March Forecast Overview:
Waiting for the match to strike its flint? The wait is over. Expect life to pick up speed as of March 2 when Mercury advances into Aries. Mercury will exchange quick notes with Uranus on March 5 and Vesta, the flame keeper, on March 7. These aspects launch a new initiative directed to safety, safeguards, security, protection, securing, self preservation, etc. There can be fences to mend and fences to build, and of course, there are new battles to face. Due to its upcoming retrograde cycle, Mercury will align with Uranus three times: Mar 5, March 18, and April 22. Each of these breakthrough dates will spark the energy in some striking way. Mercury/Uranus aspects can inspire, excite, surprise, incite, inform, announce, invent, liberate, spark, or shock. Mercury/Uranus gets the message and the energy moving a lot quicker; in fact the influence is an instantaneous one. It puts people, ideas and movements into livelier circulation. Occurring in hot brew Aries, it is a feisty, hot-wired, sudden, impulsive, rebellious, reactionary, cutting, severing, shattering, argumentative, and warring combination.
Midday on March 3, the sun will oppose Mars retrograde in Virgo, bringing us to the peak of the Mars retrograde cycle, Jan 23 to April 16. When the sun and Mars oppose, we reach a fuller consciousness in the battle of wills (self to self included). We can better see the target, the goal, the objective; what stands in the way, what needs to be confronted, etc. Stripping it down even further, Venus in opposition to reality check planet Saturn sets the compass dial on the unmistakable the necessities of the moment. Can’t miss it/can’t avoid it now. Reconciliation with reality represents this moment’s critical checkpoint.
Mercury/Uranus can break off communications or stimulate new talks and incentives. A teacher’s strike looms here in British Columbia. (Labour strikes are a common occurrence during Mercury retrograde.) We can see more eruption in Syria and elsewhere.
Who will emerge victorious from the USA Super Tuesday? Noting the Mercury/Uranus aspect the day before and the building full moon in Virgo on March 8, there are sure to be upsets and complaints. The potential for accident, error, failure, loss, or disappointment is a feature of the full moon in Virgo. We can lose treasured ground. It can disappoint or deliver what we don’t want. It can be a matter of too little to late. On the positive, it can offer a platform for healing, repair, correction, and improvement.
Mercury in Aries begins retrograde on Mitt Romney’s birthday March 12. (He was born when Mercury was retrograde too. It’s a signature theme – Mercury will retrograde again on Nov 6, the USA presidential Election Day. Obama was inaugurated during Mercury retrograde too!)
Venus enters Taurus on March 5, the same day that Mercury and Uranus team up. This Venus placement enhances, increases, and attracts. March 11 to 16, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Pluto align in earth signs, forming a grand trine in this element. Even though Mercury turns retrograde on March 12, the middle of the month should be productive, generating, manifesting. It is a peak time for piecing it together and gaining something to show for yourself.
March 18 brings the second of the stimulating Mercury/Uranus alignments. Consider this as another stage setting platform. March 18 to 24, there are a number of planetary alignments to keep the action going strong. On March 29, the day the Canadian Federal Government will release the annual budget, the sun will square Pluto. This launch-pad/new battle aspect re-stimulates the July 1, 2011 eclipse, which has been very catapulting for both Canadian and US politics. Whew! It’s a non-stop, one thing after another, race-is-on, month!
ARIES (March 21- April 19)
Mercury advances into Aries on Friday March 2, and immediately forms aspect to sacred scribe Vesta and the great awakener Uranus. This tight grouping, along with the sun in opposition to Mars and Venus in opposition to Saturn, suggests a specific game plan is its inception stage. Consider these two opposition aspects as outlining and defining. They shine a greater light on conflicts, needs, and goals. On, Monday March 5, the magnetic draw planet, Venus, leaves your sign and enters Taurus. Venus in Taurus serves to materialize that which holds the most value for you now.
All of this is stage setting for the upcoming Mercury retrograde cycle which begins in Aries on March 12. Mercury will tenant your sign through March 23, when it will retrograde back into Pisces. Mercury will revisit Aries just after your ruler Mars completes retrograde on April 13. As such, you can expect that the second half of April will be a dynamic move-it-forward time.
