The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Full Moon in Virgo, March 9, 2020

Chart for the Full Moon in Virgo
Chart for the Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon in Virgo
Infinity ~ One Step at a Time

I don't want to rule the universe.
I just think it could be more sensibly organized.
~ Eliezer Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Mar.09 – FULL MOON in VIRGO (19:37 of Virgo)

How do you respond to ambiguity, chaos, confusion and the idea of infinity? We all have different ways of handling and managing these qualities and concepts. Some of us revel in it, floating on a sea of intuitive freedom and going with the flow. Others of us tackle it with a passion to grasp it, figure out what makes it tick, and identify the patterns within its undercurrents.

The Virgo/Pisces axis is perfectly built for this challenge. Water sign Pisces wants to merge with All That Is, delighting in the abandon of being part of something greater than itself. Why wear out your brain trying to figure out the ultimately unknowable? You could be so preoccupied with analyzing it that you miss the whole point of it – experiencing it and just being. Why be fixated on day-to-day trivia when in truth we are part of something that transcends it? So, chillax – let yourself be a part of the Whole, and let the Whole show you what part you play in it.

Earth sign Virgo, on the other hand, is not content to sit back and not do something. Why be a passive piece of the puzzle when you can be a conscious, active participant in the Ultimate Mystery? What is sentience for if not to exercise your ability to contribute knowingly and intentionally to the world around you? If Supreme Infinity has any meaning for us, then surely it starts whatever is right in front of you. Start here.

There's no one right answer to this. Both of these approaches look at the same phenomenon from opposite directions. Each is faced with the archetypal mandate of what to do with the ultimate ambiguity of life. And each fulfills that mandate in dramatically different yet equally valid ways.

This Full Moon in Virgo challenges you to examine your own approach to the Great Unknown, and perhaps try on a variety of approaches to see if you might benefit from experimenting outside your comfort zone.

Some roads, some stairs, some problems may seem to you infinite! Take a step into that infinity; you will see that infinity will suddenly shrink!
~ Mehmet Murat ildan

Let's start with the fact that the Neptune is conjunct the Sun in Pisces, and therefore also opposite the Moon in Virgo. Neptune is the modern planetary ruler of Pisces, so this alignment takes the natural tension in the Virgo-Pisces dichotomy and amplifies it.

Think about where in your life you are currently facing uncertainty, indecision, confusion or insecurity. The Virgo part of you—(and yes Virginia, you do have Virgo in you, just as you have all 12 signs, regardless of where your natal planets are)—will want to nail down the particulars, to encapsulate what is known and what can be adjusted, in order to hopefully point the situation in a more favourable or efficient direction.

The Pisces part of you might prefer to just "give it up to the Gods" and let the situation play out as it will. This might be due to a sense of faith in an ideal of ultimate good in the Universe—or maybe you're feeling overwhelmed and don't know what else to do.

The added undercurrent of Neptune in this dynamic may well further polarize these two sides of you. The more the Pisces side tries to let go of conscious control, the more the Virgo side tries to regain control by grasping it even more firmly. And the more Virgo attempts to quantify, organize and define what's happening, the more Pisces tries to dissolve or dismiss those arbitrary boundaries.

Be creative while inventing ideas,
but be disciplined while implementing them.
~ Amit Kalantri

Our Virgo Moon peers across the abyss and sees the infinite Neptune mirrored back through the blinding Sun. Faced with boundless possibilities, even detailed Virgo can feel daunted! So, pick one and start there. But how to choose? A mediator would be helpful who can equally understand and be sympathetic to both sides—or is equally at odds with both sides and can therefore be objective about both.

There are two aspect patterns in the Full Moon chart that can hopefully help to break the deadlock. However, depending on how you look at it, they may help to clarify the Virgo/Pisces dynamic, or might further polarize the struggle. Both configurations start with the Moon in opposition to Sun-Neptune (180°) but each takes that tension in a different direction.

One of these patterns is a Wedge aspect configuration involving Mars, Jupiter and Pluto as the apex planets that have trine aspects to the Moon and sextiles to the Sun and Neptune (120° and 60°, respectively). In a Wedge pattern, the apex planet(s) provide a steam valve for the opposition's "pressure cooker." The apex can offer a constructive solution to the dilemma, or it might simply provide an avenue of escape to relieve the tension.

Wedge aspect pattern

The closest apex planet is Jupiter (1:28 orb), accompanied by Mars (4:15 applying) and Pluto (4:50 separating). They're all in Capricorn—the sign of order, structure, systemization and practicality—so they have an automatically affinity with the Virgo Moon. They "get" the Moon's need for stability, clarity and methodology, which help to bring some certainty to the Piscean abstraction and ambiguity.

