The Astrologist’s Corner

March 2013 issue


By Lynn Bootes

The month begins just after the full Moon of February 28, so do not be surprised if the pace and momentum of life slows a bit in the first two weeks of March. You will be digesting and assimilating whatever happened in the first half of the lunar cycle. At the last Quarter Moon on March 4, whatever remains unresolved out of the previous lunar cycle may reach a crisis point. The last seven days of the cycle are a time to catch up on rest, get a massage, be introspective, gather for quiet meditation, and to care for yourself in general. The New Moon is on Monday, March 11. A few days later, when the crescent Moon can be seen in the western sky at sunset, is the ideal time to begin the projects of the next lunar cycle. The first Quarter Moon on March 19 is a more tension-filled day. After that it is an upswing to the Full Moon on March27. The “bright half” of the Lunar cycle is the ideal time for public actions and social events. Passover begins at sunset the night before the Full Moon on March 26. Easter is “on the first Sunday following the first Full Moon of the spring Equinox,” this year on Sunday, March 31.

Full Moon HDR

Full Moon HDR (Photo credit: qwincowper)

Remember that weather tends to be the most intense in the few days leading up to the New Moon and Full Moon. This is not 100% fool-proof, but you will be ahead if you take the lunar trends into account for making travel plans and scheduling outdoor events. If you know your Vedic astrology birth-chart, particularly your Moon sign, you can plan ahead with more confidence.

The Solar event of the month is the Spring Equinox, at 6:02 pm on Wednesday, March 20. On this day the day and night are of equal length, and the length of days is increasing rapidly as the northern hemisphere of the Earth enters the summer half of the annual cycle. In the Western Zodiac, the Sun is always in the first degree of Aries on this day. The Vedic astrology which I practice follows the sidereal or star-oriented zodiac; even though Vedic astrologers recognize the equinox, in that system the Sun is at 6 degrees Pisces in the constellations. In the Vedic system, the change from one Zodiac sign to another takes place at about the 13th-15th of each month. How do you find your Vedic Sun sign? You find your tropical or Western sign and degree and then subtract 24 degrees to get your Vedic sign. For instance, if you were born on March 31, your western Sun sign is 11 degrees Aries. Subtracting 24 degrees gives you a Vedic Sun sign of 17 Pisces.

The Planet Mercury is in the news because it is in one of the three periods of the year when it appears to move backwards through the zodiac. This apparent retrograde motion is produced by the fact that Mercury’s orbit is inside that of the Earth. Each time it lasts about three weeks, this time having begun on Feb 23 and ending March 17. On the positive side, this is an ideal time to catch up on unfinished projects and communication. On the down side, messages get lost, things to missing, and business meetings are often inconclusive due to missing information or missing people. Answering machines and other things electrical tend to die at this time. Mercury retrograde is not an ideal time to sign a contract or to make major purchases, other than, say, replacing the battery in your car. Often enough, the stock market reverses direction under Mercury retrograde. So if your taxes aren’t filed, you may wish to wait until after March 17 to avoid mistakes.


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