Happy New Year everyone, the Astrological New Year has arrived. Aries time is here and it's all about the New, coming up with ideas, solutions, having adventures, tackling problems, and standing up for ourselves. Aries is selfish, because he is the first sign of the zodiac. He is an explorer in that he knew nothing when he was born, so he is brave beyond comprehension, fearless if you will, because he steps out into the world with wonder. He is a warrior. He is an idea person. He is looking for the new, and easily bored, so he is ever on the hunt for the next idea and adventure. A "9-5 follow the rules life" is about as far from an Aries as you can get. He demands freedom, he is fire, he is action, he represents the energy we have when we know where he is placed in your chart. For the next 30 days you need to embody these traits and get out there and find some adventures. Become fearless and take some chances. Have some FUN! It's the penultimate time for new beginnings.
Yet Mars vs the Sun must be considered too. Mars is in Taurus now, the second sign of the zodiac who is about material comforts and security and feeling safe. Taurus is steady and plodding, so our Mars is giving us a kind of duty and responsibility energy. Take care of necessities. Fix those broken things in your home. Clean out the garage or the attic. Secure your base and make yourself feel safe. And then go out and be someone else...adventurous and spontaneous. Knowing you have a secure home base, a sanctuary, is important in general but especially so now. Your home is your Oasis where you restore and renew. Taurus is also one of the rulers of Venus, so a nice home with harmonious beauty is also important. Make your home, your sanctuary, a lovely, healing soothing place to be.
Venus is still retrograde until April 16th, so don't be surprised if you break up with lovers and friends and give yourself the space to figure out how to make it work or move on. it's also a time when old Loves might appear, to start fresh or finally close the door once and for all. Time to define what love really is, what works for me and what doesn't, how can I heal myself and blame others less? What did my parents teach me that doesn't work for me and how to let that go and heal? Venus retrograde is a healing energy based on separating and looking within. The Universe is trying to help us heal now. Go with the flow and take the time to judge yourself and others a whole lot less. We're all trying to make it through some very harsh energetic times. We're like the laundry in the dryer being tossed around and can't get the door open, so we have to deal with this energetic chaos. Don't you want to let go of the past and feel more relaxed and free? Then do the work now and free yourself. It's about Self Love and its a process like peeling an onion. Layer upon layer will be revealed to us this year, while we also need to emerge into the world with each step and participate. It's a balancing act now of inner and outer work. Even if you have done work in the past and maybe didn't get as far as you'd like, this is the time to try again. The Universe needs us to heal, so we can go out into the world and be a positive force for change. If you still don't want to do your work, Oye, what can I say. You're setting yourself up for something far more painful than this work. Be good to yourself and set yourself free! I am also working on healing materials and blogs and hope to get that going soon. Check out the intro here.
Other planetary days to look out for are:
March 26: Mercury square Uranus: Surprises come to light; scientific breakthroughs, communications and tech may make surprising announcements. Expect something unexpected.
March 28: New Moon in Aries. Jump start time. New Moon, New Year energy. Time to implement new plans, help others, get it done.
March 31: Mercury in Taurus. Our minds go to beauty and security and Love. Our minds want peace, quiet, solid plans and actions. A time to work with Mars in Taurus to accomplish things in a steadier, slower way to achieve solid permanent results.
April 3: Venus retrogrades out of Aries into moody, dreamy Pisces. Your heart will soften and feel less angry and judgmental. Use this short visit for making amends if you can. Venus goes direct on April 15th - when love is in full bloom again.
April 6: Saturn goes retrograde so the past becomes important and its a time to clean up what you have tried to ignore. It's Saturn! Surrender. Do it ASAP and don't make it worse than it has to be. Saturn goes direct August 5th. Whether you bring it up yourself or Saturn drops it on your front door, now is the time to clean up the past.
April 9: Dreaded Mercury retrograde happens. it's finished May 5th. Take care of the old, don't do anything new for a while. Clean up, clear up, look over your shoulder. (You see the emerging theme, clean up your "to do's" and get ready for a new round of adventures.)
April 11: Full Moon in Libra means look at your relationships and make them better. Speak with love in your heart, speak with your Heart chakra fully open. Fences can be mended.
April 13-14: Sun conjunct Uranus is about revolution, wild cards, surprises. Start a new business, or get a great idea for one. Try something different in your life. Globally there is a lot of energy toward revolution or news that triggers a big upset from the masses. Breathe.
Much love to you all,
Well as Bette Davis once said, buckle up - it's going to be quite a month!!
