Kate Arbon is an astrologer, writer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for over 20 years she gives personal consultations locally and internationally using traditional natal and Horary astrology. email: astro@katearbon www.katearbon.com
This month starts with a Full Moon on the night of March 1/2 and brings the Pisces Virgo axis into focus. The Moon shines out from the zodiac sign of Virgo, putting emphasis on making sense of our daily lives and familiar environment, our home and family connections. It’s a placement, which can have us buzzing around sorting out the clutter, giving the house a spring clean or simply getting some practical perspective on whatever tasks require our attention. There may be areas where a down-to-earth approach is necessary but it could be difficult to find the required focus with so much planetary energy coming from the other worldly sign of Pisces. The Sun is joined in that mutable sign by its modern ruler, Neptune. This is a dreamy combination, which lends itself to creative imagination and romantic fantasy. It’s certainly a good day to stretch the boundaries and loosen your definitions, allowing the metaphysical dimensions to seep into your everyday world. Both Venus and Mercury are also in Pisces in a positive flowing trine connection to Jupiter (the traditional ruler of Pisces) for the first week of March. The trend is certainly going to be towards ease rather than accomplishment. A positive way to make best use of the planets this week is to do more of the things that bring you together with like minds and to share your creative ideas with people you enjoy being with socially. Mercury combines with Venus throughout the month, which makes talking or connecting with loved ones important. There may be opportunities to move ahead and clear up any ambiguity after March 7 when both these planets move into the sign of Aries. Plain speaking and forthright attitudes take precedence. When Mercury starts its retrograde motion on March 23, we may review what we have said or implied. There can be a renewal of understanding or reunion as Mercury turns to move forward again in early April.
Jupiter, the big planet of new horizons and greater inclusion is currently moving slowly through the sign of Scorpio and then turns on March 9 to backtrack in a retrograde phase until early July. The Jupiter in Scorpio period that we are in started last October and brought to light many of the issues that society finds uncomfortable to discuss openly. During this retrograde we will likely see many of those topics making headlines once more, even where there was hope that we had moved on for the better, where we have not moved far enough will become evident. Expect to find that we are required to have greater openness in both our personal lives and in the social public arena. This is a time when uncomfortable truths will make it harder to maintain the relative comfort we get from ignoring some less acceptable areas of life.
The New Moon occurs in late degrees of Pisces on March 17 giving an opportunity to bring one phase of life to its end in preparation for a new start. On the same day Mars will shift into the sign of Capricorn to join with Saturn and Pluto until mid May. This marks a time when consolidation and perseverance are required. Set your goals, structure your time and make plans. If there are obstacles on your path, either on a material level or within your personality or mind, now will be the time to see them and address them so that real foundations can be set for further development later in the year.
The mood of the month takes a more progressive turn when the Sun passes the Vernal Equinox point as it moves into Aries on March 20. This marks the start of the astrological New Year and another Solar cycle begins.
Full Moon is at 12° Virgo on March 2 at 00.52am. New Moon is at 27° Pisces on March 17 at 1.12pm.
Aries: You may waste too much energy on menial tasks, thus getting distracted from the broader visions in your life during this Full Moon. You are likely to make yourself indispensable through being of service to the physical needs of others, and generally happy to take on a lot of tasks – both in your career and around the house. If you are not careful however, other people will take advantage of you. Now though you should be really getting things together for yourself whilst you can keep the focus on the details. Once done, you’ll be able to stand back and take pride in your accomplishments.
Taurus: Spontaneity is the keyword for you this Full Moon and it’s time to loosen up and have some fun. Taking the lead and making some bold statements is also an option. Going just a little bit over the top will be acceptable now as this is a general time of celebration for all. Passion and intensity can run rampant as your enthusiasm overflows so get creative with your energy. You have a strong emotional need for some romantic encounters but you do know how to nurture and maintain the romance in an existing relationship too. So go the extra mile and enjoy!
