A New Moon occurs on Monday, March 11th, 2013, at 3:52 PM EST.
On Monday, a new cycle begins. The Aquarius New Moon cycle ends and the Pisces New Moon cycle begins. The New Moon in Pisces is a good time to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Fish. These include taking a leap of faith, accepting imperfections in ourselves and in others as a different kind of “perfection”, starting a project that requires imagination and visualization skills, consciously putting time aside for peaceful and rejuvenating activities, and sharing a dream with another. With this potent Pisces energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives. This New Moon is especially creative and imaginative with Neptune, Mercury, Venus, and Mars also in the sign of Pisces. While we are likely to feel very inspired, and this New Moon can motivate us to take a leap of faith, we should check into reality from time to time. Thankfully, a Saturn-sextile Pluto gives us focus.
This phase of the Moon occurs at 21 degrees and 24 minutes of Pisces, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 18 to 24 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.
Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Mar 11, 2013 3:52 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Mar 19, 2013 1:27 PM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Mar 27, 2013 5:27 AM Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Apr 3, 2013 12:37 AM Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Apr 10, 2013 5:35 AM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
(Times are Eastern Time)
The Sun is in Pisces; Mercury is in Pisces; Venus is in Pisces; Mars is in Pisces until March 12th, when it enters Aries.
The Sun is in Pisces from February 18-March 20. With the Sun in Pisces, we are guided by altruistic feelings. We are less active, and more motivated by our instincts. A “what will be, will be” attitude reigns, and we are guided by a sense of universal correlations. Pisces rules empathy, selfless love, devotion, and wisdom. Its shadow side rules self-pity, a feeling of being victimized by life, passivity, and elusiveness.
Mercury is in Pisces from February 5-April 13. When Mercury is in Pisces, our thinking processes are more visual, intuitive, and imaginative. We are more attuned to the world of emotion, and it colors both our thoughts and our communication style. We guess well, express ourselves with imagery, and make decisions intuitively.
Venus is in Pisces from February 25-March 21. Pisces never sees the world in black-and-white terms. Rather, Pisces sees all the colors of the rainbow. With the goddess of love in Pisces, our love is all-embracing, we are able to forgive and understand, we are seducible and seductive, and we show compassion to our partners. Venus in Pisces is tender and affectionate, although hard to reach nevertheless, as there is a longing for something that is hard to define and hard to satisfy. Borders and boundaries blur under Venus in Pisces. The shadow side of this position is allowing ourselves to be victimized or deluded, as well as evasiveness.
Mars is in Pisces from February 1-March 12. We tend to feel less motivated to go after traditional goals, and more motivated to pursue spiritual or emotional drives during this cycle. We dislike confrontation during this trend. Our output is variable rather than straightforward, and our energy is similarly up and down. We may put others’ needs ahead of our own, and our more idealistic side comes to the fore. During this cycle, going after what we want becomes less straightforward and more complicated!
Mars is in Aries from March 12-April 20. Mars feels at home in one of the signs that it rules, Aries, and therefore its power is boosted. Our energy is spontaneous, forward-looking, and even courageous under this influence. Our competitive spirit is well-developed, and our goal is to win! We are active, single-minded, and confident. Our actions are direct–we instinctively find the fastest way to get from point A to point B. The shadow side of Mars in Aries is a tendency to be impatient, arrogant, impulsive, short-lived, unreflecting, and self-centered.
Saturn entered Scorpio on October 5, 2012 and will transit the sign until 2015. Read about Saturn’s transit through Scorpio here.
Jupiter is in Gemini from June 11th, 2012 to June 25, 2013. Read about Jupiter’s transit through Gemini here.
Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.
Mercury is Retrograde in the sign of Pisces from February 23rd to March 17th, 2013.
08 Feb 2013 06:19 pm 05PI38′ MERCURY Enters Rx Zone
23 Feb 2013 04:41 am 19PI52′Rx MERCURY Stationary Retrograde
17 Mar 2013 03:57 pm 05PI38′ MERCURY Stationary Direct
06 Apr 2013 10:10 am 19PI52′ MERCURY Leaves Rx Zone
Mercury is retrograde from February 23rd to March 17th, 2013. Mercury’s shadow period begins February 8th and ends April 6th, 2013.
As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury rules our “lower” mind–how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury has rulership over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, and so forth. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is functioning in a sluggish state. Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. Needless to say, it is not advised to sign contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch a new business. Delays and challenges are more probable with Mercury retrograde. It’s a time when being careless with money, our personal information, or paperwork can be costly.
There is a positive side to Mercury Retrograde. This period is best used for re-organizing and reflecting. We look at the world a little differently–through different filters–and can come up with some very important inner revelations. It may be difficult to communicate them under this influence, but not everything needs to be rationalized.
It is important to note that there is absolutely no reason to suspend projects or anything of the sort during the Mercury Retrograde cycle. It’s not an ideal time to start new ones or to sign contracts, simply because a change of mind is very possible once Mercury turns direct. However, it’s a fabulous time to do some “outside of the box” thinking. Acting on our ideas, however, might be best left for a Mercury Direct period.
