February 25th – March 2nd

This week ends February and begins the month of March. Winter may be winding down, but we might also be feeling the collateral damage of winter, feeling lethargic, a little out-of-sorts and even coping with a winter cold or flu bug. At the beginning of the week, our focus could be more towards an internal evaluation that the sense of hibernation often brings. It is a time to be resourceful, to get down to the basics and concentrate on the fundamentals. Far better for us to deal with outstanding matters and issues that need attending rather than avoiding situations that otherwise will only continue to dog us as we come into the Spring. Let’s remember that in the natural cycles Winter is a time to go inward, a contractive time for us to look at what we are doing and how we are doing it. An honest self-assessment can go a long way towards finishing up situations, considering our resources and then devising the whats, hows and wheres of our intended future.

Nature may seem to be in a hiatus phase, but appearances may be deceiving. Now is a time when more is going on below the surface than is readily apparent.

We may be in the planning stages this week, dealing with the past all the while that we are considering, planning and strategizing for our future. Let’s take the time, not push ourselves and appreciate the rhythm and the cycles in our lives and in life itself. This week is a time for us not to rush the river but to check the currents and ready ourselves to launch successfully into our intended projects.

Monday, February 25th – Resourceful Steps – Mars, Pluto, Saturn. Monday starts the week coming off yesterday’s Sun Saturn opposition. We may feel that we have certain matters that need to be take care of, but we might just not have full energy to move things forward. Such a dichotomy could prove frustrating, especially in light of the fact that we start the Monday with the Moon in Libra trine Mars in Gemini. We may awaken to the alarm clock blaring like a factory whistle insisting that we get on the fast track. And the fast track we might be looking at, even if our physical vitality is not one hundred percent. Although we may start the day champing at the bit, in fast forward with a turbothrust, the Moon then moves into Scorpio where it sextiles Pluto and sextiles Saturn. If we can restrain ourselves from any knee-jerk reactions, we could harness this thrust of energy in most resourceful ways. We can effectively prioritize our activities, be productive with our time management and find ourselves working smarter rather than harder. This Monday can be a highly successful day whereby we can blend our intuitive sense with a common sense approach and where we can virtually move mountains using the most expeditious methods. The key aspect to keep in mind for this Monday is to neither set ourselves up with an overwhelming activity list nor give in to a sense of lethargy just wanting to pull the covers over our head and make the world go away. A brisk morning walk can get the blood circulating and the mind more focused and then we can get down to the business at hand in a strategic and well-considered manner.

Tuesday, February 26th – Chess Plays – Mercury, Venus, Sun, Jupiter. As though writing to our present times, Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. This Tuesday could bear great similarity to that sentiment. On the one hand, we have Mercury conjunct Venus in Aquarius and the Scorpio Moon trine the Sun and sextile Jupiter. Our discussions with others can be bright and scintillating. People may prove both interesting sounding boards for our plans and also trigger points for us to consider future possibilities. On the other hand, the Scorpio Moon squares both Venus and Mercury. If we feel vulnerable or as though someone is getting too intrusive, we might close down or lash out. Our tendency today could be to open up in a protective stance. We shall share with others some aspects of ourselves but not those that make us uncomfortable or are too intimate. While heart to heart talks can broaden our perspective and resolve misunderstandings, they need to be done within a comfort zone. Anything too extreme could prove overwhelming and could then contribute to a shutdown. We may be willing to give only so much today. If we take things step by step and don’t steamroll or feel steamrolled, then we can gradually broaden and reveal even more. This Tuesday is a good day to consider our prospects, test the waters and also to err on the side of caution. Let’s not get entranced by the appearance without checking out the substance. Expression followed by review would be a way to balance the ebb and flow of today’s bellows-type energies.

Wednesday, February 27th – Outside the Box – Uranus, Neptune, Moon Void-of-Course. Wednesday is a day that demands adaptability. The day begins with the Scorpio Moon trine Uranus and square Neptune. It would be wise to keep in mind today the adage: ‘if you want to make god laugh, tell god your plans’. We might start the day focused on diversions, distractions, unexpected things that come our way that take us off the track. If we are willing to be flexible, we might realize that our journey is not the intended destination but rather the process of taking the steps and allowing the steps to unfold according to the rhythm of their own process. We might assume that anything that takes us away from our intended focus is either a detriment or an obstacle to our planned activities. If we go there with that attitude, then this Wednesday could prove frustrating. We might then feel as though we are continually banging our head against the wall. Instead of wallowing in despair or playing the victim, we could take a different approach. Like the awe and wonder of a child, we could take the quizzical disposition of curiosity and see where things could lead us. As the day proceeds, the Moon goes Void-of-Course, making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Scorpio, for sixteen and a half hours. This day may not be the most productive but it could prove instrumental in fine-tuning and assisting us to see alternatives and options we might not otherwise take into account. Sometimes, we just need to get out of our own way. This Wednesday could be one of those times.

