The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Full Moon in Virgo, February-March 2016

Chart for the Full Moon in Virgo
Chart for the Full Moon in Virgo

Out of clutter, find simplicity.
From discord, find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
~ Albert Einstein, The Quotable Einstein

Feb.22 – FULL MOON in VIRGO (03:33 of Virgo)

So often it seems we live in bizarre and bewildering times.

We reach for something wonderful and enriching, something greater than ourselves, and yet too often it seems that those around us stubbornly refuse to come along with us.

The world appears so full of conflict, crisis, polarization and paradox that surely we will collapse under the weight of our own collective confusion and insanity.

It would be nice to put the world on a crazy-diet: prune back the glut of knee-jerk overreaction, dogged misconceptions, rigid narrow-mindedness, and leaping over facts to simplistic, counterproductive conclusions.

Life changes exponentially every day, making it impossible to keep up with it all or process the implications of those changes. Lately the world so often seems unfamiliar, perplexing, and adrift in a whirlpool of too much information. Our brain becomes a tangle of knots that can leave us feeling stupid or despondent, and desperate to empower ourselves so that we stop feeling lost and overwhelmed.

How to make sense of it all? That is the job description for the Full Moon in Virgo.

Virgo prefers the specific to the murky and clarity over uncertainty. Facts are valued over assumptions, and logic is used to keep those facts tidy and accessible. Chaos and confusion are herded into a state of order, as much as possible, where their energy can be put to good use.

A crisis is treated as a disorder in need of healing – a dis-ease. That which is weak and vulnerable require strength and empowerment, but not so much that it becomes even more fragile due to rigidity. Hopelessness and apathy require a rejuvenating life force breathed back into it, but not to the point that it shatters or damages what is already working well.

This Virgo Full Moon has a mission to take any chaos, crisis, despair and inertia you might be struggling with and give it a good spring cleaning. Time to take your counterproductive habits, attitudes and assumptions out of the closet, dust them off and find constructive uses for them.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
~ Rumi

Neptune conjunct Sun, opposite Moon

Neptune becomes a major focus of this Full Moon energy. Being conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon, it adds an energy of nebulous whimsy that can breathe new life into your imagination and wash away the boundaries that hold you back from a deeper connection to the world around you. But that may or may not be a good thing – it all depends on how you use it.

Imagination can amplify the creative and playful thoughts, ideas and feelings you have, which is excellent for creative projects and becoming inspired to expand beyond conventional ways of thinking. However, it can also magnify fears, biases, self-serving assumptions and denial. If you start sinking into distressing feelings or notice yourself distracting yourself from stress through alcohol or other escapist activities, it's a good idea to sit down and give some thought to what it is you're trying to avoid. Avoidance isn't always bad, but you don't want to create more problems in the process.

Neptune is larger-than-life energy and connects us with something greater than ourselves. It is trans-personal. This could be as "out there" as religion, spirituality or the paranormal, or the laws of nature and the universe. It might also be about your experience of the world at large with its intricate gestalt of natural life, along with the complexities of the human collective.

Although these concepts can be linked to other planets astrologically, the Neptune side of them is how they connect us to the Great Unknown. The true essence of Neptune cannot be defined clearly, in itself, but we can explain and define some of how we experience it. Poets, mystics, philosophers, artists and even scientists have all strived for millennia to put our experience of Neptune into words; to bring into clear focus that which is unknown and ultimately unknowable, but which ultimately inspires us to move beyond our present selves.

The Moon in Virgo seeks to organize, define and utilize that Neptune experience. Virgo aims to put it to practical use, or at least take a practical approach to tap into the vast Source of awareness and to explain the unexplainable. This is a time to make sense of nonsense.

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
~ Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Mercury, the planetary ruler of Virgo, is in visionary Aquarius. Although moving away from Venus, they are still close enough to be conjunct and their separation is very gradual. In fact, although they didn't manage to come together exactly, they're within conjunction orb from the end of January until early March.

In addition to being conjunct by longitude (sign and degree), they are also parallel (aligned at the same distance from Earth's equator) throughout the same time period. This underscores their combined energy and gives the conjunction a bit more oomph. This has blessed our communication with social appeal, colourful beauty and a desire to make a persuasive impression on others. (You can see how this has greased the wheels of the campaigns of the US presidential candidates!)

