Welcome to March! The third month of 2019 promises to be anything but mellow, despite all of the planets in Pisces, the water sign of the empath, whose depth and compassion knows no limits – or boundaries. With Mercury going retrograde on March 5, a new moon in Pisces on the 6th, and the sun shining on our deepest feelings, our emotions will be taking control. The best option isn’t to fight the current, rather to float along and observe your reactions, revelations, and re-awakenings. We all know retrogrades have a bad reputation for messing with technology, travel plans, and miscommunications – which is true to an extent, but the higher octave of any planetary retrograde is centered around revisiting the past, and re-assessing how we can learn and grow from these experiences. Ex-lovers and friends come out of the woodwork for this reason. Mercury in Pisces will trigger nostalgia, from musical lyrics to mysterious messages in dreams.
Piscine energy melts barriers in order to bring us into a higher state of compassion, however this can lead to boundary issues. Protecting your own energy is paramount at this time. New relationships and hook-ups begun during a Mercury retrograde, especially in Pisces, will be clouded by Neptune’s fog. While this may not bode well for the long term, engage in what feels good, as this is an important step in development on our journey of intimacy. This month’s energy places an emphasis on exploring our relationships to our own bodies. Invest in your pleasure by taking the time to experiment. March 2nd, Venus moves from stoic taskmaster, Capricorn into free spirited Aquarius. Here, the planet of beauty and love lets her freakiest flags fly, be careful not to let watery Pisces dampen your spirits when Venus prefers her freedom. At the end of the month, the sun enters Aries with a full superman in Libra on the spring equinox, ushering in the green light to move forward in our relationships, after we’ve spent weeks scrutinizing our patterns. Notice what has changed.
Pisces (Feb 19-March 20)
It is your season Pisces, and somehow you’re swimming backward! Try not to let the inundation of emotions (yours and everyone else’s) pull you under, this is actually a gift. The Universe is taking you on a cosmic tour of the past in order to free you from your feelings, whether you felt abandoned, misunderstood, or just wondering where things went wrong. No, you could not have done things differently. No, you cannot change the past. However, you can direct all of your magical healing abilities inward. Place your attention on creativity, writing, poetry, making art, and spending time in nature. These activities will help ground your energy while connecting you to your spirituality. You have a new moon in your sign on the 6th, use it to set intentions around boundaries and self worth. Trust your intuition, let it work for you, instead of everyone else. This month is about focusing on you, especially your sexual energy. Pleasure does not have to come from outside of yourself. When old loves come back for seconds, really consider who is worthy of a seat at your table.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This month is all about what is unseen, Aries. This Mercury retrograde has you going back over the changes you’ve made since the new year. You’ve been putting in the effort to shift your energy, and now you’re wondering if the outer circumstances are matching your internal feelings yet. If the answer is no, be patient. This pace may not be the sexiest for you, but it is a necessary part of the process. Revisiting the choices you’ve been making allows you some time to slow down and recharge your battery. Your boundless energy needs some refueling as you gear up for all of the action next month. With Mars, your ruling planet, in Taurus all month. Make the most of this time by tapping into your sensual side, think an evening of massages and feeling physical touch in more mindful ways. The full moon at the end of the month, in partnership oriented Libra serves the much needed air to rekindle your fire. Catching up on sleep and giving yourself permission to relax a little will take you far when The Sun and Mercury meet back up in your sign next month. Start stretching now.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This watery retrograde won’t put too much of a damper on your month, Taurus. With action oriented Mars in your sign all month, things are going at your perfect speed. You may be feeling stirrings within you to try things a little different. Not one to stray from your decadent routine, you sense things could be even better if you get a little uncomfortable. Putting yourself out there in ways that honor who you are will send the right circumstances and people into your life to bring about the necessary changes you crave. The new moon on the 6th will assist you in bringing these situations into the fore. Make sure to balance any discomfort with plenty of rest. Reward yourself by indulging in what brings you the most pleasure, without breaking the bank. Retrogrades are not a good time to make big purchases. Instead, take a tour of what you already have in your personal arsenal. You have the opportunity to view your possessions in a new way. This may be rearranging your bedroom, adding some new candles or pillows, reworking what you have will create a new mood.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
March may feel a little frustrating for you Gemini, your ruler, Mercury, is swimming backward all month in Pisces. Your dual nature isn’t equipped for communicating underwater. You may find yourself overthinking about the past, and missing the comforts of what once was. Remember, what is comfortable impedes our growth. Find ways to self soothe without losing sight of your goals. Water and salt are healing, this can be a trip to the ocean, a luxurious salt bath, even a good cry will be beneficial at this time. Venus in Aquarius will help lighten the mood and help you view things from a more detached place, instead of taking things so personal. Experiment with non-verbal communication. Go dancing, even if it’s just in your apartment. Feel into your body and sweat it out on the dance floor or in front of your mirror. Make a playlist and sing loudly to old favorites and you’ll quickly find the confidence that’s been missing.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
March has you spending even more time than usual at home, Cancer. With Mars in Taurus this month, it’s a great time to make your nest even more cozy and beautiful. Retrogrades are about “re-everything,” this includes revisiting all of the projects you’ve set aside for when you have more time. Renovations are a much more productive use of your time than thinking about the past. This month you may be tempted to bring up prior events that are still causing you pain. Remember it is only painful because of the expectations you are still holding onto around them. This is an opportunity to revisit the past and learn where you can speak up for your needs. Your emotional intelligence is your superpower. Let your desires be known and they will be met with enthusiasm. This month has all of the makings of tender romance when you open yourself up. The full moon in Libra at the end of the month will bring new energy to your partnerships. Creating balance and stability will be more available as you move out of emotional Pisces into action oriented Aries next month.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
This month you will be thinking about intimacy, Leo. With the Sun and Mercury in your eighth house, sex and relationship issues will be front and center. You may find yourself wishing things could have worked out differently with a former flame. Now that a little distance is between you, those red flags don’t appear so crimson. Were you being too dramatic? Maybe, but your intuition is always working in your favor to protect you. You will always lead with your big heart, that does not mean you are too extra. Rather than getting caught up in the past, focus on calling in what you really want, instead of making the best of what you’ve been offered. March’s new moon on the 6th is a great time to set intentions for the future. This begins with your sense of self worth. Don’t stress if your energy is low this month and you’re finding it difficult to rally. You are everyone else’s cheerleader, and it is ok to want that level of enthusiasm for yourself. Rest up this month, you’ll need it when the Sun and Mercury move into fellow fire sign Aries next month.
