As you may have seen from my other Blog entries, Mars (currently Retrograde) will be residing for an extended-stay in the sign of Virgo until July. Usually, Mars is only in each sign for 2-2 ½ months. It is interesting to me because, there has been an intestinal virus/stomach flu going around and spreading like wildfire. This has even been affecting cruise ships that had to dock and be disinfected due to the spread of the norovirus! Mars does influence inflammation and Virgo rules over the intestines and digestion. I also have several personal friends & acquaintances that are having flare-ups of their colitis and IBS issues. I was wondering if this was going to occur when Mars was in Virgo?! I would love to hear feedback from you, and you can leave comments at the bottom of the blog entry. I hope you enjoy your week!
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Current Planetary Positions:
Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.
Sun: Pisces 2/19-3/20
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Aries 3/2-3/23, Pisces 3/23-4/16
Venus: Aries 2/7-3/5, Taurus 3/5-4/3
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: Pisces 2/3/12-3/31/25
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.
Mars Retrograde in Virgo 1/23/12-4/13/12
Saturn Retrograde in Libra 2/7/12-6/25/12
Coming up: Mercury Retrograde in Aries 3/12/12-4/4/12
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 3/4/12)- In the morning, Venus in Aries will form a stressful opposition with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 6:18am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Attaining long-term goals, finances, and relationships may feel strained around this time. Slow down and proceed with caution. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day! This is definitely not a time to rush into things without tending to all the fine details. 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!
In the evening, the Moon will highlight the Venus/Saturn opposition that occurred earlier today. The Moon in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 4:20pm 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. Then, the Moon in Cancer will square Venus in Aries (exact at 5:17pm 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. This will also be the beginning of a 1-hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the proud Leo 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 will transition into Leo (exact at 6:17pm 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. Next, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 8:21pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Leo makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Aries (exact at 11:57pm 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.
(Monday 3/5/12)- Just after midnight, the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Aries (exact at 12:25am 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). Then, the Moon in Leo forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 4:43am 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.
Venus will transition into the stable sign of Taurus (exact at 5:25am EST). Words and phrases to describe Taurus are: “I Have!”, Fixed/Earthy, reliability, stubbornness, possessions, determination, slow and steady progress, possessiveness, (sometimes) laziness but usually hard-working, pleasure, tactile, good/rich food, aesthetics, physical, sensual, and prosperous. Its physical associations are the ears, throat, lower jaw, and thyroid gland. The metal is Copper. Stones: Emerald, Sapphire, Amber, Rose Quartz, Turquoise, and Azurite. Venus is the Goddess of love & beauty…..but she can also affect finances as well. Taurus is very comfortable in this sign, since it is the natural “ruler” of Taurus. We are moving away from a time of competitive attitudes and the thrill of the chase (Aries) into a time of sensuality and romance (Taurus). Taurus’ typically love beauty, fine dining, fashion, aesthetics, comfort, and touch (like massage or hugs). This is an ideal time to be out in nature and/or to be gardening. It will certainly help to burn off some calories because we may be inclined to overeat or over-indulge with rich foods around this time. This is a great time to make a budget and to work on building foundations. We will have the fortitude to finish some of the things that we started when the planets were in Aries! Unfortunately, we can also face stubborn attitudes and an over-identification with material possessions around this time. It depends where Taurus/Venus falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Venus will transition into Gemini on 4/3/12.
Next, Mercury conjuncts Uranus both in Aries (exact at 6:35am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Make sure you write down ideas at this time, as information may come with lightening speed! This is an excellent time to talk with a mentor or receive a “lesson” from a teacher (it doesn’t have to be in a formal scholastic setting). Ideas, mental processes, writing, information, inventions, New Age ideologies, engineering, mathematics, and technology (especially computers) are all favored. For folks that are prone to: anxiety, nervousness, palpitations, seizures (or really any condition that affects the electrical system of the body), this transit and exacerbate those tendencies. So, work on grounding yourself! Then, the Moon in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 8:20am 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. Next, the Moon in Leo will make an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 10:44am 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 Leo will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Pisces (exact at 10:30pm 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 3/6/11)- 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.
