Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Leo 7/22-8/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Virgo 7/27-10/3
Venus: Libra 8/6-9/8
Mars: Libra 7/29-9/14
Jupiter: Aries 6/6-9/9
Saturn: Libra 7/21/10-10/6/12
Uranus: Pisces 8/13/10-3/12/11
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 Virgo retrograde 8/20-9/12
Jupiter in Aries Retrograde 7/23/10-11/18/10
Uranus in Aries Retrograde 7/5/10-12/5/10
Neptune in Aquarius Retrograde 5/31/10-11/7/10
Pluto in Capricorn Retrograde 4/6/10-9/13/10
Chiron in Pisces Retrograde 6/4/10-11/6/10
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 8/22/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Aquarius makes a positive sextile with Jupiter (R) in Aries (exact at 1:37am 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. Then, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Libra (exact at 3:42am EST). Too bad this event isn’t occurring on Monday morning! 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 evening, Sun in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:43pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes often represent a block, obstacle or delay. In the evening, we may receive some unexpected news. It may be difficult to act on this new information. There may also be small glitches with technology or travel. It’s possible that we may just be restless around this time. Just remember that it is difficult to change everything at once, even if we are inclined to!
(Monday 8/23/10)- Happy Birthday Virgo!! The Sun will transition into Virgo (exact at 1:27am 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. Its metal is Mercury. Stones: Jade, Moss Agate, and Blue Sapphire. Over the next month, the energy will shift from the dramatic (Leo), to attention to detail and thoroughness. Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury and Mercury influences communication and travel. As you have read on last week’s Blog, Mercury is currently Retrograde in Virgo (see Blog entry from 8/20). Use this time to (positively) harness Virgo’s organizational skills. Some famous Virgos are: Cameron Diaz, Richard Gere, Sean Connery, Lyndon Johnson (former President), Leo Tolstoy, Billy Ray Cyprus, Stephen King, Raquel Welch, Hank Williams, and Keanue Reeves. (Also my mother and fiancé!! LOL) The Sun will transition into diplomatic Libra on 9/22/09.
Then, the Moon will highlight the Mars/Venus conjunction that took place last Friday (see that entry for explanation 8/20). The Moon in Aquarius forms a flowing trine with Mars in Libra (exact at 4:17am 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 Aquarius forms a flowing trine with Venus in Libra (exact at 6:00am 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! Next, the Moon in Aquarius will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury (R) in Virgo (exact at 11:17am 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?
In the afternoon, the Sun in Virgo will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Mars in Libra (exact at 12:21pm EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. It seems the more we assert ourselves and the harder we try, the more resistance will be felt. The best advice I can give around this transit is, leave your ego at home! There could be aggressive attitudes, competitiveness, ego-centric behavior, arguments, temper tantrums, and quick judgments around this time. There may also be an increase in accidents and/or speeding (please be careful while driving & allow extra time to get to your destination). We may have a lot of extra energy, so make sure it is channeled properly (like with exercise) and playfulness.
(Tuesday 8/24/10)- 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.
Today will consist of 5 Lunar transits and 1 planetary transit. Three out of the six Moon transits will be positive…so a mixed bag. There may be intensity regardless because of the Full Moon. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
In the morning, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune (R) both in Aquarius (exact at 4:29am 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. 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 5+ hour long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon changes into dreamy Pisces. 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, Moon forms its monthly (minor) conjunction with Chiron (R) both in Aquarius (exact at 6:51am 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 10:11am). 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 yours aside, excessive escapism, and acting like a martyr. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days.
The height of the Full Moon in Pisces will be at 1:05pm EST. The Full Moon in August is called the Full Sturgeon Moon, Full Red Moon, Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. The Full Moon is not usually a time where you would want to start anything new, but is more of a time of reflection. It is considered to be a culmination of your efforts that you made since the last New Moon. There is often a lot of energy & intensity associated with the Full Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Virgo). Do you wish you could be introspective but instead need to deal with nagging details? Are you finding it hard to concentrate and wish you were floating on a cloud of dreams? Do you suddenly have an urge to meditate, dance, paint, play music, or write poetry? The lesson in this Full Moon is to combine both intuition and logic to come up with an answer to our questions. All forms of healing are favored. It depends where Pisces falls within your natal chart, to know how it would affect you on a personal level. I personally like to take this time to meditate and send out prayers for family, friends, and humanity. Then, the Full Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 4:03pm) helping us to connect with what is going on under the surface. This time will be beneficial for: cathartic experiences, deep conversations, and all forms of counseling are favored during this transit. Next, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Libra (exact at 4:53pm 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. Lastly, the Sun in Virgo will quincunx Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 8:28pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Although we will feel sunny and optimistic around this time, use caution with over confidence. It might not be good to work with groups around this time. There may be a hindrance pertaining to a friendship. Family and friends may be at odds right now.
(Wednesday 8/25/10)- Today will consist of three moon transits; two quincunxes and an opposition. Quincunxes usually bring obstacles or blocks while oppositions are stressful. These will be later in the day, so try to take things easy around that time. The majority of the day will be under the influence of the Pisces Moon.
In the evening, the Moon in Pisces forms an annoying quincunx to Mars in Libra (exact at 8:28pm 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 makes its monthly opposition with Mercury (R) in Virgo (exact at 10:04pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Libra (exact at 11:51pm 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.
(Thursday 8/26/10)- I will be doing Astrology Readings at Candles & Creations today between 3:30pm-6pm. This is a great opportunity to get an introductory reading from me. 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!
Overnight, the Sun in Virgo will form a beautiful flowing trine with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 1:12am). 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. Even though the height of the is overnight we will have felt this yesterday and today. Both Virgo & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or to be connected to nature.
Later in the evening, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Uranus (R) both in Pisces (exact at 10:00pm EST). The Uranus connection can bring us unexpected inspiration/ideas & can enhance clairvoyance & channeling. This can highlight technology, electricity, inventing, and unexpected events. Due to Pisces’ influence it can also assist with intuition and creative endeavors. If you are sleeping during this time, it may cause disruption in sleep or vivid dreams. This will begin a short void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon changes into pioneering Aries (exact at 10:49pm EST). Aries Moons are similar to New Moons. It is considered to be a favorable time to start new projects, physical activities (like sports or working out), dynamism, leadership, competition, and action. Things to avoid are being too bossy, arrogant, and insensitive during the next 2 1/2 days. Aries rules the head, so pay attention to stress; especially of you are prone to tension headaches.
(Friday 8/27/10)- Starting with the Moon’s conjunction last night, the Moon will go onto aspect the remaining planets in the Cardinal T-Square today. There will be a lot of cosmic energy overnight. Folks that are sensitive to these energies may have trouble sleeping or may have an active dream-state tonight. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
Overnight, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Jupiter (R) both in Aries (exact at 1:51am EST) assisting us in feeling optimistic and upbeat. This is an ideal time to work with groups of people. It also highlights/benefits: travel (especially long distance), other cultures, higher education, law, publishing, advertising, sales, horses, and spirituality. Then, the Moon in Aries will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:36am 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. Next, the Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn in Libra (exact at 6:03am EST). 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’s possible that our feelings may get in the way of responsibility. Lastly, Moon in Aries will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Virgo (exact at 7:01am 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).
(Saturday 8/28/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Aries will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Virgo (exact at 7:23am 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?
In the afternoon the Moon will highlight last Friday’s Venus/Mars conjunction (see entry from 8/20). The Moon in Aries will form its monthly opposition to Mars in Libra (exact at 12:09pm 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! Then, the Moon in Aries forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Libra (exact at 4:55pm 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.
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