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Uranus transits often bring abrupt changes and events but only on the surface . . . most of the time the actual event is the result of something that has been going on for quite some time.

We have examples of these occurring every day and one of the more recent occurrences in my part of the world was a catastrophic mud slide, wiping out thirty homes and at least sixteen lives to date. However a soil engineer had made several attempts over the years to convince local officials not to allow homes to be built under this unstable hillside. He was ignored.

In other parts of this country people have been allowed to build homes in areas prone to wildfires, on flood plains, on vulnerable oceanfront property and over earthquake fault lines. Then they are all surprised when those homes are destroyed by fire, flood, hurricanes and quakes. Mother Nature is not noted for being forgiving of humanity’s hubris.

The ongoing Uranus-Pluto square has been and will continue to provide examples of situations where old, old grievances result in explosive change. Now we have Mars in Libra involved, and that means one-on-one relationships where resentments have been building over months and years may be obliterated. If you can bring yourself to air those resentments it might save your relationship. However with Pluto involved, any endings will probably be final. Pluto is into scorched earth, no turning back policies. His purpose is to clear away the old completely to allow for new growth. And many will simply walk away regardless of jointly owned material possessions or property . . . much to the shock and dismay of Taurus and Leo folk in particular.

It does help to live each day as aware as possible, to actively listen to others and pay attention to our surroundings. The area where I live seldom has earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes but it was close enough to Mt. St. Helens to be covered in volcanic ash when it erupted in May 1980. It was a vivid reminder of how vulnerable we humans are. It is still a good idea to exercise common sense occasionally.


Aries Season – Subject To Change Without Notice

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!


Full Moon in Virgo, March 16, 2014

Full Moon in Virgo  © Tim Hester | Dreamstime.com

Full Moon in Virgo © Tim Hester | Dreamstime.com

There is little peace to be found on the Full Moon at 26° 02′ Virgo on March 16, 2014 10:08 AM PDT though it is unlikely there will be outright war either. That might come on the Aries New Moon on March 30 when planets in cardinal signs predominate. Mutable Pisces and Virgo prefer to keep some kind of dialogue going even if it goes nowhere.

The luminaries are part of a trapezoid pattern with Mercury in Aquarius trine Mars in Libra. It is an awkward arrangement since the two planets in air signs are semi-sextile and inconjunct the Pisces Sun and Virgo Moon. As much as they would like to talk to one another there appears to be little common ground or a common language. Libra and Aquarius can come up with brilliant theories that Pisces may feel lack heart and Virgo might feel have any basis in reality. The best that can be said about this situation is they will all probably be very polite and civil in their disagreements . . . confused but polite.

Saturn in Scorpio chimes in on the side of the luminaries via a sextile to the Moon and a trine to the Pisces Sun. Both Virgo and Pisces are dedicated to serving the needs of others and offering help to those who cannot help themselves. Saturn in Scorpio is there to make sure this happens with no precious resources being diverted by the unscrupulous or the overly idealistic.

By this time most of us know there will be a cardinal Grand Cross in late April and as an introduction to that the T-Square between Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on this Full Moon begins to offer hints as to what is at stake. Jupiter in Cancer is the handle of a Bucket Pattern in this chart. This could all boil down to who is the boss of me? Is it myself (Uranus in Aries)? Is it my family (Jupiter in Cancer) or something larger like government or corporations (Pluto in Capricorn)? Ideally all parties have equal say over the course of our lives. Most of us acknowledge the need for some kind of rules or traditions to serve as guidelines, so perhaps the main point of contention at this time revolves around who has the biggest say. I can only suggest it is important to listen to all sides with great care while being as kind and tactful as possible when disagreeing. Yelling obscenities and calling each other nasty names would be seriously counterproductive, you know?

Gentle, detached Venus in Aquarius happens to be making a waxing sextile to Uranus in Aries. Starting a love affair under this influence could mean there will be an experimental edge and openness to playing with new and different ways to love one another. Be aware those with more traditional beliefs (Jupiter in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn) may disapprove more strongly than usual now of behaviors not in line with those beliefs. Discretion would be a kindness.

Rather than focusing on how we are different on this Full Moon, draw on Virgo’s finely honed discernment to determine what we have in common. Please make use of Pisces’s capacity for inclusion and compassion as well. It makes more sense to approach life with an open heart and an open mind, doesn’t it. Be well.

On a personal note: Despite Saturn still sitting on my Mercury in Scorpio, I get off pretty easy on this Full Moon. The lunar axis harmoniously aspects my natal ASC-DES axis, Mercury in Aquarius is trine my Sun-Chiron, Venus in Aquarius is exactly trine my natal Neptune and Mars in Libra is less of a pain than it was. This means fewer distractions hopefully allowing me to set priorities and follow through.


Tough Times for Retrograde Mars in Libra


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On March 1, Mars in Libra stations retrograde at 27°, the state it will remain in until May 19 when it stations direct at 9°. While there are some bright spots on this journey in reverse, there are far more obstacles which are very likely to make us more cranky and unwilling to cooperate.

Libra is usually described as peace loving and polite. However when they feel they have been pushed too far, they are capable of striking back with great effectiveness. Over the next three months when Mars in Libra is traveling in reverse, the intense pressure Mars will be under at times may cause it to lash out in anger, reminding everyone Libra is a cardinal sign. Normally mild mannered types who feel they have been treated unjustly or have not been given opportunities to present their side could march right up and let loose with both barrels.

The retrograde phase begins with Mars square to Venus in Capricorn and ends with a trine to the Moon in Aquarius. Anytime Venus square Mars it highlights the need to treat one another with respect and civility in our personal relationships. Make it a habit during this retrograde period to really listen to what your partner is saying instead of preparing your comeback.

