In the Stars March 17-24, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon, Spring Equinox, Sun into Aries

This blog is dedicated to my husband, Ralph Metzner, who died on March 14, 2019, of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Ralph was a recognized pioneer of psychological, philosophical, and cross-cultural studies of consciousness and its transformations. He was also an accomplished astrologer, once in private astrological practice in addition to his counseling psychology practice. He authored numerous articles on astrology in the 1970s, and wrote about astrology in his book Maps of Consciousness (1971). During his lifetime he published over 20 books, the latest of which are Ecology of Consciousness (2017), Overtones and Undercurrents (2018), and Searching for the Philosophers’ Stone: Encounters with Mystics, Scientists, and Healers (2019). If you are interested in the astrology of his death, you can read about it at the bottom of this blog.

The Sun is still Pisces for a few more days, closing out the winter season, ushering in the Spring Equinox, when the Sun moves into Aries on Wednesday, March 20. For a few more days we drink in the gifts of Pisces: sweetness, beauty, inspiration, spirituality, creativity, and compassion.  The shift into Solar Aries brings passion, warmth, excitement, and zest for adventure and new beginnings. This week is full of time when the Moon is void of course, time when the Moon is making no Ptolemaic (major) aspects to any other planets. The Moon is void nearly all day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you want to make the most of the week, plan routine, inconsequential tasks for those days, and plan meetings, shopping, and activities involving connections and decisions for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Mercury continues retrograde through March 29 in its sign of debilitation, Pisces. In Pisces, Mercury is weak, prone to confusing communication. Check written communication twice, as we are more prone to mistakes. If appointments get confused, be generous and understanding, and double check your agreements and appointment dates and times. Mechanical things, including automobiles, appliances, and technology are more prone to breaking down. When Mercury is retrograde it is a good time to clean up old email and finish projects, rather than starting new things. This Mercury-retrograde-in-Pisces period may be especially challenging. Use this retrograde period to review, reconsider, revise, and re-do.

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Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day is set for celebration. Put on your green clothing and make merry. Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day parade, or gather with friends for an Irish holiday feast. Conversation is energized and engaging.

You may want to extend the weekend through Monday, and declare it a personal holiday with the playful Leo Moon as backdrop. The Moon is void of course all day from 8:19 a.m. to 6:41 p.m. PDT, framing the day for routine tasks. Meetings will likely be a waste of time, as it is difficult to make sound decisions when the Moon is void. When the Moon moves into Virgo at 6:41 p.m. PDT, we will want to get organized, and plan the rest of the week. We may want to think about some new ways of doing things in the light of a Moon-Uranus trine since things may not go as expected.

With the Moon in Virgo on Tuesday, it is time to clean house and get organized. A lot of things on your “to do” list can be accomplished. Get busy!

Wednesday is an extremely active day in the cosmos. The Sun moves into Aries, heralding the Spring Equinox, and marking a new year zodiacally. There are six planets at 23 degrees, amplifying this degree. If you have any planets between 20 and 26 degrees, you will be influenced by these planets at 23 degrees: Eris, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, and Vesta. Close by within one degree are the North and South Nodes (24 Capricorn and Cancer) and Pluto. In addition, the Moon is Full at 0 degrees of Aries/Libra. We are primed for new growth. The Sun is conjunct Chiron, setting the stage for healing and holistic thinking. Mars trines Pluto, firing up our courage and resolve to charge ahead. Mercury sextiles Saturn, fostering sound, responsible writing and communication. The Moon makes six aspects with other planets, mostly positive. There is a great deal of practical energy for manifestation. Although the Moon is void of course nearly all day, from 8:22 a.m. through 6:28 p.m., this day is primed for action. It is not a day for decisions or definitive meetings, but rather it is a great day for tackling issues or projects, and getting a lot accomplished.

The Moon is in copasetic, tranquil Libra both Thursday and Friday. Venus makes a benefic sextile to Jupiter on Thursday, expanding possibilities and possibly bringing monetary increase.

Numerous aspects that are positive, challenging, interesting, and surprising abound on Friday. The Sun conjuncts Chiron, symbolizing the wholeness of our lives. Take stock of the different aspects of your life, and how well they work together to compose the life you want. Work hard, consider possibilities, expect the best, and be open to surprise. The Moon is void of course for a long period on Friday from 11:10 a.m. through 7:16 p.m. During this time meetings and decisions are not defined; stick to routine tasks. Meet challenges with grace and resolve.

The Moon shines in the sign of Scorpio on Saturday. We need to withdraw and spend some time alone with ourselves. Relax, and ponder the meaning of things that deeply matter.

Sunday is yet another extremely active planetary day. The afternoon and evening may be tense, and prone to volatile interactions (Moon opposite Mars and Moon square Venus). Volatile energy holds great potential for action, so put it to good use and get some things accomplished. Get yourself organized for the week ahead prior to 7:24 p.m. PDT, and then relax into the evening.

The Moon is in optimistic Sagittarius on Monday, forming a benefic trine to Chiron and the Sun. This is a day for enlarging our lives. Read a book that expands your worldview, explore ideas for future travel, or learn something new and augmenting. Pull some Tarot cards, or consult the I Ching, and see what is being mirrored to you by those esoteric messages.

