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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, Gemini 5/20-6/20
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Aries 4/16-5/8, Taurus 5/9-5/24
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 5/13/12)- Mothers Day Celebrated! “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” ~Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Spoken by a true Aquarian mother!!)
In the morning, the Moon transitions into dreamy Pisces (exact at 7:42am 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 Sun will form its annual conjunction with Jupiter Taurus (exact at 9:23am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. I have been looking forward to this one! Sunny optimism and confidence surround this transit! This would be a beneficial transit if you were a salesperson (advertising, marketing, publishing, law, etc) because you could easily convince others to buy into your endeavors. This could be one of the best transits, so make the most of it! Work on attracting and manifesting abundance!
In the afternoon, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune both in Pisces (exact at 1:24pm 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. Next, Mercury in Taurus will form a positive trine with Mars in Virgo (exact at 4:54pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This transit will be beneficial for mental agility, technical skills, hand/eye coordination, quickness, fast-talking, debating, and even possibly speeding…don’t get a ticket! This is a good time to put your thoughts into action! Write out a list…and start crossing things off! This will give us pep in our step! Much later in the evening, Mercury in Taurus will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Venus in Gemini (exact at 11:56pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Artistic and social endeavors are favored. The only caveat could be a foot-in-mouth situation or uncomfortable silences. Your idea of what is beautiful might not be the same as your friend/partner. Your friend may actually love that bright orange shag carpeting! If you’re single, you could meet a slightly awkward yet intelligent & witty person. Have fun laughing with your partner! Lastly, the Moon in Pisces will form its monthly opposition to Mars in Virgo (exact at 11:48pm 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! This energy is not very conducive to sleeping…
(Monday 5/14/12)- Today will be astrologically busy, especially in the morning. Mercury will highlight the positive sextile that took place last Saturday (5/12/12) between Pluto and Chiron. This will be conducive to healing and tying up loose ends. Please feel free to reference that Blog entry for more details. There may be a small bump in the road when the Sun forms a quincunx with Saturn; just hang in there because energies are still shifting…
Overnight, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Chiron both in Pisces (exact at 1:30am 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 Taurus will form a flowing trine with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 4:09am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. If you have to give a speech or a sales pitch to someone right now…well you couldn’t have picked a better time! Communication skills will be persuasive & powerful. Hot topics right now will be sexuality, transformation, psychology, secrets, and fears. If you are able to face these subjects with openness and honesty; then real healing could occur. It would be a good time to whisper sweet-nothings into your partner’s ear. Use words to arouse passion (the good kind!). Pluto does have a dark side, so watch for obsessive thinking and jealousies. Just after, Mercury in Taurus forms a flowing sextile with Chiron (the “Wounded Healer) in Pisces (exact at 5:07am 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 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). Next, the Sun in Taurus will quincunx Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 8:55am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Saturn’s nickname is the “task master”. We may find it very hard to get anything accomplished during this time. Possibly making us feel rundown and lethargic. This can be a time of pessimism, feeling “the blues”, or even loneliness. Try to avoid being overly critical and hard on yourself (or others). It is also possible to clash with someone older than yourself (especially father figures or someone in authority).
In the afternoon, the Sun in Taurus will make a slightly awkward sesquisquare with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:42pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its 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 but everyone around us wants to keep it superficial. Power struggles are possible (especially with children), so pick and choose your battles! On a positive note, we may be feeling passionate & sexy around this time!
(Tuesday 5/15/12)- 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 big event that will occur today is when Venus will turn Retrograde in the sign of Gemini. This is a review time for all matters pertaining to relationships (not just romantic relationships). Later in the day we may experience a small speed bump when Mars forms and unfavorable aspect with Saturn. Did you ever tried to push the accelerator pedal in your car, at the same time you apply the brakes? This is what the energy of this transit is like….
In the early hours of the morning the Moon in Pisces will square Venus in Gemini (exact at 5:54am 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. Then, the Moon in Pisces will positively sextile the Sun in Taurus (exact at 7:59am EST). This is an ideal time to be with friends & loved ones. This transit is conducive for feeling supported. Maybe it’s time to do something nice for your sweetheart? This will begin a long 9+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into powerful Aries later this evening! 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.
