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February-March 2009

For the New Moon in Pisces and Full Moon in Virgo:
February 24 to March 26, 2009

Feb.24 – NEW MOON in PISCES (06:35 of Pisces)

NEW MOON in PISCES

Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:

Feb.24, 8:35 PM EST

London, UK:

Feb.25, 1:35 AM GMT

Sydney, AU:

Feb.25, 12:35 PM AEDT

"What's a New Moon?"

Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.

Read more about how you experience PISCES energy in your life.

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The search for a higher purpose is a tricky mission. In order to imagine something better, something more special, something more pure... you have to go a little on faith. You have to stretch your mind beyond the bounds of what is logical. And you have to suspend your disbelief just a bit, enough to see past the brick wall of what is, so you can envision what could be.

Yet, there is a delicate balance point between what is and what could be. Tilt too much in either direction and the opposite side begins to look meaningless or absurd. Maintain a balance between them, and the combination can harmonize the magical with the real and the sublime with the mundane.

In Pisces (the sign of the current New Moon), when we drift too far into the magical realm, we can lose touch with reality. This might feel enchanting and delightful for a while, but because we still live in a physical dimension we are bound to crash into reality if we're not paying attention. Like Icarus whose wings melted when he flew too close to the Sun and fell to his death in the sea, there is only so far we can go beyond the bounds of the physical world before we risk getting into trouble with it.

So how do you reach into the Piscean world without losing your bearings? How do you dive into the ocean of intuition, imagination and spiritual surrender without drowning in it? How do you aspire to a higher purpose in life without your wings melting? The New Moon chart offers hints and clues about resources that can help us do just that.

The Sun-Moon conjunction (that's what a New Moon is) has only one major aspect in the chart, which is a sextile aspect to Pluto in earthy Capricorn. This suggests that empowerment on a practical level can provide a sturdy container into which we may pour our longing for higher purpose. In other words, take care of your practical needs first – healthy food, sufficient sleep, pacing yourself and dealing with important matters (preferably before they become crises). Then you will have the inner and outer strength to sustain your quest for greater meaning.

Saturn is still the "handle" of the chart. It's off by itself on one side, while all the other planets are clustered rather tightly within 4 signs. Once again, this gives Saturn (planetary ruler of Capricorn) a starring role throughout the New Moon cycle (including conjoining the Full Moon on Mar.10—but more about that in the next update). Saturn's prominence places even more emphasis on the need to keep one foot planted firmly on realistic ground. When Saturn's happy, the rest of the chart is more likely to be happy too.

On the other hand, the ongoing Stellium in Aquarius ("What's a Stellium?") continues to upstage almost everything else in the solar system. Not only are there five, count 'em, FIVE planets currently in Aquarius, but two of them are the traditional and modern planetary rulers of Pisces: Jupiter and Neptune. So back we go to Aquarius again, as we have for the last two lunar cycles, to discover the source of energy that is driving us. But this time, it's combined with Pisces.

If Pisces is about surrendering to the spiritual Universe, then Aquarius is about uniting with the human collective. As Pisces is about intuitive imagination, Aquarius is about creative genius. Like any two signs that are next door neighbours, they have a lot in common but they take these similar energies in slightly but significantly different directions. Pisces has a mission to reach an intangible level of existence that is ultimately ethereal and unknowable: "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao... " Aquarius has an agenda to break free of the bounds of conventional knowledge and experience, yet still keeping the umbilical cord to "this world" intact enough that humanity can benefit from what is discovered. Similar, yet different.

Side note about the Age of Aquarius:  Mars and Jupiter conjoin roughly every 2 years, and they do so in Aquarius as often as every 11 years. Since each astrological Age lasts roughly 2000 years, with a transitional period of a few hundred years, such a frequent conjunction does not signal the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. The question of when this Age begins is a topic for a much more complex article which I would love to write if I can just find about 60 more hours in the day...  :-)

Part of the stellium in Aquarius is a conjunction of Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. The song Age of Aquarius says: "When the Moon is in the 7th House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars." When Mars and Jupiter join forces, we have the potential for the strength and empowerment of Mars combined with the mercy and wisdom of Jupiter. Put Mercury into the mix and this powerful energy is channeled through our thoughts, words and perceptions.

