Connecting the World with Astrology
Welcomes Spring 2023!
Connecting the World with Astrology
Welcomes Spring 2023!
Welcome to the Astrology Arizona (AAZ) website!
Here’s what’s up with our group and the Astrological forecast for March!
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There’s always something going on at the Facebook page, and the number visiting the party there is growing by the week. To find out more, come on over to our Facebook page where questions, comments, and discussions are most welcome! Please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/111582320851163 and join the social media initiative going on there.
Calling All Members!
It’s time for members to renew their dues for the year if you paid this time last year. We’re pro-rating the 2023 dues based on when you paid in 2022, so for example if you paid $36 in April, then you’ll only have to pay $27 to renew your membership through December 2023. If you joined in November you’ll only pay $3 to renew your membership through December 2023. As always, life members don’t have to pay anything, though your donations are always welcome.
If you haven’t already joined our group, please consider visiting our site and becoming a member. You can find us at https://azastrologers.org/. For $36 a year, you get a discount on admission to all talks and many other benefits, including free advertising for your business on our website. For two people living at the same address, both can become members for $54. Don’t delay, renew today!
As a member, you’ll continue to enjoy the full version of our newsletter sent directly to your email. Those who are not members won’t receive the full newsletter, but an abbreviated version is available at our website homepage at the above link.
We have an Election Coming Up!
Yes, it’s time to discuss the 2023 Astrology Arizona election for the next Board. We currently have open positions for Coordinator of Outreach, as well as Assistant Webmaster. We’ll be sending out an email soon to members to let them know more. As all Board positions involve some measure of volunteer work for the organization, let us know if you’re interested..
How To Attend Our Events
We welcome all visitors to our presentations, so please join us! We and countless other groups around the nation are doing our astrological presentations using ZOOM webinar technology. If you want to attend future presentations, please go to the ZOOM website and download the latest software. Without the latest software, you may experience difficulty logging in. They release new versions often, so please upgrade before you join our discussions.
To anticipate a question, no, you don’t have to have a camera or microphone to attend a ZOOM webinar. All you need to attend is internet access and speakers. If you’re interested in attending the webinars, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure you’re on our mailing list so we can notify you in advance of the presentations. You can make your donation for membership and admission to our events by going to https://azastrologers.org/donate - Admission fees are usually $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
A Look at Our Recent Presentations
Our July 23 presentation featured a return appearance by Tony Dickey who took us on a deep dive into The History of Neptune-Pluto Waves: 577 BCE through 2384.We saw how numerous Neptune/Pluto cycles were associated with major social changes during each conjunction, square, and opposition between these planets from 577 BCE right up to the current incarnation of that energy in play since the 1890s impacting us now and into future centuries.
Our August 20 meeting was an open forum, where the astrologers in our group discussed a variety of astrological questions, theories, and approaches. We had a lot of fun discussing many different topics from the coming Mars retrograde to US planetary returns to looking at charts. This was a great interaction between members and guests where everyone learned more about all kinds of things astrological!
Our September 17 presentation was typically Mercury retrograde, where we had a delay and a switch in topics. Bill Nastasiak gave the first part, where we took a look at certain key aspects in childhood which impact us as adults. The second part of the discussion Robert Wilkinson took us through a journey of Mars cycles between 2000 and 2024. We explored where the various Sun/Mars conjunctions and oppositions happened, as well as the stationary points, and took a look at how the coming Mars retrograde in Gemini will play out..
Our October 22 presentation featured one of Astrology’s “50+ year icons,” globally respected astrologer and author Ray Grasse speaking on a wide sweep of topics, including the US Pluto return and his new book, When the Stars Align: Reflections on Astrology, Life, Death, and Other Mysteries. It was a freewheeling conversation with one of America’s stellar astrologers, and was enjoyed by all who came!
Our November 19 presentation featured globally respected astrologer, author, and host of the FB astrological group KISS Michelle Young who presented on The Lunar Return in Astrology. She went through a tremendous amount of material about how Lunar Returns can be analyzed, and we look forward to her follow-up presentation in 2023 about Solar Returns and how reading those charts are both similar and different from reading Lunar Returns.
Our December 17 gathering was a free Solstice program for members and the public. Robert gave an astrological analysis of the Solstice chart about what we can expect in the next season and year, followed by a brief overview of the coming Mercury retrograde and the Mercury retrograde themes for each of the past 5 years.
