Astrologers are often accused, and not without justification, of giving out vague predictions and forecasts, yet over the last few years most planet-plotters have been united in singling out the ongoing clash of Uranus/Prometheus and Pluto as spelling trouble. As this site offered at the start of 2014: “In social and political terms, their clash can be roughly translated as the plutocracy – bankers, corporations, governments – versus the people, especially the young.”
This scenario has held true for Ukraine in recent months and in particular over the last week. Just as it seemed that the forces of liberation might for once have triumphed has come Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
There are several ‘birth charts’ for an independent Ukraine in 1991, as a quick search on the Internet will show. For this astrologer, the pertinent signifier for both Ukraine and Russia just now is the transit of Pluto through Capricorn. The break-up of the USSR occurred during the rare (once every 172 years) conjunction of Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn, at just the point in the zodiac where Pluto now sits (10-14 degrees, fact fans). Pluto represents crushing power.
The chart for Vladimir Putin (b. 7 October 1952 9.30 AM St. Petersburg) is also instructive. Putin’s birth chart confirms everything that is already evident; that he is a strategist (Libra Sun) with an iron grip (Saturn conjunct Sun) and that he likes to do things stealthily (four planets in the 12th house). Slippery Neptune close to his Sun suggests a mysterious character (one biography is titled The Man Without A Face). He has cloak and-and-dagger Scorpio ascending and right at the very peak of his horoscope is Pluto.
Putin’s annexation of Crimea comes as warrior Mars reaches culmination in Libra. Since the red planet spends another five months going back and forth in the signs of the Scales before it reaches Putin’s Scorpio ascendant, the astrology suggests nothing is going to be resolved in a hurry, and that, unlikely as it seems, the Russian President’s move will eventually rebound on him.
The beginning of March is remarkable for several changes of planetary direction. Mercury quit its three week retrograde phase on February 28. Mars goes into retreat on March 1, with Saturn going retrograde on March 2. Then Jupiter goes forwards on March 5. Add in a new Moon in Pisces on March 1 and that’s quite a change of astrological atmosphere, the implications of which are considered below.
The Spring Equinox, a major moment by astrological tradition, marking the start of the astro-year, arrives in 2014 on March 20 at 4.57 pm GMT. A joyous springtime to all my readers.
Flex your flippers – the flow is with you from the outset in March. The new Moon of the 1st could not be more obliging, being perfectly aligned with your ruling planet Jupiter, and if this is your birthday, you have a fresh life chapter imminent (providing you fancy the change, it isn’t compulsory). The forward movement of Jupiter from March 6 favours themes governed by the giant planet; education, law, travel and money (though more about the last later). Jupiter’s reputation as ‘lucky’ can be overplayed, but what sporting folk call ‘the rub of the green’ is on hand in both competition and in matters where others’ good will counts.
If your love life is in a tangle, Jupiter’s return to forward motion also helps; matters dating back to August-October 2013 return for resolution. Jupiter represents freedom, and relationships built around confinement (yours) may finally become insupportable. Still, the full Moon in operation on the weekend of the 15/16, being opposite to you, is a moment to keep discussions between you and significant others at a low key. Singletons have a following wind in the dating game right through to July.
The sense of forward momentum and resolution in all matters is helped now that the tiresome retrograde of mercury=y is at an end – the messenger planet reaches your skies on the 19th, resuming the normal service that was fractured four weeks back. If you are waiting on news, here’s a likely arrival.
Finances remain a work in progress. The so-called ‘Grand Cross’ that is developing to reach perfection in late April falls across your cash-resources axis, hence you may have to wait until then for full clarity. An unorthodox way of keeping the cash flowing is part of the scenario – the new moon of March 30 is on your side – but so is safeguarding what you already own, especially in shared ownership. Happily, getting ahead in the harsh professional world that grants us its meagre rewards remains obligingly starred. Swim on.
You are on a countdown to your birthday month, with the new Moon of March 30 promising a firecracker of an April. Best conserve some of your energy for later, then, though early March does signal some important developments.
