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, Pisces 2/18-3/20
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Aquarius 2/3-2/21
Venus: 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 2/13/11)- There will be 5 Lunar transits today; 4 out of the 5 transits will be positive. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon in Gemini will make a flowing trine to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 1:10am 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! Then, the Moon in Gemini forms a flowing trine with Mars in Aquarius (exact at 11:32am 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.
In the afternoon, the Sun in Aquarius will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Gemini (exact at 3:28pm 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 Gemini will form a flowing trine to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 9:42pm 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. (I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time). Lastly, the Moon in Gemini uncomfortably squares Uranus in Pisces (exact at 10:19pm 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 will begin a 2+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into domestic Cancer. 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.
(Monday 2/14/11)- Happy Valentine’s Day!! All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Lucy Van Pelt (Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.)
After midnight, the Moon transitions into domestic Cancer (exact at 12:48am EST). Good Cancer Moon activities are: anything to do with home and family, cooking, maternal/mothering, being emotional, crafts, sensitivity, empathy, finances, savings, and care-taking. Things to avoid are: holding grudges, feeling slighted (possibly with little or no cause), over sensitivity, emotional eating, stubbornness, and being grumpy. Next, the Moon in Cancer will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 1:29am 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 Aquarius will form a flowing trine with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 3:48am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Sextiles usually present opportunity, but will take some work on your part to have it come to fruition. A slow and steady approach is called for. Focus on one thing at a time, otherwise there is a good chance mistakes will be made or it will need to be done over anyway. In fact, this is a good time for mental discipline. Stick with the facts if you need to communicate. A great time for building foundations, goal setting, and long-term planning!! Next, the Moon in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 8:52am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Cancer will form its monthly opposition to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 12:46pm EST). This can signify a period of intensity. Someone could challenge you in an area where you are sensitive. Another possibility is that you may spend too much time analyzing instead of acting. Avoid underhanded tactics because someone will be more apt to notice. Lastly, the Moon in Cancer forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Capricorn (exact at 10:42pm 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.
(Tuesday 2/15/11)- I will not be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today.In the morning, the Moon in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 6:11am EST). Luckily the duration of this event is short. Sometimes this can give us a feeling of loneliness or isolation. We may feel passed over or possibly not getting the recognition that we deserve. It is better to work on organization around this time. Then, the Moon in Cancer will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Aquarius (exact at 9:52am 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?
In the evening, the Moon in Cancer makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Aquarius (exact at 6:58pm 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. Then, Mercury in Aquarius forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 9:49pm 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. If you ever had interests in other cultures, religions, law, marketing, publishing, and/or travel; it would be a great time to explore these subjects. Use caution with overconfidence and avoid embellishment of the facts. The upside is that we could be feeling fairly optimistic and will have a bright mental outlook. Lastly, the Moon in Cancer will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Aquarius (exact at 11:30pm 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).
(Wednesday 2/16/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Cancer forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 1:29am EST). Neptune’s influence can cause us to be fuzzy and idealistic. It is therefore, not an ideal time to make bold moves and big decisions. It is possible that we may have trouble accessing our intuition around this time. 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 Cancer will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 2:06am EST) helping us to step up to the plate and do the right thing, even though it may be somewhat unconventional. We could get sudden revelations or ideas, so write them down! Technology (like computers), inventing, New Age ideologies, and friendships are favored around this transit. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). This will begin a short void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into proud Leo (exact 4:14am EST). Good activities to do when the Moon is in Leo are: anything to do with performing or theater, seeing a show, dressing up & looking nice, managing, feeling proud, entrepreneurial endeavors, gambling, playing games, routing for the underdog and taking care of children. Things to avoid are being too bossy, acting egotistical, and going over the top. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 5:06am EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. It may be hard to forgive & forget around this time. Remember that forgiveness gives you peace within yourself and is not necessarily for the other person.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Leo makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Pisces (exact at 12:29pm EST) helping us to feel optimistic and/or lucky. This is an ideal time to be with friends or to work with groups of people. It is also beneficial for spirituality/religion, higher education, horses, law/legal matters, advertising, sales, and publishing. Lastly, the Moon in Leo will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:28pm EST). Certainly this can bring up jealousy issues, power struggles, hidden fears, and obsessions. It is best to keep things a little superficial. This transit could cause frustrations on blending work and family time (especially if you have children).
(Thursday 2/17/11)- Overnight, Mercury in Aquarius will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 1:01am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. It may be harder to access deeper thoughts around this time. This is actually a better time for superficial activities. Keep things light! Not a good time to do research or to “dig below the surface”. Verbal sparring or debates could end in disastrous results because others won’t want to back down. Just go with the flow right now. Next, the Moon in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Capricorn (exact at 4:54am 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. Just after, the Sun will form its yearly conjunction with nebulous Neptune both in Aquarius (exact at 4:56am 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 general this one is very good for romance, but not clarity. Then, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 7:35am 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.
In the afternoon, Venus in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable semisquare with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 3:04pm EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This could bring up past pains & past loves. Use this time to heal old relationship wounds. Then, the Moon in Leo makes its monthly opposition with Mercury in Aquarius (exact at 5:35pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Leo will form its monthly opposition to Mars in Aquarius (exact at 10:30pm EST). Someone could irritate you during this transit. It’s possible to enjoy a debate with someone (or at worst, an argument). As with all Mars transits, I recommend exercise or doing something physical. Mar’s energy will want to get out one way or another; it might as well be constructive!
