Week of March 13, 2017

We have another rather low key week which is good because the Full Moon in Virgo last weekend likely gave us plenty to think about. There are two significant events this week: Mercury leaving subtle Pisces for forthright Aries on Monday and the Pisces Sun squaring Saturn in Sagittarius on Friday.

Mercury in the fire signs tends to be very direct and not especially tactful. The only aspect Mercury in Aries makes this week is on Saturday when it will conjoin Venus in Aries. That ought to make for some interesting moments for those out partying this weekend. At least no one is going to be in doubt about whether or not someone is interested in them! The good thing about Aries directness is if you aren’t interested, it is OK to be direct in return. Most of the time, they’ll take it in stride and move on.

The Pisces Sun is on the sensitive side this week. It conjoins Chiron on Tuesday and squares Saturn in Sagittarius on Friday. Being made aware of our vulnerabilities can be quite painful and then being confronted with more reality may lead some to feel like they are being picked on unfairly. This underscores the need to continually work on being as honest and realistic with ourselves and others as possible in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. What these two aspects could reveal this week is how deeply in denial some are, always an uncomfortable situation.

The Moon only travels through three signs this week rather than four: Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius.

Late Sunday night/early Monday morning the Moon shifted into Libra where she is feeling more indecisive than usual. Her ruling planet, Venus, is currently retrograde in Aries which leaves her with less oomph. The only aspect the Libra Moon makes Monday is an opposition to Venus during the evening. Usually a Libra Moon is very good for interacting with others and she may still have enough influence to get our week off to a pleasant start.

Midday Tuesday the Libra Moon has her monthly square to Pluto in Capricorn followed shortly by an energizing conjunction with Jupiter. It will be evening before Uranus in Aries opposes her, bringing out her argumentative side. The morning should be OK for working with others, but it might be better to work alone as much as possible for the rest of the day. There is a testy confrontive feel to the day.

Very early Wednesday morning a sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius can help restore the Libra Moon’s sense of balance before she goes void-of-course for about five hours. After she sinks into Scorpio’s still waters, the Moon will spend most of the day quietly absorbing information while minding her own business. A late afternoon/early evening opposition to Mars in Taurus could make some feel rather cranky. Much of the day favors working on tasks requiring concentration, and most of us focus better with few distractions.

Thursday and Friday the Scorpio Moon is trine the Pisces planets, excellent for re-attuning our intuitive antennas. Working on research projects with one or two other people will be more comfortable than being around large groups. Both days should be good for staying on task and finishing up the work week on a successful note. The Scorpio Moon goes void-of-course during the afternoon on Friday and arrives in dashing Sagittarius during the evening.

Adding the fiery Sagittarius Moon will trip the celestial balance for weekend even more strongly to fire and air. If you stayed at home last weekend because no one was in the mood to socialize, you’ll probably make up for that this weekend. There is a very restless, outgoing feel both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday the Sagittarius Moon is trine both Venus and Mercury in Aries during the afternoon before squaring Neptune in Pisces in the evening. As long as we remember to arrange for a designated driver before hand, we can have a grand time with our friends and family. Enjoy the lighthearted, enthusiasm pervading the atmosphere.

Sunday has an even more adventurous tone with the Sagittarius Moon sextile Jupiter in Libra in the afternoon and trine Uranus in Aries during the evening. For fire and air folks, the urge to go out and DO SOMETHING will be very strong. Hopefully the weather in your area will be nice enough to run around outside or go for a drive in the country.

This is the week leading up to the equinox (March 20) and it is not surprising to see a gradual increase in planets in fire signs. Mercury joins Venus and Uranus in Aries along with Saturn in Sagittarius. Nonetheless, the Sun is still Pisces this week so we have an opportunity to adjust to the sense of impatience more planets in fire bring to the table. We have a brief window of time to collect our thoughts and prepare for the rush of Aries season.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  Half Moon  © Diane Lang

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