Jupiter is in its Fall in Capricorn, so this expansive, freedom-seeking planet is more grounded in Capricorn, but feeling more like a bird with clipped wings. However, the advantage here—and there's always an advantage—is that Jupiter's promise and potential are now pushed to take steps to become real and manifest instead of just dreaming big with no concrete effect.

Capricorn has a creative sextile relationship with Pisces, and while their elements are different, they are compatible and can work together without too much struggle: Earth and Water. In addition, being the traditional ruler of Pisces, Jupiter in Capricorn is the perfect ambassador to bridge the Full Moon gap between Pisces' need to dream and drift, and Virgo's need to take practical action to make it happen.

By comparison, Mars is Exalted in Capricorn. Although Mars can feel a bit cramped in Capricorn's structure and pragmatism, it brings out the best in this action-oriented planet that loves a challenge. Mars must harness his energy in terms of a clear, focused goal instead of just reacting on impulse. So, Mars too is an excellent ally for the Virgo Moon, while also giving support to Pisces by providing a conduit through which the Piscean waters can flow in a useful, stable way.

Meanwhile, Pluto in Capricorn is trying valiantly to wear the mask of the Benevolent Dictator. He doesn't want to scare the others with his stern, authoritative directives which they all are expected to follow (to the letter, thank you). However, Jupiter is nudging up beside him (both conjunct by degree and tightly parallel by declination). As a result, it's possible that Pluto's guidance could get a bit overblown or overpowering (for example, judgmental condemnation).

Saturn has moved on and is about to leave Capricorn for a time, so he's not part of the Wedge pattern. However, he left strict instructions with Pluto to manage things in his absence by maintaining productivity, fairness and consistency, while minimizing domination and coercion as Pluto is wont to do.

So, this Wedge aspect configuration provides a lot of power that requires discipline and maturity to utilize it effectively. If you can work with it through a balance of patience and persistence, you will have access to some potent productivity. It can help you fulfil both the need to have direct input to what is happening in your life, and your need to let go and not have to do it all by yourself.

On the other hand, it's possible to lose that careful balance and either collapse into the "yikes-wake-me-when-it's-over" side of Pisces, or give in to the "don't-you-dare-quit-before-you've-achieved-perfection" side of Virgo. If this happens you might get locked into swinging between extremes, perhaps trying to choose which Capricorn planet's advice to follow. In that case, the Mars-Jupiter-Pluto apex could manifest as a slave-driving force, which you either posture against or project out on others through a critical, judgmental view.

Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art.
~ Oscar Wilde

Hard Wedge aspect pattern

The other aspect pattern in the Full Moon chart is what I call a Hard Wedge. Similar to the regular Wedge figure, it has an apex planet that talks to both sides of the opposition. But this time it is more likely to challenge and provoke you into action, or perhaps become a thorn in your side that makes it impossible to get comfortable.

In the Hard Wedge, the relationship of the apex to the opposing planets is not the warm-and-fuzzy trine and sextile, but the cold-and-prickly sesqui-quadrate and semi-square (135° and 45°, respectively). These aspects are cousins in the square aspect family, so their nature is about tension, conflict, pressure and motivation.

The Hard Wedge at the Full Moon also has a multiple-planet apex – Venus conjunct Uranus in Taurus. And like the regular Wedge, the apex planets are also in an Earth sign, which normally would be an ally to our Earthy Moon and supportive to the Watery Sun and Neptune. However, since the aspects are antagonistic rather than sympathetic, Venus and Uranus are more likely to poke and prod you, instead of nurturing and encouraging you.

Venus in Taurus is literally in her element, since she is the ruler of that sign. Here, her innate priorities are about sensuality, comfort, values and abundance. By comparison, Uranus in Taurus is more like a bull in Venus' china shop—happier with smashing things just for the joy of watching the shards fly and envisioning the exciting new things that Venus can create out of the wreckage.

Mosaic

The Venus-Uranus combination is about creating beauty out of something unusual, something broken. They invite you to step outside your comfort zone and discover something wonderful that you missed because you were looking for something safe, easy or "normal."

This detour off the conventional path is bound to disrupt the impasse between Virgo's "busy-busy" routine and Pisces' "go-with-the-flow" nature. This disruption might come as a shock that wakes you up, and if you stay alert you may find something potentially useful, workable, inspiring and meaningful that you hadn't considered before.

