March is prime time for us to envision the future, and in that visioning, create new possibilities in the present. Everything we read, view, dream, and imagine is material for those visions. We will be especially attracted to movies, videos and television, and the images which they provide will sink deeply into our minds. (There are many excellent and informative documentaries, which can painlessly help us to understand the world in which we live.) We may want to choose those images with care, just as we choose our diets, for all pictures now have extra power to move our souls.
And March is a soul-month. Our connection to the inspiration of spirit is maximal now, and it is very helpful to take special time for meditation, contemplation, listening to music, being in nature, and simply being alone.
It is prime time to tune into the mind of creation, to notice our part in it, and to open to our intuitive faculties. Crystals Moon Meditations are a tremendous help in this endeavor.
March, Pisces month, is instrumental in another way. Pisces relates to the entire cycle of life. The constancy of the water cycle, the fertile fermentation of life, its gestation and birth, and the transition into another dimension are all part of Pisces understanding. Now we are very open to tuning into the songs of lifeas well as the music of the spheres.
The major challenge this month is to set our intentions, for ourselves and for the world, and then to seek out the images which can clarify them and flesh them out.
We have special help in the sky. Marchs most active planets are Venus and Mars which, together, embody the creative principle. For the first two-thirds of the month, Mars is traveling through workaholic Capricorn, and Venus is in compassionate Pisces. These are both receptive signs, and thus the Mars-Venus duo will be particularly receptive to all stimuli, and will automatically incorporate them into self. After Equinox, Venus moves into fire sign Aries, and Mars into airy Aquarius. These are outgoing signs, and the urge will be to manifest our creativityfueled by the images which we have absorbed.
Venus and Mars are both now based in Scorpio energy (re their conjunction in Scorpio last December), and this creative process will be powerful and desire-oriented (yes, get those intentions clear!). It can go to the heart of life. And it will be very transformative.
This timing of our current process: "absorbthen manifest" sounds simple but, as usual, there are complications in the heavens.
Just when we reach out at Equinox, we enter a week when four planets make stations and turns in the heavens. Equilibrium shifts now, and our grounding feels uncertain. Around the same time, Venus enters spirited Aries, and we are dominated by pursuit of our desires, regardless of obstacles. Perhaps this single-minded hunt correlates with the changes of planetary directions.
Jupiter and Saturn together define our social niche, our place in society, e.g., our work, as well as the larger institutions which provide our social framework, such as business, the church, the law, and political structures. Jupiter contributes vision, optimism, and expansion. Saturn is "the law," and demands discipline and responsibility. They are both active during the first week of March, and continue to lend their influence during the rest of the month. However, they are not well synchronized, and may provide an undercurrent of stress or frustration in regard to our worldly concerns. Part of our visioning might be aimed towards defining and resolving this stress. Search out input from spirit, which is behind this world of manifestation. Prayer, intuition, and dreams can all provide powerful guidance.
A powerful and fateful configuration which is with us the entire month is Pluto semi-sextile Ceres. Most of the months major aspects revolve around this pair. Pluto, Lord of Evolution, corresponds with deep power and transformation. It rules the sign of Scorpio, which signifies depth, extremes, life and death, and secrecy. Pluto is in the final third of a ten-year trip through Sagittarius, where it is transforming such Sagittarian concerns as religion, politics, publishing, and law.
Ceres is the mother. Her role is nurturing, in all of its aspects. Ceres is a generic name for some grains, and her symbol is the sickle, which was the symbol of the USSR, a great grain-producing nation.
Ceres is concerned with the entire food chain and, in fact, all kinds of nurturing service. She promotes life. Her myth concerns Pluto, god of the underworld, who kept Ceres daughter, Persephone, captive. Ceres was grief-stricken. She thus understands the grief of human suffering. In her grief, she did not attend to earths productivity. Thus she relates to all kinds of diminished, stunted, and toxic productivity of the earth.
