Astrology Forecast March 2019

 Friday, March 1:
At the start of this month Mars is especially strong, where it is powerful in its ‘own sign’ of Aries until March 22nd. In contrast to this fiery and dynamic influence, today the Moon sits with constrictive Saturn within exact degree. This conjunction may make for a cautious outlook or weary emotions, yet nonetheless Mar’s steadfast momentum may pull one along into decisive or courageous action as if one is driven by forces larger than oneself.

 Monday, March 4:
This night marks Maha Shivaratri (‘The Great Night of Shiva’), the major festival dedicated to the Supreme Yogi deity Lord Shiva who is worshiped through all night meditation, chanting vigils and puja (ritual worship). On this night The Divine favors the ardent spiritual seeker, where it is believed that Shiva’s profound blessings of inner transformation, yogic mastery and awareness of absolute Reality come to those who manage to stay awake all night on Maha Shivaratri in an unshakable dedication to spiritual practice.
(Maha Shivaratri occurs yearly on the dark-fortnight of the lunar month known as Magha (or the month of Phalgun in Northern India) when the Moon is in the 14th waning lunar phase at midnight, forming a sliver of a crescent.)

 Wednesday, March 6:
The New Moon in Aquarius takes place at 11:03AM EST in the lunar mansion of Poorva Bhadrapada Nakshatra.
The planetary influences at the moment of the New Moon indicate themes that are likely to characterize the lunar month ahead. Today the Sun and Moon are in a sign ruled by Saturn who sits eleven houses away, while a very powerful Mars in Aries is placed three houses away. These two specific house placements are called upachaya houses, or ‘houses of increase’ that promote improvement and a rise in life that usually come as a result of personal effort and perseverance. Thus over the next 30 days, there may be a focus on a new professional or practical direction that involves a new learning curve and the gaining of new skills.
As a methodical planet, Mar’s powerful position may be especially timely for getting comfortable with using new technology.
Jupiter sits in the tenth house of public life and profession, a powerful factor that adds to the month’s likely focus on work life.
Mercury is in a compromised state due to several factors. In the past day it has begun a cycle of retrograde motion that will last until Thursday, March 28th.  In Pisces, Mercury is in its destabilized sign of debilitation and today it happens to transit a specific difficult or ‘fateful degree.’ Mercury’s various afflictions suggest a high potential for vagueness or a need for revisions within a practical project, where an organized yet flexible attitude may be especially helpful. Mercury’s condition may also make for key experiences that involve the re-emergence of connections from one’s past.
The lunar mansion of Poorva Bhadrapada Nakshatra where this New moon takes place is among the most severe or unsettling of the 27 stars. It is symbolized as either the front half of a funeral cot (where the following star is the cot’s second half), or also a two-faced man who gazes in two opposite directions. This influence may give the experience of walking between two different worlds and navigating a dual existence or a limbo state of transition.

 Sunday, March 10:
In North America, daylight savings time begins today. In what was originally an Industrial-Age effort that was designed to increase worker productivity, the clocks are set forward by one hour this morning. The Moon transits the swift-natured lunar mansion of Ashwini Nakshatra (symbolized as a horse) on the destabilizing or ‘empty’ (rikta) fourth lunar waxing day. This combination may make for a race through the day to catch up, and if this feeling is left unexamined it may only make for a nagging sense of unrewarding hollowness.

 Wednesday, March 13:
This stands out as a day in March when the Moon is in an auspicious placement. This luminary is powerful in sidereal Taurus, where it becomes ‘exalted’ and it is in the captivating, inspiring and social lunar mansion of Rohini Nakshatra. This star has grounded or ‘fixed’ traits that encourage activities that bring more stability into one’s life, such as long-term planning, tasks related to property or land such as moving into a home, setting a foundation, or plotting out a garden. Today the Moon is largely without affliction from malefic planets, and it receives Jupiter’s beneficial planetary aspect. Also, a specific alignment that encourages accomplishment is formed by the Moon’s transit through Rohini Nakshatra on the seventh waxing lunar day when these factors coincide on a Wednesday.

 Thursday, March 14:
The Sun enters sidereal Pisces today: important practical beginnings are traditionally avoided on days of solar ingress.

 Wednesday, March 20:
This month’s Full Moon takes place in sidereal Virgo in the lunar mansion of Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra at 9:42PM EDT. This star is symbolized as the back section of a hammock (while the previous nakshatra of Poorva Phalguni represents its front half). Like a hammock, this lunar mansion has connotations of activities that merge leisure or rejuvenation with practicality, or business with pleasure. The full Moon indicates the month’s distinctive qualities, which this month may be related to themes of how a basic structure within one’s daily life affects the ability to feel rejuvenated, supported, or rested.
Also, in North America, today is the Spring Equinox. The Sun crosses the equator at 5:58PM EDT.

