In Limbo on the Vernal Equinox

The Sun and Moon formed a conjunction this morning at 5:36 a.m. EDT, marking a New Moon at the very last degree of Pisces, which means the very last degree of the zodiac. At 6:45 p.m. tonight, the Sun will enter Aries, beginning a new year and new spin of the astrological wheel.

The fact that there is a New Moon at a point so connected with the culmination of the zodiac seems to bring us into this strange limbo, where we may be revving the engine but the car is in neutral. We’ve had a lot of Piscean energy lately during the Sun’s transit, leaving us with many different manifestations of tuning into our inner world, whether that be emotional, creative, or escaping reality. That subdued and passive energy can leave us itching for fiery Aries action, but this lunation is slowing us down a bit, asking us to listen a little harder. Pisces is gentle and wise, and the last degree of the sign is the bridge to the first degree of the new cycle. Consider it a point where you can integrate what you’ve learned about yourself lately into a new layer, like growing a new skin.

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The transition into Aries will start heating up energy levels, bringing us back into the more extroverted versions of ourselves as the winter fades away. This New Moon is a reminder not to be too rash or headstrong right out of the gate. There can be lots of decisions or shifts during the big seasonal changes, and that means that many people are at crossroads in tons of different ways. We tend to start new routines and projects or set new goals during these times, and that means everyone may be figuring out what ‘normal’ is all over again.

Although the Sun’s transit of Aries is often marked by an impetuous and impatient energy, the New Moon is a reminder to chill out for a minute. We would all do well to take a deep breath and consider where we want to end up before we charge forward. The volume of life will be turned up soon, these next few days are a good time to quiet it down and reset our focus.

New horoscopes published under the tab above– Pisces New Moon horoscopes!



Boots on the Ground

Being forceful is often seen as a negative, as it usually implies overpowering the rights of someone or something else. But in reality, when we deny our ability to be forceful, we give over our power of expression to the cultural norms of “being nice.” We’ve polarized the two extremes, and it has brought us to the point where we attribute power with abuse. And that is one of the biggest problems in our world, where people can blame and hate from behind a curtain, unwilling to take responsibility for their own part in the problem. Some people buy into political propaganda, some people self-medicate, some meditate in a park all day. None of this helps the suffering planet we live on.

While it’s true that we should guard against hurting or causing harm to anyone else, there is also a need to reclaim the idea of being forceful. And Mars is acting up this week, indicating that we may get a boost of warrior energy. The question is– can we handle that with skill and compassion, rather than just fighting to fight?

Mars represents our physical expression — the way we assert ourselves to get what we want or need, the way we show aggression or anger, and the way we use our physical presence to influence our environment. It may relate to anger (at times) but it’s much more than that. Mars symbolizes our body and what we do with it.

Mars is in its home sign Aries, and will form a conjunction with Uranus this Wednesday, activating the powerful Uranus/Pluto square that I wrote about last week. (See below.) Not only can the Mars/Uranus conjunction bring about a restless, uneasy, and strange sort of vibe, but Mars square Pluto enhances this with potential explosivity. This is where issues of forcefulness come into the picture. Can we harness the potency of these planets, as we approach the final Uranus/Pluto square early next week? Mars says “Act.” The Uranus/Pluto square says “Destroy the old, invent the new.”

Maybe our mission this week is to act with force for positive change, rather than destructive. This can be as simple as how we address a cashier who rings in a price wrong. We are all likely to be a wee bit worked up with this astrology in the backdrop. Remember that forceful doesn’t have to mean abusive. It shouldn’t. Forceful means effectively acting with strong conviction.




Signs of Spring (Even in New England)

Despite the frozen landscape buried in snow that I’m looking at right now, spring is in the air. Or at least the planets say so. This week’s Virgo Full Moon is affected by two giants of the solar system, Jupiter and Uranus, which can turn up the volume in our lives. This is just the beginning of an intense month of potential change, and a reminder that we are the seed of any transformation.


Jupiter formed an exact 120 degree angle to Uranus earlier this morning, which hopefully is opening up our field of vision. Jupiter in Leo is proud and confident, and wherever it is in our chart is an area that we are dealing with our own ego gratification and sense of personal accomplishment (or lack thereof.) And then the electrifying, spontaneous, rebellious energy of Uranus in Aries comes in and jolts that planet with new insights or unexpected surprises. What this feels like is excitement and possibility and weirdness. Routines and everyday normality is put aside, or at least it’s a little difficult to focus on. In fact, ‘normal’ is something up for discussion, as these larger energies shake up our sense of reality.

The Full Moon occurs at 1:05 p.m. EST this Thursday with the Sun in Pisces and the Moon in Virgo. Typically this lunation brings with it a subtle balance between idealism and realism. Pisces is compassionate and Virgo is practical, so this Full Moon is often colored with a feeling of doing work for the greater good. While this still holds true for our current astrology, there’s also this fiery Uranian energy that heats it up and makes it restless. There’s a compelling urge to break away from the old and implement the new. And that is truly the cosmic message of the month, as we head into the final Uranus/Pluto square.

Uranus in Aries has formed 6 of 7 exact 90 degree angles since 2012. (See earlier coverage here.) The last of these squares occurs on March 16, just days before a powerful solar eclipse and equinox. This era of history has been marked by a radical and destructive vibe that has torn down almost every institution we know. Look at how differently we view the banking system, the media, the Pope (just to name a few). It’s easy to say things always are changing, but when you really think about the powerfully disruptive nature of world events politically, socially, and environmentally, you have to see how wild these past 3 years have been.

So what to do with all this? The Virgo Full Moon symbolizes our physical ability to be of service, to be part of a solution to a problem. Because this lunation represents the Piscean gift of inclusion (the ability to see that all creatures are connected) balanced with Virgo’s ability to get the job done step by step, we are empowered to get real about what we want to create in our future, particularly in ways that heal old wounds. Whether these are big external changes or simply releasing toxic habits and behaviors, we can use this astrology to shape our world for the better. It may seem overwhelming, but start small and you will see results.

I will be publishing extended spring horoscopes for all 12 signs before the New Moon on the 20th. Will keep you posted!