The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Solar Eclipse in Pisces, February 2017

Chart for the Solar Eclipse - New Moon in Pisces
Chart for the Solar Eclipse ~ New Moon in Pisces

The Force is neither light nor dark, master nor slave,
but a balance between extremes.
~ "Lanoree Brock," Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void

Feb.26 – SOLAR ECLIPSE ~ NEW MOON in PISCES (08:12 of Pisces)

Long ago in a time far, far away, the original Star Wars movie introduced a new spiritual concept to the secular world: The Force.

It was neatly summed up as "an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together."

In astrology, this is about as good a definition of the Pisces archetype as one could give. Pisces represents the universal essence of All That Is and our interconnectedness within it.

Both Pisces energy and the Force are metaphysical in nature. Both may be used as a medium through which one might influence the physical world, yet each extends far beyond it.

In Star Wars, a momentous event could create "a disturbance in the Force." It is like ripples that are sent through the cosmos that could be perceived by those attuned to that subtle vibration. Similarly, people who are especially in synch with Pisces energy are often known to be very intuitive, even psychic.

The Force is portrayed as having a light side (associated with "honesty, compassion, mercy, self-sacrifice, and other positive emotions") and a dark side (associated with "raw emotions and feelings such as anger, hatred, greed, jealousy, fear, aggression, megalomania, and unrestrained passion").

Pisces also has a dual nature, symbolized by its two fishes, each swimming in different directions. At its best, Pisces aims for a higher, more enlightened perspective, but how can we know for certain if where we end up is good or bad? Is there even good or bad in the broadest universal context? Or is it merely an arbitrary definition imposed by the lens of our culture, religion, law or subjective experience?

Angels and demons were identical--interchangeable archetypes--all a matter of polarity. The guardian angel who conquered your enemy in battle was perceived by your enemy as a demon destroyer.
~ Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

Storytelling (in books, films, television, etc) is wonderful for finding a way to sort through the ambiguities of the vast universe. It allows the reader to know who to cheer and who to jeer; who wears the white hats and who wears the black hats; who gets to win and who must lose.

A story gets to define its own parameters. It is a self-contained narrative that arranges ideas, events and words like a collage, allowing certain things to be shown in convenient clarity so that the moral message makes sense. And yet another writer could write the same storyline in a totally way that gives the reader a very different interpretation and message.

In real life it's not so easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. When a situation becomes extreme enough, it may start to resemble other events that have been judged good or bad, and therefore we tend to assign the same moral verdict.

"Looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck. Must be a duck." But maybe it's a goose instead. Or a loon. Or a cartoon, none of which are technically ducks. A lot depends on how finely you want to split the hair. Pisces isn't great with nitty gritty details�that's the domain of Virgo, its opposite sign. And even if you do manage to nail down a clear definition, you risk losing the true essence of duck-ness in the process. So, um...what was the question??

The point is that all is not what it may seem in Pisces. You have access to more of Life, the Universe and Everything than in any other sign, but without the a roadmap, it's easy to get lost. And it could be argued that in the ultimate Pisces realm, any map is just an arbitrary structure superimposed by human perception, anyway.

What was the question again??

Anyway, the point is that the best intentions could still bring you somewhere you never meant to go. And yet, because we live in the physical world where actions, consequences and outcomes matter, intentions may or may not count for all that much by comparison. (Think: the surgery was a success but the patient died.)

Someone once told me that the finer points of devotion are about the size of a pinhole, and there are millions of them. And if you could connect each dot, then you�ve got a diagram of what you think you thought you knew, and if you�re willing to admit that you know nothing�you have the blueprint for a breakthrough.
~ Shane L. Koyczan

Solar Eclipses have a reputation for creating a Disturbance In The Force. This Solar Eclipse is in Pisces, and the Sun-Moon conjunction (that creates the eclipse) is also conjunct Neptune, which is often viewed as the modern planetary ruler of Pisces. This is a double dose of Pisces! It's like stepping into a bathtub at the bottom of the ocean � you could say you'll get extra clean or you'll wind up extra pruney.

