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March 2015

Open Mind, Open Heart -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., March 30th - Sun., April 5th, 2015

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

It was a typical Eclipse week... very busy and electric ;-) I am definitely starting to feel the toll it has taken on my physical being... rest is definitely what’s needed most — and it seems so hard to do. I have to remind myself that we are getting a consciousness upgrade; there’s no need to rush or push... And yes: That too is easier said than done ;-)

This week's headlines: Mercury changes signs from Pisces to Aries on Monday evening; Mars changes signs from Aries to Taurus on Tuesday around noon; Jupiter starts to slow down on Wednesday; Pluto does the same on Thursday; and of course... there is another Eclipse this week — this time, a Lunar Eclipse, exact on Saturday morning.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday late morning (for almost 29 hours), Thursday early morning (for 22 hours), and Saturday around noon (for 27 hours).

Monday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day. It will journey there until Tuesday 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?

Monday very early morning, harmonious Venus/Pluto aspect will be exact at 3:47am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from last week Friday of on; it will be strong until this Thursday morning. This aspect brings a fruitful and rewarding period in our lives. We experience new depths of intimacy (with an existing or new partner), we learn to appreciate the important people in our lives, and our value system transforms and evolves. 

This is likely an excellent period for finances as well. Work we've done might pay off, and we are able to manage our finances better, with more attention to detail, planning and strategy -- as well as the elimination of anything that no longer serves us. We might renew a commitment, or bring new, deeper and more intimate energy into a relationship under the influence of this aspect. 

Our sexual lives might get a real boost now, as we tend to want to connect on a deeper level. We might find ourselves strongly attracted to someone, almost to the point of obsession.  If this aspect connects with any of your personal planets, you might just meet the "love of your life".  

One thing’s for sure -- relationships experienced now are bound to be unforgettable. While this transit tends to signal new or strengthened relationships, any relationship that ends during this cycle may leave us feeling liberated. 

Those of us who have their Ascendent (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus being the ruler of Taurus and Libra, while Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Monday at 9:57am EDT, we enter an almost 29-hour Moon void of course (VoC),which last until 2:12pm EDT (Tuesday afternoon).Use this intuitive time to connect to your heart’s desire and share your ideas from that “heartfelt" joy and bliss. If at all possible though, refrain from actually starting anything brand-new — in fact, plan your day ahead of time, or stick to routine things. If you can't… simply go with the flow.

Monday afternoon around 3pm EDT, Mercury moves over 29 degrees of Pisces -- the Solar Eclipse degree from 10 days ago; this might highlight some new information. Issues connected to trust, spiritual union, or creativity will need to be addressed over the next 5.5 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 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?

Monday at 9:44pm EDT, Mercury leaves dreamy, creative Pisces and moves into enthusiastic, direct Aries. It will journey through this courageous sign until April 14th. For these next two and a half weeks, our thinking speeds up and we are ready for new endeavors. 

We may come off as impulsive and impatient when communicating; however, we are focused on reaching our goals as quickly as possible -- we must therefore speak (and get answers) faster. Nothing stands in our way now: we are ready, we are brave, we want what we want and we want it now ;-) 

Something to watch out for: blurting things out prematurely or inappropriately; as best you can, choose your words carefully -- and pause before responding ;-) All of us are feeling the Aries energy quite strongly at this time, so do your best to not take it personally, if someone ignores what you want, or says something insensitive. 

Remember to keep the focus on yourself instead -- and take responsibility for how you are communicating or expressing yourself. 

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries? If so, you will feel especially chatty for the next 2.5 weeks. Your mental energy will be quite active and you feel the need to connect to others -- whether it be in person, via email, over the phone or via social media. New ideas and new connections are very likely. 

Do you have your Ascendent or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo? If so, you will feel a tremendous energy burst for the next 2.5 weeks: really enthusiastic and physically strong.

Tuesday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo and VoC until 2:12pm EDT (see Monday for details). Today is also your last chance to get the Early Bird Special to our magical Sedona Retreat in the end of May. Click here to register

Tuesday at 12:26pm EDT, Mars moves from fast-paced, enthusiastic, active Aries into steady, sensual Taurus, where he will journey until May 11th. With this placement we value strength and stability. We are more driven by security and an especial fondness for personal possessions. 

Mostly we are not afraid to work for what we want, and there is an overall patience to this position of Mars. If it takes a a while to achieve a goals, so be it. Adaptability is not our strong point right now and we also don't like to be rushed now, however we tend to be more reliable.

All this is especially true if you are an Aries or Taurus Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Taurus, you will feel more energized, passionate and direct than usual for the next 6 weeks. As an Aries, you will slow down a little and get more in touch with the practical side of your nature, especially where your personal goals are concerned. 

Tuesday at 2:12pm EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Friday 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.

Wednesday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Tuesday afternoon for details).

Jupiter starts to slow down its speed (stationing) on April Fools Day, preparing to come to a halt on April 8th (after having been retrograde for the past 4 months). This station will last until April 14th. This could be a great day for practical jokes ;) (We may also have to take care we’re not taking those jokes a little too far).

When a planet stations, we start to be more fully aware of its energy; this awareness helps us to get more connected to those energies as they exist within us. We get to see where we need to embrace them more fully, so that we can use them in a healthy way, without getting lost in the lower vibrations of their expression.
    
