WELCOME TO THE ASTROLOGICAL NEW YEAR’S EVE, when energy builds as the spring equinox approaches. Let’s review where we stand, notice what we’ve learned and accomplished, and sketch out what we need to empower us in the year ahead, so that spring’s rocket fuel sends us in a good direction.
The moon starts the party when it enters enthusiastic fire-sign Leo on Friday. The weekend brings an eventful restlessness and encourages us to plant seeds of fertile new beginnings, though seeds of future discontent may also take root. The energizing sun enters brash fire-sign Aries on Saturday and initiates spring, and thoughtful Mercury follows on Monday. They join Mars, already in proactive Sagittarius, to light a fire under us, moving us out of any lingering low- energy, foggy, dispersing Piscean doldrums and increasing the heat under every already simmering pot in the political landscape. Aries loans us courage, directness, and the tendency to act without thinking through consequences.
Over the weekend this energy is softened by a romantic, idealistic Venus-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. Keep eyes open for new connections of all kinds — for romance, spiritual brethren, and creative collaborators, but stay in the present with one another. This momentum runs smack into some tough confrontational aspects, as already inflamed political differences can really square off as expansive, liberal Jupiter squares contractive, conservative Saturn. On Wednesday, the Aries sun opposes the Libra full moon in a lunar eclipse and spotlights any tension between our needs to express ourselves and the compromises necessary to create a healthy relationship. We process that unfolding story over the rest of the week.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18: The Leo moon calls us to engage with one another, but lingering Pisces energy can leave us tired and easily overwhelmed. The morning calls us to review and remember. After an abrupt impatient midafternoon, the mood mellows into a sociable evening.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19: The changes begin as the Leo moon, Uranus, and Saturn form a grand trine in instigating fire signs. The doorway opens to spring; reach out and connect, investigate, and f lirt. This morning is rich and interesting, afternoon brings a lazy spell, and the evening rocks. Feel magic in the air as Venus conjuncts Neptune overnight.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20: Morning stays magical, though we may feel a bit fried no matter what we did last night. Take practical action on yesterday’s new possibilities. Rest and practice patience this evening.
MONDAY, MARCH 21: We shouldn’t get discouraged on this fuzzy-thinking morning. Share a sweet moment and offer encouraging words midday, before our repartee gets snappier in the best and worst of ways around dinnertime.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22: The mood is oddly wandering and peripatetic. It’s a good day to grow our understanding, but it’s a tough day to build momentum. Relationship issues need gentle attention.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23: Speak with direct honesty and compassion on this potentially eventful day. The morning’s lunar eclipse highlights interpersonal tension and conflicting needs. Notice tension between the right to free speech and diplomatic fairness, the loud and angry needs of individuals versus the collective.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24: Stay honest and keep the heart open. Find facts this morning and be solution- oriented as people show their difficult edges midday. Make decisions this afternoon for the long haul rather than the short term.