Transits for the Pisces-Aries Lunation

The arrival of spring has felt imminent in my forested corner of the world, with small green leaves beginning to unfurl and dark purple buds forming upon the long naked tree branches. Yet just to remind us in our mountain abode that Pisces season is not yet over and springtime has still to arrive, a sudden blanket of snow descended yesterday to turn the world once more into a wintry spectacle. On a walk this afternoon along one of the pathways by my home, I could perceive the Sun-Venus-Neptune gossamer veil drawn over the world, Venus-Neptune’s ethereal beauty shimmering through the beams of sunlight itself. The Pisces New Moon will align on the same day as the exact Venus-Neptune conjunction, bringing the essence of sacred love and spiritual beauty into the next lunation’s quiet seeding.

The unfolding lunar cycle is marked by themes of subtlety, harmony, and forward initiative. As we approach Aries season and the dawn of spring, not a single planet is retrograde in the sky. Nothing inhibits the archetypal expression of each of the planets at this time—except, of course, dear Saturn, who always reminds us of the importance of not being hasty. Furthermore, the month is marked by numerous sextiles between planets: gentle 60° alignments that tend to express themselves with confluence and support, a gift offered to us that we might take it and make the best of what is given.

As we reach the anniversary of the coronavirus lockdowns, there are many complex feelings arising as we take stock of the transformed and still changing world around us. May the gentler alignments of this next lunation support each of us as we figure out how best to walk forward and step into the potentials of spring.

Transits of the Pisces-Aries Lunation

*March 13 @ 2:21 am PT* The New Moon aligns in Pisces in a stellium with an exact Venus-Neptune conjunction, initiating a new lunation cycle in the midst of an exquisite, ethereal romantic fairy-story in which mermaids sweetly sing songs of sacred seduction and the wholeness of our being dissolves into the divine union of love.

*March 15 @ 3:26 pm PT* Mercury swims into the sign of Pisces after a long sojourn in Aquarius, loosening the grip of mental acuity and slipping into a stream of consciousness dialogue with . . . pardon, what did you say again?  

*March 16 @ 11:26 am PT* The Sun in Pisces sextiles Pluto in late Capricorn, illuminating the shadowed realms that still tug at our attention, asking to be seen, transmuted, and transformed.

*March 18 @ 1:40 am PT* In alignment with the waxing crescent Moon in Taurus, a humble trine forms with Sun-Venus in Pisces sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, Pluto trine the Moon, and the Moon sextile Sun-Venus. Rumblings of desire echo below the surface of sweet platitudes, disguising deeper impulses than might be recognized at first glance.

*March 20 @ 2:37 am PT* The Sun alights into Aries, marking the Vernal Equinox and ushering in spring with International Astrology Day. The inauguration of the spring season lights up new energies to initiate action and take steps forward into life.

*March 21 @ 7:40 am PT* The waxing quarter Moon in Cancer opens a day of heightened astrological activity, with Mercury in Pisces sextiling Uranus in Taurus, Venus ingressing into the sign of Aries, and Mars in Gemini forming an airy trine with Saturn in Aquarius. Mind, heart, and will pull in varying directions, the first alight with new ideas, the second entering heated territories, and the third quelling the impulse for action until tangible measures have been taken.

*March 23 @ 8:26 pm PT* Mercury in Pisces squares Mars in Gemini, threatening disgruntled disagreements and furtive argumentation. Scream into a pillow or burn an angry letter—and let the energies dissipate with the ashes.

*March 25 @ 11:58 pm PT* The Sun and Venus at last conjoin in Aries after dancing in a close tango for many weeks. The cazimi marks Venus’s transition from the morning star to the evening, where we can soon adore her diamond beauty at a reasonable hour once more.

*March 28 @ 11:48 am PT* The Libra Full Moon opposes the Sun-Venus conjunction, directly perceiving the tender hidden realms of the Lunar unconscious and inviting them forth to illuminate the sweetened pathways of the heart.

*March 29 @ 8:24 pm PT* Mercury and Neptune conjoin in Pisces, drowning rationality within the wet pools of dream consciousness and allowing the symbolic whispers of transcendent intimations to seep through our thought patterns.

*March 30 @ 8:47 am PT* Venus in Aries sextiles Saturn in Aquarius, tempering the heart’s affections with reminders of loves gone by, perhaps to close the gates of intimacy and perhaps to dwell in bittersweet reminiscence.

*March 31 @ 2:04 pm PT* The Sun in Aries sextiles Saturn in Aquarius, emphasizing organization and discipline, but hopefully only with gentle reminders of one’s responsibilities and commitments, rather than a punitive judgement from the superego.

