Astrology Highlights ...MARCH, 2016
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By

Tim Gunns
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Planetary Highlights — March, 2016— (Times PST till March 13, then PDT)

Only major aspects (conjunction, 0°; sextile, 60°; square, 90°; trine, 120°; opposition, 180°) between the sun and planets are included here. All lunar aspects (other than full and new moons) have been omitted, hence there is not an entry for every day. Aspect patterns frequently overlap; where there are several major aspects occurring on the same day, synthesize their combined characteristics to determine the overall trend, then act accordingly. But remember...YOU make the final call! An aspect's influence can last from a day or two, in the case of Mercury, Venus, or Mars, to several weeks and even months when the slower-moving 'outer' planets are involved. Times given are when aspects peak. In addition, planets periodically appear to slow down, stop, then change their orbital direction, turning Retrograde or Direct; these periods of apparent motionlessness are called Stations and for a week or two either side of them, all themes associated with the planet are greatly emphasized.

2 Venus sextile Uranus
5:13pm—An unexpected social or financial opportunity could occur; artistic inspiration abounds; a desire to "do something different" may arise; have fun with stimulating people!

4 Mercury square Mars 9:43pm—Extra patience may be called for today; communications or travel could be frustrating; avoid jumping to conclusions, impulsive actions, or blurting out something that you may later regret. Keep the intellect gainfully employed, to avoid irritability and the potential for angry outbursts; tact may be conspicuous by its absence just now; remain alert whilst traveling, the urge to "compete" could be compelling.

5 Mercury enters Pisces 2:24am (till March 21)—Intuitive and telepathic abilities increase; discerning fact from fantasy could prove challenging; maintain contact with reality. Mars enters Sagittarius 6:30pm (till May 27, when it retrogrades back into Scorpio)—Be prepared to back up your beliefs with action; crusades are in vogue; religious, cultural, or political fervor may emerge; don't foist your beliefs on others, it will surely incur resentment. Sun square Saturn 10:04pm—Responsibilities may seem particularly tiresome; obstacles to progress could create frustration; contemplate something cheerful to lift your spirits.

6 Sun sextile Pluto 8:38pm—Corporate enterprise and joint financial concerns are energized and supported; find creative ways to recycle discarded resources.

8 Sun opposition Jupiter retrograde 2:57am—Avoid impulsive behavior, act only after careful deliberation; you may be inspired to try something that you normally wouldn't consider; exercise great care and discernment with real estate investments or stock market speculation. New Moon, Total Solar Eclipse 5:54pm, at 18°56’ Pisces—Begin a dream diary...note recurring scenarios or images, valuable insight and guidance may be gleaned from them; the quest for emotional and spiritual harmony could be a high priority now, particularly in regard to your career or ambitions.

10 Mercury conjunct Neptune 10:01pm, at 09°55’ Pisces—Practice creative imagery; it may not be easy to separate reality from illusion just now; begin a dream diary.

12 Venus enters Pisces 2:24am (till April 5)—Intuition is enhanced, creative inspiration abounds; love takes on a more spiritual, idealistic quality...however, beware of self-delusion.

13 Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00am—Clocks AHEAD 1-hour.

14 Mercury square Saturn 12:26pm—Deal with tasks requiring great concentration; banish fleeting worries or frustrations, just keep the mind focused on the job in hand. Venus square Mars 1:48pm—A powerful new love attraction or desire experience may occur, but be honest with yourself because what you think you want isn't always what you need; extreme emotional reactions could be triggered simply by a thoughtless remark; avoid financial extravagance...the urge to splurge could drain precious resources; sensuality is heightened; this aspect is a good test of one's ability to cooperate [or not] with the desires of others. Mercury sextile Pluto 11:57pm—What you learn or experience now may be profound, it might even change your life...or at least your mind; implement new business or career strategies; if you've not already done so, work on your taxes today; words have even more power than usual, choose them wisely.

