The night skies are brilliant and beautiful, with Sirius, the Dog Star, high in the south. Orion arched forward toward the West. Mars is high in the heavens to the southwest, and Venus has vanished until she reappears as evening star in May.
Saturn Uranus square
Through March we continue to experience the dynamic tension of the square between Uranus and Saturn. Uranus is the archetype of awakening, of breaking through, of change and visionary possibilities for each of us, for our country, and the world. It is the essence of mental creativity that moves through the greater collective field, the field of pure potentiality. Saturn holds tradition, and what has been the established ways of thinking, judging, and relating. Uranus activates the urge to change, to open to new perceptions of who we are and what is possible. It is the lightning flash that electrifies the air with new stimulations. Uranus brings disruption to the status quo, disruption to tradition, disruption to the accustomed ways we go about our lives. This aspect highlights restlessness, experimentation, and radical departures from the normal ways, rebelliousness, and contrariness. It wants to breakthrough stuck places, barriers, and old ways. It stirs things up and brings uncertainty as to outcomes, but encourages future visions of a broader way of being who we are and what’s possible for us.
Saturn wants stability, firm boundaries, and turns us inward to contemplate our situations, our interior landscape. It can build walls and separations as opposed to Uranus’s need for freedom. (Observe all the images of this opposition in politics and society at this time.) Saturn contracts our experience, often into malaise, doubt or resistance. And yet it is Saturn that can receive the new possibilities of Uranus and begin to build stable forms for the new to take shape. It can provide commitment and perseverance to grow what is new. In this square aspect there must be a shift in our consciousness to hold the new possibilities. This takes patience and consistency to cultivate. (Think of the changes you are ready to make in your life). Its outcome will be rewarding. Uranus and Saturn align in the fixed signs of Aquarius and Taurus, challenging our fixed concepts and our comfort zones, making it uncomfortable to continue in the same ways. It indicates our need to deepen and feel into what vision holds the creative possibilities for the next unfoldment of our gifts to emerge and seed the collective.
Questions to ask Ourselves
So we might ask ourselves, “How can I best step into the change that is being asked of me? What is being disrupted? And how does this offer me a new way of being? What old structures, judgments, fears, and obstructions are being challenged? Where am I feeling restless and in need of change? What mindset, behavior, or practice, can I cultivate to give grounding to this change? Where am I feeling discouragement, difficulty, and judgment as I seek to move into the future? How can I slow down and pay attention to the inner voice and the synchronicities of something larger guiding me? How can I take that leap of faith into the unknown so as to fulfill a vision that pulls at me?”
In the Collective
We can extend these themes of Saturn and Uranus to know that it is also moving through the collective, the society, and the culture. Within this tension of opposites, holding to what we know and stretching into the new, a crisis in consciousness is taking place. This crisis demands new solutions to our challenges, no going back, new solutions for Saturn in Aquarius, for community and equality, and for Uranus in Taurus, reverence for the Earth, for the intelligence and ecology of the Earth, and a revolution in our values. We are stretched with tension between the re-envisioning of community, our values of interrelatedness and equality, and the themes of individual freedom.
This time of year we experience the influence of Pisces.
As a mutable water sign Pisces links us to each other through loosening boundaries and highlighting the collective unconscious waters we swim in together. It’s mutable action dissolves the winter season so Spring can begin. We are sensitive to these transitional times. Our emotions are heightened. Our imaginative powers stirred. Under the Pisces Sun we may feel unmoored, floating, merged with the feelings within the collective, swayed by collective movements (think vaccinations, or election legitimacy). We may experience the rising tide of many diverse perceptions and opinions. For some of us, combining with this month’s Saturn Uranus square, we poignantly feel ourselves suspended between the old and the new. March 20th marks the turn as the Sun enters Aries, supporting energetic activity to initiate the new season. Our activity increases as we move out of the deep waters of Pisces.
Celestial events for March
February 27 – The Full Moon in Virgo – (Influence felt through February 28) The full moon of each month, offers us a time of reflection and gives us the key to successful insight. As the Sun moves through deep feeling and boundariless water signs, the Full Moon illuminates the night in practical, grounded in the body, Earth signs. Each Earth sign offers a way to navigate the fluid, fluctuating flow of feelings during the water sign months.Virgo governs the analytical process, the process of discernment, and detailed perception of nuances. Virgo brings a precise inquiry into subjects and asks, how are you experiencing this time? It pulls out of the Pisces experience insight into the deeper unconscious processes we are engaged in.
