Astrology of March 2011
by Henry Seltzer (www.astrograph.com)
 
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The Astrology of March focuses on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Jupiter will square Pluto in the beginning part of the month, and also be opposed to its archetypal counterpart Saturn, especially in the latter half, so that optimism, transformation and also a defeatist sense of limitation face off within our psyches. Neptune also aspects Saturn by sesquiquadrate all month long, bringing a slightly cynical attitude to the proceedings. The big news of March is that Uranus will enter Aries on the 11th there to join Jupiter. This is a strikingly huge occasion, bringing the unique and startling perspective of Uranus more fully into conscious awareness, and linking it up once more with Jupiter, since they are again in the same sign. The Spring Equinox taking place on March 20th will be more than a little wild, since at that time the Sun will conjoin Uranus.

As the month begins, Jupiter squares Pluto, so that the re-forming Uranus-Pluto square is triggered and very much in our awareness at this time as well. This will be increasingly so as the weeks unfold, leading up to a climactic summer. We are already seeing signs of this revolutionary influence, reminiscent of the period of the sixties, in the ongoing mass demonstrations across the Middle East.

The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, features a strong dose of mystical and dreamy Pisces since five planets reside there, including Chiron and Mars, the Sun, Moon and Mercury. This Pisces line-up further emphasizes Neptune, which is hovering on the brink of its ingress into Pisces early next month. Saturn is strongly emphasized at this time as well, since all the traditional planets except Saturn form a tight cluster, within 90 degrees, across from Saturn. These planets are in fact contained within the close Pluto-Jupiter square from Capricorn to Aries. This implies that March is starting off with a bang rather than a whimper. Jupiter amps up the powerfully transformative power of Pluto, which is the energy to effect massive change in our lives. We have already seen a good deal of this sometimes overly extreme energy for personal and collective evolution and we will see more as events continue to unfold.

With the Full Moon configuration of Saturday, March 19th, the Sun and Moon in the last degrees of Pisces and Virgo closely conjunct and oppose Uranus as it enters Aries. The JupiterSaturn opposition is also highlighted. Jupiter suggests expansion and optimism toward the future, while Saturn, almost exactly opposed, symbolizes contraction and negativity, a sense of limitation. These planetary archetypes, fundamentally opposed in meaning as well as in these Full Moon skies, will bring out political polarities and drive us to somehow seek balance. Their push-pull is also triggered by the Last Quarter Moon of March 26th, when this edge will also be most decidedly felt.

The Full Moon weekend of the 19th and 20th includes the Spring Equinox on Sunday the 20th, and promises to be a particularly intense time. We are thrown forward into our future, ready or not, and do well to pay close attention to the changes that are coming toward us, and through us.

March 4th New Moon New Moon Chart
This exciting New Moon features a Pisces line-up emphasizing mystical Neptune. The New Moon makes an inconjunct to a solitary Saturn, so that the polarity of the mystical and the practical is very much with us all month long. Jupiter in Aries squares Pluto and Uranus hovers on the brink of entering Aries, there to join Jupiter and square Pluto over the spring and early summer. We have many oppositional tendencies coming into play in our personal lives and the divisive nature of American and world politics is likely to continue.

March 12th First Quarter Moon First Quarter Moon Chart
This is traditionally a time of testing when we get to examine what in our current process stemming from the time of the New Moon is viable. Tension is in the air, and Jupiter begins to oppose Saturn as it continues to square Pluto, indicating the loss of faith in ourselves together with conservative empowerment. Relationships are brought forward and take on a serious cast of mind, since Venus enters into a trine with Saturn. Uranus – newly in Aries – amps up the action with unexpected enlightenment and reminds us that the best moments in life are often unplanned.

March 19th Full Moon Full Moon Chart
This Full Moon again takes place in the last degree of its sign. An out-of-sign T-square to Pluto implies that massive change continues to make itself known. The Sun is also less than two degrees away from Uranus in early Aries, so that surprises continue and even magnify. Jupiter and Mercury conjoin and almost exactly oppose Saturn, leading to a potentially joyous attitude of mind that is simultaneously serious in nature with all the joyousness squelched out of it. The best of this condition is a sober optimism while the worst is a loss of faith in ourselves altogether.

March 20th Spring Equinox Spring Equinox
This powerful configuration is a time that totally emphasizes the trickster god that is symbolized by Uranus, since the Sun in conjunction with the Aries point, also closely conjuncts volatile and surprising Uranus. Epiphanies abound.

