Hang on tight! It looks like a wild ride this week! Mercury in Aries is instigator in chief as it hits the cardinal T-Square on Monday and opposes Mars in Libra on Wednesday. Words can become weapons in an instant and things could be said in the heat of the moment, we may end up regretting for a long, long time.
One common scenario I see occurring is people being shocked when they find out not everyone thinks like they do, particularly fire and air folk. The fallout in family circles could last for weeks. Assumptions are another source of trouble these days. Assuming your significant other will be thrilled to attend a party or event with you may not turn out well. A better plan is to ask them their preferences before buying tickets or accepting invitations. Thoughtful, considerate behaviors and thinking CAREFULLY before speaking are ways to help offset this turbulent atmosphere.
We also have the first major eclipse this year, the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra on Tuesday. The effects of this eclipse may spread out like ripples in a pond, both before and after it occurs. As I see it, we can choose to celebrate peace with Venus in Pisces, or declare war with that reluctant warrior, retrograde Mars in Libra. The waxing Grand Cross is a prominent feature in this lunation.
Speaking of the delightful Venus in Pisces, she is trine Jupiter in Cancer on Thursday, sextile Pluto in Capricorn on Friday, inconjunct poor Mars in Libra on Saturday and conjoins Chiron in Pisces on Sunday. Her kind, patient, compassionate presence offers an antidote to the trouble Mercury in Aries is intent on stirring up. Interestingly enough much of the support we get from Venus in Pisces may be non-verbal as opposed to the very verbal Mercury in Aries. Hearing just the right song, a loving touch or being enfolded in a loving embrace are ways this Venus shows us she cares.
A more subtle event is Pluto stationing retrograde on Monday at 13° Capricorn. When Pluto slows to station it can remain at the same degree for four months, in this instance from 26 February to 4 June . . . slowly grinding away. Those who have personal planets or Angles at 13° in the cardinal signs are probably all too aware of this.
All those people out there who need a break from Aries energy will get one starting April 19 when the Sun leaves Aries for the calmer pastures of Taurus. This is a good thing because on Sunday, we see cardinal Grand Cross begin to shape up starting with Jupiter in Cancer squaring Uranus in Aries and opposing Pluto in Capricorn. In my opinion those most likely to experience this up close and personal are those with personal planets and Angles at 13° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) plus being in the midst of a cyclical event like a Saturn Return or transiting Uranus aspecting natal Uranus. Monday through Wednesday of next week the other components fall into place but I will save that discussion for next week’s post! We have enough to process already, OK?!
I’m going to put my opinion out there on the best way to handle this week’s dynamic aspects and that is to speak less and listen more, do your very best to stay as neutral as possible by avoiding expectations, don’t take any unnecessary actions and practice patience and tolerance the entire time. Please remember to watch out for the other guy as well as yourself.
If you know your Rising sign, please read the horoscope for it too.
Aries, please do your best to be aware of your words and how they affect others now. Your need to express your opinions is very strong and if you speak without thinking in front of those in authority, it might not work out well. Relationships with family may be strained too. Intense physical activity might help burn off excess energy.
Due to the peace and goodwill your ruling planet, Venus, is spreading around these days, Taurus, you have a better chance than some of staying neutral. You can also see the value of not throwing away all the tried and true way of thinking and being just because a new idea sounds appealing. Help ground your more volatile friends out.
Gemini, if anyone can harness the creative potential floating around now, it is you. That is if you can carve some thinking time out of your busy social schedule. If you are involved in humanitarian efforts or you have friends who are, unexpected events may demand your time and energy in support of those causes.
All the turmoil these days could leave you feeling emotionally and physically drained, Cancer. Your work environment may be especially fraught and chaotic this week and if you work with a partner, their need to micro-manage may drive you batty. Be creative about finding time to get in the fresh air, by the water if you can.
