Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Taurus 4/20-5/21
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Aries 3/9-5/15
Venus: 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 8/4/11-2/3/12
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.
Saturn Retrograde in Libra 1/26/11-6/12/11
Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn 4/9/11-9/16/11
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 5/1/11)- Today is an unusual day because there will be a powerful triple conjunction between the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter all in the adventurous sign of Aries. Just after midnight, Mars in Aries will form a powerful conjunction to optimistic Jupiter in Aries (exact at 12:26am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Physical energy should be high today. This is a beneficial transit for any type of physical activity, exercise, physical therapy, and (especially) group sports. This is a day for action! This transit will also be favorable for career endeavors, law or legal issues, organized religion, entrepreneurial endeavors, planning to further one’s education, foreign affairs, international endeavors, humanitarian efforts, and possibly speculative endeavors. Relations with friend, siblings & groups of people will go smoothly. The only caution is to make sure we can deliver on our promises that we make because Jupiter tends to be a little overly optimistic sometimes. Otherwise, be on the lookout for opportunity today! Then, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Jupiter both in Aries (exact at 10:51am EST) assisting us in feeling optimistic and upbeat. This is an ideal time to work with groups of people. It also highlights/benefits: travel (especially long distance), other cultures, higher education, law, publishing, advertising, sales, horses, and spirituality. Just after, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Aries (exact at 11:20am 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 long 14+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the earthy Taurus Moon tomorrow. 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, Mercury in Aries forms an uncomfortable semisquare with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 2:54pm 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.
The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Aries Moon…
(Monday 5/2/11)- In the evening, the Moon transitions into the earthy Taurus Moon (exact at 1:58am EST). Positive Taurus Moon activities are: focusing on organizing your finances, clipping coupons, decorating, designing, sensuality, cooking & eating luscious foods, organizing your home, massage, singing, and comfort. Try to avoid: laziness, relaxing too much, stubbornness, obstinacy and being too stuck in your ways. These will be the lunar themes over the next 2 ½ days. Just after, the Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 3:16am 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 Sun in Taurus will quincunx Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 9:34am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Saturn’s nickname is the “task master”. We may find it very hard to get anything accomplished during this time. Possibly making us feel rundown and lethargic. This can be a time of pessimism, feeling “the blues”, or even loneliness. Try to avoid being overly critical and hard on yourself (or others). It is also possible to clash with someone older than yourself (especially father figures or someone in authority). I know it is Monday, but hopefully you won’t have a lot to do today….if at all possible, try to take it easy and relax! Next, the Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 11:35am EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!
Later, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:39pm 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 Taurus & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or connecting with nature.
(Tuesday 5/3/11)- 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.
Overnight, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 1:23am 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 height of the New Moon will occur in the sign of Taurus (exact at 2:51am EST). The New Moon is considered to be highly auspicious times for starting new things, new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. All of Taurus Moon themes will be highlighted/amplified. I personally, like to do space clearing and meditating around this time. The New Moon is always accompanied by a conjunction with the Sun (also in Taurus). This usually makes us feel connected & supported by loved ones. It’s easier to talk about our emotions during this transit. Just use caution however, because there may be so much energy that we could encounter stubbornness or possibly greed. It depends on where the Moon/Sun/Taurus are located in your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. This will start a very LONG void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into chatty Gemini on WEDNESDAY.
Later in the evening, Venus in Aries will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 10:53pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Idealism, love, & escapism all rolled up into one big rose-colored package! It is possible to meet charming people (or to be charming ourselves) around this time so, wait until another day before serious declarations of love or before signing on the dotted line! Creativity, music, art, films, etc. will be favored. It is possible this could make us a little dreamy, sleepy, or fuzzy around this time.
(Wednesday 5/4/11)- The next 3 days will consist of Moon transits. Please keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
In the afternoon, the Moon transitions into chatty Gemini (exact at 1:09pm EST). Good Gemini Moon activities are: communication (including talking, emailing, faxing, writing, etc), working with your hands, interaction with others (especially siblings and teachers), learning something new, diversified interests, mental agility, inquisitiveness, travel, and reading. Things to avoid are: fickleness, information overload, starting too many things & not being able to finish them, hyper activity, talking too much, and indecisiveness. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Gemini forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 2:30pm) telling us to not believe everything we are told. Illusion, escapism and deception will be prevalent. On the positive side, creativity will be high around this transit. Next, the Moon in Gemini will form a positive sextile with Uranus in Aries (exact at 6:49pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Gemini forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 10:40pm EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. If you are sleeping while this occurs, you may dream about the past. 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!).
(Thursday 5/5/11)- Cinco de Mayo. Today (again) will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon in Gemini will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 3:22am 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). Then, the Moon in Gemini will make a flowing trine to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 11:38am 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!
(Friday 5/6/11)- Today (again) will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Just after midnight, the Moon in Gemini will form a positive sextile with Venus in Aries (exact at 12:09am 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 in Gemini will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Aries (exact at 1:49am 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. Next, the Moon in Gemini makes a positive sextile with Jupiter in Aries (exact at 10:29am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Gemini will form a positive sextile with Mars in Aries (exact at 4:12pm 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! This will start a long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into sensitive Cancer (exact at 10:32pm 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. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days…. Lastly, the Moon in Cancer will form a flowing trine to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 11:53pm 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). If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time.
(Saturday 5/7/11)- Today 3 planets connect with Chiron (“The Wounded Healer”). Past pains and situation could come back to haunt us today. Best to leave the past in the past. Overnight, Mercury in Aries will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with the “Wounded Healer” Chiron in Pisces (exact at 1:54am 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. Then, the Moon in Cancer uncomfortably squares Uranus in Aries (exact at 4:11am 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). Next, the Moon in Cancer will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 7:51am 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, Venus in Aries will form an uncomfortable semisquare with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 12:03pm 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. Just after, the Moon in Cancer will form its monthly opposition to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:10pm EST). This can signify a (short) 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 will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 7:56pm 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.
Mark your calendars! Next Wednesday: Mars moves into Taurus!!
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