*Any times indicated are for the Pacific Time Zone.
*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.
*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.
03/01/17 – 4:49 am – Moon square Pluto
This is the first of six exact aspects today as March “comes in like a lion.” If we are lucky, perhaps it will, as the old saying goes, “go out like a lamb.” The first five aspects are by the ever changing emotional Moon following which She goes void-of-course. It’s “Hump Day” and best to keep some tissue handy and your focus on the tasks at hand.
Following this the Moon will conjunct Uranus, oppose retrograde Jupiter and then conjunct Mars for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day. The combined energies of these first four aspects can cause a sense of anxiety as one may not seem to know what to expect and whether to “go for it,” “go with it” or just go. All three may each have their own time today.
03/01/17 – 6:18 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a trine to Saturn, the Moon will go void-of-course for over five hours. At least the “normal” work day is over for most people. You could use this time to reflect on your day, what you accomplished and what might still need to be worked on tomorrow. What were your feelings like today? Make some notes. Were you on a roller-coaster or was it more like a ship in a stormy sea? Perhaps, for you it was a good day with forward progress and relatively smooth sailing.
03/01/17 – 6:45 pm – Sun conjunct Neptune
This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day. This marks the beginning of the new annual Sun Neptune cycle. The cycle that just ended began February 28, 2016 at 9 Pisces 29. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “An aviator in the clouds.” Was there something new that started for you around that time? Have you come down “out of the clouds” now so you can see more clearly? Neptune will sometimes try to confuse us by “fogging” things up, clouding things over or obscuring something. You may have gained some clarity about something recently. Now there may be something new or different hiding in Neptune’s fog or cloud bank. Proceed carefully or you may crash into it or pass right on by your “golden opportunity.” This year’s conjunction is at 11 Pisces 42. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “An examination of initiates.” Are you or have you been considering a new “path” or perhaps getting more involved in some organization? Keep a clear head about you. Don’t go “all in” until you are certain it is what you want and need and you can see the road ahead more clearly.
03/01/17 – 11:43 pm – Moon enters Taurus
The Moon void-of-course ends as She enters Her second home, Taurus. Watch your finances. Stay within your budget. Consider a “less expensive” alternative.
03/02/17 – 5:19 pm – Retrograde Jupiter opposite Uranus
This is the second of three exact oppositions between normally expansive Jupiter and sometimes “off the wall” expect the unexpected Uranus. Their first opposition was December 26, 2016. Did something unexpected happen or come up around that time? Perhaps a pleasant surprise or unexpected gift? There may be an opportunity to repay the kindness or begin to pay it forward or you may have some new insight into who or what it really is about. Be alert to all that is going on around you and within you.
03/03/17 – 7:20 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a trine to Pluto the Moon goes void-of-course for over 18 hours. It’s Friday and the Moon will be void-of-course for the rest of the day. If you can, avoid starting anything new. Put it off until tomorrow or schedule it for next week. Next Monday or even Thursday should be better days to start or deal with it.
03/04/17 – 1:08 am – Venus stations Retrograde
This marks the beginning of a new 18 month long Venus cycle from retrograde station to retrograde station. Venus’ previously stationed retrograde July 25, 2015. Was there something new you wanted or a goal you set for yourself around that time? How did that work out for you? Were you disappointed, did you change your mind or your goal or have you achieved it? This new cycle begins at 13 Aries 08. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A serpent coiling near a man and a woman.” Be wary. Not everything dangerous will give you a warning. The venom from poisonous snakes is often used to create the treatment for their bite. Some “snakes” are dangerous. Some are friendly and some may just want to “hug” you to death. As snakes grow they shed their skins symbolic of new beginnings, new life. What new have you started recently? This can be an opportune time to review, re-consider, re-evaluate or re-new it.
Here is one of the cardinal rules for when Venus is retrograde; don’t start a new relationship. Wait until after Venus goes direct on April 15 or you just might get bitten. Avoid poisonous relationships or purchases.
03/04/17 – 2:05 am – Moon enters Gemini
The void-of-course ends with the Moon’s entrance into talkative Gemini. If you want others to listen to you when you talk, you must first be a good listener.
