saturn both in Virgo (exact at 9:24pm EST). This will be the most grounding influence that occurs today! This is an all work no play transit. Best to concentrate on: work, organization, gardening/planting (connecting with nature in general especially soil, woods, & forest), and details. This would also be an ideal time to start a new health or exercise regime. Sometimes this can give us a feeling of loneliness or isolation (or even the blues).


Saturday (8/22/09)- There will be 4 Moon transits that will occur overnight. I won’t be covering them because of the stronger planetary transits that will be taking place. We start the day with Venus in Cancer forming an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 6:07am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Looking for the truth? Try another time. It is usually hard to swim through the murky waters that Neptune creates. Idealism, love, & escapism all rolled up into one big rose-colored package! It will be hard to take off our blinders around this transit, so wait until another day before serious declarations of love or before signing on the dotted line! Creativity, music, art, films, etc. will be favored. The Moon in Virgo will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Taurus (exact at 7:44am EST). As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time (gardening, housework, working on the car, etc. all count!). Sexuality can be enhanced around this transit. Did you ever have a moment where circumstances seem like they are conspiring against you? Often, this transit results in a culmination of things that can be annoying. Sometimes small irritations or quarrels can result. This will start a short void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into diplomatic Libra (exact at 11:12am 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. Then, the Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 12:28pm 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).


Luckily, when end the day on a high note when Venus in Cancer forms a beautiful flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:31pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. It is possible with (both) love and finances we may receive an unexpected surprise! It’s possible that an exciting creative person or project suddenly comes into your life that gets your creative juices flowing. This is a good time to “surprise” you romantic partner with a nice gesture. We may be attracted to the avant-garde. This will be a beneficial time (& with financial investments) for technology, computers, experimental/unusual art, music (especially fusion or electronic), etc. The lines of sexuality may be blurred. If you are single you might find yourself more attracted to someone that is more/less feminine/masculine. This is a time where we may be more willing to take a risk, but it has a strong possibility of actually working. We may even take a risk in how we dress (you know the character “Carrie” from Sex in the City?-it just worked). Remain flexible and enjoy!

Happy Birthday Virgo!! The Sun will transition into Virgo (exact at 7:38pm EST). 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. Its metal is Mercury. Stones: Jade, Moss Agate, and Blue Sapphire. Over the next month, the energy will shift from the dramatic (Leo), to attention to detail and thoroughness. Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury. Mercury influences communication and travel. As you have read on this week’s Blog, Mercury will be going Retrograde during some of the time that the Sun is occupying Virgo. Use this time to (positively) harness Virgo’s organizational skills before Sept 7th. Some famous Virgos are: Cameron Diaz, Richard Gere, Sean Connery, Lyndon Johnson (former President), Leo Tolstoy, Billy Ray Cyprus, Stephen King, Raquel Welch, Hank Williams, and Keanue Reeves. (Also my mother and fiancĂ©!! LOL) The Sun will transition into diplomatic Libra on 9/22/09.


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

(802)-999-4677

DreamHomes@GretchenRealtor.net

Monday, August 10, 2009

Astro-Update! Mars on the prowl! Week of 8/9/09

Hope this entry finds you well! Monday might be a little intense when Mars squares Saturn, be prepared for delays. Tuesday and Wednesday will mostly be pleasant. Mars will start to trine the super triple conjunction on the 13th, 15th, and 17th. These will be action-oriented days. Watch for over optimism and maybe even bravado on Friday when the Sun opposes Jupiter. Have a great week!


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 8/9/09)- We start the morning with the Moon will forming its monthly conjunction with Uranus (R) both in Pisces (exact at 8:44am EST). The Uranus connection can bring us unexpected inspiration/ideas & can enhance clairvoyance & channeling. This can highlight technology, electricity, inventing, and unexpected events. Due to Pisces’ influence it can also assist healing and healing arts. If you are sleeping during this time, it may cause disruption in sleep or vivid dreams. This will begin a long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until 4:23pm EST when the Moon transitions into ambitious Aries. 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.