March 3 – Mars moves into the mutable air sign of Gemini. Suddenly we feel the shifting, changing winds after Mars occupied Taurus since January 6th, hunkering us down and focusing our attention in fixed ways. Now we can move more easily. New connections are made and communications pick up. New ideas and inventiveness, collaborations and public relations, are highlighted as Mars flows in harmony with Mercury, conjuncting philosophical Jupiter. Teaching learning, writing, publishing, and travel are highlighted.
March 13 – The New Moon in Pisces, with Neptune close by, offers our imaginative juices to flow, encourages us to feel our interconnectedness, and increases our empathy. Its shadow side amplifies our desires to escape and heightens denial.With the New Moon in Pisces it is a good time to seed a new dream for yourself. Let your imagination feel into the next possibility. Write it, dance it, paint it, sing it. Collaborate with the imaginative forces of Neptune and Pisces.
March 20 – Spring Equinox – The Sun moves into Aries and amplifies our desires to move and take action. The Sun is conjunct both Venus and Chiron as Spring begins. Venus in the last degrees of Pisces merges with the new beginnings of Aries, and highlights, empathy, compassion and the imaginative realms. With the Sun conjuncting Chiron the theme of wounding and healing abounds and calls our attention. “Where might you participate in healing?” The Moon is in friendly Gemini, so connections and networking is activated through the Spring, with lots of activity, (Mars conjunct the Moon).
March 28 – Full Moon in Libra – As the Sun moves through fiery Aries, the Full Moon reflects its light in the cooling peaceful air sign of Libra. Here we balance impulse and action with equanimity and deliberation. We balance self-focus with awareness of another. Each full Moon offers us a time of greater awareness and objectivity. The Sun is in exact conjunction with both Chiron and Venus at 8 degrees Aries. The imagery is of healing brought to relationship, the wound of conflict and polarization, or our own inner polarization, bathed in the powerful reflective light of the Moon.
At the time of the Full Moon, “Hold in your attention, the intention for healing and calmness to pervade your psyche, to balance strength with gentleness, for action taken with poise and greater equanimity of presence.”
The Twelve signs and opportunities for March 2021: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Dear Aries, this is a time to gather your energies, and to retreat to prepare for Spring. Take care of body and soul, slowing yourself as the days following the full moon in Virgo call for realignment in your body and daily routines. Mars finishes its journey in Taurus and enters Gemini on Mar 3, which initiates a new phase for you. What has been incubating now finds expression. Reaching out to others, making connections, and communicating with friends and relatives become more prominent. Watch a scattering of your attention with Mars in windy Gemini by the 2nd week in March. As Mars then trines Saturn, you find your focus, and stay steady in your pursuits. Spring is a special time for you. Your soul resonates with new beginnings, loves going for it, and springing into something new.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Dear Taurus, all the fixed signs are feeling the tension of the Uranus Saturn square. How will you stretch into new possibilities, attune to other dimensions, and free yourself up from outdated routines and ways of structuring your life? The full Moon in Virgo has asked for practicalities, to feel into your physical experience, to slow down and seriously contemplate the urges that are prompting you to become more of who you deeply are. What in your experiences frees up your energy? How do you want to give that consistent attention? Venus in Pisces elevates the need to connect soulfully with others and to bring out your poetic voice.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Dear Gemini, Mercury rules your sign, meaning it feels at home in the mental realms, learning, reading, writing, and synthesizing ideas. The Full moon in Virgo (the other Mercury sign) has emphasized shifting, changing, perspectives, but it also calls your mind home to deeper understanding. It brings you to analysis and asks for a plan of practical action. Saturn and Jupiter, now in air sign Aquarius, will support expansion into new opportunities and help you to stabilize and ground your ideas and focus. Mars enters Gemini on March 3, giving energy to diverse projects, highlighting networking, and connecting through communications. Look to keep your focus and watch taking on too much.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Dear Cancer, this year is a powerful year for you in terms of transformation and change. The planetary alignments encourage and give you the opportunity to deepen your insights into the most vulnerable parts of yourself. Jupiter and Saturn transit through your house of intimacy, cathartic renewal, and issues of power and powerlessness. This activates the changes you are seeking. How do you meet another and open to the deepest honesty and openness? It’s a time for stretching into new visions for yourself, given the changes and revelations coming your way. Under the Virgo full moon, you have been encouraged to plan, organize, and simplify, to carry you through the next two weeks.