SPRING BEGINS WITH tender shoots and tough lightning bolts on March 20. The sun enters brash and forthright Aries, while March winds remind us that spring is as stormy as it is calm.
This Friday we may still feel the tired end of winter as the sun in Pisces squares serious Saturn and calls us to task. Life’s responsibilities can irritate us. Insecurities can stimulate us to rebel, to push ourselves, or to sulk. Instead of bucking authority, it is good for us to claim our own. Once we get our ducks in a row, the weekend can open up. An upbeat and outspoken Sagittarius moon shifts the mood. As verbal Mercury conjuncts warmhearted Venus in Aries, it feels good to share ideas and bond over outrageous things. Just notice that people may, in their enthusiasm, not be particularly careful of one another’s feelings.
The spring revolution kicks in as the sun enters proactive Aries on Monday and the moon enters determined Capricorn. Politics, both national and interpersonal, move to the front burner. The courage to begin again is the medicine of spring. So where do we need to start over? We have access to the determination and ability needed to make a good start.
The week ends under a sociable, political Aquarius moon. Mercury squares thoughtful Pluto. Rhetoric intensifies, and so do our thoughts. If people feel cornered, they can become truly activated or just get depressed. But we can pour this intensity into anything we do, and any sign of progress will improve the mood.
FRIDAY, MARCH 17: People become grim if they feel under pressure from responsibilities. Let’s support one another’s work and stay out of the way when someone’s on a roll. An effort to crack down or impose discipline is an ineffective response to stress, whereas joy comes from checking things off the list. This evening, people relax but may get wild as the moon enters Sagittarius.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18: Mercury conjuncts Venus, and we can be glib, flirtatious, impassioned, or charismatic; appreciate a whiff of spring fever in the air. What we won’t feel is patient. Don’t get caught up in old patterns. Talk about social justice.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19: Today continues yesterday’s momentum. Afternoon brings a chance to network as the moon sextiles Jupiter. Look for positive changes this evening.
MONDAY, MARCH 20: Now we’re cooking. The sun enters proactive Aries on this, the vernal equinox, and the moon enters competent, controlling Capricorn — this gives us the efficiency to follow through on what we begin.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21: Continue the momentum from yesterday. This morning the moon trines Mars. Keep dogs and children busy and give cynics a job. We can get in trouble if bored or unengaged.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22: Pay attention to political statements and consider their long-term ramifications. Tonight, the mood grows cooperative, and we can perceive more options as the moon enters Aquarius. THURSDAY, MARCH 23: Concerns crowd the horizon as Mercury squares Pluto. In this urgency, we may try to convince or manipulate others, but that will tend to backfire. Look for the content under the fog, the fire underneath the smoke, and prioritize.