March 2017 Monthly Forecast
True Inner Fire – Crunch Time
March has a key theme – ‘be true to self and be free’. Yet the race is on to avoid becoming trapped in the ‘disoriented self’ if we misunderstand or misuse the ‘self energy’ that is prevalent this year, particularly this March.
Strong, powerful Black Moon Lilith (archetype of authentic truth) is in fire sign Sagittarius squaring the Nodes (axis of destiny) all month (exact 15 March). What an image of the ‘true to self’ feminine at a destiny crossroads! But will she become chained up by roles forced onto her (or her own wild rebellion) and lose her freedom, or will she break free onto her next best pathway?
Venus Retro in Fire Sign Aries
Venus (archetype of cultural ideas of the feminine) goes retrograde in fire sign Aries on 4 March and all month is in sync with Lilith’s efforts to keep the feminine free and authentic. Whenever Venus is Retro (for 40 days and 40 nights), life supports us to get clear on our true values, and while in Aries this comes through fighting for what we believe to be most important.
Both Sagittarius and Aries are fire signs that value the independence and freedom to discover and follow ‘the true self’, but as with any of the 12 zodiac signs, they have blindspots, and fire sign blindspots are generally to do with passionately following a belief as if it’s the truth.
Going Deeper into Self Love and True Values
Venus Retro helps with seeing more deeply beneath the surface than usual. The key this month is to hone in more accurately on personal true self and fight off any hidden rules or systems we might be following like a robot without realising we are. When we follow our own true essence there is no win or lose; instead there’s healthy competition, a deepening of talent, plus growth in radiance, character and fulfilment.
Conversely, Venus Retro in Aries also has the capacity to grow in selfishness while mistakenly believing she is being self loving. Saying ‘no’ to others’ rules and doing what we want for ourselves doesn’t necessarily mean we have found our own true values or self love.
True Self – Free from the Burden of Negativity
The astrology this month shows we know we have found the true self when we don’t harbour even one drop of negativity toward any other person following their true selves. It’s not possible to feel negative toward another person following their true self once we have found our own. Definitions of ‘more or less deserving’ vanish. We will know we have found our true self when we feel joy, delight, happiness and pride in any other being on the planet sharing or expressing their true self in any way, big or small. We will want to egg them on, and any negativity toward them falls away as quickly as it arises.
Will Venus while Retro over the next six weeks slip into faulty perceptions of the true self, or will she contact the pulse of authenticity and freedom within herself by connecting to her true inner fire? Probably a bit of both in the cauldron of this month’s energies.
What Does Your ‘Sun’ Revolve Around?
Remarkably, coinciding with Venus Retro and Lilith squaring the Nodes is another major alignment: Saturn in fire sign Sagittarius conjunct the Galactic Centre* all month (exact on 7 March) which can only happen every thirty years. The Galactic Centre is literally the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy, around which our Sun revolves. In a person’s astrology, the Sun represents ‘the true self’.
With Saturn, the planet of reality checks, in alignment to the Galactic Centre, we are reminded that even though the planets revolve around Earth’s Sun, our own Sun itself is forced to revolve around the centre of our galaxy, which itself is only one galaxy among about 2 trillion galaxies in our cosmos.
Whenever I do a chart consult, I aim to explore a person’s truly unique personal ‘sun’ (their true ‘inner fire/self’) around which the rest of their astrology revolves. Every chart shows a person’s individual ‘solar system’ and how it helps or hinders the success of their awe-inspiring true self/true path (Sun).
Every Chart Is Breathtakingly Unique
Every chart is so unique, it’s breathtaking to experience, just as individual snowflakes are unique. With Saturn conjunct the Galactic Centre this month, you might at times feel as if you are simply a snowflake in among trillions of others, and wonder ‘what’s the point’?
But Sagittarius is about perspective. When we keep our perspective with our own personal ‘sun’ and concentrate on getting our own ‘solar system’ flowing in sync with our direction, thoughts like ‘what’s the point?’ disappear. In the eyes of someone focussed on their true self, every sun revolving around the centre of every one of the 2 trillion galaxies in our cosmos becomes unbelievably beautiful and powerful in its uniqueness, as does every human being on this planet. For to appreciate your own ‘sun’ brings a heart appreciation for everyone else’s.
