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, Leo 7/22-8/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Leo 6/25-8/31
Venus: Gemini 4/3-8/7, Cancer 8/7-9/6
Mars: 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.
Mercury Retrograde in Leo on 7/14/12-8/8/12!!
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
Uranus Retrograde in Aries on 7/13/12-12/13/12
Coming Up: Mercury turns Direct in Leo on 8/8/12!
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 7/22/12)- Just after midnight, Jupiter in Gemini will form a pleasant sextile with Uranus in Aries (exact at 12:04am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Jupiter is optimistic and Uranus is electrifying…some combo? Now is the time to take a risk and do something outside your usual comfort zone. This combination tends to be associated with breakthroughs, inventions, and technological advances. This is a great time to network with friends, exchange ideas, and create a buzz! Time to dream big and think big!! The only caveat is that we may rush in and not double check the fine details. Jupiter could give us over-confidence or bravado. In other words, as long as you use your head…follow your heart!
Happy Birthday Leo’s! The Sun will enter Leo (exact at 6:01am EST). Since June 21st. the Sun has been in the sensitive & introverted sign of Cancer. Words and phrases to describe Leo are: “I Will!”, Fixed/Fire, warm, kind, generous, actor/theater, drama, loyal, domineering, proud, dignified, egocentric, creative, gambler/speculation, honest, noble, love children (especially their own), and games. A lot of “larger than life” people are Leos. It is common for actors and performers to be Leo or have heavy Leo in their chart (Leo needs recognition-I believe that is why). Areas of the body associated with Leo are the heart, gall bladder, & spine. Stones: Ruby, Onyx, Carnelian, Golden Topaz, and Tourmaline. Leo’s usually like to show their affections with gifts and bold declarations. We may want to get out and “play” more. We may go to shows, concerts, or other forms of entertainment. In fact, if you are single, these would be good places to meet someone new. The symbol of Leo is the lion…and lions will roar if they are angered (or if they notice others being treated badly). People will tend to be more proud and ego driven around this time. However, Leo is notoriously warm and generous. Children (or pets that we consider our children) may be on our mind more during this time. It would be a great time to pursue a career or charity that benefits children. We may be more inclined to gamble or invest our money in speculative investments during this time (obviously if you have the funds, that is great. If you don’t then certainly use caution!). It depends where the Sun/Leo falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Example of famous Leo’s are: Carl Jung, Peter Jennings, Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock, David Duchovny, Alfred Hitchcock, Whitney Houston, Peter O'Toole, Jennifer Lopez, Fidel Castro, Madonna, Henry Ford, Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert Plant, George Bernard Shaw, Julia Child, Lucille Ball, Martin Sheen, Kevin Spacey, Kenny Rogers, Christian Slater, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ogden Nash, Amelia Earhart, Mick Jagger, Arnold Schwarzennegger, President Barack Obama, Robert De Niro, Andy Warhol, and former President Bill Clinton.
Then, Mercury (R) in Leo will form a positive sextile with Mars in Libra (exact at 6:55am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Sextiles often present themselves through opportunity that will require some action on your part to come to fruition. This transit will be beneficial for mental agility, technical skills, writing, 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.
Later in the day, the Moon in Virgo will square Venus in Gemini (exact at 8:44pm 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 very long 22-hour long void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until it transitions into the romantic sign of Libra early tomorrow morning…. 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.
(Monday 7/23/12)- There will only be two Moon transits later in the day. This is a good time to remind you that Lunar transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits. Keep in mind that most of the day will be under the influence of the void-of-course Moon cycle….
The astrological day starts later when the Moon will transition into diplomatic Libra (exact at 6:38pm 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. Then, the Moon in Libra will positively sextile the Sun in Leo (exact at 9:23pm 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? Lastly, the Moon in Libra forms an annoying quincunx with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:06pm EST). Neptune’s influence can cause us to be fuzzy and idealistic. It is therefore, not an ideal time to make bold moves and big decisions. It is possible that we may have trouble accessing our intuition around this time. If sleeping, it would be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams.
(Tuesday 7/24/12)- 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.
In the morning, In the morning, Jupiter in Gemini forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron (R) (the “Wounded Healer”) in Pisces (exact at 9:07am EST). Spirituality, intuition, foreign travel/cultures, healing arts (especially alternative), and dream work, are all areas that will be highlighted today. Mentors, guides, and teachers can come into our lives now, although we could receive a lesson in an uncomfortable way. This transit could “trigger” international interest and especially past wounds that need to be healed. This is an ideal time to meditate and send out healing thoughts/prayers to our fellow brothers & sisters in Aurora, Colorado.