*April 1 @ 11:04 pm PT* Mercury in Pisces sextiles Pluto in Capricorn, subtly driving the inquiry deeper, making sure no stone has been left unturned and no idea uninvestigated.

*April 3 @ 8:41 pm PT* Mercury ingresses into Aries, warming up and drying off after a swim in the Piscean sea. What tasks are now at hand that need to be attended to with swift action and mental initiative?

*April 4 @ 3:02 am PT* The waning quarter Moon in Capricorn squares the Sun in Aries, reminding us of what practical tasks must be concluded in service of the lunation’s intended achievements.

*April 6 @ 4:18 am PT* The Sun-Venus conjunction in Aries sextiles Mars in Gemini, while the Moon in Aquarius creates a humble trine with a sextile to Sun-Venus and a trine Mars. Subtly mirroring the humble trine with Pluto on March 18, rather than Plutonic rumblings of desire the libido instead steps forward with more fiery, yet caring assertion.

*April 9 @ 12:18 pm PT* Mars in Gemini squares Moon-Neptune in Pisces, irritating the sensitivities with rash intrusions from the outer world, leading potentially to passive aggressive and evasively defensive responses.

*April 10 @ 8:09 am PT* Mercury in Aries sextiles Saturn in Aquarius, while Venus in Aries sextiles Jupiter in Aquarius. While the heart opens generously, the mind may sit in discerning judgement over the matter, questioning whether opulence and luxurious taste is really the most responsible approach at this time.

*April 11 @ 7:31 pm PT* The New Moon in Aries aligns with Venus in a square to Pluto in late Capricorn, impelling a powerful infusion of sensuous, erotic, and aesthetic energies into the birth of a new celestial cycle that will ripple forth into the next lunation.

Pisces New Moon Workshop

Academy of Oracle Arts Monthly Forecast

Continuing with the Pisces New Moon, I am offering the penultimate monthly astrology workshop through the Academy of Oracle Arts, our local Nevada City center for learning the magical arts. The workshop will be held online, and all who wish to attend are welcome to join! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, moving from the watery end of winter into the fiery ignition of the spring season.

For those who would like to review the transits from last month, the recording of the previous workshop is available here: Aquarius New Moon Workshop.

Thursday, March 11th, 4:00–5:30 pm Pacific time

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

Description
This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the New Moon in Pisces. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

Register in advance for this workshop: https://academyoforaclearts.mykajabi.com/monthlyforecast.

Transits for the Aquarius-Pisces Lunation

The lunation cycle begins with six celestial bodies—the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn—aligned in the sign of Aquarius, a potent stellium fusing together a wide array of archetypal energies. Polarities are constellated as the heart contracts and expands, and the mind explores widely before honing in on a concrete but ambitious vision.

The most significant alignment of the month is the first exact square of Saturn and Uranus, a major world transit that will be in the sky until 2023. Great tensions are at a breaking point as many opposites are constellated; the potential for sudden and unexpected crises arise and demand to be handled with both authority and innovation. The times cry out for structural change at every level of society, which will either come through careful and intentional revisioning or through irrecoverable cracks to the foundation that may lead to the crumbling of institutions that can no longer weather the tests of time. In such times we must each examine our instilled habits and assumptions, taking neither tradition nor revolution for the final answer but rather walking the knife’s edge between the old world and the new.

Transits of the Aquarius-Pisces Lunation

*February 11 @ 11:06 am PT* The New Moon in Aquarius occurs simultaneously with the exact Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the same sign. A dazzling array of celestial bodies graces the sign of the water bearer, spanning from Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, and finally the Sun and Moon in their monthly coniunctio. A new cycle begins under the auspices of expansive and generous love, rich indulgence and luxurious opulence, and a celebration of the beautiful and complex artistry of life.

*February 12 @ 11:48 pm PT* Retrograde Mercury and Venus conjoin in Aquarius, bringing sweetness and gentleness to conversation, honeyed communications, and perhaps even declarations of love. But be cautious of superficial talk, when shallow words block more genuine, heart-felt connection.

*February 13 @ 6:13 pm PT* Mars in Taurus sextiles Moon-Neptune in Pisces, drawing forth emotional sensitivities and relational permeability, with an edge of irritation and perhaps even passive aggressive response. The little jellyfish may have no spine, but beware its subtle sting. 

*February 14 @ 1:40 pm PT* Retrograde Mercury and Jupiter conjoin in Aquarius, leading to verbosity, pontification, and logorrhea. Extreme loquacity may arise in response to missed communications, creating the need for long-winded, wordy, and retroactive explanations.