Saturn in its positive helps us become so fuelled with the fire of our own path and the tasks before us, which require all of our commitment and energy, that to waste time on judging someone else’s simply makes no sense. Yet this is a month that could bring up these ‘dark feelings’ in any one of us – the remedy is to deepen passion for our own unique path.
Personal Galactic Centre – ‘True Self Vibration’
If your personal ‘sun’ (life focus) is following the wrong Galactic Centre (i.e. values or beliefs that are not true to your unique authentic self) then this is the month to find out and get back on track. What beliefs might your own inner self be trapped into revolving around? There are as many belief systems as there are religions, spiritual traditions, family upbringings, school influences, foreign cultures, attitudes etc in the world, and galaxies in the cosmos. Saturn helps us understand hidden energies that distract us from our ‘personal true self vibration’ through the thoughts, feelings and attitudes that impact us this month.
When Venus goes direct in the middle of April, much falls into place. For now, it’s a time for discernment. There’s a strong pull to surround yourself with those who are in touch with their true inner fire and who naturally create a fulfilling win-win for all. Yet you might have to say ‘no’ this month before you find those to say ‘yes’ to, as our culture teaches us to hide behind masks of authenticity and it takes time to sort the true from the false.
Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto – Major Alignments in March
Two more huge alignments happen this month – Jupiter opposite Uranus** and Jupiter square Pluto.*** Profoundly happening in the same year, these two alignments provoke powerful awareness breakthroughs.
Jupiter opposite Uranus is active during the first two weeks of March (exact on the 3rd), and only happens about every 13 to 14 years! People might say or do things that thrill, shock or anger us, or we might behave outside the box and shock ourselves. This is all part of life rattling our bones so that we question our deeper ‘Who am I?’ E.g. ‘Do I value xyz behaviour in myself?’ or ‘Why did I expect that person to do, or not do, xyz?’
Jupiter square Pluto happens about once every 6 to 7 years. This alignment is felt during the last two weeks of March (exact on the 31st). You might experience hidden undermining negativity about self or others. Even when following our true path, sometimes negativity comes up to help finetune the path even more specifically. Once back on track, any difficult feelings such as ‘better than/worse than’, ‘more entitled/less entitled’, ‘atoned/innocent/guilty’ simply drop away. The Pluto process of paring back to essence sees only joy remain for your own and another’s path, and under this transit, it’s possible to become even more deeply and passionately locked into your true north.
March Equinox – Your Next ‘Wheel of Fortune’
As if all the previously mentioned ‘true to self ’ transits were not enough in one month, there’s also the equinox on 20 March, the time in the year when the previous year’s astrology wheel completes and a fresh new ‘wheel of fortune’ starts to turn, with the astrology clicking over to the first beat of the first zodiac sign, Aries.
The key is to clear out any old beliefs/stories/attitudes you might be negatively attached to, so that your wheel can turn to best effect, otherwise the same old destiny plays out year after year. Everything about this month is designed to help us find authentic tools and genuine techniques to break us out of old ruts, so here’s to upturning pathways! Happy Equinox!
* Saturn conjunct Galactic Centre exact dates: 7 Mar, 7 May & 25 Nov 2017
** Jupiter opposite Uranus exact dates: 27 Dec 2016, 3 Mar & 28 Sept 2017
*** Jupiter square Pluto exact dates: 25 Nov 2016, 31 Mar & 5 Aug 2017
March’s 1st Quarter Moon
For information on the 1st Quarter Moon in Gemini on 5 March, go here around that date. The interpretation will stay online until the next 1st Quarter Moon four weeks later.
March’s Full Moon
For information on the Full Moon in Virgo on 13 March, go here around that date. The interpretation will stay online until the next Full Moon four weeks later.
March’s 3rd Quarter Moon
For information on the 3rd Quarter Moon in Capricorn on 21 March, go here around that date. The interpretation will stay online until the next 3rd Quarter Moon four weeks later.
March’s New Moon
For information on the New Moon Aries on 28 March, go here around that date. The interpretation will stay online until the next New Moon four weeks later.