That's when the energy is working well, but we don't always use energy to our highest potential. When Mars in Aquarius isn't operating at its best, it can become defensive, hostile, erratic or rebellious. Jupiter can amplify this and add a spin of blame, judgment or dogmatism – or worse, tap into the elitism of the group: "WE have the answer, which means you don't." Mercury then gives this a voice, sometimes speaking out too abruptly, insensitively or prematurely, or perhaps simply shaping our perceptions in these ways.

Then there's Chiron and Neptune, as they gradually approach conjunction. There is only one exact pass of the conjunction: Feb.17.2010. However, they station retrograde just minutes from each other in May of this year, and they station direct mere minutes from each other in November 2010. So there are virtually three passes of this transit, with a long, slow approach and separation for a few years before and after.

Chiron and Neptune are a complex pair. Neptune is ambiguous at the best of times, since our experience of it can be so intangible and indistinct. Chiron, the "wounded healer," is about walking a fine line between creaturehood and divinity, between limitations and potential, and between pain and transcendence. This conjunction happens very rarely; the last time was 1945, and the time before that was 1880. The next time will be 2094.

Chiron-Neptune can bring sublime healing at its best, or seemingly bottomless suffering at its worst. The thing with Chiron is that these experiences often go hand-in-hand. It is through our struggling that we gain a kind of healing or reconciliation that may not solve the problem the way that we'd hoped, but it gives us a gift of wisdom that often couldn't come to us any other way. However, Neptune can hold a trap in which suffering becomes its own end. Don't get stuck in a martyr mentality.

At its best, I think Chiron-Neptune is finding peace and acceptance, not simply despite our limitations and human imperfections, but perhaps even because of them. If acceptance and redemption come only through flawlessness, then they will always be unattainable and we will always feel we are doomed to failure and shame. Chiron-Neptune brings a dual message that we are less than perfect AND that we are enough in the eyes of the Universe. When you doubt this, reach out to someone who can help remind you of how wonderful you are, how precious you are, and the ways you are an irreplaceable part of the world.

As you scan the skies for a higher purpose during this lunar cycle, remember that we only see as far as our own horizon – but that horizon is not the end of all there is. A whole world lies beyond the territory that is familiar to us. The Aquarius initiative seeks to expand that territory to include the people, places and perspectives that have been marginalized or rejected. The Pisces mission is to recognize, cherish and revere All That Is, and in so doing, break through the barriers that keep us separate and alien from each other, from all of life and from ourselves. A personal reading can show you how to embrace this Aquarius-Pisces energy. 

Feb.25 – Mercury sextile Venus (14:00 of Aquarius/Aries) (Feb.26 in UK, AU)

There is a potential to benefit from social connections, diplomatic communication and receptive awareness during this transit, although a certain amount of effort is needed to make this happen. It can be a good time for negotiating contracts and other agreements, especially if you consciously focus your intent on achieving balance with your counterpart, partner or opponent that results in a win-win situation for all concerned. There is also potential to appreciate and express beauty, pleasure and sensuality. If there's someone in your life that you want to get closer to, try speaking gently and listening receptively, which can be the key that opens the door to harmonious interaction. Creative ideas can also find expression now if you apply your conscious awareness to bring them into focus. The thing to watch for is a tendency to use manipulation to achieve an advantage, which might be done by you or to you. Keep communication straightforward and clear, and find diplomatic ways to deal with manipulation if you sense it happening. 

