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)!
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(Tuesday 8/18/09)- I will be doing Astrological
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).
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
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 fiancé!! 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