The T-Square between Uranus/Eris, Jupiter and Pluto is going strong this month. On March 17th Eris and Uranus are exactly conjunct, which means they are bonded like never before and ready to rock and roll. The Revolution is going to hit it's stride - and we are in the thick of it by our being here now. When you add the Mars visit with Uranus and Eris already going on, it's a powder keg of energy, as brother Mars and sister Eris share a visit of fire energy and a combative nature. Then on the 9th Mars moves into stubborn Taurus/Venus energy. It's a frustrating place for Mars, being told to chill and be more loving and less aggressive - adding frustration to this already intense time. This intensity is esp strong from now till the 17th, escalating day by day as Eris and Uranus come closer and closer together. Get out there and exercise to vent your frustrations. Pay attention to world news (yes you need to go there. It's no time to turn a blind eye to what is happening. You have to be informed and PARTICIPATE.)
Today, March 4th, Venus in Aries goes retrograde. Venus in Aries is quite aggressive in her opposite sign of Libra. This is a cranky, out of sorts Venus now and will be for over 40 days from now (4/15). Expect relationships to be difficult. Issues buried rise up to be settled - one way or another. Old flames could return, for closure or a new beginning, but issues must be handled to clear the decks. And Venus is, OK I'll say it, rather bitchy right now, so compromise could be very touchy indeed. Add to the T-square drama mentioned above and you can see we are on an emotional roller coaster ride. Also Venus rules money, so there can be some monetary upheavals for some, or banking and the markets in general.
On the 4th Mars is trine Saturn, a day to get things done. Make it a work day instead of a lounging Saturday. You can get a lot done under this wonderful aspect, which is really in effect for the next three days. (I've been up since 6AM and getting lots done already!)
On the 12th Mercury is square Saturn, a difficulty in communications. Don't make verbal agreements, get it in writing, or better still don't make any agreements from the 11-12 as its just not a good time for negotiations at all.
The full moon on March 12th in Pisces is making us overly emotional and indulgent. And being in the midst of this March 17th "event" makes us quite unable to think clearly. Just try to be calm and don't let your emotions take you somewhere you'll regret later.
On the 13th Mercury enters Aries. Your mind is on fire with ideas, plans, inventions and go go go energy. It's also impulsive, and again, in this T-Square mix, an impulse to act first, think later. Breathe and try not to make some big mistakes.
The Sun is squaring Saturn the 16-18th. More bad energy right on top of the March 17th T-Square energy. Rules must be clearly defined (Saturn) while the Sun is in dreamy Pisces not wanting much reality. It's a "don't push me around" confrontation with the Sun wanting to run away from it all. I always say Pisces energy is like trying to catch water with your hands. Very little is caught this way. It's hard to pin down a Pisces. But Saturn will be demanding it, and again, we have more fuel to the T-Square fire.
I fear something quite awful might happen during this period, and I so hope I am wrong. I am taking a break up in Sonoma the 12-14, to chill out and relax and hopefully figure out a few things. The wine country always calms my nerves. Do what you can to center yourself, esp with Meditation.
Shameless plug approaching :) ..... I have been working on a home made How to Meditate audio session which I hope to complete today (see sidebar). It tells you how to meditate and prepare for same, and then there is an actual guided meditation session. It's $19.95 which I hope is considered a fair price for those of you who need it. Meditation will soothe your nerves, help you feel emotionally centered, and has many health benefits. It's an extremely necessary tool during these times, and really will change your mood dramatically.
But all this energy is also about CATHARSIS! It's the process of releasing strong, and repressed, emotions. Clear the air, even if it means some battles along the way. Hiding from confrontation will only make it worse. Remember, there can be kissing and making up in the end, but the emotional blocks must be opened, which will likely involve some considerable anger. But in the end, some of that baggage you carry around will be released. We are trying to clear up our crap, let it go, and feel more free and light and hopeful. And never forget that when you clear up some of your issues, that energy helps many others on an energetic level attempt to clear up their issues. Like a rock skipping on the water, your good moves brings a ripple of good energy to the many.
The Sun is now in Pisces, the sign of Spirituality and Deception (always opposites). Neptune is here, in its home sign, and Mercury till the 14th, so there is a strong undercurrent of spiritual growth potential. On March 20th when the Sun moves into Aries, you should have some kind of plan in place for the astrological New Year. The Moon is void of course on this day, a time of quieted emotions, and a space for thinking things through. And its in practical Capricorn giving us a Saturnian sensibility of solid, practical progress.
Also on the 29th Venus and Mars are inconjunct - a love at first sight kind of aspect about 3PM. Get out and about if you're looking for something spontaneous and fun. But it is an inconjunct so this person will push some buttons to teach you something about yourself.
On the 23rd two "suspicious" aspects take place between Mercury and Pluto and Mercury and Uranus from 6-10PM. Grudges, wrongfully suspecting someone of something, etc. might rear up. Bite your tongue and avoid an argument neither will likely win.
Finally on the 30th, Jupiter exactly squares Pluto, making some think they can exploit others for gain. It's an aggressive energy more about excess and likely losses than pie in the sky wishes come true. I suggest you don't go near any business deals today.
As you can see it's a crazy and powerful month. Hang in there, pray for the World and all it's inhabitants, and Meditate to keep you grounded through the turmoil!
Much love and best wishes, Yvonne