Thursday, February 28th – Stuck in the Middle, or is it Muddle? – Lunar T-Square, Saturn, Sun. Last Sunday we had the Pisces Sun opposed Saturn in Virgo. On this Thursday we revisit this opposition by means of the Sagittarius Moon creating a Mutable Sign T-Square by squaring Saturn and squaring the Sun. We may feel pushed and pulled in different directions today. We could be juggling a number of different situations. The more we can work in spurts of energy, going from one thing to another to another then coming back to the first thing, the more effective we are likely to be. If we try to go from start to finish on one particular matter, we could either skip over specific details in our rush to get it done or we could get anxious and resentful feeling trapped by our own projects. Today is a day to be certain that we have dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s. We may have tasks we need to perform but resentment or anger would be less than helpful. Let’s do what needs to be done without getting fixated on the completion. Even if we can’t finish everything today, it is far better for us to deal with several things instead of being singularly focused. We may be working from a high level of nervous energy, anxious, perhaps even waiting for the other shoe to drop. Getting out of doors and airing out would give us some breathing room and allow us to quell the nerves. We need to avoid second-guessing ourselves or being overly critical in our evaluations today. This Thursday is a day to lighten up, look at the big picture and take a broad perspective on things.

Friday, February 29th – Leaping Lizards – Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Neptune. Okay, bad allusion, I know, but this Friday is one of those rare days. The Gods must be crazy, you might think, adding on an extra day to February. We are all likely to be gung-ho to get into Spring and here we are anticipating the end of February with an additional day tacked on. Okay, okay, yes, it is a leap year and this Friday is the leaping lizards of the year. Happy Birthday!, leaplings. This Friday can be a day that not only adds a day to this year’s calendar but can also be expansive thanks to the energies. The Sagittarius Moon today sextiles the three planets transiting Aquarius: Mercury, Venus and Neptune. Our thoughts are broad and our discussions upbeat and exuberant. Today is a great day to get together with friends, sit down and hold forth on what’s going on within our social circle and the plans we want to develop in the future. The one thing to watch for is the Moon square Uranus. There could be a few monkey wrenches to the day, so let’s be open to the unexpected. Plans may have to change or we may find that not everyone is on the same page. If we don’t carried away or upset by surprises, this day can be a highly effective one to present our plans and gain valuable support for our projects. Today is a great day to also consider travel plans, where we might want to go on the short-term to break the winter doldrums or where we might choose to go over the summertime.

Saturday, March 1st – Madness – Mars, Pluto, Saturn. Saturday begins March, often referred to as ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’ as the weather often continues with the blustery, cold winds of Winter to begin the month and the month ends with warmer and quieter climate conditions of Spring. The Madness, or March Madness, often refers to the basketball tournaments played by colleges at the end of their regular seasons. My reference to this 1st day of March as madness is the Moon’s opposition to Mars while the Moon is still in Sagittarius and the Moon’s conjunction to Pluto as it enters Capricorn. We have been in orb of the Mars Pluto opposition since last Autumn, when Mars in Gemini exactly opposed Pluto in Sagittarius. Next week, Mars having moved into Cancer will again exactly oppose Pluto now in Capricorn. The question of whether we have built upon rock or built upon sand is likely to be highlighted during this month of March. And this Saturday may give us a preview. To begin the day, we may be scurrying around, virtually like the Mad Hatter in Alice’s Wonderland, wondering whether we are late for a very important date. We may have errands to run but we might feel the tug of a desire to get off the track, blow out of Dodge and hit the open highways. Nice concept and something for us to consider, to begin the day. Doing something special in the early morning hours can help settle us down into the errands or addressing our ‘to do’ list for the day. For the Moon moves out of Sagittarius and enters Capricorn where it conjuncts Pluto and sextiles Saturn. After a brief morning coffee or brunch, we can use the rest of the day to clean up our clutter, get rid of the extraneous and pare down to the basics. This day may be a day to run our errands and continue with a Winter clean out in preparation for the coming of Spring. But all work and no play is no fun, so let’s be sure to do something in the morning hours that allows us to spread our wings and bask in the enjoyment of our living. Our responsibilities can be addressed after we have a fun interlude.

Sunday, March 2nd – Upbeat and Inspired – Sun, Jupiter. This Sunday can be a pleasant day thanks to the Capricorn Moon sextile the Sun and conjunct Jupiter. We may choose to go out of our way for someone today. It is our choice and we may not feel obligated to do so, but our compassion is there and we’re likely to be feeling good about our abilities and inspired by the bounty in our own individual lives. Even if the world seems crazy at times [at times?], today is one of those days to count our blessings and appreciate everything we have in our lives. Our spiritual side is likely to be strong today. Even if we are not a usual churchgoer or a member of a religious group, we may find that we are connecting with our spiritual side. It may take the form of a walk by the seashore or out in the woods. It might take the form of sharing with someone the meaning of life, the purpose of our lives. It could have us recognizing our accomplishments and preparing for the next step in our journey, our bucket list of what we want to do in our future days. Any way we slice it, this Sunday can have us feeling upbeat and inspired.