The Balancing Act of Doing vs. Being: The Astrology of March 2019

Overview

My apologies at posting this a couple of days into the month, but I’ve had a lot of outer-directed energies to focus on in my life during the past week. As of this posting, Venus has ended Her transit in Earthy Capricorn and entered the freedom-loving, unconventional Fixed Air of Aquarius on March 1, where She will remain until the 26th when She enters Pisces, a sign where She is exalted. In many ways, this is a dynamic, action-oriented monthwe have major planets changing signs, like Uranus reentering the Fixed Earth of Taurus, where He will transit for the next 7 yearshappening amidst a background of frenetic activity, especially around the Pisces New Moon (March 6) and the Spring Equinox Libra Full Moon (March 20), but we also have to wade our way through the sluggish, dreamy, lazy and indolent, and potentially confusing oceanic currents of Pisces, currents amplified by the first Mercury Retrograde of the year, which is happening this month (March 5-28) and solely in the Mutable Water sign of Pisces. Do we fight our way in the world, or do we sit in silent meditation? Write up a business plan, or write sonnets honoring Lunar Deities? Join in partnership with others, or go solo? Do, or dream? The balancing act will be a precarious one but all will go well if you honor the rhythmic currents without and within. Let’s dive right into this month’s planetary transits and aspects!

Note: All times mentioned reflect my own time zone of Central Standard/Daylight Time, so please adjust for your global time zones accordingly. Daylight Savings Time occurs on March 10, when those of us above the equator “spring forward” our measuring of time by an hour.

The Pisces Narrative as Thematic Cosmic Backdrop: Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, the New Moon in Pisces, and Uranus’ Grand Reentry into TaurusMarch 5 and 6

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The first week of March will have us feeling a build-up of intense energy with so much planetary activity happening concurrently. The logical ruler of Gemini and Virgo, fleet-footed Mercury, has been rather unhappily slogging His way through the irrational, Visionary waters of Pisces since February 10. On March 5, Mercury will be all the way into the very last degree (29) of Pisces when He officially stations Retrograde; He won’t station Direct again until March 28, meaning the whole month will be subsumed by the Piscean currents of His Retrograde. Pisces rules spiritual healing and Otherworldly access portals, so this Retrograde period may be an effective time to revise our spiritual views or spiritual hygiene practices (how we ground and center and shield ourselves from unwelcome spiritual energies). People from the past, especially tied to our spiritual development, might resurface in our lives. This can be for good or ill. And many messages may be bubbling up from our subconscious minds to our surface awareness at this time, so pay attention to your dreams and try to record them in a bedside journal or tape recorder upon awakening. (I’ve been having stranger-than-usual dreams since the Sun entered Pisces on the 18th of February; one has turned out to be a prophecy that has already come true!)

All zodiac signs have their higher-vibrational and lower-vibrational energetic frequencies, of course, so while the dreaminess of Pisces lends itself beautifully to communing with the Divine and creating inspired works of art (especially after Venus enters Pisces on March 26), the lower end of the Pisces spectrum can drown us in addiction to drugs and alcohol because we’re craving escapism from reality. We are also more prone to feeling confusion, to subjecting ourselves to delusions (our own and those of other people), and to becoming the victims of outright deception/fraud from others. Mercury Retrograde periods always bring out the liars in full force, but this is especially true in Pisces, when duplicity reigns supreme. So be wary of smooth sales pitches and be extremely cautious in signing any contracts during this month to make sure you’re not getting screwed in the deal! Don’t rush your way through and always, always read the fine print (and get a legal counsel review if you can afford the time and the money to do so)!

The morning after Mercury stations Retrograde, we have a powerful New Moon in Pisces that is exactly conjunct Neptune, Pisces’ ruler! This is truly a Visioning Moon encouraging us to Dream Big…but to also be practical because we will be given Earth Sign support courtesy of the Pisces Sun/Moon/Neptune sextile to Mars in solid, stable Taurus and Saturn in pragmatic, ambitious Capricorn! Here’s the chart I created for the event:

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How can you put your sojourns into the dreamscapes of Pisces into practical use? That is the challenge of this New Moon and the lunation that follows. Put your lunar visions into action!

Uranus Reenters Taurus: A 7-Year Transit

While the Otherworldly currents cascade strongly with Piscean energy at the time of the New Moon, we have another major transit that is certainly powerful in its own right to consider: Uranus moving into Taurus, where He will remain until April 26, 2026. Now Uranus first moved into Taurus on May 15 of last year, which I wrote about at length, but then quickly went Retrograde and backed up into Aries. (As an aside, Uranus’ ingress into Aries on March 11, 2011 brought the Fukushima nuclear disaster in His wake.) Uranus only stationed Direct in Aries earlier this year, and makes His ingress into Taurus on March 6, 2019, at 2:35 a.m. CST. 