Leo, ordinarily you can handle drama and excitement swirling around you quite well but this week even you might feel overloaded. Besides, you may have more difficulty than usual being pleasant and charming to those close to you. And you may also feel more strongly than usual about controlling the smallest details in your daily routines . . . ease off on those for the sake of your health! Please . . .
Your thoughts can take on an incisive edge this week, Virgo, even if you don’t share those with others. Please don’t be too hard on yourself either. Take a leaf from Pisces’s notebook and have faith all with come right in the end. Resist the urge to be overly nitpicky when it comes to your creative efforts too. Take some time to relax with friends.
It would be in your best interests now, Libra, to choose to pursue peace and moderation. Allowing yourself to be drawn into other people’s battles is seldom a good idea and there will plenty of those erupting around you. Be your pleasant, smiling self as you go about your daily routines this week and others will thank you for it later.
You have a powerful presence these days, Scorpio, and your words can carry quite a punch for better or worse. Please remember it is not always possible to save everyone from the consequences of their bad choices. Who knows, maybe they need to undergo those experiences to see the error of their ways. Listen to your better angels and be there to help pick up the pieces.
Sagittarius, the urge to take a big gamble on a very risky venture could take over your thoughts this week. The heart of the matter is whether or not this is something you can really afford to do. Before you make a final decision, sit down and talk it over with someone you know has your best interests at heart and has known you for a long time.
You have a lot on your plate these days, Capricorn, and as much as you’d like to oversee every little detail personally, it may be wiser to delegate some of those responsibilities. Dealing with an unexpected family crisis, real (or manufactured to get your attention), may be the most demanding. Look to close friends for help or advice.
Your unique perspective can be both a blessing and a curse for you now, Aquarius. Getting the words out in a coherent manner may turn out to be more challenging than you realized, in part because your mind is racing ahead of your tongue. Take a deep breath, relax and the words will come to you.
Once again, Pisces, your inclination to reach out to those in need of a sympathetic ear will be needed. If you stop and think about, you probably know exactly where to send people to get the help they need. After all, you usually do have a great network of competent friends and acquaintances.
Slam, bam, thank you ma’am! The first week of April rolls in with a vengeance as the Aries Sun dukes it out with Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. It is time to consider fire and how quickly it can turn everything into ashes.
The ignition point was the Aries New Moon on Sunday and even though we only have two full time planets in fire, the Aries Sun and Uranus, they are very, very good at making themselves heard. The heart of the matter is the exact conjunction of the Sun and Uranus on Wednesday. The drive to be first has an uncaring edge to it these days and those who have personal planets in Aries from 11° to 13° may find it almost impossible to resist the need to win at any cost. Not pretty.
This is a terrible time to keep anyone waiting for any length of time. As a matter of fact, if you do, they probably won’t be there when you arrive. Patience may be in very short supply this week . . . just when we need it the most!
Think back to what was going on around Christmas time because those same themes will likely emerge this week as a source of contention. Rude, ill tempered behaviors along with a blatant disregard for authority are possible. Some may feel like they have reached their limit and walk away for good. Others will feel the need to battle it out to the bitter end.
The saving grace this week is Mercury in compassionate Pisces trine Saturn in powerful Scorpio . . . a quiet voice of reason, filled with empathy and genuine concern for others. Choose to listen carefully to the grievances people have and then share your thoughts from the heart.
The Universe also blesses us this week with Venus in Pisces. She leaves cool, airy Aquarius and dives into the oceans of Pisces on Saturday. This is a Venus with a warm loving heart who enjoys a good fantasy now and then. Libras who have grown weary of fighting with snarky loved ones may become emotionally unavailable. Venus in Pisces’s ability to fade away makes confrontations a poor option. After all, you can’t fight with something you can’t see easily, can you?
Be very, very careful behind the wheel this week because lots of people will be in a big hurry. Talking or texting while driving or walking on a busy street could be bad for your health. Pay attention and practice patience for all you are worth. May our guardian angels all be working overtime!
