Leo Monthly 03/2017.
Rolling in the deep! This month you’re navigating introspective waters as the Sun moves through Pisces and your intimate eighth house until March 20. Chatting about the latest TMZ gossip is the furthest thing from your mind. You’re too busy diving into a detailed project or processing complex emotions. Seduction smolders under these sexy skies, and feelings can get intense. Carve out private time away from the crowds. The eighth house also rules long-term wealth, so your attention could turn to a joint venture or investments. Is it time to make a merger official?
While you’re pondering the mysteries of life, this month brings a couple cosmic challenges. Expansive Jupiter, which is retrograde (http://astrostyle.com/learn-astrology/retrogrades/) from February 6 to June 9, will tangle with rebellious Uranus and power-monger Pluto. These tense aspects could wildly disrupt the balance in both personal and political arenas. Over the course of a year, Jupiter will have three rounds of these celestial clashes. The last two were in November and December 2016, so expect another round of whatever came up over the holidays. Hopefully this midpoint will bring more resolution than revolution—but it’s likely to be a mix of those two at best.
On March 3, Jupiter makes its first foray into cosmic combat, when it forms a tense opposition to erratic Uranus. Jupiter is in Libra and your communicative third house until October. Getting your message across is already a challenge, and today’s stars are no help. Watch your words during this disruptive Jupiter-Uranus battle in Aries and your outspoken ninth house. An off-the-cuff comment could start World War III.
Don’t justify anything with “What? I was just being honest.” That will win you zero fans under these volatile skies. Be cautious about what you post on social media or broadcast to the masses. Your thoughts could go viral, especially if they’re provocative. (See this cautionary tale about a Twitter “joke” that ruined one woman’s life https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html). Under this erratic influence, so much is out of your control. News might arrive that shakes up the status quo and requires fast action. These two over-the-top planets face off only once every 14 years, and this is the second of three such alignments this cycle. The first was on December 26, 2016, and the third will be on September 28 of this year. Apply strong filters!
A welcome dose of grounding energy arrives with the March 12 full moon in Virgo, which lights up your second house of security. You could have a crowning money moment: a raise, a lucrative contract, maybe a new gig. Since full moons can bring endings, you may part ways with a client or leave a job you’ve outgrown. This productive lunation is prime time for revamping your routines and boosting self-sufficiency. Pare down and prioritize. Focus on the basics of how you earn, spend and save. Small changes can bring a big payoff.
Once the Sun blazes into Aries and your ninth house of expansion on March 20, the heaviness of the past month lifts, encouraging you to seek out greener pastures. If you forgot how wild and wonderful this world is, the next month serves up a vivid reminder. Pursue a lifelong dream of traveling to India to learn about textiles or earning an advanced sociology degree. Maybe you’ll roll the dice on an entrepreneurial venture, like running improv workshops in corporate settings or launching a creative food truck. Let your visionary side out to play.
A great day to follow your bliss is March 27, when the Aries new moon kicks off an adventurous new cycle. With FIVE planets in Aries (the Sun, moon, Venus, Uranus and Mercury) firing up this farsighted sector of your chart, playing small is no longer an option. Initiate plans that will broaden your reach, like giving a rousing TEDx Talk or establishing an overseas office. Your higher purpose is on the agenda; seeking out a new spiritual belief system can catapult you to new heights. Seeds planted today will blossom over the next six months. Prepare to soar!
The month ends with some high-octane conflict. On March 30, Jupiter makesw a tight square (www.astrostyle.com/aspects/square) with compulsive Pluto in Capricorn and your analytical sixth house. Information overload much? Stress levels could rise, and you could scramble to put out multiple, simultaneous fires on the job. There’s so much to contend with here, as conversations could get heated (and overblown), and your to-do list grows longer by the millisecond. Breathe, Leo. There’s no rule saying you have to find immediate solutions to everything.