Our January 21, 2023 presentation featured Predictions for 2023 by a group of skilled astrologers from around the internet world giving their take on what’s coming for the next year. We got some excellent predictions for the coming year which ranged far and wide. The second part of the session Doc Benton gave his take on the most important factors to keep in mind throughout the year.
Our February 18 presentation featured Doc Benton giving us “An Overview of the Scientific Evidence in Support of Standard Astrological Theory.” Given Doc’s vast background in mathematics and science and his passion for astrology, this was a top shelf presentation giving us all useful facts we can put out into the world if challenged on whether there is evidence astrology works. You can find out more by going to his website at http://www.docbenton.com/
What’s Coming in Our March Presentation
Our March 18 presentation will feature another Zoom meeting with well-known professional astrologer Nick Dagan Best giving us a talk on “Merging Cycles: Venus and Mars at 32 and 64.” Given Nick’s extensive work in that field, this is sure to be a very enlightening and useful presentation which will open up a different view of the many cycles in Astrology.
From his description of what he’s going to offer us, “While the symmetrical cycle of Venus repeats itself at near perfect intervals of eight years, the asymmetrical Mars cycle alternates between 15 and 17 years per synodic return. Consequently, the cycles of both these planets merge at solar returns for the ages of 32 and 64. In this workshop, we are going to explore stories relating to solar returns that occurred at these specific intervals.
Nick Dagan Best is a Montreal-born astrologer who has worked as an astrology consultant and writer for 23 years. Nick is producing short videos about the synodic cycles of the planets.
As usual, there is a modest admission of $10 for members, $15 for non-members. You can sign up for this event at the workshop page at https://azastrologers.org/.
Future Programs Down the Road
Our April 15 presentation will feature another Zoom meeting with well-known professional astrologer Laura DesJardines giving us a talk on “The Nodes: Past, Present, and Future Lives.”
The Lunar Nodes give us the connections made from past, present, and future lives and how they affect our potential to advance on our path both on a psychological and spiritual level. In this lecture, Laura shows how the nodes move on an 18.6-year cycle and how they affect our karmic choices in life.
As Laura’s talks have always been extraordinarily informative and insightful, this is going to be a ton of fun for all who attend! Who knows? You may even find out something about your larger evolution that you never imagined.
Stay tuned, since we have presentations scheduled for May 20 with Bruce Scofield, June 24 with Tony Dickey, July 22, August 26, September 23 with April Elliott Kent, October 21 with Gary Lorentzen, November 18, and our December 16 Solstice gathering. Our speakers include some class acts we're still lining up! We know you’ll love the topics being planned, and we look forward to seeing you at our high-quality astrology talks offered by some of the best of the best!
Who we Are - Contacts
We are an astrology group based in the Phoenix metro area dedicated to the art and science of Astrology. Our organization is a New Moon double Aquarius exactly trine a Gemini Ascendant. Born the Year of the Metal Ox, our chart affirms a wider Aquarian intention and creates a welcoming Aquarian vibe for members past, present, and future.
We encourage your suggestions about potential speakers and topics for future monthly programs. We envision our 21stcentury group being a point of light to help students of Astrology who want to know more in the emerging 20 year Aquarian Era which began at the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius. We’re excited at the dynamic interactivity we’ve had this past year at our presentations, and look forward to future exciting programs on a wide range of astrological topics.
If you have any questions about who we are and what we do, or want to suggest a topic for a future program or apply to speak, please direct all correspondence to one of these current AAZ Board members:
Bill Nastasiak (Vice President and Education Director)
Robert Wilkinson (President and Editor of AAZ Newsletter)
Mary Katherine Kracht (Treasurer)
PLANETARY MOTIONS IN March 2023
(All the degree values listed in the next three sections are computed the same way Sabian Symbols are read; we always round up. 9+ = 10; 19+ = 20; 29+ = 30)
PLANETARY MOTIONS IN MARCH 2023
SUN – 11 Pisces to 11 Aries
MERCURY – 28 Aquarius to 24 Aries
VENUS – 11 Aries to 18 Taurus
MARS – 20 Gemini to 3 Cancer
JUPITER – 12 to 20 Aries
SATURN – 30 Aquarius to 3 Pisces
URANUS – 16 to 17 Taurus
NEPTUNE – 25 to 26 Pisces
PLUTO – 30 Capricorn to 1 Aquarius
CHIRON – 14 to 16 Aries
TRUE NORTH NODE – 6 to 5 Taurus
SIGNIFICANT ASTROLOGICAL OCCURRENCES IN MARCH 2023
(Bold entries are the ingresses, stations, and lunations. Non-bold are significant aspects.)
