Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring gets off to a dynamic start today!

The day begins with the almost-full Moon making her way through the last decan of earthy and practical Virgo, forming a fast-moving Grand Trine with Saturn and Pluto in ambitious Capricorn, and with Mars in steadfast Taurus. The Moon in Virgo answers to Mercury, who is currently retrograde in watery Pisces but receiving a steadying boost from stable Saturn.

One could accomplish a great deal of productive and detailed work this morning. Tie up any loose ends before 11:22 AM EDT when the Moon goes void on a square to over-the-top Jupiter.

This well-supported Moon is conjunct my own Virgo Moon, prompting me to the practical action of reviving my writing practice. Finally!

The Sun enters Aries at 5:58 PM EDT, marking the official beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of the zodiacal year.

The waxing Moon serenely drifts until she enters Libra at 9:28 PM EDT and reaches exact opposition to the Aries Sun at 9:43 PM EDT, illuminating the third and final Super Moon of 2019.

This Moon is also the first of two Libra Full Moons this month, with the next one happening at the very end of Libra on April 19th. These bookend Moons here at the Spring Equinox place a strong emphasis on the Aries/Libra axis and the issue of balance in our relationships.

Venus, our planet of love and relationship, is the ruler of Libra. Mars, the planet of me-first and divisiveness, is the ruler of Aries. These two seeming opposites are moving into a square with one another, a challenging aspect which can test some partnerships.

Venus is currently in Aquarius and thus feeling a bit aloof and independent. She’s also getting a great affirmation from Jupiter in freedom-loving Sagittarius. Mars is moving through Venus’ other home-sign of Taurus and thus is answering to her. He is feeling more grounded than usual and less inclined toward breaking off relations.

Use the light of this Libra Full Moon to peer into the workings of your relationships. Do you have enough freedom and autonomy? Do you feel grounded and stable in your partnerships? How do you achieve a balance of your own needs against the needs of others? Move forward into the new cycle of the zodiac with the awareness gained from the illumination of balance.

Libra Full Moon


Libra Full Moon

March 20, 2019

9:42pm EDT

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Spring arrives 6:59pm EDT then three hours later the Full Moon arrives at less than one half degree of Libra.  The excitement of spring will be felt by us individually (Aries) and our partners (Libra) as soon as the new season launches.

We are, of course, half way through the Pisces lunar twenty-nine day cycle where the emphasis is on letting go, tying up loose ends, healing those things we have no control of including memories and regrets.   For those who are feeling a little “off” and perhaps self -confidence is flagging, the move by the Sun into Aries (starting the first day of spring) and the full moon will lift our mood.   We may not be ready to go full on with a new project or tackle some problem but we will feel like all is not lost and we get some balance for the three-day full moon.

What is interesting is that this year we have a gift –there will be two Libra Full moons!   We are getting two rounds of finding balance and adjustments and checking in with our partners and relationships.   The timing is most auspicious due to fact that  Treasure Maps is sandwiched between both full moons.

On April 5 the Aries New Moon begins the New Lunar Year.  During that time those of us who know the power of that new moon will set aside precious time and make our personal treasure maps.  Treasure Maps are a collage or a vision board of the things we want in our lives and things we want to accomplish during the new year.  A ‘mindful diet’  “Strong health” ‘ Trip to Paris’ “New back porch’ “healthy relationships’ ‘new car’  “new job’  ‘marriage’ it can be anything that speaks to you after the Aries New Moon launches (April 5 4:30am EDT).   We have a few days to make that map and for those of us who have been doing them for a long time (waving my hand– 23 years!) we know that the maps are powerful and will manifest during the year, (some years more than others) but many will experience manifestations by summer.    The two full moons will be bringing us information that will support what we want in our maps and the year and remind us the importance of our relationships and finding balance.  This is a gift indeed!