Virgo (August 23-Sept 22)
Your ruling sign, Mercury is retrograde all month in the polar opposite sign of Pisces. Both of these signs are about fulfillment through service to others. You will be reflecting on your role in partnerships, asking yourself what feels good and where you may be letting others take advantage of your giving nature. Try not to be too hard on yourself during your deep dive into self reflection, as your mental process will not be as sharp as you prefer it at this time. While Mercury swims through pisces, allow yourself to float. Your mind is open to receiving messages at this time, you may find yourself writing more. Your dreams may be extremely vivid, if you can, write them down. This can be a fantastic time for reprogramming your subconscious mind. Write yourself new mantras, record them and play them right before you fall asleep at night. Finding new ways of thinking will spill over into all areas of your life, including how you give and receive affection. Venus in Aquarius encourages you to think futuristically about how to integrate more receptivity in your relationships.
Libra (Sept 23-October 22)
This month brings your relationship to creative expression into question, Libra. Mars in Taurus wants to feed your sensual appetite, as well as connect your artistry with your physical body. If your mojo has felt stalled, allow yourself some time to be in your feelings and get out of your head. Mercury retrograde in Pisces and Venus in Aquarius are asking you to revisit the past in order to create something new to put out into the world. Our relationship with creativity and intimacy are inherently attached to one another, consider how these two areas of your life are being nourished. Are they in balance? How are you expressing yourself? Take your time this month and weigh all of your options without judgement, you’ll know what to do by the full moon in your sign at the end of the month. When the Sun moves into Aries next month you’ll be able to breathe
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
You’re no stranger to deep thinking, Scorpio. With the Sun and Mercury in fellow water sign Pisces, you may feel as though the rest of the world can momentarily join you down in the darkest corners of the ocean. Although everyone is experiencing big feels, it doesn’t mean they are nearly as equipped at handling them. You may find yourself inundated with people reaching out for comfort and answers. Some of whom you haven’t been in contact with for long periods of time. Venus in Aquarius this month encourages the healthy detachment necessary for moving forward. Don’t let painful past experiences that come rushing back cause you to shut down your own vulnerability. Pick and choose who you are going to give your precious energy to, and allow the special ones to witness your process, too. The full moon in Libra at the end of the month will bring an ending to imbalances within your partnerships, helping you to feel more comfortable being seen without losing your power.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
This month you’re bringing the party home with you, Sagittarius. Just because everyone is feeling emotional doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun, even if this means turning inward to sort through the past. While Mercury swims backward through your fourth house of home, you will be reconnecting with your roots in new ways. Mars in Taurus wants you to put some effort into your daily routine and taking care of yourself. Slowing down is never high on your priority list, and self care typically involves burning your candle at both ends, but how is this serving you? There is a real opportunity to implement some healthier habits that won’t compromise your expansive free spirit. Everyone needs to rest sometimes, even you. Don’t worry, the full moon at the end of the month brings the necessary closure to your social sabbatical. As the sun moves into fellow fire sign, Aries, you can expect your libido and energy to be re-ignited next month.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
With great power comes great responsibility, Capricorn. This entire year has been putting the pressure on you, with Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node all in your sign. It’s hard to feel sexy and wanted when you have the weight of the world on you. Mercury retrograde in Pisces wants you to tap into your feelings, and reach out more. No one is ever judging you the way you judge yourself. This month make room for some softness and space to slow down, laugh more, and talk about your emotions. Vulnerability isn’t a weakness, it’s an anecdote. Mars, in fellow earth sign, Taurus wants you to relax about where the next paycheck is coming and focus rather on where your next massage is coming from. Your partnerships, both current and future, will get a boost during the full moon in Libra at the end of the month. Set your intentions for releasing rigidity.
Aquarius (January 20-Feb 18)
Venus is in your sign this month Aquarius! You love the freedom to explore your kinky side, and with Venus in your sign, so does everybody else. Even though Mercury is swimming backwards in Pisces, this won’t hold you back from intellectualizing the future. In fact, you may find yourself in need of someone to help you reign in your budget this month. Venus loves acquisition and Mars in Taurus wants luxury, but Mercury retrograde in your second house of resources is begging you to stick to window shopping, and I’m not just talking about retail. Enjoy your fill of eye candy, but seriously consider how all of it will fit into your life. What adds value? What will drain you? Material possessions and new relationships require discernment, when you’re choosing how you spend your energy, only invest in those with a healthy ROI. The full moon in fellow air sign Libra at the end of the month illuminate what and who is worthy of your attention.
Stefanie Caponi is a Brooklyn-based artist, astrologer, tarot reader, and creator of The Moon Void Tarot. Follow Stefanie on Instagram for more astrology and tarot insights.