Mar.01 – Mercury Direct conjunct Mars (19:49 of Aquarius) (Mar.02 in UK, AU)

Spontaneous or impulsive words may come flying out of your mouth under this transit! If you've been struggling to keep opinions or observations to yourself, you might find it hard to keep them quiet, especially if you feel strongly about the situation. You might see things as more "cut and dried" than usual. Although you might feel frustrated if things don't happen in a direct, quick, straightforward way, it can also be a good time to make decisions and move forward with plans. On one hand, this can have a positive effect because it can give you courage to speak your mind and assert yourself candidly and honestly. On the other hand, you might also come across as abrupt, cranky, argumentative or even downright hostile, especially if you've been stuffing down anger or resentment for a while. This transit represents a new beginning in how you can handle self-assertiveness, communication and decision-making. By "listening to" your impulses, passions and urge to speak your truth, you can get an idea how your "inner voice" wants to emerge -- and how to do that without annihilating the other person. ;-)

This is the last of 3 passes of this transit: Nov.28.2008, Jan.27.2009 and Mar.01. What is even more interesting is that each conjunction took place in a different sign: Sagittarius in November and Capricorn in January. This time, Mercury and Mars join Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius. The archetypal sequence is significant: In Sagittarius there was idealism and the quest for truth (by force, if necessary!). In Capricorn, there was practical application and the confrontation of limitations. In Aquarius, there is release, freedom and spontaneity (possibly to the point of erratic, impulsive or explosive). We went from a moral agenda to following the rules, to the freedom to act because it's the right thing to do in the moment. And we've gone from reaching out toward a higher purpose, to becoming part of a larger structure, to breaking out and becoming part of the greater collective. Let the energy move you through spontaneity, but it's probably best to avoid swinging between extremes or trying to force the issue. 

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Mar.03 – Mercury conjunct Chiron (22:43 of Aquarius) (Mar.04 in UK, AU)

Words can wound, but they can also heal. This transit may bring new awareness of the ways that you need to heal...and perhaps also the ways that you wound yourself or others, especially through thoughts, words and attitudes. You might become aware of harming yourself through negative self-talk or harsh self-criticism. Or, you might expect rigid perfection of yourself and forget that you are a multi-dimensional being who is, by your human nature, inconsistent and fallible. Your mental focus or attitude might have a sharp edge to it that is harsh, or you may encounter harsh attitudes from someone else that are hurtful, perhaps without meaning to be. Words and thoughts can be powerful tools. By reframing the message or situation in a different way, it is possible to turn hurt into healing and ignorance into wisdom. For example, it may help to eliminate either-or thinking by accepting that paradoxes and contradictions exist and may not have to be fully resolved for you to find a workable balance within them. By adopting a bit of a philosophical attitude, you may find it takes some of the pressure off the need for everything to fit together perfectly, which can leave some breathing room for everyone involved to be human. 

Mar.05 – Mercury conjunct Neptune (24:43 of Aquarius)

The imagination soars under this transit! Possibilities seem richer, insights appear more magical and creativity flows like liquid honey. Your intuition is likely to be more fluid, and you may even have psychic experiences. Dreams may be more vivid and active, including daydreams. You may feel a need for quiet meditation or just being alone with your own thoughts. Your mental focus may seem a bit blurred, although in the outer edges you may catch a glimpse of ideas and possibilities that you don't ordinarily notice. It can be an inspiring time if you are involved in creative activities, like artwork, music, writing and other creative forms of communication and self-expression. This is a time when your "Right Brain" (intuitive, creative, non-rational) may be very active. In fact, it might be a bit difficult to bring a sharp focus to your "Left Brain" (logical, rational, realistic). Your judgment and ability to be objective may be off, and you could be more prone to wishful thinking and flights of fantasy. If you're making an important decision now, it may be wise to do a reality check with a trusted friend before you commit yourself. 

