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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by Heather Roan Robbins
Spring begins with tender shoots and tough lightning bolts on March 20, at 5:28 am MDT. The Sun enters brash, forthright Aries, though we felt it coming earlier this year as Venus, Mars and Mercury preceded the Sun in to Aries and gave us a taste of the season to come. Tulips peek through last year’s leaves and loan us their bravery, tornadoes and march winds remind us that spring is as tumultuous as it is tender.
But this Friday we still feel the tired tag end of winter as the Sun in Pisces squares serious Saturn and calls us to task. Life’s responsibilities can chafe at us, papers and bills come due, chores demand attention. Insecurities can tap dance on our control issues and stimulate us to rebel, push ourselves, or to sulk, depending on our response. Instead of bucking authority it is good for us to claim our own.
But the weekend opens up once we get our ducks in a row. An outgoing up-beat, and outspoken Sagittarius Moon shifts the mood and Mercury conjuncts Venus in Aries. We love to share our ideas and can bond over saying outrageous things, which can be perfect for St Patrick’s parades or to bring the snakes back. Let a desire for fresh news, fresh territory, and a clean garden inspire action. Just notice that people may, in their enthusiasm, not be particularly careful of each other’s tender feelings.
We begin the new week with a charge; the Sun enters proactive Aries on Monday as the Moon enters determined Capricorn, and the spring revolution kicks in, however we want to define it. Politics, both national and interpersonal, moves onto the front burner this week. The courage to begin again, no matter how tough the winder, is the medicine of spring, so the stars ask us where do we need to start over? We have access to the determination and ability to make a good start. Let’s ramp up and get as far as we can before Mercury retrogrades ion April 9th and sends us back to review.
The week ends under a more extroverted and sociable, if still political, Aquarius Moon. Mercury squares Pluto and inspires debates and tussles for power as we become aware of what is at risk, what we might lose. Rhetoric intensifies, and so do our thoughts: we can see things in black and white instead of a more honest shading. If a person feels cornered, they can become truly active and storm the bastille, or get depressed if it’s a smaller, more personal corner. But we can pour this intensity into anything we do. Any sign of progress will improve the mood.
Friday, March 17: prickly and emotional, people feel under pressure as responsibilities become due and can get grim. Let’s support one another’s work and stay out of the way when someone’s on a roll. An effort to crack down or impose disciple is a response to stress, but won’t be effective. Whereas organization furthers, and joy is checking things of the list. This evening people can relax and laugh about it all, but may get wild as the Moon enters Sagittarius.
Sun square Saturn 3:47 PM, Moon trine son 3:56 PM, Moon enters Sagittarius 8:59 PM.
Saturday, March 18: Mercury conjuncts Venus today and we can be glib, flirtatious; notice a whiff of spring fever in the air. But also we can go deeper and become impassioned and charismatic. What we won’t feel like is patient. Run into old friends, but don’t get caught up in old patterns, pick up an old oar projects and see it with fresh eyes, and talk about social justice, what is fair and beautiful, and what we are willing to do for this.
Mercury conjunct Venus 6:26 AM, Moon trine Venus 2:58 PM, Moon trine Mercury 5:05 PM, Moon square Neptune 9:56 PM.
Sunday, March 19: Today continues yesterday’s momentum, with a chance to expand our network this afternoon as the Moon sextiles Jupiter. Give people undemanding space through an irritated or over extended patch around dinner time, and look for positive changes this evening.
Moon sextile Jupiter 2:35 PM, Moon trine Uranus 7:32 PM.
Monday, March 20: Now we’re cooking. The Sun enters pro-active Aries on this the vernal equinox, the first day of spring and the Moon enters competent, controlling Capricorn, we have efficiency to follow through what we begin, if we can get the energetic elements together, otherwise we can rebel against ourselves, or try to control the uncontrollable, and loose our momentum in tension.
Sun enters Aries 4:28 AM, Moon conjunct’s Saturn 4:37 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 9:30 AM, Moon square Sun 9:58 AM.
Tuesday, March 21: Follow through what was just begun. Run through the momentum from yesterday and make it so this morning as the Moon trines Mars. Keep dogs and children busy, give cynics a job, as we can get in trouble if bored or unengaged.
