March 2019 Forecast

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March is going to be weird this year. It’s one heady, cosmic ocean of feelings and psychedelic spiritual experiences, with some retrograde time travel thrown into the mix. Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Mad March hares. It’s like we’ve all been pushing ourselves so hard with our Saturn-in-Capricorn work ethic for the past two months that now we’re going way past taking a mental health day and disappearing into another universe for a tight three weeks. There are opportunities for the kind of awakening healing that takes ages of pain and releases it all at once. So leave the desk early; get some sleep. Listen to your dreams, schedule some reiki, read your rhymes at a poetry slam with accompaniment from a theremin ensemble–whatever it is that you do to vibe with the deeply sensitive energies of Pisces season. Just don’t get lost in the ether.

Venus starts the party on March 1st when she moves into Aquarius. In Aqua, she’s a lot less traditional than she is in Capricorn, but equally as distant. Venus here needs space from others to think, because this is the sign of genius flowing fresh inspiration to the masses. Venus in Aqua is out there: unconventional in love and creativity. In a recent email to subscribers, I referred to Aqua Venus as “a brilliant non-binary cyborg in an intergalactic polyamorous triad, getting direct downloads of creative genius from some future alien muse.” So that starts us off on an unusual month.

Then on March 5th, Mercury stations retrograde at 29 Pisces. He’ll be retro until he stations direct at on the 28th. As I said in February, Mercury in this sign is a poet, floating dreamily in the oceans of the unconscious, letting one word come through at a time. When he’s retrograde, he’s even deeper underwater, and the words take longer to float up to the surface. Good material for dancers, perhaps; not so great for tax appointments and conference calls. But we know this about Mercury retrograde. Leave extra time for anything to do with technology, and embrace the aspects of Mercury that are more available to you during this Pisces Rx. These are: spiritual communication, magic (especially for releasing and clearing blocks), liminality, artistic expression, dreams, and synchronicity. It’s an excellent time to detox from addictive tech anyway.

The biggest news (and #1 reason for March’s high weirdness) is Uranus moving into Taurus on March 6th. Uranus was in Taurus for a kind of trial period from May through November of 2018. Look back on that time for a clue about what’s awakening in your life. Now he’s moving in for a good, long time: this transit lasts through April 25, 2026. Uranus in Taurus will awaken innovations around the environment, food, bodies, sex, and money. On a wide scale, there are positive ways for us to use Uranus in Taurus to revolutionize pleasure, “innovate” our way back to older and better ways of living with the land, and rebel against Capitalist values. In the short term, Uranus is likely to disrupt the area of your life that is awakening, and it might not feel that pleasurable at first. You can read more about this major transit in my post here. Expect unexpected events in the first week of March

On the same day of Uranus’ ingress into Taurus (March 6th), we have a new moon at 16 Pisces. This lunation is conjunct Neptune, making it especially imaginative and sensitive. The moon is low-key squaring Pisces’ other ruler Jupiter, giving this one the flavor of the Jupiter-Neptune square that challenges us to go forth and attempt to create our big dreams. Sextiles to Saturn in Capricorn and Mars in Taurus give this lunation a much-needed gravitational pull down to earth. Vesta, goddess of the sacred fires, is conjunct this moon too, giving it an added sense of the sacred. A ritual would be highly appropriate.

Mid-March is busy with transits from the Pisces sun, retrograde Mercury, and Mars in Taurus. The sun and Mercury Rx square Jupiter on the 13th - 16th, while also making a sextile to Pluto. These combined transits speak of accessing your inner sunlight to remove blocks, some of which are probably mental and/or emotional. Mars makes a trine to Saturn on the 14th, supporting the slow, grounded process of achieving these goals.

Spring Equinox this year is March 20th. As soon as the sun moves from Pisces to Aries, he meets Chiron at the first degree (exact on the 22nd). It’s another awakening transit, this time from the wounded healer, who wants to suck some of the toxic poison out of our associations with masculinity and this Mars-ruled sign. Mars trine Pluto on the 20th makes the vibe that much more intense, with its power and passion. The full moon at 0 Libra on the night of the Equinox will necessarily be opposing Chiron. This lunation is about war and peace, love and loneliness, fitting in and standing out. The pain of being misunderstood is sharply felt at this time. You need somewhere safe to express your vulnerable side, so you can be your whole self. You can read more about Chiron in Aries in my post here.