NEW MOON; February 19; Sun and Moon at 2 Pisces
VENUS CONJUNCT JUPITER; March 1 at 12 Aries
MERCURY CONJUNCT SATURN; March 2 at 30 Aquarius
MERCURY ENTERS PISCES; March 2
VENUS CONJUNCT CHIRON; March 3 at 14 Aries
FULL MOON; March 7; Sun 17 Pisces; Moon 17 Virgo
SATURN ENTERS PISCES; March 7
SATURN ENTERS SHADOW ZONE; March 7 at 1 Pisces
JUPITER CONJUNCT CHIRON; March 11 at 15 Aries
MARS SQUARE NEPTUNE; March 14 at 26 Gemini/Pisces
SUN CONJUNCT NEPTUNE; March 15 at 26 Pisces
MARS LEAVES SHADOW ZONE; March 16 at 27 Gemini
SUN SQUARE MARS; March 16 at 26 Pisces/Gemini
VENUS SQUARE PLUTO; March 16 at 30 Aries/Capricorn
VENUS ENTERS TAURUS; March 16
MERCURY SQUARE MARS; March 16 at 26 Pisces/Gemini
SUPERIOR CONJUNCTION OF MERCURY/SUN; March 17 at 27 Pisces
MERCURY ENTERS ARIES; March 18
AAZ Meeting; March 18
SPRING EQUINOX/SUN ENTERS ARIES; March 20
INTERNATIONAL ASTROLOGY DAY; March 20
NEW MOON; March 21; Sun and Moon at 1 Aries
PLUTO ENTERS AQUARIUS; March 23
MARS ENTERS CANCER; March 25
MERCURY CONJUNCT CHIRON; March 26 at 16 Aries
MERCURY CONJUNCT JUPITER; March 27 at 19 Aries
VENUS CONJUNCT URANUS; March 30 at 17 Taurus
MERCURY ENTERS TAURUS; April 3
MERCURY SQUARE PLUTO; April 3 at 1 Taurus/Aquarius
SUN CONJUNCT CHIRON; April 4 at 16 Aries
FULL MOON; April 5; Sun 17 Aries; Moon 17 Libra
MERCURY ENTERS SHADOW ZONE; April 6 at 6 Taurus
Again, please consider joining Astrology Arizona to get all this and more
AN ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF MARCH 2023
by Robert Wilkinson
(This column is an abbreviated version of what we send to members at the beginning of each month. If you want the complete overview, please join our organization.)
This year the month of March features Pluto returning to Aquarius for the first time since 1777! While exciting in its implications for the future, remember Pluto rules the seeds of things which will sprout in the future, so it may take a while for us to see the revolutionary social and spiritual developments portended by this major event.
The other BIG news is that after its long stay in its home sign of Aquarius, Saturn will enter Pisces, where it will stay for the next two and a half years! Add the Northern Hemisphere Vernal (Spring) Equinox, and March promises to be a month of major change.
Mars also finishes its long stay in Gemini this month, and enters Cancer toward the end of March. With Mars finally moving into late Gemini and early Cancer, we’ve finally left the compression of the past few months of all the planets in a relatively narrow span. Once Mars enters Cancer, the “Bundle” Jones patterns of the past few months will give way to a “Bowl” pattern, where half the signs are occupied and half are not. This takes things from a feeling of everything near to a sense of what we have or know and what we don’t.
Remember the first three weeks of the month is still under the influence of the Feb 20 New Moon at 2 Pisces, helping us get the shelter we need as we “lift ourselves to surer foundations.” This will come to fruition after the Full Moon at 17 Virgo/Pisces on March 7 an hour before Saturn enters Pisces. The last third of the month is under the influence of the Equinox New Moon at 1 Aries. As that New Moon is conjunct Mercury, Chiron, and Jupiter, it promises a great season ahead!
