The Sun enters the sign of Aries on March 20th at 10: a.m., Mountain Time. Aries is a fire sign that is associated with the warrior planet, Mars. I’ve named Aries the Pioneer, since it is the first sign of the Zodiac and almost always the first in line. This is the sign of the initiator of ideas, projects and new beginnings. The modern version of the warrior can be an athlete or trainer.
Aries always begins the astrological year with the Spring Equinox on March 20th. The word “Equinox” is Latin for “Equal Nights.” The length of the days and nights are equal on both the Spring and Fall Equinoxes. Throughout history, different cultures have built temples to see the sunrise on the Equinox, like Stonehenge. If you get up early on March 20th, you will see the Sun rise exactly due east and in the evening, the Sun will set due west. We welcome Spring with the sign of Aries each year.
On March 2nd, Mars turned retrograde in the sign of Libra and won’t turn back direct until May 20th! Mars and Venus are the two planets of love. Venus just went direct and now Mars is in reverse motion in the quintessential relationship sign of Libra. Retrogrades are the editing phases so we can get a new perspective and switch things up a bit. If there is a part that feels stuck or you see a bottleneck, this is the time to open the blockage. A retrograde is the time to analyze and reassess your life. When Mars does go direct at the end of May, start fresh with any issues of the heart that were released during the retrograde. For those of you who are lucky enough to have a stable relationship, this retrograde could be dealing with new art, renovating your home or a style crisis with your clothes. Whatever the area, let it go!
The big event occurring this month is the Total Eclipse of the Moon on April 15th. All of the USA can see the eclipse, except for the extreme northeast. In Tucson, the partial eclipse begins at 10:59 p.m. on April 14th. The full eclipse begins at 12:08 a.m., with the maximum eclipse at 12:46 a.m., and ends at 1:23 a.m. That will be a late night for me, but will be totally worth it to see the Moon turn red. If you’re up for hosting a late night Full Moon Eclipse Party, this is the one!
As far as the visible planets this month, Venus is still the “Morning Star” and can be seen before sunrise in the eastern, predawn sky. For a treat, the Moon will join bright Jupiter on April 6th and 7th. They are both in the homey sign of Cancer, so those are extra perfect dates to cook a dinner for your loved ones. Love will definitely be in the air. Invite family and good friends for an intimate, sweet gathering. You will be so glad you did.