Low-Down Archives March 2007

March 2007

For the New Moon Cycle in Aquarius:
February 17 to March 17, 2007

Feb.17, 11:13 AM EST � NEW MOON in Aquarius (28:37) (Feb.18 in Sydney) ("What's a New Moon?"  Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.  Read more about the Aquarius side of your personality.)

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year! The New Moon in Aquarius always marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. In 2007, we are heading into the Year of the Pig (or Boar) � the Yin Fire Pig, to be exact. You can find out more about Chinese astrology here and here.

In western astrology, the New Moon in Aquarius brings an opportunity to explore who we are in relation to our friends, groups, clubs and all of humanity. We are more attuned to the future � what we hope and wish for the future, progressive new ideas or sweeping change that rattles the foundations of the present. This energy may play out in your experience of technology and the Internet. Or you might be seized by a sudden urge to do something completely out of character, original, unconventional or unpredictable.

There are Stelliums (3 or more planets in one sign) in both Aquarius and Pisces now. In the last 3-4 months, we have seen the bulk of the planets move slowly en mass from Scorpio through Sagittarius and now through Aquarius and Pisces. Aquarius is about the individual connecting with a larger context of life in relation to one's fellow humans. Pisces is about connecting to our place in the vast Universe and the deepest core the psyche. These signs therefore have much in common, but they are also very different. Aquarius is left-brain, logical, rational, conceptual and mental. Pisces is right-brain, intuitive, imaginative, empathic and spiritual.

So this New Moon brings a challenge to get these two similar yet different energies working together in productive, concrete ways (especially with practical Saturn being the handle of the chart). What you might experience initially is a feeling of waffling back and forth between the Aquarius and Pisces states of mind; for example: an objective viewpoint versus merging with the flow of everything around you. Or, you might get stuck in one and find that others in your life are playing out the other; for instance: you may want to be creative, intuitive and empathic, while someone else is trying to be rational, detached and objective, or vice versa.

Mercury has just turned retrograde (Feb.13), which probably doesn't help matters. ;-) If anything, it probably makes it easier to slide into the Pisces/creative/intuitive/right-brain frame of mind, especially since Mercury is currently in Pisces but also because Mercury retrograde tends to bring out a right-brain mental state.

In addition, the Saturn-Neptune opposition is very close during the New Moon, and this strongly echoes the Aquarius/Pisces "oil-and-water" combination of energies. The question becomes: Whose reality is this anyway? And who is in control? Do we have the power to control our lives, or must we succumb to whatever fate the Universe decides to grant us? The optimistic power of imagination and positive thinking collides head-on with the realities of life and the mortal world. Life doesn't always work the way our hopes would like it to. And life doesn't always have to be such a hard-nosed struggle as we sometimes believe it does.

Under Saturn-Neptune it can be easy for these sides to polarize (and us with them) into an all-or-nothing view of the world. Something (or someone) is either heavenly or horrible, good or evil � and can just as quickly flip into its opposite. The more polarized we are, the more extreme our experience can be. Hope becomes devastation; devastation rebounds into elated optimism. The more reality fails to live up to our dreams, the more determined we may become to ensure that we don't fall into the opposite nightmare. And in an effort to stop the world from swinging between extremes, we may resort to rigidity, absolutism and dogmatism.

What is left is the murky terrain of "maybe's" in between the absolutes of "yes or no," "good or evil," "all or nothing." This is tricky territory to navigate because there is little to tell you if you have the "right answer." In fact, there may not even be just one right answer. Or the "answer" may end up being a compromise between what we want and what is possible. In other words, we may have to give up a little of what we want in order to get a little of what we need.

During this lunar cycle, you are challenged to reach out and touch something greater than yourself, yet still keep your feet firmly on the ground. If you get too far into an esoteric, elitist, or non-rational state, it is important to balance it by coming back down to earth and returning to a practical or realistic outlook.

As an example: Let's say you feel weighed down by problems lately. You might get so caught up trying to maintain a perfect positive attitude that it interferes with your ability to face the reality of the problem and respond in an effective way. Ironically, this could actually perpetuate the very problems you're trying to solve. There's a difference between using optimism to balance out sadness, frustration or despair, versus using optimism as an escape hatch to avoid a more difficult reality. The key is balance, not to focus on one at the exclusion of the other.

In another example, you might go the other way. You might prefer to stay close to the ground so that you don't risk falling. In this case, you might instinctively seek refuge in pessimism, cynicism, depression or rigid thinking. As "negative" as these seem to be, this might allow you to avoid the disappointment of putting your hopes in something new that doesn't turn out as you expected. However, it could also keep you stuck in an unhealthy situation more than you have to be.

The motto of this lunar cycle? "Pick your poison!" ;-) Decide what's important to you and allow that to be your guideline (but not a rigid rule). Be willing to be flexible in order to find your way along the winding trail, but not so flexible that you abandon your integrity.

