Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Libra 9/22-10/23, Scorpio 10/23-11/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Libra 10/3-10/20, Scorpio 10/20-11/8
Venus: Scorpio 9/8-11/7, Libra 11/7-11/29
Mars: Scorpio 9/14-10/28
Jupiter: 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.
Venus in Scorpio Retrograde 10/8/10-11/18/10
Jupiter in Pisces Retrograde 7/23/10-11/18/10
Uranus in Pisces Retrograde 7/5/10-12/5/10
Neptune in Aquarius Retrograde 5/31/10-11/7/10
Chiron in Aquarius 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 10/17/10)- Today will consist of 6 Lunar transits and 1 planetary transit. Three out of the six Moon transits will be positive…so a mixed bag. 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.
In the morning, the Moon in Aquarius will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Scorpio (exact at 7:17am 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. Next, the Moon will positively aspect the Sun/Mercury conjunction that came to exactitude yesterday. The Sun in Libra will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Aquarius (exact at 10:58am 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 Aquarius makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Libra (exact at 11:56am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune (R) both in Aquarius (exact at 2:49pm 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. This will also start an 8+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into sensitive 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. Next the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Chiron (R) both in Aquarius (exact at 3:16pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Then, Mercury in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:42pm 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. This is a “foot in mouth” transit! Careful who you confide in, as they may not have your best interest at heart. This would not be a favorable time to plan a trip or pursue legal endeavors. The Moon transitions into Pisces (exact at 10:52pm). 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.
(Monday 10/18/10)- In the morning, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 5:08am) helping us to connect with what is going on under the surface. If you were awake during this time it would be beneficial for: cathartic experiences, deep conversations, and all forms of counseling are favored during this transit. It may be possible to have intense dreams while you are sleeping. Then, Mercury in Libra will form a flowing trine with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 8:03am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. All this idealism could have you simply gushing to all your friends. Daydreaming and intuition high around this time. You may be thinking (& talking) about a vacation or simply just getting away for a while. Creative endeavors will be favored around this time or really anything that requires imagination. This is also a good time to get lost in a good book or to watch a film. Next, the Sun in Libra will quincunx Jupiter (R) in Aquarius (exact at 10:12am 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. Again, 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. Then, Mercury in Libra will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer) Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 11:07am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is an indication that talking/communication could heal old wounds. Are you wearing your heart on your sleeve? This is a beneficial transit if you need to give a speech or to teach something. It will be easier to convey your thoughts & ideas around this time (especially if you speak from the heart).
In the evening, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Libra (exact at 7:00pm 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 Moon in Pisces forms a flowing trine with Venus (R) in Scorpio (exact at 9:02pm 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!
(Tuesday 10/19/10)- 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.
In the morning, Mercury in Libra continues its trend and forms an annoying quincunx to Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:00am 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. However, it may be perplexing on how to incorporate these ideas into daily life…except, that is exactly the lesson that is present in this transit! People with nervous conditions, anxiety, palpations, etc. may have trouble around this time. 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! Then, the Sun in Libra will form a flowing trine with nebulous Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 8:18am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. All aspects of music, film, arts, creativity, abstract thought, dreaminess, intuition, escapism, and idealism will be highlighted. This is a good time to follow your gut feelings, as intuition will be high. We might be more introspective and contemplative. Serendipitous moments abound! Being near water may be soothing and regenerative. We may suddenly feel attracted (romantically) to a friend or a friendship could become a more spiritual connection.
In the afternoon, the Sun in Libra forms a flowing trine with Chiron (R) (the Wounded Healer) in Aquarius (exact at 1:16pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is a great time to heal past hurts (especially with siblings and friends). We will be feeling positive about the future. Even if you have been feeling down lately, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. Lastly, the Moon in Pisces forms a flowing trine with Mars in Scorpio (exact at 11:48pm 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.
