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Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Sagittarius 11/22-12/21
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Capricorn 11/30-12/18, Sagittarius 12/18-1/13/11
Venus: Scorpio 11/29-1/7/11
Mars: Sagittarius 10/28-12/7, Capricorn 12/7-1/15/11
Jupiter: Pisces 9/9-1/22/11
Saturn: Libra 7/21/10-10/6/12
Uranus: Pisces 8/13/10-3/11/11
Neptune: Aquarius until 4/4/11
Pluto: Capricorn until 1/20/24
Chiron: Aquarius until 2/8/11
Current Retrograde Planets:
Coming up: Uranus Turns Direct in Pisces on 12/5/10… NO Retrograde planets right now We have 4+ days until Mercury turns Retrograde, so use these days wisely!
Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn 12/10-12/30
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 12/5/10)- The New Moon will be at its height in the sign of Sagittarius (exact at 12:39pm EST). All of the Sagittarius Moon themes will be highlighted/amplified. The New Moon is considered to be beneficial for new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. I personally like to do space clearing and meditating around this time. It depends on where the Moon/Sagittarius is located in your chart in order to know how it will affect you on a personal level. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 3:16pm 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. Later, Mercury will form a conjunction with Pluto both in Capricorn (exact at 8:20pm 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, 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!). Any Pluto does have a dark side, so watch for obsessive thinking, honoring boundaries, and jealousies. The planet Uranus has been Retrograde during the last 5 months will turn Direct (forward motion) (exact at 8:50pm EST)! Uranus is a slow moving planet and the third largest in our solar system. It is stationary for about 16 days before and after the “beginning” of the Retrograde phase. (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). 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. No matter where Uranus shows up in your chart, it will force change in that area! Hopefully, you have used the last 5 months as a time for reflection (especially pertaining to the above areas). This is a rare time when there are NO Retrograde planets right now (at least the planets that I cover on this Blog)! This is a time of forward progress in all areas…there is nothing to hold you back! We have 4+ days until Mercury turns Retrograde, so use these days wisely! Uranus will transition into Aries again on 3/11/11!
(Monday 12/5/10)- Today will consist of only Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Early, the Moon in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 7:27am 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. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 11:17am 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?
In the afternoon, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a (minor) positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 12:02pm 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 in Pisces (exact at 12:13pm 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 will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Sagittarius (exact at 4:46pm 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. This will also be the beginning of a 1+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into practical Capricorn (exact at 6:16pm 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. 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.
(Tuesday 12/7/10)- 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.
Just after midnight, the Moon in Capricorn will form a positive sextile with Venus in Scorpio (exact at 12:53am 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, the Moon will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 2:24am 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. Next, the Sun in Sagittarius forms a positive sextile with Saturn in Libra (exact at 3:00am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This transit benefits work and discipline. 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. This is a great time for goal setting and building good relations with those in authority. This is a good time to help the elderly or an aging relative. Then, the Moon will conjunct Mercury both in Capricorn (exact at 3:41am 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.
Mars will transition into practical Capricorn (exact at 6:49pm 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 Capricorn are: “I Use”, Cardinal/Earth, ambition, self-discipline, hard work, motivated, coldness, condescending, frugal (sometimes cheapness), responsible, slave-driver, public ambition and tradition. It is associated with the skeleton, knees, teeth and falls. Its metal is lead. We are moving away from an adventurous-oriented time (Sagittarius) into a time of practicality and organization (Capricorn). On a collective level we will be transitioning into a more serious, commitment-oriented time. Actually, business matters and ambition in general are favored. This is a good time to prepare and do tax planning. Speculative ventures and high risk investments are “out” and good solid financial planning is “in”. Tradition is important during this time of year and our tastes may be more geared towards the classics or even retro-styles during this time. Spending time with the elderly (or folks that are older than yourself) is important. In fact, this would be a great time to visit a nursing home and volunteer your time. If you are single and looking for a mate during this time, you may be looking for someone with good breeding and an accomplished resume (maybe even someone older). If you are in a relationship, this is a good time to make long-term plans with your sweetheart; even feeling a renewed sense of commitment. Don’t be fooled, Capricorns have an earthy style of sexuality and are known for endurance (Mars does influence sexuality)...should I mention Tiger Woods and Mel Gibson? Capricorns in general often present as older or more mature for their age (unless there are other factors in their charts). Because Mars influences our actions, just be cautious of your knees (like slipping on ice/snow). This is also a time where arthritis or other chronic conditions could aggravated. The negative side of Capricorn can be an over-focus of ambition and possibly using people to get what you want. Things will get intense next Monday (12/13) when Mars conjuncts Pluto which may bring out ruthless behavior. Mars will transition into humanitarian Aquarius on 1/15/11.
