Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Libra 9/23-10/23
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Libra 9/25-10/13, Scorpio 10/13-11/2
Venus: Scorpio 10/8-11/2
Mars: Leo 9/18-11/10
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.
Jupiter Retrograde in Taurus 8/30/11-12/25/11
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
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 10/9/11)- Today will be under the influence of the LONG void-of-course Moon cycle that started yesterday and will continue until Monday morning. Today may have a slow or dragging quality, which is fine because it's Sunday! The one transit that will add some spice to our day will be when Venus transitions into sexy Scorpio…
Overnight, lovely Venus will transition into passionate Scorpio (exact at 1:50am EST). Words and phrases to describe Scorpio are: “I Desire”, Fixed/Water, deep, prodding, sexual, secretive, solitary, inquisitive, moody, loyal, spiritual, occult, death/rebirth (Phoenix Rising), mystery, and detective. It is associated with the reproductive organs, bladder, rectum, genitals, bowels, obsessions, and allergies. Metals are iron & steel. Stones: Topaz, Opal, Coral, Obsidian, and Topaz. Over the next 3+ weeks there will be some intensity in the love department. This can be for good or bad. There may be an interesting combination of wanting to be close yet needing space. For singles, you may be drawn to someone that is mysterious and passionate. For couples, it is best to rekindle things in the bedroom. Remember when you were 1st dating and you would stay up all night talking & engaging in deep, intimate conversations? Time to return to all of that! The dark side of Venus in Scorpio is: jealousy, sneaky behavior, secrets, power struggles, and obsessions. It depends where Venus/Scorpio is located in your birth chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Venus will transition into the sign of adventurous Sagittarius on 11/2/11. Then, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Libra (exact at 4:19am 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).
In the afternoon, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 12:15pm EST). It may be hard to complete everything on our “list” or to get organized. It’s also possible that our emotions could make it hard to work around this time. Luckily, this influence will be short. Then, the Sun in Libra will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 3:09pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Did something come up recently that made you start thinking about that situation all over again? Living in the past is so time consuming and can be painful. Try not to let your ego get in the way, and allow the healing to begin! Next, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Libra (exact at 10:03pm 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? Lastly, Venus in Scorpio will form a positive trine with Chiron (the “Wounded Healer”) (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:43pm 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).
(Monday 10/10/11)- Columbus Day Observed. Ugh! Are we under the influence of this very long void-of-course Moon cycle still?!?! I'm afraid so….however, only in till 9am. I would love to say that things will be able to start progressing in a forward motion however; the planets just aren't playing along right now. We will want forward motion because of the Aries Moon but there will be several blockages along the way that could cause frustration. Things will also be building in intensity as we approach the Full Moon tomorrow.
The Moon will finally transition into pioneering Aries (exact at 8:57am EST)!! Aries Moons are similar to New Moons. It is considered to be a favorable time to start new projects, physical activities (like sports or working out), dynamism, leadership, competition, and action. Things to avoid are being too bossy, arrogant, and insensitive during the next 2 1/2 days.
In the afternoon, the Moon Aries will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Scorpio (exact at 12:34pm 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. Just after, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Uranus (R) both in Aries (exact at 12:58pm EST). The Uranus connection can bring us unexpected inspiration/ideas & can enhance clairvoyance & channeling. This can highlight technology, electricity, inventing, and unexpected events. Due to Aries’ influence it can also assist with a pioneering spirit and breaking out of your rut. Then, Venus in Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 4:15pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to go with the flow! This is one of those transits that is conducive to an awkward romantic situation. Either you or your honey could be unexpectedly detained or separated due to outside circumstances. There are always surprises in the air whenever Uranus is involved. You could also have a “surprise” financially; this could mean that you unexpectedly got a bonus OR are overdrawn on your checking account! Lastly the Moon in Aries will square intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 7:06pm 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.
(Tuesday 10/11/11)- 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.
In the afternoon, the Full Moon in Aries forms a flowing trine with Mars in Gemini (exact at 12:03pm 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. Later, the height of the Full Moon in Aries (exact at 10:06pm EST). The Full Moon that takes place closest to the Autumn Equinox is called the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon, Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, or the Full Blood Moon. Full Moons astrologically are considered to be a time of culmination or endings. Aries Moons, however usually signify new starts or beginnings. I feel that a little of both may take place around this time. It depends where Aries/Moon falls within your natal chart, to know how it would affect you on a personal level. I personally like to take this time to meditate and send out prayers for family, friends, and humanity.
(Wednesday 10/12/11)- I am available for private Astrological/Life Coaching sessions between 2-7pm today please call or e-mail me to schedule an appointment!
Just after midnight, the Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn in Libra (exact at 1:17am EST). Luckily the duration of this event is short and the height may occur while we are sleeping. 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’s possible that our feelings may get in the way of responsibility. Then, Mercury in Libra will form a flowing trine with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:10am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. All this idealism could have you simply gushing to all your friends. Daydreaming and intuition high around this time. You may be thinking (& talking) about a vacation or simply just getting away for a while. Creative endeavors will be favored around this time or really anything that requires imagination. This is also a good time to get lost in a good book or to watch a film.
Later in the evening, the Moon in Aries forming a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:14pm 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? Then, the Moon in Aries making its monthly opposition with Mercury in Libra (exact at 8:08pm EST). You may find that you are not able to express yourself as easily or someone may cut you off from saying something. It will be hard to put your thoughts into words. This is a time where someone may oppose your thoughts or feelings. The key is to integrate the two (thoughts & emotions), although it may not be easy. This will also be the beginning of a short 1+ hour-long void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into stable Taurus. 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 Taurus (exact at 9:35pm EST). Positive Taurus Moon activities are: focusing on organizing your finances, clipping coupons, decorating, designing, sensuality, cooking & eating luscious foods, organizing your home, massage, singing, and comfort. Try to avoid: laziness, relaxing too much, stubbornness, obstinacy and being too stuck in your ways. These will be the lunar themes over the next 2 days. the Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 11:42pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!