03/04/17 – 3:10 am – Mercury conjunct Neptune
This may be a good day to “hold your tongue.” As messenger of the Gods, what message might Mercury be receiving from Neptune? Is it clear? Is it a secret to be kept, a bit of gossip or …? Just because you saw it, read it or heard it on the internet doesn’t mean it is true or that it isn’t. What new “alternative facts” might come out today? Remember what Abraham Lincoln said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”
03/05/17 – 12:14 am – Moon sextile Retrograde Venus
This is the first of seven exact aspects today, six of them by the emotional Moon. What a Sunday this may be. Perhaps a good day to curl up with a good book, you remember what they are, or perhaps hide away at the movies or in front of your TV? If you are in a relationship, remember to tell them how you feel. If you aren’t, best to wait before you go looking for one or agree to start one. Better to use the Venus retrograde time to re-connect with loved ones, friends and family. Avoid conflicts!
Following this the Moon will square Mercury for the second exact aspect of the day so mind your tongue.
03/05/17 – 3:32 am – Moon square Sun
This is the third exact aspect of the day and the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the monthly cycle of the Sun and Moon. Seeds planted at the new Moon Solar eclipse of February 26 may need or even demand your attention and tending at this time. Choose your actions carefully and thoughtfully.
03/05/17 – 12:45 pm – Mars trine Saturn
This is the fourth exact aspect of the day and the only one not involving the Moon. While this is an easy flowing trine it is from direct fiery Aries to unrestrained fiery Sagittarius. If you want to start a “controlled burn” (action) to eliminate some “old growth” be sure to keep it under control. First plan your work and then work your plan.
Following this the Moon will trine retrograde Jupiter and then sextile Uranus for the fifth and sixth exact aspects of the day. Perhaps the Moon is carrying a message from one to the other or does She have one for you? Remember when retrograde Jupiter may contract and delay things, even the unexpected may not happen as “expected.”
03/05/17 – 11:48 pm – Moon opposes Saturn
This is the seventh and final exact aspect of the day. Time for a reality check. What is your reality may not be someone else’s reality. Get a good night’s sleep as there is another major aspect coming tomorrow afternoon.
03/06/17 – 12:22 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a sextile to Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for over four hours. It’s the wee hours of Monday morning and most people will probably sleep through this one. If you are one of those who will be working or up during this time, if you can, avoid starting anything new until after the Moon enters Cancer.
03/06/17 – 4:54 am – Moon enters Cancer
As the Moon returns to Her home sign of protective nurturing Cancer something may feel a bit different. Among other things, the Moon represents our instinctive autonomic response system; that is our basic unconscious actions such as breathing and the beating of our hearts. It is your “gut” feeling so trust your instincts, trust the Moon.
03/06/17 – 4:29 pm – Mercury conjunct Sun
This is the Superior Conjunction when Mercury passes on the far side of the Sun. This can be likened to a Mercury “full Moon” phase. Time to take stock of any writings or communications. You should be done reviewing and editing them by now. This cycle began with the retrograde Mercury Sun inferior conjunction on December 28, 2016, the equivalent of the Mercury new Moon phase, when new seeds might be planted. Did you start something around that time? Perhaps a new project which involves writing, communicating or otherwise using your mental abilities? Where are you at with that project? Is it ready to be put to use?
This conjunction is at 16 Pisces 37. The Sabian Symbol for that degree is “An Easter promenade.” Prophetic, perhaps as Mercury will go retrograde on April 9, when Palm Sunday is observed. For now, you have until March 26 to backup your files or get maintenance done because that is when Mercury will enter the Shadow.
03/07/17 – 1:21 am – Moon trine Neptune
This is the first of eight exact aspects today, the first seven all by the Moon. What dreams may come may be prophetic. Note as much information about them as you can when you first wake. Don’t trust your memory as Neptune likes to play tricks with the mind and memories can quickly slip away or be distorted.
Following this the Moon will square retrograde Venus, trine the Sun, trine Mercury, oppose Pluto, square retrograde Jupiter and for Her seventh exact aspect of the day square Uranus. All in all this could be a very chaotic day with periods of anxiety, stress and free flowing emotions. Keep the tissue handy and be ready to forgive and to seek forgiveness.
03/07/17 – 9:23 pm – Mercury sextile Pluto
This is the eighth and final exact aspect of the day. You may find yourself fixated on something you said or wrote or something you didn’t that you now feel you should have. Tomorrow should be an easier day allowing for you to take care of anything left over from today.
03/08/17 – 6:59 am – Moon square Mars
Following this both the Moon and Mars go Void-of-Course. The Moon will only be void-of-course for two hours, but it is the start of the work day for many people. Mars will be void-of-course for almost thirty-four hours. If you have some unfinished business from yesterday now may be good time to take care of it or at least work on it. Avoid starting anything new until after the Moon enters Leo.