When Jupiter entered Aries in May 2022 we launched into a new era which became a dominant theme when Mars conjuncted Jupiter in late May at 4 Aries. That conjunction began a 2 year cycle of learning how to enjoy life more naturally on our own terms. When Jupiter revisited that conjunction point in the third week of January it accelerated the growth of that energy, renewing its fiery expression. As the inner planets transit 4 Aries, it accelerates the energy like a rocket ship, so this month it’s flame on!
Jupiter moving through Aries gives an Aries backdrop to planets we have in Sagittarius and Pisces, as well as the houses where we have these signs on the cusp. This month it’s extremely powerful as it will rule the Sun, Mercury, and Saturn in Pisces, and begins to spread the power of the planetary dispositors.
Saturn begins the month in the final minutes of the Transfiguration Zone at 29/30 Aquarius, and then enters Pisces, changing the feel of any planets, points, or house cusps we have in Capricorn and Aquarius. Yes, after about 5 years in its home signs, Saturn now has to share power with Jupiter! While in Aquarius March and July 2020, Saturn shook up the world and galvanized us to action. Its re-entry into Aquarius in December 2020 preceded Jupiter’s entry into that sign by a few days, and their conjunction then created the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius. That conjunction ended a 200 year Earth era and began a 200 year Air era, and set the social-cultural conditions for the greater Aquarian 20 year era now developing.
During all of 2021 and 2022 we’ve been learning how we want to contribute to a greater future-oriented vision, and how to manage our feelings and our individual spirituality. This month Saturn begins to crystallize what we need to learn about the first decan of Pisces, with the theme of “Federation.”
The first week of March completes our transfiguration, the second week puts us in “The Cosmic Marketplace” where things begin to come together in new ways. From March 16-25 we will see how well we’ve done in the self-protection department or how our lives are more solid than they were before, and the last week begins our instruction in the indestructible Self and the enduring elements of our life.
Planets Slowing Down, Speeding Up, or Shifting Signs
This month nothing is slowing down and everything is speeding up! Mercury continues as maximum speed all month, Venus is also at maximum cruising speed, and Mars is picking up speed for many months to come. Jupiter in Perihelion is moving very quickly through the middle of Aries, and Saturn’s at maximum speed. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are all direct and fast in motion. None of the planets will go retrograde until Mercury’s next retrograde which begins in mid-April.
In March SIX planets change signs. This month the Sun, ruler of Leo and Cancer, will give us two (Pisces and Aries), Mercury, ruler of Gemini and Virgo, will give us three (Aquarius, Pisces and Aries), and Venus, ruler of Taurus/Libra, will give us two (Aries and Taurus). This month, we add Saturn, ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, giving us two (Aquarius and Pisces), and Pluto, spiritual ruler of Aries and Scorpio, will give us two (Capricorn and Aquarius). As you can see, many sectors of our charts will experience changing sign energies in March!
After its long retrograde, Mars is now picking up speed by the week! It went stationary direct at 9 Gemini, with a theme of being a Zen archer, sure in your aim as a result of your training between September and February. This will be a theme for this year and the next. Mars will move out of its Gemini shadow zone mid-month and then enter Cancer, moving us out of our many month “multi-tasking” mode and into more of a caring, nurturing mode.
Mars is activating the house(s) where we have 20 Gemini through 4 Cancer. While Mars is in Gemini, the position of Mercury has been and continues to be important in how Mars expresses its energies. Mercury in the last two degrees of Aquarius, its sign of exaltation, at the beginning of the month helps finish our transformation of our Mars expression. When Mercury enters Pisces, the sign of its “exile,” our Mars expression will have to be more oriented toward compassion and how to facilitate endings and letting things go. Mars in Gemini with a Pisces dispositor could be fantastic for compassionate thoughts and words, as well as empathic knowing of what others are thinking, but beware of ambivalence or procrastination.
Between March 1-10, Mars will prove agitating to those with planets between 20-24 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Between March 24-28, it will have the same effect on planets between 25-30 degrees of those signs. And between March 25-31, it will agitate planets between 1-4 of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
The major aspects Mars makes this month involve some heavy friction from Mercury and the Sun square Mars between March 10-18. Be clear, pay attention to details, be open minded and have a sense of humor. Slow down, be cautious, and watch out for others who may be spaced out or distracted during that time.
