Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

The new astrological year begins as the sun enters enlivening, rebellious Aries on the vernal equinox, March 20 at 11:15 a.m. CDT. Two days later Mercury turns retrograde; the sun pushes us forward while Mercury asked us to stop and reconsider, applying the gas and the brakes at the same time.

But first, March begins in a dreamy, low energy state as sun approaches Neptune in sensitive Pisces and gives us a chance to process, compost and vision where we need to go before the Aries rocket fuel, and Mercury retrograde confusion, kicks in. Spring fever energy begins on March 6 as Venus and Mars conjunct and both enter willful and passionate Aries. Keep eyes open for new personal connections and harness this emotional rocket fuel for serious work mid-March as Mercury squares competent Saturn.

And then life gets more complicated. The past whispers to us, technical delays begin to thicken, and new revelations abound as we step towards a twilight zone. After Mercury retrogrades on March 22, confirm information, check schedules, track important work carefully. Use the fallow creative time at the beginning of March to dream into motion a clean pathway to follow, or improvise from, when Spring’s stormy enthusiasm kicks in.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Take good care of your health and look at relationships with people who support you behind the scenes. Be ready to adjust and change how you reach out to others around March 11. Watch power clashes mid-month; take the high road. Patiently step into your own after March 22.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Revel in your cuddliness as the month begins and Venus trines Jupiter. Use your ability to sense truth underneath the surface of words to safely support the community around you mid-month. After March 20, move towards a place of introspective self-care even if others get busy around you.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Calm your sensitive nervous antenna and take advantage of professional opportunities early in March as Mercury conjuncts Venus. Follow through as Venus and Mercury enters Aries March 6; add your ingenuity to make it so. Step back and reassess progress and reconnect with old contacts once spring begins.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…This month brings interesting, if steep, learning curves, so learn all you can, even though you may feel unusually sensitive. Don’t take the bait after March 6; step away from conflagrations and step into a gentler leadership. Other people’s difficulties could provide opportunities to step up after the equinox.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Pay attention to how you appropriate people’s resources and share your own; strengthen the respect of healthy boundaries. Clean up any messy edges in either direction; work towards a clean and healthy equality, and feel life ease. As spring begins, notice unspoken psychic and nonverbal messages.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…This month you shine when you help others shine. Collaborate even if people get a little hot under the collar or touchy. Work on your egalitarian partnership skills in both love and work. Step back after the vernal equinox and make life an exercise in gratitude to regroup.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Tend your health the first week of March and find a productive way to be hypersensitive. Your energy and interest for collaboration improves after March 6, but others may be feeling pushy; don’t let enthusiastic others bamboozle you out of your own voice. Review connections as spring begins.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Drop resentment the first week of March; put those sensitive feelings and that deep introspection into a creative and entrepreneurial spirit after March 6. Invent rather than critique. Take advantage of fresh ideas March 11-16. Review your work situation and health habits to see what needs revising as spring unfolds.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Everybody’s touchy and you can step on toes with your enthusiasm as March begins; soften. Your guides and guardians are working behind the scenes to create safety mid-month; work with them (rather than test them) and feel hopefulness. Get creative, and look before you leap as spring begins.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Recent changes have closed some doors and opened others; new paths commence in a few months. Don’t second guess recent decisions; use this time for intriguing local exploration instead. How would you like to modify your relationship to your neighborhood, friends and siblings, and what would you like to learn?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Be practical this impractical month. Reassess and reorganize your resources. Notice where you can create more concrete stability in your life while still being true to your path. Fresh opportunity arrives with spring time; new friends connect through old ones, new contacts arrive in old places.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…This month can be a wild ride with exciting events, a few boulders, overflowing emotions, and occasional sublime calm moments in between. While shooting the rapids, stay as centered and aware as possible particularly March 11-23. Avoid the rocks, but focus on the course you need to take.


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