Moon square Venus 12:32 AM, Moon trine Mars 1:42 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 10:16 AM, Moon square Mercury 4:19 PM, Moon conjunct Pluto 11:32 PM.
Wednesday, March 22: Look for some interesting karmic interactions may not make sense in the short term, but tweak our soul’s work as the Sun and Mercury aspects the Moon’s Nodes. Pay attention to political statements made this week and deeply consider the long-term ramifications. Tonight, the mood grows more cooperative if as stubborn; we may be able to perceive more options as the Moon enters Aquarius.
Moon square Jupiter 1:44 AM, Moon square Uranus 7:19 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 8:28 PM.
Thursday, March 23: Concerns crowd the horizon, but are we catastrophizing, or is there really something to worry about as Mercury squares Pluto. In this urgency, we may try to convince or manipulate others, but that will tend to backfire; look for the content under the fog, the fire underneath the smoke, and prioritize. Fixate constructively.
Moon sextile Sun 1:57 AM, Moon sex tiles Venus 8:06 AM, Moon square Mars 3:19 PM, Moon square Pluto 6:44 PM.
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by Heather Roan Robbins
Use this week to prepare for the vibrant spring ahead. Let’s clean our flowerbeds and rake the yard, rake our emotional issues and political secrets out of the corners and send them to the compost. Clear the ground, study, restock, complete work of the mind, body, and soul.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we probably know what we need to do this coming season, if not exactly how or where. The recent Uranus-Mars aspects and eclipse series did its best to shake us loose, wake us up, and let us know what we need to deal with the next.
Though this will probably be a busy week, we may feel that end of winter, Sun in Pisces, low energy, so let’s pace ourselves. Energizing Mars has just moved into steady Taurus which gives us more physical endurance than enthusiasm. Even though Venus retrograde in Aries keeps our hearts volatile we still need time to replenish in the dream world and let our psyches integrate all that’s been going on.
The Moon enters industrious Virgo for the weekend and reminds us to get our work done. Mental Mercury squares serious Saturn this weekend and lets our mind perseverate and worry a pattern which is compounded by a full Moon in introspective, edgy Virgo. Turn this mental activity towards learning, studying, solving a problem, or reading a complicated book to keep it from degenerating into anxiety. Use those mental muscles in a good way so they don’t just spin in circles.
When Mercury enters brash Aries on Monday a we’ll jump to conclusion more easily and grow more verbally impetuous, tweet first and think later. While this trait can be fun at the beginning of the week under a sociable generous Moon in Libra, on Wednesday the Moon enters more irascible, less charitable Scorpio and opposes Mars, and that lack of impulse control can sharpen spears. We can choose to be incisive, not mean.
Which takes us back to our gardening metaphor for advice on this last full week before spring begins. We need to stir the compost, clear the ground, and prepare, but we don’t need to blow up the garden. It is also important to see what is already growing in our life’s garden, from the seeds and bulbs already planted. Don’t just worry about the crops or fuss at unexpected vines strangling your tree, get on with the work at hand. Weed those problems and fertilize the healthy growth to be busy and nourished in this complicated year ahead.
Friday, March 10: Feel the pull to over-dramatize just to express what we feel this morning; acknowledge conflicting feelings without the soap opera. Midday, look for successful meetings that promote dynamic change as the Moon forms a grand trine with Uranus and Saturn. Our energy begins to flag and our thoughts grow more serious as the Moon enters Virgo around 3 PM, we can get persnickety if we’re feeling overextended or worried, but a great conversation that lets us analyze and process will bring us back alive.
Moon trine Uranus 1:41 AM, Moon trine Saturn 10:05 AM, Moon enters Virgo 3:07 PM, Moon trine Mars 4:21 PM.
Saturday, March 11: The mood winds up and can leave us feeling overwhelmed by all the details as our minds try to encompass too many different threads, or while imagine worse case scenarios while the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune. And if we go there, we can take it out on one another as a way of dispersing anxiety. Or we can choose to drop beneath this mental static and open our empathy and compassion for one another, learn a new concept or take on one project at a time and feel like we’re getting somewhere. It’s up to us which side of this Virgo nerviness we exercise.
