Thursday, July 12, 2012

Astro-Update! Mercury & Uranus turn Retrograde!

You may have heard a lot about the Uranus/Pluto square. It will be the most intense on June 24th and September 19th of 2012. However, this jarring astrological transit will be in the background throughout all of 2012-2015.  The last time Uranus/Pluto formed a troubling square was in the early 1930s around the time of the Great Depression and when Hitler was at the height of his power. These are certainly interesting times that we live in!  Please feel free to watch my astrological video to learn more!
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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:  Cancer 6/20-7/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Leo 6/25-8/31
Venus: Gemini 4/3-8/7
Mars: Virgo 11/10-7/3/12, Libra 7/3-8/23
Jupiter: 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.
Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn 4/10/12-9/18/12
Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 6/4/12-11/11/12
Chiron Retrograde in Pisces 6/12/12-11/13/12

Coming Up: Uranus will turn Retrograde in Aries on 7/13-12/13 and Mercury will turn Retrograde in Leo on 7/14-8/8!!

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 7/8/12)-  Clarity is not the name of the game today.  Between the Moon being in Pisces and being a void-of-course (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.) for most of the day after 7:00am EST and with Mars forming a difficult quincunx with Neptune; it would be best to put off major decision-making for another time.  Mars in Libra will form an uncomfortable quincunx with nebulous Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 4:57pm EST).   Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  The energies of these two planets don’t normally blend easily, and today more than ever, they aren’t going to.  Mars is about fire and passion.  Neptune is water and emotion.  It could be hard to access intuition around this time.  We may feel fuzzy and unmotivated.  Not an ideal time to make big decisions or to sign contracts.  Dancing, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, boating (in fact all water sports) are recommended around this time.  

(Monday 7/9/12)-  Very much like yesterday, today will have fuzzy overtones. It will help that early in the morning the Moon will transition into the action-oriented sign of Aries. However, the Sun will still form a slightly difficult sesquisquare with Neptune bringing up delusions of grandeur. So therefore, even though we will be inclined to act, this still is not a good day to make major decisions.
In the morning, the Moon transitions into pioneering Aries (exact at 8:14am 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.  Then, in the afternoon the Sun in Cancer will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with nebulous Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:09pm EST).  Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  Dreaming and daydreaming of the good old days?  This one could zap some of our energy.  We could feel fuzzy and have trouble focusing.  This is not a good time to make major decisions or to sign contracts. Best to relax or focus on creative endeavors! 

(Tuesday 7/10/12)-  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 will form its monthly conjunction with Uranus both in Aries (exact at 12:47am 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.  We will wake up with sweet overtones when the Moon in Aries will form a positive sextile with Venus in Gemini (exact at 4:18pm 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.  

However, use caution later in the day when the Sun in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Aries (exact at 9:48pm EST).  We may experience some tension between friends or loved ones.  This won’t be conducive to feeling very supported.  Sometimes this transit brings (minor) squabbles. 
(Wednesday 7/11/12)-  Today will be a mellow astrological day with the exception of one Lunar transit that may bring difficulty in the morning. Things will certainly calm down when the Moon transitions (later in the day) into the stabilizing sign of Taurus.   In the morning, the Moon in Aries will have its monthly opposition with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 9:55pm EST).  Luckily the duration of this event is short and the height may occur while we are sleeping.  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 14+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will end tonight when the Moon transitions into practical Taurus…. 
In the evening, the Moon transitions into Taurus (exact at 7:30pm 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.  

(Thursday 7/12/12)-  Today will be another "light" astrological day with all Moon transits.  Keep in mind that Lunar transits are shorter in duration that planetary transits.  Overnight, the Moon in Taurus forming a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 1:09am 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?  Then, the Moon in Taurus will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:34am 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.  

In the afternoon, the Moon in Taurus forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:23pm EST).  You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed.  Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored.  Serendipitous moments abound! Watch what you say when the Moon in Taurus forms an uncomfortable square with Mercury in Leo (exact at 8:35pm EST) possibly causing miscommunications.  You may find that you are not able to express yourself as easily or someone may cut you off from saying something.  

(Friday 7/13/12)-  Talk about starting the day with a bang? That's exactly what will happen when Uranus turns Retrograde for the next 5 months in the sign of Aries (exact at 5:49am EST)!  Uranus is a slow moving planet and the third largest in our solar system.  It is stationary for about 16 days before and after the “beginning” of the Retrograde phase.  (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).   Uranus rules over:  disruption, change, reform, originality, friends, lightening, uniqueness, electricity, New Age (and Astrology), technology (like computers), accidents, and unexpected events.  It is associated with lower legs & ankles, blood circulation, nervous conditions, body spasms and X-Rays.  No matter where Uranus shows up in your chart, it will force change in that area… There is a reason why Uranus is called “The Great Awakener”!  If you remember, the day that Uranus transitioned into the sign of Aries was the same day as the now famous Japanese earthquake/tsunami. Uranus is famous for shakeups and unexpected events!   We will feel this over the next 2-4 weeks at least; then the energies of the Retrograde phase begin to feel "normal".  People who are prone to nervous conditions or afflictions affecting the body's electrical system, like palpitations or seizures, may have more trouble during this time-frame.  It depends where Uranus/Aries is currently residing within your natal chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. You will certainly feel this more strongly if you are an Aquarius, Aries, or have Uranus Retrograde in your natal birth chart. We can look forward to Uranus turning Direct on December 13th.   

