Feeling misunderstood or a little cut off from the world? With the Sun roving through Pisces and your twelfth house of seclusion until March 20, you might be prone to self-pity or bouts of isolation. Instead of wallowing in loneliness, turn your focus inward. This is your annual period of personal reflection, a slate-clearing cycle that precedes your birthday season. Before you start your splashy next chapter, you need to tie up loose ends, emotional and otherwise. Indulge in peace-inducing meditation sessions, yin yoga classes, and maybe even a good cry. Let it go, Aries.
Before you get too lost in your internal world, expansive Jupiter comes along to grab your attention. Jupiter, which is retrograde from February 6 to June 9, will have two interplanetary scuffles with Uranus and Pluto this month. These tense aspects could disrupt balance in both personal and political arenas. Over the course of a year, Jupiter will have three rounds of these cosmic clashes. The last two were in November and December, so expect another round of whatever came up over the holidays to occur. Hopefully this midpoint will bring more resolution than revolution—but it's likely to be a mix of those two at best.
The first conflict heats up on March 2, as Jupiter in Libra, your seventh house of partnerships, forms a polarizing opposition to disruptive Uranus in Aries, your first house of individuality and identity. You could swing between wildly asserting your agenda and going TOO far to keep the peace. Your inner diplomat wants to smooth things over, but your rabble-rousing nature can only give up so much autonomy before you feel resentful. Unfortunately, a Jupiter-Uranus opposition brings out impulsiveness, tempting you to make rash and reactive moves.
Don't act until you've had time to think, Ram. For example, if a partner asks you to spend more time on a joint project, don't assume that means they're trying to curtail your freedom. (The request could be a reasonable one, after all.) Before you beat a hasty retreat, hash it out like two adults. While it might require radical changes, you can creatively compromise, finding a way to have freedom AND a stable bond. Be careful about rushing into contracts and commitments now. This is the second of three such faceoffs between these hotheaded planets. The first occurred on December 26, 2016; the third will occur on September 28. This alignment only happens once every 14 years. While it can drive up chaos, if you play it right, you might strike that elusive balance between "me" and "we."
Harmony takes another hit on March 4, when alluring Venus turns retrograde in Aries, a tricky cycle that will last until April 15. Warning: Your usual charms and persuasive powers might malfunction. What you think is delightful others may read as tone-deaf. Since the first house rules appearances, play it safe with your image. A makeover could misfire, as could any cosmetic procedures. At the salon, skip the ombre or impulsive pixie cut. You'll thank us later.
Midmonth, it's time to get to WORK! Roll up those silk sleeves on March 12, as the Virgo full moon illuminates your sixth house of efficiency and organization. This industrious lunation could trigger a major decluttering mission. Tackle that arduous task you've been putting off. (We love the focus-friendly tunes at www.brain.fm; they keep the productivity flowing.) Think practically: How can you get your life functioning like a well-oiled machine? Since also the sixth house rules health, this transit is an invitation to take better care of your body. Schedule a physical, get a wellness-boosting massage, or hunt down a Himalayan "halotherapy" salt room. Or maybe your town needs a drop-in guided meditation megaplex like the new Inscape in New York City. #Goals, Aries!
And…you're back! When the Sun marches into Aries on March 20, the cosmic spotlight is once again on YOU, just the way you like it. Let your passion lead the way. Dive into a plan for an entrepreneurial venture or a solo creative project. If you've been hiding your light under a proverbial bushel, take the lead. When you shine, you give others permission to do the same.
A great day to go for it is March 27, when the only Aries new moon of 2017 kicks off your personal new year. It's a huge day for you! A total of five planets are in your sign, including the daring Sun, alluring Venus, innovative Uranus, and expressive Mercury. You're operating on confidence and enthusiasm. With this much cosmic wind at your back, victory is practically assured, so work it! Opportunities abound because you have faith in yourself. Light a gardenia-scented candle, fill your abode with peonies (or your favorite flowers), and make a list of your top ten goals to achieve this year. Over the next six months, this clarity could turn your visions into tangible wins.
Watch your back as you bask in those feel-good vibes, especially on March 30. The month ends on a tense note, as Jupiter forms a distressing square to domineering Pluto in Capricorn and your tenth house of long-term plans. Personal and professional partnerships could undergo power struggles. A close relationship could hit the rocks because one (or both) of you has a new vision of the future, e.g., you suddenly want children, after being certain you didn't see parenthood in your future. This aspect could unearth an unsettling yet undeniable truth: Maybe you two were never on the same page. The terms of this partnership are up for negotiation, but with manipulative Pluto in the mix, be careful not to push your agenda. Channel this potent energy into constructive change. A victory you score by strong-arming someone to do what YOU want (or vice versa) will feel hollow. This is the second of three such Jupiter-Pluto tangles, the first of which occurred on November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving in the United States). The third will happen on August 4. Between now and the summer, expect to work through some uncomfortable dynamics to find the right balance of power.
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