The best use of this energy is to stretch yourself out to span more of yourself. Become aware of your idealism, longing, fantasies and wishes, and accept these as being part of your human nature. Also, be prepared to accept that reality doesn't always conform to those wishes. If you have trouble getting yourself in balance, it can help to get a private astrology reading to see how the planets are affecting your personal chart, since there may be more going on than just a wonky New Moon. ;-)  

Feb.18 � Sun enters Pisces (until Mar.20)

Happy Solar Return to all Pisces! While the Sun travels through Pisces we all have a chance to attune ourselves to our intuitive, creative, spiritual and reflective nature. This can be a time when dreams may become more important, meaningful or frequent, as the unconscious swells into consciousness. It is a time to spend quality alone time with yourself away from the noisy world, so that you can tune in to the still small voice within. This might be done through meditation, prayer or seclusion. Although not necessary to do in seclusion, you might also connect with that inner space through music, art, dance, yoga, Tai Chi or walking a labyrinth. This is a non-rational space (not necessarily the same as irrational) that emerges from the formlessness of the unconscious full of possibilities for manifestation. Pisces holds the gateway to our source of creativity and our spiritual Source. It points the way to the Great Unknown, where all life begins. Therefore, while the Sun is in Pisces, we have a chance to meditate on our relationship to this womb of creative energy. So try your hand at writing poetry. Or, try drawing or painting, especially with your non-dominant hand. Immerse yourself in a warm bath and listen to the most beautiful music you can find. Walk through a labyrinth, or walk through a forest. Take some time to just BE.

Feb.19 � Venus square Pluto (28:32 of Pisces/Sagittarius)

Relationships and interactions are likely to be deep, intense and transformative under this transit. The same goes for your sense of beauty, and your material and financial dealings, which may require you to delve far deeper than usual to discover the truth under the surface of things. You may encounter the dark shadow of your desires -- the obscure, secret or unconscious hunger that hides underneath the "politically correct" face you show to the world (and to yourself. This is a challenge to be resolved in some way. It might bring out conflict rooted in envy or jealousy, if someone has something (or someone) that you feel you are entitled to. Or, it might prompt you to reach very deep into your soul to find your inner beauty and value. You may be challenged to develop empathy or empowerment about something that initially seemed undesirable, unforgivable or scary. This transit can show you the problem areas that need to be transformed and healed. And seeing these more clearly can be a catharsis that sets that transformative healing in motion.

Feb.21 � Venus enters Aries (until Mar.17)

Your style of handling relationships, finances, resources and values now take on an attitude of assertiveness, directness and the pursuit of freedom and independence. Impulse buying may be a stronger temptation than usual, so be sure you can afford whatever it is! Your way of interacting may be somewhat more direct, open or flirtatious during this transit. You may have opportunities to acquire money quickly and casually...and spend it too! You may also be more open to trying new things in the areas of finances, relationships, interactions and your values. Trying out new ideas can take you into uncharted territory...which may or may not be welcome depending on how comfortable you are with change. But this still may be just what you need to get you out of a rut in the affected areas. This can also be a good time to celebrate and appreciate yourself just as you are, as a unique individual.

Feb.22 � Sun conjunct Mercury Retrograde (04:11 of Pisces)

When the Sun conjoins Mercury Retrograde, there is a new beginning in the areas of awareness, communication, use of information and exchange of ideas. This may or may not be heralded by a recognisable event or experience, although for a day or two your consciousness may shift. Your awareness and mental concentration may take a dip into the unconscious, becoming unusually murky and muddy, or it may rise into ultra-consciousness and become suddenly clear and lucid (afterwards returning to the usual Mercury retrograde fog). A new awareness or perspective on what has unfolded during the retrograde cycle thus far may surface now, or an unworkable attitude or perception of these events may fall apart under the weight of new information. This shift of awareness may be obvious or subtle, sudden or gradual, but this transit marks a turning point in the Mercury retrograde cycle. It also marks a time when mental awareness often goes further underground, for the rest of the retrograde period, making it a little harder to operate objectively and rationally in the outside world. Spend some time in your right-brain, intuitive, non-rational mind, which can coax your mental creativity and inventiveness to the surface.

Feb.25 � Mars enters Aquarius (until Apr.06)

This is a freedom quest! The assertive, forceful energy of Mars can be at its most rebellious, defiant and eccentric while in Aquarius. We may feel especially independent. Or perhaps more accurately, "counter-dependent" -- whatever is perceived to be dependent or restrictive may trigger an automatic reaction in the opposite direction. On the other hand, you may be inclined to jump to liberate someone else who is in a dependent position -- perhaps an "underdog" or a noble cause. Taking a leadership role to champion an unconventional cause may make you a lot more noticeable...which may or may not be to your advantage (depends whether you want to continue in that role). It can be a good time to invest your energy in activities involving groups, friends, community or Humanity as a whole. Motives, behaviour and energy can be a mixed bag of unstable, spontaneous, unpredictable, liberating, obstinate and/or humanitarian. Have fun with it, but it may be wise to keep a lifeline to something realistic and grounding.