Your guardian angel could be looking pretty ragged around the edges by the end of this week, Aries. You are not noted for being all that patient under normal circumstances and these times are far from normal. Focus on being kind to your fellow travelers please.
Even if you are sure you have the best answers this week, Taurus, please be as tactful as possible in the way you present those ideas. If you push too hard, your audience may quit listening and that would be a shame because your information is good.
I doubt if you will be bored this week, Gemini, as you follow what your friends and peers are getting up to now. Don’t forget to listen closely to what your boss has to tell you as that may have an impact on your work schedule.
All things considered, Cancer, if you feel like crawling into your shell to wait out this week’s goings on, I won’t blame you. You are a sensitive soul beneath your surface toughness. Watch out for acrimonious exchanges in your work place as those may have repercussions for you.
While you might not be in the direct line of fire now, Leo, you may want to delay travel plans for a few weeks. Attempting to coordinate scheduling changes with coworkers could turn out to be a much greater challenge than you expected, disrupting your plans.
Where you might feel the pinch from all of this week’s drama, Virgo, is in your social life and other leisure activities. In part because you might have to spend more time than usual handling financial matters related to your tax returns . . . lots of fun!
Are you exhausted yet from watching your partner run about like a crazy person, Libra? This appears to be a time when you may need to put your needs on hold as well as throw your career and home life out of balance. Outlook improves on the weekend.
Please monitor your stress levels closely this week, Scorpio, and make sure you are getting plenty of rest. Dealing with increased disruptions to your daily routines is surprisingly hard on your normally tough self. Playing with children or diving into a creative project can be soothing.
In your drive to completely throw yourself into enjoying the moment, Sagittarius, you may risk getting in over your head financially. While your gambles do pay off more frequently than most others, please remember to balance fun with responsibility and to honor all of your previous commitments.
If you are confronted with rebellion on the home front this week, Capricorn, please consider the merits of displaying your more compassionate side. Chances are this will a) confuse them and b) hopefully soften their attitude so matters can be resolved peacefully. Be gentle!
You know the old standby of counting to ten before speaking, Aquarius? This week you may want to double that at a minimum because blurting out your first reaction may makes matters far, far worse. In part because there could be critical information you aren’t aware of. Be careful.
In your own fluid fashion, Pisces, you can be a source of comfort to your friends and family during this tumultuous time. For one thing, your ability to bend and flow with what’s happening sets a good example for those whose rigid stance may cause them to break.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too.
During the week leading up the contentious New Moon in Aries on March 30, it will still be fairly peaceful but during the next lunar month, all bets are off. In other words, enjoy the relative peace and quiet while we can! If you need to meet with work colleagues or friends, do so this week if possible.
Monday and Tuesday start the week off with a bracing Capricorn Moon clashing with Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries, conjoining Pluto in Capricorn and finally squaring Mars in Libra. We’ve dealt with these transits many, many times, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary . . . just annoying.
Best news this week has to do with Mercury in perceptive Pisces easing conversational bumps and setting a kindly tone in general. Mercury will be trine Jupiter in Cancer on Wednesday and sextile Pluto in Capricorn Friday. Both aspects promote a willingness to actively listen and absorb what the other person is telling us.
Relationships and love affairs may not run all that smoothly on the weekend due to Venus in Aquarius getting mixed messages. First she gets the go ahead from a trine to Mars in Libra and two hours later Saturn in Scorpio throws the breaks on via a square. I suggest making plans to go out with your sweetheart on Friday night and take a pass on Saturday all together.
Sunday the heat turns up under the Aries New Moon which triggers the cardinal T-Square sharply. I imagine tempers will be short, assumptions leapt to and plenty of voices raised. Please be careful if you are driving or traveling in general. No better time to practice being patient, courteous and kind.
Use your time wisely this week because it is the last full week with few distractions. Starting next week we will have two or three calm days in a row before another round of turmoil hits. Do your best to wrap up sensitive projects that require intense concentration now. Good luck!