Lastly, the Moon in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Libra (exact at 10:18pm 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.
(Wednesday 12/8/10)- In the late morning, Venus in Scorpio will form a positive sextile with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 11:19am 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 Capricorn makes a positive sextile with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 3:21pm 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 in Pisces (exact at 8:07pm 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 will also start a 6+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into unique Aquarius tomorrow…
(Thursday 12/9/10)- Hanukkah Ends! Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon transitions into unique Aquarius (exact at 2:30am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Aquarius will square Venus in Scorpio (exact at 12:31pm 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.
(Friday 12/10/10)- Well it is here, Mercury in Capricorn goes Retrograde (exact at 7:04am EST). Usually Mercury (The God of Communication & Transportation) goes Retrograde for 3 weeks, 3 times per year. 2010 is unusual because it will go Retrograde 4 times! This will be the 4th and final time this year. (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 all feel the effects of this influence, but you will feel it more strongly if you are a Mercury-ruled person (Gemini & Virgo), if you have strong Capricorn or Cancer (by opposition) placements in your chart, or if Mercury was Retrograde when you were born. Astrologically, this causes small things to happen that may be considered to be "bumps in the road". Mercury heavily influences technology (how we stay connected to others). So an example of this could be computers crashing, copiers breaking down or jamming, faxes not transmitting, etc. Communication is another thing affected by Mercury Retrograde. It's a good idea during this time to save fax transmittal sheets, postal receipts, and documenting important conversations. Delays with travel can also occur because of miscommunications or breaking down of equipment. Make sure you confirm all reservations and allow extra travel time. This is not a good time to start anything new or to sign contracts (like getting a loan, buying a house, buying a car, etc). This is a good time to strategize and do your homework on projects that you may be planning. On the up side (yes, there is an upside) this is an excellent time for the following: re-uniting, re-organizing, re-connecting, re-establishing, re-arranging, re-financing, re-negotiating, etc. Are you noticing a pattern? I personally, look to these 3 weeks as a good time to get filling done, finishing up tasks that I have been putting off, tightening up details, etc. I look forward to this time because it's excellent for re-connecting with people in general. This seems to be a time when people you haven't heard from just call "out of the blue" or you may "randomly" run into someone while out shopping. You can see that in business, this would be an excellent time to follow-up with past customers or clients. Just remember, if you are in a relationship, try to be understanding with your lover if you have a miscommunication.......these things will happen with Mercury Retrograde, it's not the end of the world! Sometimes old flames will try to come back during this time. Which is fine; just remember an ex is an ex for a reason! While Mercury is in Capricorn, the emphasis will be on business, organization, planning, and status. We can all look forward to Mercury going "Direct" again on Thursday, December 30th at 2:21am EST.
In the morning, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Libra (exact at 8:29am 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!
In the afternoon, the Moon in Aquarius will positively sextile the Sun in Sagittarius (exact at 3:02pm 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, Mercury (R) in Capricorn will form a positive sextile with Venus in Scorpio (exact at 4:01pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Sextiles often present opportunity but may require some effort on your part to come to fruition. We may have love on the mind and want to talk about it! Artistic and social endeavors are favored. It may be possible to have a money-making idea (or opportunity). If you’re single, you will be drawn to an intelligent & witty person. If you are in a relationship, have fun laughing with your partner (maybe watch a comedy or go to a show)! You know what they say; your brain is the biggest sex organ!
(Saturday 12/11/10)- 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 all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
In the morning, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune both in Aquarius (exact at 6:09am 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 (or to meet charming people) around this transit. Because idealism & escapism can be enhanced with this transit, I wouldn’t make a big decisions or sign contracts around this time. If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. This will also start a 7+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into dreamy Pisces. Then, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Chiron both in Aquarius (exact at 7:07am 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 transitions into dreamy Pisces (exact at 1:41pm EST). 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 your aside, excessive escapism, and acting like a martyr. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Mars in Capricorn (exact at 7:50pm 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 Pisces will form a positive sextile with Pluto Capricorn (exact at 10:58pm) helping us to connect with what is going on under the surface. If you are 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.
Mark your calendars! Next week, on Monday (12/13) there will be a triple conjunction between Mercury, Mars & Pluto! Wow, talk about intensity!
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