March 2016 Horoscope by Alex

March 2016 Horoscope by Alex

Here is your March 2016 horoscope

A total solar eclipse early on the morning (UK time) of the 9th of March, is the stand out feature in the skies this month. Other planetary activity drawn into the eclipse chart degree heightens and focuses the effects. This is like having a personal new year signature etched in the heavens for each sign. I hope this starting point works out happily for you. Remember that what you actually bring into your personal reality as an intention, will be very significant in determining the pattern of unfolding events.

Check out my annual year ahead part 1

Check out my annual year ahead part 2

Check out the February/March tarotscope

Aries March 2016 horoscopeARIES: How is what you do every single day, REALLY connected (in your experience) to what your vocation actually is? Do you tend to focus on the details of your daily work first, or its overall direction and evolution? This is a little like that clichéd question “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Add into the mix here that perplexing question of identity – “How does what I do actually constitute who I am, or not?” Most humans identify who they are, largely in terms of the selection of choices they make and commit to (whether consciously, or simply out of habit) and then repeat, ad nauseam. This has not really been a luxury available to you in recent times. Autopilot has simply not been an option! You find, nowadays, that the things which used to drive you without you noticing them, have been consistently pressing to break free from their prison bars. In their place has erupted the dreamer within you – looking for an outlet, restless to take you to new and exciting places. The deeper question emerging from all this is that of fully reinventing yourself as an authentically self-directed person, profoundly in touch with your creativity… aka fully aligned. This eclipse, conjunct Chiron, is speaking loud and clear about every voice in childhood which ever incarcerated you into its particular cast of “you can’t”… which ultimately became your “I can’t”… Well now, you CAN! Mars hits Sagittarius (your solar 9th House) with the message that you cleanse your past by breaking free into a new set of energetic values. You are NOT constrained by your father’s limits and how he experienced them. Nope! This is your time NOT his. Own your unique vision, Aries. Make it happen. As is always good advice under a new moon eclipse, please consider doing something on the 9th of March that expresses your intention and so seeds your vision in ACTION. The journey of a thousand miles, after all, begins with that monumental first step.

Taurus March 2016 horoscopeTAURUS: What are your dreams? What do they really look like? Can you step outside of yourself for even a moment and peer in with the expectation that it would be crystal clear where your vision is taking you? There is only so far that you can take creativity forward without a community of like-minded others to help you in the mysterious processes of fertilisation and gestation that will eventually lead to the manifestation. I get the sense that you have been dancing around the edges of your vision, in an attempt to secure your personal eureka moment. At this point I’d merely pause and ask “Even if this approach has had merit, is it the right way to proceed now?” I also get the feeling that perhaps you’ve always felt that it is going to be down to you. Perhaps your expectations of others have been poor (likely borne out in your experience). Well, when we are young, we are thrust into contact with people we do not truly choose. By now Taurus, I guess you may be noticing that this often ‘poor fit’ can be incredibly difficult to remedy, notwithstanding all of your best efforts to find collaborators on the same wavelength. If only they advertised “my perfect community” in the Yellow Pages! Nobody, however, could justifiably accuse you of not seeking them out and having had some measure of success in connecting up with new conversation partners. Nevertheless, it would help you to notice that the geographical aspects of locating and identifying are only partial solutions to your enduring ‘suitable peers’ problem. Every community is external to you. The thing you need to look at is HOW you connect. This month, the eclipse brings the energy of cleansing the expectations of the past. What this means, in a word, is learning to allow and to trust. All this implies an honest confrontation of your fears of loss. Loss and gain are the two sides of the one coin always being tossed by life. Make friends with this principle… take a chance!