Either way, this much Pisces energy is bound to amplify both its positive and negative qualities. So you are likely to be extra intuitive, creative, imaginative, idealistic, non-rational and inspired. By the same token you'll also probably be unusually dreamy, unfocused, irrational, illogical, and prone to misinterpreting what's going on around you. You might feel the urge to merge with the higher universal mind, but how well you do that depends whether you choose to do it through, for example, meditation or medication.

Shadow of Solar Eclipse

A Solar Eclipse is a New Moon where the Sun and Moon are not just conjunct at the same degree of the zodiac but also parallel in declination. The Moon aligns so precisely between the Sun and the Earth that it casts a shadow on the Earth.

From our perspective here on Earth, the Moon moves across the disc of the Sun, temporarily blocking its light. Using this as an analogy, it is as if the Sun (vitality, optimism, purpose, self-esteem, self-expression) is interrupted, disrupted and distorted by the Moon (feelings, intuition, needs, empathy, emotional openness).

It's never safe to look directly at the Sun during an eclipse, but if you watch through special glasses made for that purpose, you'll see the Sun put on quite a show! This one is an Annular Eclipse which means the Moon appears slightly smaller than the width of the Sun, so there a ring of light around the Moon when the eclipse is at maximum.

Weather willing, a partial or full eclipse will be visible from the southeast Pacific Ocean, southern South America (Chile, Argentina), southern Atlantic Ocean, and southwestern Africa (Angola, Zambia).

When you look at the dark side, careful you must be ... for the dark side looks back.
~ "Yoda," Dark Rendezvous

The circle of light that surrounds the exact annular eclipse is often called the Ring of Fire and judging by the eclipse chart, that's a very apt name! There is a LOT of Mars energy happening in the Solar Eclipse chart. For starters, Mars is in its own sign of Aries, making it very strong and expressing unusually pure Aries qualities: assertive/aggressive, impulsive/spontaneous, courageous/brazen, confident/arrogant.

Ring of Fire of the Annular Solar Eclipse

Mars is the Final Dispositor of the chart (using traditional rulerships). Mars rules Venus and Uranus (in Mars' sign of Aries), Venus rules Jupiter (in Venus's sign of Libra), Jupiter rules Saturn (in Sagittarius) as well as Mercury, Sun, Moon, Neptune and Chiron (in Pisces), and Saturn rules Pluto (in Capricorn). That's everyone.

This means that Mars has the last word in any conversation happening within the chart. Or, as astrologer Marilyn Mazzotta puts it, Mars is the Boss of the chart. So, if Mars wants war, that's what the chart will do. If Mars wants love, Venus is happy to offer her support. If Mars wants revolution and change, Uranus is ready to roll on Mars' mark.

In case that isn't enough excitement, Mars is exactly conjunct Uranus, and the two of them are tightly parallel by declination. They are also tightly conjunct the dwarf planet Eris. These three make a very volatile cocktail � flaming vodka with a shot of hot sauce! Mars tends to be hot-blooded, impulsive and defiant, while Uranus can be unpredictable, explosive and contrary. And Eris is the party crasher who stirs up trouble. Put it all together with an emotionally fluid Pisces New Moon Eclipse, and apparitions of potential chaos and controversy start to appear.

Mars, Uranus, Eris and North Node of Mars

In addition, Mars and Uranus are exactly conjunct the geocentric North Node of Mars. Wow, bet you didn't know that planets have nodes too! Well, they do. Just as the Lunar Nodes show where the Moon's orbit crosses the path of the Sun, all the planets also have orbits that intersect the Sun's path too, and that's where their nodes are. (Yes I know this starts to sound a bit rude, but bear with me... ;-)

To make it even more complicated, these nodes can be calculated as geocentric (Earth-centered) or heliocentric (Sun-centered), and in this case we're talking about the geocentric North Node of Mars, where Mars crosses from the south side into the north side of the Sun's plane. (Aren't you glad you asked?)

So, what does that mean? Well, for starters it gives a special nod to Mars and his contribution to the mix (like Mars really needs more of the spotlight...). It also implies that the Uranus-Mars-Eris syndicate may be most readily expressed through a Mars-like initiative. In other words, Mars is likely to take the lead with this group.