From Feb. 22-27 (exact on Feb. 24-25) Mars joins Mercury and Venus in a multiple parallel, and together they become a cluster of activity. (Note that Mars is not conjunct Mercury and Venus; only parallel.) If you need to find powerful words or expression that have lots of impact, those days could give you some added motivation, inspiration and enthusiasm to do it with.

By the same token, Mars joining in could also add some volatile strife, conflict or agitation to the mix. This might make you or others a bit tense, argumentative or confrontational when trying to get the point across. This may or may not be the wisest move, so gauge your reactions and words to make sure you have just the right balance of enthusiasm, forcefulness and assertiveness that doesn't evoke unnecessary hostility or defensiveness from others.

We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering,” than to say, “This landscape is ugly.
~ Simone Weil

We're also welcoming back our favorite adversaries: Uranus and Pluto. Although they are finished with their square aspects (90°), they have stirred up a hornet's nest of change and it remains to be seen what will become of it.

In the Full Moon chart, Uranus and Pluto form semi-square and sesqui-quadrate aspects (45° and 135° respectively) to the Sun and Moon. These aspects are part of the octile aspect family (based on dividing the circle into 8 parts) which includes the square (90°). The octile aspects are therefore rooted in conflict, struggle, annoyance, motivation and the need for action and change.

Uranus and Pluto bring some potentially heavy challenges to our quest to grapple with imagination and the unknown, and yet they also give Virgo a chance to fulfill some of its mandate. Uranus in Aries is capable of lighting our fire of motivation and enthusiasm. Pluto in Capricorn can help us find our inner power and strength to meet whatever comes our way.

The trouble is that how they do it can feel daunting at best and terrifying at worst: "I'm not sure I need that much motivation and empowerment! What was I thinking?" The Uranus and Pluto transformation processes can be very effective but it can be hard on the spirit. It's best not to let yourself linger too long in a state of depression, lethargy or business-as-usual.

Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.
~ Brian Jacques, Taggerung

Neptune conjunct Sun, opposite Moon

Uranus and Pluto form an Arrowhead Kite aspect configuration with the Sun-Moon opposition. The Full Moon axis intersects the Uranus-Pluto midpoint, so the latter forms semi-square aspects to the Sun and sesqui-squares to the Moon. The whole aspect figure creates a dynamic, if prickly, energy designed to annoy you enough to get you up out of your rut so you can do something different and thereby get yourself moving in a different (hopefully better!) direction.

The Virgo Moon is one focus of this pattern, so its job is to do whatever it has to do to try to make sense of it all. This mandate is to reorganize it, apply a different logic to it, reframe it and treat it with a different approach, which is intended to lift you out of feeling muddled, overwhelmed or bewildered by the Neptune fog.

The stress that the Moon is sifting through is also coming from the Uranus-Pluto square. The chart seems to say, "It's time to integrate the turmoil and change happening around you and see what dis-ease in yourself is being aggravated or triggered by their energies."

How do you feel wounded, disheartened, discouraged or drained by larger situations happening in the world around you? Is this affecting your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health, and if so, how? What do you need in order to feel at ease with life or at peace with the turmoil inside yourself? What small item, effort, action or visualization could symbolize that improvement?

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
~ Albert Einstein

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The Pisces Sun is the focus of the other end of this Kite pattern. Kite energy tends to point to the long end (the Moon, in this case) and then boomerang back to the short end (the Sun, in this one). So, as the Virgo Moon is starting to make sense of the confusion, it is sending a practical perspective about it back to the Pisces Sun and Neptune. In other words, the Virgo Moon can lend some structure, common sense and grounded understanding to your experience of the ethereal Pisces energy.

So: what actions (even small ones) can you take that will invoke improvements in your well-being? Those actions don't need to completely eradicate the source of your distress; they only need to give you a taste of what better well-being feels like. Just remembering what that feels like can turn your internal tides and help you feel more in tune with inner peace, which in turn can lead to more of the same.

By the same token, if you keep focusing on the negative, the upsetting and the disorienting side of your life, this can lead to more of the same too. The exception to this is if you delve down into the struggle in order to understand it better—in other words, using it as a healing process rather than simply getting stuck in it. So, choose your focus wisely, and if you seem to be getting stuck in the negative, let go of it for a while by shifting your focus to something else—preferably something more positive and self-affirming.