(Thursday 10/13/11)- Overnight, Venus in Scorpio will form a positive sextile with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:43am 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. This transit will actually be beneficial with both love and finances. If the energies are harnessed properly, there could be true transformation in these areas. The only caveat is possibly obsessing (or being too intense) about love/sex/finances. As Pluto, even when positively aspected, is still prone to having a dark side.
Then, Mercury transitions into the secretive sign of Scorpio (exact at 6:52am EST). Words and phrases to describe Scorpio are: “I Desire”, Fixed/Water, deep, prodding, sexual, secretive, solitary, inquisitive, moody, loyal, spiritual, occult, death/rebirth (Phoenix Rising), mystery, and detective. It is associated with the reproductive organs, bladder, rectum, genitals, bowels, obsessions, and allergies. Metals are iron & steel. Stones: Topaz, Opal, Coral, Obsidian, and Topaz. Mercury rules over the intellect, mental processes, learning, travel and communication. It is not a surprise that Halloween falls during a time when Mercury is occupying this sign. We become fascinated with mystery, murder, the occult, death and the after death during this time. Rocky Horror Picture Show and horror films become favorite pastimes as well as dressing up like our favorite ghouls and zombies. This theme is continued, not just in America, but in other parts of the world with the celebration of the Day of the Dead and All Saints Day/All Soul’s Day (10/31-11/2). As the days get shorter, it will be possible to look under the surface and detect subtleties of a situation. Our detective skills will be heightened. Of course, this will be useful especially if you need to perform any kind of research. Now is a good time to revise or create a will, trust fund, or life insurance policy. I have to mention passion & sexuality when I am talking about Scorpio…this is also a good time to whisper sweet nothings in your lover’s ear. Use your words to arouse! Unfortunately, this could also be a time of increased obsessive thinking, jealousies, suspicion, hidden fears, and vengeance too. Mercury will transition into the adventurous sign of Sagittarius on Nov 2nd!!
Next, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 7:52am 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 Taurus forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Scorpio (exact at 8:21pm 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Jupiter both in Taurus (exact at 12:25pm EST) assisting us in feeling optimistic and upbeat. This is an ideal time to work with groups of people. It also highlights/benefits: travel (especially long distance), other cultures, higher education, law, publishing, advertising, sales, horses, and spirituality. Then, the Sun will form its annual conjunction with Saturn both in Libra (exact at 5:13pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This transit gives us disciple and helps us to tackle projects. If there has been something that you have been avoiding (like an organizational) project, now is the time! There is a reason that Saturn’s nickname is the “task master”. This would also be an excellent day to start a diet or other health regime. It will help us to get along better with father figures or male authority figures too. People may be in a more serious mood around this time. Lastly, Mercury in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 10:19pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is an indication that talking/communication could heal old wounds. Are you wearing your heart on your sleeve? This is a beneficial transit if you need to give a speech or to teach something. It will be easier to convey your thoughts & ideas around this time (especially if you speak from the heart).
(Friday 10/14/11)- I am available for private Astrological/Life Coaching sessions between 2-7pm today please call or e-mail me to schedule an appointment!
Overnight, the Moon in Taurus will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Leo (exact at 3:54am 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. Later in the morning, Mercury in Scorpio forms an annoying quincunx to Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 10:51am 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. It may be perplexing on how to incorporate these ideas into daily life. However, that is exactly the lesson that is present in this transit! People with nervous conditions, anxiety, palpations, etc. may have trouble around this time. 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!
In the afternoon, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Libra (exact at 2:41pm EST). It may be hard to complete everything on our “list” or to get organized. It’s also possible that our emotions could make it hard to work around this time. Luckily, this influence will be short. Next, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Libra (exact at 4:24pm 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). Lastly, Venus in Scorpio will form its annual opposition with Jupiter (R) in Taurus (exact at 7:53pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. We may feel like being social around this time, but there might be something getting in the way of joining the group. Avoid impulse buys around this time; it will cost you! You may have grandiose ideas about the direction of a love relationship. This would not be a beneficial time for trying to get a loan (especially for education) or legal matters. Now is the time to assess: What am I giving and what am I getting in return?
(Saturday 10/15/11)- Today will consist of all Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. In the morning, the Moon in Taurus forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:51am) 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. 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 short 3+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the communicative sign of Gemini (exact at 10:15am EST). Good Gemini Moon activities are: communication (including talking, emailing, faxing, writing, etc), working with your hands, interaction with others (especially siblings and teachers), learning something new, diversified interests, mental agility, inquisitiveness, travel, and reading. Things to avoid are: fickleness, information overload, starting too many things & not being able to finish them, hyper activity, talking too much, and indecisiveness. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days……
In the afternoon, the Moon in Gemini forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:14pm EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. If you are sleeping while this occurs, you may dream about the past. It may be possible to run into someone that will tell you how to do something (even if they have never done it themselves….annoying!). Then, the Moon in Gemini will form a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 1:53pm 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 Gemini will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Scorpio (exact at 6:04pm 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? Lastly, the Moon in Gemini will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 8:30pm 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).
Stay tuned for more exciting astrological news next week…
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
Master NLP Hypnotherapy Life Coach
Ordained Minister (Interfaith) & Certified Spiritual Healer