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Welcome to the Vernal Freaquinox!

Dear Friend and Reader:

We're now at the Vernal Point: the Sun is about to enter the first sign of the zodiac, Aries; that's at 6:29 am EDT (10:29 UTC). The change of seasons comes with a surge of energy, enough that every critter, flower and tree experiences it.

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The newborn Aries Sun gleams from this chart, center left. It's the yellow circle toward the left with all the zeros next to it.
Humans of all creatures are the most oblivious to seasonal changes, though we do seem to like them. The habit of living indoors staring into illuminated rectangles tends to mute the effect. We will experience this one way or another.

Our esteemed and beloved government servants seem to be brewing up another week of antics, particularly an attempt to reverse the United States' first nascent step toward a nationalized health care system. I could go on and on about this, but I'll give it a paragraph.

There is nothing with which to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This thing that became known as Obamacare is the replacement. The thing it replaced was the very centralized or socialist health care system that people attack it for being. Yes, Obama was president when a Democratic-controlled Congress put it through. But the ACA is a creature of the pro-corporate, pro-profit, greed-and-religion-driven Heritage Foundation. We covered this back in 2012. Yes, the Republicans are crying foul and trying to repeal their own proposal, which is really a tax cut for the very wealthiest among us. There's your paragraph! That's all yer gettin', cus that's all there is!

Equinox means the Sun crosses over the Aries Point, that great village square where personal, collective, private and public all intersect. The Aries Point is the location where the tropical zodiac is reckoned against the sidereal (star-based) zodiac. And the Sun's arrival here resets 'sidereal time', a way of measuring the year using a 24-hour clock, to midnight.

Night and day are of equal length, implying balance. They're also of equal length when the Sun is at the autumnal equinox, in Libra, the sign of balance. So the kind of equilibrium we get on the Aries side is an assertive, even aggressive, compensation for things having gone too far one way or the other.

Among many interesting features of the Equinox chart is that the Moon is conjunct Saturn and the Galactic Core to the degree. This is a reminder to stay strong on your spiritual footing, and not to let your mind be seized by prejudice, greed or uninformed opinions. If you hear yourself arguing vehemently that a triangle has four sides, take a deep breath.

The next week or so comes with some super-interesting, downright freaky astrology, which I've had under a microscope all weekend writing daily horoscopes.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.
There are two highlights: on Saturday, March 25, Venus and the Sun form their interior conjunction, which is the midpoint of the current Venus retrograde (which ends April 15). Just after that happens, Mercury aligns with the Earth, the Sun and the Uranus-Eris conjunction. That's the astrology that the whole week is building up to. All the craziness in the news can be seen through this filter.

That filter is the internet. With people in public office vomiting lies and propagating chaos around the clock, we might wonder what's going on. We live in an echo chamber, which magically and mysteriously magnifies everything. Not only is it never silent; every new sound adds to what's already there.

Consider that what we're witnessing and experiencing -- the turmoil and the confusion and the deception -- is all a function of electronic media in general and the internet in particular. The strange behavior, the near-total state of contradiction, is an effect of the background, the environment or what we call 'the media'.

We live in a maelstrom. The only way to not get dizzy is to focus on one thing for a little while and see what happens when you hold your attention there.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

This groundbreaking class is an introduction to the concepts of karma and reincarnation, using astrology as a reference point and guide. We will cut through the grease and put this whole topic on solid ground. I am passionate about teaching, and teaching astrology in particular, and as a student I offer you my knowledge with devotion and in service.

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This is a beginner's class, which requires no previous knowledge of the subject, only sincere interest and curiosity. However, what we explore will be helpful even to those who have done considerable reading on the topic, pulling the subject area into focus in an interesting and helpful way.

We will proceed from the most obvious ideas: What is karma? Does it even exist? Does the idea of karma imply multiple lifetimes? Is reincarnation possible? And what does astrology have to say about these things?

I will offer a few different viewpoints on what I call 'the reincarnation effect'; that is, the convincing feeling that we live more than once.

What we do with information about past lives is a real question. How to verify how accurate that information is also matters, and I'll talk about my methods for validation, which are based on what I've learned as a journalist as well as a spiritual seeker. The astrology chart would seem to be a picture of karma, or the sum total of the past, presenting a starting point for the current incarnation. How then do you proceed forward with what your chart tells you? Can obstacles be overcome?

Look at enough charts and it's clear that people do not come into this life equal, or with equivalent experience. And it's also clear that some people can do a lot with a little, and others struggle to do much with a lot.

