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Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Cancer 6/21-7/23
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Leo 7/2-7/28
Venus: Gemini 6/9-7/4, Cancer 7/4-7/28
Mars: Gemini 6/20-8/3
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.
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 Uranus turns Retrograde 7/9/11!
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 7/3/11)- Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind, that Lunar transits are shorter in duration and planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Aries (exact at 1:37am 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. Next, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:46am 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. Just after, the Moon in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 2:55am 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 Leo will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:16am 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). Next, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile with Mars in Gemini (exact at 9:00am 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!
In the afternoon, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 12:25pm 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. This will start a VERY LONG 33 hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into perfectionist Virgo… 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 7/4/11)- Happy 4th of July!! Today we will continue a very long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until later this evening. Therefore, it would not be a great time to start new projects. It is more auspicious to finish up and take care of details on things that you have already started. Hopefully, you are resting on this holiday anyway! Also, Venus will be active giving us a romantic and dreamy quality during the day.
Just after midnight, Venus (the ruler of love, creativity, & finances) will transition into emotional Cancer (exact at 12:17am EST). Words and phrases to describe Cancer are: “I Feel!”, Cardinal/Water, sensitive, emotional, holds grudges, moody, intuitive, “chicken soup”, caring, tenacious, family, defensive, nurturing, conservative, frugal, empathic, maternal/mothering, cooking & complex. It is associated with the stomach, breasts, elbow joints, and pancreas. Its metal association is Silver and Stones are: Moonstone, Pearl, Opal, Emerald, Ruby. Venus is now joining the Sun in this sensitive sign. Over the next month, our heart may be centered around home & family. Staying home or going to other people’s homes like for BBQ’s will be more of the focus. We may be more inclined to cook for our loved ones. Being around water, like swimming or boating will be favorable. Our love life may take on a maternal tone, which is fine just don’t let it get too out of hand! People with Venus in Cancer in their natal chart, tend to really value home, family, and domestic situations. They may not be the most overly romantic people, but they will certainly hand you a Kleenex when you are sick or even make you home cooked chicken soup. It depends where Venus/Cancer falls within your own chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Venus will transition into the sign of Leo on July 28th!
In the afternoon, Venus in Cancer will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 1:26pm 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. Later, Mercury in Leo will form a beautiful flowing trine to Uranus in Aries (exact at 8:47pm 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. This transit increases clairvoyance and channeling. Exchange of thoughts and information may come at lightning speed around this time. Brilliant ideas! You may not need much caffeine today. 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! Finally the Moon transitions into perfectionist Virgo (exact at 9:15pm) after a very long void-of-course Moon cycle. 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. Next, the Moon in Virgo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 10:23pm 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 will form a positive sextile with Venus in Cancer (exact at 11:14pm 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.
(Tuesday 7/5/11)- 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.
Mercury will be active today forming a square with Jupiter and a quincunx with Pluto. Today is not a good day to rely on pure luck. It also may be hard to get people to go on a deeper level with things. Mercury is activating the trine between Jupiter and Pluto that will happen on Thursday this week. Try not to overstate or overpromise during this day; otherwise it may come back to bite you! In addition, Mercury will form a quincunx with Chiron and the Moon will oppose Chiron bringing up past pains and past hurts. This is not exactly what I would call healing energy.
Early in the morning, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Aries (exact at 4:59am 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. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). Then, Mercury in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with “Wounded Healer” Chiron in Pisces (R) (exact at 5:53am 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. Forgiveness (or the need to forgive) may be just out of reach, but that is exactly what is needed. This may involve more of an intellectual process, but we may have difficulty in discussing it with others. If that is the case, start or continue writing in your journal. Just after, the Moon in Virgo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:00am 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! Next, the Moon in Virgo makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 6:49am 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. Then, the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:27am 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, Mercury in Leo forms an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 2:09pm 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. Gossip may be at an all-time high. 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. We may encounter a know-it-all today. Sometimes people get rigid or opinionated about their beliefs around this transit. The upside is that we could be feeling fairly optimistic and will have a bright mental outlook. Just after, the Moon in Virgo will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Gemini (exact at 2:50pm 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. Next, Mercury in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:08pm 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 Virgo will positively sextile the Sun in Cancer (exact at 8:19pm 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? This will start another LONG 27+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow night when the Moon transitions into diplomatic Libra…
(Wednesday 7/6/11)- Today will be the most astrologically calm day of the week. In fact, this is a great day to get things done, organized, and completed. Be slow and methodical with your approach and you will come out on the winning end of things. This is another day involving a very long void-of-course Moon cycle…
In the afternoon, Mars in Gemini will form a flowing trine with Saturn in Libra (exact at 12:16pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Mars wants to go, go, go and Saturn’s approach is slow & steady. Mars will give us the energy, but be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Try to be patient and take your time with handling the details; it will be worth the effort! Put your energy towards planning, family/domestic pursuits, finances, organization and goal setting. This is a good time to get things done! Much later in the day, the Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 11:54pm 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.
(Thursday 7/7/11)- Unlike yesterday, today will be one of the busiest astrological days this week. There will be 9 Moon transits today; three out of the nine transits will be positive. Regular readers of this Blog know that I don't normally do this, but I am going to focus purely on the three planetary transits that are occurring today. I think it would be too confusing to try to read all of that! Whenever this much planetary energy bombards us all at once, it can be a bit disconcerting. We could be feeling frazzled with a lack of focus. It is best to try to remain as grounded as possible.
