Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Scorpio 10/23-11/22, Sagittarius 11/22-12/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Sagittarius 11/2-1/9/12
Venus: Sagittarius 11/2-11/26
Mars: Leo 9/18-11/10, Virgo 11/10-7/4/12
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
Coming up: Neptune turns Direct on 11/9/11 and Chiron turns Directs on 11/10/11
Mercury goes Retrograde in Sagittarius 11/24/11!!
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 11/6/11)- Daylight Saving Time (Fall Back) at 2 AM! Today will consist entirely of Moon transits. K eep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Just after midnight, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Libra (exact at 12:56am 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 Moon in Pisces makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Leo (exact at 9:19am 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.
After a long void-of-course Moon cycle the Moon will transition into pioneering Aries (exact at 2:02pm 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. Lastly, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Uranus (R) both in Aries (exact at 4:15pm 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.
(Monday 11/7/11)- Today it may be hard to get out of bed. Mars will be opposing Neptune which is not necessarily conducive to quick or decisive action. What this transit is good for is daydreaming, trance, and creative thoughts. I could actually write an entire blog article about this one subject with my hypnotherapy background. Back in the late 1800s Sigmund Freud actually warned that intensive daydreaming could lead to psychosis. In Western society daydreaming often has a negative connotation. What scientists are discovering is that daydreaming often fosters new ideas and creativity and that this skill is often found in people with higher intelligence. On a daily basis your brain actually cycles through a light state of trance every 60 to 90 min. Taking periodic breaks and allowing your mind to drift can actually increase your work productivity and again fosters creativity. The key here is actually capturing those seemingly random thoughts/ideas and writing them down so that we may later take action. So set your mind adrift today!!
Overnight, the Moon in Aries will square intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 1:15am 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. Then, the Moon in Aries makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Sagittarius (exact at 2:16am 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. Just after, the Moon in Aries forming a flowing trine with Venus in Sagittarius (exact at 2:26am 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! Then, Mars in Leo will form a stressful opposition with nebulous Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 7:34am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. The energies of these two planets don’t normally blend easily. Mars is about fire and passion. Neptune is water and emotion. Blending them is exactly what is called for! We may crave action right now, but the actual course of action may be blurry. We may feel fuzzy and unmotivated today. People with drug or alcohol issues (escapism) may have trouble around this time. The good news is that dancing, yoga, meditation, skating, tai chi, qi gong, boating (in fact all water sports) are recommended. Tonight, when you get home it may be a good time to take a hot bubble bath!
Later, the Moon in Aries will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Scorpio (exact at 8:59pm 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).
(Tuesday 11/8/11)- 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.
The astrological day begins in the afternoon when the Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn in Libra (exact at 1:10pm EST). 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, the Sun in Scorpio will form a slightly annoying sesquisquare with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 2:39pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. 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 could be restless around this time. Just remember that it is difficult to change everything at once, even if we are inclined to! Next, Venus in Sagittarius will make a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Saturn in Libra (exact at 8:42pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Saturn’s influence is sobering to Venus. Attaining long-term goals, finances, and relationships may feel strained around this time. We may feel shy or hindered in expressing love or with our romantic feelings. Another possibility is that we may want to put our relationships into a category, but remember that emotions don’t always need to make sense! Then, Mercury in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable semisquare with Saturn in Libra (exact at 10:11pm 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. Lastly the Moon in Aries forms a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Aquarius (exact at 10:59pm 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? If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time.
(Wednesday 11/9/11)- I am available for private Astrological/Life Coaching sessions between 2-7pm today please call or e-mail me to schedule an appointment!
After midnight, the Moon in Aries forms a flowing trine with Mars in Leo (exact at 12:46am 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. This will also be the beginning of a short 2+ 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 2:45am 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. Then, the Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile with Chiron (R) (the “Wounded Healer”) in Pisces (exact at 4:04am EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Next, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Jupiter (R) both in Taurus (exact at 10:20am 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.In the afternoon, Neptune will turn Direct for the last time in the sign of Aquarius (exact at 1:54pm EST). Since it is a slow-moving outer planet, most of us won’t really feel this too strongly (unless you have a strong Neptune in your chart like I do or if Neptune was Retrograde at the time you were born) or if you have strong Aquarius or Pisces in your chart. Neptune is usually in each sign for roughly 14 years and goes Retrograde for approximately 4 ½ to 5 months per year. Usually, most people will feel this during the 1st 2 weeks during its Stationary/Direct phase. 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 returned to the sign of Aquarius because of its Retrograde cycle between 8/14/11-2/3/12. 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 returned to the sign of Aquarius one last time before it moves forward and stays in the sign of Pisces for the next 14 years in early 2012. As you know with any Retrograde cycle, we were reviewing 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. Now that it has turned Direct it will begin moving forward (slowly). 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. Then, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 2:08pm 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. Next, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Sagittarius (exact at 10:02pm 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 Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Sagittarius (exact at 10:17pm 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 11/10/11)- Although there won't be a large amount of Lunar or planetary transits today; this will still be a significant astrological day. We will start off the day with the Full Moon in Taurus, then Chiron will turn Direct, and ultimately Mars will transition into the sign of Virgo. Mars moving into the sign of Virgo will be especially significant because it will be in Virgo for an extended stay (8+ months). Read more….
