The Low-Down on the Far-Out

New Moon in Pisces, March 2018

Chart for the New Moon in Pisces
Chart for the New Moon in Pisces

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance,
it is the illusion of knowledge.
~ Stephen Hawking (January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018)

NOTE: The quotes in this update are taken from the amazing Dr. Stephen Hawking, who passed away this morning as I wrote this. He was one of the most legendary, brilliant minds of our time (although sadly, not a fan of astrology). RIP and thank you for your courage and passion, humour and wit, knowledge and inspiration.

Mar.17 – NEW MOON in PISCES (26:53 of Pisces)

Intuition is a central quality of Pisces. Intuition can give you x-ray vision to see past the obvious to the subtle undertones of a situation. The trouble is that what it shows you can also sometimes be misleading or incomplete.

Pisces gets its intuition, in part, from the element of Water (blue in the diagram; signs are Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). Anyone with a lot of Water in their chart knows how important it is to have an intuitive, "felt sense" about something before they really understand it. However, that feeling sense can also be made to show what we want to see rather than what is.

Diagram of elements

Air (yellow) is a bit different (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius). It is about communication, information, analysis and objectivity. But you can rationalize anything so that it makes sense, whether it's true or not.

Earth (green: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) can make its own rules in order to shape reality into what it intends to manifest. But this may become so cut-and-dried and rigid that much of the subtlety and non-standard reality can be missed or dismissed.

Fire (red: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) is infectious in its enthusiasm, charm, passion and inspired intuition. But its all-out style can also get carried away, and Fire's shining vision could make promises that your actions and commitment aren't prepared to keep.

Another source of Pisces' strong gift for intuition is its modality: Mutable. Mutable signs (green in the diagram below: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) are changeable, flexible and malleable. They're not committed to just one way of perceiving, acting, understanding or interacting, but can adapt to whatever feels right in the situation. However, this makes it hard to stick to one point of view, one decision, one idea or one plan of action.

Diagram of modalities

Cardinal signs (orange: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) are go-getters. They love to initiate something, to step out into a new journey or to choose a point to aim for and go for it. But once that something is started and established, trying to keep it up consistently can lead to boredom or restlessness.

Fixed signs (blue: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are all about staying the course, maintaining the energy and sustaining the optimal environment. But it's hard to be flexible and change doesn't usually come easily. Whether they're in motion or standing still or just coasting, it takes a lot of effort to go from one state to the other.

One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn't exist..... Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist. [...] The universe doesn't allow perfection.
~ Stephen Hawking

So, no element or modality has 100% of the puzzle. Each in its own way has missing pieces, and other elements or modalities step in to fill in the gaps. If an element or quality is absent or sparse, it's like looking through a cracked lens with a piece missing. Yes, you can see everything eventually, but more often we just fill in the gaps with what we think is there.

In the case of Watery intuition: without help from other elements and modalities, clarity can fragment into fantasy or blur into wishful thinking. Our intuition may become an inconsistent, shape-shifting view of the world that starts to look more like what we want to see, rather than what is actually there. And in that pliable state, it may not be easy to tell the difference.

As for Mutable transmutation: it needs support from the other elements and modalities to stabilize and focus its gift of adaptability. Without that you never know what something is because as soon as you think you know, it is no longer that. And if everything can be anything, then it's nothing—which is fine if you're meditating about the mystery of life but creates serious problems when you're trying to navigate through the Saturnian world. A point of reference or context is necessary to bring all that fog into focus or even to gauge which end is up.

As a Mutable Water sign, Pisces has the best—and the worst—of both worlds. And since we all have Pisces somewhere in our charts, this means we all have access to the brightest and the murkiest of what Pisces can offer. We have the potential ability to soar beyond the stratosphere, swim into the watery depths and melt into everything around us.

Pisces' intuitive and even psychic abilities are well known, from brilliant thinkers (Einstein) to legendary artists (Michelangelo) to famous mystics (Edgar Cayce). But when Pisces goes wandering off without a lifeline it could also get pretty ugly; probably the most famous example being Pisces serial killer John Wayne Gacy ("the Clown Killer").