Gemini March 2016 horoscopeGEMINI: What you have seen ‘out there’ of late has been an expression of your limits. What limits? The ones you perceive! I would encourage you strongly this month to look at how all the actors, in all the scenes, which are playing out all around you, are in fact potential encounters with authority. Now, before you ask whether they really ARE that, I am asking you to use your deeper vision (the version of yourself that transcends your mind). One interesting manifestation may come in the form of “How does my partner remind me of my opposite sex parent?” Which can play out simply now as “in our relationship, who wears the trousers?” On another level, it may be the government or certain bureaucratic institutions which seem to have blocked your path in some way. Whichever it is, you are going to have to dig deeper! But noticing comes first… and that is what I am here to aid you with. We easily project our sense of powerlessness onto any convenient system that cannot talk back – simply musing that we’d do this or that were it not for ‘that thing’. This eclipse seems to be suggesting that taking ownership of your career path has seemed always just ‘out of reach’ but that now you get to move forward – and that this breakthrough will come because you have been prepared to look at the ways in which wounds to your sense of legitimate authority have led to blockages. Gemini gets a bad rap at times for being too cerebral and indeed the mind spawns the duality you are famous for. Polarity can be good BUT you have to DO something with the energy – give it impetus. Well, your ruler Mercury is in Pisces at the time of the eclipse. If there were such a thing as a ‘mind transplant’, now would be the time that the cerebral gets replaced by the creative. You keep seeing those intrusive ads on your PC to upgrade to Windows 10? See the current astrological signature as offering a personal operating system upgrade! BECOME the authority in your own life and watch old barriers melt away.

Cancer March 2016 horoscopeCANCER: Remember having to use armbands when going swimming at the pool? At that time you were known as ‘a beginner’. You may even have had a dedicated learners’ pool to splash around in that was not so intimidating as the main pool. It’s interesting how such processes reflect that we often must learn to manage our psychology tentatively, within our physical space. We do little experiments. We establish comfort. Hopefully at some point we move from armbands to a launch without inflatable support. Next, the real deal, “six feet in at the deep end”. I think it likely that you’ve been exploring/mapping your locality these past seven months or so; doing these little expansion experiments. It is good to re-wire our lives at significant junctures. Still, we like to retain a measure of control over this process – we don’t want it getting out of hand. Funnily enough however, any kind of change, even seemingly insignificant, can shift our perspective entirely and lead to unexpected spin-offs. You are a home bird and yet I get a sense that your shifts of course have led to a new sense of possibilities. These matters are related to material questions, but not entirely. It seems you may be developing a wander lust at precisely the time that you feel ill-equipped to engage in such a programme of adventures. It strikes me that you would benefit from being able to make the distinction between the history of your deep-seated fears (the things which have gripped you resolutely) and bog standard uncertainties of an everyday kind. Although these may feel the same, they are in reality miles apart. The eclipse conjunct Chiron and the South Node suggests that it is time for you to heal decisively any old wounds around security. It is time to ask yourself where any fears around “the big wide world” may first have entered your experience. Clue: The umbilical cord is where it starts!

Leo March 2016 horoscopeLEO: Creative processes happen within the mind – the blueprint is birthed there, regardless of where your senses journeyed to unearth said blueprint. In a sense, the mind is the point at which all the unconscious processes come together into a conscious focus called an ‘idea’, or maybe even ‘a plan’. And yet, creative processes also take place in the realm of material and tangible experience, where they can be seen and evaluated by others. Get that? ‘Evaluated’… Saturn, in your solar 5th House of creativity, is wanting to fuse these different levels of creative process and manifestation into a workable structure of productivity. Yet this isn’t any old productivity. It touches deeply on people’s souls. It draws them into something of value that transcends everyday commodity-based notions of value. You are attempting to capture something traditionally called ‘ineffable’ in spiritual circles. It can be sensed but not easily articulated. There is mystery and that mystery attracts people. Those interested people need it PRECISELY because it takes them beyond their usual obsession with acquiring ‘stuff’. They are looking for more. You are a faithful servant of their quest. You achieve that by being true to your authentic process. And yet, unlike God, we have finite resources. We need to transact with others to be replenished ourselves – and this sets up (often unspoken) contracts. There are some profound boundary issues at play, there. The eclipse speaks of a wounded trust, born of a time when others could not be relied upon. To this day you appear to long deeply for that which you fear the most. Perhaps you try to secure it on your own terms? Well, that would be unilateral. This month, bilateral agreements and the merging/trust they imply are knocking on your door. Hint: Meditate on the differences between ‘transact’ and ‘contract’ this month.

