Saturday, March 17 - Friday, March 23
Last week as you were looking into your story and beginning to tell a new one, you may have uncovered some old wounds of self-doubt. The words of your inner critic may have reverberated in your head. This new moon in Pisces is a good time to renew your sense of self-confidence. Commit to valuing yourself first. Give your inner critic a name and treat her like a mean neighbor. She’s the grouchy old lady who lives next door: always complaining, but you don’t take any of it seriously. When you hear the voice of your inner critic, say hello, tell her you can’t talk about it right now, and keep doing your thing.
This is a good practice for the week, because Mars also joins Saturn in Capricorn on Saturday. Saturn here may be up to some mischief, playing the role of your inner critic so you can get some practice muffling her voice. Saturn transiting the twelfth house is the process of addressing your secret fears and maturing in private. Others may not know until three years later, but this is where you will slay your dragons. Mars in this sign activates some secret desires. Use the disciplined energy of these two planets to do some private, imaginative, spiritual work. On Tuesday, the sun enters Aries, signaling the beginning of spring. When Mercury stations retrograde on Thursday, you’ll have three weeks of “spring cleaning” your old, stale stories. You already had some practice with this last week. It’s time to make a new story for yourself, one that nourishes you. Venus square Pluto on Friday suggests that telling yourself a beautiful story triggers transformation from the inside out.
Saturday, March 10 - Friday, March 16
Look at the stories you tell yourself this week. The thoughts you think, the way you look at yourself in the mirror, how you let other people’s actions affect you, what you say to other people whether you believe it or not: all of these things comprise a story you’re telling. Perception is reality. So this week, sort out what exactly you’ve been saying and see if there’s something you’d like to change. You can map a new story. Mercury squares Saturn in Capricorn on Sunday, helping you to sort through the fears underneath some of your negative thoughts. Mars trine Uranus on the same day motivates you to tell a story that brings you closer to your dreams. Venus repeats Mercury’s square to Saturn on Tuesday, carrying this theme throughout the week. You may be surprised at what you realize you’ve been saying to yourself. As you invent the new story, keep it hidden from others. There’s a kind of incubation time for dreams that requires you to keep them to yourself, lest someone who doesn’t understand tries to tell you it isn’t possible. Resist the impulse to share. This is yours. The sun trine Jupiter on Wednesday suggests that others can really see how you shine. How wonderful! Welcome in other people who support you as you create your own life.
Saturday, March 3 - Friday, March 9
The major Pisces stellium continues to crowd your second house of value. The second house, traditionally the house of Taurus, is about material possessions, food, money, pleasure, the body: all of those things that we think of as real measures of worth. With Venus (traditional ruler of the second house) meeting Mercury and Chiron here, next to the sun-Neptune conjunction of 2018, Sunday is a big day for you. You could do some significant healing around the idea of self-worth (see last week's horoscope below if you want a podcast recommendation to help you with this). You could rethink some attachment to material possessions, or see a way forward to have the financial stability you need to do your work in the world. In any case, this is an opportunity to heal some of your ideas of value. If it hurts; if there is pain there, don’t look away. The full moon last week, and these aspects over the weekend, are all about immersing yourself in the feelings. It will take longer than one day. This is a lifetime’s work.
Mercury and Venus leave Pisces for Aries on Tuesday, which lightens things up for you, giving you some fresh ideas. Fun with a sibling or friend is possible, with these two here. You can be bold and passionate in your communication. You’ll have a beautiful way of expressing yourself during this transit. Get out and enjoy some fun times in your neighborhood, get inspired by some good books, or write something of your own. On Thursday, Jupiter stations retrograde in Scorpio. You may feel it if the giant planet touches your mid-heaven or a planet in your natal chart, but otherwise the retrograde itself is not important. What is important is that your career is expanding. For the next seven months, you are blessed in this area of life. Consider what you would do if you knew you could not fail.