Feb.26 � Mercury Retrograde enters Aquarius (until Mar.18)

Mercury is retrograde in Aquarius, which can bring up thoughts and ideas that are way off the beaten track! With Mercury's usual conscious thought patterns turned inside out under the retrograde, you might get anything from very weird dreams to brilliant new ideas to thoughts that are scattered and fragmented. Your attention span might be a little short and you could easily feel bored with anything that seems ordinary, monotonous or too limiting. You might also feel frustrated and overwhelmed because you feel a need to stretch your thoughts and perceptions beyond your usual horizons, yet feel trapped by the demands of day-to-day life. On the other hand, you might find you are able to spontaneously reach beyond your usual limits and view life from a totally different angle. Ideas may explode suddenly in your mind and words could burst out of your mouth. You might be tempted to say things for shock value or to break down a wall of resistance that you perceive is in your way. Write down your best ideas to process and develop later.

Feb.28 � Saturn opposite Neptune (20:15 of Leo/Aquarius)

This is the second of three passes of the Saturn-Neptune opposition. The other two passes occur on Aug.31.2006 and Jun.25.2007. Their peak effect is often felt within about 10 days or so before and after the exact dates. This is a very complicated combination of energies! Saturn represents the physical world; Neptune represents the spiritual realms. Saturn is about discipline and hard work; Neptune is about faith and trust in the Universe. Saturn brings us face to face with hard reality; Neptune brings us to our imagination, fantasies and illusions. These two planets mix together like oil and water!

At their best, these energies combine to manifest the highest potential and vision that we can imagine. Yet, this kind of idealism typically loses something in the translation and we can easily wind up disillusioned, disappointed and depressed. In addition, we often harbour hidden hopes, fears, dreams and illusions that can come flooding out and overwhelm us if we don't see them coming. Life does not consist of only the physical world of the sensory experience and logic. We are sentient beings that are greater than the sum of our parts. You might believe that life extends into a spiritual dimension that transcends and exceeds the physical. Or, you might believe that "what you see is what you get." Either way, our human experience stretches beyond simple creaturehood, and our potential reaches far beyond mere impulse gratification.

Saturn and Neptune challenge us to find the illusion in the reality and the reality in the illusion. This takes us into the liminal or "in-between" spaces � that transitional gap between one thing and another. When Saturn and Neptune combine, we are in both places at once and yet in some place that is neither. With this being the opposition aspect, it is the fruition of the conjunction that took place in 1989. At that time, you began a new relationship with that liminal space. You set off on a journey of exploring the connection between the physical and the non-physical, the logical and the intuitive, the practical and the inspirational, the known and the unknown.

By now, our journey has brought us to a point where a new ability to recognise and be open to both realms has emerged. In fact, we may be more attuned to each of these realms more clearly now, yet may need to work on how to bring them together. It is now our job to work with our awareness if these energies and integrate them into both our spiritual and practical approaches to life. As we do this, we may find that one energy tends to overpower the other and it's difficult to keep them in balance. For instance, if you are more comfortable with the solid realism of Saturn, you may try to define, structure or suppress the more nebulous experience of Neptune. If you are more at home in Neptune's intuitive, imaginative realm, you may want to cloak the harsher Saturnian reality in "sweetness and light." This transit is about finding a balance between these extremes that will allow us to exist in and embrace experiences from both worlds. Our humanity has elements that belong to both worlds. It is time to bring the two together to manifest our dreams and to raise our mundane existence above mere survival.

This is the second of three passes, which means your experience of these energies is likely to impact you on a more internal level. It is a good time to look more deeply into the hidden meaning behind situations that bring out your imagination, longing, idealism and dreams � and possibly also your cynicism, pessimism, disappointment or perfectionism. If you find yourself caught in all-or-nothing mood swings or feeling stressed out, you might want to do something to get yourself quiet, calm, centered and grounded. Take a break, take a walk, write in your journal, listen to music, do the dishes � get your head out of the space you were in. Then level out until you can face the day again.

Feb.28 � Mercury Retrograde sextile Pluto (28:42 of Aquarius/Sagittarius)

Penetrating insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. It is also a time when your mental concentration can come together so easily that you become obsessed. You may prefer in-depth discussion to small-talk, and it might feel awkward if you aren't able to explore the depths in your interaction or communication with others. However, you likely have an increased ability to pick up on undercurrents of what's happening around you. This is also a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions and ways of communicating. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities.

