“Beware the Ides of March,” wrote Shakespeare in Julius Caesar and we’ve been repeating it ever since, even if we don’t exactly know what it means. I’m not going into detail because it’s easy to look up, but just noticing it started me thinking about why humans like to mark specific days, days that remind us of our participation in a much bigger stream of events. That led me to start thinking about religious holidays, which are really holy days, designated moments in time meant to reactivate participation in an original Divine moment. In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade calls an eruption of the sacred a hierophany or the sacred making itself manifest in the profane. He notes that our ancestors recognized the power of the sacred and longed to live in that experience, creating rites and rituals to evoke and invoke sacred experience. He also points out that when we participate in the rituals of holy days, we are attempting to return to the meaning and magic of the sacred. Of course, the Ides of March is not a holy day, but it has endured as a marker and that started me thinking about time.
Time moves in cycles, cycles that have always been measured by the movement of the planets and stars. Those cycles of time, as the Maya knew only too well, are occurring on a spiral. History repeats itself but never in exactly the same way, never at the exact same point. This is the inherent creativity of life—if we want, we can choose how to live each moment consciously. History may repeat itself, but our choices in the present moment have the power to create a variation of history—we can choose a new iteration of the historical theme.
Planetary patterns indicate repetitive themes. Personal cycles can be seen through the cycle of the Moon. Other times they are most noticeable through the cycles of Mercury, Venus and Mars. And large historical periods are most identifiable through the cycles of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. This is one of the reasons I love astrology, not because it allows us to predict the future but because it enables the opportunity to learn from the past and make wiser choices about how to live in the present moment. This week I am choosing the let the Ides of March remind me that the universe is alive and we are participants, conscious or unconscious, in its vital force.
Also this week, the Jupiter/Uranus opposition persists—there’s one more week of its polarized intensity. But don’t confuse that with the end of political polarization. That ideological tension was in place long before this opposition and will probably be in place for quite some time. I’d like to be able to say that daily life, with its wonderfully boring banality of regular routines, will return but I can’t. There’s nothing normal about life now or any time soon, which is something the Trump regime is counting on. If you can dislocate and discombobulate enough people, you can create chaos, and chaos is a ripe environment for dismantling the structures that hold those regular routines in place.
Order allows orientation, and in ancient times, orient meant to face east, toward the rising Sun, and churches were oriented to that most repetitive planetary cycle of all—the start of each new day. As this powerful opposition between Jupiter and Uranus continues to separate, do your best to stay oriented within yourself. It’s very easy in times such as these to lose sight of what’s important. Do whatever it is you do to dispel despair (and try to keep it healthy), and use the anger and fear of what is occurring to orient yourself to your highest ideals.
The good news this week is a Mercury/Venus conjunction, in Aries. Mercury symbolizes all things mental. Venus signifies aesthetics, and because what we find beautiful represents our values, Venus also represents what matters most. As these two beneficent planets share the same space, they indicate an atmosphere of grace and beauty. Some astrologers even attribute humor to this combination—and wouldn’t it be great to laugh a little and have it lighten our psychic load?
Mars moved into Taurus on March 10, indicating the potential for a down-to-earth, practical application of all things Martian, including ambition, self-assertion and self-actualization. One of the positive side effects of Trump tyranny is the mobilization of so many to take a stand against its mendacious agenda. Many have moved out of complacency, and while it’s scary and challenging to stay centered and optimistic during this phase—and it is a phase—applied consciousness has a power that cannot be denied.
Just as the planets move in cycles, so do solar systems and universes. I once wrote that the winter solstice marked the eternal return of the sun, and a dear mentor wrote to me and said, “No…the sun is not actually eternal. It too will fade away. We just think it is eternal because we can’t really contextualize billion-year cycles relative to our very small, infinitesimal lifetime.” And she was right. Use this present moment to expand your perception of time’s cycles. But don’t use it to rationalize or deny the day-to-day suffering of your fellow travelers. We are at our best when we are helping each other navigate the day-to-day, with our hearts open and kind and completely immersed in our interconnectedness. To quote Padmasambhava: Though my View is as spacious as the sky, my actions and respect for cause and effect are as fine as the grains of flour.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Yes…you are a magician, especially when you stop worrying about what’s in it for you and focus instead on the big picture—how your intention can work for the good of all. It goes without saying, but I am saying it anyway: You are part of the all, which means you benefit when everyone benefits.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Mars moves into your Sign and you are flying into action. Be clear about what you want to accomplish, but also don’t take the entire process so seriously. You have huge amounts of resources—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—available to you, but a light-hearted, even humorous attitude will ensure the cooperation of others.
Gemini May 21-June 21
You must negotiate several sensitive situations and you can’t put your head in the sand and pretend it will all go away. The best way through is to follow a prescription by Angeles Arrien: Show up, be in the moment, speak your truth—and here’s the most important one—be unattached to the outcome.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Turn the situation upside down and then contemplate the changing perspective. I’m not suggesting you agree with your opponent or even hinting that your position is wrong. I’m simply advising that turning the situation on its head will give you a better sense of how to seize the creative moment and make the most of it.
Leo July 23-August 22
What would you most like to accomplish, dear Leo? Do you want to be famous, wealthy or wise? The field of success is wide open at the moment and good fortune is smiling on you. Even though this sounds like a fortune cookie, I’m serious. Mars is in your Solar House of profession and recognition which amplifies opportunities for success.
Virgo August 23-September 22
It’s all about making peace, but don’t confuse peace with capitulation. This is about finding the confidence to change what has previously appeared as insurmountable obstacles. Set your sights high, but be content with taking that path to success one careful step at a time.
Libra September 23-October 22
It’s definitely a power moment, but it’s not necessarily a contest between you and someone else about who is the most powerful. This process is centered on you realizing the scope of your true abilities. As you move through the maze of the week, contemplate this: Truly powerful people are keenly aware of their limitations.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
You’re in the midst of a deluge of shifts, and while some of these changes are deconstructing certain tried and true habits, other changes are taking place that can help create positive patterns. Address what needs to change, but don’t starve yourself of the sweetness of life. And remember, sometimes things fall apart so they can improve.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
You have a tremendous amount of strength at your disposal, but trying to figure out how to spend all that energy is making you just a little nervous. Take a deep breath, and see what you are organically drawn to do. And don’t worry if you feel the urge to get under the covers. Very soon—maybe too soon—you’ll be working almost too hard.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
The secret of your success is figuring out how to get your needs meet without ignoring a multitude of tasks for others. This is not an easy challenge but it can be done, especially if you are willing to cut through old patterns that inhibit a job well done. In other words, be nice but don’t be so nice that you put yourself at risk.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
You are gathering strength from the very depths of your soul, a strength that’s needed for the next phase, one with the power to free you from old patterns keeping you hostage to behavior you have outgrown. Be determined to break free and you just might surprise yourself about how easy it is to break through.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Dynamic and intense conversations with friends could be an end to pretense, especially when it comes to relationships you’ve been tolerating out of a misplaced desire to be kind. Letting go of what no longer works will only help you move into a deeper intimacy with people you have an authentic connection with.
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