In the Stars March 11-18, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Pisces

The Sun moves through the last degrees of Pisces and forms a New Moon on Saturday, March 17 at 26:53 Pisces. As the Moon darkens, and the luminaries are in the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces at the end of the week, it is time to reflect, relax, and replenish before the Sun and the Moon start new cycles in Aries. Mercury will turn retrograde on March 22, so put the finishing touches on communications and travel arrangements that may be in the works. The Moon is void of course for most of Monday’s work day, and Saturday morning, so avoid planning definitive activities during those times.


Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday morning; clocks spring forward one hour. Sunday is full of powerful, inspiring cosmic alignments. An exciting Mars-Uranus trine provides vigor and inspiration for doing something new and different. The Sun sextiles powerful Pluto, giving extra energy and confidence. The Moon’s benefic aspects to Neptune and the Sun glow with creativity and resolve. The Moon’s conjunction with Pluto empowers the possibilities this day. The combination of industrious, visionary, inventive alignments makes this day golden—and full of tremendous potential. Use these glorious cosmic alignments well.

Monday morning’s plans may be go off course with unexpected events due to a challenging Moon-Uranus square that begins a long Moon void of course period from 8:36 a.m. until 3:44 p.m. PDT. This is a day best spent with routine, indeterminate tasks. Meetings will not result in sound decisions. Once the Moon moves into Aquarius at 3:44 p.m. PDT, we will want to gather with friends for a social evening, perfect for a stimulating and engaging meeting of my book club!

Optimism and worry are mixed themes on Tuesday. A jovial Jupiter-Sun trine casts a generous, positive energy on the day, and yet this aspect meets with a Venus-Saturn square that may lead us to money worries and/or relationship conflicts. The Sun-Jupiter trine, and two lunar sextiles to Venus and Mercury will help us deal doubts and difficulties. The Aquarius Moon Tuesday and Wednesday frames the days for friendships.

While the Aquarius Moon loves friendship and diversity, at the same time it is detached, and needs some space, especially so Wednesday, with the Moon making a benefic sextile to Uranus, Aquarius’ modern ruler. You may feel overextended. Be curious, expansive, and open to the surprises the day may deliver.

The Moon ingresses into Pisces, and darkens on Thursday and Friday, prior to Saturday’s New Moon. Thursday is showered with compassion and sensitivity. We care about the suffering and those less fortunate around us. Lunar sextiles to Mars and Saturn enable us take action and do something to help others.

Friday is a glorious, uplifting, expansive, and dreamy day. You will want to ease into a relaxing weekend. The Moon is dark just before Saturday’s New Moon. Give yourself time and space for self-reflection. We are empowered to dream big!

Saturday’s New Moon at 26:53 degrees of Pisces symbolizes the closing of a cycle. In three more days, March 20, the Sun will ingress into Aries, marking the Spring Equinox. In the dim light of this New Moon, it is time to reflect, relax, rest, and replenish. The Moon is void of course in the morning until 11:57 a.m. PDT when it emerges in Aries, and begins a new cycle. Reflect upon what you want to bring forth in the coming cycles when first the Moon, followed by the Sun, moves into Aries. Mars ingresses into Capricorn where it is exalted. A lot can be accomplished while Mars is in Capricorn until May 16. However, Mercury turns retrograde soon on March 22, so tie up loose ends and make travel plans while communication is still clear.

Sunday is bold and bright with the Moon in Aries conjunct both Venus and Mercury. Spring forth with new ideas, new projects, and new adventures. Seize the day, and set out to discover a new place, start a new project, re-arrange your furniture, or try a new restaurant. Stretch beyond your comfort zone.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Golden Day! High energy and vigor combine with inspiration and creativity.

Monday: The morning may not get started as planned. Moon VoC from 8:36 a.m. to 3:44 p.m.

Tuesday: Worries and doubts can be addressed with optimism and grace. Friendships highlighted.

Wednesday: While drawn to friendships, you also need some space. Be open to the unexpected.

Thursday: Compassionate day; reach out and help someone.

Friday: Inspiring, uplifting day. The Moon is its darkest, so give yourself some time and space alone.

Saturday: New Moon in Pisces! How can you serve humanity? Mars moves into Capricorn where it is exalted, or highest functioning. Moon VoC all morning until 11:57 a.m. PDT.

Sunday: Moon in Aries. Start something new.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aries (March 6-31)

  1. Get started on a creative project.
  2. Take a dance class.
  3. Add more color.
  4. Take a new hike.
  5. Say “yes” to a spontaneous offer.
  6. Wear red.
  7. Express appreciation out in the world when people help or serve you.
  8. Be a little more assertive, in a kind manner.
  9. Plan a new adventure.
  10. Get moving—toward anything you love.

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’s 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 the next 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) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, March 12: 8:36 a.m.-3:44 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, March 15: 0:32 a.m.-3:12 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, March 17: 6:12 a.m.-11:57 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Monday, March 19: 12:29 p.m.-6:07 p.m.(Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, March 21: 10:21 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, March 23 at 8:52 p.m. through Saturday, March 24 at 1:53 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Sunday, March 25 at 11:58 p.m. through Monday, March 26 at 4:45 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Wednesday, March 28: 2:54 a.m.-7:30 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, March 29 at 9:59 p.m. through Friday, March 30 at 10:52 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Sunday, April 1: 11:29 a.m.-3:57 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Tuesday, April 3: 9:06 a.m.-11:55 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, April 6: 6:36 a.m.-11:01 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, April 8: 7:40 p.m.-11:50 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)


Monday, March 12: 15:36 – 22:44 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, March 15: 7:32 – 10:12 (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, March 17: 13:12 -18:57 (Moon into Aries)

Monday, March 19 at 19:29 through Tuesday, March 20 at 1:07 (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, March 21 at 17:21 through Thursday, March 22 at 5:30 (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, March 24: 3:52 – 8:53 (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, March 26: 7:58 – 11:45 (Moon into Leo)

Wednesday, March 28: 9:54 – 16:30 (Moon into Virgo)

Friday, March 30: 4:59 – 17:52 (Moon into Libra)

Sunday, April 1: 18:29 – 22:57 (Moon into Scorpio)

Tuesday, April 3: 16:06 through Wednesday, April 4 at 6:55 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, April 6: 13:36 – 18:01 (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, April 8: 2:40 – 6:50 (Moon into Aquarius)

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