With Mars void-of-course it is best to be more cautious than usual. Watch out for the “other guy,” you know, the one that causes accidents. Don’t take any unnecessary risks. When Mars is void-of-course people may be more prone to accidents. Guard against the avoidable ones.
03/08/17 – 8:45 am – Moon enters Leo
The Moon void-of-course is over. You should be good to go on any new projects or tasks. Don’t forget Mars is still void-of-course. (Read the paragraph above.)
03/09/17 – 12:29 am – Sun sextile Pluto
How was your night? Any interesting dreams or “a-ha” moments? Any new insights? Make note of them for they will probably be important at some time.
03/09/17 – 4:34 pm – Mars enters Taurus
The Mars void-of-course is over. While people may be less accident prone at this time, that is no reason to be careless. With Mars in fixed earth Taurus one may feel sluggish or things may seem bogged down. Mars is not happy in fixed signs, especially Taurus which can really “cramp His style.” Progress may require greater effort now but don’t give up. Push on and you will push through. The energy combination of Mars in Taurus and retrograde Jupiter may be such that delays will be unavoidable. When making plans, build in extra time to allow for those delays.
03/10/17 – 9:05 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Friday morning and best to focus on any work in progress. What can you do to keep them moving forward or on to the next step or stage? Avoid starting any new works until after the Moon enters Virgo this afternoon. You should have time to analyze your approach to any new task then.
03/10/17 – 2:07 pm – Moon enters Virgo
The void-of-course is over. If you have some new or urgent project to tackle, go for it. Saturday should be a relatively easy day as there is no void-of-course or major exact aspects; but Sunday may be a different matter.
03/12/17 – 12:57 am – Moon trine Pluto
This is the first of five exact aspects today plus a void-of-course and Daylight Savings Time which starts today.
03/12/17 – 2:00 am – Daylight Savings Time Begins
Clocks jump ahead one hour so this will be a 23 hour day. If your clocks didn’t reset automatically, be sure to set them ahead one hour so you don’t end up late for any dates, events or meetings.
03/12/17 – 5:10 am – Mercury square Saturn
This is the second exact aspect of the day. The truth and nothing but the truth will do now but don’t be surprised if someone tries to “pull a fast one” on you. Don’t even think you can tell a fib and get away with it. You will be found out and the price you will have to pay will be much more than if you had told the truth in the first place. When in doubt, silence may be the better option.
03/12/17 – 7:54 am – Full Moon opposite Sun
This is the third exact aspect of the day and marks the short term culmination phase of the new Moon Solar eclipse of February 26. Did you plant any new seeds at that time? Did something new start that you may not have been aware of at that time but are now? If something was begun with the new Moon Solar eclipse and it doesn’t seem to be ready to “harvest” at this time, you can call for a reset. The next cycle tied to the new Moon Solar eclipse will be the next new Moon Solar eclipse, the total eclipse of August 21. That gives you over five months for a possible do-over and to get it right. If that isn’t enough time, there is an even longer eighteen month cycle which runs from the February 26 new Moon Solar eclipse to the August 26, 2018 full Moon.
Following this the Moon will square Saturn for the fourth exact aspect of the day. If you didn’t tell the truth earlier, this may just be your undoing.
03/12/17 – 7:36 pm – Moon opposite Mercury
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. Following this both the Moon and Mercury go void-of-course. The Moon will be void-of-course for three hours while Mercury’s will last over 18 hours.
Fortunately it is Sunday evening and it should be easier to set aside any new tasks or projects for later, at least until after the Moon enters Libra. When Mercury is void-of-course it can be a bit like being retrograde. Be extra careful with your words, be they spoken or written, what you say, how you say it and who you say it too. By later tomorrow afternoon, things should feel as though they are beginning to ease up a bit.
03/13/17 – 2:08 pm – Mercury enters Aries
The Mercury void-of-course is over. With Mercury in impatient Aries now more than ever, remember to engage your brain before engaging your mouth. Words spoken in anger or haste can leave a lasting impression on others.
The good news is that this should be a relatively easy week as there aren’t many major exact aspects or astrologically busy days.
03/15/17 – 3:05 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a sextile to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over five hours. If your day starts early it may be best to work on any on-going projects or items until after the Moon enters Scorpio.