March 26th Last Quarter Moon Last Quarter Moon Chart
This is traditionally a time when the accumulated wisdom of our process comes alive to our meditative inquiry as we mull over the successes and the failures of the previous three weeks of the cycle. The Sun is now in Aries and close to the Jupiter-Uranus midpoint as it is squared by the Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto. Revolution is available to all those who are ready and many who are not. Enthusiastically brilliant ideas continue to arrive, although the best time for action on these comes a week later, with the Aries New Moon of April 3rd. This powerful New Moon will start the month of April with an even more exacerbated version of the preceding month of changes, and it will be wild.

The indications for each Sun Sign over this month are given below. Be sure to check out your Rising Sign as well, if you know it. You can now log in to My AstroGraph, or sign up for a new account for a free calculation and interpretation of your Sun Sign, Moon Sign, and Rising Sign. Please note that dates given in this column for astrological events are based on U.S. Pacific Time Zone (UTC +8), for other locations dates may need to be adjusted depending on the number of hours of separation.

Aries Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Cardinal Fire. Your ruling planet is Mars.

This is a big month for you Aries. You are gathering necessary information from deep inside yourself, and using this more profound sense of knowing to illuminate your path forward. The major changes of last year are far from over and you are entering yet another growth spurt. You might feel as though you are caught up in dream worlds of your own imagining, but this is actually a productive time without the obvious trappings of productivity. Everything within you is gathering for a more enlightened approach. Career initiatives are moving ahead, and more importantly your own basic sense of identity which is significantly linked – but not constrained by – the way you see your work in the world progressing.

As the month begins, you are feeling a little lost and alone, traveling a mystical path and therefore not as fully present in terms of the so-called 'real world' as you might like to be, or perhaps would feel comfortable with. But then again, somewhere deep within you an inner voice is saying that it is not about comfort at this time. Your life is in flux and you are going through the wringer of massive change, sometimes scary and sometimes exhilarating, but always these days extremely powerful. It is important that you fully honor your process. The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, brings you to an active juncture. This is a time when you are impelled to move forward with your changes, no matter what, and also when you might feel as though you are held back and somehow unable to move forward. There is a strong urge to dive in that you might in fact succumb to, but your best bet lies in being a little conservative in your approach. You will find that at least some of your inner voices are counseling you to settle in and move slowly, with caution, or this advice might find itself projected onto partners in your life. These mentors might seem to admonish you and prevent you but are actually acting out one part of your own inner struggle of discovering how best to proceed. These deliberations reach a crux with the First Quarter Moon taking place on Saturday, March 12th. This is a thoughtful and insightful time, when you continue to be pulled in so many different directions that you might feel as though you are living on the inside of a kaleidoscope. You are additionally facing a minor crisis of deciding which factors of what you are currently about make sense, going forward. There are adjustments that you will be forced into at this time, since not everything that you do will be totally viable. The Full Moon of the following weekend, taking place on Saturday, March 19th, followed by the Spring Equinox the very next day, provides some answers and also poses further and more complex questions. You are very full of yourself in some ways right now, and yet also very aware of important partners in your life, seeking balance. In one perspective it is not possible to reconcile these differences in point of view, while in another way of looking at it, you can succeed if you can only rise above the fray and look at everything from the perspective of what is right for your soul, long-term, beyond the exigencies of the present moment. With the Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 26th, you are mulling things over and beginning to take it all in, reviewing everything that has happened over the intervening three weeks since the beginning of the month. You are definitely older and wiser than you were then, and although it is a good start, it is still just a start.

Taurus Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Fixed Earth. Your ruling planet is Venus.

Intuitional directives from your deeper Self provide a rich backdrop for your current service orientation, Taurus, as you see your life path laid out before you in greater detail than you have thought formerly. You are definitely in the world these days, but yet not entirely of it. You are coming out more strongly than ever, coexisting – although not always peacefully – within the realm of public commitment to an establishment game plan. The twist is that you are doing so now from the standpoint of inner perspective, and with a shot of loving kindness thrown in. The wishes that you make at this time for your future will eventually be granted to you, so wish wisely. The planning will take care of itself.

