Just as with February, March begins with shakeup energy as Mars prods the North Node (path of the future) while sextiling erratic Uranus. New inspiration is possible as the planetary patterns are generally positive, including a Grand Trine (ease), 2 Kites (with focus on the North Node and Mercury – making wise decisions), and a Mystic Rectangle (raising consciousness), which suggests positive developments are now possible after the long ordeal of Trump’s Impeachment and Britain’s Brexit stalled progress. “Make hay while the Sun shines” because the relative calm of early March cannot be expected to last beyond the Full Moon on the 9th.
Mercury in Pisces Retrograde
As March begins, Mercury is midway through its first retrograde period of the year (begun February 17th). While Mercury is in emotionally vulnerable Pisces (February 3rd – March 4th and Mar 17th – April 11th), pay attention to detail in your communications, especially while Mercury is still retrograde. Mercury stations direct at the Full Moon on March 9th but remains in its shadow until April, so our plans this month may be less comprehensive than we’d like. Mercury in Pisces amplifies emotional vulnerability and creative ideas, but there is also the potential for unpredictable and irrational behaviors, in personal, national and global affairs this month.
Full Moon – March 9th
The Full Moon on March 9th aligns a sensitive Pisces Sun with confusing Neptune while being opposed by a worried Virgo Moon. US National anxiety may be further sparked by aggressive Mars opposing our National Sun in the 7th house of allies and open enemies. Although gentle Venus conjuncts Uranus (relational or financial volatility) which sextiles our Nationally friendly Jupiter/Venus, natally in the 7th house, Pluto opposes our National Mercury. Unexpected and destructive administrative decisions could exacerbate future problems.
Sabian Symbol for Uranus
The Sabian Symbol for Uranus at 5 degrees Taurus mid-month (“a grieving young widow, weeping over the grave of her fallen husband”) is concerning. This image suggests a national or global tragedy may occur this month with substantial loss of life. Chiron adds stress through its T-square to the Nodes. Have we wounded ourselves as a democracy by acquitting Trump? Or does this refer to the dangerous coronavirus? This Full Moon is about revisiting the lessons of the past, while also facing the truths of the moment. Determine what must be released NOW because old patterns or out-worn relationships are blocking the new chapter of your life which beacons.
Chaos may be heightened during this Full Moon as Mercury “stands still”, gathering strength for its forward movement, while opposing Trump’s Mars (angry vitriol) as the Sun conjuncts ephemeral Neptune, bringing confusion, illusion, betrayal, disappointment or grief. At the same time Venus conjuncts Uranus, which can stir breakups and exert pressure on women’s health laws. Watch the Supreme Court this month regarding arulings on abortion rights.
Spring Equinox comes a day early due to Leap Year. It falls on March 19th in the US, rather than on the 20th as it does in Europe, Asia and Australia. The Equinox tells us that compassionate communications, especially within our families, is possible now because of the sympathetic water trine between Mercury in Pisces and the North Node in Cancer. Saturn (the law) at 29 degrees Capricorn is being tested as it trines the Sun on the powerful zero-degree Aries Point marking the beginning of the zodiacal New Year. Whatever is activated at Equinox sets the tone for the entire year, including Saturnine qualities (discipline, patience, perseverance as well as delay) which will support progress this year. Buckle down and get to work after being paralyzed by Impeachment and Brexit earlier in the year.
The Equinox also highlights Mars, Jupiter and Pluto, all conjunct, parallel and high declination, and thus acting excessively. With Pluto prominent, nuclear issues are on the table during 2020 along with other potentially traumatic events. Expect Iran’s nuclear position to dominate the international conversation for much of the year.
New Moon on March 24th
On March 24th the New Moon in Aries (new beginnings) further amplifies Mars/Jupiter/Pluto, while rigid Saturn squares explosive Uranus, amping up aggressions, saber-rattling and earth changes. Chiron also squares the Nodes, suggesting further wounding resulting from health emergencies (Chiron), as well as storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and potential terrorism or war skirmishes which are Plutonic events that alarm and harm.
On the last day of the month Mars conjuncts Saturn (challenges to forward movement), Jupiter conjuncts Pluto (high energy) which trine Venus in Taurus (sensuality). As a nation we must examine our values regarding how social and political compliance with power has threatened our democracy and degraded our political systems. What containment is possible now that Trump is all-powerful?
A New Path Forward
Here’s some personal advice. Gather up your energy and initiate a NEW PATH. Let go of the past and do not become immobilized by fear. Appreciate the happy moments that you’ve shared with loved ones in the past. Behold the vista of possibilities that expands before you and feel gratitude as you step into and sculpt your new reality.