I hope this Blog entry finds you well! On Sunday Venus will form uncomfortable aspects with the Saturn/Pluto square causing some delays with love in the morning, but it will get better later in the day! Actually, on Monday things will be more beneficial for love, finances, work and discipline. On Tuesday, expect the unexpected early in the day but later in the day we will be feeling social and magnanimous. Wednesday is an astrologically complex day and will be a mixed bag. Thursday will be the most astrologically quiet day of the week and will include the Sun’s shift into Pisces. On Friday there will be lots of Moon transits. On Saturday night we may experience a bump on the road when the Sun forms a contentious quincunx with Mars. Enjoy your week!
Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Aquarius until 2/18, Pisces 2/18-3/20
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Aquarius 2/10-3/17
Venus: Pisces 2/11-3/7
Mars: Leo until 6/7
Saturn: Libra until 4/7
Jupiter: Pisces until 6/6
Uranus: Pisces until 4/27
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 2/14/10)- Happy Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year! So today is supposed to be a day that is celebrating love and romance…unfortunately, nobody told the celestial bodies!! Today starts out a little rough with 4 quincunxes (remember, quincunxes can denote a time with obstacles & delays) 2 of which involve Venus (the Goddess of love & beauty). Things will get better later in the day when the Sun conjuncts dreamy Neptune. I would say that 4pm EST will be the tipping point. Today is also the Chinese New Year and we are entering the Year of the Metal Tiger! I don’t specialize in Chinese Astrology, but I have a great web page for you to reference if you would like to look up your Chinese sign and find out more info: http://www.cafeastrology.com/articles/chinese_2010_horoscope_year_of_tiger.html Hope you enjoy your day!
In the morning, the Moon transitions into dreamy Pisces (exact at 7:23am 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. Next, Venus in Pisces will make an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 7:24am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually present themselves in the form of a block or obstacle. Attaining long-term goals, finances, and relationships may feel strained around this time. Definitely not a time to rush into things without tending to all the fine details. 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 Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 11:39am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually signify blockages and/or delays. This transit may bring some tension (especially with love, family, & finances). It may be hard to act on our feelings. Make sure you look before you leap. I always advise doing some sort of physical activity whenever Mars is involved because Mars’ energy will want to get out one way or another. This is also a good time to look within and find your “heart’s desire” whether that be a person, vocation, hobby, or otherwise (but wait to act until later). Sometimes this will bring up sexual tension.
As if to add insult to injury, the Moon will go onto highlight the two Venus quincunxes that occurred earlier. It will aspect Saturn (R) (exact at 2:58pm EST) and Mars (R) (exact at 3:21pm EST). Luckily, things will get a little better in the love department when the Moon will conjunct Venus both in Pisces (exact at 3:54pm EST). We will want to experience love on a visceral level. This is a great time to: pamper ourselves, decorate, shop (because we will have an “eye” for things that look good), artistic endeavors, creativity, and be in the company of loved ones. Sometimes this transit can have us feeling a little indolent; it is actually a favored time for finances. The Sun will make its yearly conjunction with Chiron (the Wounded Healer) both in Aquarius (exact at 4:26pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is a great time to heal past hurts (especially with siblings and friends). We will be feeling positive about the future. Even if you have been feeling down lately, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. This is a favorable time for healing, medicine, the mind/body/spirit connection, teaching, reoccurring problems in our life, and music. Then, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Pluto Capricorn (exact at 4:58pm) 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. The Sun will form its yearly conjunction with nebulous Neptune both in Aquarius (exact at 6:19pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. All aspects of music, film, arts, creativity, abstract thought, dreaminess, intuition, escapism, and idealism will be highlighted. This is a good time to follow your gut feelings, as intuition will be high. We might be more introspective and contemplative. Serendipitous moments abound! Being near water may be soothing and regenerative. We may suddenly feel attracted (romantically) to a friend or a friendship could become a more spiritual connection. In general this one is very good for romance, but not clarity. We end the day on a positive note when the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Jupiter both in Pisces (exact at 8:32pm 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, publishing, advertising, sales, horses, and spirituality.
