While others are out enjoying the early spring air, you're hanging the "Do Not Disturb" sign and extending your hibernation. The Sun—along with Mercury, Venus, Mars and dreamy Neptune—is in Pisces, your eighth house of privacy and intimacy. The eighth house also rules joint ventures and financial resources, making March a perfect time to get your fiscal house in order. For the first three weeks of March, you're in a more serious, reflective mood. With such a high concentration of planets here, you're especially sensitive to the energies around you. Maybe you have a coworker whose normally funny, biting commentary is suddenly hard to be around, because you sense the pain and insecurity behind her jokes.
While you COULD turn your powers of perception on your friends and colleagues, you might be better off turning your investigative lens inward. If you've been avoiding certain emotional issues (or numbing them with a salt-rimmed margarita glass), now is the time to carve out some unstructured time and examine their roots. Let those feelings see the light of day, and honor them. A couple of good reasons to reflect? Communicator Mercury is retrograde (backward) in Pisces until March 17—and sober Saturn is retrograde in Scorpio, your fourth house of emotional foundations, until July 7. A trip down memory lane—or a deep dive into your subconscious—could bring powerful healing. If you need a little structure, sign up for writer and Polaroid photographer Susannah Conway's six-week online workshop, "Journal Your Life: Writing Your Dreams Into Reality" (http://www.susannahconway.com/e-courses/journal-your-life/), which begins March 25.
On March 11, the Pisces new moon brings a fresh start to intimacy AND finances. And let's face it, when love and money are handled, what could go wrong in your world? Clear out the metaphorical basement and make room for powerful (and healthy) new ways to connect with your loved ones. What gets in the way of real, authentic bonding? If you're angling to get savvier about your finances, this is a great day to turn over a new leaf. Or, if you're a stubborn Leo who tends to get attached to a single outcome—be it in love, work or life—practice the art of allowing. When you have your big heart set on a particular achievement (or person), you tend to obsess. Use this new moon to conjure your powers of manifestation, which come as a result of emotional excitement about your desires (not hard for your passionate sign!) and a deeply held trust that the universe will deliver them to you in the perfect form. Let the situation unfold over the next six months instead of forcing things.
On March 20, the purposeful Sun moves into lead-the-charge Aries, your ninth house of global travel, optimism and higher thinking, on March 20. For the next four weeks, you're all about broadening your perspective, as your lens widens from micro to macro, and you can finally the big picture again. (All those arguments about buying toilet paper and whether or not to buy capellini pasta were getting very tedious.) In addition to the Sun, by the last week of the month, go-getter Mars, magnetic Venus and unpredictable Uranus are all gathered in Aries, lending you unstoppable enthusiasm. What is it that will blow the roof off your existing life? Deep engagement in chaos theory? (Mosey on over to your local university and take a physics class!) Exposure to a completely new cultural landscape? (Sign up for a trip to the South Pacific.) Your thirst for adventure will be the perfect antidote to the intensity of earlier in the month. Shake it (off) like a Polaroid picture!
On March 27, you're all about expressing yourself (not strange territory for warmhearted you…) as a full moon in Libra lights up your third house of communication and news. You may find a missive delivered to your inbox, voicemail or even snail-mailbox. You may not be jumping up and down for joy, though…since this might not be the word you were hoping for and you may now have to adjust your plans. Try to be flexible, which isn't the easiest feat for a Leo. You're capable, and once you set your mind on something, you have tremendous willpower to achieve it. (Consider the story of a Leo grandmother who, in the early 1940s, was invited to move across the country by her beau. Though he hadn't proposed, she packed a wedding dress with her and, lo and behold, ended up hitched two months later.) When your goal is within sight, you're accustomed to doing what you must to seal the deal. But now the stars are asking you to trust that the universe might just have a better plan. And if you have to adjust your current trajectory (and leave your version of the wedding dress at home), so be it.