Mar.05 – Mars conjunct Chiron (22:51 of Aquarius) (Mar.06 in UK, AU)

There is a lot of potential for both healing and harm under this transit. The forcefulness of Mars is like a surgeon's scalpel that can heal by cutting through resistance, lethargy, pain or denial -- but could also be a knife that causes damage when not used with precision and care. The healing aspect of this energy can bring some relief to chronic or persistent problems, but if inflicted with anger, hostility or insensitivity it could just aggravate those problems. Physical energy could be affected by this transit, either beginning a new approach that can bring improved strength, or by depleting your energy through physical, emotional or spiritual malaise. You might feel a bit discouraged or powerless...or you might start to see a light at the end of the tunnel that you can start to move toward. This is the beginning of a new cycle of working with these combined energies, which lasts about 2 years. To participate with positive intention in this initiation, it can help to observe what conflicts, problems or struggles come up around this time, since there is something about these issues that will unfold and develop over the next two years. 

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Mar.06 – Venus Stationary Retrograde (15:27 of Aries; until Apr.17) (Mar.07 in AU) ("What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Venus Retrograde.  Read more about Stations.)

For up to a week or more before and after this date, you may experience intense energy in the areas of relationships, finances, beauty, self-worth and harmony. Similar to Mercury retrograde, Venus retrograde is a time when we go back over the same ground we just came through in order to refine, polish and adjust the affected areas in our lives.

Venus retrograde can be a time when latent problems in relationships (all kinds, not just romantic) become outright conflicts. Or, previous ongoing conflicts may take a rest and go underground for a while, as everyone regroups and reassesses what is important to them. If you have been keeping the peace at any price, this could be a time when that peace suddenly falls apart and you are faced with having to deal with old unresolved problems.

Finances also can shift direction. Income and resources might become somewhat scarce, forcing you to let go of or rethink your material focus. Or, you might find your material resources booming ...possibly along with your spending. Issues about personal appearance, fashion, beauty and charm may also become conspicuous by their absence or by their sudden importance. In general, it is a time to examine your value system and decide whether the people and things that you have cherished still hold the same high priority for you, as well as whether you are truly living according to your values.

With Venus retrograde in Aries, you might feel especially adventurous, frisky, flirty or playful. Or, you might feel an uncharacteristic absence of these and instead feel anger, hostility or lack of empathy. Impulse spending could be a problem, or you might also become very focused and single-minded about going after the object of your desires (be they human, material or otherwise). 

Mar.08, 2:00 AM (local time) – Daylight Savings Time begins in Canada, USA (until Nov.01)

Most areas of Canada and the US (and some other areas of the world) turn their clocks forward one hour. (UK and Europe change on Mar.29. Check your region or country.) 

Mar.08 – Mars conjunct Neptune (24:49 of Aquarius)

This can be a strange time of lethargic confusion or uplifting inspiration or both! On one hand, you might feel very motivated by creative and spiritual inspiration, as new possibilities seem to appear magically in your imagination. On the other hand, you may feel a bit like you've lost your "edge," where your focused energy feels blunted or blurred. Direct action may not be possible, easy or effective, and as a result it could be easy to lapse into feeling a bit powerless, lethargic or discouraged. You may have to act on faith instead of fact; and whether this is a "good" or "bad" experience will largely depend on how comfortable you are with ambiguity. This transit initiates a new cycle of working with these themes that lasts about 2 years. The events and issues that come up now likely have more to them than you see on the surface, and the deeper levels will unfold and develop throughout the coming cycle. 

Mar.08 – Mercury enters Pisces (until Mar.25) (Mar.09 in AU)

Imagination, dreams, creativity and intuition are more easily accessible while Mercury floats through Pisces. You may be more impressionable, appreciative and open to ideas that previously had seemed improbable, unrealistic or silly. This is a good transit for any creative work -- writing, music, artistic projects, or just putting ideas together in new ways. Problem solving could benefit now, because it may be easier to think beyond the limiting boundaries of the situation. On the other hand, it might also be easier to become caught in confusion, ambiguity or ambivalence, since the sharp edges of definition may be easily blurred or distorted. This is a time when the "Right Brain" -- the intuitive, creative and non-rational side of the mind -- can be more active. As a result, meditation, dreams and daydreams may be more accessible. Unfortunately, illusion and deception might also be more convincing and enticing, since critical and objective thinking could be a bit harder to maintain. You might also experience some mental lethargy and need to give your mind a rest. Try going to a movie, or read an entertaining novel, or spend some quality "alone time" with yourself. Or, take a long walk in a park or by a body of water, where you can enjoy the luxury of just appreciating nature and "being" instead of "doing." Some harmless or entertaining escapism can be a great way to give yourself a mental vacation  --  just don’t get stuck there. Explorations of spiritual experience and thought can also bring new insights and inspiration under this transit. 