  Friday, March 22:
Today the Moon transits the alluring lunar mansion of Chitra Nakshatra, a star that is symbolized as a shining gemstone. When this transit aligns with the second waning lunar day on a Friday this creates a specific combination that encourages accomplishment. The social and attention-loving traits of this star favor being out and about, expressing one’s individuality, and sharing unique gifts and skills with the world.

 Saturday, March 23:
Today Rahu and Ketu change signs.
The North and South Nodes of the Moon, known respectively as shadowy ‘planets’ Rahu and Ketu will change signs this month (as per ‘true node’ calculation) to enter the Gemini/Sagittarius axis of the zodiac until September 19, 2020, where Rahu will be in Gemini, and Ketu in Sagittarius.
The Nodes play out in stark contrast to each other while they both share a strong potential for obsessive intensity and extremes. Symbolized as the severed head and tail of a serpent, they are two points on opposite ends of a spectrum that are ultimately one dismembered animal that seeks to be rejoined and re-integrated. Rahu’s serpent-head nature is expansive, dispersing and outward, and it also shares some traits similar to Saturn. Ketu as its tail is contracted, sharp-focused and retreating, with traits similar to Mars.
On an individual level, this transit will affect each person according to where the specific houses ruled by Gemini and Sagittarius sit in one’s own birth chart.
Rahu brings potentially infatuated or overly attached yet full-of-projections effects to whichever house it transits. At its best, Rahu can also bring new energy and change to that area of life through a more open-minded and radical approach to an old predicament.  
At the other end of the spectrum, Ketu’s effects over a house are sharp, detaching, sudden and unsentimental. At its best, Ketu’s can be excellent for bringing a new focus that is more stream-lined and structured.  
For those with significant birth chart placements such as the Ascendant, Moon, Sun or other planets in these signs, this transit of the nodes becomes especially powerful. Very fortunately, the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius are considered to be places where both Rahu and Ketu are in friendly signs, and thus become more potentially capable of giving desirable results.

 Sunday, March 24:
The Moon will pass through very early sidereal Scorpio today, and will be in its most unstable degree placement this evening at 9PM EDT. This is the Moon’s point where it becomes weakened or ‘debilitated’ and gives especially unsteady effects. This may make for a low-energy or emotionally sensitive day that is naturally suited to restful routines, uncomplicated plans and room to go at one’s own natural pace.

 Monday, March 25:
This morning (up until 10:30AM EDT) there is an auspicious astrological combination that is formed by the alignment of the lunar mansion of Anuradha Nakshatra coinciding with the excellent 5th waxing lunar day on a Monday. Anuradha Nakshatra’s traits are gentle, and it is associated with Mitra, a god of friendship. It is also a star of achievement. This morning favors experiences where within the pursuit of a goal there remains a noble kindness towards all those who have assisted one along one the way.

Jupiter Enters Scorpio in October 2018:

This month Jupiter the Great Benefic planet changes signs on Thursday, October 11, 2018 to enter sidereal Scorpio until November 4, 2019. As the planet of abundance, wisdom, and overall blessings, the house that coincides with the sign of Scorpio in one's individual birth chart receives a gracious planetary boost for the next one year. To offer a general overview as to how Jupiter's transit may play out for each rising sign (ascendant), please read on. If you don’t know your Vedic ascendant (a primary consideration), then you can instead read from your Vedic Sun sign, since this functions as an alternate ascendant that is especially revealing of one’s public life, profession as well as physical health. In Vedic astrology, the Ascendant, Sun and Moon signs all provide interrelating layers of important information. Remember that Vedic astrology uses the sidereal Zodiac that is based on the backdrop of the fixed stars, instead of the western Tropical zodiac that is based on the seasons.

The dates of the Vedic Sun sign are here as follows (approximately, give or take a day or so depending on your exact birth year):

April 13- May 13 (Aries)

May 14 – June 13 (Taurus)

June 14 – July 15 (Gemini)

July 16 – August 15 (Cancer)

August 16 – September 15 (Leo)

September 16-October 15 (Virgo)

October 16 –November 14 (Libra)

November 15 – December 14 (Scorpio)

December 15 – January 12 (Sagittarius)

January 13 – February 11 (Capricorn)

February 12 – March 13 (Aquarius)

March 14 – April 12 (Pisces)

 

ARIES: Jupiter's transit through the deeply transformative yet intense 8th house may bring gains that come from unusual or secret sources like inheritance or receiving gifts with complex strings attached. There may be radical acts of free-thinking independence, and secretive or possibly controversial interests (like in shamanism, the occult or psychic development). As the house of the sub-conscious mind, this 8th house transit may also give an attraction to psychotherapy or unearthing the very roots of what makes one tick.

