Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Aries 3/20-4/19
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Aries 3/17-4/2, Taurus 4/2-6/9
Venus: Aries 37-3/31, Taurus 3/31-4/24
Mars: Leo until 6/7
Saturn: Libra until 4/7, then re-enters Virgo
Jupiter: Pisces until 6/6
Uranus: Pisces until 5/27
Neptune: Aquarius until 4/4/11
Pluto: Capricorn until 1/20/24
Chiron: Aquarius until 2/8/11
Current Retrograde Planets:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went Retrograde for an explanation.
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 3/28/10)- Palm Sunday. We will have a relatively quiet day with only a couple of Moon transits. In the morning, the Moon in Virgo makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 9:30am 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!
Later, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Aries (exact at 6:42pm 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? The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Virgo Moon and will be building in intensity as we approach the Full Moon tomorrow night.
(Monday 3/29/10)- This is an astrologically complex day. There will be 8 Moon transits; 6 out of the 8 and may be a little trying. The 3 events that to keep an eye on are: the two Venus sextiles and the Full Moon in Libra. The emphasis will be on relationships today (all kinds, not just romantic ones). As always, work on grounding because with this much planetary activity it may be hard to keep our feet on the ground.
Overnight, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Aries (exact at 2:26am 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. Just after, the Moon in Virgo will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Pisces (exact at 2:55am 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 4+ 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 3:34am & 5:35am 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. The Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 7:21am 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. The Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn (R) both in Libra (exact at 8:29am 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). Next, the Moon in Libra will form a positive sextile with Mars in Leo (exact at 11:05am 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!
The Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 4:06pm 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. Just after, Venus in Aries will form a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 4:25pm EST) giving us a dreamy and idealistic outlook on the day. Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. When it comes to love, we will have our rose colored glasses on today. Love relationships will take on an ethereal quality. If you are single, and you meet someone under this influence you will have the feeling that you were meant to be together. It’s possible that a friend could become more than a friend. It would feel like you are seeing this person in a new light. This will be a beneficial day for creativity, arts, music, film, etc.Tonight, we will experience the height of the Full Moon in Libra (exact at 10:25pm EST). The Full Moon that takes place in March is often called the Full Worm Moon, the Crust Moon, the Lenten Moon, the Sugar
Moon, or the Sap Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Aries). Do you have faith in yourself and your abilities or do you defer to someone else? Are you comfortable being alone or do you always need someone else around? Which is more important to you; keeping your independence or being in a relationship and functioning as a unit? Do you have to give up your idea of self in order to be in a relationship or is it possible to marry (pardon the pun) the two? These questions/themes will be highlighted now. The key word for Libra is BALANCE. Make BALANCE the focus for today. Libra’s herbs & flowers are: geranium, chamomile, eucalyptus, fennel, dill, vanilla, & roses. By simply adding some of these elements to your day either by drinking tea, burning essential oils, adding to your salad, etc. will help your balance to be restored. Take a quiet moment to reflect on this during the day. It depends where the Moon/Libra & Sun/Aries 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.
(Tuesday 3/30/10)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2-5pm (I take my last Reading at 5:00pm). 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.
Passover Begins. In the late morning, the Moon in Libra will quincunx Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 10:57am EST). This is a time where you could feel disconnected from the group. Someone could challenge you
r 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, Venus in Aries will form a positive sextile with Chiron (The Wounded Healer) in Aquarius (exact at 5:44pm EST) helping to heal old relationship wounds. This will be beneficial for artistic endeavors (especially if you have strayed from doing them for a while).
(Wednesday 3/31/10)- Similar to Monday, this will also be a complicated astrological day. There will be 7 Moon transits, 2 planetary transits, and 2 planetary sign changes. Planetary sign changes and transits are always stronger than Moon transits. Four out of the seven Lunar transits will be trying. The key to handling this much energy is to try and stay grounded and centered.
We start the day with the Moon in Libra makes its monthly opposition with Mercury in Aries (exact at 2:27am EST). You may find that you are not able to express yourself as easily or someone may cut you off from
saying something. It will be hard to put your thoughts into words. This is a time where someone may oppose your thoughts or feelings. The key is to integrate the two (thoughts & emotions), although it may not be easy. Then, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 4:16am 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. Next, the Moon in Libra will form a flowing trine to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 4:52am 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). If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. Followed by, the Moon in Libra Gemini forming a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”)
Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 7:03am EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! The Moon in Libra will form its monthly opposition to Venus in Aries (exact at 8:13am 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. This will also be the beginning of a very short void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into passionate Scorpio (exact at 8:41am 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 Scorpio will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Leo (exact at 1:19pm 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.