Ceres is traveling in Plutos intense sign of Scorpio, where both her positive and negative manifestations are extreme, where all nurturing issues have life and death significance. What about droughts, floods, and wars which bring starvation and malnutrition? What about genetic "engineering," an untested experiment using all of earths life as a laboratory? What about toxins and radiation which poison the food and water chains? What about cruel treatment of those animals willing to sacrifice to provide human food? What about low wages and oppressive and dangerous working conditions for those workers who labor to bring us our food?
Survival issues are now outfront for Ceres in Scorpio. She entered Scorpio last December, and will leave next September. Ceres in Scorpio was the major energy in the Bush Inauguration Chart, and I have been discussing it for the last two months. But this month of March, when Pisces can help us to see the whole picture, is the peak month of awareness of human interference with life cyclesand thus with our food chain.
Ceres and Pluto also have extra strong impact this month because they are both stationing to turn retrograde after Equinox, and thus are almost standing still in the sky as they slowly make their turn. (We speak from earths vantage point.)
Marchs foremost issues are apt to relate to Earth Mother Ceres.
Security remains a dominant motivator during the first half of the month, and security structures are again under stress. This includes all structures, from earth to buildings to institutions to families to money to bodies. We will be faced with new challenges to our secure grounding. In general, use caution this month, especially since resolution of these structural stresses occurs through Vesta in Aries, who enjoys the "frontier justice" role. (GW Bush was born with Vesta in Aries.) Impulsiveness and lack of cooperation can be liabilities now.
Mercury turning retrograde on March 19 might sound a particularly jarring note, especially when combined with Ceres turning retrograde and Saturn turning direct on March 21. Mercurys and Saturns directional changes often correspond with earth movements.
Full Moon is on March 25. Within this potent full moon period, Pluto is stationary and turning retrograde, and Moon occults Jupiter. The heavens and earth will be stirring mightily during this week of March 19-26. This period includes the two-year anniversary of the Bush Administrations "shock and awe" attack on Baghdad.
During that same week, on March 23, we have Chiron and Mars conjunct at 2 Aquarius. This conjunction sets in motion a two-year cycle which is about re-alignment of group energies.
There are continual yod, or "finger of god," aspects during all of March. They imply awkward adjustments. Occasionally those adjustments can be sudden, disruptive, and fateful.
Like all of our months during these times, March is a vital period, filled with change.
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TUESDAY MARCH 1
Do you feel apprehensive? We begin our two-week Mars-Saturn-Vesta dance, with its underlay of threat to security, and overlay of chip on the shoulder, looking for challenges. Moon is in depth-probing, powerful Scorpio, and it conjoins Mother Ceres, now feeling threats to the survival of life. We are very conscious today of the intense transformations which we are undergoing.
This can feel like a slow morning. Moon is VOC in Scorpio, and the leisurely pace can give us time to absorb yesterdays intensity. At 1:29 p.m. EST, Moon enters visionary Sagittarius, and we begin now to look to the future. We may ponder the meaning of our current changes, and think about how they are reshaping our lives. Tonight we may want to share with friends, and enjoy music, movies, the arts, or simply philosophizing.
Last Quarter Moon at 14 Sagittarius occurs at 12:36 p.m. EST. Sag is a spirited fire sign, and this day is super active. Most of the planets now are in Pisces and Sagittarius, both mutable, flexible signs, ready to move the way the winds are blowing. Socially oriented Jupiter is a ruler of both signs, and thus is instrumental in todays action.
FRIDAY MARCH 4
Moon continues in optimistic Sagittarius, and conjoins powerful Pluto early this morning. We start the day with a blast of energy. Many planets are in water signs, and feelingsand waterflow copiously. Venus and Uranus conjoin in Pisces, as we plant the seeds today for a new visionary, creative cycle which will last for 13 months. Moon goes VOC at 4:45 p.m. EST, and soon enters Capricornat 5:12 p.m. Our mood then becomes serious and determined. Mercury enters Aries tonight to add to our sense of purpose, and our willingness to challenge obstacles to fulfill that purpose. Aries is full steam ahead.
