Several planets move from the quiet poetry of Pisces to the dynamic command of Aries this week, and as they shift positions, so do we. For some, it feels like a welcome change of air. For others, the shift is jarring, especially as daily life begins to unfold to a percussive, militant rhythm. For most of us, the altered skyscape catalyzes previously tamped-down situations, which in turn ignite sudden and intense mood swings.
These planetary shifts also punctuate the seasonal transition, and because the change from one season to another can often be uncomfortable, there’s a huge potential to turn cranky-pants with everyone over every little thing. And it makes no difference whether you’re waking from hibernation or preparing to go dormant – regular routines could feel like an obstacle course of opposing agendas. We’re in for a challenging couple of weeks, and won’t be easy keeping your discomfort to yourself or your displeasure hidden, and while I am not promoting denial, I am suggesting making a concerted effort to respect your fellow travelers.
On Tuesday, March 12, Mars moved into Aries, its Home Sign, a move that’s sure to have fooled lots of us into thinking Mercury Retrograde was over – but it wasn’t. Mercury doesn’t go direct until Sunday, March 17. What you’re feeling as an irresistible urge to get started on all those plans and projects you’ve been putting off until the retrograde coast was clear, is the impetus of Mars, chanting its mantra: “Ready. Set. Go.” Mars is, after all, the principle of motion, and when it transits Aries, movement is a must.
By Friday, March 15 – the infamous Ides of March – Mars moves into a conjunction with Uranus. Pay attention: When Mars and Uranus share the same space, we experience their volatility as the destabilization of previously held positions. In its least pernicious manifestation, this is the reason we are cranky and impatient with any perceived or actual delays or interference. In its most extreme iteration, violence of every variety, from domestic to political, personal or collective, escalates. Avoid needless confrontations. If you want to be heard, save your disclosures for a less encumbered emotional moment that will allow for a discussion. In the midst of so much flack, your words may sound more like a diatribe than an opportunity for dialogue.
Even though it might be impossible to resist the urge to hurry, make it a point this week to take your time. Be deliberate. Aries tends to be impulsive and impetuous, and while that passion has the power to charm us out of tired routines that no longer work, it can also motivate us to leap without looking. And even a seasoned Aries will confess that blind enthusiasm isn’t always the best way to begin a new venture.
And, of course, make a special effort to be nice to your cranky fellow travelers – very few of us actually want to be miserable.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Mars designates you as the leader of the pack, which means you must use your power, strength, and charm for the greater good. Refuse to engage in any activity that challenges your ability to stay cool, calm, and collected.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Mars dials up your internal monologue, and while much of what you tell yourself could be skewed toward defensive measures, it would be sad to waste this potent energy rehashing what could or should have been said or done. Accentuate the positive, and you’ll emerge victorious.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Mars reinvigorates a desire to be social, but that doesn’t mean you need to make plans for every day or night of the week. All that’s required is contact with interesting people who thrive on thoughtful conversation.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Mars stokes the fire of success and ambition, turning you into a dynamo of activity. Allow this process – even if you are retired – and you’ll feel yourself participating in the world with renewed enthusiasm.
Leo July 23-August 22
Mars nudges you toward travel, but try not to make any definitive plans until after Mercury Direct. YesŠI know you want to best prices, but patience might deliver the best results.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Mars challenges your capacity to transform previously stuck and sticky situations – so be prepared to grow, quickly. There’s nothing to worry about; this process is simply about acknowledging alternative viewpoints.
Libra September 23-October 22
It is all about relationship issues – again. And while this process may seem overwhelming, Mars is insisting on another “growth opportunity.” So roll up your sleeves and get ready to embrace your need for deep and abiding personal freedom.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Mars places work and health issues at the core of your concerns, so rather than worry about either, be proactive in your own behalf. Be direct, informed, and clear about what needs to be done, and then just do it.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Mars ignites your penchant for romance, which seems totally appropriate given the seasonal mood. Expect to fall in love with everyone and everything, but avoid making promises you can’t keep, even if you want to.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Mars stirs the very bottom of your psychic pond, disturbing the silt, which could make home life a little messy. But despite the mess, this phase also offers opportunities to make fundamental shifts in your emotional perspective.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Mars has you talking about every little thing – even things you’d rather not mention – making it important to choose your conversations, wisely. Remember, words can be used as weapons or work wonders.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Mars turns your attention to finance, inviting you to take stock of your resources. Focus on how to increase and improve your income, and your efforts will be well spent.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail Ralfee@AquariumAge.com. Copyright © 2013 by Ralfee Finn