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.
You seek problems because you need their gifts.
~ Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Mars and Uranus are also conjunct the dwarf planet Eris, named after the Greek goddess of discord. She was featured in last year's articles for the Full Moon in Aries (Oct.16.2016) and the New Moon in Aries (Apr.07.2016). Uranus and Eris make 3 exact passes (Jun.09.2016, Sep.25.2016, Mar.17.2017), but because both of them move so slowly they stay within 1� of orb for weeks or months at a time (May-Oct.2016 and Feb-Apr.2017). And if you widen the orb out to about 8� their combined energy is in effect from May 2014 until April 2019. So, although their final exact pass is less than a month away, the dust from the upheaval will take another couple of years to settle. And right now Mars has caught up to them and could well light a fuse to the Uranus-Eris powder keg.

Uranus and Eris have a way of causing havoc. It's the train wreck you can't take your eyes off of, or it's like pulling on a loose thread until the whole tapestry is left in a mess�but that mess is also an opportunity to fix problems that are located deep within the weave of the tapestry.

In the mythological story, Eris decided to stir up trouble when she was excluded from a wedding. She tossed into the crowd a golden apple inscribed with "To the fairest one," so naturally three other goddesses in attendance had to fight over who should have it. The whole mess eventually exploded the politics of the area and caused the Trojan War, while Eris sat back filing her nails and eating popcorn, no doubt.

The story suggests that the dynamics of the astrological Eris involves: (1) Deliberate discord, perhaps inflicted out of jealousy, vindictiveness or some other uncontained and volatile emotion OR possibly applied as a way to loosen up a situation that's stuck. (2) Ambiguity that sets in motion a spin of competition or conflict, as those involved jockey for dominance out of the chaos. (3) A seemingly innocent or minor event that becomes aggravated and escalates into a crisis. (4) A catch-22 impasse where all outcomes inevitably and unavoidably lead to more problems and/or intolerable consequences.

I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards,
that's where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate.
~ Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

With Mars jumping into this Ring of Fire, it suggests that any dilemma you are now facing must be met with a decision of some kind. That might be about choosing between alternatives, or it could be about how you will respond to a difficult situation. It might seem that no matter which way you go it won't solve the problem, but nevertheless a decision is still necessary. You'll just have to make the best decision you can with what you've got.

How to juggle all those priorities? The Pisces New Moon suggests it will be important to take your heart's wisdom into consideration � it's got to feel right to some extent. It can't just be a rational or calculated choice. The Pisces Moon also suggests it is essential to pick your direction with the highest integrity in mind. It may be tempting to go for something that only makes your ego feel better, yet contradicts the highest truth and ethics that you know. That road might be easier in the short run, but in the long run you may wish you had taken the harder road so you could reap the greater benefits of that struggle.

T-square aspect pattern: Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto

Mars and Uranus also oppose Jupiter, which is especially significant since Jupiter is the planetary ruler of the Pisces Eclipse. Jupiter also urges you to weigh your options and priorities, although being in indecisive Libra it might seem like all those perspectives only makes your job that much more complicated. Pluto forms a T-square aspect pattern with them all, suggesting that the consequences of your decision could have some powerful consequences.

Hard Wedge aspect pattern: Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, Sun and Moon

The Sun-Moon conjunction also forms what I call a Hard Wedge aspect pattern with the Mars-Uranus-Jupiter opposition. This makes it all the more important that you invoke your highest wisdom to help you make choices in your life right now. And the hard aspects of the Hard Wedge suggest it might not be an easy choice. Aiming for the greater good�your own or your loved ones or the world around you�might require a sacrifice of your own personal needs and wants.

The point here is not that this will necessarily be a chest-beating experience of angst, but that you will do best to not underestimate the (positive or negative) potential of your current dilemma. The idea is to find that sweet spot between where your individuality becomes obliterated for the sake of a greater cause, versus where it becomes the only thing that's really important. Like Vulcan philosophy on Star Trek, you'll need to decide how best to balance the needs of the many against the needs of the few (or the one).

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.
It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.
~ R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise

The overall effect of all this Mars energy doesn't have to be something negative, but it's also not likely to be a tranquil gondola trip down a lazy stream surrounded by sunshine and daisies. At its best, this is an energy that could launch you like a rocket into a new project, especially one that follows a Pisces path. For example: anything that involves art, poetry, music, meditation, spirituality, intuition, seclusion, compassion or service.

