We come into March still betwixt and between – our old conditioning and the magic of the paradigm shift. It could be crazy-making for those of us stuck too much in the past and attached to our desire for stability and security when in truth these times are more a time of frenzied disruption where old rules no longer apply and things can change dramatically in a nanosecond.
We ended February with Venus square Pluto on the 28th, and we enter March with Venus square Saturn on the 3rd. Old issues, old patterns could trip us up and possibly without our even recognizing that we are falling back into the comfort, or at the least the complacency, of discontent. It’s hard to break free of engrained responses, conditioned patterns. Even if we try to replicate the past, we might eventually realize that the ‘tried and true’ may be tried but no longer is true.
The 4th of March has Mercury retrograding back into Aquarius with Mercury then sextiling Venus just before Venus ends its transit of Aries and Venus enters Taurus, a Sign that Venus rules.
Although the past seven days may have had us banging up against restrictions, dealing with old issues, and feeling disempowered; this early March period allows us to breathe more freely, consider how we can present ourselves in ways that are effective and appealing, and helps us remove the blinders in order to see from peripheral vision options and alternatives that our adamant willfulness could have closed us off from.
Instead of trying to roll the boulder up the mountain Sisyphus-like, we might be more open to suggestions and ideas that run counter to our pre-conceived notions. We may feel less put upon, a sense of restraint that could have been more self-imposed than from external circumstance. The lesson during this winter period is for us not to get in our own way and to engage the necessary behavior during these times of paradigm shift: to be flexible and adaptable.
Either we can go with the flow or we could find ourselves smashing against the rocks – our choice, always our choice.
The 8th of March is likely to be one of those magical days, one of those times when our sensitivity is heightened, and we are more susceptible to the mini-miracles increasingly evident during the paradigm shift. This is a time for us to fully embrace our receptivity and the Taoist sentiment that ‘what is soft is strong’.
There can be interesting chance encounters, and we might decide on a personal makeover. By altering our image and our ways of doing things, we could discover that we have opened up a whole new panorama of possibilities for ourselves. Our magnetic qualities can draw fascinating serendipitous incidents to us. Yes, in deed, this time is one of magic moments.
This end of the winter season can be a highly productive one, a time when the more that we are aligned with the energies, the more effective and successful we can be. The key to our being on the right track is our receptivity and listening to what is truly going on.
The 9th of March has the Virgo Full Moon, also the day that Mercury ends its three-week retrograde cycle and turns direct. By Sign, this Full Moon triggers an Earth Grand Trine with the Moon in Virgo, the two planets of Venus and Uranus in Taurus, and the four Capricorn-transiting planets of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.
The sense of conclusions and completions during this end of the winter season can be strong and something for us to consider. We are about to enter the Spring season, the season of promise for renewal, renaissance and rebirths.
We are also about to end the Saturn transit of Capricorn with Saturn about to enter Aquarius in the first week of the Spring season. Saturn will retrograde back into Capricorn in July for a final and brief visit of the Cardinal Earth Sign before Saturn moves fully into Aquarius in mid-December to begin its two and a half year cycle of the Fixed Air Sign.
As we conclude the winter season, the Capricorn and Pisces energies are emphasized. Finishing its transit of Pisces and ending the Zodiac year in the process, the Sun sextiles Jupiter on the 11th, followed by the Sun sextile Pluto on the 14th, and concludes with the Sun sextile Saturn on the 19th just prior to the Spring Equinox on the same day.
Whether we are tying up loose ends of our past or we are preparing ourselves for the new beginnings promised with the coming of the Spring season each year, we may feel mystically guided in regard to right direction and right action.
As the Brits are known to have encouraged each other in preparation for the Second World War, this latter part of winter is a time for us to ‘keep calm and carry on’. Even with Mercury re-entering Pisces on the 16th, we need not fall victim to fear or anxiety but to keep in mind that in truth all things do truly work out in the end.
The Sun enters Aries on the 19th – 20th at the Spring Equinox to begin the Spring season.
We now have the Fire Element engaged, which has been lacking since mid-February when Mars exited Sagittarius to enter Capricorn.
The imprint for the Spring season has the Stellium of four planets in Capricorn with Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn all in the Cardinal Earth Sign, and all in the third decanate [Virgo] of Capricorn.
With the thrust of ‘Spring fever’ from the Aries Sun and the Moon in Aquarius to begin the season, we may be looking at forging ahead in new directions, all the while that we focus on our goals without losing sight of the specifics involved.
On the 20th, Mars conjuncts Jupiter. We may be determined to advance our interests and willing to do so with persistence and keen attention to detail. Similar to the sense of the Spring season being the season of rebirth and renewal, we are likely to be ready for new beginnings and for reengaging projects we might have put on the back shelf. We do need to be wary that we don’t push too hard with the idea that our optimism and confidence can carry us through whatever circumstances we might encounter along the way.
The 21st has a major Sign change as Saturn exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius. The transit through Aquarius this year may be brief, a relatively short introduction to the two and a half year transit of the Fixed Air Sign. This Saturn transit through Aquarius continues into the 1st of July when Saturn retrogrades back into Capricorn until mid-December when Saturn enters Aquarius for its full transit of the Fixed Air Sign until Saturn exits Aquarius and enters Pisces in March of 2023.