However, in order to take advantage of this new energy, you'll need to step out beyond your usual familiar realm. It doesn't need to be (and probably shouldn't be) reckless or destructive. The trick is to pay attention and not assume that you can go on autopilot and sleepwalk your way through whatever the situation is.

I must have a prodigious amount of mind;
it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up!
~ Mark Twain

Last, but hardly least, is Mercury making his final turn to come out of his retrograde reverie. Mercury is officially pointed in a forward direction a scant 10 hours after the Full Moon is exact, so he's just about as stationary as it gets.

This is especially relevant and important because Mercury rules the Full Moon sign, Virgo. And any planet that's stationary basically burns a hole in the chart and lights it up. Whatever is happening to Mercury is bound to colour the glow of the Full Moon and linger for another two weeks following (until the New Moon in Aries on March 24).

So, Mercury is finishing his retrograde period that started in Pisces (Feb.16) and then shifted to Aquarius (Mar.04) where he still is. Mercury in Aquarius can be sharp, objective, clear and insightful under normal circumstances. (Is it technically correct to use "normal" and "Mercury" and "Aquarius" in the same sentence?) However, since we're talking about a stationary Mercury, this can also bring out Aquarius' rebellious, erratic, unconventional side.

Mercury retrograde is famous for reconsidering, rethinking, rehashing and reflecting on past ideas and viewpoints. Second-guessing past decisions and actions is very common, and by the time Mercury turns direct after 3+ weeks of throwing shade on your own best judgment, it can feel like you have no idea what the &!$# to think! So, what do you do?

Do you try to turn back and change your mind, change your path, change your direction? Do you succumb to self-doubt and question your competence? Do you chalk it up to experience and vow to do better next time? Or do you decide that there's nothing left but to do your best going forward? Or maybe you realize that you're still only part-way through a process that is still unfolding?

On the other hand, you might now be in a position to make a more informed decision about a choice you have to make. You have perhaps been listening to your intuition, your feelings and your inner reactions to the crossroads you are facing. And now you have a clearer idea of what you do and don't want, what your priorities are, what is at stake and the nature of any conflicting dilemmas. Your best path might be clear, or you might at least feel confident that wherever it leads, you can handle it—even if it still seems ambiguous now.

It's good to remember that there's a difference between clarity and perfection. Clear simply means you can see what's there, including the idea that some things are still hidden and will most likely be revealed in time. In the meantime, you can take the next step without knowing everything of what awaits you down the road.

A man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation,
and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

What makes Mercury especially "interesting" right now is that he has precious few aspects connecting him to the rest of the chart. So, the bad news is that he has this intense stationary energy but very few fellow planets who are willing to listen to him rant. But the good news is that two of the planets he is aspecting are his dispositors (rulers of the sign he's in) – Saturn and Uranus which share rulership of Aquarius – both of which can provide a listening ear.

What Mercury lacks in the number of major aspects, he makes up for it by making 3 passes of these transits during his retrograde cycle. Right now, Mercury is stationary turning direct, and is in between the 2nd and 3rd pass of each of these transits.

There's a sextile to Uranus (60°) which can boost Mercury's (and therefore your) ability to think outside the box and identify unique opportunities and ideas to explore. This transit's passes are Feb.05, Feb.28 and Mar.22. Although this aspect is a bit wide when Mercury stations (almost 6°), it is still likely to be powerful because it remains in orb for just over a month (Feb.23 to Mar.28) and Mercury's station amplifies its effect.

Mercury aspects

Best use of this transit: be willing to see things in a different way and let yourself be surprised by what you find. Probably not the best use: just because you can envision a different way to view or do something doesn't necessarily mean it's wise to act on it. Therefore, use your best judgment when deciding what to do with or about what you see.

Mercury also makes a semi-square to Mars (45°) which can put a sharp edge on your thoughts and words. This transit also has 3 passes: Jan.10, Mar.07 and Apr.01. Again, the aspect is on the wide side (just over 2° orb), but as Mercury stations this normally brief aspect (a day, maybe 2) is in orb from March 4-10.

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On the plus side, the effect could bring flashes of insight, some brilliant ideas and/or a thorn in your side to motivate you. On the other hand, it might also aggravate a tendency to jump to premature conclusions, overreact, or to act without thinking it through. However, since Mercury is changing direction (and also perspective), you might find you can get a clearer view of perceptions and events that happened at the 2 previous passes (January and March).