Mar.03, 6:17 PM EST � LUNAR ECLIPSE and FULL MOON in VIRGO (12:59 of Virgo) (Mar.04 in Sydney AU) ("What's a Lunar Eclipse?"  "What's a Full Moon?"  Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.   Read more about the Virgo side of your personality.)

It's eclipse time again! Twice a year we get a pair of Eclipses � a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse, not in any particular order. Today's Full Moon in Virgo is also a Lunar Eclipse, followed by a Solar Eclipse at the New Moon on Mar.18.

The Full Moon in Virgo opens our minds and experience to self-improvement on all levels � physical, spiritual, psychological and emotional. In Virgo we seek to take "what is" and make it better. To do this, we must pay attention to details, be specific about the results we want to achieve, and be prepared to do whatever is necessary to bring that about. There is a dedication to perfection in Virgo, which can be used to refine ourselves and our lives�or to put such a fine point on our aspirations that we don't allow ourselves to be human. (Sorry but you can't get away from that one. ;-)

This Full Moon in particular brings up the themes of perfectionism, idealism and realism, and how well we are able to tolerate and work with the liminal (ambiguous, transitional) spaces that lie between them. This is reflected in a couple of factors in the Full Moon chart, starting with the Saturn-Neptune opposition. We have been living with this energy since mid-way through last year, and this transit is very close now and therefore very strong.

Sabian Symbol for the
Full Moon in Virgo

Virgo 12:59

A powerful statesman overcomes a state of political hysteria.

This seems to be a very appropriate Sabian Symbol ("What's a Sabian Symbol?") for this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse!

There is certainly a lot of disruptive, confused and fragmented energy present now (Lunar Eclipse, Sun conjunct Uranus, Saturn opposite Neptune, and the Yod Kite). This can let in creativity and eye-opening insight. However, it's also possible we could feel some anxiety (at its worst, panic or "hysteria") as we encounter change and need to make adjustments.

This symbol offers hope that order and structure are possible in the midst of this upheaval and change. This can be reached by taking on (or cooperating with) authority and by working with the situation as a whole (rather than trying to fix individual events, feelings or thoughts).

Although Virgo (which this symbol belongs to) typically deals with details, this symbol speaks of the need to take a step back from the detailed view and invoke another Virgo trait: organization. Bringing order to the minutia that can overwhelm us.

Dane Rudhyar (An Astrological Mandala) has a typically complicated yet profound interpretation of this symbol. He writes: "We are at the stage where a powerful realization of the very purpose of the cycle of existence faces the chaotic remains of a dis-structured past." In other words, we have access to a powerful realization of the nature of our existence. And yet, this awareness also brings with it the chaotic remnants of our past. A unifying structure is required or our hard work could crumble under its own weight.

The figure of the powerful statesman suggests to Lynda Hill (360 Degrees of Wisdom) that "it is through the power of your personality that you can resolve the situation and bring back a state of equilibrium," particularly when trying to calm the distress of others.

Marc Edmund Jones (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology) sees the need to take careful inventory of our experience, since order is fragile and can easily fall back into disorder due to neglect. What's the solution? Says Jones: "The greatest opportunity for self-discovery lies in the transient crises of everyday living."


Read more about the Sabian Symbols in these recommended books:

The Sabian Symbols in Astrology,
by Marc Edmund Jones

An Astrological Mandala,
by Dane Rudhyar

The Sabian Symbols: The Original Symbols Fully Revealed,
by Blain Bovee

The Sun-Moon opposition (which is what a Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse are) forms the "spine" of a very tight Yod Kite aspect configuration (a.k.a. Focused Yod or Boomerang). Read more about this aspect figure here.

In addition, Virgo's planetary ruler Mercury is still retrograde until Mar.07. Mercury retrograde can make things wonky at the best of times! Mercury is therefore likely to act as a lightning rod for all the unpredictability, upheaval and continual need for adjustment brought on by other factors present at the Full Moon. However, with all this chaotic energy being scattered around, you have a chance to try something new on for size.

For example: Feel like you're stuck in the same old problems? Do something different in the way you respond. Feel overwhelmed because your careful plans keep coming undone? You might try treating this as an adventure, to experiment with detaching yourself from the need to achieve a particular outcome. Then see what the Universe comes up with instead. Allow yourself to be surprised!

This Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, and therefore it is the fruition and emergence of themes and events that begun at the previous Solar Eclipse. This took place on Sep.22, 2006, which challenged us to improve ourselves with dedication and sharp focus. So...how have you been working at improving your life since last September? This is a time to take stock of how well you're doing and evaluate what's working, what needs to be adjusted, and what simply isn't working and should perhaps be abandoned or let go.