Moon opposed Neptune 1:07 PM.
Sunday, March 12: Our minds and guts can bunch up in a knot unless we give them something worthy to chew upon as Mercury squares Saturn under the Full Moon in Virgo. But if we do, the internal wheels can grind efficiently, and we begin to put pieces together to grow our understanding. Transportation delays can add to a low-level frustration, so keep the schedule loose, and keep one another informed. We take communication seriously, as a culture we may be holding the press accountable and investigating all forms of information exchange. We have access to strategic thinking but can get cranky if we’re overtired. Late evening smooths out as the Moon enters Libra.
Moon trine Pluto 1:56 AM, Mercury square Saturn 6:09 AM, Moon opposed son 8:53 AM, Moon square Saturn 6:24 PM, Moon opposed Mercury 8:36 PM, Moon enters Libra 11:28 PM.
Monday, March 13: It can be a relief to get back to work this morning after a complicated weekend People need a little tender loving care and reassurance; do not tap dance on their insecurities. Our minds speed up and the filters may come off our conversation as Mercury enters Aries and injects cosmic caffeine later in the day. If we feel a longing, let’s ask what do they symbolize life and how much we want that within us in our hearts. Rather than become demanding tonight, let’s ask what our longing symbolize.
Mercury enters Aries 3:07 PM, Moon opposes Venus 8:41 PM
Tuesday, March 14: Relationships come to the forefront, some event can trigger our realization of who’s precious and who’s full of it, which allows us to sort and process. Though we may feel someone that we need someone more than we actually do. Look for an opportunity to open up this afternoon as the Moon conjunct Jupiter, watch this conjunction rise as the Sun sets and let it soothe the heart.
Moon square Pluto 11:51 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 3:51 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 7:04 PM.
Wednesday, March 15: It will stabilize us to focus on logistics this pragmatically efficient but emotionally stormy day as the Moon enters serious Scorpio this morning and opposes volatile Mars this afternoon. That outspoken Mercury in Aries can grow claws, and anything we say can come out sharper than we intend. Our impulse control is down, our verbal filter is thin, but we can concentrate or obsess. Investigate, write invective, write political commentary, advocate for what’s needed, but consider avoiding crowded intersections and emotionally demanding situations. Walk away from unnecessary confrontations.
Moon sextile Saturn 4:05 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 9:10 AM, Moon opposed Mars 5:37 PM.
Thursday, March 16: Let’s pace ourselves and restore physical reserves that have been recently burnt up. Our energy can swirl inwards even though our mind is racing ahead. If people are guarded, prickly, don’t take it personally. We need our shields while our intuition is so strong: listen in subtle ways to the body, to beloveds. Listen to sudden hunches about work, and follow up with fact-finding.
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by Heather Roan Robbins
The planets suggest this can be a generally productive week if we don’t get distracted by our easily inflamed emotions. But that can be a challenge, on one side we may feel thin-skinned, painfully aware of our sensitivities and vulnerabilities as Mercury approaches intuitive, permeable Neptune in sensitive Pisces, yet pulled to act, energized and easily ticked-off with emotional Venus and Mars near electrifying Uranus in forthright and flammable Aries.
Venus symbolizes what we value, what we care about enough to be a resource to us, but also enough to really push our buttons, and she retrogrades, or appears to head backwards, this weekend, within a few degrees a square to intense Pluto. She reminds us about what we hold dear, what we’ve lost and can lose, and what is missing in our life.
Venus retrograde is also known for exposing scandalous material and provoking outrage, so let’s keep our eyes open. Although the present Aries line-up can make our own reality so loud it’s hard to hear others, the Mercury-Sun-Neptune conjunction leaves us unusually empathic and as easily outraged about what happens with others as we are about what happens to ourselves. If we’re in outrage-burnout, we need to stay alert and pace ourselves through the next few months while the planets keep emotions simmering.
The Neptune-Mercury-Sun conjunction can leaves feeling flooded, either by melting snows or waves of emotions, throughout this weekend. But communication can be our saving grace under a verbal Gemini Moon, we need to keep those lines of communication open and humming.