The Mars effect might also provide some rather stark clarity that might be so sharp or bright that it "hurts your eyes," but if you can stay open to what you're seeing, you stand to gain fresh awareness and insight that points to a path through the fog.

Unfortunately, a negative expression of the Mars and Pisces energy are also possible. This could be a time when it's very difficult to keep frustration, anger or disagreement contained. There could be explosive arguments that burn bridges with those who are important to you. There might be over-reaction that destroys an otherwise workable situation over some relatively small annoyance. Worst case scenario, the world might display outbreaks of violence or other forms of aggression, like a pressure cooker exploding after a long time of bubbling conflict.

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Thankfully, Mars is approaching a trine to Saturn (120�), so if you get too caught up in the Mars-Pisces riptide, one way to get un-caught is to slow down and get grounded. In a high octane Mars situation, it can be easy for feelings to get triggered and boosted by surrounding energy, and suddenly your emotions are having you rather than you having emotions, leaving you wondering how things escalated out of control so badly.

The best idea is to put all that energy to productive use. Saturn is in Sagittarius, so it's good to remember what you're really aiming for. Try not to get so overwhelmed by upsets that you forget that there's a better destination waiting down the road. If all else fails, take some time to step out of the situation, turn off the computer and plug your head into something else for a while. Just breathe and allow yourself to be content in the moment.

Distraction can be a good thing if it allows you to reset your internal wiring and make a fresh start. Do something to reconnect with All That Is and let yourself be open to being a part of something greater than yourself.

Ultimately, you hold immense power in the current moment simply by choosing how you will respond to that moment. When you do good, acknowledge it and be aware of what you did that worked well and why. If you mess up, own your part in it, treat it as a learning experience to expand your awareness and acknowledge what a more constructive response would have looked like.

And remember that nothing happens a singular straight line. We all do good and we all mess up and we all are evolving and growing. The trick is to keep opening to our infinite possibilities and do the best we can.

May The Force Be With You!

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Feb.26 – Mars conjunct Uranus (22:00 of Aries)  (Feb.27 in UK, AU)

This can be a potent, exciting and/or explosive time! Your energy level may be a bit wonky with a lot of ups and downs. However, there is also likely to be a lot of energy to harness for whatever purpose you want to apply it to – just don't expect to always be able to draw on it predictably or consistently. If you have wanted to take action to break free of old habits or patterns, this is a great time to do that. Or, you might want to begin a new project that is unusual or experimental. This spurt of energy probably won't last, so you'll need to follow it up with some structure, discipline and realism if you want to continue whatever you've started. In the meantime, make the most of this upsurge of energy, motivation and drive, but remember that if you become reckless or destructive, you'll have to live with the consequences.


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Feb.27 – Mars opposite Jupiter (22:25 of Aries/Libra)  (Feb.28 in AU)

Both inspired action and brash overconfidence characterise this transit. For up to a week before and after this date, you may find that your energy, anger, libido and ability to take action are amplified – so much so, that you may be pushing yourself beyond what is realistic or unable to deal with reasonable boundaries to prevent them from getting out of control. What is needed is to find that fine line of balance between ego-based desire and spiritual inspiration; between will power and focused faith; and between righteous anger and arrogant pride. Strive to bring both your ego's desires and your spiritual aspirations into what you do, for each has its own validity and won't operate well without the other.

Feb.27 – Mercury conjunct South Lunar Node (03:23 of Pisces)  (Feb.28 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

It's time to let go of old perceptions and ideas that are now just getting in the way of your ability to see things clearly. This might not be an easy task, because your new point of view might show you something you don't really want to see. It might mean you need to change your mind about something or someone. However, by clearing away the blocks to greater awareness, you can start to reshape the way you see yourself or others or life in general. To do this, you might need to release, share and communicate your observations of the last 6 months or so. Take advantage of this time of transition by doing some writing, or perhaps comparing notes with someone about things you've been mulling over.

