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, Libra 8/22-9/22
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Leo 6/25-8/31
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.
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: Pluto turns Direct in Capricorn on 9/18/12!
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 8/12/12)- In the morning, the Moon in Gemini will positively sextile the Sun in Leo (exact at 9:01am 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?
In the afternoon, Mars in Libra forms they slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:25pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. If channeled in a positive way, this could present a very real opportunity to heal old wounds. However, we may be so wrapped up in our own busyness that we hardly take the time to pay attention. This would be a disservice to your emotional well-being, as these opportunities really present themselves. The short-term pain that may be experienced will just be part of the healing process. Just after, the Moon in Gemini forms a flowing trine with Mars in Libra (exact at 2:55pm 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 Gemini will make a flowing trine to Saturn in Libra (exact at 5:49pm 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 start a long 10+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into the sensitive sign of Cancer 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 8/13/12)- There will consist entirely of Moon transits! This is a good time to remind you that Moon transits are shorter in duration than planetary transits.
Our sensitivity will increase this morning when the Moon will transition into Cancer (exact at 4:27am EST). Good Cancer Moon activities are: anything to do with home and family, cooking, maternal/mothering, being emotional, crafts, sensitivity, empathy, finances, savings, and care-taking. Things to avoid are: holding grudges, feeling slighted (possibly with little or no cause), over sensitivity, emotional eating, stubbornness, and being grumpy. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days. Then, the Moon in Cancer will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 8:29am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon will conjunct Venus both in Cancer (exact at 3:45pm EST). We will want to experience love on a visceral level. This is a great time to: pamper ourselves, decorate, shop (because we will have an “eye” for things that look good), artistic endeavors, creativity, and be in the company of loved ones. Sometimes this transit can have us feeling a little indolent; it is actually a favored time for finances. Next, the Moon in Cancer will form its monthly opposition to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 6:41pm EST). This can signify a (short) period of intensity. Someone could challenge you in an area where you are sensitive. Another possibility is that you may spend too much time analyzing instead of acting. Avoid underhanded tactics because someone will be more apt to notice. Then, the Moon in Cancer will form a flowing trine with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:41pm EST). You may be presented with an opportunity to heal or to be healed. Holistic and alternative medicine is especially favored. Serendipitous moments abound! Lastly, the Moon in Cancer uncomfortably squares Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 8:26pm 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.
(Tuesday 8/14/12)- Due to technical difficulties with my laptop computer, I will not be doing Astrological Readings at Spirit Dancer today. (I am still available for private sessions)
The Sun will be highlighting the Uranus/Pluto square today and tomorrow (for more information please watch my YouTube video at the top of this Blog entry). This could bring up hidden tension. Even though there will only be one planetary transit today, things will be building in intensity as we approach tomorrow.
Later in the morning, the Sun in Leo will make a slightly awkward sesquisquare with intense Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 11:42am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its 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 but everyone around us wants to keep it superficial. Power struggles are possible (especially with children), so pick and choose your battles! On a positive note, we may be feeling passionate & sexy around this time!
(Wednesday 8/15/12)- There will be a lot of powerful astrological energies early in the day. The biggest event that will be occurring this week (other than the New Moon in Leo) will be the Mars/Saturn conjunction. Because of these intense energies, try to be extra understanding toward loved ones. It starts in the morning when the Moon in Cancer forms a difficult square with both Mars and Saturn around 4:20am EST. This will simply be highlighting the Mars/Saturn conjunction that will be occurring a little later. This will also be the start of a 9+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will end when the Moon transitions into the sign of Leo later this afternoon. Then, Venus in Cancer forms a stressful opposition with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 5:11am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This is power in love, pure and simple. Avoid power struggles with loved if at all possible. If you are in a relationship, try to remember that each person in a relationship has his or her own will, personality, likes & dislikes. If you are single, try not to obsess about being with another person too much. If you meet someone new during this transit they may be passionate, yet secretive. Pluto can bring up fanatical behavior, hidden fears, jealousy, and passion.
Next, Mars will form an intense conjunction with Saturn both in Libra (exact at 6:35am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Slow and steady wins the race! Mars wants to go, go, go and Saturn’s approach is slow & steady. Mars will give us the energy, but be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Try to be patient and take your time with handling the details; it will be worth the effort! Put your energy towards planning, relationships, finances, organization and goal setting. This is a good time to evaluate what you put your energy towards. Is it wasted? Is there a way to take a different approach so that you are not expending too much energy? This can be a good time to get things done, but if we are overly aggressive, we could find out efforts being blocked. Then, the Sun in Leo will form a slightly annoying sesquisquare with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 9:28am 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!
In the afternoon, the Moon will transition into the sign of dramatic Leo (exact at 2:05pm EST). Good activities to do when the Moon is in Leo are: anything to do with performing or theater, seeing a show, dressing up & looking nice, managing, feeling proud, entrepreneurial endeavors, gambling, playing games, routing for the underdog and taking care of children. Things to avoid are being too bossy, acting egotistical, and going over the top. All of these themes will be highlighted over the next 2 ½ days. Lastly, the Moon will conjunct Mercury both in Leo (exact at 11:24pm EST) assisting with communication, short distance travel and feeling supported by others. It will be very easy to express feelings and emotions around this time. This is a great time to write (like journaling) or to express emotions.
