Monday 3/20/2023: Sneak Peek at Jam-Packed Week; Aries Ingress; New Moon in Aries; Pluto Enters Aquarius; Mars Enters Cancer

Allllllllrighty then!

It’s a big, big week for change in the cosmic sandbox. Events that astrologers have been anticipating for a loooong time are finally here. Here’s the rundown:

  • Sun sextiles Pluto on Monday.
  • Sun enters Aries on Monday
  • New Moon in Aries on Tuesday
  • Pluto enters Aquarius on Thursday!!!!
  • Mars leaves Gemini and enters Cancer on Saturday!

What does it all mean? I’ll tell you.

  • MONDAY: We are at the end of the lunar cycle, in the dark of the Moon. We may feel listless or restless, sensing that a new cycle is about to begin, but we can’t see what it’s all about. With no light from the Moon, you can damn well believe that there is a lot going on behind the scenes, behind closed doors, etc. Remember on the last dead Moon, President Biden was making plans to visit Ukraine — all of which was kept well under wraps until his surprising arrival in Kyiv. You get the idea. Today the Sun is at the very end of Pisces, and so is the Moon. It’s the last day of the old year, and for some it may feel like the end of the world. Exhibit A: the former guy doing his best to raise a ruckus over the rumor that he will be arrested this week. Whether or not that actually happens, barricades are going up as I type around the courthouse in Manhattan. It is definitely the end of a world, and the new world will be easier for us to manage if are open to whatever is to come. Trust that it is likely to be beyond the scope of our imagination.
  • MONDAY: The Pisces Moon drives the day with a need to work with impressions and ideals. Go with the intuitive flow. A harmony between the Sun and Uranus at 1:33 PM ET favors unconventional alliances. Power plays are in development, reflecting the sextile between the Sun (leaders) and Pluto (power and resources), exact at 4:12 PM ET. Translation: an easy flow of cooperation among the Powers That Be. Exhibit A: China’s Xi Jinping is visiting Vladimir Putin in Moscow.  Prominence — in matters involving leaders of business and state — is the name of the game over the next few days, as the Sun connects with the Aries Point, which I’ll explain in a minute. Finally, at 5:24 PM ET, the Sun exits Pisces and enters Aries.

A pause, while we discuss the significance of the Sun’s ingress into Aries.

Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the Sun in Aries, sign of the ram — and the lamb.  In the Northern hemisphere (the birthplace of Western astrology), it is a time of renewal and rebirth — a chance to let go of old patterns and make a fresh start.

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? In astrology, we observe that PLANETS that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently! The first degree of the cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT. Got that?

If you have a planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. William Shatner was born with the Sun at 0 Aries. “To boldly go where no man has gone before”? I should think so — and the whole world knows him for playing that role. Prince William, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz are others born with the Sun on the Aries Point — and they can’t help but command attention everywhere they go. Right?

Here is the chart for the Aries Ingress, set in Washington D.C.:

My main observation is this: the fact that the beginning of the astrological new year is happening at the end of the lunar cycle, in the dark of the Moon, reinforces what I said earlier about much that is going on behind the scenes, out of sight. This solar cycle may be seen as the beginning of the end of a pattern that no longer serves.

  • TUESDAY: Note your dreams in the morning. Moon meets up with visionary Neptune at 4:19 AM ET, then squares Mars at 8:54 AM ET. The Mars connection may be experienced as catalyzing, and you get to decide if it’s prickly, provocative or productive. A sextile between the Moon and Pluto at the verrrrrrrrry end of Capricorn facilitates communication that is deep, resourceful and possibly empowering. Four minutes later, at 12:01 PM ET, Moon changes gears and charges into Aries, looking to get something started — but not yet purified by the exact meet-up with the Aries Sun. 1:23 PM ET is when the New Moon in Aries begins — and some inspiring, pioneering message is likely to be heard when the Moon meets up with Mercury at 9:33 PM ET. With Mercury now in Aries, thoughts and communication may be fast and furious and often ahead of the curve.

Here is the New Moon in Aries, set in Washington, DC:


