March 2017
VENUS retrograde March 4 - April 15

MARCH may feel like you are on a roller coaster before it is over. The New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE that occurred last month on Feb 26 in PISCES created the setting for MARCH. Worldwide, the likelihood of power struggles among leaders is high. There is also an almost overwhelming energy for earth changes, i.e. earthquakes, mudslides, flooding, oil refinery problems, water pollution, etc.

March offers an opportunity to double check relationships and ask the question “Is it worth it?” This happens about every 1.5 years. So, it is time to take a serious look at your relationships and decide if you should continue, make appropriate changes or walk away. (last time Venus was retrograde: July 25 – Sep 6 in 2015)

With Venus retrograde the financial markets may be all over the board. There is a “critical eye” type of energy, especially before the full moon on March 12th. That full moon day also includes a return to DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME and the uneven energy felt as Mercury prepares to leave Pisces.

By the end of March, activities begin to fall into place and a more practical way of looking at the problems or challenges emerges. There is more flexibility -although hard to believe. All just in time for next month…. AND Mercury Retrograde starting April 9th!!!

Full Moon: March 12 in VIRGO at 22 degrees
New Moon: March 27 in ARIES at 7 degrees
March begins with an ARIES moon joining Mercury and Venus already


March 01 – 10 The first week will hold variety of energies! This includes a certain amount of luck around the 2nd. Spending a dollar or two on the lottery or maybe buying a raffle ticket (no more than you can afford) might just bring you some luck!

Foggy thinking adds new meaning to the words “idealistic” and “deception” around the 4th, , and stressful emotional energy around the 6th.

With the moon opening the month in ARIES, be careful handling flammables, weapons, knives, anything sharp. Also, protect your head from injury and drive safely. The moon will move into sensible TAURUS on the 2nd allowing a more practical view of the happenings. This will hopefully offset the foggy/deceptive type of energy around today.

On the 4th the moon will slide into GEMINI and the conversations will increase. The downside is VENUS RETROGRADES at 4:08amET on the 4th. This may increase the emotional drama in relationships of all kinds.

The moon moving into CANCER for the 6th and 7th only adds to this sensitive energy. It is best to work quietly or at home.

On the 9th MARS pushes its aggressive energy out of ARIES and into TAURUS. It is not as comfortable in practical TAURUS so this could bring a crankiness to the 9th and 10th.

March 11 – 20 With a FULL MOON on March 12 in critical VIRGO, we find Mercury and Pluto in cahoots with one another creating pushy, intense thinking. However, this thinking (MERCURY) feels hampered by the restricting energy of SATURN. Should you or not?? A tug of war develops.

The moon slips into LIBRA early the morning of the 13th and Mercury moves quickly into ARIES on the 13th helping the full moon energy unfold more aggressively. With the full moon energy, the loss of a daily hour due to Daylight Savings Time beginning, it may take a few days to settle this energy down.

The 16th is a quieter day with the moon in SCORPIO and one you can use to re-energize. The St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the moon in SAGITTARIUS seems to be good, just be safe in all that you do and watch out for those that party a bit too much, etc, especially 18th evening.

The 20th is the SPRING Equinox and opens a window to Spring! The moon is VOID from 6:37am until 11:31amET when it moves into cool and aloof CAPRICORN. The SUN also moves into assertive ARIES. The energy is high. Be patient if asked to wait. Be considerate in traffic.

March 21 – 31 Whew .. breathe!! The 22nd is a VOID moon day. Expect the unexpected – at the least expect delays or rescheduling. The 23rd might be mentally challenging, so be careful in conversation as this energy might fold over into the 24th. Optimism will prevail on the 24th.

The 25th the moon moves into PISCES. This is a great movie weekend. AT the least spend time with children or pets! Listen to music. The afternoon of the 25th does see energy ramping up a bit ahead of the New Moon on the 27th.

