March 16—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Rumi has written: “Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.” This washing away of the late Pisces season mixed with the washing away of this phase of the Moon* prepares us for Spring. The idea of cleansing to make way for the Spring is not about cleansing away the “bad” parts of ourselves, rather it is about removing the defenses we no longer need. Where I live, winter requires us to wear many layers. After a while, it feels like these layers are a permanent part of our bodies. But this isn’t so. In order for a seed to germinate, the seed’s shell needs to burst open. Softening and shedding the layers helps us do that. If there remains any snagged or stuck tectonic plates in your psyche, today’s final Uranus/Pluto square may at last loosen them. Be prepared to flow, to respond to quickly changing situations and to let yourself open to the onrush of transformation. The Moon returns to Aquarius, the sign that began this lunar cycle. We see this rambunctious desire for change with new eyes. We realize every lasting and useful change takes a great deal of commitment and work. The square between Mercury in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius sets the tone for putting our efforts behind our ideals.
Tuesday, March 17. The day is electric and still very much influenced by the Uranus/Pluto square of yesterday. The Aquarius Moon fits this energy to a tee. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and thus feels perfectly at home challenging the status quo. Are you feeling your boat being rocked? Or are you doing the rocking? The opposition between the Moon and Jupiter in Leo early in the day gets us in touch with the personal impact of change. If you are feeling neglected or undervalued, time to do self-care. What brings personal joy? Venus enters Taurus today. We’ve been without significant earth influence for a while. Venus in this earth sign is a welcome return to body wisdoms and delights.
Wednesday, March 18. Was it hard to wake up this morning? While we slept (CDT) Mercury joined Neptune in Pisces and the Moon entered the sign of the fishes as well. One of Hermes’ (aka Mercury) talents is the ability to induce sleep and dreams. These dreams are necessary for the process of learning from the past. Lessons are being condensed into symbols and images as touchstones for the emergence into Spring in just two days. The waning old Moon is evoking the same thing—messages from the subconscious. What is bubbling up? We may not immediately know how to interpret these oracles, but over time these messages could be quite valuable.
March 20—New Moon: Dreaming. Solar Eclipse. Vernal Equinox. “Emergence through the portal of change.” That is what I am calling this lunar cycle. The Super Moon Solar Eclipse at the last degree of Pisces is as good a portal into change as any I can think of. Here’s why: Eclipses are good at wiping out old patterns to make way for new ones. The last degree of Pisces is unique, it isn’t just the last degree of a sign, it is the last degree of an entire year (the astrological year begins with the first degree of the next sign, Aries). We really are at the portal of change with a fabulous opportunity to erase old patterns as we move into a new year. What baggage will you leave at the door? What intentions will you pick up on your way through? Not all of this is conscious. Some change is completely out of our control. Perhaps the real opportunity here is to choose how we greet the inevitable changes that come our way.