Both the past and the future will be claiming your attention this month, for while in the final weeks of your old solar year there's a need for reflection, soul searching and looking back through the rear view mirror, thanks to Venus and Mars' return to your sign last month the new doors are already opening. With Venus in your sign until the 17th March and Mars until the 1st April, they're already fuelling your desires for the future, a sense of what excites you, your passions and fighting spirit, long before the Sun returns to kick off your birthday month and new solar year on the 21st March. Last year Venus didn't return until the 3rd May and Mars didn't visit at all, with your heart not having its say until the launch of your new solar year was a done deal and no chance to get a sense of what excites you. This year both Venus and Mars are making sure they get in first, with your heart and passions having a say in how your new solar year will play out, before it even begins. Yet at the same time the final weeks of your old solar year is an important time for review, closing old doors and looking back at the journey this past solar year has taken you on. However, there is no doubt that the year is speeding up, with a Full Moon in your work sector on the 6th March giving work matters a push, just 11 days before Venus' return to your income sector on the 17th March opens the door to the most lucrative months of 2015. At the same time a sense of adventure and playfulness will not only deepen, but in the second half of the year doors to the past and second chances will be open on both fronts.
While your birthday month and new solar year won't begin until later next month, you won't even begin the month long wind down of this current solar year until the 21st March, yet by then new doors will already be opening thanks to Venus, your ruling planet's return to your sign on the 17th March. Last year Venus didn't return until the 29th May, after your birthday month was over and the course was already set for your current solar year, giving your heart a say after the fact. While Venus didn't arrive until late Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos didn't return at all, yet due to return on the 1st April, just hours after the month ends, both will have a huge input into your new solar year, long before it even begins. While Venus won't return until the 17th March and until then she'll be more focused on taking your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane, a busy month is giving you plenty of food for thought. The launch of your new professional year, that should have run its course last month, still has several days to run, with Mercury staying on in your career sector until the 13th March to tie up loose ends. You'll have a chance, in the early days of the week, to address any work/life balance issues, this time once and for all. As is always the case in March, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of March in your friendship sector, there is a lot of focus on social matters, friendship building and on personal and professional networking. It's a Full Moon in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on the 6th March, while Venus is taking your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane, that will not only bring a reminder of what you might be missing out on, but clues to some lucky developments midyear. With Venus, planet of love returning to your sign on the 17th March and your luckiest year for love in over a decade kicking off in August, the love gods will be paying attention during this Full Moon.
In the early days of the year Venus, Mercury and Mars were all in an adventurous part of your chart, allowing you to begin the year with a desire and a passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences. Since then Venus and Mars have not only moved on, but having spent much of last month and the later days of January getting your new professional year up to speed, they have moved on again, putting the focus this month on friendship and relationship building. Yet the one planet that hasn't moved on is Mercury, planet of communication and smart thinking and your ruling planet, who having returned to your sector of travel, adventure, learning and discovery on the 5th January for what is normally a 2 week visit, he's still here, digging his toes in and refusing to leave. With your professional star still on the rise and life getting busier, who can blame Mercury from wanting to keep a sense of adventure alive, yet he comes to a point where he can no long procrastinate, but he also has to face the music. Mercury knows that when he eventually leaves on the 13th March he'll join the Sun in your career sector, continuing what Venus and Mars started and that between the New Moon in your career sector on the 20th March and his departure on the 31st March, it will be his job to tie up loose ends. While Mercury is hanging on to a sense of adventure for as long as possible, knowing that once he leaves you're on your own, he'll face what the other planets before him faced, which is an opposition with Jupiter on the 1st/2nd March. This is when your excuses will be challenged and Jupiter, moving through a smart and intellectually savvy part of your chart, will challenge a planet that has been here long enough for you to know your options. Yet Mercury is smart and intellectually savvy and Jupiter is coming from a smart and intellectually savvy place, so this is an opportunity to not only walk the talk, but come up with a game plan that keeps a sense of adventure alive long after he moves on.
