From now until the first two weeks of February, I will be featured on a local public TV show being interviewed by Gwendolyn Evans about astrology. It will be airing: Wednesdays 11AM, Thursdays 9PM & Saturdays 8:30 AM. This show airs on the Comcast Cable network, Chanel 15, in the Greater Burlington & Vergennes areas (and just was added to Colchester). Gwendolyn Evans does Spiritual Counseling, Intuitive Readings & Reiki Healing and you can check her out at website: www.lovingself.net or her Blog: www.gwendolynscauldron.wordpress.com
The 13th Sign? Your Astrological sign changed? I feel the need to re-run this in case anyone missed my Blog entry from last week: I have to start right out of the gate talking about the 13th Sign and how there was a news story two weeks ago stating that everyone’s astrological sign changed. I just want to go on record as saying it is NOT true! Western Astrologers use the Tropical Zodiac (which is the most common type of astrology that people use in the US) which is based on the cycles of the Sun and seasons. Western astrologers don’t use constellations; therefore our system would not be affected. The only astrological system that may be affected is a type of Hindu Astrology called sidereal. It is interesting because this “new” information is actually 2000 years old but because of the viral nature of the internet, the story got way more publicity than expected (and deserved). I spent all last week texting, emailing, and taking calls from clients and friends that had questions. I am actually very excited that this many people are talking Astrology right now and that this has inspired some towards self-reflection (for instance: am I more like Gemini or Cancer?). For your convenience I included a link for you to check out: http://www.tarot.com/articles/astrology/wrong-sign-and-ophiuchus-the-13th-zodiac-sign?code=fb-tarot There is space at the bottom of this blog to post a comment & create dialogue. I would be happy to answer questions. So, if you were an Aries last week, the good news is that you still are an Aries!
Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Aquarius 1/20-2/18
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Capricorn 1/13-2/3, Aquarius 2/3-2/21
Venus: Sagittarius 1/7-2/4, Capricorn 2/4-3/1
Mars: Aquarius 1/15-2/22
Jupiter: Aries 1/22-6/4
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:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went Retrograde for an explanation.
Saturn turns Retrograde in Libra 1/26/11-6/12/11
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 1/30/11)- Today will consist of mainly 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 4:46am 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. Next, the Moon in Sagittarius uncomfortably squares Uranus in Pisces (exact at 5:10am 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. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). This will also be the beginning of a 3+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into practical Capricorn… 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. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius forms a (minor) positive sextile with Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 7:54am EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! The Moon transitions into practical Capricorn (exact at 9:04am 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 in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 11:53am 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.
Lastly, the Moon will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 9:02pm 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.
(Monday 1/31/11)- Today will consist of only 1 Moon transit, although it is not an easy transit. The Moon in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 5:40pm 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.
(Tuesday 2/1/11)- (Due to inclement weather-I will not be at Spirit Dancer today)
In the morning, Mars in Aquarius forms an uncomfortable semisquare with transiting Uranus in Pisces (exact at 7:36am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to expect the unexpected! A steady approach is best during this time. The urge to be impulsive will be strong. This can be a great time for innovation and sudden breakthroughs just make sure to think things through before you act. As with any Mars transit physical activity is favored (to assist in positively channeling the extra energy). Those prone to nervous conditions and anxiety may have difficulty around this transit. Next, the Moon will conjunct Mercury both in Capricorn (exact at 11:41am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Capricorn will form a positive sextile with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 2:32pm 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 3+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into unique Aquarius (exact at 6:21pm 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. Next, the Moon in Aquarius makes a positive sextile with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 10:12pm 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.
(Wednesday 2/2/11)- Imbolc/Ground Hog Day! The bulk of the astrological transits will take place earlier in the day. People that are planetary-sensitive may have trouble sleeping around this time. We have the New Moon in Aquarius, 2 Venus transits and 3 aspects to Uranus! That is a lot fo planetary energy in one day. Not to mention that all the Uranus energy will be electrifying to say the least. Expect the unexpected! I normally advise to work on grounding, but it may be difficult to keep our feet on the ground right now.
