A month of change
We will continue to feel the changeable and volatile quality of air as the month of March follows in February’s footsteps with many planets in air signs. The first week of March is especially full of change, with Mars and Saturn going retrograde and Jupiter turning direct within a few days of each other.
The emphasis on air signs continues
Jupiter is still in Gemini, while Mars, Rahu and Saturn continue to transit Libra. The new Moon takes place on March 1st in the third air sign Aquarius.
Air signs express communication
This emphasis on communication has been evident in the news after Comcast announced its intention to merge with Time Warner Cable, creating a communications giant. Later in February, Netflix announced a deal with Comcast that will allow them to increase the speed of the presentation of their movies. Facebook has also been in the news after a recent acquisition of the messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion.
Struggle for social & political change continues
February was a month with many demonstrations and much political unrest throughout the world. Air signs love freedom and in March we still have three malefic planets in Libra. This can create conflict and instability in Libra, a sign that desires harmony and balance.
Aquarius is a humanitarian sign which favors the needs of the many. Saturn, the ruler of this sign, is a planet governing democracy and the masses. The co-ruler of Aquarius, Rahu, has political ambition and desires. Rahu’s and Saturn’s combined transit in Libra puts a focus on social and political reform. Mars’ entry into Libra on February 4th, (where he remains until March 25th when he retrogrades back to Virgo), indicates that change will not come without conflict, clashes and violence. Throughout this coming month Mars will also add to existing stress by casting an aspect on Venus, the planet ruling Libra.
Mars & Saturn retrograde, Jupiter goes direct
The first week of March is unusual because three planets are changing their direction during this week. Mars and Saturn go retrograde and Jupiter goes direct after being retrograde since November 2013. During this first week of March we may feel unsettled since it takes a while for planets to adjust to moving in a new direction.
Mars begins his retrograde motion on March 1st at 3°28 in Libra and goes direct again on May 19th at 14°58 in Virgo. Mars goes retrograde every two years for about ten weeks.
Saturn goes retrograde on March 2nd at 29°15 in Libra. He will retrograde almost 7 degrees until he turns direct again on July 20th at 22°34 Libra. Saturn goes retrograde for about 4 ½ months every year.
What is unusual is that both planets making their transit through Libra turn retrograde almost at the same time. The axis of Rahu and Ketu are always in retrograde motion and the three malefics in Libra – Saturn, Mars and Rahu – will all be retrograde during March.
What does Mars & Saturn retrograde mean?
When a planet is retrograde its energy becomes introverted and we tend to look towards the past rather than boldly moving forward. The assertiveness and the confidence of Mars will diminish. With this type of energy it is usually better to complete projects that were initiated in the past rather than starting something new. Saturn deals with structures and foundations. Sometimes old structures need to be replaced, and this could be a good time to reorganize, restructure, and make sure your projects have a solid foundation before moving on. Libra deals with relationships and agreements, perhaps old conflicts will resurface. This can be the time to address issues in relationships, look over contracts and renegotiate agreements. When Mars retrogrades into Virgo on March 25, he can give insight regarding facts and details, especially those involving technical detail.
Other planetary activity in March
Venus, the planet governing Libra, is in Capricorn and has a special connection with Saturn during this month. With Saturn in Libra (ruled by Venus) and Venus in Capricorn (ruled by Saturn) the two rulers are exchanging signs. This energy expresses a serious and practical way of approaching things. Venus is also receiving an aspect from Mars.
Jupiter’s influence on all the air signs is the grace that makes us open to wisdom and guidance even though situations can be turbulent. Rahu is also casting its aspect on all the air signs and the influence from both of the planets reveal the expansion happening in the field of communication.
The Sun moves into Pisces on March 15th. On the 16th there will be a full Moon in Virgo with the Sun in Pisces. Even though the Sun will be in Pisces there still is activity in all three air signs because Mercury moves into Aquarius on March 12th and Venus will move into this sign on March 31st.
The importance of flexibility
When there is an imbalance of the air element we can feel ungrounded and nervous. Just like a gust of wind can stir up all the leaves and rearrange them on the ground the air element can bring changes quickly. We may need to adjust to new circumstances.
My teacher Swami Kriyananda said that on an inner level we need to develop inner strength and centeredness like that of a downhill skier, and also the flexibility to be able to turn at a moments notice when the need arises.
Remember to Exercise, Eat Healthy and Breathe Deeply!