The Spring Equinox is reckoned as the start of the zodiac by astrology, and indeed, the start of the astrological year. This time round it arrives on March 20 at 5.14 a.m. GMT, so a day earlier than the date usually ascribed as ‘the first day of spring’. Celebrate accordingly, or wait until the new Moon of the 22nd (at 2.36 pm GMT), an event that promises to spark off an unusually lively month, not least for birthdays then or circa 26 June, 27 September and 26 December. An Aries new Moon is always a potent signifier of waxing energy (at least in Northern climes), but as this one arrives close to the revolutionary planet Prometheus/Uranus, it comes super-charged.
I had occasion to think on the dispute about the name of Uranus – some of us prefer Prometheus as more appropriate to the planet’s associations – while listening to an excellent BBC radio documentary about Benjamin Franklin (In Our Time), that scientific and political radical who became an icon of the Enlightenment. As ‘discoverer’ of electricity it seems appropriate that Franklin was sometimes called ‘The new Prometheus’ and was famously summarised thus by Turgot – “He snatched the lightning from the skies and the sceptre from tyrants”. The documentary didn’t mention that Franklin was also an astrologer – he wrote and published Poor Richard’s Almanac for 25 years – but you can’t have everything.
There are two other planetary events of note this month. Mercury goes into one of its thrice yearly retrogrades between March 12 and April 4, a cue for everyone to slow down for three weeks (and expect parking spaces to be in short supply). And on March 14 Jupiter, Mars and Pluto form a perfect triangle across the cosmos, a pattern whose significance is explored below.
Dizzy, arty, empathic, canny (if not downright slippery) – your sign is often described in ways that suggest Pisceans’ capacity for practical thinking and action are less than adequate. This month especially, you should blow a fat raspberry at any such notion. Your horoscope instead stresses the benefits of cool, considered pragmatism.
The planetary picture being complex, you have reasons for both caution and optimism. For starters there’s the full Moon of the 8th raking up all the unresolved (and in the short term likely irresolvable) issues with a significant other; partner, ex or open enemy. As detailed last month, gnarly conflicts with you-know-who are best pacified rather than stoked for now. Avoid getting into a war zone. Add to that the petty frustrations of Mercury retrograde between March 12 and April 4 and you have a scenario where clearing up old business (and perhaps meeting up with past partners) makes more sense than pressing forwards. Mercury’s return to your skies on the 23rd emphasises that point; come April your words count double.
Still, as it is your birthday season until the 20th, you might as well make your presence felt, especially given the favourable situation of your governing planet, Jupiter. Contacts with convivial colleagues, with people stationed higher in the professional pecking order, and with people overseas all fall under helpful omens, especially around the 14th. Here, your ever-twitching antennae serve you well. Romantics have a following wind, providing you realise that you may be latching onto someone with quite a bite! If money is an issue, here’s a good month to find some, even if you have to wait until April to get actual pay-off.
Does love really make the world go round or is it the grimmer realities of money, work and status that keep everything in motion? Expect March to ask that question insistently. The realities of how you earn a pound or three are certainly not going away according to your ruler Mars, which remains ensconced in your zone of hard graft for months to come. It isn’t so bad, however – with the red planet helpfully aligned mid-month, you can reap financial rewards for your efforts (not least from energy you invested last year), plus win admiring nods from the heavy hitters in your profession. Everything to play for then.
The synergy at work in your ‘scope is nonetheless compromised by the pesky retrograde of messenger Mercury, which turns backwards in your skies from the 12th until April 4th, requiring you to be tiresomely specific in all matters of communication – expect tweets to fall flat, e-mails to bounce and snail mail to be wrongly delivered. It’s do-everything-twice time.
All of which might make the advent of your birthday month on March 20 a less than obvious leap into spring. Don’t be fooled by a few details going awry. The new Moon of March 22 is a pivotal moment in your year, with developments in the final week of the month casting a long shadow into the future. Push hard for what you want while recognising that the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily share your impatience. The electric, inspirational qualities associated with the planet Prometheus/Uranus remain a signature for 2012, especially for March birthdays.
Deciding whether love keeps planet earth turning is likely best left until the end of the month. With the Sun in a secretive and reflective sector of your ‘scope until the 20th, a little silent communion with your romantic soul is in order. Venus leaves your skies on the 5th, when it opposes Saturn; a moment when realism is likely to triumph over hope.
