Snooze alarm? Yep, you'll be pushing back your wake-up time this month, as the Sun moves through dreamy Pisces, your twelfth house of rest, healing and closure. You have the green light to hibernate and cozy up at home. Choose surrender over structure, and lose yourself in Hollywood-style (or Rumi-style) reveries rather than slogging through routines and responsibilities. You may misplace your wallet, forget your car keys or absent-mindedly leave the door open at work when it was your duty to lock up. Oops! With communicator Mercury retrograde (backward) in Pisces until March 17 and energetic Mars in Pisces until March 11, you may really want to hide out…or just stay in bed with the silk dupioni duvet pulled tightly overhead. March is definitely not coming in like a lion for you, Aries. Your usual fiery energy has gone AWOL, and you're confused about which way to turn—and perhaps also burning the candle at both ends. The antidote is to slow down and be more keenly aware of your energy output. Hard as it may be, go with the flow and keep your plans under wraps for now. This is a better time for behind-the-scenes action or finalizing old work, just before your birthday rolls around.
On March 11, go-getter Mars (your ruler) enters Aries, revving up some of your trademark, warrior-like mojo. You start to awaken to the possibilities of your new year ahead, preparing you for March 20, when the Sun goes into Aries, too. This burst of energy is your "spring awakening," offering you a clean slate from which to go after your deepest dreams and desires. What is it you really want, Aries? A sweeping romance with someone who whisks you away to Paris for the weekend? A multimillion-dollar business plan that you put into action, stat? Deeper levels of intimacy with your honey? Well, it's a good time to think about these things, because by the last week of the month, there are four planets in your sign—the Sun, magnetic Venus, motivator Mars and revolutionary Uranus. Can you say recipe for "action"? Yep, by the month's end, you'll be back to your risk-taking ways…so use the downtime on the front end to ruminate on which leaps are in line with your larger goals. Of course, all this thinking will go out the window the last week of the month, when you're inspired to jump out of that metaphorical airplane at 10,000 feet. Whee!
The month ends with a March 27 full moon in Libra, your house of committed relationships. Since Libra is the sign of balance and harmony, this is normally a placid full moon, where you dance under the stars with your love. Well, this one may not come in peace, since it forms a teeth-gnashing T-square with aggressive Mars and volatile Uranus in Aries and crisis junkie Pluto in Capricorn. (Stock up on that chamomile tea now!) You may find that a ruthless pursuit of a goal needs to be tempered. If you find yourself shouting, "I want it and I want it now!" you can rest assured you've fallen under the spell of this potent lunation. Try, best as you can, to sort out the wheat from the chaff, as you strive for balancing your own desires with the normal career and relationship requirements. You may find that the crisis is solved—albeit temporarily—by infusing some feminine energy into the mix. Bring your compassion and heart to the matter. Or, if you're feeling backed into a corner, pick up the phone and dial a female friend or relative who can answer your SOS with sage advice and comforting reminders that you deserve the best.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Hello, lacy (but maybe not racy) boudoir! With love planet Venus and sexy Mars both in Pisces, your twelfth house of fantasy and rest, your romantic mojo might feel a little muted for the first couple of weeks of March. Normally, your goal-driven sign can just pick up Cupid's arrow yourself (thank you very much) and aim with precision. But now, as you're feeling hazy and a little unmotivated, you might fare better in fantasy-land. If you're coupled, let yourself get swept away, doing it up with romantic, amorous getaways for two, sipping wine (or peppermint tea) as you stargaze from the hot tub. Single Aries, you can also work the uber-romantic mood, by treating yourself to the same amorous accoutrements your soon-to-be lover would, e.g., spontaneous trips, bouquets of flowers, silky lingerie.
One caveat for all Aries, though: Beware of confusion and delusion, especially if you're projecting an unrealistic fantasy onto someone, or just not seeing the person for whom they really are. Remember, you want a full-blooded human love. This person, no matter what heights they inspire you to, is not God. You'll do far better to see the divine in them, as you would in anyone (your mother, the postman, your local panhandler), than to expect, perhaps even on a subconscious level, that this person will be some kind of savior.
On March 11, a new moon in Pisces, your twelfth house of the subconscious, could usher in a surprise moment of surrender or vulnerability. Whatever "eureka!" moments occur, take heart, even if they are humbling ones, e.g., you wake up and see that your jealousy is the common denominator in all your recent failed relationships. This information is critical to you gaining understanding and, most importantly, closure, especially if you're holding on to a relationship whose expiration date is more horrifyingly past than the one on that old carton of skim milk in your refrigerator. On this day, you should feel humbled, hopeful, and ready for some real-deal loving from an honest place. The perfect resource will cross the transom, e.g., a free-form dance class that helps you ritualize this ending and release those last vestiges of painful emotions.