At 10:11amET on the 27th the Moon moves into ARIES and at 10:57pmET the New Moon occurs at 7 degrees ARIES. Be careful you are not the one blurting out things without thinking. Be patient. Use the energy by working out, taking a hike, etc.

By the 29th, we have reached another day with a VOID moon. At 8:07amET the Moon enters VOID until 11:48am when it moves into luxury loving TAURUS. The month will close with a more grounded view and a lot of sharing of information as the moon enters GEMINI at 12:40pm on the 31st!

A Few Countries and Rulers

China: Libra/Venus
England: Aries/Mars (subGemini)
Germany: Aries/Mars
Israel: Aries/Mars
Mexico: Capricorn/Saturn
Palestine: Aries/Mars
Russia: Aquarius/Uranus
Syria: Aries/Mars and Scorpio/Pluto
Turkey: Virgo/Mercury
United States: Gemini/Mercury, especially East of the Mississippi and West of Mississippi adds a Cancer/Leo influence to the Gemini

Noon Cycles including Void of Course Moons (VOC or VOID)

New Moon: A new moon initiates energy that is very strong for four weeks or one lunar cycle but influences the year until another new moon occurs in that same sign - usually a year later. What that energy involves is indicated by the sign in which the new moon occurs and personally, which house/aspects etc are activated in your astrological chart. If the new moon is an eclipse the energy is tripled.

Full Moon: The full moon that follows two weeks after the new moon brings the energy of the new moon out into the open, or to a peak. It continues to unfold energy for two more weeks until the next new moon when the cycle begins all over again highlighting a different area of our lives. Those emotional influences can last a year.

Void Moon: When the transiting moon makes no aspect to a transiting planet, it is considered to be VOID. During these void periods - which can last a few minutes or a few days - it is best to avoid signing sign contracts, interviewing for jobs, or setting important appointments. Why? Because appointments are usually delayed or rescheduled altogether or they do not turn out as expected. Contracts have delays or have to be re-negotiated, etc. Job interviews turn out to be non-productive or empty promises are made. If, for instance, a first interview does occur and appears positive, you may be asked to start ASAP or have to interview with additional people. Individually, if you are under excellent aspects from transiting planets, this will then be a good time to proceed even though the moon is void.

I find that during void moon energy, solutions to problems can be found. Therefore, it is an excellent time for lawyers to find loopholes in cases or uncover evidence that will turn a case in their favor. Lost items are found or returned during this energy at a higher percentage than when the moon is not void. Any computer glitches that have evaded solution can suddenly be resolved. You can be lucky and win a lottery or raffle. Keep in mind that during a VOID MOON, any activities undertaken usually take TWICE as long to accomplish!!! There is an element of LUCK associated with VOID energy. Use it wisely! :-)

One thing is for certain -- always expect the unexpected during the time of a VOID of COURSE MOON and be prepared for delays or cancellations or a surprising turn of events. This can be felt as positive or negative!

Eclipses in 2017

Feb 10 - LUNAR eclipse: in Leo at 22 degrees
Feb 26 - SOLAR eclipse: in Pisces at 8 degrees
Aug 06 - LUNAR eclipse: in Aquarius at 15 degrees
Aug 21 - SOLAR eclipse: in Leo at 28 degrees 53 minutes (close to 29 degrees)

Retrograde Planets in 2017

When a planet is retrograde, its energy is weakened, misunderstood or projected in an unclear manner. The sun signs, industries, activities and so forth ruled by the retrograde planet, will feel held back, restricted, misunderstood or weakened. This is also a time when you are given an opportunity to re-do, re-evaluate these areas. Many times it brings about a better solution or happier direction.