Jupiter represents our desire to seek insight through knowledge. Some of this planet's keywords: morality; gratitude; hope; honor; the law. Jupiter is the planet of possibility, optimism, wisdom, understanding and growth (including mental and spiritual growth). Jupiter is also associated with our sense of humor, generosity, tolerance, goodwill, and mercy. 

The lower expressions of Jupiter include irresponsibility -- too much of a good thing, leading to blind optimism, excess, and overindulgence. 

We have been connecting internally to our wisdom and ability to grow for the past four months. What did you discover about your ability to learn and grow since December? Do you have a better understanding of your own inner wisdom and how to access it? How could those discoveries change how you live in the world?
   
Those of us who have any of our personal planets (or our Ascendent) in 10 - 15 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio will be more affected by this station. This is also true for those of us with their Ascendent or Sun-sign in Sagittarius (Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, so those folks will always be affected more strongly by Jupiter's movements and aspects).

Wednesday evening, an opportune Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 10:51pm EDT. We started to feel this from Tuesday morning on; it will be strong until Friday. It's an opportunity to bring healing to our wounds around relationships or our sense of self-worth. 

We get a chance to love ourselves and heal deep fears of not being "good enough". Healing happens much faster when we can open to forgiving ourselves and others. As best as you can, bring compassion and understanding to yourself, to others, and to those past experiences that wounded you. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-21 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer? 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 Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra)

Thursday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Tuesday afternoon for details).

The big news today (Thursday) is that Pluto starts to slow down its speed (stationing), preparing to come to a halt on April 15th (starting its 5-month retrograde phase). This station will last until May 3rd. When an outer planet stations, its energy gets more pronounced; we become more aware of its impact on us -- and this can sometimes cause discomfort. We are being asked to hang out with that discomfort and observe what comes up.

Pluto is associated with our soul purpose. It relates to the process of empowerment -- our ability to feel empowered from within, through the experience of wholeness -- and to our deepest passions. 

It is also associated with transformation, for example our ability to transform darkness into light or "death" into "rebirth". Those terms don't necessarily refer to physical death or rebirth, but rather some sort of ending and beginning. 

To get to a place of truthfulness on the soul level, Pluto will remove what no longer serves us, replacing it with something new -- something fully aligned with our deepest passions and soul purpose. 

When we resist the deep changes Pluto brings, we tend to suffer; on the other hand, when we surrender and allow for that process to take place, we will move to a place of greater authenticity -- and feel a newness and empowerment from within. 

As best as you can, take a closer look at whatever is "in your face" for the next 4 weeks. Look for what might no longer be in alignment with your soul's purpose (your deep authentic Self). 

Ask yourself: Where am I holding on, out of fear? What habits, behaviors or fears are holding me back from feeling  fully  empowered  from within? What would it look like, if I was fully aligned with my Soul-purpose? How would it feel? When we confront our fears we very often discover hidden gifts and strengths.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-17 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra? If so, you will feel this station more strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Scorpio (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio). 

Thursday at 5:01am EDT, we enter a 22-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which last until 3:07am EDT (Friday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to organize your finances and take a closer look at what’s truly valuable to you. If at all possible though, refrain from actually starting anything brand-new — in fact, plan your day ahead of time, or stick to routine things. If you can't… simply go with the flow.

Also on Thursday morning: a harmonious Mercury/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 8:20am EDT (we started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on and it will be strong until Saturday morning). It will help to interact from a place of integrity and commitment. We can set aside unrealistic views and make concrete, practical plans, that help us explore a larger truth.   

We “get to the point” -- no wasted time or words. Seeking a larger understanding, we speak our truth, but with adult caution and moderation. The reality of our beliefs gets clearer and our thought processes more realistic. It is important for us to learn something new -- with a mature attitude. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 1-8 degrees of Aries, Sagittarius or Leo? If so, you will be more blessed by this aspect.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn (Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Thursday afternoon, a harmonious Sun/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 1:20pm EDT; it will be strong all week, as will our energy. It’s an opportunity to see things from a different perspective. What will lead us to this new vantage point? Optimism, an open mind, an open heart: Follow your enthusiasm as if it were a wilderness guide — and let yourself be creative and free. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 9-16 degrees of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Sagittarius (the Sun rules Leo; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius). 

Friday at 3:07am EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Sunday afternoon. The energy of the Libra Moon wants to maintain equal relationships: we thus tend to spend more time on diplomacy -- making compromises, negotiating, practicing graciousness, balancing, etc.
 
We can better set aside our emotions, to achieve the peace we desire; the shadow side of this is a tendency to avoid direct confrontations. We see both sides -- and may also fear loss of approval -- so we can't decide. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this... and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm. This Moon placement starts the build up towards the Full Moon, which is also a Lunar eclipse! (exact on Saturday)

Friday afternoon: We may need to find a balance between what we say, how we say it, and what we need from others. We want to collaborate, but we are also feeling quite impatient, because our minds are moving very fast right now. As best as you can, take a deep breath now and then, and drop in to your heart center ;-)

Saturday at 8:06am EDT: The Sun opposes the Moonin 14 degrees of Libra. This extra-powerful Full Moon is also a total Lunar Eclipse; as such, its energy is more intense than the typical Full Moon. 

