Astro-updates! Venus, Uranus, Pluto, Oh My! Week of 6/9/13-6/15/13


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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:  Gemini 5/20-6/21, Cancer 6/21-7/22

Moon: Changes signs (approximately) every 2 ½ days.

Mercury: Cancer 5/31-8/8   

Venus: Cancer 6/2-6/27

Mars: Gemini 5/31-7/13

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. 

Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio 2/18/13-7/8/13

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 6/7/13-12/17/13

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn 4/12/13-9/20/13

Coming up! Mercury turns Direct in Cancer on 6/26/13 at 9:08am EST!!

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 6/9/13)-  After these last two days, today will seem astrologically “light”. The Moon in Gemini is going to form a conjunction very early in the day with Jupiter assisting us in feeling optimistic and upbeat.  This is an ideal time to work with groups of people.  It also highlights/benefits: travel (especially long distance), other cultures, higher education, law, publishing, advertising, sales, horses, and spirituality. 

Around12:16pm EST the Moon will move into the sensitive sign of Cancer. 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 just before midnight, the Moon in Cancer will form beneficial trines with both Neptune and Saturn.  This will highlight the Grand Water Trine theme that we had last week & the upcoming Neptune/Saturn trine on Wednesday.  This is time to make your dreams a reality. We may be driven by a vague state of dissatisfaction now, which could serve as a motivator. There will be a strong drive to find personal meaning through work, service, or self sacrifice. The spiritual side of existence is fulfilling right now.

(Monday 6/10/13)-  The Moon in Cancer will form a conjunction with both Venus & Mercury which are both opposing Pluto. Things could get interesting and potentially heated rather quickly. There could be powerful emotions just below the surface and people may be extra sensitive around this time. Relationships and communication will be highlighted both today and tomorrow. This could be a good time to do some emotional purging such as therapy or journaling. Especially since Mercury is forming a beneficial trine with Chiron. This is an indication that talking/communication could heal old wounds.  Are you wearing your heart on your sleeve?  This is a beneficial transit if you need to give a speech or to teach something.  It will be easier to convey your thoughts & ideas around this time (especially if you speak from the heart).

In the early evening (5:15pm EST), we will begin LONG31+ hour void-of-course cycle that will last until the Moon transitions into proud Leo early Wednesday 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.  

Much later in the evening, the Sun in Gemini will form a slightly uncomfortable semisquare with Saturn (R) in Scorpio (exact at 11:54pm EST).  Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  People may be in a more serious mood around this time.  This can be a time of pessimism, feeling “the blues”, or even loneliness.  Try to avoid being overly critical and hard on yourself (or others).  It is also possible to clash with someone older than yourself (especially father figures or someone in authority).  Best to concentrate on: work, organization, BALANCE, joint enterprises, goal setting, and details.  

(Tuesday 6/11/13)-  Keep in mind that the Moon in Cancer will be void-of-course the entire day (see yesterdays entry for more details). We will have two “bigger” transits that will be at their height today, however we may feel their influence for most of this week….  

Firstly, Venus in Cancer forms a stressful opposition with powerful Pluto (R) in Capricorn (exact at 6:08pm 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. 

Then, Saturn (R) in Scorpio will form a flowing trine with Neptune in Pisces (exact at7:26pm EST). Remember, this is a planetary transit and its effects will be felt much longer than a Moon transit.  This will highlight the Grand Water Trine theme that we had last week.  As a Life Coach, I am loving this transit because this is an ideal time to make your dreams a reality! Now is the time to harness that inner creativity and actually put pen to paper. Call that publisher, contact the art gallery, make a video of your song and put it on YouTube…..Make a plan!  We may be driven by a vague state of dissatisfaction now, which could serve as a motivator. There will be a strong drive to find personal meaning through work, service, or self sacrifice. The spiritual side of existence is fulfilling right now.  

(Wednesday 6/12/13)-  Today there will be some interesting and unique energies at large. We begin the day by finally ending that very long void-of-course Lunar cycle when the Moon transitions into the sign of Leo (exact at12:58am 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.  

There is a T-Square between Venus/Uranus/Pluto, with the focus being on Uranus (the proverbial “wildcard”). For those of you out there that have been regular readers of my Blog, know that I enjoy including the astrological terminology for those that are interested in astrology and also I include my interpretation as to what all of this means. Basically what is happening is that Venus opposed Pluto yesterday and is forming a difficult square with Uranus today. Venus is basically highlighting the much larger Uranus/Pluto square that is going to be in the backdrop until the year 2015. All of this is very intense astrological energy and whenever Venus is involved we are talking about both love and finances. 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. 

(Thursday 6/13/13)-  This is a good time to remind you that astrological energies occasionally take a while to dissipate. Make no mistake; we are still under the influence of yesterday’s T-Square (please read that entry for more details). We start the astrological day right after midnight, when the Moon in Leo forms a beneficial trine with Uranus 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.  This could cause disturbed dreams and/or sleep (possibly inspirational or vivid dreams). 

Speaking of yesterdays T-Square, Venus will highlight the nodes of the Moontoday. This could involve karmic and/or past life ties involving love and relationships. You could have a magnetic attraction to a person that could be beneficial towards your spiritual or emotional growth (which may or may not be totally pleasant). We all travel in soul groups and are constantly learning and growing as a result of our association with one another.  Sometimes those associations are pleasant, and sometimes very painful, but usually they help us to (hopefully) learn and grow.

We end the day on a pleasant note, when the Moon in Leo will positively sextile the Sun in Gemini (exact at 11:13pm 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? 

(Friday 6/14/13)-  Wow, this week is really mostly about Venus! In the early morning hours, Venus in Cancer will form a positive trine with Chiron (the “Wounded Healer”) in Pisces (exact at 6:08am EST)helping to heal old relationship wounds. I found this quote floating around the Internet which I think really articulates what this transit is about – “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi  Powerful stuff!?  This will also be beneficial for artistic endeavors (especially if you have strayed from doing them for a while). 

The Moon in Leo will be void-of-course from 7:14am-12:26pm EST.  The Moon transitions into service-oriented Virgo (exact at 12:26pm 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.  

Later in the evening (around10:30pm EST), the Moon in Virgo will highlight the Saturn/Neptune square that occurred on Tuesday (see that post for more details). Time to tap into our inner discipline, goal setting, organization and attention to details.  We may want to make long term plans, although I wouldn’t make a big decision around this time.  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 6/15/13)-  The Moon will be in detailed-oriented Virgo for the entire day today. She will highlight the Venus/Uranus square that occurred on Wednesday (see that entry for more details) and also the Mars/Pluto quincunx that will be occurring today. When the Moon does this, it acts more like an amplifier for the astrological energies that are already taking place and increasing our sensitivity pertaining to those energies.

In the morning, Mars in Gemini will form an annoying quincunx with Pluto in Capricorn (exact at 9:19am 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.  Keep things light!  Outside influences could affect you and you may need to change how you react to it.  Adjustment (on your part) may be needed to come out on the winning end of the situation.  Anger or aggression may be prevalent around this time. Now is not the time for big actions or reactions. Keep it subdued (if possible). Do you remember when you were a kid and you would shake a soda bottle but kept the cap on?  It would just fizz and fizz with nowhere to go? That’s what this energy is akin too. Although the height of this transit is today, Mars is actually highlighting the Uranus/Pluto square as it will be forming a positive sextile with Uranus on Monday. 

Mark your calendars! The Sun will move into the sign of Cancer on Friday 6/21/13 which will also be the start of the Summer Solstice.

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)


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