In the afternoon, the Moon will transition into Aries (exact at 4:23pm EST). Aries Moons are similar to New Moons. It is considered to be a favorable time to start new projects, physical activities (like sports or working out), dynamism, leadership, competition, and action. Things to avoid are being too bossy, arrogant, and insensitive during the next 2 1/2 days. Aries rules the head, so pay attention to stress, especially of you are prone to tension headaches. Later in the day, the Moon in Aries will square intense Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 6:10pm EST) possibly throwing a speed bump in our path. Someone could know how to push our buttons and really get under our skin. With the Moon in aggressive Aries, watch for power struggles, as both parties will have trouble backing down. Lastly, Venus in Cancer will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 6:44pm EST). Idealism, love, & escapism all rolled up into one big rose-colored package! It is possible to meet charming people (or to be charming ourselves) around this time so, wait until another day before serious declarations of love or before signing on the dotted line! Creativity, music, art, films, etc. will be favored.


(Monday 8/10/09)- In the afternoon, the Moon in Aries will square Venus in Cancer (exact at 1:48pm EST). Although we will have a drive to be with others around this time, it would be best to avoid heavy conversations pertaining to love. Sometimes the object of our affections is just out of reach (or otherwise detained) around this transit. The is not a good time to go shopping or work on beautification because what we think looks good now may seem like a bad idea at a later time. Then, the Moon will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Virgo (exact at 3:29pm EST) possibly causing blocks in communication. It may be nearly impossible to express ourselves. Have you ever had a time that you couldn’t put your thoughts into words? We end the day intensely, as Mars in Gemini forms an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 8:16pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Mars wants to go, go, go and Saturn’s approach is slow & steady. These planets don’t have the same energy, and that is the problem. Mars will give us the energy, but be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Put your energy towards organization and goal setting. If the Universe throws you speed bumps around this time, try not to react with anger and simply handle it with grace. Miscommunications and travel delays are also possible.


(Tuesday 8/11/09)- 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.


Today, there will be 5 Lunar transits. Four out of the five will be beneficial. We start the early morning with the Sun in Leo forming a beautiful trine to the Moon in Aries (exact at 4:04am EST). This is beneficial for all kinds of relationships (especially with children) and assists in making us feel loved and supported. Very pleasant indeed! Then the Moon will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 7:14am EST). It may be hard to complete everything on our “list” or to get organized. It’s also possible that our emotions could make it hard to work around this time. Luckily, this influence will be short. Just after, the Moon will form a positive sextile with Mars in Gemini (exact at 7:43am). 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. Later in the morning, the Moon makes a positive sextile with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 10:56am 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.


Lastly, the Moon will form a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 4:03pm 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. Anyone have rose-colored glasses? This will start a long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the sign of stabile Taurus just after midnight. Use this time to finish old projects and wrap up odds and ends.


(Wednesday 8/1209)- Today will be the most (astrologically) quiet day of the week. The Moon transitions into Taurus (exact at 12:49am EST). 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. These will be the lunar themes over the next 2 days. A couple of hours later, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:27am EST). This will greatly assist us in processing our emotions and is beneficial for all types of counseling & cathartic experiences. It will be hard to be superficial around this time. If you are sleeping while this is occurring, it is possible to have intense or even erotic dreams.


(Thursday 8/13/09)- Today will be a mixed bag. I am hoping that the positive interaction between Mars & Jupiter dominates the day. There will be 7 Lunar transits; 4 out of the 7 will be positive. The morning will be more favorable than the afternoon. Overnight, the Moon in Taurus will form a positive sextile with Venus in Cancer (exact at 2:31am 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 relationships, love and finances. Too bad the height of it will occur while we are sleeping! Then the Moon makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Virgo (exact at 5:51am EST). Again, too bad this transit occurs so early because it will assist us to express how we feel. It will be much easier to speak with friends and loved ones during this time. We may have an urge to be social around this transit and is highly beneficial for all kinds of relationships.