Since Taurus is the sign of Fixed Earth and is Venus-ruled, and Uranus is “the Great Awakener” (not unlike the “awakening” effect wrought by the Tower card from the Tarot’s Major Arcana), Uranus will be disrupting the grounded and Earthy, Venusian things that Taurus brings into all of our lives: revolutions in food production, farming, commerce and banking, monetary systems themselves (think of the revolution with cryptocurrencies/cybercurrencies) are going to happen on a large scale. How we even relate to things of value (Taurus) will shift, largely through technology, as that is what Uranus rules.

So that’s what’s going to happen for the collective, but how will Uranus in Taurus affect you personally? Naturally, it depends on your Sun Sign and how you relate to Taurus energy in your chart. For example, fellow Earth Signs of Virgo and Capricorn will feel a boon of benevolent life changes that can happen swiftly; the apparent perceived blockages when it comes to manifesting will pretty much disappear overnight and needed changes will be implemented almost effortlessly because Taurus energy trines Virgo and Capricorn. A trine is the geometrically smoothest, most desirable pattern of relationship between planets. The Water Signs of Cancer and Pisces will feel the next level of benevolent energies, as their Sun Signs form a sextile to Taurus. Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, and Aquarius Sun Sign natives will feel a tension to Taurus as a square, so constraints/challenges in the area Uranus will be transiting in Taurus can be felt. And direct opposition to Taurus is experienced by Scorpio Sun Sign folks, so the challenges to wherever Uranus is transiting in their charts will be more pronounced. Again, if you don’t know your own chart to see which House the Uranus transit is happening, consult an astrologer like me for more information!

Other Major Planetary Aspects

The evening of March 6, 7:01 p.m. CST to be exact, the Pisces Sun will form an exact conjunction to Neptune at 15° of Pisces. Again, this is the night of the Pisces New Moon and Uranus’ entry into Taurus, so the energies might have you feeling jittery and wild. Take a cue from Pisces and fix yourself a relaxing, hot bathmaybe with essential oils or dried herbs like lavender thrown into help calm your nerves. If you’re feeling up to it, this would be an ideal night to engage in ritual work or shamanic journeying to contact spirits and Deities.

On March 9, the Pisces Sun sextiles (forms a benevolent 60-degree angle) to serious Saturn at 18° of Capricorn. Again, find a way to make your Otherworldly Piscean encounters take hold in the “real world,” which Saturn rules. Mundane or magickal arts hold the keys!

As mentioned earlier, for Northern Hemisphere dwellers, Daylight Savings Time takes place on March 10, so set your clocks ahead an hour. My subsequent citations of time for this blog post will reflect my time zone of Central Daylight Time (CDT).

On March 13, we have the Pisces Sun making two aspects to outer planets: first a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn at 9:25 a.m. CDT, then a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius at 8:28 p.m. CDT. This could be a weird Wednesday for good or ill. The sextile to Pluto really highlights spiritual transformation in a dramatic way, so personal epiphanies can be quite powerful at this time. The square to Jupiter cautions against engaging in escapist tendencies, whether the Piscean one of getting lost in drugs or alcohol or the Jupiterian one of excessive retail therapy, i.e., buying things you can’t afford/living outside of your means. Choose wisely! Remember that Mercury is still very much Retrograde at this time so make sure everyone in business meetings is clearly on the same page; distractions and obfuscation (not to mention Plutonian power struggles!) may reign supreme.

The following day, March 14, we have a lovely trine (highly auspicious 120-degree angle) between Mars in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. It’s exact at 5:01 a.m. CDT, so it starts the work day off on a fantastic, cooperative, and productive note! This is highly favored for business negotiations, so go ahead and ask for that raise! This aspect truly is one of the saving graces of the month, proving we can get a lot done despite Mercury’s Retrograde in Pisces. That night, at exactly 8:48 CDT, the Pisces Sun will be exactly conjunct to Retrograde Mercury, having us revisit or reassess our spiritual views and practices. It is an excellent time to engage in spirit contact/mediumship pursuits. Again, pay attention to the messages in your dreams that night/the following morning, as you could be receiving some very Cosmic “downloads”!

Retrograde Mercury in Pisces will sextile powerful Pluto in Capricorn on March 16 and sextile feisty Mars in Earthy Taurus on the 17th, calling welcome transformations in our spiritual selfhoods as well as artistic pursuits and just plain fun to the front and center of our attention. Create art, do ritual, commune with the Divine, and celebrate with other people—after all, this is Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, and everyone will be in a partying mood! In Chicago, per the fun and environmentally nontoxic annual custom, the Chicago River will be dyed green in honor of the notable threads woven by Irish immigrants into the city’s rich cultural tapestry, and we’re all proud to call ourselves CHI-RISH for a day, no matter our skin color or ethnic origin!

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Photo courtesy of Friends of the Chicago River.

The Next Energetic Wallop: Spring Equinox and the Libra Full Moon

The Sun exits Pisces’ ocean and leaps with gusto into the Cardinal Fire of Aries, kicking off the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere at 5:00 p.m. CDT the evening of March 20. This was the actual date of the New Year for many ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean societies, and in the modern West we honor the beginning of the tropical Zodiac by celebrating International Astrology Day during the Spring Equinox as well.