  • The prominence of leaders –possibly past, as well as present — should not be underestimated in this lunar cycle.
  • The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is the same as the one for the Aries Ingress, which is (always) this cryptic image: “a woman rises out of water; a seal rises and embraces her”. Astrologer Blain Bovee writes that “this is an image of accepting tender emotional impressions at the moment of emerging into life…a ‘seal’ is a mammal often noted for human characteristics…and a ‘seal’ is a mark that leaves an lasting impression, signifying closure (of a deal, for example).” Beginnings…and endings…here we are again.
  • WEDNESDAY: Moon in Aries charges through the day with no interference from the other kids in the cosmic sandbox until 4:16 PM ET, when its pioneering drive is expanded on by a meet-up with Jupiter (big, big, big, me-me-me). Humming in the background are two super-duper charged patterns. Pluto is at the verrrrrrrry last gasp of Capricorn (at least until June), so the Powers That Be are in crisis mode, scrambling to hang on to their resources, even as any corrupt structures that have been supporting them are exposed. Mars – the energy of action, desire, anger, war, etc — is at the last degrees of Gemini (words, multitasking, diversification), and thus close to the Aries Point (0 Cancer). Translation: the energy of Mars — and all things Mars commands prominence for the next several days, activating certain horoscopes, including Liz Cheney, the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Hillary Clinton, Alexei Navalny, to name a few.
  • THURSDAY: At 8:14 AM ET, Pluto enters Aquarius, activating the horoscopes of King Charles, Queen Elizabeth, President Biden and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of 2020. The keywords for Pluto in Aquarius are “power to the people.” Pluto’s last trek through Aquarius was from 1778 – 1798,  and back then it was a proud sponsor of the French Revolution. Comme c’est bizarre et qu’elle coincidence — there’s une petite revolution brewing in France right now — over an effort by the government to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 — without permitting the people to vote on the matter. With respect to Pluto’s activation of the Jupiter-Saturn Great Mutation of 2020, as I have said before, we are in for extremes of control in all matters relating to technology, especially AI and social networks — and that’s just for starters. Fun fact: Pluto will retrograde back into Capricorn on June 11th…return to Aquarius on January 21, 2024…then dip back into Capricorn on September 2, 2024…where it will be on Election Day 2024!! Pluto doesn’t fully leave the Capricorn building until November 20, 2024 — President Biden’s birthday. Pay very close attention to what’s brewing this week, as it will likely be on the table — and the ballot — in November 2024. Word!
  • THURSDAY: The Aries Moon’s need to Start Something New gets receives prominent cooperation from Mars at 1:12 PM ET…and then goes void for 90 minutes. At 2:41 PM ET, Moon enters Taurus, aiming to stabilize whatever burning passion the Aries Moon sparked. Now pay attention, please, because this is the pattern we’re dealing with until mid-June. The first stop for the Moon as it enters a new sign is now going to be with Pluto. So from now until mid-June, whenever the Moon enters Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, we have a potential catharsis or power play that must be sorted out. And very often — but not always — the Moon’s next stop will be with Saturn, seeking to impose a necessary control. Example: one minute after the Moon enters Taurus, it squares Pluto. A few hours later, at 5:56 PM ET Moon sextiles Saturn — suggesting an easy flow of controlling energy aimed at preserving the status quo.
  • FRIDAY: Moon meets up with Venus at 6:30 AM ET, possibly infusing your morning with earthly delight. Moon travels throughout the day mostly without interference, building to an intense buzz or other bolt of lightning around 7:51 PM ET, when it meets up with disruptive rebel Uranus.
  • SATURDAY: While you are sleeping, Mars travels through the last degree of double-talking Gemini. At 7:45 AM ET, it finally goes bye-bye and enters Cancer. Weepy, watery emotional security-needing Cancer and fiery, physical, trail-blazing Mars make a challenging combination. We can expect more headlines about actions taken for the sake of family/homeland security over the until May 20th. Whereas Mars in Gemini is more likely to take action based on an idea; Mars in Cancer takes action based on feelings — and it is not always direct. Upside potential: why travel when you can enjoy the comforts of home? The only exact aspect today is a dreamy sextile between the Moon and Neptune — how sweet. Chill, chill, chill…during the 8 1/2 hour Moooooooon void. Yes, now that Pluto and Saturn have moved off the last degrees of Capricorn and Aquarius, we will have at least one good several-hours long Moon void each week. During these times where the Moon wanders through the cosmic sandbox without its usual focus, your strategy is to roll with whatever twists and flakes happen to disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Trust that whatever crisis crops up is likely to be much ado about nothing, easily resolved when the Moon shifts gears into the next sign. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. CHILL!! At 8:41 PM ET, the Moon leaves Taurus and enters Gemini, seeking to be the most informed and chatty person in the room. Moon’s trine to Pluto at 8:46 PM ET adds depth to the conversation…and by 12:38 AM ET on…
  • SUNDAY: we may have seen the gravitas of a square between Moon and Saturn in whatever sketches are presented on Saturday Night Live. Still there’s a buzz in the air, building to a meet-up between Mercury (how we need to think and communicate) and Jupiter (big!), exact next Tuesday. The only other aspect exact on Sunday is a sextile between the Aries Sun and Gemini Moon, working together to keep the buzz buzz buzz going. No sleeping in on Monday. The Gemini Moon will not be void during business hours.

Beth Owl’s Daughter’s Tarot Card of the Week made me smile because it perfectly encapsulates the challenge astrologers face this week whilst explaining so many important planetary shifts happening in such a concentrated period of time!

And now, the news.

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As for the news…

Super-charged patterns among Mars, Neptune, Sun and Mercury, combined with the emotional extremes of the square between Venus and Pluto suggested:

….a ton of walking and talking assertively, driven by a possible pressure cooker of values and social expression…and with so much pixie-dust scattered by multiple contacts with Neptune, who knows what to believe…feeling like it’s the end of the world.

You get the idea.

Another noteworthy headline — one of many such controls that are likely to be imposed on social networking and other forms technology, e.g., AI:

And just for fun…but boy is there truth in this story…and I have a feeling Pluto’s transit in Aquarius is going to demand that we look at this truth quite seriously over the next 20 years: “Millions of Americans hoping next child will be born a bank – by WaPo’s resident humorist, Alexandra Petri.

Oh…and still more fun — on the razzle-dazzle Mars-Neptune square, Randy Rainbow dropped a new parody song video — this one’s about George Santos. Woot!

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Pluto says hi.

Resistance is futile.