A feeling of being pulled by two different worlds or realities will continue this month, but as the month progresses this will start to ease. Those two realities are extreme, in that you're being pulled by the past and the future, in what is an extreme game of 'tug of war', with you in the middle. That you're being drawn by the past at this time of year is not surprising, for with the Sun returning to Aries on the 20th March, you're in the final weeks of an old solar year. Yet with Mars in Aries since late January and Venus since early February, as far as your heart and the things you're passionate about are concerned, the future is already here and needs to be seized. Yet that pull between wanting to get stuck into life and a need for reflection isn't the only balancing act you're playing this month, with your personal and relationship needs requiring some give and take. There is a difference between balancing the closing of old doors and the opening of new doors and the balancing act between your personal and relationship needs and it all comes down to pressure. There is no pressure between the final weeks of your old solar year and the new doors already opening. This does mean that you'll need to balance getting excited about new options, but still taking time out to reflect, but there should be no pressure. There is however likely to be some personal and/or relationship tensions, as an opposition between Jupiter in your relationship sector and a line up of planets in Aries continues to play you out. Most of this came to a head last month with the worst already over, easing right back from mid March. Yet with this is your best chance in over a decade to find a real and authentic balance between your personal and relationship needs, while raising the bar on both fronts. Mars' departure from Aries will take a lot of heat out of things, while his return to your income sector will kick off the most lucrative months of 2017.
While the work tension and job pressure that came to a head last month is likely to still be running high in the early days of the month, it will then start dropping back dramatically. This has been a strange one for you, in that this is not usually something you have to deal with and especially not at this time of year. Yes, the last few months have given career and professional matters a boost, but with the Sun always spending the last 10 days of January and the first three weeks of February in your career sector, that was par for the course. You don't usually have work tension and job pressure at this time of year, because there is never usually any focus on job matters at all. Yet for the first time in 12 years you have lucky Jupiter in your work sector, meaning that where there is pressure there is also opportunity. In his first full month in retrograde motion, Jupiter is focused on making the most of the past, second chances and untapped potential on the job front. This couldn't be a problem, except a line up of planets in an intuitive and imaginative part of your chart would rather you spent your time navel gazing. If you haven't already, there's a need to see this as simply a call to working smarter, keeping your work hat on but honouring a need for time to hear yourself think. Tensions will have already begun dropping back by the time you reach the 10th March, but even if they haven't this is the point that everything will change. On one hand this will take Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos out of the mix and out of opposition with Jupiter in your work sector. Yet it is Mars' return to Taurus that will all of a sudden see your energy levels, passions and fighting spirit kick in. From that point on you'll lose your taste for navel gazing, ready to get stuck into the things that excite you, professionally and personally.
For you March is always the epicentre of the launch of any new professional year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of March in your career sector. While that is still the case, the epicentre itself shifted this year, with January when most of the momentum was invested. Mars, who returned to your career sector just before Christmas was here until late January, allowing you to begin the year with your professional dreams and passions aligned. Venus moved through from early January to early February and together with Mars they provided the momentum and motivation that will continue to drive this professional year. Even a solar eclipse in the closing days of February has given the push to start tying up loose ends. Normally March is when things are just getting started, but with Mercury leaving on the 14th March and the Sun on the 20th March, you're tying up loose ends and finalising what has been more than an annual push. However, don't be surprised if you end the month with a sense that there is unfinished business, with Venus returning for a rare and unexpected double dip visit early next month. In the meantime, a social focus that doesn't normally kick in until the Sun returns to your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking on the 20th March, began in earnest last month. So much so, that from the get go you have moved into some powerful, stunning and serendipitous conditions for friendship and relationship building. In the meantime, don't be surprised if from the 10th March you find some of the wind taken out of your sails. For this is when Mars will return to a reflective part of your chart, beginning the six week wind down of your current Mars cycle. Before returning to Gemini later next month, here Mars will bring a much needed chance to recharge your batteries.