In the chart of this full moon we have a pronounced Chiron which puts emphasis on personal identity, showing the world who we are, going our own way, finding our inner warrior and showing up for self in a new manner.     Given it is Chiron there is some lesson around independence and doing our own thing that is uncomfortable.   We must fight through the uncomfortable and just do it.  Luckily the Libra full moon reminds us we are never alone.   The work may be ours to do but there are people cheering us on, offering advice and reminding us of our strength.   This full moon could show you that there are people supporting you whom you might not even know –a perfect stranger may give you a little ‘boost’.    Then when we get to the second Libra Full moon we will have the planet Uranus influencing us and that is much different from Chiron. Expect surprises then.

Libra’s ruling planet Venus squares off with Mars on the 3/21 so there could be sparks.  Values that are noble could be at odds with practical actions.   Luckily Libra moon can remind Venus to take a breath and ‘this too will pass’ .    And of course the real reward of this Libra Full moon is the power of finding your balance in the face of anything –that is a gift!

Full Moon in Libra, March 20, 2019

Relationship issues are front and center on this Full Moon at 0° 09′ Libra on 20 March 2019, 06:43 PM PDT. One factor at work is Uranus in Taurus and another is a square between the ruling planets of Aries and Libra, Mars in Taurus and Venus in Aquarius.

It does seem to shake up the atmosphere when Uranus changes signs because Uranus is a ‘loud’ planet. The Libra Moon and Aries Sun form awkward but intense aspects to Uranus in Taurus. It is inconjunct the Moon and semi-sextile the Sun. This can translate into getting caught off guard by issues in our relationships. One possibility is finding out how far apart the individuals are when it comes to money and how to handle it. Another has to do with facing the realization core values are in conflict. These are not easy matters to resolve either. Libra is willing to find acceptable compromises, Aries not so much. We need to have frank discussions about these issues when entering a relationship rather than finding out after commitments have been made. Yes, it will probably be awkward as all get out but it will save pain down the line.

The square between Mars in Taurus and Venus in Aquarius is complicated by having two outer planets, Jupiter and Pluto, aspecting both as well. Mars is trine Pluto in Capricorn and Venus is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius. Taken separately both are splendid aspects but since all five planets aspected each other, the sweet aspects to Venus and Mars lose a lot of their sparkle. The simplest way to look at this mess is this . . . success comes from a combination of luck, generosity and LOTS of hard, consistent effort. We can meet the person of our dreams but it will take work if the relationship is going to last. No free lunches this time around!

Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces and still widely conjoined Neptune. The saving grace is a sextile to pragmatic Saturn in Capricorn. Diligent, careful pursuit of the facts can prevent making costly errors. Those who persist in ignoring reality are not likely to enjoy the outcomes once Mercury stations direct, especially after it reaches Aries mid-April.

This is one of the more significant lunations this year, falling as it does on the equinox as well as being the final Super Moon of 2019. The four outer planets (Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn) are now all in earth and water signs for the next year. This sets a rather somber underlying tone to the celestial atmosphere and emphasizes practical solutions. We get our first real taste of the effects on this Libra Full Moon when all four outer planets are aspecting personal planets, thus bringing home their lessons in an immediate way. This Full Moon is also a cardinal sign wake-up call and a harbinger of things to come over the next three to six months. No better time to practice being kind, patient and tolerant!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Libra © Yuhon

Top Tips For The Equinox


The Sun enters Aries this week on March 20, 2019 at 21:58 GMT. This is the Sun’s annual ‘fresh start’ as it moves to 0 degrees Aries and begins a new cycle of the zodiac. Western astrology is aligned to the seasonal points, the Summer & Winter Solstice in June and December, The Spring & Autumnal Equinoxes in March and September.

This is the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere (Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere). In honour of the Sun’s new zodiac cycle, here’s how to make the most of this pivotal point in the year.

1. Spring Into Action

There’s a physical quality to Aries, due to the fact that this is a competitive sign and Aries likes to win. Aries’ ruling planet, Mars, is linked to strength & stamina and martial arts are named after the God of War.

Whether you’re training for a marathon or you’re leaping into a yogic warrior pose every morning, this is the perfect time to start a physical activity that makes you feel strong and invincible.

2. Healthy Habits

Many people use the start of the year to begin a New Year’s resolution and commit to healthy habits. Dry January is a regular fixture in our house. Yet, it makes more sense to use the Equinox energy to focus on your health. The weather is less grim and cold and summer means less clothes!