As the month begins, you are feeling the fingers of destiny dancing through your days. You are attempting to get a better handle on your life path and that involves service to others at this time as well as some form of acknowledgment of your own inner world and your own process of personal evolution. You are transforming in your understanding of the world around you and your place within it, as shown by the way you actualize your ideas and make them concrete for the good of others and in response to the pressures and the rewards of career and professional life. The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, brings you to a fresh start with goals and plans, and with the group affiliations that you cherish and that help you to realize them. Your public statement is huge for you this month, taking up much of your time as you attempt to discern more clearly what that sense of outer achievement is all about and how shaped, and as you feel at a deep level that career prerogatives constitute a changing landscape for you right now. The burden of taking care of others in your life becomes – when you turn it around and examine it from other perspectives – a great gift and even though a harness, a joyful one. With the First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, you are journeying within yourself to a more mystical and even prophetic space. Your values are becoming tinged with the beyond and if they seem to conflict with the road of worldly achievement, so be it. There is a creative tension in your actions and your thoughts at this time; you are attempting to solve the riddle of your existence and perhaps coming to the conclusion that there could be more than one answer. The outer world still has enormous draw, but it can be put into perspective from time to time and allowed to hold the lesser priority. The Full Moon weekend beginning on Saturday, March 19th, and including the Spring Equinox, has a lot to offer you in terms of thoughtful activity. There is something quiet and solid about your meditations at this time, although you are also a bit feisty as well, particularly in support of what you deeply believe in. Now if you can only figure out what exactly that is. The Last Quarter Moon of the final weekend of the month, taking place on Saturday, March 26th, finds you in reflective process of summing up the lessons of the previous three weeks. This is a very confused and idealized period of time for you when you want the best but are afraid of not being able to get it, and when you feel the pull of something strange and new and beyond your wildest fantasies entering your life but are unsure of whether you have the strength and the courage to pull it off. You can rest in the assurance that what the universe calls you to perform is in your best interest and well within your abilities to claim.

Gemini Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Mutable Air. Your ruling planet is Mercury.

The world is full for you right now, Gemini, maybe almost too full. Somewhere down inside you'd like a little alone time and you're not always getting it. The demands of outer life might make it seem like you are in a wrestling match with yourself, and it's difficult to tell who's winning. This illusory tug of war continues throughout the month, and could involve the demands of group or collective activity versus the desire to find your own center, independent of the needs of others. You're on a mission to discover your very own sense of creativity and to fully embrace it. As your self-concept evolves, the seeming conflict will ease. It helps when you decide to take everything less than seriously.

As the month begins, you are reveling in career and professional life successes, although perhaps with a shadow of underlying doubt to contend with. This is a big month for you both in terms of partnership considerations and outer achievement but that doesn't mean that you are neglecting inner work. There is a way that your efforts out in the world stimulate and feed back into your personal development, and also vice versa. Knowing first of all who you really are gives you the place to stand and the necessary lever to move the world a bit closer into your preferred direction. The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, accentuates these factors and gives you loads of energy for your various endeavors, both internal and external. You are very hard-working and dedicated to your project list right now, and perhaps feeling also a little pushed to achievement for purposes of recognition and in order to keep yourself from having to think too much about why you are doing it. Something seems to be holding you back from the fullest expression of yourself at this time, so that you might want to question your underlying motivation. With the First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, these tensions could come to a head. You are finding the contrast between what you will to happen and what actually does take place – in the personal as well as the professional sphere. Through it all you are seeking to discover the deeper meaning. You are forging new territory in intimacy with others as you do so, and it gets better the more you can pay careful attention to everything that happens around you and to you. You are also struggling at this time to identify the ways you succumb to the authority of others, rather than claiming your own authority in your own way. This is a significant part of your own unique self-actualization that you bring to the world. The Full Moon of the Spring Equinox weekend, beginning on Saturday, March 19th, and the days that follow, will be a time of great intuition for guiding your process forward into better congruence with true soul purpose. There could be surprising events that take place over the following week giving rise to ideas that lead you to a better understanding of yourself at deep levels. Your very resistance is valuable at this time and could provide important clues for your journey. The Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 26th, represents a time when you might begin to be able to synthesize some of this material into a more coherent whole. You are engaged in profound meditation now on what makes you tick internally and as well what you are ultimately attempting to achieve with your outer world presence and future plans. This has implications for the way that you see your place in the world and what you accept from others as helpful to the arc of your own development.

Cancer Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cardinal Water. Your ruling planet is TheMoon.

You are feeling somewhere inside yourself just like the crab in your astrological symbol, Cancer, hiding down there in your shell. This first month of spring finds you still somewhat stuck in a rut, but with also some extraordinary resources at your disposal that can help to pull you out of it. You are developing a more compassionate nature that includes significant others in the equation in a new way. A winter season of brilliant ideas has left you with some good ones that you can allow to mature into useful strategies for living. You are in a great position right now to apply some of this amazing talent to your life at large and to your family and home experience in particular.

