This week is not for the faint of heart. On Monday, March 9, lusty Mars in Aries makes loud, beautiful music with free-spirited Jupiter in Leo. Talk about a flamboyant mix! The two passionate planets will form a harmonious trine (60 degree angle) for the early part of the week. Their combined energies could make us blush or maybe want to call out, “Get a room!” to a (ahem) demonstrative couple. Along with these seriously sexy exchanges, the Mars-Jupiter trine will spur amazing creative breakthroughs. Both Mars and Jupiter are known for shooting from the hip, acting impulsively AND daring greatly. If you’re going to leap, do it early this week while this planetary pair buoys your confidence.
But on Wednesday, the erotic could turn erratic when Mars meets hotheaded Uranus at 15 degrees Aries—and then, gets involved in a tense Pluto-Uranus square. Pluto and Uranus have been duking it out since 2012, forming challenging 90-degree angles (called squares) in the skies. Pluto is the planet of secrecy and old guard control. Uranus, on the other hand, is the brash revolutionary. See the conflict here? The fight for power and domination has been extreme on the world stage since 2012, and in our personal lives. This week starts the seventh—and final(!)—of the Pluto-Uranus squares. This harsh transit lasts until March 29, but the drama it stirs up should be pretty darn familiar to us by now. Have you gotten the lesson yet? First time, shame on the cosmos; seventh time, shame on you. If you keep stubbornly sticking your hand into that same hot fire, the planetary punishment will not be pretty. Rather than learning things the hard way, let this square prompt a spiritual transformation (Pluto) and a “revolution from within” (Uranus). We can’t change other people, but we CAN decide to greet challenging circumstances with a new attitude and a fresh set of tools.
But be fairly warned, this won’t be easy. With Mars in the mix—meeting Uranus at 15 degrees Aries on Wednesday—there could be an aggressive push for change “by any means necessary.” Tempers could flare, especially for those who have been trying to suppress their anger instead of dealing with it responsibly. Warrior Mars and rabble-rouser Uranus in scrappy Aries has “streetfight” written all over it. Meanwhile, controlling, secretive Pluto will turn everything into a game of cloak and dagger. Cue the 1990s “Fight The Power” anthem by Public Enemy! This revolution WILL be televised. For more on the Pluto-Uranus squares, read our full breakdown here: https://astrostyle.com/pluto-uranus-squares/.
On Thursday, Mercury changes signs for the first time since January 4, moving into Pisces until March 30. Hello cosmic rescue remedy! Compassionate, bighearted Pisces energy is the soft touch the world needs to tone down all the extreme firepower. Some of that Pisces escapism and denial might not be the worst thing if it helps to de-escalate drama. But don’t bury your head in the sand, even if you’re sticking your toes in it on a Caribbean getaway.
On Saturday, taskmaster Saturn slips into its annual retrograde, which lasts until August 1. This retrograde will be split between two signs: Sagittarius and Scorpio. Until June 14, Saturn will retreat into Sagittarius, then backstroke into the intense waters of Scorpio for the rest of its journey. While Saturn is retrograde in Sagittarius, we won’t be able to expand as quickly as we’d like. There will be a greater insistence on truth and we won’t be able to take anything at face value. Issues surrounding global politics, cross-cultural relationships and the education system will be pushed further into the headlines. But Saturn’s backspin can be a blessing as it gives us a window of time to create structures, agreements and systems that are built to last. When Saturn moves into Scorpio from June 14 to September 17, it will be the final footnote to a cycle that began on October 6, 2012. This is a chance to review our long-term ambitions. Do they feel sexy and enlivening? Are we truly passionate about the paths we’re on? A new crop of billionaires emerged while Saturn toured this resourceful sign so set up smarter systems over the summer and a new pool of wealth could emerge by fall.