There will only be one Lunar transit and one planetary transit today. Both are sextiles and therefore will be pleasant. Sextiles in astrology usually indicate an opportunity being presented that may require some work on your part to have it come to fruition. In the morning, Venus in Taurus will form a positive sextile to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 10:52am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will give us a dreamy and idealistic outlook on the day. When it comes to love, we will have our rose colored glasses on today. Love relationships will take on an ethereal quality. If you are single, and you meet someone under this influence you will have the feeling that you were meant to be together. It’s possible that a friend could become more than a friend. It would feel like you are seeing this person in a new light. This will be a beneficial day for creativity, arts, music, film, etc.
In the evening, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 8:27pm 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. This will start a 2-hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into service-oriented Virgo (exact at 10:27pm 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.
(Wednesday 3/7/12)- Here we go! Today will be a very busy astrological day. There will be eight Moon transits and one planetary transit. Four out of the eight Lunar transits will be positive. During these times it is best to stay grounded and centered. This is a good time to remind you that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
Just after midnight, the Moon in Virgo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 12:30am 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 Virgo forms a flowing trine with Venus in Taurus (exact at 1:52am 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! Next, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Aries (exact at 4:22am 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. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). Then, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Aries (exact at 7:01am 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? Next, the Moon in Virgo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 8:27am 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!
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 12:17pm 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. Then, the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 1:55pm 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 to connect with nature. Next, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Virgo (exact at 6:28pm 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. Lastly, Venus in Taurus will form an awkward semisquare to Sun in Aquarius (exact at 7:02pm EST) Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This transit will influence us to question love and finances. This would not be an ideal time to make purchases (especially big ones). What we value may be tested. Although it is a good time to be with friends and loved ones, try to avoid too much intensity. Demanding commitments now could backfire. Things will be building in intensity as we approach the Full Moon tomorrow…..
(Thursday 3/8/12)- While there may not be many astrological transits today, there will be a Full Moon. Early in the morning hours, the height of the Full Moon in Virgo (exact at 4:39am EST) will occur. The Full Moon that takes place in March is often called the Full Worm Moon, the Crust Moon, the Lenten Moon, the Sugar Moon, or the Sap Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Pisces). Do you have trouble balancing perfection with idealism? Do small details often get in the way of spontaneous creativity? Does your right brain and left brain often struggle for dominance? How often do you criticize others…or worse yet, yourself? Are you anywhere on your list of things to do? These questions/themes will be highlighted now. It depends where the Moon/Virgo & Sun/Pisces falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Full Moons astrologically are considered to be a time of culmination or endings. I personally like to take this time to meditate and send out prayers for family, friends, and humanity. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Virgo Moon. This will be the start of a long 19+ hour long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until it transitions into the romantic sign of Libra later this evening….
The Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 11:50pm 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.
(Friday 3/9/12)- Today will consist entirely of Moon transits. I have to be honest; the energy today may be difficult. Eight out of eight Lunar transits will be challenging, especially earlier in the day. This is a good time to remind you that Moon transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Overnight, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 1:56am 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, the Moon in Libra will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Aries (exact at 5:45am 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. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). Next, the Moon in Libra will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Taurus (exact at 7:04am 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. Then, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 9:44am 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. Just after, the Moon will make its monthly opposition with Mercury in Taurus (exact at 10:01am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Libra will quincunx Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 1:53pm 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! Lastly, the Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto 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.
(Saturday 3/10/12)- Reminder: Tonight Daylight Savings Time Begins! The Moon in Libra will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Pisces (exact at 8:49am 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 evening, Venus in Taurus will form a positive sextile with Chiron (“The Wounded Healer”) in Pisces (exact at 9:27pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This helps to heal old relationship wounds. This will be beneficial for artistic endeavors (especially if you have strayed from doing them for a while). Lastly, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn (R) both in Libra (exact at 10:09pm 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). Time to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight!!!
Next week: Mercury turns Retrograde in Aries on Monday (3/12), on Tuesday (3/13) there will be a grand earth trine involving Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Pluto! 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 (Non-Denominational) & Certified Spiritual Healer