It is also the culmination of the Eclipse from Oct. 2014, which was all about seeing something that we needed to become aware of -- in particular, something related to the roles we identify with in our various one-on-one relationships. What have you discovered since last fall?

Lunar Eclipses bring our attention to the "emotional body”, making us aware of what has been suppressed or ignored. Get ready for some big shifts in your life, especially around relationships of all kinds. Where do you need more balance in your life? What roles or contracts need to be redefined or released?

The last Lunar Eclipse in 14 degrees of Libra was back in April of 1996; the one before that was in 1977. Think back to those periods; what was important? Where are you being called to make major changes now?

Eclipses bring a strong focus to endings and beginnings -- those forward pushes forward in our evolution -- they connect us more fully to our Soul’s Journey. As best you can, trust that whatever is leaving or falling apart is making way for something better... The more willing we are to change, the easier it will be to go to the next level. 

Of course, all of this will resonate more for you if you have personal planets (or angles) within 5 degrees of the Eclipse… More on that later (and feel free to watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart”)

The Sun in Aries is connecting to Uranus, Mercury and the South Node; this is a call to redefine our understanding of “assertion" and “independence” -- and how we communicate our sense of self. It will be very useful to allow the higher vibrations of Aries to shine: courage, openness towards the new, being direct and developing a healthy sense of identity.

The Moon aligns with the North Node in Libra, indicating that an emotional resolution of some kind will occur -- a healing of relationship memories perhaps, or a new emotional connection. This could also mean moving into a new home, starting a family, something of that sort. The North Node wants us to focus on mastering the Libra energy: collaboration, objectivity, consideration, equality, balance, justice...

Pluto in Capricorn is the focal point of a T-square with Uranus, The Sun, Mercury in Aries and the Moon in Libra. This stresses the importance of transforming anything that no longer serves us. Look at the shadow, bring it into the light, look at what is toxic and discard whatever is “poisoning” the inner experience. 

The T-square to Pluto adds a clear message to this Eclipse: “Let go of anything that doesn’t empower you... Advance your Soul’s Journey!” Deep structural changes have to occur. 

Ask yourself: What am I building long-term that supports my Soul Purpose? What am I building that doesn’t? Another question you can ask yourself: What role does “FEAR” play in my life? Where am I attached out of fear? Where are my walls?

Make sure to take care of yourself: Without self-care, we cannot accomplish the things we are here to do. As best as you can, remember that each of us is experiencing this Eclipse in one way or another... We may feel overwhelmed or anxious, some may even have vertigo :-) 

As best as you can, be compassionate with yourself and others. If someone is not returning your call, it’s not personal: They may not be able to ;-) Eclipses are Uranian in nature: Anything could happen between now and April 18th

As best as you can, don't jump the gun: If you feel compelled to do something, do your best to simply watch and observe. In particular, if you have any ambivalence about an action, or suspect that you are acting out of fear, wait until Eclipse Season ends to go for it. For more details on this powerful Full Moon click here and watch my video on the subject 

Natal houses in your birth chart effected by this Lunar eclipse indicate the areas of your life that are up for development at this time (and for the next two weeks to 6 months). Feel free to watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"


Do you have your Ascendant (or any personal planets) in one of the following placements: 10-18degrees of Libra, Aries, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you may feel the effects of this Lunar Eclipse more strongly.

Saturday at 11:59am EDT, we enter a 27-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that lasts until 3:04pm EDT, Sunday afternoon. Use this intuitive time to balance your need for equal and harmonious connection, with your drive toward personal visions and ideas. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new. If possible, plan your day ahead of time ;-)


Sunday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra and VoC until 3:04pm EDT (see Friday early morning and Saturday late morning for details).

Sunday late morning, a challenging Sun/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 11:08am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Thursday morning of next week. This aspect is part of the Sun/Uranus/Mercury/South Node alignment in Aries. What we identify ourselves with could now be challenged.
 
This aspect forces us to confront our will, power, assertion, and authority. Coming into focus now: the relationship with a father- or other important male-figures. We may face the need to be more independent, assertive, and autonomous.
 
We may alienate others with a controlling, jealous, or overbearing manner. This manner stems from a deep fear of letting go and surrendering to the idea that some things cannot be directed or controlled. We are learning to detach from (let go of) something or someone that no longer serves us -- the "something" could include attitudes.
 
This fear may lead us to compulsive, suspicious, or difficult behavior, costing us the very thing that we hold dear. As best as you can, open yourself up to the power of love within. When you do, you will discover your own strength, and rework your very identity. Perhaps most importantly, this aspect puts us face to face with exactly what's been holding us back from leading a fuller, more meaningful life.
 
We may have to make some changes or adjustments with our personal or long-term goals. If you feel pressured into doing something or you feel a power struggle build, as best as you can, get centered, get grounded and open your heart and mind. This aspect is a major growth opportunity for us: we struggle with buried elements of our personality and ego, learning to face, accept and transform them.
 
