Star Signs for March 2016

Posted on: 8th March, 2016

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for the last 10 years, she gives personal consultations and teaches astrology and intuitive guidance

March, the month of ‘Mad Hares’ is likely to bring with it a version of fairly crazy energy not unlike a rollercoaster ride. These next few weeks could certainly leave you in a spin where you find it hard to know which way is up. Don’t be alarmed and don’t feel pressured into trying to make sense of things right now, as confusion will be rife. There could well be times when you feel like your world has become very like the Alice in Wonderland story.

Early in the month two of the action planets, Mercury and Mars, change signs within 24 hours. Mercury moves into Pisces on March 5 and Mars into Sagittarius on March 6 —both are mutable (changeable) signs and both are ruled by Jupiter, our great big planet that tends us towards exaggeration or increase in whatever he touches. As a benefic, he generally brings good things, but there is always the chance that too much, even of an apparently good thing, can become a problem especially when what one person considers as ‘good’ can easily be someone else’s ‘bad’. You may need to suspend judgement on the whole good versus bad concept until things settle down.

Keeping with the theme, Jupiter has a leading role in the next significant event at the New Moon and total Solar eclipse on March 9 when the Pisces Moon and Sun are opposite Jupiter in Virgo, another a mutable sign. Change is always associated with an eclipse and this is the first of two this month. The need to accept change, as the only constant in life is highlighted again. Seeds of the new are planted now but it will be several months at least before the results of current actions are fully realised.

Mid month on March 19, Jupiter moves to make an exact challenging square aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius. These two planets operate like opposing forces, Jupiter as expansion and Saturn as contraction. In life we need to have a good measure of both and this can work well when the timing is right. For most of this month we are likely to experience the offbeat effect, as if something is out of step, not quite synchronised. Don’t try to push things forward if nothing seems to flow. Simply do a bit here then a bit there and come back to the first thing again so it all edges forwards slowly. Too much trying to put things in place or create a new order now just risks further frustration or setbacks.

The astrological New Year starts at the vernal Equinox when the Sun enters Aries on March 20. This is the beginning of a new phase and is closely followed by the second eclipse of the month on March 23, highlighting the theme of change and uncertainty once more. We can expect to sense that things that were once opposites now become unified and what seemed to be certain or unquestionable has now become a matter of dispute. Many leopards will change their spots this month, old dogs will learn new tricks and what was right is now wrong and vice versa. With both the troublesome planets Mars and Saturn now in Sagittarius, our philosophies and beliefs will need to be scrutinised for hypocrisy or contradiction. If this months disarray and flux leave you confused or reeling from the pace of the turnarounds, try to cultivate an open mind and  keep your focus on the simple things in life that have nothing to do with opinions, beliefs or sworn allegiance.

New Moon is at 19° Pisces on March 9 at 1:56am and Full Moon is at 4° Libra on the March 23 at 12:22pm.

Aries: Regardless of how extrovert and outgoing you might usually feel, this New Moon is a time to withdraw and spend some time alone. You will benefit by taking a few days to rest and recuperate, mentally, emotionally and physically as you revitalise your spirit. You will instinctively know what others need right now too but it’s not your place to fulfil all their desires. Eruptions of the unconscious could bring both troubles and personal revelations to the surface right now, but don't say the first thing that comes to mind, or you may give away more than you intend to.

Taurus: It can be worth risking upset to get at what you are really feeling and share it with those that matter the most this New Moon. You instinctively relate to your fellows and very much want them to accept you as you are. Try to wear your heart on your sleeve without worrying about the outcome. The ability to break out of your shell will find you in new company you might have thought didn't care about you before. An approach of sincere honesty can make you welcome in unexpected places and bring you valuable allies.

Gemini: You might have the feeling that the world is your oyster during this New Moon and now is the time to consider making a few moves up the ladder towards your goals. But new developments in career matters could find you quite stressed for a couple of days. The pressure to produce results can be a bit intense. Too many things happening at once make it hard to keep track of things, but you can't afford to leave anything out. It is important to listen and learn as well as make your moves. Take time to plan ahead before you take on any new commitments.

