As the saying goes ‘March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.’ That may hold true for the weather, as March typically begins with winter weather and ends with warmer, spring-like temperatures. But for everything else, I think that March is going to enter like a semi-toothless lion and end like a hungry one, with a new set of teeth, looking for its next meal.
We have endured many months of inaction and we’re now ready for some changes, nearly anything will do at this point. Those will come in April – as for March, big, life changing outcomes aren’t quite supported, but the decisions and choices behind them are.
Mercury is now direct but Mars and Saturn are both retrograde. This means that communications may pick up but action won’t. Mars retrogrades approximately once every two years and it’s the planet of action, so when it’s retro it’s a little like trying to drive a car with a foot on the gas and on the brake, you get a lot of noise and smoke but not much action or forward movement.
It doesn’t mean that action is impossible, just that it’s time to take conscious, considered action and ask questions like ‘do I want to do this,’ or ‘why am I doing this’, instead of taking ill-considered action. You may need to rest more and not feel like doing anything at times, that’s all part of Mars retro, which ends on July 20 (including the shadow period).
This isn’t a bad thing though because if you look at the energy movements we have been experiencing since 2012, everything has brought us back to ourselves, to our core and center. How do we make choices and decisions, what criteria do we use and where do we put ourselves, in the beginning, middle or the end of the process?
Or are we an afterthought, where our needs come after everyone and everything else is taken care of? How does this impact our ability to manifest what we want and maybe we’re not manifesting what we want because we’re asking on behalf of everyone else?
This month we’ll get a good look at where our energy is centered and have time to do some course corrections. If a situation is not moving forward, do a clarity and direction check – are you doing what you want to do and are you clear about what that is? If not, retros encourage time outs, re-thinks, re-assessments and very often, release.
If you don’t always make choices in a thoughtful, considered way, you’ll have time to do that now. So instead of rushing out the door and getting to your destination to find that you left your wallet or important papers at home, or you’re still wearing your slippers because you forgot to put your shoes on, March’s energies will slow you down enough to help you plan more carefully.
Maybe you’re doing too much and you need to take some things off of your plate. Perhaps you have been putting some things off because you didn’t have time before and now they are staring you in the face, demanding your attention. If this is your ‘old’ normal, you get to create a new normal now.
I had noticed that my car battery was starting to fail last week but didn’t have time to go buy a new one. Then I was stuck at the airport with a dead car battery (in frigid temperatures), so I got a jump start and stopped by the auto shop to buy a new one on the way home. My car now has a new battery, so that problem is taken care of. If the old one hadn’t died at the airport, I would have put it off again but I had to take care of it then because I knew it was dead and wouldn’t start again.
Look at whatever situations come up for you this month as a chance to resolve an issue that has probably been around for a while, you just haven’t taken care of it. Maybe there are things you ignore because you think they’re too hard, maybe you are just tired of taking care of things and wish they would go away or resolve themselves, or maybe you’re just tired of trying so hard.
We need to sit back and relax sometimes, to re-prioritize our priorities and give ourselves a break. Now you have the chance to do that and you can make the process effortless, you just have to make it – and you – a priority. It’s OK to stop and smell the roses, and the world won’t end if you do.
The three personal planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars, have been in retro phases since early December 2013, which is very rare. Their energy impacts everything we do, communication, movement and travel, all emotional connections, action, desire, anger and joy.
Do you feel like you have been missing in action in your life? This month you can start thinking about the action you would like to take, beginning with what you want and then look at what stands in your way or limits your progress. This is a great month to take twice as long to think things through, to give every outcome a chance to percolate,
Saturn goes retro about 6 months a year so we’re used to that and it’s adding energy to the suggestion that we re-create ourselves in new ways. It encourages us to deeply within and get in touch with those aspects of ourselves that we often ignore because other things and people are either more important or more insistent.
Because forward movement is a little blocked, you may take time to think things through more carefully, to expand your plans to integrate new ideas or possibilities. It’s a time to be flexible and open to new ideas, just in time to prepare for April’s energies, which are a powerful catalyst for change. And we can all celebrate now that Mercury is direct and February is over.
Have a wonderful month.
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