During March Mars will go from 27° Libra to 21° Libra and will be trine Mercury in Aquarius on March 14 and Venus in Aquarius on March 29. This month could be considered the calm before the storm when people might still be willing to sit down and talk. Do so if you can because once April arrives all bets are off.

Tempers start to fray due to miscommunications on April 2 when Mars is inconjunct Mercury in Pisces at 21°. By April 8 when Mars opposes the Aries Sun at 18°, people may start to take sides though there is still hope for compromise. It is the last two weeks of April that are the worst, beginning with an inconjunct between Mars and Venus in Pisces on April 19 at 14°. An apology for being an insensitive jerk might be of some help but don’t count on it.

The much heralded Cardinal Grand Cross takes place on April 22-23 with Mars in Libra squaring Jupiter in Cancer first, then opposing Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn. This takes place at 13° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), so check your natal charts to see if you have anything between 12° to 14° in those signs. Mars acts as the trigger or ignition point because it is the most active planet of the four. What might occur is an outpouring of deep seated feelings of rage due to years of feeling resentment over being treated unfairly (Pluto). The abruptness and intensity of this expression stems from Jupiter square Uranus. Those most likely to explode are people who have been in a state of denial for quite some time. Cancers, Libras and Capricorns are far more likely than Aries to be guilty of stuffing their unacceptable feelings, and as a consequence more likely to blow up. It could get very messy in some households in late April.

April ends with an uneasy inconjunct between Mercury in stubborn Taurus and Mars in Libra on April 28. Even though there may be many apologies in order by then, it probably isn’t going to happen too quickly.

Before Mars goes direct on May 19, Mars makes one last challenging aspect, an opposition to Venus in Aries on May 11 at 9°. Venus in Aries can handle the direct approach, she isn’t shy after all. So step up and speak your piece. There is a very good chance you will be heard and your relationship issues can begin to be resolved.

I’ll cover the final segment in the story of Mars in Libra at a later date. This is plenty to think about for now. After writing this post, I decided to suggest making it a priority to treat others as fairly as possible and to remain open to compromise during the next three months. Take your anger issues seriously and do your best to let others know when they have overstepped . . . tactfully.


New Moon in Pisces, March 1, 2014

A curiously refreshing New Moon at 10° 39′ Pisces on March 1, 2014 12:00 AM PST which is far better suited to exploring our inner landscape than rushing out to conquer the outer world. The sky has undergone a sea change since the Full Moon in Leo and we are back under water once more.

The heart of this New Moon is a loose stellium in Pisces which includes Neptune, the Sun, Moon and Chiron. Pisces teaches us to be inclusive rather than exclusive and how doing so enriches our lives. However we need to consciously focus on summoning our better angels with Neptune on board and choose to embrace compassion for all, including ourselves. Chiron in Pisces offers everyone a chance to begin the process of bringing an end to their suffering. After all, suffering in and of its self is not inherently noble. This is a good opportunity to learn the difference between genuine and false humility . . . a truly humble person has no need to draw attention to themselves.

The New Moon in Pisces has powerful support from a Pluto in Capricorn sextile and trine from big-hearted Jupiter in Cancer. It is time to go with the flow rather than battling against it. Meditate, go on retreat, take up a low key physical activity such as Tai Chi or Hatha Yoga, go on long walks by the water, etc. This is great time to learn how to slow down in order to live a longer, healthier life. If you are one of many, many people living in an area with too much water falling from the sky as snow or rain and have been forced to curtail your activities as a result, maybe it is the Universe’s way of enforcing this message.

If you are feeling like your life is on pause now it is probably because four planets are at a virtual standstill, either preparing to station retrograde or having just stationed direct on the New Moon. Mercury in Aquarius goes direct at 18° the day before the New Moon while Mars in Libra and Saturn in Scorpio will station retrograde within the following twenty four hours. Jupiter in Cancer is slowing to station direct on March 6 at 10° still forming a waning square to Uranus in Aries. Mars will be at 27° Libra until March 11,  Saturn at 23° Scorpio until March 22 and Jupiter at 10° until March 24. Mercury will be back up to speed a week after the New Moon, something we can be grateful for. So relax already!

Those who will chafe the most under the current stasis are those with personal planets in the cardinal signs at 10° due to the waning square between Jupiter in Cancer and Uranus in Aries. This square has been a driving force for taking immediate action regardless of the consequences in recent weeks. Use this slowdown to take a good look around and figure out the reasons behind the need for speed. Knowing those reasons will come in very handy in April when this square merges with Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn into a Grand Cross.

Venus in Capricorn is finally moving ahead at her normal pace. She is dancing quietly with Saturn in Scorpio via a waning sextile. A more exciting aspect is the waxing square to Mars in Libra, exact on March 2. In this case, it might be better to behave with decorum and only air your grievances with your lover in private. Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn all prefer to keep their love lives private and express their passion behind closed doors out of the public eye.

Mercury in Aquarius is traveling free from other influences right now and this should help us maintain a degree of mental clarity. With everything else going on, we can use all the help we can get to find perspective and that is something Aquarius is capable of delivering.

Celebrate this Pisces New Moon by taking at least a few moments to sit in silence and follow your breath. Solitude can be a beautiful thing and now is the perfect time to experience it again. Namaste.

On a personal note: I have a Chiron theme for this New Moon. Chiron in Pisces is exactly conjunct my IC, Mars in Libra is stationing on my natal Chiron and Venus in Capricorn is squaring my Chiron. Huh. I’m either going to be getting further lessons on how to deal with my own vulnerabilities or spending a great deal of time listening to other people’s woes.

On a more positive note, Venus in Capricorn is closely sextile my Ascendant, so at least I will be looking good thru all of this. :D