I hope this week’s blog entry finds you well! On Sunday, the long-lasting transit between Saturn/Pluto will come to exactitude again possibly causing some stress (although not everyone will feel this one). Mercury will aspect Jupiter on Monday assisting us with both travel and communication. On Tuesday Venus will test us on a romantic level when it also aspects the Saturn/Pluto square. Wednesday will be the most astrologically quietest day of the week. Thursday will mostly be Lunar transits and the Moon will enter Scorpio adding some intensity. On Friday, Jupiter will join the fray when it also starts to aspect the Saturn/Pluto square. Sometimes Jupiter can act as an amplifier (which I am hoping doesn’t happen, because the square can be unpleasant). I think that Saturday will be a generally pleasant day with lots of potential for change. Enjoy your week!
Current Retrograde Planets:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went Retrograde for an explanation.
Mars in Leo 12/20/09-3/10/10
Saturn in Libra 1/13/10-5/30/10
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 1/31/10)- There will be 2 planetary transits and there will be 4 Lunar transits; 3 out of the 4 will be trying. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planter transits. Also, the Moon will oppose the super triple conjunction (Chiron, Jupiter, & Neptune). The big event will occur when the Saturn/Pluto square will come to exactitude again. This event has been going on for quite some time and will continue until 12/2010.
Just after midnight, the Moon in Leo forms its monthly opposition with Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 12:34am EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. 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! Next, the Moon in Leo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 1:27am 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). If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. This will be the beginning of a 7 hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into detail-oriented Virgo. 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. Then, Mars (R) in Leo forms a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with transiting Uranus in Pisces (exact at 3:42am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to expect the unexpected! A steady approach is best during this time. The urge to be impulsive will be strong. 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. The Moon will transition into detail-oriented Virgo (exact at 8:23am). 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 days…
Then, the Moon in Virgo makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 1:19pm 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! The Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:17pm 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 connecting with nature. The last transit of the day is often difficult and life altering. Today it will be at its height when Saturn (R) in Libra will form a tense square with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 4:27pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Some people will hardly feel this and others will experience it strongly. It is most likely to be felt on a collective level. A great key phrase to describe this transit would be Replacing Antiquated Structures. Certainly, this has been a time of great change for many. I feel that the tarot card association would be The Tower. Sometimes we build walls around us in a desperate attempt to keep ourselves protected. This can be an illusion..and worse yet, a prison. Tear down and rebuild. If this process is initiated by outside forces, then obviously it could be painful. If something is just not working in your life, this is a good reminder to take matters in your own hands and not to wait until it is out of your control. Just like when the Sun highlighted this transit on Christmas Day, this can bring up terrorist activity or nuclear activity/threats (Pluto). Again, this less-than-ideal lesson was supposed to help us find new ways to do things (Saturn).
(Monday 2/1/10)- Early in the morning, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Aquarius (exact at 4:06am 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, Mercury in Capricorn forms an uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 6:28am 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. If you ever had interests in other cultures, religions, law, marketing, publishing, and/or travel; it would be a great time to explore these subjects. Use caution with overconfidence and avoid embellishment of the facts. The upside is that we could be feeling fairly optimistic and will have a bright mental outlook.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Aquarius (exact at 12:43pm 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. The Moon in Virgo makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Capricorn (exact at 2:12pm EST). This transit 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. Lastly, the Moon in Virgo will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Pisces (exact at 11:17pm EST). This is not an ideal time to break from the tried and true. Even with the best of intentions to stick with details & organization, an outside event may steer you in a different direction. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). This will be the beginning of a 9 hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into diplomatic Libra.
(Tuesday 2/2/10)- 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.
Groundhog Day! Overnight, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 12:48am EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. It may be hard to forgive & forget around this time. Remember that forgiveness gives you peace within yourself and is not necessarily for the other person. The Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 1:36am 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. The Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 8:42am 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.