Mercury's closest aspect is a semi-sextile to Saturn (30°), at less than 1° orb. The 3 passes of this transit are: Jan.31, Mar.06 and Mar.15. Again, this aspect is normally very brief, but Mercury's station makes it linger from March 2-20.

Saturn in Capricorn can help to stabilize Mercury's somewhat irregular, irrational or erratic nature during this time, nudging our thoughts a bit toward the serious and logical. Since Mercury is in spontaneous, visionary Aquarius, he might not exactly welcome Saturn's extra weight, even though he will probably be the better for it. If you tend to experience a serious mindset as being oppressive, depressing, borning or mind-numbing, it might help to reassure your brain (a) that it is actually good for you and (b) that this too shall pass and you will eventually be returned to a lighter frame of mind. In other words, being in a serious mood doesn't mean you have to take it so seriously. ;-)

Our somewhat muddled, disjointed Mercury is also a singleton in Air signs in the Full Moon chart. As a result, your thoughts and ability to communicate them may feel a bit out-of-sorts during March, as you continue to juggle these subtle yet significant energies. In addition, there is a massive overabundance of Earth in the Full Moon chart (7 out of 11 planets!). So, although Mercury in Airy Aquarius wants to chase after those brain-tickling brain-storms that cross your mind, your brain will probably function better if you can keep one foot on the ground (and out of your mouth).

As this Virgo Full Moon unfolds over the next 2 weeks, be aware of Mercury's shenanigans in the world around you. Although he turns direct at the Full Moon, he won't be finished with us for a while yet. Even at the upcoming New Moon in Aries (Mar.24), Mercury is at his greatest elongation from the Sun and (weather willing) should be visible in the morning sky just before dawn. He is very strong when at his farthest from the Sun, having escaped beyond its blinding rays. So, hang in there with his antics and idiosyncrasies for a while longer and keep your mind open. If you carefully pay attention, you may hear him whisper secrets of the Universe with a mysterious wink.

So there's no need for turning back
'Cause all roads lead to where we stand.
And I believe we'll walk them all
No matter what we may have planned.
~ Don McLean, Crossroads

Day to Day Transits for the Next 2 Weeks

Mar.09 – Venus sextile North Lunar Node (05:16 of Taurus/Cancer)  (Mar.10 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Your charisma and charm shine a little brighter during this transit. You may be more receptive to what others have to offer, or you might feel more generous with those around you. You could find just the right thingamajig to buy, or you may discover resources you didn't realize you had. It can be a good time to socialize, go on a date, schmooze strategically with people or negotiate an agreement. Aim for a balance of give-and-take in a way that benefits all concerned. Just be careful not to become so seductive that you persuade someone to do your bidding when it's not in their—or your—best interests.

Mar.09 – Mercury Stationary Direct (28:12 of Aquarius; Next Rx period beginsJun.18)  (Mar.10 in ADT, NDT, UK, AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Mercury Retrograde.  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Mercury finally turns direct! Yippeeee!!!! ;-) But we're not out of the woods just yet. For up to a week before and after today, you may experience mental intensity, confusion, and miscommunications or simply changes in your outlook. After being Retrograde for the last 3 to 3½ weeks, Mercury is now taking a slow turn to resume Direct motion. This period has challenged you to rethink and rehash things that required some fine-tuning or revision. The Direct station can be a time when clearer decisions start to emerge from the issues and struggles you've encountered 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 gradually waking up after a deep sleep. During this time, you can gradually put into practice the learning and knowledge 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.

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

Mar.11 – Sun sextile Jupiter (21:23 of Pisces/Capricorn)

This is a time when your understanding of the Big Picture and your place within it has the potential to click into place. As a result, your confidence and self-esteem can be quite high right now. Your ability to see opportunities and possibilities more clearly can produce an experience of being "lucky." Your insight into life and the world around you may be especially bright, optimistic and inspired. This is a "feel-good" transit, when your sense of self can seem to expand and become free. You may feel especially connected to spiritual energy during this time. Just be careful that all this self-assurance and "knowing" doesn't backfire, by overestimating the extent of your knowledge or underestimating the reaction of your audience. It is possible to become a bit self-indulgent under this transit, so be careful not to overdo it. Beyond a reasonable caution, this is a transit to enjoy!

Mar.13 – Chiron square North Lunar Node (04:41 of Aries/Cancer)  (Mar.14 in ADT, NDT, UK, AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Under this transit, you might feel like you want to give up on a dream you have long hoped for. You could be feeling disappointment, resignation or simply acceptance. The ironic thing here is that by letting go of how you envisioned that dream would manifest, you can clear some space for it to manifest in another way. It might not match your image of what it would look like, or it might not live up to the shining glow your desire had put around it, but it can be a practical compromise that works (at least until you're able to manifest something better).

