Astrology Notes for Tuesday, March 17 | By Eric Francis
Events the next week will reveal the direction of events to come. The vernal equinox, that is, the Sun’s arrival in Aries, takes place late Thursday in the United States and early Friday in the U.K., Europe and Asia.
As we move through the remainder of the year, the equinoxes and solstices are extraordinarily powerful — even more so than usual — owing to the events that happen concurrently with them. We reach a potential point of resolution, which is likely to manifest as some form of social transformation. This is depicted by Jupiter conjunct Saturn in the first degree of Aquarius.
Meanwhile, plenty happens over the course of the next week or so, with another major peak coming on April 4 when Jupiter makes its first of three conjunctions to Pluto.
The Astrology Surrounding the Equinox
The season changes Thursday, March 19, at 11:49:33 pm EDT. The Sun enters Aries, making a conjunction to the Aries Point (the first degree of the zodiac). This is an amplification point, and an intersection of the individual and the collective (which gets busier every hour). This is likely to come with an escalation and acceleration of the virus issue.
That is what the Aries Point does. Note that there will be an annular solar eclipse on June 21 in the first degree of Cancer, which is being activated by the Sun’s entry into Aries on Thursday. The equinox also activates the Dec. 21 conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the Capricorn solstice, so we may see a microcosm of the rest of the year played out this week.
The important thing about the Sun in Aries is that it lights up the nodal axis, now in early Cancer-Capricorn, which is itself loaded by Chiron, Salacia, Pholus and Quaoar. Put simply, a lot of energy is about to move.
The other major event connected with the equinox is Saturn entering Aquarius, its other sign of rulership, for the first time in about 29 years. I could go on about details of the astrology but I want to end with a commentary about this, in particular.
Aquarius is about to become the center of focus. Yes, for a long time it’s been Aries and Capricorn, and we’re still not done with that — in fact we’re about to see what it’s all about as the Sun enters Aries. However, over the next three years, Aquarius will be increasingly the focus, and that begins this week, when Saturn enters it.
Aquarius is the sign of groups, of social patterns, of inventions and (correspondingly) of technology. As I suggested on Thursday, we must take current events as an opportunity to make a better world. That means getting together, forming useful social patterns, and using our technology in clever, positive and inventive ways.
We need to cooperate. We need to work together. We need to understand leadership, coordination, collaboration, and the sharing of vital information.
That is Saturn in Aquarius.
If Your Birthday is Tuesday, March 17 | The Day of the Aerialist
Stay one step ahead of yourself, and three steps ahead of everyone else. Or perhaps recognize that’s where you naturally are. You possess a viewpoint unlike any others, and though you may be a little ‘out there’ for some, you have a boundary, a kind of spiritual guardrail that is protecting you. So you can afford to ride the edge, including the edge of your own being. Stay there as much as you can. Near the border is the most interesting place in any country, including your own personal territory.
Astrology Studio for Pisces | A New Reading by Eric Francis
This is a momentous time in collective history, and a turning point in your life. As the year develops, most of the movement — including Pisces’ ruling planet Jupiter, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction — will be pointing into Aquarius, the most sensitive and innermost angle of your chart. I also cover the retrogrades of Venus and Mars, and the forthcoming Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in your friendship sign Capricorn. Mostly, I help you orient on your profound journey, and offer guidance how to harmonize with the world at this unusual time. Get instant access to this reading.
Almanac: The Moon is in Capricorn and enters Aquarius on Wednesday, March 18, at 9:16 pm EDT.
The Sun forms a square to the Galactic Core today at 2:33 am EDT. (A few hours later, the Sun conjoins a minor planet named Manwe, which was named after one of the gods of the Tolkien legendarium. Manwe was lord of the air, winds and birds.)
Mars conjoins Pallas today at 8:17 pm EDT.