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra or Cancer? 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 Leo or Scorpio (the Sun is the ruler of Leo; Pluto rules Scorpio)

Sunday at 3:04pm EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Wednesday very early morning. We feel emotions on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things -- superficiality won't work for us now -- and we instinctively read between the lines. 

The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power; it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. This tends to be an emotionally colored, all-or-nothing, black or white experience -- it can therefore be an intimate, passionate time. 

As best as you can, avoid manipulation, brooding and suspicion; instead, open to the wealth of your innermost feelings -- decide to go deeper, allowing all feelings to surface, if they need to. Embrace all of who you are. Know thyself, love thyself and you shall be set free. 

Remember: a deep love of all that we are will connect us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and is ultimately what disempowers ourselves and others.

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Sunday afternoon for details). The Jupiter station will intensify (see Wednesday for details), a harmonious Mercury/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 9:26am EDT, and the Sun aligns with Uranus in Aries at 10:08am EDT….more about all that in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,
Sonja

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Powerful Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Libra April 4th, 2015

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Join me as I share about several upcoming Astrological events:
* Powerful Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in 14 degr. of Libra (on April 4th at 8:06am EDT)
* The Sun in Aries aligns with Uranus, Mercury & the South Node 
* The Moon in Libra aligns with the North Node
* The Full Moon is making a T-square to Pluto
* Mars (ruler of Aries) and Venus (ruler of Libra) are in Taurus
* Jupiter in Leo is exalted -- going direct on April 8th

Where do you need more balance in your life?
How does the outer reflect the inner? 
How are you treating yourself?

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The Soul's Journey Weekend 2015

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A Time to Stretch and Grow -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., March 23rd - Sun., March 29th, 2015.

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

Last week was pretty turbulent; lots of issues had to be addressed, internally and externally. It was certainly busy… not surprising, considering we had the last Uranus/Pluto Square, the Saturn station and the Solar Eclipse all in the same week. I have to say though, once the  Solar Eclipse  was exact (last Friday) things started to feel less messy, more connected…

This week's headline items: the first Quarter Moon in Cancer will be exact on Friday early morning. We have three Moon void of course (VoC) phases this week: Monday late morning (for 23 hours), Thursday morning (a little over 7 hours), and Saturday evening (almost 4 hours).

Monday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day. It will journey there until Tuesday morning. With the Moon in Taurus, we seek serenity, security, peace, comfort: The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. 

Our basic impulse is to relax, resist change, get comfortable: Life… slows… down... We may also be stubborn and materialistic under this influence. As best you can, stop and smell the roses during this time -- enjoy life and its offerings ;-) 

Also for Monday: If you didn’t set your New Moon Intentions yet, this is your last chance before the 23-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that runs from 10:25am EDT until 9:23am EDT, Tuesday. To watch my video on the Eclipse -- to align your intentions with the energy of this powerful New Moon: click here

Back to the Moon VoC phase: We can use this intuitive time as an opportunity to connect to our feelings and bodies. We may want to slow down a little and allow ourselves either to be creative... or simply enjoy life. As with all Moon VoCs, do not start anything brand-new. If at all possible, plan your day ahead of time, stick to routine things, or go with the flow... 'cos the flow knows where to go ;-)

Tuesday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus and VoC until 9:23am EDT (see Monday for details).

Monday night/Tuesday very early morning, an opportune Venus/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 2:25am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday on; it will be strong until this Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for compassion and kindness when it comes to the physical world: our body and this planet. We are more attuned to the subtleties of human interaction, and are more inclined to naturally cooperate with others. 

We tend to "feel" each other on an energetic level now, a sensitive approach is therefore recommended. This is also an opportunity for imaginative or romantic interactions. Remember: opportunities are openings; they aren't necessarily handed to us -- we have to "take" them and make something of them.

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 6-10 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer ? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Pisces (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Neptune rules Pisces).

Tuesday morning, right before the Moon enters Gemini, Mercury aligns with Chiron in 18 degrees of Pisces. This will be exact at 9:07am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday on; it will be strong until this Wednesday evening. 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 say: 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?  

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-21 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)

Tuesday at 9:23am EDT, the Moon moves into chatty, versatile Gemini, where it will journey until Thursday afternoon. 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. 

Wednesday: the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini all day (see Tuesday late evening for details).

Wednesday afternoon, a harmonious Sun/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 3:25pm EDT. We’ve been feelingits effects from last Sunday and will feel them through this Sunday. We feel grounded and stable, have common sense at our disposal, and are willing to look reality in the eye and take responsibility for our lives (especially in regards to our thoughts and deeds). It's easy to stick to a specific task and make progress.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 2-8 degrees of Aries, Sagittarius or Leo? If so, you will be more blessed by this aspect.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Capricorn (the Sun rules Leo; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Towards the evening on Wednesday, we may need to make some adjustments between our need for exchanges with others, versus our inner experiences. It may be an opportunity to stretch ourselves and do some healing from the inside out.

Thursday: the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini until 3:45pm EDT (see Tuesday late evening for details).

On Thursday morning at 8:35am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC) that will last a little over 7 hours, ending at 3:45pm EDT. Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to share with others about your existing projects and passions. If at all possible though, refrain from actually starting anything brand-new — in fact, plan your day ahead of time, or stick to routine things. If you can't… simply go with the flow.

