Is it time to start that rainy (or sunny) day fund, Aquarius? March begins with a cluster of planets in Pisces, your second house of money and security. The energizing Sun, magnetic Venus, go-getter Mars and fantasy-fueled Neptune are all here until March 11, and some of them stay for longer. As a result, you're seeking ways to build a solid fiscal foundation for your future. These 401(k) longings could be somewhat unusual for your free-spirited, bohemian sign. However, this strong push toward stability really helps you feel grounded. It's OK to skip dancing till 4 am if you know it will interfere with your energy (and workload) the following day. Even if you don't like feeling quite this stable, make the most of this balancing influence, which will create perfect weather conditions for later in March, when you're ready to fly again. Plant some deeper roots, especially around your career, money and daily routines. Making small tweaks, such as committing to working out before you head to the office, will have lasting results now.
A word of caution: Communicator Mercury is retrograde (backward) in Pisces until March 17, making this period better for planning than launching, since unforeseen snafus can easily pop up. For example, you could decide to switch banks for a better interest rate, but when you receive your debit card, it has the wrong name on it. Retrogrades are best used to revamp and reflect, so take a look at your budget, expenses and spending habits. Surely there are ways to cut back or become more conscious around your finances. If you have an adversarial relationship with money (or tend toward denial), the roots may go back to your childhood, and fears you inherited from your family. For a great antidote, check out Marianne Williamson's book The Divine Law of Compensation. On March 11, the Pisces new moon lights up this profitable zone of your chart, making it a perfect day to impress the higher ups or potential employers or clients. Schedule a meeting or interview and prepare to dazzle with your can-do ambition—not to mention your impeccable outfit, since the luxurious second house influence will have you reaching for your best pair of shoes. You may receive an exciting job offer near this date. However, you may want to wait until Mercury is direct (forward) on March 17 before you accept, as this can be a dicey time to sign contracts or make agreements.
The myopic work-and-money focus tapers off (whew!) on March 20, when the bold Sun traipses into Aries, your third house of communication and sociability. It's easier to balance work and play now. You're also feeling more creative and hungry for information on a multitude of topics. The more you learn—by talking to people, reading voraciously, thinking over situations while you're en route to dinner or work—the more inspired and alive you feel. You easily see ways to blend your professional objectives with fun, e.g., you decide that a brainstorming session with a new client will be a lot more productive if you meet at that bistro with the comfy booths and sexy French cafe music playing in the background (as opposed to suffering through a couple of hours in the fluorescent light of your conference room).
By the last week of the month, four planets are in Aries, giving you enough juice to carry a big workload AND run around town with your colleagues and pals. The ideas are coming a mile a minute, so definitely make use of the voice memo feature on your phone or carry around a journal. You're used to lightning-bolt inspiration, but now the ideas have rich potential (and could even make you rich) so you don't want to let them disappear into the ether. Expect lots of news to cross your transom—and to multitask like mad.
On March 27, the Libra full moon lights up your ninth house of travel and optimism, gifting you with an exciting new opportunity to study, explore the globe or strike out on your own with an inspiring idea or venture. Come on, Aquarius, you know that golden idea you've been mulling over, the one that could potentially serve humanity….what are you waiting for? Now might be the time to make a move, especially if your idea involves teaching, travel or publishing.
However, on this day, the cosmos might actually press the pause button for you, since the moon is caught up in a tense three-way struggle with driven Mars, unpredictable Uranus (your ruler) and shadowy Pluto in Capricorn. As much as you want to charge ahead or book that ticket to Bali, you may need to stay local, dealing with matters close to home, before you pack your bags. Perhaps you're ensnared in the red tape of contracts, or collaborators are suddenly sniping at one another and stalling negotiations. (God, this annoys you…these discussions feel like a moot point.) This drama can easily take the glorious wind out of your sails. But maybe the culprit of your unease isn't uncooperative colleagues, but your insistence on opinion-polling every person who crosses your path, because you're too insecure to just make your own decision and stand by it. Or maybe something even deeper is bugging you. Ask yourself: Am I acting out of a people-pleasing place, trying to make sure others are happy at the expense of my own sanity?