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, the beauty of your radiant heart may be shared with many others. The planetary alignments focus you into your relationships. You might review and ask yourself, “What’s working and what needs clarifying? What new forms of relationship, either personal, or work related, needs reformulating? What feels old and is draining? How might I stretch into new ways of engaging with my work?” Look for new possibilities that are invigorating and support sharing in a stimulating way. This Virgo full moon has accentuated bringing forth your talents and getting practical in your resources.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, this Virgo full Moon has supported your nature to seek out answers, to create with precision the beauty and art that you do. Your Virgo nature is sensitive and picks up the subtleties and nuances in the environment and in the emotional states of others’. With Venus shining its light in Pisces, in your house of relationship, partnership is rewarding and can be very sweet, for the month ahead. Now’s the time to carefully balance between good boundaries and limits, and the desire you have to serve others, and take on new commitments. This can be a very industrious time for you. Whatever is the task at hand, you are fully engaged in the endeavor. Choose wisely.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Dear Libra, you must feel both the need to slow down and focus, and the need to expand into new areas. The urge to slow down is a call to listen deeply to your own voice. Something new is shifting things, stretching you. You are not sure where it will lead, but it is beneficial to allow the changes to happen. You will soon find yourself giving it form and grounding the new projects. Saturn supports you in committing to the creative projects and growth ahead. Meanwhile you experience Jupiter’s encouragement to trust yourself. You are in a time of opening into your unique gifts and expressions, along with learning new ways.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Dear Scorpio, as you reach for change, you may also feel your resistance, or your uncertainty, with how you will be in those changes. Trust the signs and synchronicities. Trust the urgings within you that have longed for change. You may recognize old issues arising, or a certain heavier energy. With Saturn in the fixed sign of Aquarius squaring your fixed Scorpio, for a week or so, you may feel this tension between the old and the new, between the unknown ahead and the pull for more security or certainty. Ask yourself, “What am I willing to commit to even if it takes organization and discipline to launch myself.” Then step by step things will unfold.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, under this Virgo full Moon you may have had new offers in your career, as well as the need to carefully prioritize your work and schedule. When Mars enters Gemini on March 3, it activates more activity in your relationships, brings more communications and networking with others. Reaching out to others with clear communications of what you would like brings positive response. Don’t assume others will know. Jupiter and Saturn compliment your Sagittarian energy and enable you to take on bigger projects with careful planning (Saturn), for success.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, this Virgo full Moon found you pondering the details of your plans as well as a focus on developing a path for your profession. Transiting Uranus is in harmony with your sign, encouraging and supporting change. Uranus supports leaping into something new and helps to shift your expression. With Mars entering Gemini you are ready to apply yourself to study and learn. Your curiosity is stimulated. With Saturn and Jupiter in the area of your chart that describes making a living, talents, and money, you are creating something new in this area. You are both cautious and thoughtful about expenditures, but also willing to invest financially so as to increase and grow your talents and career.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, this Virgo Moon has highlighted your collaborative efforts with others, or perhaps with one special partner. As you attend to the details and the making of plans your collaboration deepens and becomes more interesting. You share your unique insights into another’s psyche, exploring what seems hidden and helping to free up the creative process. Now with Mercury in Aquarius and Mars moving into communicative Gemini, your thought processes are activated, clear, and full of insights. Saturn and Jupiter mark a new era in your sign Aquarius. Your visionary sight gets you in tune with what is innovative and imaginatively creative. Decide what you are committed to and feel the growth and positive results of this commitment. The full Moon in Libra at the end of the month highlights the gifts you have to give.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, with Venus now in your sign, Pisces, your relationships are accentuated with a sweetness. Once a year Venus moves through your sign to open the doors to harmony in relationship and blessings. You will experience more connection and appreciation from others. This is the time to reflect on what you deeply value so you can map out plans and details for the time ahead. With Venus in imaginative Pisces, letting yourself merge with your creative juices brings nurturing energy to your soul. Treat yourself with love.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 38 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.