Virgo March 2016 horoscopeVIRGO: Who are you within the ‘mirror’ of your relationships? And who are you outside of that mirror? And, of course, what is the relationship between these two ‘different’ people? Becoming who we truly are is perhaps the defining goal of our existence. It is a highly complex matter with many layers, one which philosophers have not yet resolved and likely never will. Still, certain observations made along the way have clarified matters somewhat. Psychology has a view too. But from an astrological vantage point we have a clear picture right now of what that universal question means within your own frame of reference. Jupiter is retrograding back from the North Node in your sign and while fate is arguably always approaching you steadily, you are stepping back from it, in order to help you confront key questions around how relationships specifically heal or harm AND what the key characteristics are defining the differences. I should say at this point that astrology will NOT gift-wrap your answer in any shape or form at this time. What it CAN do is prompt you to pay very close attention to the nature of the interpersonal dynamics of your most significant relationships. You are approaching an epiphany moment at the time of the eclipse. Something has persistently lain just out of sight and as a result, you have projected that shadow onto the screen of your expectations of your most significant partners. Notice that word ‘expectations’. Where have your relationship expectations come from? When did they take root, more or less in the form they take now? I am proposing a small clue here to be that you have carried within your expectations some sense of lack… something which you have felt to be missing has been identified ‘out there’, as being the role of a partner to supply. Let that guide your explorations. You might simply ask WHAT was missing. This may include enquiry around WHERE the missing object was supposed to be located. Certainly, you will be looking at whether it was somebody else’s job to provide it and, if you conclude that perhaps it was, has the right person been identified for that purpose? More than anything, you appear to be looking for a missing piece of yourself. If you look carefully, you will find the clarity you seek. Then, in coming weeks, you’ll be able to stride forward into the more whole version of you.

Check out my annual year ahead part 1

Check out my annual year ahead part 2

Check out the February/March tarotscope

Libra March 2016 horoscopeLIBRA: What makes us healthy? And what does not? How is the psychosomatic complex related to all the questions the mind overflows with, regarding one’s personal level/experience of well-being? A light is currently being shone upon the question of energy and its expenditure within your life. Ideals of justice and balance can very easily (and ironically) tip you OUT of your balance. When our energy is consumed in fighting certain external battles, we can dupe ourselves into denying our very real needs to merge with others as a form of authentic nourishment. How we transact is of course very important to our well-being but… if we become obsessed with how this pans out in our life it can mean that every ounce of energy is absorbed into a state of unnatural vigilance, putting our bodies on high alert – making it incredibly difficult to relax. Newsflash! It is not your job to ‘fix’ the world. Your needs are utterly valid and crucially important. The eclipse is asking you to consider how you have been wounded by notions of service – that’s right my friend. Sacrifice is not really a recipe for health. I want to propose to you that the principle of sacrifice can even inscribe itself within our bodies, on a cellular level. Your ruler, Venus, is suggesting that instead of you aligning your values with how you might best help build a progressive society, you in fact allow ‘society’ to show you how it might more fittingly accommodate YOUR pleasure. I’d encourage you to use your imagination here and get into the sensory side of pleasure, not the mental conception of it. You may face a little embarrassment in overcoming your reticence but do it, is my advice. Such thinking may see you exploring indulgence of your fantasies (the more secret the better), including the use of sex toys, that may have been taboo in your experience. You have a body with many sensual and erogenous zones/points and my feeling is that you may have neglected these. Guilt and shame are slave drivers and your healing this month involves serving them with their retirement notice.

