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Spiritual Union -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., March 14th - Sun., March 20th, 2016

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Savings Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

Last week, the Eclipse energy was so strong, I had to take it real easy. I would consciously take breaks, even lie down, whenever I could. I started to feel less knocked out by Friday. 

Being present and tapping into my heart-space (with myself and others) was definitely a requirement; trusting the flow also seemed to support the intensity of all this energy moving through...

This week's headline items: the First Quarter Moon in Gemini becomes exact on Tuesday afternoon; on Wednesday, Mercury moves over the Solar Eclipse degree from March 8th. Saturn starts to slow down, beginning its station (before turning retrograde) on Friday early morning. Saturday night/Sunday very early morning, finds the Sun changing signs from Pisces to Aries -- this also marks the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere.  

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Tuesday afternoon (for 8 hours), Friday very early morning (for almost 4 hours), and Saturday late afternoon (for almost 21 hours).

Monday (March 14th): the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini all day. It will journey there until Tuesday evening. The Gemini Moon keeps us social and busy. Interactions may take place online, on the phone, or face-to-face with those in our immediate environment. With this Moon placement, we like to multitask and stay engaged with life as much as possible: As long as we don't get bored, we're good. 

Monday afternoon, a challenging Mercury/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 3:26pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday on; it will be strong until Thursday morning. This aspect asks us to stretch a little, to grow and mature. Watch out for misunderstandings or feelings of restriction, when it comes to interacting with others. 

On the one hand, Mercury in Pisces wants us to communicate from the heart, with love and compassion, and to have faith in our connection to the Universe/Source. On the other hand, Saturn in Sagittarius reminds us that before we can think about what we want to create or bring forth, we need to look at the larger picture and get to the core of what we believe life is truly about. 

As best as you can, find creative ways to connect to your heart and intuition, while remaining committed to the exploration of your true beliefs. What is life really about? What is your life about? 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-19 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini or Virgo? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Also on Monday afternoon, a challenging Venus/Mars aspect which becomes exact at 4:48pm EDT.We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday on; it will be strong until Wednesday morning. This aspect asks that we stretch ourselves with regard to the feminine/masculine dynamic as it manifests both “inside” and “outside”: A shift needs to occur. 

This can show up in several ways, either through romantic and sexual tensions that we might experience with others. We may tease each other, flirt with each other and/or play hard to get. Or we may find ourselves arguing in a very passionate way with the opposite sex. Competitiveness, anger, frustration, or angst might be present. Either way, this can be a very passionate time. 

Balancing and integrating masculine and feminine energies within ourselves would be very useful at this time.

If we experience these energies internally, there may be a desire for adventure -- or just for being still and "adventuring" into ourselves, our heart-space, our inner universe. The challenge might be that we feel pulled in two directions -- on the one hand, we want to feel "one" with others, and connect through love and kindness... While on the other hand, we want to be free and explore something new, outside of our familiar environment. 

What might it look like, if you made room for both of these energies? 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (MC) or personal planets in 0-6 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo or Gemini? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aries (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Mars is the ruler of Aries) 

Tuesday (March 15th) is a big day! The Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini until 8:57pm EDT (see Monday for details). 

Tuesday very early morning, an opportune Mercury/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 2:58am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Sunday evening on; it will be strong until Wednesday. This aspect is an opportunity to bring compassion and creativity to areas of our lives that need restructuring or rebuilding.  

It's also an opportunity to soften our obsessive focus on manifesting something real. Remember: opportunities aren't on "automatic"... we have to realize them. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point or personal planets (the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) in 15-19 degrees of Pisces, Capricorn, Scorpio or Taurus? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Scorpio (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Pluto rules Scorpio)

Tuesday morning, a Mercury/Jupiter oppositionbecomes exact at 5:42am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Sunday morning on and will be strong until Wednesday evening. This asks us to find a balance between intuition and imagination, versus gaining clarity by understanding the specific tasks inside our daily routines. 

This could also show up as a need to balance what we want to "serve" on a daily basis, versus our dream for the world at large. Of course, you could conceivably have it both ways... How much clarity and precision can you bring to your heart's dreams? Could you share 5% more from the heart -- and have 5% more faith that the details will work out? Another good question to ponder: If you stepped way back from the canvas, what "bigger picture" would you see?

