Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Aries 3/20-4/20, Taurus 4/20-5/21
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Aries 3/9-5/15
Venus: Pisces 3/27-4/21, Aries 4/21-5/15
Mars: Aries 4/2-5/11
Jupiter: Aries 1/22-6/4
Saturn: Libra 7/21/10-10/6/12
Uranus: Aries 3/11/11-5/16/2018
Neptune: Pisces 4/4/11-8/4/11, Aquarius 8/411-2/3/12
Pluto: Capricorn until 1/20/24
Chiron: Pisces 2/8/11-4/18/2018
Current Retrograde Planets:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went Retrograde for an explanation.
Mercury Retrograde in Aries 3/30-4/23
Saturn Retrograde in Libra 1/26/11-6/12/11
Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn 4/9-9/16
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 4/10/11)- Just after midnight, the Moon in Cancer will form a flowing trine with Chiron (the “Wounded Healer”) in Pisces (exact at 12:13am 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 in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Aries (exact at 4:52am 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. Then, the Moon in Cancer will form its monthly opposition to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:01am 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.
In the afternoon, Mercury (R) in Aries will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Chiron “Wounded Healer” in Pisces (exact at 2:34pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Past memories may come flooding in around this time. Reminiscing? Forgiveness (or the need to forgive) often accompanies this transit. This can increase sensitivity, so please choose your words carefully. Lastly, the Moon in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 5:45pm 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.
(Monday 4/11/11)- Today will be an extremely active astrological day; with 5 Moon transits and 2 planetary transits. This is a good time to remind you that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 1:26am 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 Cancer forms a flowing trine with Venus in Leo (exact at 2:15am 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! Next, the Moon in Cancer forms an uncomfortable square with Mercury (R) in Aries (exact at 3:03am EST) possibly causing miscommunications. You may find that you are not able to express yourself as easily or someone may cut you off from saying something. Then, the Sun in Aries will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Cancer (exact at 8:05am EST). 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. This will begin a long 15+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until into proud Leo later today. 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.
In the afternoon, Mars in Aries will form an uncomfortable square with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:41pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. So what happens when the God of War forms an uncomfortable liaison with the Lord of the Underworld? Keep things light! Outside influences could affect you and you may need to change your position or how you react to it. Adjustment (on your part) may be needed to come out on the winning end of the situation. Anger or aggression may be prevalent around this time (remember what I always say about Mars energy?). Now is not the time for big actions or reactions. Keep it subdued (if possible). Try to keep things positive….just remember that Pluto is the great transformer. Then, the Moon transitions into proud Leo (exact 11:37pm 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, Mercury (R) will form its yearly conjunction with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 11:59pm 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!! The only caveat is that Jupiter might have us over-doing things. So avoid over-confidence, over-promising, over-stating, etc. Simultaneously, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 11:59pm 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 sleeping, it would be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams.
(Tuesday 4/12/11)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 3-6pm **Please note the time change** (I take my last reading at 5:30pm). 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.
Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Aries (exact at 2:43am 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). Then, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 6:33am 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 will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:43pm 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). Just after, the Moon in Leo forms a flowing trine with Mars in Aries (exact at 1:54pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 10:28pm 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.
(Wednesday 4/13/11)- Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. In the early morning, the Moon in Leo makes a flowing trine to Mercury (R) in Aries (exact at 4:48am 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. Then, the Moon in Leo makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 6:50am 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. Next, the Moon in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Pisces (exact at 11:33am 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.
In the afternoon, the Sun in Aries will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Leo (exact at 3:58pm 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! This will start a long 10+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into perfectionist Virgo (exact at 4:53pm).…
(Thursday 4/14/11)- Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. The Moon transitions into perfectionist Virgo (exact at 2:40am). 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. Then, the Moon in Virgo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 3:07am 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 Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Aries (exact at 5:46am 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. Next, the Moon in Virgo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 9:21am 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 form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:57pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Virgo makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Pisces (exact at 6:50pm 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.
(Friday 4/15/11)- In the evening, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury (R) in Aries (exact at 3:59am 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? Next, the Moon in Virgo will quincunx Jupiter in Aries (exact at 8:52am 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!
In the afternoon, Mercury (R) in Aries forms an uncomfortable semisquare with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 2:25pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Be careful (especially) with business dealings around this transit. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Review all fine print closely and if possible put off signing any contracts. We will want to idealize people/situations around this time. On the positive side: creativity, intuition, and imagination could be increased too. Then, the Moon in Virgo forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Pisces (exact at 4:49pm 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. This will start another long 10+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into diplomatic Libra. Lastly, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Aries (exact at 8:08pm 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).
(Saturday 4/16/11)- Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 2:59am EST). Activities that are favorable during a Libra Moon are: fairness, beauty (did I say beauty?), partnerships, joint enterprise, aesthetics, harmony, graciousness, cooperation, justice, peace, and romance. Things to avoid are: indecision, dependence, fickle, and lying (to avoid confrontation). Libras make great judges and counselors because they are often able to see both sides. Its physical associations are: the kidneys, lumbar area of the back, buttocks and adrenal glands. All of these themes will be accentuated during the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 3:29am 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 sleeping during this time, it would be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams. Next, the Moon in Libra will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Aries (exact at 6:07am EST). This is not an ideal time to break from the tried and true. Even with the best of intentions to stick with details & organization, an outside event may steer you in a different direction.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:49pm 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 Moon in Libra will form its monthly opposition to Mars in Aries (exact at 9:09pm 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! Lastly, the Moon in Aries forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn (R) both in Libra (exact at 11:17pm EST). This is an all work no play transit. Best to concentrate on: work, organization, BALANCE, joint enterprises, goal setting, and details. This would also be an ideal time to start a new health or exercise regime. Build foundations in relationships. Sometimes this can give us a feeling of loneliness or isolation (or even the blues).
Mark your calendars! Next week: Sun (4/17) Full Moon in Libra, Wed (4/20) Sun moves into Taurus, Thurs (4/21) Venus moves into Aries, Sat (4/23) Mercury turns Direct!!
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
Non-Denominational Ordained Minister & Spiritual Healer