Stargazer for March 2017

Living Now - - Editorial - by Stella Woods

The con­tro­ver­sial pres­i­dent. Venus ret­ro­grade. Sun in Pisces.


Love him or loathe him, Pres­i­dent D J Trump is here to stay. So let’s take a quick look at what makes him tick.

Amer­ica’s 45th pres­i­dent was born on 14th June, 1946, at 10.54am in Ja­maica, NY, mak­ing him a Gemini, that clever, quick-wit­ted, fast-talk­ing sign ruled by com­mu­ni­ca­tion planet Mer­cury. And boy, does he love the sound of his own voice, whether it’s spit­ting out snappy slo­gans and tact­less tweets; in­sult­ing those who dis­agree with him; rous­ing his crowds of sup­port­ers; breach­ing in­ter­na­tional pro­to­col or alien­at­ing en­tire sec­tions of the com­mu­nity.

Trump was born with Leo ris­ing, rep­re­sent­ing his per­son­al­ity and ap­pear­ance – that fa­mous mane of blond hair and ruddy or­ange com­plex­ion. Leo the king; Leo the show­man; Leo the lion; pow­er­ful, dom­i­nant and ready to roar. The down­side of that Leo per­son­al­ity is Trump’s ar­ro­gance, blus­ter and nar­cis­sism. The up­side? The warmth, gen­eros­ity and pro­tec­tive­ness that at­tracted mil­lions of ‘ for­got­ten’ Amer­i­cans, seek­ing a strong leader to cham­pion their cause.

Not only was Trump born with Leo on the hori­zon – Mars, god of war and ag­gres­sion was ris­ing as he en­tered the world. Trump is a mighty busi­ness war­rior with a $3.7 bil­lion for­tune; he’s fa­mous for his tem­per tantrums and he’s used to get­ting things done fast. Mars in Leo ris­ing is a stel­lar com­bi­na­tion for a world leader who wants to make Amer­ica great again, but left unchecked, this combo could eas­ily lead to power trips and reck­less be­hav­iour. Can Trump suc­ceed as pres­i­dent in a world where co­op­er­a­tion and con­sul­ta­tion are es­sen­tial?

In a birth chart, the moon de­scribes our emo­tional and in­stinc­tive na­ture. Trump’s moon is in fire sign Sagittarius, bless­ing him with an en­tre­pre­neur­ial, ad­ven­tur­ous and op­ti­mistic out­look. Sagittarius is known for coarse be­hav­iour and foot in mouth dis­ease and Trump’s Twit­ter ac­count pro­vides the per­fect plat­form for his spon­ta­neous and of­ten tact­less out­bursts. Sagittarius is also the sign of in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, yet Trump seems to have a blind spot in this area. He’s leg­is­lat­ing to ban Mus­lims and send peo­ple back to their own coun­tries, yet his mother is a Scot­tish mi­grant, his first wife was from the Czech Repub­lic and his cur­rent wife from Slove­nia. He talks of bring­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing back to Amer­ica and build­ing a wall on the Mex­i­can bor­der, yet his busi­ness em­pire has in­ter­ests in Panama, Istanbul, Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, Turkey and In­done­sia. So why the para­dox?

Al­though Trump’s Sagit­tar­ian moon makes him in­ter­na­tion­ally fo­cussed, he has Venus and Saturn in tra­di­tional and fam­ily-ori­ented Can­cer, mean­ing he is gen­uinely pa­tri­otic and wants to pro­tect his home­land from what he sees as ex­ter­nal threats to na­tional se­cu­rity. The USA is a Can­cer na­tion (founded on 4th July) and Trump’s prom­ise to take spe­cial care of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens at­tracted mil­lions of vot­ers. But just days into his pres­i­dency, mil­lions more were protest­ing on the street and unit­ing in op­po­si­tion to his con­tro­ver­sial leg­is­la­tion. Are these Demo­crat vot­ers or could they be some of the 95 mil­lion Amer­i­cans (42.1%) who chose not to vote at all? Pres­i­dent Trump was born at a full moon eclipse, and eclipses

are har­bin­gers of change. He may end up unit­ing Amer­ica in a way he never in­tended.