This is both a productive and an enjoyable day. By the end of the day, we can feel good about what weve accomplished, and also be ready for a night on the town. Or perhaps preparing for an enterprising adventure. Tension builds up tonight towards a showdown on Monday.
Moon is VOC in Capricorn today, and hopefully we can relax (sometimes difficult when Capricorns planet, Saturn, is on watch). What is called for is doing useful things without putting any pressure on ourselves in regard to outcome. Moon enters electric Aquarius at 6:49 p.m. EST. We may want to talk until late into the evening.
We are in the future-planning period of the moon cycle, and we may be bursting with ideas and with ideals. Still, something needs doing immediately, and it regards security. And it is practical rather than idealistic. Mars opposes Saturn to make what is an urgent, and can be a harsh aspect. In the chart set for Washington, this opposition, which stirs things up, is in the money houses.
Significant issues are stirred up this morning, but we do handle them constructively. At 10:28 a.m., Moon goes VOC. It remains VOC until it enters mellow Pisces at 7:32 p.m. With Moon VOC in Aquarius for most of the day, be prepared for the unexpected.
New Moon at 20 Pisces occurs at 4:10 a.m. EST. At Pisces New Moon, we truly begin our vision quest. We now have one year to plant and grow our new garden of dreams.
FRIDAY MARCH 11
The drums roll, and imbued with Aries determination, we march right ahead. We demand justice and fairness, even if we have to fight for it. This morning we are dominated by principles. Tonight West Coasters might go for music or movies. East Coasters are more apt to find their entertainment in their dreams.
Moon continues in Aries, with energetic aspects. This is a day to be physically active. At 3:13 p.m. Moon goes VOC. Even so, evening will be intense. Security problems continue to show up in the financial sectors. Likely part of this is manifested as the governments desperate lunge to get their hands on Social Security assets.
Bountiful Taurus Moon graces this Sunday. If weather permits, enjoy nature and the out-of-doors. If it doesnt, settle in and cook a delicious, heart-warming meal. This is a really fine Sunday. Rest up in preparation for a very busy day tomorrow.
What do you want to accomplish? Today is the day to get it moving. Start out by clearly delineating your goals, and then go for it. The universe will help you. You can, in fact, create the kind of transformation which will represent a major positive step in your life. Action continues until late tonight.
Moon is in communicative Gemini. However, there are no aspects until tonight. This means that you get to call the shots. You can decide who you want to contact, how, and what you want to transmit. Or you might choose to work alone, with your papers, books, and computer. Mind is always busy when moon travels through Gemini. Tonight we make enlivening connections, e.g. watching a stimulating film.
Moon continues in Gemini, but with aspects which do bring us connections, perhaps with important people. We can look at new possibilities, and take pleasure in the soarings of our minds today.
First Quarter Moon at 28 Gemini occurs at 2:19 p.m. EST. Now the months persistent undercurrents come to a head. This is a powerful and explosive Moon, primarily in the mental realm, because of the mutable signs. Pluto opposes Moon and squares Sun. This in itself is like dropping a bomb. Something will die, and something new will be born. This is a transformative T-square, with its outlet on the U.S. progressed Neptune. Neptunian veils will be ripped away, and we will see a new reality. Its most relevant that this Moon is also the first quarter of the Moon family which began on June 17, 2004, just as the 9-11 hearings closed. Although some new facts emerged there, they were not followed up. And many obvious issues were not even mentioned, and relevant questions were not asked. The hearings did, however, stimulate much continuing research and discussion.
FRIDAY MARCH 18
Moon is in Cancer, the sign of nurturing and of family. Cancer is sensitive and receptive, and can be reclusive. There is also a need for independence. Miscommunication and over-sensitivity can lead to interpersonal conflict. Forgiveness can smooth the way.