Pay close attention to what you say and communicate in general, particularly around the days of Mercury’s stations (February 23rd and March 17th). If you are itching to argue with someone, especially, or if you are planning on “signing on the dotted line”, try to hold off. It is likely that you will have a change of mind once the station passes, and you can do a lot of damage in the meantime. Read more about Mercury retrograde.
Romance & Relationships
Venus is in Pisces from February 25-March 21. Like Aquarius, Pisces love is universal. However, Pisces draws no bounds in love. With Venus in Pisces, we have compassion (and perhaps attraction) for those who are left out, overlooked, or victimized. We are self-sacrificing, and we have a hard time setting up borders. The walls go down, we have a hard time saying no (especially if our compassion is engaged), but we are also prone to avoiding all that makes us feel uncomfortable. Wishful thinking is one expression of Venus in Pisces. We can too easily believe what we want to believe. People can be hard to pin down, and love is hard to define under this influence. Pisces never sees the world in black-and-white terms. Rather, Pisces sees all the colors of the rainbow. With the goddess of love in Pisces, our love is all-embracing, we are able to forgive and understand, we are seducible and seductive, and we show compassion to our partners. Venus in Pisces is tender and affectionate, although hard to reach nevertheless, as there is a longing for something that is hard to define and hard to satisfy. Borders and boundaries blur under Venus in Pisces. The shadow side of this position is allowing ourselves to be victimized or deluded, as well as evasiveness.
This week: On Monday and Tuesday, we are more inclined to either verbalize our affections or try to intellectualize or make sense of them with Venus aligned with Mercury in declination. We also tend to be more diplomatic under this influence, and possibly false or artificial.
Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:
Venus in Pisces February 25-March 21. A martyr complex, a love for the underdog, a search for your soul mate: such are the experiences associated with the new cycle you’re now just beginning. A yen for soul-stirring romance, a weakness for the weak, and a tendency to idealize people and relationships … very aesthetic, very other-worldly.
Venus parallel Mercury March 11-12. A friendly time when we appreciate diplomacy and socialize more readily.
Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn March 18. Feelings of isolation, of not getting what we really want, and of not being loved the way we want to be loved can get in the way of pleasant relations with our partners.
Venus parallel Chiron March 19. Healing energy is brought to love relationships, and a new cycle begins. A commitment-friendly transit. Love can heal old wounds. We are open to romantic feelings, and more willing to act upon them. This is a good time to make a resolution to repair, heal, and improve relationships.
The Moon & Timing
The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here, and is indicative of the “outcome” of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period, or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology). Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology.
The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:
Void-of-course Moon on Friday, March 8th, from 5:09 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Saturn), until the Moon enters Pisces on Sunday, March 10th, at 1:20 AM EST.
VOC Moon on Monday, March 11th, from 3:52 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to the Sun), until the Moon enters Aries the next day, Tuesday, March 12th, at 7:18 AM EDT.
VOC Moon on Wednesday, March 13th, from 4:02 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Pluto), until the Moon enters Taurus the next day, Thursday, March 14th, at 3:09 PM EDT.
VOC Moon on Saturday, March 16th, from 7:11 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Gemini the next day, Sunday, March 17th, at 2:10 AM EDT.
Void of Course Moon Table for March 2013:
Timing with the Moon – Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives
The Moon is waning this week until the New Moon on the afternoon of March 11th – a period that is generally considered unfavorable for new beginnings, with some exceptions. The Moon is waxing this week after New Moon on the afternoon of March 11th – a period that is generally considered favorable for new beginnings, with some exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).
According to the principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurs this week on Monday, March 11th, from approximately 7:40 AM to 4:20 PM EDT, with the Cazimi Moon occurring from 3:22 to 4:21 PM EDT, while the Moon is in Pisces. Note that Mercury is retrograde during these periods, so focus on projects already in progress.
Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:
Feb 1st: Mars enters Pisces 8:54 PM
Feb 1st: Venus enters Aquarius 9:47 PM
Feb 5th: Mercury enters Pisces 9:55 AM
Feb 18th: Sun enters Pisces 7:02 AM
Feb 18th: Saturn Retrograde 12:02 PM
Feb 23rd: Mercury Retrograde 4:41 AM
Feb 25th: Venus enters Pisces 9:03 PM
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Mar 12th: Mars enters Aries 2:26 AM
Mar 17th: Mercury Direct 4:03 PM
Mar 20th: Sun enters Aries 7:02 AM
Mar 21st: Venus enters Aries 11:15 PM
Apr 12th: Pluto Retrograde 3:35 PM
Apr 13th: Mercury enters Aries 10:37 PM
Apr 15th: Venus enters Taurus 3:25 AM
Apr 19th: Sun enters Taurus 6:03 PM
Apr 20th: Mars enters Taurus 7:48 AM
See also: The Astrology of 2013 – Overview.
Note: Times given Eastern Time (ET).