Overnight, the Sun in Aquarius forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 1:21am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. 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. Emotions are just under the surface. Just after, Venus in Sagittarius form a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 2:35am EST) giving us a dreamy and idealistic outlook on the day. Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. When it comes to love, we will have our rose colored glasses on today. Love relationships will take on an ethereal quality. If you are single, and you meet someone under this influence you will have the feeling that you were meant to be together. It’s possible that a friend could become more than a friend. It would feel like you are seeing this person in a new light. This will be a beneficial day for creativity, arts, music, film, etc. Then, Venus in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 7:47am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. It’s possible that an exciting, creative person or project suddenly comes into your life creating a little tension. Nervous energy…but in a good way! Time to go with the flow! This is a good time to “surprise” you romantic partner with a nice gesture. You could also have a “surprise” financially; this could mean that you unexpectedly got a bonus OR are overdrawn on your checking account! You may find yourself attracted to the avant garde. We may be drawn to something or someone that is different for the sake of being different….make sure there is substance before becoming enthralled. Then, Mercury in Capricorn forms a positive sextile to Uranus in Pisces (exact at 11:15am 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. If this event occurs while you are sleeping, pay careful attention to the dreams that you have on this night. They could be prophetic or contain some information that you may find helpful. This transit increases clairvoyance and channeling. Exchange of thoughts and information may come at lightning speed around this time. You may not need much caffeine in the morning to feel awake! 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! Later in the day, the New Moon will be at its height in the sign of Aquarius (exact at 9:31pm EST). All of the Aquarius 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. Manifest, manifest, manifest!! Write down your goals, make that vision board, make a “wish-list” and sleep with it under your pillow, etc. Even if that is not your thing, at least talk about your goals with a trusted (positive) friend or family member. It all helps to send it out to the Universe. The New Moon is always accompanied by a conjunction with the Sun (also in Aquarius). This usually makes us feel connected & supported by loved ones. It’s easier to talk about our emotions during this transit. ! It depends on where the Moon/Sun/Aquarius are located in your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Lastly, the New Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Aquarius (exact at 10:16pm EST). As with most Mars transits, I usually will recommend some form of physical exercise (yes, that includes gardening, working on the car, housework, etc.). This can increase physical vitality & health (and passion too). It is important to properly channel the excess energy; otherwise arguments and nitpicking could result.
The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Aquarian Moon. This is a good time to remind you that planetary influences can be felt long after their exactitudes….
(Thursday 2/3/11)- Chinese New Year!! Year of the Metal Rabbit. Since Chinese Astrology is not my specialty and you want to look up what is in store for you during the Chinese New Year, check out this site: http://www.gotohoroscope.com/2011/chinese-2011-horoscope-rabbit.html
Overnight, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 3:57am 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!
Mercury (the planet that rules over intellect, communication, and transportation) moves into the sign of Aquarius (exact at 5:19pm EST). Mercury will now be joining the Sun, Mars, Neptune and Chiron in this sign. Mercury has been in the sign of Capricorn for an unusual extended-stay because of its Retrograde cycle. We are moving out of a time period where our language and thoughts were serious and a little sober (Capricorn) and now are moving into a time where there will be more progressive thoughts and dialogue (Aquarius). This will be a favorable time for social events, friendships, politics, innovative ideas, inventions, finding new ways to do things, energy work, holistic medicine, new Age ideologies, Astrology (yay!) and group events. We will be more focused on the betterment of mankind and helping others on a large scale level. Since Mercury rules over thought and intellect, this would be a great time to write or discuss these ideas for these may be the seeds of change. There is a down-side however; Aquarius has an aloof and somewhat chilly side on an individual level. This is a very mental (Air) sign and sometimes emotions are just too messy. Please see Blog entries from Jan 15th and Jan 20th when both Mars & the Sun transitioned into this humanitarian-oriented sign for a more detailed description. Things will begin to take on a more personal/emotional quality after the planets shift into Pisces. Mercury will enter Pisces on 2/21/11. Then, Venus in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile with Chiron (The Wounded Healer) in Aquarius (exact at 6:02pm EST) helping to heal old relationship wounds. This will be beneficial for artistic endeavors (especially if you have strayed from doing them for a while).