TAURUS: Jupiter's transit through the 7th house of romantic relationship and marriage encourages a love-interest commitment or may bring clearer discernment and more sensitivity in relationship, and this transit may improve the life situation of one's spouse in various ways. This is also a house of general one-to-one partnership, where this transit encourages business partnership and colleagues. For those who work intimately with others in fields such as counseling or other one-to-one therapeutic work, this transit encourages healing potential for clients and patients, as well as encourages natural suitability with them.

GEMINI: Jupiter's transit takes place through the 6th house of service work, daily habits, tests of endurance and efforts to improve one’s station in life. This influence may bring uniquely fitting opportunities to be of caring service to others and new capacity to face life’s challenges with patience, enthusiasm and compassion for all. Those in healing, health care or social work professions may especially benefit professionally from this transit. There may be the welcome reversal of a nagging life situation or chronic health condition that is born out of new steadfast resolve to overcome unproductive tendencies, as this transit encourages fresh and welcome understanding of the smaller daily routines or attitudes that have shaped a bigger life situation.

CANCER: Jupiter's transit through the expansive 5th house of creativity, intellect and devotion may motivate one to be a student for the love of it. As a primary house of poorva punya or 'past-life merit', this transit encourages the expression of unique and uncanny creative gifts that may have been cultivated over lifetimes. This is also the house of children, where Jupiter's transit may support fertility, benefit one's young ones or enhance one's relationship with them. It is also a house of financial speculation, which may give an opportunity or desire to invest money in stocks or other forms of taking a gamble.

LEO: Jupiter’s transit through the 4th house of one's environment, land, home (and other fixed assets) as well as vehicle related matters may bring changes in this area in the form of a possible move, gain, or significant home improvements. Among one's other family members, this transit is over the house of one’s mother, where either this person’s life situation or the relationship with her may undergo a transformation.

VIRGO: Jupiter through the 3rd house of short travels, uprooting and enterprising energy may take one to new locations on trips, and give one the opportunity and personal drive to learn a new set of practical skills, especially those that involve manual technique, such as playing musical instruments or painting. Also, this may be a good transit for those who are writers, and also for those in technology professions this transit may be professionally fortunate. Among various family members, this transit may also generally benefit one's siblings (especially those younger).

LIBRA: Jupiter rules the 2nd house, whose various meanings include speech, food and money. This transit encourages more eloquent and conscious communication, fitting improvements to one's diet, nicer personal belongings, and the inspired building of prosperity. The 2nd house also governs ancient wisdom that was originally passed down verbally, where one may become committed to studying a subject that has a strong sense of lineage and tradition. With the house of speech empowered, there may be a natural tendency to speak up freely with greater clarity and discernment.

SCORPIO: Jupiter's transit over the 1st house of the physical self imparts stronger personal autonomy and direction, and this transit may increase overall vitality, help stabilize a health condition, support enthusiasm, confidence, and impart a deeper maturity and a clearer sense of individuality. The 1st house represents the chart’s owner and is a microcosm of the whole chart, so this transit may be beneficial in numerous ways.

For those with the Moon in Scorpio: while this transiting effect might seem quite counter-intuitive, the transit of Jupiter over the house of the natal Moon itself is one of the fewer instances where this is actually regarded as one of the less-favorable transiting placements of Jupiter.

SAGITTARIUS: Jupiter's transit takes place over the 12th house that governs places of retreat or seclusion, foreign travel, the ego’s death, and expenditures of all kinds. This may bring necessary and desirable endings, bring financial spending under control through simplification, and may give a needed and deeply meaningful stepping away from the main-stream world. Those who work in fields that involve hospitals, monasteries, spas, or regular foreign travel may especially benefit professionally from this transit. Since Jupiter governs the 4th house of residence for this ascendant, this transit gives a higher probability of a move or travel.

CAPRICORN: Jupiter's transit over the abundant 11th house of gains and wealth, and friends and community brings more potential to feel more socially connected, to be drawn to big group projects, and to fulfill one's strongest worldly desires. For those in non-profit fields who receive professional endowments and financial grants this transit may be especially helpful. This is the house of one's older sibling, where this family member also receives overall benefit from this transit, which may improve the relationship with them of this person’s life situation.

AQUARIUS: Jupiter's transit through the 10th house of profession and public life is likely to breathe new life and opportunity as well as creativity into one's work life, bring more luck to interactions with the general public, more protection to one’s reputation, and may bring new avenues for professional networking and promotion. This is a year to step into greater personal authority. Also, since Jupiter governs the financial 2nd house for this ascendant, there may be a pay-raise at work, or the start of receiving incoming for a work project.

PISCES: Jupiter's transit through the 9th house of wisdom, ethics, higher education, pilgrimage, teachers, and general Grace encourages noble undertakings motivated by a sense of dharma (or one's most innately suitable path of right action). This transit facilitates greater proximity to spiritual teachers or clarity around spiritual practice. Also, for those working in fields of higher education, this transit may be especially professionally favorable. Among one's family members, the 9th house governs one's father, where he may generally benefit this year, or this relationship becomes more significant.