The monthly horoscope for March 2014. Since the beginning of the year we have had Venus retrograde, Mercury retrograde and for this month I present….Mars retrograde! We now enter the third phase of this endless loop of inner planet retrogrades. The universe want us to study things, over and over and over again… Talk about hammering the point home. What point is it trying the make though? Relationships!?!! Mars is retrograde in Libra, our poor impulsive warrior has been busting a gut in Venus’s refined zone since entering on December 7, well he has been learning some manners at least. Uranus square Pluto is getting ever closer to exactitude with Jupiter square Uranus uniting to form a T-square. The Jupiter opposite Pluto part “is mostly about trying not to rub authorities up the wrong way. This does not mean that we bow down to them, but going down the aggressive activist root is not the answer. It will only give those in power the excuse they need to get even heavier handed with policing us common folk.”
Then we have Jupiter square Uranus these trippy hipsters “create exciting new utopias and visions for the future that can inspire others to follow them on their path to illumination. Uranus is the great enlightener, so it can be a Kundalini awakening also since Jupiter is associated with spirituality.” I now have vision of so called Indigo kids skipping up to soldiers and sticking purple roses in their guns… Very Mars in Libra. Are we going to get arty with our wars? I rather liked the recent “Occupy Facebook With Art” movement. Maybe we should just occupy life with art though. Forgive me, I am writing this during Mercury Retrograde and wanting the world to be one big shimmering gold Klimt painting…but it’s not. Boo! Most of the month instead is gritty T-square action. They have a stressful reputation, but don’t forget the apex planet is a midpoint, so could this planet unite the opposition? The chart for March 6 serves up three delightful T-squares. The Moon happens to also be on the severing arm of decapitator Perseus on the fixed star Capulus (Algol’s neighbour). Now of course we don’t want to literally cut off heads, not during Mars retrograde! Instead we can tie up some loose ends, we can recapitulate. The apex planets of these three T-squares could be the binding force. So mix together some “Wake-Up!” thunder from Uranus, some serious analysing from Mercury and finally some pain-killing medicine from wise-witch Ceres. All that lot should help weave those “heads” back onto their North-Node spiritual path. Watch this spot (0º Scorpio) on October 23 when we have a Solar eclipse there.
The New Moon on March 1 is at 10º Pisces in decan 2. Mars is stationing retrograde while Mercury stations direct like some Viennese waltz. In the New moon chart Mars is setting off that passionate and very witchified T-square I mentioned earlier. Venus opposite Lilith clears excess bling and vanity, while the T-square is finding a Ceres numbing potion to cure the removal pangs of a triangular relationship. I wonder if the “bling” that is removed then is a superfluous lover. Maybe this square will highlight that a relationship really had no depth to it and that it was based on surface looks and the novelty of romance. The New Moon is part of yet another triangle, but this one is called a small learning triangle* The tension is caused between Jupiter square Uranus “It suggests really outlandish projects taking flight and seems to be more of a Uranian energy. The devil-may-care attitude of the Fool Card in the tarot I think represents the feel of this aspect quite well”. One may have the urge to do something impulsive, like jump on a plane and surprise a long distance lover. The semi-sextile between the New moon and Uranus will work like the quincunx to try and resolve this batty idea. Sun quincunx Uranus forms “a tension inside, which creates an urge to express… in an eccentric or original way. The energy pushing this is erratic and sometimes disruptive, which may cause sudden changes to the life that present a dilemma.” Well that doesn’t really help resolve the madness does it?
