March Astrology Rant 2006
by Mystic Marguerite
March is one of the most transformational months of this year. As we begin, the Sun is traveling through Pisces, sign of dreams, dissolving and melting away, introspection, surrender, escape, sacrifice; we celebrate the experience of being one with All. Then abruptly on the 21st, the solar orb moves over into Aries, crossing the Aries Point of detonation into an explosion of new life. Aries energy is driven to explore, to test the limits, start new projects and get the lead out of winter blahs. The dregs of comfortable old dreams and projects begin to fade away, and the rather uncomfortable process of thrusting out new roots in order to surface new creations demands our attention.
Of course, this March turns out to resemble a personal bout with hives when examining the planetary aspects slated for the month. Seldom are so many irritating, progress-stalling and even violent energies bouncing off one another, from one end of the month to the other. The baseline of advice is to hang loosely; don’t make any binding agreements of any sort, spend major money or believe what you hear. Try to refrain from joining in with the general mayhem, rather wait for dust to settle because there is going to be change and more change in the playing field, accompanied by much subterfuge, fumbling and dissemblment. The sorting out and committing process is best begun in April, roughly coincident with spring cleaning.
Below is the list of aspect highlight, offered with handling suggestions:
March 2 to March 25, 2006: Mercury (communication and transportation) goes retrograde, or into apparent backwards motion, moving from 26°Pisces to 13° Pisces. Pisces is a sign famous for not speaking its mind. It prefers to communicate in visions and images while tending to procrastinate when pressed. Great for purposes of spin and propaganda. As pertains to your own mind, think of week old, re-heated rice pudding and proceed accordingly. Those born in Pisces will probably get away with hell, or will appear to flicker in and out of embodiment.
March 4, 2006: Jupiter goes retrograde, moving from 18° 52’ Scorpio back to 8°58’. The planet will resume direct motion around July 6. Jupiter rules expansion (bigger and more is better), generosity, law, organized religion and good times in general. This event does not mean you cannot have any good times or make money from now ‘till mid summer. We are just more inclined to turn inward and contemplate first, rather than immediately reaching outwards into worldly distractions; to exercise more caution before taking risks. In the negative sense, truths preferably left hidden are far more likely to surface while Jupiter retro’s in Scorpio, consummate sign of power and ambition obtained at any cost.
During March the other social arbitrator planet Saturn (limits, frustrations, obstacles and disappointments) is also in retrograde motion. When both Jupiter and Saturn are retro, it’s not a good time to start a new business or commence any other major new project involving money. All the retro action plus two eclipses this month, signals great potential for a major financial adjustment in the economy. In the mean time, speculation and gambling likely continues to run amok.
March 11 2006: Mars at 11°Gemini 18’ squares Uranus at 11°Pisces 18’. This aspect invites violent activity of a radical nature. Watch the news for fresh atrocity. Good idea to watch the temper, watch what one says and expect people to be a bit out of sorts during the days immediately surrounding this aspect.
March 14 2006: Lunar eclipse and Full Moon at 24° Virgo 15’: The focus is on how we organize and present information, also doing service, attending to detail and health concerns. A lunar eclipse signifies a change in form; often we are not in control of the situation. It’s best to wait on taking action, as information that was not available before will surface in the weeks following. The closer and eclipse is to the position of a natal planet in your chart, the more likely its affect will energize a specific area of your life. On the social level when eclipses are accompanied by difficult aspects, there may be a major shift in orientation brought about by an event of impact, either natural or man-made.
At the same time, Sun opposing Moon will be in square with Pluto in Sagittarius and asteroid Juno in Gemini, all four points forming a grand cross. This is likely to be a tension-filled time for committed relationships, as some may feel the need for increased freedom. The cross smacks of power struggles in general and ambition welded aggressively by clergy or religious factions as they attempt to impose conservative agendas on the populus.
March 26 2006: Venus conjuncts (is next to) Neptune at 18°57’ In the middle of all the confusion, we have the goddess of love (also beauty, values, sensual pleasure) right up next to the planet of glamour, vices, lavender fog, deception and mystic spirituality, both in the sign of idealism and interest if humanity at large. So chances are good we will want to put an unrealistic and rosy spin on life at large. We already have a the long-term aspect of Jupiter square Neptune, which is encouraging foolish speculation, arguments over belief and over-amped expectations of all kinds, good for most of the year. Both aspect patterns are good for keeping hopes up and ideals elevated, but one needs to take care that this spirit doesn’t intrude on keeping the check book balanced or encourage a predator to camp on your doorstep.
March 29 2006: Solar eclipse at 8° Aries 51’: A solar eclipse is a change in essence; the spirit and direction of an enterprise is subject to diversion. Again, it is best to keep affairs just as they are, roll with the flow and see what happens in a couple weeks. This event will be followed shortly by a Pluto-Mars opposition in early April, so there is likely to be some aggressive belligerence over financial or relational affairs in the air or perhaps a hostile show-down or two over turf.
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