After one of the more challenging winters in recent memory, the Sun crosses the equator into the Northern Hemisphere even as it crosses the cusp of Aries, the first sign of the zodiac on Tuesday. The Vernal Equinox marks the commencement of the Sun’s annual journey through the Big Twelve with the cardinal fire sign of Aries providing the spark, kick-starting the engines of Nature. Not only is this welcome news for those of us who are completely over winter, but also a time to roll-up our sleeves and get to work making the dreams and visions of Pisces into concrete realities.
Aries Ingress Chart
A chart cast for the exact moment of the Sun’s entrance into Aries on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15 pm (Eastern Time) provides clues as to what we might expect on a collective scale of expression between now and the Summer Solstice. This is what astrologers refer to as the Aries Ingress Chart and at first glance, we find a number of important features that seem to indicate women being the central feature of the next three months.
The most obvious factor is that the chart (set for Washington, D.C.) shows Cancer rising, making the Moon (women, mothers) the ruler of this coming quarter which, placed in Taurus in the Eleventh House, suggests a stubborn and practical emergence of democratic values. This is already reflected in the record number of women running for public office in the U.S. that may find substantial gains in the upcoming primaries. The Taurus Moon is also in a flowing trine aspect to Saturn, reflecting the notion of unrelenting pressure as well as focused and targeted appeals to common sense, something that has appeared to be less than common in recent years.
With Mars and Saturn sitting together in Capricorn, we will see continuing resistance and smoldering anger with regard to firearms and the threat of violence in a country that has become more polarized than it has been since the late 60s. Considering the freshly-minted Aries Sun forms a hard, T-square configuration between the Ascendant and Mars-Saturn, we’re likely to see an increase in the rancor and division that is being encouraged, particularly be those in positions of power and influence (Sun) as they see both begin to erode due to the consequences of their actions (Mars-Saturn).
Another feature shows Mercury and Venus in a tight conjunction even as Mercury stations ahead of turning retrograde three days later, and when factoring-in a number of other more esoteric indications (midpoints, directions), we could be in for greater levels of economic turbulence between now and the summer solstice. This will be even more likely once disruptive Uranus crosses the cusp into the financial sign of Taurus in May and global markets grow more erratic, particularly with regard to currency rates.
With Neptune elevated in this chart, the world will continue to be confused and dismayed by the direction of the United States and the mindless, glib remarks that Donald Trump seems to tweet-off on a daily basis. As the default manifestations of Neptune are lies, misdirections, cover-ups and illegalities, the Trump Administration is stacking felonies like cord-wood while Robert Mueller has only begun to go to work. There are also notable interactions between the Trump’s natal .chart and the Ingress Chart, but these appear to be moot points as the die was cast at the Great American Eclipse last August. The downward spiral continues, unabated and no amount of firings will prevent this from happening.
Regardless of what occurs on the world stage, the next three months should be a time for greater levels of self-care and nurturance while elevating women to their rightful place as co-creators in this project called life. Even in the face of polarity and skewed perception, spring’s promise of renewal should be seen as a time to gather our inner and outer resources and put them in service to sowing seeds for a better tomorrow.
The first of three Mercury retrograde periods of the year takes place March 23 - April 15 in the sign of Aries, a sign where there is a greater danger of impulsive and reactive speech. As with all Mercury retrograde periods, matters pertaining to communication and transportation are the most impacted which often occur due to a lack of consciousness in these areas, not something Mercury is doing. (Mercury and the other planets don’t DO anything, any more than the hands of the clock make everyone take lunch at noon.) My guess is that if the tweets are already out of hand, they will certainly take on a far more impulsive tone than they have before while we can also expect to see more transportation accidents than usual during this particular Mercury retrograde taking place in Aries.
Those of you familiar with Mercury retrogrades know that some are more difficult than others in the way of misunderstandings, misrepresentations and overall glitches. Due to the fact that this is one of the longer retrograde periods (24 days) is one indication that it may be more taxing than others with the more problematic period falling halfway into the retrograde, in the first week of April. Also be aware that things aren’t likely to get right back to business as usual once Mercury ends retrograde on April 15 as it will remain in its retrograde shadow until the first week of May.
As with all Mercury retrogrades, this is no reason to not go through with your plans and initiatives, simply be aware that the communication end of things tend to be the weakest links, requiring some diligence and the double-checking of facts and figures. With Mercury set to station direct on April 15 - tax time - you can see where this might be going. Otherwise, simply remember that Mercury retrograde is our cue to take things into review, reconsideration, contemplation, research and other forms of input while holding off on unnecessary dealings involving communication and transportation.