For this risk taking New Moon then, maybe there is no point in trying to quell any irrational urges. So just do it I say! The Moon trine Jupiter restores harmony but is also a really bombastic aspect. It is the “the big protector, the bosom that everyone runs to and the gregarious host that throws the best and most lavish parties. This aspect is usually extremely generous and if finances permit, a philanthropist.” I would say then, at this Full Moon, if you do come up with some outlandish scheme you might actually get funding for it. Expect the unexpected; fortune favours the brave and all that. Look like taking a gamble might pay off since the Moon itself is on Skat in Aquarius too which is a prophetic star. It gives “good fortune and lasting happiness” and brings luck with the opposite sex, so one could net a rich partner. It could also attract an agent or benefactor who is good at making executive decisions. This is sorely needed for the wayward artists who inhabit this slippery Moon degree. Pisces decan 1 and 2 are not known for their business acumen! The house that this moon falls in should show the area in life where you should trust your intuition and take a “Foolish” leap of faith.
The Full Moon on March 16 is at 26º Virgo in decan 3. Mars retrograde is still the big player. This time it turns the Full Moon opposition into what the Huber’s call an irritation (or stimulus) triangle. Lilith moves forward to connect by square to her crone side, Ceres conjunct the North Node. It is fitting that Ceres is highlighted, for the grain goddess resonates strongly with our Virgoan Moon. The full moon falls on fixed star Labrum, one of the stars in crater, the Holy Grail. This is an interesting word/synchro connection since apparently “Meteorite bombardment left large craters that contained water and chemical building blocks for life, which ultimately led to the first organisms.” From an article entitled ‘Holy Grail Of Science’ – How Did Life Begin On Planet Earth? I always wondered why this constellation was called Crater. Now we know it’s a space womb! In the chart Mars is the fertilising sperm, even more profoundly the red planet is on the fixed star Spica, which is also associated with fertility and brilliant creations. If you want to get pregnant I suggest you go for it in the two weeks from the new moon to this Full Moon. The ground has certainly been left exceedingly.. ahem.. moist since the Mercury Retrograde floods. With the irritation triangle “Sudden outbursts of anger can arise as a reaction to external pressure. This defensive behaviour does not last long, though, it is over quickly and forgotten again.”  Maybe this “outburst” is just what one needs to fertilise a project and get it off the drawing board. Mars is retrograde though the ejaculation may be retarded somewhat… Patience. Mars is slower than usual, but it’s not completely neutered. It might just take a bit of coaxing.
Sun quincunx Mars “This is a karmic aspect, which sometimes relates to past experiences in war or sex, which is relieved by balancing personal desires and selfless service.” I guess the sex would be the “desire” aspect, resulting in the “selfless service” which happens nine months later when you have a screaming, demanding baby on your plate. For most of us though, this won’t be an actual human baby. Instead this will be a project started this month that involves some sort of karmic payback. There may be some sort of pleasurable experience first which you know you will have to make up for further down the line. For example if someone lends you the cash to set up a business or fund an educational course. We already saw this benefactor influence in the New Moon. It seems like a good time to go knocking on the doors of some philanthropists then. You will have to seduce them a bit though. Since this happens to fall during the last month of the UK tax year, look out for fat cats looking to offset their profits with some charity donations. If they see the “win, win” situation and think it was their idea you should have a deal. If you have this full moon falling in your 10th, get out the begging chalice. If falling in your 12th then you might be the tycoon doing the giving.
March Aspects Highlights
March 1 New Moon on 10º Pisces 8.01am. Mars Retrograde. March 2 Venus square Mars. March 4 Sun conjunct Chiron. March 6 Witch T-Squares? Moon on Capulus. March 8 1st Quarter Moon at 17º Gemini. 1.26pm. March 10 Lilith square Nodes. March 11 Mercury square Saturn. March 13 Sun trine Saturn. March 16 Full Moon at 26º Virgo 5.08pm. March 21 Mercury exits the shadow zone at 3º 20’ Pisces. (Fomalhaut). March 22 Ceres conjunct North Node, Mercury conjunct Neptune. March 23 Mars on Arcturus. March 24 Last Quarter Moon at 3º Capricorn. 1.46pm. March 25 Mars on Spica. March 29 Venus trine Mars, Venus square Saturn. March 30 New Moon 9º 58’ Aries. 7.44pm. (To be reviewed in April’s Forecast)