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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, 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 5/6/12)- In the morning, the now waning Full Moon in Scorpio makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 8:14am 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! This will also be the beginning of a long 13+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius later in the 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. Then, the Moon in Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Gemini (exact at 9:47am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Aries (exact at 3:11pm 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? Lastly, the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 9:39pm 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.
(Monday 5/7/12)- Today and tomorrow will be under the influence of Uranus when both Jupiter and Mars will form uncomfortable aspects with this planet. It is time to expect the unexpected; however with these planetary energies, we could overreact. Things may seem amplified or blown out of proportion. Really, this is not a great time to act on this new information. Overnight, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 2:18am) telling us to not believe everything we are told. Illusion, escapism and deception will be prevalent. On the positive side, creativity will be high 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 will highlight the Mars/Uranus quincunx that will occur tomorrow(please refer to that Blog entry for more details). If something unexpected occurs we may not be able to act on it around this time.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 12:14pm 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!). Lastly, Jupiter in Taurus forms a slightly uncomfortable semi-square with Uranus in Aries (exact at 10:08pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. In fact, we may feel this one for most of this week. We may be thinking of foreign lands and daydreaming about buying and RV and taking a trip across country. The energy surrounding this transit is slightly Bohemian. Wanderlust! If you have the money and the time, I say go for it! If not, you may want to sip on some exotic tea, listen to some world music, and open a vacation savings account. Our desire for freedom will be amplified and people won't want to play by the rules. Too much restriction is a no-no. This would be a lovely day to walk barefoot in an open field. Is it possible to play hooky??
(Tuesday 5/8/12)- I will not be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today. Overnight, Mars in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus in Aries (exact at 2:45am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Time to expect the unexpected! If you are normally impulsive, then a steady approach is best during this time. If you are normally sedate or in a rut, then use innovation to jolt yourself out of it. This can be a great time for innovation and sudden breakthroughs but make sure to think things through before you act. We may encounter someone that is oddly aggressive or not acting like themselves. I would just ignore their behavior (people may be a little “off” right now). Those prone to nervous conditions and anxiety may have difficulty around this transit. Then, the Moon in Sagittarius forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Gemini (exact at 10:39am EST). It’s not good to shop or decorate during this transit. Someone could offend your sense of good taste! Our feelings could be at odds with love relationships right now.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 12:58pm 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. Next, the Moon in Sagittarius makes a flowing trine to Mercury in Aries (exact at 9:34pm 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 short void-of-course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn (exact at 10:00pm EST). Themes that will be prevalent over the next 2 ½ days are: business endeavors, discipline, structure, work, goal setting, drive, public ambition, and tradition. Try to avoid: workaholic tendencies, coldness, and using people for personal gain.
(Wednesday 5/9/12)- Overnight, Mercury will transition into the sign of stable Taurus (exact at 1:14am 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, neck, throat, lower jaw, and thyroid gland. The metal is Copper and Stones are: Emerald, Sapphire, Amber, Rose Quartz, Turquoise, and Azurite (where these if you would like to amplify Taurean traits). We are moving away from a time where the speed that we communicated/traveled was the most important thing (Aries) and we are heading into a time-frame where it is more important to slow down and put thought into what we say or where we go (Taurus). Mercury (the God of transportation & communication) is not as comfortable in the sign of Taurus. (Some people with badly aspected Mercury in Taurus, in their natal birth charts, sometimes have speech impediments or were slow to learn to speak). Taurus is asking Mercury to slow down and be methodical. Not to start a bunch of projects but to see the ones you have started through to the end. This will be beneficial for really analyzing your finances and getting a budget together…in fact Taurus’ typically tend to accumulate some degree of wealth in their later years. Sewing, knitting, design, jewelry making, and fashion will benefit from this as well. Taurus (ruled by Venus) is very sensual. This is an ideal time to get a therapeutic massage to unwind. What to avoid? Well Taurus’ are notoriously stubborn. So try not to get overly fixed in your position (just because!). Hopefully this will help our government with the financial/low employment rates/real estate crises; as long as people remain flexible! The down-side of Taurus can be laziness and greed. Mercury will transition into Gemini on 5/24/12!!
