Monday, November 8, 2010

Astro-Update! Neptune Turns Direct! Week of 11/7/10

I am happy to announce that I am able to rent a private room for Astrology Readings, Reiki Sessions, Life Coaching or Hypnosis at Candles & Creations. They are now located at 132 Church St., Burlington VT. I am working there by appointment, so please give me a call to schedule!!

I am running a discount on all Reiki Sessions during the month of November! $25 for ½ hour and $45 for 1 hour sessions (“usual” rates are $30/$60). Most people find this type of energy work extremely relaxing and restorative; helping your body to return to its natural state of balance. If you would like more information about Reiki, here is a cool web site I found to reference: or you can feel free call me! #802-999-4677

Current Planetary Positions:

Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.

Sun: Scorpio 10/23-11/22

Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.

Mercury: Scorpio 10/20-11/8, Sagittarius 11/8-11/30

Venus: Scorpio 9/8-11/7, Libra 11/7-11/29

Mars: Sagittarius 10/28-12/7

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

Going Direct!! Neptune in Aquarius Retrograde 5/31/10-11/7/10

Coming up: Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn 12/5-12/30

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 11/7/10)- Overnight Day Light Savings Time Ends. Overnight, Neptune will turn Direct in Aquarius (exact at 1:04am EST). Neptune has been Retrograde since 5/31/10. Since it is a slow-moving outer planet, most of us won’t really feel this too strongly (unless you have a strong Neptune in your chart like I do or if Neptune was Retrograde at the time you were born) or if you have strong Aquarius in your chart. Neptune is usually in each sign for roughly 14 years and goes Retrograde for approximately 4 ½ to 5 months per year. Usually, most people will feel this during the 1st 2 weeks during its Stationary/Direct phase. The lessons we were supposed to be reviewing during its Retrograde cycle were: dreams, fantasy, imagination, creativity, spirituality, escapism (drugs & alcohol), film industry, music, hypnosis, institutions/hospitals, illusion, idealism, and fluidity. It is associated with: feet, toes, toxins, malformation, leakage, and really anything that is hard to diagnose. Neptune will be transitioning into its native sign of Pisces on 4/4/11!

Also overnight the Moon will transition into the adventurous sign of Sagittarius (exact at 3:28am EST). 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.

In the afternoon, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Sagittarius (exact at 4:43pm 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.

Later, Venus Retrograde (ruler of love, art, beauty & finances) will travel backwards into its native sign of diplomatic Libra (exact at 10:06pm EST). If you remember, Venus was residing in the sign of Libra between 9/6-10/8. Because of its Retrograde cycle, it will be returning to this sign briefly. We may be repeating themes that took place during its last phase in in Libra. Words and phrases to describe Libra are: “I Balance!”, Cardinal/Air, fairness, beauty (did I say Beauty?), partnership, aesthetics, creativity, harmony, indecision, dependence, fickle, and gracious. Libras make great judges because they are often able to see both sides. Its physical association are the kidneys, lumbar area of the back, buttocks and adrenal glands. Its metal is Copper. Stones: Quartz, Marble, Peridot, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, and Rose Quartz. With Venus in its native sign of Libra love will be back in style! We will become more relationship oriented, diplomatic, and fair. Libra’s (generally) hate to be alone, and do much better if they are in a relationship or if they live with someone else (it does not have to have romantic ties). Therefore, if you are single, you may be thinking about connecting with another around this time. For couples in a relationship, it would be a great time to bring some romance back into the relationship. Libra is famous for its indecision they will often vacillate for a long time before finally making a decision. We may be more fickle with our love (or even financial) interests around this time. We won’t enjoy confrontation and may even tell small white lies to avoid it. Certainly we will have a deeper appreciation for love, art, and beauty over the next 3weeks! If you work in the arts or a job that requires creativity; then you may be “in the zone” right now. It depends where Venus/Libra falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Venus will turn Direct on 11/18 and will return to the passionate sign of Scorpio on 11/29/10.

