I am very excited to announce that I have found a new place to do private Astrology Readings, Reiki, Life Coaching, and Hypnosis!! I will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays between 2-7 PM. Please call me for an appointment, as I will not be taking walk-ins. It is located at 65 Pearl St. in lovely downtown Burlington VT (it is a dark red brick building). There is metered street parking and across the street behind the restaurant Bove’s, there are also metered parking spaces. To celebrate this I will be a 20% DISCOUNT (if you mention this ad when booking the appointment) on all my private Astrology Readings until 8/12/11!! Please feel free to call me with questions or to book an appointment. #802-999-4677. (Spirit Dancer is not included in this special)
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: Gemini 6/20-8/3, 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: 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
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. 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 7/31/11)- The one and only planetary transit will occur later in the day. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Leo Moon…
In the evening, Venus in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 9:22pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This could bring up past pains & past loves. Use this time to heal old wounds. You may find yourself giving relationship advice to others around this transit (even if your relationships have been unsuccessful).
(Monday 8/1/11)- Love may be foremost on our minds today as Venus will be making contact with two planets (Uranus & Chiron). Today will be an astrologically busy day with seven Moon transits and three planetary transits. It's almost as if the Universe is trying to tell us to finish up things before Mercury goes Retrograde tomorrow! One of the unusual things about today that may in fact be uncomfortable, is that there will be to avoid-of-course Moon cycles in one day! If you are a regular reader of this blog you will have noticed the last 2+ weeks there have been very long void-of-course Moon cycles. This is very uncomfortable energy almost similar to a Retrograde cycle.
Ramadan Begins. Just after midnight, Venus in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 12:09am EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Routine is so boring! Desire for independence and freedom. Looking for your muse? If you are single and looking for someone that is different from the usual types, then go out tonight! You might be up for anything that is progressive and new. Strange and unusual artwork or music may catch your attention. If you are in a relationship, take a break from your rut. Do something exciting with your partner! Next, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile with Mars in Gemini (exact at 2:20am 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 2+ 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. The Moon transitions into perfectionist Virgo (exact at 4:41am EST) after a short 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. Then, the Moon in Virgo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 4:51am EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time. Especially since this will also enhance escapism (people with drug or alcohol issues will have trouble around this transit). If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. Next, the Moon will conjunct Mercury both in Virgo (exact at 6:28am EST) assisting with communication, short distance travel and feeling supported by others. It will be very easy to express feelings and emotions around this time. This is a great time to write (like journaling) or to express emotions. Then, the Sun in Leo forming an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 10:41am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Even though this is a square (& would normally be a trying event), it will be occurring between two benevolent planets. Therefore, this may end up putting us in a good mood! Try to avoid compulsive shopping or big ticket purchases. It is possible to over-promise or to be overly confident (bravado). There may be a conflict between friends or with a group of people. Travel, higher learning/education, religion/spirituality, law, horses, publishing, and advertising may be highlighted. Next, the Moon in Virgo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:38am 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! Just after, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 11:54am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 1:35pm 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. Then, the Moon in Virgo makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 7:38pm 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. This will start another LONG 34+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until Wednesday morning when the Moon transitions into diplomatic Libra… Lastly, Venus in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:49pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually bring an obstacle or delay. This is will bring trouble on the love/passion forefront. The object of our affections may be inaccessible around this time. If the energies are harnessed properly, there could be true transformation in these areas. Pluto brings intensity and there is a possibly of obsessing (or being too intense) about love/finances.
(Tuesday 8/2/11)- 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.
Well, today is not going to be a good day for forward movement! There are two very good reasons for that; Mercury turns Retrograde and the entire day will be under the influence of a void-of-course Moon cycle. It's almost as if the planets are putting on the proverbial brakes, at least for now. Also, today will have no other planetary or Lunar transits and today could have been almost boring quality. The entire day will be under the influence of the void-of-course Virgo Moon….
