Cosmic Weather: March 2017 by Jane Lyle
Thought for March: To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender toward possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart.
Here comes mad March, a high-energy turning-point month every year. There are opportunities to begin anew.
We do already know what needs a fresh start – major planet patterns this month are very much part of an ongoing phase, much connects back to the developments and events of winter 2016. It’s a positive, potent time to review things anyway. Happy Spring!
Image: ‘Self Portrait’, Richard Von White via Wikimedia Commons. PD
Friday 3rd March 2017:
Jupiter in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries.
This is an exciting, lively planetary partnership that stamps its firecracker themes on our year ahead. So here’s a bit more about it:
The Gas Giant and the Nutty Professor: Bringers of Change in 2016-2017
A period highlighting breakthroughs, extreme restlessness, and original, inventive ideas began in December, 2016. It highlights the fields of science and technology, outer space, sport, publishing, law and travel. We can also expect to see a big push towards changes and reforms in the law, religion, and politics. It’s a major theme in 2017 as giant Jupiter opposes rebellious Uranus, and the sparks fly.
You can clearly see this Jupiter-Uranus symbolism in February’s amazing NASA announcement of the discovery of seven potentially habitable planets around a single star:
This discovery is a thrilling breakthrough, a turning point in the search for life out there in the universe. And here’s some pleasing synchronicity - the planets are striking an astrological chord with their positions in 1957, when the very first man-made satellite, Sputnik, was launched from Russia. It’s a moment that marked the start of an era of space exploration.
Back in 1957, Jupiter was also in Libra, making a productive link with inventive Uranus in fiery Leo and hard-working Saturn in Sagittarius – the sign it’s in this year, and the ultimate sign of the traveller, adventurer, and explorer.
And then we see this adventurous Jupiter-Uranus partnership appear again at another iconic moment in 1969.
By July 1969 Jupiter was in airy Libra once again. This time it was tightly aligned with Uranus, also in Libra. On 20th July 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, and Neil Armstrong made history.
But what might Jupiter and Uranus have to say about our individual lives?
In our personal lives, we’re talking about our own individual freedom - and our relationships and alliances. How can we have freedom alongside commitment? How do we balance those needs in our lives? What can we discover, or experiment with, this year?
There’ll be plenty of news and discussions about love, social life, and the role – both positive and negative - of technology and social media. I’d expect everything from dating apps to robots to be big talking points in 2017.
These important themes rise to the surface courtesy of Jupiter in relationship-orientated Libra – the sign that says ‘we are’, and eccentric, rebellious Uranus in Aries, sign of the new-born self, the sign that says ‘I am’. There’s a tug-of-war between them. Jupiter expands the revolutionary energies of Uranus, while Uranus sparks up Jupiter’s optimism.
Uranus in Aries represents the ultimate outsider, the nutty professor, the brilliant misfit. Jupiter in Libra is about our connections, but it also symbolises strategy. Creating conflict for the sake of achieving peace and harmony in the long run would be Jupiter in Libra’s kind of thing.
Between now, and September 2017, Jupiter and Uranus herald unusual opportunities, lucky surprises, breakthroughs, and unexpected twists of fate. Because they oppose one another, we’ll need to be determined to follow things through, and really focus on our goals. Jupiter and Uranus together symbolise revolution. What can we change? Expect some tussles, and much pushing and shoving before we have definitive answers.
Your own horoscope was switched on last December if you had planets or angles at around 20 degrees, particularly in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, or in the fire signs of Leo and Sagittarius, and the air signs of Gemini and Aquarius.
By March, 2017, this vitalising aspect is at 22 degrees, so look for planets or angles at around 22 degrees in those signs in your own horoscope.
And by the final exact connection in September 2017, Jupiter and Uranus are found at 27 degrees. An astrologer can tell you much more about what this might mean for you personally.
The aspects are:
Jupiter in Libra opposition Uranus in Aries, exact 26th December, 2016 at 20 degrees
3rd March, 2017, 22 degrees
28th September, 2017, 27 degrees
Saturday 4th March:
Venus turns retrograde in Aries today.
