In the Stars March 15-22, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week

I’m sure the main thing on your mind is the question: When is the Coronavirus Pandemic going to end? While, of course, no one really knows, I will share a few thoughts from both Western and Eastern astrological perspectives at the end of the weekly post for those interested in some possible astrological correlations. Perhaps the situation is a perfect storm of cosmic influences. Perhaps the situation defies causal interpretation. Perhaps the situation is a cosmic re-set for our collective humanity.

This week is the Vernal Equinox on Thursday, the first day of Spring when the Sun moves into Aries tropically, and day and night are equal. Mars and Jupiter perfect in conjunction on Friday, March 20th, a combination ready to march and push things forward.

As for me, yesterday was the first anniversary of my husband”s (Ralph Metzner) death. Today I spoke of his life and legacy at the opening weekend of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research ( with which I work. Half of our class of 77 students attended in person, while half attended via Zoom technology. In the last week we negotiated and prepared for this necessity. Our faculty from the East Coast presented via Zoom. It worked out to be a great weekend for all, and almost seamless in execution. It was a great challenge to work with the current issues and figure out new methods of adjusting, educating, and building community.

As we navigate our changing schedules and new ways of doing work, the everyday messages of planetary alignments offer wisdom for living our lives to the fullest, and making the most of these challenging times.

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Sunday is a rest day! I hope that it was for you. It was also a good day to re-configure travel plans.

It’s a slow start Monday morning due to the Moon being void of course through 9:25 a.m. when it moves into taciturn Capricorn. Then it is time to get down to business and plan the week ahead. Mercury moves into Pisces tropically where it is in its fall, or not the best placement. Thinking may be cloudy, though you can still get a lot accomplished.

Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, has beautiful energy. The Capricorn Moon makes beneficial alignments with Venus and Neptune. Mars and Pallas Athena conjoin, giving zesty energy for strategic, artful action. This is an excellent day for constructing an imaginative, strategic action plan.

Wednesday is a power-packed day as the Capricorn Moon conjoins Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, and makes a benefic sextile with the Pisces Sun. A great deal can, and should be, accomplished. Business and career opportunities may be revealed—or generated. Make this day count. At 6:16 p.m. the Moon moves into air sign Aquarius, when it is time to turn to an evening with friends—in person, by phone, or online.

The Vernal Equinox arrives Thursday when the Sun enters Aries at 8:50 p.m. PDT, where it is exalted and strong. The Sun makes a benefic sextile to Saturn, holding us accountable for our responsibilities. Independence is a key word for the day as the free-thinking Aquarius Moon squares Uranus. Spring has officially arrived.

Mars conjuncts Jupiter on Friday. We enthusiastically march forward, even though the Moon is void of course all day and evening. Allowing your energy to roam free, you can get a lot of routine, insignificant tasks accomplished.

Our concerns stretch toward the collective and our common humanity on Saturday and Sunday. The Moon moves into Pisces, softening our focus and amplifying our compassion and generosity. Saturn moves into Aquarius tropically on Saturday evening (8:57 p.m. PDT). Mercury conjoins the Moon and trines the North Node, amplifying the potential of our interconnections.

Sunday is a cosmically energized day. Mercury makes a brilliant, inventive sextile with Uranus. Venus and Neptune align in a creative dance, encouraging idealism and generativity. Mars and Pluto conjunct, creating a powerful, dynamic duo. The dynamism of these powerful, yet soft, visionary aspects could result in good works.

Start your week with gentle movement such as yoga early Monday morning before your settle into the rest of the day with a Moon void of course in Pisces. Take some time off for a walk, an art project, or to catch a film. At 5:58 p.m. PDT the Moon bounces in to Aries, ready to get going on something new. However, the Moon is dark, so take some space for yourself before moving too far forward. 

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Coronavirus Correlations:

Certainly the Coronavirus seems linked to the Saturn/Pluto conjunction, the outbreak occurring on January 21st just after the conjunction on January 12th.  The last Saturn/Pluto conjunction was in 1981-83 and corresponded with the Aids virus. The big event at the Pluto-Saturn opposition was the destruction of the World Trade Center twin towers on 9/11/2001. Pluto entered Capricorn sidereally on February 23rd. Now Pluto is in Capricorn in both tropical and sidereal zodiacs. Pluto is the planet that symbolizes death, destruction, and hidden mysteries; also it symbolizes transformation. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, and Saturn symbolizes fear and limitation. This intense alignment is linked to the virus and the big drops and swings in the financial markets. 

