Thursday, June 7, 2012

Astro-Update! Lunar Eclipse & Venus Transit! Week of 6/3/12

My Schedule:
Monday & Thursdays – Phone/Skype. Intuitive Astrology Readings, Life Coaching, Hypnosis, & Remote Reiki Sessions.
Tuesdays – 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: Gemini 5/20-6/20
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Gemini 5/24-6/7, Cancer 6/7-6/25
Venus: Gemini 4/3-8/7
Mars: Virgo 11/10-7/3/12
Jupiter: Taurus 6/4/11-6/12/12, Gemini 6/12/12-6/27/13
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
Venus Retrograde in Gemini 5/15/12-6/27/12
Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn 4/10/12-9/18/12
Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 6/4/12-11/11/12
Coming Up: Chiron turns Retrograde in Pisces 6/12/12-11/13/12

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 6/3/12)-  In the morning, the Moon in Scorpio makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 5:29am 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 3+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius.  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 8:32am 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, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 1:33pm EST) 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.  Next, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Aries (exact at 9:09pm 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.  Lastly, Mercury in Gemini will form a flowing trine with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 10:38pm EST).  Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  Trines are usually an easy type of transit with no opposing energies.  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.  In fact, this is a good time for mental discipline.  Stick with the facts if you need to communicate.  A great time for building foundations, goal setting, and long-term planning!!  

(Monday 6/4/12)-  Today there will be literally a smorgasbord of astrological and planetary energy. Therefore, I am not going to cover all of the different transits and just focus on the main events. It starts in the morning, when we will experience the height of the Full Moon/Partial Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius (exact at 7:12am EST). The Full Moon that takes place in June is often called the Full Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, Flower Moon, Rose Moon, and Planting Moon.   The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Gemini). Do you travel in your mind or in your heart? What holds you back from pursuing adventures? Do you think about your passions or do you experience them? These questions/themes will be highlighted now. 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.   
This is also the first Lunar Eclipse in 2012! This is considered to be a “minor” Eclipse, and it will not be visible for most of eastern United States and Canada.  The Moon will be at 14 degrees and 14 minutes of Sagittarius (opposed by Gemini Sun), affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 9 to 19 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.  However, we should all still be “buzzing” from its energies!  Eclipses in Astrology are considered to be of particular importance and indicate transformation.  Very much like rebooting a computer; when the planet cuts off the other planet’s energy just for a moment.  It is said in astrology that we could feel the effects for up to six months. It depends where the Moon/Sagittarius & Sun/Gemini falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
Read More! Partial Eclipse of the Strawberry Moon - NASA Science

In the evening, Neptune will turn Retrograde in the sign of Pisces (exact at 5:03pm 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).  Neptune rules over dreams, fantasy, imagination, creativity, spirituality, escapism (drugs & alcohol), film industry, music, hypnosis, institutions/hospitals, illusion, idealism, and fluidity.  It is associated with:  feet, toes, toxins, malformation, leakage, and really anything that is hard to diagnose.  Since Neptune is a slow-moving outer planet, most of us won’t really feel this too strongly (unless you have a strong Neptune in your chart like I do or if Neptune was Retrograde at the time you were born).  Neptune is usually in each sign for roughly 14 years and goes Retrograde for approximately 4 ½ to 5 months per year.  Usually, most people will feel this during the first two weeks during its Stationary/Retrograde phase and the last 2 weeks and while it is returning to Direct motion.  As you know with any Retrograde cycle, we will need to review the lessons of Neptune in Pisces.  In astrology, we call Neptune nebulous for a very good reason. It is very important during this timeframe to have clarity and to be sure it that we are grounded in reality. Lovely Neptune gives us a nice, beautiful pair of rose colored glasses to wear.  Then, during its Retrograde cycle we may realize that those glasses have a few scratches or cracks in them. It may be hard to concentrate and we may feel even a little fuzzy with this energy (especially during the first two weeks) until we get used to the energy. Intuition will be at an all-time high yet, we may have trouble discerning what is real and what is illusion. You would be surprised how many people have trouble with discerning reality from fiction and I see it very often in my private sessions. Just remember, feelings are not facts!  On a global scale there could be problems with oil, oceans, or worse yet, oil spills in the ocean.  Use caution investing your money in the stock market as things are prone to fluctuate a little more during this timeframe.  It will depend where Pisces/Neptune falls within your own chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.  We can look forward to Neptune will turning Direct on 11/11/12!  We will feel this even more strongly when the Chiron turns Retrograde in Pisces next week….

Lastly, Venus (R) in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Virgo (exact at 8:28pm EST).  Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  This transit may bring some tension (especially with love, family, & finances).  However, we may have a drive to be social around this time.  We will want to act on our feelings.  Just make sure you look before you leap!  I always advise doing some sort of physical activity whenever Mars is involved because Mars’ energy will want to get out one way or another.  Unfortunately, we may be inclined to argue with loved ones, and certainly won’t back down from a challenge.  This is also a good time to look within and find your “hearts desire” whether that be a person, vocation, hobby, or otherwise.  Sometimes this will bring up sexual tension.  Hmmmmm?!?  This transit is a precursor to the larger, well-publicized Venus transit that will be occurring tomorrow….

(Tuesday 6/5/12)-  I will be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today between 3:00-6:00pm (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.