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Sunday: Wear green and make merry on St. Patrick’s Day. Engage in conversation.

Monday: Moon is VoC from 8:19 a.m. through 6:41 p.m. If possible, extend your weekend and take a personal holiday. Do something fun.

Tuesday: Clean house and get organized.

Wednesday: Extremely active cosmic day. Full Moon signals new growth. The Sun moves into Aries: Spring Equinox, a new zodiacal year begins. Moon VoC 6:22 a.m. – 6:28 p.m.

Thursday: Meet challenges with grace and resolve, and open to possibilities.

Friday: Work hard, expect the best, and be open to surprise. Moon VoC 11:10 a.m.-7:16 p.m.

Saturday: Draw inward, and take some space for yourself.

Sunday: Active day, prone to volatility. Be mindful of choices and how you handle challenges.

Monday: Buoyant, golden day. Open to expanding your life in some way.


The Astrology of Ralph Metzner’s Death

Ralph Metzner died about 4:20 a.m. in Sonoma, California on Thursday, just as Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node were at the horizon, symbolizing endings and transformation. Ralph was born May 18, 1936, at 9:08 p.m. in Berlin, Germany, Transiting Jupiter was conjunct his natal Jupiter, releasing him into the Afterlife. Transiting Uranus was conjunct his natal Moon/Uranus conjunction. The North Node was conjunct his natal Pluto in his 8th house that symbolizes death and transformation. The asteroid Vesta was exactly conjunct his natal Saturn, flanked by Neptune and the Sun; this triple conjunction of Neptune, Vesta, and the Sun, shining on his natal Saturn, lifted him out of his body into the light. The asteroid Juno, symbolizing the mate, was exactly conjunct his Descendant, the point of the horoscope that symbolizes the mate. He died peacefully in his sleep with me, his mate, at his side.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (March 2-27)

  1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.
  2. Change your dress to be more colorful and unique.
  3. Learn something new about finance, or consider a new investment.
  4. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
  5. Consider joining a new group to expand your life.
  6. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite social causes.
  7. Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8th.
  8. Make new friends.
  9. Host a dinner party with diverse friends.
  10. Consider new expressions of 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 18: 8:19 a.m. – 6:41 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, March 20: 8:22 a.m. – 6:28 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Friday, March 22: 11:10 a.m. – 7:16 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, March 24: 7:24 p.m.-11:06 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday at 26 at 7:37 p.m. through Wednesday, March 27 at 7:07 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, March 29: 5:05 p.m. – 6:46 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Sunday, March 31 at 8:02 p.m. through Monday, April 1 at 7:48 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, April 3: 8:36 a.m. – 7:56 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Friday, April 5 at 7:15 p.m. through Saturday, April 6 at 6:06 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, April 8: 1:28 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, April 10: 10:27 a.m. – 8:31 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, April 12 at 4:33 p.m. through Saturday, April 13 at 0:50 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, April 14 at 6:38 p.m. through Monday, April 15 at 3:14 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, March 18 at 15:19 through Tuesday, March 19 at 1:41 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, March 20 at 17:22 through Thursday, March 21 at 1:28 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, March 22 at 18:10 through Saturday, March 22 at 14:16 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, March 25: 2:24 – 6:06 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, March 27: 2:37-14:07 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, March 30: 0:05 – 1:46 (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, April 1: 3:02 – 14:48 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, April 3 at 15:36 through Thursday, April 4 at 2:56 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, April 6: 2:15 – 13:06 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, April 8: 8:28 – 21:15 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, April 10 at 17:27 through Thursday, April 11 at 3:31 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, April 12 at 23:33 through Saturday, April 13 at7:50 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, April 15: 1:38 -10:14 (Moon into Virgo)

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8 Responses to In the Stars March 17-24, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon, Spring Equinox, Sun into Aries

  1. Connie says:

    Hello Cathy,
    I am so sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Heartfelt support to you and bless his heart and yours. Connie

  2. Mahadana says:

    Dearest Cathy—your astrological report on Ralph’s crossing is a blessing to all of us feeling his loss in our world. Sending love, comfort, and support to you during this time of transition. Maha

  3. Dawn Matheny says:

    My deepest sympathies for the loss of your beloved.
    Sending you love and light, Dawn

  4. Anne Grete Mazziotta says:

    Dear Cathy,

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Ralph touched many people’s lives, including mine. His legacy is enormous! Blessings to you and your family. May he rest in glory! Anne Grete

  5. Astrid de Groot says:

    Hello Cathy,

    My condolences for the loss of Ralph.


  6. Leland van den Daele and Casuarina Tham says:

    Dear Cathy,

    Ralph’s spirit has joined the eternal. His sweetness and grasp of earth and life moved us all. His thoughts, lectures, books, and media will continue to inspire and direct. Ralph still lives.

    And you, Cathy, his soul mate and wife, are a treasure. Thank you, Cathy, for your presence, generosity, giving, and guidance.

    Our heartfelt condolence to you for your loss.

  7. Andrea says:

    Oh Cathy, my heart goes out to you!
    Your husband sounds like an amazing man. And thank you for sharing this personal moment astrologically and other wise with your devoted fans.
    Sending love and light,
    Andrea Roach

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