Some concern your home, where you can now push ahead unhindered with changes to Aries Towers and its inhabitants – say a switch of lodger or flatmate, the expansion of the West wing, or even a complete relocation. Jupiter’s change to forward direction ends several months of uncertainty here, and while your plans may need to be kept somewhat hush-hush for the moment, the opportunity to do more than just move around the furniture is there.
With a bundle of planets in your preceding sign of Pisces, the element of secrecy looks active in other areas of your life as well. Choose your own time to reveal your hand – now that messenger Mercury is through its retrograde phase, you can plan with some confidence.
The area where that does not hold is with one particular one-on-one relationship, not necessarily a romantic attachment but likely to be so. Perhaps it’s about the way you handle relationships in general. Here, you remain on the back foot. The opposition of your ruling planet, Mars, is never your strongest moment, and as the red planet now in reverse motion until, ulp, late May, you are definitely ill-advised to try and force others to your formidable will. Mars occupies your kindred sign of Libra, a sign much exercised by notions of justice and fairplay, and these are the lodestone of any partnership in play just now. Anger on your part merely rebounds.
If you can tiptoe away from conflict and dodge obsession – and granted, the saintly Ram is not a customary role – so much the better. What you are looking for is clarity and understanding, not just of the other party but of your own motives and behaviour.
If all is quiet on the one-on-one front, give thanks, and if you are a singleton in search of action then you might do worse than re-explore recent encounters. In any case, with your relationship planet, Venus, plying new ground this month, opportunities to shop around are …around.
As ever, the month of Aries arrives with some gusto (on the 20th), and if you duck the scraps with your ex or current beau/belle and concentrate on your own singular agenda, you look quite the earth shaker.
There is nothing like a sustained spell of Saturn in opposition to concentrate the mind and show you exactly what is or is not achievable, especially but not exclusively in regard to your professional life. Since the ringed planet arrived in your kindred sign of Scorpio in December 2012 you have been tried and tested, and long-term decisions about work and residence have doubtless had to be made. Since Saturn concerns age, age-related burdens and maladies tend to arrive.
Saturn’s turn to backward motion on March 3 doesn’t remove its pressure, but it does ease its demands. From here until July is thus a more sanguine spell before the last six months of 2014 ask you to complete (more or less) the process in which you are engaged.
In other respects March also lightens your load. Mercury’s return to forward motion removes the time-shredding delays and obstacles from the last three weeks. The new Moon of March 1 sours on your work involvements – any group activities, clubs and peer-driven activities are in favour. The arrival of your ruler, Venus, at the apex of your ‘scope on March 6 further strengthens your public profile. You can cut a dash this month, and if your plans involve education, training, public speaking or jetting off on a V.I.P. mission, so much the better. Jupiter promises to keep your horizons wide and promising right through to the second half of the year. Your part of the deal is to apply maximum effort to your work.
Your love life, caught in something a Rebus loop this last year or two, is at last on the move. Whether that means you are seriously considering giving someone the heave-ho, or that a beleaguered affair finds a way to renew itself, is not a given, but as March rolls on into April, a lighter, freer mood prevails. The 5/6th and 15/16th are hot dates
Though February doesn’t look the most onerous month you have endured on planet earth, you’ll be glad to know that the pesky retrograde of Mercury is over, meaning your ability to do what you like without a Plan B is back in place. You certainly have the opportunity to fly around in March. The new Moon of March 1st is a peach, re-stating your professional credentials in an imposing way, with the all important connection to cash flow etched in, thanks to Jupiter, a planet keen to swell your coffers over the coming months. As pointed out last month, you can raise your reputation without necessarily putting in more graft (though if needed, supply it).
Seeing and being seen is de rigeur, professionally and socially, with the weekends of 8/9th and the 15/16th (a full Moon) highly favoured. Advancing your cause, and the ideals you share with others, acquires a steady momentum over the next couple of months -best not fritter away the chance. The new Moon of March 30 is just as advantageous as that of the 1st.