While the work/life balance issues and tensions from the last month and in fact since late last year will follow you into the new month, it won't take long to feel like you are finally winning the battle. That is despite the fact that stunning developments on the career front will continue to unfold this month and in fact, will get better as the month progresses. It is the Sun that is already helping to keep things in perspective, allowing you to see work/life balance not as a challenge to somehow overcome, but an opportunity to be seized. Just as work/life balance tensions really started to bite late last month, when home and professional forces moved into opposition, the Sun's return to an adventurous part of your chart brought some much needed perspective. You can't embrace a sense of adventure without the right work/life balance and that was incentive enough, but it was also the friendly support the Sun brought, as well as a reminder that it's all about the journey. Lucky Jupiter is in your home and family sector until October and with support continuing after he leaves, you have the whole year to make home and family matters a priority. This is acting as a buffer for the worst of any pressure and tension, while providing an incentive to get it right. Yet with some stunning career developments continuing to unfold and home and family matters becoming even more important, you don't need much motivation. The one planet that is providing some surprising support is Saturn, the hard taskmaster of the cosmos. This is not a planet that you normally associate with support. Yet moving through your work sector Saturn is the key to working smarter, staying on track and remaining focused. Best of all Saturn is on friendly terms with a line up of planets in your career sector, but also with lucky Jupiter in your home and family sector. Saturn can see both sides of the coins and will send very clear messages on when you need to have your work hat on and when to take it off.
This is always an important time of year for money matters, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of March in your financial sector. While that is still the case a combination of a lack of last year's challenges, the fact that you probably already have a jump on money matters and other dominant players, means this won't be as demanding as it has been. In fact, with Venus and Mars having already moved through your financial sector and a solar eclipse late last month, you will find this is more about tying up loose ends. You have Mercury's smart head for money to work with until he leaves on the 14th March, while the Sun will keep the solar spotlight on your financial situation and money matters until leaving your financial sector on the 20th March. However, that isn't the end to the opportunities, with Venus retrograding back in for a rare double dip visit early next month. Another reason why money matters aren't likely to be so demanding this year, is that there are too many distractions. This is mainly coming from a stunning line up of planets in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery, with a lot of help from Saturn, who has all of a sudden decided to become the Fun Police. There is every reason for both financial and professional confidence, especially once Mars returns to your career sector on the 10th March, however playful and adventurous forces are still too strong to be ignored. In fact, ignore them at your peril, with some very real tension if you try and stay in your comfort zone. There is a passion for adventure that is fighting back, ready to challenge your excuses. This month not only brings a chance to start ticking things off your bucket list, it demands that you do.
The normal pattern for March is that there will be a lot of focus on your relationships, often in a challenging way and that the focus will then slowly shift onto your financial situation and money matters, with a chance in to the later part of the month to take care of any financial housekeeping. Well, this year the gods are throwing away the script, bringing anything but a typical March. Yes, as is always the case the Sun will be in your relationship sector until the 20th March and will then shift the solar spotlight onto your financial situation and money matters, but apart from that nothing is the same. Missing are the relationship challenges and instead there is nothing but support. A solar eclipse late last month brought a chance to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead, yet after you'd already spent months getting to the heart of what you're fighting for. Until leaving on the 14th March Mercury will keep the communication lines open, but is in a hurry to get to your financial sector. Yet it is clear that money matters haven't waited for you, having come to life with a vengeance in late January. Yet it was in the second half of February that financial tensions started rising, due to the fact that for the first time in 12 years you have lucky Jupiter in your income sector. Both income and money matters are benefiting from pressure by the other, raising the bar on both fronts. With Mars in your financial sector until the 10th March, your financial passions and fighting spirit are already fuelled, giving you the confidence to make some bold financial moves, especially on the home, family and/or property fronts. Mercury's return four days after Mars leaves will swap the warrior planet's hot headed enthusiasm with a smart head for money. This is when you'll start getting money matters under control, but not before having achieved some real breakthroughs.
