(painting below by Barbara Schatan)
On March 2, Jupiter decorates the Moon, hanging like an earring as it rises in the East. The Sun moves through open, and feeling Pisces to become supercharged as it enters Aries, later in the month. March is full of important planetary alignments beginning with Jupiter aligning in harmony with Uranus on the 3rd. This marks a time of breaking out, waking up to new awareness, and ways of acting. Relationships want space, along with something new and exciting, as Venus conjuncts Uranus in Aries. The Full Moon takes place on the 5th in earthy Virgo, helping to ground us and bring in some practical problem solving, while intensity mounts. Fiery, assertive, aggressive, and competitive Aries becomes energized as Mars in Aries trines Jupiter on the 9th. Let’s get things done! Watch a tendency to compare, to be impatient, and to react without thinking.
This period of time between March 4th and March 20th is volatile, intense, and calls for increased consciousness in responding to life’s challenges. March 16th is the last of 7 Uranus Pluto squares that have taken place over the last three years. This alignment shatters our sense of security and reliability. Old repressions must be overturned, personally, globally, and politically. Yearning for freedom, rebelliousness, and intense exposure of what isn’t working breaks our world. The gathering of planets in Aries intensifies our emotions and responses during March. Stay centered, cultivate patience, and adhere to clear boundaries. Saturn goes retrograde on the 14th. We feel our responsibilities more acutely. Having a structure in our lives helps during this time. Some of us may feel held back and stifled, especially with Saturn squaring idealistic Neptune. Take stock of things in a matter of fact way, while continuing with your vision for the future.
We will begin to feel the year of the goat/ram/sheep with its diplomacy, its slowing of the quick pace of last year, and its need for belonging, as April unfolds herself. Venus moves into Taurus on the 17th, blooming the spring in its luscious beauty. A Solar Eclipse (not visible to us) takes place on the day of the Spring Equinox, (the 20th) as the Sun moves into fiery Aries. Mars joins Venus in Taurus on the 31st and helps to ground and slow the intensity of these times.
Twelve opportunities for March 2015: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This month, have patience. Your life is changing. Give yourself enough space and time to settle. Your reactions may be quite quick, not allowing the detachment you now must cultivate. Find ways to express your heart creatively. You have more power over situations then you know. Frustration surfaces more easily now. You are like a new plant, just starting to germinate.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Something new and exciting has entered your life! You feel an enjoyment and as long as you cultivate spaciousness, relationships are enjoyable and stimulating. You feel restless, ready to burst out! Big change is taking place behind the scenes. On the 17th you receive good news. And by the end of the month you take a bold action.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): As the month begins you are slowed down, and can’t move the way you want to. You must stop and regroup, especially in relationships. You need to see what is your responsibility, and what is someone else’s. Seek clear definitions and don’t let any haziness or lack of clarity continue. Communications are especially important now.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): You feel very stirred and restless as the month begins. You have worked too hard too long and a breaking out is called for and can’t be resisted. Make changes in your work. Do something in the community that’s different and new. Trust your intuition and follow that urge to radically change something.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): This is a time for attuning to your needs, enjoying yourself, and finding ways to grow. You are breaking away from something that has weighed you down and defined you. You have a new outlook and are ready to transform. Your creative juices are full. What’s important now is to pace yourself, be tolerant as the intensity of this month plays out.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): You feel stirred up. As if you are at an edge, ready to break through, come into deeper resolution, or embark on a new adventure. The full moon on the 3rd activates your imagination. There’s a project you want to commit yourself to. You are tuned into the relationships around you and feeling their needs. As Venus swings into Taurus on the 20th and Mars later in the month, you return to yourself, feeling more harmony around you.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Feeling cranky? Or perhaps it’s frustration, irritation, impatience! You are ready for things to break through and change. Haven’t you been waiting long enough?? Things are definitely changing. But you are not totally in charge. You have to surf the waves, finding balance in response to others. Be kind to yourself. Right now is not the time to push or hurry. Enjoy your friends! Celebrate who and what you love.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Work is busy right now! It feels like you are rushing about, while a deep love, a soul felt depth and imagination wants to express itself. Let it! Work calls for patience. It may feel as if people are anxious or irritated. Cultivate detachment from their reactions. When people communicate, don’t respond right away. Let that be your discipline this month.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): There is something opening up for you. You haven’t felt like this in quite awhile. And though responsibility and duty are strong right now, there is another part of you that’s ready for an adventure, for a trip, for having more enjoyment. The potential for you is strong to wake up to something new, to make some big changes in your belief system. Go inspire yourself!! People want to hear what you have to say.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): March begins with some travel energy for you, encouraging you to go out into nature, feel the earth beneath your feet. There is activity around your home. It is good timing to work on clearing things out. Take action on that new project. Unexpected visitors may come to stay. They may test your patience. As much as possible, practice patience. Go for a walk when you feel frustrated. By the 17th you experience more at ease. Your creative energy begins to flow.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Relationships and teaching are highlighted this month. Collaborations with others are very favorable and stimulate your mind. The past 6 months has been an especially enlivening time for you. Feeling more inspired, learning, expanding your repertoire, while at the same time integrating the past differently. People feel your enthusiasm and are encouraged. Your communication skills are enhanced. New projects pick up energy.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): You could just go with the flow of life, dipping in and out of imaginary possibilities, and relaxed connectedness with others. But responsibilities and clear definitions of time and boundaries are needed. Flow or schedules? Schedules help with the flow. At the new moon in Pisces before the Equinox, seed an intention or desire for the next year. As the intensity of March envelopes us, your ability to have kindness and compassion helps us all. It is refreshing and cooling.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 33 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.