03/15/17 – 8:11 am – Moon enters Scorpio
With the Moon now in intense Scorpio “honesty is the best policy” is reinforced. If you can’t say something nice about someone it is best to say nothing at all. Friends, family, strangers, even you may seem more sensitive during the Moon’s transit through Scorpio so be polite and on your best behavior.
03/17/17 – 2:47 pm – Sun square Saturn
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today everyone is a bit Irish. Tis’ Friday and a good day for celebratin’ with friends, family or strangers. A stranger may just be a friend you haven’t met yet. This is the first quarter crisis of action square in the annual Sun Saturn cycle. If you must act, come from a place of honesty and sincerity. Only the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will do now.
03/17/17 – 2:56 pm – Sun and Moon go Void-of-Course
Following an easy flowing waning or closing trine to each other the two luminaries both go void-of-course. The Moon will only be void-of-course for five hours; however, the Sun will be void-of-course for over 60 hours.
With the Moon void-of-course it is probably best to use the rest of your workday to focus on any unfinished business and set aside any new business until after the Moon enters Sagittarius tonight or next week.
The Sun will be void-of-course until the Spring Equinox when it enters Aries. Probably best to not start any new self-improvement programs including work-out routines until after the Sun enters Aries as nothing much may come of them. Rather, focus on what you do know about yourself, what you have been doing and what has been working for you. Let go of any programs or routines that no longer work for you, have served their usefulness or that you are not truly motivated to do.
03/17/17 – 8:00 pm – Moon enters Sagittarius
The Moon void-of-course is over. It’s Friday night and Sagittarius can be about having fun. This can be a playful happy time; just don’t take any unnecessary risks. How about going to a comedy club? Sagittarius usually has a good sense of humor. Whatever you do, keep it light tonight but not at the expense of others.
03/18/17 – 5:26 am – Mercury conjunct Retrograde Venus
Mercury and Venus can make only two standard Ptolemaic aspects, the sextile and the conjunction. Approximately half of these conjunctions occur when both are either direct or retrograde in which case they are on the same side of the Sun and making a close conjunction, like a new Moon. The other half of the time one planet is direct and the other is retrograde and on opposite sides of the Sun, not unlike a full Moon.
This conjunction finds Mercury direct and on the far side of the Sun while Venus is retrograde and on the near side of the Sun, orbiting between the Earth and the Sun. This “opposition” conjunction occurs at 9 Aries 06. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A scholar creates new forms for ancient symbols.” This may be just the “right time” for you to put your own unique “spin” on something. Don’t hold yourself back or sell yourself short because you think that since something has been done before “What can you add to it?” You can add your unique interpretation to it. With the Sun entering the “I am” sign of Aries in two days, it’s time to get ready to put your individual stamp on things. This opposition conjunction can create the “harvest” energy for you to present your approach to a situation or project while at the same time giving the “new Moon” new idea energy of a conjunction. Let Mercury be the bearer of your message of your passion for this endeavor.
03/20/17 – 3:29 am – Sun enters Aries
It’s the Spring Equinox and the Sun’s void-of-course is over. Can you feel the shift from spiritual mutable water Pisces to more self indulgent cardinal fire Aries? You may feel as if now is the time to just “go for it,” the it being whatever you want and it may be but … it may not be.
In mundane astrology, the astrologer will usually cast an ingress chart for the capital as a picture of what the country might expect in the months to come. For Washington, DC, the chart shows the Sun, representing those in power, the President, Congress and such, is in the first house of self, of look at me, I’m in charge. The Moon, representing the people, is in the tenth house, where one wants to be recognized, as if crying out to be acknowledged. Unfortunately, the Moon is in close conjunction with Saturn as if to say “know your place.” Meanwhile Mars appears to be sitting this one out as it makes no aspect to any of the other planets. When unaspected, Mars can feel left out, anxious, irritable or as if he can do whatever he wants, damn the consequences.
Pay attention to the news today, both fake and real and be more cautious.
03/20/17 – 3:37 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a conjunction to Saturn the Moon goes void-of-course for the next five hours. If your day starts early, focus on any work in progress and set aside new items for after the Moon enters Capricorn.
03/20/17 – 8:31 am – Moon enters Capricorn
The Moon void-of-course is over. Now is a good time to really get down to business. Get real, be practical and go with your “gut.”