It's important to remember that the vast majority of Pisces people fall somewhere in the middle, of course, and that every sign has its geniuses and psychopaths, the famous and the infamous. Each sign has its own way of potentially going off the rails in ways that bring out the best or worst potential in us.

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
~ Stephen Hawking

Here's how all this relates to the New Moon chart. There is a Stellium in Pisces (Sun, Moon, Neptune, Chiron) which is a LOT of Water and a LOT of Mutable. There is no Air in the chart—that is, there are no major planets in Air signs. And Jupiter is a singleton in Fixed.

So, with all that emotional, intuitive Water, there is precious little rational, logical Air or Earth to counterbalance it. No Air planets and only 2 planets in Earth—mind you, one of them is Saturn which is very strong in its own sign of Capricorn, but then again, Saturn is in a stressful semi-square (45°) aspect to Pisces ruler, Jupiter, so it's not exactly a happy alliance.

And with all that shape-shifting Mutable energy, there is only one planet in Fixed that could stabilize and contain it. Thankfully, this is Pisces ruler, Jupiter, which does help. But it still can't just relax and not have to think about whether our actions and intentions are going overboard or losing the point of the exercise, especially with Jupiter being prone to overdoing things even at the best of times.

New Moon trine Jupiter

Jupiter is also in a lovely, cooperative trine to the New Moon (120°), which should help make Jupiter's Fixed energy more accessible. That Fixed energy comes from Scorpio, which knows how to stay focused on feelings, passions and emotions—to a fault. The problem with having only one planet in a modality is that either its energy may be difficult to access, or it can become excessive if it has a heavy job description in the chart.

So, the point is that it's good to use this energy to make changes in your plans, your opinions, your actions, your attitude or your beliefs. Jupiter's trine to the Sun and Moon can also allow you to make an intimate connection to your ideals and dreams, becoming inspired with visions of great potential. It might be tempting to want to dramatically change your life destination, if you're set on fire by a fresh idea.

However, it's important to include a solid reality check to see if you might be trying to do too much too fast or losing track of what you're trying to accomplish in the long run. Mercury is now in the Shadow and will go Retrograde from Mar.22 to Apr.15, so this can give you some time to consider all your priorities. Before you dump all your existing projects in favour of something exciting and new, give yourself some time to see new ideas in a larger context before making a final decision.

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.
~ Stephen Hawking

Another player in the chart who comes with a mixed bag of contributions is Mars, currently at 29° of Sagittarius, just 5 minutes of arc away from officially landing in Capricorn with a thud. Mars also just stepped Out of Bounds by declination (Mar.16 to Apr.07; more about that below).

New Moon sqr Mars, tri Jupiter

Mars is in a stressful square aspect to the New Moon and Chiron (90°). And Mars is also in mutual reception with Jupiter (the ruler of the New Moon), meaning that they are in each other's signs and therefore reinforce each other's expression, for better or worse.

All of these factors make Mars a significant player in the New Moon drama. There is often an urgent edge to a planet when it's in the final degree of a sign. In this case, the passionate Mars part of you may feel that this is your last chance to set things to right that have slipped away from (what you believe is) a righteous or optimum path.

This is amplified by Mars being in a combative square aspect to the New Moon. (90°) You might be acutely aware of obstacles that stand in your way and just outraged enough by them to draw your metaphorical sword and take on all that stand in your way. Or, you may feel like you're just spinning your wheels in the mud and want to smite anyone who tries to help.

Mars has also just escaped the southern declination boundary of the Sun (called going Out of Bounds), which could see you feeling even more edgy and feisty and determined to do things your own way, even if it means risking what's good in order to vanquish the bad. There's no guarantee that such daring will succeed, and no guarantee that it won't, so it's probably wise to keep at least one foot on the ground in a pragmatic reality check.

The overall effect could see your energy levels and emotional moods being a bit inconsistent, unstable or just plain wonky. Your get-up-and-go could fluctuate between too much, too little or spinning in circles, depending on how hard you try to force things to go your way. Passions may be extra intense, which could contribute a wonderfully inspiring motivating energy or it might get a bit too hot to handle at times.

