As we move through the last full week of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, we have a hodge-podge of activity in front of us, most of it pointing to the specter of unfinished business with the Moon in its Last Quarter Phase ahead of the Pisces New Moon on Saturday, March 17. Whatever your plans for the coming week, you’re encouraged to focus on completions, endings, eliminations and consolidations while avoiding new initiatives. The exception to this involves the initial planning phase of any activity you wish to set into motion next week; just keep in mind that the landscape could look very different on the other side of the New Moon.
Daylight Time moves clocks ahead sixty minutes on Sunday morning, at the same time Mercury squares Saturn, speaking on matters involving duty and accountability while two other planet-to-planet aspects suggest some kind of energy spike which could be exhilarating for some, unnerving for others.
The Last Lunation
The New Moon sets a new cycle in motion on Saturday, March 17 at 9:12 am (Eastern Time) in the late degrees of Pisces (26Pis53) while conjunct Chiron, the “Wounded Healer” archetype. Pisces is the final sign of the Big Twelve and is considered the melting-pot of the zodiac as well as one of the more spiritually-oriented signs; symbolic of dreams, visions, imagination and meditation. As Pisces and it’s analogy, Neptune are also involved with escapist behavior and delusions, it’s fusion with Chiron would suggest the coming cycle involves the need to address social wounds in the way of victims and perpetrators as well as matters involving drug and alcohol abuse, the opioid epidemic being the most pressing issue facing us in this arena.
On a more personal scale of expression, the Pisces New Moon opens a solar-lunar cycle given to a more non-linear way of relating, relaxing and turning attention inwardly. This can also be a time for not taking things too seriously as well as letting go of our need to play the victim. As Pisces is about the power of the imagination, it would be useful to use this time to “out-picture” our personal outcomes and seeing that we alone are responsible for what occurs in our lives. The planets and their motions and interactions against the starry background do not cause things to happen, and despite what our senses tell us, other people and outer situations are not to blame for whatever occurs to us, we are. By developing greater self-awareness and a centered approach to what passes for reality by way of regular, spiritual practice, our outcomes will improve as well as our attitudes and feelings. This is largely what this Chironic New Moon is telling us as we find ourselves poised on the cusp of the Zodiacal New Year.
From a more mundane standpoint, new business that has been waiting in the wings will be poised for execution when the Cazimi Window opens in the hour surrounding the exact time of the Pisces New Moon. That is, 30-minutes before and after the time of the New Moon (8:42-9:42 am, Eastern Time); if you miss this window, it would be best to wait until Monday or Tuesday to pull the trigger.
In passing, it’s also notable that Mars will also be crossing into Capricorn about six hours after the New Moon, a sign it will spend considerable time in this spring and again in late summer due to Mars turning retrograde in late June. We’ll take a closer look at this next week, at the onset of the long-awaited arrival of spring here in the Northern Lands.
Lunar Gardening Report
When it comes to anything involving planting or fertilizing, this isn’t the week to do it with the Moon in serious closure mode ahead of Saturday’s New Moon. About the only thing this week would be good for is weeding, cleaning and clearing beds in anticipation of good planting conditions returning even as the Sun returns to the Northern Hemisphere at the Spring Equinox on March 20.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Daylight/-0400UTC)
Sunday, March 11: Daylight Time Begins. Another circadian sucker punch is at hand with clocks mysteriously jumping ahead 60 minutes into the future, turning 2:00 am into 3:00 am, simply because we collectively believe it to be true. As if to underscore this notion, Mercury (communication) forms a tense (square) alignment with Saturn (time, consensus reality) right at 3:00 am, although most of us will sleep through it. Unusual developments and a growing sense of restlessness is likely to greet us early this morning with someone trying to break free of constraints (Mars trine Uranus). Innovative approaches and exciting modes of activity are also indicated along with penetrating insights and the flexing of muscle (Sun sextile Pluto). Something very powerful is on display today.
Monday, March 12: The waning Capricorn Moon is all about business and with the Moon moving into its closing, Balsamic Phase tomorrow, the emphasis is on completing things already in a state of motion. Unexpected developments may force a last minute change of plan while we should be alert to the Moon going VOC at 11:36 am, remaining void until 6:45 pm when it enters Aquarius.
Tuesday, March 13: We have a mixed bag of indicators today while the Moon traverses the rarified airs of Aquarius and we find ourselves having to face some unpleasant developments first thing this morning (Venus square Saturn). Matters involving love, sex or money come under greater scrutiny with an emphasis on duty and accountability. Another aspect occurring later in the day would point to something being exaggerated or inflated (Sun sextile Jupiter). Whether this is seen as a positive or negative thing is difficult to say, but in light of the Venus-Saturn aspect earlier in the day, whatever it is may be getting out of hand. Another contact unfolding later tonight points to aggression or violence that could expose a deep, collective wound and the need for rapid action to staunch the bleeding (Mars square Chiron).
Wednesday, March 14: With the Aquarius Moon now in a state of deep closure ahead of Saturday’s New Moon, today and the remainder of the week is geared toward finishing things up instead of starting anything from scratch. Late afternoon holds the potential of overdoing or overextending, particularly when it comes to spending while a potential discovery or revelation is possible late tonight.
Thursday, March 15: The closing Crescent Moon is now in Pisces, lending a slightly more surrealistic patina to even the most commonplace routines and interactions with little in the way of aspects. This is another good day for clearing the decks for a new cycle commencing on Saturday. Use utmost care if you plan to make a trip to the Forum today.
Friday, March 16: There could be a few strange vibes to contend this morning as the darkened Moon joins Neptune in Pisces, lending itself to unrealistic assessments and perhaps a small dose of paranoia to go along with it. Business activity would be best executed during the afternoon hours with the completion of things still unfinished or anything you don’t wish to drag into the next solar-lunar cycle with you. Late night social activities get a boost although there’s a high probability of getting carried away.
Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. The New Moon becomes exact at 9:12 am, marking the beginning of a fresh solar-lunar cycle at the tail-end of Pisces, the sign of the Fishes (26Pis53) with an emphasis on a more compassionate and empathetic approach to daily life. If you have something important you wish to set into motion, either literally or symbolically, look to the hour surrounding this lunation (8:42-9:42 am) to act on it. Otherwise, you’ll want to wait until Monday or Tuesday to get the ball rolling. After overheating in Sagittarius these past six weeks, Mars crosses the cusp into Capricorn, perhaps the most constructive location for this planet of actions and behaviors with a strong emphasis on duty and accountability over the next two months. The freshly-hatched Green Beer Moon crosses the cusp into Aries at 2:57 pm only to square Mars six minutes later, suggesting some kind of hullabaloo, echoing well into the evening hours. Hmmm... You don’t think this would have anything to do with this being St. Patty’s Day and lots of drinking, do you? Whatever. One thing you can be absolutely sure of, when this day rolls around, the Spring Equinox is only days away!
Copyright 2018 Gary Paul Glynn