(Monday 11/8/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 12:48am 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.Mercury (ruler of communication & travel) will transition into adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 6:43pm EST). Words and phrases to describe Sagittarius are: “I See!”, Mutable/Fire, traveler, wanderer, freedom, honest, expansive, argumentative, horses, law, philosopher, and generally easy-going. Jupiter is the ruling planet & it’s associated with the hips, thigh, muscles, and sciatic nerve. Its metal is tin. Stones: Topaz, Amethyst, Ruby, Sapphire, and Turquoise. I personally think the Mercury (the planet of communication, travel, & metal processes) is quite comfortable in the sign of Sagittarius. Over the next month, we will want to expand our intellect. Sagittarian’s are known for constantly wanting to learn new things. Travel will be on our minds and this would be a good time to plan for a trip. Keep in mind that Mercury will be going Retrograde again for the 4th and final time this year on 12/10/10. If you are planning a trip, it would be best to wrap up all of those details before the Retrograde period begins. People may want to argue their beliefs and may be firm in their positions around this time. Although Sagittarius’ are known for their honesty….people may be a little too blunt (so if you don’t want to know, then don’t ask!). International affairs may take on greater importance right now. This is an excellent time to work on publishing, advertising, marketing, and sales endeavors. Mercury will move into business-minded Capricorn on 11/30/10.

Later in the evening, the Moon in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 9:03pm 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.

(Tuesday 11/9/10)- 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 ($30 for ½ hour). 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 only Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 1:09am 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? 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 Sagittarius forms a (minor) positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 1:27am 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 Sagittarius uncomfortably squares Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 3:04am 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. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile with Venus (R) in Libra (exact at 7:35am 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.

This will also be the beginning of a 4+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into practical Capricorn (exact at 8:37am 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.

Then, the Moon will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 3:14pm 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.

(Wednesday 11/10/10)- In the morning, the Moon in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Libra (exact at 7:57am 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.

Later, the Moon in Capricorn will positively sextile the Sun in Scorpio (exact at 7:16pm 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? Lastly, the Sun in Scorpio will make a slightly awkward semisquare with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:24pm). 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!

(Thursday 11/11/10)- Veterans Day Today, tomorrow and Saturday will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Early in the morning, the Moon in Capricorn makes a positive sextile with Jupiter (R) in Pisces (exact at 5:03am 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 Capricorn will form a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:31am 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.

Next, the Moon in Aquarius will square Venus (R) in Libra (exact at 2:57pm 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. This will also start a 2+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into unique Aquarius (exact at 5:32pm 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. The remainder if the day will be under the influence of the Aquarius Moon….

(Friday 11/12/10)- Overnight, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Sagittarius (exact at 3:21am EST). This will make us want to reach out to friends and family to chat. This transit helps with the flow of communication. It will be easier to express how we feel around this transit.

In the afternoon, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile with Mars in Sagittarius (exact at 3:49pm 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! Then, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Libra (exact at 6:50pm 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!

(Saturday 11/13/10)- I am excited to announce that Candles & Creations has moved to a new location and I will be helping them celebrate their Grand Re-Opening!! I will be doing 10-15 minute free mini-Readings between 1:30-3:15pm. Give them a call to schedule a time 802-660-8021. They are located at 132 Church St in Burlington, VT (on the second floor, above Ake’s Place).

I will be working from this location by appointment and therefore will have more flexibility to see clients at various times or days. Please call me to schedule an Astrology Reading or Reiki session. #802-999-4677.

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In the late morning, the Sun in Scorpio will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Aquarius (exact at 11:39am EST). So, toward late morning we may experience some tension between friends or loved ones. This won’t be conducive to feeling very supported. Sometimes this transit brings (minor) squabbles.

Later, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune both in Aquarius (exact at 9:10pm 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. Lastly, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Chiron both in Aquarius (exact at 9:33pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!

Mark your calendars! Next week, both Jupiter and Venus turn Direct on 11/18/10.

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


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