Venus Retrograde March 4, 2017 - April 15, 2017, in ARIES. Venus retrograde gives an opportunity to rethink relationships, perhaps asking if it is worth it to continue. If you were separated from a romantic relationship prior to Venus going retrograde, during the retrograde period, you may decide that it is not worth being apart or losing what you had you are rethinking or reviewing, do NOT make final decisions until AFTER Venus goes direct on APR 15th. The Venus retrograde period is for getting in touch with what you really feel and want... and not a time to make the final decision. Do your research and rethinking now invested in the relationship. Venus also rules money and when retrograde presents an opportunity to review any pending financial deals or investments. No matter what. Be prepared to take appropriate steps forward after April 15th (READ ABOUT MERCURY RETROGRADE which overlaps the Venus retrograde! UGH).

It is recommended that any elective cosmetic surgery be delayed until after Venus is direct. The odds are you will be unhappy with the results if done while Venus retrograde.

Jupiter Retrograde February 6, 2017 - June 9, 2017, in LIBRA. Jupiter will pull back from 23 degrees LIBRA to 13 LIBRA. If you have planets or your Ascendant, Jupiter will touch those planets again. Jupiter is the planet known for being kind and generous. It offers a certain amount of protection in the area of your life (astrological chart) it is touching. While it is retrograde, it loses some of its strength. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius. Jupiter is a benefic planet bringing a cushion in times of falls, luck in times unexpected. It is like having an angel on your shoulder when it is in your sun sign. Jupiter can also bring pending legal matters to resolution or bring in new law/legal issues. Religions, higher institutions of learning, foreign places and people, judges and court rulings are all ruled by Jupiter. When it is retrograde, it is active just not as strong. If you are involved in any of the above-mentioned subjects, be aware these could slow down or be put on hold until Jupiter returns to full power in June. This slowdown allows time for review of what has already occurred. The sign of Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. If you are born under this sign, you may feel as though you are a little slower than usual during this retrograde period. Use the time wisely to “catch up” and be ready to push forward once the retrograde period is over.

Transiting Planets in 2017

If a slower moving planet connects with one of your personal planets such as your Sun, Venus, Mercury or Mars, it will initiate a reaction or event regarding the planet that is touched. Example: transiting Jupiter connects with your Venus. You could simply have a wonderful couple of "feeling good" days while this is active or maybe win a lottery, fall in love with someone or something, have a face-lift, settle a legal case, or set up a new banking account. It is helpful to know if this will be happening so you can plan better and be prepared to make it a good "connection". Here are the slower moving planets and the signs they will be travelling through in 2017:

Jupiter in Libra until October 2017. Jupiter is the fastest moving of the slower planets, staying approximately one year in each sign. It takes approximately 12 years for Jupiter to travel through all 12 signs. The first, the Libra sun signs will have this “guardian angel” energy for a full year. Until October 2017, Jupiter sends positive energy to the arts, music, relationships, agreements, and even make-overs. Because LIBRA is a cardinal sign, those born under the sign of Capricorn, Aries and Cancer or who have planets in these signs, will experience the effects of this transit at some point as Jupiter contacts your sun sign. The effects could be pleasant with opportunities knocking at your door or you can be feel frustrated or irritated. The choice is really yours. Use the energy in a positive way! In October, Jupiter will quietly move into Scorpio to finish the rest of 2017. Watch for more on this change of energies in the coming October’s forecast!