The main outer planet aspects Mars makes include a quintile to Jupiter which lasts all month and a wide forming trine to Saturn beginning mid-month. It makes a decile to Uranus the first third of the month, a novile the second third of the month, and a semisquare the last third of the month. It is square Neptune all month, so keep a clear focus, think inspired thoughts, and value what you’re dedicated to. Mars is quincunx Pluto the last third of the month, so adjust, sacrifice, greet your allies, and see the useful function for each part of the whole.
As I’ve offered before, when Mars is within a degree of forming or separating from a hard aspect with a planet, slow down and show deliberation and caution in how you use force. Hard aspects to/from Mars always require that we moderate or antidote impulsiveness and impatience.
This month the sign focus is on the signs occupied by the outer planets with Mars extending the width of the spread. The first 2 days Aquarius continues to be a very prominent influence. This is followed by a heavy Pisces emphasis through the Equinox. Venus and Jupiter holding court in Aries the first half of the month gives Aries a strong presence, and once Venus enters Taurus we’ll get an anticipation of April and May.
So the first 2 days are primarily Aquarius and Aries, from then to the Equinox is primarily Pisces and Aries, and the last third is primarily Aries and Taurus. This month shifts the sign occupancy, and though we begin with at least one planet in Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini, by the end of the month Aquarius and Gemini will be dropped, and Cancer introduced..
We’re Actors On A New Stage With A New Set
We’re still in the initial years of a new era. The Grand Mutation of Jupiter conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius began a new 20 year Aquarian Era in December 2020, as well as a new 200 year era, moving global energies out of Earth and into Air. We’ve begun to grow beyond the materialism of the past 200 years and have entered two centuries of Air emphasis, with its qualities of relatedness, receptivity, versatility, movability, lightness, and cooperative ideas, visions, and ideals.
The 2020 Solar eclipse on the Summer Solstice has accompanied a grand reorientation where we have been accepting new allegiances and life directions, while the December 2020 Solar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius is still helping us remove blocks to our happiness. The June 2021 Solar eclipse at 20 Gemini has facilitated the end of irrelevant and extraneous ideas from our decision making process, and the extremely beneficial Total Solar Eclipse at 13 Sagittarius in December 2021 gave us a promise of major gifts and unique interactive opportunities which will be perfect for whatever we need. Rewards have come and more are coming these next 3 years!
We’re still "under the beams" of the Solar Eclipses we experienced in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, and these “cosmic recyclers” continue to remove all that we no longer need in our lives. Take note of where you have 1 Cancer, 24 and 13 Sagittarius, 20 Gemini, 11 Taurus, and 2 Scorpio, since 1 Cancer aligns us with a larger reality, 24 Sagittarius helps us find happiness, 13 Sagittarius gives us a new identity and love, 20 Gemini removes what cannot be assimilated or communicated, 11 Taurus will help us remove “weeds from our garden of Life and Mind,” and the recent one at 2 Scorpio is helping us release attachments from the past as we enter a more complex social experience.
Last May’s eclipses with Sun in Taurus have begun to shut down old value systems in that sector, as well as the Scorpio sector via the May Full Moon Wesak Festival eclipse. November’s Total Lunar Eclipse Full Moon at 17 Taurus/Scorpio is helping us tap our spiritual power and focus it through “hearing our inner God” and allowing our Higher Self to transform our lower self and our worldly expression. The Scorpio Solar and Lunar eclipses are already leading us to say goodbye to the past, giving up some old ideals, and finding a new perspective on how and when to do things. You can find out more about the Solar eclipse and Lunar eclipse by going to my site at www.aquariuspapers.com where there are numerous articles in the archives on how eclipses work.
As we study how successive Eclipses have affected various areas of our charts and lives, we can get a sense of the utility of these “Cosmic Recyclers” in removing what we no longer needed in those areas, creating a void which attracted new life experiences. They invite us to look back, and then forward, to see the continuity of “letting go, taking in, letting go, taking in” across the years.
