Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 2012 Astrological Perspectives From the Sky

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March is the transition month from winter to spring. The old saying is that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, and I guess that means it begins with winter, which can bring rough weather and ends in spring, which supposedly brings more pleasant weather.

Well here in the northeast that script does not always play out as weather can be wintry in late March or even April.

And astrologically speaking March comes in like the fishes (Pisces) and out like a ram (Aries). And energetically Pisces is much more gentle than Aries.

The Sun went into Pisces on February 18/19 this year and goes into Aries for the first of spring on March 19/20.

Pisces is generally sensitive and gentle, though can be rather unpredictable. This is because it is so multifaceted as it is the last sign in the zodiac, one which encompasses all the other signs. Pisces can shape-shift and be whatever it needs to be at any given time. This is why sometimes it wrestles with having a solid indentity.

But that lack of solid identity breeds a selflessness and self sacrifice for the betterment of others or a cause. This selflessness, senstivity and gentleness often prompts others to see Pisces as passive or lacking self assertive capabilities.

But in actuality Pisces is not passive at its core; it is more to the point "in the flow". It is a mutable water sign, which shows its changeable behavior. When Pisces is in alignment with the deep inner flow at the source, it will change to positive and active when the need arises.

At Pisces time of year it is important to "live" in the soul or feeling state of consciousness. From that place one is sensitive to the "undertow" of people or situations. One can feel the emotions of others and have true empathy.

At Pisces time of year it is also conducive to enter the inner spiritual realms through meditation or spiritual practices. One is getting ready for more active times in Aries spring time.

At the end of winter, which is Pisces time, one is often seduced into deep feelings like sadness and grief, and into facing "the memories or even ghosts or demons of one's past" before the new beginnings of spring.

And this year it may be more true than usual as two planets will be retrograde for much of March. When a planet goes retrograde, it causes reflection, rewind and return.

Mars is already retrograde as March begins, as it went retrograde on January 23. It will go back direct on April 13. Mars retrograde puts our forward motion on pause, and allows us time to ponder what directions we really want to take and to reflect on what we really desire for our life. As we reflect during Mars retrograde, we often also rewind to previous times and people in our life, either in dreams or memories or actually in the flesh.

Mercury goes retrograde on March 12 and goes back direct on April 4.

Many are quite superstitious about Mercury Retrograde, and are afraid to live their lives as they usually do. There is nothing to fear or be superstitious about.

It is true during Mercury Retrograde, however, that our usual way of perceiving and communicating shifts, sometimes in very subtle ways. Often however, before too long into a Mercury Retrograde, it starts to feel like one is being in a kind of twilight zone. We are mentally taken out of our usual way of thinking and perceiving, and life can feel kind of weird.

That is why many astrologers tell people not to make major decisions or sign contracts during Mercury Retrograde.

In my experience, sometimes during Mercury Retrograde, life naturally presents to us situations where we have to make a big decision or sign some contract. If you can delay the decision or signing do it, as your mind may not be thinking as it usually does.

But if it is not feasible to delay, see the situation as "meant to be" and do your best. That generally means to not be too governed by your left brain logic, and more governed by your intuition and imaginative and creative thought process. That is what works best during Mercury Retrograde.

The usual analytical process is more frustrating. Look for spiritual signs and synchronicity, and that has a better chance to take you to the answers and solutions you need.

People often come back to us during Mercury Retrograde in memories or dreams or in actuality. This is because Mercury Retrograde is a rewind time, time to see how things used to be before we can move forward after Mercury goes back direct.

So Mercury goes back direct on April 4. After that clarity will begin to form.

And Mars goes direct on April 13/14. After that you will have a better sense of direction and of what you want and desire. You will be more ready for action and forward movement in your life.

All of these retrogrades are getting us prepared for a most transformational time period when the eclipses hit during May and June. We will discuss that more next month in the April forecast.

So most of March wil have retrograde movements of Mars and Mercury, as well as the "go with the " soulful energies of Pisces.

So no major activity is in alignment. It is not time for you to move forward yet in March. Process, heal, gain new insights, enjoy your "time off" from your ambitions.

Then on March 19/20 there is the shift into spring 2012. Spring Equinox is on March 20 at 1:14 AM EDT.

This is the moment when light and dark minutes of the day are equal. The same is true of Autumn Equinox.

The difference is that right after Autumn Equinox daylight dwindles and darkness begins to strengthen. Right after Spring Equinox the daylight minutes begin to increase until Summer Solstice when those daylight minutes are the most abundant.

So Aries, the sign that begins at the Spring Equinox, is about new beginnings and the starting of our active engines. Aries is the force of the buds coming through the branches, the yang initiating action.

Aries is a cardinal fire sign, and Mars is its ruling planet. Aries is about action and will and desire. It is also about being straight forward, direct and frank in its communication. Aries people care about being true to themselves and independent, and as such can be challenged in relationship.

And they do love a challenge, and often that challenge is in competition or confrontation like the rams batting horns.

So the Spring Equinox is a good time to feel the hope of new beginnings, but don't move forward yet.

Wait for the Aries New Moon on March 22 and the Sun conjuct Uranus in Aries on March 24 to go forward. And you really should wait further even further if you want to have more clarity and know what you really desire and where you want to go.

That will take you to April 4 when Mercury goes direct and April 13/14 when Mars goes direct.

And before that time we will be back for April's forecast.

Have a most beautiful and meaningful March.

Leo Knighton Tallarico is co-director of Spiritual Renaissance Center with his soul mate Deborah. He has been a full time professional astrologer, counselor, spiritual guide, and writer for 26 years. He specializes in assisting individuals with the transformation of their consciousness and lives during change and crisis. Knowing the big picture of one's life is essential for positive transformation, and is a big part of any consultation with Leo.

For more information about Leo's readings and consultations, contact him at or call him at 207-653-7717. He has a weekly forecast blog at, and has a website at

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Anonymous said...

Love the site, but would like to know ASAP what the meeting tonight of Jupiter and Venus means?

Takara said...


Thanks for the comment. You might want to visit Leo's blog (link in his bio above) for his weekly forecast. It should contain more info about what you are requesting.

I came across one site that talks about Jupiter and Pluto being trine today. Here's the link:

Didn't find anything talking about Jupiter and Venus.

Best of luck and thanks again for commenting,

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