We generally feel quite optimistic at this time, perhaps overly so: The urge to grow and expand is strong, but we can overreach -- perhaps by avoiding critical details and thereby miscalculating. We might be inclined to exaggerate, then have a hard time putting our ideas and goals into practice. That said, we can also be extraordinarily funny and interesting at this time, especially at work :-)

Expect a lot of talking and sharing -- and possibly some “over-thinking” or "over-imagining". As best as you can, take an "observer" position toward your mind: listen to your thoughts, catch yourself thinking. Toss the thoughts that no longer align with who you truly are. In other words: As best as you can, practice listening, to yourself, to others, and to your heart. Listening is an art form that makes it easier to tap into our own inner wisdom and our heart's wisdom.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 14-20 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius or Gemini? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Jupiter of Sagittarius).

Tuesday early afternoon, at 1:03pm EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 25.5 degrees of Gemini becomes exact (we started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Gemini on last Sunday afternoon). The Moon in chatty, versatile Gemini makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in sensitive, compassionate Pisces.

We feel compelled to take action. The New Moon, which was also a Solar Eclipse, took place a week ago, Tuesday (March 8th). This aspect provides a time to stretch and grow, thereby creating some forward momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy: As best as you can, go one breath at a time. 

Allow for changes, remain flexible, and find creative solutions for your day-to-day dealings with others — especially since we are still in Eclipse season. Also, allow for new downloads and for releasing “old” codes or conditionings. An open mind and an open heart serves us best at this time (more specifically until April 7th) ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 23-28 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius or Virgo? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer). 

Tuesday at 1:03pm EDT, we enter a 8-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 8:57pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative solutions regarding your mental and emotional "body". The key is to remain flexible and kind towards ourselves.

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Tuesday afternoon and evening ahead of time ;-) 

Tuesday at 8:57pm EDT, the Moon moves into protective, introverted Cancer, where it will journey until Friday very early morning. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say to (and about) us, so be kind to yourself and others. Emotional safety is important to us at this time: We like connecting to the familiar, home or family becomes our sanctuary. 

Nurture yourself and others, but remember: Make sure your glass is filled before letting others drink from it — otherwise we might start resenting others for draining our energies.

Wednesday (March 16th): the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer all day (see Tuesday evening for more details).

Wednesday very early morning, Mercury moves over 19 degrees of Pisces -- the Solar Eclipse degree from 8 days ago; this might highlight some new information. Issues connected to trusting the flow of life, spiritual union, unconditional love or creativity will need to be addressed over the next 6 months. 

The key is to bring awareness to two areas: First, what is taking us off the path of our Soul's journey (and needs therefore to be released)? Second, what would connect us to our inner divinity? To bring these issues into sharper focus, it will help to ask these questions too: What doesn't serve you any longer? Where are you experiencing separation?

Wednesday afternoon, a long-term, harmonious Jupiter/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 4:06pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from March 3rd on; it will remain strong until April 1st. It's an invitation to hone in on how to solve problems and get where we want to go. Our career (life path) will undergo a degree of change or transformation. We lose interest in the inessential.

It’s not hard to sell frontiers, hot prospects, expanded operations, etc. -- in fact, the soft sell will be the most successful. The more faith we have in ourselves, the more others will too, and the more likely things will work out, since everyone expects them to. Authenticity is important here.

Empowerment is the key word: As best as you can, make the most of your renewed vigor and intensity by empowering yourself and others, especially at work and in regards to your social standing. During this aspect, we can move mountains...

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-19 degrees of Virgo, Capricorn or Taurus? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Sagittarius or Scorpio (Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius; Pluto rules Scorpio)

Thursday (March 17th): the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer all day (see Tuesday evening for more details).

Thursday morning, a Mercury/Chiron alignment in Pisces becomes exact at 9:29am EDT. We started to feel this aspect Tuesday; it will be strong until Friday evening. This it allows us to communicate our flaws and insecurities, and thereby begin to heal them.  

Bringing compassion and understanding to our past wounds can feel very empowering and healing; doing the same for others is going to feel really good. Remember: what you can do for yourself, you can do for others more easily. 

As best as you can, whatever you do or don't communicate: cut yourself a little slack. Being human means making mistakes from time to time; there is no shame in that -- we always learn the most from our mistakes -- mistakes are our gold.  

Double-check: does avoiding or judging your past mistakes actually serve you? Or anyone else? Could you be open to the possibility that all "mistakes" -- past, present and future -- exist to serve your evolution?  If that were true: what would need reevaluating?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-25 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Virgo or Gemini (since Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo)

Friday (March 18th): the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer until 3:54am EDT (see Tuesday evening for more details).

Thursday night/Friday very early morning at 12:09am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 4-hours, until 3:54am EDT. Make intuitive connections to yourself and others. This is also a great time for spiritual or creative endeavors, music, and anything to do with sound and water. 