Mar.08 – Sun opposite Saturn (18.22 of Pisces/Virgo)

You may be obligated to fulfil the expectations of others or of society under this transit. A situation or project (which may have begun around 6 months ago) might require that you start to implement the plans and preparation you've been building. Or you might find that problems you've been putting off must now be dealt with. Although you could experience this as stressful or heavy, it can also be a time when you are finally able to move ahead with a project or goal. All commitment requires some degree of limitation and pruning back, since we must choose one path and leave other options behind. This may therefore feel like a time when you are pressured by obligation, necessity or restraint...or it could feel like the rehearsals are finally over and it's time to launch the rocket. If it seems like you're only seeing blocks or obstacles in your way, this might be a reflection of not having done enough preparation (in which case you will need to draw on your experience to solve the problems or deal with the reality in front of you). This can be a time when you reap whatever you have sown in the past (especially the last 6 months), so if your current situation seems negative or punitive, it might be a time when you need to look back over your actions that lead to this and be accountable for past actions and decisions. Whether you are taking the final step to implement your plans or are facing the results of poor past judgment, this can be a time when you are called upon to move forward in your personal growth and maturation. Use it to strengthen your responsibility (response-ability), and don't let fears of inadequacy erode your self-esteem. 

Mar.10 – Mercury sextile Pluto (03:08 of Pisces/Capricorn) (Mar.11 in AU)

Penetrating insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. It is also a time when your mental concentration can come together so easily that you become obsessed. You may prefer in-depth discussion to small-talk, and it might feel awkward if you aren't able to explore the depths in your interaction or communication with others. However, you likely have an increased ability to pick up on undercurrents of what's happening around you. This is also a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions and ways of communicating. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities. 

Sabian Symbol for Virgo 21: A girl's basketball team.

Sabian Symbol for the
Full Moon in Virgo

Virgo 21

A girl's basketball team.

Not being a sports person myself, I might misinterpret this symbol, but here goes... For starters, what a perfect image of feminine Venus in athletic Aries! This Sabian Symbol ("What's a Sabian Symbol?") also shows a wonderful example of the macrocosm (the whole) and the microcosm (the detail).

A basketball team (and perhaps any sports team) requires a delicate and active balance between the actions of individual members and the necessity for all these actions to be coordinated together.

This image might reflect your own impulses, needs, actions or thoughts that must pull in roughly the same direction, or risk becoming erratic, confused or just plain worn out. Or it might suggest a situation in your life where the forces of order and predictability are at odds with the drive to break free of convention and limitation.

The basketball player must take her best shot when she sees the opportunity, but for best results must also work cooperatively with other players. The team must synchronize and structure their efforts in order to stabilize the chaos of the fast-moving game. However, too much stability becomes a liability that makes them vulnerable to the spontaneous actions of the other team.

The individual players must have the freedom to take the initiative when the time is right; indeed, surprise is often a key part of winning the game. Yet, too much individuality will disrupt the collective flow of the team's efforts.

However this image is echoed in your life, your best bet may be to cheer for both teams rather than to choose sides.

 

Find out more about the Sabian Symbols in these recommended books:

An Astrological Mandala,
by Dane Rudhyar

The Sabian Symbols: The Original Symbols Fully Revealed,
by Blain Bovee

The Sabian Symbols in Astrology,
by Marc Edmund Jones

Mar.10 – FULL MOON in VIRGO (20:39)

FULL MOON in VIRGO

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Mar.10, 10:38 PM EDT

London, UK:

Mar.11, 2:38 AM GMT

Sydney, AU:

Mar.11, 1:38 PM AEDT

"What's a Full Moon?"

