Thursday, April 12, 2012

Astro-Update! Mars Direct in Virgo! Week of 4/8/12

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!

My Schedule:

Monday & Thursdays – Phone/Skype. Intuitive Astrology Readings, Life Coaching, Hypnosis, & Remote Reiki Sessions.

Tuesdays & (1-Saturday Per Month) – Introductory Astrology Readings at Spirit Dancer 125 S. Winooski Ave in Burlington, VT.

Wednesday & Fridays – Intuitive Astrology Readings, Life Coaching, Hypnosis, & Reiki Sessions at 161 North Street in Burlington, VT. I have appointments between 2-7pm, so please give me a call to schedule. It is a two-story white house and there is ample parking in the back.

Current Planetary Positions:

Please reference the Blog entry on the date the planet went into that sign for an explanation.

Sun: Aries 3/20-4/19, Taurus 4/19-5/20

Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.

Mercury: Pisces 3/23-4/16, Aries 4/16-5/8

Venus: Gemini 4/3-8/7

Mars: Virgo 11/10-7/3/12

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: Pluto in Capricorn turns Retrograde 4/10/12-9/18/12

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 (or longer). 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 4/8/12)- Easter Sunday Observed! Next, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 2:27am EST). This will be a favorable time to look below the surface and have in-depth conversations or counseling. This is a time that we could be feeling passionate or intense. This transit will amplify the Scorpio Lunar traits. Then, the Sun in Aries will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Mars (R) in Virgo (exact at 4:07am EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. It seems the more we assert ourselves and the harder we try, the more resistance will be felt. The best advice I can give around this transit is, leave your ego at home! There could be aggressive attitudes, competitiveness, ego-centric behavior, arguments, temper tantrums, and quick judgments around this time. There may also be an increase in accidents and/or speeding (please be careful while driving & allow extra time to get to your destination). We may have a lot of extra energy, so make sure it is channeled properly (like with exercise) and playfulness. Next, the Moon in Scorpio makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 11:08am EST). Sometimes this can zap our self-confidence. Conversely, we could also feel a little too confident and over state our abilities (possibly over promising). Just remember you won’t always feel this way and there are only so many hours in a day….it is OK to say no!

The Moon in Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Aries (exact at 6:15pm 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).

(Monday 4/9/12)- The majority of the day will be under the influence of the Venus/Uranus sextile that will occur in the afternoon. There will be five Moon transits however I will not be covering those on today's entry. It starts overnight when the Moon in Scorpio makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Pisces (exact at 2:56am 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. This will also be the beginning of a long 8+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius later in the morning. 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 adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 11:12am EST). It is said in Astrology that the Lunar transition between Scorpio and Sagittarius is the most stressful of all the Moon transitions. So use caution around this time and allow for (minor) setbacks. Activities that are favored during Moon in Sagittarius are: sports, horseback riding, outdoors/nature, spiritual aspirations, higher consciousness, honesty/bluntness, law/legal, higher learning, education, travel (especially international), and getting out to meet people. It is best to avoid taking too strong of a stance and not being open to others opinions, as people will usually defend their beliefs rigorously at this time. These themes will be prevalent for the next 2 ½ days.

In the afternoon, Venus in Gemini will form a positive sextile to Uranus Aries (exact at 12:51pm EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Routine is so boring! Desire for independence and freedom. Looking for your muse? If you are single and looking for someone that is different from the usual types, then go out tonight! You might be up for anything that is progressive and new. Strange and unusual artwork or music may catch your attention. If you are in a relationship, take a break from your rut. Do something exciting with your partner!

(Tuesday 4/10/12)- 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 biggest event that will occur today is when Pluto turns Retrograde in the sign of Capricorn. Be aware of the potential for power struggles and/or misuse of power. Just after midnight, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 12:13am 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!).

We will begin the afternoon with the dwarf “planet” Pluto in Capricorn going Retrograde (exact at 12:21pm 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. Pluto is generally Retrograde for 160 days per year and is stationary about 16 days before and 16 days after retrogradation. As you may remember, Pluto went into the sign of Capricorn in November 2008 (the day Pres. Obama was elected) where it will reside for the next 24 years. Pluto is not a light-n-fluffy type of “planet”. Pluto (ruling “planet” of Scorpio) rules over: secrets, obsessions, adoption, power, transformation, forcefulness, intensity, restructuring, destruction, anarchy, sexual influences, and detective work. It’s associated with reproductive organs, rectum, obsessive behavior, prostate gland (root-chakra issues) and allergies. Pluto has been associated with Phoenix Rising, death/rebirth, etc. Powerful stuff! Pluto also rules over world leadership on a global level (not just the US), terrorism, nuclear-atomic energy, and bankruptcy. Capricorn rules over business endeavors, establishment, and structures. Many CEO’s and heads of companies were affected by this transition along with many people facing bankruptcy/foreclosure. This will signify a time where we now need to reflect on what happened and if we handled things correctly. It is a slow moving planet and has been stationary since the later part of the last week, with no movement at all. Retrogrades signify a time of reflection (pertaining to the areas listed above). Some people will hardly feel this at all. It will be felt more strongly if you are a Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio or have a heavily aspected Pluto in your natal chart, or if your natal Pluto was Retrograde at the time of your birth. Wherever Pluto falls within your chart, will show where the transformation will take place on a personal level. Just remember, this time of transition is necessary. I use the analogy of a forest fire, out of the destruction comes nutrient rich soil and new growth…… It will remain Retrograde until Sept 18th, 2012.

