Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Gemini 5/20-6/21
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Taurus 4/2-6/9
Venus: Cancer 5/19-6/14
Mars: Leo until 6/7
Saturn: Virgo 4/7-7/21
Jupiter: Pisces until 6/6
Uranus: Pisces until 5/27, Aries 5/27-8/13
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 Virgo 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 5/23/10)- Well, we start the week off with a bang! There will be 2 planetary transits and 5 Moon transits. Whenever there is this much activity in a 24 hour time span, it is best to work on grounding. Especially since the Jupiter/Saturn opposition will be coming to a height tomorrow.
It starts just after midnight, when the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 12:24am 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.
Then, Jupiter in Pisces will form a stressful opposition with Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 1:36am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. These are the two giants of our solar system, and they aren’t on the same page right now. This is also a big planetary event that is tying into the larger “Cardinal Climax”, which also involves the Saturn/Uranus opposition and the Saturn/Pluto square. The height of this event will occur three times: today, August 16th, and March 29th 2011 (that time it will be the Aries/Libra axis). This cycle occurs every 20 years. The last time this event occurred was 1989-1991 (it actually came to exactitude 5 times during that period). Expansion and contraction! Optimism and pessimism! Radical and traditional! Feel like you are being pulled in two directions? You are not alone! Jupiter is optimism and the future and Saturn is the past, foundations, & long term goals. I think that the tearing down of the Berlin Wall was a great example of what can occur during this phase. We may hear about issues pertaining to banking/finance, housing/construction, foreign affairs/policies, justice/law, teaching and education around this time (more than the usual). Like the last time this event took place and the student democratic revolution in China occurred resulting in the Tiananmen Square killings. It will be very difficult to do goal setting right now or to have forward motion. Use positive thinking and keep a smile on your face if a few speed bumps appear right now. Any delays may be fortuitous. This opposition will bring about change. If you are the type of person that is flexible and rolls with changes, then this period won’t be as traumatic as it would be if you have the opposite personality traits. Keep your sights set on the large picture (Jupiter) but Saturn will remind you not to forget the details either. We will be working toward BALANCE…especially as we approach the opposition in for the 3rd time in 2011 when it occurs in Aries/Libra.
What my hope is for this time frame is that there will finally be some headway for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Jupiter in Pisces) and they will finally find a way to fix the problem (Saturn in Virgo). Intuitively, I have been feeling like there will be help from an outside source maybe even from a foreign/overseas source. Hopefully, the powers that be will be open to the idea and will accept that this problem that will be a global one if something is not done to rectify the situation (Jupiter affects problems/epidemics concerning the masses). This may even help to change policies (Saturn rules over policies & Virgo is an earth sign) concerning oil (Pisces rules over oil, leakages, & oceans) and off shore drilling (Plutonian issue) for generations to come. Since Uranus is also involved with this issue; I might as well mention that it rules over unexpected events and accidents…but also new inventions. The oil spill started on 4/20; looking back, the Moon actually aspected Neptune (ruler of Pisces), Uranus, Saturn, Pluto, Chiron (also in Pisces) and Jupiter all within a 24 hour period around the time that the oil spill started. Hmmm? Send your prayers & positive vibes that this problem be fixed soon! Mark your calendar the next time this event occurs will be August 16th.
Next, the Sun in Gemini will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Libra (exact at 2:17am 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! Then, the Moon in Libra will square Venus in Cancer (exact at 5:40am 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 Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:11am 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. Later, the Moon in Libra will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Taurus (exact at 11:56am 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?
Much later in the day, Venus in Cancer forms a stressful opposition with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:15pm 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. Avoid power struggles with loved if at all possible. If you are in a relationship, try to remember that each person in the relationship has his or her own will, personality, likes & dislikes. If you are single, try not to obsess about being with another person too much. If you meet someone new during this transit they may be passionate, yet secretive. Pluto can bring up fanatical behavior, hidden fears, jealousy, and passion.
(Monday 5/24/10)- Compared to yesterday, today will be astrologically quiet. In the afternoon, the Moon in Libra will form a positive sextile with Mars in Leo (exact at 2:30pm 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 in the day, the Moon in Libra will quincunx Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 11:09pm 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.
(Tuesday 5/25/10)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2:00-5:00pm (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.
There will be a lot of lunar energy today. Keep in mind that Moon transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Just after midnight, the Moon in Libra will form a flowing trine to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 12:01am 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. This will also be the beginning of a 2+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into passionate Scorpio. 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 in Libra forms an (minor) annoying quincunx with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 2:08am 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 2:17am 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 3:56am 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 Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Gemini (exact at 9:40am 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). Then, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:44am 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 afternoon, the Moon in Scorpio forms a flowing trine with Venus in Cancer (exact at 2:10pm 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! We end the day with the Moon in Scorpio making its monthly opposition with Mercury in Taurus (exact at 7:15pm 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.
