ALACAZEM 2014.03.06

ALACAZEM 2014.03.06

March 6 to 13, 2014  Visible Planets: Morning: Venus, Mars, Saturn    Evening: Mercury, Jupiter

foolWith Mercury now direct in the last decant of Aquarius, and Jupiter resuming forward motion on March 6th at 10º Cancer, we might hope to see and feel an overall shift from backward, back-sliding, stasis energy to that of progress, development and manifestation. But, hey now. Not so fast.

magicianYes, it’s true that Mercury – ruler of communication, thought, perception, speech, mechanics, logistics, plans, travel, medicine, magic and all things mental – seems to have a mysteriously subtle, and yet simultaneously powerful effect on the way things unfold and come to pass in our day-to-day living and life here on planet Earth. It is a personal planet, like the Sun, Moon, Venus and Mars – so it has a tendency to show up in close and personal ways. What we think, how we talk, even how we walk. When this mythological messenger is moving forward, it rips through each sign in less than 30 days. Things seem normal, business as usual. When it joins force by conjunction with any of the other planets in our solar system – and this occurs several times each year as Mercury takes only 88 earth days to make one revolution around the Sun – we experience the glowing, energetic awareness of the conjoined planet via the mental plane. Expansive, philanthropic ideas [with Jupiter] or artistic, creative designs [with Venus] are examples. When Mercury transits our individual Sun sign, we often feel intellectually stimulated and perceptually astute.

chaosOf course, when Mercury is moving in apparent backward motion, it’s different. When planetary conjunctions and natal transits take place during the three-times-a-year, 3-weeks of Mercury retrograde, we are well advised – and the cosmos actually favors- the reworking of whatever personal issues, situations, circumstances and/or behaviors we find upsetting, disturbing, frustrating, confusing, or simply not working out the way we had planned. And because we have just recently ended a 3-week period of Mercury retrograde, it gives all of us a great opportunity to examine just how we experienced and dealt with this enigmatic planet.

mercury stamp redMercury went retrograde on February 6th at 03º Pisces and moved back through Aquarius to resume forward motion on February 28th at 18º Aquarius. It will reach 03º Pisces again on March 23, thus moving out of its “shadow” and making those first tracks through the fresh celestial territory of the coming year. Mercury will not go retrograde again until June 7th at 03º Cancer. From now until then, check it out! And remember, Mars is now retrograde in Libra [March 1st through May 20th] and Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio [March 2nd through July 20th]. More about that next week…

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Jupiter, planet of good luck and good fortune, goes stationary direct March 6th. This translates as a shift in personal caretaking and self-nurturing, changes that come from several months of deep self-review. Excessive self-indulgence – physical, material and emotional – creates pain and suffering. Balance equations, practice self-restraint and reap the karma of peace.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) You may find yourself exploring avenues of intellect and information as mental Mercury goes direct in your solar 10th house of ambition and achievement. Consider education in one-way or another, as your mind is ready to learn and there is much to discover. Self-improvement comes via work and service to others. One-to-one is best. Be calm, cool and clear.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) Mercury and Venus in your solar 9th house of the higher mind favors intellectual exchanges and interactions with people you find inspirational. You may be attracted to revolutionary, radical techniques, ideas and concepts as you realize solutions come in strange, unusual packages. Heart centered desire returns with a request. Review and reconsider.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Matter and spirit, reason and intuition play hide-and-seek with thought and emotion as you move through the week. Themes of unity, divinity and interconnectedness emanate throughout the cosmos as you walk your walk. Saturn direct in your 5th house of love and creativity bodes well for all matters of the heart. It’s time to start working toward desire manifestation.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Rising tides and shifting seas rock and roll you through uncharted waters, forcing a deep look at soul and spirit. Are you living with integrity and truth? Are you hiding amongst dark clouds of doubt and fear or caught up in a relationship too powerful to let go of? Honesty with self is imperative. Love is a dance of freedom and responsibility. Dance the dance.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) The dance of Virgo/Pisces is delicate and sublime, earth-centered and yet ethereal. This time of year offers great insight in areas of energy flow and integration, in particular how your personal energy affects others. You may not realize the power of the invisible. Thoughts and moods manifest actual forces, pay attention to what you think and feel. Be calm and compassionate.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) The fundamental challenge of our time is to unite head and heart, physical and metaphysical. What better time than now? As the Pisces sun winds it way toward the Virgo full Moon, take pause and listen to the ethereal, Pythagorean Music of the Spheres – celestial ratios and harmonics that affect all life on Earth. Slow the pace and entrain with the cosmos.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) With taskmaster Saturn now retrograde in Scorpio, recalibrate your jets and slow down. A return to the Source is mandatory, dictating that you retrace and revisit anything and everything – relationships, commitments, behaviors, patterns, habits, etc. – that cause pain or suffering for yourself and/or others. This is an awesome opportunity to finally get it right.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) The upcoming lunar fruition of March 16th forms an exact T-square to the Milky Way’s Galactic Center at 27º Sagittarius. This translates as an over-the-Moon opportunity for seeing exactly what must be accepted and integrated into your life, behaviors and relationships. Compassion and discernment are allies now. Release ego and focus on goodness. We are One.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19 Ruler Saturn recently retrograde indicates a powerful time of revision and reconstruction of your most cherished hopes, dreams and wishes. Innately practical and realistic, you are not one for fantasy schemes and mystical illusions. You prefer strategic plans and achievable goals. Now through mid-July, gather stones and lay the foundation for your opus Magnus.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Voluptuous Venus enters your sign this week and signs you up for a month of increasing beauty, romance and creativity. Others find you mysteriously attractive, fun to be around and artistically inspirational. Cooperation and diplomacy are allies. As you share your knowledge, experience, strength and hope with the world, magic happens. Good work!

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Birthdays continue as candles are lit and cakes are cut. Celebrations of life are in order. You are a miracle of love and light, sharing your wisdom and compassion with the world. Walk your talk and live in beauty. Lead by example and remember it’s attraction, not promotion that helps others the most. Angels and spirits assist and guide you now. Follow them, show others the way.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @




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