Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Aries 3/20-4/20, Taurus 4/20-5/20
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Taurus 4/2-6/9
Venus: Taurus 3/31-4/24
Mars: Leo until 6/7
Saturn: Libra until 4/7, then re-enters Virgo on 4/7
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
Pluto in Capricorn 4/6/10-9/13/10
Coming up: Mercury Retrograde in Taurus 4/18
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 4/4/10)- Happy Easter! In the morning, Mercury in Taurus forms an uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 11:39am 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 Sagittarius uncomfortably squares Uranus in Pisces (exact at 4:30pm 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. It is possible to experience issues with technology or mechanical issues. Next, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 4:57pm 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? This will also start a 4+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into conservative Capricorn. 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 Sagittarius forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 7:42pm 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 changes into business-oriented Capricorn (exact at 9:07pm EST). Capricorn Lunar themes that will be prevalent over the next 2 ½ days are: business endeavors, work, goal setting, drive, public ambition, and tradition. Try to avoid: workaholic tendencies, coldness, and using people for personal gain. Next, the Moon in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 9:30pm EST). Luckily the duration of this event is short. 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 is better to work on organization around this time. Lastly, Venus in Taurus will form a flowing trine with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 11:12pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Trines are harmonious, with no opposing energies. This is power in love, pure and simple. This will 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/finances. Pluto, even when positively aspected, is still prone to having a dark side.
(Monday 4/5/10)- There will be a lot of planetary/Moon activity overnight. If you are sensitive, it is possible that you may have trouble sleeping or have a very active dream-state tonight. Just after midnight, Mercury in Taurus will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Leo (exact at 12:17am 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). The height of it occurs toward at the end of Sunday night/early Monday morning, so try not to go to bed angry…it’s bad for the soul! The Moon goes onto highlight this transit again when the Moon in Capricorn makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Leo (exact at 4:37am EST). Did you ever meet someone that says something that is completely different than how they actually act? For instance: you went out on a date, the person says that they had a fantastic time, and then they never called you? This type of disconnect (coming from yourself or coming from others) may be more pronounced around this time. The Moon in Capricorn makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Taurus (exact at 5:02am 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. Things will get intense when the Moon in Capricorn will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 7:42am EST) adding emotional intensity to the mix. This may help with insights pertaining to business and financial endeavors. Helping to “pick up” on the undercurrent of a situation. This is also beneficial for therapy, cathartic experiences, passion, and ferreting out secrets. Then, the Moon in Capricorn forms a flowing trine with Venus in Taurus (exact at 8:39am 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! The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Capricorn Moon. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Capricorn Moon...
(Tuesday 3/9/10)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2-5pm (I will 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. The store’s number is #802-660-8060.
Passover Ends. In the morning, the Sun in Aries will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Capricorn (exact at 7:00am EST). So, toward the early morning 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. Mercury in Taurus will form a flowing trine with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 10:11am EST). If you have to give a speech or a sales pitch to someone right now…well you couldn’t have picked a better time! Communication skills will be persuasive & powerful. Hot topics right now will be sexuality, transformation, psychology, secrets, and fears. If you are able to face these subjects with openness and honesty; then real healing could occur. It would be a good time to whisper sweet-nothings into your partner’s ear. Use words to arouse passion (the good kind!). Pluto does have a dark side, so watch for obsessive thinking and jealousies. The Moon in Capricorn makes a positive sextile with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 12:08pm 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.
Lastly, I want to discuss the dwarf “planet” Pluto in Capricorn going Retrograde today (exact at 10:34pm EST). (Retrograde meaning: As all planets orbit around one another, they do so at different rates. Long ago Astronomers/Astrologers believed that the planets seemed to slow down and eventually reverse their orbit. This in fact, is an optical illusion caused by different orbit speeds, when viewed from Earth. This process is called a Retrograde in Astrology.) In interpretation it means that the planet is somewhat weakened and the energies are harder to access. Pluto is not a light-n-fluffy type of “planet”. Pluto (ruling “planet” of Scorpio) rules over: secrets, obsessions, adoption, power, transformation, forcefulness, intensity, restructuring, destruction, anarchy, sexual influences, and detective work. It’s associated with reproductive organs, rectum, obsessive behavior, prostate gland (root-chakra issues) and allergies. Pluto has been associated with Phoenix Rising, death/rebirth, etc. Powerful stuff! As you may remember, Pluto went into the sign of Capricorn at the end of November 2008. Pluto also rules over world leadership on a global level (not just the US), terrorism, nuclear-atomic energy, and bankruptcy. Capricorn rules over business endeavors, establishment, and structures. Many CEO’s and heads of companies were affected by this transition along with many people facing bankruptcy/foreclosure. This will signify a time where we now need to reflect on what just happened and if we handled things correctly. It is a slow moving planet and has been stationary since the later part of the last week, with no movement at all. Retrogrades signify a time of reflection (pertaining to the areas listed above). Some people will hardly feel this at all. It will be felt more strongly if you are a Capricorn, Cancer, have a heavily aspected Pluto in your natal chart, or if your Pluto was Retrograde at the time of your birth. Wherever Pluto falls within your chart, will show where the transformation will take place on a personal level. Just remember, this time of transition was necessary. I use the analogy of a forest fire, out of the destruction comes nutrient rich soil and new growth…… It will remain Retrograde until Sept 13th, 2010.
