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Planetary Illuminations - March 2019

Planetary Illuminations - March 2019

MAJOR MARCH EVENTS 

MERCURY RETROGRADE!  Mercury will turn retrograde on March 5th at the very last degree of Pisces and will continue in retrograde motion until the 28th.  Mercury is associated with mental function and communication, short trips and travel, and messages of all kinds so during this three week period we may find some dysfunction in these areas that are ruled by Mercury. 

Mercury is said to be debilitated in Pisces since Pisces, while imaginative and creative, tends to cause our thinking to be a bit more fuzzy and communication more confusing.  Just be aware that during these three weeks, and for a few days before and after, it will be important to try to maintain as much clarity as possible.  This time is very well suited, however, for creative projects and anything involving a quest for an inward experience. 

URANUS RE-ENTERS TAURUS!  Uranus first entered Taurus back in May of 2018, but then retrograded back into Aries in November last year to complete that cycle.  On a global level, as Uranus transits through the signs of the zodiac, it shatters paradigms and has the potential to create chaos as it dismantles the established order of things in order to create a new way.  In our personal lives, we can expect paradigm shifts in Taurus-related matters:  Financial and physical security, wealth, comfort, safety.  Uranus will remain in Taurus until 2026 and you can read more about that here.

FULL MOON AT THE EQUINOX!!  The 0 degree point of Aries, the Equinox point, is sometimes called the "World Point" because it orients us towards the world at large and externalizes our experience.  Down under, the externalization process is more complex because spring occurs at the Libra point rather than Aries, but here in the northern hemisphere the Aries point is the harbinger of spring - the emergence of the Sun into a new trip around the Zodiacal wheel. 

The Full Moon in March occurs at 0 degrees Libra, with the Sun at the Aries Point.  This will be a significant energy portal as we shift into the new season under the Aries/Libra polarity (more about this under the March details below).  I'll be writing more about that at Astrological Musings, and will probably make a video about it as well. 

SATURN AND PLUTO!!  Saturn (tests and challenges) and Pluto (creative destruction) are both in Capricorn and will collide in January of 2020.  The combination of these two planets generally denotes a destructive force that can clear the path of any debris that is interfering with the natural movement of the Universe towards balance.  This has the potential to be a positive force, but it is also associated with contraction and challenge, especially now since both planets are in the contracting sign of Capricorn. Saturn and Pluto will not reach the full conjunction this year, but between the end of March and the end of June they will be close enough that we will begin to feel the belt tightening.  This is not a time for risk taking, especially if your own chart is affected.  


MARCH DETAILS

Venus is very active during the first few days of March, infusing a bit of excitement and energy into our social interactions.  Venus leaves staid Capricorn for innovative Aquarius on the 1st and for the next few weeks (until the 26th) we are likely to be surprised by those around us.  Expect to find more detachment and less emotion in interpersonal relationships while Venus is in Aquarius. 

Mercury turns retrograde on March 5th, although the influence of the retrograde begins a few days before as the motion of Mercury slows down to prepare for the retrograde turn.  Until the 28th when Mercury turns direct, try to avoid entering into commitments that can't be reversed, if possible.  this is not always possible and in that case simply be as careful as you can with the details of every communication to try to ensure against confusion.  And when confusion arises you can simply laugh it off and say "Mercury is retrograde!  Of course."   

Uranus will move into Aries on the 6th just in time for the Pisces New Moon.  Pisces is a sign of magic and illumination, but it is not grounded in reality, so the energy of this New Moon will be best focused towards a spiritual and creative experience rather than attempting to forge a new beginning in the concrete realm of reality.  The Sun and Moon are tightly aligned with Neptune - the modern ruler of Pisces - which enhances the poetry and expansive quality of this New Moon but also makes it even less grounded.  Between the 5th and the 8th or so, we can use the energy of the New Moon to bring more enchantment into our lives.  But if you can avoid it, try not to make any big decisions during this time. 

March 8th through the 12th brings a few days of harmonious planetary alignments that will help us to regain our equilibrium if we have lost it, and generally helpful energies.  This is a good period for just about anything, although on the 13th we may find ourselves taking on more than we are actually able to do and perhaps losing some of the good juju that we have enjoyed. 

Mercury, and therefore the mind and communication, becomes very active between the 14th and the Full Moon on the 20th.  The influences are mostly positive and energizing, although on the 15th potential exists for some conflicts of opinion and a tendency for everyone to believe that they are the ones who are right. 

As previously discussed, the Libra Full SuperMoon on the 20th balances the Libra Moon with the Aries Sun, both at the Zero Point of each sign.  This is a powerful shift of energies!  Not only is this a Full Moon, with all of that emotional impact, and a SuperMoon, meaning it is at its closest point to the Earth, but it is also at the first degree of the cardinal signs that shift us from one season into another. 

With Mercury retrograde, this will be a wonderful time to re-examine areas of our lives to see where we need to find more balance between our own needs (Aries) and our relationships (Libra).  It's also the perfect time for resolving any conflicts that are holding us back from moving into the next phase of our lives since the Full Moon chart features harmonious planetary interactions.  Watch the blog for more information about this powerful lunar event!   

Between the 22nd and the 24th we may have to face some truths that may bring up some emotional pain that needs to be healed.  Any confusion in our thinking or communication is heightened now, even more than the normal Mercury retrograde occurrences.  With Venus moving into dreamy Pisces on the 26th our interactions with others may be even more confusing, but we will start to regain our equilibrium on the 27th.  

Mercury turns direct on the 28th.  Hurray!!  It will take a few days for Mercury's motion to get back to normal though, so keep a watchful eye until the first week in April.  

Mars has been in Taurus for the past few weeks and will move into chatty Gemini on the 31st which will help us to clear away any cobwebs of confusion wrought by the Mercury retrograde period.  If you've saved up any discussions to have once the retrograde is over, this is your time!

PLANETARY CALENDAR (dates and times are Eastern time zone)

3/1  Venus square Uranus
        Venus enters Aquarius
3/2  Venus sextile Chiron
3/5  Mercury turns retrograde 29 Pisces
3/6  Uranus enters Taurus
        Sun conjunct Neptune
        New Moon 15 Pisces 11:04 am
3/9  Sun sextile Saturn
3/10 Mars sextile Neptune
3/11 Venus sextile Ceres
3/13 Sun sextile Pluto
        Sun square Jupiter
3/14 Mars trine Saturn
        Sun trine North Node
        Sun conjunct Mercury
3/15 Mercury square Jupiter
3/16 Mercury sextile Pluto
3/17 Mercury sextile Mars
3/20 Mars trine Pluto
        Mercury sextile Saturn
        Full Moon 0 Libra, 9:43 pm
        Sun enters Aries
3/21 Mars sextile North Node
        Venus sextile Jupiter
3/22 Sun conjunct Chiron
3/24 Mercury conjunct Neptune
3/26 Venus enters Pisces
3/27 Venus sextile Uranus
3/28 Mercury turns direct 16 Pisces
        Pluto opposite North Node
3/31 Mars enters Gemini

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. http://www.astrodynamics.net

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