Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Astro-update! New Moon in Taurus! Week of 4/15/12

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.

Saturn Retrograde in Libra 2/7/12-6/25/12

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

Coming Up: Venus in Gemini turns Retrograde 5/15/12

Keep in mind while you read this Blog that 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. The effects of a transit are often felt as long as a day or two (or even longer). The energy is usually felt more strongly during the time leading up to the height and then it slowly starts to dissipate after. It’s important to remember that Moon transits tend to last a shorter period of time than planetary transits. I will no longer be including every transit that occurs, but rather highlighting the most dominant transit (to make the Blog a little easier to read, in response to reader feedback!).

(Sunday 4/15/12)- Orthodox Easter. Just after midnight, the Moon in Aquarius will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 12:10am 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.

In the afternoon, the Sun in Aries will oppose Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 2:26pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This can lead to frustration with obtaining or pursuing goals. Someone in authority could stand in the way of something you want. Certainly having trouble with getting organized will be a problem. This transit can present a problem for folks with a predisposition to depression or feeling sorry for oneself. We may find it very hard to get anything accomplished during this time; possibly making us feel rundown and lethargic. This is not a good day for work and would be better spent playing, meditating, cooking, getting out in nature (especially in the woods or gardening), napping, or really anything that allows your inner creativity to flourish. Later, the Moon will highlight the Sun/Saturn opposition (exact at 6:42pm EST) and this will also be the beginning of a long 6-hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into intuitive Pisces tomorrow. 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.

(Monday 4/16/12)- This day may get off to a slow start with both Pisces & Neptune being highlighted. However, things will certainly speed up when Mercury transitions into aggressive Aries later in the day!! Overnight, the Moon transitions into dreamy Pisces (exact at 1:38am EST). Activities that are favored during Moon in Pisces: creativity, intuition, spiritual aspirations, higher consciousness, connection with feelings, counseling, music, art, photography, nature and especially being near water, and charitable work. Things to avoid are: getting so caught up in others feeling that you put your aside, excessive escapism, and acting like a martyr. These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune both in Pisces (exact at 6:25am 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. Because idealism & escapism can be enhanced with this transit, I wouldn’t make a big decisions or sign contracts around this time. If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams. Next, the Moon in Pisces will form its monthly opposition to Mars (R) in Virgo (exact at 8:44am EST). Someone could irritate you during this transit. It’s possible to enjoy a debate with someone (or at worst, an argument). As with all Mars transits, I recommend exercise or doing something physical. Mar’s energy will want to get out one way or another; it might as well be constructive!

In the afternoon, Venus in Gemini will make a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 12:29pm 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! And here we go again, Mercury (the God of Communication & Transportation) will move into the sign of Aries (exact at 6:42pm EST). If this seems familiar, it’s because Mercury was in this sign before it moved into Pisces during its Retrograde cycle between 3/2-3/23. Some words/ phrases to describe Aries are: “I AM!”, Cardinal/Fire, passionate, head strong, adventurous, honest (often blunt), independent, enthusiastic, dynamic, selfish, courageous, energetic, enthusiastic, and easily bored. It rules over the head, face (not the nose), brain, eyes, upper jaw, fevers & inflammation. The metal is Iron and Stones are: Amethyst, Diamond, and Bloodstone. We are moving away from a time of intuitive receptivity & helping the individual (Pisces) and moving into a time of pioneering, self-starting attitudes (Aries). This will help our mental processes to speed up. Aries is known for being able to start many things, but isn’t great at finishing. Try to exorcise patience (it will be hard). This is a great time to start new projects! People will be straightforward and direct around this time (maybe even a little blunt). This would be a great time to put a fresh spin on an old, outdated method. You may find people being a little too demanding and bossy right now (“take no prisoners”!). We may find ourselves moving a little faster (literally), so careful with speeding and fast moving vehicles. It depends where Mercury/Aries falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Mercury will move into the sign of Taurus on 5/9!

(Tuesday 4/17/12)- 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.

There will only be one Moon transit occurring today. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Later in the morning the Moon in Pisces makes a positive sextile with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 10:34am 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. This will begin a very long 25+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into powerful Aries on tomorrow morning!! Since the day will be under the influence of the void-of-course Pisces Moon cycle, it may give this day a slow or dragging quality. Things will pick up tomorrow when the Moon enters Aries…

(Wednesday 4/18/12)- Overnight, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 4:03am 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. The Moon transitions into pioneering Aries (exact at 11:59am 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. Aries rules the head, so pay attention to stress; especially of you are prone to tension headaches.

