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: 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 10/16/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Gemini will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Scorpio (exact at 3:54am 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.
In the afternoon, Mercury in Scorpio will form a positive sextile with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 12:58pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. If you have to give a speech or a sales pitch to someone right now…well you couldn’t have picked a better time! Communication skills will be persuasive & powerful. Hot topics right now will be sexuality, transformation, psychology, secrets, finances (esp. wills, trust funds, life ins, etc), death, mortality, and fears. If you are able to face these subjects with openness and honesty; then real healing could occur. It would be a good time to whisper sweet-nothings into your partner’s ear. Use words to arouse passion (the good kind!). Pluto does have a dark side, so watch for obsessive thinking and jealousies. Later, the Moon in Gemini will form a positive sextile with Mars in Leo (exact at 7:06pm 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!
(Monday 10/17/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Gemini will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Libra (exact at 3:16am 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! Next, Mars in Leo forms an uncomfortable sesquisquare with transiting Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 7:08am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to expect the unexpected! A steady approach is best during this time. The urge to be impulsive will be strong. This can be a great time for innovation and sudden breakthroughs just make sure to think things through before you act. As with any Mars transit physical activity is favored (to assist in positively channeling the extra energy). Those prone to nervous conditions and anxiety may have difficulty around this transit. Then, the Sun in Libra will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Gemini (exact at 9:37am 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!
In the afternoon, Mercury in Scorpio will oppose Jupiter (R) Taurus (exact at 2:55pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Oppositions, in astrology, are considered to be stressful. 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. 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. Today may be stressful in dealing with children. Try to be patient, as they are more open to the effects of cosmic vibrations. 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. Then, the Moon in Gemini will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:18pm 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). This will also be the beginning of a 3+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the sensitive Cancer Moon. 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 Cancer (exact at 9:38pm EST). Good Cancer Moon activities are: anything to do with home and family, cooking, maternal/mothering, being emotional, crafts, sensitivity, empathy, finances, savings, and care-taking. Things to avoid are: holding grudges, feeling slighted (possibly with little or no cause), over sensitivity, emotional eating, stubbornness, and being grumpy. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days. Lastly, the Moon in Cancer will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:26pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound!
(Tuesday 10/18/11)- 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.
Today and over the next 4+ days, there will be a “run” of all Moon transits. This is a good time to remind you that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Just after midnight, the Moon in Cancer uncomfortably squares Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 12:57am 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). Then, the Moon in Cancer will form its monthly opposition to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 7:34am EST). This can signify a (short) period of intensity. Someone could challenge you in an area where you are sensitive. Another possibility is that you may spend too much time analyzing instead of acting. Avoid underhanded tactics because someone will be more apt to notice. Next, the Moon in Cancer makes a positive sextile with Jupiter (R) in Taurus (exact at 10:32am EST) helping us to feel optimistic and/or lucky. This is an ideal time to be with friends or to work with a group of people. It is also beneficial for spirituality/religion, higher or continuing education, horses, law/legal matters, advertising, sales, and publishing.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Cancer makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Scorpio (exact at 1:30pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Cancer forms a flowing trine with Venus in Leo (exact at 9:00pm 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!
(Wednesday 10/19/11)- Sukkot Ends. In the afternoon, the Moon in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Libra (exact at 1:21pm 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. Lastly, the Sun in Libra will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Cancer (exact at 11:30pm 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 6+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow morning when the Moon transitions into the proud sign of Leo…
(Thursday 10/20/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Cancer forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:55am 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. The Moon will transition into Leo (exact at 6:06am EST). Good activities to do when the Moon is in Leo are: anything to do with performing or theater, seeing a show, dressing up & looking nice, managing, feeling proud, entrepreneurial endeavors, gambling, playing games, routing for the underdog and taking care of children. Things to avoid are being too bossy, acting egotistical, and going over the top. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:42am 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. Next, the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 9:04am 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. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams).
In the afternoon, the Moon in Leo will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 3:28pm 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). Lastly, the Moon in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter (R) in Taurus (exact at 5:37pm 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.
(Friday 10/21/11)- Overnight, the Moon in Leo forms an uncomfortable square with Mercury in Scorpio (exact at 3:57am EST) possibly causing miscommunications. You may find that you are not able to express yourself as easily or someone may cut you off from saying something. Then, the Moon in Leo will square Venus in Scorpio (exact at 9:26am 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.
Later in the afternoon, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Leo (exact at 4:11pm EST). As with most Mars transits, I usually will recommend some form of physical exercise (yes, that includes gardening, working on the car, housework, etc.). This can increase physical vitality & health (and passion too). It is important to properly channel the excess energy; otherwise arguments and nitpicking could result. Then, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 7:36pm 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. Lastly, Mercury in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:57pm 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.
(Saturday 10/22/11)- Early in the morning, the Moon in Leo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:41am 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. Then, the Moon in Leo will positively sextile the Sun in Libra (exact at 8:34am 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 a 2+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into service-oriented Virgo. Next, Venus in Scorpio will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 9:31am 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. The Moon transitions into service-oriented Virgo (exact at 10:40am EST). 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 in the next 2 1/2 days.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:05pm EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. It may be possible to run into someone that will tell you how to do something (even if they have never done it themselves)….annoying! Then, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 1:18pm 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. At least we will end the day on a high note when, the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 7:27pm 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. The Moon in Virgo makes a flowing trine with Jupiter (R) in Taurus (exact at 8:55pm 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.
Mark your calendars! Monday the Sun moves into Scorpio (10/23), and there will be a New Moon on Wednesday (10/26) also in the sign of Scorpio!!
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 (Non-Denominational) & Certified Spiritual Healer