March 2023 Monthly Aspects

Shelly LealMonthly Aspects


March 2023

Get ready for an extremely energetic month! This is where the shift begins in earnest. In addition to the 5 personal planets changing signs, Pluto, Vesta, Saturn and Ceres also shift into new qualities of consciousness, and Mercury switches twice. A new wormhole opens, a new season begins, and there are at least 12 new cycles occurring, mostly in Aries. These shifts will continue into July.


Juno and Eris are still conjoined as the month opens, and Venus conjuncts Jupiter in Aries on 3/2. She goes on to meet Chiron 3/3 and Eris 3/11. These are large energies. The heart expands and enters a healing phase, before opening to realizations that may be disruptive. But Self-realization is key here, and necessary before Venus enters her home sign of Taurus on 3/16, where she is most comfortable. Once there, she joins another stellium, and makes new cycles with the Soul Star chakra (the N. node) (3/20) and Juno (3/21). This upgrade at the heart level involves and reflects our relationship to everything, including our values. Out of this, new realizations are possible around the Venus-Uranus conjunction on 3/30.


Now let’s discuss Mercury. The Great Messenger is also very busy this month, conjoining Saturn at the master degree of Aquarius on 3/2, bringing the news that it’s time to restructure our thinking and prepare for the limitless possibilities that await when we come into our own authority. On the same day Mercury enters Pisces, a precursor to Saturn’s own entry on 3/7. More on that later. While in the sign of Spiritual Wisdom, the Mercury-Neptune new cycle occurs on 3/16 and Mercury catches up with the Sun on 3/17 for a superior conjunction, the midpoint between retrograde cycles. This triple conjunction is a good time to focus on and communicate our dreams, intentions, and thoughts for the future. We can have more confusion in our thinking, but also more clarity. This is a good time for meditation.


Our minds are moving fast this month. After only 17 days in Pisces, Mercury shifts into Aries on 3/19, and spends the rest of the month interacting with all the other planets inhabiting that sign. All month we must remember to keep our thoughts positive. Mercury makes a new cycle with Salacia 3/23, which brings a lightness to our thinking and space for communicating the right words at the right moment. It’s a good beginning as Mercury goes on to meet Chiron 3/26, and Jupiter and Astraea 3/28. Mental healing and balance are possible, especially in the social arena, as our thoughts expand. Finally, on 3/30 Mercury meets Vesta, and on 3/31 the Mercury-Eris new cycle occurs. Passion and slow-growing realizations can potentially disrupt our thinking; now is not a good time to put thoughts into action.


The Piscean Sun reminds us to face the fears that unlimited possibilities can bring. Halfway through that sign the Full Moon in Virgo occurs, on 3/7. Neptune and Chiron are the dispositors, signifying a healing and softer, dreamy quality to this lunation. Orcus conjoins the Moon, allowing us the potential to get in touch emotionally with the part of us that is eternal. Mars forms an intersection with this Sun-Moon bridge; it might be hard to take decisive action, but it’s good for all forms of dance, qi gong, yoga and the like to soothe and move the body. Uranus can increase intuition and insights that can be grounding.


But most importantly, within the hour of the Virgo Full Moon  Saturn enters Pisces, and our focus shifts from finding ways to share our uniqueness to finding the integrity to access our inner compassion, humanity, and perspective of oneness. Pisces is the sign of unlimited possibilities. Here we take responsibility for our experiences, and for facing the fears that limit us; and it is here our Inner Guru helps us discover the vastness of who we are. We learn to have faith in ourselves and not any outside influence. Saturn will remain in Pisces until 2026. The last time Saturn played in Pisces was 1994-96. What have we learned since then? What is coming up again for healing?


The 3/15 Sun-Neptune new cycle carries hints of the Full Moon, lifting the fog and clearing distortions and illusions, providing clarity and enlightenment. And the Sun and Mercury meet 3/17 before both shift into a different quality of consciousness.


The extremely dynamic Vernal/Autumnal equinox begins on 3/20 with the Sun’s ingress into Aries. The Sun is flanked by Neptune and Mercury, and is in a Lightbridge with Ceres, who has just entered Libra. Pluto sextiles (resources) the Sun, and is just about to change signs. As if that wasn’t enough, Haumea forms a great eliminator (inconjunct) with the Sun. With 8 planets in Aries, the focus this season is on Self-awareness and letting love activate the higher mind. Here we become aware that we are here to master the art of manifestation out of consciously disciplined thoughts, words and deeds. Aries is the sign of awakening and the right action that comes of it. The capacity to create something new is available if we choose to use it. In addition, the Venus-Soul Star new cycle suggests an evolving of values. These energies will continue all season.


The 3/21 New Moon in Aries intensifies and focuses these equinox energies for the next few weeks, and it opens a new wormhole that will last until May. Talk about potency! In effect, the equinox is a 2-day event. With the wormhole open, energies can become wonky, so presence of mind and an openness to allow whatever comes is definitely called for. This New Moon and wormhole belong to Mars, sitting at the end of Gemini, making out-of-sign stepping stones (squares) with the Sun, Moon, and Ceres (or, an intersection with the New Moon-Ceres Lightbridge if you prefer). New beginnings are in the air, but calm, judicious action is necessary. Jupiter merges with Astraea, indicating the influence of the divine feminine in social discourse. And the aforementioned Venus-Juno conjunction opens our hearts to connectedness of it all. Our consciousness lightens up with the Sun-Salacia new cycle on 3/28.


With all that’s been said, there are still major planet sign-changes to contend with. Ceres, the planet representing our capacity to nurture new beginnings into being, retrogrades back into Virgo 3/22. But the big news is Pluto’s shift into Aquarius for the first time ever in our lives. Pluto’s influence is powerful, deep and long-lasting, and this is no exception. Aquarius deals with humanitarian issues, sharing resources and gifts, freedom to be unique; and in 5D consciousness, bringing the future into the present moment, and learning to love ourselves enough to take down the defenses that prevent us from sharing our authentic selves. With Pluto in Aquarius, power and wealth in the hands of a few will shift to power shared by many. Transformation through networks and groups, striving to be more equanimous, is possible. Scientific and technological breakthroughs are also possible. Pluto spends 3 months in Aquarius before retrograding back into Capricorn in June to tie up loose ends. Next year we will be ready when he spends more time in the sign of Spiritual Love.


The triple conjunction between Vesta, Jupiter and Chiron on 3/12 begins a new cycle of healing and expansion in the social realm that provides some stability to all the changes of the month. On 3/25, after spending 7 months in Gemini due to his retrograde, Mars enters Cancer, a sign he finds difficult to work with, but one that yields mastery. Mars is action-oriented and Cancer is emotional. For the next 2 months we may feel the urge to act out emotionally, or be the recipient of such actions. Emotions are felt in the body; that is a clue as to whether an old issue is coming up for healing, or a boundary is being crossed. It would be wise to find appropriate outlets for any deep emotions that need to be cleared, such as anger or grief. Self-awareness and self-care are essential to process our emotions in a positive way; we really have to get to know ourselves better now. And not be fearful or dismissive of our emotions.

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