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Astrology Transits March 2018 – Setting Intentions

Focus on the powerful, euphoric, magical, synchronistic, beautiful parts of life, and the universe will give them to you. — Unknown





March 2018 is chock full of significant planetary happenings.  The month begins with a full Moon in Virgo.  Then Mercury and Venus leave Pisces and enter Aries where they stay until the end of March.


Jupiter turns retrograde on March 8 and Mercury turns retrograde on the 22nd.  Finally, we have another full Moon, this one in Libra on March 31st.





The Virgo full Moon on the 1st speaks to issues around work and service, food, diet and health and body care issues.  Because it is in opposition to the Piscean stellium, its particular focus is on mind body issues such as the beneficial effects of meditation, yoga and chi gong on the health of the physical body.  It asks you to be practical and grounded even as you dream and envision bigger horizons.


Venus trine Jupiter urges you to put the “Law of Abundance” into practice. Spend some time visualizing what you want, create a vision board and/or perform rituals around abundance and what it means to you.  Abundance is not necessarily material or financial.  It can be abundance in relationships, beauty, and peace and tranquility.  One especially effective practice is to write yourself a check for unlimited abundance and then work with the check during the year.  Each day take the check in your hands, see yourself reaping the rewards and feel your emotions as the abundance manifests.  The more emotion you can put into this ritual the better and the more you believe that your wish is already manifesting, the faster the results. Hint:  It’s best to always say “this or something better” after stating your desire.  Why limit the results, especially under this magical aspect?


March 13 when Jupiter trines the Sun is an especially advantageous day for confirming and speaking your intention. This energy will remain extra strong until March 21, but you will want to continue your abundance ritual all year.


Mercury and Venus enter Aries on the 6th, where they will stay until the end of the month.  This is a wonderful, forward-moving aspect.  Venus with Mercury adds an ease to all kinds of communication.  In addition, Mercury and Venus in the active sign of Aries lends a certain air of urgency to all matters.  This would be a good time to clear the air around unresolved issues. The only danger is that the Aries influence could cause your words (or someone else’s words) to come across as a little too aggressive or pushy.  Otherwise, it is good for business, personal and romantic communication.


Jupiter turns retrograde in Scorpio on the 8th.  While Jupiter marches backward, it will trine the Sun on the 13th and will sextile Pluto on the 23rd.  It will continue its retrograde movement until July 10, 2018.  You may remember that I had discussed Jupiter in Scorpio as having the message of “where have I been underestimating myself?”  Following up on that theme, Jupiter retrograde is a great time to take stock of where you have made progress in loving and appreciating your talents and attributes and where you have fallen short.  Planets become stronger when they are retrograde, so don’t forget to continue your abundance practices during this retrograde period.


The Libra new Moon trine Mars on the 17th is another positive Moon that can boost your confidence and make you feel more alive and positive.  It is an excellent time to discuss delicate issues with others because you will be able to assert yourself without stirring up a lot of hostility.  Ask for what you want and do something you were scared to do or were too shy to do. For my single readers, this Moon is custom made for taking the initiative and making contact with that special someone you have been wanting to get to know.  Those of you with a Libra or Aries Sun or Moon will find this Moon to be especially strong.


The Sun enters Aries on March 20, heralding the spring equinox and the beginning of spring.  As an astrologer, I think of the Sun’s ingress into Aries as the beginning of the astrological year.  The vernal equinox is more important astrologically than the calendar New Year.  This is another good day to set your intentions around what you want in the coming astrological new year.


Mercury turns retrograde on the 22nd until it resumes forward motion on April 16.


The old saying is that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  This year is just the opposite, as the end of March is anything but “lamb like.”


Sun square Mars on March 22nd is a challenging, testy, angry energy.  Others will be ready for battle over the smallest things and you will be in the mood to engage them.  Best to chill out, as you will tend to take things much too personally and will be overly competitive and overly impulsive.  Be especially careful around knives, weapons, tools and any other sharp or dangerous objects and/or activities.  If anger bubbles up, it would be a good idea to engage in physical activity to release the pent-up energy.


The month continues on a super-charged note of intensity when the full Moon at 10 degrees of Libra forms a T-square with the Sun/Mercury conjunction in Aries and the Mars/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn on March 31.  This cardinal T-square presents a situation that pits me against you and you against me and “I am darn well going to tell you how you have injured me.”  Avoid confrontations.  Use this over-the-top energy to become unstuck.  It is positive when used to break out of inertia.  Put on your superman/superwoman cape and march forward!


As if that weren’t enough, the Sun, Moon, Mercury and the North and South Nodes form a mystic rectangle.  A mystic rectangle aspect pattern is made up of two oppositions (heavy red lines in the following chart), two sextiles (blue dotted lines) and two trines (lines with a triangle). The opposition aspect shows opposing influences, choices or viewpoints.  The sextiles and trines will help you navigate between the opposition polarities.  A mystic rectangle can be helpful in working out choices that seem to be at cross purposes to each other.  Like all challenging aspects, you need to do the work and take the necessary action to use them to their optimum potential.



In closing consider this quote regarding intention:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ― Margaret Mead


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3 comments to Astrology Transits March 2018 – Setting Intentions

  • Ruby

    What were your experiences with the two full Moons this month and how did you handle the volatile Sun square Mars transit?

  • Surya

    The Fire of the Heart is “Power. The Fire of the Mind is only “Hot Air” “. – Surya

    This is how I am channelling this FIREY intentions that Aries brings at this time. Anchoring into the fire of my Heart!

    • Ruby

      Thank you for sharing that beautiful thought. We do have a lot of firey energy now, but it is contained by the aspects to Saturn in Capricorn.

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