Thursday at 3:45pm EDT, the Moon moves into protective, introverted Cancer, where it will journey until Sunday 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. This also starts the build up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact on Friday early morning).

Friday at 3:43am EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 6 degrees of Cancerbecomes exact. We started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Cancer on Thursday afternoon. The Moon in protective, nurturing Cancer makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in bold, fast-paced Aries.

We feel compelled to take action. The New Moon, which was also a Solar Eclipse, took place a week ago, Friday (March 20th). 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 18th) ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 3-9 degrees of Cancer, Aries, Capricorn or Libra? 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). 

Friday late evening, a challenging Venus/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 10:45pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday morning on; it will be strong until Monday morning of next week. This aspect asks that we question our most fundamental beliefs and conditioning around money and relationships. 

We have the opportunity here to grow beyond our understanding of what our values get us; to see them from a more metaphysical or spiritual point of view. Issues connected to love, relationships, and whatever is most valuable to us, can seem overwhelming at this time. This is because we have a tendency to overindulge or over-promise. 

We mean well, because we are feeling quite optimistic at this time -- but we may underestimate how much time we actually have, or how good a fit something actually is. Overspending, overindulging and over-promising could be connected to this aspect as well (as could making assumptions in our relationships); as best as you can, bring a non-judgmental awareness to any such tendencies.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 10-16 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius? 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 Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius).

Saturday: the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer all day (see Thursday afternoon for more details). For most of the day, we experience “flow” and a sense of emotional connection to others; the later evening may challenge us to make adjustments or get creative with solutions. The best approach is just to be flexible… and breathe ;-)


Saturday at 9:58pm EDT, we enter an almost 4-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that last until 1:48am EDT (Sunday very early morning). There may be a tension between our need to zoom ahead, versus a desire to nurture, be nurtured and feel safe in the world. 

Others are also wrestling with this tension, so we may feel impatient with them; use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative ways to manage these incompatible energies. As best as you can, go with the flow — and remember, while this is actually an energizing time for existing projects, it’s definitely best to avoid starting anything brand-new.

Sunday at 1:48am EDT, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Tuesday 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?

Sunday starts with a focus on exploring our beliefs and questioning our commitments to a larger truth. Throughout the day, we have a lot of opportunities to get things done and move exciting projects forward. We are optimistic -- and we certainly have plenty of energy today ;-) 

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Sunday early morning for details).

A harmonious Venus/Pluto aspect will be exact at 3:47am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Friday of on; it will be strong until Thursday morning of next week. This aspect brings a fruitful and rewarding period in our lives. We experience new depths of intimacy (with an existing or new partner), we learn to appreciate the important people in our lives, and our value system transforms and evolves. 

This is likely an excellent period for finances as well. Work we've done might pay off, and we are able to manage our finances better, with more attention to detail, planning and strategy -- as well as the elimination of anything that no longer serves us. We might renew a commitment, or bring new, deeper and more intimate energy into a relationship under the influence of this aspect. 

Our sexual lives might get a real boost now, as we tend to want to connect on a deeper level. We might find ourselves strongly attracted to someone, almost to the point of obsession.  If this aspect connects with any of your personal planets, you might just meet the "love of your life".  One thing’s for sure -- relationships experienced now are bound to be unforgettable. While this transit tends to signal new or strengthened relationships, any relationship that ends during this cycle may leave us feeling liberated. 

Those of us who have their Ascendent (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus being the ruler of Taurus and Libra, while Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

At 9:57am EDT, we enter an almost 29-hour Moon void of course (VoC), that last until 2:12pm EDT (Tuesday afternoon). More on that next week…

At 9:44pm EDT, Mercury leaves dreamy, creative Pisces and moves into enthusiastic, direct Aries, where it will journey until April 14th. More on that next week as well ;-)

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,
Sonja

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The Final Square -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., March 16th - Sun., March 22nd, 2015

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

Last week, I felt like the energizer bunny… Especially before Thursday, I could hardly sleep, I was so wound up. To ground myself, I played “mediation” music, got a Reiki healing, and even an acupuncture treatment. My mind was ultra-focused on all things Astrological — Eclipses season, my upcoming workshop and retreat... I was connecting to other Astrologers on the phone and at a conference…This was definitely all connected to last week’s Mars/Uranus and Jupiter/Uranus aspects.

This week's headline items: the seventh and final Uranus/Pluto square becomes exact on Monday evening and Venus changes signs from Aries to Taurus on Tuesday morning. Friday is a big day: the Solar Eclipse, the Spring Equinox and the end of Saturn’s station!

There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday early morning (for 2 hours), Tuesday afternoon (for 16.5 hours), Friday early morning (for 1 hour) and Saturday evening (for almost 12 hours).

Monday: The day starts with a 2-hour Moon void of course (VoC), from 4:02am until 6:14am EDT. If you’re awake at this time, you may be aware of two seemingly  conflicting desires: A need for mature, diligent accomplisment and your love of rapid progress toward your goals. Use this intuitive time to make adjustments (and find creative solutions) when it comes to these desires. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow ;-)

Monday early morning, a challenging Mercury/Saturn aspect will become exact at 5:41am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Saturday on; it will be strong until next week Wednesday.  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 2-8 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)

Monday at 6:14am EDT, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius,where it will journey until Wednesday morning. The energy of the Aquarian Moon relates to our instinct for improvement. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional; interactions more impersonal than personal. We are likely to have an increased fascination with the new and unusual. 