In the afternoon, the Moon will conjunct Mercury both in Aries (exact at 3:28pm EST) assisting with communication, short distance travel and feeling supported by others. It will be very easy to express feelings and emotions around this time. This is a great time to write (like journaling) or to express emotions. Next, the Moon in Aries makes an annoying quincunx to Mars (R) in Virgo (exact at 7:33pm 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 Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Uranus both in Aries (exact at 11:45pm 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. If you are sleeping during this time, it may cause disruption in sleep or vivid dreams.

(Thursday 4/19/12)- The Moon in Libra will square intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 6:57am 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, Mercury in Aries forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 9:44am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Too much information (TMI)! This is a time where we could find others (or even ourselves) saying too much. 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. Use caution with overconfidence and avoid embellishment of the facts. The upside is that we could be feeling fairly optimistic and will have a bright mental outlook.

Happy Birthday Taurus!! The Sun moves into earthy Taurus (exact at 12:12pm 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, neck, and thyroid gland. The metal is Copper. Stones: Emerald, Sapphire, Amber, Rose Quartz, Turquoise, and Azurite. We are moving away from a time of bold, impetuous behavior (Aries) and moving into a time where we will be more thorough and steady (Taurus). Over the next month we should be concentrating on spending time finishing all of the projects that we started when the Sun was in Aries. The ruling planet of Taurus is Venus and is associated with beauty and luxury. Taurus’ tend to work hard and play hard. This sign is associated with rich food, luscious fabrics, and comfortable lifestyles. Yes, Taurus’ have a need to look good, but aren’t ones to wear itchy sweaters or tight shoes…they need to feel good too! Taurus is also associated with wealth and material possessions. Not that all Taurus’ are wealthy, but they usually have a good degree of knowing how to budget and to stretch the dollar. Now is a good time to get your finances in order and to determine what possessions you value. You know the rule, if you haven’t touched it in one year; it’s time to donate it to the Good Will! I can’t write about Taurus and not mention the notorious trait that this sign has…stubbornness! Over the next month try to avoid opposition, “just because”. Make sure you pick and choose your battles. Discern what is important to you and let go of the rest. Some famous Taurus are: George Clooney, Jay Leno, Renee Zellweger, Salvador Dali, Stevie Wonder, Carol Burnett, Florence Nightingale, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, Al Pacino, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Cher, James Brown, Sigmund Freud, Pierce Brosnan, Debra Winger, Robert Browning, David Beckham, Chow Yun-Fat, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, William Shakespeare, Janet Jackson, Jerry Seinfeld, Uma Thurman, Katherine Hepburn, Kelly Clarkson, Dennis Rodman, Cate Blanchett, George Lucas. Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire, Pope John Paul II, and Charles Mingus. The Sun will remain in Taurus until May 20th when it will transition into Gemini. Next, the Moon in Aries will form a (minor, yet pleasant) sextile with Venus in Gemini (exact at 2:40pm EST). It is likely that we could receive compliments on how we look or dress. It will be easy to interact with others. This transit is positive for both relationships/love and finances.

(Friday 4/20/12)- The astrological day starts in the afternoon when the Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 3:35pm 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. This will be the beginning of a long 8+ hour long void-of-course Moon cycle that will end in the tomorrow just after midnight when the Moon transitions into practical Taurus. Next, Mercury in Aries forms an annoying quincunx with Mars in Virgo (exact at 6:15pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Think before you speak! This may cause us to feel restless and fidgety (attention those with ADD or ADHD). Our thoughts may be moving at a fast pace, but it’s best to look before you leap!

(Saturday 4/21/12)- Next, the Moon transitions into Taurus (exact at 12:05am 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. A few hours later the height of the New Moon will occur in the sign of Taurus (exact at 3:18am EST). The New Moon is considered to be highly auspicious times for starting new things, new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. All of Taurus Moon themes will be highlighted/amplified. I personally, like to do space clearing and meditating around this time. The New Moon is always accompanied by a conjunction with the Sun (also in Taurus). This usually makes us feel connected & supported by loved ones. It’s easier to talk about our emotions during this transit. Just use caution however, because there may be so much energy that we could encounter stubbornness or possibly greed. It depends on where the Moon/Sun/Taurus are located in your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Then, the Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 5:24am 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. Next, the Moon in Taurus forms a flowing trine with Mars in Virgo (exact at 8:12am 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 evening, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:25pm 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.

Stay tuned for next week when there will be more exciting astrological energy!!

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 intuitive 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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