Saturday, February 24 - Friday, March 2
You are just floating in a sea of feelings about your sense of self-worth this week. Many of us have wounds around worthiness. As I heard the incomparably inspiring Thais Sky say this week, if you were born a woman in this society, you have definitely had a worthiness wound inflicted upon you, and it is not your fault. So much of self-care and self-love talk leads women to believe that having a wound means they are broken; that they have done this to themselves by not being confident enough, by not being self-loving enough, by just not being “enough.” It’s not your personal, individual problem. You didn’t inflict your own wounds! But you can recognize where they are and begin to heal them. I encourage you to listen to the whole episode of Fearless Rebelle Radio about the Worthiness Wound.
With Venus and Mercury floating through Pisces together, it’s the perfect time to notice self-criticism and practice self-love talk. Take soft steps, with Mercury’s conjunction to Neptune exact on Sunday. A sextile from the sun to Saturn in the hidden realms of your chart on Sunday can also bring up some of the fears that keep you in self-doubt. I am focusing here on your inner state of being because the full moon in Virgo on Thursday is all about that most mysterious area of your chart, the eighth house. This full moon highlights where you’ve given up control to other people, perhaps allowing them to determine your worth for you. It shows you where you can claim your personal power, and where you need to let go of fears, compulsions, and attachments that don’t help you as you journey forward. On a happy note, on Thursday and Friday, Venus and Mercury make lovely trines to Jupiter, indicating that increased confidence can pay off in your career. If money comes up for you, remember that it’s never just about the money. Use this full moon to shine a flashlight on the deeper issue.
“Stories set the inner life into motion, and this is particularly important where the inner life is frightened, wedged, or cornered. Story greases the hoists and pulleys, it causes adrenaline to surge, shows us the way out, down, or up, and for our trouble, cuts for us fine wide doors in previously blank walls, openings that lead to the dreamland, that lead to love and learning, that lead us back to our own real lives as knowing wildish women.”
— Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves
This month begins with a full moon in Virgo, highlighting the power dynamics in your life. What are you trying to control and what’s controlling you? The flow of money, in and out, may not be entirely in your hands this month. Perhaps it’s a more private fear that you need to address. Accept the things you can’t change, and regain power where you can. Venus and Mercury trine Jupiter exactly on the 1st and 2nd, suggesting that asserting your power could benefit you in your career. People will value you as you value yourself. This lesson about personal power and confidence continues through March 4th, when the sun meets Neptune and Venus and Mercury form a triple conjunction with Chiron. Notice what comes up for you. Don’t let other people determine your value. Mercury and Venus move into Aries on March 6th, beginning a more comfortable mini-cycle of learning and communication.
On March 8th, Jupiter stations retrograde in Scorpio. He’ll station direct July 10th. Jupiter’s retrograde movements don’t feel nearly as personal as those of Mercury, Venus, and Mars. However, you will continue to feel the expansion and emphasis on your career, especially if Jupiter is crossing over your midheaven in the mid-to-later degrees of Scorpio. On March 11th, when Mercury squares Saturn, consider the stories you’re telling yourself. You can get back to your inner wild woman through myth and story, shedding old fears. Mars makes a trine to Uranus on the same day, indicating some sharp insight to this effect, perhaps from someone in your social group. Venus squares Saturn on the 13th: the story grows both more beautiful and more serious. On the 14th, when the sun makes a nice trine to Jupiter, your shining confidence once again comes through in your public image or career.
A healing ritual would be good for the new moon in Pisces this St. Patrick’s Day, as it’s conjunct Chiron the healer. Consider how you might tell yourself a story that helps you understand your values better, and again, to value yourself. A few hours after this morning new moon, Mars moves into Capricorn to meet with Saturn, a conjunction that will be exact on April 2nd. Mars is exalted in Capricorn; it is a sign in which he shines particularly well. Here, Mars can give you the energy and the chutzpah to climb mountains you previously thought too high for you. Mars is in this sign for about one-third of this year, from now through May 16, and again August 13 - October 8. In the first three days after this new moon, set a goal to climb a private spiritual or creative mountain: one that others may not see you climbing, but that will nonetheless affect the rest of your life.
