by Heather Roan Robbins
Welcome to the astrological new year’s eve; energy builds as the spring equinox approaches. But today let us review where we stand, notice what we’ve learned and accomplished, and sketch out what we need to empower in the year ahead. Align so that spring’s rocket fuel sends us in a good direction.
The Moon starts the party when it enters enthusiastic fire-sign Leo early this Fridaymorning, even though the Pisces energy lingers with the Sun (for one more day) Venus, and Neptune in intuitive, foggy Pisces. Mars forms an irritating sesqui-quadrate with Uranus and sets off minor squabbles and shots across the bow. The weekend brings an enthusiastic restlessness and encourages us to plant seeds of fertile new beginnings. Though seeds of future discontent can also take root.
Energizing Sun enters brash fire-sign Aries at 10:30 PM MDT on Saturday and marks the first moment of spring. Thoughtful Mercury follows on Monday. They join Mars, already in enthusiastic, proactive fire-sign Sagittarius and light a blaze under us, under our hearts, and encourage us to step out of any lingering low-energy Piscean doldrums. They also lower impulse control and light a fire under every already-simmering pot on in the political landscape.
Aries imbues us with same bravery that a crocus has as it pushes past cold ground and reaches for the Sun, brave life starting over in the spring of this uncertain world. Aries loans us courage, directness, and the tendency to act without thinking through consequences. We have to add that ourselves.
This fire under our heart is both softened and made more dangerous (as in -not the least bit realistic) by a magical, romantic, idealistic Venus-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. Keep eyes open for new connections of all kinds, for romance, spiritual brethren, and creative collaborators, but stay in the present with one another.
This momentum runs smack into some tough, confrontational aspects right away. Already inflamed political differences can really square off as expansive, liberal Jupiter squares contractive, conservative Saturn. On Wednesday the direct Aries Sun opposes the Libra Full Moon in a lunar eclipse and spotlights any tension between our needs to express ourselves and the compromises necessary to create a healthy relationship.
This eclipse can help us shake off co-dependent patterns. With Venus and Neptune conjunct—we want to love, love our partner, best friends, and cohorts. But if we feel we have to choose between our needs, and those of our relationship—we’ll tend to choose our own. We need to know what we need and want so we can negotiate in a clean and clear way, explore a healthy way forward that benefits all. If we feel we have to capitulate to keep the peace, we’ll rebel asap. This goes for politics and family dynamics as well as our love life.
On the other hand—if we are so fiercely independent that we isolate ourselves, this too will be tapped and questioned. Our needs and wants, or theirs? That dichotomy is an illusion. What would that third perspective look like? This eclipse wants to know.
We process that unfolding story over the rest of the week as talkative Mercury trines Mars.
Friday, March 18: On this last day in the astrological year, with the Sun is the last degree of Pisces, Mercury in Pisces, and Venus approaching a conjunction with Neptune, the Leo Moon call us to engage but the lingering Pisces energy can leave us tired and easily overwhelmed even though we can feel a growing excitement. The morning calls us to review and remember. After an easily-angered, abrupt, impatience mid-afternoon as Mars challenges Uranus, the mood mellows into a sociable evening.
Moon enters Leo 1:54 AM, Moon trine Mars 9 to 45 AM, Mars sesqui-quadrate Uranus1:42 PM.
Saturday, March 19: On this octane-charged day let the changes begin, the Leo Moon, Uranus, and Saturn forms a grand trine in instigating fire signs during the day, and Sun enters Aries at 10:30 PM. The doorway open, so reach out and connect, present, investigate, and flirt. Life can feel both like a performance art—and vitally real. Morning is rich and interesting, afternoon has a lazy spell, the evening rocks. Feel magic in the air as Venus conjunct Neptune overnight, but stay aware of surroundings and potential consequences.
Moon trine Saturn 9:07 AM, Moon trine Uranus 2:42 PM, then VOC. sun enters Aries10:30 PM.
Sunday, March 20: Morning stays magical, though we may feel a bit fried or hung over no matter what we did last night as the Moon enters Virgo midday. Garden those new possibilities with practical action. Evening grows edgy as the Moon squares Mars, family members and political opponents grumble, but it may just be frayed nerves or feeling over-extended or underutilized. Rest and practice patience.
Moon enters Virgo 11:39 AM, Venus conjunct Neptune 11:44 AM, Moon square Mars 9:13 PM.
Monday, March 21: We see the problems in earlier enthusiasm on this fuzzy-thinking morning, but shouldn’t get discouraged, just refine our work instead. Share a sweet moment, offer encouraging words midday as the Moon conjunct Venus. Our repartee gets snappier in the worst and best of ways, conclusions may be jumped to or rash decisions made as Mercury enters Aries around dinnertime.
Moon oppose Neptune 7:59 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 10:13 AM, Mercury enters Aries6:19 PM, Moon squares Saturn 8:06 PM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 8:26 PM, Moon trine Pluto 9:54 PM than VOC.
Tuesday, March 22: We can spin our wheels, the mood is oddly wandering and peripatetic as the Moon makes no major aspects. A good day to discuss options and grow our understanding, a tough day to build momentum. Relationship issues itch and need gentle attention; jump to no conclusions.
Moon VOC all day until it enters Libra 11:23 PM
Wednesday, March 23: Speak with direct honesty and compassion on this potentially eventful day; the lunar eclipse at 6:00 AM highlights interpersonal tension and conflicting needs. Notice tension between the right to free speech verses diplomatic fairness, the loud and angry needs of individuals vs. the collective. The Libra full Moon reminds us that if we have no justice, we get no peace; if we know justice, we can know peace.
Jupiter squares Saturn 4:15 AM, Moon opposed mercury 5:11 AM, Moon opposed Sun-lunar eclipse 6:00 AM, Moon sextile Mars 10:32 AM, Sun conjunct Mercury 2:10 PM,
Thursday, March 24: Yesterday’s story develops. Stay honest and keep the heart open even under duress. Find facts this morning, stay solution-oriented as some people show their difficult edges midday. Be prepared to make decisions this afternoon, but make them for the long haul rather than a short urgency.
Moon sextile Saturn 8:33 AM, Moon square Pluto 10:25 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 2:54 pm, Mercury trine Mars 4:44 PM.
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