LOVE & ROMANCE
Can security be sexy? In March, you might actually find that predictability and passion make nice bedfellows. While most Aquarians enjoy the unexpected (you're ruled by Uranus, the planet of surprises), this month is different. With a small army of planets in Pisces, your second house of stability, you're craving the tried and true. As much as you never thought you'd hear yourself say this, you're partial to regular dinner dates (even the kind that require—gasp—reservations), as opposed to whimsical, spontaneous invites to cocktail parties and poetry slams. Also on your agenda? Enjoying pleasant, indulgent routines such as brunching at your favorite bakery (the one with the pretzel croissants!) while getting lost in the Sunday New York Times. Ah, security with a side of applewood bacon…
On March 11, spicy Mars enters Aries, your third house of communication and friendly connections. You might suddenly see sparks flying with a friend. Whoa! Mars likes action, so you might also find yourself becoming argumentative, as if your life suddenly depends on defending your ideas. Single Aquarians could feel an attraction spark in the midst of a heated debate—for example, you meet someone while having an after-work margarita and start discussing politics, discovering that you wildly disagree on how much the government should be involved in people's daily decisions. Yet, even as you're thinking Does he really think blackmail should be legal? you have an infinitely better thought: You could be making better use of your respective mouths, if only you weren't arguing. Hmmm…impulsive make-out session at the bar?
On March 27, the Libra full moon beams into your ninth house of personal beliefs, expansion and freedom. You could get an illuminating moment of perspective or feel a strong desire to be completely unfettered. (If you've been working at having your sweetie put a ring on it, don't be surprised if you make a knee-jerk, a.k.a. super-Aquarian, move and say, Eh, I'm cool with common law, after all…) Since this potent moon forms a tricky angle to penetrating Pluto in your twelfth house of subconscious desires, resentments could surface, perhaps because you're suddenly tired of the way your partner relies on you. ("Get your own damn therapist!" you could easily snarl.)
Caution, Aquarius: You could be projecting anger onto your mate, because in your tunnel-vision rage, all you can see is how much he/she is holding you back from living to your fullest potential. But guess what? YOU made the decision to not work on your new website so that you could read your honey's work proposal. YOU made the decision to get sucked into your partner's drama, instead of tending to your own creative garden. Before you pick a nasty fight, accusing your love of the unimaginable (e.g., being threatened by your success), or even call the whole thing off, try to gain some important perspective.
Maybe this whole quandary could be solved by gifting yourself a night or two a week to fly solo. Even if your boo feels hurt or jealous by the reallocation of your precious time and attention, that doesn't mean you're destined to split up. Adopt a more generous view, and recognize that when shifting unhealthy, codependent dynamics, there's always a window of discomfort, while all parties get on board with the new relationship mandate. Or, perhaps you're the one feeling threatened by a partner's need to branch out. Instead of getting caught up in what you're not getting, or bringing up all that you've done for this person, recognize that, on some level, if your other half needs freedom, so do you. (You are an independent, Aquarian, after all.) You might want to flip through Melody Beattie's classic Codependent No More if you're really struggling with separateness. Once you've sorted out your real needs, then you can work on negotiating terms that work for you both.
MONEY & CAREER
"Chop wood, carry water." This Buddhist saying might just take on special resonance this month, as a planetary pileup in Pisces, your second house of work and money, inspires you to get down to nitty-gritty details of budgeting and planning, all while finding pleasure in your renewed focus on the daily grind. Instead of staring out your office window and wishing you could take a leisurely stroll, it's time to roll up your sleeves and face the work that's right in front of you. That means finding a pleasant rhythm within your financial and professional obligations. Lisa Schwarzbaum, best known for her role as a film critic at Entertainment Weekly, once told a group of eager college grads, "There is great valor in paying your bills." Whether you're a starving artist or about to make a career leap, those are definitely words to live by, especially this month.
With newfound vigor and clarity, you'll set some savvy strategies for long-term security in motion around the March 11 Pisces new moon. On that day, five other planets (the bold Sun, mystical Neptune, expressive Mercury, magnetic Venus and action-oriented Mars) are also in your second house of fiscal security. Jackpot! Aim for measurable results, when it comes to your financial and work life—and map out where you'd like to be financially six months from now. This is a great day to start a new job (or apply for one), send out revamped resumes or book an important interview. However, forewarned is forearmed: don't forget that mischievous Mercury is still retrograde until March 17, so be extra careful with spending and budgeting. Check your bills and receipts, as costly errors could abound. If you've gotta have that cashmere sweater you spotted online, make sure you're buying from a secure site. Take an honest look at your expenses and see where you can tighten the reins a bit, too. The dollars you save now could easily be your ticket to that South African safari you've been daydreaming about.