With Mercury retrograde (backward) in Pisces, your house of secrets, until March 17, you may see a shady or toxic person from your past coming back around. Perhaps this person is singing mea culpa, but you have an uneasy feeling in your stomach as you can't help but remember, Yeah, this is the same person who stormed out of my birthday party with my frenemy and then refused to speak to me for five days, all because I didn't thank him personally in my birthday "speech." If this ex-whatever is coming back into your orbit, it likely means that you have some healing work to do. Perhaps you never properly forgave and are still harboring some resentment of your own. Don't shoot the messenger; learn the lesson instead.
An imbalanced aspect of a current relationship could also rear its head, demanding that you deal. Have you been sacrificing too much, or falling into a codependent trap? Guilt will suck the life out of your libido, Aries, so get things out into the open instead of playing the dutiful martyr. Perhaps you need to do some soul-searching, or even work with a love coach to get you in the right frame of mind. (Check out love guru Diana Kirschner's empowered take: http://lovein90days.com/.)
Once you've cleared the subconscious decks, sultry Mars moves into Aries on March 11, bringing sexy back. Order up those snakeskin pants or whatever outfit makes you feel fierce and fine. When Venus moves into fiery Aries on March 21, your magnetism multiplies. The funk you felt earlier vanishes—poof!—leaving you with a dance card full of hot, eager-to-please suitors.
The month ends on a more serious note, as the March 27 Libra full moon could turn a blossoming relationship into a full-blown commitment. You have a turning point, where a fun, flirty relationship suddenly seems to have long-term potential. Is this your "forever" person? You're intrigued enough to explore further, that's for sure. However, you may need to balance some intense dynamics. Perhaps you want nothing more than to be with your sweetheart, but work demands threaten the viability of your relationship (e.g., a consulting job in Abu-Dhabi seems irresistible, but means not seeing each other for six weeks at a time). Or perhaps you're cool with friending exes, but your love isn't. Don't make the mistake of thinking that what's good for the goose is necessarily good for the gander.
Oh, and tread lightly in all of these conversations, since war-loving Mars and shocking Uranus are both in your sign, so you may find yourself acting rash or unnecessarily hotheaded. The relationship is not doomed because you're not on the same page at this very moment in time, so beware of steamrolling the other person. "But I'm just stating how I feel" is a poor justification for dominating the conversation. The emotionally reactive and impulsive tendency of this full moon could make you lock horns, or you might just find yourself booking tickets to Vegas and eloping. Have that (sequined mini) wedding dress at the ready.
Since full moons can bring endings, too, this could be your relationship's swan song. Maybe you mutually decide to part ways or just take a break. With sober Saturn retrograde (backward), from February 18-July 7 in Scorpio, your intimate eighth house, you could be dealing with some deeper aspects of your relationship, including Berlin Wall-grade blocks to intimacy and trust. As hard as this is, if you are willing to do the work—and name the so-called "little things" that have gone unsaid—then the end result will definitely be a stronger understanding and a rock-solid bond. If you feel pessimistic about it all—"I'll never have the love I want!"—consider tapping a trusted therapist or mentor to guide you along the path. When the defeated thoughts creep in, distance yourself as much as you can from them. They are passing storm clouds, alerting you to the potential of bad weather. But, with a little planning, you can easily weather these conditions until the sunnier skies return.
MONEY & CAREER
"What meeting?" "Oh, that deadline?" "Oops, did I say I'd spearhead the new campaign?" With the Sun, Mars, Venus, Neptune and Mercury all in Pisces—your spacey, daydream-y twelfth house—it will be a wonder you can even spell your name this month. On top of it all, mental Mercury is retrograde (backward) in Pisces until March 17, leaving you feeling misunderstood and brain-fried some days. You may feel like you're stuck in a mental fog until March 20, when the Sun sashays into Aries.
For the first three weeks of the month, don't beat yourself up for the little (and not so little) snafus. Instead, turn your attention toward tying up loose ends and completing finished projects. Your sign is famous for the grand, excitable start…and then fizzling on follow-through. Use this time to go back to the worthy ventures and see them through 'til the end. (You know you had a great idea for that online psychic store…so do what you must to get that virtual crystal ball rolling.) It feels so good to finish what you started, Aries! Efforts to launch new endeavors will only get thwarted anyway. With the Sun in this fantasy-fueled part your chart, you might just want to use up some vacation days this month, stealing away to an oceanside resort in Costa Rica or Tulum.
All is not lost though, Aries. This is definitely prime time to activate your subconscious and your right brain, by meditating more and using creative visualizations as the roadmap for future success. Pick up a camera or carry your journal with you. For a structured program on manifestation, sign up for author and photographer Susannah Conway's six-week online course "Journal Your Life: Writing Your Dreams Into Reality" (http://www.susannahconway.com/e-courses/journal-your-life), which begins March 25. Make it a birthday gift to yourself!
Meantime, practice the art of "wu/wei"—doing by NOT doing. Considered the highest form of virtue in Taoism, the regular habituation of wu/wei will completely revolutionize the way you approach the world. As you slow down, you recognize the inherent power of stillness, of careful listening and responding to the natural ebb and flow of your own energy instead of plowing ahead with forceful determination…at your own peril.
