March 2015: a month of sweeping changes
Spring is a time of change. We can experience these changes in nature and all around us. In addition to the transition of the seasons, astrological influences this coming month suggest that other changes might be in store as well. On March 20th, the day of the spring equinox, we will experience a full solar eclipse. A lunar eclipse takes place a short time later, on April 4th. The eclipses remind us that change and transformation, life and death, are also a part of life.
The total solar eclipse on March 20th can be seen from the Faroe Islands (near Iceland) and Svalbard (near Greenland). Greenland, Iceland, Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa and northwest Asia get to witness part of the eclipse. A solar eclipse always happens on a new moon and this new moon is a “super moon”, which means it is close to earth and can have a strong influence upon it.
The eclipse takes place at 5’ 23” degrees in the sign of Pisces. The new Moon and the Sun are joined in Pisces by Ketu, Mars and Uranus. The house that is represented by Pisces in your personal chart is likely to be an area in your life undergoing change.
Ketu plays a significant role this month
The lunar nodes are both very active this month–especially Ketu in Pisces. Ketu is also in the company of other planets, many of whom will be transiting over Ketu.
Ketu is the keeper of the book of past and present karma. He reminds us that we have issues from the past that we need to deal with. He wants to bring us enlightenment and freedom, but Ketu can also be immersed in darkness and carries all our emotional baggage.
Rahu and Ketu are symbolically represented by a serpent. Rahu is the head– he is the thinker. Ketu is the tail, he acts instinctively, and he is portrayed without a head. A dark and headless Ketu can do awful things. Beheadings, assassinations, and burnings of innocent people are all acts of headless ignorance. Ketu is a fiery planet that can cause fear and destruction, as well as loss and sorrow.
However, the higher nature of Ketu wants to destroy our ignorance. His true wish is to give us knowledge and liberation. Ketu governs instinct and intuition and looks beyond the restrictions of the mind. He wants us to think with the heart.
Rahu is always opposite Ketu and is very different from Ketu in his expression. Ketu in Pisces is idealistic. Rahu in Virgo (as He is now placed) is practical, analytical and tries to keep control through intellectual analyses.
Rahu transits a nakshatra called Hasta during the month of March. Hasta is placed in Virgo. Hasta means “hand” and the hand reflects our destiny. At the time of the lunar eclipse on April 4th, Mercury will be in the sign of his debilitation (Pisces) and in exact conjunction with Ketu. There may be some challenges in areas represented by Mercury at this time: communication, trade, business or education.
Uranus and Pluto
Although the outer planets Uranus and Pluto are not traditionally included in Vedic astrology, they are used in both Western astrology and neo-Vedic astrology. Their influence has validity and it can be helpful to examine them.
Ketu can act quickly and unexpectedly. The outer planet Uranus is also transiting Pisces. Uranus is rebellious, he too can act in sudden and unexpected ways.
Uranus and Pluto have been in a square relationship with one another since 2012. They will be in an exact 90 degree angle between March 11 – 28. Pluto represents power and transformation. The inharmonious relationship between Uranus and Pluto is creating drastic changes and upheaval.
The presence of Ketu also suggests deep past and present karmic issues that need to be worked out. This is a time when many people in the world are affected by political and social forces beyond their control. It may be both painful and chaotic.
Some people may be experiencing the need to let go of something or someone that has been very precious to them. The present Venus/Ketu conjunction sometimes indicates the loss of a loved one. It can also indicate a need to simplify, to be flexible and to let go of attachments to things that are no longer needed. It may also indicate a reconnection to a past relationship.
This is a great time for psychological healing and therapy work as it puts us in touch with our past and can give us insight and the courage to change. The exalted Jupiter in Cancer casting a beneficial aspect on Pisces is helpful in this respect.
“Life is always unsafe and unstable, like a drop of water on a lotus leaf. The company of a divine personage, even for a moment, can save and redeem us.”
–Sankaracharya, an illumined sage of the eighth century; quoted from the last chapter of The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar
Astrological Dates to remember for March 2015:
March 1st Ketu conjunct Venus
March 6th Ketu conjunct Mars
March 8th Mercury moves into Aquarius
March 12th Venus moves into Aries
March 14th Saturn goes retrograde at 10’51” Scorpio
March 14th Sun moves to Pisces
March 20th Solar eclipse and new Moon
March 23rd Mars moves into Aries, stays until May 4th
March 30th Sun conjunct Ketu
March 11 – 28 Uranus and Pluto in an exact 90 degree angle