Guest Aricle by Dorene Carrel AstroConnections
By Dorene Carrel
March is a dynamic transition month, as several planets make a strong energetic shift from feminine watery Pisces to masculine fiery Aries. Mercury in Pisces remains in retrograde motion until March 17, opening us to higher visions. Later in the month, Mars in aspect to Uranus and Pluto can bring revolutionary changes. The Vernal Equinox in Aries on March 20 marks the beginning of the astrological New Year.
We begin the month still under the February Aquarius New Moon cycle, with the humanitarian theme of working together to fulfill common goals. In these last lunar phases, we are evaluating what we have learned and preparing for the next cycle. This is aided by a Sun/Mercury conjunction in Pisces on March 4, which facilitates contemplation and introspection. However, as Venus also makes a challenging square to Jupiter today, we will need to watch for overextending or overloading ourselves in various ways.
The slower moving outer planets Saturn and Pluto will again form a favorable sextile aspect on March 8. Sextile aspects bring opportunities if we are willing to take some steps toward our goals. Saturn brings us the structure and stability to go deeper with transforming (Pluto) significant life areas. This aspect also occurred last December 26 and will occur again on September 20 this year.
On March 11 the New Moon occurs at 21 Pisces 24. It’s time for new beginnings in developing our visions and intuitive awareness, along with being compassionate and sensitive. The shadow side of Pisces is being nebulous and deceptive. This lunation aligns with both Venus and Mars, which brings in the theme of relationships, along with thinking/acting from one’s heart center. The aspect to Ceres reminds us to strive for a higher level of care and support, without playing a victim/savior role. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “A prophet carrying tablets of the new law is walking down the slopes of Mount Sinai,” suggests the value of bringing higher awareness into every life area.
Over the next day, Mars aligns with the Moon at the 0 Aries world degree, which can bring sudden, forceful world events and earth changes. On the personal level, unexpected changes in the family and home areas can occur due to a drive for more freedom and independence.
Mercury turns stationary direct on March 17 at 5 Pisces 37. It’s time to gradually move forward with our goals, plans and commitments, making them more concrete in our daily life. On March 20-21, the Spring Equinox joins with Venus entering Aries to provide an ideal time for significant new beginnings.
On March 22 Mars conjuncts Uranus in Aries, which initiates a period of dynamic change. Shortly afterward, the Mars square Pluto aspect will become exact on March 26, and form a t-square pattern with Uranus. This increases the explosive potential, which can manifest as earth changes, rebellions and/or breakthroughs of all kinds. This pattern will be set off periodically until 2015, whenever a faster moving planet triggers the ongoing Uranus square Pluto aspect.
The Full Moon occurs on March 27 at 6 Libra 52. This lunation aligns with the above t-square pattern, along with Venus in Aries. The focus is on the Libra traits of harmony, cooperation and equality and how to balance with the Aries need for self-assertion, freedom and independence. The Aries traits will tend to overwhelm the Libran need to maintain peace at any price. The Sabian symbols for these degrees, “A man succeeds in expressing himself simultaneously in two realms,” and “A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks,” suggest the continuing need for higher self-awareness so we can make the wisest choices for our growth at all times.
On March 31, the Sun aligns with Venus and squares Pluto. This combination tends to bring power and control issues to the forefront. However, a favorable aspect to Jupiter shifts the focus to a broader perspective that enables personal growth. Also, singles may meet potential new partners at this time.
April features a Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio. Spring blessings to all!
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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings. She is certified in Astrocartography. For more information, contact Dorene at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paypal accepted. Donations also appreciated.
All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.
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