The Grand Irrationality
In March, the 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I’ve termed The Grand Irrationality is in play when the Sun and Mercury form conjunctions with Neptune and septile Uranus between March 13-17 and again when Venus conjuncts Uranus and septiles Neptune at the end of the month. These will activate all 7 zones, making the middle of the month very intense as we move through the profound choices and changes indicated by these aspects. Venus heralds what will be triggered by the Sun and Mercury when they transit mid-Taurus, which I’ll write about in the April newsletter.
All of the septile-series 7th harmonic aspects from the inner planets to the outer spiritual planets represent turning points at the hard edge of revolutionary change we’ve been going through for a while. Obviously, this is activated every time the Moon moves through one of the seven “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration. All septile-series aspects are non-rational degree relationships representing “forks in the road of destiny” in any larger cycle. I have written extensively about “The Grand Irrationality,” a configuration which has been active since 1994, at my main website http://www.aquariuspapers.com where I explain why all of humanity is forging its future destiny at this time. If you have a planet or point near any of the seven zones, your life is sure to be affected. In March these zones are around 1-5 Aquarius, 22-26 Pisces, 14-18 Taurus, 5-9 Cancer, 27 Leo- 1 Virgo, 18-22 Libra, and 9-13 Sagittarius.
During the periods these 7th harmonic aspects are in play, if things get weird or crazy, be clear about the choices you’re making. While a lot won’t “make sense,” it doesn’t have to; just be clear about what you’re doing and why. Even though there may be interactions with unreasonable or irrational people, we still have the power to respond in productive ways.
As with “hard” aspects to and from Mars, if that planet (or really any planet) is involved in any non-rational aspect, whether one to our natal Mars or transiting Mars making a non-rational aspect to one of our natal, progressed, or solar return planets, it’s a time to be cautious during the period when the aspect is within a degree of forming or separating. Things have a way of getting strange during 7th harmonic aspects, so those are times to be especially deliberate and thoughtful in choosing our responses.
Primary Action Beats for the First Half of the Month
March begins under the influence of the February New Moon at 2 Pisces, putting the spotlight on that house in our charts. That New Moon had a theme of finding needed protection as we move through a time when “the old answers cannot confirm the new conditions of existence.” This month is about understanding the spiritual power of gratitude and appreciation as we finish our transfiguration into a new realm of Being.
With the Moon in Leo and Virgo from March 3-8, the Moon is the focus for all the other planetary energies so those areas of your chart are of primary importance. As I mentioned earlier, when the Moon is outside the occupied outer planet span, it becomes the nozzle for the release of all the other planetary energies via the sign and house it’s transiting in our charts.
The first week of the month features Sun sextile Uranus, favoring productive genius, and culminates with the Full Moon at 17 Pisces/Virgo, promising renewal through explosive conditions! That Full Moon brings the Light of a deeper, broader, and wider understanding of our larger group involvements at the culmination of the Saturn in Aquarius era. As Saturn is still on the degree of the “unified field of Light/Life” at the Full Moon, I have no doubt we all will see how our lives have been transformed in obvious ways these past two years!
The second week of March opens with the Full Moon and Saturn’s entry into Pisces. That week has Venus sextile Mars and Mercury sextile Uranus, making relationships interesting, unique, and very productive across many areas of our charts. Add the exact Jupiter conjunct Chiron all week, and it should be the beginning of many new “healing expressions” and expansive ways of being a visionary, pioneer, or mentor. The week ends with Mars square Neptune. As I offered earlier, be clear, watchful, pay attention to details, and examine your dedication to whoever or whatever.
The Moon in Scorpio on March 10-13 should yield a very productive flow and understanding of deep things, and the first half of the month ends with Moon in Sagittarius on March 13-15, making a very powerful and frictional Mutable T-square requiring a lot of focus, humility, and willingness to do whatever it takes to educate or be educated in how not to overreact or misfire in directions contrary to our best interests!
Primary Action Beats for the Second Half of the Month
The second half of the month begins with Moon in Sagittarius and Mars square Neptune which will be directly related to whatever is set into motion at the Full Moon. Beware the swirl of confusion of the Sun and Mercury both conjunct Neptune and square Mars! This requires thoughtful practical analysis of things, a bit of caution, and extreme clarity so as not to get deflected into foggy directions. Definitely be careful when driving, speaking, or making decisions at that time, and if possible take some time to think about how it all fits together in a bigger picture.
