I apologize, this week Astrological Blog entry is quite lengthy. It is due to the fact that there is just so much astrological energy this week! Hold onto your hats this is going to be a wild ride….
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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: Scorpio 10/22–11/21
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Sagittarius 10/29-11/14, Scorpio 11/14-12/10
Venus: Libra 10/28-11/21, Scorpio 11/21-12/15
Mars: Sagittarius 10/6-11/16, Capricorn 11/16-12/25
Jupiter: Gemini 6/12/12-6/27/13
Saturn: Scorpio 10/5/12-12/24/14
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.
Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 6/4/12-11/11/12
Chiron Retrograde in Pisces 6/12/12-11/13/12
Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius 11/6/12-11/26/12!!
Uranus Retrograde in Aries on 7/13/12-12/13/12
Jupiter Retrograde in Gemini on 10/4/12-1/30/13
Coming Up: Both Neptune and Chiron turned Direct this week!!
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 11/11/12)- Veterans Day. We start the day with Neptune will turning Direct in the sign of Pisces (exact at 2:52am EST). Since it 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) or if you have strong Pisces or Virgo in your chart. 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 1st 2 weeks during its Stationary/Direct phase. 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. As you know with any Retrograde cycle, we were reviewing the lessons of Neptune in Pisces once again. Now that it has turned Direct it will begin moving forward (slowly). It will depend where Pisces/Neptune falls within your own chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
Early in the morning, the Moon will highlight the Venus/Jupiter trine that occurred last Friday (see that Blog entry for more details). The Moon in Libra makes a flowing trine with Jupiter (R) in Gemini (exact at 4:13am 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 Moon will conjunct Venus both in Libra (exact at 9:12am 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.
In the late afternoon, Mercury (R) in Sagittarius will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Venus in Libra (exact at 4:13pm 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! Lastly, the Sun in Scorpio will form a slightly annoying sesquisquare with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 8:22pm 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!
(Monday 11/12/12)- Just after midnight, the Moon in Libra will form a positive sextile with Mars in Sagittarius (exact at 12:13am 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 later in the morning when it transitions into the Scorpio. 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 will transition into Scorpio (exact at 6:10am 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. Next, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:45am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with Saturn both in Scorpio (exact at 1:28pm EST). This is an all work no play transit. Best to concentrate on: work, organization, self reflection, research, goal setting, and details. This would also be an ideal time to start a new health or exercise regime. Build a strong foundation within the psyche. Sometimes this can give us a feeling of loneliness or isolation (or even the blues). Then, the Moon in Scorpio forms an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 2:12pm 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. If you are sleeping during this time, it may cause disruption in sleep or vivid dreams. Next, the Moon in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 3:11pm 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 Scorpio will make a supportive sextile to Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 6:34pm 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 the Scorpio Lunar traits.
(Tuesday 11/13/12)- 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.
Early in the day, the Moon in Scorpio will quincunx Jupiter (R) in Gemini (exact at 4:19am 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!
Later, the New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse will be at its height in the sign of Scorpio (exact at 5:08pm EST). The New Moon is considered to be beneficial for new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. All of the Scorpio Moon themes will be highlighted/amplified. I personally like to do space clearing and meditating during this time. The New Moon is always accompanied by a conjunction with the Sun (also in Scorpio). This usually makes us feel connected & supported by loved ones with emphasis on relationships. It’s easier to talk about our emotions during this transit. With Scorpios influence, we may want to dig under the surface to reveal the true meaning of what is going on around us. Then, to give this New Moon some extra zing, there will also be a Total Solar Eclipse. This will be the last Total Solar Eclipse until the year 2015. Unfortunately, this will not be visible in America; however it is still felt on an astrological & energetic level. For more information about its path check out this web site: http://news.yahoo.com/total-solar-eclipse-2012-begins-first-photos-202849939.html Eclipses in astrology, are associated with transformation and a beginning of a new cycle. Very much like rebooting a computer. Pay attention to what is going on around you at this time and notice any major changes or patterns. It depends on where the Moon/Sun/Scorpio are located in your chart in order to know how it will affect you on a personal level. Then, Venus in Libra will form an uncomfortable sesquisquare with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:12pm 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. Lastly, Mercury (R) in Sagittarius will form an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 7:02pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Be very careful (especially) with business dealings today. 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 will be increased too.