Underscoring your practical focus, mature Saturn is retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your tenth house of career and long-term goals, until July 7. During this period, it's better to turn your magnifying glass to the basics. Revamp your routines, budgeting, even your attitude. Saturn is a realist, so if things get a little too real (e.g., you find yourself in an abyss of pessimism), you might want to go back to the drawing board or remap your goals. Perhaps additional training is in order. No shame in admitting that your skills have gotten rusty or could use an upgrade in this fast-moving marketplace. If you're struggling, take on a mentor or hire a coach with years of experience.
During Saturn retrograde, your career could slow down a bit, or you might encounter a setback that seems devastating on the surface, e.g., you turn down an offer to work with a company that, seemingly overnight, becomes the next Google. Instead of ruing what might have been, take heart that you made a decision based on maintaining your own integrity or being true to your soul. When that happens, you can't lose. Besides, this stumble could turn out to be an invaluable opportunity for reassessment. Perhaps that offer was leading you down the wrong path anyway.
Troubles could arise with a boss, client or authority figure, perhaps even leading to a humbling lesson if you've been acting from an entitled place. (Sure, you think you're "seeing possibility everywhere" while others wonder why you're acting like the Queen of England.) Or, you may have to "take a number" and deal with the waiting game for a promotion or other plum opportunity…whereas you'd normally figure out a way to just sidestep the bureaucratic stuff. This time, there's no cheating the system. Embrace these slowdowns and get zen: What can you learn from what's happening in this moment? There's a valuable lesson in following the same process as everyone else, instead of always assuming you can be the exception to the rule.
Adding a little zest to this otherwise nose-to-the-grindstone month, the purposeful Sun moves into Aries, your third house of ideas and communication, on March 20, making this a stellar time for brainstorming, lively meetings and delivering persuasive pitches. (You're so wired you can even skip your morning latte.) The March 27 Libra full moon in your ninth house of broadened horizons could bring a big opportunity to expand your current gig or launch an entrepreneurial venture. Ready, set, risk! However, be careful when making that leap. This potent full moon is caught up in a tense knot with stressful Mars, volatile Uranus in Aries, and plumb-the-depths Pluto. Even as you prepare for this new adventure, there could be hidden details, uncooperative people (even saboteurs) or details that need to be hashed out with partners before you completely surrender to your "gung ho" attitude.
If this adventure includes packing your bags for a business trip, there may not be a smooth landing at that satellite office in Des Moines or Dubai. You could encounter some opposition from within the ranks, especially when you show up armed with your edgy, boat-rocking ideas and present them to the status-quo loving executive team. Perhaps clients or colleagues are unsupportive, because they need your physical presence at the office to finish a project (as opposed to scheduling Skype sessions from Kuala Lumpur). Communications can go awry, e.g., you think you've explained something, only to realize, even by indirect means, that the other party is not happy with the situation—or you.
In addition to the bickering, you could have pesky tech issues that only add fuel to the fire. Perhaps you go on the trip, only to have the video conferencing not work, resulting in delayed work and frustrated partners. Grrr! Instead of getting discouraged, do your best to infuse inspiration into all your interactions, getting everyone on the same page. Aquarians at their best can be world-class motivators—like your signmate Oprah Winfrey. When all else fails, maybe it's time to put some new players on Team Aquarius. If a colleague keeps coming up with reasons your ideas aren't going to work, maybe it's time to ditch this downer. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Stock that vitamin drawer! Your head-in-the-clouds sign can accidentally skip meals when you're too busy—or just forget that there's a body attached to your overactive brain. With a concentration of planets in Pisces, your second house of routines, now is a great time to work on healthy, grounding habits. Communicator Mercury is retrograde (backward) here until March 17, a great time to revamp your routines. Make a record of what you're eating: are you getting enough protein and vegetables on a daily basis? Do you sporadically show up at yoga class, instead of committing to a regular practice? On March 11, the Pisces new moon is a great day to set an intention and bring that to a new wellness regimen. Simplify your schedule and processes. Instead of getting distracted by Facebook into the wee hours of the morning, decide on a consistent bedtime and stick to it. Eat at the same time every day (and don't get sucked into slurping down noodles while keeping one hand on your laptop keyboard). Incorporate regular walks into your schedule, and pepper your days with little changes and improvements such as these. They really do add up!
Once you're rooted into better wellness habits, buddy up, especially after March 20, when the energizing Sun moves into your collaborative third house. Technology and gadgets can now be used to support your fitness efforts rather than suck away precious time. Use e-tools to track eating and exercise, listen to inspiring audio books or radio programs while you power walk. Download a world-class yoga, kettlebell or boot camp workout for the iPad from Appcession (www.appcession.com). With all of these innovations at the touch (or swipe) of a hand, there's no excuse not to make a lifestyle change that gets you energized in time for spring.