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 7/27-8/20
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: Aries 5/27-8/13, Pisces 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.
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
Coming up: Mercury Retrograde from 8/20-9/12
Did you ever feel like the energy in your home is stagnant? Some of you may or may not know that I have had an interest in energetic-space clearing of homes and businesses (and have been performing Space Clearings for some time now). I have also been studying Feng Shui for the last few years and just became a Reiki Master recently. After selling Real Estate for the last 9 years now (and being intuitive and sensitive to energies), I feel this is a natural and logical next step. I will come to your home or business and perform a ritual/blessing to clear away the negative energy. I try to schedule it during a time that is in alignment with beneficial planetary aspects/lunar phases. I am adding this as an additional service that I can offer to my Vermont clients and my rate is $60 per hour (the time depends on the size of the structure). There may be an additional fee for travel time depending on your location. Feel free to call or email me with questions! Namaste!
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 (or longer). 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 8/8/10)- Venus will continue to aspect the Cardinal T-Square this week. This will test our relationships. Just a reminder, the Moon will be continuing a long void-of-course cycle for most of the day that will last until the Moon transitions into Leo later this evening. 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. In the early morning, Venus will form a conjunction with Saturn in both in Libra (exact at 1:24am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Discipline and organization are required pertaining to relationships or finances. This transit will be permeated by seriousness. This probably won’t be a time of busy social activities. The invites that you do get however, will most likely be from your oldest and dearest friends (quality vs. quantity). If you are willing to put in the hard work around this time, you have the will to accomplish a lot! Any delays that are experienced will be for the better (but you might not feel that way at the time). This is an auspicious time for finances, business endeavors, strategizing, etc. This may be a good time to sit down with the boss (or with someone with authority over you) to hammer out long-term goals. They will appreciate your proactive attitude, which may benefit you financially. Just avoid confrontation with them at this time, since we may be more inclined to fight for what we believe is right. This will also be a beneficial day to garden or do yard work.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Cancer forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 3:32pm 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. Next, the Moon in Cancer forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:59pm 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 Moon transitions into dramatic Leo (exact at 7:23pm EST). Good activities to do when the Moon is in Leo are: anything to do with performing or theater, seeing a show, dressing up & looking nice, managing, feeling proud, entrepreneurial endeavors, gambling, playing games, routing for the underdog and taking care of children. Things to avoid are being too bossy, acting egotistical, and going over the top. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days. Just after, the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 7:36pm EST) helping us to step up to the plate and do the right thing, even though it may be somewhat unconventional. We could get a sudden revelation or idea, so write them down! Technology (like computers), inventing, New Age ideologies, and friendships are favored around this transit.Then, the Moon will go onto aspect the Venus/Saturn transit that took place earlier. The Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 10:02pm 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. The Moon in Aries will form a positive sextile with Venus in Aquarius (exact at 10:36pm 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.
(Monday 8/9/10)- Just after midnight, the Moon in Leo makes a flowing trine with Jupiter (R) in Aries (exact at 12:07am 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. Next, the Moon in Leo will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:22am 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). The Sun in Leo will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Saturn in Libra (exact at 4:47am EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. You know the story of the tortoise and the hare? This time is about playing the role of the tortoise. Youth may try to rebel against authority. With patience, they may find that they could learn something of value! Then, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile with Mars in Libra (exact at 5:40am 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!
In the evening, Venus in Virgo will form its annual opposition with Jupiter (R) in Aries (exact at 7:40pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. We may feel like being social around this time, but there might be something getting in the way of joining the group. Avoid impulse buys around this time; it will cost you! You may have grandiose ideas about the direction of a love relationship. This would not be a beneficial time for trying to get a loan (especially for education) or legal matters. Now is the time to assess: What am I giving and what am I getting in return? Later tonight is the height of the New Moon that will occur in the sign of Leo (exact at 11:08pm EST). This New Moon is being referred to as a “Super New moon” because the Moon will be at its closest point to the earth for the year! New Moons are considered to be highly auspicious times for starting new things, new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. All of Leo Moon themes will be highlighted/amplified. I personally, like to do space clearing and meditating around this time. The New Moon is always accompanied by a conjunction with the Sun (also in Leo). This usually makes us feel connected & supported by loved ones. It’s easier to talk about our emotions during this transit. Just use caution however, because there may be so much energy that we could encounter egotistical behavior or attitudes. It depends on where the Moon/Sun/Leo are located in your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
(Tuesday 8/10/10)- 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.