Just after, the Moon in Sagittarius will quincunx Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 12:36pm 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! Then, Venus in Gemini will form an awkward semisquare to Sun in Aries (exact at 10:21pm 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. Lastly, the Sun in Aries will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Sagittarius (exact at 10:51pm 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!

(Wednesday 4/11/12)- Primarily today will consist entirely of Moon transits. This is a good time to remind you that Lunar transits are shorter in duration and planetary transits. It will begin when the Moon in Sagittarius will highlight the Mercury/Saturn quincunx that will occur tomorrow (please refer to that entry) potentially causing blocks with communication or travel. This will also be the beginning of a 7+ hour void of course cycle (exact at 7:06am EST) that will last until the Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn in the afternoon….

The Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn (at 1:02pm EST). Themes that will be prevalent over the next 2 ½ days are: business endeavors, discipline, work, goal setting, drive, public ambition, and tradition. Try to avoid: workaholic tendencies, coldness, and using people for personal gain. Today seems like a day that is going to present an opportunity for healing. The situation may initially be upsetting, but the end result will be a growing experience. Then, the Moon in Capricorn forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 5:07pm 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? Next, the Moon in Capricorn forms a flowing trine with Mars (R) in Virgo (exact at 7:23pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Capricorn uncomfortably squares Uranus in Aries (exact at 10:33pm 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).

(Thursday 4/12/12)- The theme for today will be Chiron, as there will be three Chiron transits today. This will be a good day to work on healing involving all levels. A slow and steady approach will be called for when Mercury/Saturn form an uncomfortable quincunx. Expect possible blockages or delays, but don't worry with Chiron's help your message will get across. Overnight, the Moon in Capricorn forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 2:57am EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Then, Mercury in Pisces forms an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 3:16am 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 time for communication or travel. There may 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. It may be possible that we are slower than normal in learning something. Back-talking to someone in authority is a no-no. Next, the Sun in Aries will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 11:04am 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!

In the evening, Mercury in Pisces square the “Wounded Healer” Chiron in Pisces (exact at 6:05pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Past memories may come flooding in around this time. It is possible that we could encounter a hurtful person (or you could be hurtful to someone else). Forgiveness (or the need to forgive) often accompanies this transit.

(Friday 4/13/12)- Orthodox Good Friday. Although today is Friday the 13th, our fortunes may be changing for the better because later in the day Mars will be turning Direct (yay) in the sign of Virgo!!

In the morning, the Sun in Aries will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Capricorn (exact at 6:50am 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. Then, the Moon in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 11:12am 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.

In the afternoon, the Moon in Capricorn will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Pisces (exact at 1:05pm EST). This will make us want to reach out to friends and family to chat. This transit helps with the flow of communication. It will be easier to express how we feel around this transit. This will be the beginning of a 4+ hour long void-of-course Moon cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into Aquarius (exact at 5:48pm EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Aquarius are: social endeavors, friendship, technology, humanitarian efforts, politics, inventing, and New Age ideologies. Things to avoid: are getting too caught up in the greater good and masses that you forget the individual & their feelings, and being overly fixed in your own unique way of doing things that you can’t consider someone else’s good ideas. Later in the evening, Mars in Virgo turns Direct (exact at 11:53pm EST)! Mars usually goes Retrograde every two years and two months. It will end it's Retrograde cycle and will begin traveling in a forward motion today! 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. Mars is like our engine…it makes us go, go, go! But when it was moving in reverse, things weren't going as smoothly. Looking back over the 3 months, hopefully we learned the lessons that Mars was trying to teach us. Much patience was required (especially in some of the areas listed above). I personally, couldn’t wait for Mars to go Direct again because I am an Aries and Mars is my ruling planet! I know a few people that had this date marked on their calendars. Mars will start to slowly make its way back through Virgo again until it eventually leaves on 7/3/12.

(Saturday 4/14/12)- Passover Ends. Just after midnight, the Moon in Aquarius makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Virgo (exact at 12:29am 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. Then, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile with Uranus in Aries (exact at 4:07am 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. This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). Next, the Moon in Aquarius forming a flowing trine with Venus in Gemini (exact at 11:10am 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!

In the afternoon, Venus in Gemini will form an annoying quincunx with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:52pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually bring an obstacle or delay. This is will bring trouble on the love/passion forefront. The object of our affections may be inaccessible around this time. If the energies are harnessed properly, there could be true transformation in these areas. Pluto brings intensity and there is a possibly of obsessing (or being too intense) about love/finances.

Mark your calendars! Next Monday (4/16) Mercury will transition into Aries, on Thursday (4/19) the Sun transitions into Taurus, and on Saturday (4/21) New Moon in Taurus…

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 have a variety of charts to choose from (relationship, life path, time-line, etc). I can do readings in-person, over the phone, or via Skype. 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 (Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner) Hypnotherapy Life Coach

Ordained Minister & Certified Spiritual Healer (Inter-Faith)


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