Lunar Gardening Report
Although a new solar-lunar cycle opened on Saturday, both Sunday and Monday see the New Moon in Aries, better for weed and pest control than it is for actually planting. Following this, the waxing Moon inhabits the fertile earth sign of Taurus on Tuesday which also happens to be the Spring Equinox which, taken together couldn’t be more appropriate for planting and/or enriching soil through Wednesday. The Taurus Moon is also ideal for planting tubers, trees or anything requiring strong root development. Thursday and Friday are poor days to do much in the way of gardening that involves the handling of plants with the Moon in the agriculturally-barren air sign of Gemini. Some of the very best planting and fertilizing days return the following Saturday and Sunday when the Moon inhabits its ruling sign of Cancer; ideal for all manner of sprouting, germinating, direct seeding, transplanting, repotting, pruning to encourage growth and fertilizing, especially with marine-based organics. Happy Spring! Happy planting!
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Daylight/-0400UTC)
Sunday, March 18: Coming away from yesterday’s New Moon in Pisces, the Moon has yet to take on any light, so it would be best to maintain a low profile until it does. Matters pertaining to love, sex and money could arise in the early evening while a show of appreciation and concern could go a long way. Personal wounds and debilitations should be seen as a strength instead of a liability if it allows us to empathize and assist those with the same condition (Sun conjunct Chiron). Spirited conversations may be in evidence tonight as well, potentially resembling the Debate Club, so avoid personal attacks on those you disagree with.
Monday, March 19: Now that the action-oriented Aries Moon has taken on a sliver of light on this last full day of winter, the light turns green for new projects and initiatives if set into motion earlier in the day. Things grow more uncertain or even chaotic mid-afternoon when the Moon joins Uranus, setting-off a void-of-course (VOC) period beginning at 3:39 pm, rendering our best laid plans void until the Moon crosses the cusp into Taurus at 9:07 pm. Conversations regarding The Relationship are emphasized tonight as Mercury and Venus join forces again, this time in Aries reprising their union back on March 4. Personal tastes and values are strongly emphasized this time around in a more forceful way than last time when they came together in Pisces.
Tuesday, March 20: Vernal Equinox/Zodiacal New Year/International Astrology Day. With the Moon now waxing in the down-to-earth sign of Taurus, today could be a very productive time for those of you set to make things happen with greater focus and determination just before noon. The big news involves the Sun crossing the celestial equator today at 12:15 pm, entering the Northern Hemisphere after having spent the past six months down south. It’s here that the Sun also enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, marking the end of one zodiacal year and the beginning of a new one. Happy Birthday, Aries! Happy Spring! Happy New Year, everyone!
Wednesday, March 21: Today could be even more productive than yesterday if we’re willing to put our shoulder to the wheel under the grounded Taurus Moon where a hands-on application of skills finds full expression. Focus is clear and tight during the late morning hours while we could be led astray in the early afternoon if we overdo it or find ourselves over-reacting to the opinions of others.
Thursday, March 22: Mercury Retrograde. Fitting that the Moon is moving through the hyperactive mental realm of Gemini even as Gemini’s analog, Mercury comes to a fidgety stand-still (station) in mid-Aries (16Ari54) before turning retrograde tonight at 8:19 pm. Information overload is one possibility while anything surfacing in the today’s news cycle will be revisited more than once between now and early May. As with all Mercury retrograde periods, be mindful that this is a time for input, not output; a time for reflection, review and consideration not putting it all out there. Chances are good that whatever you set into motion, communication-wise over the next 24 days is likely to need to be reworked after Mercury ends retrograde on April 15.
Friday, March 23: We’re probably still in the process of digesting whatever surfaced yesterday with communication and transportation themes front-and-center. Early afternoon would be an ideal time to get together with friends or loved-ones while a more forceful and potentially obsessive state of mind arises in the early evening (Venus square Pluto). Sex and power are on display here with some people (men in particular) not getting the message that manipulation, harassment and assault are not acceptable forms of social expression by any measure. If everyone behaves, this same contact can also point to steamy and passionate lovemaking between consenting adults well into the morning hours.
Saturday, March 24: An interesting series of contacts come to the surface later this morning as the somewhat emotional Cancer Moon enters its First Quarter Phase - typically a time for readjustment and recalibration of our trajectories - even as Mars gets in on the act. This Sun-Moon-Mars T-square configuration suggests a confrontation or some sort of frisson in the air that requires a radical shift in direction. Aggression, violence, gun-fire and the Commander-in-Tweet blowing a gasket are all potential expressions while closer to home, we’re encouraged to remain centered and capable of responding instead of merely reacting to whatever arises in our field of experience. Whatever goes down, we may see swift and immediate consequences in the early evening when the Cancer Moon moves opposite Saturn. Be safe out there, folks!
Copyright 2018 Gary Paul Glynn