As the month begins, you are very aware of the influence of others on your life, and yet also feeling joyously independent as well. Issues of security and feeling nurtured have been coming up for you these past few weeks and you are struggling somewhat to understand and integrate them. Self-nurturing might be the ultimate issue that you are facing as you attempt to deal with family and significant others from a non-judgmental and optimistic viewpoint. The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, gives you fresh energy for your process, which is currently one of increasing your higher mind understanding of the world around you in order to find your place within it, and the place also that relationship with important others holds in your life. You are examining these twin concepts more closely than ever before, feeling into the secret undercurrents of the way you deal with others to their and your benefit, and the subtle way that others impact you as well. The First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, conveys with it a period of relative tension in your process and provides much food for thought as the weekend unwinds. You are seeking to determine at this time what part of your activity is viable heading into the future and what part is not. Epiphanies are plentiful. This is a time when the rubber meets the road for changes that you are prepared to make, or even if you believe you are not ready. The ground seems solid beneath your feet but some of that idea is illusion. Your public statement is going through a significant metamorphosis as you redefine the ongoing basis for your security with respect to close interpersonal relationships and to business partnerships also. You are heading into a particularly dicey time over the next few months as you attempt to sort out these areas. An early preview of intensity is available during the time frame of this pivotal weekend, especially if you were born between June 25th and 30th, or have your Ascendant in the early degrees of the sign. The Full Moon that comes along on Saturday, March 19th, in the weekend including the Spring Equinox on Sunday, will also provide a few intense moments. This is a time of balance and also of coming to terms with the fact that drastic change is upon you. By the Last Quarter Moon a week later, taking place on Saturday, March 26th, you are wiser and therefore stronger and more ready to meet your changes head on. You are coming into your own with a fuller understanding of what makes you tick from below the surface layers of your personality and it can be a difficult learning curve. Your situation is in no way entirely dire however, since it is possible to take these happenings with a light heart as might be indicated by the flashes of humor that will also show up when you least expect it. After doing your best to assess the correct move, the secret lies in letting go and giving up to the ultimate wisdom of the universe that surrounds you – and then letting go some more.

Leo Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Fixed Fire. Your ruling planet is TheSun.

Your soft side is showing, Leo. You who are the great jungle cat and often attack with your claws or else threaten to, are now lying on your back and purring. You might also feel somewhat troubled as this is not your characteristic mode of operation. Never fear, your purpose is still strong, and as always exceedingly present; it's just that you are now devoted to a dose of soul healing. As you forge deeper and more poignant links with important others in your life you are also, and more importantly, investing in profound connection with yourself. It's exciting and freeing to find yourself in this way, carving, as the poet says, necessary and deeper ripples in the tissues of your mind.

As the month begins, you are finding new realizations everywhere, increasingly as the month continues to unfold. These might help to move you beyond your resistance and into an entirely new phase of your experience. Your personal evolution is moving on apace, characterized by greater integration of all the disparate parts of your being, although due to one setback or another it might not always feel like progress,. Significant others in your life are important now and contribute to your own understanding as you seek to better define the ultimate purpose behind self-expression and career commitment. The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, serves to crystallize these concepts into more concrete form. Communicating your ideas to others is very healing for you now and helps you to see the bigger picture in transmission to others around you and for yourself as well. Your message is serious and even at times shut down, but has more commitment behind it and leads to a new and different sense of intimacy with everyone around you, especially If you can let your defenses down and look within. You benefit by attempting to observe your more obscure motivations. Magic happens in your outer life when on the inner side you allow yourself to penetrate the veil of your own unconscious impulses. The First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, provides amazing insights that open the way to a more fulfilling future. This is a time of difficulty and tension, but the very drawbacks of your current situation provide the necessary clues to unlocking major obstacles. Your insights for breakthrough are running up against a surprisingly conservative nature that stems from somewhere within you, and it holds you back from overly quick progress. It is an improved product, the final resultant that you are left with, the amalgam formed in the crucible of this contrast. With the Full Moon a week later, on Saturday, March 19th, in a weekend that includes the Spring Equinox on Sunday, you are able to sense that powerful transformation has taken place in your life. Confusion reigns at this juncture, perhaps due to an incomplete comprehension of what is actually going on within you. You are subject to a great deal of illusion and idealization at this time, so that you might be inclined to place significant persons in your life upon a pedestal. Beware of deception, or self-deception. Surprising revelations continue, and are grist for the mill of your changes. By the time of the Last Quarter Moon of the final weekend of the month, on March 26th, you are facing up to the fact that your life is no longer the one that you knew as recently as a few weeks ago. There is a sense of dire inevitability promoting your forward movement, toward a gate that you must pass through, however difficult and even painful it that passage might prove. It is important to recognize that only you know the combination that will open it, and the necessity for claiming the new territory that awaits you on the other side.