Any downsides? Of course! Mars’ lengthy retrograde in your solar fifth house (translation, matters close to your heart) asks for some fine-tuning where love affairs, crushes, and even old flames are concerned. Here you can give yourself time to ascertain just where an affair (perhaps recent) is going. Avoid obsessing – there is really no rush, and April will present things in starker terms. For some of you, however, the escape of Venus from your eighth house, another place where you explore the depths of human relations, will feel like a liberation after months – four to be precise – of on-off anguish.
A perfect alignment between Jupiter in your skies and the new Moon – your ruling celestial body – is the kind of aspect that sets astrologers raving with promises of free long haul flights and pots of money unearthed at the end of your garden. May it be so! More pragmatically, the new Moon of March 1st signals an end to recent delays and a more optimistic, medium term outlook.
Jupiter has been in the Crab’s skies since your birthday last year, but has spent the last four months in rewind. With the giant planet rolling forwards from March 6, it is time to re-assert yourself and push your luck. Actually it’s less a matter of ‘luck’ than ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’. That applies especially to all creative and imaginative pursuits, and to your professional status.
The other planet to which Jupiter is perfectly aligned just now, and until May, is Prometheus, a body that represents an unorthodox, perhaps uncompromising approach. Follow your hunches where work is concerned, and while you doubtless won’t want to abandon your bread-and-butter occupation, explore alternatives and extras. Dissatisfaction and leaving your comfort zone have their merits.
Talking of dissatisfaction, there is also the matter of the beloved Cancerian home. That Mars, a restless bundle of energies, now goes into reverse in your domestic zone calls for a re-address of the domestic set-up. While the resulting agenda could be as simple as a purge of your shelves and cupboards, it may also require you to reassert your authority over your domain, to sort out unsatisfactory lodgers and flatmates. If so, steady pressure and patience are called for (awesome displays of your normally contained temper may also work, however ().
Relationships? The last two months have presented you with an exasperating picture, with Venus tangled up in intrigue and uncertainty. The departure of the romance planet from your partnership zone on the 6th may come as something of a relief, though first it offers the chance of burying the hatchet with you-know-who. Your fellow water signs, Pisceans and Scorpios, look a good call for those who are on the prowl.
There’s what you see – or, rather, what you allow people to see – and what you don’t – or rather, what you like to keep under heavy wraps. Both sides of your strategy are under emphasis during March and April. The new Moon of March 1 allows you to move stealthily forwards with the Top Secret Plan you have been nursing during winter’s long months. Whether it’s an ingenious way to make money or a liaison dangereuse, you have a green light to pursue it now. Gently does it.
Secret or not, relations with significant others are on the move. The prevarication of Mercury in its retrograde phase is over, so in all negotiations, romantic or otherwise, you can pin people down. Romance is in the air, what with Venus arriving opposite you from the 6th for the rest of the month, promising a few head turning moments (the 13th/14th look promising) and the chance to make up for the Valentine you forgot to send your other half.
You gather momentum as the month moves along. The arrival of the Sun – your ruler – in the fellow fire sign of Aries (on March 20) is always a good portent. Add in that the new moon of March 30 involves the wayward, energising energies of planet Prometheus and you have a perfect moment to push yourself forwards and your agenda onwards. If you are involved with I.T., the media, publishing or education, late March and April are especially significant.
With so many upsides best not seek out too many drawbacks. Still, with Mars going into a none too frequent retrograde phase in the zone of your ‘scope concerned with communications, best check your phone, computer and the old jalopy for potential problems.
It’s the halfway mark in Virgo’s year, meaning for one thing you have a bundle of planets in opposition with a new Moon on March 1 and a full Moon in your skies over the weekend of the 15/16th. That puts the emphasis firmly on your one-on-one relationships and how you handle them, which should be gingerly.
As last month’s forecast pointed out, boundaries are important, especially when you have seductive but sloppy Neptune in the mix, preying on your endless good will (August birthdays take note). On a positive note, the turn-round of your Mercury ruler means that prevarication and delays in your dealings with ex’s, current partners and intendeds can all be handled with more certainty, especially after the 18th. First you must negotiate your personal full Moon on the 15th; good weekend for making a display of yourself and leading the party (yes, you) but skip it for soul-searching talks, your dander is likely way too high for much sense.