One possible area that could be affected is health; for example, any chronic, repetitive or vulnerable conditions might flare up a bit, or seasonal ailments might hit you extra hard. If anything like this slows you down or gets in your way, it might be wise to use the down time as an opportunity to review and revise where your life is going. Are you challenging yourself enough in fulfilling your potential? Are you pushing yourself too much and expecting more than you can realistically live up to right now? Are you trying to manifest a dream or are you just trying to live in a dream world? Check for attitudes, beliefs, expectations and longing that might be getting in your way, and see if you start to feel a bit lighter and more capable.

Mar.14 – Mars sextile Neptune (18:37 of Capricorn/Pisces)

There is potential for inspired action now. You could achieve a softening or soothing of the blunt force of anger, frustration, confrontation and conflict, without this resulting in powerlessness or passivity. It may be easier to move forward with your plans and intentions based on the power of faith or ideals. It's important to not get lost in those ideals to the point where you lose sight of what's realistic, but this is a time when you may be more inclined to take a leap of faith and say "Oh what the heck!" Your emotional impact on others (or their impact on you) could be greater than is intended or expected, so use this expanded energy wisely.

Mar.14 – Sun sextile Pluto (24:33 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Mar.15 in AU)

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.16 – Mercury enters Pisces (until Apr.11)  (Mar.15 in HAST, AKDT)

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.

Mar.17 – Moon goes Out of Bounds (06:23 to 16:47 Capricorn; OOB for only 4 hours)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

The Moon goes Out of Bounds (OOB) by Declination, during which time your feelings and emotions may be a bit stronger than usual. You might feel a little separated from the world around you, and as a result you might feel a bit lonely or in need of some reassuring human contact. On the other hand, this detachment might be a welcome change if you're feeling a bit stressed or overwhelmed by the energy around you and need some time out. Or, you may find it's time to go your own way a bit more, to seek your own company or search for a more supportive environment. Your creativity and imagination might be more willing to follow unusual ideas, whims and impulses.

A planet goes OOB when its declination is greater than 23:26 (23 degrees and 26 minutes), which is the maximum declination of the Sun, and the Sun defines the Bounds. In 2020, the Moon's maximum declination finally goes beyond the Bounds in March, for the first time since 2011, and will continue to go OOB until January 2030. For now, the Moon's maximum declination increases very gradually each month, and only gets to 24:52 by December 2020 (compared to her maximum declination of 28:34, which she'll reach in 2025). So, in 2020 the Moon is only a little OOB and this energy might not be very noticeable until around September. If you have the Moon or other planets OOB in your natal chart, you might be more sensitive to this energy.

Mar.19 – Uranus sextile North Lunar Node (04:32 of Taurus/Cancer)  (Mar.20 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Uranus sextile the Lunar Node may invite you to take a new perspective on where you are going in your life. By considering different goals or different ways of getting to your current goals, you may discover insights and possibilities you hadn't noticed before. Your ability to see something new might mean you need to let go of your familiar way of seeing things, which might feel a bit risky or uncomfortable. However, you still get to decide what you want to do with this new information.

Alternatively, you might find that changing circumstances don't leave much room to make a careful considered decision. It's possible you will need to "think on your feet" and make adjustments as you adapt to changing times. This can be a very exciting time, if the changes are welcome, but could feel upsetting or unnerving if they're not. Either way, take some time out to find a quiet space inside the chaos and let yourself see the possibilities, opportunities and advantages that these changes can bring.

This transit has been in orb since last November and will remain in orb for another month. Therefore, with it becoming exact now, you may find that it's now possible to take action on ideas, insights and potentials that have been developing for several months.

Mar.19 – Sun sextile Saturn (29:50 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Mar.20 in AU)

You have an opportunity now to make some progress in obtaining results in your projects, career, ambitions and creative expression. It is possible to tap into a disciplined mindset, which can be used to take some steps toward goals that you're trying to manifest. You are surrounded by potential to achieve this, although it will not simply be handed to you – you will still have to work for it. Your mind and purpose are likely to be clear and strong now, enabling you to be decisive and productive. Leadership, management and organizing abilities are potentially high right now. Asserting your authority in a situation that calls for it can be done successfully, as long as you don't let yourself become rigid or bossy. It can be a good time to learn or practice new skills, or to apply yourself to any kind of serious study. It is also a time when you could formulate some solid plans for future projects or make some progress with current undertakings. Make the most of it!