This is the second of three such squares; the first happened on November 24, 2016, and the third will arrive on August 4. Since the sixth house rules health, tension could have an impact on your physical wellbeing. All the more reason to take things one step at a time. Hit the gym if you’re feeling the burn of a chaotic work environment. Be careful not to push yourself too far past your limits now, or a meltdown will be inevitable. Stock up on chamomile tea, and take regular meditation breaks. For zoning out productively, we highly recommend the soothing tunes at http://www.brain.fm. If you’re overwhelmed with work, don’t let control issues stop you from delegating. There’s no place for pride—and nobody ever won a medal for doing it all themselves. Ditch the martyr routine and delegate.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Love is an adventure, right? Well, with romantic Venus turning retrograde from March 4 to April 15, this journey could come with its fair share of potholes. Venus retrograde cycles occur every 18 months and last for about six weeks, disrupting interpersonal harmony. Brace yourself: The world could be short on love and compassion. An ex could resurface and old conflicts erupt, picking up steam faster than usual. Even solid relationships can splinter a little under the weight of this transit.
Until April 2, Venus will backtrack through Aries, disturbing the peace in your honest and expansive ninth house. Maybe you need to speak your truth—but can you do so without eviscerating someone’s ego? Your honesty could hit below the belt. Ouch! A case of “grass is greener” syndrome might give you a wandering eye. With Venus reversing through this hedonistic zone, you may crave room to roam. Feel free to fantasize about, say, trying Tantric poses with your limber yoga instructor. But avoid doing anything rash. Solo Leos might reconnect with a long-lost—or long-distance—love. Or maybe what you’re really pining for is your formerly intrepid and confident self. Try to adopt an adventurous spirit without toppling your hard-won stability.
Once Venus slides back into Pisces after April 2, you might get tangled up in an old toxic attraction. You may even tell yourself that it’s “fated.” But if sex with this ex will lead to another soul-crushing experience, you need to find a way to inure yourself to this person’s smoldering charms. The epiphanies that come up are helping you close an important chapter in love. Pay attention.
Amidst this Venusian drama, you could still be gunning to make future plans. Sultry Mars will blaze through Taurus and your tenth house of long-term goals from March 9 to April 21, putting your eyes on the future prize. But don’t get ahead of yourself, especially with Venus retrograde. If you click with someone on the first few dates, that’s amazing, but give things time to develop naturally before you start envisioning what it might be like to hold hands in the old folks’ home. You could also be tempted by the allure of a power couple status or drawn to someone who’s more established than you.
Coupled Leos should avoid putting the cart before the proverbial horse. Float your ideal vision out there and see where you and your mate match up. For those places you’re not in sync, see if you can come up with a solid compromise, e.g., taking turns supporting each other’s careers, within defined parameters. Oh, and don’t forget to have fun together NOW. Really, that’s the best springboard to a happily ever after.
March 2: Sun-Neptune meetup
Some enchanted evening? The Sun and ethereal Neptune lock lips in Pisces and your intimate eighth house, igniting a red-hot moment of smoldering seduction. Give yourself over to these sexy vibes. This aspect can help you find the courage to be vulnerable. Being honest about your feelings and your fears brings you and the object of your affections closer.
March 17: Sun-Saturn square
Suspicious minds? As the ego-driven Sun clashes with restrictive Saturn in your dramatic fifth house, your Spidey senses might be on overdrive. But are your hunches based in reality? Or are you secretly craving fireworks to make sure your love interest is completely committed? Well, it’s hard to tell. A love interest who jumps in and reveals too much too soon might rightly earn your doubts. Move ahead cautiously. Trustworthiness can only be revealed over time. If Saturn is splashing cold water on your romantic fantasies, pay attention to the red flags. But don’t call the whole thing off unless you’ve got rock-solid evidence.
MONEY & CAREER:
Time to cavort in the winner’s circle? Until March 20, the Pisces Sun is stoking the fires of abundance as it heats up your eighth house of shared finances and long-term wealth. Put your head down and focus. Start by researching mutual funds and passive-income opportunities. Meet with a financial adviser to learn how to work smarter, not harder, especially when it comes to your investments. Given the eighth house’s mystical bent, it makes sense to read up on putting yourself in a money mindset. Marianne Williamson’s The Law of Divine Compensation (http://astrostyle.com/books-audio-we-love/) does a great job of explaining the connection between prosperity and spirituality. A joint venture could prove a win-win. Overall, this is a time for sharing, so explore ways to cut costs by getting savvy with your resources: a carpool, sharing a babysitter, renting your place out on Airbnb.
