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March 23 to 29, 2015
MON: Neptune sextile Venus; TUE: Chiron conjunct Mercury; WED: Saturn trine Sun; FRI: 1st Quarter Moon 12:42am PDT, Jupiter square Venus
Plus, we're now in that two-week period between eclipses, a time that usually feels somewhat other-worldly. It's a bit like our own version of Alice's journey into the Looking Glass, where everything seems mostly real, but somehow also unreal and at times perplexing.
THANKFULLY, the planets seem to be taking a bit of a breather this week, so we may also have some time to catch our breaths. A Neptune-Venus sextile on Monday eases us into the week, helping us dust off our rose-colored glasses so that we can view life more idealistically than usual.
Tuesday's Chiron-Mercury alignment highlights the role of our intuition in finding solutions. This alignment invites us to trust our inner knowing, and to heal the fears that keep us always looking outside of ourselves for answers.
SATURN trines the Sun on Wednesday, bringing stability and reason to situations that have felt out of control. There are only two stabilizing Saturn aspects in this period between the eclipses -- this trine to the Sun being one of them -- so we may want to take advantage of Wednesday's energies to handle practical affairs as needed.
Friday is the day of the First Quarter Moon, a particularly important event to watch when we're in between a Solar Eclipse/New Moon and a Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon (on April 4). In general, a First Quarter Moon, when the Sun and Moon are in square aspect, challenges us to take the initiatives we've recently begun to the next level.
WITH THE MOON in Cancer for this phase of its cycle, we may feel more sensitive than usual. This is in contrast to the Sun in Aries, which may not take time to tend to emotional needs, preferring to keep going like the Energizer bunny until its batteries run out.
This particular First Quarter Moon seems to be reminding us to pay attention to our emotional needs, and be especially aware of when we've over-extended ourselves and really need some good self-nurturing time.
With that end in mind, it's helpful that we also have a Jupiter-Venus square on Friday. These two planets, even in challenging aspect with each other, have very little of what we might call "negative" influence. The strongest effect might be to increase our desire to only do what we want to do, rather than what we "should" do, or what the boss tells us needs to be done.
IN OTHER WORDS, if we can possibly take Friday off from work, sit in our favorite chair with a cup of hot cocoa and read a great book -- or do something else that feels nurturing and decadent -- the planets would support us in that activity.
We also need to be aware, however, that the Moon moves into position on Friday evening (PDT) to oppose Pluto and square Uranus. With the Moon acting as a "trigger" for the continuing effects of the Pluto-Uranus square, we may feel a renewed sense of urgency about taking the next step on our journey of change.
All the more reason to have rested up earlier in the day!
Photo: Auroras over Kiruna, Sweden on March 17, 2015 (credit: Oliver Wright, posted on SpaceWeather.com)