Since this full moon is opposite aggressive Mars and volatile Uranus in Aries, your ninth house of blunt talk, you may want to be extra mindful of your communication style. Is brutal honesty the way to go? Don't fall back on pithy justifications for your painfully straightforward delivery now (emphasis on "painfully"). Instead of telling someone what's what about their poor decisions in love and life, maybe you should put the focus back on yourself. With the full moon also square to intense Pluto in Capricorn, your sixth house of service, maybe you're grappling with a deeper (and less obvious) dynamic, when it comes to really being there for someone else. Are you trying to "save" people by giving them advice or telling them how to live their lives? You know the saying, Leo: Live and let live. You'll be all the happier for it.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Let down your walls! This month, the stars chip away at ingrained defenses that stand between you and your desire for true, deep intimacy. In the early part of March, five planets—the Sun (your ruler), chatty Mercury, magnetic Venus, sexy Mars and spiritual Neptune—visit Pisces, your eighth house of sex, vulnerability and intense bonding. If you've struggled to really feel "known" in a relationship (despite seeming like an open book) now is the time to barrel past your own intimacy limits and bare your soul.
With Mercury retrograde (backward) until March 17, it's a good time to repair broken trust. Where have you been betrayed in the past, and by whom? You may find you're still shielding your heart from a breakup or shake-up that happened years ago. In fact, the very ex who wronged you could surface out of the blue, as Mercury retrogrades are notorious for bringing back people from the past. Or, you may meet someone whose mannerisms and style are eerily similar to that heartbreaker of yesteryear. Don't shoot the messenger, Leo. The signs are pointing you to exactly where healing and closure are needed.
Tunnel-vision alert! You might end up obsessing or fixating on an issue that needs breathing room, not more scrutiny. Unseemly jealousy or trust issues could flare up. Instead of clinging to a person as if they belong to you (and therefore no one else), remind yourself that you're awesome and don't need another person's adoration 24/7 to prove it. Bring back that Leo confidence, would ya?
On March 11, get ready to turn a new page with the Pisces new moon. On this day, SIX planets are in Pisces—the new moon, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Neptune—stirring up your deepest desires. Engagements, pregnancies, cohabitation, meaningful moments with your sweetheart—this is the start of a six-month cycle that could lead to any one of these. You're ready to go deep, Leo, so dive in. Perhaps you have an epiphany about what you really need to thrive in a committed partnership. If your sensual life isn't what it could be, this is a prime time to break down those barriers. You might even sign up for a tantra workshop to get the second-chakra energy flowing. For more inspiration, check out the very important work of Nicole Daedone on orgasmic meditation (OM, for short) and "slow sex" (www.nicoledaedone.com).
Your adventurous side starts to return after March 11, when sexy Mars moves into Aries, your ninth house of wanderlust. With Mars in this fellow fire sign, you feel frisky and risky, and more so after March 20, when the Sun enters Aries for a month. After a period of cocooning, you're now ready to explore the world, meet people from all different backgrounds and be your sunny self again. By the end of March, there will be four planets in Aries—a total turnaround from the watery Pisces intensity, and not a moment too soon. So if you were fixating earlier in the month, take heart. Now you're speaking from the heart (and charming crowds) every chance you get. Hello, sweet freedom! In fact, you may have one of those "be careful what you wish for moments," because the closeness you craved earlier in the month might now feel downright claustrophobic as your impulses toward liberation take center stage.
MONEY & CAREER
Cha-ching! Your mind is on your money, and your money is definitely on your mind, as the month begins with a cluster of planets in your eighth house of joint ventures and long-term finances. Specifically, you might want to look at how to make passive income or larger chunks of money, rather than (only) toiling away at a 9-to-5. Is it time to quit the micromanaging and put your eyes on the larger prize? Do you want the comfort of royalty and residual income checks appearing in your mailbox? If anyone can create multiple streams of income, it's you, Leo.
With the mystical bent of the eighth house, start by shifting into a more spiritual mind-set, believing that you're worthy of receiving a windfall or being the beneficiary of a lucrative idea. Give up any limiting notions that if you can't map out the "how" of your financial success that it must not be coming. It (that gilded road to security) is. Just trust. A five-star day to turn a new page is the March 11 Pisces new moon, especially since there are SIX planets in this power-player sector of your chart. Dive deep, setting an intention that honors your most powerful nature. If you focus on living up to your full potential, the next six months can be rife with opportunities to create a secure financial future. Explore a joint-venture opportunity and combine your talents with a synergistic partner. If the chemistry is right, dividends will find their way to you. To get solid plans in place, start working with a financial adviser, someone who can provide a serious counterbalance to your lively, artistic and sometimes childlike ways. Teaming up with the right expert will make you a formidable duo: fiscal smarts and a playful attitude? Yeah, this is a recipe for wealth (of all kinds), if we've ever heard one.
