Spring has sprung. The Sun is now in brave and feisty Aries and strengthens all our defense systems, whether to constructive criticism or to a nasty germ. Aries is notorious both for the return of life force, and for the problematic ready, fire, aim, approach; we have to consciously choose to aim before we act or our histamines and our emotional defenses can turn the ambient anxiety into irritable snarkiness. Aries increases our ability to respond to emergencies, but can also turn an ordinary situation into an emergency. And, in some cases, set off a knee-jerk rebellious response to being told what to do, which may not serve us well right now. This is particularly important this week as Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto form a muscular, willful conjunction in Capricorn, pumps more power to those defenses and encourages debate of all kinds. Tensions can run high this week around what is the appropriate use of our willpower.
Expect lots of muscle flexing; this will be prettier while chopping wood than in governmental halls. That Capricorn lineup wants to do something, anything, about the coronavirus, politics, or whatever else worries us. People will want to appear competent and busy, but aren’t sure how. Watch out for the tendency to try to tell other people what to do because of personal anxieties, rather than because it’s really a helpful thing to do. Hold onto this image in every circumstance; neither under react nor overreact, instead, take a deep breath and act appropriately and proactively.
Capricorn is an earth sign connected with rocks, mountains, and foundations; with this lineup were seeing the Earth’s crust shifting and moving, earthquakes and volcanoes, which so far have been mild but speak of some deep reorganization. Feel that the tectonic plates, financial and cultural levels. We can take the cues from those tectonic plates, and work towards lots of small changes rather than big cataclysmic ones.
We can do this. That Capricorn lineup can also really strengthen our access to self-discipline and personal organization. In the face of the coronavirus that personal control and discipline, and community organization can be deeply empowering- when we use our discipline and control for our own purpose rather than have it imposed from the outside. We need projects that have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Celebrate each step along the way to keep people involved and encouraged.
Mercury, who describes how we think and communicate, is now back in sensitive and creative Pisces, which can see subtleties in the moment but may give us trouble with objective thinking. It can take us to a lovely imaginary place or leave us in an echo chamber of communal anxiety. We can get stuck imagining the worst-case scenarios or slip into denial unless choose to stay awake and in the present moment. Our thinking is very suggestible, and while it’s really important to stay fully informed about what’s going on, let’s choose carefully where our mind dwells, imagine health and positive outcomes, look for scraps of good news and share them. Use the imagination as the great healing tool it can be.
Mars and Venus trine in Earth signs this week and help us with extra pragmatic stamina. We can help one another in practical and tangible ways and thereby feel loved and loving. Also, we may look forward to a major baby boom in nine months or so.
As the weekend begins notice competitive moves and unnecessary efforts to control others as Mars conjuncts Jupiter, which helps with heroic actions but also instigates political debate. Kids will need a workout; our muscles want to engage. Over the weekend a Pisces Moon leaves us emotionally sensitive, a chance to take a deep breath and rest or tune into a deeper level of feelings. Just don’t get stuck in a victim mentality, instead corral the imagination and make the best of the situation. Mercury sextiles Uranus can help us adjust to changing circumstances and impart a wry humor, but we can get bored easily. We could see some real evidence of the scope of the problems as Mars conjunct Pluto, but the circumstances are evolving.
The new Moon in Aries on Tuesday speaks of a new beginning, but potentially a new reactivity. Let’s watch what happens this day and choose carefully where we put our energy. Fires catch quickly whether it’s a temper tantrum, a fever, or an exciting new idea. The energy stays hot until the Moon enters Taurus on Thursday, squares Saturn and then conjunct Uranus. It may encourage us to slow down and get more grounded.
Saturn enters Aquarius on Sunday, retrogrades back into Capricorn in July, and then enter Aquarius solidly next December. Saturn speaks of how we structure and organize our light our world, and it’s been in its home sign of Capricorn for the last few years, on a good day that has loaned us extra pragmatic competence, on a challenging day that underlines a dogmatic, controlling, and patriarchal attitude. Saturn in Aquarius can speak of the will of the people, the gift of collective action. It encourages the idea of cooperation and collaboration but it can also get lost in a theory or ideal and missed with practically what’s needed, what the individual needs right here and right now. The beginnings of this may be a push towards better public health measures. The effects of this virus are really highlighting the difference between the needs of the few, and the needs of the many as Saturn begins this switch. Jupiter enters Aquarius in December, Pluto follows in 2023-24. We become more deeply aware that our individual fortunes are inextricably connected to the health and well-being of every other being on this planet. The fact that we’re in this together becomes less theoretical and more blatant.