(Wednesday 11/14/12)- Overnight, Mercury Retrograde will return to the secretive sign of Scorpio (exact at 2:42am EST). Words and phrases to describe Scorpio are: “I Desire”, Fixed/Water, deep, prodding, sexual, secretive, solitary, inquisitive, moody, loyal, spiritual, occult, death/rebirth (Phoenix Rising), mystery, and detective. It is associated with the reproductive organs, bladder, rectum, genitals, bowels, obsessions, and allergies. Metals are iron & steel. Stones: Topaz, Opal, Coral, Obsidian, and Topaz. If you are a regular reader of this Blog, then you know that Mercury turned Retrograde on November 6th in the sign of Sagittarius. Because of its Retrograde cycle, it will now return to the sign of Scorpio where it will stay until December 10th. Just a reminder, M.R. is a good time to review the lesson of the sign that it currently inhabits. Therefore Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio will be good for reviewing psychological issues, keen insights, research, the occult, sexuality, and all types of cathartic experiences and self exploration. If any of this seems familiar, Mercury was in the sign of Scorpio between 10/5-10/29, and we may be reviewing those same experiences/issues again. It is helpful to know where Mercury/Scorpio falls within your natal astrological chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
Moon will conjunct Mercury (R) both in Scorpio (exact at 5:39am 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. This will be the start of a very short 13 minute void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into adventurous Sagittarius (exact at 5:52am 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. Next, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:26am) 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. 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 in Sagittarius will form a flowing trine with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 1:42pm 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 in Scorpio will make a slightly awkward sesquisquare with intense Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 2:03pm 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! Then, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Chiron (R) in Pisces (exact at 2:45pm EST). Past issues may resurface at this time. It may be possible to run into someone that will tell you how to do something (even if they have never done it themselves….annoying!). Lastly, Chiron (“The Wounded Healer”) will turn Direct in the sign of Pisces (exact at 4:39pm 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). Chiron is usually Retrograde for five months out of the year and has been retrograde since June 12th. Retrograde cycles are a time of learning and reflection. In astrology, Chiron is associated with healing, medicine, the mind/body/spirit connection, teaching, reoccurring problems in our life, and music. The past five months was a time to review those matters. You will need to know where Chiron/Pisces falls within your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level.
(Thursday 11/15/12)- Islamic New Year. Overnight, the Moon in Sagittarius makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter (R) in Gemini (exact at 3:25am 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! Then, Mercury (R) in Scorpio will form a pleasant semi-sextile with Mars in Sagittarius (exact at 5:27am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. 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!
The Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile with Venus in Libra (exact at 5:29pm 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. Lastly, Saturn in Scorpio will form an annoying quincunx with Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 7:27pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. The influence of this transit may be difficult. Authority versus independence. Those who have control issues may not be fair very well during this time…but it will happen regardless if we are comfortable or not. Children & certainly teenagers may challenge authority more during this time. Try to be patient; they are not immune to planetary influences! In relationships, feelings of independence vs. commitment may be felt. Your partner may suddenly suggest doing something different than the normal routine. Be careful how you travel, drive, or walk around because Uranus rules accidents and Saturn falls…and of course, we are still in the middle of Mercury Retrograde too!
(Friday 11/16/12)- Overnight, the Moon will form its monthly conjunction with Mars both in Sagittarius (exact at 4:44am EST). As with most Mars transits, I usually will recommend some form of physical exercise (yes, that includes gardening, working on the car, housework, etc.). This can increase physical vitality & health (and passion too). It is important to properly channel the excess energy; otherwise arguments and nitpicking could result. This will also be the beginning of a short 50+ minute void of course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn (exact at 5:35am EST). Themes that will be prevalent over the next 2 ½ days are: business endeavors, discipline, work, goal setting, drive, public ambition, and tradition. Try to avoid: workaholic tendencies, coldness, and using people for personal gain. Then, the Moon in Capricorn forming a positive sextile to Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 6:11am 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? 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 in Sagittarius uncomfortably squares Uranus (R) in Aries (exact at 1:32pm 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). Next, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile to Saturn in Scorpio (exact at 1:42pm 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. Then, the Moon in Scorpio forms a positive sextile with (the “Wounded Healer”) Chiron in Pisces (exact at 2:40pm 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 will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 6:18pm 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. Then, Saturn in Scorpio will form a beautiful trine with Chiron “the Wounded Healer” in Pisces (exact at 7:24pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. In fact, we may feel this for a week or more. Healing of old pains, past situations and previous hurts could occur around this time. Was there something that you did only half-way or weren’t as thorough as usual? This is not the time to cut corners. Take the time to build firm foundations and you will be rewarded! This is a great time to practice compassion with yourself first, and then assist others.