Mar.01 – Sun conjunct Neptune (11:42 of Pisces)  (Mar.02 in UK, AU)

This can be a time of great creative ability by taking unfamiliar or little-used sources of inspiration and channelling them into self-expression. This may or may not be "creative" in the artistic sense of the word, but definitely can involve taking an inspired approach to problems and challenges. It is a great time to be romantic, creative, intuitive/psychic or spiritual. Just remember that inspiration still means you have to work for the results. Don't confuse intuition with being able to take divine intervention for granted. You may experience profound faith in the bountiful blessings of the Universe under this transit, but don't just assume you'll be granted everything you wish for. What you pick up from others and your environment can also become mixed up with your own wishful thinking, making it hard to tell where you stop and the rest of the world begins. However, hope, optimism and imagination spring eternal. Your sense of self can become infused with a sense of vision and having a mission, feeling that you are truly a Child of the Universe. Enjoy it while it lasts, as this transit only lasts a few days, but do a careful reality check before you act on the magical possibilities before you.

Mar.02 – Jupiter opposite Uranus (22:11 of Libra/Aries)  (Mar.03 in UK, AU)

Which is better: wisdom or genius? Is it better to reach for a higher truth, or to crush limited thinking? Which do you think is more important: honouring a code of morals and principles, or deciding for yourself what is right in the moment? Would you rather have (or be) a mentor who shares knowledge, or stand out as unique (or an outsider) within a group of like-minded people?

These are the kinds of questions and issues that may be pulling you back and forth right now. Jupiter wants to reach out to the next horizon, always exploring. This part of us pursues knowledge, truth, justice and principles in order to become a better person who lives up to our potential. Uranus, on the other hand, is about breaking free of anything that restricts us or holds us back. This part of us is trying to wake up, to expand our awareness and be open to things we have been defensive against or afraid to face.

It may seem like these two energies are polarized. Perhaps you feel you must choose one direction over the other. You might find you feel committed to one side, while someone else personifies the other. For instance, you might find a teacher who inspires you, but in order to learn from them you must do things their way; asserting your own opinions or thinking independently is discouraged. Or you could have a group of close friends who all share certain values or priorities, but you're starting to see things differently and it causes some discord between you.

Here's something to remember: Jupiter and Uranus do have certain things in common and can complement each other, if you can resist the urge to choose one and reject the other. Finding the balance will make this transit a lot more peaceful, fruitful and productive. The parts of you that correspond to both Jupiter and Uranus reach for a higher truth and a greater perspective. Both energies want to uplift you out of habitual, short-sighted or stubborn ways of thinking. To find the balance between conflicting sides of these energies, try to take a few steps back so that you can see a bigger picture that incorporates both sides. Rather than choosing one over the other, find a way to understand how both could make sense at the same time.

Jupiter is opposite Uranus: 1906-1907, 1934, 1948, 1962, 1976, 1989-1990, 2003, 2016-2017, 2031, 2045 and 2059.

Dates for the current Jupiter-Uranus cycle:

Mar.04 – Venus Stationary Retrograde (13:08 of Aries; until Apr.15)  (Mar.03 in HAST)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Venus Retrograde.  Read even more about Venus Retrograde.  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

For up to a week or more before and after this date, you may experience intense energy in the areas of relationships, finances, beauty, self-worth and harmony. Similar to Mercury retrograde, Venus retrograde is a time when we go back over the same ground we just came through in order to refine, polish and adjust the affected areas in our lives.

Venus retrograde can be a time when latent problems in relationships (all kinds, not just romantic) become outright conflicts. Or, previous ongoing conflicts may take a rest and go underground for a while, as everyone regroups and reassesses what is important to them. If you have been keeping the peace at any price, this could be a time when that peace suddenly falls apart and you are faced with having to deal with old unresolved problems.

Finances also can shift direction. Income and resources might become somewhat scarce, forcing you to let go of or rethink your material focus. Or, you might find your material resources booming ...possibly along with your spending. Issues about personal appearance, fashion, beauty and charm may also become conspicuous by their absence or by their sudden importance. In general, it is a time to examine your value system and decide whether the people and things that you have cherished still hold the same high priority for you, as well as whether you are truly living according to your values.

Here are the key dates of this Venus cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

Venus is retrograde in Aries, putting an forceful, edgy spin on her usual diplomatic, graceful style. In fact, you might say that what is coming out through the retrograde energy is the shadow side of Venus � the opposite or conflicting side of what you see on the surface. It's the inward yang to Venus' outward yin. Others who are usually friendly, cooperative and easy going might show uncharacteristic anger, aggression or impatience. You might see this in yourself too. It's not that one side is more or less genuine than the other, but that everything happens in balance.