The Virgo-Pisces effect can take that small gesture, action or symbolic shift in your focus and lead you to more of the same. Think of it like dropping liquid colour into a bowl of water. The colour you add will affect the lens your awareness looks at life through.

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. It's like boats. You keep your motor on so you can steer with the current. And when you hear the sound of the waterfall coming nearer and nearer, tidy up the boat, put on your best tie and hat, and smoke a cigar right up till the moment you go over. That's a triumph.
~ Ray Bradbury, Farewell Summer

February – Saturn parallel Pluto, and more  ("What's a parallel?" "What is declination?")

(Repeating this from the last update, since it remains in effect.) When two planets are parallel, they have the same declination (give or take about 1° or so of orb). Think of a planet's sign placement as being "left to right" whereas declination is "up and down." When two planets are parallel, they have the same ("up and down") declination, regardless of where they are along the ("left to right") zodiac. Parallel planets combine their energies in a way that's kind of similar to a conjunction (except they don't have to be, and usually aren't, conjunct; at the same degree of the zodiac).

SATURN AND PLUTO

During February, we have three groups of planets that are clustered around the same declination. One group is focused around Saturn and Pluto, which have been parallel since Dec.08.2015 (within 1° orb) and will remain within that orb for the next 4 years! Their first exact parallel crossing is the day after the New Moon, on February 9 or 10 (depending on your time zone). They'll make 6 exact parallel passes in total – 3 in 2016 and 3 in 2019 – and leave orb just as Saturn catches up to conjoin Pluto in January 2020. It's going to be an "interesting" 4 years!

Saturn and Pluto can be a tough alignment. Together they demand that we get down to brass tacks and get real about the stuff that seriously needs to be transformed. And if we have ignored it or run away from it for a long time, it can get pretty arduous or even ugly when these guys get up in your face. At its worst, this combination of energies can wreck havoc, bringing to your doorstep the consequences of ignored warning signs that now begin to dominate your life. (Two devastating and extreme cases in point: Saturn and Pluto were in opposition in September 2001, and World War I began in 1914 under their conjunction.)

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However, Saturn and Pluto can also be a time of no-nonsense productivity and transformation. Changes and decisions made under their watch are likely to have far-reaching effects, and when applied in a positive, constructive, responsible way, the result can be life-changing in the best possible way. The road is not likely to be the smoothest ride you've ever had, but if you put your back into it and keep moving through the process, even just little baby steps at a time, then these next 4 years could be extremely productive and beneficial.

FEBRUARY 2016 AND BEYOND ~ PARALLEL CLUSTERS

It's useful to see the exact dates, but don't forget that declination changes slowly (except for the Moon), so there are several days to weeks before and after these dates when the effects of these parallels will be in the air.

CLUSTER #1

Sun, Moon and Mars cross paths in parallel on Feb.06-07. Although past exact (barely), the Sun and Mars are still less than one parallel degree apart at the time of the New Moon, which underscores the square aspect between Mars and the New Moon (see the New Moon article, above).

CLUSTER #2

Saturn and Pluto are exactly parallel 2016: Feb.09, Apr.28 and Nov.20.
Mercury
joins them: Dec.31.2015 to Jan.02.2016, Feb.04-08, Dec.23-26.
Venus
joins them: Jan.09-11, Feb.13, Oct.17-18.

Mercury has also been conjunct Pluto since mid-January, and Mercury stationed in close conjunction on Jan.25. Now Venus comes up to conjoin them from around Jan.30 to Feb.12. All the while Mercury, Venus and Pluto are also tightly parallel. (If it felt like that Mercury Retrograde just didn't want to let go and move on, now you know why!)

Throughout February, Mercury and Venus add cleverness, curiosity, a desire for rewards and pleasure, exchange of ideas through interaction with others, and using your thoughts to find harmony and enjoyment. Since they happen to be both conjunct ("left to right") and parallel ("up and down"), this effect is especially emphasized. Great time to network with friends, find new ones, do creative writing, use communication to connect with people, and express yourself through beauty.