Don't forget to sign up for our Four Winds daily almanac. Get the best free daily report on the internet. You may sign up at this link, and share our newsletter with anyone you wish. Here's today's edition, which includes a daily birthday reading, a daily overview, aspect listings and other features.
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Your Monthly Horoscopes -- and our Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscopes for March were published on Thursday, Feb. 23. We published your extended monthly horoscopes for February on Thursday, Jan. 26. We published your Moonshine horoscope for the Virgo Full Moon on Thursday, March 9. Your Moonshine horoscope for the Cancer Full Moon published Thursday, Jan. 12. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Friday after the Sun has entered a new sign.
Monday Morning Horoscope for March 20, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- The Sun enters your sign today, beginning the astrological year and a new season of your life. When equinox arrives, a surge of energy is released, which even the grass, the trees and the critters experience. Humans are growing less in touch with the passing seasons, though I suggest you get more in touch. The equinox will breathe energy into what’s already an extraordinary moment for you, with many developments brewing in your life. There are two plots developing. One appears to be taking you back to a past relationship or important phase of your life. Another seems to be propelling you into the future. These scenarios may not look related, though over the next few weeks, you can trust that the elements will come together. No matter what seems to be happening, remember that there's just one story after all, which is your life.
Aries Birthdays 2017:
Happy Equinox! What Will You Begin, Aries?
"You helped me immeasurably as I change and change and grow, and change some more. What a time!"
-- Linsey, on her recent Birthday Reading
Dear Friend and Reader:

This is an unusual time for Aries -- well, for everybody, really. But anyone with an Aries Sun, rising sign or Moon has likely been feeling the standout aspect of this era in very personal and dramatic ways.

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I'm referring to the Uranus-Eris conjunction, which made its third and last exact contact (in this century) on Friday -- just three days before the Sun reaches your sign for today’s equinox. Both Uranus-Eris and the Aries equinox signal the beginning of a new cycle.

But a cycle of what?

You have some choice about what to do with this energy, and what you begin with it. And you can be sure Eric will be looking far enough ahead in your upcoming Aries Birthday Reading to help you fill in the blanks if you're feeling unsure.

As he put it recently:

"My job is to help you make the most of these transits. I'm also here to ease your concerns, point you in the direction of your highest potential and do what I can to motivate you. We live in truly trying times. So much is being asked of us. It's not easy to live under these conditions."

Eric adds:

"I have something for you; not only will it help you feel more positive, but it will provide you with a dependable resource every time you listen to it. If nothing else, you'll get more than an hour of thoughtful, calming meditation and excellent music. Then in a little while, you'll also get a tarot card reading (my original speciality)."

You can pre-order your 2017 Aries Birthday Reading here for only $19.97.

Initially, you'll receive two audio astrology segments (at least 30 minutes each). A little while after those are ready, we'll let you know that the tarot segment is ready. Note that you get the best price the earlier you pre-order.

