Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Gemini 5/21-6/21
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Gemini 6/2-6/16
Venus: Taurus 5/15-6/9, Gemini 6/9-7/4
Mars: Taurus 5/11-6/20
Jupiter: Taurus 6/4/11-6/12/12
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
Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 6/3/11-12/10/11
Chiron Retrograde in Pisces 6/8/11-11/10/11
Coming up Saturn turns Direct on 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 6/4/11)- There will be an astrological mixed-bag of energies today. There will be 6 Moon transits today; 2 out of the 6 will be positive. There will also be 4 planetary transits that will be a little difficult. Two of which involve hard aspects with Mercury…so watch what you say! A good reminder to try and ground your energies. It starts when the Moon in Cancer will form a positive sextile with Venus in Taurus (exact at 1:33am 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. This will begin a 10+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until into proud Leo. 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. Next, Mercury in Gemini will square the “Wounded Healer” Chiron in Aquarius (exact at 8:13am 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. It is possible that we could encounter a hurtful person (or you could be hurtful to someone else). Forgiveness (or the need to forgive) often accompanies this transit. The Moon transitions into proud Leo (exact 11:03am 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. Just after, the Moon in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 11:26am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:42pm 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. Then, Venus in Taurus will make a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 5:28pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Saturn’s influence is sobering to Venus. Attaining long-term goals, finances, and relationships may feel strained around this time. 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! Just after, the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Aries (exact at 6:20pm 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. Then, Mars in Taurus forms an uncomfortable semisquare with transiting Uranus in Aries (exact at 9:03pm 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, Mercury in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:43pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually will manifest in the form of a block or obstacle. 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”. Outside influences could affect you and present situations beyond our control. Then, the Moon in Leo will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:01pm 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). We end the day on a high note when, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Taurus (exact at 11:04pm 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.
(Monday 6/6/11)- This should be a pretty decent Monday (as far as Mondays go). Especially after the planetary onslaught that occurred yesterday. Just remember, it can take a day or two for that energy to dissipate. Early in the morning, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 5:36aam 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. Just after, the Sun in Gemini forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 5:51am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Try to avoid compulsive shopping. It is possible to over-promise or to be overly confident (bravado). There may be a conflict between family and friends. We may be inclined to do everything big right now (including overindulging). Mostly, we will feel optimistic and sunny with this transit.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Leo will positively sextile the Sun in Gemini (exact at 2:48pm 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? Lastly, the Moon in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Taurus (exact at 10:01pm 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.
(Tuesday 6/7/11)- 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.
In the later morning, the Moon in Leo will square Venus in Taurus (exact at 11:27am 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. This will start a 4+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into perfectionist Virgo…
In the afternoon, the Moon transitions into perfectionist Virgo (exact at 3:33pm). 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 over the next 2 1/2 days. Then, Mercury in Gemini will form a flowing trine with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 4:40pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Trines are usually an easy type of transit with no opposing energies. 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!! Just after, the Moon in Virgo makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 4:42pm 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 Virgo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 5:08pm 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). Lastly, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Aries (exact at 10:42pm 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.
(Wednesday 6/8/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Virgo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 12:59am 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! Then, the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 3:03am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo will go onto make an annoying square to Mercury in Gemini (exact at 12:31pm EST). Ironically, the planet Mercury rules both Virgo and Gemini. This transit will normally cause miscommunication, but with Mercury’s involvement it will be doubly so! So use caution in how you communicate with others.
Then, Chiron (“The Wounded healer”) will turn Retrograde in the sign of Pisces (exact at 3:08pm EST). (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). Chiron turns retrograde today at 5 degrees Pisces and will travel back to zero degrees Pisces before turning direct again on 11/10/11. In astrology, Chiron is associated with healing, medicine, the mind/body/spirit connection, teaching, reoccurring problems in our life, and music. This will be a time to review those matters. You would need to know where Chiron/Pisces falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
Later, the Sun in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Virgo (exact at 10:11pm 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. Lastly, Jupiter in Taurus will form a positive sextile with Neptune (R) both in Pisces (exact at 10:39pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be a favorable time to explore different cultures and religions. We would do well working with a group for a greater cause that is bigger than ourselves. It’s about self-sacrifice and service to others. The only caveat is use caution with putting friends or an organization up on a pedestal. You know what happens when they fall!? The late, great astrologer Linda Goodman used to say: “Aim straight, shoot higher than man can see-past the stars-to the place all dreams were really born”.