CLUSTER #3

Mercury and Venus come within a mere 4 minutes of parallel on Feb.18 (and swing back to an exact parallel in May). They're only about a 1-degree orb from being parallel Saturn and Pluto. At this time Mercury and Venus are also conjunct in Aquarius.

Mars joins Mercury and Venus on Feb.24-25. During this time (plus/minus a few days) all 3 are parallel in declination. Although Venus and Mercury continue to travel in conjunction, Mars does not make any major aspects to them, which probably lessens the effect somewhat.

After being parallel Saturn and Pluto in the first half of February, Mercury and Venus travel together in parallel declination (as well as conjunct in zodiacal longitude). They have a parallel encounter with Mars for a few days later in February.

At its best, the Mercury-Venus-Mars cluster can bring a time of cooperative, intentional action that aims to manifest goals that have been carefully thought out and planned. Since Mars doesn't form any longitudinal aspects to Mercury and Venus, it might require a bit of extra effort to turn your thoughts, ideas, creativity and desire for rewards into grounded action. However, it could be worth it if you do. On the down side, this could also amplify impatience, impulsiveness and over-reactivity when it comes to going after what you want and what you see as opportunities to pursue it. Aim for spontaneity based on forethought and solid research, rather than leaping before you've looked.

Feb.23 – Jupiter opposite Chiron (20:02 of Virgo/Pisces)  (Feb.24 in AU)

Jupiter, the planet of justice, hope, confidence and broad perspective is tipping the balance with Chiron, the planet of wounding, healing, chronic uphill climbing, and paradox. This could bring optimism to persistent struggles, or it might weigh your confidence down with old woundedness.

On the difficult side, you might feel like you're fighting fly up to reach a positive outlook on life, while feeling like there's a ball and chain of struggle and persistent problems wrapped around your feet. This could possibly manifest as health issues, or general melancholy and discouragement. It might also show itself through giving or receiving criticism and judgment. Negative or harsh opinions may amplify problems. You might also find that discouragement over lack of progress with problems could lead to feeling that your efforts are pointless or not worth it.

On the other hand, on the positive side this transit can inspire you to reach out for a more uplifting and understanding of the struggles and difficulties that are plaguing you. It can be a beneficial time to learn more about what the problem is really made of, especially on a detailed level. Expanding your awareness of the true nature of these issues can broaden your perspective of them and help you reframe the problem in a way that leads to a better solution. In particular, viewing struggles (especially chronic or long-term ones) through a spiritual lens may allow you to see them in a more meaningful way and give you a clearer sense of purpose.

What is called for is a better balance between optimism and discouragement, overconfidence and shame. It can be easy to focus on one while losing sight of the other, which tends to create a reactive effect that just amplifies both extremes and makes you feel worse. It may help to make small adjustments rather than big ones – the balance might seem to take a bit longer but it is likely to bring peace more effectively.

Jupiter is opposite Chiron: 1908, 1921-22, 1936, 1954-55, 1968-69, 1982-83, 2001-02, 2015-16, 2029, 2046-47.

Dates for the current Jupiter-Chiron cycle:

Feb.25 – Mercury sextile Saturn (15:42 of Aquarius/Sagittarius)  (Feb.24 in HAST, AKST)

It can be easier to take a logical, practical approach to problem-solving and decisions now. It's a good time to make plans and work out the logistics of how you're going to get from "here" to "there" in pursuing your ambitions. Or, you may find it's time to bring closure to finished goals, by distilling and systemizing what you've learned in the past several months. This will probably require a bit of effort on your part to make it happen, but the opportunity is there if you choose to take it. This transit can bring mental stability and the ability to apply your mental focus in a practical and grounded way. It may be easier to see things realistically and objectively. Creative energy can become productive and rewarding, if you use it methodically or logically.

Feb.26 – Mercury sextile Uranus (18:08 of Aquarius/Aries)  (Feb.27 in AU)

There is potential for brilliance and excitement under this transit. You may be more spontaneous, upbeat and eccentric than usual. If you are used to a fairly predictable lifestyle, it is a time when you may be inspired to experiment with something out of character. If you are used to being whacky, zany and impulsive, this transit can provide opportunities to express this. You may have an increased ability to "think outside the box" if you stretch your mind a little, and there is the possibility of having an "ah-ha!" experience, when answers and realisations fall into place. There is also the possibility of being mentally restless, so that it's hard to slow down your thoughts or apply yourself seriously to your responsibilities. Your attention span may be a bit short for a couple of days. This energy can be used to consider new ideas that seemed outlandish or impossible before, and see new potential in them.