Social gatherings, anything connected with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas and methods, progress: all these are promoted during the time the Moon moves through Aquarius. Again: we have our eyes on the future -- or on outer space :-) Personal freedom becomes paramount.

And most importantly, also on Monday, late evening, the seventh and last Uranus/Pluto squareat 15 degrees of Aries and Capricorn becomes exact at 10:54pm EDT. Each of these squares has been an invitation for us all to make a giant step forward as individuals and collectively — we are ready for major changes in our own lives and on a global level. Reflect back to the previous six Uranus/Pluto squares: June 24th, 2012; Sept. 19th, 2012; May 20th, 2013; Nov. 1st, 2013, April 21st, 2014, and Dec. 15th, 2014.

These outer planets move more slowly through the sky and their influence is very powerful. We already started to feel the approach towards the first square way back in Spring of 2011, and even though this is the last exact square between these two powerful outer planets, we will be feeling their influence until mid May 2015 and then starting back up again towards the end of the year, lasting until January 2016 (no exact aspect but within 3 degrees of each other).

As these two planets move through this sequence, the energy rises and falls like a slow-moving, powerful tide that reaches a high point as the square becomes exact, then slowly subsides. All seven of these squares are connected to our personal and collective evolution towards greater freedom and authenticity -- and also our ability to create something that serves ourselves and others over the long-term. This particular wave has been building since mid October; and we will feel it all the way through mid May 2015

Each time Uranus and Pluto connect, the stakes get higher, especially if we haven't yet stepped up to the plate. It's about progressive change: each of us stepping up, stretching ourselves, making a difference, one by one. Are you still watching from the sidelines? Where could you play a bigger game? 

We feel a deep inner need to create personal and global change. We see and sense shifts in the world at large. Authenticity and individual self-expression are paramount. The meaning of "Leadership" is changing: We all need to lead now, in our own lives and in the world, for the good of all. We are being ask to follow our passions and empower ourselves and others as much as possible. Again: Each one of us is being asked to stretch ourselves, to step up and play a bigger game. Where are you being called to step up?

If you are scared to let go of the "old you" or the "old way of life", you are going to feel the intensity of these squares triple-fold. We are being invited to stretch ourselves and create a more authentic and empowered society -- one that honors the unique, individual contribution of everyone -- one capable of owning its fears and less attractive characteristics. Flexibility, Courage, Self-Empowerment: these are the watchwords! Remember: what you do for you, you do for everyone… and what you do for everyone, you do for you!

During this time of change, self-care is once again worth our attention: We may have a lot of energy right now, but we could also burn the candle at both ends…make sure you get plenty of rest, affection, water and healthy nutritious foods ;-)  

Those of us who have their Ascendent (or personal planets) in 10-18 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn will feel the impact of this aspect more than others. Also: Pluto and Uranus were aligned in Virgo during the 1960s. If you were born during the '60s, you are being called to take a more active part in creating these shifts and changes -- at both the personal and collective levels.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Scorpio or Aquarius (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio; Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius).

Tuesday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Monday morning for details).

The Balsamic Moon phase starts Tuesdayearly morning; this lasts until Friday morning, when the New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Pisces becomes exact (…more on that later this week). We are being asked to slow down and get quiet, so we can listen to our intuition. 

For some of us, this might be a stretch, especially since we are in Eclipse season. As best as you can: stay grounded, take a deep breath and exhale any tensions. Rather than starting something brand-new, put all that energy into completing existing projects. This is also a great time for letting go of whatever no longer serves us. 

What if you could hear the voice of your inner wisdom? What might it be saying? 

Also on Tuesday morning, at 6:15am EDT: Venus moves from fast-paced, enthusiastic, active Aries into steady, sensual Taurus, where she will journey until April 11th. For the next 3.5 weeks, we love receiving physical pleasures and comforts. Our relationships are centered around delicious foods, wine and sensuality. 

"Simple and natural" is key. Our financial issues and dealings are being carefully and lovingly considered, we are not easily persuaded to take risks, we'd rather spend our money on a massage or a good meal.  

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra? If so, you will feel even more attracted to physical pleasures and comfort for the next 3.5 weeks. Your heart will want loyalty and consistency. Connecting to nature or anything simple and organic is going to feels especially comforting.  

Tuesday at 2:18pm EDT, we enter a 16.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC); this lasts until 6:58am EDT (Wednesday morning). Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to connect to people that might support your projects and sentiments and bring a new perspective to what you do. If at all possible though, refrain from actually starting anything brand-new — in fact, plan your afternoon ahead of time or stick to routine things. If nothing else… simply go with the flow.

Wednesday starts witha Mercury/Neptune alignment in 7 degrees of Pisces — exact at 4:49am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday. This alignment will take our connection to our intuition even deeper. Spiritual and creative endeavors are highly recommended during this time -- especially those involving music or creative writing. This is definitely a highly imaginative time. As best as you can, go with the flow and -- just for now -- let go of wanting to figure it all out. 