On the 21st, Venus square Mars and sextile Jupiter re-emphasizes the full moon’s message about independent self-expression. Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces a week into Aries season, so between that and all of the outer-planetary Uranus/Chiron activity, it won’t feel like the straightforward green light that Aries can sometimes be. Especially with Mercury conjunct Neptune exactly on the 24th making the whole retrograde vibe even more surreal.

On the 26th, Venus enters Pisces, sign of her exaltation. Venus in Pisces is especially charming, tender, romantic, and unconditionally devoted. We all feel the love with her in this sign. Mercury stations direct at 16 Pisces on the 28th, releasing us from the extended sleep of surreal healing. It might be a rather rude awakening: with Pluto conjunct the south node on the same day, hungry power structures aim to maintain the status quo (which doesn’t mean that they’ll succeed). Bring your futuristic Uranus-in-Taurus brainstorms and all of your Piscean collective love to the earth, because it needs them.

We close the month with a breath of fresh air. Mars leaves Taurus for Gemini on the 31st, where he seeks constant stimulation. Mars here is passionate about learning, writing, words, wit, conversation, and information in any form. Awakened from our prolonged stay in dreamland, we return to the small solaces of the mundane world and its logic.

Image Credit: Vintage late 60s to early 70s Psychedelic Blacklight Poster marked as GALAXY 1600.

Aries Full Moon: Harvesting Healing

This moon is full at 1.59 Aries on Monday, September 24 at 10:52 pm (EST)

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I went apple picking last weekend with my husband and our friends to celebrate the Fall Equinox. It’s my favorite season and one of my favorite activities. The sun was out, but the air was just cool and crisp enough to make it a perfect apple picking day. We walked through the rows of trees, eating juicy apples and talking about what we would make with them.

The Fall Equinox is a time of harvest, so apple picking (the apple harvest) is a traditional activity. If my food sources were more dependent on the elements, apples would get me through the winter. They last a long time, in basements and pantries. They can be made into applesauce, baked into breads, and dried. In times of resource shortages, a store of apples could save someone’s life. Symbolically, apples are complicated, representing knowledge (often forbidden), sex (hence the sin), fertility, love, happiness, magic, and immortality (big no-no for mortals). The Norse gods sustained their health by eating apples from the gardens of Asgard. Apples show up to play roles both good and evil in the mythologies of many different cultures. Both light and dark, the symbolism of apples is a symbolism of polarity.

This full moon falls within three days of the Equinox, a time of balance. People live lives of such imbalance now that we hardly recognize what equilibrium looks like. Most of us are overworked, don’t sleep enough, and deprive ourselves of healthy food and exercise. Then, when we seek rest and self-care, we end up spending that time checking social media or binge-watching shows. I can easily fall into these traps — for the past few months, I’ve been working on the weekends, giving myself a six-day week. Of course, when you like your work and your business is a part of your creative output, the idea of balance between work and play gets a little muddier. That’s why it was healing for me to spend a Saturday in the orchard instead of staying home. If I’m not working, it’s still easy for me to get sucked into never-ending television shows when I could be outside, re-energizing myself with some real rest and time in nature.

But I am lucky in that I work for myself. My efforts to reclaim balance in my life have led me to sleep more, commute less, eat better, take longer walks, and re-evaluate projects when they get out of hand. This is a huge leap. It’s a radical shift: from working full-time in a Manhattan office to self-employment as an astrologer and writer. And, even though I wobble sometimes, it’s brought a lot more balance into my life. The idea of creating “balance” is a constant process that involves teeter-tottering as you move back and forth between polarities. Ultimately, the process has been healing.