Scorpio March 2016 horoscopeSCORPIO: What type of structures do you build? And what type of energy do you use in order to build them? These are fundamental questions for you right now. Do you direct your energy consciously or work around what manifests all around you? Do you meet ‘alien’ energies with resistance? Where exactly do these energies come from? I sometimes make the distinction between aspects of our life story, in terms of them being both ABOUT us and authored BY us. You ARE the story and you write it each moment. Our culture tends to forget the second aspect. It is easier to be self-absorbed than a conscious participant. Society in most of its unction, sees to that. If we look out from our centre at the various elements of our story (that include characterisation and plot), we can lose our sense of agency. Everything becomes a response to external circumstance perceived as demand. We lose the ability to relax and acquire space to breathe. We become relentlessly driven (a Scorpionic shadow manifestation). If you see yourself as author, not simply protagonist, you can shift the questions (and therefore the answers) that life seems to be posing. What is money? Energetically I mean. What is security? Emotionally I mean. What is community? Ontologically I mean. You see those layers beneath the questions? It is like the difference between solid state science of positivism and the quantum world underlying it that we do not perceive directly. You are called on this month to begin to develop different vision. Whereas your regular two eyes have served you well, there is a third eye that you are called upon to open. This is the bridging point that will enable you to navigate your life differently than ever before. Your wound (addressed by the eclipse) involves how you were taught to navigate by sight rather than faith – which is all about not trusting your intuitive response to what the world attempts to show you. What appears to be happening (or worse, what is supposed to be happening) is NOT what is actually happening. There are much deeper, tuned in responses you can make to the world around you. But this is all about ditching the ancient survival fears. Burn them… and the world will quickly appear to be a MUCH different place.

Sagittarius March 2016 horoscopeSAGITTARIUS: Balancing your personal life and your public life is the goal of your spiritual evolution for the foreseeable future. You know, it is quite simple in a way – we go out into the world and, at some point, we return home. Energetically, this polarity has significance. Each aspect affects the other. People talk all the time about “not taking your work home with you”, for example. The astrological picture tells me that you have been, on some level, mapping out the detail of your true (deepest) vocational impulse. It feels like you have a “date with destiny” and have explored, in the past eighteen months or so, both who you are in this quest and latterly, the details of what it involves. Each time you explore, you leave home. The eclipse in your solar 4th House, conjunct Chiron and the South Node, suggests that you may well have an historic or karmic pattern of escaping intolerable ‘home conditions’. I would suggest you explore this particular angle of your energetic drivers, those impulses which seem to drive you with a relentless quality. It is important at this time that you purge your psychological intentions, so that your deepest soul intentions aren’t confused with old emotional junk. As the South Node is all about past karmic residue, so Chiron is about healing it and Chiron is the centaur planet which brings the unconscious level of existence up into the conscious realm, where it can be seen and therefore dealt with. Awareness is the key. Sometimes it’s easier for us to believe that an energy ‘just is’ – we do not really wish to look too closely at it. So it could be, in your case, with a sense of wander lust… “It’s just who I am.. It is my Sagittarian nature” etc. Well, maybe not! It IS time to explore deeper and resolve some old wounding, in preparation for new beginnings on all fronts. As your ruler is currently retrograde you should remain flexible and give attention to details. The personal and the public dimensions of life present a challenge for everyone these days in our modern world. Balance is more crucial than ever. Once you’ve resolved this karmic stuff and its layers of grime, you will be in a position to be the avatar – the complete role model.

Capricorn March 2016 horoscopeCAPRICORN: How do you express yourself? What is it about communication than can prove so daunting for you at times? Well, Capricorn is a builder. You know, we should all start with solid foundations that are fit for purpose and take it from there, right? And yet, there you sit with Pisces as your solar 3rd House. The place of communication and expression (whether written or verbal) is equated with a space of dissolution and the nebulous/transcendent qualities of Neptune (Pisces’ modern ruler). You need to build methodically (almost rigidly) and yet, the issue presents every time you recognise your need for collaborators on the ‘big project’, of just how what you know and value can be captured in concepts and communicated without losing something. To be honest, this is why it is much easier for you to be an inventor or engineer than an artistic sort of creative – anything with a vague boundary is perplexing to you and simultaneously very attractive (because it offers something you experience as gnawing lack). Mercury, Neptune, Sun and Chiron all now sit in Pisces (that troubling placement for you) and the new moon eclipse is total there. You find it easier to impose structure on the material world than the immaterial and yet, as your ruler Saturn transits your solar 12th House, you are called upon to explore your wounds in areas of self-expression. Where have they come from? How is the voice of authority related to the gentle calling of the creative impulse and the qualities required to nurture it? And there we have that crux word “nurture”. You know about society, Capricorn, and how it works in practice. The mechanics are easy for you to spot. But how do we manage the unpredictable things which are not subject to discernible rules and principles? Basically, this comes down to the question of how we soothe ourselves when nurture is not forthcoming. For you, father is much easier to understand than mother! It is your nurture wound that you are called upon to explore under this eclipse energy. Making friends with the intangible level of existence is the calling. Perhaps taking up some form of spiritual practice would help. We can feel like we might drown in the tides of nurture; lose ourselves. Truly, that is your rite of passage into new life right now.

