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Planetary Illuminations for March 2017


March 2017 Illuminations


The planet Jupiter is inspiring an urge for expansion and knocking down walls of all kinds right now.  Anything that restricts or binds us from following our heart's desire will feel even more oppressive, so this is a time to really look at your life and see where change can be made.  Unlike the change of the past 10 years which came at us from outside, this is change that begins from the inside.  Sometimes the first step is to convince ourselves that change is possible - from there everything else unfolds. 

March begins with a challenging aspect between Jupiter and Uranus, and ends with a challenging aspect between Jupiter and Pluto so the entire month is caught up in this dance of expansion (Jupiter) and transformation (Uranus/Pluto).  This is the major influence that oversees all of the smaller cycles that are described under March Details. 

Venus turns retrograde on March 4th.  Venus is the planet of love and attraction, and presides over relationships and all matters of wealth and finance.  When a planet turns retrograde we often see reversals of some kind, and until April 15th it's a good idea not to initiate new financial transactions. This is a time when you may reconnect with loved ones from the past, or reboot a current partnership.  It's typically not a good time to begin a new love affair, and a relationship that begins when Venus is retrograde will likely require ongoing work to keep it afloat. 


March begins on the heels of the solar eclipse which helped to loosen some of the stuck places in the psyche and create an opening for positive change.  The influence for positive change continues during the first week or two as our creativity finds opportunities to awaken and emerge.  While this time is well suited for meditation and connecting with spirit as well as imagination and inspiration, March 1st through 4th are not the best days for business activities or anything requiring focus. There is potential for confusion if we attempt to take on anything too serious during this time.

That changes from the 5th to the 9th when suddenly we find ourselves feeling more in balance and energized, easily able to manifest our ideal day with mental clarity. 

Mars enters Taurus on March 9th, and for a few weeks we will find ourselves generally more grounded, with a strong desire for a peaceful environment and an increased desire for simple pleasures such as delicious foods and the comforts of home.  Under Mars in Taurus we will find the people around us less willing to bend and compromise as Taurus is a fixed sign and Mars in Taurus lends itself to stubbornness. 

On the 10th there is a very quick day when we will be acutely aware of our emotional flow, and any dissonance will be more uncomfortable than is typical.  

The Full Moon on March 12th is in Virgo, with the Sun in Pisces.  The Virgo/Pisces polarity requires us to balance the mundane details of life in a body (Virgo) with a transcendant longing to merge with the Source of life (Pisces).  The Pisces influence is very strong in this Full Moon since the Sun is tightly aligned with both Mercury and Chiron, all in Pisces.  At the Full Moon we will find ourselves operating more from the emotional and intuitive aspects of ourselves and this may create a sense of feeling out of balance as the Virgo Moon calls for details and order.  Watch for more details about the Full Moon at Astrological Musings.  

Mercury enters Aries on March 13th, and for the next few weeks our thinking will be energized and we may find ourselves feeling more impulsive than usual.  This is very helpful for anyone who normally has diffculty making decisions since the mind is activated under the Aries fire influence. 

Between the 14th and the 17th, challenging solar aspects could create a sense of darkness as our attention is forced inwards to confront any dysfunction that may be interfering with our ability to find harmony in our lives.  These relatively minor but still annoying cycles are only difficult if there is in fact this dysfunction that creates problems for us.  When we are well integrated and in harmony with ourselves we tend to experience the more positive aspects of these cycles, which in this case will be a strengthening of resolve and renewed sense of wholeness. 

The Sun enters Aries on March 20th, rebalancing the water/fire energies and bringing the inspiration and motivation of the fire element into predominance.  

Tempers may flare and arguments ensue between the 23rd and 26th as Mercury, planet of the mind, engages in battle with the planets of change and creates a likely mental disturbance.  This could make it difficult to sleep or rest, but on the positive side this could be an excellent period for writing or for hammering out agreements and negotiating settlements.  It's not a harmonious time, but there is a lot of force and power at work that can boost us out of a place where we may have become stuck. 

This dynamic is at work in the chart of the Aries New Moon on March 27th, so expect this to be a vibrant and active time.  The New Moon is aligned with Venus which is typically a positive blessing, but Venus is retrograde now so there is a sense of loss and renewal.  New Moons are times of new beginnings, and this New Moon looks to the past to find hope for the future.  Aries energizes us at the New Moon, and a shower of creativity in the lunation chart helps us to see beyond the veil of the ordinary physical reality and into a world which you yourself create. 

The month ends with the Jupiter/Pluto square which is also part of the chart for the New Moon.  Jupiter, in its role as King of the Gods, encourages us to find our own god-like qualities but faced with a challenge from Pluto, the god of Death and Transformation, this does not always go our way.  Surrender is nearly always required where Pluto is involved, along with a trust and confidence that events are unfolding for our highest good, even though we don't always understand this at the time. 

A powerful end to the month of March!  I hope your life is filled with peace and joy this month, and the blessings of the planets and the stars. 

I hope you find this information useful!  If you'd like to know more about how your own chart is affected by these planetary influences, consider a personal consultation with me.

Meanwhile have a wonderful month!

best wishes,



3/1  Sun conjunct Neptune, Jupiter opposite Uranus
3/4  Venus turns retrograde, Mercury conjunct Neptune
3/5  Mars trine Saturn
3/6  Sun conjunct Mercury
3/8  Mercury sextile Pluto
3/9  Sun sextile Pluto, Mars enters Taurus
3/10  Mercury conjunct Chiron
3/12  Full Moon 22 Virgo 10:53 am, Mercury square Saturn
3/13  Mercury enters Aries
3/14 Sun conjunct Chiron
3/17 Sun square Saturn
3/18  Mercury conjunct Venus
3/20  Sun enters Aries
3/23  Mercury square Pluto
3/24  Mercury opposite Jupiter
3/25  Sun conjunct Venus
3/26  Mercury conjunct Uranus
3/27  New Moon 7 Aries, 10:57 pm, Mars sextile Neptune
3/29  Mercury trine Saturn
3/30  Jupiter square Pluto
3/31  Mercury enters Taurus

Lynn Hayes has been a consulting astrologer since the mid-1980s, working with clients to achieve greater self-understanding and empowerment. She uses the birthchart to identify psychological and evolutionary patterns and systems, and then uses a process using a powerful combination of methods including "vision crafting" to permit breakthroughs in all areas of your life and heal old wounds that can prevent you from moving forward. Clients report rapid progress in breaking through areas where they formerly felt "stuck," and achieving a level of self-understanding not before known. This is why Lynn calls her practice "Astrodynamics."
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