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
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….
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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
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