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PlanetWeather Weeks: 3/3 & 3/10 & 3/17/14
“I am convinced that there are times in everybody’s experience when there is so much to be done, that the only way to do it is to sit down and do nothing.”              Fanny Fern (“Dear Abby” of the 1800’s”)

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Dear friends: This is a three week issue as I am traveling. Make sure you keep it handy for reference for the next weeks. Daylight Savings Time begins on 3/9/14! We are rapidly moving toward Spring, a bit slow this year, especially with Mars now retrograde. Spend your energy and focus on what and who has the most value for you. This issue is also my Spring membership drive. If you know anyone who would LOVE to have this type of analysis and information, please inform them about PlanetWeather newsmagazine. Thank you! Cosmically yours, Dorothy

What You Need to Know for the Next Two Weeks –
The Cosmic Headlines

Summary and Recap: 
Every now and then there are weeks that are more energetically active than usual, and we are in one of those times, these next two weeks. Specifically the last week of February and into March there are planetary changes clustered within 3-4 days and that compounds the intensity of the energy. Take note and see below.

The Sun enters mutable, water Pisces on 2/18/14 until 3/20/14. We are now entering the 12th sign of the Zodiac and the end of the astrological year. The next Sun change will mark the Spring Equinox! So, Pisces, modern planet ruler is Neptune, traditional ruler is Jupiter. This sign is about synthesis, compassion, and inspiration at its best and disillusionment, deception, and depression at its worst. Pisces is the ultimate chameleon, feeling the slightest change in the environment (and the emotions of others around them) and either reacting or adapting. Pisces is hyper-sensitive and this is either positive or problematic depending on degree and circumstance. Piscean energy is accentuated these days, since one of the outermost planets, Neptune, is in Pisces too. Additionally, we are in the midst of our first Mercury retrograde of 2014, which took place at 3 Pisces and very close to a conjunction of Neptune/Pisces. So, if you’ve been a bit “out of it” or in a fog or hypersensitive, that could be why. You could be feeling drained and not know why, your sleep patterns may be disrupted, you are clearly feeling more sensitive in a variety of ways. Going back to synthesis – this is the time of year when we can seek within to find the seeds that we want to plant once Aries time begins. Synthesis requires contemplation, so that the sum of our past year’s experiences can blend allowing new revelations to emerge.

Mercury turns Direct again on 2/28/14 @ 18 Aquarius, and re-enters Pisces on 3/17/14 remaining there until 4/7/14. Mercury moved back into fixed, air Aquarius on 2/12/14. All the Mercury retrogrades of 2014 are split between two signs (which was not the case in 2013). This means that there’s a need to examine our emotions, our dreams, our illusions, delusions, and disappointments, as well as our faith and illumination (Pisces) with the clear, logical, abstract, truthful eye of Aquarius. Emotion and logic are naturally antithetical, but we need to find a way to understand ourselves and the issues that present themselves during this time from both perspectives. Where are we being too emotional and where are we discounting or minimizing the emotional content and effect of the issue at hand? Sometimes logic can discover the truth of the emotions in a situation, but there is also danger of lack of empathy or compassion. The combination points to high levels of creative invention with an understanding and illumination of the human conditions and culture we all live within. How do we adapt, blend, and yet remain authentic and creative? Mercury first entered mutable, water Pisces, the sign of its retrograde, on 1/31/14. The complete cycle lasts over 2 months.

Jupiter in cardinal, water Cancer square Uranus in cardinal, fire Aries @ 10 degrees on 2/26/14. Because we’ve had a loose Grand Cross in the sky (4 planets in signs 90 degrees square to each other) since last June, every now and then, a pair of them come into an exact aspect. Jupiter first made a square to Uranus on 8/21/13 @ 12degrees, so if these degrees are prominent in your chart, you will feel this square all the more. Typically this is a risk-taking aspect, going full out. Jupiter increases the innovation, and/or the rebelliousness of Uranus, which wants authentic individual freedom. Overdoing can be easy with this combination and so can over-achieving. Often this aspect is the harbinger of unexpected good fortune or recognition. Much depends on the intent and soul of the one using it.

Mars in cardinal, air Libra turns Stationary Retrograde on 3/1/14 @ 27 degrees until 5/19/14. This is an important cycle. Mars retrogrades only every two years and it does tend to put a wrench into the works. You’re likely to feel some momentum slowing. A Mars retrograde forces you to step back and take more time to develop your plan. If you’re intent on progressing rapidly, you will have to be patient. Alliances may break down during this time and commitments and agreements may need to be re-negotiated.

