The Moon is our constantly changing companion. She lifts our tides and lights our nights. She reflects our needs, moods and daily deeds.
StarIQ cofounder Jeff Jawer looks at astrological events for this lunar cycle to describe energy patterns for the month ahead. This is a big picture view of the general cosmic weather that affects us all.
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For a detailed personal forecast based on your personal birth chart check out Your Big Picture Forecast and the 30-Day Forecast created by Jeff Jawer and Rick Levine. Click on Celebrity Sample see the detailed transit information these reports provide.
New Moon in Pisces
Friday, February 28, 11:59 pm PST, Saturday, March 1, 2:59 am EST
The numinous New Moon in Pisces is always inspiring and this one is no exception. This blessed union of the Sun and Moon in astrology's last sign is joined by its spiritual ruling planet Neptune and trined by its traditional ruler Jupiter. These illuminating aspects bring warm waves of faith, imagination and compassion, as well as vision and hope for the future. Still, the uplifting potential of this lunation could get lost in the vapors of Piscean dreams and fantasies. Fortunately, potent Pluto in earthbound Capricorn forms a smart sextile to this New Moon that anchors its heightened perceptions in hard work, commitment and clarity. This tiny but tough-minded planet concentrates attention and eliminates distractions, giving us a fighting chance to make magic a reality.
Saturday, March 1
The backward turn of astrology's most forward-moving planet is normally like slamming on the brakes in the middle of a high-speed chase. Yet Mars is already muddled by its presence in indecisive Libra where it began an 8-month journey last December 7. Its feverish fiery nature is cooled by this ultra-polite, accommodating air sign and this retrograde is more like a wide-arcing turn than an abrupt turnabout. This reversal offers second chances to retrace recent steps until Mars shifts back into forward gear on May 19. Repairing relationships, reconnecting with potential partners and renegotiating agreements are favored now. But passive-aggressive behavior, if not outright lying to avoid conflict, is its primary pitfall.
Sunday, March 2
Serious Saturn's retrograde turn in subtle Scorpio adds a healthy dose of introspection about obligations and ambitions. It's appropriate to reconsider commitments and redraw roadmaps during this reversal period that ends on July 20. Responsible Saturn's work is more likely to occur internally as we tap into our deepest desires and fears to make profound personal changes that aren't necessarily visible to others. Measuring what we give for what we want may reveal inequities that alter professional and relationship priorities, leading to greater efficiency in pursuit of our goals.
Sun conjunct Chiron
Monday, March 3, 5:25 pm PST, 8:25 pm EST
IImproving health is a gift of the annual solar conjunction with Chiron. This planetoid is the "wounded healer" who reminds us of the power of compassion and the value of vulnerability. Being conscious of our weaknesses infuses them with light that helps to overcome doubt and pain. When empathy is stronger than pity, the ability to resolve physical and mental problems grows.
Venus in Aquarius
Wednesday, March 5, 1:04 pm PST, 4:04 pm EST
Sociable Venus opens us up to new people and pleasures in experimental Aquarius. Relationships may be cooled with objectivity yet obstacles in alliances are more readily reduced with a bit of emotional detachment. Stylish Venus in this eclectic sign is ideal for exploring different styles of music, art and fashion or trying out alternative kinds of partnerships and experiences. Love flows more easily when it comes with freedom, a sense of community and a respect for individual differences.
Thursday, March 6
While the traditional toughies Mars and Saturn settle into their retrograde rhythm, astrology’s favorite planet Jupiter slowly begins moving forward again. This direct shift in protective Cancer enables us to connect with the wisdom of our ancestors and our personal histories to reframe old truths in contemporary forms. Opportunities increase when we trust gut instincts and emphasize steady organic growth rather than relying on quick fixes and blind luck.
Full Moon in Virgo
Sunday, March 16, 10:09 am PDT, 1:09 pm EDT
The sharp-eyed Virgo Full Moon contrasts with the impressionistic Pisces Sun as we encounter the difference between the real and the ideal. Pragmatic Virgo is an earth sign interested in mastering the details of daily life while watery Pisces dissolves the boundaries of this dimension to live in a world of imagination. We can battle with others (and within ourselves) over these seemingly opposite perspectives when, in fact, they are complementary halves of a single story. The purpose of this lunation is to recognize where forgiveness is needed to overcome petty conflicts and when concrete actions are required to fulfill our dreams. Skillfully shifting between these points of view provides access to a higher level of awareness that's excellent for solving problems and transforming fantasies into reality.
Mercury in Pisces
Monday, March 17, 3:24 pm PDT, 6:24 pm EDT
Messenger Mercury revisits the mystical realms of Pisces after turning retrograde on February 6 and backing into Aquarius six days later. This second go round in sensitive Pisces inspires delicate conversations, poetic thoughts and artistic impulses. Learn to read between the lines as literal interpretations fail to capture the deeper meaning of words during this transit. Allowing minds to wander might not seem productive but will open them to spiritual concepts and ways to express kindness that make some digressions worthwhile.
Sun in Aries
Thursday, March 20, 9:58 am PDT, 12:58 pm EDT
The Sun fires into rambunctious Aries to initiate the beginning of a new astrological year. It's a time to seed plans and start projects for the future. The desire for freedom is strong in this spontaneous, independent and impulsive sign. However, breaking ground may be challenging with Aries' ruler Mars backpedaling in accommodating Libra. Don't be discouraged if it's difficult to get rolling when maintaining harmonious relationships slows progress. Cultivating peace and partnerships is a worthy investment in long-term success.
The New Moon in dualistic Pisces, the sign of the Fishes, reminds us that we exist in two worlds: spirit and matter. This lunation offers opportunities to build bridges between them and to find faith, compassion and creativity in our everyday lives.
Have a great month!
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