I hope this Blog entry finds you well! On Monday, Uranus will turn Retrograde for the next 5 months (expect the unexpected)! Tuesday should be quiet, but expect some keen insights as the Moon trines Pluto. On Wednesday the Sun will aspect the “Wounded Healer” Chiron making us look within for forgiveness. Then the week really starts to heat up with a multitude of transits on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Neptune will be the main Astrological player on Thursday possibly having us feel dreamy. Things may get scattered on Friday when Mercury takes over the stage. Then on Saturday Venus enters the mix making us focus on close relations. All this is building in intensity as Sunday approaches with the New Moon and Solar Eclipse in the sign of Cancer…time to work on manifestation and abundance! Enjoy your week!
Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Cancer 6/21-7/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Cancer 6/25-7/9, Leo 7/9-7/27
Venus: Leo 6/14-7/10, Virgo 7/10-8/6
Mars: Virgo 6/7-7/29
Saturn: Virgo 4/7-7/21
Jupiter: Aries 6/6-9/9
Uranus: 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.
Neptune in Aquarius Retrograde 5/31/10-11/7/10
Pluto in Capricorn 4/6/10-9/13/10
Chiron in Pisces Retrograde 6/4/10-11/6/10
Coming up: Uranus turns Retrograde 7/5 and Jupiter 7/23
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 7/4/10)- Happy Birthday America! July 4th Independence Day Celebrated. In the morning, the Sun in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Aries (exact at 10:35am 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.
Later in the afternoon, the Moon in Aries makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Virgo (exact at 3:41pm 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.
(Monday 7/5/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Aries forms an uncomfortable square with Mercury in Cancer (exact at 3:40am 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. Then, the Sun in Cancer will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with nebulous Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 8:33am 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 and enjoy a good movie! Next, the Moon in Aries forms a flowing trine with Venus in Leo (exact at 9:52am 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 planet Uranus (God of the Sky), goes Retrograde in Aries at 12:50pm EST). Uranus is a slow moving planet and the third largest in our solar system. It goes Retrograde for 5 months out of the year and is stationary for about 16 days before and after the “beginning” of the Retrograde phase. (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). 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. Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius. You will feel this event more strongly if: your Sun or other planets are in the sign of Aquarius, if Uranus was Retrograde at your time of birth, or if you have a heavily aspected Uranus in your birth chart. Uranus is a wild card of sorts. Expect the unexpected. With Uranus Retrograde we could experience a blockage of original ideas, only to have sudden “breakthroughs” all at once. A famous Aquarian, Oprah Winfrey describes these as “Aha Moments”. Uranus is in the sign of Aries right now. This could leaders/leadership, war, fires, explosions, pioneering abilities, dictatorship, and maverick attitudes. Lastly, Uranus affects shaking and spasms. I have written several times about the Saturn/Uranus opposition that will be occurring for the last time on 7/26/10. I believe we may hear of increased seismic activity including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and Tsunamis. No matter where Uranus shows up in your chart, it will force change in that area! It depends on where Uranus/Aries falls within your chart on order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Uranus will be Retrograde until December 5th 2010.
In the afternoon, Moon in Aries forming a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:24pm 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 start a 3+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon will transitions into stabile Taurus. 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 Aries will form a (minor) annoying quincunx with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 6:25pm 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. The Moon transitions into Taurus (exact at 8:29pm EST). Positive Taurus Moon activities are: focusing on organizing your finances, clipping coupons, decorating, designing, sensuality, cooking & eating luscious foods, organizing your home, massage, singing, and comfort. Try to avoid: laziness, relaxing too much, stubbornness, obstinacy and being too stuck in your ways. These will be the lunar themes over the next 2 days. Lastly, the Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 9:27pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!
(Tuesday 7/6/10)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2-5pm(I take my last reading at 5pm). This is a great opportunity to get an introductory reading from me at a discount. They are located at 125 S. Winooski Ave in Burlington, VT (across from the fire station). Walk-ins are welcome or you can call me for a time. The store’s number is 802-660-8060.
In the morning, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 3:47am EST). This will greatly assist us in processing our emotions and is beneficial for all types of counseling & cathartic experiences. It will be hard to be superficial around this time. Both Taurus & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or connecting with nature. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Taurus Moon!