You can be forgiven for thinking that this is anything but your luckiest and most expansive year for personal growth and opportunities in over a decade. Though despite any pressure you might be under, you will know in your heart that you're being pushed out of your comfort zone, but also standing up for the things that are important to you. When lucky Jupiter returned to Libra in September he not only kicked off a 13 month stay that is making this your most expansive year in over a decade, but a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion. This is your foundation year, a year for finding yourself and your most authentic path forward. Jupiter turned retrograde early last month, with his first full month in retrograde motion a chance to reflect. Yet an opposition with a line up of planets in your relationship sector late last month, not only brought personal and/or relationship tensions to a head, but seems to have put every man and his dog's need before your own. Or at least that's how it will feel, with any tension coming from the fact that you're fighting back, asking 'what about me'. That's when you're able to wake up to the fact that this was all part of the plan, with the universe testing just how many times your own needs can be blocked before you start fighting back. This really is a stunning month for relationship matters, but also an important month for personal growth. Once you figure out how to balance the two you'll turn this into a real opportunity. The heat will go out of this when Mars leaves your relationship sector on the 10th March. At the same time, Mars' return will bring a chance to direct all that warrior energy into your financial situation and money matters. March will always be an important month for work matters, but where in most years you're just getting the ball rolling by this point in the year, this year you're already tying up loose ends.
There are a couple of things that are keeping some manic, busy and at times stressful work forces in perspective this month, fortunately without taking away from the massive progress possible. Even just having Mars in your work sector was going to make this the busiest point of the year and in fact, the busiest point in two year. However, Mars has come along just as work and job matters that have been building for the last seven years finally come together, with a massive triple alignment in the final days of February still unfolding. Until Mars leaves your work sector on the 10th March don't expect this manic pace to drop back, but you should see a lot of the pressure ease back before then. The problem comes from the fact that you not only have Jupiter on the other side of the sky in a reflective part of your chart, but in opposition with this stunning line up of work forces. You're in the final year of a 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion and Jupiter is not happy about having your work hat on 24/7. Any work tension and job pressure is simply Jupiter trying to pull things back and can be eliminated or at least handled by appreciating that both sides are right, choosing to work smarter, knowing when you need to take time out. As I said, there is a number of things keeping this in perspective. The first is Saturn's presence in your income sector, allowing you to keep an eye on where the money is and at the same time making it easier to prioritise. Another thing keeping things in perspective is Venus' retrograde turn in your work sector on the 4th March, taking away your taste for the fast lane. The final advantage is a line up of planets in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart. This brings a reminder that life can't be all work and no play. By the 14th March you should have a handle on work matters, as opposed to it possibly having a hold on you to start with.
While you're likely to notice that those around you are stressed this is something that you're largely immune to. The planet itself is under pressure from a massive opposition between Jupiter and most of the planets aligned in fellow Fire sign Aries, but you're unlikely to be impacted in the way that the majority of your cosmic mates are. There are a number of reasons for that. The first is the nature of the areas of your chart this is impacting, namely your romantic and friendship sectors. At most this is going to challenge your excuses and push you out of your comfort zone. The second is your relationships to the main players this month. Saturn is a critical player this month, in that while there is a major opposition in effect, he is on friendly terms of both sides. Moving through Sagittarius, this is giving you a sense of confidence and personal empowerment, but it also means that you're the one that others are likely to come to for support. Sensing in you something calm, steady and confident, you're the rock that most will want around them. As your friendship sector is under pressure, it could be that your biggest challenge this month is supporting and being there for others. Jupiter is putting a massive amount of pressure on the planets moving through Aries, but for you that turns into a massive advantage. For that mass of planets are located in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart and they include Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion. With Mars always ready to fight back and from the 4th March Venus bringing the potential for second chances, this has simply declared war on old excuses. This will also keep Mars' return to your work sector on the 10th March in check, able to enjoy the benefits and opportunities this will open up on the work and job fronts, without life becoming all work and no play.