Saturn in fixed, water Scorpio turns Stationary Retrograde on 3/2/14 @ 23 degrees until 7/20/14. One day after Mars turns retrograde, Saturn also turns back. In a phrase, this indicates breaking hard. Something comes to a screeching stop. It’s clearly time to fall back and regroup. Saturn reinforces the Mars retrograde and speaks to the inner, psychological dynamics that make for commitment and manifestation, both of which need calibration and re-design.

Russia Invades Ukraine and annexes the Crimea. Just as Mercury made its Station Direct @ 18 Aquarius on 2/28/14 (close to Vladimir Putin’s North Node!), and just before Mars made it’s Station Retrograde on 3/1/14 @ 27 Libra, Russia sent troops to the Crimea (Southern) portion of the Ukraine on the pretext of protecting its military base there. The Ukrainian President Viktor Yanokovitch, who was corrupt and guilty of murdering his own people, fled the country in the wake of civil riots. Unrest began when the Ukrainian President refused greater economic ties with the European Union in favor of loyalty to Russia. The Ukraine is split between Russian loyalists in the Crimea and a desire for more Western contact and influences in the northern and eastern portion of the country. It’s a dangerous political move by Putin, who is seeking to protect the vital port of Sevastopol and to prevent more of Russian influence slipping to the West. It’s doubly dangerous and unpredictable, making this move at the Mars Rx station which is near exactly sextile to Putin’s  Mars/Sadge. The Crimea was once part of Russia and most people there speak Russian. It was gifted to the Ukraine in 1954, by Nikita Kruschev to assuage the carnage of Ukrainians by a famine induced by Stalin, who died in 1953. An odd coincidence is that the gifting happened on 2/27/1954, exactly 60 years ago to the day! Right now transiting Neptune is/has been activating this degree of Pisces. Clearly it’s been an uneasy integration.

Vladimir Putin is a Sun/Libra. From PW issue #8/12&8/19&8/26/13 “But, as we continue our analysis, we see much more Plutonian energy in Putin’s chart. We’ve already said that he has Venus/Scorpio along with Scorpio Rising and Pluto (modern ruler of Scorpio) smack dab conjunct the top angle (the MC) by less than a degree, if the time is correct.… Putin has been called intelligent and cunning and with Scorpio rising and Venus/Scorpio right there, he is inscrutable and very private. (Did you see photos of his mostly unsmiling face at the Sochi Olympics?) He was a member of Russia’s secret service, the KGB, for 15 years, rising to rank of Colonel during his journey through the political machine.
Putin may be more open to change than he lets on, but feels that he has to play a certain role and be a hard-liner for political reasons (and loss of Russia’s power after its 1992 disintegration. He’s clearly flexing his muscles now.) Putin has remained largely popular, even though he’s cracked down hard on dissidents, especially in Chechnya (and now in the Crimea), and the scandal over the incarceration of members of the band “Pussy Riot” damaged him, as well as questions about his recent re-election. He has Mars/Sagittarius which is quite a wide-ranging, (risk-taking) energy and somewhat philosophical.”

If Putin had an astrologer, he might have been advised that taking such an aggressive action at the Mars/Libra Retrograde station is ill-advised, to say the least. We wonder what he might think to gain. Does he feel that the climate of the world these days will allow this kind of bold aggression? Putin does have some interesting transits and progressions. Putin was born on 10/2/52, 9:30AM, St. Petersburg, Russia. The time is in question but this is the best we have right now. Much of what I’ll be mentioning will work despite a time discrepancy. On a collective level, Mars/Libra stationed very close to the transiting NorthNode/Libra, signaling an impetuous, potentially aggressive action. Saturn’s impending Station Retrograde @ 23degrees on 3/2/14, made an exact square to Putin’s progressed and natal Pluto/Leo. That aspect alone tells the story of feeling a need to push back and assert power and authority. Progressed Mars @ 12 Aquarius was square progressed Jupiter @ 12Taurus and both make a square or opposition to Putin’s natal Venus/Scorpio. Already mentioned, the Mercury Station Direct @ 18 Aquarius was conjunct Putin’s North Node and 150degrees from his Uranus/Cancer. All of these aspects and some with the Moon, which we can’t be sure of, point to an urge that moved him to send troops into the Crimea. Now we’ll watch and see how this will play out. It was a high-risk move at an even less optimal time and unlikely to turn out according to plan.