(Friday 2/18/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Leo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 2:08am EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time. Especially since this will also enhance escapism (people with drug or alcohol issues will have trouble around this transit). If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. Then, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Pisces (exact at 2:46am 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.
Just after, we will experience the height of the Full Moon in Leo (exact at 3:36am EST). The Full Moon that takes place in January is often called the Full Snow Moon, the Hunger Moon, the Wolf Moon, or the Candles Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Aquarius). Do you feel rebellious but are actually complacent? Do you have trouble balancing friendships with family (especially if you have children)? Do you remember to bring out your inner child sometimes to play? Do you buck the system just to stir things up? Do you partake in drama even if it doesn’t pertain to you? If you don’t have drama in your life, do you feel bored? Do you help your community or charities enough with your time and/or money? These questions/themes will be highlighted now. It depends where the Moon/Leo & Sun/Aquarius falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Full Moons astrologically are considered to be a time of culmination or endings. I personally like to take this time to meditate and send out prayers for family, friends, and humanity. This will start a 1+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into perfectionist Virgo (exact at 4:39am). Good Virgo Moon activities are: organization, being detail-oriented, service to others, health improvement, intellectual pursuits, practicality, research, and really anything that requires precision. Things to avoid are: being overly perfectionistic, excessive worry, analysis paralysis, criticism, and being too caught up in the details that we can’t see the forest through the trees. All of these themes will be prominent in the next 2 1/2 days. Next, the Moon in Virgo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 5:42am EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. It may be possible to run into someone that will tell you how to do something (even if they have never done it themselves)….annoying!
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo will quincunx Jupiter in Aries (exact at 1:17pm EST). This is a time where you could feel disconnected from the group. Someone could challenge your beliefs around this time. Our optimism or self-confidence may be a little low. This is not a time to rely on luck. Don’t worry, this will be temporary! Next, Venus in Capricorn will make an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 2:21pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Attaining long-term goals, finances, and relationships may feel strained around this time. Definitely not a time to rush into things without tending to all the fine details. We may feel shy or hindered in expressing love or with our romantic feelings. Another possibility is that we may want to put our relationships into a category, but remember that emotions don’t always need to make sense! Then, the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:31pm 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 Virgo & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or connecting with nature.
Happy Birthday Pisces!! The Sun will transition into the dreamy sign of Pisces (exact at 7:25pm EST). Words and phrases to describe Pisces are: “I Believe!”, dreamy, idealistic, caring, sympathetic, creative, artistic, tender, sensitive, drifter, psychic, impressionable, escapism, and charitable. Neptune is the ruling planet and it’s associated with feet, veins, fluids, lymphatic system, & glands. Its metal is Tin and Stones are: Jade, Coral, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Rock Crystal, and Sapphire. We are moving away from a period of time where we were focusing our attentions on what was good for the masses (Aquarius) and now we will focus more on the individual (Pisces). Pisces is a dreamy water sign and they are known for being intuitive, unrealistic, idealistic, emotional, and creative. Pisces are known for taking in stray pets and stray people; always lending a sympathetic ear. Over the next month we may be feeling more charitable than usual….helping out our friends or neighbors in need. If you have a Pisces in your life, you may notice that they seem to drift away from time to time. That is because they need time to recuperate and reflect. You see, they tend to absorb energies like psychic sponges. All of this after a while seems to wear them out. True romantics at heart they love flowers, candy, soft music….the works! In love they tend to promise the Sun, the Moon and the Stars…but sometimes fall short on the delivery. They actually want you to dream with them, as this is their foreplay. Being very creative, they are often good at writing poetry, painting, music, etc. They tend to feel music on a deep visceral level. Pisces is said to be the hardest sign because it embodies a little of all the other 11 signs. This may be the reason why they have a bad reputations for being into escapism (especially with drugs and alcohol), depressive, and unreliable. It depends on where Pisces/Sun falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you. If you are a water sign (Scorpio or Cancer) or have strong water placements in your chart, you will feel right at home right. If you are a Virgo (or have Virgo placements in your chart) you may feel a little run-down because Pisces is your opposite sign. Some famous Pisceans are: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sidney Poitier, Drew Barrymore, Kurt Cobain, Nat King Cole, Cindy Crawford, Billy Crystal, Albert Einstein, George Harrison, Vanessa Williams, Glenn Close, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michelangelo, Aidan Quinn, Spike Lee, Dr. Seuss, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Bruce Willis, Jerry Lewis, Rob Lowe, Quincy Jones, James Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Maurice Ravel, Jane Goodall, Alexander G. Bell, Jon Bon Jovi, Ron Howard, Johnny Cash, George Washington, Seal, Ansel Adams, Alan Greenspan and Michael Caine.
(Saturday 2/19/11)- In the morning, the Moon in Virgo forms a flowing trine with Venus in Capricorn (exact at 8:27am 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!
In the afternoon, the Sun will make its yearly conjunction with Chiron (the Wounded Healer) both in Pisces (exact at 1:08pm 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. This is a favorable time for healing, medicine, the mind/body/spirit connection, teaching, reoccurring problems in our life, and music. Lastly, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Aquarius (exact at 11:12pm 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?
Mark your calendars! Next week: Mercury moves into Pisces on Tuesday, joined by Mars on Wednesday!
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 (Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner) Hypnotherapy Life Coach