Lastly, Mars will transition into practical Capricorn (exact at 9:36pm EST). Mars influences our actions, expression of anger, aggression, ego (both in and out of power), energy, courage, confidence, self-reliance, boldness, violence, destructiveness, cruelty, and often dictates the type of person that we will be sexually attracted to. Its medical associations are: red blood cells, tolerance for pain, muscular energy, inflammation, and fevers. Mars is like our engine…it makes us go, go, go! Words and phrases to describe Capricorn are: “I Use”, Cardinal/Earth, ambition, self-discipline, hard work, motivated, coldness, condescending, frugal (sometimes cheapness), responsible, slave-driver, public ambition and tradition. It is associated with the skeleton, knees, teeth and falls. Its metal is lead. We are moving away from an adventurous-oriented time (Sagittarius) into a time of practicality and organization (Capricorn). On a collective level we will be transitioning into a more serious, commitment-oriented time. Actually, business matters and ambition in general are favored. This is a good time to prepare and do tax planning. Speculative ventures and high risk investments are “out” and good solid financial planning is “in”. Tradition is important during this time of year and our tastes may be more geared towards the classics or even retro-styles during this time. Spending time with the elderly (or folks that are older than yourself) is important. In fact, this would be a great time to visit a nursing home and volunteer your time. If you are single and looking for a mate during this time, you may be looking for someone with good breeding and an accomplished resume (maybe even someone older). If you are in a relationship, this is a good time to make long-term plans with your sweetheart; even feeling a renewed sense of commitment. Don’t be fooled, Capricorns have an earthy style of sexuality and are known for endurance (Mars does influence sexuality)...should I mention Tiger Woods and Mel Gibson? Capricorns in general often present as older or more mature for their age (unless there are other factors in their charts). Because Mars influences our actions, just be cautious of your knees (like slipping on ice/snow). This is also a time where arthritis or other chronic conditions could aggravated. The negative side of Capricorn can be an over-focus of ambition and possibly using people to get what you want. It would be helpful to know where Mars/Capricorn falls within your needle birth chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. Mars will transition into humanitarian Aquarius on 12/25/12.
(Saturday 11/17/12)- Early in the morning hours, the Moon in Capricorn will quincunx Jupiter (R) in Gemini (exact at 3:23am 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! Then, Mars in Capricorn will form a positive sextile with nebulous Neptune (R) in Pisces (exact at 9:22am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This would be an ideal time to focus your energy on creative and artistic endeavors. The energies of these two planets don’t normally blend easily. Mars is about fire and passion, and Neptune is water and emotion...but blending them is exactly what is called for! Dancing, yoga, meditation, swimming, boating (in fact all water sports) are also recommended around this time. Next, the Sun will conjunct Mercury (R) both in Capricorn (exact at 10:47am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. (Sometimes this is referred to as a “New Mercury”.) Finally some clarity! If you have felt like you were in a fog for most of the week, this transit will help. This will greatly assist in getting both communication & travel plans worked out (although keep in mind that Mercury is still Retrograde). 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 Capricorn’s influence also take this time to concentrate on business, goal setting, planning, organizing, strategizing, and tradition.
In the evening, Mercury (R) in Scorpio will form a pleasant semi-sextile with Venus in Libra exact at 10:20pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. We may have love on the mind and want to talk about it! Artistic and social endeavors are favored. 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! Just after, the Moon in Capricorn will form a positive sextile to Mercury (R) in Scorpio (exact at 10:46pm EST). This will make us want to reach out to friends and family to chat. This transit helps with the flow of communication. It will be easier to express how we feel around this transit. Lastly, the Moon in Capricorn will square Venus in Libra (exact at 11:03pm 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.
Next week: On Wednesday (11/21) the Sun will shift into the adventurous sign of Sagittarius and on the same day Venus will transition into the mysterious 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 (Non-Denominational) & Certified Spiritual Healer