Virgo Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Mutable Earth. Your ruling planet is Mercury.

Your ship is coming in, Virgo, although it might not take the exact shape that you were expecting. These days you are feeling your way into better and more satisfying connection with surrounding cosmos, and that source takes many forms. Not the least of these is compassionate connection with significant others in your life, who provide both support and ongoing lessons. Another way to look at things is to say that painful realizations can be your helpful guideposts now as long as you look closely into the matter. As you make your way, an unexpected turn at an unknown crossroad derails your planned excursion. You might discover that the adventure of getting lost and then finding yourself again is well worth the investment in time and energy.

As the month begins, you are feeling your way into a new phase of relationship with significant partners. There could be painful realizations that need to be accepted as part of your journey, or there could be epiphanies in other forms, such as new ways of seeing that others in your life are there for a reason and the way that their perspective compliments and rounds out your own. The dawning of new vistas of intimacy with others could function as a necessary prelude to a deeper exploration of your own current patterns of growth, and, paradoxically, of finding your own authority, in your own way, independent of the authority that others seem to have over you. The thought forms accompanying the idea of the influence of others could also represent an ancient carry-over from childhood, when your incubation period as a newly-formed personality was still underway. You might be in the process of recognizing that remnant as inappropriate to your present state of self-knowledge. The New Moon that takes place on Friday, March 4th, represents a fresh burst of energy in the area of relationship and what you stand to gain from this area of your life. This applies to relationships of all kinds including business partnerships. There could be adjustments to be made regarding self and other, or in recognizing where your own values lie, independent of other voices. You feel the heat but also the light that arises out of intimate connection, and can utilize a form of double vision to see how progress in developing your own point of view is useful and indeed vital to preserving a better sense of how you fit together with others around you. The Full Moon in your sign a week later, taking place on Saturday, March 19th, and the period immediately following, brings you to the brink of breakthrough. A new world is opening up before you, and you have only to let it in. Allowing this new world to take shape without judgment is perhaps the trickiest part. You are fighting a battle of wills within yourself over moving forward with necessary changes versus remaining in stasis and it's difficult to determine which side has the upper hand. Innovation is the wave of the future and must ultimately prevail as new forms of self-expression continue to arise from deep within you. The Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 26th, puts the icing on the cake of the realization that you definitely are not in Kansas anymore, but it might bring up more questions than answers. You are spending the last week of the month mulling over where you have been as a clue to where you are going. In all this you are seeking the higher ground, and even finding it.

Libra Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Cardinal Air. Your ruling planet is Venus.

The hits just keep on coming, Libra. You are reinventing yourself yet again in this current monthly time frame. Your soul purpose is strongly invoked, which has a lot to do with recognizing old patterns and responding to them with increased awareness, and also with choosing a new course and heading for your ship of state. The benefit at this time is that others around you are on board to help with your significant and necessary adjustments. You also have the courage of your convictions at your disposal now, so that only the smallest gesture is needed, a move toward wholeness that you have been contemplating for some time. The universe is calling. If you have the inclination, take the change; if you don't have the inclination, take the change anyway.

As the month begins, you are embracing necessary change, as you respond to a series of rapid developments that lead to breakthrough. Your idealism for what you are about in this world has been high lately, and also an extreme feeling of limitation that seems to prevent you from reaching lofty goals that you have set for yourself. It may be comforting to recognize that both these points of view are exaggerated and somewhat illusory. You succeed right now by keeping faith with yourself and simply putting one foot ahead of the other. The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, is powerful for you, and helps to center you in your quest for greater connection to your life path. There are issues that could emerge at this time that you have been peripherally aware of but which now seem more urgent, having to do with family dynamics or with your own inner world and the subtle emotional reasons underlying your actions. As you face up to these deeper and more hidden motivations, you are reinventing yourself and your relationship to the world around you. For some time now you have been allowing a set of deep changes to percolate through your very bones. These involve family of origin issues and also the basis for your own psychological security and its grounding in the roots of your psyche. This dark territory is of course of vital importance and also largely unknown and under visited, since much of our basic nature lies deep underground as Freud and more particularly C. G. Jung famously pointed out. Ready or not, you are dealing with this vast and largely unknown space within yourself now, and increasingly over the next few weeks and months. The First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, in your sector of higher mind realizations, might bring some additional information to the table. You are in the midst of a very active process now, and epiphanies are a big part of the story, brought to you on the wings of the testimony of significant others in your life. Surprising events that you cannot control become common and lead you to strange wisdom. With the Full Moon weekend of Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th, which also includes the Spring Equinox on Sunday, you are able to align yourself more fully with destabilizing change, and with partnership surprises also. You benefit when you take everything that happens as it comes, since after all, the essence of life is change. The realizations that are the most important product of this time period, punctuated by a difficult turning point on the weekend of the 26th, continue right up to the end of the month.