This brief introduction of Saturn in Aquarius over the next three plus months will provide some clues as to how the longer transit of Saturn through the Fixed Air Sign may play for us. Saturn rules Capricorn.
In traditional Astrology, the ‘ancient’ planets ruled two Signs, one of the masculine, positive Signs and one of the feminine, negative [not pejorative] Signs. With the discovery, really re-discovery, of the modern planets of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, several of the ‘ancient’ planets and their rule of two Signs have been discounted.
In truth, three Signs now have a co-rulership with the ‘modern’ planets and the ‘ancient’ planets. Scorpio has both Pluto and Mars as co-rulers. Pisces has both Neptune and Jupiter as co-rulers. And Aquarius has both Uranus and Saturn as co-rulers.
With Saturn’s entry into Aquarius what can we expect? Certainly, one area of universal unfolding during the Saturn transit of Aquarius will be technological development. We have merely scratched the surface of what can be achieved. Further development of A.I. [artificial intelligence], robotics, bio-technology are likely to make rapid advances. The quantum leaps in technological development may seem an incredible boon to humankind, but will we lose our humanity along the way?
One time frame to be concerned about the question I raise may occur as early as mid-winter through the Spring of 2021 and again at the end of 2021 into early 2022 when Saturn and Uranus will be in square aspect. We could see some of the liabilities associated with the technological revolution — e.g. the displacement of human labor in the economy by robotics, and artificial intelligence to the extreme of what Arthur C. Clarke wrote about in his book Childhood’s End and co-wrote with Stanley Kubrick in the screenplay for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey where the computer HAL 9000 with its artificial intelligence turns villainous. Will we be left wondering: what hell hath man wrought?
That is then, this is now.
It would be wise to notate how the Saturn transit of Aquarius is impacting us directly and specifically.
The 22nd and 23rd of March are two very powerful days, days that can be highly productive with remarkable insights, fascinating encounters, and a determination to build upon solid foundations.
The 22nd of March has Mercury sextile Uranus and Venus sextile Neptune. Considering the law of octaves, Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury, and Neptune is the higher octave of Venus. We can get some remarkable insights, uplifting news, and surprising information. As if channeling from a higher realm, we may figure out the most expeditious ways to accomplish our goals. In addition, our relationships can be close to ideal with a soul-like connection with other people. Whatever we touch today can turn to the alchemical gold. These two energy configurations could prove the truth of serendipity and the idea of ‘being in the right place at the right time’.
Virtually in tandem with these two highly pleasant and rather extraordinary energy configurations, the 23rd has Mars conjunct Pluto, possibly one of the most powerful configurations as Pluto is the higher octave of Mars. The passion and intensity may know no bounds. The effect can be an either or situation. Either we have the indefatigable energy to virtually move mountains or things could come crashing down. It is essential that we harness the energy with a focus and concentration. Otherwise, this energy might provoke belligerence, explosive behavior, and a liability of leaving everything in our wake in ruins. This energy is an all or nothing quality with liable explosions, implosions and unstoppable force. Let’s just hope the force on this day is with us.
The 22nd – 23rd of March are two highly significant days, days when we may be privy to the magic and miracles of the paradigm shift and could provide us with the will to transform our lives or accept the transformation to our lives forced upon us by the universal unfolding.
This latter part of March may turn out to be one of our most productive and scintillating periods.
The 28th of March has Venus, transiting its own Sign of Taurus, trine both Jupiter and Pluto both in Capricorn. The two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm, Venus and Jupiter, are in harmonious aspect. This Saturday would be a day when we might be engaged in makeovers — shopping for our wardrobe or home accessories, altering our appearance, or cleaning out the old and replacing it with the new. The key element to this day is to embrace the transformations that each of us is going through. A clean up and clear out may be called for. The more we can focus on the essentials, what is truly important to our new sense of self, the less clutter we shall have to attend to. What we have to be wary of is any tendency to overdo, for there is a liability of spending too much, getting too much, and engaging in excesses galore. And we are likely to easily justify our expenditures as a necessary part and process of our major makeovers and our alchemical transformation. While we can be impelled to put a good face on everything in our lives, there are times when less is truly more. This Saturday may be one of those days.
We end the month of March with our focus on our future.
The 30th has Mars exiting Capricorn and entering Aquarius where on the 31st Mars conjuncts Saturn. The Mars exit of Capricorn brings closure to the Capricorn Stellium of three or more planets in the Cardinal Earth Sign that has gone on since early December of 2019.
Our energy turns toward our options and our alternatives, ways by which we can embrace our autonomy, greater freedom of our movement, and our independence. We are truly on the threshold of quantum leap advances in the Technological Revolution. While fear mongers may wring their hands in despair about the doom and gloom of our society and the apocalypse of these times, those people who are willing to lift their heads to the far horizons will see the limitless possibilities that inventions and the innovative can bring forward with the mantram ever repeated of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’.
To borrow from Søren Kierkegaard: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
March 2020… from the fear of confusion arises the promise of the future…