(Wednesday 10/20/10)- Today will consist of 5 Lunar transits and 2 planetary transits. Four out of the five Moon transits may be trying. Today is a mixed bag of energies. Intensity is starting to build as the planets are starting to enter Scorpio (Mercury is today). The Sun/Uranus quincunx may be difficult, but the Mars/Jupiter trine will give us a blast of positive energy later in the day. With this much cosmic energy, try to remain grounded and work on balance.
Overnight, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Jupiter (R) both in Pisces (exact at 1:15am 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 Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Libra (exact at 5:08am 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). Next, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Uranus (R) both in Pisces (exact at 6:25am 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 Aries’ influence it can also assist with a pioneering spirit and breaking out of your rut. If you are sleeping during this time, it may cause disruption in sleep or vivid dreams. This will begin a long 5+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon changes into pioneering Aries. Then, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Libra (exact at 10:26am 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? The Moon transitions into pioneering Aries (exact at 11:23am 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.Later, Mercury transitions into the secretive sign of Scorpio (exact at 5:19pm EST). 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: Topaz, Opal, Coral, Obsidian, and Topaz. Now Mercury, Venus & Mars will be occupying this intense sign. Mercury rules over the intellect, mental processes, learning, travel and communication. It is not a surprise that Halloween falls during a time when Mercury is occupying this sign. We become fascinated with mystery, murder, the occult, death and the after death during this time. Rocky Horror Picture Show and horror films become favorite pastimes as well as dressing up like our favorite ghouls and zombies. This theme is continued, not just in America, but in other parts of the world with the celebration of the Day of the Dead and All Saints Day/All Soul’s Day (11/1 & 11/2). As the days get shorter, 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. Mercury will transition into the adventurous sign of Sagittarius on Nov 8th!
The Moon in Aries will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 5:39pm 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. Then, the Sun in Libra will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 8:17pm 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 morning, 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! Lastly, Mars in Scorpio will form a beautiful flowing trine to optimistic Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 9:42pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Physical energy should be high today. This is a beneficial transit for any type of physical activity, exercise, physical therapy, and (especially) group sports. This is a day for action! This transit will also be favorable for career endeavors, law or legal issues, organized religion, entrepreneurial endeavors, planning to further one’s education, humanitarian efforts, and possibly speculative endeavors. Relations with friend, siblings & groups of people will go smoothly. Be on the lookout for opportunity today!
(Thursday 10/21/10)- We will start the day with a lot of planetary energy. In the morning, Moon in Aries will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Scorpio (exact at 6:58am 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. Next, Venus in Scorpio will form a slightly annoying sesquisquare to Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:37am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. We will feel like being social around this time. However, we may make a small social faux pas, like wearing the wrong attire or calling the boss’s wife the wrong name. Avoid impulse buys around this time; it will cost you! The same goes for speculative ventures. You may have grandiose ideas about the direction of a love relationship. Just after, the Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn in Libra (exact at 7:46am 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’s possible that our feelings may get in the way of responsibility. Then, Mars in Scorpio forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Saturn in Libra (exact at 11:11am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Mars wants to go, go, go and Saturn’s approach is slow & steady. These planets don’t have the same energy, and that is the problem. Mars will give us the energy, but be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Put your energy towards organization and goal setting. If the Universe throws you speed bumps around this time, try not to react with anger and simply handle it with grace. Someone may be overly dramatic right now and it may be hard to remain balanced. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Aries Moon…
(Friday 10/22/10)- Today is a strange mix of energies. Mars will square Neptune earlier in the day causing confusion or disorientation. Today does not favor action; it is OK to talk about your plans but I wouldn’t actually start anything until a more auspicious day. Things will get intense later when Mercury sextiles Pluto and the Full Moon occurs in Aries. This Full Moon is unusual also because this is the second month in a row that the Full Moon will be in Aries! Think back, there may be a repeat of what occurred around 9/23…
In the morning, Mars in Scorpio will form an uncomfortable square with nebulous Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 11:35am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. The energies of these two planets don’t normally blend easily. Mars is about fire and passion. Neptune is water and emotion. But blending them is exactly what is called for! Dancing, yoga, meditation, boating (in fact all water sports) are recommended around this time. We may feel fuzzy and unmotivated today.