While March is always the month when things start to move professionally, this is not only not usually until later in the month, with the Sun's return to your career sector on the 21st March getting the ball rolling, based on last year's experience it's not something you would particularly look forward to. Yet this is the month where the contrast between where things stood this time last year and where they stand this year is likely to be so stark, that you can't help but realise these are very different times. Last year you not only had Mars in your home and family sector throughout the most active professional months of the year, but a lot of not only work/life balance tension and challenges, but personal and/or relationship tension as well. March/April 2014 were some of the most challenging months on record and the professional gods had zero support. Venus didn't even return to your career sector until May, long after the Sun had left and Mars didn't return at all, so your heart, professional desires, passions and your chances of success were severely limited. Fast forward a year and the contrast couldn't be starker. It was on the 20th February that Mars returned to your career sector, followed by Venus just a day later, not only returning to get the chance they didn't get last year, but to find the pressure from the past gone, for the first time in 12 years you now have lucky Jupiter in your income sector and for the first time in 27 years Saturn in your work sector. While this creates a huge month for income, work and career matters and a taste of things to come, it won't be at the expense of a sense of adventure. In fact, almost every aspect of your life, even financially and within your relationships, is falling into place, though there may be a little bit of financial tension in the early days, which will soon transform into a new sense of resolve. This is a month where you may start to worry that things are a little too good to be true, but not only are things really coming together for you Astrologically, you're experiencing the first full month of the Year of the Goat/Sheep, a year that is especially favourable for Cancereans.
There are three main influences grabbing your attention this month, but in a way that they're not competing with each other and while operating in different compartments, won't impinge on the other. Those three influences are your relationships, money matters and a sense of adventure, with all three coming together this month. To start with there may be some personal and/or relationship tension, as for the fourth but also for the last time since New Year's Day, planets moving through your relationship sector move into opposition with Jupiter, in your sign. January/February are always the most active months of any year for relationship matters, but for the first time in 12 years the planets have returned to find Jupiter in your sign, who is refusing to let relationship needs come before your own needs, at the same time that relationship forces have demanded that they came first. Having first moved into opposition with Mars, then Venus and early last month the Sun, the last planet to stand up to Jupiter is Mercury, planet of communication, on the 1st/2nd March. This is not only the last standoff, but having returned to your relationship sector on the 5th January for what should have been a 2 week visit, Mercury has been here long enough to know how to help turn this into an opportunity for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough. There'll be no more tests after this, with Mercury remaining in your relationship sector until the 13th March, ensuring to the end that the communication lines are open. In the meantime, while the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of March in your financial sector, by the time he returned last month your financial desires, passions and fighting spirit were already fuelled. Mercury's return on the 13th March will bring the smart head for money needed to bring things home. While Venus will return to your career sector on the 17th March, opening the door to some of the best professional months of the year, she'll work with Mars, who will carry on after she leaves, to fuel a desire and a passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences.
There are two things you know for sure you'll experience in March and that's the solar focus will be on both your relationships and money matters, but usually not at the same time. Last year the Sun was the first to reach your relationship sector in February and the first to reach your financial sector on the 21st March, in both cases working with planets that are on duty 365 days a year, shifting the solar spotlight from one to the other. In both instances Venus didn't return until after the Sun had left, returning to your relationship sector after your relationship course had been set and again after the launch of your new financial year was over and Mars didn't visit either, giving your heart very little say and a chance to establish what excites you and your passions no say at all. Fast forward a year and things are very different. By the time the Sun returned to your relationship sector on the 19th February both Venus and Mars were already in their final days, beginning your annual relationship review with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships, before it even began. With the Sun staying on in your relationship sector until the 21st March, Mercury here from the 13th March to the 31st March and a New Moon on the 20th March, the job of putting your relationships on the course they'll continue on will remain a work in progress all month. At the same time, while the solar focus won't move onto financial matters until the 21st March, you'll move into the month with Venus and Mars, who had little say last year, in total control, fuelling your financial desires, passions and fighting spirit, along with the laws of attraction and synchronicity. There'll be another treat in the later part of the month, with Venus' return to your sector of travel, adventure, learning and discovery on the 17th March opening the door to some of the most adventurous months of the year. Last year Venus didn't return here until the end of May, right in the middle of the most professionally charged months of the year, with little chance to embrace a sense of adventure. If you do travel in the later days of the month it will be for pleasure, but even if it's for business you'll end up having a lot of fun.
