Sunday, February 28, 2010

Astro-Update! Full Moon in Virgo! Week of 2/28/10

Current Planetary Positions:

Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.

Sun: Pisces 2/18-3/20

Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.

Mercury: Aquarius 2/10-3/1, then into Pisces 3/1-3/17

Venus: Pisces 2/11-3/7

Mars: Leo until 6/7

Saturn: Libra until 4/7

Jupiter: Pisces until 6/6

Uranus: Pisces until 5/27

Neptune: Aquarius

Pluto: Capricorn

Chiron: Aquarius

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

Coming up: Pluto goes Retrograde 4/8 & Mercury 4/19

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 2/28/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:50am 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 or connecting with nature. Then, the Sun will form its annual conjunction with Jupiter Pisces (exact at 5:44pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. I have been looking forward to this one! Sunny optimism and confidence surround this transit! This would be a beneficial transit if you were a salesperson (advertising, marketing, publishing, law, etc) because you could easily convince others to buy into your endeavors. This could be one of the best transits, so make the most of it! Work on attracting and manifesting abundance! The affects of this will be amplified when the Full Moon in Virgo makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 11:20pm 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!

Just after, we will experience the height of the Full Moon in Virgo (exact at 11:38am EST). The Full Moon that takes place in February is often called the Snow Moon, the Hunger Moon, or the Chaste Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Pisces). Do you have trouble balancing perfection with idealism? Do small details often get in the way of spontaneous creativity? Does your right brain and left brain often struggle for dominance? How often do you criticize others…or worse yet, yourself? Are you anywhere on your list of things to do? These questions/themes will be highlighted now. It depends where the Moon/Virgo & Sun/Pisces falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Full Moons astrologically are considered to be a time of culmination or endings. I personally like to take this time to meditate and send out prayers for family, friends, and humanity. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Virgo Moon…..

(Monday 3/1/10)- This is an astrologically complex day and may be a little trying. The planets and the Moon will be forming some challenging aspects. Try to stay grounded and take things in stride. In the morning, the Moon in Virgo forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Pisces (exact at 7:32am 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. Mercury will travel into dreamy Pisces (exact at 8:28am EST). Words and phrases to describe Pisces are: “I Believe!”, dreamy, idealistic, caring, sympathetic, creative, artistic, tender, sensitive, drifter, psychic, impressionable, escapism, and charitable. Neptune is the ruling planet and it’s associated with feet, veins, fluids, lymphatic system, & glands. Its metal is Tin. Stones: Jade, Coral, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Rock Crystal, and Sapphire.

In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Pisces (exact at 12:36pm 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 start a 7+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into relationship-oriented Libra. 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, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune & Chiron both in Aquarius (exact at 2:15pm & 2:55pm 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. We may be reminded of old wounds or past issues. Later, Mercury in Pisces forms an annoying quincunx with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 7:14pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Think before you speak! This may cause us to feel restless and fidgety (attention those with ADD or ADHD). Our thoughts may be moving at a fast pace, but Mars Retrograde is saying look before you leap! The Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 7:31pm 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. Next, the Moon in Libra will form a positive sextile with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 8:45pm 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! Lastly, the Moon in Libra will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Pisces (exact at 8:58pm 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?

(Tuesday 3/2/10)- 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.

Just after midnight, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn (R) both in Libra (exact at 12:02am 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). The moon will highlight the Saturn/Pluto square when the Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:44am 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.

In the afternoon, the Moon in Libra will quincunx Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 12:13pm 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. Then, the Moon in Libra will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Pisces (exact at 3:16pm 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). Lastly, Mercury in Pisces forms an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 10:13pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will not be a good time for communication or travel. There may be delays or obstacles with both. 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 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. Back-talking to someone in authority is a no-no.

The remainder of the week is currently under construction! Please check back…

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



  1. Hi Gretchen, you say that Uranus will leave Pisces April 7th, but my ephemeris shows it to be the end of May??

  2. Hi! Thanks for the feedback. You are correct it goes into Aries on 5/27/10. I have made the correction. Thanks for following! ~Gretchen