Saturday, August 1, 2009

Astro-Update! Mercury into Virgo & Lunar Eclpise! Week of 8/2/09

I hope this Blog entry finds you well! On Sunday, Mercury will transition into the detail-oriented sign of Virgo. On Monday harness the power of Mercury forming a positive trine with Pluto. Tuesday will be the most astrologically quiet day of the week. There will be building intensity on Wednesday for the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. Love may be on the mind later in the week. From Fri-Mon Venus will highlight the super triple conjunction and Mercury will positively aspect Venus on Friday also. 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 8/2/09)- Overnight the Moon in Sagittarius makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Leo (exact at 1:42am EST). We will have felt this late on Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Too bad this transit occurs so late 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. This will start a short void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until 4:08am 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. Moon will transition into hardworking Capricorn at 4:08am 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.

Moon in Capricorn will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (R) (exact at 6:16am EST) adding emotional intensity to the morning. 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. Also in the early morning, the Moon forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Cancer (exact at 7:26am 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.

Wow! All that planetary energy before 8am?!? The remainder of the day will be (astrologically) quiet. Later, Mercury (the ruler of communication & transportation) will transition into its native sign of Virgo (exact at 7:07pm 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. During the next 3+ weeks, our mental processes will become more serious, detail-oriented, thorough, and service minded. Sometimes this can cause analysis-paralysis. It is important that we don’t lose site of the big picture, while we are conscious of all the small details. We also may find that we become more health conscious and will be thinking more about the food & vitamins that we put into our bodies. This is a good time to learn something new and will be more apt to be thorough in your studies. All of these traits will be doubly exacerbated when Mercury conjuncts with “Task Master” Saturn on 8/17/09 (mark your calendar!). Mercury will transition into diplomatic Libra on 8/25/09.

(Monday 8/3/09)- Overnight, the Moon in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Leo (exact at 2:38am EST). If you are sleeping during this event, it may be possible that you will have dreams about power struggles, children, or father figure relationships. 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). Early in the morning the Sun in Leo will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 5:47am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Early in the day, 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 (that goes for children too).

Later in the morning, Mercury in Virgo will form a flowing trine with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:11am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. If you have to give a speech or a sales pitch to someone right now…well you couldn’t have picked a better time! Communication skills will be persuasive & powerful. Hot topics right now will be sexuality, transformation, psychology, secrets, and hidden fears. If you are able to face these subjects with openness and honesty; then real healing could occur. It would be a good time to whisper sweet-nothings into your partner’s ear. Use words to arouse passion (the good kind!). Pluto does have a dark side, so watch for obsessive thinking and jealousies. Then the Moon makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Gemini (exact at 11:42am 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.

Lastly, the Moon will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Virgo (exact at 8:08pm EST). This is a great time for organization, house cleaning, filing, recycling, and being disciplined. This is 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!

(Tuesday 8/4/09)- 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 the most (astrologically) quiet day of the week! The Moon in Capricorn will form a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 9:21am 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 an 8 hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will start between 9:21am EST until 5:08pm EST). Use that time to finish old business.

The Moon will transition into Aquarius (exact at 5:08pm EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Aquarius are: social endeavors, friendship, technology, humanitarian efforts, politics, inventing, and New Age ideologies. Things to avoid: are getting too caught up in the greater good and masses that you forget the individual & their feelings, and being overly fixed in your own unique way of doing things that you can’t consider someone else’s good ideas.

Most of the day will be in a void-of-course Moon cycle. Plus we are approaching the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse tomorrow. Use today to finish old business and put off launching any new or bold projects until after the Full Moon/Eclipse……

(Wednesday 8/5/09)- Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius! Just after midnight, the Moon in Aquarius will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Virgo (exact at 12:26am EST) possibly causing blocks in communication. It may be nearly impossible to express ourselves. You ever had a time that you couldn’t put your thoughts into words? Just after, the Moon will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Cancer (exact at 3:02am EST) possibly causing a monkey wrench in the love department. It could be that the object of our affection 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. Although we may feel both of these on Tues night into Wed Morning, we will (hopefully) be sleeping through the height of them!

