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Mercury Retrograde in Aries ~ The Backward Facing Ram

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Mercury the messenger planet is about to turn retrograde in Aries the warrior sign… so what’s his message, what’s he trying to tell us?

Mercury in Aries…

…urges us to communicate directly, confidently and assertively, but in retrograde, perhaps we should hang back and think before we open our mouths…

…fires up our brainpower, but in retrograde, perhaps we should work to slow and calm down our minds a little…

…fills us with restless energy, but in retrograde, we may feel frustrated if we can’t find a suitable outlet for our energy…putting energy into reviewing ideas and projects is a good way to use Mercury retrograde…

…acts without thinking, but in retrograde you might end up re-doing or trying to un-do what you’ve done if you’re not careful…

...asks us to seek out new ideas, but in retrograde, perhaps it’s best to review, re-work and re-discuss tried and tested ideas…

…wants to have its own way, but in retrograde it needs to learn to compromise a bit…

…prefers to close a deal quickly and cl…

Happy New Year

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As the Sun moves into Aries, we celebrate the astrological New Year - the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox in the Southern. Day and night are of equal length, representing a perfect balance, the transition of the seasons. It also marks Ostara, one of eight festivals in the Pagan Wheel of the Year Below is a Spring Equinox post from Jon Fortgang. Jon is a professional journalist, editor and copywriter. His personal blog is a miscellany of music, opinion and counter culture. http://jonfortgang.weebly.com/blog.html Today is the spring equinox. Super-perigee moon over Washington courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls. Below that, a Russian revolution courtesy of Stravinsky...
With love,
Mandi
www.mandilockley.com

Some Suggestions for the Virgo Full Moon

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The Virgo Super-Moon on the 19th March seems to have a lot of people worried. I'm not going to make any predictions, that's not my job, but instead offer a few suggestions that you might find helpful.

Helpful Suggestions for the Virgo Super-Moon
Try not to worry
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie


Definitely don’t panic How Not to Panic from EHow


If you feel angry (this lunation connects with Uranus in Aries), try to detach from the emotion and simply observe it. Let it go, let the anger pass

Apply yourself to practical service and helping others

Avoid criticising others and try not to let criticism that comes your way get to you, unless it’s offered in a constructive, kind way

Give thanks for what you’ve got

If you’re feeling particularly stressed, take Bach Rescue Remedy ~ a formula for comfort and reassurance

Practice meditation. Mindfulness, Compassion and Wisdom, Three Means To Peace meditation from Shambhala Sun seems appropriate for this lunation

Eat healthily, d…

The Virgo SuperMoon ~ Changing Landscapes and a Million Small Stories

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The astrological community has been buzzing lately, as it always does when celestial alignments are reflected in dramatic events in the collective. (A brief explanation of the astrological picture is explained below, including the Virgo Full Moon of March 19th, a SuperMoon; Uranus’ ingress into Aries and Neptune in the final degree of Aquarius.)
With recent events such as the mass uprisings in the Middle East and the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, without a doubt the world’s political and physical landscape is changing. World developments of such magnitude change millions of people’s lives forever and therefore also alter the psychological and emotional landscape of everyone directly caught up in them. To a lesser extent these kinds of events also shift the perspective of those of us who watch events unfold from a distance.
While contemplating or worrying about what the Virgo SuperMoon* means, if anything, let’s not forget that Virgo is all about the small details. It…

Pisces Quotes ~ Wondrous Words of Feeling

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Here are a few beautiful, compassionate, insightful words from some well known fishes...the quotes also reflect their Moon signs...Enjoy! 
There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch. It is first of all a physical quality; then it is a quality of the spirit.
Tom Wolfe, Author, Sun Pisces-Moon Aries
To be good, you need to believe in what you're doing.
Billy Crystal, Comedian, Sun Pisces-Moon Taurus

I wanted to be in a band that shared ideas and were in it together.
Roger Daltrey, Musician (The Who), Sun Pisces-Moon Gemini

Dream on it. Let your mind take you to places you would like to go, and then think about it and plan it and celebrate the possibilities. And don't listen to anyone who doesn't know how to dream.
Liza Minnelli, Actress and Singer, Sun Pisces-Moon Cancer
A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, h…

