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Belinda Dunn is a professional astrologer, trained at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, and has more than 35 years experience. See her bio and contact info at the end of this column.

What's Up? March 2017

Belinda C. Dunn
March 2017
Pisces/Virgo Full Moon
March 12 @ 10:54 am
Spring Equinox
March 20 @ 11:58 am
Aries New Moon
March 27 @ 10:57 pm

Paving the way for a burst of Spring, March begins with Venus, Mars, Uranus and Eris in the zodiac sign of Aries. Mercury closely follows, entering Aries on March 13. Our Sun enters Aries on March 20, marking the annual Spring Equinox. In preparation for this new season and the month, it is helpful to examine and understand the zodiac sign of Aries.

Symbolized by the Ram, Aries is the zodiac sign of force, movement and action. First of all, Aries is associated with the fire element. This basic and fundamental element flames up, explodes, burns, but also dies down to embers. Fire illuminates, enlightens and warms. As children we can recall being admonished as to the dangers of playing with fire. Clearly fire has its essential purpose. There would be no life without fire, and yet fire can easily flame out of control.

Considering the planetary influences for March, keep uppermost in mind a need for caution. There is already plenty of kindling for an uncontrollable fire to flame up in worldly affairs, and possibly in personal matters. Situations tend to heat up, easily exacerbated through an inflamed word, aggressive action or self-involved motive.

Situations may arise that require immediacy, a quick response. Some people have a talent for thinking on their feet, while others may experience stress when forced to react quickly.

Within balance, March is also the month to rise from the doldrums of apathy, despair or depression. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries receives the initial urge from Source. Undiluted by thinking, this urge is raw, bold, courageous, unprocessed by human conditioning. Thus, be aware of these promptings that can get the ball rolling in your life. Wise action is advantageous and helpful, transforming and inspiring.

Entering a retrograde phase on March 4, Venus is a significant planetary player in March, and throughout the Spring months. In mythology, this is the goddess of love in all her expressions, sacred as well as profane. Venus stations retrograde as a clearly visible evening “star,” then disappears from view to emerge as the morning “star.” Unlike Mercury that goes retrograde three times a year, Venus retrograde occurs every 18+ months.

This Venus retrograde period instills a drive to see your relationships clearly, without projection and blame. Only then, is it possible to take steps for harmony and cooperation. Venus shines a light on attraction, and how people are drawn together based on affinity. Strong preferences tend to surface during March. This process can reveal your core values around loving and being loved. Depending on the relationship, some people may feel a need to withdraw, and seek solitude in order to clarify their values.

As the goddess, Venus is sensual, and tangible as she enlivens one's taste in adornment, art, decoration, and culinary delights. For example, during a Venus retrograde phase, you may find yourself spontaneously upgrading items in your wardrobe, desiring a new color scheme in your living space, or perhaps redoing the landscape, and cultivating beauty in the garden.

Over the millenniums, since Venus is visible to the naked eye, humans have been able to track and document the cycles of this very close neighbor in our solar system. As new planets are discovered, astronomers continue to draw upon ancient mythology for names. In 2005, astronomers discovered another dwarf planet orbiting in deep space. Approximately the same size as Pluto, and in a similar orbit, astronomers decided to name this planet Eris after the Greek goddess of discord.

When a planet is discovered and named, astrologers observe its influence through reviewing historical cycles within the context of current events. The symbols come alive as a new archetype emerges into the planetary consciousness.

In this case, Eris is making herself known big time, and perhaps the Roman name is more telling, Discordia. In several articles last year, I mentioned Eris, and the emergence of compelling planetary themes around competition, misuse of resources, misogyny, the disenfranchised, refugee and immigration crisis, corporate power, and survival issues.

This current eruption of the Eris archetype is further activated by Uranus, the planet of lightening speed, thunderous change, rebellion and innovation. Considering that Uranus has an 84 year orbit, it is significant that Uranus is joining Eris for the third, and final time on March 16. Keep in mind, while computers can give precise dates, in reality, this joining as been in effect for several years. More than likely, the intensity will continue as humanity is forced to acknowledge and integrate the Eris archetype, and her poignant message.

This brings us to a major planetary alignment taking place over most of 2017. Astrologers call this a T-square, which is a joining of three or more planets in challenging positions. The planetary players in this current T-square are Jupiter, Uranus, Eris and Pluto.