(Monday 2/15/10)- President’s Day Observed There will only be two planetary transits today and the remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Pisces Moon. Sextiles are like small little gifts that may require some work to bring to fruition, but would be totally worth it. It starts overnight, when Venus in Pisces will form a positive sextile with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 2:17am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is power in love, pure and simple. This transit will actually be beneficial with both love and finances. If the energies are harnessed properly, there could be true transformation in these areas. The only caveat is possibly obsessing (or being too intense) about love/sex/finances. As Pluto, even when positively aspected, is still prone to having a dark side. Then, Mars (R) in Leo will positively sextile Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 10:20am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Mars wants to go, go, go and Saturn’s approach is slow & steady. Mars will give us the energy, but be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Try to be patient and take your time with handling the details; it will be worth the effort! Put your energy towards planning, family/domestic pursuits, finances, organization and goal setting. Since both of these planets are Retrograde right now, you may find that you have to go back and re-examine something…handle the situation now and put it to bed for the final time! This is a good time to get things done!
(Tuesday 2/16/10)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2-5pm(I take my last reading at 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. The store’s number is 802-660-8060.
Happy Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)! In the morning, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Uranus both in Pisces (exact at 9:32am EST). The Uranus connection can bring us unexpected inspiration/ideas & can enhance clairvoyance & channeling. This can highlight technology, electricity, inventing, and unexpected events. Due to Pisces’ influence it can also assist healing and healing arts. If you are sleeping during this time, it may cause disruption in sleep or vivid dreams. This will start a 10 hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon will transitions into pioneering Aries. 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 transitions into Aries (exact at 7:30pm EST). Aries Moons are similar to New Moons. It is considered to be a favorable time to start new projects, physical activities (like sports or working out), dynamism, leadership, competition, and action. Things to avoid are being too bossy, arrogant, and insensitive during the next 2 1/2 days. Aries rules the head, so pay attention to stress; especially of you are prone to tension headaches. Later in the day, one of the most positive transits take place when lovely Venus will conjunct lucky Jupiter both in Pisces (exact at 9:14pm EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is one of the most beneficial transits; make sure you utilize its energy! This will be beneficial for group gatherings and social events. If I were a betting woman (which I am); this would be a good time to buy a lottery ticket. (Sorry, but I am not responsible for any losses nor am I condoning gambling-LOL). Venus transits also encourage us to: get outside & be close to nature, beauty, music, and the arts. This is also a great time for publishing, law/legal matters, religious pursuits, large animals (especially horses), marketing, and sales.
(Wednesday 2/17/10)- Ash Wednesday Observed. Just after midnight, Mercury in Aquarius will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 12:01am 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. 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 be too scattered to stop and think them through. There is a possibility that you may encounter someone that serves as inspiration. Awakening. There could be sudden changes in our plans, travel snafus, and issues surrounding technology..so just remain flexible. There may be difficulty or disruption with sleep. Then, the long-term transit comes to a height when Neptune conjuncts Chiron both in Aquarius (exact at 12:30am EST). Time to look within and discover what makes your soul happy. You know those faint whispers that you hear when you drift away from your life purpose? Listen to them! This may have us looking back at past regrets with rose colored glasses. Try instead to heal past wounds or at least try to keep a realistic memory of the situation. This can also be a time of heightened intuition and empathy. People with drug or alcohol issues may have difficulty around this time. This transit has a strong tie with death and the spiritual. This could be a time that we could receive a “visitation” from the other side either in a dream or otherwise or we may want to honor the memory of a deceased loved one. Try to remain open to the experience, as it could be very healing. Then, the Moon in Aries forms a flowing trine with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 1:55am 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 highlight the Saturn/Pluto square again. The Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 2:39am EST). Luckily the duration of this event is short and the height may occur while we are sleeping. 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. Next the Moon in Aries will square intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 5:00am 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.