Full Moon/ Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius (exact at 8:55pm EST.)! This is the 3rd Lunar eclipse of 2009! (Definition from Wikipedia: A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's penumbra. The penumbra does not cause any noticeable darkening of the Moon's surface, though some may argue it turns a little yellow.) This is considered to be a “minor” Eclipse, so it will not be visible to the naked eye. However, we could be “buzzing” from its energies, especially of you are sensitive to the Moon’s energies! Eclipses in astrology are considered to be of particular importance and indicate transformation. You would need to know where Aquarius falls within your birth chart, to know exactly how it will affect you. This eclipse will also be highlighting the super triple conjunction (that I keep writing about) with Chiron, Jupiter & Neptune. Technology (like computers), inventing, innovation, New Aged ideologies, healing (especially energy work), luck, optimism, creativity (art, music, etc), groups of people, and friendships will all be highlighted or favored around this transit. Full Moons are considered to be an ending in a sense or a culmination of energies. This is a good time for closure, to clear the path for new beginnings (that is what New Moons are for!). Send out prayers for society and humanity, as this is an ideal time for prayer and meditation!

(Thursday 8/6/09)- We start the day early with the Moon in Aquarius forming a flowing trine with Mars in Gemini (exact at 4:12am 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. Then, the Moon will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 9:27am 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….

Later in the day (between 3:47pm-8:19pm EST) the Moon will conjunct the super triple conjunction (Jupiter, Chiron, & Neptune). This will stir-up some of the feelings that we experienced yesterday with the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse. This is a good time to focus on manifesting abundance, spirituality, intuition, and healing. The Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Jupiter (R) both in Aquarius (exact at 3:47pm EST) assisting us in feeling optimistic and upbeat! This is an ideal time to work with groups of people. It also highlights/benefits: travel (especially long distance), other cultures, higher education, law, horses, and spirituality. Lastly, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune (R) both in Aquarius (exact at 8:19pm EST). Creativity, art, spirituality, music, intuition, idealism, abstract thought, will be favored around this time. Unfortunately so is escapism and unrealistic expectations. This will start a long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow morning when the Moon transitions into dreamy Pisces.

(Friday 8/7/09)- Early in the morning, the Moon will transition into Pisces (exact at 5:34am EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Pisces: creativity, intuition, spiritual aspirations, higher consciousness, connection with feelings, counseling, music, art, photography, nature and especially being near water, and charitable work. Things to avoid are: getting so caught up in others feeling that you put your aside, excessive escapism, and acting like a martyr. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days. Then the Moon will form a positive sextile with Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 7:30am) 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 (or erotic) dreams while you are sleeping.

Later in the day, Venus in Cancer will form a slightly annoying sesquisquare to Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 6:34pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. We will feel like being social around this time. However, 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. Then, the Moon will make its monthly opposition with Mercury in Virgo (exact at 9:35pm EST). You may find that you are not able to express yourself as easily or someone may cut you off from saying something. It will be hard to put your thoughts into words. This is a time where someone may oppose your thoughts or feelings. The key is to integrate the two (thoughts & emotions), although it may not be easy. Just after, the Moon will form a flowing trine with Venus in Cancer (exact at 9:39pm EST). Hopefully softening the former transit’s effects. 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! Lastly, Mercury in Virgo will form a positive sextile with Venus in Cancer (exact at 11:52pm 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!

(Saturday 8/8/09)- Early in the morning the Sun in Leo will make a slightly awkward sesquisquare with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:49am). This is a time where we may want to get deep and explore our subconscious but everyone around us wants to keep it superficial. Power struggles are possible (especially with children), so pick and choose your battles! On a positive note, we may be feeling passionate & sexy around this time!

In the afternoon, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Leo (exact at 1:48pm 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). Then, Venus in Cancer will form a slightly annoying sesquisquare to Chiron (R) in Aquarius (5:37pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This could bring up past pains & past loves. Use this time to heal old wounds. Later, the Moon will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Gemini (exact at 7:14pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Pisces will have its monthly opposition with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 9:27pm 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’s possible that our feelings may get in the way of responsibility.

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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