This full moon is right on Chiron in Aries and square Saturn in Capricorn. It’s also ruled by Mars in Aquarius, which is still going back over that shadow zone from the summer’s retrograde. That means this lunation is all about facing the wounds of Chiron in Aries: our anger, the culture’s toxic masculinity (which leads to imbalance), and authenticity. These things go together. It’s hard to be vulnerable and true to yourself if you’re working 24/7 and feeling like you need to take on toxic, hypermasculine attitudes to get ahead. If you feel you can’t be authentically yourself, wearing a mask inevitably leads you to feel angry. These are the kinds of thorny, painful wounds that Chiron brings up at the full moon. Saturn in Capricorn presents a challenge to test us, pushing us to fight for ourselves. This full moon coincides with a fight for the survival of your truth. It’s a time to heal a wound with medicine that may have been forbidden (like the apple of knowledge) by authorities who would prefer you to stay ignorant.

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My business is called Rebel Astrology for a reason. I’m all about the healing process of developing our authentic selves, dropping toxic cultural attitudes, respecting other ways of knowing, and creating a more peaceful world. Apples are a literally healing food—good for your teeth, heart, bones, lungs, gut, brain, skin, and eyes. It’s also a symbolically healing food, good for revealing hidden knowledge, initiating you into magic, and experiencing the forbidden realms of sex and power. At this Harvest Moon, we rebels are called to harvest our own medicine. Look honestly at the wound and harvest what you need to heal it. And remember that the fruits you’re looking for may be the exact same ones you were told not to take.

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Gemini New Moon: Chiron in Aries Checks In

This new moon is at 22.44 Gemini on June 13 at 3:43 pm ET

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The ruler of this Gemini new moon, Mercury, moved into Cancer yesterday, where he immediately began to make a challenging aspect to the fresh, bloody wound of Chiron in Aries. If Cancer’s sign represents the ocean and saltwater, then cleansing with salt water can heal a wound, but the salt stings. Words--the purview of Gemini and Mercury alike--may sting at this new moon. Cleansing, yes. But, ouch! This new moon is also square Neptune in Pisces, signifying that we may be thinking our way through some confusion or delusion.

Chiron in Aries, remember, is showing us how to be authentic. Where are you hiding and how can you find the courage to be yourself in that part of your life? We are healing the wounds of toxic masculinity, anger, war, destruction, and self-abnegation. We are healing the wounds of perfectionism that hold us back from an authentic life.

I’m beginning this lunar cycle by gathering insights from a profoundly useful consultation with Ivy over at Circle Thrice. Ivy is a project manager, witch, and tarot reader combining these three skills to help people plan strategic goals and navigate projects to success. When I work with a business consultant like this, I have to be vulnerable. I have to show this other person all of the numbers behind my business, and tell them about my problems. If I hide the problems and pretend it’s all going perfectly, she can’t help me solve anything. It’s scary for most of us to show another human being how imperfect we are, and ask that person to tell us about the mistakes we’re making. It can feel like a risk to ask for help.

Ivy’s assessment of my business hiccups and advice for solving them was excellent. She helped me see my return on investment in various projects from a different angle, which in turn clarified some of my goals. A consultation with her showed me how I need to reorganize my time in order to get where I want to go. Her words didn’t sting me, mind you--she’s very professional and supportive of her clients. But having to look at the rational side of things when I may have been ignoring or obfuscating the details for myself stung a little, privately. It means I can’t ignore reality. Ultimately, though, doing this kind of practical problem solving is healing, helping me to do my authentic work a little better every day. A lot of things are going well in my career--most of it, actually--and now I can move anything that is out of alignment with my goals back into alignment, thanks to Ivy’s advice.

The words that come to you at this new moon may come through someone else or your own inner voice. Though they may sting a bit, consider their healing potential. It’s a Chiron-in-Aries check-in, saying: are you being true to yourself? Are you practicing self-love? Are you taking risks, even though they make you vulnerable?

Gather the insights without judgment and start acting on them in a day or two, during the waxing moon. Today is a good day for just thinking about it, and maybe setting an intention for what you want to do with these insights. It’s a good day for reviewing Chiron’s transit through Aries. If you want to know what this Chiron transit means for you, check out your monthly horoscope for April in the members’ archives. And if you want advice for this new moon, this week’s horoscopes will help.

Image Credit: Illustration from Old French Fairytales by Virginia Frances Sterrett