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March 2020

2020 began with a lot of hype. As well as all the hype surrounding the rare Saturn/Pluto alignment in Capricorn, we had Jupiter in his first full month here and in fact, we began the year with six planets in Capricorn. When you have a year begin with this much hype and in this case justified hype, what you often find is that it ends out to be an anticlimax or that once we unwrap things we find that this is just an ordinary year after all, much like every other year.

That is not the case with 2020, with this year continuing to outdo itself and if you thought January was spectacular, then let me introduce you to March and again, I am going to start with the planetary activity in Capricorn.

We began the year with six planets in Capricorn but they were divided into two camps – three faster planets with a more temporary impact and three slower planets, with a major and more long term impact. The three faster planets were the Sun, Mercury and the dwarf planet Ceres and all three were gone by the end of January. The other three planets were Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, the planets of expansion, change and the latter not only the ruler of Capricorn but the planet than can give us the power to move mountains if you have to. To have the three faster moving planets aside brought us to a point where the annual activity that takes place in Capricorn each July is over and the real journey can begin.

This should have seen things settle back in February but instead, there was an acceleration with Mars, the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos returning to Capricorn. While Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto were settling into a long game, Mars returned to declare ‘hell no’ and if these giants had come together for the first and only time in Capricorn at the same time in our lifetime, then let’s exploit the potential now. With Mars not leaving Capricorn until 31st March this will see an acceleration but also an actualisation of the potential the year began with.

However, it is not until Mars’ final nine days that we are likely to see the full scope of this, with some extremely interesting developments in the latter part of the month. The game changer is that on 22nd March, almost two years and three months to the day since returning to Capricorn, Saturn will leave. Saturn isn’t gone for good and will return in early July and spend additional time before leaving in December, this time not to return for another three decades.

There will be two major implications and they are the impact from his departure will have on the remaining planets in Capricorn and from his return to Aquarius, for the first time in three decades. It is not just that Saturn will leave but when he leaves that will change the shape of not just this month but potentially this year. Saturn is known as the hard taskmaster of the cosmos, he demands that we put in the hard work, face challenges head on and take responsibility, all the while taking slow and measured steps. In contrast, Jupiter has returned to promote growth,  Pluto to promote change and Mars to make things happen. Think of it as a line of frustrated motorists stuck behind a slow moving car. Saturn the camper van, the RV or truck carrying a full load and on a road where there are no passing lanes, he is out in front slowing everyone down.

Behind Saturn, you have Jupiter, Pluto and Mars, who are ready to make things happen but they can’t because they must play by his rules. Imagine this scenario. We have the road, with Saturn travelling at a frustratingly slow speed, holding up the traffic. We have Mars, the planet of passion and war in his souped up, high performance sports car, honking on his horn and shouting for the ‘old man’ to get out of his way. You have Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion and Pluto, the planet of change and revolution less frustrated because they have all year and while they would seize the opportunity if they could, they can wait.

Then, on 22nd March Saturn indicates and turns off into a side road, in order to spend the next three and a half months in Aquarius. All of a sudden the road is clear and Mars, Jupiter and Pluto are able to put their foot to the floor and gain the speed they haven’t been able to achieve until now. Now I said it wasn’t just Saturn leaving but when he leaves that is significant, for it comes just as Mars, Jupiter and Pluto are coming together in order to mount a rebellion. Mars will catch up with and align with Jupiter from 19th March to 21st March and with Pluto from 22nd March to 24th March, just as Saturn is leaving. The reason why the gap between Mars’ alignment with Jupiter and Pluto is so short is they are coming together and will align from 29th March to 6th April, peaking early next month.

So what we have, in the final 10 days of the month is Jupiter, Mars and Pluto, the planets of luck, war and revolution coming together just as Saturn moves aside. Was it what Saturn could see in his rear view mirror that caused him to get out of the way and would a triple alignment between Mars, Jupiter and Pluto have run right over the top of Saturn if he hadn’t moved aside. We will never know because he does and this will create a massive and potentially game changing acceleration in the latter part of March and into April that will be felt in the Capricorn ruled area of your chart but also globally.

