Because planets move around the sun in elliptical orbits, with the sun almost at one of the foci of the ellipse, their speed is not constant: they move faster when they are closer to the sun (there the sun pulls them more, so they need to ‘speed up’ to stay in orbit), and slower when they are far away (otherwise they would fly out of orbit there – less gravity). This is a time when the planets move relatively fast, and so our life speeds up a little bit too.
Although the main time of the Channel of Mutation now lies behind us, Venus and Uranus bring back an aftertaste from Feb 27 until March 2: you may become aware of a constraining situation in your sphere of relating, which could suddenly release. In the beginning of the month, mind and heart are at odds with each other: the South Moon Node, Pluto and Mars activate the Channel of the Thinker until March 5. Mars in Gate 24, Returning, insists on its own unique interpretations of the deep truths that Gate 61 conveys. You can call it stubborn too…
Such insistence easily leads to estrangement from others and feeling misunderstood or melancholic, which is a characteristic of the 24-61. The Channel of the Thinker, however, has an acoustic quality, so playing or listening to music can be soothing.
With the South Node in Gate 61, wanting to find our inner truth is an ongoing theme this month, with extra intensity from March 1 to 5 because of Mars. In Gate 61, times of aloneness and silence create the space which invites inspirations to emerge.
Mercury stands from March 2-9 in one of the Love Gates (25, Innocence), basically exhorting us to stay present in our hearts. Its going retrograde on March 6, however, can induce it to feel insecure, and express ourselves out of a need to compare with others.
Meanwhile, we are in the Incarnation Theme of Consciousness, where the mind can go through phases of doubt and confusion. Taking a good look at oneself – doing some self-inquiry or meditation – can lead us to discover inner clarity and new insights, which we can then share with the world.
Time for feelings
Afterwards, from March 8 until the end of the month, it’s time for feelings. The Sun, Mercury and especially Venus are all spending time in the Center of Emotion. For the 50% of humanity with a defined Emotions Center it’s always time for feelings, so they may well feel at home in this emotive climate. The other half could wonder: why am I so emotional?
As in February, all planets go direct, with one exception: as mentioned before, Mercury goes retrograde, from March 6 to 29. Most of that time it stands in the Emotions Center as well, namely in Gates 36 (March 10-16) and 22 (March 17-23). It enters its backwards motion while in conjunction with Chiron in Gate 25, Innocence – indicating that using our mental capacities on a journey of exploration of the heart can be healing.
It is as if the mind serves as an observer and record-taker of an expedition into the depths of our feeling world. For sure, the usual Mercury-retrograde caveats apply: to be alert of misunderstandings in your communication, and to be careful with signing business deals (postpone them if you can).
Additionally, Mercury now lets us use our mental abilities to gently observe the rising and falling tides of emotion. This does not mean to rationalize what you feel: rationalizing is to take sides, intruding with your ideas how your feelings should be, instead of allowing them their natural flow.
You may think you are in control, but underneath your mind is freaking out by the way your feelings move.
The art here is to impartially observe, without wanting to change things. That allows us to sense when to share our feelings, and when it is more appropriate to welcome what happens inside, and let it be there until it leaves by itself. Feelings come and go, it is their nature.
Time to work
Saturn travels this month in Gate 54, Ambition, where it reminds us of discipline: work if you want to get ahead, meditate if you want to raise your consciousness.
And say goodbye
The last week of March, Mercury stands in Gate 63, Line 6, together with Neptune. Take a last, perhaps slightly nostalgic, look at all the questioning of our mental concepts that Neptune has highlighted since 2016, then let go. On March 29 also this planet enters the Emotions, for spring and summer.