The third week of March brings the Superior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun at the end of Pisces, along with Venus sextile Saturn and Mercury and the Sun sextile Pluto. This week will help bring many things together at “the end of the end” of Pisces, with the sextiles bringing deep productive insights and meaningful and mutually beneficial interactions with people.
March 20 brings the Equinox and the Sun’s entry into Aries. That Equinox is special, since it’s also a New Moon at 1 Aries, said by the ancients to be a “critical degree.” With the clustering of planets in Aries, look to that part of your chart to be highly active, with doors to future truths and adventures about to blow wide open!
The fourth week of March kicks off with the New Moon and immediately brings the entry of Pluto into Aquarius on March 23, beginning a new era in human evolution. This activates the degree of the Grand Mutation, and marks a sea change for all of humanity globally. Call it the “First Rays of a New Rising Sun,” a change which precedes other major changes in thevisible world. Some of these are already manifesting, and this will quicken the emerging Aquarian pulses over the next 20 years.
Mercury is conjunct Chiron and then Jupiter between March 25-29, giving us valuable information about the new Jupiter/Chiron cycles set into motion at their conjunction in mid-month. The last three days of March bring Venus conjunct Uranus and Mars trine Saturn, with the first triggering the Grand Irrationality and the latter bringing stable plans and solid harmonious flow. As those will be active the entire last week of March, I believe that magical openings are in the air, unusual relationships are possible, with all of it very stable emotionally.
This is the fourteenth month of the North Node in Taurus era! We’re now in a time of our greatest development coming through the sign of appreciation, value, and enjoying the best life has to offer. The recent eclipses are already assisting us in letting go of strong feelings related to the past, as well as all which blocks us from going deeper into our connection to Source. With Taurus growth and Scorpio release, keep it simple and steady, showing what you know by releasing what needs releasing and attracting what needs attracting.
As I noted at the beginning, Mars conjunct Jupiter in Aries in late May 2022 began a 2 year adventure in opening to new ways of enjoying life and new freedom to be as authentic as we need to be. That cycle and other Aries cycles are already in high gear motion, and this month and next everything will burst into a bright flame thanks to the inner planet conjunctions with Jupiter and Chiron. This month puts the past to rest and jumpstarts our rapidly unfolding future.
Our wise friend Saturn has brought us to the threshold of radical transfiguration and entry into a greater field of conscious Light/Life. We have learned lessons on how to manage our energies, and now are moving into a new experience of demonstrating a greater empathy, sense of connection, intuition, and compassion. This month we learn about all things Pisces as we transition out of the old life into a new one which already opened last May.
The Sun in Pisces is a time to see the Light of “compassion for the human condition” on material, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of life. This takes the idealistic vision of Aquarius and deepens the interactive connection within a vast feeling field. This is the month when we can tune into the collective consciousness and learn things we might never have glimpsed before now. The infinite potential of Sagittarius, having found structure in Capricorn and vision in Aquarius, now moves into a much wider feeling experience of “All That Is,” preparing us for rapidly unfolding new beginnings in Aries.
We now continue our third year of the new Aquarian era, having renewed that energy via inner planet transits for this year. Having harvested the 2022 work in Capricorn, we’ve now reset the karma of the larger process and continue our journey into the Aquarian vision which will find its initial grounding when Jupiter is in Taurus. Since Aquarius finishes and Pisces and Aries are active this month, see what must be forgiven to substantiate the new vision while leaping forward whenever possible.
The promise of the 2022 Aquarian energies are now tallied, with new 2023 Aquarian energies powered up last month. Expect rapid developments over the next few weeks which will build momentum as Saturn slips into Pisces and Pluto makes its first appearance in Aquarius. As Jupiter is racing forward at maximum speed, face the future and don’t clutch as things rapidly accelerate. This broadens the Aquarian vision through direct action, and guarantees us a rapid expansion of awareness in our Aries sector in 2023. We are unique sparks of Light which are part of the greater infinite Light Field. The vision of 2021 has now manifested in a new iteration, with new visions and harvests coming the next few weeks.