15 Mercury opposition Jupiter retrograde 2:42am—Communication frustrations; remain skeptical of proposals or offers that come your way now, make sure you have all the facts; try not to promise more than you can deliver; don't underestimate expenses.

16 Jupiter retrograde trine Pluto 1:26pm—All expansive and regenerative themes are powerfully emphasized, particularly spiritual self-improvement. The houses (life areas) in one's natal horoscope ruled, and also occupied, by Jupiter and Pluto can reveal one's personal evolutionary pathway...now activated by this potent transit; the current locations of Jupiter and Pluto in a horoscope indicate areas of one's life where the transforming of stagnant conditions may have become necessary in order for one to progress.

19 Vernal Equinox, Sun enters Aries 9:31pm (till April19)—New beginnings, in one form or another, could be high on the agenda for many; a pioneering, risk-taking spirit is abroad; energetic activities appeal and are more readily pursued.

20 Venus conjunct Neptune 10:46am, at 10°16’ Pisces—Judgment in business or partnership matters may be below par; however, aesthetic sensitivity is heightened; translate dreams into reality.

21 Mercury enters Aries 5:19pm (till April 5)—Be sure to note all the good, daring new ideas that come to mind now; communications are direct and to the point; feathers are easily ruffled.

23 Jupiter retrograde square Saturn 3:15am—Ambitions are aroused; however, be careful not to take on more [projects, responsibilities] than your current resources can sustain; keep expectations within realistic boundaries; practice self-discipline. Full Moon, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 5:01am, at 03°17’ Libra—The need for self-expression, and "space" within relationships is paramount; watch out for emotional fireworks! Sun conjunct Mercury 1:11pm, at 03°37’ Aries—Consider ways to broaden your horizons; be on the lookout for business or educational opportunities.

24 Mercury trine Mars 3:45pm—Sign or renegotiate business contracts, make travel plans; take a trip; get some physical, and mental, exercise.

25 Saturn stations Retrograde 3:01am, at 16°24’ Sagittarius (till Aug 13)—Review professional ambitions; if necessary, seek vocational guidance; issues from the past could re-surface for resolution; much personal growth can occur now from acknowledging, then releasing, what you once considered to be limitations or fears. Venus opposition Jupiter retrograde 4:58am—Self-discipline may be lacking now; beware of pursuing pleasures while duties go unfulfilled; safeguard your resources...financial extravagance is rampant! Venus square Saturn retrograde 9:48am—Spend some quiet time alone; a more serious than social vibe pervades the ethers; work on ways to stabilize your cash flow.

26 Sun trine Mars 3:33am—An abundance of physical energy may take some sublimating...get plenty of exercise! creative self-expression brings satisfaction; have faith in your ability to achieve. Venus sextile Pluto 4:10am—Revitalize financial or business practices; seek greater harmony in all partnerships; an intense relationship could begin for some.

29 Mercury trine Saturn retrograde 8:02pm—Consider business decisions and revise contracts; consider options to buy or sell real estate; seek vocational counseling or guidance; enhanced self control and mental discipline is a boon to creative writers, and teachers.

30 Mercury square Pluto 7:52am—There could be difficulties communicating, and perhaps some heated disagreements; people may behave furtively or appear illusive; an extra measure of self-control may be needed now; remain circumspect and avoid becoming confrontational.

31 Mercury conjunct Uranus 1:49pm, at 19°56’ Aries—Intuition is sharp; sudden changes in plans could lead to a stimulating encounter; research innovative ideas which may be of use in a new venture; review your natal horoscope for timely insights; send e-mail, texts and Tweets; upgrade computer or smartphone software..

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EXPANDED FORECAST FOR MARCH, 2016


An unexpected social or financial opportunity could occur on March 2nd, when Venus sextiles Uranus. Artistic inspiration abounds now, while a desire to "do something different" may be hard to ignore. Have fun with stimulating people!