After next weekend there may be no holding you back, Aries, so between now and then make finishing up old business a priority. If you don’t, you might not get back to those projects for another month at a minimum. OK? Please don’t get ahead of yourself.
Unlike Aries who enjoys an unexpected challenge, Taurus, you don’t. However, like it or not, you may have to deal with some in the weeks ahead. Rather than being blindsided by events, touch base with knowledgeable friends from your peer group now.
Your ability to think on your feet ought to help you maneuver around any obstacles that crop up, Gemini, and you probably know who among your associates you can call on for help if needed. Excellent flow of work related ideas come through this week!
Cancer, you may go back and forth between being over confident and worrying about every little thing in the weeks ahead. This week you have an opportunity to figure out the best way to handle what’s coming. Your best resources are those you consider your spiritual advisers. Be strong.
Like Aries and Sagittarius, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about, Leo. After all, what is a little drama between friends, right? Your biggest challenge may be resisting the lure to drop everything and take off. F.Y.I. please choose Friday night to go out and play.
Behind your quiet façade and orderly manner, Virgo, you are also someone who handles change well and understand the importance of having several options available at all times. Advice from your partner or long time friends is well worth listening to this week.
I doubt if it will come as a shock knowing you will probably be right in middle of the muddle this coming month, Libra. Also doubt if you are all that happy about it. Take time this week to tweak your stress reduction plan and your daily routines.
Scorpio, you are another who is not fond of abrupt changes and for you it appears to hit your habitual routines the hardest. In order to avoid inflicting a grumpy Scorpio person on those you love, draw on your inner child now for ways to deal with interruptions plus.
The desire to jump into new, risky ventures that have the potential to do serious damage to your financial situation, Sagittarius, could show up over the next month. Best way to avoid trouble is to consult with older, wiser heads from your extended family this week.
Listen to your higher angels/close friends this week, Capricorn, and stay open to the idea of following their advice. You have some serious juggling to do in the weeks ahead and if you let your need for control get out of hand, it may come back to haunt you.
This week thoughts about what you stand for, your personal integrity and what your priorities are could set the tone for the next month, Aquarius. You may pay lip service to the need for change but deep down you like it better when it happens to some other poor soul.
Just be yourself this week, Pisces, and if in the process you manage to say the right thing at the right time, smile and say “you’re welcome” when you receive a heartfelt thank you. You have an excellent feel for what others need to hear now.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too.
Despite all the “go for it” signals on this New Moon at 09° 59′ Aries on 30 March 2014 11:46 AM PDT, actually achieving liftoff may take some serious effort. Driving the need for action is Uranus in Aries conjunct the luminaries. However both Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn are putting obstacles in the way as both square the New Moon-Uranus stellium.
Usually the Aries New Moon following the equinox (Spring in the northern latitudes, Autumn in the southern) marks the true beginning of the zodiac year when the possibilities seem endless. In recent years it was the Aries New Moon on March 22, 2012 when Mercury and Uranus conjoined the luminaries and we could clearly see our path forward. Now we have all manner of expectations from family (Jupiter in Cancer) and those in authority (Pluto in Capricorn) to contend with. It may seem like everyone and their uncle has a better idea of how to move forward, thwarting our own in the process. The resentment potential is extremely high. This is an excellent time to contemplate the difference between being assertive and being aggressive. A calm, direct, polite manner is far more likely to get positive results than a rude, abusive one.
I like to take a look at what Mars is doing in this chart because Mars rules Aries. At this time Mars is retrograde in diplomatic Libra trine to Venus in Aquarius and exactly semi-sextile to Saturn in Scorpio. What this says to me is a thoughtful, low key approach will produce far, far better results. Mars is definitely not at his best now and inclined towards being passive-aggressive. He is in no shape for an all out attack. Be tactful, kind and gentle with loved ones.
