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Episode 169 | The Sun and Mars Visit Neptuneland, and Venus Weathers a Crisis!

Episode 169 | The Sun and Mars in Neptuneland, and Venus Weathers a Crisis!

While we catch our breath between Saturn’s ingress into Pisces last week and Pluto entering Aquarius next week, there’s still plenty going on. The Sun, Mercury, and Mars ask Neptune the musical question, “Who am I, and where am I headed?,” but the Sagittarius Last Quarter Moon chooses the direction it deems best. Venus confronts Pluto from the last, fiery degree of Aries and then slips gratefully into Taurus. And in this week’s mini-lesson, April introduces next week’s epic ingress of Pluto into Aquarius! Plus: Satchel Paige, setting your cap, and tearing out drywall!

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[1:12] Mars squares Neptune on March 14th (4:39 PM PDT) at 25°04’ of Gemini and Pisces. This is the last in a series of three squares that Mars in Gemini has made to Neptune in Pisces. The other two squares were on October 11, 2022 (Episode 148) and November 19, 2022 (Episode 153). Reflect upon what you want to do, the best way to do it, and why you want to do it.

[3:56] Moon Report!  The Last Quarter Moon at 24°13’ Sagittarius is on March 14th (7:08 PM PDT). The chart for the Last Quarter Moon show the Sun and Neptune square the Moon, which is opposed Mars.

[4:46] This Last Quarter is a chance to complete the work we began at the Feb. 20 Pisces New Moon. It also represents the final critical moment in the Lunar Gestation Cycle that began with the Sagittarius New Moon on December 14th, 2020. If there is anything in your chart near 23° of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces, this is an important cycle that could be related to adventure and/or higher education.

[6:03] Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon periods. On March 15th, the Moon in Sagittarius trines Venus in Aries at 1:50 AM PDT. It’s VOC for about three and one quarter hours, and enters Capricorn at 5:06 AM PDT. If somebody offer you something pleasant during this VOC Moon period, know that there could be strings attached.

[7:30] The Moon in Capricorn conjoins Pluto on March 17th at 7:13 AM PDT, then begins a laughably short VOC period – only 12 minutes! – before it enters Aquarius at 7:25 AM PDT. Consider this graduation for the lessons of emotional intelligence we’ve learned in recent Moon/Pluto VOC periods.

[8:27] On March 19th, the Moon in Aquarius trines Mars in Gemini at 3:33 AM PDT and is VOC for about four and a half hours before it enters Pisces at 8:12 AM PDT.  Appreciate those encouraging friends who have helped you through life’s rough patches.

[10:30] The personality-driven Sun makes its annual conjunction to nebulous Neptune on March 15th (4:39 PM PDT) at 25°06’ Pisces.  The very next day, on March 16th (10:13 AM PDT), storyteller Mercury conjoins Neptune at 25°08’ Pisces as well.  “What other ways can I refer to myself, name myself, and label myself?”

[12:52] On March 16th (11:09 AM PDT), the Sun squares Mars at 25°53’ of Pisces and Gemini. Later that evening (9:48 PM PDT), Mercury squares Mars later that evening at 26°05’ Pisces and Gemini.

[13:32] The Sabian symbol for the Sun at this square is “A new moon that divides its influences.” This could indicate that our attention is a little bit too divided to get something done. The Sun and Mercury are in a closing square to Mars and finishing up this long Mars in Gemini cycle with a chance to let go and to find peace and healing.

[14:40] Venus squares Pluto on March 16th (12:58 PM PDT) at 29° 52’ Aries and Capricorn. Venus is on the Sabian symbol, 30 Aries, “A duck pond and its brood,” which suggests there’s enough for everybody. But, the Sabian symbol for Pluto’s degree at this square, which is 30 Capricorn, “A secret business conference,” suggests that powerful forces might influence who gets what.

[15:32] Aspects between Venus and Pluto are usually felt in our relationships and financial dealings. If something you desire isn’t coming through for us, we might discover later on that it was for the best.

[16:52] On March 16th (3:34 PM PDT), Venus gets some relief as she moves away from her square to Pluto and into Taurus, one of her home signs (through April 10). Take care of and appreciate all the things that are yours, and enjoy the beautiful and simple pleasures of living in a body and on this planet.

[19:30] Mercury and the Sun conjoin at 26°34’ Pisces on March 17th (3:44 AM PDT).  Be conscious about the ideas and impressions you collect leading up to Mercury’s next retrograde on April 22, 2023.

[21:13] Dates for Pluto’s transits between Aquarius and Capricorn.

[23:24] A recap on past Pluto transits.

[26:16] Some Pluto in Aquarius possibilities.

[28:27] In next week’s episode, Pluto in Aquarius moving through the houses of a chart.

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