Week of March 27, 2017

In many ways this week feels like the real start of Aries Season, thanks to the New Moon in Aries on Monday. There is plenty of celestial activity, some harmonious and some disruptive plus two planets change sign this week: Mercury leaves impatient, fiery Aries for deliberate, earthy Taurus and retrograde Venus moves back into Pisces.

The most troublesome aspect this week is Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn at 19° on Thursday. Squares highlight differences and create tension but if we are willing to look at them without bias, we can see how those differences can be resolved. Jupiter in Libra favors bold ideas for bringing fairness and equity into play while Pluto in Capricorn is more interested in being in control and maintaining the status quo . . . as long as it favors those in power. The judicial system, represented by Jupiter in Libra, is the most likely way to achieve some degree of justice for everyone, not just the powers that be.

The Aries New Moon is all about making a fresh start. Fortunately the Aries drive is moderated on this lunation and we’ll be able to take our time to do it right. Retrograde Venus in Aries conjoins the luminaries, adding charm and patience.

Tempering the Aries need for speed this week are Mars in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces (Monday) and Mercury in Aries trine Saturn in Sagittarius (Wednesday). Merely the fact Aries’ ruler Mars is in placid, slow moving Taurus helps keep a lid on impatience, and the sextile to enervating Neptune gives us more time to think before acting. I really like the Mercury-Saturn trine for adding structure to our thought process. Saturn is very clear about the need to set boundaries and work within those.

We’ve been running hot and dry lately and having Mercury leave fiery Aries for earthy Taurus on Friday will shift the focus to the here and now. Taurus is naturally cautious and not particularly talkative. Mercury in Taurus is excellent for sitting down to review budgets because what we need is often quite different than what we want, and practical Taurus unhesitatingly points that out.

When Venus slips back into Pisces late Sunday, she will remind us why being kind and compassionate in our relationships is a good thing. Not only that but she will be moving into a month long square to Saturn in Sagittarius. Reining in spending and being more responsible in our relationships are both positive ways to handle this square. While this may take some of the fun out of life, it will be very good for stabilizing our finances and contemplating real commitment to our loved ones.

There is nothing like an Aries New Moon this Monday to get our week off to a bang up start. While there is a sluggish period first thing after the Pisces Moon goes void-of-course following a square to Saturn in Sagittarius, that all changes when the Moon dashes into Aries in the morning. Between a midday conjunction with sweet Venus in Aries and the New Moon during the evening, Monday looks like a day to initiate positive change.

It will be late afternoon on Tuesday before the Aries Moon squares grumpy Pluto in Capricorn and opposes Jupiter in Libra shortly after that. Let’s just say anything that involves a cooperative effort is best done during the morning. Office politics could get in the way of progress later in the day.

The Aries Moon taps into the Mercury in Aries trine to Saturn in Sagittarius at daybreak on Wednesday morning before going void-of-course for about four hours. This is a solid, constructive energy enabling us to work through the void-of-course with consistency. Once the Moon enters Taurus during the morning she won’t make any aspects for close to twenty four hours. Wednesday is one of the best days this week for getting some serious work done as long as we stick with a slow, steady pace.

From a lunar perspective, Thursday favors being productive too. The Taurus Moon is sextile Neptune in Pisces at daybreak and conjoins hardworking Mars in Taurus mid-morning. After that she will move steadily through day and end up happily trine Pluto in Capricorn late afternoon-early evening before going void-of-course. It is a good day to keep our heads down and stay busy.

When the Moon shifts into chatty Gemini late morning on Friday, she’ll be sextile playful Venus in Aries a couple hours later. After that it will be Saturday morning before she makes another aspect. If we were good about getting our work down earlier this week, we can justify leaving early and running off to play with our friends. We finally have a Friday night that looks great for socializing.

Saturday is April Fools’ Day and since the day starts with the Gemini Moon square Neptune in Pisces, I’d say we’ll see plenty of pranks being pulled on our unsuspecting friends and family. A late day trine between the Gemini Moon and Jupiter in Libra will help everyone see the humor in those.

Sunday is not quite as lighthearted because the Gemini Moon opposes grumpy Saturn in Sagittarius in the morning before going void-of-course for a few hours. Once the Moon enters Cancer she will promptly square Venus in Aries, souring her mood. During the afternoon a sextile to Mercury in placid Taurus will bring her around and improve things. Staying at home and getting our house in order before the new week may have more appeal than going out to visit.

Despite the battle of Titans aspect midweek (Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn), the tone this week is generally upbeat and pleasant. We can get to work on new projects knowing we finally have plenty of momentum behind us. For those who are feeling parched thanks to all the planets in fire and air, the weekend brings some relief when Mercury enters Taurus and Venus returns to Pisces. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small because it is time to move forward again.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  New Leaves © Diane Lang

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