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Virgo's essence can perhaps be defined as the ability to take the amorphous vastness of life and organize it so that it can be engaged and embraced in a useful, substantial way. It's not a question of turning life into a utility to be manipulated, so much as an instrument that allows us to maneuver through the ambiguity of our vast universe. It's not just about getting the job done; it's about doing something that enables us to be part of a larger purpose.

On the other side of the universe from Virgo is Pisces. Both Virgo and Pisces ask much the same cosmic question: How do you deal with a universe that is infinite? With life being so huge, overwhelming and immeasurable, what is the best way to approach it?

There are only two ways you can go with a dilemma like that: you take a step back into the macrocosm and focus on the totality and the oneness, or you move closer into the microcosm to acknowledge and understand all the tiny bits that make up the whole.

Pisces sees the universe like a vast ocean that one can only surrender to. You merge with it, melt into it and experience it with the whole of your being. There is no real boundary between yourself and the Universe: you are it and it is you. What else is there to do but become as fluid and boundless as it is? Go with the flow and trust that there is an omnipotent sentience that will take you where you need to go.

Virgo takes a very different approach: if the universe is made up of infinite tiny bits, then there's no time to waste in discovering each one and how it relates to the other bits and to the whole. You can't just take inventory, though. It's not about counting; it's about why and how it counts. How does this bit relate to and influence the other bits? Organization is required to tackle this enormous job, and analysis is used to make sense of it all.

The Full Moon in Virgo is actually a combination of the Moon in Virgo and the Sun in Pisces. We are given the polarity of both sides of the cosmic coin to mediate between them and bring them into balance and harmony.

If only it were that simple!

Adding to the complexity and depth of this challenge are Saturn and Uranus which are still in opposition since their first two exact passes (Nov.04.2008, Feb.05.2009). The Sun-Moon opposition (in other words, the Full Moon axis) conjoins the Saturn-Uranus opposition. The Moon is conjunct Saturn in Virgo, and the Sun is conjunct Uranus in Pisces.

So: Pisces isn't merely a vast ocean of flowing experience—with Uranus it becomes a chaotic yet liberating encounter with that universal oneness, which emerges from a lack of definition and structure. And Virgo isn't just the organization and analysis of the molecular details—with Saturn it becomes the process by which order and structure are forged out of the fundamental turmoil.

The Saturn-Uranus opposition challenges us with extreme conditions, so that we may learn how to find a new balance point between those extremes. It takes spiritual and emotional strength to resist the urge to fall to one side or the other when faced with a dilemma.

Some of us go into lockdown, where we impose rules or control tactics to try and limit the number of possibilities that could happen. This can simplify our lives and make them more manageable, but we can suffocate emotionally and spiritually in that small space while we wait for the storm to blow over. And we can get used to being in there, since it lets us avoid dealing with a lot of other stresses too.

Others among us throw up our hands in exasperation, abdicate any attempt at control and resign ourselves to watching the chips fall where they may. This is where we give up trying to have any influence over what's happening, which can release us from the tyranny of worry and stress and help us go with the flow. But taken to the extreme, it can become reckless, invite needless damage, and make us like children who are dependent on outside forces to provide what we need.

The idea is to explore and discover new ways to take the best of each extreme and bring them together in productive and fulfilling ways. With such conflicting energies to juggle, this is not likely to be a straightforward or quick process.

This Full Moon is like a checkpoint that will reflect and channel your direction through the next two weeks of that learning process. During this time, there are likely to be two difficult areas. One is to determine how much detail, regulation, control and structure is too much, so that you're choking the flow and freedom necessary to allow change. The other is in becoming aware of times when letting go and allowing the universe to guide you are in fact times when you become lazy, reckless or defiantly contrary. In other words: how much of either extreme is too much and is in fact leading you astray?

