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Planetary News March 2018 from Komilla Sutton

Many Changes

A lot is happening in March, we need to keep ourselves grounded to deal with them. Mars changes signs on 6 March into Sagittarius, crosses gandanta and conjoins Saturn, Jupiter turns retrograde on 8th, Mercury is debilitated in Pisces and then retrograde, Venus is first in Pisces, then Aries and as usual Sun moves signs into Pisces. Gemini and Aquarius feel relief as Mars moves out of Scorpio as they are no longer receiving triple aspects of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars.

Gemini and Aquarius feel relief as Mars moves out of Scorpio as they are no longer receiving triple aspects of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars.

Key Dates in March

  • All month - Venus remains in Aquarius, Mars in Scorpio.
  • 1 March – Venus moves to Pisces - exalted.
  • 2 March – Mercury moves to Pisces – debilitated but debilitation cancelled by Venus till 26 March.
  • 2 to 6 March – Venus Mercury in Planetary war – exact conjunction is on 4 March.
  • 6 to 8 March – Mars is in Scorpio Sagittarius Gandanta.
  • 7 March – Mars Moves to Sagittarius.
  • 8 March – Jupiter turns retrograde.
  • 14 March - Sun moves into Pisces.
  • 22 March – Mercury turns retrograde.
  • 26 March – Venus in Aries.
  • 31 March to 4 April – Mars Saturn in Planetary war..

NOTE: All timing is for California PST.

Venus and Jupiter – The Two Gurus Connect

Venus is exalted in Pisces and Jupiter in Libra exchanges signs till 26 March. They are the two gurus in Jyotisha and they can have difference of opinions too. This exchange shows each one of them trying to understand each other’s point of view. It is interesting that this exchange benefits only Sagittarius as it creates a Maha parivartana yoga by connecting 4th and 11th houses. The other Venus and Jupiter ruled sign Taurus, Libra and Pisces face Dainya Parivartana yoga. Dainya means poverty – here the poverty can be in the ability to get or willingness receive advise. Taurus whose 6th and 11th houses connect can experience blocks, Libra experiences exchange of 1st and 6th house – again face obstacles and Pisces may have to deal with the unexpected as their 1st and 8th house connect. However, there is strength in this exchange too if we can remain true to the nature of the planet and learn from it.

Jupiter turns retrograde on 8 March. The energy around 8th March is changeable so one needs to be careful. Sagittarius and Pisces hesitate to express themselves and need to think about the past few months and reconcile what has happened during the Jupiter retrograde period of 4 months. However, this retrograde is not what one feel so intensely like when Mars or Saturn turn retrograde.

Mars in Sagittarius Via Gandanta & with Saturn

Mars moves out of Scorpio into Sagittarius on 7 March. It will be unsteady in gandanta from 6 to 8 March. Aries and Scorpio can feel insecure and uncertain as it transits through gandanta from 6 to 8 March.

In Sagittarius, Mars is strong yet as it faces Saturn who can be a frustrating influence as it forces reality and discipline. We should try to take things slowly. Mars is the action planet and when faced with the restrictions of Saturn, it feels very angry and dissatisfied. However, we should practice patience, calmness and learn from what Saturn is telling us, not giving in to our irritations. The conjunction of Mars Saturn is on 1 April and they remain in planetary war from 31 March to 4 April – this is the most intense period of Mars Saturn conjunction. Aries, Scorpio, Capricorn and Aquarius will feel this most, but all of us will have to deal with this conjunction and its disruptions.

Mercury’s Long Debilitation

Mercury moves into Pisces on 2 March and is debilitation. This debilitation is cancelled by Venus’s being expiated in Pisces. This can bring positive experience for both Gemini and Virgo.

Mercury will turn retrograde on 22 March to 15 April – we need to always watch the retrograde, double check all your travel arrangements, appointments and specially watch what you say as it can be easily misheard.

Mercury remains in Pisces for a long time till 9 May. In Pisces Mercury is not very rational, thinking outside the box – more spiritually and creativity. We can take advantage of this idealistic view point but also be aware that extreme idealism may make us feel life is not living up to our rosy expectations. Try to keep ourselves grounded.

To Watch in April 2018

Mars Saturn togetherness, Sun exaltation.

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