Aquarius March 2016 horoscopeAQUARIUS: Your traditional and modern sign rulers (Saturn and Uranus) are in a trine aspect in fire signs Sagittarius and Aries (your 11th and 3rd solar houses respectively). To me, this looks very much like it points to an exploration within the core of you around a key theme. This theme, I read as the quest to excavate deep within your neighbourhood/community/locality in order to unearth and solidify those connections that offer you a core spiritual quality – that offers a level of authentic contact that you cannot hope to attract, simply by wandering around aimlessly, hoping to bump into a connection that is satisfying and deep. That’s not just one connection either. You currently seek a sustaining spiritual home. In a society such as ours, with its many layers of complexity, roots take on an incredibly important grounding function. Many folk lose their bearings entirely for want of such grounding. Your inner journey has, however, sought to marry up with the outer quest to find kin – we commonly call that finding a home. Achieving that in our techno-evolving society of constant change requires complete adaptability. But we aren’t chameleons! Most people lack the capacity to integrate the changes required. Not you. You do it and then your complex values-system finds a way to model this to the world (as the powerful teacher by example that you are). The eclipse, for you, brings up questions along the path you are traversing around spiritual community that involve generational wounding, in areas of poverty and deprivation. The ancient narratives within families around “how will we make ends meet?” – especially during times of war or scarcity, may have passed down to you in such a way that the sensitive philosopher in you has relegated them to the category of vulgar/petty distractions from the goal of establishing a coherent blueprint for a balanced and just society. I’d suggest a practical spiritual focus for you under this eclipse. Put away Marx’s Das Kapital and instead get yourself down to a soup kitchen and feed the homeless… especially on the 9th of March. Jupiter in your solar 8th House wishes to show you just how shared resources make the world turn in practice, if the humanitarian is truly to become the sage.

Pisces March 2016 horoscopePISCES: “It’s just too crowded in here” might be a Piscean refrain right now. That does not make it time to pull down the shutters and go to sleep! But it may just be time to rediscover the art of dreaming. What are your dreams? Truly, I mean. Not what you are supposed to be aspiring to. Underneath all the layers, all those externally-imposed expectations, lies little old you. I get the feeling that authority, in all its guises and traditional roles, has been bringing home some heavy doses of that old religiously-inspired guilt. “Must do this, should do that” and all that goes with it. The detail of your life might feel like it is just too much to handle right now. Some people say we are at the threshold of a changing of the guard from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. Regardless of the astronomical and astrological disputes and lack of clarity on the phenomenon of the ‘precession of the equinoxes’ that spawns the astrological ages theory, it would serve you well at this time to make special efforts to connect up with the Aquarians you know who you can see are in a process similar to the one described in the sign reading above yours! It is almost as if you are on the cusp of embracing a soul-level or karmic goal of evolving into a more Aquarian set of values and connections. Out there lies a world, ready to be met afresh and mapped – a journey involving partners who have evolved beyond their old limits and restrictions. The wound that you are healing under this eclipse energy is that of being defined by the limits and restrictions that religion, authority, parents and other entities that choose fixity (if not stagnation), projected onto you as expressing your life path, or roles, to be adopted as a ‘good citizen’. Just because you choose not to be a ‘good citizen’ does not mean you are a bad person. You know that smoking weed does not make you bad, so why do any of the other arbitrary rulings of authority define who you are? Shake it off and, under this eclipse, dream once more of who you always were destined to be.

Check out my annual year ahead part 1

Check out my annual year ahead part 2

Check out the February/March tarotscope

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  1. Jonalea Henderson-Neider
    February 28, 14:54 #1 Jonalea Henderson-Neider

    You have again nailed my Gemini conundrum (s) and suggested a viable path forward. Month by month, year by year, Alex, you are the brightest, clear and articulate guiding star-gazer that I turn to. Thank you for your labor and for sharing your gifts.

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