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Episode 226 | Aries Equinox: Irrational Exuberance!

Episode 226 | Aries Equinox: Irrational Exuberance!

This week, the Aries equinox initiates the astrological new year, and the Sun’s aspect to Pluto brings a trial by fire. Venus makes a conjunction with Saturn – are you ready to get serious? What do we make of Warrior Mars entering loving Pisces? And April answers a listener question about starting a new job when Mercury is retrograde. Plus, rising sap, defensive fish, and good boundaries make good relationships.


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[1:16] On March 19 (8:06 pm PDT), the Sun enters Aries (Mar. 19, 8:06 pm PDT), marking the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

[4:06] The Sun sextiles Pluto (Mar. 21, 1:03 pm PDT) at 01°41’ Aries-Aquarius. Pluto is on the Sabian symbol 2 Aquarius, An unexpected thunderstorm. A powerful aspect for initiating new projects and entrepreneurship; what we embark upon at the equinox has the potential to bring us power and influence over the next few months.

[5:10] Venus conjoins Saturn (Mar. 21, 4:09 pm PDT), at 12º26’ Pisces. How can we show kindness without being taken advantage of? Relationships can be taken to the next level of commitment.

[9:06] Mars enters Pisces (Mar. 22, 4:47 pm PDT) through April 30, 2024. Protection via escape. Get enthusiastic and focused about art, music, film and musicals.

[11:52] Venus sextiles Jupiter (March 24, 9:37 am PDT), 15º48’ Pisces-Taurus. Jupiter is on the symbol, Old man attempting vainly to reveal the mysteries. Taking a bit of a risk in relationships and/or financial endeavors could prove rewarding. Buy a lotto ticket!

[13:58] Moon Report! No major lunations this week, but there’s a Lunar Eclipse on March 25 at 05°07’ Libra. April will cover the eclipse in more detail next week. Consider joining her upcoming online class, Lunar Phases and Eclipses, on March 23, 2024, at noon Pacific Time.

[15:37] Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon Periods. On March 29 (11:52 am PDT), the Moon in Cancer trines the Sun. It’s VOC for about 41 minutes, then enters Leo (12:33 pm PDT). An excellent time to grab a coffee and pastry with a loved one.

[16:29] On March 21 (11:34 pm PDT), the Moon in Leo opposes Mars. It’s VOC for about one hour, then enters Virgo on March 22 (12:42 am PDT). Focus on balancing your own interests with the interests of the collective.

[17:20] On March 24 (8:49 am PDT), the Moon in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. It’s VOC for about 4 ¾ hours and enters Libra at 1:37 pm PDT. Cultivate new habits that support a better balance of the practical and the intuitive.

[18:17] Listener Elizabeth asks about starting things when Mercury is retrograde. Should you be terrifiiiiied?™

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