Much later in the day, Mercury in Virgo turns Retrograde (exact at 11:50pm EST). Usually Mercury (The God of Communication & Transportation) goes Retrograde for 3 weeks, 3 times per year. This year it will be turning Retrograde in all of the fire signs (Aries, Leo, & Sagittarius). Mercury will only be in the sign of Virgo for just a few days before returning to the sign of Leo. (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) We will all feel the effects of this influence, but you will feel it more strongly if you are a Mercury-ruled person (Gemini & Virgo), if you have strong Gemini/Virgo/Leo placements in your chart, or if Mercury was Retrograde when you were born. Astrologically, this causes small things to happen that may be considered to be "bumps in the road". Mercury heavily influences technology (how we stay connected to others). So an example of this could be computers crashing, copiers breaking down or jamming, faxes not transmitting, cell phone issues, etc. Communication is another thing affected by Mercury Retrograde. It's a good idea during this time to save fax transmittal sheets, postal receipts, and documenting important conversations. Delays with travel can also occur because of miscommunications or breaking down of equipment. Make sure you confirm all reservations and allow extra travel time. This is not a good time to start anything new or to sign contracts (like getting a loan, buying a house, buying a car, etc). If you absolutely need to sign something important during this phase, take the time to re-read the document and pay close attention to the fine print. This is a good time to strategize and do your homework on projects that you may be planning. On the up side (yes, there is an upside) this is an excellent time for the following: re-uniting, re-organizing, re-establishing, re-arranging, re-financing, re-negotiating, etc. Are you noticing a pattern? (I had a friend jokingly say that she was going to re-lax in her re-cliner with a glass of re-d wine!) I personally, look to these 3 weeks as a good time to get filling done, finishing up tasks that I have been putting off, tightening up details, etc. I look forward to this time because it's excellent for re-connecting with people in general. This seems to be a time when people you haven't heard from just call "out of the blue" or you may "randomly" run into someone while out shopping. You can see that in business, this would be an excellent time to follow-up with past customers or clients. Just remember, if you are in a relationship, try to be understanding with your lover if you have a miscommunication.......these things will happen with Mercury Retrograde, it's not the end of the world! Sometimes old flames will try to come back during this time. This is fine; just remember an ex is an ex for a reason! While Mercury is in Virgo, the emphasis will be on details, perfectionism, organization, micro-managing, service to others, practicality, criticism, and health (particularly the intestines & digestive system). We can all look forward to Mercury going "Direct" again on Friday August 26th at 6:03pm EST. (Remember the planets don’t just stop and change direction with 100% speed, we will feel the effects lingering of this a few days before the start of Retrograde and after it turns Direct again). Remember, Mercury will transition backwards into dramatic Leo “the Lion” on 8/8/11.
(Wednesday 8/3/11)- I am very excited to announce that I have found a new place to do private Astrology Readings, Reiki, Life Coaching, and Hypnosis!! I will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays between 2-7 PM. Please call me for an appointment, as I will not be taking walk-ins. It is located at 65 Pearl St. in lovely downtown Burlington VT (it is a dark red brick building). There is metered street parking and across the street behind the restaurant Bove’s, there are also metered parking spaces. To celebrate this I will be a 20% DISCOUNT (if you mention this ad when booking the appointment) on all my private Astrology Readings until 8/12/11!! T to call me with questions or to book an appointment. #802-999-4677. (Spirit Dancer is not included in this special)
Today will be a very busy astrological day. There will be seven Moon transits, one planetary transit, and Mars will move into the sign of Cancer. Let's not forget that the Moon will finally transition into Libra after being void-of-course since Monday night! Between 6-7am Mars/Neptune/Moon will be having a liaison possibly causing a fuzzy start the day.
Things get started very early in the morning, Mars (the God of War) will transition into the sign of sensitive Cancer (exact at 5:22am EST). Words and phrases to describe Cancer are: “I Feel!”, Cardinal/Water, 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. Mars is action oriented, but Cancer (the sign of the crab) tends to take an indirect approach to things. People will be more sensitive and possibly introverted during this time and not as open with their feelings and thoughts. We will be more inclined to put or energies toward home, family, cooking, and really all domestic endeavors. This would be a great time to make a summer stew with all the leftover garden veggies. Mothering and maternal qualities will be enhanced (yes, even for the man). Any activity involving water is favored like boating, jet skiing, snorkeling, and even building sand castles! Remember that the sign of Cancer tends to be fond of the past and holding onto memories; therefore this would be a great time to do scrap booking. It depends on where Mars/Cancer falls within your chart as to how this will affect you on a personal level. Mars will be in the sign of Cancer until 9/18/11 when it transitions into the sign of Leo.
Finally! The Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 6:04am EST). Activities that are favorable during a Libra Moon are: fairness, beauty (did I say beauty?), partnerships, joint enterprise, aesthetics, harmony, graciousness, cooperation, justice, peace, and romance. Things to avoid are: indecision, dependence, fickle, and lying (to avoid confrontation). Libras make great judges and counselors because they are often able to see both sides. Its physical associations are: the kidneys, lumbar area of the back, buttocks and adrenal glands. All of these themes will be accentuated during the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Libra makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Cancer (exact at 6:06am 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. Just after, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:09am EST). Neptune’s influence can cause us to be fuzzy and idealistic. It is therefore, not an ideal time to make bold moves and big decisions. It is possible that we may have trouble accessing our intuition around this time. If sleeping, it would be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams. Then, Mars in Cancer will form a flowing trine with nebulous Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:53am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be an ideal time to focus your energy on creative and artistic endeavors (like music, art, film, crafts, poetry, etc). Dancing, yoga, meditation, boating (in fact all water sports), any movement that is flowing is recommended. Selflessness is in style. It would be best to help others (and animals) and to concentrate on giving.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:51pm 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. Then, the Moon in Libra will make its monthly opposition to Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 1:12pm 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. The Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:53pm 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. The Moon in Libra will form a positive sextile with Venus in Leo (exact at 6:57pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Libra will quincunx Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 9:18pm 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!
