Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Taurus 4/20-5/20
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Taurus 4/2-6/9
Venus: Taurus 3/31-4/25, Gemini 4/25-5/19
Mars: Leo until 6/7
Saturn: Virgo 4/7-7/21
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.
Mercury in Taurus 4/18/10-5/11/10
Saturn in Libra 1/13/10-5/30/10
Pluto in Capricorn 4/6/10-9/13/10
Neptune turns Retrograde on 5/31
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 4/25/10)- Well, we start the week off with a bang! There will be 3 planetary transits, 6 Moon transits, and 2 planetary sign changes. Whenever there is this much activity in a 24 hour time span, it is best to work on grounding. Especially since the Saturn/Uranus opposition will be coming to a height tomorrow. It starts when Venus (the Goddess of Love & Beauty) transitions into the chatty sign of Gemini (exact at 1:05am EST). Words and phrases to describe Gemini are: “I Think!”, Mutable/Air, communication, writing, media, talking, duality (the twins), diversified interests, “jack of all trades”, travel, shallowness, witty, quick, intellect, multi-tasker, gossip, designer, nervousness, moodiness and chatty. The body parts it’s associated with are: hands, arms, shoulders, nervous system and lungs. Its metal is Mercury. Stones: Agate, Citrine, Moonstone, Pearl, and White Sapphire. We are moving away from a time when we were working on steady panning and seeking comfort (especially in love) (Taurus) and we are moving into a phase where communication & mental energies will be favored (Gemini). For the next month, love (and finances) will take on a more communicative role. We will want to talk with our love interest and also to our friends about love. The symbol for Gemini is the twins; got two love interests? It is possible that there may be an inclination to take on a second job too. This could also be a time of travel for you and your sweetie. Time to take a road trip, see a museum or attend a comedy club! Anything that stimulates the mind will also make the heart pound. Hobbies, crafting, model making and scrap-booking are also favored (really anything that uses dexterity). All of these themes will be active until Venus transitions into Cancer on 5/19/10!
Then, the Moon in Virgo makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 4:02am 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! Next, Venus in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 5:09am EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their 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. Next, Mercury (R) in Taurus will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Leo (exact at 6:41am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Think before you speak! We may have difficulty putting our thoughts/ideas into action. This may cause us to feel restless (attention those with hyperactivity, ADD or ADHD). Children (and adults) may be irritable. There can be issues with mechanical failures, travel plans, arguments, technology, communication, etc. This transit may affect relationships and domestic fronts the most. Remember, if someone doesn’t understand what you are saying, don’t push the issue (wait until another day). Then, the Sun in Taurus will form a beautiful flowing trine with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:44am). 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. Our business “sense” may be sharp. Both Taurus & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or to be connected to nature.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 1:32pm 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 highlight the Saturn/Uranus square that will come to a height tomorrow. The Moon in Virgo will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Pisces (exact at 2:08pm 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. Just after the Moon conjuncts Saturn (R) both in Virgo (exact at 2:21pm EST). Too bad this transit isn’t taking place on Monday! This is an all work no play transit. Best to concentrate on: work, organization, gardening/planting (connecting with nature in general especially soil, woods, & forest), and details. This would also be an ideal time to start a new health or exercise regime. Sometimes this can give us a feeling of loneliness or isolation (or even the blues). This will start a 2 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. The Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 4:16pm 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 in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 4:40pm 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 day ends on a high note when the Moon in Libra forming a flowing trine with Venus in Gemini (exact at 5:40pm 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!
(Monday 4/26/10)- One of the biggest transits of 2010 will take place later today. I am not going to sugar coat things; today consists of some trying transits. Much like yesterday try and remain grounded. The Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 1:07am 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. The Moon in Libra will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Taurus (exact at 2:06am 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). Next, the Moon in Libra will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury (R) in Taurus (exact at 8:23am 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 Libra will form a positive sextile with Mars in Leo (exact at 10:10am 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!