If you’d like to find out more about Venus retrograde, please do read my article, ‘Love, Karma, Cash and Caprice’ which is all about what backtracking Venus in Aries (and eventually Pisces) may bring to our attention.
Venus rewinds until 15th April. Three things to watch out for during this forty-day period are:
* The return of old relationships, friendships and social groups – or a chance to think again about these things.
* An opportunity to renegotiate financial agreements, contracts, and payments.
* A time to resist moving any new relationship on too fast. Wait! What’s for you won’t go past you. And this is extra important once Mars enters sensual Taurus on 10th March.
Image: Vintage adult comic cover via Wikimedia Commons. PD
Friday 10th March:
Mars enters Taurus, and tends to act in a bullish, stubborn and earthy manner.
Mars is now in the home sign of Venus, while artistic love goddess Venus is in Aries – the home sign of warrior Mars. Venus in Aries is keen to snatch impulsive pleasures whenever and wherever she can.
When Mars and Venus travel through one another’s signs we’ve entered a fascinating, fluid room in the House of Love. This can be a confusing phase for anyone who’s wedded to conventional views about love, gender, and what people get up to in bed. Role reversals, transgender issues, and anything and everything in between are all in focus. This can be a season of burning desire, but an always and forever relationship might not be the end result – at least, not yet.
With Mars in security-minded Taurus and Venus in dynamic Aries many of us will also be keen to make more money, money, money. This can go well. Just be aware that spontaneous spending frenzies or sudden investments are a seriously bad idea, but could be so hard to resist. We do of course know these things, but that doesn’t always mean much.
Venus and Mars are now in mutual reception (in each other’s home signs) until 3rd April when Venus returns to Pisces.
Sunday 12th March:
The Full Moon rises in Virgo, the Virgin Maiden, at 22 degrees.
The Native American name for this Moon is Worm Moon, or Sap Moon. Worms begin to appear above ground at this time of year, and it’s the season to start tapping the maple trees for their delicious, golden sap.
A full Moon in Virgo favours some hot housekeeping action. Practicality, and down-to-earth talks about changes and reorganisation are needed. Service and an eye for detail are key themes.
There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Image: WPA poster (c. 1939), United States Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, via Wikimedia Commons
Monday 13th – Tuesday 14th March:
Hindu Festival of Holi, the Festival of Colours
Today, the day after the March full Moon, is the start of the ancient Hindu Festival of Holi. Liberal quantities of vividly coloured powder are thrown around during this festival in a joyful celebration of love, life, and springtime fertility.
Two days of affirming the triumph of good over evil is, I feel, just what we all need. The Spring Equinox is just seven days away.
Image: Hindu festival of Holi, ‘Ramesh’ via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain
Monday 20th March: Hello Spring!
It’s the Spring Equinox today, when the Sun enters Aries the Ram, first sign of the Zodiac.
A new season begins today. Night and day are of equal length, and whichever hemisphere you’re in you can choose to make a symbolic fresh start. Ancient sites all over the world reveal alignments with the rising Sun on this special day, for it’s been a solemn and meaningful moment for thousands of years.
You can find out about some more of these ancient astronomical calendar sites here:
Image: Spring Equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, via Cambodia Tour Services.
Tuesday 28th March:
The New Moon rises in Aries the Ram, at 7 degrees.
Today is alight with planets in the sign of the morning, Aries the Ram. Our spring-time new Moon in Aries is joined by: The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and dwarf planet Eris. Much can begin on many levels now, if we choose.
There’s more in the Moon Diary.
‘Then suddenly the Mole felt a great Awe fall upon him, an awe that turned his muscles to water, bowed his head, and rooted his feet to the ground. It was no panic terror— indeed he felt wonderfully at peace and happy— but it was an awe that smote and held him and, without seeing, he knew it could only mean that some august Presence was very, very near. With difficulty he turned to look for his friend. and saw him at his side cowed, stricken, and trembling violently. And still there was utter silence in the populous bird-haunted branches around them; and still the light grew and grew.’