The Spring Equinox/the Sun’s ingress into Aries is certainly energetically potent energy on its own. However, it’s going to be amplified/accompanied by a slew of other powerful planetary energies, not the least of which are action-oriented Mars in Taurus’ trine to powerful Pluto in Capricorn at 6:37 a.m. CDT, Retrograde Mercury’s sextile to serious Saturn in Capricorn at 9:28 a.m. CDT, and the Full Moon at 0°, 9 minutes of Libra, which will be exact at 8:43 p.m. CDT. Phew! March 20 is truly going to be an incredibly intense day and night! The chart I’ve created for the Full Moon shows this multifaceted energy all in its glory:

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As this is going to be a workday for many, the trine between Mars in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn can make for an incredibly productive workday. Make sure that team meetings are amicable and a group consensus can be achieved without argument, however, as Mars likes to adopt a “my way or the highway” attitude and Taurus is incredibly stubborn, while Pluto enjoys power struggles and sneaky maneuvers below everyone’s radar. That being said, this can be a great time for implementing something new in your line of business, for kicking off campaigns or debuting a new product or service, so work that Earth Sign mojo! Retrograde Mercury in Pisces’ sextile to Saturn in Capricorn ensures that all novel ideas voiced in meetings will pass needed reality-checks first. The almost-full Moon will be in Virgo during the course of the workday, forming a Grand Trine in Earth Signs to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in Taurus, really augmenting the air of workaholic energies. Push things through but don’t exhaust yourself!

Even though it will barely be in Libran territory when it happens, the Full Moon will call us to welcome and celebrate the Venusian gifts of Beauty, Art, and Love. This can be a romantic Full Moon and for those Witchy readers amongst you who already have a devotional relationship with Aphrodite or Venus, this would be one of the ideal nights in the year to honor Her!

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Statue of Aphrodite in downtown Brussels, Belgium. Such an enchanted, Witchy public garden! Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Aspects and Transits to Round Out the Month

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Graceful Venus in Airy Aquarius will be quite busy in the last 10 days of the month, forming first a tense square to Mars in Taurus (exact at 3:07 a.m. CDT) and then a sextile to jolly Jupiter in His home Mutable Fire sign of Sagittarius (exact at 9:16 a.m. CDT) the morning of March 21. The square to Mars can bring either tension or welcome spiciness to either romantic or business partnerships that day, while the sextile to Jupiter will ensure good moods triumph as well as success in business/financial gain.

Venus enters the Otherworldly ocean of Pisces on March 26 at 2:43 a.m. CDT. Venus is exalted in the sign of Pisces. Physical love gets highly accented with spiritual/celestial overtones, and Aphrodite becomes the heavenly Muse-like figure of Ourania. Compassion for all beings, love in agapē form, are highlighted during this Venusian transit. On March 27, Venus in Pisces forms a sextile with Uranus in Taurus (exact at 11:44 a.m. CDT), calling us to create or to otherwise pay attention to Art and to making aesthetic improvements in our lives. Switch out your home’s interior decor for the Spring season. Create a painting. Attend a symphony orchestra performance.

Mercury stations Direct on March 28 at 16° Pisces, still in a very tight conjunction with Neptune at 16° Pisces, even though the exact moment of the conjunction was four days prior on the 24th (at 6:25 a.m. CDT). Mercury won’t exit His Retrograde Shadow period until April 16, 2019, so it will take quite a while for clear thinking to resume and travel plans to go smoothly and data processing and storage/backup to feel like they’re in sync once again. Pisces exerts quite a level of foggy thinking on the human brain, so be patient with yourselves as you transition into the aftermath of Mercury’s stationing Direct. Mercury will have spent a whopping 9 weeks in Pisces when all is said and done: it will be a good activity to assess in what ways your thought processes and your spiritual  beliefs and practices were impacted by His Piscean transit. Time to journal!

Lastly, our tireless, impatient friend of Mars leaves the slower-paced, plodding fields of Taurean Earth for the mentally agile, warp-speed Mutable Air realm of Gemini on March 31. Mars’ ingress into Gemini begins very early that morning, at 1:12 a.m. CDT. Mars in Gemini will give us the cerebral VAVOOM! to make us all multitasking superstars who gossip, trade factoids, and post content on social media 1,000 times a nanosecond, but keep this adage about multitasking in mind during Mars’ transit in the busy sign of the Twins; as social scientist Michael Harris states:

“When we think we’re multitasking, we’re actually multiswitching. That is what the brain is very good at doingquickly diverting its attention from one place to the next. We think we’re being productive. We are, indeed, being busy. But in reality we’re simply giving ourselves extra work.”

Afterword

As always, if you’re curious to see specifically where these planetary transits—especially Uranus’ 7-year transit in Taurus—and aspects will be “pinging” your individual natal chart, contact me with your date, time, and place of birth and let me compile a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month transit report to showcase what the stars have in store for you this year! Email me at jackalmoondesigns@gmail.com. 

Thank you, be blessed and blissed, and have a great month!

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