On an interactive social level, this stressful combination begs for viable solutions and sustainable resolutions. In other words, it's a rocky ride, and fairly uncomfortable until resolved. This particular alignment really gets underway during March, but may not come to satisfactory resolution until late September.

First, let's consider Jupiter and its current transit through Libra. Jupiter is known as a social planet, governing institutions that uphold law and order. On a deeper level, Jupiter inspires conviction, the philosophical framework of politics, religion and culture.
On March 2, Jupiter opposes Uranus. Look for extraordinary displays of position and power that may be extreme.

On March 30, Jupiter squares Pluto which is a potential set-up for reckless, entitled, and arrogant attempts for sweeping reform. This planetary combination contributes to heightened vigilance and radical uprising. More than likely, we are looking at a cascade of events taking place over the next three months.

Taken as a whole, these trends are activating over the course of 2017, altering the landscape of our shared reality. We don't have to look far to see the effects. The planetary picture speaks to the complexity of maintaining individuality, and autonomy in a radically shifting social and cultural environment.

Business as usual may seem irrelevant, like there is nothing to hold onto as the future looms unknown, spiraling out of control. In the face of quickly shifting demographics, and political affiliations, labels are falling away, and many are questioning where they stand in regard to numerous social arenas.

In the urgency to address major issues, the country seems to be hitting the wall, rushing headstrong into fundamental differences. Journalist Meghan O'Rouke states, “It feels tragic that we as a nation could have arrived at such different conclusions – not just different – but irreconcilable.” In a sentence, this quote sums up the complexities of the planetary T-square on the national front.

Against the backdrop of this stark reality, there is hope. New social movements, more in keeping with the times, are emerging as the collective awakens from slumber. Increasingly, those in governing positions are urgently moved to speak up, and address social conditions that those people in fringe movements have observed for decades.

For example, in his newly released book “Captured,” author and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse writes, “The big, politically active corporations love having us sit on the couch watching ads paid for by their front groups and deciding which of those ads appeal most to our opinions, fears, and prejudices. But that is being a consumer of their political product, not being a citizen.

A citizen is more than a consumer. However much the tentacles of corporate political interference may coil around and through our democracy, at the end of the day the survival of our democracy depends on active participation of the people. Citizens need to get up off the couch and set things right.”
Let's name it clearly.

The country and world face a spiritual and moral crisis. It's essential and inevitable that citizens stand up and speak out. A Full Moon on March 12 brings these themes into greater view. With the Sun in Pisces and Moon in Virgo, issues around belief, spirituality, stewardship and sustainability rise to the surface.

There is a falling away of the superfluous as the universe opens doors of expanded reality. Only through tuning out the cacophony of loud, discordant voices, is it possible to tap into a larger framework. This is a point of surrender, and one is able to feel celestial assistance pouring forth upon the problems of the world.

The Full Moon occurs on a Sunday, and the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. There is a palpable shift as the dark days of winter fall away, and Spring Equinox on March 20 continues the shift into a higher, more active gear.

It's advisable to closely watch developments through the remainder of March. Spring weather is typically erratic, contributing to a general sense of unease. Additionally, the tempo speeds up on every front as Mercury in Aries activates the on-going T-square, March 23 – 26. At this point, the rumble can turn into a roar, and unsettling events may spill over into the next several months.

In the tumult of these weeks, there is a saving grace. On March 9, Mars enters the zodiac sign of Taurus, where it will remain until April 20. This steadying influence can bring awareness down to earth. As the pure pulse of Aries penetrates earth as raw and bold initiative, Taurus smooths things out, finding great delight in the earth experience.

Private getaways, secret gardens, hidden coves . . . nature beckons. Soothing raw nerves and regenerating the spirit, humanity is cradled within the energetic field of Earth. When we stop, breath, relax and let go, we accept the gifts of this life, and realize there is so much to be thankful for.

The planetary energies are stimulating a tsunami of change in current affairs that can be accessed for major breakthroughs in your personal life. Astrology can give help you maximize this trend by giving you specific tools, timing and insight into your unique life circumstances and destiny. Instead of getting caught in the undertow, learn how to ride the wave!
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Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with 40+ years experience. She is available for personal consultations. Email: Phone: 828-215-2101