We start the day with the Moon making its monthly opposition with Mercury in Gemini (exact at 1:08am 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.  This will also be the beginning of a 7+ hour long void-of-course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn (exact at 8:31am 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.

In the afternoon, the Moon in Capricorn forms a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 1:38pm 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 Sun will make its annual conjunction with beautiful Venus (R) both in the sign of Gemini (exact at 9:09pm EST).  Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  This conjunction happens fairly regularly, however it is a very rare transit when Venus actually crosses in front of the Sun.  In fact, this Venus transit tends to occur in a pattern that will repeat itself every 243 years. The pair of transits usually occurs eight years apart and then is separated by long gaps up to 121.5 years. This "pair" first occurred 6/8/04 with the second one occurring today. Before that, the last "pair" occurred in 1874 and 1882 respectively.  Please feel free to click this link to find out more about this beautiful and haunting astronomical event: Venus Transit 2012: Planet to Cross Face of Sun Wednesday, Last Time in 21st Century - ABC News  I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to this one!  This is beneficial for both love and money.  We may be focused on our heart’s desire right now…which may be a person, vocation, material object, etc.  The Sun tends to make us a little ego-centric and we may be only thinking about ourselves and not how we affect others.  The only caveat is that we may just feel like taking the day off or getting a massage instead!  The air may smell a little crisper today and the birds may be chirping just a little louder.  Take the time to recognize the beauty that exists in this world and within each and every one of us!! 

Just after, the Moon in Capricorn uncomfortably squares Uranus in Aries (exact at 9:31pm 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).  Lastly, the Moon will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:55pm 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.  

(Wednesday 6/6/12)-  After the past few days, today seems astrologically “light” with a few Moon transits.  This is a good time to remind you that Moon transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.  Just after midnight, the Moon in Capricorn forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 12:24am 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 Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx with Venus (R) in Gemini (exact at 9:45am 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.  Next, the Moon in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Gemini (exact at 11:14am 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).

In the afternoon, the Moon in Capricorn forms a flowing trine with Mars in Virgo (exact at 12:33pm 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 will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 10:29pm 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.

(Thursday 6/7/12)-  The planet Mercury (the ruler of communication, thought processes & transportation) will transition into the sensitive sign of Cancer (exact at 7:16am EST). Words and phrases to describe Cancer are: “I Feel!”, Cardinal/Water, emotional, holds grudges, moody, intuitive, “chicken soup”, caring, tenacious, family, defensive, nurturing, conservative, frugal, empathic, maternal/mothering, cooking & complex. It is associated with the stomach, breasts, elbow joints, and pancreas. We will be moving away from a time of communication & social activity (Gemini) into a period of sensitivity and domestic concerns (Cancer). Over the next 2+ weeks, people may not be as direct with their communication. Cancer’s symbol is the crab which tends to approach things in a zig-zag manner. They may beat around the bush, so to speak. We also may not be as open with our feelings and thoughts (remember the crab has a fairly thick shell). Our mental processes may be more about family & home around this time. Cancer is often associated with maternal and mothering endeavors (yes, even the men). Planning a family vacation or BBQ? This would be the perfect time to start a home improvement project. Being or playing around water is also favored.  Mercury is actually moving at a high rate of speed right now and will only be in this sign until 6/25/12 when it changes into Leo.

Then, the Moon in Capricorn makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 8:38am 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.  This will be the beginning of a short 1.5-hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into Aquarius (exact at 10:17am 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.  Just after, the Moon in Aquarius will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Cancer (exact at 10:46am 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 Sun in Gemini will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Virgo (exact at 10:30pm EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  Unfortunately, this may set the tone for the day (at least the later part).  So make sure you are well prepared because delays could block our path.  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 a lot of aggressive attitudes, competitiveness, ego-centric behavior, arguments, temper tantrums, and quick judgments around this time.  There may also be an increase in accidents (please be careful while driving & allow extra time to get to your destination).  The lessons learned will be fortuitist in the long run.  We may have a lot of extra energy, so make sure it is channeled properly (like with exercise). 

(Friday 6/8/12)-  Just after midnight, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile with Uranus in Aries (exact at 12:09am 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 forming a flowing trine with Venus (R) in Gemini (exact at 10:49am 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 evening, the Moon in Aquarius makes an annoying quincunx to Mars in Virgo (exact at 5:47pm 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 Sun in Gemini will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Aquarius (exact at 6:35pm 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!  Lastly, Mercury in Cancer will form a flowing trine with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 9:49pm EST).  Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  All this idealism could have you simply gushing to all your friends.  Daydreaming and intuition high around this time.  You may be thinking (& talking) about a vacation or simply just getting away for a while.  Creative endeavors will be favored around this time or really anything that requires imagination.  This is also a good time to get lost in a good book or to watch a film.  

(Saturday 6/9/12)-  Overnight, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 2:35am 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!  

In the afternoon, the Moon in Aquarius will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Taurus (exact at 2:33pm 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. This will be the beginning of a short 1-hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last the Moon transitions into the sign of Pisces (exact at 3:22pm 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.  Lastly, the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with Neptune (R) both in Pisces (exact at 9:09pm 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.

Mark your calendars! Next Monday (6/11/12) Jupiter will transition into Gemini and Chiron will turn Retrograde in Pisces!! 

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)

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