- Extract from Chapter 7: ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’, from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame
Thursday 30th March:
Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn.
The Jupiter-Pluto square and other stories: November 2016 – August 2017
Pluto has a powerful reputation in astrology. Last November, a dynamic new partnership between Pluto and expansive Jupiter began. It’s part of a bigger picture that colours our own lives, and the lives of everyone around us this year.
So what’s Pluto about?
As the Roman god of the dead, Pluto’s kingdom lay deep beneath the earth. Pluto ruled the underworld. His brother, Jupiter, was king of the gods and ruled over the skies. Pluto and Jupiter have sibling rivalry, but now and again they co-operate too, unleashing formidable energy.
Sometimes Pluto’s symbolism manifests quite literally, bringing major news of criminals, spies, police operations, hidden plots, secret information, and buried wealth or treasure. And let’s not forget those shadowy plutocrats and oligarchs either.
As co-ruler of Scorpio, along with Mars, Pluto rules the eighth zodiac house of sex, death, money, and resources. This planet’s underworld themes can also manifest psychologically as unconscious motives, or subconscious drives and desires around sex, erotica, death, and money. And there’s often an obsessive, intense quality to Plutonic times. You might say that Pluto writes the perfect thriller.
In astrology, Pluto is associated with transformation. Pluto’s considerable power is focused on eliminating what’s not working. Pluto gazes fearlessly at what stands in the way of rebirth and regeneration as the great cycle of life, death and rebirth unfolds. In this role, Pluto can represent destruction. Yet it’s vital to remember that what’s eliminated will eventually make space for the wonders of regeneration and rebirth. However, it’s far from being a sweet or fluffy process.
Periods of isolation, purges, and breakdown are associated with Pluto’s works, as are phases of great power, wealth, and strength. Before we can reap rewards, says the Lord of the Underworld, the ground must be cleared. We can then get on with digging up what lies beneath, and sifting through what we discover. It can be an intense, slow process – much like an archaeological dig, or the forensic examination of a crime scene. CSI Pluto scrutinises the smallest details in pursuit of the truth.
Pluto in Capricorn highlights security, banking and finance, political power, status, authority and the buried resources of the Earth itself.
Pluto entered Capricorn in January 2008 – a year of gargantuan global financial crisis - so we’ve had a while to think about transforming these areas of life. Yet little has been achieved so far.
Pluto’s themes are part of a larger and more complicated pattern that’s shaping our world’s story now. It is vital that we pay close attention. In December, sober Saturn enters Capricorn – emphasising the need for important changes in the financial sector, and how it operates.
Change can be frightening or chaotic. But the time has come to work out what can be transformed for the better, and what affects us all, whatever our personal astrology may be. The months ahead will make this challenging cosmic message very clear.
A Cosmic Wrestling Match
When Jupiter squares off with Pluto, there’s a struggle on one level or another. Power can be sent in unhelpful directions during this wrestling match, or be flourished in our faces with much hot air and many frustrating manipulative strategies.
This can manifest as difficulties or arguments about the energy we use, such as oil, coal, and gas. It can also signify major challenges in the worlds of politics and leadership, senior management, negotiators and diplomats, groups, partnerships, and alliances, publishing, faith and cultural beliefs.
Eventually, after some dynamic pushing and shoving, much can be achieved.
If you have personal planets or points at 17-20 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra then Pluto and Jupiter are currently active in your horoscope. An astrologer can tell you more about how this significant period of major change can work out for you personally.
The possibility of important, transformative developments is there for everyone with planets at 17-20 degrees in any sign, but those with Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libran planets are likely to notice it the most.
And it’s worth noting that…..
Jupiter squares Pluto exactly today, 30th March, 2017 (19 degrees).
Jupiter and Pluto meet for the final time on 4th August, 2017 (17 degrees).
Image: ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ by Paul Bransom, from ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame (1913 edition) via Wikimedia Commons.