An astrological analysis of the week to help you make the most of the moment.
Spring has sprung, the Sun is now in Aries and lengthening days call us to start our year afresh. Aries stirs our willpower and encourages new beginnings, but we may have trouble wrangling the logistics. We may have trouble collecting our focus or wrangling logistics, as our brains would rather read a book or wander in the wild as mental Mercury, still retrograde in intuitive foggy Pisces until the end of the week, conjuncts imaginative if confusing, Neptune. Because of its retrograde cycle, Mercury makes three exact conjunctions to Neptune from mid-February through April 2, and the retrograde version is exact this weekend. Our imagination and our vision can sing under this conjunction, but we need to pace ourselves. We can run into danger if we let that Aries push us ahead of our ability to pay attention. It’s easy to lose things, trip, or slide sideways. This Mercury-Neptune conjunct… Read More
This week the stars loan us determination as active Mars trine authoritative Saturn and powerful Pluto in earth signs. We can make real progress wherever the decisions are clear and we know what we’re doing. But in this last week of winter, that won’t always be so easy. With Mercury retrograde in absorptive Pisces, close to intuitive, soggy, foggy Neptune, it’s a great week to sleep and dream, and to let our imagination rip and write great fiction, but we may have trouble making realistic decisions or telling the difference between satire and news on social media. Check before reposting; is it true and is it current. Even more than usual, people will tend to filter what they see based on how they feel, and forget to check the details of information that supports their personal opinion. Some, like the New Zealand shooter, can get lost in their Neptunian delusions… Read More
Our brains can feel a muddy as a spring landslide this month, but we can still be productive. Two opposing astrological patterns affect us: Mercury retrograde in Pisces slows us down as Mars in earthy Taurus encourages us to make progress. On the flooded side, Mercury, the planet that symbolizes how we think, communicate, and move through the world, now retrogrades (appears to back up against the zodiac) until March 28 in intuitive Pisces. This one will feel like a super-retrograde as Mercury conjunct Neptune, the brain fog-producing planet of imagination, spirit, and escapism, first on February 19, now backs up and conjuncts Neptune again on March 24, then turns direct and conjunct it for the third time on April 2, a flood that gets us coming and going. Through this long unusually foggy and muddy Mercury retrograde we can feel wildly creative but easily overwhelmed, like the world is… Read More
The planets suggest our feelings may be as soggy as snowmelt in early spring weather this week. As the weekend begins some familiar problem raises its head as the Capricorn Moon conjuncts dour Saturn and Pluto. Whether we have a headache from the headlines or find that an old physical scar aches in the cold, or just itch with cabin fever after a long snowy winter, some repeating pattern can either give us an opportunity to do it right this time, or make uncomfortable with the status quo. Next week the conditions inside and out can get even sloppier as Mercury retrogrades (appears to back up) in sensitive swampy Pisces. Art and good conversation help. Beauty-loving Venus can help us find a temporary cure for our tough moods if we start and unusual conversation with people outside our normal framework or engage our hearts in an act of compassion or… Read More
The stars ask us to acknowledge our deepest feelings as Venus conjuncts Pluto this weekend. Venus symbolizes our heart, what we care about and what we find beautiful, while Pluto speaks of depth, loss, the use and abuse of power, and of rebirth. This conjunction usually occurs once a year and can help us catch up with a backlog of emotion. It can also expose hidden stories, headlines can bring up questions around spousal abuse or sexual exploitation, breach of trust, and what we want to do about This conjunction turns up the volume on all our feelings, but can start with a poignant grief or existential loneliness. Or a love of solitude. A personal event or memory can trigger this wealth of feeling. But even if no event occurs, we may feel a spike of existential grief over the world’s conditions, with the loss of wildlife or the wasted… Read More
The astrological weather has shifted for the moment, the planets may irritate us less but leave us more sensitized and stubborn with motivating Mars now in Taurus and mental Mercury in subtle Pisces. Tempers cold when Mars left flammable Aries yesterday, but are replaced with more determination as Taurus now travels through stubborn if even-keeled Taurus. We’re less likely to argue, and more likely just to follow through on our plans. This new sensitivity has its pros and cons. Late winter depression can drift around the edges. We may feel we need one another now more than we have in the last few months. We may be more open to an emotionally intimate connection, more open to our spirit and the quiet of spiritual practice. The Sun joins Mercury in watery Pisces on Sunday, and help us become more aware of the interconnectedness of our lives and our ecosystem, more… Read More