When Mercury pulls back in your sign, it offers a greater degree of separation from the immediacy of circumstances. It allows you to monitor your actions and that of those around you with more objectivity. Once you get it all sorted out, it will lead to greater effectiveness. Mercury retrograde is always a good time for soul searching, for creative development, for getting back in touch with yourself. It helps you to minimize distractions by putting the priority focus on a specific target. March 5, 18, and April 22, Mercury communicates with Uranus. March 21, Mercury aligned with the Sun brings the peak of the retrograde cycle. Expect these dates to put you in the know, to connect-more-dots, to be revealing, instigating, and threshold-crossing in some striking way. In fact, March 18 to 24, there are a number of activating planetary aspects to accelerate your journey.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
Pallas and Chiron in Pisces are in new phase at month’s start. Along with Mercury’s activation in Aries, your budding potentials will begin to form a sharper outline. Too, you’ll find you are more open to exploring the uncharted territory that stands before you. The enhancing influence of Venus in Taurus March 5 to April 3 can increase your self confidence and sense of deserving. It can also attract attention your way and/or draw people to you. The week of March 11, Venus forms several facilitating aspects, notably a grand trine in the earth element with Jupiter, Mars retrograde and Pluto. Despite the fact that Mercury turns retrograde on March 12, the stars suggest it is an opportunity time for you. Creativity, intuition, and fertility are greatly enhanced. Trust your instincts. No matter how it shapes up for you or what surprises come to pass, know you are being gifted and guided in some twist of fate way. Don’t miss out by letting it slip by. Make sure to use tools you are given.
Off and on, Uranus is activated. Each time it is, you’ll come to another peel-back curtain, realization, or tipping point. Note the following dates: Mar 3 -5, 17, 18, 23, 24.
Although the retrograde lasts only until April 4, Mercury will dip back into Pisces from March 23 to April 16. While in Pisces, Mercury can re-stimulate your social involvements. As is typical of the cycle, you can re-meet with people who have disappeared from your everyday life. It can also be a time to let go of particular people or associations, or to let go of a lifestyle or a goal that no longer offers anything of significance.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Reinventing yourself? It’s impossible to come up empty when Aries dominates the skies. At month’s start there are six fired-up planetary influences, including Mercury, your ruler and the current ruler of the karmic axis (south node.) Mercury is a busy body in these first few days of the month, so you can expect for your daily get-go to pick up speed. With Uranus as part of the mix, stay alert for the unexpected.
Mercury retrograde, March 12 to April 4, could see you lose time or ground, especially when it dips back into Pisces March 23 through month’s end. (Mercury ends retrograde on April 4, but will continue in Pisces through April 16.) Mercury in Pisces can be a dismantling, or disarming influence. If this is your case, know there’s a good reason for it. Ultimately loss or dissolution paves the way for something more appropriate to come in.
Venus in Taurus on March 5 helps you to explore more of your hidden potentials. You’ll come to appreciate finer, more subtle points of quality over quantity. You’ll crave more sanctuary and relaxation, so by all means carve out time to indulge and escape as you like it best. Creativity, spirituality, or romance can call to you too.
The weekend of March 17 can be a good time to shake it up a little more. There may be an event to attend. If you don’t have anything planned, let spontaneity choose it for you. There can be a sudden reason to dive in, or to get up and go. As stated in the intro, any time there’s a combination of Mercury, Uranus and Mars or Aries, accidents are within the range of possibilities. Whether on your schedule or unexpectedly so, March 24 through end of the month can be freeing, releasing, or liberating.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
A new reality is setting in. Perhaps it is one that is taking you by surprise. Think back to the eclipses of June 15 and July 1st, 2011. Did you feel their impact in some striking way? Did your life suddenly take an unexpected twist of fate? Now through May, Pluto’s transit will re-stimulate the sensitive degrees of solar eclipse of July 1st. Of course, Canada’s birth chart was very strongly affected by this particular eclipse. Our whole political landscape was dramatically changed. Three of our major parties lost their leaders; one succumbed to cancer shortly after navigating a landslide victory for his party. This July 1st eclipse will also be re-stimulated at the end of the month when Sun squares Pluto (March 28). It’s a new chapter read. Get ready to be cut loose or to catapult head first into something new!
Mercury’s advance into Aries directs the attention to new and pressing priorities. Vesta suggests there are new security needs and options. The best you can do when Uranus fires up is to take it moment to moment. This is not a time to worry so much about the long term, but to do your best with what you have and to take full advantage of opportunity as it is presented. Watch for Mercury and Uranus to speed-up your reaction time.
Of course, with so much Aries firing up, you could come under attack. Accountability can be an especially hot push-come-to-shove button. (It certainly is a hot political trigger for many countries, Canada included.) Those in authority positions can seem unreasonable, reactionary, and at times, even irrational in their demands. Of course, they can be in the mix whenever you run into major conflict. We can already see that the Afghan/USA conflict is on the boil. (The USA birthchart was also strongly affected by the 2011 solar eclipse.)
