Hello lovely ones and welcome to March 2016! After a sluggish start to the year, many of you may have noticed that 2016 is picking up pace. Here we are in March, with the first eclipses of 2016 around the corner with the Spring equinox sandwiched in between.
March is set to be a game changer of a month with major turning points and a new season beckoning for us all. This is largely down to the two eclipses; a total solar eclipse in Pisces on March 8th and a partial lunar eclipse in Libra on March 23rd.
Eclipses are huge events in the heavens. At a solar eclipse we lose sight of the sun as the moon stands between the sun and earth. At a lunar eclipse we lose sight of the moon as the earth stands between the moon and the sun. As above, so below, and twice yearly eclipses take place opening cosmic doors of opportunity. Eclipses are about sudden changes and growth, and sometimes that growth can be forced by the circumstances (a little like the rug being pulled from underneath us) hence why they often prove to be dramatic times for us and those around us. Eclipses are all about endings (lunar eclipses) and sweet new beginnings (solar eclipses). We have to have endings for beginnings although our egos can struggle with this, especially when it is forced upon us (losing a job, a break up, even deaths etc) but these endings are necessary so that we set sail on a new course.
But I think you are all probably getting the hint by now that March is all about springing into a new season! How it will manifest for each of you depends on how the eclipses hit your unique natal chart (and keep your eye on the Soulstrology learn tab where there will be updates for those of you who want to learn more). For now, look at which houses Pisces and Libra rule in your natal chart, as well as where Neptune and Jupiter (the co-rulers of Pisces) and Venus (ruler of Libra) are found. It is the areas of life that those houses govern which will give you the hint as to how this month of eclipses is going to shake up your life, and hopefully set you on a new course.
Asides from the eclipses we also have the Spring Equinox which falls on Sunday March 20th just a few days before the Libra lunar eclipse. At the Spring Equinox (also known as the Vernal Equinox) the plane of the earth's equator passes through the centre of the sun making night and day of equal length. The Spring Equinox marks the end of winter and the return of the sun and longer, lighter days. Spiritually, the Spring Equinox marks resurrection and rebirths, a return to the light within, which is then reflected externally by events in our lives.
Eclipses = sweeping changes. Spring Equinox = sweet new beginnings. Yes indeed, this month will mark the turning point for all of us in at least one area of our lives.
Onward to another couple of big planetary movements in the heavens this month.
Mars, the planet of energy and action, moves into Sagittarius on March 5th. And as Mars is going to go retrograde in April (this happens every 18 months or so) he is going to spend nearly 7 months in Sagittarius! My sun is in Sagittarius so I am buckling up for the ride. This transit of Mars may affect Sagittarius sun and risings, Aries and Aries rising and all the mutable signs (Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius) the most, but all of you will be feeling the energy of this long Mars transit in the house which Sagittarius rules in your natal chart (where you have Sagittarius on the cusp) and the house in which Mars is found.
Jupiter (expansion, good fortune, spirituality, abundance) makes a trine (a very positive aspect) to Pluto (destruction, rebirth, phoenix rising from the ashes) on March 16th. This means that the two houses which are experiencing transits from Jupiter and Pluto will be experiencing the positive energies of these planets which result in a fortuitous new beginning/rebirth for those areas of life. This cosmic kiss between Jupiter and Pluto occurs smack bang in the middle of the eclipses and just before the Spring Equinox, again adding to the flavour of the positive new changes that are being seeded this month.
The month draws to an end with Saturn turning retrograde in Sagittarius on March 25th. This will be a five month retrograde which will see us all review our commitments and responsibilities.
Please note I don't mention every single astrological aspect above, just the ones that I feel drawn to talk about for the purposes of this cosmic update, but I will also post on Facebook and Instagram about some of the other aspects. And I will write more fully on both eclipses, the Spring Equinox, Mars retrograde and Saturn retrograde on this site.
In the meantime I am wishing you all a wonderful start to March!