The sun moves into Aries on March 20th. This signals the Spring Equinox, officially the first day of spring! Just two days later, Mercury stations retrograde. Mercury will be retrograde in Aries from March 22nd - April 15th. For you, this is a review of (you guessed it) your stories. How can you lead yourself back to yourself, through reading, writing, or talking with others? Review something you once learned during this retrograde. Be reflective and patient in your communication, as Mercury enjoys playing tricks that make you regret what you say. This is best kept as more of a private story time for you. The sun squares Saturn in Capricorn on March 29th, suggesting some of the difficulty you may have speaking about fears and private pain.
Venus meets Uranus on the 28th, giving you some beautiful inspiration, before moving into Taurus on the 31st. Venus rules Taurus, and here in your house of home and family, she makes things truly beautiful. Enjoy the comforts of home at the end of this month and spend some pleasant time with family members. Longevity of memory may feed into stories you’re telling. A full moon in Libra on the last day of the month illuminates the path before you, giving a larger vision for your learning and storytelling. Explore your curiosity.
Major Transits in March
Dates and Times for New York, NY (EST)
Venus in Pisces square Mars in Sagittarius (separating): Feb. 15 - Mar. 6
Mercury in Pisces square Mars in Sagittarius (separating): Feb. 23 - Mar. 5
Full Moon at 11.23 Virgo: Mar. 1 at 7:51 pm
Venus in Pisces trine Jupiter in Scorpio: Feb. 23 - Mar. 6
Exact Mar. 1
Mercury in Pisces trine Jupiter in Scorpio: Feb. 27 - Mar. 6
Exact Mar. 2
Mercury conjunct Venus: Feb. 21 - Mar. 26
Exact Mar. 4 at 26 Pisces
Exact Mar. 20 at 16 Aries
Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces: Feb. 24 - Mar. 12
Exact Mar. 4
Venus conjunct Chiron in Pisces: Feb. 26 - Mar. 6
Exact Mar. 4
Mercury conjunct Chiron in Pisces: Feb. 28 - Mar. 6
Exact Mar. 4
Mercury, Venus, and Chiron conjunct at 27 Pisces (exact): Mar. 4
Mercury and Venus enter Aries: Mar. 6
Jupiter retrograde from 23.13 to 13 Scorpio: Mar. 8 - Jul. 10
Mercury in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn: Mar. 6 - 19
Exact: Mar. 11
Mars in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries: Feb. 28 - Mar. 17
Exact: Mar. 11
Sun in Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn: Mar. 7 - 14
Exact Mar. 11
Venus in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn: Mar. 6 - 19
Exact Mar. 13
Mars in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces: Feb. 28 - Mar. 16
Exact Mar. 14
Sun in Pisces trine Jupiter in Scorpio: Mar. 7 - 19
Exact Mar. 14
Mercury in Aries trine North Node in Leo: Mar. 13 - 18
Exact. Mar. 15
Venus in Aries trine North Node in Leo: Mar. 15 - 19
Exact Mar. 17
New Moon at 26.53 Pisces: Mar. 17 at 9:11 am
Mars enters Capricorn: Mar. 17
Sun conjunct Chiron in Pisces: Mar. 11 - 20
Exact Mar. 18
Sun enters Aries (Spring Equinox): Mar. 20
Mercury retrograde from 16.54 to 4.46 Aries: Mar. 22 - Apr. 15
Venus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: Mar. 18 - 28
Exact Mar. 23
Sun in Aries square Mars in Capricorn: Mar. 20 - Apr. 11
Exact Mar. 24
Venus conjunct Uranus in Aries: Mar. 22 - 31
Exact Mar. 28
Sun in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn: Mar. 21 - Apr. 6
Exact Mar. 29
Venus enters Taurus: Mar. 31
Full Moon at 10.45 Libra: Mar. 31 at 8:37 am
Sun conjunct Mercury in Aries: Mar. 28 - Apr. 5
Exact Apr. 1
Mars conjunct Saturn in Capricorn: Mar. 18 - Apr. 17
Exact Apr. 2