Then, the Moon in Capricorn forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 2:54am 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? In the morning, the Moon in Capricorn will highlight the Mars/Uranus quincunx that occurred yesterday (between 9:32-9:59am EST). This is a time where someone around you may challenge tradition. You may also want to buck the system. We may crave action around this time or have more energy.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Capricorn forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 1:22pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Just after, the Moon will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 1:34pm EST) adding emotional intensity to the mix. This may help with insights pertaining to business and financial endeavors. Helping to “pick up” on the undercurrent of a situation. This is also beneficial for therapy, cathartic experiences, passion, and ferreting out secrets. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the Capricorn Moon….
(Thursday 5/10/12)- Today mostly will consist of Moon transits. This is a good time to remind you that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. The only exception is when Mercury aspects Neptune. Although not entirely a great time for grounding, sometimes it's nice just to drift and daydream! In the morning, the Sun in Taurus will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Capricorn (exact at 8:03am 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! Then, the Moon in Capricorn makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 11:57am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Gemini (exact at 1:46pm 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 Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 3:11pm 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. This will be the beginning of a long 10+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into Aquarius tomorrow morning. Lastly, Mercury in Taurus forms a positive sextile to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 5:59pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be positive for anything creative, writing, imagination, music, abstract thought (& teaching it to others), philosophy, helping others, charity, prophetic dreams, intuition, etc. However, this would not be a great time to present those ideas to the world. You may find some people emotionally absent or unavailable right now. I found a perfectly fitting quote for this transit: “I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.” ~Steven Wright
(Friday 5/11/12)- Overnight, the Moon transitions into Aquarius (exact at 1:03am 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. Then, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile to Mercury in Taurus (exact at 8:12am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile with Uranus in Aries (exact at 1:33pm 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. Next, the Moon in Aquarius makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Virgo (exact at 2:55pm 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, Saturn (R) in Libra will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Chiron (the Wounded Healer) in Pisces (exact at 5:05pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. In fact, we may feel this for a week or more. Old pains, past situations and previous hurts could come back around this time. Was there something that you did only half-way or weren’t as thorough as usual? This is not the time to cut corners. There could be trouble with male authority or father figures. Unfortunately healing and forgiveness may be hard to access right now; except that is exactly what is needed! This transit will last a few weeks.
(Saturday 5/12/12)- In the early morning, the Sun in Taurus will form a slightly annoying semisquare with Uranus in Aries (exact at 6:01am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. We may receive some unexpected news. It may be difficult to act on this new information. There may also be small glitches with technology or travel. It’s possible that we could be restless around this time. Just remember that it is difficult to change everything at once, even if we are inclined to! Next, Pluto (R) in Capricorn forms a positive sextile with Chiron (the Wounded Healer) in Pisces (exact at 8:57am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. In fact, we may feel this for a week or more. This is an auspicious time to do deep, transformational work. Psychology, therapy, life-coaching, therapeutic hypnosis, shamanism, or any other deep cathartic experiences are favored. Delve deep into subconscious or unconscious drives. This is a time to heal old wounds. Are you suffering from a loss of a loved one, a loss of a job, loss of a pet, or even an old relationship? If you have been grieving over the loss of a loved one, this would be a great day to go through their old clothing/items and discern what is treasured and donate what is no longer needed. In other words, find a way to honor the loss which may provide closure so that you can move on. Preserve the positive memories/lessons and release the pain.
In the early evening, the Moon will highlight the Sun/Jupiter conjunction (between 5:47-6:40pm EST) that will occur tomorrow, assisting us in feeling optimistic and jovial. Next, the Moon in Aquarius forms a flowing trine with Venus in Gemini (exact at 8:13pm 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! Lastly, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 8:52pm EST). This is a great time for organization, house cleaning, filing, recycling, and being disciplined. This is also beneficial for starting a diet or health regimen (like quitting smoking). Sometimes others will ask for help around this transit, but it won’t be burdensome, we will be happy to assist! This will be the beginning of a long 11-hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow morning when the Moon transitions into the sign of Pisces…
Mark your calendars! Next Tuesday (5/15) Venus will turn Retrograde in the sign of Gemini!!
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, child star, 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)