Extra patience may be called for when Mercury squares Mars on the 4th. Communications or travel could be frustrating. Avoid jumping to conclusions, impulsive actions, or blurting out something that you may later regret. Keep the intellect gainfully employed, to avoid irritability and the potential for angry outbursts. The urge to "compete" could be compelling.

Mercury heads into dreamy Pisces on the 5th (till March 21), when unconscious desires are powerfully stimulated, while intuitive and telepathic abilities increase. Maintain contact with reality now as discerning fact from fantasy could prove challenging.

When Mars enters the expansive realm of Sagittarius also on the 5th (till May 27), be prepared to back up your beliefs and philosophies with action. Crusades are now in vogue, and religious, cultural, or political fervor may emerge. Don't foist your beliefs on others, as it will surely incur resentment.

The sun squares Saturn later on the 5th, when the flow of vitality we receive from the sun can be restricted by Saturn, bringing temporary frustrations and impatience, so you may need to exercise a greater measure of self-discipline around this juncture. This somewhat heavy aspect can illuminate personality flaws, perhaps to show where work needs to be done. Duties and responsibilities can seem onerous now. Don't expect any favors from your boss, teacher, or other authority figure just now, either. However, do persevere, as achievement will come through hard work, persistence, and disciplined effort. To lift your spirits, meditate on something cheerful or inspiring.

When the sun sextiles Pluto on the 6th, corporate enterprise and joint financial concerns are emphasized and, in general, supported. Find creative ways to recycle or reuse discarded items or resources.

On the 8th the sun moves into a precise opposition to Jupiter, a cosmic augury to avoid impulsiveness or squandering valuable resources under this highly exuberant influence. Act only after careful deliberation, as you may be inspired to tackle projects that you normally wouldn’t consider.

March's new moon arrives later on the 8th, in 19° Pisces, and is also a total solar eclipse. In the coming weeks, the quest for emotional and spiritual harmony and understanding could receive a higher priority, while creative artists may find fresh inspiration. This is a good time to begin a dream diary, or journal.

Practice creative imagery techniques on the 10th, when Mercury conjuncts Neptune. It may not be easy to separate reality from illusion just now. Begin a dream diary.

Venus enters dreamy Pisces on the 12th, when intuition is enhanced and creative inspiration abounds. Love can take on a more spiritual, idealistic quality now. However, beware of self-delusion.
Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2:00am on Sunday, March 13th so remember to turn your clocks AHEAD 1-hour.

A powerful new love attraction or desire experience may occur when Venus squares Mars on the 14th, but be honest with yourself because what you think you want isn’t necessarily what you need. Extreme emotional reactions could be triggered now simply by a thoughtless remark. Avoid financial extravagance, as the urge to splurge could drain precious resources. Sensuality is also heightened. This aspect is a good test of one’s ability to cooperate—or not—with the desires of others.

Giant Jupiter trines distant Pluto on the 16th for the second such precise (120°) alignment since October 2015. Self-improvement through creative enterprise and spiritual evolvement is encouraged now, and in the coming weeks. Relative to one's natal horoscope, the present house locations of Jupiter and Pluto indicate the life areas in which the transformation of stagnant conditions may have become necessary, in order for further evolutionary progress and personal growth to be made.

Spring arrives with the vernal equinox on March 19th, as the sun makes its grand entrance into tropical Aries—the first zodiacal sign—where it will remain for the next thirty days, invigorating humankind, animal, and plant alike, prompting mother nature to spring forth into life, causing the sap to rise and new growth to begin in earnest. Spring is the season of initiation, pulsating with the vibrant energy and vigor of Mars—ruler of the dynamic sign, Aries—and filled with the impetus for new beginnings. As with New Year’s Day, consider what you want to accomplish in the next twelve months and, with increased determination, go after it! Energetic activities have greater appeal and are more readily pursued.

Aesthetic sensitivity is heightened as earthy Venus conjuncts mysterious Neptune on the 20th, in 11° Pisces, when it may be possible to transform dreams into reality. However, judgment in business or partnership matters may be somewhat below par, while caution is advised in financial matters.