If you find yourself being unusually and embarrassingly angry, irritable, defensive or blunt, ask yourself what you wish you could feel, say or do but have believed it was unacceptable. You don't have to act on it (and perhaps shouldn't until you understand it better), but those inner urges, desires, fears or defiance might be trying to tell you something. It might also be a signal that you need to balance yourself out with a more gentle or tolerant side in order to embrace all of you.

Another possible change you might see in yourself or others is a more hedonistic, risky or spontaneous lifestyle. The problem is not in what is done so much as the degree to which it strays beyond the bounds of what is safe or sensible. If it gets to the point of reckless or dangerous, it would be wise to ask yourself what is fuelling it from the unconscious.

On the financial side, watch out for impulse buying that could leave you wondering later what on earth you were thinking. You might suddenly, passionately and uncharacteristically feel drawn to something you would ordinarily dismiss. On the other hand, you might find yourself strangely hesitant or undecided. Rather than berate yourself for holding back, see if there's something your intuition is trying to tell you (e.g. you wouldn't like it when you got it home; the gift wouldn't be a hit with your friend; or the quality might be poor).

Venus is retrograde in Aries (in whole or in part) every 8 years between 1905 and 2057, and then not again until 2156. Some of these years include: 1937, 1945, 1953, 1961, 1969, 1977, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2009, 2017, 2025, 2033.

5-pointed star pattern of Venus Retrograde

More about Venus Retrograde: Did you know that in your lifetime, you will see Venus go retrograde only in some signs and never in others? That's because Venus has a fascinating and complex, yet very predictable retrograde cycle 5-fold pattern that repeats every 8 years. If you draw lines between the retrograde stations she makes over time, it creates a 5-pointed star.

To learn more about Venus cycles, check out a book by astrologer Anne Massey, titled Venus: Her Cycles, Symbols & Myths (or click here for Amazon in Canada). You'll learn everything you need to know about the complex patterns of Venus retrograde cycles and stations, as well as how these can manifest in your life. There is also information about the mythology of Venus and Venus-like figures. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about this intriguing planetary cycle!

Mar.04 – Mercury conjunct Neptune (11:47 of Pisces)

The imagination soars under this transit! Possibilities seem richer, insights appear more magical and creativity flows like liquid honey. Your intuition is likely to be more fluid, and you may even have psychic experiences. Dreams may be more vivid and active, including daydreams. You may feel a need for quiet meditation or just being alone with your own thoughts. Your mental focus may seem a bit blurred, although in the outer edges you may catch a glimpse of ideas and possibilities that you don't ordinarily notice. It can be an inspiring time if you are involved in creative activities, like artwork, music, writing and other creative forms of communication and self-expression. This is a time when your "Right Brain" (intuitive, creative, non-rational) may be very active. In fact, it might be a bit difficult to bring a sharp focus to your "Left Brain" (logical, rational, realistic). Your judgment and ability to be objective may be off, and you could be more prone to wishful thinking and flights of fantasy. If you're making an important decision now, it may be wise to do a reality check with a trusted friend before you commit yourself.

Mar.05 – Mars trine Saturn (26:59 of Aries/Sagittarius)  (Mar.06 in AU)

This is a great time for disciplined action that can produce grounded, specific and stable results. If you have a project that needs to push ahead to the next step, you may find this is a good time to do that. If you want to make progress with your ambitions, goals and plans, this can be a good time to make plans or to take action. You are likely to feel "together," capable and strong, giving you a serious, calm and realistic confidence. It's usually easier to control or restrain your more volatile emotions, and present yourself as someone who is stable and on top of things. This transit can bring sustained physical energy that doesn't burn itself out quickly and can pace itself for lasting endurance. Remember that the effects of this transit typically last only about a week or two, so make the most of it!