Chances are there could be some hesitation as you move into the new month but solely and I stress solely because of old triggers. If you look back to March 2014 and especially if it's the last thing you want to do, preferring instead to block it out, you'll remember some very stressful times, with a lot of tension and pressure, with a massive amount of work/life balance and personal and/or relationship tension thrown in together with any other pressures or tensions that wanted to join the party. This was all triggered by the planets returning to your relationship sector, something that is not only happening this month, but has already begun, hence old fears returning. It's just as well then that the two planets holding your hand as you move into the new month are Venus, your ruling planet and the planet that will always have your back and the one planet who didn't contribute to last year's challenges and Mars, the planet who was the main cause of last year's challenges. Last year was so challenging because Mars not only spent over 8 months in your sign, in opposition with relationship forces, but it came as Jupiter was not only at a tough aspect to both Libra and your relationship sector, but in opposition with Pluto. The months leading up to and surrounding April 2014 were some of the toughest you've ever been through and this year the planets are here to turn things around and hopefully bring some healing and closure. This year Mars isn't on the other side of the sky, he's with Venus and together they're spicing up your relationships with something special, in the same way that they got things moving on the work front last month and in a way that has nothing to do with reality checks. At the same time Mercury is staying on in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart until the 13th March, working to ensure that for as long as possible you maintain a balance between work and play. It's on the 17th March that Venus will turn her attention onto money matters, in what is likely to be an auspicious way.
For starters, before even moving into the month and even before looking at this month's cosmic conditions, the first full month of the Year of the Goat/Sheep already has things looking good. Cancereans, Scorpios and Pisceans all fair well in this year, always one of your better years in a 12 year cycle. This is being borne out by this month's conditions, which are especially favourable for income, work and career matters, something that is being driven by Venus and Mars' return to your work sector last month, but has simply been a trigger for opportunities pending on all three fronts. Venus and Mars got off to an especially auspicious start and while Venus will leave your work sector on the 17th March, returning to create something special on the relationship front, Mars will stay on until the 1st April, here when the Sun returns on the 21st March and Mercury on the 31st March, to keep the momentum going. With lucky Jupiter spending his last full month in retrograde motion in your career sector and due to turn direct on the 9th April, this is the start of a major professional comeback. However, with the Sun in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart until the 21st March and Mercury here from the 13th March to the 31st March, the Fun Police will be on patrol all month, making sure that life doesn't become all work and no play. In the meantime, the early part of the month is especially important for home and family matters, so much so that there's a need to pay attention to any work/life balance tension in the early days of the month. On the 1st/2nd March Mercury, the last remaining planet in your home and family sector, will move into opposition with Jupiter in your career sector, the last of four oppositions since New Year's Day. Considering how busy this month is destined to be, this is something that you need to address at the very start of the month, something you'll benefit from for weeks and months to come.
You have a busy month on your hands and with so much going on it's just as well that you have a full 31 days to play with, rather than last month's short 28 days. You'll need every one of those days, but also to work with Mercury, planet of communication in his final days in your communication sector to ensure the communication lines are open. Having returned to your communication sector on the 5th March for what should have been a 2 weeks visit, by the time he eventually leaves on the 13th March he'll have given more than enough support to ensure the communication lines are open, so much so that you're likely to find your excuses being challenged. In the meantime, the solar focus will always be on home and family matters in the first 3 weeks of March, switching to matters of the heart with the Sun's departure from your home and family sector and return to your romantic and creative sector on the 21st March. This year the lines have not only been blurred, but there are some real opportunities on both fronts. By the time the Sun returned to your home and family sector on the 19th February Venus and Mars were in their final days, leaving you with a clear sense of what you want and of what you're fighting for, with the Sun staying on and Mercury moving through from the 13th March to the 31st March to tie up loose ends and make things happen. In the meantime, while matters of the heart don't usually come under the solar spotlight until the 21st March, Venus didn't return until May last year and Mars not at all, both are already here as you move into the new month, fuelling your romantic desires, passions and fighting spirit. Venus will leave on the 17th March but Mars will stay on, ensuring that even though this is when new doors will open on the work front, using a Full Moon in your career sector on the 6th March as leverage, you're able to maintain a balance between work and play.
