Transformational Astrology – March 2011 -by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

March 2011

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of March focuses on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Jupiter will be opposed to its archetypal counterpart Saturn for the latter half of the month, so that optimism and a defeatist sense of limitation will face off within our psyches.  Neptune also aspects Saturn by sesquiquadrate all month long, bringing a slightly cynical attitude to the proceedings. The big news of March is that Uranus will enter Aries on the 11th there to join Jupiter. This is a strikingly huge occasion, bringing the unique and startling perspective of Uranus more fully into conscious awareness, and linking it up once more with Jupiter, since they are again in the same sign. The Spring Equinox takes place on March 20th and will be more than a little wild, since at that time the Sun will conjoin Uranus.

As the month begins, Jupiter squares Pluto, so that the re-forming Uranus-Pluto square is triggered and very much in our awareness at this time as well. This will be increasingly so as the weeks unfold, leading up to a climactic summer. We are already seeing signs of this revolutionary influence, reminiscent of the period of the sixties, in the ongoing mass demonstrations across the Middle East.

The New Moon of Friday, March 4th, features a strong dose of mystical and dreamy Pisces since five planets reside there, including Chiron and Mars, the Sun, Moon and Mercury. This Pisces line-up further emphasizes Neptune, which is hovering on the brink of its ingress into Pisces early next month. Saturn is strongly emphasized at this time as well, since all the traditional planets except Saturn form a tight cluster, within 90 degrees, across from Saturn. These planets are in fact contained within the close Pluto-Jupiter square from Capricorn to Aries. This implies that March is starting off with a bang rather than a whimper. Jupiter amps up the powerfully transformative power of Pluto, which is the energy to effect massive change in our lives. We have already seen a good deal of this sometimes overly extreme energy for personal and collective evolution and we will see more as events continue to unfold.

With the Full Moon configuration of March 19th, the Sun and Moon in the last degrees of Pisces and Virgo closely conjunct and oppose Uranus as it enters Aries. The Jupiter–Saturn opposition is also highlighted. Jupiter suggests expansion and optimism toward the future, while Saturn, almost exactly opposed, symbolizes contraction and negativity, a sense of limitation. These planetary archetypes, fundamentally opposed in meaning as well as in these Full Moon skies, will bring out political polarities and drive us to somehow seek balance. Their push-pull is also triggered by the Last Quarter Moon of March 26th, when this edge will also be most decidedly felt.

