March 17-23 2014 Astrology Forecast: Spring Equinox, Nodes Shift!

spring equinox mandalaThe Spring Equinox arrives with the Sun’s entry into Aries. The Sign of the Ram also welcomes the South Node of the Moon, while Libra embraces the North Node. Plus Mercury gets sensitized, Venus gets individuated, and more!

3/17 (Mon)

All that Venus represents, including relationships, creativity and finances, receives expansive stimulation from Jupiter. With these planets connecting by quincunx, this might feel like overexpansion until you make the appropriate adjustments.

Mercury transits Pisces today through 4/7. Remaining receptive can help you benefit from a steady flow of creative inspiration and intuitive guidance. This placement also supports energy healing, since in Medical Astrology Mercury rules the arms and hands.

3/18 (Tue)

Catching intuitive flashes that relate to your relationships, creativity or finances? Ready to step outside the box in any of these areas? Adventurousness is supported with Aquarian Venus sextile Uranus.

3/19 (Wed)

No major astrology events.

3/20 (Thu)

The Sun enters Aries at 12:57 pm, marking the Spring Equinox. New beginnings, enhanced physical activity, championing a worthy cause and appropriate sexuality and assertiveness are supported for the next month.

3/21 (Fri)

No major astrology events.

3/22 (Sat)

The Lunar Nodes Change Signs

The North Node of the Moon shifts from Scorpio to Libra today (using Mean Nodes), where this virtual point will maintain its eternal retrograde through 10/9/2015. This places a long-term emphasis on relationships, creativity, diplomacy, harmony and balance.

The Moon has two nodes — North and South — which are always 180° apart. So the South Node is also shifting signs today, from Taurus to Aries. To oversimplify matters, the North Node represents what you should be moving toward, and the South Node what you should be leaving behind. (It isn’t really that simple, but that’s the basic idea.)

So as the South Node transits Aries, what less desirable qualities of the zodiac’s first sign would it serve you to release? Anger? Impulsiveness? Inappropriate sexuality? Excessive dominance?

If you’re not sure, ask those who spend a lot of time with you for their honest opinion. If concensus emerges, you’ve found something to work on. And what great timing, when the Sun is just two days into Aries!


Ceres’ entry into Libra and conjunction to the North Node both occur less than an hour after the North Node shifts signs! This is a powerful indicator to watch for the themes of protection, separation, fertility, harvest (abundance) and mother/daughter issues while the North node transits Libra.

It’s always handy when I can use the exact same interpretation twice in the same forecast! Since the meaning of today’s Mercury-Neptune conjunction is identical to Mercury’s entry into Pisces on 3/17, I can once again say that remaining receptive can help you benefit from a steady flow of creative inspiration and intuitive guidance. This placement also supports energy healing, since in Medical Astrology Mercury rules the arms and hands.

3/23 (Sun)

Themes of relationship commitment, beauty, betrayal and/or love’s renewal may step into the spotlight with Jupiter square Juno. New beginnings in any of these areas is supported by Juno’s Arean placement.

Void-of-Course Moons

It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during void-of-course Moons. “Business as usual” is the optimal strategy. Void-of-course Moons occur when the Moon has made her last major Ptolemaic aspect, but has not yet moved into her next sign.

  • 3/18, 9:08 pm – 3/19, 5:15 am (Scorpio)
  • 3/20, 11:12 pm – 3/21, 11:41 am (Sagittarius)
  • 3/23, 6:41 am – 4:05 pm (Capricorn)

Whatever your Sun Sign, Benjamin’s forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.

All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.

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