Gemini: This Full Moon you might find you needing to spend more time at home and you can find great pleasure in looking after children or family, cooking, making home improvements etc. You feel very sensitive to the moods of others, especially if you share your personal space. Although you’ll be strongly motivated to create a caring and secure environment, a crowd can be claustrophobic. You can get on each other’s nerves. This is a time to acknowledge the comfortable and familiar environment that supports you. Draw on it as a source of strength but avoid being over dominant or demanding.
Cancer: Any trying or difficult emotional experiences you have this Full Moon result from having strong differences of opinion with someone you have to deal with every day. When you argue your case you are easily swayed by irrational arguments and emotions. Could it be that everybody is trying to get their message through but no one is listening? Try not to get distracted whilst you tie up important loose ends and meet deadlines. You need to keep some time for a new project or mental challenge. You could be making plans for travelling or starting a new class or training programme.
Leo: This Full Moon will find you focusing on your personal resources and economic fluctuations. You can be a very kind and giving person but you also need to feel secure. Being a little more concerned with your financial status now is probably a good thing although some people may view you as unusually materialistic and possessive. This is a time to cash in on some of your hard earned investments and name your price for your efforts. Be confident in your skills and abilities and turn them to good use now as others will notice and reward you later.
Virgo: With the Full Moon in your sign you are likely to be a glowing example of both vitality and attractiveness. Let your personality truly shine and you can expect to have a powerful impact on your surroundings through your moods and feelings. You may be seen as over-emotional or sentimental, but you know how to provide a truly nurturing environment for others. You’re motivated to show how much concern and care you have for them now. Bring any critical personal projects to a conclusion whilst you have the energy required to satisfy your own high standards.
Libra: You need to withdraw from the world from time to time and commune with nature or your inner feelings. During this Full Moon you are extremely sensitive to your environment and could spend a lot of time enveloped in a very private emotional world. Ideally create a place of your own which is sacred to you where you can be alone. In this private retreat, you can become aware of your many dreams and longings. Try to work more consciously with the inner world of your imagination through creative work or meditative practice for a few days.
Scorpio: You have the desire for strong bonds with your friends and you are extremely sensitive to how they treat you over the Full Moon. You are both caring and concerned for their personal development, but easily hurt if they let you down in any way. Ensure that you spend time only with people that elevate and support you. Disconnect from the daily grind and tap into your lighter side for a while. Count your blessings and remember that enjoyment of the good life is more about your own sense of wellbeing, not money, friendship or possessions.
Sagittarius: You have a strong sense of duty and you can feel that your role is primarily to live up to family or social expectations over this Full Moon. You may have been striving to achieve some predefined goals and you want the recognition now. Over the coming days you can reach out for what you want for yourself. Stand in the spotlight whilst acting the part of your unique self in all your glory. Ensure you take time out to wave your own flag and get noticed for your contribution before a new surge of personal creativity rolls in.
Capricorn: Think big and stretch your imagination this Full Moon. In the past you will have unconsciously been affected by the convictions and values of those close to you. The powerful need for a strong belief to hold on to that is solid and true for you, demands your attention now. During these few days, as your interest in philosophical and spiritual areas is heightened, use the time to expand your inner window on the world and break new ground. The feeling of suddenly having understood something can have you wondering now what to do with it all, but that will take care of itself down the line.
Aquarius: Over this Full Moon your experiences will confirm that you must not depend on other people or your possessions to provide emotional security for you. This could be a very transformative few days when you might unearth resources within yourself that you were previously unaware of. Allow yourself to stand aside for a moment and recognise where any deals and contracts have tied up your energy. You no longer need to rely on certain items or belongings as you become more emotionally stable. Clear out any useless things you’ve been hoarding, the sense of freedom will do you good.
Pisces: With the Sun shining in your own sign and the Full Moon focus on your relationships you have difficulty distinguishing between your own feelings and the people closest to you. Tune in to yourself, and allow your partner or close friends to have their moods without imagining they always have something to do with your own actions. Connecting with others in a special moment can be enjoyed when close allies or partners become your focus but you could be thinking that you have all got a little too involved or caught up with each other recently and soon you’ll need to stand back.