A stabilizing, competent Mars-Saturn trine early next week can help us step out of distraction and into efficiency even as a self-protective Cancer Moon brings out a wariness of other people’s expectations and motives.
Towards the end of the week a Leo Moon amps up the dramatic narrative again, the news stories can seem so over the top. Some hidden secrets come to light and decisions clarify as the Sun and Mercury sextile Pluto and help us cut through some bogus perception. We’ll have a more realistic view of what’s going on, and make plans accordingly.
Friday, March 3: Our resolve can firm up this morning in the face of new information or input as the steady Taurus Moon trines Pluto. We may feel stronger than we have for the last few weeks, and our hungers can sharpen; we know what we want, but can be shocked by what others will do for their desires. Stubbornness increases where we feel pushed, but people respond well to general helpfulness and an honest statement of needs.
Moon trine Pluto 8:20 AM.
Saturday, March 4: The mood is nervy and easily distracted as the Moon enters verbal Gemini this morning. Look for outrageous comments. Let’s mind our words, although it is important to keep the conversation going, it’s easy to say too much yet feel misunderstood. Relationships can stumble unless we perceive with our hearts and souls as well as our minds while Mercury conjuncts Neptune. We may long for magic, for an escapist fantasy or good movie; or we could get lost in our imagination. A healthy, safe break from mundane reality can do us a world of good.
Venus retrograde 2:08 AM, Moon enters Gemini 3:05 AM, Mercury conjunct Neptune 4:09 AM, Moon square Neptune 11:01 PM.
Sunday, March 5: Morning can leave us nervy and unrested as the Gemini Moon squares the Sun and Mercury, people are willing to talk but prone to gossip. Afternoon offers us more control and focus as Mars trines Saturn and inspires us to accomplish and build. A delay may prove fortunate or give us a chance to take a more careful and complete approach. Our brains may rattle around tonight, begging for something to distract from worry and give us a chance to rest.
Moon sextile Venus 1:13 AM, Moon square Mercury 1:50 AM, Moon square Sun 4:32 AM, Mars trine Saturn 1:45 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 4:12 PM, Moon sextile Uranus for 40 9 PM.
Monday, March 6: We start off with good intentions as the Moon opposes Saturn and sextiles Mars but soon may move into a more defensive stance. Don’t push people out of their comfort zone; offer reassurance but don’t let them get away with being offensive in the name of self-protection. Find agreed upon tasks and push them forward now.
Moon opposed Saturn 12:48 AM, Moon sextile Mars 1:21 AM, Moon enters Cancer 5:54 AM.
Tuesday, March 7: Both unusual support and special challenges create crosscurrents and can whip us around as the Moon forms 7 major aspects; stay on target and keep priorities clear. Take advantage of passing opportunities and don’t take personally the difficult flotsam and occasionally abrasive attitudes. Mental Mercury sextiles deep Pluto and can help us focus or obsess and makes us nosy, but we must sort gossip from real crime.
Moon trine Neptune 2:19 AM, Moon square Venus 4:07 AM, Moon trine son 11:47 AM., Moon trine Mercury 1:12 PM, Moon opposed Pluto 2:28 PM, Moon square Jupiter 7:24 PM, Moon square Uranus 8:33 PM, Mercury sextile Pluto 10:24 PM,
Wednesday, March 8: Our thinking may be sharp, edgy this morning, it may be important to hold people accountable for their actions, but not waste time faultfinding, a subtle but important difference. The general mood grows more sociable, generous, though reactive and impatient as the Moon enters Leo midday. Let’s be careful what behavior we reward with attention, as some people think they need it right now, can get truly difficult to get it.
Moon square Mars 7:59 AM, Moon conjunct enters Leo 9:45 AM.
Thursday, March 9: Shine for all sentient beings as the Sun sextiles Pluto under a Leo moon. The cultural narcissistic wounding is showing, but a healthy reframe encourages us to share our talents with generosity and integrity. Mars leaves feisty Aries and enters earthy Taurus, which can slow down the fireworks and add fresh resilience and resistance
Sun sextile Pluto 1:32 AM, Moon trine Venus 7:54 AM, Mars enters Taurus 5:33 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 11:57 PM.
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