(Wednesday 4/7/10)- Early in the morning, the Moon in Capricorn will form a positive sextile with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 4:18am EST) helping us to break out of our rut and even do something that may be somewhat unconventional. 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). This will start a long 4+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last the Moon changes into unique Aquarius (exact at 8:51am EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Aquarius are: social endeavors, friendship, technology, humanitarian efforts, politics, inventing, and New Age ideologies. Things to avoid: are getting too caught up in the greater good and masses that you forget the individual & their feelings, and being overly fixed in your own unique way of doing things that you can’t consider someone else’s good ideas. Just after, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 8:53am EST). This is a great time for organization, house cleaning, filing, recycling, and being disciplined. This is also beneficial for starting a diet or health regimen (like quitting smoking). Sometimes others will ask for help around this transit, but it won’t be burdensome, we will be happy to assist! In the afternoon, the planet Saturn (Retrograde) will be re-entering the sign of Virgo (exact at 2:51pm EST)!! It has been Retrograde in the sign of Libra since 1/13/10. Saturn is the planet of obstacles, delays, long-term goal setting, hard work, Karma, and life lessons. It is in each sign for an average of 2 ½ years and is generally Retrograde for almost ½ of the year (140 days to be exact). This is the last time it will be in the sign of Virgo for another 29 years!! Key words for Virgo are: “I Analyze!”, 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. Retrograde periods are a time of reflection and lessons that we are supposed to learn from. Themes that will be predominant during this phase are: paying attention to detail, learning to be more frugal with your money, setting up a budget, solid organizing, health matters, and new health regimes. Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn, which also influences knees, teeth, falls, chronic health problems (like arthritis), and the skeleton (in addition to the areas listed above). While Saturn can create many obstacles, frustrations, and delays it can also bless us with great rewards (usually after much hard work). (Retrograde meaning: As all planets orbit around one another, they do so at different rates. Long ago Astronomers/Astrologers believed that the planets seemed to slow down and eventually reverse their orbit. This in fact, is an optical illusion caused by different orbit speeds, when viewed from Earth. This process is called a Retrograde in Astrology. In interpretation it means that the planet is somewhat weakened and the energies are harder to access). This timeframe will be much like repeating the grade in school (or even going to summer-school)…We have been learning those lessons for the last 2 or so years and now we will have one more opportunity to review. It depends where Saturn/Virgo falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Saturn will be turning Direct on May 29th and will go onto settle down into Libra on July 21st.
Then, the Moon in Aquarius will form its monthly opposition to Mars in Leo (exact at 6:02pm EST). Someone could irritate you during this transit. It’s possible to enjoy a debate with someone (or at worst, an argument). As with all Mars transits, I recommend exercise or doing something physical. Mar’s energy will want to get out one way or another; it might as well be constructive! We end the day with the Moon in Aquarius forming an uncomfortable square with Mercury in Taurus (exact at 11:47pm 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 4/8/10)- I will be doing Astrology Readings at Candles & Creations 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
There will be just two Moon transits today. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary ones. Overnight, the Moon in Aquarius will square Venus in Taurus (exact at 3:50am 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. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Aquarian Moon….
Much later in the day, the Moon in Aquarius will positively sextile the Sun in Aries (exact at 11:53pm 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?
(Friday 4/9/10)- Another quiet Friday?! This seems to be the trend for the last several Friday Blog entries. Much like yesterday there will be just a few Lunar transits. The astrological day will start much later when the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune both in Aquarius (exact at 5:44pm EST). 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. Because idealism & escapism can be enhanced with this transit, I wouldn’t make a big decisions or sign contracts around this time. If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams. This will start a 4+ hour long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon changes into dreamy Pisces. Then, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Chiron both in Aquarius (exact at 8:50pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! The Moon transitions into Pisces (exact at 9:48pm). 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. This event will be punctuated with the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 9:28pm 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…
(Saturday 4/10/10)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2-5pm (I will 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.
In the morning, the Moon will highlight the Mars/Pluto quincunx that will occur later in the day. The Moon in Pisces makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Leo (exact at 8:25am EST). Did you ever meet someone that says something that is completely different than how they actually act? For instance: you went out on a date, the person says that they had a fantastic time, and then they never called you? This type of disconnect (coming from yourself or coming from others) may be more pronounced around this time. Just after, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 8:43am) 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. It may be possible to have intense dreams while you are sleeping.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Taurus (exact at 5:38pm 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. Mars in Gemini will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 8:51pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually will manifest in the form of a block or obstacle. Keep things light! Outside influences could affect you and you may need to change how you react to it. Adjustment (on your part) may be needed to come out on the winning end of the situation. Anger or aggression may be prevalent around this time (remember what I always say about Mars energy?). Now is not the time for big actions or reactions. Keep it subdued (if possible). We will end the day on a high note when, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Venus in Taurus (exact at 11:33pm 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.
Mark your calendars! The New Moon will take place on Wednesday (4/14) in the sign of Aries…this will be a great day to start something new!
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