In the afternoon, Mercury (R) in Leo will form a positive sextile with Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 3:14pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This may be a time that you are thinking of traveling or are in contact with people located a long distance away from you. This transit is beneficial for interest and/or dealings with other cultures, philosophy, higher education, continuing education, religion, and law or legal issues. We may be feeling expansive and wish to feed our intellect. This transit is ideal if you have wanted to learn a foreign language or to cook an exotic meal. Go ahead and be adventurous; now is the time!! Then, Mercury (R) in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with “Wounded Healer” Chiron in Pisces (R) (exact at 5:23pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Past memories may come flooding in around this time. Forgiveness (or the need to forgive) may be just out of reach, but that is exactly what is needed. This may involve more of an intellectual process, but we may have difficulty in discussing it with others. If you are having trouble communicating around this time with others…this may be a good time to start or continue writing in your journal. At least you will be able to get things off your chest in a healthy way. Lastly, the Sun in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with nebulous Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 9:34pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Neptune can zap some of the Sun’s vitality. This may be a night that you might want to go to bed early. We may feel dreamier or even a little fuzzy around this time. Try to avoid making big decisions or signing important papers around this time. Even if your intuition is normally good, it may be unreliable around this time.
(Wednesday 7/25/12)- Just like Monday, there will be only a few 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 Scorpio later in the day.
Overnight, the Moon in Libra forming a flowing trine with Venus in Leo (exact at 3:56am 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! Then, Mercury (R) in Leo will form a beautiful flowing trine to Uranus in Aries (exact at 9:27am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will set the stage for surprising insights and ideas on new ways to do things. This transit increases clairvoyance and channeling. Exchange of thoughts and information may come at lightning speed around this time. Brilliant ideas! You may not need much caffeine today. In fact, I would use caution with all stimulants around this time (and that includes sugar)….as we could be feeling downright jittery without much assistance! Next, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn both in Libra (exact at 2:53pm 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 a long 10+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until later in the evening when the Moon transitions into the intense sign of Scorpio.
Later in the evening, the Moon will transition into Scorpio (exact at 10:29pm 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.
(Thursday 7/26/12)- Today will consist (mostly) of Moon transits. In fact, there will be seven of them. Three out of the seven will be positive. The thing that slightly different, is that we will be experiencing a very long void-of-course Lunar cycle that will last until early Saturday morning. Very much like Mercury Retrograde, which we are also in currently, this is not an ideal time to strive toward new endeavors.
Overnight, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:46am 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. (I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time). If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time. Next, the Sun in Leo will form an uncomfortable square with the Moon in Scorpio (exact at 4:56am 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. Then, the Moon in Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:28am EST). This will be a favorable time to look below the surface and have in-depth conversations or counseling. This is a time that we could be feeling passionate or intense. This transit will amplify all of the Scorpio Lunar traits. Just after, the Moon in Scorpio forms an uncomfortable square with Mercury (R) in Leo (exact at 11:38am 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. This will be the start of a very, very long 38-hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until early Saturday morning when the Moon transitions into Sagittarius.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Scorpio forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 12:55pm 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. Then, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 1:37pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Next, the Moon in Scorpio will quincunx Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 2:25pm 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! Lastly, Mercury (R) in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 3:12pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes usually will manifest in the form of a block or obstacle. It may be harder to access deeper thoughts around this time. This is actually a better time for superficial activities. Keep things light! Not a good time to do research or to “dig below the surface”. Outside influences could affect you and present situations beyond our control.
(Friday 7/27/12)- Today will consist of only one Moon transit. Keep in mind, that the Moon will be void-of-course the entire day. Today may have a slow or dragging quality to it and it may be one of those days that you find yourself watching the clock frequently. This is not a great time to accomplish a large to-do list. Please keep in mind that Moon transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
In the morning, the Moon in Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Gemini (exact at 9:55am 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. The remainder of the day will be under the influence of the void-of-course Scorpio Moon……
(Saturday 7/28/12)- Today may be the most astrologically favorable day of the week. It is filled with pleasant transits that will encourage us to communicate and be open. We'll be getting an additional boost from the Sagittarian Moon which will add optimism to the mix. Enjoy!
Overnight, the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 1:18am EST). 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. It is said in Astrology that the Lunar transition between Scorpio and Sagittarius is the most stressful of all the Moon transition. 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. Then, Mercury (R) in Leo will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Venus in Gemini (exact at 4:45am 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! Next, the Sun in Leo will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Sagittarius (exact at 11:16am 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! Just after, the Moon in Sagittarius makes a flowing trine to Mercury (R) in Leo (exact at 11:47am 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.
Pleasantries continue in the afternoon when the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 3:28pm 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. Then, the Sun will conjunct Mercury (R) both in Leo (exact at 3:57pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Finally some clarity! If you have felt like you were in a fog for most of the week, this transit will help. Even though Mercury is still Retrograde, this will greatly assist in getting both communication & travel plans worked out. It will be easier to assimilate information. Writing, emailing, faxing….go for it! This may be a time of social activities and invitations to parties/events. Take advantage of harnessing this time of mental clarity and use it to your advantage! This will be helpful in improving relationships with siblings, teachers, or with someone younger than yourself. With Leo’s influence also take this time to concentrate on yourself, children, arts/entertaining, your own business (entrepreneurial endeavors) and creativity. Lastly, the Moon in Sagittarius makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 5:37pm 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!
Next week: there will be a Full Moon in Aquarius on Wednesday (8/1)!
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