There will be 3 planetary transits and 5 Moon transits today. Try to remain grounded whenever there is this much cosmic activity. Just after midnight, Venus in Virgo will form an uncomfortable square with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:05am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This one could bring love/passion up close and personal. It could take the form of sexual tension, teasing in the form of flirtation (remember those school days?), jealousy (an unhealthy form of passion), etc. Pluto brings intensity and there is a possibly of obsessing (or being too intense) about love/finances. Try not to engage in power struggles with our loved one or indulge in ultimatums (it would most likely blow up in our faces). We may be able to look below the surface and discover things about ourselves, others, or even our finances that we may have over-looked or not noticed previously. If the energies are harnessed properly, there could be true transformation in these areas. Later in the morning, the Sun in Leo forms a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Jupiter (R) in Aries (exact at 10:36am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Leo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 3:10pm EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time. Especially since this will also enhance escapism (people with drug or alcohol issues will have trouble around this transit). This will start a 3+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into service-oriented Virgo. Next, the Sun in Leo will make a slightly awkward sesquisquare with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 3:50pm). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its 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 but everyone around us wants to keep it superficial. Power struggles are possible (especially with children), so pick and choose your battles! On a positive note, we may be feeling passionate & sexy around this time! Then, the Moon in Leo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:30pm EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. 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! The Moon transitions into service-oriented Virgo (exact at 7:01pm EST). Good Virgo Moon activities are: organization, being detail-oriented, service to others, health improvement, intellectual pursuits, practicality, research, and really anything that requires precision. Things to avoid are: being overly perfectionistic, excessive worry, analysis paralysis, criticism, and being too caught up in the details that we can’t see the forest through the trees. All of these themes will be prominent in the next 2 1/2 days. Next, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 7:09pm 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. Later in the day, the Moon in Virgo will quincunx Jupiter (R) in Aries (exact at 11:29pm EST). This is a time where you could feel disconnected from the group. Someone could challenge your beliefs around this time. 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! Lastly, the Moon in Virgo forms a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:52pm 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.
(Wednesday 8/11/10)- (Ramadan Begins) The astrological day starts later. Most of the day will be under the influence of the Virgo Moon. The only transit today will be when the Moon conjuncts Mercury both in Virgo (exact at 8:04pm EST) assisting with communication, short distance travel and feeling supported by others. It will be very easy to express feelings and emotions around this time. This is a great time to write (like journaling) or to express emotions. This will start a long void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into relationship-oriented Libra tomorrow.
(Thursday 8/12/10)- 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
There will be 6 Lunar transits today. The Moon will be highlighting the Cardinal T-Square today (between Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto) possibly bringing some tension. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration that planetary ones. The Moon will also be void-of-course until 6:43pm today; as you know this is not an ideal time to start new projects.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 2:42pm 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. Next, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 5:00pm 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 Moon transitions into relationship-oriented Libra (exact at 6:43pm 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. Then, the Moon in Libra will make its monthly opposition to Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 6:46pm 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. Next, the Moon conjuncts Saturn both in Libra (exact at 10:01pm EST). 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. The Moon in Libra makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter (R) in Aries (exact at 11:06pm 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! Lastly, the Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:38pm 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.
(Friday 8/13/10)- (Friday the 13th) Don’t forget that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary ones. The Moon will conjunct both Venus and Mars! This is love and passion…nice! The Moon will conjunct Venus both in Libra (exact at 4:58am EST). We will want to experience love on a visceral level. This is a great time to: pamper ourselves, decorate, shop (because we will have an “eye” for things that look good), artistic endeavors, creativity, and be in the company of loved ones. Sometimes this transit can have us feeling a little indolent; it is actually a favored time for finances. Next, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Libra (exact at 9:22am EST). As with most Mars transits, I usually will recommend some form of physical exercise (yes, that includes gardening, working on the car, housework, etc.). This can increase physical vitality & health (and passion too). It is important to properly channel the excess energy; otherwise arguments and nitpicking could result.
The planet Uranus (currently Retrograde) will return to the sign of Pisces, where it has been residing the last 7 years (exact at 11:36pm EST)! Uranus gave us a brief preview of what the next 7 year cycle will be like, when it went into Aries on May 27th. It has been in the sign of Pisces since 2003-11. The last time it was in the sign of Pisces was 1919-1927.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. Words and phrases to describe Pisces are: “I Believe!”, dreamy, idealistic, caring, sympathetic, creative, artistic, tender, sensitive, drifter, psychic, impressionable, escapism, and charitable. No matter where Uranus shows up in your chart, it will force change in that area! You would need to know where Uranus/Pisces falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. We will need to review the Uranus/Pisces lessons once more before it moves back into Aries in 2011!
(Saturday 8/14/10)- In the morning, the Moon in Libra will positively sextile the Sun in Leo (exact at 6:06am 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?
In the afternoon, Moon in Libra will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 4:06pm 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 4+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into passionate Scorpio Moon. The Moon in Libra will form a (minor) flowing trine with Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 6:27pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Next, the Moon in Libra forms a (minor) annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 8:24pm 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 8:26pm 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.
Next week Mercury will turn Retrograde in Virgo! Mark your calendars!
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