The biggest transit of the week occurs when Jupiter in Taurus will form a positive trine with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:06am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. (The effect of this may be felt up to a week.) Power in beliefs! Now is the time to have faith and inspire others. There can be a lot of power in words…especially if you are selling something. You may find yourself being very influential. Travel and international dealings will be favored. Be honest in your dealings, otherwise you may get “called out”. This is not a good time for underhanded tactics. In fact, if there has been something going on under the surface, now is a great time to bring it out into the daylight. This could be a good time for financial dealings (only again, keep it honest….otherwise you could be facing a very big, public, downfall). This is a good time to ask yourself…What are my beliefs? Am I open minded? Did I base my opinions on what someone else said/wrote? Is there another way to look at my position? Of course, the downside to all of this is that we could encounter fanatical beliefs, opinions, or religious convictions around this time. As with all Pluto transits, great transformation can take place…so harness these energies for the positive!
In the afternoon, Venus in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Uranus in Aries (exact at 5:44pm 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, the Sun in Cancer will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with nebulous Neptune in Pisces (exact at 10:12pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Dreaming and daydreaming of the good old days? This one could zap some of our energy. We could feel fuzzy and have trouble focusing. This is not a good time to make major decisions or to sign contracts. Best to relax or focus on creative endeavors!
(Friday 7/9/11)- Over the next two weeks, I will be filling in for a Reader that is away on vacation and will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 1:30-3:30pm (I take my last reading at 3:00pm). 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.
Venus is at it once again today. She will form a lovely trine with Chiron helping us to encourage healing within relationships. However, later when Venus opposes Pluto, we could still find ourselves a obsessing about what went wrong in the first place.
Overnight, the Sun in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Libra (exact at 2:29am 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 start a long 24+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into pioneering Scorpio. Then, lovely Venus in Cancer will form a positive trine with Chiron (the “Wounded Healer”) (R) in Pisces (exact at 3:44am EST) helping to heal old relationship wounds. Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be beneficial for artistic endeavors (especially if you have strayed from doing them for a while).
Later in the evening, Venus in Cancer forms a stressful opposition with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 8:31pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is power in love, pure and simple. Avoid power struggles with loved if at all possible. If you are in a relationship, try to remember that each person in a relationship has his or her own will, personality, likes & dislikes. If you are single, try not to obsess about being with another person too much. If you meet someone new during this transit they may be passionate, yet secretive. Pluto can bring up fanatical behavior, hidden fears, jealousy, and passion.
(Saturday 7/9/11)- Overnight, Venus in Cancer will form a beneficial sextile to Jupiter in Torus (exact at 2:06am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite transits; it's too bad that the height of this transit is occurring overnight. This will bring luck/opportunity with both love and finances! This will be beneficial for group gatherings and social events too. If I were a betting woman (which I am), this would be a good time to buy a lottery ticket. (Sorry, but I am not responsible for any losses nor am I condoning gambling-LOL). Venus transits encourage us to get outside and be close to nature, enjoy art, and admire beauty in all its splendid forms. Next, the Moon will transition into intense Scorpio (exact at 2:31am 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 3:22am 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. Just after, Mercury in Cancer will form a flowing trine with Saturn in Libra (exact at 4:19am 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!! Later in the morning, the Moon in Scorpio forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Aries (exact at 10:16am 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. Then, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:04am 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, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:33pm EST). This will be a favorable time to look below the surface and have in-depth conversations or counseling. This is a time that we could be feeling passionate or intense. This transit will amplify the Scorpio Lunar traits. Next, the Moon in Scorpio makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 1:11pm 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! Just after, the Moon in Scorpio forms a flowing trine with Venus in Cancer (exact at 2:07pm 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).Uranus will turn Retrograde for the next 5 months (exact at 8:35pm EST)! Uranus is a slow moving planet and the third largest in our solar system. It is stationary for about 16 days before and after the “beginning” of the Retrograde phase. (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). Uranus rules over: disruption, change, reform, originality, friends, lightening, uniqueness, electricity, New Age (and Astrology), technology (like computers), accidents, and unexpected events. It is associated with lower legs & ankles, blood circulation, nervous conditions, body spasms and X-Rays. No matter where Uranus shows up in your chart, it will force change in that area… There is a reason why Uranus is called “The Great Awakener”! If you remember, the day that Uranus transitioned into the sign of Aries was the same day as the now famous Japanese earthquake/tsunami. Talk about Uranus is famous shakeups and unexpected events! We will feel this over the next 2-4 weeks at least, then the energies of the Retrograde phase begin to feel "normal". People who are prone to nervous conditions or afflictions affecting the body's electrical system, like palpitations or seizures, may have more trouble during this timeframe. It depends where Uranus is currently residing within your natal chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. We can look forward to Uranus turning Direct on December 9th. Lastly, the Moon in Scorpio will go onto make an annoying square to Mercury in Leo (exact at 11:06pm EST). This is not the ideal time to express your emotions. Use caution in how you communicate with others.
Mark your calendars! Next week will be astrologically much quieter than this week. The Full Moon will occur on Friday the 15th in the sign of Capricorn.
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 & Certified Spiritual Healer