Feb.28 – Sun conjunct Neptune (09:29 of Pisces)  (Feb.29 in AU)

This can be a time of great creative ability by taking unfamiliar or little-used sources of inspiration and channelling them into self-expression. This may or may not be "creative" in the artistic sense of the word, but definitely can involve taking an inspired approach to problems and challenges. It is a great time to be romantic, creative, intuitive/psychic or spiritual. Just remember that inspiration still means you have to work for the results. Don’t confuse intuition with being able to take divine intervention for granted. You may experience profound faith in the bountiful blessings of the Universe under this transit, but don't just assume you'll be granted everything you wish for. What you pick up from others and your environment can also become mixed up with your own wishful thinking, making it hard to tell where you stop and the rest of the world begins. However, hope, optimism and imagination spring eternal. Your sense of self can become infused with a sense of vision and having a mission, feeling that you are truly a Child of the Universe. Enjoy it while it lasts, as this transit only lasts a few days, but do a careful reality check before you act on the magical possibilities before you.

Feb.29 – Happy Leap Day!

Happy Birthday to all the Leap Day babies! Every 4 years we have an extra day in February. The year is called a Leap Year, and the day itself is usually called a Leap Day. People born on a Leap Day (often called "leaplings" or "leapers") tend to quip that they have a birthday only every 4 years, so their "real" age is only a quarter of the age of the rest of us mere mortals. ;-)

Is there any astrological significance to Leap Year or Leap Day? No, it's strictly a scientific method for keeping the Julian Calendar in sync with Earth's orbit around the Sun. Why do we need to do that? Because it takes a bit longer than the standard 365 days for the Earth to go around the Sun. Since the standard calendar uses 365 days, it lags behind the actual year by about a quarter-day per year. So we have to make up for that somehow; otherwise we'll wind up with the seasons completely out of sync with the calendar.

How can you tell if it's a Leap Year? The formula is a bit complicated:

If the year is evenly divisible by 4: Yes, usually; except if the year is divisible by 100 but NOT by 400.
If the year is evenly divisible by 100: No, unless the year is also divisible by 400.
If the year is evenly divisible by 400: Yes, always.

Example: the year 1900 was NOT a Leap Year (divisible by 4 but not by 400), but 2000 WAS a Leap Year (divisible by 400).

So, if you were born on February 29th in the following years, here's what your Leap Age is today:

Birth YearYearly AgeLeap Age Birth YearYearly AgeLeap Age
191610025 19684812
19209624 19724411
19249223 19764010
19288822 1980369
19328421 1984328
19368020 1988287
19407619 1992246
19447218 1996205
19486817 2000164
19526416 2004123
19566015 200882
19605614 201241
19645213 201600

Feb.29 – Venus sextile Saturn (15:54 of Aquarius/Sagittarius)  (Mar.01 in UK, AU)

It is possible to find some stability in your relationships and finances under this transit, especially if you are willing to negotiate fairly and realistically. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and budgeting, and to invest in hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and your interaction with others. Commitment and structure may be easier to approach and achieve than if you take risks now. Your self-worth can benefit from this transit because you may be less inclined to give in to mood swings. On the other hand, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.

Mar.02 – Venus sextile Uranus (18:23 of Aquarius/Aries)  (Mar.03 in UK, AU)

Relationships, finances, resources and pleasures could benefit from spontaneously trying a completely different approach. If these areas of your life have been getting a little stale or too routine, this transit could shake things up a little...just enough to make things interesting and breathe some fresh air into your familiar routine. Unexpected income could come your way, or you might discover something you just can't resist buying, or you might have an opportunity to make new social connections. The upside of this transit is that it's possible to break free of old habits and enjoy spontaneous interaction. The downside could come in the form of impulse purchases that are beyond your budget, or behaving a bit recklessly or making snap decisions that you can't live with later. This energy is best used to break free of what restricts you, without shattering the foundation you're standing on.