Mar.19 – HAPPY EQUINOX! Sun enters Aries (until Apr.19)

EQUINOX DATES

Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:

Mar.19, 2020, 11:49 PM EDT

Mar.20, 2020, 12:49 AM AST

Mar.20, 2020, 1:19 AM NST

London, UK:

Mar.20, 2020, 3:49 AM GMT

Sydney, AU:

Mar.20, 2020, 2:49 PM AEDT

Happy Solar Return to everyone born in the sign of Aries! This is the Vernal Equinox – the time when day and night are of equal length. In the northern hemisphere, this marks the beginning of Spring, as the light increases. In the southern hemisphere, it is the start of Fall, as the light decreases. While the Sun is in Aries, it is a time when all of us (not just those born under the sign of Aries) have the opportunity to experience our Aries nature. The archetype of that nature is like the pure life force that is contained in a single seed. A seed is the residue of a previous cycle of growth – both its resulting harvest and its unfinished business. The Aries energy is about our use of that raw life force within our personal expression of that energy. It manifests in assertiveness, courage, risk-taking, directness, initiative, our sex drive, and the pioneering spirit. It can also emerge as aggression, pushiness, violence, anger, recklessness and self-absorption. The same forceful energy that can fuel damage and single-minded egotism is the same energy that, applied in a different way, is also essential for self-validation, confidence and the drive to make things happen. While the Sun is in Aries, we all have the opportunity to explore how we use this energy in our lives and whether we want to change this. Here are some suggestions about how to explore your Aries nature: Is there something new you want to start in your life? What activities do you want to begin that you've never done before? What will give you the courage and confidence to bring these into your life? If it is not possible to do this, or if you encounter delays, how do you deal with your frustration? Do anger and frustration motivate you to take action, or do these emotions tend to overwhelm and inhibit you? How do you express your anger, and does this clear the air or just create more problems? Use this time to explore these and related areas.

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Mar.20 – Mars conjunct Jupiter (22:48 of Capricorn)

"When the Moon is in the 7th House and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace with guide the planets and love will steer the stars!" This quote from the song "Age of Aquarius" from the musical Hair describes this transit. When the aggression, drive, courage and desire of Mars are combined with Jupiter's love of justice, mercy and higher purpose, we can get the best of both worlds. On the other hand, we can also get the worst of both worlds; for example, self-righteousness or over-zealousness. This transit sparks a new beginning in our use of these energies, which unfolds over the next 2 years or so. The questions to ask yourself at its initiation, now, are: Will you use your energy to seek greater understanding, or to jump to conclusions? Will your courage be used to fight for justice or to blame? Will your passion and drive be used to advance a higher purpose or to inflict angry destruction in the name of judgment? The reality will probably lie somewhere in between, but awareness of which extreme you are drifting toward will allow you to make choices about whether you want to correct your course or go with the flow.

Mar.21 – Mercury trine North Lunar Node (04:13 of Pisces/Cancer)  (Mar.22 in UK, AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Today, and up to a couple of days before and after, things can feel like they're starting to make sense. What you read, hear and observe may seem more obvious and your ability to put this into words could flow more easily. You might identify and figure out how to utilize the tools, skills, assets and ideas that could bring you further down the road toward whatever destination you're pointed toward. However, a reality check about how wise it might be to act on these ideas and benefits is still a good idea. Write down good ideas to follow up with later.

Mar.21 – Saturn enters Aquarius (until Jul.01)  (Mar.22 in ADT, NDT, UK, AU)

Saturn in Aquarius is especially strong because Saturn is the traditional planetary ruler of Aquarius. We often associate Aquarius with being non-conformist, rebellious, individualistic, quirky and chaotic, which seem mutually exclusive to qualities we associate with Saturn: stable, following the rules, meeting expectations, responsible and serious. There are two ways to solve this riddle. One is that stability, groundedness and a strong sense of self are necessary to be able to express our individualistic, unconventional and noncompliant side.

However, it also takes a strong sense of autonomy and self-authority (Saturn) to hold your own in a group situation (Aquarius), especially if you are taking the role of leader in that group. So, the irony of Saturn in Aquarius is that it takes a strong Saturn to have the strength and stability to venture beyond the bounds of conventionality.