(Wednesday 7/7/10)- Just after midnight, the Moon in Taurus will positively sextile the Sun in Cancer (exact at 12:36am 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? Then, the Moon in Taurus forms a flowing trine with Mars in Virgo (exact at 3:29am 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.
In the afternoon, the Sun in Cancer will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:27pm 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! Then, the Moon in Taurus will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Cancer (exact at 10:15pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Taurus will square Venus in Leo (exact at 11:06pm 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.
(Thursday 7/8/10)- I will be doing Astrology Readings at Candles & Creations today between 3:30pm-5:30pm (I will take my last reading at 5:30pm). 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
Today will be an astrologically busy day. There will be 6 Moon transits; 3 out of the 6 will be positive. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. The majority of the Moon transits will occur overnight. If you are a “Moon-sensitive” person, you may have trouble sleeping or have an active dream state tonight. The Moon, Mercury, and Venus will be highlighting nebulous Neptune today. This may give our day a fuzzy, dream-like quality. It could also have us feeling a little lazy or indolent. This would be a great day to go swimming or watch a good movie (even sleeping in a little later if possible). With this much planetary energy, it would be a good idea to work on grounding and trying to remain balanced. Meditation or yoga would be good also.
After midnight, the Moon in Taurus forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 12:53am) 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. If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. Then, the Moon in Taurus will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Virgo (exact at 2:10am 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! This will start a 1+ void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into chatty Gemini (exact at 3:51am EST). Good Gemini Moon activities are: communication (including talking, emailing, faxing, writing, etc), working with your hands, interaction with others (especially siblings and teachers), learning something new, diversified interests, mental agility, inquisitiveness, travel, and reading. Things to avoid are: fickleness, information overload, starting too many things & not being able to finish them, hyper activity, talking too much, and indecisiveness. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days. Next, the Moon in Gemini forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 4:37am 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!). Just after, the Moon in Gemini will form a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 4:54am 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). Then, the Moon in Gemini makes a positive sextile with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 9:15am 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. The Moon in Gemini will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:34am EST). Certainly this can bring up jealousy issues, power struggles, hidden fears, and obsessions. It is best to keep things a little superficial. This transit could cause frustrations on blending work and family time (especially if you have children).
In the afternoon, Mercury in Cancer will quincunx nebulous Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 3:58pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Be very careful (especially) with business dealings today. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Review all fine print closely and if possible put off signing any contracts. We will want to idealize people/situations around this time. To put it bluntly, we could be more susceptible to manipulation or someone fibbing to get their way. We may want to get lost in our thoughts. Our imagination may be working overtime…although, this will give our day a dreamy quality. Lastly, Venus in Leo will form a stressful opposition with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 7:55pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Idealism, love, & escapism all rolled up into one big rose-colored package! It is possible to meet charming people (or to be charming ourselves) around this time so, wait until another day before serious declarations of love or before signing on the dotted line (hopefully you have the day off)! Creativity, music, art, films, etc. will be favored. It is possible this could make us a little dreamy, sleepy, or fuzzy around this time. People with drug or alcohol issues could experience some issues around this transit.
(Friday 7/9/10)- Mercury, Mercury, and more Mercury! Mercury, will be the major astrological player today. You will feel this even more strongly, if you are a Mercury-ruled person (Gemini or Virgo) or if you have strong 3rd or 6th house placements. This is air-mental energy, so it will be easy to be un-grounded today. Even the Moon is in Mercury-ruled Gemini! It starts overnight, Mercury in Cancer will form a positive sextile with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 1:35am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Sextiles usually present opportunity, but will take some work on your part to have it come to fruition. 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. In fact, this is a good time for mental discipline. It may be possible that we are slower than normal in learning something (people with learning disabilities may have trouble around this time). Stick with the facts if you need to communicate. A great time for building foundations, goal setting, and long-term planning!! Later in the morning, the Moon in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Virgo (exact at 11:06am EST). As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time (gardening, housework, working on the car, etc. all count!). Sexuality can be enhanced around this transit. Did you ever have a moment where circumstances seem like they are conspiring against you? Often, this transit results in a culmination of things that can be annoying. Sometimes small irritations or quarrels can result.