Plowing the fields

One way this could play out is that your excitement, resolve and strength of will may bring a sharper focus to your vision and imagination, like a laser beam. This could help you take a concrete step forward to initiate a new project. After all, Mars is about to go into Capricorn, where it is exalted and can transform into a very effective workhorse. At its best, it can chew up resistance, apprehension and obstacles like a plow churning through the dirt.

On the other hand, you might also be extra sensitive to people or situations who promote ideals, ethics or aspirations that you disagree with. This could fuel in you a sense of urgency that you must do something to make the world right again or to defend principles that you feel are being disrespected or dismissed. As a result, it may be tempting to overreact on impulse instead of taking your time to consider your options and what's realistic.

My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field, which is theoretical physics.
Indeed, they have helped me in a way by shielding me from lecturing and administrative work
that I would otherwise have been involved in. I have managed, however,
only because of the large amount of help I have received...
~ Stephen Hawking

Chiron is tightly conjunct the New Moon, which brings its 8-year journey through Pisces into special focus. Chiron is about to change signs on April 17th, and we are heading into its transition from inspired, surrendering Pisces into dynamic, proactive Aries (even though it dips back into Pisces again from Sep.25 to Apr.18.2019). (Read my article on Chiron in Pisces

Chiron conjunct Pisces New Moon

Health matters often coincide with Chiron transits, so this coming lunar cycle (Mar.17-Apr.15) could bring the need to address some health concerns or perhaps simply to adjust your usual health regimen. For example, being aligned with the Pisces New Moon, health problems (especially chronic ones) might benefit from getting more sleep or watching for side effects from medications or recreational substances.

Chiron being in Pisces has a special connection with problems that don't have a clear or tidy solution, which means we have to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation. Surrender to what can't be changed doesn't often come easily, and suffering in some form is a common experience on the road to acceptance.

Collectively and personally, we have been on a journey since 2010 through difficult times, much of which is still in turmoil, controversy and conflict. It might feel like all we've been doing is treading water in a rain storm, but even if that were true, it doesn't mean we're in the same place as we were 8 years ago—far from it. There are times when we feel like we're stuck or swimming in circles. This happens especially when we're only looking at the water around us, at what looks like the same ripples, froth and waves.

The lesson from Chiron in Pisces is that sometimes it is only by taking the vast, broad view, the long-term outlook the from high in the sky and across the ocean, that we can really see what's happening. Down in the drink below, we might not be able to see where we're going or how far we've come, but from the eagle's perspective we are not staying still. If nothing else, there is a universal current that is carrying us.

Enter Jupiter in Scorpio (a sign associated with the eagle). Jupiter is in a collaborative trine aspect (120°) to the Sun, Moon and Chiron. Gleaning information from the Piscean Big Picture is second nature to Jupiter, and Scorpio's eagle eye helps to spot significant omens and implications. Therefore, this is an excellent time to expand your awareness and observe your situation from a much bigger perspective.

There's a wee catch, though—Jupiter just turned retrograde (Mar.08), so even as the bigger picture comes into view, it might seem like it's slipping away. If so, it is temporary and actually makes this a great time to explore the underside of what you see on the surface. Mercury, in the early stages of his retrograde cycle, is eager to help since this is his time to gather information and make plans before committing to a course of action. When Jupiter goes direct (Jul.10) it will be just in time for the next Mercury cycle, when you'll get to reflect on what Jupiter has taught you, what it means and how to put it to best use.

Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events
as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order
in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from.
Humanity's deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest.
And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.
~ Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

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Imagine a world that gives every person within it exactly what they need to take the next step in their unique journey. Then, envision a far-reaching context in which both positive and negative events and attitudes co-exist and work cooperatively together toward a destination that is beneficial for all.

Think of something positive that you see happening now in your life or in the world. How does this assist that journey toward a greater destination? Remember that all elements and modalities need each other to form a complete whole. In the same way, what shortcomings, disadvantages or missing pieces could this positive thing lead to if not combined with other energies?

Now think about something negative that happened in the past, to you personally or in the world, that is no longer an active or critical problem. What is the current status of that situation? How did you get from there to here?

What overall change in action or attitude allowed the negative thing to be moved into the background or erased altogether? Can you see how that difficult situation actually helped you go from there to here?

