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In the Stars March 19-26, 2023 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week: New Moon

The Sun moves into Aries on March 20th, signaling the first day of spring. Aries symbolizes adventure, initiation, and courage. In Aries the Sun is exalted, or highest functioning. The fiery Sun likes being in a the sign that is comfortable with leadership, power, and assertion. This is a month to take action and make things happen. Pluto ingresses into Aquarius on Thursday, March 23rd, which is a huge shift, as it has been in the sign of Capricorn for 15 years. Expect a powerful week, and make the most of the dynamic energy available.

The New Moon in Aries occurs Tuesday, March 21st at 10:22 a.m. PDT/5:22 p.m. GMT. The New Moon resides in the midst of a stellium of seven planets in Aries, a powerful, hot combination. Neptune in late Pisces is conjunct the New Moon out of sign. This adds uncertainty, obscurity, and also vision and compassion. Mars makes an applying square to the New Moon, which may be a trigger for impulsive events. Uranus makes a semi-square and Pluto makes a sextile to the Moon. These strong planetary aspects may result in significant events. Personally we can use the potent energy for initiating momentum and making big changes in our lives.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon which is at 0: 49 Aries is: A Woman Has Risen Out of the Ocean, A Seal is Embracing Her. This is the first Sabian symbol of the beginning of the tropical astrological year. Lynda Hill wrote in her book The Sabian Oracle (2010): “Long ago there was a belief that the spirits of those who had drowned at sea had the ability to enjoy life in the ocean in the form of ‘Seals’. When they wished, the Selkies could, once per Moon cycle , swim ashore, drop their sealskins and become mortals again. New understandings and awareness are coming to light. Whatever is emerging, either in you or around you needs to be accepted, welcomed and nurtured.”

Mars continues Out of Bounds (OOB) until May 4th. Planets are OOB when their declination is more than 23 degrees, 27 minutes. When planets are out of bounds their energy is wild, unique, and extraordinary. The planet expresses itself unbounded, or without limits. Because Mars is explosive and impulsive, and squares into this week's New Moon, extremely volatile energy may be unleashed.


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The Moon moves into Pisces on Sunday and conjoins Saturn. On one hand, this alignment could dampen our mood; from another perspective we can consider it a command to do some creative, artistic work. Write a poem, play music, paint, or make your home more beautiful by arranging objects in new ways.

The Sun ingresses into Aries tropically on Monday, ushering in a new solar year. The Moon is dark on Monday before the New Moon on Tuesday. The Sun and Pluto form an opportune sextile, encouraging leadership and resolve. This first day of spring is formulated for a strong start to the new year. Set intentions for the spring season.

Tuesday the Sun and Moon conjunct at 0: 49 Aries tropically, creating a dynamic New Moon and a new Lunar cycle at the exact beginning of the zodiac. This alignment gives the urge or the invitation to start new endeavors and initiate change. This could be an eventful day, as there are numerous significant aspects to the Sun and the Moon.

Wednesday is oriented toward self-care as the Moon is conjunct Chiron. A Moon-Jupiter conjunction makes feel self-confident about the opportunities in front of us. This is an active, opportune day that asks us to step into it with confidence and a willingness to make things happen.

Thursday is a newsworthy day as Pluto makes its first ingress into Aquarius. This is a monumental shift as the planet of the underworld has been in Capricorn for 15 years since 2008. The Moon moves into Taurus and squares Pluto, perhaps giving a taste of what this new energy may be about. A benefic Moon-Saturn sextile will help us make sense of what is happening.

Friday's Moon-Venus conjunction in Taurus beckons us to indulge in comfort and pleasure. We may want to sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. The Moon conjuncts Uranus, bringing a surprise or twist to the otherwise stable, productive day.

The Moon is void of course nearly all day Saturday from 9:18 a.m. to 5:41 p.m. PDT. When the Moon is void, energy is undefined, and it is difficult for meetings to come together and sound, lasting decisions to be made. This is a good time to clean, garden, read, or see a film as I will be doing at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival, deciding on the film before the Moon becomes void. The Moon moves into Gemini at 5:41 p.m. PDT, ushering in a social evening, inviting friendly conversations.

New ideas are sparked by a Mercury-Chiron conjunction in Aries. This conjunction offers holistic, out-of-the box thinking. The Gemini Moon invites an excursion to explore local surroundings. Take some time to connect with a sibling.

Maverick thoughts and ideas are further expanded by Monday’s Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. A Moon-Neptune square may soften our focus and bring confusion. This is a good day for creative writing.

Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Taurus (March 16-April 10) 1. Plant spring flowers in your garden. 2. Cook delicious food to delight your taste buds. 3. Get a massage. 4. Get a fresh hair cut. 5. Freshen your wardrobe. 6. Spray a delightful scent such as rose water around your face. 7. Find some delightful new inspiring music. 8. Create a new playlist to inspire your everyday life. 9. Grow your savings. 10. Adorn yourself with beautiful clothing and jewelry.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Engage in a creative project.

Monday: Sun moves into Aries, the first day of spring. Set intentions for the new season. Take some solitude.

Tuesday: New Moon at the beginning of the zodiac. Start new endeavors.

Wednesday: Take time for self-care. Active, opportune day to make a difference.

Thursday: Monumental day as Pluto ingresses into Aquarius. Feelings run deep, but we can be objective and realistic.

Friday: Productive, stable day with a surprise or twist, heralding the beginning of the weekend.

Saturday: Moon VoC 9:18 a.m. to 5:41 p.m. PDT when it’s best to do something routine not require meetings or decisions. Enjoy a social evening.

Sunday: Out-of-the-box thinking abounds. Take a short excursion.

Monday: Expanded thinking. Work on a writing project.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it is difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for theext month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work. Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle): Pacific Standard Time:

March 19: 3:32 a.m.-8:11 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

March 21: 8:57 a.m.-9:01 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

March 23: 10:12 a.m.-11:41 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

March 25: 9:18 a.m.-5:41 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

March 27 at 6:39 p.m. through March 28 at 3:21 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

March 30: 6:45 a.m. -3:31 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

April 1 at 11:02 p.m. through April 2 at 3:57 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

April 4: 6:49 a.m.-2:50 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

April 6: 5:42 a.m.-11:29 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

April 9: 2:08 a.m.-5:56 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

April 11: 3:47 a.m. -10:32 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

April 13: 7:13 a.m.-1:41 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

April 15: 8:15 a.m.-3:56 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

March 19: 10:32-15:11 (Moon into Pisces)

March 21: 15:57-16:01 (Moon into Aries)

March 23: 17:12-18:41 (Moon into Taurus)

March 25 at 16:18 through March 26 at 0:41 (Moon into Gemini)

March 28: 3:39-10:21 (Moon into Cancer)

March 30: 13:45-22:31 (Moon into Leo)

April 2: 6:02-10:57 (Moon into Virgo)

April 4: 13:49-21:50 (Moon into Libra)

April 6 at 12:42 through April 7 at 6:29 (Moon into Scorpio)

April 9: 9:08-12:56 (Moon into Sagittarius)

April 11: 10:47-17:32 (Moon into Capricorn)

April 13: 14:13-20:41 (Moon into Aquarius)

April 15: 15:15-22:56 (Moon into Pisces)

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