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: Leo 7/22-8/22, Virgo 8/22-9/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Leo 6/25-8/31, 8/31-9/16
Venus: Cancer 8/7-9/6
Mars: Libra 7/3-8/23, Scorpio 8/23-10/6
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
Uranus Retrograde in Aries on 7/13/12-12/13/12
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 8/26/12)- Then, the Moon in Capricorn will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 2:39am 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. This will also be the beginning of a 7+ hour void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into practical Capricorn later this 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. Next, Mars in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with nebulous Neptune (R) 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 an ideal time to focus your energy on creative and artistic endeavors (like music, art, film, crafts, poetry, etc). Dancing, yoga, meditation, boating (in fact all water sports), any movement that is flowing is recommended. Selflessness is in style. It would be best to help others (and animals) and to concentrate on giving. Just after, the Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn (exact at 9:58am 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 late afternoon, the Sun in Virgo will form a beautiful trine to the Moon in Capricorn (exact at 4:50pm 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 will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 10:06pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Capricorn uncomfortably squares Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 11:19pm 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).
(Monday 8/27/12)- Later in morning, the Moon in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 10:10am 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!
In the evening, Mercury in Leo will form a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 7:15pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. 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”. Verbal sparring or debates could end in disastrous results because others won’t want to back down. Just go with the flow right now. Lastly, the Moon in Capricorn forms its monthly opposition to Venus in Cancer (exact at 8:02pm 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.
(Tuesday 8/28/12)- 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.
Just after midnight, Moon in Capricorn will form an annoying quincunx to Mercury in Leo (exact at 12:46am 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? Then, Mercury in Leo will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 3:09am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. These two planets are sort-of the “live wires” of the zodiac. People with ADD, hyper activity, anxiety, nervous conditions, etc., may have difficulty around this time. We may get ideas or sudden insights, but we may be too scattered to stop and think them through. There is a possibility that you may encounter someone that serves as inspiration. Awakening! There could be sudden changes in our plans, travel snafus, and issues surrounding technology…so just remain flexible. There may be difficulty or disruption with sleep. Next, the Moon in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Libra (exact at 6:33am 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 7+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into Aquarius this afternoon.
In the afternoon, the Moon transitions into Aquarius (exact at 1:38pm 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. Lastly, the Moon in Aquarius will form an uncomfortable square with Mars in Scorpio (exact at 7:37pm EST). As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time (gardening, housework, working on the car, etc. all count!). Sexuality can be enhanced around this transit. Did you ever have a moment where circumstances seem like they are conspiring against you? Often, this transit results in a culmination of things that can be annoying. Sometimes small irritations or quarrels can result.
(Wednesday 8/29/12)- This may be one of the most Astrologically beneficial days of this week! Take full advantage and work on your manifesting skills today. The only exception is when the Moon in Aquarius will form an annoying quincunx with the Sun in Virgo (exact at 12:31am 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 evening, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 3:06am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Aquarius makes a flowing trine with Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 2:44pm 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. Then, the Sun in Virgo will form a beautiful flowing trine with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 8:21pm). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their 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. This will greatly assist us in processing our emotions and is beneficial for all types of counseling, cathartic experiences, and exploration of hidden or “taboo” subjects. We may even be feeling passionate & sexy around this time! It will be hard to be superficial. Our business “sense” may be sharp. Both Virgo & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or to be connected to nature. Lastly, Mercury in Leo will form a positive sextile with Saturn in Libra (exact at 9:25pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Sextiles usually present opportunity, but will take some work on your part to have it come to fruition. 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 while communicating. A great time for building foundations, goal setting, and long-term planning!!
(Thursday 8/30/12)- Overnight, the Sun in Virgo will form its annual opposition with Chiron (R) Pisces (3:25am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Oppositions in astrology can be stressful. Did something come up recently that made you start thinking about that situation all over again? Living in the past is so time consuming and can be painful. Healing and awakening is the “key” to this transit. Next, the Moon in Aquarius will form an annoying quincunx with Venus in Cancer (exact at 4:45am 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. Then, Venus in Cancer will form an uncomfortable sesquisquare with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 5:38am EST). Remember, all of these are planetary transits and their effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This could bring up past pains & past loves. Use this time to heal old relationship wounds. Next, the Moon in Aquarius will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Libra (exact at 11:34am 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! Just after, the Sun in Virgo will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 11:57am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Quincunxes often represent a block, obstacle or delay. Either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, 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 may just be restless around this time. Just remember that it is difficult to change everything at once, even if we are inclined to!
