Sunday, October 18, 2009

Astro-Update! New Moon & Sun into Scorpio! Week of 10/18/09

I hope this week’s blog entry finds you well! On Sunday the New Moon will take place in relationship-oriented Libra. Monday and Wednesday will be the two most astrologically quietest days of the week. Mercury will form a beneficial trine with the triple conjunction (Jupiter on Tues, Chiron on Fri, and Neptune on Sat.). The Sun will transition into the intense sign of Scorpio on Friday….so Happy Birthday Scorpios! The Sun will form a beneficial sextile with Pluto on Saturday benefiting all kinds of work. Enjoy your 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 10/18/09)- Overnight, the New Moon will be at its height in the sign of Libra (exact at 1:33am EST). All of the Libra Moon themes will be highlighted/amplified. The New Moon is considered to be beneficial for new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. I personally like to do space clearing and meditating during this time. It depends on where the Moon/Libra is located in your chart in order to know how it will affect you on a personal level. This will also start a 10+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into secretive 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 10:22am 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). These will be themes over the next 2 ½ days.

The Moon will highlight the Mars/Pluto quincunx that will happen just after the Lunar transits. The Moon will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Leo (exact at 12:09pm). 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. Just after, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 12:10pm 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. Next, Mars in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 12:24pm 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. Keep things light! Outside influences could affect you and you may need to change how you react to it. Adjustment (on your part) may be needed to come out on the winning end of the situation. Anger or aggression may be prevalent around this time (remember what I always say about Mars energy?). Now is not the time for big actions or reactions. Keep it subdued (if possible).

(Monday 10/19/09)- This will be an astrologically quiet day. It starts later in the afternoon, when the Moon in Scorpio will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 5:16pm 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. Dealings with groups of people or legal matters are unfavorable around this time. Lastly, Venus in Libra will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 8:13pm 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. Just remember, that when a door closes….

(Tuesday 10/20/09)- 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. They are located at 125 S. Winooski Ave in Burlington VT (across from the fire station). Walk-ins are welcome or you can call me for a time.

We start just after midnight, when the Moon in Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 12:39am EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. If you are sleeping while this occurs, you may dream about the past. It may be possible to run into someone that will tell you how to do something (even if they have never done it themselves….annoying! Then the Moon will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 4:35am 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 could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). Next, the Moon forming an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:13am) telling us to not believe everything we are told. On the positive side, creativity will be high around this transit. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational dreams).

In the afternoon, the Moon in Scorpio will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Virgo (exact at 2:57pm 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. This will start a 2 hour long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon changes into adventurous Sagittarius. Use this time to finish old projects. The Moon transitions into the sign of adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 4:49pm 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. Next, Mercury in Libra will form a flowing trine with Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 5:49pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This may be a time that you are thinking of traveling or are in contact with people located a long distance away from you. This transit is beneficial for interest and/or dealings with other cultures, philosophy, higher education, continuing education, religion, and law or legal issues. We may be feeling expansive and wish to feed our intellect. This transit is ideal if you have wanted to learn a foreign language or to cook an exotic meal. Go ahead and be adventurous; now is the time!! Lastly, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a flowing trine with Mars in Leo (exact at 8:52pm 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.

(Wednesday 10/21/09)- This is the second most (astrologically) quiet day this week. Most of today will be under the pleasant influence of the Moon in Sagittarius forming a positive sextile with Venus in Libra (exact at 9:32am 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 both relationships/love and finances.

Later, Venus in Leo will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 7:41pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. 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. It is possible this could make us a little dreamy, sleepy, or fuzzy around this time.

(Thursday 10/22/09)- There will be 5 Moon transits today. Four out of the five will be very pleasant! Just remember, Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Enjoy! We start the day with the Moon in Sagittarius making a positive sextile with Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 1:46am 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, higher or continuing education, horses, law/legal matters, advertising, sales, and publishing. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Libra (exact at 6:47am EST). This will make us want to reach out to friends and family to chat. This transit helps with the flow of communication. It will be easier to express how we feel around this transit. Next, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 9:28am EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!

In the afternoon, the Moon uncomfortably squares Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 1:32pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 2:18pm EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. This transit is also beneficial for 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?

(Friday 10/23/09)- Attention insomniacs! There will be 7 planetary transits/shifts that will occur before 9:21am. People that are “Moon sensitive” may feel this overnight & have difficulty sleeping. Also, both the Sun and the Moon will be changing signs overnight. When awaken in the morning it may feel a little disorienting. Be prepared for a slow (and possible fuzzy) start to the day. We start overnight, with the Moon in Sagittarius forming an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 1:13am 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. Just after, Mercury in Libra will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer) Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 1:59am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is an indication that talking/communication could heal old wounds. Are you wearing your heart on your sleeve? This is beneficial transit if you need to give a speech or to teach something. It will be easier to convey your thoughts & ideas around this time (especially if you speak from the heart).