The key to getting a handle of any work/life balance tension at the start of the month is to first realise that this is an opportunity and not a problem. Nothing is broken that needs fixing and instead there is a chance to find that kind of balance that both sides will benefit from. The second thing to realise is that it is all about working smarter. With lucky Jupiter spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector in 12 years, there was always going to be a need to pull back. Jupiter is here until October, in retrograde motion until early June and other forces will keep career matters in play right through to December. Even without a line up of planets on the home front demanding their share of your attention, work/life balance and pacing yourself were always going to be important. This is simply forcing the issue and demanding that it be dealt with now. For as far as the planets lined up in your home and family sector are concerned, they're not here to create challenges and instead to bring some real opportunities across the home, family and/or property fronts. Until leaving on the 10th March Mars is giving you the passion, energy and motivation to get stuck in, make things happen and get things done. Venus will spend the whole of March in your home and family sector, but from the 4th March will turn retrograde, holding the doors open to the past and second chances. This is a big month for your home and professional lives and it's just a matter of figuring out how to balance things. Keep things in perspective as some fun, playful, romantic and creative forces, along with a sense of adventure, are both fighting back within a few days of each other. It begins with Mars' return to your romantic and creative sector on the 10th March, where he'll spend the next six weeks fuelling your romantic and creative passions. Just three days later a Full Moon in an adventurous part of your chart on the 13th March will unleash a sense of work/life balance. By that point you'll be ready to see work/life balance as the gift that it is.
While there is a lot of pressure this month, something that began last month, this is something that you're largely immune from. It's not that you won't feel any pressure or tension, but it is not touching sensitive areas of your chart or areas that will make life difficult. If there are to be challenges it might be that you're feeling frustrated, hemmed in and can't embrace a sense of freedom and adventure in the way that you want to. This could be felt as mental pressure or communication challenges. However, don't go looking for this, creating challenges where there are none. In most cases there are more opportunities than challenges, so you mightn't even see then as a problem. An opposition with Jupiter in an adventurous part of your chart is making the planet of luck and expansion fight harder to get your attention, challenging old excuses. With the door open to the past and second chances, this couldn't come with better timing. Any mental pressure or communication challenges will almost solve themselves, with the potential for some major Eureka moments and communication breakthroughs. It's as though you needed that pressure, forcing you to think outside the square and push through communication barriers. Another reason why you're mostly immune to this is because you don't have time to dwell on things. Your birthday month ended on the 19th February, but Mercury only left Aquarius in the closing days of February. As you move into March you've got your plans, intensions and resolutions for this new solar year under your belt and the real journey can now begin. This month has a lot of focus on income matters, with a real opportunity for a breakthrough. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of March in your income sector, but this year you have none of last year's challenges, but a lot of professional momentum under your belt, ready to bear fruit. There will also be a valuable chance to focus on home, family and/or property matters this month, especially from the 10th March.
March can be a challenging month for you or at least it was last year. With the Sun in Pisces until the 20th March, this is your birthday month and the start of a new solar year. Yet while there are still relationship matters in play, instead of the challenges last year there is now nothing but opportunities. In particular support from the communication gods is creating some special conditions on both the communication and relationship fronts. Mars' return to your communication sector on the 10th March will add to that support. While your relationships are in safe hands, there is a lot less pressure on you and your birthday month and with your new solar year having had a head start, you'll find that instead of just starting to explore your options, you already know what you want from the coming year and you're ready to fight for it. Venus and Mars have both moved through Pisces, giving you a clear sense of what you want and what excites you long before your birthday month even began. Mercury will leave Pisces on the 14th March and the Sun on the 20th March, bringing your birthday month to an end. However, don't be surprised if you still have unanswered questions or unfinished business, for you're unlikely to be ready to fully commit to the journey ahead. As usual your instincts are right, for with Venus returning for a double dip visit early next month, there are still opportunities to be tapped into. While your birthday month ends on the 20th March, with Venus back in Pisces from the 3rd April to the 29th April, it is your heart that will have the final say and nearly the whole of April to say it. While there might appear to be challenges this month financially, financial tensions are likely to still be running high in the early part of the month. However, the accent is on the word 'appear', for there is nothing but opportunities across the income and financial fronts. There is even the potential for a major income breakthrough.