Mercury retrograde backs into Pisces on March 23 (to April 16). It can re-introduce you to your future through some alternate portal. You could revisit places, faces, truths, or previously held beliefs. Too, you could resume a study, ambition, or project. Mercury in Pisces opens you to a wider range of possibilities and sources. It suggests you have more on the brew than you may be fully aware of. Watch for the end of Mercury retrograde, April 4 to reveal what you can’t see now.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
If you have recently felt at a loss, take heart in knowing that Mercury’s advance into revitalizing Aries, starting March 2, will help you to regain a sense of direction. You’ll find plenty of new things to think about and to talk about too. In fact Mercury and Uranus can stir up added excitement, especially March 5 and the weekend of March 17. With Uranus so hotwired, you are likely to be more impetuous than usual. Pretty much everything is a risk these days, but it seems you have more riding on the moment. Go ahead, take a leap of faith – it is a time to put courage first. Still, make sure your higher self agrees before you dive in too deep. It isn’t good to push it on a hard and fast forward, especially in the days leading up to Mercury’s retrograde cycle. If you can wait to make a large purchase or to take some other major action until the retrograde cycle is over (April 4), then great. But, there are times when you can’t put life on hold, when decisions and commitments simply can’t wait. If you have to carry on, the best advice is not to scramble to make it happen, but to respond to life as it is naturally developing.
Mercury returns to Pisces on March 23. This is just after the new moon in Aries on March 22. Watch for a blind-spot or weak spot to be uncovered around this time. (March 4 is also a consciousness raising date.) The new moon may also suggest that it is necessary to go on faith even though you have great uncertainty and can’t see the bridge, the bottom, or the top.
In both your personal and professional life, Venus in Taurus, March 5 to April 3, calls for more investment, commitment, and consistency. Your career and professional involvements can stabilize and grow. Venus in Taurus can bestow greater public favour or bring added praise and acknowledgement from those in authority. Too, it could find you carrying a heftier financial load, but when it comes to professional development or home and family life, it is a good means to an end. Bank and contract renegotiations should go well especially March 14 and 15. These dates are also good for sorting out personal relationship matters.
End of the month, the pace is brisk. It can be a significant release or letting go and moving forward transition. You could surpass an important deadline or scholastic marker. You could cross a significant threshold regarding work, health, or an ambition. The stellar influences could bring a release of significance, or put you on the hunt for new work, greater freedom, or for more recognition.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You certainly have more than the usual to face. Life is asking a lot of you now. Mars in Virgo, continuing in retrograde motion to April 13, makes you especially aware of this fact. It also makes you more conscious of what’s going on inside you and how you have to navigate in order to bridge yourself over to the other side. Precision is paramount in order to balance the scales. Is it where you want to be, what you had hoped for? Perhaps not – or at least, not entirely. Nothing is perfect, it isn’t ideal, but to a certain extent, you have come to accept it may be the best you can do for now.
Mercury’s advance into Aries on March 2 puts an added emphasis on the work that lies ahead. It also offers you something new to plug into. See each day and each experience as an experiment and a teaching tool. You are on a learner’s fast track.
The advance of Venus into Taurus on March 5 should provide you with more relief. It comes in terms of a greater sense of security and fortitude. You intend to see this thing through and that’s admirable. Venus in Taurus is gifting in many ways. It loans you strength and courage, it puts you on the receiving end of the stellar benefits package.
Mercury retrograde dips back into Pisces on March 12. On March 13/14, Venus forms fortuitous alignments with Mars, Jupiter and Pluto. You could find that things go better than you anticipated. These dates can provide second chance to recoup and reclaim, or reach out or connect with someone significant to you. You may regain lost ground, or you may get the confirmation that was missing previously.
You’ll process and move through even more, March 19 through 24. March 28 through the end of the month delivers yet another threshold crossing of significance.
LIBRA (SEPT 22-OCT 22)
Past this first weekend of the month, you should feel you have a clearer sense of direction. Circumstances can dictate the way forward. Venus and Saturn bring you to a significant finish line but it will already be a thing of the past. Your next evolutionary mandate is already in motion. Mercury in Aries, beginning March 2, brings new reason to get up and go. Mercury conjoins Uranus on March 5, so watch for the week to get off to quick start. There can be new fires lit or new battles to launch/face. Mercury and Uranus in Aries can be stimulating and exciting, but it is also one that hits the hot button. It can spark a breakthrough, break-up or cut-off point. While Mercury/Uranus can be an especially clever or stroke of genius combination, it must be mentioned that it can also be provoking, disruptive, attacking, volatile, or accident prone.