(Thursday 8/4/11)- About an hour after midnight, the Moon in Libra will positively sextile the Sun in Leo (exact at 1:05am 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? Then, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn both in Libra (exact at 2:53am 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).
Later in the evening, Mercury (R) in Virgo will form a positive sextile with Mars in Taurus (exact at 7:19pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Sextiles often present themselves through opportunity that will require some action on your part to come to fruition. This transit will be beneficial for mental agility, technical skills, writing, hand/eye coordination, quickness, fast-talking, debating, and even possibly speeding…don’t get a ticket! This is a good time to put your thoughts into action! Write out a list…and start crossing things off! This will give us pep in our step.Lastly, Neptune (R) will travel backwards for the last time into the sign of Aquarius (exact at 10:54pm EST). Neptune rules over dreams, fantasy, imagination, creativity, spirituality, escapism (drugs & alcohol), film industry, music, hypnosis, institutions/hospitals, illusion, idealism, and fluidity. It is associated with: feet, toes, toxins, malformation, leakage, and really anything that is hard to diagnose. Neptune was in the sign of Aquarius since 1998 before it briefly dipped its proverbial big toe into the sign of Pisces back on April 4th of this year. Because of Neptune being in a Retrograde cycle, it will be returning to the sign of Aquarius one last time before it moves forward and stays in the sign of Pisces for the next 14 years. This energy will be very familiar to us because Neptune was in Aquarius for so long. As you know with any Retrograde cycle, we will need to review the lessons of Neptune in Aquarius once again. Themes that are common with Aquarius are: independence, uniqueness, eccentricities, inventiveness, futuristic, friendship, aloof, cold, political, and humanitarian. Its physical association is the ankles, shins & circulatory conditions. Its metal is Uranium and Stones are: Amethyst, Garnet, Moss Agate, and Opal. It will depend where Aquarius/Neptune falls within your own chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Neptune will return to the watery sign of Pisces again on 2/3/12.
(Friday 8/5/11)- I am very excited to announce that I have found a new place to do private Astrology Readings, Reiki, Life Coaching, and Hypnosis!! I will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays between 2-7 PM. Please call me for an appointment, as I will not be taking walk-ins. It is located at 65 Pearl St. in lovely downtown Burlington VT (it is a dark red brick building). There is metered street parking and across the street behind the restaurant Bove’s, there are also metered parking spaces. To celebrate this I will be a 20% DISCOUNT (if you mention this ad when booking the appointment) on all my private Astrology Readings until 8/12/11!! Please feel free to call me with questions or to book an appointment. #802-999-4677. (Spirit Dancer is not included in this special)
Another busy astrological day! Today there will be seven Lunar transits and to planetary transits. However, the planetary transit will occur overnight and will be felt most strongly in the beginning of the day. Keep in mind that Moon transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
Just after midnight, Venus in Leo will form an annoying square to Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 12:34am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Both Venus & Jupiter are considered to be benevolent planets…even though they are forming an uncomfortable square. This may be a time of optimism and we may even feel like being social. However, we may make a small social faux pas, like wearing the wrong attire or calling the boss’s wife the wrong name. What do you value most? Are you unconsciously pushing it away? Avoid impulse buys around this time; it will cost you! You may have grandiose ideas about the direction of a love relationship. We may feel a little lazy and indolent around this transit….if at all possible try to relax later today! Then, the Sun in Leo forms a positive sextile with Saturn in Libra (exact at 6:47am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This transit benefits work and discipline. Best to concentrate on: work, organization, gardening/planting (connecting with nature in general especially soil, woods, & forest), and details. This would also be an ideal time to start a new health or exercise regime. This is a great time for goal setting and building good relations with those in authority. This is a good time to help the elderly or an aging relative. Next, the Moon in Libra will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 7:56am 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. This will start a 1 min. void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow when the Moon transitions into pioneering Scorpio (exact at 7:57am 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 positive sextile to Mercury (R) in Virgo (exact at 9:33am 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 Scorpio forms a flowing trine with Mars in Cancer (exact at 10:27am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:44pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Then, the Moon in Scorpio forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 3:11pm EST). This is a time where someone around you may challenge tradition. You may also want to buck the system. An unexpected event or surprise could catch you off-guard. Next, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:55pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Scorpio makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 11:52pm 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!
(Saturday 8/6/11)- Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
Overnight, the Moon in Scorpio will square Venus in Leo (exact at 1:57am 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. Then, the Sun in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Scorpio (exact at 7:08am 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. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Scorpio Moon…
Mark your calendars! Next week Mercury will transition into Leo Monday (8/8), the Full Moon in Aquarius will be next Saturday (8/13).
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