Spring is continuing to make its presence known here in the Midwest with daffodils and crocus lighting the fuse ahead of the imminent explosion of green during this final week of March. It also continues to be a busy season in the heavens as we see clusters of astrological events coming in waves, washing over the proceedings while we stand by in gobsmacked amazement and awe at the spectacle of the last stand of the reptilian overlords.
On Saturday, retrograde Venus encounters the Sun (inferior conjunction), marking a time when the planet of love, values and preferences passes between the Sun and the Earth. This is where Venus ends one synodic cycle with the Sun and begins a new one; where, in a matter of days, she disappears from the evening sky and reappears at dawn, rising ahead of the Sun instead of behind. This always occurs at the half-way point of Venus' six-week retrograde when the focus of our tastes, values, desires and emotional wisdom withdraws from over- involvement in the outer world and redirected toward personal review and assimilation. Over the next three weeks, we have an opportunity to reflect deeply and honestly with ourselves while summoning the power of our inner warrior to lead us through our fears and to embrace a new way of responding to life without having to clutch or resist its natural flow.
Sabian Symbol for the Sun-Venus Conjunction:
(5 degrees Aries): "A TRIANGLE WITH WINGS" The capacity for self-transcending. This is the symbol of the desire to reach a higher level of existence, of pure aspiration or devotion, of bhakti…A NEW DIMENSION of being is envisioned mobilizing creative endeavors."
Aries New Moon
The first lunation of the Zodiacal Year takes place on Monday evening at the Aries New Moon, becoming exact at 10:57 p.m. (Eastern) where it plants a seed in the early degrees of Aries (07Ari37). This then is a time to be aware of what actions need to take place in order to reach our personal objectives at the commencement of the current solar-lunar cycle. Considering Venus also began a new cycle with the Sun two days prior, we're looking at transitions accompanied by a surge of can-do initiative as well as a take-no-prisoners attitude if necessary; whatever it takes to kick-start our brave new cycle into motion.
With other astrological factors complicating the picture this week, it would be best to avoid major initiatives in the days before and after Monday's night's New Moon with the exception of those of you using the New Moon's "Cazimi Window" which opens in the hour surrounding the exact time of the New Moon. If you happen to live on Eastern Time, the Cazimi Window will be open Monday night, 10:27-11:27 p.m., otherwise, adjust accordingly. As most of you know, this window of time is powerful for setting intentions, performing rituals or any action involving your aspiration. If you miss this small window of time, it would be best to wait until Wednesday afternoon to start something you want to see be there over the long haul.
We can expect surprising developments along with the growing specter of unrest and resistance this weekend and into the first half of the coming week, as indicated by Mercury conjunct Uranus. This is akin to blowing the lid off of something with the potential for accidents and knee-jerk reactions complicating the picture. Revelations, revolutions, radical changes, breakdowns and breakthroughs are possible, particularly where science is concerned. One possibility might involve NASA/JPL's space probe "Juno" doing its planned fly-by of Jupiter as well as other gigantamania expert thrills. Whatever comes of this, we're only going to get a part of the story as Mercury repeats this same alignment with Uranus twice more due to Mercury's upcoming retrograde (April 9 - May 3).
Another important geocosmic feature takes place on Thursday (in effect all week) when we experience the second of three Jupiter-Pluto squares, something that tends to find collective forms of expression over personal ones. In this case, the specter of plutocratic machinations and the exchange of obscene amounts of dirty money might come to our attention or go deeper underground even as we watch the sordid spectacle of reptilian rule at its peak. The process of demolition continues apace which will make the clean-up crew's job that much easier. This is likely to be seen as an episode of power and influential overreach that tends to afflict those suffering from delusional hubris and other diseases of the spirit. We last experienced this aspect at Thanksgiving while we have one more to go in August, when things really get interesting.
