Mercury retrograde – goes direct on March 9
Mercury entered Pisces on February 3rd before retrograding on the 16th creating an extended stay in Pisces as we enter March. For the planet of communication, planning, and distinct thinking, the sign Pisces is a challenging placement. We can experience this as nothing is clear or pinned down. Everything is uncertain and up in the air. Here we experience the back and forth of this mutable sign with decisions being more difficult. We can feel as if we lack our mooring. Best to proceed by accepting the open, unknown quality of these moments and not to define situations, or reflections on ourselves through emotional turmoil. Here we can reflect on our quality of response to life in general. From March 4 through the 15th, Mercury drops back into clear thinking Aquarius, leaving its retrograde position and going direct on the 9th, then dipping once more into the watery depths of Pisces until April 10th.
We can ask ourselves, what have we seen or learned during these last weeks that can help us understand our emotional states, our needs and yearnings, to help us plan as well as communicate more effectively in the future?
Mars entered Capricorn on Feb 16th and continues in Capricorn until March 30th.
Mars in Capricorn is in stark contrast to Mercury in Pisces. Mars in Capricorn has drive and focus to accomplish goals. It is disciplined and determined. It can carry us towards where we want to go. We witness this duality, the drive for focused accomplishment with the need to sort through the uncertainty and overwhelm of emotional states that lack clarification.
We now have a stellium, or gathering of planets, in the practical, determined, and focused sign of Capricorn. Capricorn represents structure and governing systems, whether it is in the society or within our psyches. With Mars now in Capricorn joining Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn, the outer planets are activated and charged with action. Jupiter conjuncts Pluto which tackles large projects to transform situations. It exposes areas that have been hidden. It can attack with devastating blows. If there is a project you are now engaged in, there is energy to expand or transform it and determination to reach your goal.
March Celestial Events:
- March 4 – Venus enters Taurus, as we enter springtime we feel the beauty of the earthy realm. Relationships seek harmony and steadiness. Appreciation through all the senses is heightened. Taking time to connect with nature and the nurturing peacefulness it provides can center us once again into what is deeply valuable in life.
- Mar 9 – Full Moon in Virgo aligns with the 4 planets in Capricorn. This brings in strong energy to refine, build, and apply oneself to practical outcomes. With the Sun in Pisces it helps us to capture our imagination into tangible results or it challenges idealism into realistic planning.
- Mar 19 – Spring Equinox, Sun enters Aries. As spring begins we balance between the spontaneous impulses of fire sign Aries, with the powerful determination and disciplined effort of Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn. We are in a very focused time period. (This may be very helpful in containing and curbing the coronavirius).
- Mar 21 – Saturn enters Aquarius. Now Saturn leaves Capricorn to structure and provide form to the future looking Aquarius. It shows a new theme developing over the next 3 years. How do we give form and structure to innovative and humanitarian values?
- Mar 24 – New Moon in Aries. This is the time to seed new efforts and projects. Thoughtful of long-range plans we want to accomplish, we balance between new beginnings and an overview of the long-term goal ahead. With the new Moon conjunct Chiron, the wounded healer, it’s possible that we can achieve new levels of integration, insight, and healing, allowing us to accomplish goals that may have been daunting at earlier times.
- Mar 30 – Mars enters Aquarius, stimulating our need to gather and work together toward our ideals and future projects. Sharing of information and group collaborations are favored.