(Friday 2/4/11)- Today the Sun and Mars form their yearly conjunction. Venus will go onto highlight that conjunction after she transitions into Capricorn. Usually any Venus/Mars liaisons will arouse passion; but adding the Sun (ego) into the mix will make it personal. We will have a lot of energy today that may, at times, border on aggression. Simply, use this time to use that energy pursuing positive endeavors!
Venus will travel into the sign of Capricorn (exact at 12:58am EST). 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 and metal is lead. Stones: Amber, Black Onyx, Ruby, Agate, and Garnet. The planet that rules love, finances, aesthetics, and beauty is moving into this serious sign. On a collective level we will be transitioning into a more serious, commitment-oriented time. Power and ambition will seem more appealing. 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. If you are in a relationship, this is a good time to make long-term plans with your sweetheart; maybe even feeling a renewed sense of commitment. Actually business matters in general are favored. This is a good time to prepare and do tax planning. Speculative ventures and high risk investments are less favored. 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 also favored. Venus will transition into quirky Aquarius on 3/1/11.
Overnight, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune both in Aquarius (exact at 1:11am 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 sleeping, it would be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams. This will also start a 4+ 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 4:49am 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, the Moon transitions into dreamy Pisces (exact at 5:24am 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. Next, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Venus in Capricorn (exact at 5:52am 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. Next, the Sun forms an intense conjunction with Mars both in Aquarius (exact at 11:40am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Energy, energy, energy! This is an excellent time to get things done or start a new project! As with any Mars transit, I always advise doing something physical (clean the house, exercise, etc) around this time to positively use up some of that energy. The key to this transit is action! The kids could be a little hyper around this time. If the energy is not used in a positive way; there could be aggressive attitudes, competitiveness, ego-centric behavior, arguments, temper tantrums, fast driving (& road rage), and quick judgments.
In the afternoon Venus highlights the Sun/Mars conjunction. Venus in Capricorn will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Mars in Aquarius (exact at 12:08pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This transit may bring some tension (especially with love, family, & finances). However, we may have a drive to be social around this time. We will want to act on our feelings; just make sure you look before you leap. I always advise doing some sort of physical activity whenever Mars is involved because Mars’ energy will want to get out one way or another. This is also a good time to look within and find your “hearts desire” whether that be a person, vocation, hobby or otherwise. Sometimes this will bring up sexual tension. Venus in Capricorn will form an awkward semisquare to Sun in Aquarius (exact at 12:59pm EST) influencing us to question love and finances. Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This would not be an ideal time to make purchases (especially big ones). What we value may be tested. Although it is a good time to be with friends and loved ones, try to avoid too much intensity. Demanding commitments now could backfire. Lastly, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Pluto Capricorn (exact at 6:24pm) helping us to connect with what is going on under the surface. During this time it would be beneficial for: cathartic experiences, deep conversations, and all forms of counseling are favored during this transit.
(Saturday 2/5/11)- 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 ½ hr. 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 Sagittarius will form a positive sextile with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 10:30am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This may be a time that you are thinking of traveling or are in contact with people located a long distance away from you. This transit is beneficial for interest and/or dealings with other cultures, philosophy, higher education, continuing education, religion, and law or legal issues. We may be feeling expansive and wish to feed our intellect. This transit is ideal if you have wanted to learn a foreign language or to cook an exotic meal. Go ahead and be adventurous; now is the time!! (This is a very favorable transit for the people of Egypt. Talk and be heard!)
In the afternoon, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 3:44pm 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…
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, Skype, 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