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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: Leo 7/23-8/23
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Virgo 7/28-8/8, Leo 8/8-9/9
Venus: Leo 7/28-8/21
Mars: Cancer 8/3-9/18
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: 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
Uranus Retrograde in Aries 7/9/11-12/10/11
Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 6/3/11-12/10/11
Chiron Retrograde in Pisces 6/8/11-11/10/11
Coming up Mercury turns Retrograde in the sign of Virgo on 8/2/11-8/26/11!!
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 (or longer). 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 8/7/11)- Later in the morning, the Moon in Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 11:14am) 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. This will also be the beginning of a short void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius. 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. The Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 11:21am EST). It is said in Astrology that the Lunar transition between Scorpio and Sagittarius is the most stressful of all the Moon transition. So use caution around this time and allow for (minor) setbacks. Activities that are favored during Moon in Sagittarius are: sports, horseback riding, outdoors/nature, spiritual aspirations, higher consciousness, honesty/bluntness, law/legal, higher learning, education, travel (especially international), and getting out to meet people. It is best to avoid taking too strong of a stance and not being open to others opinions, as people will usually defend their beliefs rigorously at this time. These themes will be prevalent for the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius will go onto make an annoying square to Mercury (R) in Virgo (exact at 11:54am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Sagittarius makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Cancer (exact at 4:33pm 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. Next, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:13pm 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 Sagittarius will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 6:45pm 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. Lastly, Venus in Leo positively sextiles Saturn in Libra (exact at 10:19pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Discipline and organization are required. This transit will be permeated by seriousness. This probably won’t be a time of busy social activities. The invites that you do get, will most likely be from your oldest and dearest friends. Any delays that are experienced will be for the better (but you might not feel that way at the time). This is an auspicious time for finances, business endeavors, strategizing, etc. This may be a good time to sit down with your partner to discuss long-term goals. If you are single and meet someone during this transit, the new romance may have promise of being long-term. This will also be a beneficial day to: start a new beauty regimen, connect with nature, cook, and/or do work around the house!
(Monday 8/8/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Sagittarius will quincunx Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 4:07am 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!
Mercury Retrograde will travel backwards into the sign of Leo (exact at 5:46am EST). If you are a regular reader of this Blog then you know that Mercury turned Retrograde on August 2nd in the sign of Virgo. Because of its Retrograde cycle, it will now return to the sign of Leo where it will stay until September 9th. Mercury this year will be turning Retrograde in all of the fire signs. Just a reminder, M.R. is a good time to review the lesson of the sign that it currently inhabits. Therefore Mercury Retrograde in Leo will be good for reviewing entrepreneurial endeavors, leadership, creativity, children and ego. Check out my blog entry from August 2nd for more information about M. R. or check out my blog entry from July 28th for more information about Mercury in Leo.
Then, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 10:07am 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, Mercury (R) in Leo will oppose Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 10:27am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. If you are sleeping during the height of this, you could have prophetic or “visitation” dreams. Be very careful (especially) with business dealings around this time. 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. To put it bluntly, we could be more susceptible to manipulation or someone fibbing to get their way. On the positive side: creativity, intuition, and imagination could be increased too. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius forming a flowing trine with Venus in Leo (exact at 12:27am 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!
Lastly, the Sun in Leo will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Sagittarius (exact at 3:22pm 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!
(Tuesday 8/9/11)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 3-6pm (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.
This day has an interesting mix of energies. Certainly Mars will be very active today but so will Chiron. The big astrological event that will occur is when Mars will square Uranus, and that can certainly bring up intense energy bordering on aggression. Luckily, the remainder of astrological transits that will be occurring today will all be positive. I am hoping that this counteracts some of the Mars aggression that we could experience. Of course lots of grounding this week is advised.
Just after midnight, Mars in Cancer will form an beautiful trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:28am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be certain to bring up old wounds and memories and our 1st emotion may be anger. However, Mars provides us with the tools to act and make things better. It would be best to face these situations directly (yet with tact) and just deal with them once and for all. The rewards will outweigh any uncertainty.In the afternoon, Mars in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with transiting Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 12:33pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to expect the unexpected! If you are normally impulsive, then a steady approach is best during this time. If you are normally sedate or in a rut, then use innovation to jolt yourself out of it. 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, insomnia, electrical conditions of the body, and anxiety may have difficulty around this transit. Be very careful driving today as people will not be very patient and maybe driving more aggressively than normal. Next, the Moon in Sagittarius makes a flowing trine to Mercury (R) in Leo (exact at 3:20pm 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 Sagittarius forms a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 4:24pm 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? This will also be the beginning of a short void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn (at 4:38pm EST). Themes that will be prevalent over the next 2 ½ days are: business endeavors, discipline, work, goal setting, drive, public ambition, and tradition. Try to avoid: workaholic tendencies, coldness, and using people for personal gain. Lastly, the Moon in Capricorn forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:33pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!
(Wednesday 8/10/11)- Remember, I am available for private Astrological/Life Coaching sessions between 2-7pm today please call or e-mail me to schedule an appointment!
Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Unfortunately, unlike yesterday, the majority of Lunar transits today will be difficult. The Moon will be highlighting the larger Cardinal T-Square between Uranus, Saturn, Pluto, and now Mars. Things of course will be building toward very early in the morning on Thursday when Mars opposes Pluto. We may be in for a bumpy ride…
Next, the Moon in Capricorn uncomfortably squares Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 12:13am 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). Just after, the Moon in Capricorn will form its monthly opposition to Mars in Cancer (exact at 12:51am 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! Then, the Moon will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:06am EST) adding emotional intensity to the mix. This may help with insights pertaining to business and financial endeavors. Helping to “pick up” on the undercurrent of a situation. This is also beneficial for therapy, cathartic experiences, passion, and ferreting out secrets. The one and only bright spot today will be when the Moon in Capricorn makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 10:17am 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.