Mar.05 – Mercury square Mars (29:40 of Aquarius/Scorpio)  (Mar.04 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST)

Fiery speech, argument and hot debate characterise this transit. This could come in the form of conflict, or it might be stimulating and challenging – or both! One thing to watch out for is that you may have a short fuse for a temper, and the same may be true for others around you. It can be a time when you blurt out things you later regret, or you might finally find the courage to do something that's long overdue. The problem is that one can easily look like the other, and what feels like courage in the moment might look more like reckless haste in retrospect. Harsh words can't always be taken back, so keep a grip on your objectivity and better judgment while you're verbally fighting the dragons. Use this energy to stoke your motivational fires, and use your ideas to generate positive action. It can help to pace your mental energy like racing a horse, which can harness abundant energy to fuel your decisions, courage and resolve.

Mar.05 – Mercury enters Pisces (until Mar.21)

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.05 – Mars enters Sagittarius (until May.27)

This energy flies! You might feel inspired to defend a righteous cause, or to lead others in taking a stand about something. Or you might strive to move heaven and earth to reach toward a dream. You might be motivated to learn something new, or to share your knowledge with others. Inspiration, confidence and optimism can run high during this transit, which may be experienced as a release of optimism, freedom and spontaneous elation. However, it could also be a bit too much of a good thing, launching you or others into arrogance, confrontation or intolerance, especially if challenged by strong opinions. Expanded courage could make it easier to take risks or try new adventures, which will probably work best if you're balanced with realism or common sense. This is a time to act from your highest intention of morality, philosophy, spirituality, compassion and understanding.

Note that Mars goes retrograde in Sagittarius (Apr.17) and moves back into Scorpio (May.27). Mars then returns to Sagittarius (Aug.02 to Sep.27) to complete the retrograde cycle.

Mar.06 – Sun square Saturn (16:05 of Pisces/Sagittarius)  (Mar.05 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST)

It is necessary for you to come to grips with limitations, boundaries or expectations. If you have been avoiding some task or obligation, this transit might bring consequences from that avoidance or a warning of consequences to come. You might also encounter a situation that requires you to accept unwanted responsibility or restricts your freedom in some way. You might be faced with some part of your life being pruned back, either to rein in something that is out of control or to make room for new growth. This is likely to be more or less stressful depending on how comfortable you are dealing with responsibility, authority, limits and hard work. If you have a hard time with authority issues, you might find yourself in conflict with someone in authority under this transit – perhaps in part because your buttons are getting pushed. On the other hand, this could also be a time when you are challenged to take action or make a decision that involves taking on more responsibility. It is also a time when you may have to find better ways to deal with personal boundaries – accepting others' or learning to assert your own. You're bumping up against reality, so try to work constructively with it, not hurl yourself against it.

Mar.06 – Sun sextile Pluto (17:02 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Mar.07 in AST, NST, UK, AU)

Your sense of purpose is potentially strong now, being able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality may be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so much in situations requiring delicacy or subtlety. You have greater ability to see below the surface of things now, although it may not be as easy to put it all together and understand what it all means. It can be possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours and others'). However, you'll have to work to harvest the fruit of these potentials, and some of the insights and benefits may not become apparent until later.

Mar.08 – Sun opposite Jupiter (18:18 of Pisces/Virgo)

Your confidence and ambitions may become amplified, possibly to the point of becoming a problem under this transit. It may be difficult to judge how much is too much versus just enough, and it could just be easier want more and more..."just in case." You may feel the urge to travel or do something that could expand your horizons (literally or figuratively). However, satisfaction may seem just out of reach under this transit, so there is a risk of pushing too hard and lacking perspective or good judgment. You could find that tolerance, compassion and understanding are hard to find, either in you toward others or in others toward you (or both). You are seeing things through a mental magnifying lens, which may be distorting your perceptions or reactions. On the other hand, this can be a good time to take an honest look at how closely you are living by your integrity and values. Feedback might come from others who could be seeing something more clearly than you can see it in yourself. Or, you might find that a minor irritation about someone or something outside of yourself suddenly becomes a major problem. This is probably because you're seeing it more clearly (although not necessarily more accurately). The lesson of this transit is that everything gets amplified together – the positive and the negative, and at a certain point the difference between them may become meaningless. Reaching a balanced understanding of all that lies within that expanded view is the key to gaining wisdom from the experience.

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