Make haste while it’s there to make – until the 12th – after which you have to reconcile yourself to three weeks of backtracking over the small print of deals and projects as messenger Mercury in retrograde does its tedious stuff.
Given other configurations in your ‘scope, that shouldn’t prove so painful. The arrival of ruler Venus in your skies on the 5th opens a month when you get what or who you want without too much effort. For the freewheeling romantics among you, this is the time to flash winning smiles and suggest cosy dinner dates (though food doesn’t have to be involved), while for go-getters, you can make that all important impression on the necessary magnate or financier.
Times come no better starred than the period around the 14th, when Jupiter and Venus form a triangle with Pluto and Mars – a major charm offensive and blitz with your professional plans makes optimum astrological sense (who would dare to refuse you?) The full Moon of the 8th likewise works in your favour, especially if you are out the house and among a new social set.
While the optimism and future-orientation of Jupiter in the Bull’s skies dominates proceedings, the new Moon of the 22nd sounds a different refrain, asking for moments of retreat and reflection to offset the hurly burly. What you privately set in motion then has the capacity to endure throughout the next twelve months.
Ambiguity is one of Gemini’s specialities – why spell out your position when you can hover between alternatives until the last possible moment? Contradicting yourself is another facet of the same game. At present, refusing to be pinned down looks a strategically canny move. With Mercury, your totem planet, entering one of its regular three week backslides from March 12 to April 4, whatever recent arrangements you thought were in the bag are likely to prove slippery. Accept that an element of mild chaos is in play for much of March, especially where collectives and colleagues are involved, and you grow stronger.
Look upon this period as a chance to reconsider plans and to re-evaluate your social networks, which remain up for renewal. With planet Prometheus/Uranus strong in your ‘scope all month, and especially after the new Moon of the 22nd, hanging out with people who have just learned your name looks as rewarding as meeting with the same old gang.
Public life looks simpler than the personal world. The dynamic triangle of planets in operation at mid-month falls on zones of your ‘scope that are particular and private, even deeply secretive. Plans involving your family (or home) or liaisons dangereuses reach tipping point around now, when you gain clarity about your intentions even if you decide to sit on them for the time being.
As detailed in last month’s forecast, Saturn in Libra’s skies continues to ask searching questions about commitment in your romantic life. For unhitched Twins, however spring, give or take a few missed calls, looks exuberant.
Priorities: should you ignore domestic dramas and throw yourself into your career by way of escape and self-advancement, or be fulfilling home and family duties and catch up with work later? Your horoscope suggests you have to fulfil both demands while offering a somewhat intricate time frame for doing so.
Part of the schedule is spelled out by messenger Mercury, which spends the next month criss-crossing the peak of your ‘scope as it completes one of its retrograde phases. As the pivotal new Moon of the 22nd also involves this same zone of career path and outward achievement, best expect some twists and turns in any plans for professional advancement. These you must nonetheless have, since the next two months are so strongly aligned towards recognition, job satisfaction, and peer recognition, but it looks like you’ll be juggling schedules and weighing up job offers (one lives in hope) until early April, when your options become clearer.
With the Sun in a fellow water sign, Pisces, until the 20th, you have a following wind regardless of Mercury’s testing moments, with events at mid-month promising a pay-off from last year’s efforts. You might also circle the 4th/5th as days when events fall in your favour without much effort. Romantically inclined Cancerians need only follow their best instincts in March. As Pluto features strongly in this month’s planetary picture, there’s a streak of intensity, ruthlessness even, that’s in play, notably for birthdays of June 30 and July 1st.. If so, don’t be tempted to match an opponent’s underhand tactics like with like; better to play the straight arrow.
As for any domestic dramas – as last month’s forecast pointed out, 2011 likely made you aware of the full extent of problems surrounding home, property and family. Tackle them with a consistent strategy while remaining aware that resolution of the issues probably isn’t available until around your birthday
The relationship between Leos and money isn’t especially complex – summary: why isn’t more of the wretched stuff available on demand? – but a cavalier attitude to financial affairs is not advised in a month when Mercury retrograde is muddying your waters. Better to keep bank statements and calculator close to hand, and to wait until after April 4th, when Mercury straightens out, before kicking up a rumpus about who owes whom. The full Moon of the 8th is certainly not the time to start generating heat with a partner or ex about settlements. Cool, itemised records work best in March.