The highest vibration of this aspect is idealistic, highly intuitive and romantic; on a lower level vibration, we might not see reality clearly and we might easily feel overwhelmed. We might get confused or disappointed; things might seem a little foggy, especially when it comes to communication, public transportation or daily traffic. 

Check in with others before signing any documents or making long-term decisions this week: get reality checks! As best as you can, let go and let flow ;-) On the other hand, trust the divine timing of things and have faith that everything will turn out exactly as it needs to. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 4-10 degrees of  Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you are more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Pisces (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Neptune rules Pisces).
 
Wednesday at 6:15am EDT, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Friday early morning. The energy of the Pisces Moon bears on the need for connection to our higher selves. It can be a wistful, sensitive and compassionate time; we are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns. Boundaries and walls come down; we feel energetically connected to everything around us. 

As best as you can, therefore, be kind to yourself and others -- surround yourself with loving energy. It's a time best used for spiritual or creative endeavors and for dissolving our fears and doubts. Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them ;-) This also begins the build up toward Friday's New Moon/Solar Eclipse, more on that on Friday…

Thursday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Wednesday morning for details).

Thursday is a great day to let go of what no longer serves us. Some of us might feel a little anxious or nervous today: Eclipses are times of uncertainty, Uranian in nature... So anything could happen between now and April 18th

As best as you can, stay grounded and don't jump the gun: If you feel compelled to do something, do your best to simply observe the urge (unless something happens organically). In particular, if you are ambivalent about an action, wait until Eclipse Season ends on April 18th to go for it.

Eclipses bring major endings and beginnings. As best you can, trust that whatever is leaving is making space for something better -- the more willing we are to change, the easier it will be. That said, projects and interactions that got underway prior to Eclipse season (i.e. before March 10th) are another matter -- don’t stop your life just because it is Eclipse season ;-) 

As best as you can, get quiet today, go within or observe what comes up… Listen to the silence between the sounds… Find peace in the connection with your innermost and truest Self. Use this day (and tomorrow) for meditation, walks in nature, creative or spiritual endeavors — anything that supports you in going within and tapping into your inner divinity.

Thursday night: Though still retrograde, Saturn resumes its normal pace through the sky, ending its station. We now have time to go over recently built structures to see if they are aligned with our inner truth. 

We are now ready to contemplate solutions for whatever was in our face from March 7th until now -- solutions that work well with our inner truth. For the next 5 months, we have the opportunity to restructure our realities, according to what works well and is the most mature.

Friday is a humungous day!

On Friday at 5:36am EDT, theMoon aligns with the Sun in 29 degrees of Pisces, marking the beginning of both a new Moon cycle and another Eclipse cycle. (Eclipses take place approximately every six months). 

Solar Eclipses are extra-powerful New Moons that bring a consciousness upgrade and a shift; in this case, that will unfold over the next year. Feel free to also watch my video on the subject ;-)  Those of us who have Natal planets within 5 degrees of the Eclipse will experience more dramatic changes than others (more on that later…)

When it comes to Eclipses, the Sun and Moon are always connected to one of the Moon Nodes — in this particular case, it's the South Node. South Node Eclipses can help us release energies or attachments that no longer serve our Soul’s evolution. 

Solar Eclipses always end one 19-year cycle and begin another. They reveal pathways to the next level.

This is the first Eclipse in Pisces since the mid-to-late ‘90s. There will be a series of them in the next couple of years -- the next one is on March 9th, 2016. The last time there was a Solar Eclipse in that same degree of Pisces was March 19th, 1996.

We are likely to experience a resonance between now and that period — not identical, but resonant — so think back to that time: Were there any major endings and beginnings? What was important? If there were a call this time to take those priorities to the next level… Where would that next level take you? 

If you're looking for more guidance on those questions, I would suggest a look at your Natal Chart: The House placement of the Eclipse will indicate which area of life you're most ready to take to a new level of consciousness. watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read My Birth Chart"

This New Moon/Solar Eclipse forms in the wake of the last Uranus/Pluto square, which marks a pivotal point. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, it connects us to our spiritual journey, a reunion with Source/God/the Universe. Pisces at its highest vibration unifies all dualities. It is completely aware of the oneness between all things.

Everything is energy, everything is connected and everything is in a continuous flow/movement. Each of us is like a drop of water, appearing to be individual, yet also a part of the big ocean of life. We are the sum of all parts: physical, spiritual, emotional, mental… That which exists is part of the whole.

Neptune, Mercury and Chiron are also in Pisces at the time of the Eclipse, amplifying the message to shift from right- to left-brain, from the rational to the intuitive ;-) 

Another facet of this New Moon being in the last degree of its sign: We are yet again at the threshold of a new energy, almost like being between two worlds. One hour after the Eclipse takes place, the Moon moves into Aries; 12 hours later, the Sun does the same, marking the first Equinox of the year.

This is a time for clarifying and affirming our highest path. We will experience a release as well as a recalibration: “Old” codes will get deleted and new programming downloaded.

As best as you can, allow yourself to be in a quiet, receptive state. Use the day before (and the day of) the Eclipse for meditation, walking in nature, for creative or spiritual endeavors — anything that supports you in going within and tapping into your inner divinity.