Things will soften in the afternoon when the Moon in Taurus positively sextiles the Sun in Cancer (exact at 3:46pm 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 be the start of a long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until early tomorrow morning that will end when the Moon transitions into lively Gemini.  Lastly, the Sun in Cancer forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 7:06pm EST).  Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  Try to avoid compulsive shopping.  It is possible to over-promise or to be overly confident (bravado).  There may be a conflict between family and friends.  We may be inclined to do everything big right now (including overindulging).  Mostly, we will feel optimistic and sunny with this transit.

(Saturday 7/14/12)-  Talk about communication? This entire day will be under the influence of both Mercury and Mercury-ruled Gemini. We will want to talk, talk, talk! But wait, there needs to be an off button!!  Mercury is going Retrograde later in the day which could bring about miscommunications and travel snafus.  In the morning, the Moon will transition into the communicative sign of Gemini (exact at 8:26am EST).  Good Gemini Moon activities are: communication (including talking, emailing, faxing, writing, etc), working with your hands, interaction with others (especially siblings and teachers), learning something new, diversified interests, mental agility, inquisitiveness, travel, and reading.  Things to avoid are: fickleness, information overload, starting too many things & not being able to finish them, hyper activity, talking too much, and indecisiveness.  These are all themes that will last the next 2 ½ days……   

In the evening, Mercury in Leo will form a positive sextile with Venus in Gemini (exact at 6:41pm 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!  Then, the Moon in Taurus forms a flowing trine with Mars in Virgo (exact at 9:05pm 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. 

Well here it is, Mercury in Aries turns Retrograde (exact at 10:16pm EST). Usually Mercury (The God of Communication & Transportation) goes Retrograde for 3 weeks, 3 times per year. (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) We will all feel the effects of this influence, but you will feel it more strongly if you are a Mercury-ruled person (Gemini & Virgo), if you have strong Gemini/Virgo/Leo/Scorpio/Taurus placements in your chart, or if Mercury was Retrograde when you were born. Astrologically, this causes small things to happen that may be considered to be "bumps in the road". Mercury heavily influences technology (how we stay connected to others). So an example of this could be computers crashing, copiers breaking down or jamming, faxes not transmitting, cell phone issues, etc. Communication is another thing affected by Mercury Retrograde. It's a good idea during this time to save e-mail confirmations, postal receipts, and documenting important conversations. Delays with travel can also occur because of miscommunications or breaking down of equipment. Make sure you confirm all reservations and allow extra travel time. This is not a good time to start anything new or to sign contracts (like getting a loan, buying a house, buying a car, etc). If you absolutely need to sign something important during this phase, take the time to re-read the document and pay close attention to the fine print. This is an auspicious time to strategize and do your homework on projects that you may be planning. On the up side (yes, there is an upside), this is an excellent time for the following: re-uniting, re-organizing, re-establishing, re-arranging, re-connecting, re-financing, re-visiting, re-negotiating, etc. Are you noticing a pattern? (I had a friend jokingly say that she was going to re-lax in her re-cliner with a glass of re-d wine!) I personally, look to these 3 weeks as a good time to get filling done, finish up tasks that I have been putting off, tightening up details, etc. I look forward to this time because it's excellent for re-connecting with people in general. This seems to be a time when people you haven't heard from just call "out of the blue" or you may "randomly" run into someone while out shopping. You can see that in business, this would be an excellent time to follow-up with past customers or clients. Just remember, if you are in a relationship, try to be understanding with your lover if you have a miscommunication.......these things will happen with Mercury Retrograde, it's not the end of the world! Sometimes old flames will try to come back during this time. This is fine; just remember an ex is an ex for a reason! While Mercury is in Leo, the emphasis will be on drama, entertainment, generosity, children/children's events, egocentric behavior, grandeur, and loyalty.  We can all look forward to Mercury going "Direct" again on Wednesday August 8th at 1:40am EST. (Remember the planets don’t just stop and change direction with 100% speed, we will feel the effects lingering of this a few days before the start of Retrograde and after it turns Direct again).

Mark your calendars! Next week: Thursday there will be a New Moon in the sign of Cancer (7/19).

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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