This Week’s Calendar
Sun sesquiquadrate Saturn. It’s hard to satisfy the ego today. We feel blocked by circumstances or others. It’s too easy to feel discouraged, but discouragement is a time waster. Gratitude isn’t forthcoming right now, so it’s best to wait it out rather than waste energy letting it get to you.
Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).
Daily Trends Calendar
See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs.
What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends
The Moon is in Aquarius until 1:20 AM EST, when it ends a lengthy void period and enters Pisces. On this day before a New Moon (in Pisces), reflection is favored over innovation. It’s best not to begin a new project, relationship, or other important initiative during the Balsamic phase of the Moon, as it is a time of endings and symbolic descent into unconsciousness. Today’s energy is acutely sensitive on psychic levels, as we tune in to all that is hidden or unspoken, and the Moon passes over planets in the sign of Pisces – an unusual number. Today, the Moon aligns with Neptune, Mercury, and Chiron, and tomorrow, Venus and then the Sun, forming a New Moon. Mars will begin to travel in the last degree of Pisces tonight, and it will be especially important to avoid rushing to action, as this can be a tendency now.
The Moon ends its void period at at 1:20 AM EST, when it enters Pisces.
The Moon is in Pisces all day, and is New this afternoon. The New Moon in Pisces is a good time to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Fish. These include taking a leap of faith, accepting imperfections in ourselves and in others as a different kind of “perfection”, starting a project that requires imagination and visualization skills, consciously putting time aside for peaceful and rejuvenating activities, and sharing a dream with another. With this potent Pisces energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives. This New Moon is especially creative and imaginative with Neptune, Mercury, Venus, and Mars also in the sign of Pisces. While we are likely to feel very inspired, and this New Moon can motivate us to take a leap of faith, we should check into reality from time to time. Thankfully, a Saturn-sextile Pluto gives us focus.
A void of course Moon occurs from 3:52 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to the Sun), until the Moon enters Aries tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th, at 7:18 AM EDT.
The Moon ends its void period when it enters Aries at 7:18 AM EDT.
A void of course Moon occurs from 4:02 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Pluto), until the Moon enters Taurus tomorrow, Thursday, March 14th, at 3:09 PM EDT.
The Moon ends its void period when it enters Taurus at 3:09 PM EDT.
A void of course Moon occurs from 7:11 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Gemini tomorrow, Sunday, March 17th, at 2:10 AM EDT.
Daily Trends Calendar
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Moon Signs This Week:
When the Moon is in Aquarius
Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.
The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.
When the Moon is in Pisces
We are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It’s a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.
The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.
When the Moon is in Aries
We’re motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.
The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects.
When the Moon is in Taurus
We are motivated by the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort. The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and “stop to smell the roses”. Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence.
The Moon in Taurus generally favors the following activities: Substantial and material actions that yield solid results. Financial activities, and those involving personal possessions, applying for a loan, beginning a potentially long-term relationship, music, home decor.
When the Moon is in…Transits of the Moon through the Signs.
This Week’s Planetary Positions By Sign (General Trends):Sun in Pisces The mystic, the martyr, the sinner, and the saint: these archetypes take on greater importance in your life at a time like this. Forgiveness, compassion, and understanding come naturally, when you look at life from an eternal perspective – and if anyone ever does know such things, you’ll probably come to understand them as this cycle unfolds. This can be a phase of sublime spiritual development, to be sure. But you should be aware of tendencies to believe too quickly, too deeply, or to become dependent on things or people that seem to offer quick and easy answers to life’s deepest yearnings.
Mercury in Pisces Knowing things without knowing how you know them is typical at a time like this. The mystical, the universal, the eternal: these are the things that stir your curiosity. Call it psychic, call it deja vu … it can be there when you call on it, whatever you call it. (Remembering the little things might become more difficult, however: it’s tough to remember if you paid the electric bill when you’re more interested in the eternal verities.)
Venus in Pisces A martyr complex, a love for the underdog, a search for your soul mate: such are the experiences associated with the new cycle you’re now just beginning. A yen for soul-stirring romance, a weakness for the weak, and a tendency to idealize people and relationships … very aesthetic, very other-worldly.
Mars in Pisces There’s a martyr complex in the air, now that this new phase has begun in your life. How can you (or anyone) save the world? It’s a question you’ll probably ask yourself as this cycle continues. Defending the weak, undoing injustice, and tilting at windmills can be a big temptation. You might even win a few hands – but you’ll blister a couple if you’re not careful.
Mars in Aries Fresh challenges and initiatives light your fires now, as a new cycle begins in your life – lots of energy, a powerful urge to be first or come out on top. Away with the old and on to the new – let no one and nothing stand between you and your objective! Headstrong impulses and rash courage can take you far … sometimes in harm’s way, if you’re not careful.
Jupiter in Gemini Facilitating the transfer of ideas and information takes on a special priority for you now. Writing, studying, and communicating play a bigger role in your life as a result. The belief that well-informed people will make the right decisions becomes an article of faith. Just remember: sometimes people know the right thing to do and STILL do something different!
Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.
Uranus in Aries A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.
Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver’s seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?
Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable – and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you’d think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place…