To thine own self be true and it must fol­low, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man (Shake­speare, Ham­let)

Venus is fa­mous as the god­dess of love and beauty, but she also rules money, aes­thet­ics, fash­ion, plea­sure and sheer self-in­dul­gence. Venus has been trav­el­ling through feisty, war­rior­like fire sign Aries since early Fe­bru­ary, mean­ing she is less gra­cious and more im­pa­tient and de­mand­ing than usual. Nor­mally she spends just one month in each zo­diac sign, but in 2017, she will be in Aries for a full four months, pac­ing back­wards and for­wards un­til she’s worked out ex­actly what she wants and what she val­ues. The most im­por­tant part of this cy­cle stretches from 5th March to 16th April. Astrologers call this re-as­sess­ment pe­riod ‘ Venus ret­ro­grade’ – a time when we too as­sess the value of the peo­ple and things in our lives and clear out the dead wood.

Now that might sound rather harsh, but Venus ret­ro­grade works in a sub­tle man­ner to show us what or whom we truly value. For ex­am­ple dur­ing the Venus ret­ro­grade pe­riod you may hear news of your ex and find out he’s still in love with you, or in­deed about to have a baby with his new part­ner! Or you may stum­ble across an old en­try in a diary that high­lights the loy­alty of a friend or re­minds you how much you love danc­ing. Or per­haps you watch a film that ex­actly mir­rors a sit­u­a­tion you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in real life or bump into a per­son you haven’t seen for years.

When Venus is ret­ro­grade, it’s im­pos­si­ble to hide or pre­tend, and oth­ers will clearly sense your true motives and feel­ings. In turn you will be­come aware of any prob­lems, dif­fer­ences or un­re­solved is­sues in your own life… is that job, still a dream job or have you out­grown it? The up­side of these epipha­nies is that you of­ten re­alise how much some­one ap­pre­ci­ates or cares for you, or be­come aware of pas­sions and trea­sures long buried or for­got­ten.

The Venus ret­ro­grade pe­riod is one of dis­cern­ment and eval­u­a­tion as you as­sess key re­la­tion­ships, pri­or­i­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties in your life and ask: ‘Am I fol­low­ing my heart? Do I still want this per­son/ac­tiv­ity in my life?” The usual ad­vice is not to act on this aware­ness un­til Venus starts mov­ing for­ward again (af­ter 16th April).

The Venus ret­ro­grade pe­riod is not a good time for new in­vest­ments or fi­nan­cial/busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties as the value of a share, prod­uct or com­mod­ity may be over-val­ued. On the other hand, it’s an ex­cel­lent time for rene­go­ti­at­ing a loan or con­tract, or buy­ing real es­tate, an­tiques and other sec­ond-hand goods where you know the true value of the item (even though the seller may not!)


From 18th Fe­bru­ary to 20th March, the sun cruises through wa­ter sign Pisces, noted for her dreami­ness, es­capist na­ture and wild imag­i­na­tion. Pis­cean sen­si­tiv­ity picks up the sub­tle lay­ers of mean­ing in life, pro­vid­ing in­stinc­tive un­der­stand­ing of sit­u­a­tions and of­fer­ing di­rect ac­cess to the col­lec­tive un­con­scious through dreams and med­i­ta­tion. March is there­fore the per­fect time to fo­cus on dreams and vi­sions for the fu­ture while gen­tly re­leas­ing the past.

Those born un­der the sign of Pisces are known for their ver­sa­til­ity, kind­ness and compassion. Many ex­cel as coun­sel­lors, heal­ers, ac­tors, artists and mu­si­cians; some are at­tracted to the fash­ion, beauty and movie in­dus­tries, while oth­ers work with those on the fringe of so­ci­ety. At best Pis­ceans serve hu­man­ity and prac­tise un­con­di­tional love. Neg­a­tively, they can be vic­tims and mar­tyrs, prone to self- sabotage and self-sac­ri­fice. In med­i­cal astrol­ogy, Pisces rules the toes, feet and lym­phatic sys­tem. When Pis­ceans are out of bal­ance they can suf­fer from foot trou­ble, in­testi­nal dis­eases and fluid build-up. Es­capism through fan­tasy, drugs or al­co­hol is also com­mon. The Pis­cean colours are sea green, pur­ple and shades of blue. The great­est les­son for Pisces is to set bound­aries and keep their feet on the ground!


Launch projects at the new moon, bring them to com­ple­tion in the pe­riod from just be­fore the full moon to the third quar­ter phase and wind them down and re­flect on de­vel­op­ments in the week be­fore the next new moon. Im­por­tant events such as par­ties, con­fer­ences and wed­dings are best held close to the full moon or when the moon is in the same sign as your star sign. n

Stella Woods is an as­trol­ogy teacher and con­sul­tant. Con­tact Stella at stella@stel­las­tar­ or www.stel­las­tar­ or www.face­­las­tar­woman

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