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Adding another interesting spin is Venus Retrograde which started just four days ago. You might feel the urge to throw off the bonds of responsibility or predictability by giving in to impulsive desires. This could have the effect of loosening the shell that you are too tightly enclosed by, which could be just the thing you need to get yourself moving again. On the other hand, too much of a good thing could lead, for example, to a credit card balance that will have to be dealt with after the spending spree is over. Or you might fall a bit too quickly into a relationship or sexual encounter, and then wake up the next morning going, "Whatever possessed me…??" Again, the idea is to balance movement with stability, freedom with responsibility and liberation with being able to live with the consequences. 

Mar.11 – Venus sextile Jupiter (14:58 of Aries/Aquarius)

There is an abundance of creative inspiration, material enjoyment, feel-good pleasure in the air! Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. It may be relatively easy to attract the people, possessions and opportunities you want or need, but you'll still have to work to get them. On the other hand, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach (as mother would say) and you might be tempted to charm, flirt or bluff your way through a situation more than usual. There may also be a tendency to self-indulgence. These are not necessarily bad things, but it's probably wise to remember to use this energy to enhance your best judgement, not override it. 

Mar.12 – Sun conjunct Uranus (22:36 of Pisces) (Mar.13 in UK, AU)

Spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants" characterize this transit. You are more open than usual to new experiences and open-minded to new perspectives. Your sense of humour and fun are finely tuned and may spring up unexpectedly and irreverently. It is more possible to break free of old habits and getting out of a rut you have been in. In fact, you may find it is fun to try doing something completely out of character...so much so that it's wise to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. Have fun pushing the envelope, but try not to rip or shred that envelope. On the other hand, that might be the only way you can get out of a restrictive situation that's holding you back, and this transit could give you the impulsive courage to do just that. Your creativity may come in bursts and in unexpected ways, so try to take advantage of them when they present themselves or else write down your inspiration for future consideration. 

Mar.14 – Mars enters Pisces (until Apr.22) (Mar.15 in UK, AU)

Mars in Pisces can feel like you're boxing with a cloud. Your motives and actions may seem to be led in some direction, rather than you consciously choosing what to do. Expressing anger or taking an assertive stand may easily lose its impact. Emotions and motives that are normally focused can become blurred in a fog of indecision and ambiguity. However, you may also be able to connect more easily to spiritual, intuitive, artistic and creative energy. Listen to your body and observe your spontaneous actions -- what would they mean if you were having a dream? These things can give you clues about unconscious motives, feelings and perceptions (about yourself or others). In a way, you are more connected to the twilight spaces between worlds, which can make it hard to feel powerful or effective in the "real" world. It can therefore be tempting to slip into a kind of "victim mentality." Or, you might feel despondent, apathetic or kind of "spacey." It can help to do things that feed your spirit without needing to pump yourself up artificially. 

Mar.18 – Mercury opposite Saturn (17:22 of Pisces/Virgo) (Mar.19 in UK, AU)

The time has come to face facts. There may be a reality in your life that you've been avoiding, and you need to accept and deal with it. Or, you might have to conform to the expectations of others because there's no other way around it. Or, you could find that your ability to communicate, say what you want to say, or get your point across is harder for a few days. This will pass, but there may be concrete reasons why this might not be the best time to communicate whatever is on your mind. You might feel a bit as if you're being tested, and in some way this could be true. This transit may bring an opportunity to see how much you really know and how skilled you are at using that knowledge. On the other hand, this could be a time when hard work and preparation that you've done for several months could pay off. You may be able to progress to the next step in a project, or to make plans in an organised, concrete and responsible way. For a few days, taking a structured, methodical or factual approach to whatever you're doing may produce the best results. 

