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Empowerment in your communication and perceptions is the challenge you face right now, but this may not come easily. It may involve having to face some rather difficult truths that disturb your sensitivities. But in doing so, you gain a greater and deeper understanding and acceptance of your situation and your place within it.
This is a challenging combination of energies (in orb from about Feb.24 to mid-March). It may feel like you are being held back by arbitrary circumstances or by your own fears of inadequacy. The impulse to over-react or become self-righteous is likely to just make matters worse. It is better to deal with the situation diplomatically, responsibly and philosophically, while still responding directly and assertively. Aim to be grounded, calm and clear, rather than rigid or defensive.
You may encounter surprises and bursts of insight about your relationships, interactions, finances, material security or values. Whether you are involved in creative projects, investment opportunities, falling in love, or feeling frustrated by your current relationship, this can be a time when you are struck by the lightening of inspiration and insight, although it may take a while to bring this to fruition.
Mar.04 – Mercury in Aries (until May 12)
Directness of speech, fast perceptions and a “just do it” attitude marks this time. Mercury stays a long time in Aries this time, since it will go retrograde later in March, so there is ample time to get into the rhythm of this energy. If you are making plans or want to get well focused to make some changes in your life, this is a good time to do it. Just be aware that it won’t be a straight line, and you will need to distinguish between necessary detours and simple distractions.
Mar.04 – Mercury enters the Shadow (until May 1)
Mercury now enters the area of sky where it will later go retrograde (from Mar.19 to Apr.12). This means that situations developing over the next 2 weeks are likely to require further research and consideration over the next couple of months. If you are making important decisions during this time, try to build some flexibility into your plans to allow for later changes. For the next 2 weeks, be aware of the areas that need healing in your life, especially those areas where you might tend to react a bit too quickly or directly, and the areas where your reactions get tangled up in guilt, hesitancy or fears of inadequacy. By the end of this cycle, you will have new insight and direction in these areas.
Over the next 4 weeks, you are urged to seek a higher perspective in your life situations, in the world around you and your place within it. Connections to the “big picture” will likely come easily, but translating those perceptions into ordinary life and your personal worldview may be more of a challenge. Keep yourself grounded with reality checks, don’t forget to paint yourself into that “big picture,” and remember that every long journey consists of a series of small, practical steps.
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Mar.10-14 – Sun/Venus TRI Saturn (in Pisces/Cancer)
During this time, you may find that limits and boundaries don’t feel constricting so much as they are a welcome and sheltering container that helps to minimise confusion and ambiguity. It is a time to commit yourself to certain choices, leaving behind the spectrum of possibilities that dazzle your eyes. But this has the effect of freeing rather than restricting you. This will unfold over the next 4 weeks, with the lunar cycle.
This is the second of three passes of Jupiter Trine Neptune (the other two in Nov/04 and Aug/05), although this energy remains in effect throughout 2005. In the first pass, you had the opportunity to channel your ideals and compassion into intuitive and creative healing. This time you are challenged to begin translating this vast, sublime energy into practical, concrete, structured applications. Although it will take time to develop, the insights, information and opportunities to help you do this may come so fast or be so subtle that you miss or dismiss them.
Mar.14-18 – Sun/Venus SQR Pluto (in Pisces/Sagittarius)
Inner empowerment is an important resource during this time, in order to deal with the challenges you are facing now. These challenges may come in the form of confrontations, power struggles, challenges to your beliefs, or having to let go of emotional issues that are now holding you back from where you need to go. If necessary, slow down, get grounded, and take things one step at a time.
Mercury retrograde is a time to rethink, rehash and reflect. Try to put off final decisions about things until after it goes direct (Apr.12). The first half of this retrograde period will focus on bringing the peaceful, humanitarian, compassionate energy of the Jupiter-Neptune Trine (see Mar.14) into a more accessible form. This will mean stripping away the fluff and ambiguity until you have an essence that can be worked with directly, quickly and energetically. By early April, the focus will shift to taking that essence and using it to heal old unfinished business. This can happen by reframing it in a new broader context and thereby finding new ways to respond in a more detached (less reactive) way.
Happy Birthday, Aries! This is the Vernal Equinox—the time when day and night are of equal length. In the northern hemisphere, this marks the beginning of Spring as the light increases; in the southern, it is the start of Fall as the light decreases. While the Sun is in Aries, it is a time when all of us (not just those born under the sign of Aries) have the opportunity to experience our Aries nature. Here are some suggestions about how to explore your Aries nature: What do you want to start in your life? What new activities do you want to begin that you’ve never done before? What will give you the courage and confidence to bring these into your life? If it is not possible to do this, or if you encounter delays, how do you deal with your frustration? Do anger and frustration motivate you to take action, or do they overwhelm and inhibit you? How do you express your anger, and does this clear the air or just create more problems? Use this time to explore these and related areas.
Mar.20 – Mars in Aquarius (until Apr.30)
This marks a shift in the style of how you assert and express yourself, which will impact your experience of the Mercury Retrograde cycle (above). During this time you may find it easier to break out of old habits and ruts, but be careful not to fall into rebelling just for the sake of stirring up trouble or being erratic and reckless just to prove you can choose your own path.
For up to a week before and after this date, Saturn’s energy is especially intense and strong. You might experience this as physical or mental heaviness, sluggishness, or finding that you have to "get real" with some responsibilities. This can be a turning point in long-term projects and plans, or you may start to be able to deal differently with old limitations. If you’re dealing with closure or endings, this is likely to be a time when you can start to let go and move forward.
Relationships, finances, resources and values take on the attitudes of assertiveness, directness, and the pursuit of freedom and independence. Impulse buying is possible, so be sure you can afford it! Your style of interaction may become somewhat more direct, open or flirtatious. You may prefer to acquire and spend money quickly and casually, finding it hard to budget or think in terms of long-term material security.
Your ability to take action, be assertive, and move forward in your life may feel a bit held back or complicated by limitations right now. This is a good time to reassess where you are going, how you are getting there, and whether those things that once motivated you are still important to you. It may be time to break free from conventional ways of acting and find the courage to choose your own path. Just be careful not to be reckless or create more problems than you solve.
This is the fruition time of the New Moon of Mar.10. What began at the New Moon as an inspired reach toward a higher purpose, now becomes clearer, focused impulse at a more mundane level. With Mercury retrograde, you might have to do a bit more research or rethinking before the final push, but your vision and drive are likely clearer and more focused. Thinking and acting "outside the conventional box" will help you keep progressing toward your goal. Although it may seem like what's required to make it happen doesn't quite match the greater context of inspiration that has brought you this far, keep putting one foot in front of the other and stay focused on your long-term goals.
For up to a week before and after this date, Pluto's energy is especially strong and intense. You might experience this as the intensity of having to face aspects of yourself or others that are difficult to accept. You may be becoming aware of some part of yourself or your life that has fulfilled its purpose and needs to be shed like a snake's skin. Over the next 5 months, you will work at loosening and letting go of that "skin" and preparing for the rebirth that will result from it.
This is a somewhat rare alignment of the Sun, Mercury and Venus. For a few days before and after this time, these three planets join forces to focus the energy of selfhood, assertiveness, independence and adventure. Your thoughts, speech, desires and interaction with others are likely to emerge forcefully, directly, impulsively and freely—as spontaneous self-expression, rather than conscious or deliberate communication. If you find your foot lands in your mouth without warning, take some time alone to get centred and find out what you really want.
© 2005 Wendy Guy