You can’t have seven billion people on the planet all being under this influence at the same time not to have a global impact. As will all cosmic conditions the outcome depends on how we use them. Just having the planets of war and revolution come together does create the potential for some instability in the world but we also have lucky Jupiter in the mix, so this is just as if not more effective for fighting together for a common cause or goal. The one thing that the Covid-19 coronavirus is teaching us is just how connected we are and that we really are in this thing called life together.

The other story is where Saturn is off to and here I find that Mercury is once again up to tricks, as in ‘tricks of the trade’ that is. I have been writing Horoscopes since 1997, so for 23 years now and from the start I noticed that while Mercury retrogrades three times a year, there is also a significance or a purpose to where he retrogrades and when. At first I thought this was a coincidence, but 23 years on it is still happening. So much so that when Mercury retrogrades and especially when he retrogrades back into an area of the chart he has left, I ask ‘why’?

Mercury left Aquarius and returned to Pisces on 3rd/4th February (depending on where you are in the world). However, on 4th/5th March (again depending on where you are in the world), almost exactly a month after leaving Mercury will retrograde back into Aquarius and this begs the question ‘why’? The answer is Saturn, with Mercury retrograding back in for a short double dip visit and a chance to return to the drawing board, in preparation for Saturn’s first visit to Aquarius in three decades. Mercury will turn direct on 10th March and will leave on 16th March, so is back for less than 12 days. However, with Saturn returning on 22nd March, this will be a chance to get your head back in the game as you prepare.

Saturn will have a chance to settle and with things exploding into life in Capricorn at the time, will be enjoying a chance to get a feel for his first time in Aquarius in three decades. Make the most of that time, because Mars will not only return to Aquarius on 31st March but will move straight into an alignment with Saturn. They will only spend those early days aligned, but with Mars here until 16th May and with Saturn not only preparing for his own return in December but for Jupiter’s return as well, they will take a ‘divide and conquer’ approach. Saturn will only reach as far as 01 degrees Aquarius before turning retrograde and retrograde back out, so will stay in the shallows throughout his time here. Mars, on the other hand, will continue on, spending the whole of April and the first half of May exploring as much ground as possible.

While these are the dominant themes this month they are not the only ones. On 5th March Venus will make an extremely early return to Taurus. With the Sun not returning until later next month and Venus herself returning three months earlier than she did last year, this is blessing the Taurus ruled area of your chart much earlier in the year than is normally the case. The same reason that Venus is returning so early is also the same reason that she will spend 30 rather than the typical 24 days she will spend here each year. That reason is a retrograde phase ahead, with Venus getting so far out in front of the Sun that she will be forced to wait and she will do that by turning retrograde in May. Because of that, Venus is already slowing down and while she will turn retrograde in Gemini, keeping her there for four months, she is already slowing down and will grace the Taurus ruled area of your chart with both an early visit and six additional days.

Another exciting fact about Venus’ return to Taurus is the friendly aspect to the planets in Capricorn and once again, it is all about timing. Venus will move into a friendly aspect to Jupiter on 27th/28th March and to Pluto on 28th/29th March, aligning with both just as they are moving into their own alignment. Another exciting development is the Moon’s visit to Virgo from 8th March to 10th March and the Full Moon this will create in its final 24 hours. This will put the Moon at a friendly aspect to both Venus and Uranus in Taurus but also to all the planets in Capricorn. 

This will create an exciting few days across the Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn ruled areas of your chart, made even more exciting by the fact that Venus and Uranus are aligned in Taurus on 8th/10th March.

In the meantime, as is the case at this time each year, the Sun will spend the first three weeks of March in Pisces before returning to Aries on 20th April. It is there that this month’s New Moon will fall on 24th March.

This is just a brief overview of the conditions this month, with the following links providing more information in what this means for you. The Monthly Horoscopes are now available and I will continue to go into this in the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes but you can also get more detailed information through the Monthly Horoscope Reports.

This Overview is simply my chance to tell you what the planets are doing each month and not how this will impact you, which I will do through the Horoscopes. However, the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide a lot more information and detail into exactly where, when and how this will impact you and for that reason, I have decided to put these on special this month. Normally $39.95 for a 12 month subscription (you get a Report each month for 12 months), I am cutting the price in half, to just $19.98click here for more information.

All the very best for the coming month.

Anne Macnaughtan
anne@forecasters.co.nz

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