Mar.19 – Mars sextile Pluto (03:13 of Pisces/Capricorn)

This can be a time of intense and powerful energy. It can be especially so if you focus your intention to tap into and use this energy deliberately, although if you are triggered into a reaction you might find it is more forceful than you intended. This can be a good time to make changes that have far-reaching, transformative effects. Your powers of persuasion can be stronger now, so be careful you don't try to force things to the point of making something happen that perhaps should be left alone or treated with a gentler touch. Sex and other passionate urges may rise more easily now, although obsession and the need to control your surroundings might come up with them. This transit is perhaps best used to refresh your sense of passion and transform your sense of purpose and direction. 

Mar.20 – EQUINOX – Sun enters Aries (until Apr.19)

MARCH EQUINOX

Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:

Mar.20.2009, 7:44 AM EDT

London, UK:

Mar.20.2009, 11:44 AM GMT

Sydney, AU:

Mar.20.2009, 10:44 PM AEDT

"What's the Equinox?"

Read more about how you experience ARIES energy in your life.

Happy Solar Return to everyone born in the sign of 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 hemisphere, 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. The archetype of that nature is like the pure life force that is contained in a single seed. A seed is the residue of a previous cycle of growth -- both its resulting harvest and its unfinished business. The Aries energy is about our use of that raw life force within our personal expression of that energy. It manifests in assertiveness, courage, risk-taking, directness, initiative, our sex drive, and the pioneering spirit. It can also emerge as aggression, pushiness, violence, anger, recklessness and self-absorption. The same forceful energy that can fuel damage and single-minded egotism is the same energy that, applied in a different way, is also essential for self-validation, confidence and the drive to make things happen. While the Sun is in Aries, we all have the opportunity to explore how we use this energy in our lives and whether we want to change this. Here are some suggestions about how to explore your Aries nature: Is there something new you want to start in your life? What 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 these emotions tend to 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.22 – Mercury conjunct Uranus (23:07 of Pisces)

Communication and thoughts can be radical, spontaneous, unusual and uncharacteristic under this transit. You may be compelled to speak your mind to say things you've held back from saying before now. However, as the saying goes, there is a risk of "shooting off your mouth before your brains are loaded." It is a time when you are likely to be open-minded and flexible in your perceptions. Our eyes are wide open, and as a result, we may be a bit shocked, surprised or stunned by what we see. This can also release our creative genius and bring inspired clarity, especially as we look to the future. Encounters with groups, friends and the greater community are also possible at this time. 

Mar.23 – Sun square Pluto (03:15 of Aries/Capricorn) (Mar.24 in AU)

This can be a challenging time, when your sense of purpose, identity and direction may feel blocked, overpowered or regulated by forces beyond your control. You may find yourself confronted by difficult situations or people, requiring that you rally an unusually strong show of power to keep from feeling powerless or overwhelmed. The trick is to center yourself in empowerment rather than simple power -- that means your power comes from within yourself rather than from controlling people and situations outside of yourself. You might find yourself involved in power struggles or abandonment, either in the present or stirred up from the past. You might be forced to let go of your attachment to something or someone due to circumstances beyond your control. However, this can also be a time when you reach inside yourself and find you have more strength than you thought you did. Adversity may inspire new assertiveness and purpose in you -- empowerment born of conflict and struggle. 

Mar.25 – Mercury enters Aries (until Apr.09) (Mar.26 in AU)

Directness of speech, fast perceptions and an attitude of “just do it” mark this transit. While Mercury sprints through Aries, you may feel the impulse to cut through and get to the point in conversations and other forms of communication. Body language speaks loudly now, as do actions. At its best, this transit can help words, awareness and insight to arise spontaneously, combined with the courage to express them. On the other hand, you could also say things out of anger, impatience or impulse that you later regret. It may be a time when you'd rather cut to the chase -- acknowledge things and move on -- rather than hang around to process the details. It's a great time to spin ideas that can be developed later. It is also a good time to think independently and follow your thoughts into new perspectives. 

Next Update:  NEW MOON in ARIES- March 26, 2009 (Mar.27 in AU). Available by Mar.26.

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