In the afternoon, Mars in Gemini will form a beautiful flowing trine to optimistic Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 12:29pm 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, organized religion, entrepreneurial endeavors, planning to further one’s education, humanitarian efforts, and possibly speculative endeavors. Relations with friends, siblings & groups of people will go smoothly. Be on the lookout for opportunity today! After, the Moon in Taurus will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Virgo (exact at 2:13pm EST). This is a great time for organization, house cleaning, filing, recycling, and being disciplined. Also a good time to start a diet or health regimen (like quitting smoking). Sometimes others will ask for help around this transit, but it won’t be burdensome, we will be happy to help! Just after, the Sun in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon (exact at 2:55pm EST). We may experience some tension between friends or loved ones. This won’t be conducive to feeling very supported. Sometimes this transit brings (minor) squabbles. Between 4:45pm-10pm the Moon will form uncomfortable squares with the triple conjunction (Jupiter, Chiron, & Neptune (R)). This could bring up old wounds or someone could challenge our beliefs around this time. Don’t believe everything you hear because we may be feeling a little too idealistic as well. We end the day on a high note, when the Moon forms a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:17pm EST) helping us to break out of our rut and even do something that may be somewhat unconventional. Technology (like computers), inventing, New Aged ideologies, and friendships are favored around this transit. This will start at 7+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last between 11:17pm-6:25am EST when the Moon will transition into chatty Gemini. Use that time to finish old business and projects.


(Friday 8/14/09)- The Moon will transition into the communicative sign of Gemini (exact at 6:25am 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 too 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. In the morning, the Moon in Gemini will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:55am EST). Certainly this can bring up jealousy issues, power struggles, hidden fears, and obsessions. It may be hard to express our deepest desires around this time.


In the afternoon, the Sun in Leo will form its yearly opposition with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 1:53pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Oppositions can be stressful. This one however, could have us feeling a little too confident and/or optimistic. It is possible to over-promise or over-commit. Remember that it is OK to say NO! Try to avoid compulsive shopping, as we may feel inclined to buy big-ticket items. We could encounter a show-off or someone that opposes our plans or beliefs. Although we may want to be around others at this time, try to work independently instead. The opposition could come from children or friends. Again this one could make us feel rather sunny….so enjoy, just don’t over-do it!

From now until tomorrow afternoon, the planets will be quiet…..


(Saturday 8/15/09)- In the afternoon, the Moon in Gemini will make an annoying square to Mercury in Virgo(exact at 2:40pm EST). Ironically, the planet Mercury rules both Virgo and Gemini. This transit will normally cause miscommunication, but with Mercury’s involvement it will be doubly so! So use caution in how you communicate with others. You may find that you are not able to express yourself as easily or someone may cut you off from saying something. The Moon in Gemini will make an annoying square with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 6:14pm 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.


Mars in Gemini will form a flowing trine with (the Wounded Healer) Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 7:25pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be the 2nd trine; when Mars will be highlighting the triple conjunction between Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune. This transit 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 fear or trepidation. To further soften the previous transit, the Moon simultaneously makes a flowing trine with Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 7:25pm EST) helping us to feel optimistic and/or lucky. This is an ideal time to be with friends or to work with groups of people. It is also beneficial for spirituality/religion, higher education, horses, law/legal matters, advertising, sales, and publishing.


Later, the Moon will make a positive sextile to the Sun in Leo (exact at 10:11pm EST). This is an ideal time to be with friends & loved ones. This transit is conducive for feeling supported. Maybe it’s time to make some time for your sweetheart? Lastly, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Gemini (exact at 10:56pm EST). As with most Mars transits, I usually will recommend some form of physical exercise (yes, that includes gardening, working on the car, housework, etc.). This can increase physical vitality & health (and passion too). It is important to properly channel the excess energy; otherwise arguments and nitpicking could result.


Mark your calendars, Mercury will conjunct Saturn on Monday 8/17/09!


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

(802)-999-4677

DreamHomes@GretchenRealtor.net