Scorpio Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Fixed Water. Your ruling planets are Mars and Pluto.

You are stepping up to the plate one more time, Scorpio, and swinging away for the grandstand. Who knows how far you can get if you really let fly? Your creativity is rampant and coming from a compassionate place within you that is making a strong bid for attention almost to the exclusion of other factors. Your communication is also engaged and engaging, deepened and strengthened to the point that you might almost need to be on guard against too forceful of an approach. Surprising breakthrough is in store. What you are conveying to others at this time can be neatly turned around as advice to self, as long as you take the inner space for contemplation and realization.

As the month begins, you are coming into yourself in a new way, enjoying novel varieties and styles of artistic self-expression. Your day-to-day life has been hit with a burst of energy lately and it could feel as though you are moving through years-old encrusted layers of experience that have been inhibiting you from the freest articulation of your true essence. Your inner window-washer is taking over while your inner eye contemplates the newly unencumbered view. With the New Moon of Friday, March 4th, you have a fresh start on changes that in truth you have always been intending. There is even more energy available for this important work that you are engaged in that is also play, and that stirs you to the very core of your being. You feel that you are somewhat reinventing yourself in this time frame. This is a pivotal week in a pivotal month as you penetrate to the other side. You are coming through, making yourself available for massive change, although your resistance is also very present and is difficult to get a handle on. You can detect it out of the corner of your eye and it is important to pay attention to it when you do for the layers within you that hold you back are an important and little recognized factor of your current path. The Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, represents a time when you will more clearly see the growth taking place within your psyche and the obstacles to growth. There is recognition now too of what you cannot in the end accomplish since not everything that you choose to attempt will be viable. Some of these obstacles are self-imposed. As much as your conservative streak prevents movement there is a wild and optimistic side that urges you on, in spite of everything. This side becomes more pronounced with the advent of the Full Moon weekend of March 19th and 20th, which includes the Spring Equinox on Sunday. You are rewarded at this time in your search for the key to your higher purpose. Ideas regarding your true work in the world come fast and furious for you now. You are following your path with great intuitional acumen, so that it pays when you can find the grace within yourself to give in to even the smallest of indications. You benefit also by setting aside your prejudices for what your future self might actually look like. The Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 26th, marks another critical juncture, when you will be able to more clearly see where you have been over the arc of development that spanned the past few weeks, and indeed where you are headed.

Sagittarius Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Mutable Fire. Your ruling planet is Jupiter.

Can you slowly and steadily move forward, Sagittarius, while staying rooted in your own deeper experience? The path of service to others is the path of your own soul work, simultaneously. The road to the future opens before you and seems to represent a clean break from an increasingly distant past, and yet certainly partakes of that prior history as well. Old patterns revisited and made more conscious become exemplars of health and healing rather than dysfunction. You continue to be in the idea business, with so many and so varied thoughts constantly coming that it is all you that can do to keep up with them. It might help to organize via computer notes or a journal. Although your mind is wide-ranging, home is where your heart is.

