This first March weekend has been a potent one as we have strolled under the strong energies of the New Moon and 4 planets changing direction. Mercury moved direct on Friday, February 28. Mars moved retrograde (until May 19) on Saturday, and Saturn turns retrograde Sunday. Jupiter is in slow motion, turning direct on Thursday, March 6. When planets are changing direction, they characteristically move slowly, and their energies are heightened. So, with four planets changing direction now, this is a “punctuated time.” Take it easy. Move more deliberately…more slowly. Meet the challenges and honor the messages that you receive if you are attuned.
The Moon moves into action-oriented Aries on Sunday. You can get things moving by applying yourself to hard work, but it is best to focus on one project with the slow, deliberate energy of the directional change of Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. This has likely been an intense, energetic weekend. Pause Sunday evening to reflect on the week behind you and all that blew into your life–and where you are heading with it.
The intensity of the New Moon and all the planetary directional changes operate against the larger backdrop of the tightening Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square. This T-square is getting tighter and tighter as it moves toward its exact alignment and into a powerful Grand Cross pattern with Mars on April 22 at 13 degrees cardinal (particularly affecting Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn). The drumbeat of change and breakthrough continues and it’s going to really grab our attention in mid-to-late April. So, use this energy wisely: Consciously set intentions for the breakthroughs you desire at that time.
Sunday evening and Monday contain the powerful weekly pulse of change when the Moon comes into alignment with the Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square noted above. This weekly thrust of energy quakes toward breakthroughs and change in our lives.
Monday also bestows the maverick energy of Chiron conjunct the Sun in Pisces. Think differently about how to heal yourself, to make your life more balanced and whole. Monday is a monumetally bold day of planetary positioning, calling out to us to make deliberate changes. If you’ve been thinking of making your life more balanced, this would be a good day to start your exercise regime, diet, cleanse, taking more time for yourself, or get to work on a project that has long been dormant. Invite and embrace all changes: take a new route to work, or in the spirit of feng shui, move 27 things in your home to new places to keep the energy circulating.
Some testy aspects come into play Tuesday morning, so go easy and steer clear of conflict. After clearing the rough waters early Tuesday, you can settle into the glow of the exalted Taurus Moon that arrives (in the tropical zodiac) mid-day Tuesday (11:12 AM Pacific Time) and offers its extra juice to us through Thursday evening. The Moon is exalted (highest functioning) in Taurus because Taurus is about all things sensual: beauty, art, touch, good smells, yummy food, good wine, and sweet words. Taurus is also slow and languorous, a tempo that allows for gracious expression of the good things in life. Activate this energy with fresh flowers in your home and office, scheduling a massage, cooking some beautiful and delicious food, and sprinkling kind and loving words to those around you. If we all expressed this energy with the planetary winds at our backs, think about how much we could raise the vibration of the planet to one of more loving kindness and beauty!
Wednesday also offers nice aspects, as Venus moves into Aquarius (through April 6) after a very long stay in Capricorn. In Aquarius, Venus makes us more aware of the world at large, and more concerned about humanity. Sprinkle your love—and money—into a worthy cause (see Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius at the end of this post). Jupiter moves into direct motion on Thursday. In itself it should mark the beginning of greater growth and expansion, but Mars and Saturn have just turned retrograde, and will be holding expansive plans in check. Dreams of growth and expansion demand business plans and reality checks.
Friday and Saturday are colored by the curious and conversational Gemini Moon. It’s time to move, explore, and question. End your work week by returning phone calls and pursuing conversations. Friday evening could be exciting and fun with a Moon-Uranus sextile. Plan to gather with friends to do something new and allow the evening to surprise you. Saturday calls for a local excursion. Make a street date and explore a new neighborhood. Turn your curiosity on high and see how much you can learn. It’s also International Women’s Day, so make it a point to learn something about the struggles of women internationally and do something to make a contribution (e.g. visit www.womenforwomen.org or http://www.kiva.org.
Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 AM Sunday for most of the United States, so turn your clocks an hour ahead if you live in time zones with this change. The Moon moves into Cancer Sunday, framing the day as one for home and family. Cozy up with loved ones and stir up some comfort food. Cancer, ruled by the Moon, can be a time for fluctuating moods—so allow yourself to go where your feelings want to take you. While Saturday was the day to be out and about, this one is a good day to focus on home.
The Week in Short:
Sunday: Discipline and limitation enable new projects. Pause and reflect. Monday: Think differently. Move with the pulse of change. Tuesday: Potentially rough morning. Sweet and sensual later. Wednesday: Nice Venus day! Give your love and money. Thursday: Personal expansion—but with plans and reality checks. Friday: Fun day. Conversations change the world. Saturday: Explore your neighborhood and be curious. Sunday: Home day. Cozy up!
This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet and before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. You will more easily get lost or meander if you’re trying to get somewhere.
The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work. Dates when the Moon is VoC for long daytime periods are in bold.
Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:
Pacific Daylight Time (dates in bold are ones in which there is a substantial amount of Void Moon time in daytime hours):
Sunday, March 3: 3:04-7:40 AM (Moon into Aries)
Tuesday, March 4: 9:31-11:12 AM (Moon into Taurus)
Thursday, March 6: 5:55 AM—6:37 PM (Moon into Gemini)
Saturday, March 8 at 11:53 PM through Sunday, March 9 at 6:33 AM (Moon into Cancer)
Tuesday, March 11: 12:50-7:09 PM (Moon into Leo)
Friday, March 14: 12:24-7:17 AM (Moon into Virgo)
Sunday, March 16: 10:08 AM-5:46 PM (Moon into Libra
Tuesday, March 18 at 6:07 PM through Wednesday, March 19 at 2:13 AM (Moon into Scorpio)
Thursday, February 20 at 8:11 PM through Friday, March 21 at 8:39 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Sunday, March 23: 3:40AM-1:03 PM (Moon into Capricorn) Tuesday, March 25: 5:35AM–3:39 PM (Moon into Aquarius) Thursday, March 27: 6:13 AM—5:10 PM (Moon into Pisces) Saturday, March 29: 6:44 AM—6:54 PM (Moon into Aries)
GMT(dates in bold are ones in which there is a substantial amount of Void Moon time in daytime hours) :
Sunday, March 3: 2:04-4:40 PM (14:04-16:40) (Moon into Aries)
Tuesday, March 4: 6:31-8:12 PM (18:31-20:12) (Moon into Taurus)
Thursday, March 6 at 2:55 PM (14:55) through Friday, March 7 at 3:37 AM (Moon into Gemini)
Sunday, March 9: 7:53 AM-2:33 PM (14:33) (Moon into Cancer)
Tuesday, March 11 at 8:50 PM (20:50) through Wednesday, March 12 at 3:09 AM (Moon into Leo)
Friday, March 14: 8:24 AM–3:17 PM (15:17) (Moon into Virgo)
Sunday, March 16 at 6:08 PM (18:08) through Monday, March 17 at 1:46 AM (Moon into Libra)
Wednesday, March 19: 2:07–8:13 AM (Moon into Scorpio)
Friday, March 21: 4:11 AM–4:39 PM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Sunday, March 23: 11:40AM–9:03 PM (21:03) (Moon into Capricorn) Tuesday, March 25: 1:35 PM–11:39 PM (13:35-23:39) (Moon into Aquarius) Thursday, March 27: 2:13 PM through Friday, March 28 at 1:10 AM (Moon into Pisces) Saturday, March 29: 2:44 PM through Sunday, March 20 at 2: 54 AM (Moon into Aries)
Ten Things to do with Venus in Aquarius (March 5-April 6)
1. Expand your friendship circle.
2. Give to a favorite humanitarian charity.
3. Add quirkiness and individuality to your dress.
4. Explore an ethnic neighborhood in your community.
5. Invite a diverse group of friends to dinner.
6. Experience an ethnic restaurant filled with culturally diverse diners.
7. Learn more human rights violations and lend your support against human trafficking.
8. Start a book group–or join one.
9. Read a memoir about someone in another country who has struggled against oppression.
10. Celebrate your freedom!