This month’s Full Moon occurs on March 5, 2015, at 11:05 am Mountain Standard Time. The Moon is in industrious, discerning Virgo, which may spark the urge to begin spring cleaning. It’s definitely a time to clear out things, attitudes, and ideas that no longer serve us, a theme that has been running in the background for a while now. This Full Moon is particularly intense as there is a lot of challenging energy about. For starters, the Moon wants to get things done; the Sun wants to go watch a movie. The Sun is with Chiron and Neptune, adding healing and compassion, but magnifying the desire to escape is Jupiter, who brings his conflict with Pluto in. This may cause uncomfortable issues to surface. The good news is that Neptune and Chiron can distract the Sun from the movie and combine energies to help resolve those issues.
Elsewhere in the skies, beware the Ides of March! There is a whirlwind of planetary activity happening. On the 9th Mars comes into harmony with Jupiter – this fiery combination can lead to hubris, but also enthusiasm and extra energy – perfect for an early spring hike (weather permitting)! Mars then moves on to bump into Uranus and conflict with Pluto on the 11th. Be careful in the car! Mars can add fuel to the already tense Uranus-Pluto energies. This can cause major friction and misunderstandings, or it can speed up enlightened transformation. Let’s hope for the best. Please. On the 12th Mercury slides into Pisces, shifting communication to the right brain from the left, favoring intuition over logic. Saturn turns retrograde on the 14th and will move backward until August, moving back into Scorpio one last time to sew up loose ends, reinforce lessons learned and knowledge gained over the last two years. The fun continues on the 16th when Uranus and Pluto butt heads – exactly square each other at 15 Aries/Capricorn 18 – for the seventh and final time since 2012. Expect tension, but this is necessary if we are to grow. Things have changed dramatically in the past three years; mostly for the good, though it didn’t always feel that way. Transformation can be messy, but the suddenly explosive (Uranus) volcano always leaves fertile soil in its wake (Pluto). Venus moves into Taurus on the 17th, shifting things into a more stable, gentle, grounded energy. Mercury joins with Neptune on the 18th, giving us a dreamy respite before the New Moon Solar Eclipse on the Vernal Equinox on the 20th.
All in all, these are intense times. The Pluto-Uranus energies are part of a long cycle with these two planets. This one we are in began in the 1960s when these planets were conjunct and were largely the catalysts for the changes back then. The seeds were planted; we are now beginning to see the shoots coming out of the ground. Issues that were brought to the forefront then are being revisited (Civil Rights, Cuba, the establishment, to name a few), with a few more added on for good measure (ACA, Occupy, sustainability). The only one sure thing is change (besides death and taxes); let’s put a positive spin on it whenever possible!
By Jill K.