Time to Reflect…
What to expect: “What about me” energy
What to watch out for: Rash decisions
What will it affect? Communication, values, relationships, truth.
One by one the planets move into Aries. First Mercury on March 5th and then Venus on March 6th. We’ve been lost in a fog, a dreamworld of romantic thinking. We’ve scarified and now we’re a little ready to focus again on some “me” energy. We start thinking about ourselves and what we value and the energy shifts to independent thought. We know what we want and we become assertive and sometimes rush to make decisions with respect to our money, values and relationships.
Not so quick…. The retrogrades are starting! Retrogrades are all about pausing to reflect on what just happened. They make us review, reassess and reconsider. Jupiter is the first to go Retrograde on March 8th. The planet Jupiter brings the energy of questioning truth, justice, ethics and morality to all things Scorpio related– shared resources, secrets, the underworld, and things hidden. Since Jupiter moved into Scorpio, the sign that is all about sexuality in October, we’ve seen the #metoo, #timesup and #neveragain movements. As hidden as things have been… they have also been in plain sight, but something has caused us to shut our eyes and deny the truth. Now the truth won’t be ignored. The problem is that Scorpio also has a huge lesson around anger and how to handle it. In a recent comedy skit by Dave Chappelle, he takes a sober moment to reflect on this very thing and reminds us that blame doesn’t work. He says:
“The end of apartheid should have been a f—ing bloodbath by any metric in human history, and it wasn’t. The only reason it wasn’t is because Desmond Tutu and [Nelson] Mandela and all these guys figured out that if a system is corrupt, then the people who adhere to the system, and are incentivized by that system, are not criminals. They are victims. The system itself must be tried. But because of how the system works, it’s so compartmentalized as far as information, the only way we can figure out what the system is, is if everyone says what they did. Tell them how you participated.”
Scorpio can also be very resourceful and strategic. During the retrograde reflect deeper on the issues that have arisen, and how you are responding to them. Find your inner Tutu, Mandela and United Nations and strategize to devise better ways to make the changes that many of us seek to make.
Why? Mercury Entering Aries, Venus Entering Aries, Jupiter Retrograde
What to expect: Mix of serious and fun
What to watch out for: Pessimism
What will it affect? Communication, nurturing, big picture thinking, life lessons
Between March 9th and 10th, Mercury will trine Ceres, who is currently in Leo. With these two getting along and in fire signs we can expect some loving, playful teasing banter. Mercury will then square Saturn which while good for focused mental work and discipline, may be a bit of a Debbie downer. They say that comedians are those who are deeply pained inside. They find an outlet through comedy – this is a time when we bring some relief to our negativity through witty dry humour. The combination of playful, teasing and dry wit can help us to ground and deal with the reality of things, even if they are not so pleasant.
Why? Mercury Trine Ceres, Mercury Square Saturn
Need for Praise
What to expect: Wanting the spotlight
What to watch out for: Overrunning others
What will it affect? Self-concept, nurturing, ideas
On March 10th, the Sun still in Pisces will sextile Pallas in Taurus we’ll be able to connect to an inner wisdom and meaning in grounded and practical ways. On the 10th,Venus in Aries will also trine Ceres in Leo and we find ourselves aggressively going after our needs and desires. This includes the need for praise and recognition. We may run over others with our desire. This is a time when we might talk over others with a need to have our story heard first. The Sun will also sextile Pluto so this is a good time to work towards transforming our self-image. Work with a coach or other form of personal development counselor, whose job is to listen, reflect and make it all about you, otherwise you may grow and develop at the expense of others. On March 11th, Mars will trine Uranus. This is a good day to go with the flow and to experience whatever comes up. Expect innovative thinking and the ability to making breakthroughs.
Why? Sun Sextile Pallas Venus Trine Ceres, Sun Sextile Pluto, Mars Trine Uranus