In the afternoon, Mercury (The God of Communication & Transportation) will transition into the proud sign of Leo (exact at 12:29pm EST), after it only spent two short weeks in Cancer. Words and phrases to describe Leo are: “I Will!”, Fixed/Fire, warm, kind, generous, actor/theater, drama, loyal, domineering, proud, dignified, egocentric, creative, gambler/speculation, honest, noble, love children (especially their own), and games. A lot of “larger than life” people are Leos. It is common for actors and performers to be Leo or have heavy Leo in their chart (Leo needs recognition-I believe that is why). Areas of the body associated with Leo are the heart, gall bladder, & spine. Leo’s metal is Gold. Stones: Ruby, Onyx, Carnelian, Golden Topaz, and Tourmaline. Thoughts may surround children around this time. There may also be an emphasis on theater, concerts, shows and entertainment. Certainly, there could also be drama-don’t get sucked into it, especially if it is not yours! Leo does everything big, so it is possible to have big dreams or grandiose ideas (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). All of these themes will be emphasized over the next two weeks when Mercury transitions into detail oriented Virgo on 7/27/10.
Mercury in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with “Wounded Healer” Chiron in Aquarius (R) (exact at 5:15pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Past memories may come flooding in around this time. Forgiveness (or the need to forgive) may be just out of reach, but that is exactly what is needed. This may involve more of an intellectual process, but we may have difficulty in discussing it with others. If that is the case, start/write in your journal. Mercury in Cancer will form a beautiful flowing trine to Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:45pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will set the stage for surprising insights and ideas on new ways to do things. If this event occurs while you are sleeping, pay careful attention to the dreams that you have on this night. They could be prophetic or contain some information that you may find helpful. This transit increases clairvoyance and channeling. Exchange of thoughts and information may come at lightning speed around this time. Brilliant ideas! You may not need much caffeine in the morning to feel awake! In fact, I would use caution with all stimulants around this time (and that includes sugar)….as we could be feeling downright jittery without much assistance!
(Saturday 7/10/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Gemini will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 4:47am 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. Then, the Moon in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Virgo (exact at 6:17am 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. This will begin a 1+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into domestic Cancer. 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.
Lovely, Venus will transition into the perfectionist sign of Virgo (exact at 7:32am EST). Words and phrases to describe Virgo are: “I Analyze!”, Mutable/Earth, 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. Stones: Jade, Moss Agate, and Blue Sapphire. Over the next month, we will become much more discriminating. Lovers, friends, activities, and entertainment that we enjoyed over the last month will be examined more closely. If you are single and meet someone new, you may be more selective with your choice. If you are in a relationship try not to nit-pick your partner too much. Virgo’s tend to show their love through criticism. They will often justify this by saying that if they didn’t care, they wouldn’t bother saying anything. Anyone placed under a microscope will have faults. People that were born with Venus in Virgo in their natal charts often are bachelors/bachelorettes. Venus is often associated with finances or vocation. Therefore, this will be an ideal time to perform an analysis of our finances. Lastly, Virgos are prone to worry. Just remember, that fear is a negative faith. Venus will transition into relationship oriented Libra on 8/6/10, where it will be more comfortable.
The Moon will transition into Cancer (exact at 7:38am EST). Good Cancer Moon activities are: anything to do with home and family, cooking, maternal/mothering, being emotional, crafts, sensitivity, empathy, finances, savings, and care-taking. Things to avoid are: holding grudges, feeling slighted (possibly with little or no cause), over sensitivity, emotional eating, stubbornness, and being grumpy. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days. Later, the Moon will aspect the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction. At the same time, the Moon in Cancer will form a positive sextile with Venus in Virgo (exact at 7:38am 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. The Moon in Cancer will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 8:15am 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, the Moon in Cancer uncomfortably squares Uranus in Aries (exact at 8:36am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 12:53pm 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 Moon in Cancer will form its monthly opposition to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 1:52pm EST). This can signify a (short) period of intensity. Someone could challenge you in an area where you are sensitive. Another possibility is that you may spend too much time analyzing instead of acting. Avoid underhanded tactics because someone will be more apt to notice. Lastly, Venus in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:55pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to go with the flow! This is a good time to “surprise” you romantic partner with a nice gesture. You could also have a “surprise” financially; this could mean that you unexpectedly got a bonus OR are overdrawn on your checking account!
Mark your calendars! Tomorrow (Sun 7/11) there will be a New Moon in Cancer AND a Solar Eclipse!
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