As we’re now at the beginning of the third year of a new 20 year and 200 year cycle, remember a new era has dawned. Have courage and take the initiative to leave the Earth and fly free into the Air of what’s opening as the Grand Mutation expands its promise into the Divine transfigured ideal of a more just truth and future. This month brings the promise of adventures to come, so wield your spiritual powers of gratitude and appreciation for all we have and all which has brought us to exactly where we are, for better or worse. In any case, we stand at the end of the Pluto in Capricorn era, and soon will begin to experience the dawning of the coming Pluto in Aquarius era.
We have now collectively transfigured into a greater vision of the one Light/Life we all are together. Continue to find your heart strength and new forms of genuine happiness appropriate for who you are now, and who you are becoming relative to just a few months ago.
The 2022 Capricorn and Aquarius transits began a new chapter of utilizing forms of personal power in Capricorn to serve the emerging Aquarian ideal. A huge part of the past died in 2021 and 2022 and a new expansive inspired energy came in via the Mars conjunction with Jupiter in Aries. The past is over and we all have begun our trek into a new world of new potential, new adventures, and new ways to enjoy being ourselves while doing our work of Destiny. Open to the abundance of the process of growth, since we are all on a rocket ship to the stars!
Until next month (or whenever we meet again, since tomorrow is never guaranteed)
Editor, AAZ Newsletter
THE GRAND MUTATION AND GRAND IRRATIONALITY
by Robert Wilkinson
Because Jupiter and Saturn have now entered Aquarius and made their once-every-20-year conjunction, we're solidly launched into a new 20 year and 200 year era! We have moved from the Aries to Capricorn squares of 2020 to the Taurus to Aquarius squares of 2021 and now face the future coming fast!
All of us with planets in the last 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn had enormous changes in 2020, just as those who have planets in the first 15 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius had enormous changes in 2021. Uranus and Saturn continue to put pressure on planets we have in the middle degrees of the Fixed signs.
We are still in a period of off-again on-again Uranus septile Neptune, generating two and sometimes three extremely powerful points of a 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I've termed "The Grand Irrationality." This will be activated each time the Moon or any planet moves through one of the seven “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration. This septile-based "fork in the road" aspect is indicative of the hard edge of revolutionary change which will be triggered by future conjunctions and septile-series aspects to Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus!
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Saturn continues its long term occupancy in its home sign of Aquarius. While we’ll still be focused on the group work set into motion last year, we are now experiencing Saturn’s late Aquarius qualities. It was a major influence in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Eclipses, continuing its years-long power behind events.
Because Saturn plays such a large part in our lives, if you haven’t gotten your copy already, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. This book shows you the way to take command of your power to steer your life in a conscious way, using Saturn’s strengths and skills to master life on your own terms.
Remember that while Saturn can feel heavy, it is also our ability to take command of our lives and destiny by using Saturn’s virtues in the right way and time. Our ability to steer our “ship of personality” into its rightful “current of destiny” is in front of us, based in how we have prepared for our “role of destiny” heading at us like an express train!
In 2019 we awakened to "a new quality of Being," and rehearsed and perfected roles and skills we needed in 2020 and beyond as part of the Saturn-Uranus “dance of individualization” in our lives. We’ve begun to crystallize present and future rewards, as well as new group work and roles opening new chapters in our “hero’s journey” since the Summer of 2019. It is helpful to regard the Saturn squares to Uranus in 2021-2022 as preparing us for the coming period when Saturn makes some long term very productive and specializing aspects with Uranus allowing us to craft a new individuality coming forth in 2022-2023!
I explain how Saturn and Uranus awaken us to our Higher Powers to take conscious command of our destiny in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization, and due to its occupancy of Aquarius, we have a preliminary instruction on how we can make a greater contribution to our civilization and come together with others in a great effort “ensouled by a great vision.” This will allow our “new quality of Being” promised by Uranus to come alive as expressions of our unfolding Higher Consciousness.
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will help you understand how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and your power to change negative karma to positive karma. Even those with little or no understanding of astrology will benefit from understanding why you had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped your life in profound ways. Each time you re-read any part of it you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight helping you throw off attitudes which frustrate your ability to live your higher Purpose on your own terms
This book offers insights about your power to throw off all the attitudes and memories which hold you back from finding and living the life and purpose. If you’ve haven’t already gotten your copy, you can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. It’s also available on Amazon and as an ebook on Kindle, so if that’s more to your liking, go for it! If you would, whether you’ve gotten the ebook or the paperback, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the more of a boost they give it.
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