03/20/17 – 8:58 am – Moon square Sun
This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square. Time to start your spring cleaning and eliminate those things that no longer work or serve you. The new Moon is coming and you want to be ready to plant any new “seeds” you may have.
03/22/17 – 6:20 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a third quarter square to Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for just over 13 hours. It’s “hump day” and probably best spent completing things already started rather that starting something new to add to your “need to be finished” pile.
03/22/17 – 7:28 pm – Moon enters Aquarius
The void-of-course is over. It’s Wednesday evening as things shift from practical business oriented Capricorn to “needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” Aquarius giving you something to reflect on. What cause do you support? How do you react to an injustice?
03/23/17 – 5:42 pm – Mercury square Pluto
This is the first quarter crisis of action square in the annual cycle for these two extreme planets; Mercury the closest to the Sun and Pluto the farthest from the Sun. How might Pluto react to Mercury’s fast talking? Choose your actions and words with care for Pluto is the most determined of the planets and will have his way. As messenger of the Gods, what message might Pluto have for Mercury to carry to its next contact?
03/24/17 – 5:46 am – Mercury opposite retrograde Jupiter
This is the first of five exact aspects today. The next four are by the Moon so you might want to keep the tissue handy. With Jupiter retrograde delays and contractions are quite possible. Are you expecting some benefit or windfall, perhaps a bonus at work or tax refund? Prepare for it to be delayed and to be less than you expected. Pluto’s message to Jupiter carried by Mercury may be one of “plan on doing more with less and taking longer to get it done.”
Following this the Moon will trine retrograde Jupiter, sextile Mercury and then sextile Uranus.
03/24/17 – 10:56 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a sextile to Saturn, the fifth and final exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over four hours. It is a relatively short one which most people will probably sleep through, but if you are one of those still up, it is best to use this time for reflection or review rather than beginning some new.
03/25/17 – 3:16 am – Sun conjunct retrograde Venus
This is the inferior conjunction in the Sun Venus cycle and can be likened to a new Moon. This is when Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun. This marks the end of the previous Sun Venus cycle which began August 15, 2015 at 22 Leo 39 and the beginning of their new cycle. This conjunction is at 4 Aries 57. The Sabian symbol for this degree is a white triangle with golden wings. Do you feel as if you have been pulled in two different directions or perhaps have been involved in a triangular relationship? Know that you have the ability to rise above it or whatever insurmountable problem you might think you have.
This can be an opportune time to reflect or work on any existing relationships or to review and reassess what it is you seek in a relationship and what you have to offer. Remember, it is best to not start a new relationship when Venus is retrograde so don’t go looking for one. Wait until after Venus goes direct which will be on April 15.
03/26/17 – 1:24 am – Moon occults Neptune
We’ve been through this before. This is when the Moon passes between the Earth and Neptune blocking Neptune from the view of some on Earth. To observe Neptune disappear behind the Moon you will need a telescope and will have to be in the Ascension Islands, southern Africa, northern Madagascar, Yemen, Oman or southwestern Asia. What affect might this have on one’s dreams? Keep your dream journal close and note everything about any dreams you may have. Is the Moon blocking the energy of Neptune or will it enhance it like the lens of a telescope?
03/26/17 – 8:05 am – Mercury conjunct Uranus
Following the earlier square to Pluto and opposition to retrograde Jupiter; Mercury, the messenger now joins Uranus. Expect the unexpected, including new or sudden insights into any dreams you may have had or whatever message you thought you received over the past three or four days.
Mercury will be entering its shadow later today which marks the beginning of the next Mercury retrograde. Today is your last best chance to backup your computer or other electronic files, to perform any required service on any vehicles or equipment before Mercury’s retrograde dance begins.
03/26/17 – 9:49 pm – Mercury enters its Shadow
Mercury at 24 Aries 17, crosses into its shadow, the area it will transit three times over the next eight weeks. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A double promise reveals its inner and outer meanings.” First appearances may be deceiving. During the course of Mercury’s three passes over the zodiac from this degree to 4 Taurus 51 and back again, something that you thought was during the first pass may be revealed as something else during the second pass. The third pass will then be your opportunity to correct or fix whatever needs fixing as a result of this retrograde cycle.
Be extra careful with any and all communications now. Spell-check and check your spell-checker. Review, re-read, re-consider all written communications be they text, email or handwritten. With any conversations, be sure to engage your brain before engaging your mouth. Be a good listener. Forewarned is forearmed. To quote Abraham Lincoln again, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”