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Mercury Stations Direct; Vernal Equinox 

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The Sun is nearing the end of its run through Pisces, and as this happens, Mercury is about to station direct in Pisces. In general, here's the scenario: planets are now placed in Pisces and Aries, which is providing some tension between leaping ahead and taking things slowly. Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces, and that's emphasizing the 'take it slow' thing for a few days more.

Let's take the moves in chronological order. Earlier this week, we had the Pisces New Moon. Some have described this as a deeply introspective New Moon—that's the nature of Pisces, especially at the dark of the Moon. That was also the last day of the full-on Pisces cluster, as by Tuesday, the Moon and Mars had moved onto Aries. (Mars will be in Aries until April 20. It moves into Taurus in a conjunction with the Sun.) At 4:03pm on Sunday, March 17, Mercury stations direct in Pisces. This ends the three-week Mercury retrograde that began in late February. Mercury changes directions while in a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces. This is an intuitive, very unusual Mercury station due to the conjunction to slow-moving Neptune.

Another highlight is that at the moment of the Mercury station (the change in directions), the Moon is in Gemini, conjunct Jupiter. This provides emphasis on Pisces, though from another angle. The theme here is the relationship between mind and intuition; between reason and creative process. Note, the Mercury-Neptune conjunction is directly connected to the Moon-Jupiter conjunction. This is a potent chart and what you do Monday can have plenty of leverage.

The Sun enters Aries at 7:02am on Wednesday, March 20. That's the vernal equinox, the long-awaited beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and the center of this week in the Sun's cycle when day and night are of equal length. This is a meaningful tipping point in the year, a time to gather momentum and move forward confidently with your plans. One last aspect. Mars makes a conjunction to Uranus in Aries on Friday, March 22. This is an aspect to watch with some caution, as it has a militant quality to it. I'll have more to say about that next week.

For those interested in the astrology of the papal election, I've covered that in the brand new edition of Planet Waves FM. I've covered the chart for the cardinals' vow of secrecy—which I've described as a psychic bomb about to go off. And I am doing the Invocation of Spring, a sex and love report—a 12-sign reading which is discounted for Chronogram readers.

Catch you soon.

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