I will also be starting school this week to become certified as a Life Coach! My goal is to offer “Astro-Coaching” as a service (astrology & life coaching combined). This means during the next couple of weeks I will be unavailable for Readings. I am very excited about this and I always love to learn new skills (I have 3 planets in my 9th house & 2 in my 3rd house). Anyway, enjoy your week!
Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Virgo 8/22-9/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Virgo 7/27-10/3
Venus: Libra 8/6-9/8, Scorpio 9/8-11/7
Mars: Libra 7/29-9/14, Scorpio 9/14-10/28
Jupiter: Aries 6/6-9/9, Pisces 9/9-1/22/11
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 9/12/10)- The morning starts pleasantly when; Venus in Scorpio forms a positive sextile with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 6:43am 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. This transit will actually 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/sex/finances. As Pluto, even when positively aspected, is still prone to having a dark side.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Scorpio will positively sextile the Sun in Virgo (exact at 3:06pm 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 event we have been waiting for…Mercury in Virgo turns Direct today (exact at 7:09pm EST)!! The temporary period of time that miscommunications and travel snafus run amuck, is now over. Unfortunately, it can take several days for Mercury to start traveling in a forward direction (it is Stationary right now), but this is certainly a step in the right direction! Hopefully you used the last three weeks to review and reevaluate what is working and what is not. Toward the end of the week we should feel the cloud of confusion lift as we begin a new Mercurial Phase! It depends where Mercury/Virgo falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
(Monday 9/13/10)- Well, we start the week off with a bang! There will be 6 Moon transits, 2 planetary transits and the Moon will move in Sagittarius! Mars will be quincunxing the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction. Quincunxes usually represent a block or obstacle. This could be irritating because Mars is energy and we may want forward progress but a few speed bumps could hit our paths making it difficult. Whenever there is this much activity in a 24 hour time span, it is best to work on grounding.
Overnight, the Moon in Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 2:57am) 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 Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 4:14am 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, Mars in Libra will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 4:30am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to expect the unexpected! If you are normally impulsive, then a steady approach is best during this time. If you are normally sedate or in a rut, then use innovation to jolt yourself out of it. This can be a great time for innovation and sudden breakthroughs but make sure to think things through before you act. We may encounter someone that is oddly aggressive or not acting like themselves. I would just ignore their behavior (people may be a little “off” right now). Those prone to nervous conditions and anxiety may have difficulty around this transit. The Moon then goes onto highlight the Uranus/Jupiter conjunction. The Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:58am 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 or ideas, so write them down! Technology (like computers), inventing, New Age ideologies, and friendships are favored around this transit. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). Next, the Moon in Scorpio makes a flowing trine with Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:53am 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. This will also be the beginning of a very short void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 8:52am EST). 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. 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.
Later in the evening, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Mercury (R) in Virgo (exact at 6:38pm 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 Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 7:02pm 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. Lastly, Mars in Libra will make an annoying quincunx with Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 8:19pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Use caution with over spending, over confidence, and taking unnecessary risks with this transit. Place your energy into positive pursuits. We could have the tendency to “make mountains out of molehills” with this one. This is not a
good time to rely purely on luck. Group endeavors may go poorly.
(Tuesday 9/14/10)- I will not be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today because I will be in school. The next time I will be there is on 9/28/10.
There will be no moon or planetary transits today and most of the day will be under the influence of the light-hearted Sagittarius Moon. However, Pluto will turn Direct and Mars will move into the sign of Scorpio. I love it; two planets turning Direct in one week!
The (dwarf) “planet”, Pluto in Capricorn going Direct today (exact at 12:37am EST)!! Pluto is generally Retrograde for 160 days and is stationary about 16 days before and 16 days after retrogradation. It has been Retrograde since 4/6/10. As you may remember, Pluto went into the sign of Capricorn at the end of November 2008 where it will reside for the next 24 years. 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! 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. Retrogrades are a time for reflection. (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.) We should now be able to make forward progress in these areas. Wherever Pluto falls within your chart, will show where the transformation will take place on a personal level. Just remember, this time of transition/reflection was necessary. I use the analogy of a forest fire, out of the destruction comes nutrient rich soil and new growth……
Mars (the God of War) will travel into powerful Scorpio (exact at 6:38pm EST). Mars influences our actions, expression of anger, aggression, ego (both in and out of power), energy, courage, confidence, self-reliance, boldness, violence, destructiveness, cruelty, and often dictates the type of person that we will be sexually attracted to. Its medical associations are: red blood cells, tolerance for pain, muscular energy, inflammation, and fevers. Mars is like our engine…it makes us go, go, go!
Words and phrases to describe Scorpio are: “I Desire”, Fixed/Water, deep, prodding, sexual, secretive, solitary, inquisitive, moody, loyal, spiritual, occult, death/rebirth (Phoenix Rising), mystery, and detective. It is associated with the reproductive organs, bladder, rectum, genitals, bowels, obsessions, and allergies. Metals are iron & steel. Stones: Bloodstone, Opal, Coral, Obsidian, and Topaz. We just moved through a period of time when Mars was in the relationship oriented sign of Libra and now we will have the chance to explore our passions when it is in the sign of Scorpio.
