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March 2021

It feels like 2021 has just begun but already it is March. Two months couldn’t have flown by that fast, could they? The reality is that while Mercury’s retrograde phase did temporarily slow things down, time is back to flying by and I hate to tell you but March will be over in the blink of an eye.

If it feels like this year is flying by it is because, unlike much of 2020, the planets are speeding up. Every planet in the solar system from Jupiter and beyond will turn retrograde once a year, always when the Sun is on the other side of the sky. Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun turns retrograde three times a year but Venus and Mars only turn retrograde every other year. Venus and Mars both turned retrograde in 2020 and apart from the time they spent in retrograde motion, they had to first slow down and then on the other side, speed up again.

That is why Venus spent from April to August in Gemini and Mars the whole second half of the year in Aries. At one point, in the middle part of 2020, there were only two planets in the whole solar system in direct motion, slowing things right down. This year is very different and a combination of Venus and Mars moving ahead at full steam and the slower planets all being on the same side of the sky as the Sun, we have no planets in retrograde motion and won’t until Pluto turns retrograde later next month. Mercury’s three week retrograde phase ended last month and while March is a 31 day month, expect it to fly by.

This is also a month when the faster planets start to both spread out and separate from the heavy focus on Jupiter and Saturn’s early months in Aquarius. At one point last month we had the Sun, Moon and five planets in Aquarius, putting the majority of the solar system there.

January and February were an overlapping of the more mundane and annual focus that the faster planets put on the Aquarius ruled area of your chart each year and the start of Saturn and Jupiter’s massive influence here. Saturn is here until 2023 and Jupiter for the first and last five months of 2021 and as the faster planets move on, their long game will become more obvious.

That separation happens on 16th March, when Mercury finally leaves Aquarius. Mercury returned on 7th January for what should have been a 14 to 15 day visit but it is here that the fastest planet in the solar system began his first retrograde phase of 2021. Mercury spent the first three weeks of February in retrograde motion and while back in direct motion again, at the start of the month he still has more time to spend here than he would normally spend in any other year.

The month begins with the Sun and Venus having already moved on, with both in Pisces. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of March in Pisces but last year Venus had been and gone by now and they didn’t spend any time together here. Instead, with the Sun leaving on 20th March and Venus on 22nd March, they are drawing closer and are getting more and more into lockstep. This brings the Sun’s reality checks and Venus desires and expectations closer, making it easier to turn desires into reality.

This month’s New Moon will fall in Pisces on 13th March and with dreamy Neptune here since 2012 and the dwarf planet Ceres having just wrapped up a 10 month visit last month, you will reach this point knowing what you want and will be ready to seize the opportunity for new beginnings. Mercury will finally leave Aquarius and catch up with the Sun and Venus in Pisces on 16th March and will stay on after they leave.

The Sun will return to Aries on 20th March, as he does at this time every year. This is the spring/autumn equinox, with the Sun’s return to Aries the start of a new astronomical year. Venus will join the Sun here on 22nd March where they will spend the rest of the month effectively aligned.

It is here that the Sun and Venus will both be confronted by a Full Moon in Libra on 29th March. As the first Full Moon of the new astronomical year, this is the Full Moon that determines when Easter will fall. Easter is always the first Sunday after this Full Moon and as it falls on Monday 29th March, Easter will be the weekend of Sunday 4th April. We might live in the 21st century but we are still following the ancient astronomical practices of the past, with this Full Moon symbolic of that.

Meanwhile, by far the most exciting shift of the month happens on 4th March when Mars leaves Taurus and returns to Gemini. It is less to do with Mars ending his time in Taurus or his return to Gemini and more the fact that the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos is on the move. Mars is a planet that likes to make things happen and get things done but for nearly nine months he has been effectively stalled. Mars returned to Aries for what should have been a six to seven week visit in June 2020 but didn’t leave until the New Year. Held back by a two month retrograde phase, Mars only turned direct in November and instead of racing through Taurus, has been here for eight weeks by the time he leaves on 4th March.

Mars is speeding up and will only spend seven weeks and one day in Gemini and by the time he returns to Cancer next month, he will be back up to full speed. Mars will continue to race through the heavens without slowing down and unlike 2020, where the planet that gives us our passions, drive, competitive and warrior spirit became stalled, he is back in business.

So while Mars will leave the Taurus ruled area of your chart energised and he is about to energise the Gemini ruled area, it is the fact that he is back in business and racing through the heavens again that is exciting. That and the fact that this month there are no planets in retrograde motion means March is going to fly by, so enjoy and embrace every moment while you can.

We leave behind the Saturn/Uranus square last month and while this will be repeated twice more over the course of the year, it won’t be for several months. Because the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Mars are all on the same side of the sky as the outer slower planets, there are no oppositions and with Mars out of Taurus and Mercury out of Aquarius, there isn’t the tension from the other squares this has created.

In essence, this will be a fast paced, exciting and relatively pressure free months, with the heavens at least not causing any strife.

This is just a brief overview of the conditions this month, with the following links providing more information in what this means for you. The Monthly Horoscopes are now available and I will continue to go into this in the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes but you can also get more detailed information through the Monthly Horoscope Reports.

This Overview is simply my chance to tell you what the planets are doing each month and not how this will impact you personally, which I will do through the Horoscopes. However, the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide a lot more information and detail into exactly where, when and how this will impact you.

All the very best for the coming month.

Anne Macnaughtan


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