After the spring equinox you are in a stronger negotiating position and ready to take a romantic relationship deeper should you choose. The new Moon of the 30th signals that intimate relationships come with an electrifying quality.
Your social encounters when zipping round on your endless missions have a serendipitous touch, and when leading your favoured committee or walking club you have clout. The only wisp of cloud on your horizon comes in the shape of Mars, whose retrograde asks you to double check your accounts. Since these will surely already have been dealt with your customary acumen, it’s what you value, and how you value yourself, that may be the issue this spring.
Thanks to a flurry of planetary comings and goings, early March effectively marks the close of the first chapter of your 2014. Perhaps most pertinent is the retrograde of Mars through your skies from March 1 to late May, a period when you are obliged to be at your most scrupulous in dealing with significant others. Best not be starting any feuds, which promise to linger on until midsummer. The picture is complex, since with Prometheus in opposition from Aries, shortly to be joined by the Sun and a new Moon (on March 30), you are engaged in an act of liberation from past patterns of relating and, perhaps, from one or more relationship, lover, or rival.
The new paradigm is best approached by stages, so there is no rush, but there is a need for steady change. The shift of your ruling planet, Venus, from its challenging few months in Capricorn (not the green planet’s favourite sign) is a welcome omen, opening up the possibilities of social interaction and, if you’re looking, hot dates. If nothing else, this is the cue to get out the house and in circulation, especially on March 18/19 when Venus lines up sweetly with both Prometheus and the Moon in your skies.
Nor is the change confined to your personal life. Jupiter’s return to forward motion at the top of your ‘scope suggests you can usefully raise your professional game and reap pay-off for the hard work you have expended over the winter months (presuming you put in a decent shift). The new Moon of March 1 is about both work and routine, and the need to be in top physical shape to capitalise on opportunities. Purge of your shabbier habits is in order, as is a rationalisation of possessions. You need no physical clutter or emotional baggage during the demanding but rewarding phase that kicks in at the spring equinox.
And exhale. Saturn, the planet that doesn’t give you as much as a tea break from its travails, is in reverse motion from March 2, meaning the pressure that’s been on you since your birthday (and actually going back to late 2012) is likewise in retreat until July. It may not seem quite like that, especially if your birthday is circa November 15, but as March rolls on, circumstances become more accommodating.
The new Moon of March 1 is certainly a welcome omen, beaming Piscean sentiments of universal love and compassion your way – hopefully with a few parties thrown in. The ensuing three weeks is certainly the time to pursue your personal pleasures, be they angling, art or reminding the world that you are not only about work and achievement. Circulating in your personal sociosphere is called for, and, if you’re looking, promises a glimmer of romantic interest (you may have to wait until April for full delivery).
The simultaneous return of Jupiter to forward motion in the other of your fellow water signs, Cancer, also accords with the spring like mood. A full blown, expenses-paid trip to distant shores may not arrive bang on March 6 (though if you are a Halloween birthday you are in with a shout), but the ensuing five months offers the chance of helpful international connections and easy advancement with the favours of the so-called great and good.
Closer in time comes the spring equinox and the new Moon of March 30, both of which point you towards a spruce-up of your health regimen and daily routine.
Scorpio is a sign well known for its love of secrecy. Heaven only knows what you are hatching just now, but with your mars ruler retrograde in your twelfth solar house, it looks well under wraps…for now.
The new Moon of March 1 puts home, hearth and family at the centre of events for the month, perhaps longer. At the least you are asked to refurbish and re-enchant your domestic set-up (flatmates and the like who sponge on your goodwill and energy are not to be tolerated) and consider coldly (key word) where your best advantage lies in the longer term. A relocation right now may not be necessary, but keep in mind that in 18 months’ time you will be facing astrological weather of a less forgiving nature; here’s a good moment to plan in earnest. Your next birthday offers a useful time frame in which to work
Now that Mercury’s bothersome retrograde is over, you can start getting straight answers to any questions about domestic plans (though perhaps not for a couple of weeks), while in more general terms your phone and broadband account are amenable to being – and staying – fixed. There may also be some repair work needed among friends following February misunderstandings.
