Monthly Forecast for March 2014
(If you don’t know any astrology, just leave that part out and read about the day... you’ll get the idea)
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In order to understand the cosmic energy in March, we need to look ahead to April. It is in April of this year that the energy of the Uranus-Pluto square peaks, and the aspect that defines the decade becomes a grand cross with Jupiter and Mars.
You don’t need to know much astrology to grasp this one. Uranus-Pluto were last in this kind of alignment during the change-heavy 1960s, and the addition of Jupiter and Mars amplifies this powerful energy.
In places like Thailand, Ukraine, Egypt, and Venezuela, we see the turmoil of revolution and overt challenges to the status quo. Throughout much of the Western world, the changes have thus far been more subtle. There has been progress on social issues like gay marriage and cannabis legalization, and there has also been an acknowledgement of difficult issues like government spying, the income and wealth gaps, and other political, social, and economic issues. Yet we have not reached a tipping point where real change - or real entrenchment - has taken hold. This April represents that tipping point, especially in the United States.
April’s cosmic energy thus acts like an attractor, pulling us into a vortex of change. Although the March forecast addresses day-to-day issues and the emotional tones we will be feeling, the Uranus-Pluto square means that we will be feeling an edgy undertone throughout the month.
The month begins with the new moon in Pisces on the 1st. The new moon in Pisces is always like the quiet dark hour before dawn. It’s a time of reflection and assessment, and also a gateway to realms beyond our usual earthly (Saturnian) reality. It’s a time to assess the past year and set intentions for the coming year. Use the time until the sun goes into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, to determine your course.
Mars, the Cosmic Warrior, stations to retrograde, also on the 1st. While Mars retrograde generally indicates a pause in our forward motion, this year the turning of energy inward is likely to fuel our inner resolve to move forward. You can watch a video about Mars retrograde in Libra here, or you can read about Mars retrogrades in general by clicking here.
On the 2nd, it’s Saturn’s turn to turn around and retrograde. Saturn stations have a heavy, weighty, serious feel to them, and this weekend’s new moon together with two planetary stations (plus Mercury turning direct on February 28) are likely to create a sense of internal pressure. Finding a constructive outlet might be a good idea, but expect that a certain amount of work will be needed.
Venus squares Mars on the 2nd, as well, suggesting that the tensions may be focused at least in part on the area of relationship.
Jupiter turns direct on the 6th. This is a lighter sort of planetary movement, and Jupiter stations tend to fill us with optimism and hope... where we place those good feelings is up to us, of course.
On the 11th, Mercury squares Saturn. It’s not a great day to be asking favors from anyone in authority, and keeping to the speed limit is probably a good idea. An issue with communication or technology that emerged in late January may finally be resolved.
The full moon in Virgo on the 16th is set amongst some of the easiest energy in this tense month. It’s a good time to make final decisions about what to keep and what to let go of in the coming year.
The sun enters Aries on March 20th, beginning the astrological new year. The movement of the sun into this sign is the real beginning of the peak Uranus-Pluto energy that will characterize the spring.
Mercury meets with Neptune on the 22nd. We can get in touch with other dimensions of reality, but to the extent we try to operate on a practical level we may find that we are drawn towards unrealistic ideas. Just who is conning who is an open question, but wait until Mercury connects with Jupiter and Pluto on the 26th through the 28th before making decisions.
Relationships may get mixed messages on the 29th, as Venus makes an easy aspect to Mars, suggesting some playful fun, but then goes on to square Saturn. After the fun, one partner may be taking things more seriously, and that could lead to stress.
The Aries new moon on the 30th is anything but quiet. This is another stage in the birth of the new year, and it is attended by hot solar aspects to Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto in the coming week. We begin the new year with a bang, and are out of the starting gate in a rush of energy. Hopefully, we’ve individually and collectively chosen a wise direction.
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