Moon continues in emotional Cancer. We can tend to home and security regarding our own families, the family of the nation, and the family of humankind. Physical energy and idealism join today, to provide positive nurturing of self and others. The high energy can inspire patriotic activism.
Suns entry into Aries signals Spring Equinox, when the day force and the night force are balanced. Day Force begins its ascendancy now, and many of us feel the rising of the blood. Many celebrate this new birth, breaking through the shell of winter, with Easterwhich was an ancient fertility celebration.
In general, this a shaky and conflicting day. Work on your ENERGY grounding today, for a grounded Aries energy can lead the way. Equinox ceremonies should focus on GROUNDING. Much as some would like to leave it, earth is our home, and our nest, and our roots. Embrace it.
And yes, Saturn is the earthiest of the planets, and here it is, powerfully turning direct. While Earth Mother Ceres is turning retrograde. It appears that earth is featured now. Moon is in expressive Leo today, with very communicative aspects during the entire day. The mandate is to put ourselves out there. Express who we are and let the world appreciate us.
This is a serious day, with both clarity and change in the air. Moon is in Virgo, and our powers of analysis come to the fore. With Sun, Venus, Mercury, North Node, and Vesta in Aries, there is a strong focus on being true to oneself. Using that self to cooperate with others for the benefit of the larger community is favored. Virgo Moon, with her need to be of service, can further this goal.
Moon continues in hard-working Virgo. Work on relationship balancingself vs. otherscontinues to be our major theme. This is a continually changing equation, underlain by the concept of social justice, which has been slowly growing through the centuries. Tomorrows Full Moon in Libra brings this problem to our consciousness in a new way, and we feel the anticipation now.
Full Moon at 6 Libra occurs at 3:58 p.m. EST. Aries Sun comes marching in and announces, "Here I am, folks!" The Libra moon reminds full-of-itself Aries energy to look around and realize that there are others and that they too are important. Libras cooperative needs get a big boost from Pallas Athena and Jupiter, two "leader" energies now traveling through Libra.
SATURDAY MARCH 26
We continue with our high-energy week, which began when Mercury went retrograde on March 19. Moon is still in Libra, and relationships continue to attract us. This is another day when the larger family of society may be on our minds. We might ask, "How can I be a co-creator in the changes of these volatile times?" This morning, Moon occults Jupiter. Again, this eclipse is visible in Antarctica and part of Australia. However, any of us might see Moon and Jupiter close together in the western sky in the early morning, wherever we are.
Moon is still in Libra, and we can enjoy a sociable Sunday. This is Easter, and after being immersed in such a high-energy bath all week, we can feel like we are rising again, reborn. This morning we will have a lot to talk about, and we will search out companions with whom to share. Moon is VOC this morning, great for conversation. Moon enters Plutos sign of Scorpio at 1:29 p.m., and the pressure is on. We get hints of the conflict which will be dominating the ethers next autumn. Its core is resources and disruption, and the resulting threats to security.
This is an interesting and intense day. Moon is VOC in Scorpio. And at the same time we have a Venus-Mercury-Sun conjunction in Aries. Planets in both Scorpio and Aries feel quite entitled to just go for what they want. How will justice fare? Mars, ruler here, is in Aquarius. Aquarius, too, can be quite autocratic. Relationships and partnerships continue to be the major theme (for the next year), and now Aries, the selfish side, is dominant. There is apt to be protest against that domination. In fact, all year protest against inequality and injustice will continue. This day, many protest seeds are planted. With Moon VOC, outcomes of todays actions will be different than anticipated.
What a fun day! We have Moon in adventurous Sag, a continuous panorama of great aspects, and a surprise or two. The day ends with Sun conjunct Venus, the Goddess of Love. This is a day to communicate your collected wisdom.
Moon in Sag this morning has really exuberant aspects, including one of transformation, as it goes VOC at 1:24 p.m. Moon is VOC for the remainder of the dayin fun-loving Sagittarius. Enjoy the afternoon.
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