Shakespeare wrote, There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. No element contains everything needed to make a whole zodiac. No modality has it all. There is nothing and no one that is 100% good or bad. To every advantage there is a disadvantage, and to every disadvantage there is an advantage. These deviations and contradictions not only do co-exist but it is essential to the whole that they do.

This is the lesson of Pisces, the sign that reaches out to embrace All That Is. And your journey through this process is reflected by Chiron who has travelled that journey with you for 8 years. Just be with that for a while...

However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
Where there's life, there's hope.
~ Stephen Hawking

Mar.16 – Mars goes Out of Bounds (29:30 Sagittarius to 11:53 Capricorn; OOB until Apr.07)  (Mar.17 in AU)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

(This transit is repeated from the last update, since it is so close to and features in the New Moon in Pisces.)

Mars goes Out of Bounds (OOB) for 3 weeks. During that time you might encounter new experiences related to courage, aggression or taking action. For example, you may find you are seized with inspiration to champion a cause, or you might decide that now is the time to do something you've been hesitating about for a while and were just waiting for the right moment.

There is always the less constructive side of Mars to watch for, as well. For instance, bold action could become reckless if it's not balanced with wisdom, realistic expectations and awareness of the consequences that you might have to live with afterwards. Anger and frustration could flare up more easily or intensely than usual, which is probably best expressed in constructive ways that don't leave ashes and ruins behind you.

Your instincts could be finely tuned during this time, picking up on distant or subtle signals and relaying these to your impulses which result in doing things without a lot of conscious forethought. This can feel exciting or energizing, but remember that you will still have to live with the results, so if you find this is creating problems it might be best to slow things down a bit so you can consider your best course of action before actually doing it.

You might not notice much of an effect in yourself – not everyone is attuned to the OOB energy. However, you could pick up a high Mars energy in others around you, which may provoke a lot of reaction in yourself. Or, your experience of this Mars energy might feel more like a subtle pressure that you will need to tune into gradually in order to bring it into clear focus.

Mar.17 – Mars enters Capricorn (until May.16)  (Mar.18 in AU)

Mars works very well in Capricorn – in fact, Mars can be quite the little workhorse! Action that pursues your ambitions, goals, projects or objectives can make serious progress under this transit. It may be easier to pace yourself and be disciplined in how you use your energy and effort now. Taking a serious, responsible attitude in your actions is likely to produce positive results, even more-so than usual. On the other hand, if you have difficulty with these qualities, and tend to rebel or fight to preserve your freedom, you might feel more like you're being strapped into a yoke and harness and ordered to plough the fields. However, the amount of serious, authentic work you're willing to put your energy into will likely pay off in kind. It can be a good time to show leadership or to make independent decisions that lead by example. Taking risks will make more sense if you prepare your strategy and map out your plan of action.

Mar.18 – Venus trine North Lunar Node (14:13 of aRIES/Leo)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Today, as well as up to a couple of days before and after, you may feel a bit more comfortable in your own skin and in the social world around you. In fact, interactions you have with others may prove fruitful to help you move further along your path toward whatever destination you're pointed in. You might be in a position to do this for someone else, as well. It may be a good time to spend or save money and other resources. However, it's still wise to do a reality check to make sure both side of the exchange are satisfied that you got as much as you gave.

Mar.18 – Sun conjunct Chiron (28:18 of Pisces)  (Mar.19 in AU)

For a few days, you may become focused on physical, spiritual or psychological healing...or you might become aware of the need for it due to problems. Your physical vitality may be more susceptible to health problems, and your inner or spiritual strength and sense of purpose may feel a bit weak or vulnerable. However, you might also experience new motivation to build up your strength and endurance on all levels. Therefore, this could be a time when you embark on fresh health or fitness goals, or new directions that carve reformed purpose out of previous hardships. Psychologically, you could become aware of the ways that your self-esteem is undermined or sabotaged – either by outside situations or people or you doing it to yourself without realising it, or even ways that you do this to someone else. This is a good time to observe and learn about how these issues operate in your life, what role you play in this dynamic, and how you could make different choices. By increasing your level of acceptance of human imperfection, of both yourself and others, you can strengthen those areas where you now feel vulnerable. Since self-esteem (yours and others') can be a bit fragile now, boosting self-confidence through praise, support, encouragement and confidence can have a powerful and healing effect right now.

