Well, here it is – nearly the Ides of March, and I am JUST getting to the creation of my March planet blog!  My excuse is Mercury Retrograde, which finally ended the night of March 9th? Don’t we all feel better? It does greatly affect my own chart, I must say.

Big PICTURE OVERVIEW: No doubt some of you have read from other Astrologers about the 18 year cycle of the Lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu. They are back transiting the Nakshatras of Ardra (for Rahu) and Moola (for Ketu). These are indeed the same positions they were in for many other world calamities such as the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic, and the 9/ll attack on the US by terrorists using commercial airplanes, as well as the JFK assassination. Let’s consider what Rahu’s transit through Ardra means:

The constellation of Ardra has as its symbol the teardrop. On its superficial level, it stands for suffering. It means wet, damp. When the Sun enters Ardra each year, the Earth is said to be starting its menstrual course. Its root characteristic is oppression in order to purify.  It is a Lord Shiva type energy – who is called the purifier and redresser of wrongs. Rahu, of course, is know as The Seizer. It seizes and then lets go of the qualities of the sign it is moving through, and of the energy of any planets that may happen to be in conjunction with it, during that transit.  It’s certainly been no picnic for the Gemini Rising and Moon signs since it landed in Gemini on 3/23/19. Perhaps what society is having to experience right now, will later be seen as a purification, so that a better type of social interaction and government can emerge on the other side of these chaotic times.

Whereas Rahu and Ketu will not move into the next signs (and they always move in a retrograde direction, compared to the other planets), until September 18, 2020, they will get out of those Nakshatra constellations well before that. Rahu moves out of Ardra late on April 21, 2020.

March 2nd – Mercury got out of a period of combustion (traveling too close to the Sun) which was a nice relief for communications in general, and especially for the affairs of those with Mercury-ruled Moon or Rising signs of Gemini or Virgo.

March 9th – What a fabulous full Moon in LEO that was! It looked so big and bright, as it reached perigee: the closest point in its elliptical orbit to Earth.

In addition, on that same day, MERCURY went Direct! I always feel a sense of inner relief when this planet is out of Retrograde, as do many of my friends. If your Rising sign, Moon or Sun signs are ruled by Mercury, then you are bound to be more affected by these periods, which come three times a year, for about three weeks each time. I must mention that I researched and found that Mercury will not reach the same degree it had been in PRIOR to the retrograde period began until late on March 29th. It is after that time that we may feel a big boost of forward progress.

March 14 – The Sun entered Pisces. This is a friend’s sign for this fiery, mild malefic. For the Leos (Rising or Moon signs) Pisces is their 8th house, so some unexpected changes may occur or an urge to seek transformational through spiritual practices.

March 22 – MARS enters Capricorn, its sign of Exaltation, where it is strongest. It will be conjunct with SATURN who has been in this sign for some time now. This should be an exciting time for those with Capricorn Rising or Moon signs. For one thing, they will experience an energy boost and feel more ambition now, albeit a real push/pull energy as Mars wants to hurry up, while Saturn likes to slow down the pace of things.  Real estate matters can finally progress for some Capricorns who may have been waiting for some action in this arena for some time. And that’s the thing about Saturn, and those ruled by this slowest-moving planet…the saying is Saturn delays but it does not deny.  For Scorpios who are ruled by Mars, this is good for their vitality and energy levels. For Aries, also ruled by Mars, this house placement is their 10th house of career, action, name and fame, so it’s a good time to go for a promotion, ask for a raise, etc. An abundance of energy should be felt by our Aries friends.

March 28 – VENUS moves into Taurus, its own sign, so it is strong and happy there, and Taurean Ascendants and Moon signs will be happy to have this visit by their ruling planet.  Creativity should flow now, as well as the natural proclivity to be surrounded by beauty, art, music, and sensual pleasures.  Its not as easy for Librans, also ruled by this planet, to have it passing through their 8th house of vulnerability and transformation now. They won’t exactly be feeling the kind of grounded stability they might prefer. It will stay in this sign quite a long time, until July 31st, as there will be a retrograde period coming up.

March 29 – JUPITER moves into Capricorn! It will only be there for three months, until June 29, then retrogrades back into its own sign of Sagittarius.  Whereas this great benefic is in Debilitation status in Capricorn, it does receive what is called Neecha Bhanga yoga (relief from debilitation) due to being conjunct with high dignity Saturn here during this transit. This conjunction is going to mean so many things for the 12 different signs. It’s best to contact me for a reading to figure out what it means for YOU!

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record.  http://www.vedicstarcharts.com Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,  healingevents@yahoo.com

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