In the afternoon, we will experience the height of the Full Moon in Taurus (exact at 3:16pm EST). The Full Moon that takes place in November is often called the Hunter’s Moon, Frost Moon, or the Beaver Moon (Native American). The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Scorpio). What are we holding onto that we are having trouble letting go of? What material items do you value? Do you work enough or do you rest enough? Are you flexible or are you stubborn? These are all themes that we may experience during this Full Moon. Full Moons astrologically are considered to be a time of culmination or endings. It depends where Taurus/Moon/Scorpio/Sun 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.
Then Chiron (“The Wounded Healer”) will turn Direct in the sign of Pisces (exact at 4:25pm EST). (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). Chiron is usually Retrograde for five months out of the year and has been retrograde since June 8th. Retrograde cycles are a time of learning and reflection. In astrology, Chiron is associated with healing, medicine, the mind/body/spirit connection, teaching, reoccurring problems in our life, and music. The past five months was a time to review those matters. You will need to know where Chiron/Aquarius falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
Later, Mars will transition into the perfectionist sign of Virgo (exact at 11:15pm EST). Mars influences our actions, expression of anger, aggression, ego (both in and out of power), energy, courage, confidence, self-reliance, boldness, violence, destructiveness, cruelty, and often dictates the type of person that we will be sexually attracted to. It’s medical associations are: red blood cells, tolerance for pain, muscular energy, inflammation, and fevers. Mars is like our engine…it makes us go, go, go! Words and phrases to describe Virgo are: “I Analyze!”, Mutable/Earth, detail oriented, perfection, service, criticism, curious, conscientious, health, intelligent, analytical, worry, improvement to others lives, and practical. It is associated with the abdominal area, gastrointestinal system (large and small intestines), spleen, solar plexus, and lower lobes of the liver. Stones are: Jade, Moss Agate, and Blue Sapphire. Usually Mars is in each signed for 2 1/2 months however, Mars will be turning Retrograde during its time in Virgo. Therefore, Mars will be in Virgo until July of 2012! During this time we will become much more discriminating, efficient, practical, precise, and detailed oriented. This in-fact, could be a time when we will be focusing on hard work and productivity. Don't forget that Service is one of the key lessons for Virgos. Service is very important especially in business during a down-economy. Remember the customer is always right?! We will become more focused on our health and nutrition, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Exercise will be important because we could also have a lot of nervous or restless energy during this time frame. Taking care of our Solar Plexus (power center) and digestive health is important. Our minds could move at lightning fast speed and a quick, yet somewhat sarcastic humor, will be in style. Don't forget that Mars rules over the person that we are sexually attracted to and if you are single you may be a little more selective/discriminating with your romantic partners with Mars in Virgo. If you are in a relationship, try not to nit-pick your partner too much. Virgo’s tend to show their love through criticism. They will often justify this by saying that if they didn’t care, then they wouldn’t bother saying anything. Anyone placed under a microscope will have faults. Lastly, Virgos are prone to excessive worrying. Just remember, that fear is a negative faith! It depends where Virgo/Mars falls within your own natal birth chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Mars will transition into relationship oriented Libra on 7/4/12.
(Friday 11/11/11)- Veterans Day Observed. Today will consist entirely of Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Libra (exact at 2:19am 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. In the later morning, the Moon in Taurus forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 11:27am) 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 start a short 3+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the communicative sign of Gemini….
In the afternoon, the Moon transitions into the communicative sign of Gemini (exact at 3:10pm 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. Then, the Moon in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Virgo (exact at 3:52pm EST). As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time (gardening, housework, working on the car, etc. all count!). Sexuality can be enhanced around this transit. Did you ever have a moment where circumstances seem like they are conspiring against you? Often, this transit results in a culmination of things that can be annoying. Sometimes small irritations or quarrels can result. Next, the Moon in Gemini forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 4:28pm 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!). Lastly, the Moon in Gemini will form a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 5:07pm 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.
(Saturday 11/12/11)- I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 2:00-5:30pm (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.
Definitely the planet in focus today is Mars. Time to watch for aggressive attitudes and reckless behavior.! Overnight, the Moon in Gemini will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 2:30am 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). Then, Mars in Virgo will form a stressful opposition with Chiron (the Wounded Healer) in Pisces (exact at 5:55am 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.
Later, the Moon in Gemini making its monthly opposition with Mercury in Sagittarius (exact at 4:22pm 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. Then, the Moon in Gemini forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Sagittarius (exact at 5:14pm 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. Lastly, Mars in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 8:41pm 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 but make sure to think things through before you act. We may encounter someone that is oddly aggressive or not acting like themselves. I would just ignore their behavior (people may be a little “off” right now). Those prone to nervous conditions and anxiety may have difficulty around this transit.
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