In the afternoon, the Moon in Aquarius makes its monthly opposition with Mercury in Leo (exact at 1:48pm 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 be the beginning of a 5+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the sign of Pisces… The Moon transitions into dreamy Pisces (exact at 6:31pm 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 both in Pisces (exact at 9:20pm 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.
(Friday 8/31/12)- In the morning the Moon in Pisces forms a flowing trine with Mars in Scorpio (exact at 3:25am 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. Then, the Moon in Pisces will form a positive sextile with Pluto (R) Capricorn (exact at 7:12am) helping us to connect with what is going on under the surface. If you were awake during this time it would be beneficial for: cathartic experiences, deep conversations, and all forms of counseling are favored during this transit. It may be possible to have intense dreams while you are sleeping. Next, the Full Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Chiron both in Pisces (exact at 7:39am 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 Sun in Virgo will make an awkward semisquare to Venus in Cancer (exact at 8:53am EST) influencing us to question love and finances. Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This would not be an ideal time to make purchases (especially big ones). What we value may be tested. Although it is a good time to be with friends and loved ones, try to avoid too much intensity. Try and relax, demanding a commitment now could backfire.
The height of the Full (Blue) Moon in Pisces will be exact at (9:58am EST). This will be the second Full Moon this month therefore, this is considered to be a Blue Moon! The next time this will occur will be in the year 2015. Astrologically speaking there is nothing particularly special about this Full Blue Moon except for its infrequent occurrence. The Full Moon is not usually a time where you would want to start anything new, but is more of a time of reflection. It is considered to be a culmination of your efforts that you made since the last New Moon. There is often a lot of energy & intensity associated with the Full Moon. The height of the Full Moon is always signified by the opposition of the Sun (currently in Virgo). Do you wish you could be introspective but instead need to deal with nagging details? Are you finding it hard to concentrate and wish you were floating on a cloud of dreams? Do you suddenly have an urge to meditate, dance, paint, play music, or write poetry? The lesson in this Full Moon is to combine both intuition and logic to come up with an answer to our situations. All forms of healing are favored. It depends where Pisces falls within your natal chart, to know how it would affect you on a personal level. I personally like to take this time to meditate and send out prayers for family, friends, and humanity.
In the evening, the Full Moon in Pisces will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 8:58pm 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.
Lastly, Mercury (the ruler of communication & transportation) will transition into its native sign of Virgo (exact at 10:32pm EST). Words and phrases to describe Virgo are: “I Analyze!”, Mutable/Earth, detail oriented, perfection, curious, service, criticism, conscientious, health, intelligent, analytical, worry, improvement to others lives, and practical. It is associated with the abdominal area, gastrointestinal system (large and small intestines), spleen, solar plexus, and lower lobes of the liver. Its metal is Mercury. Stones: Jade, Moss Agate, and Blue Sapphire. During the next 10+ weeks, our mental processes will become more serious, detail-oriented, thorough, and service minded. Sometimes this can cause analysis-paralysis. It is important that we don’t lose site of the big picture, while we are conscious of all the small details. We also may find that we become more health conscious and will be thinking more about the food & vitamins that we put into our bodies. This is a good time to learn something new and will be more apt to be thorough in your studies. Mercury will transition into diplomatic Libra on 9/16/12.
(Saturday 9/1/12)- The astrological day starts in the evening when the Moon in Pisces forms a flowing trine with Venus in Cancer (exact at 4:02pm 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 in Virgo will oppose Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 5:16pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. It's possible this evening to experience prophetic or “visitation” dreams. Be very careful (especially) with business dealings around this time. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Review all fine print closely and if possible put off signing any contracts. We will want to idealize people/situations around this time. To put it bluntly, we could be more susceptible to manipulation or someone fibbing to get their way. On the positive side: creativity, intuition, and imagination could be increased too. Lastly, the Moon in Pisces will form an annoying quincunx with Saturn (R) in Libra (exact at 6:44pm EST). It may be hard to complete everything on our “list” or to get organized. It’s also possible that our emotions could make it hard to work around this time. Luckily, this influence will be short…
Mark your calendars! Next Thursday (9/6) Venus will transition into the sign of Leo!!
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)