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I will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays between 2-7 PM to do private Astrology Readings, Reiki, Life Coaching, and Hypnosis (in-person) and will be available Mondays and Thursdays via phone or Skype. Please call me for an appointment, as I will not be taking walk-ins. The office 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. Please feel free to call me with questions or to book an appointment. #802-999-4677.
Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Sagittarius 11/22-12/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Sagittarius 11/2-1/9/12
Venus: Capricorn 11/26-12/20
Mars: 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.
Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius 11/24/11-12/13/11
Jupiter Retrograde in Taurus 8/30/11-12/25/11
Uranus Retrograde in Aries 7/9/11-12/10/11
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 12/4/11)- Overnight, the Sun will conjunct Mercury (R) both in Sagittarius (exact at 3:52am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Finally some clarity! This will greatly assist in getting both communication & travel plans worked out (although keep in mind that Mercury is still Retrograde). It will be easier to assimilate information. Writing, emailing, faxing….go for it! This may be a time of social activities and invitations to parties/events. Take advantage of harnessing this time of mental clarity and use it to your advantage! This will be helpful in improving relationships with siblings, teachers, or with someone younger than yourself. With Sagittarian’s influence also take this time to concentrate on having fun, adventure, travel, philosophy, and expansiveness. Then, the Moon in Aries will square intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 9:40am 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.
Later in the afternoon, Mercury (R) in Sagittarius forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Saturn in Libra (exact at 4:51pm 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. Then, the Moon in Aries will square Venus in Capricorn (exact at 5:56pm 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. Next, Mercury (R) in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Virgo (exact at 6:16pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Wow! Mercury has been very today. Mercury is the natural ruler of both Gemini and Virgo, so this will be a strong square. Think before you speak! We may have difficulty putting our thoughts/ideas into action. This may cause us to feel restless (attention those with hyperactivity, ADD or ADHD). Children (and adults) may be irritable. There can be issues with mechanical failures, travel plans, arguments, technology, communication, etc. This transit may affect relationships and domestic fronts the most. Remember, if someone doesn’t understand what you are saying, don’t push the issue (wait until another day). Then, the Moon in Aries makes a flowing trine to Mercury (R) in Sagittarius (exact at 7:00pm EST). This transit will assist us to express how we feel. It will be much easier to speak with friends and loved ones during this time. We may have an urge to be social around this transit and it is highly beneficial for all kinds of relationships. Then, the Moon in Aries makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Virgo (exact at 7:06pm 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. Lastly, the Sun in Sagittarius will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Aries (exact at 10:20pm 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!
(Monday 12/5/11)- Mars will rendezvous today with both Venus and Saturn. Sounds like it is time for us to put our energies towards commitment and relationships. Overnight, Mars in Virgo forms a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Saturn in Libra (exact at 1:07am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Mars wants to go, go, go and Saturn’s approach is slow & steady. These planets don’t have the same energy, and that is the problem. Mars will give us the energy, but be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Put your energy towards organization and goal setting. If the Universe throws you speed bumps around this time, try not to react with anger and simply handle it with grace. Someone may be overly dramatic right now and it may be hard to remain balanced. Then, Venus in Capricorn will form a beautiful trine with Mars in Virgo (exact at 10:07am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Wow, Venus the sign of love meets up with the planet Mars that influences physicality and sexuality! Needless to say we may be feeling friskier around this time! We will enjoy being social, so get out and enjoy the day! We will want to act on our feelings around this time. I always advise doing some sort of physical activity whenever Mars is involved because Mars’ energy will want to get out one way or another. This is also a good time to look within and find your “heart’s desire” whether that be a person, vocation, hobby or otherwise. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Aries Moon…..
(Tuesday 12/6/11)- 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 is highly beneficial for healing and healing arts. Overnight, the Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn in Libra (exact at 1:56am 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 Moon in Aries forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 6:13am 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. This will also be the beginning of a short 3+ 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 9:34am 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 (the “Wounded Healer”) in Pisces (exact at 11:34am 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 11:36am 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.