Mar.06 – Sun conjunct Mercury (16:37 of Pisces)  (Mar.07 in UK, AU)

During this transit, your sense of self and purpose can become merged with what you think, perceive and say. On one hand, this can make for an easy flow of ideas and communication from inside your brain to the external world. It can also increase your perceptions and observations of the world, as you file it all away in your internal database. On the other hand, you may find yourself a bit tongue-tied, as it could be hard to separate your sense of self from your perceptions and ideas enough to find the words to adequately express them. In that case, just observe and go with the flow; the words will come later. It can also be a time when it's not easy to be objective, especially about yourself and how you bring yourself to the world around you. It's like your Being automatically expresses and sets into motion the things you think, perceive and want to say. This can help you to feel like your sense of self is shining effortlessly, but if your thoughts and perceptions are in conflict with other parts of you (e.g., emotions, needs, objectivity) then it might become a time when you act a little too quickly with blinders on. Strive for balance and self-honesty before you act.

Mar.08 – Mercury sextile Pluto (18:56 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Mar.07 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST)

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.09 – Sun sextile Pluto (18:57 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Mar.08 in HAST, AKST)

Your sense of purpose is potentially strong now, being able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality may be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so much in situations requiring delicacy or subtlety. You have greater ability to see below the surface of things now, although it may not be as easy to put it all together and understand what it all means. It can be possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours and others'). However, you'll have to work to harvest the fruit of these potentials, and some of the insights and benefits may not become apparent until later.

Mar.09 – Mars enters Taurus (until Apr.21)  (Mar.10 in UK, AU)

Making steady progress with your goals and stabilising your energy are among the effects of this transit. In general, this is a good time to move forward with your ambitions, especially doing the "grunt work" of routine, methodical work – putting one foot in front of the other, as it were, and making slow steady progress in your projects. It's a great time to "make hay while the Sun shines" but don't stay out so long you get sunburned. In other words, be careful not to get so locked into one direction or focus that you become stubborn, rigid, counterproductive, overcautious, or burn out from workaholism. It's common for physical energy to sag and slow down somewhat, although it will usually make up for it in endurance. Mars wants to be fast and impulsive; Taurus wants to go slow and steady. The trick is to pace yourself: do a little every day and don't beat yourself up if you can't do it all at once.

Mar.10 – Mercury conjunct Chiron (24:27 of Pisces)  (Mar.11 in UK, AU)

Words can wound, but they can also heal. This transit may bring new awareness of the ways that you need to heal...and perhaps also the ways that you wound yourself or others, especially through thoughts, words and attitudes. You might become aware of harming yourself through negative self-talk or harsh self-criticism. Or, you might expect rigid perfection of yourself and forget that you are a multi-dimensional being who is, by your human nature, inconsistent and fallible. Your mental focus or attitude might have a sharp edge to it that is harsh, or you may encounter harsh attitudes from someone else that are hurtful, perhaps without meaning to be. Words and thoughts can be powerful tools. By reframing the message or situation in a different way, it is possible to turn hurt into healing and ignorance into wisdom. For example, it may help to eliminate either-or thinking by accepting that paradoxes and contradictions exist and may not have to be fully resolved for you to find a workable balance within them. By adopting a bit of a philosophical attitude, you may find it takes some of the pressure off the need for everything to fit together perfectly, which can leave some breathing room for everyone involved to be human.

Mar.12 – North America moves ahead to Daylight Saving Time

If you live in Canada, United States, the Caribbean or some areas of Central and South America, and your region observes Daylight Saving Time, it's time to move your clocks one hour FORWARD. If you're not sure, check the change dates for your location on

Mar.12 – Mercury square Saturn (27:17 of Pisces/Capricorn)

Your thoughts, ideas and communication need to become structured, rational and discreet, although this may not be easy to achieve. You may have to work extra hard to get your point across now, since others might be resistant to your ideas or may not be familiar with the basic concepts. It is a time to be clear, objective and down-to-earth in your communication and thinking, but equally important to do this without going overboard and becoming rigid, autocratic or over-cautious. If you find yourself stuck in a "glass half empty" frame of mind, you might be sagging under the weight of melancholy ...Or, it might mean you are coming to terms with some hard realities and decisions and feeling the gravity of the implications. But also check to be sure you're not taking yourself and your situation too seriously. By applying your best efforts, this can be a very productive time, especially with anything involving communication, writing, organising or logic.

Next Update:  FULL MOON in VIRGO. Available by March 12, 2017.

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