Thank you for traveling with us, and I wish you a healthy and loving year.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- Mars in your sign represents energy, commitment and some force motivating you to live fully. Feel every cell in your body. Notice your moods and your desires consciously. Get in touch with your passion and with your anger. Taurus has a reputation for trying to suppress both, and at the moment, the planets are suggesting that you stay with your feelings. Long ago, a Taurus friend revealed what I believe is the secret to happiness for those born under your sign: take care of your physical needs first, and all else will follow. That means taking care of food, water, sleep and other things related to your body. Practice this with the devotion of yoga. Speaking of: with Mars in the neighborhood, physical activity is a necessity. It does not matter what kind: dancing, martial arts or walking up a mountain. You will discover a formula for happiness.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- Your life may be relatively calm now, though over the next week or so, the pace of activity, events and social contacts will be picking up considerably. You may think you're busy now; however, I suggest you ease back and take some quiet time, out of the limelight. Sort out your personal priorities, speak to your closest friends, and make some decisions about what's important to you. Once the pace picks up, you'll have the sensation that there's no time to think. If you know that in advance, you'll know what you want and what you don't want when various opportunities present themselves. And there's no question about it: that will be happening. When you meet new friends and find yourself on unexpected adventures, your old friends and quiet spaces of retreat become more important than ever. Treasure them, and remind yourself that they're there.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- The Sun's ingress into Aries early Monday puts you into the spotlight. Aries is your 10th solar house -- the house of reputation, achievement and responsibility. Remember how hard you've worked to earn your reputation. Remind yourself that you've accomplished some brilliant and even unlikely things. And keep in mind that all of this puts you in a position of responsibility. You're finally at a point where you see this as a privilege and not a burden. Part of why the world is in such dire straits is that so few people are willing to be accountable. I'm not sure what the resistance is, but that's not your problem. Check over your work, make your decisions carefully and remember that your life influences and even impacts the lives of others. Your life is better for knowing and honoring this. Cancer is the sign of the family and the brood. You're one of the adults in the room.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- For the past month, the Sun has been inching its way through Pisces, which for you is the sign of shared finances, emotional bonding, sexual passion and the place where all these things meet. From the look of your solar chart, this has been a somewhat complicated few weeks, where you've had to sort out various situations that really did need honesty and clarity. Now the Sun has entered your fellow fire sign Aries, moving into an angle of your chart where you are free to leave all that behind. Moreover, you can turn your mind and your aspirations toward some future possibilities that have been patiently waiting for you. The world has become a much bigger place while you were taking care of other things, and you have some beautiful possibilities waiting for you. Don't worry about what to choose: that will be obvious when the time comes.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- If we track the movement of the Virgo planet #1, Mercury, one thing is clear: you are determined to find your independence and your individuality. Most people want this on some level. What holds them back, though, are perceived needs that they think only others can meet. You won't know if something is actually a need until you experiment living without it for a while; and finally you're free to do that. You have enough basis for comparison to see that when it comes to meeting your actual needs, there's something inefficient about relationships the way you've been doing them. For example, it's not that helpful for people to heap expectations onto one another. It's not useful to subvert your desires to protect someone's insecurities. You know that you must take up the challenge of your own healing process, and engage with others who are consciously willing to do so.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- It's somewhat humorous the extent to which Librans value peace, quiet and a sense of balance -- and the universe seems to be delivering anything but these things to you now. Your world is a busy place lately. There are many days when everything seems to happen at once. This is a truth of our lives. You, however, possess the intelligence to know that you have a true need for space and time to yourself. Use your wits and your leadership skills to arrange this for yourself. Do not ask permission; rather, get cooperation. Be bold about this. Make sure any responsibilities are covered for some time every day -- weekday and weekend -- and give yourself a break. Remind yourself how much tying up of loose ends you do for everyone. Pass some responsibility onto those who will benefit from just a smidge of self-reliance. Then declare yourself free to do nothing but read a book or look out the window, even for an hour. Regularly.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Don't fall for the line that Americans (or whoever) work too much. For you, work is where you find your identity. This is one of those Scorpio facts that you never hear mentioned. Work is profoundly important to you, and consequently you must have something to do every day that is 1) not boring and 2) actually meaningful, relevant and helpful to others. The net result will be that you'll feel more solid in who you are; you will feel more real; you will live with purpose. More than overwork being an issue in our society, it's the lack of meaning that's the actual problem. And you have the solution: this I can tell from the extraordinary activity in Aries, the work and wellness angle of your chart. Refuse to cling to old routines and old habits. Keep awake and alert. What you want is looking right at you, and is within your reach.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- Right underneath any pressure or burden you may feel is some extraordinary potential. This is akin to the Sun being blocked by the clouds; it's still there -- you just can't feel it at full intensity. The clouds, though, are in your mind, and you have the power to clear them; to see through them; to disregard them entirely and proceed anyway. There's a bold and beautiful light shining through you. Of all the signs, you possess the most direct spiritual connection, so strong that at times you must deny its existence. It's time to stop doing that. Moreover, you're now free to recognize that you are the agent of manifestation of the universe's will. This is not so outgoing a role as one might think; the work is mostly done within, through seeking deep inner contact with your source, and making all of your decisions based on what you learn.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- The Sun's ingress into Aries will be highlighting family-related matters, and will focus attention on your household. This region of your chart, called the 4th solar house, is also connected to emotional security. You've got a lot going on in this house -- the conjunction of Uranus and Eris, the forthcoming meeting of the Sun and Venus, and Mercury doing many interesting things. You cannot find your stability in clinging to the past, or to the idea of security. You need a much wider sense of what it means to feel grounded and confident living on the planet. Let's start with an intangible resource: your intelligence. You can feel safe because you're smart and sensitive. But like all resources, you must use this wisely and with discretion. Use your brains to notice the gaps in your knowledge; ask the right questions; formulate the answers carefully. And please, try to let go of that habit of outsmarting yourself.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- When you're overwhelmed with data, there's actually something you can do. Rather than trying to analyze all of it, experiment with pattern recognition. This is a low-energy approach to analysis, which mostly involves observation. Rather than putting your mind into four-wheel drive, relax and watch the events, ideas, information and people go by. Look at the statistics, if you have some, and notice the most basic trends: what's growing, what's shrinking, and where the energy is tending to flow. You might think of this as metadata, which reveals far more than the government wants you to know. From this analysis, you'll be able to spot some issues you can respond to without much work. The thing not to do is "go by your gut." You need actual grist for the mill. You need good data going in, so you get useful results on the other end.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- This is a rather interesting time for you financially. In another example of the "what they didn't tell you about your sign" files (or what they got totally wrong), Pisces is, by all rights, the master of finance of the zodiac. This has conditions, though, all of which may be met at the moment. For one thing, you must take the initiative and set financial stability or a certain level of wealth as a goal. For another, you must use your abundant creativity, tempering it with logic and what you've learned from experience. And rather than wanting money as a primary objective, you're the sensitive spiritual type: you must connect it to some larger purpose that you're here to fulfill. Money for its own sake is useless and often toxic. Money connected to a purpose is energy that can get a result that benefits you and the world around you at the same time -- and that's what you live for.
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