The pinnacle of success comes within view this month, as go-getter Mars blazes into Taurus and your ambitious tenth house from March 9 to April 21. Goals take center stage during this high-pressure transit. Sure, you might be juggling deadlines and meetings—and lamenting your lack of personal time. But if you rise to the occasion, you’ll impress the powers that be AND feel pretty great about your accomplishments. Mars only visits here every two years, so set your sights on success, and stay focused!
On March 20, the Sun lets loose in Aries and your ninth house of risk-taking and entrepreneurial ventures, lightening the intensity of the last few weeks. Goodbye tunnel vision; hello big picture! Put rote duties and everyday stress in their place. Seeing the forest for the trees really takes the edge off. Launch that passion project you’ve been dreaming about for years, or take a deep dive into a subject that’s always intrigued you. If you have a book (or two) living unwritten in your head, put fingers to keyboard and enlist an agent to help it see the light of day. Applying for a position in a foreign country might rev your worldly engines. Explore endless possibilities to your heart’s content.
March 2: Sun-Neptune meetup
Get ready to attract abundance, as the Sun and mystical Neptune join forces in Pisces and your eighth house of shared wealth. Spend ten minutes visualizing your ideal scenario, e.g., how it will feel to pay off a huge debt, accept an invite to partner with a heavy-hitter, or earn $20K in commission. Curious about a collaboration? Summon that Leo courage and boldly reach out. If you don’t ask, how will you ever know?
March 5: Mars-Saturn trine
Make your mark! With energetic Mars in your risk-taking sector beaming structured Saturn in your artistic fifth house, a creative project could make steady progress. Take pride in your ideas and talents. When you champion yourself and go fearlessly after your dreams, others can’t help but take notice and request an invite to the Leo party. Give your original ideas the attention they deserve. An influential person could get wind of you—catapulting you to a modest bit of fame.
March 12: Virgo full moon
Cha-ching! Today’s Virgo full moon shines its clarifying light on your second house of security, work and finances. You’re set to score a raise or new income stream, or seal the deal with a lucrative client. If you’ve been lobbying for a project, this is an excellent day to make it official. Home run!
March 27: Aries new moon
Tend to your dreams, Leo. The year’s only Aries new moon lights a fire under your most expansive, visionary plans. With a whopping FIVE planets in Aries (the Sun, moon, Venus, Mercury and Uranus), the world is definitely your oyster. Set intentions about what you want to accomplish over the next six months, whether that’s launching a start-up, returning to school or establishing yourself as the next thought leader to watch. The secret sauce here is your enthusiasm. Grab that microphone and start talking up your biggest plans.
March 3: Jupiter-Uranus opposition
Duck! The curveballs could come from unexpected corners as outspoken Jupiter in your communication house gets into a heated debate with audacious Uranus. Moving full steam ahead on a passion project might result in some staunch resistance from colleagues. If conversations get contentious, don’t go for the jugular. No one will remember your best intentions; they’ll remember your cutting words. You can’t take ’em back once they’re out there. This intense aspect, which only happens once every 14 years, makes two appearances this year: today and on September 28. Between now and then, find ways to express your truth without bulldozing others.
March 30: Jupiter-Pluto square
Analysis paralysis? Outspoken Jupiter clashes with obsessive Pluto in your micromanaging sixth house, making it hard to see the wider horizon. When you’re bogged down by nitty-gritty details, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by tunnel vision. If your blood pressure starts to rise or your chest tightens, that’s your cue to back off, at least for the moment. Go for a brisk walk around the block to regain perspective. On the other hand, you might be so swept up in the excitement of a new project that you completely space on important protocols. Address the finer points, Leo. This is the first of this year’s two rare Jupiter-Pluto squares; the second will be on August 4. To make your grandest visions a reality, mind the minutiae. It’s all about balance.