Venus (the planet that rules over love, art, beauty & to a lesser extent finances) turns Retrograde in the sign of Gemini (exact at 10:33am 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). Click here to see Blog entry from 4/3/12 for a description of Venus in Gemini. Retrogrades are best used to re-evaluate issues and not to start anything new. During Venus’ last Retrograde cycle (in October 2010) I noticed on Facebook that there were so many posts from people that were complaining about their relationships. Things pertaining to love & finances may feel more stressed during this time. Old flames may come back into our lives or you may find yourself fantasizing about an old flame. Just remember, an ex is an ex for a reason! This is not the best time to start a new relationship. This is an ideal time to really look within and to see why your relationships are the way they are. Does that person really have things in common with you? Do they support you when you need it the most? Or are things always about them? Do you push love away based on physicality or insecurities? Why are you attracting the same type of person over & over? You get the idea. Sometimes it is good to put even the best relationship under the microscope for just a little while, just to see if you are both on the same page. Because Venus is in Gemini during this Retrograde cycle, the focus will be on communication, flirtation, and social endeavors. It would be helpful to know where Venus/Gemini falls within your natal birth chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Venus will remain in the sign of Gemini for an extended-stay until 8/7/12 when it will transition into the sign of Cancer.
In the evening, the Moon transitions into pioneering Aries (exact at 5:45pm 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. Lastly, Mars in Virgo forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 8:07pm 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.
(Wednesday 5/16/12)- There will be a lot of push-pull energy today. Pie-in-the-sky? Maybe! We may have the drive, we may have the force, we may have the inspiration, but we don't have the grounding quite yet. Furthermore, the Moon in Aries loves to start things but is not so great at finishing…
In the morning, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Uranus both in Aries (exact at 8:11am 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.
In the afternoon, Mars in Virgo will form a positive trine with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:26pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. If you are goal oriented and really know yourself well, this could present an awesome opportunity coming your way. For folks that are wanderers, directionless, and really don’t know what they want from life…well this could give you the confidence & spunk you have been looking for! It is also possible to feel a strong need to change some area of life (most likely it will pertain to business with the association of Virgo/Capricorn). This will also give us increased energy, vitality, and possibly sex drive! All types of physical exercise are encouraged. Careful not to over-do it, because this can create a “weekend warrior” type of syndrome. Lastly, Jupiter in Taurus will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 6:42pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. These are the two giants of our solar system, and they aren’t on the same page right now. Jupiter is optimism and the future and Saturn is the past, foundations, & long term goals. It will be very difficult to do goal setting right now or to have forward motion. We may hear about issues pertaining to banking/finance, construction, foreign policies, justice/law, teaching and education around this time (more than the usual). Use positive thinking and keep a smile on your face if a few speed bumps appear right now. Any delays will be fortuitous.
(Thursday 5/17/12)- Overnight, Mars in Virgo will form a stressful opposition with Chiron (the Wounded Healer) in Pisces (exact at 2:53am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be certain to bring up old wounds and memories and our 1st emotion may be anger. However, Mars provides us with the tools to act and make things better. It would be best to face these situations directly (yet with tact) and just deal with them once and for all. The rewards will outweigh any uncertainty.
Later in the evening, the Moon in Aries will form a (minor, yet pleasant) sextile with Venus (R) in Gemini (exact at 5:40pm 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. Just after, the Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 5:44pm 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 13+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will end in the tomorrow morning when the Moon transitions into practical Taurus. Lastly, Jupiter in Taurus will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:20am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. (The effect of this may be felt up to a week.) Power in beliefs! Now is the time to have faith and inspire others. There can be a lot of power in words…especially if you are selling something. Be honest in your dealings, otherwise you may get “called out”. This is not a good time for underhanded tactics. This is not a favorable time for law/legal matters, foreign affairs, or travel. This is a good time to ask yourself…What are my beliefs? Am I open minded? Did I base my opinions on what someone else said/wrote? Is there another way to look at my position? Of course, the downside to all of this is that we could encounter fanatical beliefs, opinions, or religious convictions around this time. As with all Pluto transits, great transformation can take place…so harness this energy for the positive!
(Friday 5/18/12)- Over the next two days there will be a few, pleasant Moon transits. Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. We could use an astrological break so to speak, from the planetary onslaughts that occurred earlier in the week. Furthermore, the Moon will transition into the grounded sign of Taurus. This would be an ideal weekend to garden and be outdoors in nature! It starts in the morning when the Moon transitions into Taurus (exact at 6:03am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Taurus forming a positive sextile to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 12:18pm 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? The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Taurus Moon…..
(Saturday 5/19/12)- Just as I said yesterday, the Moon will continue making some very pleasant transits overnight. It starts just after midnight, when the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 12:46am 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. Next, the Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 1:21am 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, the Moon in Taurus forms a flowing trine with Mars in Virgo (exact at 2:32am 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. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Taurus Moon…. Things will be building in intensity toward tomorrow when there will be a New Moon in Gemini and a Solar Eclipse!!
Mark your calendars! Next week: the Sun will transition into Gemini & New Moon in Gemini & Solar Eclipse in Gemini on Sunday (5/20), and Mercury will transition into the sign of Gemini next Thursday (5/20). Lots of Gemini 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)