Energy Rush ~ Uranus in Aries at the Aries Point

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Welcome back to Uranus in Aries!
The Aries Point (AP) is zero degrees of the cardinal signs - Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. When a transiting planet enters one of the cardinal signs and hits the AP there often a great rush of energy which projects outwards into the world, seeking manifestation. This is why the AP is known as the point where that which is private/personal becomes public/political. Simply put, the AP is the point of maximum exposure.
We have had a whole bunch of planets at the AP over the last couple of years… Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Libra, Jupiter in Aries and Uranus in Aries. These planets, forming a moving cardinal t-square, symbolize huge changes and shifts in consciousness which are clearly reflected in world events. The combined symbolism of all these planets around the AP reflects the fact that leaders and politicians, plutocrats, corporations, bankers and the super wealthy have been particularly vulnerable to exposure.
Just look at how many exposés the…

Uranus, Fashion and the Roaring Twenties

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I've noticed that in the fashion shows and fashion magazines the 1920’s flapper style is back into vogue, along with a renewed interest in 20’s music, dance and literature. A new film of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is in the making, twenties set TV drama Boardwalk Empire is a huge hit and a new book about the decade, Anything Goes, has just been published. Even my local pub is offering Charleston lessons!
What prompts old trends to recycle themselves? I’m not a style expert, but I do know a bit about astrology and there is a striking similarity between the astrology of now and the astrology of the twenties. Therefore, it’s no surprise to me that what was considered stylish then is considered stylish again now.
In 1919-20 Uranus moved into Pisces, then it flirted between Pisces and Aries through 1927, before settling into Aries in 1928. In 2010, we had the same scenario when Uranus moved into Aries for around four months before going retrograde back into Pisces.
The Roaring Twenties…

Uranus in Aries Transits

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As Uranus enters the adventurous warrior sign of Aries, those of us with natal planets or angles in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), will experience a major Uranus transit by conjunction, square or opposition, at some point over the next seven years.
Transits of the outer planets – Uranus, Neptune, Pluto or Chiron – to your natal planets or angles tend to reflect big changes in your life. Due to the slow movement of the outer planets and the fact that they spends several months retrograde, these transits can last for a year or longer, and therefore symbolize lengthy processes of growth and development, periods of adjustment and transformation on an inner/psychological level and/or an outer, material level.
What are the themes of Uranus transits? What will happen? Well, it’s quite hard to predict very specifically, except to say that you can probably expect the unexpected... 
Eureka, it's Uranus in Aries!
Uranus transits symbolize events, feelings and life develop…

New Moon in Pisces

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March 4: New Moon in Pisces ~ New Ideals
The dark of the Moon is a good time to pause, rest and plan for the month ahead. This New Moon is sandwiched between Chiron and Mars on one side and Mercury and Uranus on the other, all of them in impressionable, idealistic Pisces. This is a lunation for feeling at one with the world, but it could be an emotionally overwhelming one.
Here are some suggestions for this New Moon:
Sleep! Listen to your dreams and intuitions. Practice random acts of kindness. Go with the flow. Send out healing thoughts. Use meditation to slow down your mind. Stay flexible and open minded. Use gentle persuasion to get your way rather than being forceful and direct. Don’t believe everything you’re told! Sing and dance Write Poetry
Have a great Pisces New Moon
With love, Mandi  www.mandilockley.com

Astrology For March

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As March dawns, the Sun is in the sensitive sign of Pisces,Jupiter is settled into Aries and Saturn is still Retrograde.

This month sees Uranus join Jupiter in the impulsive first sign of the zodiac. We also have a sensitive New Moon in Pisces, a discriminating Full Moon in Virgo and the last of the ongoing Jupiter-Saturn oppositions.

Here’s the full low-down on March's main action

March 2 (March 1 for American time zones): Venus into Aquarius ~ Friends and Lovers Venus prefers its romance unconventional when it’s in Aquarius. This is a good Venus transit for experimenting with new ways of expressing your affection.  It’s also good for socialising, making friends and connecting intellectually with others. If others become a bit aloof and distant during this transit, just give them a bit of space and freedom and they will be back to their sociable selves in no time.  Venus will be in Aquarius until 27th March.

March 3: Nodes into Sagittarius-Gemini ~ A New Perspective The Mean Nodes moved…