(Thursday 8/16/12)- The majority of astrological energy will be occurring earlier in the day. However, we may still be feeling the effects of yesterday's planetary onslaught. Luckily, today's energy is more gentle in nature. Just after midnight lovely Venus in Cancer will form a positive trine with Chiron (the “Wounded Healer”) (R) in Pisces (exact at 12:29am EST) helping to heal old relationship wounds. Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will be beneficial for artistic endeavors (especially if you have strayed from doing them for a while). Then, Venus in Cancer will form an uncomfortable square with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 2:48am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. It’s possible that an exciting, creative person or project suddenly comes into your life creating a little tension. Nervous energy…but in a good way! Time to go with the flow! This is a good time to “surprise” you romantic partner with a nice gesture. You could also have a “surprise” financially; this could mean that you unexpectedly got a bonus OR are overdrawn on your checking account! You may find yourself attracted to the avant garde. We may be drawn to something or someone that is different for the sake of being different….make sure there is substance before becoming enthralled. Just after, the Moon in Leo will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 5:04am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Leo makes a positive sextile with Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 1:32pm EST) helping us to feel optimistic and/or lucky. This is an ideal time to be with friends or to work with a group of people. It is also beneficial for spirituality/religion, higher or continuing education, horses, law/legal matters, advertising, sales, and publishing.
(Friday 8/17/12)- This may be the most positive astrological day that will be occurring this week. This is a great day to begin something that will require discipline, like a diet or quitting smoking. On top of that, we will have additional blessings for new beginnings in the afternoon during the height of the New Moon in Leo ! Enjoy this energy!
In the morning, the Sun in Leo forms a positive sextile with Saturn in Libra (exact at 11:24am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This transit benefits work and discipline. Best to concentrate on: work, organization, connecting with nature in general especially soil, woods, & forestry, and details. This would also be an ideal time to start a new health or exercise regime. This is a great time for goal setting and building good relations with those in authority. Assisting the elderly or an aging relative is also favorable. Then, the New Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Libra (exact at 11:39am 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.
The height of the New Moon that will occur in the sign of Leo (exact at 11:54am EST). New Moons are considered to be highly auspicious times for starting new things, new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. All of Leo Moon themes will be highlighted/amplified. I personally, like to do space clearing and meditating around this time. The New Moon is always accompanied by a conjunction with the Sun (also in Leo). This usually makes us feel connected & supported by loved ones. It’s easier to talk about our emotions during this transit. Just use caution however, because there may be so much energy that we could encounter egotistical behavior or attitudes. It depends on where the Moon/Sun/Leo are located in your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Leo will form a positive sextile with Mars in Libra (exact at 1:55pm EST). As with all Mars transits, I recommend doing something physical or exercising around this time (the energy will need a constructive outlet). Sexuality can be enhanced around this transit. Our feelings will be in alignment with how we act. Make sure to put your actions toward positive pursuits! This will be the start of a 6+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into service-oriented Virgo (exact at 8:33pm EST). Good Virgo Moon activities are: organization, being detail-oriented, service to others, health improvement, intellectual pursuits, practicality, research, and really anything that requires precision. Things to avoid are: being overly perfectionistic, excessive worry, analysis paralysis, criticism, and being too caught up in the details that we can’t see the forest through the trees. All of these themes will be prominent in the next 2 1/2 days. Lastly, the Moon in Leo will form its monthly opposition with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 11:57pm EST) causing our imagination/creativity to soar. I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time. Especially since this will also enhance escapism (people with drug or alcohol issues will have trouble around this transit). If you are sleeping while this event occurs, it may be possible to have prophetic or “visitation” dreams around this time.
(Saturday 8/18/12)- The planet that will be in major focus today will be Mercury. Mercury "the Winged Messenger" will be highlighted by three planets today. In addition the Moon will be in Mercury-ruled Virgo the entire day. This will increase communication and it could have us feeling a bit frazzled. Are you good at multitasking?
Overnight, Mercury in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 2:17am 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. Then the Moon in Virgo will form a flowing trine to Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 9:13am 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 Virgo & Capricorn are earth signs, so this is a good time for gardening or connecting with nature.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Virgo will form a positive sextile with Venus in Cancer (exact at 3:05pm 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. Then, Mercury in Leo will form an annoying quincunx with “Wounded Healer” Chiron in Pisces (R) (exact at 4:32pm 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. Next, the Moon in Virgo will form an uncomfortable square with Jupiter in Gemini (exact at 7:26pm 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. Just after, Mercury in Leo will form a beautiful flowing trine to Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 7:29pm 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!
Mark your calendars! On Wednesday (8/22) the Sun will transition into service-oriented Virgo and on Thursday (8/23) Mars will enter the sign of Scorpio!
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 (Interfaith) & Certified Spiritual Healer