Just after, lovely Venus will transition into the stable sign of Taurus (exact at 1:35pm EST). Words and phrases to describe Taurus are: “I Have!”, Fixed/Earthy, reliability, stubbornness, possessions, determination, slow and steady progress, possessiveness, (sometimes) laziness but usually hard-working, pleasure, tactile, good/rich food, aesthetics, physical, sensual, and prosperous. Its physical associations are the ears, throat, lower jaw, and thyroid gland. The metal is Copper. Stones: Emerald, Sapphire, Amber, Rose Quartz, Turquoise, and Azurite. Venus is the Goddess of love & beauty…..but she can also affect finances as well. Taurus is very comfortable in this sign, since it is the natural “ruler” of Taurus. We are moving away from a time of competitive attitudes and the thrill of the chase (Aries) and into a time of sensuality and romance (Taurus). Taurus’ typically love beauty, fine dining, fashion, aesthetics, comfort, and touch (like massage or hugs). This is an ideal time to be out in nature and/or to be gardening. It will certainly help to burn off some calories because we may be inclined to overeat or over-indulge with rich foods around this time. This is a great time to make a budget and to work on building foundations. We will have the fortitude to finish some of the things that we started when the planets were in Aries! Unfortunately, we can also face stubborn attitudes and an over-identification with material possessions around this time. It depends where Taurus/Venus falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Venus will transition into Gemini on 4/24.
The last Moon transit of the day will occur when, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 5:50pm 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. Much later we get a double whammy when Venus in Taurus will make an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Libra (exact at 11:16pm EST). 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! Followed by, Mercury in Aries forming a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 11:21pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be positive for anything creative, writing, imagination, music, abstract thought (& teaching it to others), philosophy, helping others, charity, prophetic dreams, intuition, etc. 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. This combo can have us feeling a little lazy or sleepy.
Thursday (4/1/10)- April Fools’ Day! Early in the morning the Moon in Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Aries (exact at 4:15am 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).
In the afternoon, the Moon in Scorpio makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 2:33pm 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. Then, Mercury in Aires will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer) Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 7:18pm 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).
(Friday 4/2/10)- Good Friday. Similar to Monday and Wednesday, this will also be a complicated astrological day. There will also be: 7 Moon transits, 3 planetary transits, and 2 planetary sign changes. Planetary sign changes and transits are always stronger than Moon transits. Four out of the seven Lunar transits will be trying. The key to handling this much energy is to try and stay grounded and centered.
In the morning, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 8:22am 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 be squaring both Neptune & Chiron in Aquarius (exact: Neptune 8:54am & Chiron 9:06am EST). Feelings may be intense and it is possible that we could get a bit carried away with our emotions around this time. Old pains or hurts may resurface. Try to be realistic and use caution with idealism. If you are sleeping while this occurs, you may dream about the past. This will also be the beginning of a 4 hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius…
The planet Mercury will transition into the sign of stabile Taurus (exact at 9:06am EST). Mercury (the God of transportation & communication) is not as comfortable in the sign of Taurus. (Some people with badly aspected Mercury in Taurus, in their natal birth charts, sometimes have speech impediments or were slow to learn to speak). Taurus is asking Mercury to slow down and be methodical. Not to start a bunch of projects but to see the ones you have started through to the end. This will be beneficial for really analyzing your finances and getting a budget together…in fact Taurus’ typically tend to accumulate some degree of wealth in their later years. Sewing, design, jewelry making, and fashion will benefit from this as well. Taurus (ruled by Venus) is very sensual. This is an ideal time to get a massage to unwind. What to avoid? Well Taurus’ are notoriously stubborn. So try not to get overly fixed in your position (just because). Hopefully this will help our government with the financial/real estate crises, as long as people remain flexible! The down-side of Taurus can be laziness and greed. Mercury will be in Taurus for an extended stay because of its Retrograde cycle (until 6/9/10). It is starting to slow down in speed because it will be going Retrograde on 4/18/10, so mark your calendars!! The Sun in Aries will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with nebulous Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 11:45am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Dreaming and daydreaming of the good old days? This one could zap some of our energy. We could feel fuzzy and have trouble focusing. Best to relax today and enjoy a good movie!
We start the afternoon with the Moon transitioning into the sign of Sagittarius (exact at 12:53pm 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. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Taurus (exact at 1:22pm 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? Next, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 1:33pm EST). Time to tap into our inner discipline, goal setting, organization and attention to details. We may want to make long term plans in our close relationships. Mercury in Taurus forms an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 2:53pm 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. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Taurus (exact at 5:43pm 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. Venus in Taurus will form a slightly annoying semisquare to Jupiter in Aquarius (exact at 5:59pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. We will feel like being social around this time. However, 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! The same goes for speculative ventures. You may have grandiose ideas about the direction of a love relationship. Lastly, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a flowing trine with Mars in Leo (exact at 6:46pm 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.
(Saturday 4/3/10)- In the morning, Venus in Taurus will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Leo (exact at 7:25am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This transit may bring some tension (especially with love, family, & finances). However, we may have a drive to be social around this time. We will want to act on our feelings; just 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 “hearts desire” whether that be a person, vocation, hobby, or otherwise. Sometimes this will bring up sexual tension. Hmmmmm?!?
In the afternoon, the Sun in Aries will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Sagittarius (exact at 2:23pm 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, the Moon in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 10:02pm 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, the Sun in Aries will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 10:21pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. 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. Try not to let your ego get in the way, and allow the healing to begin!
Mark your calendars! Next Tuesday (4/6) Pluto turns Retrograde and on Wednesday (4/7) Saturn backs into Virgo for the last time in 29 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