In the afternoon, the Moon will highlight the Mars/Neptune square when the Moon in Aries forming a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 2:41pm 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 Aries makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Scorpio (exact at 2:52pm 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. The Full Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 3:04pm 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 Mercury in Scorpio will form a positive sextile with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 3:38pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. If you have to give a speech or a sales pitch to someone right now…well you couldn’t have picked a better time! Communication skills will be persuasive & powerful. Hot topics right now will be sexuality, transformation, psychology, secrets, finances (esp. wills, trust funds, life ins, etc), death, mortality, and fears. If you are able to face these subjects with openness and honesty; then real healing could occur. It would be a good time to whisper sweet-nothings into your partner’s ear. Use words to arouse passion (the good kind!). Pluto does have a dark side, so watch for obsessive thinking and jealousies. Then, Mars in Scorpio will form an uncomfortable square with (the Wounded Healer) Chiron (R) in Aquarius (exact at 5:49pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be certain to bring up old wounds and memories and our 1st emotion may be anger. However, Mars provides us with the tools to act and make things better. It would be best to face these situations directly (yet with tact) and just deal with them once and for all. The rewards will outweigh any uncertainty. The height of the Full Moon in Aries (exact at 9:37pm EST). The Full Moon that takes place closest to the Autumn Equinox is called the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon, Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, or the Full Blood Moon. The interesting thing about this Full Moon is that it takes place in the sign of Aries and is the second month in a row that it will be occurring in this sign! Full Moons astrologically are considered to be a time of culmination or endings. Aries Moons, however usually signify new starts or beginnings. I feel that a little of both may take place around this time. It depends where Aries/Moon 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. This will also be the beginning of a short void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the earthy Taurus Moon (exact at 10:30pm 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 ½ days.
(Saturday 10/23/10)- Today will consist of mostly all Moon transits. The only exception is when the Sun moves into the sign of Scorpio. Remember, that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. It start in the morning, when the Moon in Taurus will forms a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:40am 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. Then, the Moon in Taurus will make its monthly opposition with Mercury in Scorpio (exact at 6:37am 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.
Happy Birthday Scorpios! The Sun will shift into the intense sign of Scorpio (exact at 8:35am EST). 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: Topaz, Opal, Coral, Obsidian, and Topaz. Over the next month the Sun will be under the influence of this intense sign. We have been under the influence of light-hearted, romantic Libra….now it is time to take things to the next step and identify our passions. Scorpios are usually very hard working and take their responsibilities very seriously. They are natural detectives and are usually able to pick up on the undercurrent of a situation. Although secretive themselves, they abhor being lied to and often have trust issues. Over the next month, 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 but will otherwise leave you alone. 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, (negative) psychic 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. It may be hard to keep things light as we prepare for the dark days of winter. When we come out of this time period we will be ready to explore under the Sun’s influence of adventurous Sagittarius (on Nov 22nd). Some famous Scorpios are: Demi Moore, Grace Kelly, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sally Field, Georgia O’Keefe, Bram Stoker, Kevin Kline, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts, Richard Dreyfuss, Dylan McDermott, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Winona Rider, Henry Winkler, Jane Pauley, Jenny McCarthy, K.D. Lang, Pat Buchanan, Matthew McConaughey, Tatum O'Neal, Joni Mitchell, David Schwimmer, Pablo Picasso, Whoopi Goldberg, Prince Charles of Windsor, Danny DeVito, Martin Scorsese, Calvin Klein, Jodie Foster, Larry King, Bo Derek, Bjork, Goldie Hawn, Simon LeBon, John Cleese, Theodore Roosevelt, Ben Harper, Lyle Lovett, Ike Turner, Maria Shriver, Marie Curie, Tonya Harding, Condoleeza Rice, Yanni and Jeff Buckley.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Taurus forms its monthly opposition to Venus (R) in Scorpio (exact at 3:07pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Libra (exact at 6:49pm 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…
Mark your calendars, Mars moves into Sagittarius next Thurs 10/28/10!
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
NLP Hypnotherapy Life Coach