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Void-of-Course Moon 
TheVoid-of-course (VOC) Moon is a kind of limbo. As it reaches the end of a sign, the Moon makes no major aspect to another planet before it enters the next sign. VOC is best for less outcome-oriented activity, since VOC often means detours, distractions, drifting, or delays. If you want specific outcomes, or if timeliness is critical, don’t use a VOC Moon time. VOC is best for processing, imagining, creating, and open-ended activities, like parties, research, or cleaning your desk/closet for instance! It is said that when a new action is initiated during VOC, “nothing will come of it,” or energies go in unplanned directions, which may not necessarily be negative.
Week of 3/3/14 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (Venus enters Aquarius), and Thursday (Jupiter turns Direct) are the most active days energetically – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with others, projects, and stimulation for producing results, or demands/challenges. On 3/4/14, the Moon is VOC/Aries from 12:31PM to 2:12PM EST – On 3/6/14, the Moon is VOC/Taurus from 8:55AM to 9:37PM EST (All day!) – On 3/9/14, The Moon is VOC/Gemini from 3:53AM to 9:33AM EDT. (Daylight Savings Time Begins).

Week of 3/10/14Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday (Full Moon), are the most active days energetically – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with others, projects, and stimulation for producing results, or demands/challenges. On 3/11/14, the Moon is VOC/Cancer from 3:50PM EDT until 10:09PM EDT – On 3/14/14, the Moon is VOC/Leo from 3:24AM to 10:17AM EDT – On 3/16/14, the Moon is VOC/Virgo from 1:08PM until 8:46PM EDT.

Week of 3/17/14 – Monday (Mercury re-enters Pisces), Thursday (Vernal Equinox – Sun enters Aries) are the most active days energetically – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with others, projects, and stimulation for producing results, or demands/challenges. On 3/18/14, the Moon is VOC/Libra from 9:07PM to 5:13AM EDT (next morning) – On 3/20/14, the Moon is VOC/Scorpio from 11:11PM to 11:39AM EST (next morning!) – On 3/23/14, The Moon is VOC/Sagittarius from 6:40AM to 4:03PM EDT. 
SkyWatch for the Weeks of 3/3, 3/10 & 3/17/14

Moon phase for the week of 3/3: 3/8 --The Moon enters Her First Quarter phase at 8:27 AM EST, at 17 degrees of Gemini. Skywatching events of the week: There are no close approaches between the Moon and planets or other notable celestial events this week. But all week after sunset, treat yourself to the sight of rusty Mars rising in late evening followed by Saturn around midnight while bright Jupiter sets slowly in the West. Then, an hour or so before dawn (all times as viewed from the US East Coast) watch Venus rise a couple of hours before sunrise followed a bit later by a rare glimpse of Mercury low in the East.
Moon phase for the week of 3/10: 3/16--The Moon reaches perfect Fullness at 1:08 PM EDT, at 26 degrees of Virgo. In Native American and folklore traditions, this Full Moon is known as the Pink Moon for the pink phlox, one of the earliest wildflowers and harbingers of Spring. Other names for this Full Moon are the Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon after the time when the shad make their way upstream to spawn. Skywatching events of the week: 3/10 -- The Waxing "Half Moon" makes a close pass by Jupiter when the two are well below the horizon, but they will still be visible close together in the sky the previous and following nights after sunset.
Moon phase for the week of 3/17: 3/23 -- The Moon enters Her Last (aka Third) Quarter phase at 9:46 PM EDT, at 3 degrees of Capricorn, the sign of her detriment. Skywatching events for this week: 3/18 -- The Waning Moon makes a close pass by Mars, their point of closest approach happening just as the two are rising in the early evening after sunset (as viewed from the US East Coast), perfectly placed for viewing. 3/20 -- The Waning Moon makes a very close pass by Saturn, again coincidentally just as the two are rising and perfectly placed for viewing. As viewed from some parts of the world, the Moon "occults" (passes in front of) Saturn -- from South America across the South Atlantic to southern Africa.
Space News and Weather: Life on Mars resurrected! At least the issue of whether or not life exists on Mars at present has been revived yet again (and now for the nth time it seems!) It's well known and generally agreed on by planetary scientists that the early Mars (the really really early Mars of, say, several billion years ago) was hospitable to life but now? Ever since the Viking landers tested Martian soil for evidences of life in the mid-1970s and produced controversial evidence of Martian biology, the argument has raged, fueled by more recent discoveries of meteorites thought to be of Martian origin that may contain evidence of life. In the latest round of contention, scientists are claiming that "tunnels" in a known Martian meteorite are like those formed in rock by certain bacteria on Earth; although, given the general controversy surrounding the subject (and scientific reputations on the line) they are being very cagey about how they phrase this discovery, calling it evidence of "biotic activity" rather than "life." And the controversy goes on.