The Planetary energies this week continue alternating esoteric currents of the serious and the joyful, creating a need to find balance between a methodical pace and creative spontaneity. Two aspects on March 13 demonstrate that it is possible to be realistic and passionate at the same time, attentive to the needs of others while feeling free to explore the outer reaches of experience. The first is a square between Venus in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn that sets up a reality check for relationships and values. What does it mean to be responsible in love? Are we committed and assuming responsibility for our role in life? Venus in Aries can be impulsive and more interested in immediate rather than delayed gratification. Saturn in Capricorn demands we serve the greater good with sustainable choices that reflect an integral alignment with Spirit. While this can require us to conserve resources or operate in ways that seem restrictive to the freedom-loving archetype of Venus in Aries, this is what it takes to overcome the self-serving ego and be in a loving state that considers others. The tense square alignment challenges us to become aware of how our choices impact not just personal relationships but also society in general. To lovingly do what must be done leads to greater satisfaction in the long run. To find joy in making the effort is heroic.
That joy is in abundant supply courtesy of a big-hearted trine between the Sun in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio on March 13 that serves to counterbalance the limiting nature of the Venus/Saturn square. This flowing aspect between the planets that represent the heart (Sun) and faith (Jupiter) in the signs that represent consciousness (Pisces) and transformation (Scorpio) can express as a passionate engagement with life itself. Sun in Pisces is the creative life force attuned to the anima mundi. Jupiter in Scorpio is the philosophical light taking us deep into uncharted psychic domains. This robustly positive alignment archetypally represents a profound imagination playing in an occult field of dreams. It is a lucky charm elixir celestially designed to raise the spirits and instill a strong sense of confidence that whatever our hearts sincerely desire will indeed come true.
The New Moon in Pisces on March 17 is a gentle voice amidst the more determined celestial vibrations operating this week. Marking the commencement of a new lunar cycle, the Sun/Moon conjunction in subtle Pisces asks us to allow compassion to guide our choices. In the polarized cacophony of our day most don’t make the effort to hear this sublime call to a higher order. As consciousness seekers, we are working on nothing less than moving the world out of chaos into order. The Pisces New Moon presents an ideal of everything in its right place, living its highest potential. If we create an intention at this time to become more in touch with our soul purpose line, we can then use that as a compass to guide each step. While pulling in the realistic energies of Venus/Saturn and the conviction of Sun/Jupiter, we can summon the courage to rise above the disorder of the crowd that is separated from Spirit. This New Moon in the finishing degrees of the last sign of the zodiac marks a noteworthy end to the annual solar cycle. As the Sun progresses within days from the cosmic womb of Pisces into the bright, creative force of Aries may we contemplate it as a symbol for a new loving way of being in what is sure to be a turbulent yet highly creative ride through the coming year.
Shortly after the New Moon peaks on March 17, Mars goes “out of bounds” (beyond the Tropic of Capricorn in declination) just as it reaches the significant 0° Capricorn cardinal point. Leaving adventurous Sagittarius for a more ordered mode of assertion in Capricorn, Mars takes on the disciplined nature of its sign of its exaltation, ably marshaling forces in an organized, efficient way. Unbound by its conventional rule set for the next few weeks, Mars in this state can correlate to rebellious or unstable behavior but in its higher expression it is an initiating creative force that acts spontaneously. In Capricorn through May 15, Mars is tethered to Saturn, strong its home sign, and thus more highly focused on creating harmonious systems for collective living. Within orb of a conjunction to Mars for approximately one month (with the exact conjunction on April 2), Saturn’s influence may mitigate unbridled aggression as it instills a sense of duty, honor and selfless purpose in our manner of self-assertion.
Another counterbalancing aspect that carries a sense of levity to the week is a disarmingly charming Mercury/Venus conjunction in Aries on March 19. These two planets have been travelling together since mid-February and in an unusual phenomenon are having this second conjunction with both planets in direct motion. First conjunct on March 4 when the two were in Pisces, the normally quickly moving Mercury has slowed down due to its retrograde commencing March 22, and Venus has now caught up for this second alignment in Aries. Mercury/Venus correlates to a congenial manner in communications and general relating. In Aries, this planetary pair can spark conversations with fresh points of view that are more direct than poetic, more impish than romantic. Mercury/Venus can also be fearlessly creative and spontaneously act upon the pluck of a heartstring.
Here’s the data (Pacific Time and rounded to the nearest whole degree unless otherwise noted):
March 13 – Venus square Saturn at 8° Aries/Capricorn at 5:39 a.m.
March 13 – Sun trine Jupiter at 23° Pisces/Scorpio at 1:06 p.m.
March 17 – Moon conjunct Sun (New Moon) at 27° Pisces at 6:12 a.m.
March 17 – Mars at 0° Capricorn at 9:41 a.m.
March 19 – Mercury conjunct Venus at 16° Aries at 9:02 p.m.