By Michelle McClunan
March slips quietly into the great blue yonder with the first of two new moons this month on Saturday 1st. With the Sun, the Moon, Chiron (the wounded healer) and Neptune all in Pisces, there’s a very strong, watery theme indeed. On the same day we have Mars, Mercury and Saturn in a stationary position, after which they will turn retrograde. More about that below.
Fortunately the new moon falls over a weekend, so hopefully we’ll be able to heed the Universal call to apply the brakes and come to a full STOP ( I think that’s a clear enough message, with three stationary planets), to tune out the noise, centre ourselves and connect at a deeper level.
Let’s be human beings this weekend and not human doings!
Imaginative Pisces is a water sign that represents amongst other things – connection to the divine, healing, oneness, spirit, that which is hidden in the unconscious, illusion, delusion, addictive patterns, letting go and surrender. We give Pisces its form and substance through all different forms of creative expression and flow.
This really is a new moon to go inside and listen. We will all be more sensitive and finely attuned to spiritual and creative dimensions than usual. We can also be more emotionally sensitive, tired, lethargic, addicted and depressed than usual. Wherever you’re at, this New Moon is setting the stage for a month of surrendering, rather than striving and controlling. In fact the more we push, the more we’re going to feel like fish swimming upstream. So… I ask myself … Whats the point?
Let’s leeean back… breeeeathe……slooooww down…. Be still…. Feel how your body and soul feels even reading those words.
If possible this weekend, go for a long walk on a beach , or if you’re inland, find a river. Reflect on, journal or creatively process any illusions, delusions, false beliefs or addictions that may be holding you back from living your life fully. Where are you fighting and resisting and how you can surrender more? What do you need to complete, clear out or release, to prepare to embrace the new astrological year with a lighter load?
When I look at the planetary activity for this month and next, March feels like the calm before the storm. There’s another Grand Cross happening in April, so this is the time to hunker down, connect with and stabalise our centres.
I know I sound a bit like a broken down record, but we really are being called upon as a species to drop our “head” knowledge down to the heart, to get in touch with our souls and not our egos.
More about Mars Retrograde – 1st March until 20th May
Mars is a masculine planet, that represents how we use (or abuse) our energy in an effort to reach our goals. When it turns retrograde, it’s a prompt to reconsider and re-evaluate our goals, how we go about achieving them and reflect on how we are spending our energy. Are we making wise investments energetically or poor ones? Who are the people and what are the situations that raise our energy and who and what drains it? Really watch that this month. In any situation, feel how your energy is responding. Do you feel revitalised or demolished? Then re-assess how you can put up healthy boundaries when faced with energy gobbling people, places or situations. Are you able to stand up for yourself when its called for, in a gentle but strong way? Can you say “no”?
With Mars being in Libra (the scales) when faced with a challenge, we’re being encouraged to stop, centre and assess before we react. We need to look at other people or situations as mirrors serving our growth. What routines or rituals can we introduce to reduce stress and create more balance and harmony? Can we be more considerate towards others in terms of the energy we’re putting out? How can we be Peaceful warriors and stand authentically in our truth in an honest, loving, peaceful way?
Saturn retrograde – 3rd March to 21st July
Saturn is the planet of karma, lessons, limitations and structure. The next few months will provide us with an opportunity to re-examine and restructure our lives, especially those parts that we find limiting, heavy or inhibiting. Its about re-organising schedules and setting up systems that serve us. Look at what you’ve been procrastinating about and attend to whatever needs sorting – finances, taxes (eeu…I know) This is a time for each of us to stop blaming something or somebody “out there” for the situations we find ourselves in, to take full responsibility for our lives and grow up. The area where this will be most highlighted will be the house in which Saturn is situated in your chart. A Saturn Retrograde period is also a time to re-asses where we have over-committed, dump the things that aren’t entirely necessary and put up healthy boundaries.
Although I realise this might not be entirely feasible, this month is not optimal in terms of starting major new projects. Our energy is best spent completing, clearing, contemplating, structuring and planning.
Mercruy goes direct
Most of you will be relieved to know that Mercury goes direct on the 2nd March. Thankfully, this should alleviate some of the crazy technical glitches, delays, contractual upsets and misunderstandings. Whew!
Full moon – 16th March
Allow the full moon in Virgo on the 16th to show you what healthy routines you can implement to get your mind, body and spirit into balance. More about that closer to the time.
2nd New moon – 30th March
All of the above is in preparation for the 2nd New Moon on the 30th March which feels like the real start of the year. As the sun (our will) and moon (our feelings) dance together in fiery Aries, we will be encouraged to leave the past behind, be brave and give birth to new ways of being; to blaze new pathways, and fully participate in the life you want to co-create with an incredible lightness of being.
I will be posting regular updates on my Facebook page throughout the month. https://www.facebook.com/MichelleMcclunanCreativeSelfDiscovery
“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” ― Steve Maraboli
In life, light and stillness