We are also invited to look at our disconnection from the spiritual: Where might the healthy balance with the energetic world be over the next year? 

Between now and April 18th, allow for the new templates to download; stay centered and do your best to ground from within. Flexibility helps, as does moving to the “observer position” when it comes to our emotional and mental body. Remember also: This won't last forever -- in four weeks, the downloads are complete ;-)

In Sunday's entry, I’ll be talking about setting some powerful intentions for the next six months -- and I'll give you the very best times for doing so (with a Solar Eclipse, it's best to wait 48 hours before setting intentions). 

For now though, here are some questions you can ask yourself: What am I stuck to that stops me from connecting to my inner divinity? What if I trusted the perfection of life? What if I let go of my attachment to just one outcome? Or one preferred piece of “timing"? ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant or any personal planets in one of the following placements: 25-29 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius or 0-4 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn? If so, you may feel the effects of this extra-powerful New Moon more strongly for the next 6 months. 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).

Right after the Eclipse becomes exact we enter a very brief Moon void of course (VoC), from 5:36am until 6:28am EDT. If you are already awake, use this intuitive time to go within and meditate or pray/give thanks/converse with your higher Self. If you are still sleeping at that time, see if you can remember your dreams and write them down.

Friday at 6:28am EDT,the Moon enters pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Sunday morning. The energy of the Aries Moon bears on starting something new. Our gut impulses are strong; we feel energetic, spontaneous, enthusiastic and brave -- and perhaps impatient and impulsive. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity. 

Last but not least, also on Friday, at 6:45pm EDT, the second big item of the day: the Spring Equinox: the Sun changes signs from dreamy Pisces to fast-paced, enthusiastic Arieswhere it will journeyuntil April 20th. 

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 an dark, inner and outer, spirit and matter.  

With the Sun entering Aries for 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.

Saturday: the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Friday morning for more details).

Saturday morning, a somewhat challenging Venus/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 7:39am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday on; it will be strong until Sunday night. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed if we’re to see what needs adjusting.

It's hard to see what we are actually responsible for in relationships, so we sometimes take on unnecessary responsibilities, to ensure the relationships continue. We may ask ourselves: "Do people like me for myself, or for what I do for them?" If you're confused on this point (or any point): as best as you can, keep choosing the "better" alternative, adjusting as necessary. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 3-5 degrees of Taurus or Sagittarius? 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 Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)

Also on Saturday morning, a somewhat challenging Mercury/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 7:54am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday on; it will be strong until Sunday night. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed if we’re to see what needs adjusting.

This aspect is a fork in the road: Do we commit fully to our long-term goals? Or to increasing our ability to come from the heart, follow our bliss, and take some risks? Awareness is key with this aspect: What demands to be done? What would a broader view show us -- and how could we serve what we then see? 

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 12-14 degrees of Pisces or Leo? 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 Sagittarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Jupiter of Sagittarius).

Saturday at 6:51pm EDT, we enter an almost 12-hour Moon void of course (VoC), this lasts until 6:40am EDT (Sunday morning). Use this intuitive time to do what you feel most passionate about -- and whatever will fast-track your projects. Take care of your body -- and if you find that you have any excess anergy, go exercise! As always during VoC, go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new. Routine tasks work very well during this time -- and if at all possible, plan your evening/night ahead of time…

Sunday at 6:40am EDT, the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will journey until Tuesday morning. With the Moon in Taurus, we seek serenity, security, peace, comfort: The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. 

Our basic impulse is to relax, resist change, get comfortable: Life… slows… down... We may also be stubborn and materialistic under this influence. As best you can, stop and smell the roses during this time -- enjoy life and its offerings ;-) 

Sunday morning, is also the best time to set our powerful New Moon Intentions. Like I already mentioned on Friday, with a Solar Eclipse it is best to wait 48 hours after the Eclipse has been exact before setting any intentions. As always, we also want to avoid any Moon void of course phases. So, this time around, the best time for setting intentions is today (Sunday March 22nd) from 6:40am EDT until Monday (March 23rd) at at 10:25am EDT. 

Make them powerful: They cover the next five-and-a-half months. If possible, align them with the Pisces energy that I spoke about in my Solar Eclipse video — feel free to watch it again if you are not sure anymore — click here to watch my video on the Solar Eclipse ;-)

If you live in a timezone other than EDT (US East Coast-time), feel free to join my facebook Fanpage or follow me on twitter. I will be posting reminders on Sunday and Monday, to let you know when it is time to set your intentions ;-)

Sunday afternoon, an opportune Mercury/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 4:27pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday on; it will be strong until Monday evening. 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 13-17 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)

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Sunday morning for more details). If you didn’t set your New Moon Intentions yet, this is your last chance before the 23-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that runs from 10:25am EDT until 9:23am EDT, Tuesday

We can use this intuitive time as an opportunity to connect to our feelings and bodies. We may want to slow down a little and allow ourselves either to be creative... or simply enjoy life. As with all Moon VoCs, do not start anything brand-new. If at all possible, plan your day ahead of time, stick to routine things, or go with the flow... 'cos the flow knows where to go ;-)

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,
Sonja

PS: Feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read My Birth Chart"