We may become fascinated with mystery, murder, the occult, death and the after death during this time. Over the 1 & 1/2 months, there may be lots of complexities to be dealt with. On the positive side passion may play a larger role; whether it is a person, project, or creative endeavor. It should be something that you can really sink your teeth into and delve deep. On the negative side jealousies (which is an unhealthy form of passion), secrets, and hidden agendas may be prevalent too. The Scorpio has 3 symbolic associations. The common symbol is the Scorpion. They are known to “sting” you if you tread on their toes and can be vengeful and defensive. The second association is the eagle; which is the highest echelon of Scorpio. This is the stage of “rising above”, great strength, respect, and courage. The lowest form is the grey lizard always hiding in the shadows consumed with fear, psychic (negative) power, and depression (this stage is often associated with manipulation, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual deviance, & solitude). Just remember, that lizards can shed their skin and go through a renewal…some Scorpios go through all three phases within one lifetime. As the days get shorter and fall approaches, it will be possible to look under the surface and detect subtleties of a situation. Our detective skills will be heightened. Of course, this will be useful especially if you need to perform any kind of research. Now is a good time to revise or create a will, trust fund, or life insurance policy. I have to mention passion & sexuality when I am talking about Scorpio…this is also a good time to whisper sweet nothings in your lover’s ear. Use your words to arouse! Unfortunately, this could also be a time of increased obsessive thinking, jealousies, suspicion, hidden fears, and vengeance too.
Mars will transition into the adventurous sign of Sagittarius on Oct 28th.
(Wednesday 9/15/10)- Today will consist of Moon transits. There will be 7 total; 4 out of the 7 will be positive. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than Planetary transits. Overnight, the Sun in Virgo will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Sagittarius (exact at 1:50am EST). So, toward late evening to 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. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 10:01am 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 around this transit. Anyone have rose-colored glasses? Then, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a (minor) positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 11:20am EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!
In the afternoon, the Moon in Sagittarius uncomfortably squares Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:17pm 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 Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:52pm 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 1+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Capricorn (exact at 4:30pm 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 will form a positive sextile with Mars in Scorpio (exact at 5:44pm 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! Lastly, the Moon in will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 9:52pm 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. Wow!
Thursday (9/16/10)- I will not be doing Astrological Readings at Candles & Creations today because I will be in school. The next time I will be there is on 9/23/10.
Another day of Lunar transits. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Capricorn Moon. The Moon in Capricorn will form a positive sextile with Venus in Scorpio (exact at 2:53am 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. Then, right after that the Moon in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Libra (exact at 3:58am 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. Then, the Moon in Capricorn makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Virgo (exact at 4:35am 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 it is highly beneficial for all kinds of relationships.
(Friday 9/17/10)- Just one (pleasant) Lunar transit today. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Capricorn Moon. The Sun in Virgo will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Capricorn (exact at 5:19pm 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! Tomorrow will be a very busy day….
(Saturday 9/18/10)- Yom Kippur Today will consist mostly of 3 Moon transits and 4 planetary transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Also the planet Mercury will turn Retrograde. The will be a lot of cosmic energy in the 2nd half of the day. Folks that are sensitive to planetary energy may have trouble sleeping or will have a very active dream state tonight. I will say one of my favorite transits is occurring when Venus & Mars have their yearly liaison (love & passion)! Today will have 7 Moon transits and 1 planetary transit. Busy, busy! The Moon will be (negatively) aspecting the Cardinal T-Square, so there could be tension. Go with the flow! Try and stay grounded because there will be a lot of planetary/Lunar activity over the next 3 days!
Overnight, the Moon will highlight the Uranus/Jupiter conjunction that will come to exactitude later today. The Moon will form a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 1:04am 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). Just after, the Moon in Capricorn makes a positive sextile with Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 1:13am 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. This will also start a 2+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into unique Aquarius (exact at 3:35am 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. Then, the Moon in Aquarius will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Scorpio (exact at 8:23am 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, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Libra (exact at 4:09pm 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! Next, the Moon in Aquarius will square Venus in Scorpio (exact at 5:37pm 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. Then, the Moon in Aquarius will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Virgo (exact at 7:57pm 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? Later, Jupiter (R) will conjunct Uranus (R) both in Pisces (exact at 9:03pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit (possibly a couple of weeks). This one has been creating quite the buzz because this event only happens approximately every 14 years! The last time this conjunction took place was 6/8/10 (in Aries) and before that was in Feb 1997. Jupiter is optimistic and Uranus is electrifying…some combo? Now is the time to take a risk and do something outside your usual comfort zone. This combination tends to be associated with breakthroughs, inventions, and technological advances. Time to dream big and think big. The only caveat is that we may rush in and not double check the fine details. Jupiter could give us over-confidence or bravado. In other words, as long as you use your head…follow your heart! Lastly, Mars in Scorpio will sextile Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 10:48pm EST). Sextiles are positive and usually present opportunity, but it will take some effort on your part to have it come to fruition. If you are goal oriented and really know yourself well, this could present an awesome opportunity coming your way. For folks that are wanderers, directionless, and really don’t know what they want from life, well, you will have a harder time with this transit. It is also possible to feel a strong need to change some area of life (most likely it will pertain to business with the association of Capricorn). This will also give us increased energy and possibly sex drive! All types of physical exercise are encouraged, especially dance, yoga, ice-skating, & martial arts. Careful not to over-do it, because this can create a “weekend warrior” syndrome.
Mark your calendars! The Sun will move into Libra (Fall Equinox) on Wed 9/22 and the Full Moon will take place on Thurs 9/23 in Aries!
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