The Full Moon weekend of the 19th and 20th includes the Spring Equinox on Sunday the 20th, and promises to be a particularly intense time. We are thrown forward into our future, ready or not, and do well to pay close attention to the changes that are coming toward us, and through us.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a big month for you Aries. You are gathering necessary information from deep inside yourself, and using this more profound sense of knowing to illuminate your path forward. The major changes of last year are far from over and you are entering yet another growth spurt. You might feel as though you are caught up in dream worlds of your own imagining, but this is actually a productive time without the obvious trappings of productivity.  Everything within you is gathering for a more enlightened approach. Career initiatives are moving ahead, and more importantly your own basic sense of identity which is significantly linked  — but not constrained by – the way you see your work in the world progressing.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  Intuitional directives from your deeper Self provide a rich backdrop for your current service orientation, Taurus, as you see your life path laid out before you in greater detail than you have thought formerly. You are definitely in the world these days, but yet not entirely of it. You are coming out more strongly than ever, coexisting – although not always peacefully – within the realm of public commitment to an establishment game plan. The twist is that you are doing so now from the standpoint of inner perspective, and with a shot of loving kindness thrown in. The wishes that you make at this time for your future will eventually be granted to you, so wish wisely. The planning will take care of itself.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). The world is full for you right now, Gemini, maybe almost too full. Somewhere down inside you’d like a little alone time and you’re not always getting it. The demands of outer life might make it seem like you are in a wrestling match with yourself, and it’s difficult to tell who’s winning. This illusory tug of war continues throughout the month, and could involve the demands of group or collective activity versus the desire to find your own center, independent of the needs of others. You’re on a mission to discover your very own sense of creativity and to fully embrace it. As your self-concept evolves, the seeming conflict will ease. It helps when you decide to take everything less than seriously.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) You are feeling somewhere inside yourself just like the crab in your astrological symbol, Cancer, hiding down there in your shell. This first month of spring finds you still somewhat stuck in a rut, but with also some extraordinary resources at your disposal that can help to pull you out of it. You are developing a more compassionate nature that includes significant others in the equation in a new way.  A winter season of brilliant ideas has left you with some good ones that you can allow to mature into useful strategies for living. You are in a great position right now to apply some of this amazing talent to your life at large and to your family and home experience in particular.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Your soft side is showing, Leo. You who are the great jungle cat and often attack with your claws or else threaten to, are now lying on your back and purring. You might also feel somewhat troubled as this is not your characteristic mode of operation. Never fear, your purpose is still strong, and as always exceedingly present; it’s just that you are now devoted to a dose of soul healing. As you forge deeper and more poignant links with important others in your life you are also, and more importantly, investing in profound connection with yourself. It’s exciting and freeing to find yourself in this way, carving, as the poet says, necessary and deeper ripples in the tissues of your mind.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) Your ship is coming in, Virgo, although it might not take the exact shape that you were expecting. These days you are feeling your way into better and more satisfying connection with surrounding cosmos, and that source takes many forms. Not the least of these is compassionate connection with significant others in your life, who provide both support and ongoing lessons. Another way to look at things is to say that painful realizations can be your helpful guideposts now as long as you look closely into the matter. As you make your way, an unexpected turn at an unknown crossroad derails your planned excursion. You might discover that the adventure of getting lost and then finding yourself again is well worth the investment in time and energy.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) The hits just keep on coming, Libra. You are reinventing yourself yet again in this current monthly time frame. Your soul purpose is strongly invoked, which has a lot to do with recognizing old patterns and responding to them with increased awareness, and also with choosing a new course and heading for your ship of state. The benefit at this time is that others around you are on board to help with your significant and necessary adjustments. You also have the courage of your convictions at your disposal now, so that only the smallest gesture is needed, a move toward wholeness that you have been contemplating for some time. The universe is calling. If you have the inclination, take the change; if you don’t have the inclination, take the change anyway.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are stepping up to the plate one more time, Scorpio, and swinging away for the grandstand. Who knows how far you can get if you really let fly? Your creativity is rampant and coming from a compassionate place within you that is making a strong bid for attention almost to the exclusion of other factors. Your communication is also engaged and engaging, deepened and strengthened to the point that you might almost need to be on guard against too forceful of an approach. Surprising breakthrough is in store. What you are conveying to others at this time can be neatly turned around as advice to self, as long as you take the inner space for contemplation and realization.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Can you slowly and steadily move forward, Sagittarius, while staying rooted in your own deeper experience? The path of service to others is the path of your own soul work, simultaneously. The road to the future opens before you and seems to represent a clean break from an increasingly distant past, and yet certainly partakes of that prior history as well. Old patterns revisited and made more conscious become exemplars of health and healing rather than dysfunction. You continue to be in the idea business, with so many and so varied thoughts constantly coming that it is all you that can do to keep up with them. It might help to organize via computer notes or a journal. Although your mind is wide-ranging, home is where your heart is.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are stable in word only these days, Capricorn. Even though you represent a pillar of your community with your focus even more than usual on outer- and achievement-oriented events and accomplishments, there are simultaneously tremendous seismic shifts cooking underground where no one is watching. Mystical interaction calls you now, reflected in heart-felt communication that surprises you with your own intensity and also delivers huge quantities of novel information. Your emotional center is deeply stirred, and also quite seriously shaken, as you are rocked to the very core of your personality. Making your new home on a traveling skateboard does not give you that totally secure feeling but it is exciting and extremely productive of new insights.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) Your real and your unseen worlds compete, Aquarius. Events have transpired lately to bring both strongly to your conscious awareness, even though they are fundamentally opposed. An important learning experience awaits you in the current month that might serve to bring these disparate parts closer together, although a final integration is still distant. The resources for this endeavor are arrayed to your advantage, in support of an inner pilgrimage. You are investigating more concretely important factors of higher mind – and your take on them – that have been brewing within your psyche for many months now without a clear resolution. This could involve perspective shifts or even travel plans. The latter half of the month is a good time to come to a more solid conclusion on these matters.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) It’s a strange and wonderful season, Pisces; the world is newly made and just for you. As this exciting and potentially challenging month unfolds, you are coming into yourself in many novel and different ways. There is the enjoyable mundane enthusiasm for the horizontal scene of everything that you can see and taste. Additionally there could be monsters to face in the form of old habitual patterns that startle and confound you, or undercover liaisons with spirit guides who whisper unexpected solutions. It’s a matter of sticking to your ideals, no matter what, even if they are confronted by looming critical voices that ultimately stem from inside yourself. Your values are shifting to accommodate changing circumstances, and yet remain constant in their service to your highest purpose.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs is available on his website. Holding degrees from MIT and the University of California-San Diego, Henry is a popular speaker and also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at

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