The two axes of the so-called ‘Grand Cross’ that is forming in the sky, and which reaches a climax in late April, have other agendas. Your Jupiter ruler is a planet of many associations, but one is prosperity, and since the solar system’s giant is rolling forward in your resources zone from March 6, so are your chances of accumulating over the coming five months. With Jupiter nicely aligned to both the new month’s new Moons – on the 1st and the 30th, your canniest financial acumen promises to pay off.
The spring equinox, on the 20th, opens a month when pleasure and romance dominate. The Sun is in a fellow fire sign and you are obliged to be at your fieriest, fe=eistiest self. Flame on!
Whatever the emotional fracas in which you have been entangled over the last couple of months – open enmity with an ex, deepening a partnership, grieving a loss and all points between – you reach easier ground come March 6 when Jupiter returns to forwards motion after several months in reverse. The simultaneous departure of Venus from your skies is actually something of a relief on this occasion (though you might celebrate with a new outfit) since the romance planet has been through a retrograde cycle of its own. If you have remained anguish free with regards to significant others, congratulations.
The simultaneous reverse of your Saturn ruler carries much the same feeling of your load lightening, with friends, colleagues and possible partners no longer leaning so hard on you for support. Is it time for some light-hearted social discourse? Absolutely. The new Moon of March 1 opens the doors to flurry of such events – as your words (including those committed to the internet) carry especial weight in the second half of the month, choose them wisely. Meanwhile, it’s time to straighten out any financial uncertainty that arose during the last three weeks, when messenger Mercury was in retrograde.
One area of your life where you cannot be so breezy is your career. Mars in your career zone has doubtless kept you on your tows this year, but with the red planet now in reverse until late may, you are walking on eggshells with one particular set-up or person. However correct or powerful your position – as a Capricorn, you’re likely the boss – avoid getting into a furrowed brow conflict, one that will likely take months to resolve and meanwhile act as a drain on your energies. A low-key strategy of containment and isolation is preferable to engagement, at least for now.
April will bring some clarity to any such situation, and to any plans you have for relocation or a domestic shakedown. The new Moon of March 30 opens a whole new ball game where security and living quarters are concerned.
Your birthday month, while an empowering moment (at least internally), was nonetheless compromised. The minor inconvenience of a Mercury retrograde certainly didn’t help, while the culmination of Saturn in your career zone may have coincided with a feeling that your ability to shoulder professional burdens had finally reached its limit.
There is good news on both counts. Saturn’s turn to reverse motion offers you a few months respite from relentless pressure. You are still in the business of achievement, still battling to prove that you have the necessary gravitas to be a player in your field, but the need to constantly do more to prove yourself is an ebb tide. Re-organise. Simultaneously, communicator Mercury now moves forwards once more to lend your voice a touch of command, and keep your e-mails and calls on track.
Venus, which has spent a rare few months behind the scenes in your horoscope – in a place where you might prefer the general public to stay in the dark about your affairs – reaches the skies of the Urn Bearer on March 5, granting you a blessed month when you have the green planet’s virtues of attraction; folks admire your style and panache, would-be lovers cast themselves at your feet and birds burst into song at your heed. Or minor variations thereof – your certainly need to be out in the world and casting your particular spell. If you don’t have a diary full of social events, create a couple of your own.
The two new Moon s of March carry rather a different message. That of March 1 concerns cash flow and finances; here the issue is absolute clarity about what you have and what is due, one that may reach crunch point around the full Moon of the 15th. Ducking problems merely delays their necessary solution.
The new Moon of March 30 energises the area where you communicate with the outside world, and since it’s conjunct the tech planet Prometheus, a new approach tour Internet infrastructure is on offer. If you work in I.T. or the media, you appear o be on an upward curve this spring.