Be sure to note all the good, daring new ideas that come to mind once Mercury enters Aries on the 21st (till April 5). Communications are direct and to the point, and feathers are easily ruffled.

Expansive Jupiter and restrictive Saturn square off precisely on the 23rd, heightening one's predisposition towards either optimism (Jupiter) or pessimism (Saturn). Expansion and contraction are conflicting influences at this time, when measured progress is the order of the day. Ambitions are powerfully aroused now. However, be careful not to take on more projects or responsibilities than your current resources can sustain. The wise will keep their expectations within realistic boundaries, and exercise greater self-discipline.

March's full moon, also on the 23rd, is also a penumbral lunar eclipse, which culminates in 04° Libra, when the need for self-expression, and "space" within relationships assumes greater importance. Watch out for emotional fireworks for a day or two around this juncture.

When the sun and Mercury align in conjunction in 04° Aries later on the 23rd, you'll be more inclined to express your thoughts and views. This is often a planetary transit that coincides with important announcements. Be on the lookout for business or educational opportunities. Attend to backlogged communications now.

Mercury trines Mars on the 24th, a prime time to sign or negotiate business contracts or agreements. Make travel plans. Be sure to get some physical, and mental, exercise today.

Saturn, planetary ruler of career and lord of karma, stations Retrograde on the 25th, in 17° Sagittarius (till August 1). Take the time during this period to review your professional or educational ambitions; if necessary, seek vocational guidance. Issues from the past could resurface for resolution. Much personal growth can occur now from acknowledging, then releasing, fears, and what you once considered to be limitations.

Self-discipline may be lacking when Venus opposes Jupiter later on the 25th. Beware of pursuing pleasures while duties go unfulfilled. Safeguard your resources, as financial extravagance will be rampant now.

Later on the 25th, when Venus squares Saturn, spend some quiet time alone. A more serious than social vibe pervades the ethers. Work on ways to stabilize your cash flow.

An abundance of physical energy may take some sublimating when the sun trines Mars on the 26th, so be sure to get plenty of exercise! Creative self-expression brings satisfaction.

Consider business decisions and revise contracts when Mercury trines Saturn on the 29th. Consider options to buy or sell real estate. Seek vocational counseling or guidance. Enhanced self control and mental discipline is a boon to creative writers, and teachers.

There could be difficulties communicating when Mercury squares Pluto on the 30th, and perhaps some heated disagreements. People may behave furtively or appear illusive. An extra measure of self-control may be needed now. Remain circumspect and avoid becoming confrontational.

A mentally stimulating conjunction between Mercury and Uranus occurs on the 31st, when sudden changes in plans or to schedules are possible. Startling information could come your way, while a stimulating chance encounter is also possible. Research innovative strategies and ideas which could be useful in a new venture. Review your natal horoscope for timely insights. Upgrade computer software or technology. Back up important data files.

Tim Gunns is an astrological writer and consultant with over 25 years experience, a conference coordinator and producer, new age market and speaker consultant to the entertainment industry, formerly program director of the Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo, and of the national Whole Life Expos, and co-producer of the 1st Los Angeles Sound Healing Conference in 2008. To help you to better understand yourself and those you closely interact with, Tim prepares personalized no-nonsense interpretations of Natal Horoscopes ($40), Future Forecast Transit Reports ($75 for 1 full year) and two kinds of Relationship Compatibility analyses ($45 each). Private consultations with Tim by phone may also be scheduled, which must be pre-paid and scheduled in advance. Send Name (as you'd like it to appear on the chart), Date of Birth, time (as close as possible), place of birth (city/country, etc.) for each person, and return address & phone# to: Tim Gunns, 110 Hilltop Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786, USA, or phone 828-452-7885 or email: tgearthstar@aol.com to schedule a Consultation. Payment can be made via Paypal to tgearthstar@aol.com

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