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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: Capricorn 12/21-1/19, Aquarius 1/19-2/18
Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.
Mercury: Capricorn 12/31-1/19, Aquarius 1/19-2/5
Venus: Sagittarius 12/15-1/8, Capricorn 1/8-2/25
Mars: Aquarius 12/25-2/1
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.
Jupiter Retrograde in Gemini 10/4/12-1/30/13
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 transits (to make the Blog a little easier to read, in response to reader feedback!).
(Sunday 1/6/13)- The dominant planet today will certainly be Mercury. All forms of communication will be highlighted as well as travel. We could certainly get into some very in-depth conversations with the Moon being in Scorpio. Enjoy!
Just after midnight, Mercury in Capricorn will form a pleasant semi-sextile with Mars in Aquarius (exact at 12:42am 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! Keep in mind that the Moon will be void-of-course until the Moon transitions into secretive Scorpio (exact at 1:09am 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, Mercury will form a conjunction with Pluto both in Capricorn (exact at 11:43am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. If you have to give a speech or a sales pitch to someone right now…well you couldn’t have picked a better time! Communication skills will be persuasive & powerful. Hot topics right now will be sexuality, transformation, psychology, secrets, and fears. If you are able to face these subjects with openness and honesty; then real healing could occur. It would be a good time to whisper sweet-nothings into your partner’s ear. Use words to arouse passion (the good kind!). Any Pluto transit does have a dark side, so watch for obsessive thinking, honoring boundaries, and jealousies.
In the evening, Mercury in Capricorn will form a positive sextile with Saturn in Scorpio (exact at 6:44pm 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!! Lastly, Mars in Aquarius will form a mildly favorable semisextile Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 11:18pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Around this time it's possible to feel a strong need to change some area of life (most likely it will pertain to business with the association of Capricorn). This transit could give us increased energy and possibly sex drive! All types of physical exercise are encouraged, especially competitive sports & martial arts. The only caveat is to be careful to not push yourself or others too hard around this time.
(Monday 1/7/13)- In the morning, the Moon in Scorpio will positively sextile the Sun in Capricorn (exact at 6:31am EST). This is an ideal time to be with friends & loved ones. This transit is conducive for feeling supported. Maybe it’s time to do something nice for your sweetheart? This will be the start of a VERY LONG 21+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle that will last until tomorrow morning when it transitions into adventurous Sagittarius. 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.
In the afternoon, Mars in Aquarius forms an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Scorpio (exact at 2:33pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Mars wants to go, go, go and Saturn’s approach is slow & steady. These planets don’t have the same energy, and that is the problem. Mars will give us the energy, but be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Put your energy towards organization and goal setting. If the Universe throws you speed bumps around this time, try not to react with anger and simply handle it with grace. Miscommunications and travel delays are also possible.
(Tuesday 1/8/13)- Overnight, the Moon transitions into Sagittarius after a very long void-of-course Lunar cycle (exact at 3:28am EST). 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, the Moon in Sagittarius forms an uncomfortable square with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 5:34am) 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. Next, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a flowing trine with Uranus in Aries (exact at 11:29am 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 Sagittarius makes a stressful opposition with Jupiter (R) in Gemini (exact at 3:05pm 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, the Moon in Sagittarius will form a positive sextile with Mars in Aquarius (exact at 9:28pm 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 also be the beginning of another VERY LONG 30+ hour long void-of-course Lunar cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn on early Thursday morning!!
Later in the evening, Venus will travel into the sign of Capricorn (exact at 11:11pm EST). 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 and metal is lead. Stones: Amber, Black Onyx, Ruby, Agate, and Garnet. The planet that rules love, finances, aesthetics, and beauty is moving into this serious sign. On a collective level we will be transitioning into a more serious, commitment-oriented time. Power and ambition will seem more appealing. 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. If you are in a relationship, this is a good time to make long-term plans with your sweetheart; maybe even feeling a renewed sense of commitment. Actually, business matters in general are favored. This is a good time to prepare and do tax planning. Speculative ventures and high risk investments are less favored. 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 also favored. Venus will transition into quirky Aquarius on 2/1/13.
(Wednesday 1/9/13)- Today will be unusual because there are no significant lunar or planetary aspects occurring. Today may have a slow or dragging quality to it because the entire day we will be under the influence of a void-of-course Lunar cycle in the sign of Sagittarius. Normally, during a Sagittarian lunar phase we would be feeling adventurous and potentially partaking in risk-taking endeavors. However, right now is not an ideal time for such pursuits. Complete all tasks and tend to details.
(Thursday 1/10/13)- Just after midnight, Venus in Capricorn will form a positive sextile to Neptune in Pisces (exact at 12:45am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. This will give us a dreamy and idealistic outlook on the day. When it comes to love, we will have our rose colored glasses on today. Love relationships will take on an ethereal quality. If you are single, and you meet someone under this influence you will have the feeling that you were meant to be together. It’s possible that a friend could become more than a friend. It would feel like you are seeing this person in a new light. This will be a beneficial day for creativity, arts, music, film, etc. Next, the Moon transitions into hardworking Capricorn after a very long void-of-course Lunar cycle (exact at 3:54am 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, Mercury in Capricorn forms a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Neptune in Pisces (exact at 6:49am EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Be careful (especially) with business dealings around this transit. 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. On the positive side: creativity, intuition, and imagination could be increased too.
In the evening, the Moon in will be making its monthly conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 7:22pm 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 Sun in Capricorn will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Chiron in Pisces (exact at 9:25pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. 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. Try not to let your ego get in the way, and allow the healing to begin!
(Friday 1/11/13)- Today may be one of the most positive astrological days this week. Early bird gets the worm today. Not to say that later in the day won't be as pleasant, just keep in mind that we will be in another void-of-course lunar cycle and we may be inclined to overindulge when the Sun highlights Jupiter. In the morning, Moon will conjunct Mercury both in Capricorn (exact at 7:25am 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.
In the afternoon, the New Moon will be at its height in the sign of Capricorn (exact at 2:44pm EST). All of the Capricorn Moon themes will be highlighted/amplified. The New Moon is considered to be beneficial for new ideas, new projects, and manifesting. 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 Capricorn). This usually makes us feel connected & supported by loved ones. It’s easier to talk about our emotions during this transit. It depends on where the Moon/Sun/Capricorn are located in your chart in order to know how this will affect you on a personal level. This will be the start of a 13+ hour long void-of-course Moon cycle that will end when the Moon will transition into Aquarius tomorrow morning. In the evening, the Sun in Capricorn forms a slightly uncomfortable sesquisquare with Jupiter (R) in Gemini (exact at 6:14pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit. Try to avoid compulsive shopping. It is possible to over-promise or to be overly confident (bravado). There may be a conflict between family and friends. We may be inclined to do everything big right now (including overindulging). Mostly, we will feel optimistic and sunny with this transit.
(Saturday 1/12/12)- The Moon will transition into Aquarius (exact at 4:01am 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.
In the afternoon, the Moon in Aquarius will form a positive sextile with Uranus in Aries (exact at 12:09pm 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. Then, the Moon in Aquarius makes a flowing trine with Jupiter (R) in Gemini (exact at 3:11pm 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. Next, the Moon in Aquarius will form an uncomfortable square with Saturn in Scorpio (exact at 8:58pm 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. Lastly, Venus in Capricorn will form an uncomfortable square with Uranus in Aries (exact at 11:13pm 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.
Next week: On Friday 1/19/13 the Sun and Mercury will transition into the sign of Aquarius!!
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