The greater part of your energy is better directed at securing your professional status or making sure that your social life has a head of steam. With two beneficial planets signifying from the most public zone of your ‘scope, full public profile should come easily and pull you into the orbit of the so-called great and good. Expanding your career and intellectual interests laterally is one of this spring’s theme tunes, and one that may become insistent after the new Moon of the 22nd.
Notwithstanding the petty obstacles of a Mercury retrograde, the last week of the month promises to solidify your more maverick ideas into concrete plans, and/or to usher into play new players into your realm.
Romance? If you’re deep into an existing relationship there’s plenty to digest from the last month. Can some of the issues be resolved in the bedroom? If you’re single, roaming far and wide and mingling among fellow professionals all help your cause.
Planetary signals don’t come much more mixed than March’s aspects. As it’s six months since your birthday, with the Sun in therefore in opposition, you’re unlikely to be at the peak of your powers. That your totem planet, Mercury, is in retrograde motion from March 12 to April 4 adds a further note of caution – even your well-annotated plans are subject to revision, especially where they involve business partners (or rivals) or flaky ex’s.
Then there’s the full Moon in Virgo on the 8th – a moment when you are reluctantly dragged into the limelight or exult in it, but not a time to make any decision that could prove binding. Better to go with the flow where significant others are concerned – there seem to be plenty of partners, past, present or potential, to distract you from your lengthy to-do list.
Make sure said list isn’t only about tasks. March’s major planetary line-up, a triangle of Mars/Pluto/Jupiter that lines up precisely on March 14, promises a joyous opportunity to expand your personal or professional outlook and network. Explore your options accordingly, including any international contacts that arise. With Venus involved, a long distance love affair may also feature.
The new Moon of the 22nd falls in the zone of your ‘scope concerned with shared finances; money that arrives from joint efforts and from the matrix of mortgages, endowments and the like. No need for alarm, but keep your well-sharpened pencil to hand when considering such matters – there may be more funds available than you imagine.
In control? Saturn’s ongoing presence in your sign – until October – requires you to grapple for mastery over your life no matter how hard that seems. Like a bewildered hobbit charged with a heroic mission, you have to keep on keeping on no matter what. March, at least, offers some respite as the taskmaster planet rewinds and you catch up with some of 2011’s business. The season of Pisces – until March 20 – suggests that an overhaul of your daily regime, including a plan for healthy living – is as good a place as any to make an impact (Saturn’s t demands also call for periods of rest and recuperation). Be kind to yourself.
The arrival of the Sun in your opposite, albeit complementary, sign of Aries is a further signal to balance hard Saturnian graft with downtime. The month of Aries, coming halfway through your annual cycle, is rarely the easiest in the Libran year. On the other hand, the new Moon of the 22nd, offers what may well be a welcome chance to rewrite the script with at least one significant other. The planet Prometheus/Uranus, which has centre stage in March and April, represents energy of an uncompromising and indeed uncontrollable kid, so you may have to make more compromises than feel comfortable.
You’d be unwise to agree to too much while Mercury is in retrograde in the same zone, however; better to use March and early April as a time of research and exploration. For singletons, March and April are times of allure, and with Venus moving into a deeply emotional zone of your ‘scope after the 5th, new associations are there to be explored, and old one to be understood. The period around the 14th, when Venus meets Jupiter and aligns with Pluto, should deliver some helpful insights into your situation.
Astrologers are divided about which planet ‘rules’ Scorpio – tradition grants that defining role to lusty, combative Mars, while modernists prefer spooky Pluto. This month it matters little, since both planets line up sweetly with each other in your favour at mid-month, promising benefits flow your way from colleagues, friends and siblings – providing, that is, you can rub along with them.
Much the same goes for the third planet in what is a rare cosmic triangle, Jupiter, though with said planet in opposition it’s one-on-one relationships that should deliver. That may mean final release from a tiresome ‘ex’, a choice encounter with a great admirer, or your spouse coming up lucky on the lottery. At all events the period of the 12-14 is a time to fancy your chances and to take note of encounters, however apparently insignificant. With Venus, your partnership planet, conjoining Jupiter, and casting meaningful glances your way all month, alliances (hopefully though not necessarily romantic) look hugely beneficial in March.