Financial market timer/astrologer Ray Merriman posted on Facebook that he suggests that the Feds close the financial markets until Mars crosses Jupiter March 20th, or even better until the first pass of Jupiter over Pluto April 4th. These may be milestones or relief points. Yet, when the Sun comes into square aspect with Saturn and Pluto from April 8-21, this is yet another challenging energy.

From a Vedic astrology perspective, the Moon’s nodes (Rahu and Ketu) are in difficult Nakshatras Mula (South Node/Ketu) and Ardra (North Node/Rahu) thorugh May28th. Also from a sidereal/Vedic perspective Jupiter moved into Capricorn on March 29th where it is in detriment for the next year, when we will need to guard against false optimism and poor judgment. Credit to Barry Rosen at for perspectives.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Broaden your perspectives and be optimistic.

Monday: Get down to business and make things happen!

Tuesday: Construct an imaginative, strategic action plan.

Wednesday: Business or career opportunities may be revealed—or generated.

Thursday: As much as we want to break free, we are accountable for our responsibilities.

Friday:  Allow yourself to roam free, and at the same time complete insignificant tasks.

Saturday: Open your compassionate heart to our collective humanity.

Sunday: Powerful day of cosmic alignments.

Monday:  Moon VoC until 5:68 p.m. PDT. Moon is dark just before tomorrow’s New Moon, so take some solitude.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Taurus (March 4-April 3)

  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. Sing—maybe karaoke?
  10. Adorn yourself with beautiful clothing and jewelry.


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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):
Pacific Standard Time:
March 15: 2:34 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn); March 18: 5:48 p.m. – 6:16 a.m.{Moon into Aquarius}; March 20 at 2:00 a.m. through March 21 at 5:33 a.m. (Moon into Pisces); March 23: 7:51 a.m. – 5:58 p.m. (Moon into Aries); March 26: 0:16 a.m. – 6:37 a.m. (Moon into Taurus); Saturday, March 28: 4:05 p.m. – 6:38 p.m. (Moon into Gemini); March 30 at 8:11 a.m. through March 31 at 4:43 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); April 2: 9:49 a.m. – 11:26 a.m. (Moon into Leo); April 3 at 12:29 p.m. through April 4, at 2:18 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); April 6: 6:29 a.m. –  2:15 p.m. (Moon into Libra); April 8: 5:50 a.m. –  1:17 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio); April 10: 12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); April 12: 4:46 a.m. – 5:05 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
March 15: 10:34 – 17:25 (Moon into Capricorn); March 18: 13:48 – 14:16 {Moon into Aquarius}; March 20 at 10:00 through March 21 at 13:33 (Moon into Pisces); March 23: 7:51 a.m. – 5:58 p.m. (Moon into Aries); March 26: 0:16 a.m. – 6:37 a.m. (Moon into Taurus); Saturday, March 28: 4:05 p.m. – 6:38 p.m. (Moon into Gemini); March 23 at 15:51 through March 24 at 1:58 (Moon into Aries); March 26: 8:16 – 14:37 (Moon into Taurus); Sunday, March 28: 0:05 – 2:38 (Moon into Gemini); March 30 at 16:11 through March 31 at 12:43 (Moon into Cancer); April 2: 17:49 – 19:26 (Moon into Leo); April 3 at 20:29 through April 4, at 22:18 (Moon into Virgo); April 6: 14:29 –  22:15 (Moon into Libra); April 8: 13:50 –  21:17 (Moon into Scorpio); April 10: 20:35 – 21:35 (Moon into Sagittarius); April 12 at 12:45 through April 13th at 1:05 (Moon into Capricorn)

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One Response to In the Stars March 15-22, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week

  1. Joni says:

    Dear Cathy,
    Hope this finds you well!
    My deepest sympathy to you re: your husband–be gentle with yourself, take the time you need to grieve and heal, your time, not someone else’s.
    Thank you so very much for your wonderful, beautifully written, helpful, uplifting forecasts, especially with all the challenges we face, collectively and personally–we need them and you, and your brilliant light, so much, especially now, and always–you’re a tremendous blessing! I remember when you warned us about future upheavals and to get ready for them. Well, here we are.
    Take good care, be well and safe!
    Infinite blessings, wellness, silver linings, love and peace to you, to all, all ways, with gratitude,

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