(Wednesday 5/26/10)- Just after midnight, the Sun in Gemini will form an uncomfortable quincunx with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:39am). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Power, power, power…did I say power? This one will draw power struggles to us like a magnet. If someone wants to fight, don’t bite…just walk away. This is a time where we may want to get deep and explore our subconscious but everyone around us wants to keep it superficial. We may feel passionate, but for some reason may not be able to express our passion. Quincunxes usually present an obstacle….but that doesn’t mean that we can’t find a way around the obstacle!
Later in the evening, the Moon in Scorpio will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Leo (exact at 9:02pm 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. Things will be building in intensity as the Full Moon approaches tomorrow…
Thursday (5/27/10)- 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!
The Moon will highlight the Saturn/Jupiter/Uranus opposition when the Moon in Scorpio will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 3:22am 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. Then, the Moon in Scorpio makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 4:38am 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. Just after, the Moon in Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 4:55am) 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. Just after, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 7:13am 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 very short 2 minute void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 7:15am 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…. Next the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 9am EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. If you are sleeping while this occurs, you may dream about the past. It may be possible to run into someone that will tell you how to do something (even if they have never done it themselves….annoying!
Later, we will experience the height of the Full Moon in Sagittarius (exact at 7:07pm EST). The Full Moon that takes place in April is often called the Full Flower Moon, Milk Moon, Hare’s Moon, or Corn Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Gemini). Do you travel in your mind or in your heart? What holds you back from pursuing adventures? Do you think about your passions or do you experience them? These questions/themes will be highlighted now. It depends where the Moon/Sagittarius & Sun/Gemini falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Full Moons astrologically are considered to be a time of culmination or endings. I personally like to take this time to meditate and send out prayers for family, friends, and humanity.
The planet Uranus will transition into the sign of Aries (exact at 9:44pm EST) for the 1st time in 84 years!! Uranus is a slow moving planet and the third largest in our solar system. Uranus rules over: disruption, change, reform, originality, friends, lightening, uniqueness, electricity, New Age (and Astrology), technology (like computers), accidents, and unexpected events. It is associated with lower legs & ankles, blood circulation, nervous conditions, body spasms and X-Rays. No matter where Uranus shows up in your chart, it will force change in that area! Uranus will be residing in the sign of Aries for a brief time (until mid August) then will be returning to Pisces due to its Retrograde cycle. Eventually, it will return to Aries where it will reside for 7 years! So we are just getting a small taste of what the cycle will be like (until August). With Uranus expect the unexpected. Aries is the 1st sign of the zodiac and is ruled by Mars (the God of War). Some words/ phrases to describe Aries are: “I AM!”, Cardinal/Fire, passionate, head strong, adventurous, honest (often blunt), independent, enthusiastic, dynamic, selfish, courageous, energetic, enthusiastic, and easily bored. It rules over the head, face (not the nose), brain, eyes, upper jaw, fevers & inflammation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me that we are hearing of brain aneurysms and hemorrhages like Brett Michaels and Gary Coleman went through. This event will be felt very strongly if you are an Aries or Libra. It depends where Aries/Uranus is located in your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
(Friday 5/28/10)- The Moon in Sagittarius will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Cancer (exact at 12:58am 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 Sagittarius will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Taurus (exact at 5:28am 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? Mercury in Taurus forms an uncomfortable semisquare with Mars in Leo (exact at 5:46am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Think before you speak! This may cause us to feel restless and fidgety (attention those with ADD or ADHD). If the energies are harnessed properly, ideas can be brought to fruition. Things may be moving at a fast pace and maybe a little aggressively, so make sure you use patience and don’t skim over details.
Later, Mercury in Taurus forms an uncomfortable sesquisquare with Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 7:33pm 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 day 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 (people with learning disabilities may have trouble around this time).
(Saturday 5/29/10)- The Moon in Sagittarius forms a flowing trine with Mars in Leo (exact at 6:12am 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 in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Virgo (exact at 10:38am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 12:16pm 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? Then, the Moon in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 12:40pm 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. This will also be the beginning of a 2 hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into conservative Capricorn (exact at 2:44pm EST). 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 Capricorn uncomfortably squares Uranus in Aries (exact at 2:50pm 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. The Moon in Capricorn forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 4:36pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Next, Mercury in Taurus forms an uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 7:06pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:49pm 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.
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