Later in the afternoon, the Moon in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Libra (exact at 4:34pm 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. This will also be the beginning of another LONG 31+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into unique Aquarius tomorrow. Lastly, the Moon in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Leo (exact at 11:00pm 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.
(Thursday 8/11/11)- Today Mars will be opposing Pluto which will finish its liaison with the Cardinal T-Square at least until 8/25 when it squares Saturn. This transit occurs when Mars is in the sign of Cancer. I'm not going to sugarcoat things, this is not an easy transit. This is not a favorable time to push your own agenda especially aggressively because people will lash back! Even the other lunar and planetary transits will be difficult today. Adding insult to injury, during the entire day the Moon will be void-of-course; not exactly a favorable time for forward movement. People may be cranky!Overnight, Mars in Cancer will form a stressful opposition with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 1:14am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. I am glad that this only happens once a year. So what happens when the God of War opposes the Lord of the Underworld? This is when hidden enemies and agendas can come to the surface. Don’t push others around this time (they will be certain to push back)! It is best to strategize behind the scenes. Actions now will have far reaching results (for better or worse). Try to keep today positive….just remember that Pluto is the “great transformer”. 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). We may be inclined to over-do it (like the weekend warrior syndrome). Sexuality & passion (jealousy is just an unhealthy form of passion) can be enhanced around this transit. Then, the Moon in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Leo (exact at 1:58am 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). Then, Mercury (R) in Leo forms an uncomfortable semisquare with Saturn in Libra (exact at 8:46am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will not be a good day for communication or travel as there could be delays or obstacles with both. It is possible to experience solidarity. Stick with the facts if you need to communicate. Don’t try to tackle too many things around this transit. 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.
Later in the day, the Moon in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury (R) in Leo (exact at 11:00am 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? Finally the Moon transitions into unique Aquarius after a very long void-of-course cycle (exact at 11:47pm EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Aquarius are: social endeavors, friendship, technology, humanitarian efforts, politics, inventing, and New Age ideologies. Things to avoid: are getting too caught up in the greater good and masses that you forget the individual & their feelings, and being overly fixed in your own unique way of doing things that you can’t consider someone else’s good ideas.
(Friday 8/12/11)- Remember, I am available for private Astrological/Life Coaching sessions between 2-7pm today please call or e-mail me to schedule an appointment!
I have been writing a about Mars aspecting Uranus and Pluto this week and now the Sun and Venus will get into the act. Both the Sun and Venus will form a sesquisquare with Uranus today. Sesquisquare's in astrology represent compulsive behavior and power trips. We may be inclined today to do something a little crazy or offbeat in order to get a lover's attention. Even though we may be inclined towards that behavior today, this is really not the right time to be doing such things and it may in-fact backfire. Surely we will be drawn towards the avant-garde and unique things/situations/people. On top of all of this the Moon is still in unique Aquarius…
Just after midnight, the Sun in Leo will form a slightly annoying sesquisquare with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 12:13am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. In the evening last night and early in the morning today, we may receive some unexpected news. It may be difficult to act on this new information. There may also be small glitches with technology or travel. It’s possible that we may just be restless around this time. Just remember that it is difficult to change everything at once, even if we are inclined to! Then, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 7:32am 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. Next, the Moon in Aquarius makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Cancer (exact at 11:20am 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.
In the evening, the Moon in Aquarius will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 6:20pm 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. Later, Venus in Leo will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 10:58pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Looking for your muse? The inspiration that you have been looking for may come around this time. However, you will most likely experience tension or nervousness instead of feeling comfortable (that is what this transit is about, to push you out of your box). Nervous energy? Time to go with the flow! This is a good time to “surprise” you romantic partner with a nice gesture.
(Saturday 8/13/11)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2:30-5:30pm (I take my last reading at 5:00pm). 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.
Just after midnight, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Libra (exact at 12:57am 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 Sun in Leo will make a slightly awkward sesquisquare with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:07am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is a time where we may want to get deep and explore our subconscious but everyone around us wants to keep it superficial. Power struggles are possible (especially with children), so pick and choose your battles! On a positive note, we may be feeling passionate & sexy around this time!
In the afternoon, the Full Moon in Aquarius forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Leo (exact at 1:22pm 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.The height of the Full Moon in Aquarius (exact at 2:58pm EST). The Full Moon that takes place in August is often called the Full Sturgeon Moon, the Grain Moon, the Green Corn Moon, or the Red Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Leo). 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/Aquarius & Sun/Leo 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. Lastly, Venus in Leo will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:19pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This one could bring love/passion up close and personal. It could take the form of sexual tension, teasing in the form of flirtation (remember those school days?), jealousy (an unhealthy form of passion), etc. Pluto brings intensity and there is a possibly of obsessing (or being too intense) about love/finances. We may be able to look below the surface and discover things about ourselves, others, or even our finances that we may have over-looked or not noticed previously. If the energies are harnessed properly, there could be true transformation in these areas.
Wow! What a week!?!
Coming up next week: on Tuesday (8/16) there will be a triple conjunction between the Sun, Venus, and Mercury all in the sign of Leo!
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 have a variety of charts to choose from (relationship, life path, time-line, etc). I can do readings in-person, over the phone, or via Skype. 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
Ordained Minister & Certified Spiritual Healer (Non-Denomination)