Start a detox, eat smaller portions or any other new habit that boosts your energy levels. The Sun in Aries takes place during Lent, a four week chapter which completes on April 19th. You might decide it’s not about giving something up for you. Instead, add a daily habit or some healthy tweaks to your diet or routine. Honour your body. Aries mantra: “my body is a temple”.

3. Be Spontaneous

Fire signs, like Aries, are the ‘just do it’ brigade. Aries in particular is the expert at starting something new. This isn’t about the mind and thinking things through. Instead it’s about spontaneous action, immediacy, acting without thinking.

This can be seen as foolish, which is why The Fool card in the Tarot is linked to Aries energy, the first card of the tarot deck. There’s a naive innocence to the sign of Aries. Yet, how many times do you look back on your life and think ‘if I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be where I am now’.

IMPORTANT NOTE. During the Equinox, communication planet, Mercury, remains retrograde. Therefore, think of the next few weeks as key stepping stones, leading you closer towards your goals. The important dates are March 28th, when Mercury turns direct, April 5th, the New Moon in Aries & April 17th, the day Mercury enters Aries. Take one step at a time and set your intentions now.

4. March Into Spring

Aries is the sign of the crusader, the white knight of the zodiac, ready to go into battle to fight a good cause. Mars is God of War in mythology. This is the perfect time of year to join a march, stand up for what you believe in, defend the weak and fight for peoples’ rights.

An independent sign, Aries understands that you only need one person to make a difference. One small act can impact in a huge way. Don’t wait for other people to start a revolution. If there’s something you feel strongly about, here’s your opportunity.

5. The Sap Is Rising

Mars rules your libido and it’s the planet linked to sexuality and passion. The birds and the bees are getting in on the act at this time of year and new life is budding. You only need to step out into the countryside or go for a walk to notice that the animal world is starting to feel frisky.

Plus, sex has a huge number of physical benefits as it releases oxytocin and other feel-good hormones into your body, which can ease pain, boost your mood, even help smooth your wrinkles! In the words of Aries soul-singer Marvin Gaye (b. April 2 1939), ‘Let’s get it on’.

6. Big Yourself Up

If you’ve seen a true Aries in action, they are not afraid to tell you how good they are at their job or to reel off their impressive list of credentials. Aries tends to be brilliant at self-advertisement, even if it sometimes can flip into arrogance or boasting.

Yet, diva like behaviour isn’t always a bad thing as it gets you noticed and it’s a good thing to love yourself. In a world where modesty is a revered quality, it doesn’t do any harm to let the world know who you are. Celebrate your individuality and focus on your personal strengths. Be more Aries and let your confident self do the talking.

7. Sow Seeds

Aries is the initiator of the zodiac, where new beginnings take place and new life comes into being. This is the ideal time of year to sow seeds, whether you’re doing so in your garden or greenhouse or in life in general. What small steps can you take right now that will plant an acorn or a seed in someone’s ear that can grow into something bigger over time?

Even if you don’t have a clear picture of where you’re heading, what you start can lead you down a new path in life. Some projects will work out, some will fall by the wayside, just like seeds – some germinate, some never make it. Yet the more seeds you sow, the greater your chance of success.

Where To Make A Fresh Start?

Here’s a quick guide to specific areas where renewal or a fresh start are recommended. Read both your Sun Sign and your Ascendant sign, if you know it:

  • Aries: Your image, profile, name; how the world sees you
  • Taurus: Your inner world, self care, retreat, your spiritual life
  • Gemini: Your social life, group connections; you out in the world
  • Cancer: Your career & vocation in life; your status & reputation
  • Leo: Your lust for travel or knowledge; the bigger picture, your beliefs
  • Virgo: Your joint finances & shared resources; the metaphysical world
  • Libra: Your relationships, personal & professional; your enemies
  • Scorpio: Your work & routine; your lifestyle & health
  • Sagittarius: Your love of play, where you find joy; children, love affairs, creativity
  • Capricorn: Your home & family; your past & where you come from
  • Aquarius: Your community; the way you communicate & get from A to B
  • Pisces: Your personal money; what you value highly in life

Happy Equinox!

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