We will end the day on a high note when the Moon in Aries will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Aquarius (exact at 5:23pm 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.
(Thursday 2/18/10)- I will be attending the 4th annual Go Red For Women Forum and Luncheon, “A Conversation with the Heart,” at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington! I have donated a 1-hour astrological Reading for the silent auction. There are still tickets available! Help this great cause & help the American Heart Association: https://ahawilliston.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/20092010BurlingtonGoRedLuncheon/tabid/188053/Default.aspx
This is day will mainly consist of Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Happy Birthday Pisces!! The Sun will transition into the dreamy sign of Pisces (exact at 1:36pm 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. The Sun will now be joining Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus in this sign. We are moving away from a period of time where we were focusing our attentions on what was good for the masses (Aquarius) and now we will focus more on the individual (Pisces). Pisces is a dreamy water sign and they are known for being intuitive, unrealistic, idealistic, emotional, and creative. Pisces are known for taking in stray pets and stray people; always lending a sympathetic ear. Over the next month we may be feeling more charitable than usual….helping out our friends or neighbors in need. If you have a Pisces in your life, you may notice that they seem to drift away from time to time. That is because they need time to recuperate and reflect. You see, they tend to absorb energies like psychic sponges. All of this after a while seems to wear them out. True romantics at heart they love flowers, candy, soft music….the works! In love they tend to promise the Sun, the Moon and the Stars…but sometimes fall short on the delivery. They actually want you to dream with them, as this is their foreplay. Being very creative, they are often good at writing poetry, painting, music, etc. They tend to feel music on a deep visceral level. Pisces is said to be the hardest sign because it embodies a little of all the other 11 signs. This may be the reason why they have a bad reputations for being into escapism (especially with drugs and alcohol), depressive, and unreliable. It depends on where Pisces/Sun falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you. If you are a water sign (Scorpio or Cancer) or have strong water placements in your chart, you will feel right at home right. If you are a Virgo (or have Virgo placements in your chart) you may feel a little run-down because Pisces is your opposite sign.
Later in the evening, the Moon in Aries forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 10:50pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Just after, the Moon in Aries forming a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 10:52pm 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? If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. This will start a 7 hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into stable Taurus.
(Friday 2/19/10)- This is day will consist of Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Early in the morning, the Moon transitions into Taurus (exact at 5:55am EST). Positive Taurus Moon activities are: focusing on organizing your finances, clipping coupons, decorating, designing, sensuality, cooking & eating luscious foods, organizing your home, massage, singing, and comfort. Try to avoid: laziness, relaxing too much, stubbornness, obstinacy and being too stuck in your ways. These will be the lunar themes over the next 2 & 1/2 days. Then the Moon in Taurus will positively sextile the Sun in Pisces (exact at 7:20am EST). This is an ideal time to be with friends & loved ones. This transit is conducive for feeling supported. Maybe it’s time to do something nice for your sweetheart? Just after, the Moon in Taurus will form an uncomfortable square with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 10:55am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 12:32pm 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… Next, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:10pm 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 Taurus & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or connecting with nature. Lastly, the Moon in Taurus makes a positive sextile with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 8:33pm 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.
(Saturday 2/20/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Taurus will form a positive sextile with Venus in Pisces (exact at 2:49am 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. Then, the Moon in Taurus will form an uncomfortable square with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 10:53am 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.
In the evening, things may get a little bumpy when the Sun in Pisces forms an annoying quincunx with Mars (R) in Leo (exact at 8:13pm EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Make sure you are well prepared, because delays could block our path. It seems the more we assert ourselves and the harder we try, the more resistance will be felt. The best advice I can give around this transit is, leave your ego at home! There could be a lot of aggressive attitudes, competitiveness, ego-centric behavior, arguments, temper tantrums, and quick judgments around this time. There may also be an increase in accidents (please be careful while driving & allow extra time to get to your destination). The lessons learned will be fortuitous in the long run. We may have a lot of extra energy, so make sure it is channeled properly (like with exercise).
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