A surge of energy has been building since the New Moon, accelerating activities and creating opportunities for personal growth. As mentioned in our last article, Venus moved into the lively and dynamic sign of Aries an hour after the New Moon, and Saturn and Pluto will be venturing into new cosmic territory when they change signs during this lunar cycle.
The “crisis of action” First Quarter Square phase of the lunar cycle commences on February 27 at 12:06 a.m. PT with the Sun at 8° Pisces and the Moon at 8° Gemini. The ideas conceived at the New Moon must now be put into action. Given that both the Moon and Mars are in the mutable sign of Gemini, it is important to keep all lines of communication open. Mutable signs are adaptable and focused on learning through communication with others. Gemini seeks to cross-pollinate perceptions and perspectives to learn and share experiences and new discoveries. During this phase, being versatile and engaging with others is key to encountering new prospects.
On March 1, Venus and Jupiter in Aries come together at 12° Aries. This energetic conjunction emphasizes the importance of remaining open to new situations and connections to increase growth opportunities. Youthful and spirited, Aries is driven to develop a strong sense of self through bold and daring action. It acts independently and courageously faces challenges head on. Through active participation in the world, Aries can fully experience the present moment. Taking risks and opening oneself up to new types of people may bring unexpected benefits. In traditional astrology, Venus and Jupiter are considered the “great benefics,” bearing gifts, good fortune and enhancements to our wellbeing. When these two planets unite, their collective energy brings potential for new beginnings and positive transformations.
The Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Aries is likely to initiate new cycles, opening us to joyful, exciting and creative experiences. We may feel a surge of inner strength and courage as this dynamic force empowers us to take on challenges with confidence and determination. We should take advantage of this moment to seize opportunities. Despite not all of them coming to fruition, we can embrace what inspires us and remain open to possibilities that may arise. Venus/Jupiter further invites us to reconsider our values and philosophy of life to realign our actions and decisions with our true nature by examining what we sincerely cherish and what matters most to us.
On March 2, Mercury meets up with Saturn in Aquarius, which may stimulate a growing desire to communicate openly about practical matters. However, just hours after the Mercury/Saturn conjunction becomes exact, Mercury enters Pisces, which may shift our focus to more imaginary thinking. Rather than becoming lost in romanticisms, it would be best to take advantage of this time to explore and play, as everything will become clearer and more useful in due course.
Venus and Jupiter move into conjunctions with Chiron, on March 3 and March 11 respectively. This unusual triple conjunction in Aries provides a unique moment to initiate a journey of self-discovery that can heal deep-seated pain and grief. Known as the “Wounded Healer,” Chiron archetypally represents our deepest wounds, which often stem from childhood or early life experiences. This powerful alignment may open us to confront and heal these past traumas so we can move forward with renewed determination and clarity on what we want for our future. The journey toward healing may prove challenging, but it can result in profound personal growth. The Venus/Jupiter/Chiron triumvirate reminds us that we can become active participants in our lives and overcome even the most deeply rooted fears. Embracing this energy can allow us to become more present in the moment and take significant, promising steps forward.
Deep self-healing involves becoming less closed off from the world and more open to other viewpoints, new ideas and the abundance of learning opportunities available to us. Taking time to actively listen to what others are saying rather than waiting for our turn to speak fosters this much needed openness and receptivity towards new perspectives. Cultivating a sense of curiosity and willingness to learn from others also requires us to become vulnerable. When we honestly express in gentle exchanges, each receiving the other with impartial, unconditional compassion, we create profound connections as we touch our deepest soul truths. These healing experiences dissolve the wounds of our past and lead to powerful new discoveries about who we are individually and collectively.
As we prepare ourselves for the imminent big shifts of Saturn entering Pisces and Pluto entering Aquarius, we could ask: How can I become open to others and truly hear and acknowledge what they have to say? What can I do to address any fears I may have in expressing my deepest feelings?