In the Stars March 18-25, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Spring Equinox-Sun into Aries

The Sun is moving through the last degrees of Pisces. This week we will experience a big shift from swimming in the deep waters of oceanic Pisces, to the land of fiery, let’s-get-going Aries. Mars moves into cardinal earth Capricorn for a two-month stay. In Capricorn Mars is exalted, or highest functioning. Mars in Capricorn is serious about getting things moving and completed. Now is the 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 Monday afternoon, and almost all day on Wednesday, so avoid planning definitive activities during those times.


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.

Monday may be bold and exciting, starting with the powerful energy of a Pluto-Moon square, and sounding the thunder of a Moon-Uranus conjunction that ushers in a void of course Moon period from 12:29 p.m. PDT until evening. During this time attend to routine tasks. At 6:07 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into sensuous Taurus.

The Sun ingresses into Aries on Tuesday, the Spring Equinox. Fire up your engines! A Moon-Saturn trine in earth signs gives grounding and productivity. At the beginning of the astrological year, the alignments support a fresh start. With a spring in your step, get moving! The evening is uplifted by a sweet, imaginative Moon-Neptune sextile.

Although Wednesday gets off to a powerful start, the Moon is void of course for 12 hours starting at 10:21 a.m. PDT. When the Moon is void (not making any Ptolemaic aspects) it can be difficult to make traction. It is not a good time for meetings or decision making, as energies do not come together with resolve. It is best to spend that time on routine activities that do not require decisions or definitive results. Such activities against the backdrop of a Taurus Moon would be gardening, cooking, and beautifying your home or office.

A Gemini Moon stirs up Thursday and Friday with activity. Curiosity and connection are themes. Mercury turns retrograde Thursday until April 15, marking the first of three of the three-week periods in the year when it is time to review, re-think, and revise. Mistakes in written and spoken communication are easily made, so check your double-check spelling, and appointment dates and times.

The astrological weather is stormy, due to a challenging Venus-Pluto square, exact on Friday. Emotional upheavals may occur. On the other hand, you can channel your steamy emotions into amorous connections, or a passionate, worthy project. Review and revise financial positions.

The Moon resides in Cancer on Saturday, in itself a caring and compassionate sign. However, difficult aspects to strong and strident planets Mars, the Sun, and Saturn are likely to make the day anything but soft and sweet. In addition, fiery planets Sun and Mars square off. Get some vigorous exercise to burn off steam. Another way to use this feisty energy positively would be to take on a demanding home improvement project. Clean your garage, or plant your spring garden.

Palm Sunday is an active day with numerous both benefic and challenging aspects. The aspects play out on a Cancer Moon palette, focusing on home and family. The individual aspects may give vision, irritation, exuberance, hope, tests and challenges, and perhaps a few surprises. Sunday holds a mixed day of energy patterns. Stay open, and do your best to navigate the twists and turns of this day.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Moon in Aries. Start something new.

Monday: Bold, exciting, powerful day. Moon VoC 12:29-6:07 PDT.

Tuesday: Spring Equinox. Fire up for the beginning of the astrological year. Productive Day!

Wednesday: Powerful start to this day, then Moon VoC 12 hours from 10:21 a.m.-10:30 p.m. PDT when time to focus on routine tasks rather than trying to make things happen. Last day to tie up loose ends before Mercury retrograde tomorrow.

Thursday: Mercury turns retrograde until April 15. Review, re-think, and revise.

Friday: Stormy, emotionally challenging day.

Saturday: Another feisty, challenging day. Lean in and tackle a big home improvement project.

Sunday: Active day of twists and turns, both positive and challenging.

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 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)

Wednesday, April 11: 7:55 a.m.-11:40 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, April 13: 4:27 a.m. – 8:28 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Sunday, April 15 at 10:59 p.m. through Monday, April 16 at 1:51 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)


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)

Wednesday, April 11: 14:55 – 18:40 (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, April 13 at 11:27 through Saturday, April 14 at 3:28 (Moon into Aries)

Monday, April 16: 6:59 – 8:51 (Moon into Taurus)



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