Saturn in Sagittarius until December 2017. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was late 1985 into early 1988. It takes about 2.5 years to transit one sign. It is now Sagittarius’ turn to feel the structuring, disciplining and in some cases restricting energy of this transit. November born Sagittarius have this transit in their rear view mirror now. Yay! Those born December 10 – 22 (and those with any planets in Sagittarius 21 degrees and higher) will at some point during 2017, feel this transit. By the end of this year Saturn will complete its transit of Sagittarius and move into the sign of Capricorn in December. Saturn’s energy helps us better manage our talents and urges. It can bring unexpected responsibilities or even health issues that require discipline and focus to overcome. Commitments made during a transit of Saturn to a personal planet (sun, moon, mercury, venus, mars) have endurance energy/longevity. Negatively, they can feel like heavy responsibilities! But it is not a bad energy for a good marriage or business partnership if all other aspects are supportive. This is the time to stay current with your medical exams especially if you are born under the sign of Sagittarius, have personal planets in Sagittarius, have Sagittarius rising, have Sagittarius on your work/health house (6th). If you have planets in the sign of Gemini at 21 degrees or higher, Saturn will, at some point, create an opposing energy. This can bring limitations (including medical conditions) or simply push you to organize and discipline your activities. It CAN, at times, feel really burdensome – even depressing - having Saturn in your sun sign (or opposing it. Given the ability to focus and accomplish now, use Saturn’s positive side to finish up projects or goals that have been set aside. Take on any added responsibilities as a learning experience that will benefit you. Hard work is usually required when Saturn is in your sign so be prepared to work hard and be rewarded accordingly. Remember, work smarter not harder.

Uranus, in Aries until 2018, will continue transiting the sign of Aries moving from 20 degrees to 28 degrees Aries. It will retrograde back to 24 degrees by the end of 2017. If you have a planet in your astro chart at 20 - 28 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, Uranus will energize that planet sometime in 2017. Libra sun signs born Oct 10 - 23 will feel this energy as an opposing force. It is challenging but not as aggressively challenging as those born in the sign of Aries will feel. You could suddenly decide to quit a job, seek a divorce, change your hair style, or even relocate when this happens. The energy of freedom loving Uranus is not predictable except to say it is unpredictable. Sudden changes, accidents, changes in beliefs, strong desire to be free, etc can all be part of this energy. Be careful in your desire to feel free, to break the rules, to make radical changes, especially if you are aged 41-43. Remember, once the transit completes, you will be living with the consequences of your actions and decisions! Uranus is sending kind vibes to Aquarius and Gemini but challenges Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, and of course, Aries.

Neptune, in Pisces until 2025, will move from 9 degrees to 14 degrees Pisces but during the year it retrogrades ending 2017 direct at 11 degrees. It is very slow moving. Be cautious in business dealings and LOVE as Neptune energy can be evasive and deceiving you before you know it. Neptune has a strong spiritual side and connects to the higher realms. It also rules all liquids and the oceans, water, floods, drugs, hospitals, jails, bodily fluids including perspiration! Perhaps if your planets are contacted by this transiting Neptune, you will find yourself returning to church, restoring your faith, being drawn to the beach, or finding that true love! Watch out, though! Make sure you remove your rose colored glasses before making major decisions. Virgo sun signs may find themselves working with Pisces sun signs or changing careers to work in a Pisces industry i.e., oil, ink, ocean liners, entertainment, singing, children, any music or acting, etc. Virgo sun signs will feel the opposing energy creating feelings of vagueness and mystery. Enjoy this opportunity to not only dream but to also see your dreams come true.

Pluto, in Capricorn, will transit 16, 17, 18, 19 degrees of Capricorn in 2017. Those born Jan 6-11, Apr 5-10, Jul 8-12 and Oct 9-12 will most likely feel this transit more directly. In an astrological chart if you have personal planets at 16-19 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra, you will feel the transformative power of Pluto as it interacts with that planet. It can involve corruption, drugs, sexual desires, skin and teeth issues, government planning, the disciplining parent, deaths, and big business to name a few. Pluto in Capricorn helps define economic changes that will be beneficial and strong. Capricorn rules big business and government and government officials. In 2017, Pluto in Capricorn will provide the impetus to release or destroy anything that has served its purpose in our lives. The changes being made will be long lasting ones as Capricorn is cautious, practical and very responsible. A positive use of the energy would be to take the initiative and change areas of your life that need improvement – before it is done for you! Emotionally you could embark on a new way of looking at life. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Virgo and Taurus – fellow earth signs of Capricorn – should find the transformations and changes, very positive and easier to integrate than other sun signs.

May the force remain strong with you throughout 2017!