Do you struggle with feelings of unworthiness? I think everyone does at times and some signs and astrological configurations are more prone to it than others. Those with Scorpio or a strong Pluto signature in their chart will feel like they have to earn their keep and the task seems insurmountable.
Likewise, anyone can go through a period of feeling unworthy when Pluto plays hardball with their chart. What makes it worse, Pluto moves slowly so if it’s affecting you, sit back and get comfortable. You’re going to be digging up your own dirt for a while to come.
Here’s the trick. No one loves you because you deserve it. You do not have to earn love. You simply must allow it, if you want it at all. There is no need to justify and no one is keeping score. They aren’t if they genuinely love you. But if due to your own feelings of unworthiness you repeatedly push them away and create pain and distance, even the most loving and devoted will have to weigh the cost.
Do you have Pluto issues? Pluto will take you through the depths of hell and return you to the surface, whole and newborn and forever changed. If you have Pluto issues in your natal chart as I do, you must learn to be like Demeter’s daughter Persephone. Go where love takes you and map out the journey carefully so you can find your way back again and again.
If you are just getting to know Pluto through a transit (those with planets around 11 degrees of any cardinal sign are most affected right now - Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) you may feel overwhelmed, lost, hopeless. I know it feels like death right now but it only feels that way. It will pass and you will cross through. If you aren’t facing literal death, you will rise from these ashes and dance again in the light of day.
The old adage about March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb may apply to the weather, but this year it certainly doesn’t apply to the stars. The tension we are all feeling from the cardinal t-square peaks with the New Moon on March 30th and with that we are fully into the swing of Aries season.
When the new moon occurs, the sun and moon are in the exact same place in the sky from our perspective for a moment. It is a very focused energy and when that occurs in the sign of Aries, we experience that Aries energy in a very profound way. Aries is a trailblazer, courageous, single minded, determined. These are all fine characteristics and let me give you a few more to balance out the concept of Aries. Aries is also combative, hierarchical, and self absorbed. Every sign is a two sided coin and of course Aries is no exception. It is up to each one of us to use this energy to it’s highest, or to sink to the lowest expression.
Now if we only had the Aries sun and moon to deal with, it would be a simple thing. The challenges come because we have some heavy hitting planets in the mix as well and they aren’t positioned to play nicely, necessarily. We have Pluto making it’s slow transit through Capricorn. Pluto at it’s best could be seen as the fire that burns away the old, clearing the way for the phoenix to rise from the ashes. It is terrifying and magnificent. And on the opposite end of the spectrum as well as the other side of the sky, we have Jupiter in nurturing Cancer. Jupiter is typically seen as the great benefactor and Cancer is the eternal mother, a counterpoint to the Capricorn concept of stern father. It sounds complicated doesn’t it? There is one more element to add to this and that is the element of surprise in the form of Uranus, right there in Aries next to the sun and moon.
In simple terms we have an epic battle between our own selfish needs and desires, our sometimes desperate fight to hold onto our public image or reputation and the chance of having all of our wishes come true. Each one of these areas of life is important and valuable. The challenge lies in the way they seem to be tugging against one another at the moment. Whenever we see a t-square in the chart, the answer lies in the fourth quadrant of the circle. We have three of the four cardinal signs involved. The one not represented is Libra. Some Libra keywords are balance, partnership, the needs of the other over self. When you feel pulled by the great tension in the sky right now, the solution lies in your efforts to strike a balance, to work as part of a team and to consider the needs of those around you as carefully as you do your own. It is always true that we cannot do it all alone. It is more true right now than ever that we need to pull together in order to accomplish our mutual goals.
Elements of this t-square are long term and will not be new to you, and when the sun and moon become involved we feel them on a more personal level. This is most pronounced at the very end of March, the beginning of April and then again around the middle of the month when the moon is full in Libra.
It isn’t all hardship, however. There is a great deal of grace in the sky this month, particularly in the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. In fact, toward the end of the month we see a grand trine form in water signs and this goes a long way in easing the pain of the more difficult aspects we are dealing with. First we see the planet Mercury move through Pisces and then Venus joins in, bringing her gentle touch to the sign of her exaltation. What’s more, she will trine Jupiter, still in the sign of it’s exaltation, Cancer. When a planet resides in the sign of it’s exaltation that means that the planetary energies have their highest expression there. It’s the best Venus, the best Jupiter you could buy. If that weren’t enough, we see these two beauties trining one another as well as Saturn in Scorpio. Trines are said to be the easiest, most smooth flowing aspects. Given all of this watery love, I expect particularly those with Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer represented strongly in their charts to see some real benefit during the course of this month. Earth signs will also tend to appreciate this energy and of course we will all enjoy the areas of life that are eased by this dynamic.
Stay tuned. I will be writing more about the very busy sky we have this spring and summer.
Follow the moon’s movement through the heavens to learn astrology. This has always been my first advice to people interested in deepening their understanding of astrology. It is effective because we feel the moon. Studying the phases of the moon and the moon in each sign gives you an opportunity to feel your way through the zodiac’s 12 signs every 28 days.
She’s a champ and she’s a star. She fights for love and she loves to fight but better if the fight is all in fun. Aries women have a warrior spirit. They are more likely to choose red over pink, jeans over skirts and boots over heels.
This warrior girl has a Leo ascendant and Leo is the star. People notice her when she walks into a room. Jupiter hangs back a little just behind that bold Leo facade, a perpetual angel on her shoulder, bringing along a knowing smile from God knows where about heaven knows what.
She isn’t all fight though. There is a softer side as well. A love of pretty things and special people. Libra moon softens every blow, sweetens the pot and brings grace and gentleness that might catch you off guard if you aren’t careful.
She’s a study in extremes. Nothing about her is half hearted. She will champion the underdog and fight for what’s right and with a tricky Gemini Mars, she can outmaneuver even the most clever strategists.
She is a study in contrasts. Her life is equal parts charmed and cursed. She was dealt a hand of cards that could win or lose any game and her edge is her fighting spirit. When she wins, you know she earned it and thanks to her upbeat and somewhat quirky spirit, everyone was rooting for her all along.
It’s her birthday and her solar return chart predicts a dynamic year ahead. Fueled by passion, grounded in her vision for her future and sustained by forces she may not even be aware of, she will lay the foundation for the rest of her life this year. Things begin to fall in place in a way they never have before. She’s finding her stride and gaining confidence and grace with every step. There are mysteries yet to be revealed and old wounds to be healed and all the time in the world to set it all right.
Happy birthday lovely warrior girl. I hope it’s the best year yet.
Aries is the warrior and right now on the eve of Valentines day, Venus ruler of love is in the sign of the warrior. It isn’t necessarily an easy place for the Goddess of Love to find herself and this dichotomy between love and war is reflected in the chart of someone near to my own heart.
When he first crosses your path, you see the velvet, not the steel. Oh but he is solid to the core despite his gentle demeanor. Shy, unassuming Pisces ascendant lures you in with a sweet smile and a soft Southern drawl. Venus, exalted in Pisces and tucked away in his 12th house gives love without end to those he cares for.
I have a daughter. She is fiercely independent, very private, sometimes aloof and sometimes quite attached. We are very close but it is a connection that allows for much more space and distance than most mother/daughter relationships. This is by necessity, created by the circumstances following my divorce from her father and of course you would see it reflected in each of our charts.