At the time of the Solar Eclipse in Sep.2006, Jupiter and Saturn were in square aspect (stressful, conflicting but also motivating and dynamic). This transit brought a challenge to wrestle between your responsibilities and your aspirations, between the ways that you wanted to expand and grow versus the areas that needed pruning back in your life. At today's Lunar Eclipse, Jupiter and Saturn are in trine aspect (easy-going, easy-flowing, cooperative, creative). Therefore, the ways that you struggled and fought hard to move toward improving your life back in September are likely starting to work a bit better for you by now. It is probably a bit easier to balance what you have to do (responsibilities, obligations, necessities) with what you want to do (inspired pursuits, exciting possibilities, liberating faith).

Last September, the Saturn-Neptune opposition figured prominently in last September's Solar Eclipse chart, in the form of a stressful but motivating T-square aspect configuration with Jupiter. The knowledge, expectations and idealism that you brought to the issues in your life at that time needed to be adjusted and problem-solved to get them to fit together and work cooperatively rather than pulling against each other.

Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter are now moving into a Grand Trine Kite formation in combination with Venus, the great diplomat and strategist. This means you are on the verge of being able to (potentially) bring these energies together in a powerful, productive and satisfying way�as long as your idealistic hopes and dreams can be balanced with healthy realism and productive "elbow grease." Venus' talent for strategy, compromise and cooperation can help to bring these factors together in creative, inspired, caring and harmonious ways. (Read article about this series of Grand Trine Kites.)

Although the effects are felt by everyone, you have to be in the right place on this planet to be able to actually see the Lunar Eclipse in the sky. (It's perfectly okay to look directly at a lunar eclipse. It's only the Solar Eclipse that will damage your eyes.) If you're in Europe or Africa, you're in luck! You have the best view on the planet. If you're in North or South America, the Moon will be in mid-eclipse as it rises (just after and opposite the sunset). And if you're in central or eastern Asia or west Australia, you'll catch the eclipsed Moon as it sets (just before and opposite the sunrise). Watch for a gradual reddish glow on the Full Moon.

Mar.03 � Yod Kite or Focused Yod (Sun/Uranus, Moon, Chiron, Venus)

This is a very tightly focused aspect configuration that is a very prominent figure in the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse chart. Its energy will therefore continue to influence us as the current lunar cycle unfolds (until the New Moon on Mar.18) and even until the next Solar Eclipse (Sep.11.2007). This aspect figure starts with the Sun conjunct Uranus � guaranteed to bring some excitement, unpredictability, awakening and/or rebellion into your life! The Sun and Moon oppose the Moon, forming the "spine" of the Yod Kite figure � having your usual worldview shaken up to some extent, which could result in either an "ah-ha!" experience of awakening or an impulsive reaction.

Complicating this is the Yod figure from the Moon to Venus sextile Chiron. Normally Venus sextile Chiron would bring healing through pleasure, ease, negotiation and cooperation. However, Venus' desire for harmony and calm may be offended by the disruptive nature of Uranus, meaning you might feel especially sensitive and upset by unexpected changes. Chiron's healing agenda could become stretched to the breaking point, as your "chosen path" keeps getting moved just as you're about to take the next step.

The best advice is to remain flexible and open-minded � not to the point of abandoning your resolve or giving up on your goals, but enough to flow around the corners of surprise and adapt to the changes that are happening. If you are artistically inclined, this could be a great opportunity to tap into some very unusual and original creativity. If you tend to be logically minded and like things ordered and predictable, you could learn a lot from this energy by allowing yourself to be open to a different point of view.

In general, this combined energy can bring an opportunity to expand your philosophical nature by learning to be a bit detached (which is not the same as being disconnected) from the world around you. As the saying goes, "be in the world, but not of it." Become centered and allow events to turn around you without trying to stop or control them (short of putting yourself in harm's way, of course). Expand your mental vision to reach a broader understanding of what's happening and what is coming up inside you.

Mar.03 � Venus sextile Chiron (12:33 of Aries/Aquarius) (Mar.04 in Sydney)

Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with -- peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives.

Mar.03-12 � Grand Trine Kite in Fire Signs (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn opposite Neptune; closest on Mar.08) ("What's a Grand Trine Kite?"  "What's a Grand Trine?"  Read NEW article about this series of Grand Trine Kites.)

A Grand Trine in Fire signs brings a blast of enthusiasm, excitement, motivation, empowerment and physical/emotional energy. It can also add fuel to anger, lust, violence, hostility or aggression. It's a bit like having a blow torch, which can be put to productive, creative use or can cause damage and destruction. But trine aspects (which compose the Grand Trine) can easily be taken for granted and not used to their fullest potential. What will help you tape into this energy is to find a good balance between fact and fiction, illusion and reality. Creativity is probably Number One on the list of positive uses for this energy � art, dance, music, writing, etc. Rather than artistry, this could be simply taking a new approach to something in your life so that it speaks to a higher purpose for the "greater good" (society's or even just your own). However, if you get tangled up in ambiguity and uncertainty (or its shadow side, "all-or-nothing" perfectionism), the Fire energy could lead to explosions of temper and forcefulness that does more harm than good. If this happens, try taking some time out to get calm and centered, and/or find a constructive way to blow off some steam (like working out, cleaning the house, etc.). Or, channel it into a creative project that expresses what you're feeling.