Mar.20 – Mercury conjunct Venus (27:12 of Pisces)  (Mar.19 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT, CDT)

Social connections, diplomatic communication and receptive awareness mark this transit. It can be a great time to negotiate contracts or agreements because the communication can usually flow easily. Focus your awareness on achieving a mutual balance between you and the other person. A win-win solution is especially easy to achieve now – so much so, in fact, that it might be tempting to only say what you think the other person wants to hear (which may or may not be wise). This can also be a time of appreciating and expressing beauty, pleasure and sensuality. If there's someone you want to get closer to (in terms of romance, friendship, business, partnership, or even an adversary!), talking gently and listening receptively can be the key that unlocks the door. You may also get new creative ideas from your interactions with people or from observing them.

This is the second pass of Mercury conjunct Venus. At the first pass (Mar.04), Mercury was in full tilt boogie, but then started to slow down for his retrograde cycle (Mar.22 to Apr.15). By now, although Mercury is still Direct, he's moving at a fraction of his Mar.04 speed which allows Venus to pass him by. This time around, Venus energy has the upper hand, so your thoughts, perceptions and words may be less objective. You may be more attuned to social connection, seeking interaction and interplay with others. Mercury won't catch up to Venus again until Oct.15.

This transit is part of the Mercury-Venus-Chiron conjunction sequence – see Feb.28-Mar.09, in the last update.

Mar.19 – Happy Equinox! Sun enters Aries (until Apr.19)


Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:

Mar.20, 2017, 12:15 PM EDT

London, UK:

Mar.20, 2017, 4:15 PM GMT

Sydney, AU:

Mar.21, 2017, 3:15 AM 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.

Mar.22 – Mercury Stationary Retrograde (16:54 of Aries; until Apr.15)  (Mar.23 in UK, AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Mercury Retrograde.  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Yes, it's that time again! Mercury goes retrograde for the next 3+ weeks. For up to a week before and after today, Mercury is moving very slowly or stopped (hence "stationary" or "making a station"). During this time, you may experience intensity, frustration, confusion, miscommunications, or feel like you're getting bogging down in your progress.

Mercury retrograde is usually a time when it is a good time to rethink, rehash, reflect, and tie up old loose ends, rather than begin new ventures. It is typical for new insights and information to emerge later in the retrograde cycle that you didn't anticipate, which can change the whole picture. Because of this, it is usually advised to avoid making final or permanent decisions (e.g., signing contracts or putting new projects into action), during the retrograde and even up to 2 weeks after Mercury goes direct. However, it is an excellent time to do fact-finding, research and investigation to prepare for major decisions, which are usually best put off until well after Mercury goes direct.

In the meantime, while Mercury is retrograde, expect the unexpected, and leave lots of extra time when planning your schedule (to minimize any disruptions from delays and complications). Stay flexible and learn to roll with the weirdness. It's common to have to reschedule appointments or redo things because the instructions or information got messed up the first time. Do some things that use your intuitive, creative, non-rational mind for a while until Mercury goes direct again.

If you absolutely must do something important during this time that can't be postponed, don't be surprised if you wind up having to redo things. It can help to be especially vigilant about triple-checking what you do, but some of these mishaps can't always be predicted or prevented, so don't be hard on yourself (nor on others).

Remember: Mercury loves to play practical jokes. This is his playtime. ;-) It helps to learn to laugh with him.

Mercury is retrograde in Aries, which can mean you're in for a lot of quick fluctuation in your thoughts and perceptions. You may find it difficult to make a firm decision because every event or feeling triggers a new thought or perspective. You might change your mind several times before making up your mind (probably best done well after Mercury goes direct, in that case). Be careful about making snap decisions or assuming too quickly that what you think you see is actually what's there. Some reality-checking would be wise. You might also find yourself blurting out things that you normally keep to yourself. This may be because you're so attuned to your inner thoughts and ideas that it's easy to "think out loud" – which may or may not be a good thing! You might experience more impatience and frustration than usual now, especially if you keep trying to carry on "business as usual" in your way of thinking and communicating. It is likely to work better if you take some time to focus on your inner thoughts and deciding what you really need to say, which can prepare you to use your better judgment when the time comes.