(Thursday 6/9/11)- In the early morning, the Moon in Virgo forms a flowing trine with Mars in Taurus (exact at 4:13am 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. This will start a long 14+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into diplomatic Libra… Then, Mars in Taurus will form an uncomfortable semisquare with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 9:32am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This one could bring about lots of physical energy. As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time (Mars creates energy and it would be best to channel it into positive pursuits). Sexuality can be enhanced around this transit. So what happens when the God of War forms an uncomfortable liaison with the Lord of the Underworld? Don’t push others around this time! It is best to strategize. Actions now will have consequences (good or bad). Try to keep things positive….just remember that Pluto is the great transformer.Next, Venus (the Goddess of Love & Beauty) transitions into the chatty sign of Gemini (exact at 10:23am EST). Words and phrases to describe Gemini are: “I Think!”, Mutable/Air, communication, writing, media, talking, duality (the twins), diversified interests, “jack of all trades”, travel, shallowness, witty, quick, intellect, multi-tasker, gossip, designer, nervousness, moodiness and chatty. The body parts it’s associated with are: hands, arms, shoulders, nervous system and lungs. Its metal is Mercury and Stones are: Agate, Citrine, Moonstone, Pearl, and White Sapphire. We are moving away from a time when we were working on steady panning and seeking comfort (especially in love) (Taurus) and we are moving into a phase where communication & mental energies will be favored (Gemini). For the next month, love (and finances) will take on a more communicative role. We will want to talk with our love interest and also to our friends about love. The symbol for Gemini is the twins; got two love interests? It is possible that there may be an inclination to take on a second job too. This could also be a time of travel for you and your sweetie. Time to take a road trip, see a museum or attend a comedy club! Anything that stimulates the mind will also make the heart pound. Hobbies, crafting, model making and scrapbooking are also favored (really anything that uses dexterity). All of these themes will be active until Venus transitions into Cancer on 7/4/11!
In the evening, the Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 6:31pm 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. Just after, the Moon in Libra forms a flowing trine with Venus in Gemini (exact at 7:16pm 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! Then, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 8:03pm 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. Just after, the Moon in Libra will quincunx Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 8:21pm 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!
(Friday 6/10/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Libra will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Aries (exact at 1:34am 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. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). Then, Venus in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 4:24am 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 (hopefully you have the day off)! Creativity, music, art, films, etc. will be favored. It is possible this could make us a little dreamy, sleepy, or fuzzy around this time. It may be hard to wake up this morning. People with drug or alcohol issues could experience some issues. Next, the Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 5:39am 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, Mercury in Gemini forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 8:00am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn (R) both in Libra (exact at 12:00pm 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). The remainder of the day will be under in the influence of the Moon in Libra….
(Saturday 6/11/11)- Today 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 Libra makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Gemini (exact at 12:02am 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 Sun in Gemini will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Libra (exact at 4:04am 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 16+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into pioneering Scorpio. Next, the Moon in Libra makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Taurus (exact at 9:05am 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.
Later in the evening, the Moon will transition into intense Scorpio (exact at 8:33pm EST). Favorable Scorpio Moon activities are: anything related to research, occult, detective work, self-discovery, digging below the surface (both figural & literal), passion, mysteries, secrets, etc. Things that are not favored or exacerbated during the Moon in Scorpio are: jealousy, anger, intensity, and surgery (it can delay healing time). These will be themes over the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 10:04pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Scorpio makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 11:04pm EST). Sometimes this can zap our self-confidence. Conversely, we could also feel a little too confident and over state our abilities (possibly over promising). Just remember you won’t always feel this way and there are only so many hours in a day….it is OK to say no!
Mark your calendars! Next week: Sunday Saturn turns Direct (6/12), Wednesday Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius (6/15), Thursday Mercury moves into Cancer (6/16).
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