Astrologer Demian Allan invites you to pay attention at the dynamics of the universe as the spring comes.
The beginning of spring is marked on the 20th of March as the Sun enters the zodiac sign of Aries, and a new cycle begins. The main planetary themes over the next three months are the total and lunar eclipses in March, Mars going retrograde and the grand earth trine in April. March is the month when we all experience one of the most testing times from an astrological point of view. The combination of Pisces (endings) and Aries (beginnings) can cause havoc for starting new projects or governments trying to bring in new policies. April is a less stressful period, although the planet of action, Mars, goes retrograde until July – a reminder that sometimes it’s best not to react straight away but to take some time to dwell on decisions. May is perhaps the month when a little bit of optimism shines through, although a strong emphasis on the earth and its resources will dominate the news.
We enter into the month of eclipses of the Sun on the 9th and the Moon on the 23rd, right after the spring equinox. This could be a critical four weeks for all of us as Mercury travels in the nebulous sign of Pisces from the 5th to the 21st. The total solar eclipse on the 9th is at eighteen degrees in Pisces, ‘A horse with its rider falling at a fence’ which is in the degree of ‘catastrophe’. This may sound dramatic, but if we look at the lunar eclipse on the 23rd at three degrees in Libra, again the symbolism is hardly positive: ‘A man in chains’, the degree of ‘binding’. Saturn also goes retrograde from the 25th adding regression in regard to political policies in the West. However, on the same day Venus makes an opposition with Jupiter, offsetting some of the more turbulent planetary energies dominating the skies. It’s important that as a collective and as individuals we do not respond in an impulsive (Aries) way; the trick during this feisty month is to step back and try to understand other people’s points of view.
April is far easier to handle than the previous four weeks: for a start we have an earth grand trine between Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, a sure sign of economic growth in the UK which has the zodiac sign Capricorn as a dominating feature in its chart. However on the 18th, Mars, the ruler of Aries, goes retrograde in Sagittarius until July. Mars is a planet of action and when going backwards can cause upset and frustrations in trying to get anything moving. This will feature strongly in overseas diplomatic relations since Sagittarius is the planetary energy holding Mars back. On the 7th we have a New Moon in Aries at eighteen degrees, ‘A man and woman standing hand in hand looking with affection towards one another’, which is the degree of ‘earthiness’. Environmental issues make the news, with a strong indicator of fracking and the long term implications of drilling into the earth. The Full Moon at two degrees in Scorpio on the 22nd represents a cycle of secrets coming out into the public arena testing our patience with governments. On the 23rd Venus links in with Uranus, adding new artistic insights that help in the long term to break down political barriers.
May is a period when the blossom blooms and we are ignited and inspired by the sensual delights of nature in all its glory. It is a time of building foundations for the future in a practical way that will last for generations. The Sun in Taurus makes a trine aspect with Jupiter on the 3rd and 4th of May, bringing a steadier influence to political affairs. The New Moon on the 6th is at the degree of ‘envy’, ‘A crow, or raven, stands upon a water pot’, so trust issues could come up at this time, but the symbolism is clear in trying not to let your emotions get in the way of logical decisions. Jupiter goes direct in Virgo on the 10th bringing a more positive, expansive quality to ideas being implemented, especially in the health service and workers’ rights. The USA chart has planetary action in the house of other people’s money and resources, causing a complicated financial agreement to be put in place. However, it could lead to major problems in 2017 in terms of the USA and economic growth. The Full Moon on the 21st is at one degree in Sagittarius; ‘A man lying upon a heap of stones by the road’ could be a reference to a political figure in the States being subjected to much ridicule.
Reference: The United Kingdom, 00.00 LT, 1 January 1801, Westminster, 51N30,0W07. The coming into force of the Union of Great Britain and Ireland. United States of America, 17.10 LMT, 4 July 1776, Philadelphia, 39N57, 75W10
Ref – The Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolised ‘La Volasfera’ Sepharial