As best you can, be gentle with yourself and others; be open to receiving support and nurturing from yourself and others. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow...cause the flow knows where to go ;)

Also on Friday very early morning: Saturn starts its station in 16 degrees of Sagittarius-- "stationing" is when a planet moves more slowly through the sky. When a planet stations, its energy becomes more "exalted"; in the case of Saturn, this means we all feel the need to more fully take a look at our beliefs. 

Saturn has to do with facing reality -- and doing what needs to be done -- so we can fully understand the practical implications of our reality, and the consequences of our past actions. Saturn also represents our structures, responsibilities, commitments and ability to "do" life, on life's terms.  

As spirit beings in a physical world, it's best to observe the laws of the physical world. The sooner we learn to "play by the rules", the easier life gets. Saturn also represents time and the "domain" of time: growing up, maturing, understanding our limitations, setting healthy boundaries with others, living with integrity, being serious and focused on building something of purposeful value to society.  

Saturn is our teacher. If you had a cosmic teacher, what would your personal "class" be in, right now? Where are you being asked to look at your beliefs and became more mature? What calls for a commitment towards a larger truth? What will time do? 

As best as you can during the time of the station, bring flexibility and open-mindedness to any frustrations. The station-phase will last until March 31st -- and Saturn will start its 5-month retrograde phase, next Friday (on March 25th)… more on that next week ;-) 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 14-18 degrees of  Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces? If so, you will be more affected by this station. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Capricorn, since Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn.  

Friday 3:54am EDT, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Sunday afternoon. We have a chance to appreciate ourselves and our lives -- and to connect to the heart. Hand out as many compliments as possible, they will be deeply appreciated :-)  

Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you squeak just thinking about it? 

Saturday (March 19th): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Friday very early morning for details).

Saturday at  4:43pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 21-hours, until 1:39pm EDT (Sunday afternoon). During this intuitive time, have fun connecting with others and doing things that bring you joy — explore unique projects, take a risk. Express yourself creatively -- and look to see what you are grateful for. How fully could you express your unique spark for these 21 hours?

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Saturday evening and the first half of Sunday ahead of time ;-)  

Sunday (March 20th): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo and VoC until 1:39pm EDT (see Friday very early morning for details).

Saturday night/Sunday very early morning, at 12:30am EDT,the Sun changes signs from dreamy Pisces to fast-paced, enthusiastic Aries,where it will journey until April 19th. Also known as: the Spring Equinox.

This signifies the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere of this planet, the energetic turning point from one season to the next. Equinoxes are super potent times for setting intentions. They are energetic gateways, where we experience the inter-relationship between light and dark, inner and outer, spirit and matter.  

With the Sun entering Ariesfor the next four weeks, we tend to act first and think later. We are more aware of our personal goals and we feel a strong urge to move forward, get things done, move closer to our goals. We are quite aware of our own gut instincts and where we are heading. It's a great time both for leading others and for carving out our own path.

All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Aries Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As an Aries, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo you will feel energized and physically strong at this time.

Sunday at 1:39pm EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Tuesday night/Wednesday very early morning. This turns our focus toward practical activities. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all bring emotional satisfaction. 

Health might come into focus. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to see if our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.), align with our long-term goals.

Sunday afternoon, a Venus/Neptune alignment in 10 degrees of Pisces becomes exact at 1:45pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect on Thursday evening, it will be strong until next week Tuesday evening. It asks us to dissolve anything that keeps us from opening our hearts more fully. This connection makes us dream of Soul connections with others. 

We are highly romantic and may turn a blind eye to "what is", in pursuit of a fantasy that we want or need to have fulfilled. Be aware of anything that sounds too good to be true -- whether that's in connection with people or money -- 'cos it might just be exactly that: "too good to be true" ;-) 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 7-13 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra).

A head's up for next Monday (March 21st): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Sunday afternoon for details). The Saturn station intensifies today. In the evening, Mercury changes signs from dreamy, creative Pisces to enthusiastic, direct Aries. It will journey through this courageous sign until April 5th, and in the late evening, we enter a 1.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC). More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

One Final Announcement:
Be in alignment with the Stars! Join me for my next Monthly Forecasting Forum: on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm EDT (90-minute webinar) This webinar will be live on the day of the Lunar Eclipse! I want to invite you to get the maximum support! I am excited to be able to speak and connect with you in real time. If you're interested in aligning yourself with upcoming energies, this is for you. Fee: $24 Register Now!

Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

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