Friday, March 20: The morning starts off competent, competitive, with a desire to make sudden moves and clear decisions as Mars conjuncts Jupiter. If we have a major physical challenge to take on, this aspect can help. But if an argument starts, we will tend to square off. The conversation can get stuck in a loop. Let’s compete with the problem rather than with each other. This aspect supports all our defense systems, including our immune system. Let’s just not overreact. It furthers to have something productive to do.
Moon square Venus 2:59 AM, Mars conjunct Jupiter 5:34 AM,
Saturday, March 21: It furthers for us to enter our heart and speak from there as the Moon enters Pisces. People are feeling soft, vulnerable on one side, and determinedly competitive on the other as Jupiter conjuncts Mars. If our determination runs headlong into someone else’s sensitivity, the bark back can be fierce. Look for some consensus around change in plans midafternoon as the Moon sextiles Uranus. And thoughts about a new structure or system, a shift in responsibilities as Saturn enters Aquarius tonight.
Moon enters Pisces 6:33 AM, Moon conjuncts Mercury 2:38 PM, Moon sextiles Uranus 3:50 PM, Saturn enters Aquarius 9:58 PM.
Sunday, March 22: We can discuss things in a more upbeat and proactive manner this morning as Mercury sex6tiles Uranus. Although feelings are still sensitive and guards easily up, and nervous energy revving, there can be a break in the clouds. People want to feel the friendliness, camaraderie furthers. This intelligent innovation and warmth may be needed to tackle some real issues that raise their head as Mars conjunct Pluto.
Mercury sextile Uranus 7:18 AM, Moon sextile Venus 8:35 PM, Moon conjunct Neptune 8:38 PM, Venus sextile Neptune 9:07 PM, Mars conjuncts Pluto 11:20 PM.
Monday, March 23: On this action-oriented day, let’s make sure we aim before we act. Controlling decisions may overshoot the mark and need to be adjusted. Finesse action this morning, keep it proactive as the Moon sextiles Jupiter, Pluto, and Mars. The Moon enters feisty Aries tonight and we remember what we really want and what really ticks us off.
Moon sextile Jupiter 5:20 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 8:18 AM, Moon sextile Mars 8:51 AM, Moon enters Aries 6:57 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 7:14 PM.
Tuesday, March 24: A new Moon in Aries at 3:28 AM MDT initiates, but what is up to us. This Aries lineup can loan us selfishness, lightheadedness, and low our impulse control. Or it could help us remember who we are and what we need to thrive. It can start a revolution or infuse us with brave purpose and life force. Start something wonderful. This new Moon can be seen as the true beginning of the astrological new year.
Moon conjunct the Sun in Aries 3:28 AM.
Wednesday, March 25: Ask what heals, both yourself and the culture. Health issues are prominent as the Sun conjunct Chiron and the Aries Moon squares Jupiter and Pluto. Be direct, clear, let other people feel heard (or expect a minor explosion) but keep everybody on task and to the point. Moods can wobble tonight as the moon squares Pluto, check in on one another and deal with what’s on the table rather than spin stories about the future.
Sun conjunct Chiron 7:27 AM, Moon square Jupiter 6:43 PM, Moon square Pluto 9:02 PM.
Thursday, March 26: After some sparks overnight, the mood steadies as the Moon enters earthy Taurus. Recent exertions may catch up to us, let’s rest and pace ourselves. Deal with bureaucratic or procedural issues midday as the Moon squares Saturn. Accept a necessary limitation. Seek a change of scene – if only in the mind-as the Moon conjuncts Uranus tonight.
Moon the square Mars 1:16 AM, Moon enters Taurus 7:36 AM, Moon square Saturn 8:15 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 5:28 PM.
All times are MDT.
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