Just after, the Moon in Libra will quincunx Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 2:40pm EST). This is a time where you could feel disconnected from the group. Someone could challenge your beliefs. 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! Use this time to finish old projects. The moon will highlight the Saturn/Pluto square again. The Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn (R) both in Libra (exact at 3:48pm EST). This is an all work no play transit. Best to concentrate on: work, organization, BALANCE, joint enterprises, goal setting, and details. This would also be an ideal time to start a new health or exercise regime. Build foundations in relationships. Sometimes this can give us a feeling of loneliness or isolation (or even the blues). Just after, the Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 4:01pm EST) possibly throwing a speed bump in our path. Someone could know how to push our buttons and really get under our skin. It is important to have good boundaries with others and remember not to overstep yours. Then Venus will get into the act by aspecting the Saturn/Pluto square. Venus in Aquarius will make an uncomfortable sesquisquare with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 6:03pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Saturn’s influence is sobering to Venus. Attaining long-term goals, finances, and relationships may feel strained around this time. We may feel shy or hindered in expressing love or with our romantic feelings. Another possibility is that we may want to put our relationships into a category, but remember that emotions don’t always need to make sense! Then, Venus in Aquarius will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 8:38pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This one could bring love/passion up close and personal. It could take the form of sexual tension, teasing in the form of flirtation (remember those school days?), jealousy (an unhealthy form of passion), etc. Pluto brings intensity and there is a possibly of obsessing (or being too intense) about love/finances. Try not to engage in power struggles with our loved one or indulge in ultimatums (it would most likely blow up in our faces). We may be able to look below the surface and discover things about ourselves, others, or even our finances that we may have over-looked or not noticed previously. If the energies are harnessed properly, there could be true transformation in these areas. We end the day on a high note when, the Moon in Libra will form a positive sextile with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 10:09pm EST). As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time (the energy will need a constructive outlet). Sexuality can be enhanced around this transit. Our feelings will be in alignment with how we act. Make sure to put your actions toward positive pursuits!
Wednesday (2/3/10)- In the morning, Sun in Aquarius will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Libra (exact at 9:14am EST). This is beneficial for all kinds of relationships (especially with children) and assists in making us feel loved and supported. This is also an ideal time to be close to pets or nature. Very pleasant indeed!
Later in the day, the Moon in Libra forms a flowing trine with Venus in Aquarius (exact at 7:30pm 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! Lastly, the Moon in Libra forms an uncomfortable square with Mercury in Capricorn (exact at 9:05pm 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.
Thursday (2/4/10)- Today will consist mostly of Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. The Moon will positively trine the super triple conjunction (Chiron, Neptune, & Jupiter)...great time for manifesting!
Overnight, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 2:01am EST). This is a time where someone around you may challenge tradition. You may also want to buck the system. An unexpected event or surprise could catch you off-guard. Then, the Moon in Libra will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Aquarius. You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicines are especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Lastly, the Moon in Libra will form a flowing trine to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 4:27am 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 (or to meet charming people) around this transit. (I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time). This will also be the beginning of a 6+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into passionate Scorpio. The Moon will transition into intense Scorpio (exact at 11:56am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Libra makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 7:15pm 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. The Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 7:54pm 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.
(Friday 2/5/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Scorpio will form an uncomfortable square with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 1:55am 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. Then, Jupiter in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 3:14am 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.
Later, the Sun in Aquarius will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Scorpio (exact at 6:48pm EST). So, toward the evening 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.
(Saturday 2/6/10)- 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.
This will be a very astrologically active day. Unlike some recent heavy transits, there will be two planetary transits that will (positively) inspire change and growth. There will be 5 moon transits and 2 planetary transits today. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
Overnight, Mercury in Capricorn forms a positive sextile to Uranus in Pisces (exact at 3:02am 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. If this event occurs while you are sleeping, pay careful attention to the dreams that you have on this night. They could be prophetic or contain some information that you may find helpful. This transit increases clairvoyance and channeling. Exchange of thoughts and information may come at lightning speed around this time. You may not need much caffeine in the morning to feel awake! 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! Then, the Moon in Scorpio will square Venus in Aquarius (exact at 7:13am 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. Next, the Moon will highlight the Mercury/Uranus sextile. The Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 8:36am 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). The Moon in Scorpio will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Capricorn (exact at 9:14am 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. Then the Moon will square the triple conjunction…the Moon in Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 10:33am EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. 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! Toward later morning, the Moon in Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 11:11am) telling us to not believe everything we are told. Illusion, escapism and deception will be prevalent. On the positive side, creativity will be high around this transit. This will also be the beginning of an 8 hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius.
In the afternoon, Jupiter in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 12:51pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. (The effect of this may be felt up to a week.) Power in beliefs! Now is the time to have faith and inspire others. There can be a lot of power in words…especially if you are selling something. Travel and international dealings will be favored. Be honest in your dealings, otherwise you may get “called out”. This is not a good time for underhanded tactics. In fact, if there has been something going on under the surface, now is a great time to bring it out into the daylight. This could be a good time for financial dealings (only again, keep it honest….otherwise you could be facing a very big, public, downfall). This is a good time to ask yourself…What are my beliefs? Am I open minded? Did I base my opinions on what someone else said/wrote? Is there another way to look at my position? Of course, the downside to all of this is that we could encounter fanatical beliefs, opinions, or religious convictions around this time. As with all Pluto transits, great transformation can take place…so harness these energies for the positive! Later in the day, the Moon transitions into the sign of Sagittarius (exact at 7:04pm EST). It is said in Astrology that the Lunar transition between Scorpio and Sagittarius is the most stressful of all the Moon transitions. 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….
Mark your calendars! New Moon in Aquarius on Saturday 2/13/10!
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