You are coming into yourself in a new way this month, Capricorn, and taking your inner world into account as you do. You may find yourself communicating in an uncharact Eristically fuzzy manner that possesses as well an unusually clear depth of spirit. As has been the case more often than not lately, instability at the core could lead you to unpredictable feelings, and yet your spiritual task would seem to be finding the upside rather than dwelling on the implied chaos. Sometimes, as the Grateful Dead lyric goes, we can find enlightenment “in the strangest of places” if only we can orient ourselves properly. As Mars crosses into your sign, in the timing of the New Moon of the 17th, you are more invested than ever in the concept of better integrating your depth process with your more overt mental deliberations. Your thought process truly complete only when consciousness is one with the mystical inner vision that drives you from below.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
The month of March begins with a Full Moon in your ninth house of the higher mind, spirituality, and the search for truth. You are focused on the bigger questions and deeper mysteries of existence right now, and, with the sign of Virgo highlighted, you are finding new ways to put your faith into practical use or service in the world.
On March 4th the Sun and Neptune conjoin in Pisces, therefore in your third house, while Mercury and Venus also conjoin in Pisces. With a stellium of planets rolling through the house of communication, writing, and messengers, there is also a tension at play to start the month between your higher beliefs and the need to communicate or disseminate those beliefs to others in a more personal way. Whatever your convictions might be right now just remember that you tend to err on the side of rules and tradition. It’s important to bring feeling, heart, and personality to the way you express yourself!
Late March 5th into early March 6th Mercury will cross into Aries and on March 6th Venus will also enter Aries, both moving into your fourth house of home and family. It’s easy for passion and intensity to overwhelm your home and family life, and it’s easy for miscommunication to occur right now if you aren’t demonstrating patience and compassion.
Between late in the evening of March 10th through March 13th Mercury and Venus in Aries in your fourth house will be moving through square aspects to Saturn in Capricorn in your first house. Whatever events are transpiring in your home and family life this month, if it doesn’t sit well with you then be sure to tell others exactly how you feel. If you can’t commit to something, just say so, but be careful not to push your own principles onto others. You aren’t likely to compromise right now with Saturn transiting through your first house, but don’t be surprised if those you are closest with are also quite pushy and intense with their own needs. Compromise is going to be necessary for everyone involved!
On March 17th the Pisces New Moon takes place in your third house of communication. This brings new energy to curiosity and learning endeavors, while also allowing for surprise information on the home front or emotional volatility or even a shade of instability to become a more significant factor. Also this day, Mars enters Capricorn and moves into your first house, marking a period of sustained effort, focus, determination, and success. Classically, Mars in Capricorn is exalted, which is good news for you because it means that your normal hard-working mentality is greatly benefited with an extra gear this month. Just make sure you don’t exhaust yourself, or others, in the process!
March 20th marks the Spring Equinox, at which time the Sun goes into Aries, moving into your fourth house, and signaling the dawning of the light half of the year. The Sun is exalted in Aries, and hence this advent of springtime is catalyzing you to make big changes. The Sun in the fourth house brings an even stronger emphasis to the area of home and family. You are likely being called to make some powerful adjustments to this area of your life. Whether that means a new home, home projects, or addressing challenging issues in your family relationships, now is a good time to get started.
Next, on March 23rd Venus in Aries in your fourth house squares Pluto in Capricorn in your first house, while Mercury also turns retrograde in Aries in your fourth house. Misunderstandings or changes of plans are likely to occur within your home and family this month, which could be quite personally frustrating or transformative for you. Just remember, whatever is happening in your family, be careful of the tendency to want to take responsibility for everything and everyone. Let other people be who they are and try to focus your time and energy on those things you can control…leave the rest or you’ll likely to be exhausted. Mercury stays wobbly for he next three to five weeks, finally completely straightening out in early May.
On March 28th Venus briefly conjoins Uranus in Aries in your fourth house. Here we see the planet of love and relationships conjoin with the planet of the rebel and the innovator in the house of home and family. You may be called to think outside of the box or to come up with innovative solutions to complex creative challenges or relationship demands. Don’t be surprised if your inner rebel or child needs to act out, or if your children are discovering their own inner rebel!
Finally, on March 31st it’s a Full Moon in Libra in your tenth house of career and reputation. Diplomacy, tact, and networking will be called for in the workplace. With so much emphasis on your fourth house of home and family this month, it might be easy to neglect equally important things happening on the job. Finding the right balance isn’t always easy for someone as driven to work hard and succeed as you are, but just remember that we only take our spiritual accomplishments with us when we pass from this world. So wherever your attention is called this month, focus on everything as though it is an opportunity for spiritual growth, first and foremost, and this will make you the most successful version of yourself that you can possibly be!
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.