For the first time since 1994, Saturn entered into Aquarius on Saturday, March 21, the sign most associated with revolution, humanitarian efforts, and change—but only until July 1, when he retrogrades back into Earth sign Capricorn. But, though for this short time, the planet of discipline’s transition into Aquarius foreshadows what’s to come once he re-enters the fixed air sign of the water-bearer for good on December 17. Since Saturn shows us where we need to focus our efforts so that we can enjoy the benefits of integrity, now is an auspicious time to tune in—especially since he reveals the pain points associated with being out of alignment.
Couple this foreshadowing, illuminating energy with the fact that last week, the sun moved from Pisces (a water sign) into Aries (a fire sign), and also that on the 24th, we’ll have a new moon in Aries, and it’s very clear that the astrological influences have indeed transitioned. Still, though, this week brings us a continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on our day-to-day routines, while massive threats to our public health, economy, and personal well-being loom. So how, exactly, is this state of transition actually shaping up to affect us?
On Monday, Mars, the planet of action, conjoins Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth. Given the rampant pace of which this virus is spreading, this Mar-Pluto conjunction doesn’t help, cosmically speaking. With that in mind, please continue to get your COVID-19-related updates from the CDC, local government, and stay inside. Thankfully, the moon, in its balsamic phase on Monday, invites introspection as opposed to exploration outside of the self. One benefit of self-quarantine and social distancing? We all have plenty of time to sit with ourselves and reflect, which is precisely the very best thing to do right now.
The new moon in Aries is considered one of the most critical new moons of the year. Since it occurs in the first sign of the zodiac, it’s an invitation to begin again.
Then, early on Tuesday morning, at 5:28 a.m. EST, the new moon in Aries happens at 4 degrees. The new moon in Aries is considered one of the most critical new moons of the year. Since it occurs in the first sign of the zodiac, it’s an invitation to begin again. Please take a moment to cultivate your vision, and set your new-moon intentions on Tuesday.
This year, as the sun and moon conjoin to unlock a new beginning in Aries, they do so in very conjunction with Chiron, the wounded healer. Chiron represents growth associated with confronting pain. How apropos for this moment we find ourselves in, right? As we wrestle with the complexities associated with this growing pandemic, Chiron asks us to unlock a deeper place of compassion within ourselves.
Remember, Mars rules Aries, so we need to look to Mars to see what else we can expect at the time of the new moon in Aries. Given Mars’ conjunction with Pluto and Jupiter, and applying conjunction to Saturn, we know this new moon holds gravity. Mars’ catalytic power amplifies the intensity of the moment. These are not lighthearted times, and what we see above through the lens of astrology mirrors what we are experiencing down below, here on earth.
With that in mind, let’s look toward the positive: Fortunately on Friday, Venus in Taurus trines Jupiter and Pluto—and thank goodness. A trine is a fortunate connection that allows for positivity to flow. Venus, who represents love, making a positive angle to Jupiter, the planet of growth, tells us that we can find the silver lining in all of this disruption. Then, as Venus goes on to make an exact conjunction with Pluto on Saturday as well, she ignites our personal power.
Resilience means to face life exactly as it is, and rise anyway. It’s an act of fully accepting things as they are without needing to change them or fix them but simultaneously responding to them with strength. Resilience asks you to embrace “the and.” It means holding space for paradox. Yes, we are in an excruciating moment, and we get to cultivate our best self during this process anyway. Similarly, we can hold a place within ourselves for both fear and confidence, sadness and hope. We can grieve and simultaneously stay committed to a path of positivity.
That said, more than ever, now’s the time to focus on our strengths. Our strengths are the unique aspects of self that demonstrate where we have innate talents. Cultivating our strengths bolsters our resilience. So, ask yourself this: What’s one of my personal strengths that I can bring to the table right now?
Maybe it’s a sense of humor, an aptitude for depth, a hobby or craft that you love to do, a sense of love. Cultivating our strength and resilience means cultivating our best self, so familiarize yourself with your individual excellence, and further commit to nurturing it. This is what will support you to weather challenging times.
Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success.