We are being encouraged to remain open to the present groundless moment, to a direct, unarmored participation with our experience. Moving in the direction of nothing to hold on to is daring. We will not initially experience it as a thrilling, alive, wonderful way to be. How many of us feel ready to interrupt our habitual patterns, our almost instinctual ways of getting comfortable? – Pema Chodron
Hello friends. Well it’s that time of year again. The preparatory journey to the big Cosmic “clearout” before Spring (Fall) Equinox arrives on 3.20.14. I have included this quote by Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron, because I feel it illustrates the energy of March beautifully. This month we will have Sun, Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, which will accentuate the mystical and the inspirational; as well as providing us with plenty of cosmic energies to be used in our own healing and evolution to lead to a “direct, unarmored participation with our experience.” This in and of itself can be frightening to egoic/ordinary mind that feels much safer with “all its ducks in a row.” This is definitely a month to take perhaps many small leaps of faith, knowing that the Universe has our backs so to speak, and that all is well ultimately. The purpose of this cosmically is to drop patterning and energies that are no longer in service to our higher self and goals, so we can step through the gateway of the Equinox feeling more clear, inspired and free from energies and thoughtforms that would be considered impediments to our goals.
This karmic clearing/healing cycle is something that occurs every year with the Lenten season and Sun in Pisces, but this year it feels significantly different and more potent. With every passing year in the Cardinal Cross years (2010-2016) we have been called to be more present and authentic in our own experience. Be mindful of certain people, situations and things passing out of our lives especially during this period. This actually started in February and will be continuing throughout the month. It’s certainly okay and understandable to feel sadness or grief for what we are being called to release, but to remain attached can cause needless suffering. The energies of March for many, can initiate a cycle of karmic acceleration as well which I have observed in my years as an energy reporter.
I have included a blog post from February of 2013 that may provide more light and clarity on this process. For those especially who identify as empathic and/or highly sensitive, this will definitely be a month to steer clear of energies that you may identify as personally toxic. What I have called the “cosmic superhighway” or psychic collective will be busier than usual also. it is definitely a month to remember your daily grounding and centering practices. (See previous article about Pisces and Lent.)
Skillful application of Pisces energy: healing, inspiration, releasing, empathy, compassion, spiritual awareness.
Shadow side of Pisces energy: martrydom, addictions of all kinds, illusion/delusion, poor personal boundaries.
Mars in Libra Retrograde station on March 1.
Astrologer Austin Coppock called Mars Retrograde in Libra the “Charm Offensive,” which I think is very apt. Mars is not exactly happy in peace-loving, diplomatic Libra, since it’s an energy of “action,” and sometimes even war. Mars is ready to go to battle, while Libra would rather discuss the differences over tea, so you see my point. On the other hand, Mars retrogrades are always great times to reevaluate plans and things we are currently or planning to take action on in our lives. It will be helpful to remember that this is no time to “push the river,” as that will only be met with frustration. Also be on the lookout for passive-aggressive behavior from yourself and others. Since the Mars energy is turned more inward, it may be a great time to start an exercise program or exercising the mind by reading or studying in this period. We fortunately have Mercury direct on 2/28, so a lot of the snafus in the communication areas should let up. In traditional astrology Mars retrograde like Mercury, can impact equipment, but I have personally not found this to be as intense as with a Mercury retrograde. It still would be advisable to put off major purchases such as smartphones or computers until late May if possible. Those with predominant planets in Mars or Scorpio will feel this shift more directly, but it certainly will be felt by all to a certain degree.
Saturn in Scorpio retrograde station on March 2.
Those with predominant planets in Capricorn will be feeling this strongly since it is our ruling planet, though it will also be felt by all to a certain degree. It is not considered auspicious to begin business ventures during a Saturn Retrograde, but to re-visit plans and ideas from the PAST. If you must initiate plans during this Saturn cycle, be very mindful to move slowly and pay attention, especially to important details. This energy will be with us until the Summer, so to avert potential anger and frustration, we need to be mindful that we may not see a lot of forward motion or physical “fruits of our labors” in the next few months, but that is not to say that we are not setting up a potential bounty of results by the early Fall. Since Saturn is in Scorpio issues around death, transformation, sexuality, letting go, inheritances and deep spirituality may be highlighted.
The Keepers on the upcoming Mars and Saturn Retrograde stations: Beloveds, the powerful energies of Saturn and Mars in Retrograde provide a tremendous opportunity for growth and transformation. They are the fuel to the proverbial “fire in the belly,” though they will move at the pace of a slow burn, so to speak. Be mindful that in periods of increased frustration to balance those feelings out with exercise, meditation or even just taking a few moments away from the task at hand. It is also good to set one’s intentions at the start of these periods. What would you like to accomplish personally and spiritually while utilizing the cosmic force of these planetary energies now functioning with increased momentum on an inward level? – The Keepers, 2.23.14
Do keep in mind that the Sun in Aries along with the Spring (Fall) Equinox will significantly shift the energies to a more Aries or initiatory flavor. The strongest Piscean vibration begins 3/1 and will peak before the Sun moves into Aries. Though the Sun moves into Pisces in late February which is the Neptune decan of Pisces, I have always found that the second Deaconate of Pisces to bring in a stronger energy. March 1st through March 10th is the Cancer decan of Pisces, while the 11th through the 20th is the Scorpio decan.
The energies this month are very potent on many levels. There is also a certain dark and mysterious quality to them. Like the dark moon or the angels of the deep, there is much wisdom and healing to be gained by a journey through the Void, or the Cosmic Womb. To do this consciously and without fear is the most skillful strategy, and can often produce profound transformations.
Significant monthly dates:
Mars stations Retrograde 3/1/14 (stations direct on 5/19/14)
New Moon in Pisces 3/1/14
Saturn in Scorpio stations Retrograde 3/2/13 (stations direct on 7/19/14)
Full Moon in Virgo 3/16/14
Spring (Fall) Equinox & Sun in Aries 3/20/14
Have a great month ahead friends and remember to keep it Cosmic!
© Irma Kaye Sawyer 2014. Please feel free to share these messages as you are guided with author and copyright information included. Thank you.