The other way to look at the riddle of apparent contradiction between Saturn and Aquarius is that there is a side of Aquarius that is obscure and ironic. Although Aquarius has a well-deserved reputation for being rebellious and contrary to authority, that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own version of conformity and conventionality. Aquarius usually has a vision of change that it feels is needed in the world, but it often wants everyone to conform to that vision of what the world should be. Therefore, Aquarius can often be just as demanding, controlling and directive as the Capricorn status quo which Aquarius ironically sees itself pushing against and trying to change.

So, while Saturn is in Aquarius, see if you can identify yourself in either of these versions of Aquarius. Or perhaps your life circumstances are pushing you to move in one or the other direction – toward greater autonomy and less conformity, or toward greater stability within the surrounding chaos. More importantly, how productive and helpful is it for you to take on that role (as the individualist rebel, or as the determined but demanding visionary)?

In addition, you may find you are wrestling with frustration about the need to conform to the "will of the group" which requires you to compromise your individuality to some extent. Or perhaps you feel called to take on a leadership role in a group of like-minded people (e.g. friends, a club or organization, a community group or social cause, etc). This may be a good time to manifest (or plan to manifest) your vision of what could make the world a better place, whether that is at work, in your neighbourhood, online or within the world at large. Best results will most likely come if you can take a mature, grounded, responsible approach to creating change.

Saturn is in Aquarius during these periods: 1903-1906, 1932-1935, 1962-1964, 1991-1994, 2020-2023 and 2050-2053. Saturn makes one more visit to Capricorn this year (Jul.01 to Dec.17) before moving into Aquarius to stay until March 2023.

Mar.22-26 – Venus-Sun Greatest Elongation as Evening Star (Venus at 18:26 to 21:47 Taurus)   ("What's the Shadow?"  Read my articles about Retrograde Cycles.  Read my article about Venus Retrograde.)

Venus is at her greatest elongation from the Sun during this time period. Although still moving in longitude, they tend to hover at their greatest distance from each other for a few days at a time. She is as far away from the Sun (from Earth's perspective) and as high in the sky, as she's going to get during this period when she is known as the Evening Star. For several months before this time, she can be seen higher and brighter in the western sky after sunset, and she will appear lower in the sky for up to 2 months from now.

Around this time, Venus energy is especially strong and clear. Love is perhaps in the air and pleasure takes a higher priority. You may be drawn to people, places, things and activities that make you feel good, loving and lovable. It could feel like the perfect time to buy that wonderful bling you saw the other day, or to indulge your desires like your favorite food.

One possibility is that you could get pulled into a spending spree or overdoing it in feel-good activities. Just remember that your body, your relationship, and your credit card are going to have to deal with the consequences of whatever you do now. Use your best judgment.

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

Mar.22 – Mercury sextile Uranus (04:40 of Pisces/Taurus)  (Mar.23 in AU)

There is potential for brilliance and excitement under this transit. You may be more spontaneous, upbeat and eccentric than usual. If you are used to a fairly predictable lifestyle, it is a time when you may be inspired to experiment with something out of character. If you are used to being whacky, zany and impulsive, this transit can provide opportunities to express this. You may have an increased ability to "think outside the box" if you stretch your mind a little, and there is the possibility of having an "ah-ha!" experience, when answers and realisations fall into place. There is also the possibility of being mentally restless, so that it's hard to slow down your thoughts or apply yourself seriously to your responsibilities. Your attention span may be a bit short for a couple of days. This energy can be used to consider new ideas that seemed outlandish or impossible before, and see new potential in them.

Mar.22 – Venus sextile Neptune (18:56 of Taurus/Pisces)  (Mar.23 in ADT, NDT, UK, AU)

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 facade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms!

Mar.19-May.10 – Venus trine Mars, with Mini-Trine aspect pattern (closest Apr.18)

For almost 2 months, from March 19 to May 10, Venus and Mars travel in a prolonged trine aspect (120°). However, they never reach exact. This is because just as Venus catches up within a degree of the exact trine (Apr.18), she starts to slow down to prepare for her retrograde cycle and Mars moves on without her. (Venus' whole cycle begins Mar.22 until Aug.19, while the actual retrograde period is May 13 to June 25).

Venus trine Mars

The Venus-Mars trine invites us to act on our desires and bring more pleasure and comfort into our lives, while finding more cooperative and diplomatic ways to express aggression, hostility and frustration. They start their trine journey in Earth signs (Mars in Capricorn, Venus in Taurus) where both are strongly dignified (Mars exalted, Venus in rulership). This makes it easier (and more likely) to make things happen in a concrete, physical way. For example, it can be a good time to pamper yourself with sensual delights—massage, chocolate, scents, music—and to soften harsh energy by combining it with beauty and love in whatever you do.