Later, one of the biggest planetary transits of 2010 will take place. Saturn (R) in Virgo will oppose Uranus in Pisces (exact at 7:23pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. You may remember back on Nov 4th (Election Day-2008) the planets Uranus & Saturn opposed each other? The reason why this is such a big event is that these planets only oppose each other at 2 points during a 100 year time span. The last time it was experienced was 1965-1967 and then prior to that, the early 1920’s. This is the 4th of five oppositions between these planets that will be occurring until the summer (July) of 2010. The effects will ripple throughout humanity.
So the planet of change (Uranus), independence, and disruption is opposing the planet of order (Saturn), stability, and rules. Challenge to those in authority and shaking up the status quo is in the works. Certainly the word change has been used liberally throughout all of the discussions pertaining to the elections and now Mr. Obama’s presidency! The benefit to this transit is that new solutions will be found to old problems. My favorite saying that could define this time: “The true definition of insanity; is doing the same thing over & over and expecting different results”. At this stage of the game (since this is the 4th time we will be experiencing the opposition) we should be getting more used to the changes to structures and established ways of doing things. Flexibility is very important at this time. Those who have control issues may not be fairing very well…but it will happen regardless if we are comfortable or not. BTW, children & certainly teenagers may challenge authority more during this time. Knowing what you know, try to be patient; they are not immune to planetary influences!
In relationships, feelings of independence vs. commitment may be felt. Your partner may suddenly suggest doing something different than the normal routine. Be careful how you travel, drive, or walk around because Uranus rules accidents and Saturn falls…and of course, we are still in the middle of Mercury Retrograde too. We may also hear of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (especially affecting coastal areas, maybe even a tsunami)…and yes I have been writing about this since 2008. A recent example is the Volcano in Iceland. Another possibility is that we may hear of changes going on within the medical community. Certainly Obama’s health care reform has been a big focus. Holistic methods are favorable and there may even be a new type of imaging method developed that could replace or enhance the MRI, X-Rays, CAT scans etc. Since both of these planets are slow moving, we will feel the effects several weeks prior and several weeks after but it will actually be with us until the summer! The next time it will be exact like this will be on July 26th 2010…..so mark your calendars!
(Tuesday 4/27/10)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 3:30-5:30pm (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.
I will be doing Readings from 7-10pm at Champlain College for the students during their "Stress-Free Week". This will be the 2nd year that I will be doing this event. I love their youthful energy and great questions they ask!
In the morning, the Moon in Libra will quincunx Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 6:45am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Libra will form a flowing trine to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 3:45pm 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 3 hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into passionate Scorpio. The Moon in Libra forms an (minor) annoying quincunx with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 4:28pm 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. The Moon will transition into intense Scorpio (exact at 6:28pm 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 in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 7:00pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Things will be building in intensity as the Full Moon approaches tomorrow…
(Wednesday 4/28/10)- This is another astrologically complex day. There will be 5 Moon transits; 4 out of the 5 and may be a little trying. That is including the height of the Full Moon in intense Scorpio. There will also be 3 planetary transits that will be highlighting the Sun/Mercury conjunction, so communication & travel will be highlighted today. As always, work on grounding (including meditation, yoga, music, etc.) because with this much planetary activity it may be hard to keep our feet on the ground.
After midnight, the Moon in Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Gemini (exact at 12:38am 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. Then, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 3:30am 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.
