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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: Taurus 4/19-5/20
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: 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 4/29/12)- We will begin the week with some intensity when the Sun will form a positive trine with Pluto. The potential for transformation and rebirth is good around this time. This aspect is a part of a larger Grande Earth Trine that I discussed more in depth on my video blog. It starts just after midnight, the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Aries (exact at 12:18am 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 4:48am 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. Next, the Sun in Taurus will form a beautiful flowing trine with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 5:34am). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is a time where we may want to get deep and explore our subconscious. This will greatly assist us in processing our emotions and is beneficial for all types of counseling, cathartic experiences, and exploration of hidden or “taboo” subjects. We may even be feeling passionate & sexy around this time! It will be hard to be superficial. Even though it is Sunday, our business “sense” may be sharp. Both Taurus & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or to be connected to nature.
In the late afternoon, the Moon in Leo makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Aries (exact at 4:31pm 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 4/30/12)- Today may be rather quiet or low-keyed and most of the work day will be under the influence of a void-of-course Moon cycle. In addition, there will only be three Moon transits very early in the day. This is a good time to remind you that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Just after midnight, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile with Venus in Gemini (exact at 12:55am 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. Then, the Moon in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 1:55am 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. Later in the morning, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 10:17am 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 also be the beginning of a 8+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into perfectionistic Virgo later. 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.
In the evening, the Moon transitions into service-oriented Virgo (exact at 7:02pm 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.
(Tuesday 5/1/12)- 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.
Overnight, the Moon in Virgo will conjunct Mars and oppose Neptune in Pisces. We may want to push forward around this time however use caution. Did you ever hear the saying “don't move forward until you have clarity”? That is the energy that is surrounding this transit. It really is best for dreaming, meditation, yoga, or any other introspective work. Then, the Moon in Virgo forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Aries (exact at 6:31am 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. If you are sleeping during this time, it may cause disruption in sleep or vivid dreams. Next, the Moon in Virgo forms a stressful opposition with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 10:38am 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 later morning, Mercury in Aries forms a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 11:38am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Be careful (especially) with business dealings around this transit. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Review all fine print closely and if possible put off signing any contracts. We will want to idealize people/situations around this time. On the positive side: creativity, intuition, and imagination could be increased too.
In the later morning into early afternoon the Moon will form a positive trine with both the Sun and Pluto. This will highlight the Sun/Pluto trine that took place on Sunday; please refer to that blog entry.
(Wednesday 5/2/12)- Just like Monday, there will be only three Moon transits all occurring in the morning. In addition, the majority of the day will be under the influence of a void-of-course Lunar cycle until the Moon transitions into Libra later in the day. Overnight, the Moon in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Aries (exact at 3:27am 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 makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 6:21am 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 square Venus in Gemini (exact at 6:58am 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 be the start of a long 15+ 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 10:04pm 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.
(Thursday 5/3/12)- Although there will be a few other minor Moon transits today, I will not be covering those. There is a greater emphasis on Mercury and that will be the focus of the entry today. In the morning, the Moon in Libra will make its monthly opposition to Uranus in Aries (exact at 8:58am 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). Then, Mercury in Aries forms an uncomfortable sesquisquare with Mars in Virgo (exact at 10:54am 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). If the energies are harnessed properly, ideas can be brought to fruition. Things may be moving at a fast pace and may be a little aggressive, so make sure you use patience and don’t skim over details.
In the evening, Mercury in Aries will form a positive sextile with Venus in Gemini (exact at 11:01pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Sextiles often present opportunity but may require some effort on your part to come to fruition. We may have love on the mind and want to talk about it! Artistic and social endeavors are favored. It may be possible to have a money-making idea (or opportunity). If you’re single, you will be drawn to an intelligent & witty person. If you are in a relationship, have fun laughing with your partner (maybe watch a comedy or go to a show)! You know what they say; your brain is the biggest sex organ!
(Friday 5/4/12)- Today will consist entirely of Moon transits. This is a good time to remind you that Moon transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. In the morning, the Moon in Libra will form an annoying quincunx with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 8:05am 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, the Moon in Libra forms a flowing trine with Venus in Gemini (exact at 9:16am 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! Just after, the Moon in Libra will make its monthly opposition with Mercury in Aries (exact at 10:10am 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 forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn (R) both in Libra (exact at 2:02pm 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). This will be the start of an 8+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until later in the evening when the Moon transitions into the intense sign of Scorpio (exact at 10:20pm EST). Favorable Scorpio Moon activities are: anything related to research, occult, detective work, self discovery, digging below the surface (both figural & literal), passion, mysteries, secrets, etc. Things that are not favored or exacerbated during the Moon in Scorpio are: jealousy, anger, intensity, and surgery (it can delay healing time). These will be themes over the next 2 ½ days.
In the afternoon, Mercury in Aries will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 12:31pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is an indication that talking/communication could heal old wounds. Are you wearing your heart on your sleeve? This is a beneficial transit if you need to give a speech or to teach something. It will be easier to convey your thoughts & ideas around this time (especially if you speak from the heart). Then, Mercury in Aries forms its yearly opposition with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 9:07pm 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 (people with learning disabilities may have trouble around this time). It’s possible someone in authority could squash your ideas, hinder you from expressing yourself, or needs to get the last word. Go ahead and let them, choose another day to win that battle.
Lastly, the height of the Full Moon in Scorpio (exact at 11:35pm EST). The Full Moon that takes place in May is often called the Full Flower Moon, Full Milk Moon, Corn Planting Moon, or the Hare’s Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Taurus). Are you having trouble balancing your emotions vs. practicality? Do you have trouble trusting others and letting them get close? When they get close, do you push them away or embrace them with open arms? Are you often distrustful in a relationship and find yourself indulging in jealousies? Are you able to go with the flow or does stubbornness rear its ugly head? These questions/themes will be highlighted now. It depends where the Moon/Scorpio & Sun/Taurus 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.
Next week: Mercury will transition into stable Taurus on Wednesday (5/9)! 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