March is always a month where communication in all its different forms becomes a lot more important, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of March in your communication sector, before shifting the solar spotlight onto home and family matters from the 21st March. This year the lines are blurred, with the focus on home and family matters from the get go and Mercury, who won't return to your communication sector until the 13th March, staying on until the 31st March, ensuring that there is support all month to keep the communication lines are open. It was Mars' return to your home and family sector on the 20th February and Venus' return just a day later on the 21st February, that triggered a 4 day alignment and your first chance in several years to get a sense of what you want, where your heart stands, of what excites you and your passions before your annual review even begins. By the time Venus leaves your home and family sector on the 17th March the Sun will still be 4 days away and she'll end her visit before the reality checks begin, making it all about establishing what you do and don't want, knowing that more practical forces will take care of the details. In the meantime, Venus is off to create something special and something she didn't get much of a chance to do last year or for the last few years, which is to create a sense of romance in its own little bubble. Yes, Venus did return to your romantic sector last year but it wasn't until the 29th May, long after the Sun had been and gone and reality checks had already laid down the foundations and in both 2013 and 2014 she returned to find Saturn in opposition, creating a real wet blanket. This year Venus returns to not only find Saturn gone, but no other planets here, the Sun and his reality checks not kicking in until the 20th April and Mars returning on the 1st April to help fuel your romantic passions and fighting spirit.
While the Sun left your sign on the 19th February, bringing your birthday month to an end, the job of getting your new solar year up to speed and finalising your game plan for the coming year didn't end and won't until Mercury leaves on the 13th March. Mercury, planet of communication and smart thinking returned to your sign on the 5th January for what should have been a 2 week visit, one that should have ended either before the Sun returned on the 20th January to kick off your birthday month and new solar year or at the very least should have ended in the early days. Instead, Mercury is not only still here, he and his intellectual savvy and articulation have helped you to weather a few storms, but also forced you to keep your mind and your options open. The launch of your new solar year isn't complete until the last of the annual planets moves through, for until then the door is open to a change of mind, as is the case this year or as was the case last year, when Venus was late to arrive and leave, leaving the door open to a change of heart. However, the one thing Mercury can't avoid, though he's been trying to, is an opposition with Jupiter in your relationship sector, something that Mars, Venus and the Sun have all had to do. By the time Mercury moves into opposition with Jupiter on the 1st/2nd March, this will be the fourth but also the last of four oppositions between personal and/or relationship forces, this time with an opportunity for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough. It's after Mercury eventually leaves your sign that he'll join the Sun in your income sector, where already the money gods have been gaining some serious traction since Mars and Venus returned in January. Having both left last month, the Sun and eventually Mercury will carry on their legacy, with a New Moon in your income sector on the 20th March a chance to draw a new line in the sand. While there will be some personal and/or relationship tension in the early days of the month, this not only involves Mercury, planet of communication, but moving into the month with Venus and Mars in your communication sector, this is more likely to be an opportunity rather than a challenge. You've reached an important month for friendship and relationship building, with home and family matters getting a special boost from the 17th March.
March is always your month, the month when you're more likely to feel empowered and the king or queen of your world. With the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of March in Pisces this is the start of your birthday month and new solar year, an opportunity for new beginnings and a fresh start. This year you're likely to be feeling a lot more confident about the coming year than you did last year and that's for a number of reasons. One reason is that this is the first full month of the Year of the Goat/Sheep, a year that is especially favourable for Pisceans. Another reason is that when the Sun returned to your sign on the 19th February Mars and Venus were just getting ready to leave, Mars on the 20th February and Venus on the 21st February, meaning that by the time your birthday month and new solar year even began, you had a good sense of where your heart stood, what you do and don't want and of what excites you and your passions. This is significant, because last year Venus didn't return until after your birthday month was over and the course for your new solar year had already been set and Mars didn't return at all, with nothing to fuel your motivation, passions and fighting spirit. The other reason why you're likely to be feeling a lot more confident and empowered this year, is the fact that Mars and Venus' return to your income sector last month has not only opened the door to the most lucrative months of 2015, with March the most auspicious, but has created triggers and ripples that will see work and career matters come into play as well. From the 15th March the doors to the past, second chances and untapped potential will be open on both the work and career fronts, at the same time that new income opportunities are unfolding. Venus will peel herself away from this, with her return to your communication sector on the 17th March something she's able to do on her own, focused exclusively on giving your relationships and heart a voice, something you might need after a Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 6th March.