March is featured by the New Moon and Uranus aligned with the Sun and Mercury. This can bring us flashes of insight throughout the month. Mid-March brings a grand earth trine between Pluto, Jupiter, Mars and Venus, which opens the way for us to receive opportunities and prosperity. Mercury turns retrograde in Aries on March 12. The Spring Equinox occurs on March 19, which ushers in the beginning of the astrological New Year. As March begins, we are still in the waxing phase of the February New Moon in Pisces, with its spiritual and idealistic overtones. In late February we entered the shadow phase of Mercury retrograde. As Mars is also still retrograde until April, it is timely to review our goals for the next two years and be more patient towards oneself and others. The first week of March may be a bit challenging for relationships. On March 3, the Sun in Pisces opposing Mars in Virgo tends to make cooperation difficult. On March 4, Venus in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra can lead to freedom/closeness dilemmas. Expressing one’s sincere intentions may restore clarity and balance. On March 5 Mercury conjuncts Uranus at 3 Aries, which is the first of three alignments due to Mercury’s retrograde motion. The next two weeks can be a very stimulating period, filled with new and unusual communications and experiences. It may also be a period of flux, with changing, erratic people, traffic or computer issues. With both Mercury and Mars retrograde, there are likely obstacles to action, so it is best to take a slower, more cautious approach. On March 8 the Full Moon occurs at 18 Virgo. In Virgo, we can strive to use analysis and discrimination to further reassess and refine our original ideas and visions (Pisces). The alignment with Mars in Virgo inspires us towards pragmatic and productive activities. This is a good time to bring current and ongoing projects to completion. The Sabian symbols for this degree speak to a transfer of power and knowledge and “the stimulation that comes from a group effort toward a spiritual goal.” Mercury turns retrograde on March 12 at 6 Aries 49, and will travel back into Pisces before turning direct on April 4. Taking the usual precautions with computers, travel and decision-making is advised. Mercury in Aries tends to act and communicate impulsively or willfully, which can lead to possible accidents or regretful verbal disputes. March 12-14 features a harmonious Grand Earth trine pattern with Pluto in Capricorn, Venus/Jupiter in Taurus and Mars in Virgo. This can be a very flowing and abundant period, filled with opportunities and favorable developments. If one has worked hard towards a financial or other tangible goal, the benefits are likely to arrive now (especially if you have planets in earth or water signs). The second Mercury/Uranus conjunction in Aries occurs on March 18, bringing further stimulating events and intuitive insights. Mercury in Aries continues to bring a faster life pace and quickening of events. The third Mercury/Uranus conjunction will occur on April 22 (Earth Day). The Spring Equinox occurs the next day, on March 19, which is a good time to set new intentions and resolutions. The New Moon occurs on March 22 at 2 Aries 22. Aries themes include pioneering and inspired actions, along with being energetic, courageous, competitive and independent. This is a favorable month to take a fresh new direction in an ongoing situation or project. This lunation is aligned with the Super Galactic Center, along with Mercury and Uranus, which can bring us important spiritual messages through our dreams and meditations. The Sabian symbol for this degree speaks to the power of our collective energies: “The sustaining power of the Whole, as the individual identifies himself with Its life.” Mercury re-enters Pisces on March 23, where it stays until April 17. This is a favorable period for meditation, visualization and further developing our intuitive guidance. However, be sure to double-check all outer communications. On March 24 the Sun conjuncts Uranus in Aries, which brings more unusual, new and unexpected events. Nervous tension can be present, along with a more independent detachment. On March 29, the Sun makes a challenging square to Pluto, which can bring out power struggles, willful or manipulative tendencies. The Mercury/Venus sextile in Pisces/Taurus on this same day reminds us that we can draw on our peaceful inner resolve to rise above any conflicts.
In April Mercury and Mars turn direct, while Pluto turns retrograde. Have a wonderful Spring!
* * * * * * * *
Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings. She is certified in Astrocartography. For more information, contact Dorene at email@example.com. Paypal accepted.
Donations also gratefully accepted. Send to P.O. Box 432, Seahurst, WA 98062.