The Twelve signs for March 2020: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This month your intuitive, impulsive self is tempered with determination to accomplish your goals. For some it will concern career and livelihood, and for others it will be a meaningful accomplishment. This is the best use of Mars in Capricorn, a disciplined, organized step by step plan. The Full Moon in Virgo on the 9th supports your needs by refining your daily routines. You experience the Mercury retrograde stirring up past emotional responses as you swim through some boundariless states. The potential here is to show you underlying patterns from which you react. The reflection is beneficial. Attune to Mars in Capricorn which is now the navigator of your success.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): This month accentuates steady action for learning, teaching, and/or evolving into new areas of expertise. You are now poised to seek, understand, and define what gives greater meaning to your life. You define it with the clarity of a Capricorn and the full Virgo Moon, bringing it to practical and tangible possibilities. With Mercury now retrograde in Pisces, you may question your contribution to the groups you are involved with, or to society in general. You seek out your close friends to reflect and sort out the mixed emotions you are experiencing as you clarify your priorities. After stewing a bit in the emotional overwhelm, taking concrete action in line with those priorities brings the clarity you are seeking.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): The need for thoughtful review is focused in the area of your career. During this Mercury retrograde period you experience a challenge in communicating yourself. The best advice is not to push it, rather to give yourself time to meditate and gather your energy into yourself. Mars in Capricorn is activating levels of potential healing as you are willing to reflect on your intimate encounters with others. You really want to gain that greater insight rather than pushing any kind of agenda. Old issues surface to be cleared away. When Mercury goes direct on the 9th, you experience a release and forward movement.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): The full Moon on the 9th supports your imaginative powers and accentuates bringing that potential into tangible forms. You are sorting through how to gather the ideals and possibilities into more tangible communications both creatively and practically. This Mercury retrograde time may have served you by cultivating insight into feeling states that bring life and vitality to what you create. With the gathering of planets in Capricorn there is much activity collaborating with others. Set your goals together as you utilize patience toward accomplishing and building what you collectively want to attain.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): This month gives you deeper insights into the workings of the human psyche. It’s as if you uncover some mysteries, and now you are able to practically nurture both yourself and another. Healing is accentuated as well as accomplishing a goal that you have long awaited. As this unfolds, you once again gather yourself, and apply yourself to your own work and body. There is much effort and enthusiasm now to learn, to analyze, and to practice the transformations you are coming to understand. You revive your daily practices and attune to new daily routines.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): With Mercury retrograding in Pisces, the Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces opposite the full Moon in Virgo, keep that balance between yourself and others. You may be pulled into someone else’s dilemma or challenge, for they appreciate your thoughtful practical Virgo mind. This month you find yourself clarifying and sorting through your own obligations for now there is tremendous energy to do what you really want to do, what you love to do. The area of your creative expression is activated and you feel an enthusiasm to complete your creative projects. Please go for it, dear Virgo. What a powerful month for bringing into form exactly what you want!
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): March brings you something new and stimulating in your collaborations and relationships. You are resonating more deeply with another in an intimate way. As you come into spring there is much activity around your home. This is the place of accomplishment. There is a sense of enthusiasm to move toward your goals. Whatever you are attending to, cultivating the right space in your home now accentuates your growth and creativity. Give that time to yourself, or in collaborations with others, as you deepen your commitment to what you want to accomplish.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Dear Scorpio, with the Sun, Neptune, and Mercury retrograde in Pisces at the full Moon, move into more enjoyment and release your worries. Your creative juices, your heart energy, your playful self, are highlighted. Enjoy what you have created. You are becoming very skillful at being flexible in relationship to others. What a great lesson for fixed Scorpio! Now is a very good time to make long-range plans. So enlarge your time frames, and think about what you want to create for the rest of the year, and even further beyond! The gathering of Capricorn planets in the house of your ‘mind’ supports the timing of creating your plans.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, as Mars and Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn align in Capricorn, right there in your chart, in the area of money and what you value, you are working hard. You seek to grow and restructure your financial stability so you can look forward to implementing what you really value in the long run. This is a very good time to plan and consolidate your finances. There is the temptation to spend more this month but you are best advised to be patient and plan thoughtfully for this next period of time. There are indications of being able to accomplish big projects and goals this year, so do pace yourself.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Wow Capricorn!! With Mars now in Capricorn joining Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, you have a lot going on! There is energy for you to accomplish your goals and expand your activities. You may be experiencing a sense of possibility and openings that are encouraging. The challenge is in managing your projects and time. But this is quite possible as you cultivate patience and carefully schedule yourself. Your creativity right now is heightened and there is the possibility of breaking through to new levels.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, a gathering of planets accentuate and activate your house of seclusion, deep reflection, collective unconsciousness, and going into your studio to enter the imaginative realms. It’s as if you are gathering your energy in order to leap forward into something new. On March 21st and March 30th both Saturn and Mars, respectively, enter your sign, Aquarius! The last time Saturn was in Aquarius was 1991. (Mars returns to Aquarius every two years). This month they enter Aquarius together. Together they initiate action to create a structure, plan, or schedule for something you are taking on, or have just completed. Now it is ready for its next stage of manifestation and this shifts your sense of identity.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Happy Birthday dear Pisces! With Mercury retrograding in your sign and the Sun joining dreamy imaginative Neptune in Pisces, you may be wandering in the ocean depths of your imagination, through the waters of deep empathy, and/or through the turmoil of mixed feelings during these stormy times. The Full Moon in Virgo reminds you to stay centered in your body and carefully listen to its wisdom, to nurture it. The gathering of planets in Capricorn activate your house of friends, groups, and ideals. This is what keeps you grounded. Take on a project with others, teach, or study. All endeavors with groups are favored. This is a fruitful time to fulfill long term ideals or groups collaborations with thoughtful planning.
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