Mercury will make contact with Uranus three times: Mar 5, 18 and April 22. Watch these stimulating dates for new insights, information, social opportunity, etc.
Giving your more to work with and to work toward, Venus, your ruler, advances into Taurus on March 5. This influence can enhance finances and intimate relationships. Venus makes you more aware of what you want and what you need. March 13 and 14, Venus forms a grand trine alignment with Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto. Even though Mercury has just turned retrograde, it is an opportune and come together time.
The full moon on March 8 is likely to make you aware of something you missed or could not see previously. It can bring added work, schedule, or health challenges, or conversely, help you to find better solutions.
Don’t be too quick to call it a done deal. The new moon in Aries on March 22 brings something new to address or to add. March 23 through March 16, Mercury will back into Pisces, again re-emphasizing work, health, schedules and such. It is wise to put extra safeguards in place (back up your computer, pay attention to details, watch your driving and your valuables) and to pump-up your immune system. Regarding making it official, confronting an issue, or getting a move on, March 28, can move you to the next square on the game-board.
SCORPIO (Oct 23~Nov 22)
A new ambition, project, or challenge can get you all jazzed up March 2 to 5 as Mercury advances into Aries forms aspect with Vesta and Uranus. Along with the sun in opposition to Mars, and Venus in opposition to Saturn, you should see things take shape in some definitive way. March 5, Venus advances into Taurus, showing you the value in the act, and who or what is most worthy. As things move along, you’ll learn how to make the most of what you have to work with.
Just after Mercury turns retrograde on March 12, Venus will form a grand trine in earth with Jupiter, Mars retrograde, and Pluto. This “stepping-stone” combination should add more definition to ideas, plans, and relationship matters. Mercury retrograde is always a time when planned or not, you find yourself reconnecting with places and faces.
Mercury dips back into Pisces on Mar 23, staying in this sign past the end of the retrograde cycle (April 3) to April 16. While in Pisces, you can revisit, re-establish, repeat, or recreate with good success. It is favourable for gaining added attention, for creative enterprise and for journeys of the heart.
The full moon March 8 could bring unexpected news, visitor, or extras to deal with. You could be directly or indirectly affected by circumstance. You could stumble upon some thing useful, or there may be social opportunity. Take care not to over-extend yourself. The days following could bring more involvement or headache than you have bargained for. It’s great if you can take a break March 18 to 24. If you can’t, there’s probably plenty of new ground to cover. March 29 is also threshold crossing.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22~Dec21)
Stay ambitious and keep forging ahead. The first weekend of the month can be surprisingly productive – or animating. Mercury’s advance into Aries, March 2 to 23 sparks creativity, imagination and showmanship skills. It provides you an extra edge. Aligned with Uranus, you may find yourself on a sudden race track or taking sudden flight especially March 5. March 18 and April 22, hot-wired Mercury and Uranus will do the same again, although the alignments will deliver something new each time. You can’t help but take risks, especially when the stakes are so high, but know that Mercury and Uranus are accident prone, so watch yourself on the ski slopes, ice rink, etc.
The advance of Venus into Taurus March 5 to April 3 puts an added emphasis on having something to show for yourself and your efforts. Where you have passion or need, you should find you have good stamina. Your efforts are supported by a grand trine in earth from March 11 to 16. Even though Mercury has just turned retrograde, the grand trine helps you to hold steady where it counts the most.
Mercury turns retrograde from March 12 to April 4. From March 23, through the end of the retrograde, to April 16, Mercury will revisit Pisces. This influence will help you to get in touch with yourself more. Escape can be on your mind. There’s less need to verbalize it, your emotions say it all. It is a good time to seek sanctuary, to study and reflect, to allow yourself a catch-up or cut-out time, to clear your clutter, and to simply as much as possible. It is also a time to work on the creative end of a personal, home, or business project. Expect the entire month to keep you going on one thing after another. The month will finish as busy as it starts.
CAPRICORN (DEC 22~JAN 19)
Off with the old, on with the new. Start of the month catapults you into a new home or home situation and finds you motoring in the fast lane. Mercury in Aries, March 2 – 23, can make you feistier than usual. You are especially quick on the uptake and quick to react too. With Uranus thrown into the mix, when the urge strikes or when you feel provoked, you won’t hold back much!
