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Daylight Savings Time is here – more light all around and Welcome Spring on 3/20/16, the new start to the Zodiacal year. Cosmically yours, Dorothy
What You Need to Know for the Next Two Weeks:
The Cosmic Headlines
Between 3/12 – 3/19/16, there are 7 planets in mutable signs (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter , Saturn and Neptune). Between 3/13-15, the Moon/Gemini joins and triggers the group, creating a Grand Cross configuration (four or more planets each at 90 degrees to the other) and gathering 8 out of 10 planets in mutable signs! The mutable signs are Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini. This is a real mutable dilemma. We may feel like we’re in a hurricane – with too many things to attend to and too much information to sort and synthesize. We may feel at loose ends or feel pressure to tie up lingering details. There may be complex situations to unravel that are not easily resolved, with many disparate facets and confounding grey areas. Solutions come from seeking the information you lack, stepping back, reflecting – then making your best decision.
Venus in mutable, water Pisces square Mars in mutable fire Sagittarius @ 2 degrees on 3/14/16.
This is not a very unusual contact, but it is more meaningful these days because Mars is slow, about to retrograde, and so possesses a greater aggressive energy that we need to pay attention to. This aspect sparks and can mean some exciting times in relationships. It’s another opportunity to get clear on some relationship dynamics.
Jupiter Rx in mutable, earth Virgo trine Pluto in cardinal, earth Capricorn @ 17degrees on 3/16/16.
Certain markets may surge with this combination. The intrinsic energy of this combination is for expansion of resources and calculated risk-taking but only after careful scrutiny. An opportunity from the past may resurface. Groundwork previously laid may yield results.
The Vernal Equinox. The Sun enters Aries on 3/20/16 @ 12:31AM EDT.
And we’ve come round again to the official start of the Zodiacal year at 0 degrees Aries, also called the Vernal or Spring Equinox. Day and night (the “nox” in equinox) are of equal (the “equi” part) length and light will increase for the next three months in the Northern hemisphere Until the Summer Solstice on 6/20/16. In ancient times, the Vernal Equinox was celebrated as renewal and re-awakening to the surge of the life force after the incubation-time of the winter (in the Northern hemisphere).
Mercury enters cardinal, fire Aries on 3/21/16 until 4/5/16.
Fiery energy is increasing with Uranus, Sun, Mars, and now Mercury in fire signs and along with that impatience, and the need for speed. And yet, ruled by Mars – in Sadge presently, and slowing as it reaches its retrograde station – there’s a distinct undertow of frustration. Mercury in Aries normally is a quick study – intuitive, animated and direct in speech, often impetuous.
Jupiter Rx/Virgo square Saturn in mutable, fire Sagittarius @ 16degrees on 3/23/16.
Expansion (Jupiter) meets contraction (Saturn) and a trade has to be made, a bargain struck, and compromise reached. The question becomes – where do we expand and where do we cut back? Discrimination is the key with Jupiter/Virgo ruling Sagittarius, where Saturn is placed. This combination favors pulling back and conserving; excesses will likely backfire. Steady progress and considered, calculated risks will have greater success.
Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon @ 3 Libra on 3/23/16.
This eclipse pairs with the Solar Eclipse of 3/9/16, and also belongs to the same family, Saros Series 18 South. Not as strong as the previous Total Solar eclipse, this penumbral eclipse only partially covers the disk of the Moon. Still, there are electromagnetic energy changes with any eclipse, and if the eclipse degree contacts a planet or point in your chart, it will represent an emphasis for at least the coming year and maybe longer. Three months past the eclipse the Sun re-triggers the eclipse and there are other planets that will re-trigger the eclipse degree over time. Saros Series 18 South has the following quality: “This family of eclipses is concerned with endings or separations…which could bring much anguish or grief. However, the pain of the separation is lessened by encountering new situations which lead to very positive outcomes.” (Excerpt from The Eagle and the Lark
by Bernadette Brady.) There are additional relevant patterns in the chart of this eclipse family, which began on August 20, 1096. There’s an unexpected and sudden quality – more so, if it is connected to Uranus in your chart. Although sudden, a flash of truth and reasons for change will be apparent, if you are willing to see that. As things clear, something new and more authentic emerges.
Saturn in mutable, earth Virgo turns Stationary Retrograde on 3/25/16 @ 16 degrees, until 8/13/16.
The plans you’ve formulated, the foundation you’ve laid down will be under review during the term of Saturn’s retrograde. In the sign of Sadge, the retrograde review involves our beliefs and how we embody them in our lives. We’re asked to look at the often unconscious ways we align ourselves with beliefs without knowing why. Saturn seeks to pare down and weed out anything that is non-essential to best functioning. By nature, Saturn is also skeptical of information or dogma presented to it and will want confirmation and proof that what is stated is valid and solid and workable.
**Mars entered mutable, fire Sagittarius on 3/5/16. This is the sign of the upcoming Mars retrograde (4/17/16).
Mars is exuberant and expansive in a Jupiter-ruled sign – the sign of the seeker, wanderer, adventurer and eternal student. Among its abilities are teaching, sales, and inspiration. In fact, this Mars is quite convincing and is known to talk a blue streak when it wants to share information or a story with you. Mars/Sadge is warm and engaging but tends to “push its luck,” Jupiter being the sign of good fortune and opportunity. Mars, then, is actively engaged in finding and taking advantage of opportunities. At its worst manifestation, Mars/Sadge is an opportunist or someone who tries to convince you of something when in actuality it is something they want for themselves, with your help, of course. This is the signature of the salesperson with the gift of talking his/her way in and out of anything. At its best, Mars/Sadge is the one who inspires and transmits wisdom from a host of life experiences and is willing to share those insights in shared communication, teaching and writing. Note: we are not done with Mars in Scorpio – half of Mars retro will take place in Scorpio. This retrograde combination is the instinct to detect false advertising or promotion and uncover the motives of those who seek to convince you or sell you! Perfect for a Presidential race! About every 26 months Mars turns retrograde and we’ll continue to discuss this further in PW issues to come.
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