We've entered the Aries time of year which is the first day of the astrological new year. Aries is the first sign of spring and is associated with birth, new beginnings, high energy and has a dynamic visionary feeling to it. You may not be totally on board with this energy just yet as the Pisces new moon is still in effect. There's some residue of fog left over that's melding with the urge to generate new action. The Aries energy most likely won't come in at full speed until the full moon breaks us out of any remaining doldrums on March 28. Meanwhile you will start to feel some heat in your step especially since Venus has also entered Aries. This will promote more energy for socializing. Things are opening and there's more thrust to get together with others as restrictions continue to be lifted.
Today Mercury squares Mars. That's a tense aspect around communication. This can veer towards negative outbursts that are loud, crude and not well thought out. Mars and Mercury can go on a verbal attack so make sure when you're giving directions or directives you're not overly bombastic or caustic. Verbal abuse is a key phrase under this aspect. People will be moving and thinking too fast and that goes for transportation issues so take extra caution and pay attention especially if you're in a rush. This can be an accident prone aspect so don't speed!
There's an extremely positive side to this square in terms of creative writing in the areas of poetry, fiction or music. Mars can receive a lot of imaginative support from Mercury if you direct it in a focused and disciplined way. This can be used for creative storytelling, creative thinking and speaking - but on the other hand those that have a talent for lying, being a thief or trickster can use this aspect to their benefit. Be careful of being taken advantage by a "used car salesman" type of personality. It can be easy to stretch the truth and believe false facts.
Put on your listening ears and if things sound fishy they most likely are.
This recent Pisces new moon which is in effect through the full moon on the 28th is a dilly. Monitor all thoughts and feelings with a healthy dose of Saturn. This lunation has a tendency to inflate, sensitize and magnify current events, thoughts and feelings in your life. Make sure you're periodically listening to the stern but supportive side of Saturn in your other ear to tell you if you're going overboard in any way.
Heightened awareness is the name of the game so expressing artistic and creative talents can get a beautiful infusion of energy. It's all about allowing the imagination to help rather than hinder. Of course, it all depends on the aspects going on in your personal chart but just know that whether things are positive or negative it will all be balanced and recalibrated as we approach the Libra Full Moon on March 28.
Mars is triggering the lunar eclipse from November 30 so you may have memories being evoked from that time. Perhaps what came to light or fruition at the end of 2020 is brought back into consciousness in some way or something else happens that reminds you of that time period and what was going on.
Monitor intake of drugs and alcohol as the body's sensitivities will be heightened. If you're receiving your COVID vaccine you may feel the effects more acutely on your immune system. Nothing to worry about but everything is absorbed more intensely right now mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Moods will shift, ebb and flow like the waves on the shores of the coast. Try to go with the flow and steer your ship with more adaptability. It's okay to be a little lost knowing that you'll soon get right back on track.
Sensitive folks may be more sensitive and those that aren't normally that sensitive will either feel a shift or effect others by hurting feelings and not being aware of boundaries.
Key Phrase Awareness: Blowing things out of proportion.
The remainder of the week will be colored by the conjunction of the Sun to Neptune that carries over to the new moon in Pisces on March 13.
The challenging side of a Sun/Neptune conjunction is not seeing things clearly and being in a fog or lost in some way. To that end it's not a propitious time for signing a contract, doing anything very technical and left-brain oriented or for details, practical logic or sticking to a schedule. Instead it is a good time to take some time off to escape into the imagination. Take a walk by the water, sleep late, pay attention to dreams and allow your thoughts to free associate. You never know what kind of magical thinking can come into your being by just being open to free floating energies.
This energy can be very valuable in stimulating your daily routine if you bend it for the next few days and infuse it with something more imaginative. It just may be something you incorporate into the daily routine in more practical ways in the coming months, but the point of infusion occurs now because of something more imaginative and magical accessible in the air.
You may find yourself sleeping more, a little more listless, and even wanting to drink alcohol or partake in mind altering drugs. If you're the type who can monitor this type of activity then it can be a good thing to do, but if you're not then be aware of falling off the wagon.
You may have to deal with fog, haze and mist in literal and metaphorical ways. They will dissipate but while walking through that murky bog just experience the moment without making any definitive decisions. A bubble may be burst that deflates a mood that has maybe been at an unrealistic high. For some this energy can lead to disappointment or disillusionment. Just wade through it and process the feelings for it will shapeshift.
The new moon coming up on the 13th will trigger the recent solar eclipse from 12/14/20 so be aware of issues around the eclipse progressing to new levels this weekend. This could be the moment when something is revealed or uncovered from the seeds planted in December.
Listen to music, expand the mind through yoga, meditation, paint, read poetry and do something that makes you connect to the a more spiritual side of life. Tap into more compassionate and selfless behavior. Care for others and help the sick and infirm. Don’t ask for anything in return, just give.
The Moon's conjunction with Mercury today in Aquarius presents a wonderful opportunity to connect with others. This is a good day for charitable work and networking. Social activities also get a boost so make a date with friends that you haven't seen in a while. Loosen up lockdowns rules and protocols to a point where you feel comfortable. The mood is toward freedom and opening up to the possibilities.
Enjoy the night. Live, laugh, lover, learn!
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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