Mar.05 � Sun conjunct Uranus (14:41 of Pisces) (Mar.06 in Sydney)

Spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants" characterize this transit. You are more open than usual to new experiences and open-minded to new perspectives. Your sense of humour and fun are finely tuned and may spring up unexpectedly and irreverently. It is more possible to break free of old habits and getting out of a rut you have been in. In fact, you may find it is fun to try doing something completely out of character...so much so that it's wise to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. Have fun pushing the envelope, but try not to rip or shred that envelope. On the other hand, that might be the only way you can get out of a restrictive situation that's holding you back, and this transit could give you the impulsive courage to do just that. Your creativity may come in bursts and in unexpected ways, so try to take advantage of them when they present themselves or else write down your inspiration for future consideration.

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Mar.07 � Mercury stationary Direct (25:25 of Aquarius) (Mar.08 in London, Sydney) ("What's a station?"  Read more about retrogrades.  Read more about Mercury retrograde.)

For up to a week before and after today, you may experience mental intensity, confusion, and miscommunications or changes in your outlook. Mercury is taking a slow turn to resume his direction motion, officially changing direction today. Mercury has been retrograde since Feb.13, urging you to rethink and rehash things that have required some fine-tuning or revision. This can be a time when a clear decision starts to emerge from issues you've been struggling with during the retrograde period. Or, it might turn your perspective around so that you're seeing your situation fresh again. Over the next couple of weeks, while Mercury is still in the Shadow, your brain may feel a bit like it's waking up after a deep sleep. It is now time to gradually put into practice the learning you've gained from your retrograde dreams and moonlight visions. It will take time to get fully back into sync with the Mercury direct energy. So, take it slow, one step at a time, and untangle yourself one strand at a time.

Mar.08 � Venus trine Jupiter (18:32 of Aries/Sagittarius)

Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. The flow of attraction (whether that is magnetizing people, things or opportunities) is riding a strong current right now. You could find it easier than usual to get the resources and abundance for whatever you need right now. On the other hand, "your eyes may be bigger than your stomach" (as mother used to say), meaning your desire may magnify your sense of need beyond what is wise. You may be tempted to spend, flirt or bluff your way through situations, preferring to ignore or avoid hardship, boundaries or drudgery. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but be careful you don't get your hopes up so high that you set yourself up for disappointment or make promises you can't keep. It's probably wise to balance this easy flowing energy with some discretion and good judgement.

Mar.09 � Venus trine Saturn (19:37 of Aries/Leo) (Mar.10 in Sydney)

Stability in relationships and finances characterises this transit. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and to invest the hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and interaction with others. Commitment and structure are easier to achieve and embrace than change or taking risks. Self-worth can benefit now because you are less inclined to give in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.

Mar.09 � Sun square Jupiter (18:38 of Pisces/Sagittarius) (Mar.10 in Sydney)

You may be inspired to expand far beyond your usual boundaries during this time, although this may or may not work in the way you hope it will. It can be a time of challenge, when you decide that now is the time to move beyond your current horizons and make the ultimate push for something you believe will bring you happiness, fulfilment and prosperity. How successful you are will probably depend on how prepared you are for what comes next. Your judgment and your ability to see things objectively and realistically can be a little "off" during this transit, since your hopes and ideals might distort what is actually possible. It can be easy to overestimate the envisioned results, or you might underestimate the amount of work necessary to sustain your dream and prevent it from being just a flash in the pan. Try to avoid being overconfident and making promises you can't keep (including to yourself).

Mar.09 � Venus sextile Neptune (20:35 of Aries/Aquarius)

Artistry, romance, creativity and faith have the potential to flow freely now. Your creative Muse is whispering in your ear, although it will still take your own elbow grease to turn it into something real. Socially and romantically, things could run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear in yourself about what you really want. This can be a time of blessings and abundance (in all areas of life) ...but there is also the risk of overspending and being overly optimistic in your assumptions about money and relationships. Your natural beauty and warmth can be brought out by this transit, but don't just waste it on creating a fa�ade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms!