Happy Birthday Scorpios! The Sun will shift into the intense sign of Scorpio (exact at 2:43am EST). Words and phrases to describe Scorpio are: “I Desire”, Fixed/Water, deep, prodding, sexual, secretive, solitary, inquisitive, moody, loyal, spiritual, occult, death/rebirth (Phoenix Rising), mystery, and detective. It is associated with the reproductive organs, bladder, rectum, genitals, bowels, obsessions, and allergies. Metals are iron & steel. Stones: Topaz, Opal, Coral, Obsidian, and Topaz. Over the next month the Sun will be under the influence of this intense sign. We have been under the influence of light-hearted, romantic Libra….now it is time to take things to the next step and identify our passions. Scorpios are usually very hard working and take their responsibilities very seriously. They are natural detectives and are usually able to pick up on the undercurrent of a situation. Although secretive themselves, they abhor being lied to and often have trust issues. Over the next month, there may be lots of complexities to be dealt with. On the positive side passion may play a larger role; whether it is a person, project, or creative endeavor. It should be something that you can really sink your teeth into and delve deep. On the negative side jealousies (which is an unhealthy form of passion), secrets, and hidden agendas may be prevalent too. The Scorpio has 3 symbolic associations. The common symbol is the Scorpion. They are known to “sting” you if you tread on their toes and can be vengeful and defensive. The second association is the eagle; which is the highest echelon of Scorpio. This is the stage of “rising above”, great strength, respect, and courage. The lowest form is the grey lizard always hiding in the shadows consumed with fear, psychic (negative) power, and depression (this stage is often associated with manipulation, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual deviance, & solitude). Just remember, that lizards can shed their skin and go through a renewal…some Scorpios go through all three phases within one lifetime. It may be hard to keep things light as we prepare for the dark days of winter. When we come out of this time period we will be ready to explore under this Sun’s influence of adventurous Sagittarius (on Nov 21st). Some famous Scorpios are: Demi Moore, Grace Kelly, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sally Field, Georgia O’Keefe, Bram Stoker, Kevin Kline, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts, Richard Dreyfuss, Dylan McDermott, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Winona Rider, Henry Winkler, Jane Pauley, Jenny McCarthy, K.D. Lang, Pat Buchanan, Matthew McConaughey, Tatum O'Neal, Joni Mitchell, David Schwimmer, Pablo Picasso, Whoopi Goldberg, Prince Charles of Windsor, Danny DeVito, Martin Scorsese, Calvin Klein, Jodie Foster, Larry King, Bo Derek, Bjork, Goldie Hawn, Simon LeBon, John Cleese, Theodore Roosevelt, Ben Harper, Lyle Lovett, Ike Turner, Maria Shriver, Marie Curie, Tonya Harding, Condoleeza Rice, Yanni and Jeff Buckley.

Then, the Moon in Sagittarius makes a positive sextile to the Sun in Libra (exact at 2:39a EST). This is an ideal time to be with friends & loved ones. This transit is conducive for feeling supported. This will start a 1 minute (yes, I said 1 minute) void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon changes into business-oriented Capricorn (exact at 2:40am EST). Capricorn Lunar themes that will be prevalent over the next 2 ½ days are: business endeavors, work, goal setting, drive, public ambition, and tradition. Try to avoid: workaholic tendencies, coldness, and using people for personal gain. Next, the Moon will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto both in Capricorn (exact at 4:51am 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. Lastly, the Moon makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Leo (exact at 9:21am 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.

The remainder of the day will be quiet. Which is good, since there will be 3 major planetary transits tomorrow!

(Saturday 10/24/09)- I will be helping out my friends at Candles & Creations in (The “Blue Mall”) South Burlington, VT with their annual Birthday celebration! To help celebrate the shop turning 2, I will be doing Mini-Astrology Readings between 12-2pm. There is no charge for these 10 minute mini-readings, as a thank you for their past customers & clients. There are all sorts of other readings, healers, discounts, etc. that will be going on all day! Please call to reserve a time 802-660-8021…spots are going fast!

We start overnight, with the Moon in Capricorn forming an uncomfortable square Venus in Libra (exact at 1:43am 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 Sun in Scorpio will form a positive sextile with intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 5:57am). 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 the weekend, our business “sense” may be sharp and we may be more shrewd with our money. Next, Mercury in Libra forms an annoying quincunx to Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:50am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will set the stage for surprising insights and ideas on new ways to do things. However, it may be perplexing on how to incorporate these ideas into daily life. However, that is exactly the lesson that is present in this transit! People with nervous conditions, anxiety, palpations, etc. may have trouble around this time. In fact, I would use caution with all stimulants around this time (and that includes sugar)….as we could be feeling downright jittery without much assistance!

In the afternoon, Mercury in Libra will form a flowing trine with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 12:55pm EST). All this idealism could have you simply gushing to all your friends. Daydreaming and intuition high around this time. You may be thinking (& talking) about a vacation or simply just getting away for a while. Creative endeavors will be favored around this time or really anything that requires imagination. This is also a good time to get lost in a good book or to watch a film.

Mark your calendars! Next week (Thurs 10/29) Saturn will transition into the diplomatic sign of Libra after being in the sign of Virgo for the last 2 ½ years!

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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