Greetings dear Ones,
I’ve always loved the month of March. It’s a capricious time. March comes in “like a lion and out like a lamb” and Pablo Neruda said: “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep the Spring from coming.” March is a month of transition. I know here on the western slope of the Rockies, we’re finally celebrating winter. The snow we needed in December has arrived, at the end of February. This delayed reaction is a pre-cursor to the celestial activity in front of us.
In March the energy shifts from the end of things – Pisces – to the beginning of things – Aries, at spring equinox on March 20th. Planets change signs. And Mercury retrogrades beginning a long series of retrogrades that give us only a couple of windows in 2018 to do very much with.
February did not have a full Moon, but March has two! The month opens on the 1st with a fat Virgo Moon reminding us that life is good, and health is key. There’s a plethora of beautiful watery Pisces energy at this lunation. The Sun, Neptune, Mercury, Venus, and Chiron are all in Pisces. Those born under the sign of the fish are here for compassionate reasons. Their role is one forgiveness and mercy. And the Virgo Full moon shows us that our physical and spiritual health are linked to one another. Where are you holding a grudge and how is the grudge making you sick? Let go at this Full Moon and celebrate renewal.
Release is especially pronounced when the Sun conjuncts Neptune on March 3rd and 4th making these great days to let go of grievances. It’s an opportunity as well for deep rest and spiritual renewal. Mercury and Venus are also conjunct on those days making the first weekend in March a special time of love. With wounded healer Chiron nearby, the next few days may feel tender. Lay low and rest up.
The energy shifts as the move into active Aries begins. Prepare to consider new ventures and options when, just after mid-night on the 6th, Mercury leaves watery Pisces for energetic Aries. It will retrograde in this sign on the 22nd and stay in Aries until May. It turns direct on April 15th, just in time for taxes. Late in the afternoon on that same day (6th), Venus also enters Aries. Folks become more self-sufficient under these skies and may even appear to be selfish. Venus will remain in Aries until the end of the month so use this time to put your needs first.
Abundant Jupiter turns retrograde on the 8th and stays that way for the next four months. This turns your vision inward. The knowledge you seek is inside, not out there somewhere.
The 8th and 9th bring fiery energy to your ventures as the Moon travels through Sagittarius and meets active Mars.
On the 11th, Mars and Uranus form a relationship making the 11th an especially good day to move things around and push through inertia. This is also when the clocks change, and our schedules change once again to deal with that “lost” hour. My favorite saying about Daylight Savings comes from the Native American culture which is reported to have said that “only a white man could cut the end off a blanket, sew it at the top and say the blanket is longer.” I really don’t like messing around with time.
Venus and Saturn form an uncomfortable square on the 13th and 14th indicating a conflict in values. Choose what will work in the long run. Short term temporary measures are just that.
Over the next few days the Moon grows smaller as it approaches the Sun the same time Mars conjuncts the Galactic Center. Align yourself with your highest principles. Know what it is that you’re doing and why you are doing it. Plant those seeds at the Pisces New Moon early in the morning on the 17th at St. Patrick’s Day. Put a little oomph in it. Mars squares this New Moon adding some spice and perhaps a little aggression.
Mars enters sensible Capricorn on the 18th bringing your desires back to Earth and giving them practical application. Mars will stay in this earthy sign for the next two months (until the middle of May). This is great mojo and will help you keep focus.
The 19th is a little tender when the Sun conjuncts wounded healer Chiron. Get help if you need it.
On March 20th at 10:34 AM MT the Sun enters Aries at Spring Equinox. Hello Aries and happy birthday to you! On this momentous cosmic occasion of perfect balance between night and day Mercury and Venus make an exact conjunction. If there were ever a time to speak your truth, this is it. But be warned, in just two days on the 22nd Mercury retrogrades until tax-day April 15th and all you’ve said may come back to haunt you.
The rest of the month represents the higgledy-piggily energy that is classic March: up one day and down the next.
The 22nd, 23rd and 24th are rather tough as the Sun squares Mars, Mars opposes the Moon, and the Sun squares the Moon respectively. Irritation could arise as well as a great deal of self-interest. It’s not all about you, hard to remember when it feels like it, but do try to depersonalize this energy.
There’s a sudden change in direction on the 28th when Venus and Uranus make a conjunction. Hmm… this could be an interesting time to meet your lover and try something new.
Having sped up, things slow down on the 29th when the Sun squares Saturn. Mars slowly creeps up to Saturn, both of them in earthy Capricorn, and you may find your way blocked, or obstructed. This will continue over the next week so be patient and thorough.
Gracious Venus enters her home sign of Taurus on the 30th grounding us in practicality and beauty. The month ends with a full Libra Moon on the 31st. There’s a lot to talk about – the Moon opposes both the Sun and a retrograde chatty Mercury. In many ways it’s time to put yourself first.
The caveat of course, is the retrograde energy of Mercury and the transitory nature of Pisces to Aries. We often lack the courage to be who we think we need to be and we blame it on the people around us. If there’s anything March can tell us, it’s this – live from the inside, not from the exterior. What does your wise body tell you? What is your heart saying? Pisces brings compassion and Aries brings the Self. What new seeds and notions about yourself can you plant in this wild environment? Be prepared to wait for the new growth to show itself but show itself it will.
Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you back here in April.