Alacazem 2011.03.24

Alacazem 2011.03.24

March 24 to 31, 2011
Visible Planets: Morning: Venus and Saturn  Evening: Mercury

When Catastrophes Collide and Chaos Reigns…

Beach fire moon Okay, I surrender. Wild, electric Uranus has moved from the numinous, mutable waters of Pisces in to the primal, cardinal fire of Aries – joining magnanimous Jupiter there – and in so doing, ignited the planet. Everywhere I see explosions and conflagrations – from highly unseasonable wildfires along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies to bombs blasting on the far-off shores of Tripoli. It’s all about the sudden, violent and unexpected upheavals and disruptions that rock the world and awaken us to new, revolutionary realities.  The function is to shock us out of our ruts and propel us in new, exciting, self-authentic, cosmically enlightened directions. But, heaven help us, does it have to be this radical?

Big fireball On March 11th – the day of the Uranus ingress – a 9.0 magnitude megathrust earthquake shook Japan and triggered a devastating tsunami, erasing villages and killing thousands. Days later, damaged nuclear reactors reached the point of meltdown and exploded, sending dangerous radioactive waves into the atmosphere. Now, with the Sun marching through the first week of Arien spring, days increasing in length and solar rays becoming more direct, we are feeling the power and angst of the zodiac’s first and most primitive sign. And, I have to admit, I’m feeling more than a little bit crazy. After all, I love a good bonfire, but waking up to three wars, people in peril and a worldwide economic crisis is unsettling to say the least. When catastrophes collide and chaos reigns, what’s a girl to do?

Gold sunset Answer: Stay centered in the calm, cool air of Saturn in Libra and the grounded practicality and resourcefulness of Pluto in Capricorn. Focus on the courageous possibilities of Jupiter in Aries by cultivating the heart of a warrior via faith in basic goodness and right action. Simply be and do the best you can, accept responsibility for yourself and your relationships and practice the art of creative change. And, for a really great – and different – astrological slant on these wild and crazy times, check out friend and colleague Dana Gerhardt’s amazing website @

Good luck, God bless and may we unite in Uranian honesty, integrity, and light – for the good of all concerned – in these very trying and turbulent times. Onward, Cosmic Travelers!

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
A dreamy Venus/Neptune conjunction in late Aquarius encourages idealistic hopes and dreams. Recognize the power of your higher self and its visionary abilities. What is it that you truly wish for? What types of people do you admire and want to be like? Surround yourself with the influences that lead you there. In the meantime, do the work.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
Spring is a time of new beginnings. As the Mother Earth reawakens and you witness the energies of rebirth and renewal, take some time out for quiet reflection and self-searching. Aries heralds a zodiac month of personal gestation for the Bull, when solitude and self-nurturing feed both body and soul. Entrain with the season; replenish and renew. 

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
A 24-day period of Mercury retrograde begins on Mar. 30 in impulsive, self-fueled Aries. Utilize this week for putting things in place and starting projects you’d like to work on over the next few weeks. And because we’re talking about the energy of self, why not focus on those things that are personally near and dear to your heart? To thine own self be true! 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
As days lengthen and solar rays become more direct, infuse yourself with the power of the sun and earth. Desires to explore new options professionally and expand socially are being reawakened. You may feel stirrings of the soul and want to travel. As you embark upon an extended period of radical world change, practice self-care and cultivate inner peace.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Melting snow and greening grass awakens the Lion’s higher self and encourages the best within. Positive thinking, gratitude and optimism get you miles further than the alternatives. Even when it comes to other’s suffering – whether via natural disasters or self-fueled dysfunction – focus on solutions rather than problems. Smile and explore!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
Springtime awakens the mating instinct and feeds the Virgin’s inherent desire for intimacy and deep sharing. Rather than waste your time thinking about what you don’t have or what’s missing from currently established relationships, focus on action for the better. Show up and be present for others, initiate closeness and simply do the best you can now.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
With Saturn in Libra and several planets transiting Aries, you may feel pushed and pulled by others' needs, demands and actions. While this year is one of personal reckoning and restructure – less social and more internal – it is also one in which you are recreating and reestablishing who you are in your relationships. Cultivate patience and inner peace.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
A cosmic shift of attention and priority takes place as spring begins. The time has come to take a good, long look at how you feel about your physical, spiritual and mental health. What are you doing to self-nurture and self-cure? Are you practicing patterns that are ultimately self-destructive and abusive or behaving in ways that improve and provide?

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Radical rebirth and revolutionary reawakening come in springtime for the Archer. Entrain with seasonal powers and explore the multi-faceted options and opportunities presented to you via the natural world. Life’s most precious presents and pastimes are free for the taking. Watch the sunset, take a hike, follow the flight of an eagle. Count your blessings!

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Homelife is the best life in spring. Plan a garden or plant a tree. It’s all about living in the here and now, awakening to your immediate environment and determining how to improve it. Also take note of personal feelings and emotions, as they are golden keys to action. Get out and breathe fresh air, touch the earth and feed your soul.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
Voluptuous Venus and numinous Neptune come together in the last degrees of Aquarius this week, gifting you with love and hope. This week it’s all about spirit, compassion an
d bringing to fruition an extended period of spiritual enlightenment and awakening. You have traveled far over the last several years. Now it’s time to live your dream. God bless!

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
As signs of spring and new life abound, recognize the power of self-knowledge and personal choice. Where are you going and what do you want? Accepting total responsibility for the condition of your relationships and circumstances is the best thing you can do now. Live each and every moment of your precious life.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @

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