Another thought I had about the Mars-Saturn semi-sextile has to do with the relationship between Libra and Scorpio. Libra rules the seventh house of marriage and Scorpio rules the eighth house of joint finances. If marital spats (Mars in Libra) devolve into divorce proceedings, the resulting settlements could be harsh (Saturn in Scorpio). Both planets being retrograde may mean the whole process can move even more slowly than usual with constant bickering. If it is possible, wait until Mars goes direct on May 19.
The last square between Venus in Aquarius and Saturn in Scorpio is exact the day before the New Moon and is still very much in play. Casual love affairs may turn out to be anything but because one party or the other is far more serious about making a lasting commitment. Make sure you are both on the same page before you dive in.
Mercury and Neptune in Pisces are our best hope for opening hearts and softening rigid, judgmental opinions. Both are semi-sextile the Aries stellium, widely trine Jupiter in Cancer and sextile Pluto in Capricorn. Tolerance and compassion are always in demand.
Those of us with personal planets and Angles in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) from 09° to 13° are most vulnerable to the tensions of this lunation. Exercise caution when you are out and drive defensively with as few distractions as possible.
What we can do on this momentous Aries New Moon is identify the best ways to move forward when it is possible to do so. Between now and the next New Moon in Taurus on April 29, the noise level and contentiousness is going to be too high to accomplish much of anything. It is time to take the long view and wait until the worst subsides . . . and it will.
On a personal note: There are several exact aspects to my chart on this New Moon: the Sun and Moon oppose my natal Neptune, Neptune in Pisces is trine my natal Jupiter in Scorpio, Saturn in Scorpio exactly conjoins my twelfth house Mercury with Mars in Libra Rx exactly semi-sextile my Mercury. All this adds up to a twelfth house theme . . . time to seriously consider how effectively I am being of service to others.
One small grumble . . . I am so very, very tired of Saturn squelching my Mercury, causing my mind to work extremely slowly. *pout*
From the time the Sun dashes into Aries on March 20, 2014, the energy will be running high and erratic due to Jupiter in Cancer squaring Uranus in Aries for its entire stay in Aries. Jupiter is the handle of a Bucket Pattern on the Spring Equinox, setting the dial to over the top in most activities. By the time all is said and done, we will very grateful to the calming influence of Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces in the equinox chart . . . that and the emotional grounding of the Moon conjunct Saturn in Scorpio.
The critical degrees for Aries Season are from 10° to 13° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) which is how far Jupiter will travel between March 20 and April 20 when the Sun enters stolid Taurus. Those of us who have an Ascendant, Midheaven or personal planets in the cardinal signs from about 9° to 15° may find their lives are increasingly subject to change without notice.Some of you may have already noticed this beginning to happen. Living with an Aries who has four planets in Aries going from 5° to 22° I am almost inured to having my daily routine routinely disrupted, and I like it as much now as when it first started in 2010 . . . NOT! Thankfully there have been plenty of extended periods of calm in between flurries of interruptions.
The week following the Aries New Moon on March 30 is hopping! The Sun triggers the cardinal T-Square by first squaring Jupiter, then conjoining Uranus and finally squaring Pluto in Capricorn over a period of three days. There is a brief lull before Mercury enters Aries on April 7. The following day the Sun will oppose retrograde Mars in Libra which can result in people losing their tempers over the slightest little thing. During the final week of Aries Season it is Mercury in Aries’ turn to be quarrelsome. Only by this time Mars in Libra is finally beginning to complete the Grand Cross when Mercury hits all four planets in the Grand Cross from April 14 to 16. Lively times!
Just so you know it will after the Sun enters Taurus before the Grand Cross is as tight as it’s going to get. Taurus is far less excitable than Aries and a Grand Cross is an exceedingly stable pattern, therefore my guess is Aries Season will feature the greatest amount of drama, largely due to a very high level of frustration and the need to vent those frustrations. Aries’ ruler Mars is retrograde in Libra which means it is even more indecisive than usual, guaranteed to send the movers and shakers of this world right around the bend!
Aries Season is bound to get very loud at times and maybe a little scary. However, most of us will probably still be here when the dust settles so please remember to breathe!