By April 3, Venus and Mars—still trine—are both in Air signs (Mars in Aquarius, Venus in Gemini) and leaning more toward interaction, ideas and communication. It should be a good energy for mentally creative projects, learning, writing or gathering information. The trine moves out of its 6° orb on May 10, just before Mars enters Pisces and Venus turns retrograde (both May.13).

Mercury-Venus-Mars Mini-Trine

In the middle of the Venus-Mars trine, during April 11-22, Mercury joins the fun to form what I call a Mini-Trine aspect pattern, where Mercury makes sextile aspects (60°) to both of them, forming a triangle shape. A Mini-Trine aspect pattern combines an easy-going trine aspect (120° - Venus and Mars, in this case) with two potentially creative sextile aspects (60° - to Mercury).

The Mini-Trine often brings opportunities that—if you act on them and take advantage of the energy—can help you herd your ducks into a conveniently neat and productive row (so to speak). This particular aspect figure involves the three planets that are the building blocks of our conscious perception and interaction with the world: Mercury (thoughts, ideas, communication), Venus (love, affection, values, comfort) and Mars (desire, assertiveness, making things happen). These combined energies provide the means to function in the world on a day-to-day basis—perception, interaction and action. If you're involved in a bigger project or ambition, they help

This Mini-Trine is in Air (Venus in Gemini, Mars in Aquarius) and Fire signs (Mercury in Aries), so the creativity moves most easily in the areas of passionate communication, flashes of insight, and spontaneous reactions based on quick perceptions. These cerebral impulses may or may not be accurate if you take the time to do a reality check on them, but the urge may well be to act on the belief that they are.

This configuration involves so-called "easy" aspects, so it's possible its effect could go somewhat unnoticed other than a relaxed feeling of ease or mental liberation. You might find it's just easier to go with your first take on a situation, and it's frustrating to slow down long enough to take the context or other factors into account. These energies seem to suggest that your spontaneous intuition can give you valuable information, but it's also good to consider other possibilities before jumping to a final conclusion.

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Mar.23 – Mars conjunct Pluto (24:43 of Capricorn)  (Mar.22 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT)

This transit is a volatile and powerful combination of energies, with enormous potential for both creative healing and destructive damage. At its best, this transit can spark a creative force for transformative change that rises from a deep, underlying truth and unconditional acceptance of ourselves, warts and all. At its worst, this energy can be cruel, violent or relentlessly obsessive, aiming to impose power and control over others. How you experience this will largely depend on how you deal with your wants and desires. Are you so attached to the outcome that you are focused only on the external effects and results? Or can you also focus on strengthening your empowerment from within, so that desired change begins with yourself? The urge to express sexual, passionate and intimate feelings may also run high now. Have fun with it, but remember to use good judgment too. Your powers of persuasion can be ardent and strong now...but since this transit applies to everyone, so can other people's. This could lead to zealous competition (think "Battle of the Titans") or to a powerful blend of passionate creativity (think "alchemical transformation"). Which will you choose?

Mar.23 – Sun square North Lunar Node (03:47 of Aries/Cancer)  (Mar.24 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

When the Sun squares the Lunar Nodes, your sense of purpose and identity appear to be in conflict with the lessons you need to learn in life. It may feel like you're forced to take a detour around your direct route to your destination (whatever that might be). This may only be true on the surface – if you look deeper at the situation (or possibly in retrospect), you'll probably find that your sense of self is actually helped by the benefits that you are able to get on that detour, which would have missed if you hadn't been diverted from your original path.

Alternatively, you might be confronted by a conflict or stressful dilemma that you usually resist or flail against. This may be an opportunity to explore a deeper level of your experience and feelings. Perhaps there is fear or resentment or defiance behind your reaction. This is a chance to try on a different perspective and respond in a different way that can help you move through the situation instead of just being blocked by it.

When the Sun squares the Nodes it is sometimes called "Moon Wobbles," which is a bit of a misnomer. The Moon itself doesn't wobble or even necessarily interact directly with either the Nodes or the Sun. Rather, the Moon part of us (the inner, feeling, intuitive, sensitive part of us) may feel a bit "wobbly" or unsteady when the Sun squares the Nodes. The "Moon Wobble" effects are said to build and dissipate for up to 10 days before and after the Sun-Node square is exact.

NEXT UPDATE:
NEW MOON IN TAURUS
Available by April 22, 2020.

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