Lunar Gardening Report
With the Moon dark for most of the coming forecast period, planting isn't recommended although fertilizing couldn't hurt if applied this weekend. Otherwise, I'd use the time to begin preparing for planting and other active gardening that arrives Wednesday afternoon when the Moon enters Taurus and we get the first green light for planting and feeding. This is a particularly good lunar placement for enriching soil with composted materials as well as launching starts, at least until the Moon enters Gemini on Friday afternoon.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Daylight -0050/UTC)
Saturday, March 25: The morning starts off on a sleepy note with the Moon entering Pisces early, lending a surreal patina to everyday life this weekend. The Sun and Venus rise together over the eastern horizon at daybreak as Venus begins a new synodic cycle with the Sun. Now is the time to consider making changes in your personal values, tastes and relationship responses although it's still a bit early to act upon your findings. Collectively speaking, with the power of the will (Sun) focused through the lens of the Feminine (Venus), this is a force to be reckoned with. Music, movies, dancing, drinking and easy company are all favored under the dark and dreamy Pisces Moon.
Sunday, March 26: If you're awake during the predawn hours, look to the east in the rising morning twilight where a sliver of the waning crescent Moon aligns with dreams and imagination. Surprising news, discoveries, revelations, information glitches, rebellious voices, breakthroughs and breakdowns are possible throughout the day (Mercury conjunct Uranus). What goes down now will resurface again in late April and mid-May when Mercury retrograde repeats this same contact.
Monday, March 27: The day gets off to a cautious, hesitant start that will last until the Moon enters Aries at 10:11 a.m., roughly 12-hours before the New Moon and the commencement of a new cycle. Use caution with regard to any new beginnings this morning, the time is not quite ripe. A potentially creative signature is evident midday where imagination and action combine their qualities to create something of power and beauty (Mars sextile Neptune). This same aspect could just as easily stand for the spinning of effective bullshit if dazzling them with brilliance fails. Grandmother Moon joins Venus in the late afternoon, as if to impart some final bit of wisdom in the final hours of her current life cycle. At 10:57 p.m., the Moon will join the Sun in the early degrees of Aries (07Ari37) to form the Aries New Moon and the first solar-lunar cycle in the Zodiacal Year. The Cazimi Window will be open from 10:27-11:27 p.m. for planting the seeds of your intentions that will grow in weeks to come.
Tuesday, March 28: Wait for it… Even though we started a new cycle late last night, the Aries Moon is still too close to the Sun (combust) today for new beginnings - a better time awaits us tomorrow at noon. Recent developments could provide tremors and aftershocks throughout the day and into the end of the week as the Moon sweeps through the Pluto-Jupiter-Uranus zone.
Wednesday, March 29: Wait for it… After hitting a few speed bumps this morning, the freshly-hatched New Moon enters a void-of-course (VOC) in Aries until 11:48 a.m. when it goes to ground in Taurus and the starting-gun for new initiatives goes off. Practical, productive and fiscally-oriented, the Taurus Moon lends itself to solutions and resolutions. A calm, cautious and sober mental approach comes highly favored while the Media will need to tap the brakes (Mercury trine Saturn). This is a good time to tackle projects you've been avoiding for one reason or another with a sense of relief waiting for you on the other side of completion.
Thursday, March 30: You'll need to plow through the bullshit with the Moon taking on light in Taurus while also taking the time to ground yourself. A high-profile outer planet aspect takes place today that usually has a more noticeable impact on collective matters: courts, laws, ethics, religion and obscene sums of money (Jupiter square Pluto). This is the second of three such aspects; the first took place at Thanksgiving and then next on Aug. 4. Whatever it is, it speaks of arrogance and overreach, particularly wherever elite plutocrats are making laws for the rest of us.
Friday, March 31: Fool's Eve. The morning hours provide a final chance to lock it down and ground with the Moon assisting from her exalted status in Taurus until 12:40 p.m. when the Moon enters the wifi world of Gemini for the weekend. Less than an hour later, Gemini's ruling planet, Mercury crosses the cusp of Taurus before turning retrograde ten days from now, pacing back and forth over the Aries/Taurus cusp for the next six weeks. Be mindful of words and exchanges taking place at this time; they will be a repeating theme until June. Otherwise, and less seriously, this would be a great night to get out of the house and socialize; drink some wine and yak it up with a complete stranger.
Copyright 2017 Gary Paul Glynn