Later in the evening, Jupiter (R) in Taurus forms a positive sextile with Chiron (the “Wounded Healer”) in Pisces (exact at 7:21pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. In astrology sextiles often present opportunity but may take some effort on your part to come to fruition. This is a time that real healing can take place. Spirituality, intuition, music, foreign travel/cultures, healing arts (especially alternative), and dream work are all areas that will be highlighted. Mentors, guides, and teachers can come into our lives now. This is an ideal time to meditate and send out healing thoughts/prayers to our fellow brothers & sisters. This is also a good time to get involved with humanitarian efforts, social, or charity work. Then, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 10:38pm 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.
(Wednesday 12/7/11)- 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 annoying quincunx to Mercury (R) in Sagittarius (exact at 1:48am 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? Then, Venus in Capricorn will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 10:24pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Idealism, love, & escapism all rolled up into one big rose-colored package! It is possible to meet charming people (or to be charming ourselves) around this time so, wait until another day before serious declarations of love or before signing on the dotted line! Creativity, music, art, films, etc. will be favored. It is possible this could make us a little dreamy, sleepy, or fuzzy around this time. Next, the Moon in Taurus forms a flowing trine with Mars in Virgo (exact at 10:02am 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 Taurus forming a flowing trine with Venus in Capricorn (exact at 1:46pm 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! Later, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Sagittarius (exact at 4:45pm 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).
(Thursday 12/8/11)- Overnight, the Sun in Sagittarius forms a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Jupiter (R) in Taurus (exact at 3:44am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Try to avoid compulsive shopping. It is possible to over-promise or to be overly confident (bravado). There may be a conflict between family and friends. We may be inclined to do everything big right now (including overindulging). Mostly, we will feel optimistic and sunny with this transit.
Then, the Moon in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn in Libra (exact at 2:51pm 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 forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune in Aquarius (exact at 6:39pm) 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 long 10+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the communicative sign of Gemini…. The Moon transitions into the communicative sign of Gemini (exact at 9:52pm 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 a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 11:09pm 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 forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 11:58pm 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!).
(Friday 12/9/11)- In the morning, Venus in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 6:25am 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). Then, the Moon in Gemini making its monthly opposition with Mercury (R) in Sagittarius (exact at 9:07am 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. Next, the Moon in Gemini will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 10:48am 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).
Later in the evening, the Moon in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Virgo (exact at 11:44pm 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.
(Saturday 12/10/11)- 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.
The planet Uranus has been Retrograde during the last 5 months will turn Direct (forward motion) today in the sign of Aries (exact at 2:04am EST)! Uranus is a slow moving planet and the third largest in our solar system. It is stationary for about 16 days before and after the “beginning” of the Retrograde phase. (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). Uranus rules over: disruption, change, reform, originality, friends, lightening, uniqueness, electricity, New Age (and Astrology), technology (like computers), accidents, and unexpected events. It is associated with lower legs & ankles, blood circulation, nervous conditions, body spasms and X-Rays. No matter where Uranus shows up in your chart, it will force change in that area! Hopefully, you have used the last 5 months as a time for reflection (especially pertaining to the above areas). Then, the Moon Gemini will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Capricorn (exact at 8:02am 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. Next, we will experience the height of the Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse will be at its height in the sign of Gemini (exact at 9:36am EST). The Full Moon that takes place in December is often called the Oak Moon, Frost Moon, or the Cold Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Sagittarius). Do you travel in your mind or in your heart? Do you think about your passions or do you experience them? Full Moons astrologically are considered to be a time of culmination or endings. It depends where Gemini 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. Just use caution however, because there may be so much energy that we could encounter feeling frazzled and scattered. Then, to give this New Moon some extra zing, there will also be a Total Lunar Eclipse. It will mostly be viewable in the early morning hours therefore the West Coast may be able to view it more easily. For more information about its path check out this web site: http://earthsky.org/tonight/lunar-eclipse-for-north-america-before-sunrise-december-10 Whether you can view the Eclipse or not, the astrological energy that is felt will be relatively the same. Eclipses in astrology represent a time that is similar to rebooting a computer. The energy of the planet is cut off for just a moment and then turns back on fresh and new. Therefore, it is a wise idea to pay attention to the days surrounding and Eclipse time period and notice if there are changes going on around you. These energies could be active for as much as six months or more. Eclipses are associated with transformation and a beginning of a new cycle. It would be helpful to know where the Moon/Sun/Gemini are located in your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Full Moon in Gemini…..
Next week Mercury turns Direct on Tuesday (12/13)!! Mark your calendars!
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