Venus in Taurus, March 5 to April 3, brings you a stronger sense of your own worth and worthiness. It provides you with creative juice and it favours your love life too. In fact, even though Mercury has just begun retrograde, you’ll receive the full benefits package of Venus, Jupiter, Pluto and Mars on March 13 and 14. This good stellar run can extend from March 11 to 16. You are in an attractive cycle, so use it to your advantage. It’s an ideal time to promote yourself or your business, to scout for new work or other opportunities, to develop a creative project, to open lines of communications where it counts the most. Spring break is well timed for some. It is a good also time for vacationing, socializing, and pleasure seeking.
Just after the new moon in Aries, March 22, Mercury will dip back into Pisces. Expect to revisit conversations, negotiations, or plans. As is typical of the cycle, serendipity can reconnect you to people you’ve lost touch with.
The last two weeks of the month are just as busy as the first of the month. It’s one thing after another the whole way through. March 29, the sun and Pluto find you surpassing yet another significant line in the sand.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20~Feb 18)
Feeling stuck or at a loss? You won’t be for long. Past this first weekend of the month, you may feel like someone opened a window and let you out. Mercury in Aries, March 2 to 23, provides fresh incentive, new interests, and distractions. This Mercury placement helps you to sharpen your game. It sparks quick wit and clever thinking. Mercury aligned with Uranus can deliver the unexpected, plus and minus. It stimulates inspired initiatives, tantalizing discoveries, new opportunities, same page accord, strokes of genius, amazing insights and synchronicities. It can put you in the right place and time. On the other end of the spectrum, things can jump out at you unexpectedly. When Mercury and Uranus ignite, they can be reactionary or accident prone. Use added caution behind the wheel, especially Mar 5 and 18. Too, impetuousness can get the better of you. While to jump in deep can be exciting, know what you are getting yourself into!
Mercury begins retrograde in Aries on March 12. This is a cut-out or back up influence. An added degree of separation will serve to open up your awareness and objectivity. Too, necessity could require you to pull back or cancel out of plans and involvements because your attention is diverted elsewhere.
Mercury backs into Pisces March 23 to April 4. As it does, more of what has been brewing will reveal itself. At the same time, there can be added confusion, uncertainty or loss. Mercury retrograde in Pisces can bring unexpected expenses, or challenge your immunity or safety, emotional, financial or physical. Feel your way along and you are likely to create advantage where you didn’t see it previously. This is especially so in the middle of the month, specifically March 13 and 14, as Venus forms a grand trine with Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto. Watch for the brewing potentials to take more shape and form. In the manifesting element of earth, this grand trine favours career, investments, finances, and relationship matters. If you have to sign contracts or make commitments during the Mercury retrograde cycle, this is a good time to do it.
The new moon on March 22 is also stage setting. March 24, the sun aligns with Uranus. March 28, the sun is compelled by Pluto. Expect to be on a continuously developing forward thrust from month’s start to finish – and to keep going on the fast track through the entire spring season.
PISCES (Feb 19~March 20)
By the time you get through this first weekend of March, you will have some of your more pressing questions answered. Once you do, you’ll know what your next play will be. Mercury leaves Pisces early March 2, but it won’t be gone for long. Due to its upcoming retrograde cycle, the messenger planet will come back for a revisit to Pisces March 23 through April 16. From March 2 to the start of it’s retrograde on March 12, and through to the early morning of March 23, Mercury will tenant the sign of Aries. You’ll find yourself on a fired up initiative throughout that time. In actuality, you are already on a fired up program, but Mercury’s shift of gears will take the attention off eventualities or the broader picture, and keep your attention more narrowly focused on the immediate objectives.
Venus advances into Taurus on March 5, the same day Mercury and Uranus align for the first of 3 dialogues. The other two threshold crossing dates to watch are March 18 and April 22. Venus in Taurus brings a finer appreciation of the people in your life. It increases social pleasures and creates harmony in communications. You’ll get more value out of your daily get-go and you’ll find yourself able to create more consistency in your communications, presentations, plans, etc. Of course, you could spend more too.
Venus forms a harmonious alignment with Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto mid month. March 13 and 14, things can fall into place quite beautifully, perhaps surprisingly so. It’s of enhancements, of getting yourself better organized. Even though Mercury begins retrograde on March 12, March 11 to 16 you’ll find you are better able to go with the flow, no matter how imperfect it is, or what’s missing. It’s a good time to “let go and let God”.
The new moon in Aries on March 21 through March 29 can rev it up for you up again. Expect to be motoring along at a good clip through month’s end. Where there’s a will, there’s a pathway!