Mar.11 � Daylight Savings Time begins in North America

The changing of the clocks into Daylight Savings Time happens a few weeks earlier than usual this year in North America, so I thought I'd mention it.  ;-) 

Mar.12-20 � Mini-Trine Aspect Figure (Mercury, Venus, Pluto)

Although this aspect configuration is closest on Mar.16, its influence is present starting around now. This is a time of potent potential! There is tremendous creative energy available to be tapped into. Negotiations, discussions and research can make good progress under this energy, especially where a win-win solution is important. Penetrating insights could be made in therapy or self-help. This aspect figure also takes place while the Jupiter-Saturn trine is exact. Although the two groups of planets do not interact with each other, as such, they each contribute to the collective effect. Jupiter and Saturn bring a creative cooperation between vision and discipline; speculation and fact; freedom and responsibility. All of this energy still requires some effort and "elbow grease" to turn potential into productivity, so make the most of it!

Mar.13-Apr.09 � Uranus conjunct the Lunar North Node (exact Mar.31)

This transit's influence has been building since Dec.2006 and will remain in effect until Jun.2007. Although it doesn't become exact until Mar.31, it enters into a kind of "hot zone" from Mar.13-Apr.09, when these two points are extremely close (within one degree). This transit brings a focus to all things Uranian � technology, innovation, rebellion, friendship, individuation, group involvement, humanitarian causes and futuristic thinking. You may be moving toward a different attitude, a new project or trying something completely out of character for you. You might be especially moved by the environmental concerns that are currently in focus (another Uranus-North Node effect!). This is a good time to break old destructive habits, change your mind about something, give yourself permission to be free (although not reckless), or let go of something that's blocking your direction into the future. If this transit is interacting with your natal chart, you will feel its effects more than other people. For example, if you were born in the mid-1960s, you are probably getting this transit as part of your Uranus opposition, which is a transit that happens at mid-life and can generate considerable change in your life. Or, if you were born in early March, it will be an important part of your Solar Return (birthday) chart, so you will likely be finding ways to embrace this energy for the coming year. A personal astrology reading can help you find ways to work with this energy in positive, innovative and liberating ways.

Mar.15 � Mars conjunct Chiron (13:22 of Aquarius) (Mar.16 in Sydney)

There is a lot of potential for both healing and harm under this transit. The forcefulness of Mars is like a surgeon's scalpel that can heal by cutting through resistance, lethargy, pain or denial -- but could also be a knife that causes damage when not used with precision and care. The healing aspect of this energy can bring some relief to chronic or persistent problems, but if inflicted with anger, hostility or insensitivity it could just aggravate those problems. Physical energy could be affected by this transit, either beginning a new approach that can bring improved strength, or by depleting your energy through physical, emotional or spiritual malaise. You might feel a bit discouraged or powerless...or you might start to see a light at the end of the tunnel that you can start to move toward. This is the beginning of a new cycle of working with these combined energies, which lasts about 2 years. To participate with positive intention in this initiation, it can help to observe what conflicts, problems or struggles come up around this time, since there is something about these issues that will unfold and develop over the next two years.

Mar.16 � Jupiter trine Saturn (19:09 of Sagittarius/Leo) (Mar.17 in Sydney)

The expansiveness of Jupiter works cooperatively with the concise structure of Saturn in this transit. Its peak effects can be felt for up to about a week to 10 days before and after the exact date (above). This transit can bring adventure and caution into a healthy balance. You have the confidence and imagination to envision bright possibilities in your life, while also having the grounded realism to make the plans and do the hard work to make it happen. If you have been making plans to create, build or reach for a goal in your life, this is a time when you may be able to make substantial progress. You have access to vision that can see beyond obstacles, insight to deal with problems, enthusiasm to sustain your efforts, and faith in the process as it unfolds. It is also easier to be responsible, stable and predictable without limiting your options or potential. There's a slight possibility that this could backfire somewhat, by giving you the strength to push through your vision or opinion with such force that others find it overwhelming. Or, you might feel so reassured and confident with the way your life is unfolding that you take it for granted and don't apply any real effort to help it along ...and then wonder why it didn't bring as much as you thought. Make a point of putting this energy to productive use!

This is the first of 5 wonderful passes of this transit! The exact pass dates are: 16-Mar-07, 5-May-07, 21-Jan-08, 8-Sep-08 and 21-Nov-08. It's somewhat unusual to have 5 passes of a Jupiter-Saturn transit, and it only happens when they are on opposite sides of the solar system (in other words, the trine and opposition aspects). The last time we had 5 passes of a Jupiter-Saturn aspect was the opposition in 1989-91. This long-term transit means we have two years to make the most of this productive and powerful combination of energies. Also, whatever long-term plans you are nurturing during this time, there may be a chance to develop something even better than you originally thought was possible.

Mar.16 � Mercury Direct sextile Pluto (28:54 of Aquarius/Sagittarius) (Mar.17 in Sydney)

Penetrating insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. It is also a time when your mental concentration can come together so easily that you become obsessed. You may prefer in-depth discussion to small-talk, and it might feel awkward if you aren't able to explore the depths in your interaction or communication with others. However, you likely have an increased ability to pick up on undercurrents of what's happening around you. This is also a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions and ways of communicating. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities.