As the month begins, you are more internally than externally present, although definitely inhabiting both of these different sides of your personality. You are feeling quite a bit of enthusiasm for your process these days, and also facing up to some of the hidden undercurrents that steer your life from below, as it were. Coming to grips with these issues will become an important theme this month. You are also dealing with financial ups and downs, but these might have more to tell you about the basis for your psychological security than the literal economics of your situation. With the New Moon of Friday, March 4th, you will be dealing in a fresh way with home and family concerns, and with how to better understand your motivation from the standpoint of what happens below the level of your conscious understanding. There could be issues relating to your family of origin that are only now becoming more obvious to you, or those of present-day familial relations. There could also be habitual behaviors that arise from the long-ago past, when you learned to do things in a way that made sense for you at that time, but which have somehow remained stuck in your psyche. You might be getting closer to transcending such ancient patterns in this new cycle. With the First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, the crux of these issues manifests. This is a time of relative tension in your process and also when you are doing quite a bit of soul searching, attempting to see what in fact you are concerning yourself with at this time, and why. With the Full Moon a week later, taking place on Saturday, March 19th, and the days following, you are finding a new emerging self that perhaps more closely conforms to cherished dreams long buried away in your subconscious. You are quite serious about your future now, and regarding goals that you aspire to and group affiliations that you find to be in alignment with your own inner truth. At the same time you are light hearted and almost mirthful with it all. It is an interesting dance that you are engaged in, this dance of the future. Then, coming along in the final weekend of the month, the Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 26th, represents a vitally interesting and important juncture for you. This is a time in the lunation cycle when you question everything that has gone before it during the previous three weeks, and take in the accumulated wisdom of this period, stemming from its failures and its successes too. In this case you are connecting with some great ideas that can see you through in a way that more closely matches up with what you are truly striving for, your very highest ideals. You are also definitely and even perhaps painfully aware of the limitations to unbridled growth that are as inherent in your process as they are in the world as we know it. The back and forth play of these polarities informs your vision of what your process actually consists of and that continues perhaps even more powerfully into the next few weeks and months.

Capricorn Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Cardinal Earth. Your ruling planet is Saturn.

You are stable in word only these days, Capricorn. Even though you represent a pillar of your community with your focus even more than usual on outer- and achievement-oriented events and accomplishments, there are simultaneously tremendous seismic shifts cooking underground where no one is watching. Mystical interaction calls you now, reflected in heart-felt communication that surprises you with your own intensity and also delivers huge quantities of novel information. Your emotional center is deeply stirred, and also quite seriously shaken, as you are rocked to the very core of your personality. Making your new home on a traveling skateboard does not give you that totally secure feeling but it is exciting and extremely productive of new insights.

As the month begins, you are in the midst of a paradoxical period of time when you excel at outer events and their rewards and these affect you strongly, and when you are equally cooking within yourself a course of inner work that is perhaps much more difficult to accomplish or even grasp its true meaning. The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, intensifies these concerns, and signals a time when you recognize that ideas and communication are key to your process. A part of you that is deep inside yourself is changing in response to changing conditions, and is in some sense being reborn in this new phase. You're just like the cocooning butterfly in this respect, and although it must be admitted that within the cocoon the transitioning caterpillar is not having very much fun as his skin and even muscles dissolve, it is what it is. This radically transformational process in nature is guided by what are poetically called "imaginal" cells, and this naming might apply to you also, for only your intuitional imagination can help you to see beyond the more obvious and yet essentially distorted ways of thinking into a magical space where even this cooking is sacred. The First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th represents another powerful juncture when you are attempting to see what part of your ongoing process is truly viable. Your values are changing at this time, a reflection of your nascent inner self that is attempting to come more fully into birth. There is a basic instability at the heart of your interior process now. This contributes mightily to your understanding of everything that is currently happening to you so long as you maintain your ability to simply relax and take it in, without judgment, without trying to alter anything. A week later, on the weekend of the Full Moon beginning on Saturday, March 19th, this instability is magnified. You are also somewhat stabilized by you continuing to rely on outer forms for the real-world affirmation that you need in order to function, a useful illusion. You are haunted now by the polarity of public and private, and in the one you are superbly realized while in the other you might find yourself thrashing around in the dark of an unknown outcome. On the last weekend on the month, when the Last Quarter Moon hits, on Saturday, March 26th, you are challenged to find the gold amidst all your meanderings and false starts. There is an important meaning that will eventually come through although a better outline of this message might only become clear with the passage of time. This continues to be a period of surprises and potentially painful realizations. It is also a time when the greatest possible degree of openness really serves you, as something within your soul struggles to be born. You must let go of total control of this realignment. The point of the exercise is that you don't really know what is getting ready to emerge from within you; you only know that it is a vastly different persona that eventually awaits you at the end of your journey of transformation.

Aquarius Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Fixed Air. Your ruling planets are Uranus and Saturn.

Your real and your unseen worlds compete, Aquarius. Events have transpired lately to bring both strongly to your conscious awareness, even though they are fundamentally opposed. An important learning experience awaits you in the current month that might serve to bring these disparate parts closer together, although a final integration is still distant. The resources for this endeavor are arrayed to your advantage, in support of an inner pilgrimage. You are investigating more concretely important factors of higher mind – and your take on them – that have been brewing within your psyche for many months now without a clear resolution. This could involve perspective shifts or even travel plans. The latter half of the month is a good time to come to a more solid conclusion on these matters.