With the Sun in a fellow water sign, Pisces, until the 20th, you have every reason to push on your plans, pausing only to take note of the tiresome retrograde of Mercury from march 12, cautioning you to hold your signature on contracts until April 4 (if at all possible) and to accept that delays to your schedule may be there for a good reason.
The Sun’s shift into Aries on the 20th, and the new Moon two days later, bring a renewed emphasis on your working life, Stay open to the possibility of re-organising your routines in a radical way. If your work is of the creative stripe, March is a month when what you offer the world gets a prompt salute of recognition.
Even freewheeling Centaurs need a secure home, a point that was made by the last new Moon on February 21st and which remains pertinent throughout March. While you may not be planning to up roots and relocate, it seems that new terms and conditions now apply to Sag Hall, whether it’s the need for an overhaul or a fresh flatmate. The full Moon of March 8th looks a time when you gain some clarity about your next step, though with Mercury retrograding into your home zone later in March, expect a month or so of inconclusive bartering before you can nail down fresh arrangements.
Mercury’s retrograde may also signify old friends and lovers re-entering your orbit, albeit only en passant. The past could well be a somewhat haunting presence in March. Not for long, however. The new Moon of the 22nd, in your fellowfire sign of Aries, is a firmly future-oriented event that augurs a shake-up in your romantic life (birthdays November 23-28 take especial note) and/or an influx of radical personalities and creative ideas. The following month sees you gathering energy.
Your ruling planet, Jupiter, is meanwhile involved in mid-month’s startling triangle of planets, along with Pluto and Mars. This trio relate principally your work conditions, status and the financial rewards involved. Even if all seems quiet on the work front, March 13-14 allow you upgrade your working practices, soothe uncompromising rivals and, perhaps against the odds, locate fresh funds for your input. A burst of Sagittarian glass-half full optimism at this point can work wonders1
As one of the zodiac’s three earth signs, the triangle of planets that forms at mid-March across Capricorn-Taurus-Virgo is of particular relevance. Earth is the element of practicality, and with Pluto/Jupiter/Mars working on your behalf, there’s an element of jobs and deals being done with a minim of fuss, of doors opening at a simple push. That happy situation is compromised by Mercury’s go-slow between March 12 and April 4, but a sense of achievement and reward, not least for efforts last autumn, looks undeniable, notably for those of you born on or near New Year’s Eve.
For all of you the ongoing presence of Jupiter and Venus shines on friendship, romance and creativity. A following wind is also provided by the sun’s passage through Pisces until the 20th. The ensuing new Moon on the 22nd falls at the root of your ‘scope, a signal that you can tear up cosy domestic scenarios, should you so wish, for something more energising, though with Mercury criss-crossing this sensitive point until early April, your legendary patience may be called on before you get the required result.
Saturn, your totem planet, remains in slow rewind across the roof of your ‘scope, obliging you to recalibrate relations with the less savoury aspects and authority figures in your professional world. Here, thoroughness and toughness – Capricorn qualities to a fault – guarantee eventual success.
Idealistic by nature, Aquarians are sometimes cavalier about such mundane issues as money and property. You horoscope, however, is insistent that you turn your attention to both in March. Pisces playing the part of cash zone in your solar chart, income issues often arise at this time of year, yet this year they are given extra emphasis by the ongoing presence of Mars in the zone of shared resources, and how you extract income from endowments, mortgages and partners, present or past.
The picture is complicated. As the red planet is in rewind, you can expect any impasse about who-owes- who-what to remain in dispute for several weeks more (how does mid-May sound?). The retrograde of Mercury between march 12 and April 4 adds a further note of uncertainty into your cash flow. Yet with Mars figuring in the dynamic triangle of planets that dominates mid-March, a breakthrough of sorts is promised. Much may hinge on your domestic set up. Jupiter’s presence at the part of your ‘scope concerned with clan, flat, house and the like makes this the primary area upon which to concentrate, whether to preserve the status quo, upgrade your environment, welcome a newcomer into your home or up sticks and move on.
The picture prevailing from the 20th, when the Sun arrives in Aries, looks more upbeat. The new Moon of the 22nd, lying close to a planet sometimes reckoned as the ruler of Aquarius, Prometheus/Uranus, promises to usher a maverick or two into your social scene. Those of you involved in technology, the internet, or any kind of education or teaching, might also anticipate and actively seek new opportunities for advancement.