Mar.16 � Venus trine Pluto (28:54 of Aries/Sagittarius) (Mar.17 in London, Sydney)

Close one-on-one connections with people (close friends, lovers, partners of all kinds) will tend to gravitate to a deeper, more intense level now. Instead of automatically doing the diplomatic, "nice" thing, you may find it is more fulfilling to share more of your authentic feelings. It may be possible now to connect with people on a deeper level, while still ensuring that your interests are equally balanced with theirs. The trick is to do this without trying to control or overpower the other person, and it may be easier to avoid those traps now. You could make some deeply intimate connections with people under this transit. Financial dealings with other people may also go smoothly, although it might be wise to get clear confirmation that you're both on the same page about the fine print.

Mar.16 � Mercury Direct sextile Venus (28:59 of Aquarius/Aries) (Mar.17 in London, Sydney)

There is a potential to benefit from social connections, diplomatic communication and receptive awareness during this transit, although a certain amount of effort is needed to make this happen. It can be a good time for negotiating contracts and other agreements, especially if you consciously focus your intent on achieving balance with your counterpart, partner or opponent that results in a win-win situation for all concerned. There is also potential to appreciate and express beauty, pleasure and sensuality. If there's someone in your life that you want to get closer to, try speaking gently and listening receptively, which can be the key that opens the door to harmonious interaction. Creative ideas can also find expression now if you apply your conscious awareness to bring them into focus. The thing to watch for is a tendency to use manipulation to achieve an advantage, which might be done by you or to you. Keep communication straightforward and clear, and find diplomatic ways to deal with manipulation if you sense it happening.

Mar.16 � Mini-Trine Figure is exact (Mercury, Venus, Pluto)

This aspect configuration has been in orb since Mar.12, but today all three planets are in exact aspect to each other today. In fact, Mercury, Venus and Pluto come to within just over one minute of arc at their closest orb (that's extremely close). Add to this, Jupiter trines Saturn today�also exact!�and when the Mini-trine is at its closest, Jupiter and Saturn are mere seconds of arc apart. That is a whole lot of energy converging at the same time! Today in particular, you may find it is possible to tap into this collective energy. The Moon is also conjunct Mercury today, which can bring out new ideas, intuitive perceptions and the urge to give a voice to whatever inspires you.

Mar.17 � Venus enters Taurus (until Apr.11/12) (Mar.18 in Sydney)

Venus rules the sign of Taurus, so she is very comfortable here! Your experiences of pleasure and sensuality are likely to be heightened...perhaps even a bit too much! You might be tempted to overindulge in sensory delights. On the other hand, you may feel the urge to be more grounded, practical and methodical in the way you handle relationships, money, possessions, material values, and attracting what you desire. It is also a time when your desires could manifest tangibly or at least become more apparent. It may be possible to see more clearly the ways that your self-worth is tied to material things, like income, savings, possessions and spending. Your finances and possessions could act like a "touch stone" to reassure you in times of stress. The trick is not to let this become a substitute for genuine self-respect. To make the most of this transit, take some time to relax and enjoy life! Take your time, smell the flowers, drink in the sunsets, listen to beautiful music, get an aromatherapy massage or explore new uses for chocolate. ;-)  

Mar.18 � Mercury enters Pisces (until Apr.10/11)

Imagination, dreams, creativity and intuition are more easily accessible while Mercury floats through Pisces. You may be more impressionable, appreciative and open to ideas that previously had seemed improbable, unrealistic or silly. This is a good transit for any creative work -- writing, music, artistic projects, or just putting ideas together in new ways. Problem solving could benefit now, because it may be easier to think beyond the limiting boundaries of the situation. On the other hand, it might also be easier to become caught in confusion, ambiguity or ambivalence, since the sharp edges of definition may be easily blurred or distorted. This is a time when the "Right Brain" -- the intuitive, creative and non-rational side of the mind -- can be more active. As a result, meditation, dreams and daydreams may be more accessible. Unfortunately, illusion and deception might also be more convincing and enticing, since critical and objective thinking could be a bit harder to maintain. You might also experience some mental lethargy and need to give your mind a rest. Try going to a movie, or read an entertaining novel, or spend some quality "alone time" with yourself. Or, take a long walk in a park or by a body of water, where you can enjoy the luxury of just appreciating nature and "being" instead of "doing." Some harmless or entertaining escapism can be a great way to give yourself a mental vacation  --  just don�t get stuck there. Explorations of spiritual experience and thought can also bring new insights and inspiration under this transit.

Next Update:  SOLAR ECLIPSE (New Moon) in PISCES - March 18/19, 2007. Please check back on Mar.18.


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