In the morning, we will experience the height of the Full Moon in Scorpio (exact at 8:19am EST). The Full Moon that takes place in April is often called the Full Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Taurus). Are you having trouble balancing your emotions vs. practicality? Do you have trouble trusting others and letting them get close? When they get close, do you push them away or embrace them with open arms? Are you often distrustful in a relationship and find yourself indulging in jealousies? Are you able to go with the flow or does stubbornness rear it’s ugly head? These questions/themes will be highlighted now. It depends where the Moon/Scorpio & Sun/Taurus 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. In addition, this Full Moon will have some extra complexity when it opposes Mercury (R) in Taurus (exact at 8:48am 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. We may encounter stubborn attitudes around this time. Then, Mercury (R) in Taurus forms an uncomfortable sesquisquare with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 11:58am 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 Sun will conjunct Mercury (R) both in Taurus (exact at 12:44pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. (Sometimes this is referred to as a “New Mercury”.) Finally some clarity! If you have felt like you were in a fog for most of the week, this transit will help. This will greatly assist in getting both communication & travel plans worked out. Although this will give us a boost, just remember that Mercury is still Retrograde! It will be easier to assimilate information. Writing, emailing, faxing….go for it! This may be a time of social activities and invitations to parties/events. Take advantage of harnessing this time of mental clarity and use it to your advantage! This will be helpful in improving relationships with siblings, teachers, or with someone younger than yourself. With Taurus’ influence also take this time to concentrate on finances, love, & beauty (art, design, fashion, etc.). Just after, the Sun in Taurus forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 1:35pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Try to avoid compulsive shopping. It is possible to over-promise or to be overly confident (bravado). There may be a conflict between family and friends. We may be inclined to do everything big right now (including overindulging). Mostly, we will feel optimistic and sunny with this transit. Lastly, the Moon in Scorpio will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Leo (exact at 2:20pm 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. Luckily, the remainder of the day will be (astrologically) quiet. Just remember that all of this planetary energy doesn’t just stop at their heights, it takes some time for them to dissipate…
Thursday (4/29/10)- I will be doing Astrology Readings at Candles & Creations today between 3:30pm-5:30pm (I will take my last reading at 5:30pm). This is a great opportunity to get an introductory reading from me at a discount. They are located at 150 Dorset St, Suite 301 South Burlington, VT (in the Blue Mall across from the University Mall). Walk-ins are welcome or you can call #802-660-8021 to ensure a time. Check out their link: http://www.candlesandcreations.net
Then, between 6:30-8:30pm, they will be hosting their monthly Sixth Sensory World Meeting. These meetings are based on the teachings of Sonia Choquette. Her link: http://soniachoquette.com Come and “play” with your intuition!
Today will consist mostly of Moon transits, except for 1 planetary transit. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. It starts in the morning, when Venus in Gemini will form an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 9:32am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually bring an obstacle or delay. This is will bring trouble on the love/passion forefront. The object of our affections may be inaccessible around this time. If the energies are harnessed properly, there could be true transformation in these areas. Pluto brings intensity and there is a possibly of obsessing (or being too intense) about love/finances. Then, the Moon in Scorpio makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 11:04am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 7:48pm) 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. Next, the Moon will highlight the Saturn/Uranus opposition when the Moon in Scorpio will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 8:07pm 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. Just after, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 8:39pm EST) helping us to step up to the plate and do the right thing, even though it may be somewhat unconventional. We could get sudden revelations tonight, so write them down! Technology (like computers), inventing, New Aged ideologies, and friendships are favored around this transit. This will also be the beginning of a 2 hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius. Next, the Moon transitions into the sign of adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 10:39pm EST). 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…. Lastly, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 11:17pm EST). . You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicines are especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!
(Friday 4/30/10)- Today there will be Lunar transits only. It starts when the Moon in Sagittarius forming its monthly opposition to Venus in Gemini (exact at 10:23am 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. Then the Moon in Sagittarius will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury (R) in Taurus (exact at 11:13am 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 Moon in Sagittarius will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Taurus (exact at 5:26pm 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, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a flowing trine with Mars in Leo (exact at 9:17pm 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 5/1/10)- This will be the quietest day of the week (at least astrologically speaking). The only (Lunar) transit occurs later in the day, when the Moon in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 9:09am 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.
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, Reiki Master, Gem & Crystal Work