*February 16 @ 4:17 pm PT* The Aries Moon sextiles the Sun in late Aquarius, after sweeping across the Saturn-Mercury-Jupiter-Venus stellium the previous day. The Moon subtly communicates the changing dynamics of the Aquarius stellium to the emotional body, bringing forth a sequence of expansion and contraction in communication and feeling all within the space of but two days.  

*February 17 @ 11:08 am PT* Saturn in Aquarius forms its first exact square to Uranus in Taurus, just as the Moon conjoins Uranus as well. The outer planetary alignment that will dominate the skies until 2023 brings the opposites together in dynamic tension: between tradition and innovation, between generations old and young, between conserving the past and reforming the future. Find flexibility, be not overly rigid, lest the lightning strike crack the stone walls that have stood for centuries. Awaken to responsibility, and envision structural change in every arena.

*February 18 @ 2:44 am PT* The Sun splashes into the mutable water sign of Pisces, submerging into the liquid dreamworld of fantastical visions and imaginal reveries. Winter’s snows begin to melt as consciousness dissolves the solid boundaries of reality.

*February 19 @ 10:47 am PT* The Moon in early Gemini forms its waxing square to the Sun in Pisces, just as Venus in Aquarius squares Mars in Taurus. The painted form leaps off the page into a dance of action, gracefully asserting the will to make life beautiful, initiating social connections amidst friction and competition.  

*February 20 @ 4:52 pm PT* Mercury turns direct in Aquarius as the Moon in Gemini forms a trine to Saturn, Mercury, and Jupiter in succession. Time to pause and deeply breathe in the sharp winter air, before gathering up the scattered leaves of thought, putting them in order, and moving forward with joy and pragmatic enthusiasm.

*February 24 @ 5:52 pm PT* Mars in Taurus forms an earth trine with Pluto in Capricorn, bellying forth intensified levels of energy and assertive will. Charge ferociously up the steep climb before you, trusting that you have the warrior’s will to transmute lingering feelings of shame into deep empowerment. But be cautious of burns given or received along the blistering path.

*February 25 @ 5:11 am PT* Venus ingresses into Pisces, the sign of her exaltation, soon followed by the Sun in Pisces sextiling Uranus in Taurus. Liberate the individuating self, following the call of one’s unique spark of brilliance, while allowing the heart to luxuriate in the exquisite gossamer waters of the dream realm.

*February 27 @ 12:17 am PT* The Virgo Full Moon opposes the Sun in Pisces in the heart of the dark night, Venus tinging the bright lunar hues with a beautiful, loving glow. The culminating Solar-Lunar polarity orients inwards into the boundaried container of the Virgin’s home, containing sweetness and love within the night sky’s cosmic dance.

*March 3 @ 7:30 pm PT* Mars strides into Gemini on the same day that Venus in Pisces forms a sextile to Uranus in Taurus, initiating a period of forceful dialogue and assertive communications, a quick-witted banter that sparks back and forth between new or unexpected relations.

*March 4 @ 7:27 pm PT* Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Aquarius once more, languidly lengthening sentences into long, drawling narratives that may exaggerate the truth or uplift the mind to greater and more expansive heights of insight.

*March 5 @ 5:30 pm PT* The Sagittarius Moon forms its waning square to the Sun in Pisces, bringing tension between the desire to expand through adventure and the impulse to diffuse softly into the introverted veils of a dreamy cocoon.

*March 10 @ 4:01 pm PT* The Sun conjoins Neptune in Pisces, while the Moon conjoins Jupiter and Mercury in Aquarius. The ego dissolves into utter translucency, the Solar self shimmering through the eternal waters of divine symbolism, while a panoply of emotions spill over the tongue, narratively spinning the tale of unification with the sacred whole.

*March 13 @ 2:21 am PT* The New Moon aligns in Pisces in a stellium with an exact Venus-Neptune conjunction, initiating a new lunation cycle in the midst of an exquisite, ethereal romantic fairy-story in which mermaids sweetly sing songs of sacred seduction and the wholeness of our being dissolves into the divine union of love.

Aquarius New Moon Workshop

Academy of Oracle Arts Monthly Forecast

Continuing with the Aquarius New Moon, I am offering the next monthly astrology workshop through the Academy of Oracle Arts, our local Nevada City center for learning the magical arts. The workshop will be held online, and all who wish to attend are welcome to join! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, especially illuminating the many planets conjoining in Aquarius at the beginning of the lunation.

For those who would like to review the transits from last month, the recording of the previous workshop is available here: Capricorn New Moon Workshop.

Thursday, February 11th, 4:00–5:30 pm Pacific time

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

Description
This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the New Moon in Aquarius. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

Register in advance for this workshop: https://academyoforaclearts.mykajabi.com/monthlyforecast.