Cancer: Try to keep both feet on the ground during this New Moon, as heightened emotions may run away with you. It’s essential not to lose your head now. Maintaining a practical approach will certainly pay off. You may get the impulse to take a trip, stretch your boundaries or start a study course. It's a great time for planning, dreaming up new schemes, or rearranging the way you look at things. You need new experiences but avoid hasty commitments. Don't agree to anything that may prove to be ill-considered or not fully thought out in a few weeks from now.

Leo: Having a finely tuned sixth sense can make you sensitive to the emotions and desires of those around you during this New Moon. You will need to develop trust with someone before you are able to feel secure enough to express your deeper more private responses. This is a good time to re-evaluate what it is that you pursue or find meaningful. It may turn out that you’ve changed since you last acted so instinctively. If you get what you seek now out of habit it may prove extremely dissatisfying in a very short time.

Virgo: This New Moon is a the perfect time for seeking a new love or turning over a new leaf with an old partner. You may find a flood of emotional intensity directed your way and how you respond to it could largely shape the direction of a relationship. You need to be particularly understanding and realise that feelings may be exaggerated. Emotions run hot but the message underneath is sincere and needs to be taken seriously. If you achieve a new intimacy enjoy it now, as it’s hard to keep up that level of intensity.

Libra: It can be easy to get worried about health matters during this New Moon, but moderation is the key. The temptation to throw yourself into a new regime may be strong. Consider any new approach well before you embark, or it will prove to be a flash in the pan. The same goes for cleaning the house or starting off on a new project. Make sure you're not demanding too much of yourself or overestimating your stamina. You'll not always have this much drive so you may run out of steam later because you can't keep up with yourself.

Scorpio: The astral weather is perfect for a party and entertainment this New Moon. In fact, anything you do for enjoyment will seem compelling right now. Find time to be playful, or just break out the inner child, as you can more easily relax and just have fun now. Be creative too, as you'll find that your imagination flows faster and easier than usual. Be aware though that there can be a fine line between joyous adventure and risky behaviour or over indulgence, so try to stay on the safe side of the line.

Sagittarius: If things on the home front aren’t quite to your liking over this New Moon you will need to fight for your right to peace and harmony. Make sure you express yourself clearly and are not misunderstood. Used creatively, this desire can lead to new ways of organising and arranging your personal space so it doesn’t overlap that of others. It’s a good time to start new home-related projects as a way to utilise the extra energy in a constructive manner. The only thing you'll not want to be is idle; the vibes are too intense to just sit on your hands.

Capricorn: You feel compelled to start the dialogue with someone. But don’t be too impulsive. If plain speaking doesn't work be sure to get what you’re thinking out there in some form. Whatever happens, it will be nothing but action for the few days over this New Moon with plenty of options. Multiple smaller choices made wisely, rather than hanging on a single issue will get results. Don't focus too long on the details but decide quickly and move right along to the next. You’ll have plenty of time to take it easy later this month.

Aquarius: Now is a great time to consider how you’re shaping up financially. If things don’t look as rosy as you’d like just stand back and take a second look before jumping to conclusions. It may seem quite urgent to act but everything seems more intense now. Wise investments made at this time can bring good returns in the next couple of weeks, but rash decisions could drain you in the same time frame. Most importantly don’t worry yourself into a frenzy about things that only time can remedy.

Pisces: This New Moon in your own sign marks a time of personal beginnings. You find yourself in the limelight and others turn toward you to see what you're going to do next. This may be unsettling, as it’s rather different to what you’re used to. You will need to step up and display your self-confidence in a way that wasn't called on before. Take time to consider your next move and then act assertively and with consistency. Certainly don’t settle for small things when something much bigger will do. Enjoy the generosity of others.

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

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