Put the detail-oriented tasks on hold, at least until the end of the month. You may feel too scattered or just have a hard time concentrating, so that certain critical facets of your work are glossed over. Pace yourself by paying closer attention to your energy than normal. There's no need to muscle through a workday if your body and soul is crying out for some unstructured time, perhaps strolling through a museum for inspiration. Use this time to really listen to what your body is saying. Instead of getting to work on the Excel spreadsheet, you may be better off focusing on soul-searching. Yes, you have a million and one great entrepreneurial ideas, but does that mean you need to engage with all of them? Now is the time to contemplate your path and align your energy with what's happening in the present moment. Just because you set your sights on that VP corner office two years ago doesn't mean you have to continue on that track if the journey there is only underscoring how empty this work makes you feel. To fill yourself with inspiration and affirmation, you might want to pick up Callings by Gregg Levoy, an excellent, soul-enriching guide to listening to the mystery of your life.
During the Mercury retrograde period, keep an eye out for backstabbers and toxic people, too. There's a fine line between caution and paranoia, so you could easily end up imagining that people are out to thwart your efforts. Nonetheless, be mindful during this period—which ends March 17—not to put anything into writing that you wouldn't want resurfacing on some ugly industry web site. Also strongly recommended: Avoid signing important deals if you can during this period, especially if it doesn't feel like all the vital information you need is on the table. Even if you are normally a savvy businessperson, you might find yourself agreeing to a set fee for a project before the parameters are determined, e.g., you offer to design an entire catalogue, before knowing how many pages it will be or that it's a rush job. The twelfth house influence can conceal vital parts of the equation, and you don't want to be bound to something you have little room to renegotiate.
Fortunately, your go-getter attitude returns on March 11, when energizer Mars moves into Aries. Once the Sun moves into your sign on March 20, you're completely revved up and ready to go. Colleagues are besotted with your infectious enthusiasm for everything, from your new pitch idea to your overall eagerness to lead the charge. By the last week of the month, FOUR planets in Aries have you raring to go. You may be feeling a bit hotheaded and impetuous, as snappy, impatient Mars and outrageous, erratic Uranus are both in Aries. So be careful not to jump the gun, either pushing your agenda too forcefully or accusing a colleague of bad intent. No need to go putting out fires with gasoline here, Aries.
The month ends with the chance of a prosperous partnership, as the March 27 Libra full moon illuminates your seventh house of committed relationships. However, pause before screeching headfirst into dynamic-duo-ville with that charming colleague. The potent full moon is opposite combative Mars and unpredictable Uranus, both in Aries. It's also forming a challenging "square" angle to plumb-the-depths Pluto in Capricorn, your tenth house of career. So…before you sign away your life, ask yourself: Does this offer match your long-term objectives, or are you just caught up in this person's allure? Are you truly passionate about the idea or offer? Does it fire up your deepest soul longings and make you see even grander, life-changing visions? It's very hard for Aries to embark on projects (or anything, really) that you don't FEEL 150% in your bones. Even though you might be excited and flattered to have been asked, consider if this move is really the best thing for you. Take your time, even if you feel like the answer is already set in stone. In the game of professional chess, it ain't over 'til it's over.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Recharge and reset! The first three weeks of the month are perfect for rejuvenation, as your psyche works on a level you might not even be aware of and your subconscious naturally clears itself out. Instead of hitting that Thai boxing or core class, opt for baths, gentle yoga and meditations that zap away any stress or negativity you've absorbed.
On March 11, the Pisces new moon breathes new life into your spiritual path and gives you a new commitment to your overall well-being. If you've been toying with the idea of therapy—maybe to sort through father issues or a betrayal you never fully mourned—you might be inspired to book that appointment now. Some old "stuff" may come up, possibly around faith, trust or worthiness, especially with Mercury back-flipping through your twelfth house of the subconscious until March 17. Since the this sector of your chart rules confinement and even a victim mentality, you may feel a certain hopelessness around ever solving this problem, insisting that you're doomed to give "selflessly" but never receive the kind of love you truly crave. When these unhealed wounds appear, rejoice. Yes. You read that correctly…you are now being gifted a chance to heal the kind of self-sabotaging issues that get in your way on a daily basis. Bring 'em to the light and kiss them (lovingly) goodbye. If you insist on ignoring them, you might even find that they manifest physically, as, say an allergic outbreak or rash—perhaps even a condition that gets in the way of your life, e.g., you break out so badly that you cancel a date you had been very much looking forward to. If that should happen, we recommend picking up Louise Hay's classic You Can Heal Your Life, which provides essential affirmations and guideposts to get your body, mind and spirit functioning as one.
Also on March 11, competitive Mars charges into Aries, rebooting your energy again. Then the Sun cruises into Aries on March 20, boosting your motivation to pump iron, break 10,000 sweats and scale every kind of personal Mount Kilimanjaro you can conjure. Whatever the fitness task, it's not worth it if you don't find yourself wondering, at least once, How the heck am I going to do this? Start your spring training early, by clocking in extra laps around the track or signing up for a boot-camp class that starts in April.