by Heather Roan Robbins
Feel that urge to spring clean, whether it is mind, body, or political arena. The planets remind us that something must go, whether it’s a favorite chair, a plan, a cornerstone of our philosophy or an illusion about our self or our country, when it no longer fits reality. The most nurturing thing we can do for our life is release clutter of all types and create room for what’s real and needed now. Create room, because Monday’s new Moon in Aries seeds a whole new astrological year.
It will help to a problem; it might be a big one and need all our attention, or it might be a small one that just feels like a mountain. Most of us will feel challenged, either to make a change, to demand a change, or to release and recreate a corner of our life.
But let’s not over-generalize, or give in to a desire to walk away from it and not just the specific piece that needs to be released. Nor release a deep part of our moral code to fit in safely. Even if a dear one or encroaching authority figure tries to convince us otherwise, because the planets also loan us a strong willful torque, a desire to convince people of the way we see the world.
We’ll feel this tension as Mercury, arbiter of our thinking process, conjuncts electrical, chaotic Uranus and the asteroid Eris (named after a Goddess of discord); they all oppose expansive Jupiter square intense Pluto, symbol of power and loss. This combination it can help us face the conflict or call a bully out. But it can also exacerbate any ambient anxiety and fuel a crazy streak. Together these planets form three corners of a square around us, and the empty corner of this square, the place of resolution, is the sign Cancer, the need to nurture, mother, protect the tender home front. This can be a way to resolve conflict—detach from the specifics of this story and investigate what will nurture us, and all sentient beings, in the long run.
Our emotions stay strong and reactive throughout the week as Venus retrogrades and disappears from the night skies to combust the Sun in direct, urgent Aries. While she leaves us with little emotional patience, our hearts can burst with love at the oddest moments and sparks can fly in new relationships and old. Venus retrograde also points out to us where our actions are not in integrity with what we value, and is happy to bring on a scandal to point that out. Venus and Mars are also in mutual reception, or in the sign ruled by one another (though not ones that make them happy), and strengthen each other. Let’s just be careful what we set in motion, what do we really value and value enough to fight for, to change our life or politics to support.
Friday, March 24: It’s easy to get irritated when some familiar issue tap dances on a recently -healed emotional scar as Mars semi-squares Chiron, but it’s not other’s fault that this point still rankles us. We may say too much as Mercury opposes Jupiter this morning, though midday provides a way out or more positive influences. Or we may all be up in arms together as the collaborative Aquarius Moon forms beneficent, even humorous, aspects tonight. Tonight, camaraderie helps us respond to recent changes as the Moon sextiles Uranus and Saturn.
Mercury opposed Jupiter 6:45 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 10:02 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 10:33 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 4:01 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 11:55 PM.
Saturday, March 25: Our vulnerability and bravery tug us in opposite directions as the Moon enters sensitive Pisces, the Sun conjuncts emotional Venus and tenderizes our emotions just as Mercury conjuncts the asteroid Eris and tender feelings can leave us prickly and defensive. On the other side, it stabilizes us to work with practical Venus to create and express beauty. Hop yard sales and find hidden treasures. Find a way to love people through their tenderness and soothe their prickly spines.
Moon enters Pisces 4:06 AM, Sun conjunct Venus 4:17 AM.
Sunday, March 26: It’s all too easy to change our minds as Mercury conjuncts Uranus. Experience flashes of brilliance and mechanical genius, but also of craziness. We can wind out in a hyper buzz if we get too ungrounded, it furthers to stay embodied, to walk on the earth and deal with practical solutions. If we want to release an obsession, now is a great time to do so, if we’re suddenly inspired to quit our job and move to Madagascar, it would be best to run a feasibility study, wait a week, and see how we feel then.
Moon sextiles Mars 12:42 AM, Moon conjunct Neptune to 20 2 AM, Mercury conjunct Uranus 9:05 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 1:52 PM.
Monday, March 27: Clean up, complete, use and energy boost to clear the decks as the Moon wanes into Aries and begins a new energy cycle on tonight’s New Moon at 8:57 PM MDT. Prepare for the true beginning of this year’s cycle on this astrological New Year’s Eve. Deal with questions around trust as well as old problems and pains from the last yearly cycle. come up to review and release as Mars sequin-squares Saturn and sextiles Neptune. Give the impatient, easily-resentful, but also easily-inspired energy a healthy place to go; keep it busy and out of trouble.
Moon square Saturn 4:19 AM, Moon enters Aries 8:10 AM, Mars sextiles Neptune 10:44 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 1:59 PM, Moon conjunct Sun 8:57 PM.
Tuesday, March 28: What shall we begin? If we have let people place or things go recently – now we get a hint as to why we’ve been clearing the ground. Make overtures to start projects or relationships. The energy races and stops like the hare racing the tortoise, rest five minutes and leap again. Create opportunities for one another. We can waste this mood in rebellion, but why not create opportunities instead. The mood is feisty, hasty, forthright, leaning into belligerent, and seriously not interested in being told what to do.
Moon square Pluto 4:13 PM, Moon opposes Jupiter 4:38 PM, Moon conjunct Uranus 11:15 PM.
Wednesday, March 29: We’re still in a cussedly independent streak this morning, though our judgment can be off and we may need to get something off our chest, to speak our truth as the Moon conjuncts Mercury. Though we can calm down and get more practical about our situation, get back into our bodies and out of our overactive emotions as the Moon enters earth Taurus midday. Our imagination needs a clear outlet, or can get carried away and either confuse us or create deceit. We can work with it clearly if we honestly want to know the truth and are willing to ask ourselves tough questions as mental Mercury semi-squares Neptune and trines Saturn. Investigate and confirm before tweeting.
Moon conjunct’s Mercury 5:32 AM, Moon trine Saturn 6:06 AM, Moon enters Taurus 9:47 AM, Mercury semi-square Neptune 11:51 AM, Mercury trine Saturn 12:16 PM.
Thursday, March 30: Watch for a brewing conflict around funding for other material things as the Taurus Moon conjuncts Mars midday. Though the conflict may be between a toe and the curb, or between desires and budget. Major political frustrations are expressed as Jupiter squares Pluto, ideas clash on what constitutes freedom. One a more personal level the afternoon can mellow out, and more heartfelt concerns and a desire for comfort help us reconnect, but let’s not ignore earlier warning signs that may point to highly significant turns.
Moon sextile Neptune 6:33 AM, Moon conjunct Mars 9:48 AM, Jupiter square Pluto 12:18 PM, Moon trine Venus 12:58 PM, Moon trine Pluto 5:12 PM.
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