As the month begins, you are feeling comfortable with yourself as you continue to contemplate changes that seem to be entering your life from within. This is essentially a learning process for you as you attempt to decode your soul's code, and apply it to your everyday affairs in a way that represents your own perspective as opposed to the varying views impinging on your self-concept by the world around you. The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, provides you with loads of fresh energy for this purpose, as you seek to integrate your own energy with that of others around you in a way that remains true to yourself, marrying inner and outer points of view. Your values and your resources are the bulwark that sustains you now and enables you to forge your own solution. Discerning your true inner nature is the difficult and centrally important task that you face over the course of this monthly cycle. With the First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, you are surer of yourself in stepping out although you also might hit a few snags in actualizing your possibilities. There is joyous exuberance in facing your fears regarding goals and yet also the recognition of the practical impediments to accomplishing them. Not every impulse that you have can flower and not every ideal be actualized, although the obstacles also serve you by showing where you need to push back in choosing what is finally the most important priority. With the Full Moon a week later, taking place on Saturday, March 19th, you are summoning up your mental strength to take a stand for what you most deeply believe. The challenge of these past several months has been that you understand where you are ultimately coming from. You must manage to exteriorize that point of view out into the world without diluting it according to what comes at you through the skewed lens of consensus thinking. It's a tricky tightrope line to walk and it has been more than a little confusing at times; yet you are beginning to get a handle on it in this new year and new phase. Not all that comes from within you sparkles but it is helpful to recognize that all of it must be honored as important parts of your journey toward more complete and more satisfying self-expression. The Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 26th, represents a time of taking stock in yourself and evaluating how far indeed you have come and what remains to be more fully realized. You are heading toward significant breakthrough over the coming weeks. You are in a commanding position to the extent that you can bend your Fixed ideas and become as sages say "like a little child" in order to enter your kingdom.

Pisces Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Mutable Water. Your ruling planets are Neptune and Jupiter.

It's a strange and wonderful season, Pisces; the world is newly made and just for you. As this exciting and potentially challenging month unfolds, you are coming into yourself in many novel and different ways. There is the enjoyable mundane enthusiasm for the horizontal scene of everything that you can see and taste. Additionally there could be monsters to face in the form of old habitual patterns that startle and confound you, or undercover liaisons with spirit guides who whisper unexpected solutions. It's a matter of sticking to your ideals, no matter what, even if they are confronted by looming critical voices that ultimately stem from inside yourself. Your values are shifting to accommodate changing circumstances, and yet remain constant in their service to your highest purpose.

As the month begins, you are in a quiet and meditative space, deciding how best to proceed with changes that are in the offing for you that you have sensed but not completely discerned. You have been all for making necessary changes lately but something seems to be holding you back. You are suffering from a too large a dose of reality intruding on your gorgeous fantasy of what your life could be, and are perhaps confused over where to give it up as a bad job, at least for the moment, and where to put your oar in. The New Moon in your sign of Friday, March 4th, brings you abundant energy for your endeavors, and leads you to partial breakthrough. This is a time when self-created barriers to really finding yourself can finally crumble. As difficult as the obstacles to pursuing your own personal evolution might appear, the alternative of complacent stasis is even scarier. Something seems to be pushing you forward into an uncertain but at least dynamic potential exploration, a move toward a future self that you can see awaiting you on the other side. You win when you can fully enjoy both sides of this paradoxical situation; the energy to advance is delicious and delicious also the resistance that you feel coming up. It's all part of the game. With the First Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 12th, you are able to discern more clearly how far your enthusiasm might be able to push it, and exactly where you are caught. This can be a somewhat difficult mid-month period if you allow it to be, but you are also able at this time to summon up grace under pressure. Surprising epiphanies are possible now and even likely. In the weekend following, beginning on March 19th with the Full Moon in your opposite sign, you might well find that allies come to your aid you in your search for wholeness and integration. This weekend can represent a moment of re-evaluating the impact of others as centers of gravity that can pull you off course, or else help you in reasserting your own power in the situation. Surprises abound and can lead you, when your eye is cocked just right, in the strangest of ways to unexpected enlightenment. The Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, March 26th, is traditionally a time of musing over the painful places traversed over the past several weeks and the lessons learned. In this case you are provided with excellent food for thought and that your commitment to your process is enhanced. You are playing for keeps, that much is certain, and your former life is in some sense over and ready to be mourned. But there's nothing like a little grave-side humor to put everything in a lighter and even more mystical perspective.