Of course, to truly fly, you must get your financial integrity in order, cleaning up any past missteps, looming debt and other outstanding matters. Fear not, Leo; the stars have your back on this one too. Mystical Neptune and clever Mercury help you to pluck old habits and attitudes so that you can get clear on some conscious manifesting work. Your attraction powers are at an all-time high this month, and because you have an unstoppable combination of faith and willpower. Use your laser-like focus to cover all of the small details for the first three weeks of March. Then, get ready to launch into a big-picture, full-throttle vision as planets start to shift into Aries after March 20.
With Mercury retrograde (backward) until March 17, be careful with credit cards and online shopping, and take precautions against identity theft. You don't want to wake up one morning and find that someone has charged hundreds of dollars of fancy lingerie to your Visa. Shred personal papers with sensitive identification details, and make sure you're using a secure Web browser. Since the eighth house also rules real estate, you could have good fortune as you make plans to move, sell or buy a piece of attractive property. However, beware of retrograde antics, and ask the important questions before you sign on the dotted line. If possible, wait until the second half of March to make things official!
On March 27, a Libra full moon in your third house of communication could be a banner day for a meeting, pitch or presentation. The spotlight often has your name on it, but on this day, you're especially on-point with your message. No one can hold a scented candle to your witty, sharp ways. In conversations, though, just make sure you don't overpromise or underestimate what it takes to pull this idea off. As much as you love to add the glitzy, glamorous details (Leos always want big and bold), keep things realistic and even scaled down, as un-thrilling as that sounds. What you sacrifice in over-the-top fabulousness—who doesn't want classical music piped into speakers inside the hotel pool?—you'll make up for in long-term sustainability….which is just a different form of excitement. You're a Leo. Of course you're going to have fireworks. But you should build up to them slowly.
On this potent day, you might also realize that you need to get a little more education on a topic or to do more research before you position yourself as an "expert" on it. Your persuasive powers could, of course, hide a multitude of sins—but a little more legwork can make you feel more authentic in your offerings. Do the hard work, and remember that life is a rich, mysterious journey of interesting lessons. Why not be an eager student?
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Purge, Leo, purge. If ugly, toxic feelings are rising to the surface, now is the time to expunge them from your physical, emotional and spiritual space for once and for all. With all the planetary action in Pisces, your eighth house of detoxing, you might kick-start the process with a juice fast or some other physical means of boosting the uber-clean message to your psyche. On the March 11 Pisces new moon, you could begin therapy or energy healing to deal with frustrating emotional blocks. Bust through psychological walls and tear down your own façade of needing to be admired (at the expense of your deeply buried need to be real), and allow yourself to be vulnerable instead. Getting honest with yourself is the first step in being honest with your loved ones. So let the layer-stripping commence!
Meanwhile, you could literally be getting your house in order. Between now and July 7, sober Saturn is retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your fourth house of home, family and personal foundations. You might need to reevaluate the state of the union on your closest relationships and capacity for self-care. If you find that a family member or female friend is burning up your phone line, perhaps you need to take a break…and don't let this be cause for guilt, either. You are not on this earth to openly, blindly receive every errant self-doubt this person has. Draw some boundaries, or take this time to ruminate on your own attitude toward establishing parameters with loved ones.
Of course, the opposite could be true as well: You're the one guilty of dialing up all your old standby supports, only to find no one is answering. If you're feeling jilted, consider this void a good thing, because it will give you a prime opportunity to see just how well you can take care of your own needs, without the knee-jerk text or phone call to your BFF every time you get a whiff of an uncomfortable feeling. A relative, possibly an elder one, may need more care from you during Saturn retrograde, too. Maybe it's time to do some base-level forgiveness work around your parents (especially your mom), too. Since Saturn rules structure, this could be a good time to undertake elemental repairs to your home. Perhaps you're prepping it for sale, even though you might not be ready to put it on the market at this time.
On March 27, the Libra full moon could bring an intense turning point with a sibling or a sibling-like friend. Perhaps there's something you both need to get off your chests…or a pattern in the relationship that's turned into an unequal and unsatisfying dynamic, e.g., you seem to have no problem telling everyone else what you're really feeling, but when it comes to this person, you back off when you get even the smallest hint that your true feelings will be criticized or simply not heard. While this strategy of biting your tongue may save you some heated arguments in the moment, it only amplifies the resentment between you. Even if you end up clearing the air in a dramatic way, rest assured that this full moon supports these uncomfortable dynamics seeing the light of day—and morphing into a healthier, more mutual relationship.