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

Mar.23 – Venus square Pluto (21:04 of Aries/Capricorn)  (Mar.24 in AU)

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.

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Mar.24 – Sun square Mars (03:57 of Aries/Capricorn)  (Mar.23 in AU)

Assertiveness, aggression and intense energy burst out under this transit. This can be a time of being pushed into taking action...or it can erupt in anger, irritation and hostility (in yourself or others). It may seem like everything pushes your buttons and rubs you the wrong way, creating conflict and putting you on edge. You may feel the impulse to burn off this excess energy through sexual activity. If you look beneath the irritation you may see a frustrated part of you that wants change, yet you have held back for some reason. Being pro-active and initiating steps for voluntary change is preferable, since you will have far more control over the process than if you get pushed into a corner and forced to act. The more preplanning you've done for this moment, the more successful you're likely to be. But if you get caught in a whirlwind of change, connect yourself to the part of you that wants change and let that ground and guide you.

Mar.26 – UK and Europe move ahead to Daylight Saving Time

If you live in the UK, Europe or in the Middle East, and if your region observes Daylight Saving Time, it's time to move your clocks one hour FORWARD. If you're not sure if this applies to you, check the change dates for your location on

Mar.28 – Venus conjunct Uranus (27:19 of Aries)  (Mar.27 in UK, AU)

The warm receptivity of Venus can become somewhat cool, detached and unpredictable when combined with Uranus. This is a good combination for carrying out a dispassionate strategy, or for networking with acquaintances and associates. It can also be a time when you might liberate yourself from old connections – for example, choosing to end a relationship, stepping away from an outworn friendship, or being open to experimenting with new kinds of connections with people. It can also be a time of impulse spending, or wanting to use your resources and finances for a humanitarian purpose. Finances may become a bit unpredictable or unstable – either bringing income when you didn't expect it, or spending it when you may or may not have. Whether you want to liberate your own life or someone else's, this is a time when freedom and independence become the focus of pleasure. Experimentation is also tempting, and while this can be invigorating, it might also leave you with consequences you hadn't anticipated. Embrace your spontaneity, but don't divorce your judgment.

Mar.29 – Sun square Saturn (08:50 of Aries/Capricorn)  (Mar.28 in AU)

It is necessary for you to come to grips with limitations, boundaries or expectations. If you have been avoiding some task or obligation, this transit might bring consequences from that avoidance or a warning of consequences to come. You might also encounter a situation that requires you to accept unwanted responsibility or restricts your freedom in some way. You might be faced with some part of your life being pruned back, either to rein in something that is out of control or to make room for new growth. This is likely to be more or less stressful depending on how comfortable you are dealing with responsibility, authority, limits and hard work. If you have a hard time with authority issues, you might find yourself in conflict with someone in authority under this transit – perhaps in part because your buttons are getting pushed. On the other hand, this could also be a time when you are challenged to take action or make a decision that involves taking on more responsibility. It is also a time when you may have to find better ways to deal with personal boundaries – accepting others' or learning to assert your own. You're bumping up against reality, so try to work constructively with it, not hurl yourself against it.

Mar.30 – Mercury Retrograde trine North Lunar Node (13:31 of Aries/Leo)  (Mar.31 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Mercury makes a second pass to trine the North Lunar Node, this time going retrograde. Normally this can be a time when your ideas, thoughts and words seem like they're falling into place, or at least coming more easily. When Mercury is retrograde, this transit could bring some "second thoughts" about events and situations that shed new light in a positive or softer way. In other words, this can be a time when rethinking a difficult situation might reveal an easier way to deal with it or that perhaps you needn't be as concerned as you are. It's also an opportunity to think about how you can re-centre yourself on the path of your fullest potential.

Mar.31 – Venus enters Taurus (until Apr.24)  (Mar.30 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT, CDT)

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. ;-)

Next Update:  FULL MOON in LIBRA. Available by March 31, 2018.

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