Forecast for March 2014
Long-Term Shifts in 2014
The volcanic and revolutionary square between Pluto and Uranus is only getting more intense in 2014, now that Jupiter has joined the party. Many people will be able to take the ‘long dark night of the soul’ provided by Pluto and the revolutionary change provided by Uranus and grow better, stronger and bigger because Jupiter is involved. But some won’t. Some will simply find that their troubles are magnified and multiplied and that they are sinking fast. A willingness to change is not just asked, but demanded of us this year.
Last year’s lovely Water Grand Trine involving Saturn, Jupiter and Chiron continues this year, with Pluto lending a hand occasionally. Water people will get a lot of business development done and anyone who dedicates himself to integrity ‘all the way down to the bottom of his soul’ will be well rewarded by his efforts this year. That goes double for healers of all stripes, especially those who are sincerely doing their own healing work that they may better assist others. Teachers of all kinds benefit as well.
More about “planetary meetups” (we call them transits) in progress:
Uranus and Pluto Topple the Great Edifice (Part 1), which links to parts 2 and 3.
Chiron and Pluto at the Alchemical Pool of Healing and Chiron Sextiles Pluto: Wholeness in Business
Saturn Sextiles Pluto at the Mutual Reception
Saturn Trines Chiron: Healing the Wounded Father
Structure Creates Flow—Jupiter and Saturn Set Up Housekeeping
Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits In The Year 2014.
This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts. Will they affect you? Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?
Whew—Mercury Retrograde ended on February 28! This month begins with Mercury moving slowly, but by mid-March he gets up to speed and proceeds forward (not retrograde, i.e. backward) at a good clip, helping human projects and plans progress smoothly and easily. To make good use of it, look at This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.
Venus began 2014 retrograde (moving backwards) and completed her retrograde stint on January 31, bringing us into a deeper place with our relationships. But it’s not really over until it’s over and this month Venus completes her journey at last, by returning to the degree she was in when she turned retrograde (28º Capricorn). That happens on March 4. See my blogpost thread Love vs. Gold, which explored themes around what we value while Venus went retrograde in Capricorn.
March begins with the Mutable Water sign of Pisces. Pisces falls at the end of the seasonal year, the tail end of winter. This is the time when the earth warms and snow melts into slush. Buds begin to grow in the dark earth’s womb. Pisces symbolizes both endings and also the gestational phase before things begin; it is the alpha and the omega of the zodiac. Perhaps this is why Pisceans often experience their lives as muddy and indistinct, as if the boundaries between things are blurred. As the final sign, Pisces is the ultimate repository for all the signs that came before. Pisceans may well say, as Whitman did, “Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I contain multitudes.”
From Piscean moisture and mud, life erupts forth as the season of spring explodes into the Cardinal, Fiery sign of Aries. Naturally, the sign that heralds the mating season, the birth of animals and the putting out of plant shoots is forceful, energetic and bursting with hope. But Aries has a tender side too: this sign so full of bluff and bluster is easily deflated. But no matter how many times Aries is deflated and crushed, its life-force inevitably reawakens and hope springs eternal. If you want something started, ask an Aries. This year Aries runs from March 20 to April 19.
Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.
Full Moon in Virgo: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Saturn forms harmonious connections to the Sun and Moon, making this is an efficient, hardworking lunation. Clean up your habits and add meaningful structure to your home life. Virgo, this means you! Your reward is a cozy feeling at home, and a solid launchpad when you go back to work tomorrow.
New Moon in Aries: Sunday, March 30, 2014
What an uproar! If you’ve been in a year of change (see this page to find out), March’s New Moon might well be a trigger-day that puts you very much in the mood to wipe the slate clean and start fresh—even if the wiping happens via a tidal wave of emotion. Be kind to all you come into contact with, or you may make irrevocable messes.
March’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Sap Moon (for the tapping of maple trees).
3/1/14, Mars goes retrograde today, beginning a symbolic Hero’s Journey that lasts about 12 weeks.
3/2/14, The mood gets serious today as Saturn goes retrograde. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
3/2/14, Venus squares Mars: Let someone charm the pants off you today. It’s much more fun than arguing.
3/3/14, Sun sextiles Pluto: Those who are naturally reserved & cautious will shine easily today, gaining opportunities for quiet recognition.
3/3/14, Sun conjuncts Chiron: Don’t hide your light under a bushel. Shine forth your healing rays and gently show others how to be whole.
3/4/14, Today Venus returns to same degree it went Rx in. How have your relationships changed?
3/5/14, Get ready for a social whirl as Venus enters networking Aquarius. She will be there until April 5.
3/6/14, Jupiter goes direct: Are you in a Jupiter Luck Period this year? Today is pivotal.
3/10/14, Mercury squares Saturn: Why make logic fight emotion? When words and subtext agree, communication can flow.
3/13/14, Sun trines Saturn: Yes, hide your light under a bushel today! Let go of pride, egotism and arrogance—being soft adds to your air of authority.
3/14/14, 9: Mercury trines Mars: The persuaders are out in full force today, spouting wit and logic. But do these persuasive ideas last? Time will tell.
3/16/14, Don’t be surprised if the mood strikes you to do some cleaning, organizing and spiffing at home. Take advantage of the Full Moon in Virgo!
3/17/14, Mercury enters Pisces today. today. Let your thoughts be fluid, dreamy and imaginative. Let details fall by the wayside until April 7.
3/18/14, Venus sextiles Uranus: Electric social connections crackle today—enjoy the sizzle and don’t get shocked.
3/20/14, Sun enters Aries: Roar! Spring has sprung! Feel the stimulating rise in energy as the Sun brings light to the northern hemisphere.
3/22/14, Enjoy an intuitive epiphany while Mercury conjuncts Neptune today. No use trying to track where it came from—you won’t find it.
3/26/14, Mercury trines Jupiter: Today, speaking feelings comes easily, because it feels like you are speaking for everyone. Be kind, not whiny.
3/27/14, Mercury conjuncts Chiron: Today let your mind be a bridge between two divided thoughts. In connecting them, you complete yourself.
3/27/14, Mercury sextiles Pluto: Got a creative project you’re working on? Use dream-states to cultivate imaginative obsession.
3/29/14, Venus trines Mars in rational Air signs today: Great for negotiation between two strong individuals with a view to a balanced solution.
3/29/14, Venus squares Saturn: Stubbornness and eccentricity will only get in the way of intimacy. Let go of control and show up ready to connect.
3/30/14, New Moon in Aries: birth, death, what’s the difference? You’re in the mood to wipe the slate clean—perhaps till there is no slate.
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