Your heart opens to love this month -- and your mind wanders off into dreamland. The gifts of joy and attraction come from alluring Venus' entry into Taurus on March 5. Her four-week stay in your sign is a time to indulge yourself in pleasure, soak up sensual delights and earn more appreciation from others.
Yet, while you slow down to sip the sweetness of life, inquisitive Mercury races into brash Aries on the March 2 to provoke impulsive thinking. Communications can be especially complicated because Mercury turns retrograde on March 12 and slips back into surreal Pisces on March 23, helping you revive old dreams before turning forward again on April 4. While you're enjoying the taste of life's most delectable fruits, you could also be missing messages or messing up data that requires more careful attention.
It's hard to relax because you're so excited about what's ahead, and your impatience is nearly unbearable with Mercury blasting into impetuous Aries on March 2. But a series of tense aspects to Mars in your 4th House of Family and Saturn in your 5th House of Spontaneity on March 2-4 can block your progress by weighing you down with personal matters or parental responsibilities.
Although fleet-footed Mercury usually speeds up your thought process while in Aries, you may feel mentally sluggish as the messenger planet slows to enter its retrograde phase on March 12. Now that both Mars and Mercury are traveling backward, you may find that these two planets can place a hold on an important project or indicate unexpected delays, especially if you feel pressure to make something happen right now. Paradoxically, when your momentum is interrupted or a deadline is postponed, you may actually feel a sense of relief -- as if you've been graced with additional time to get your plans in order.
Making your mark in the world through your job or another public arena is among your primary goals this month. Planets are popping in your 10th House of Career, offering fresh challenges and new opportunities for getting ahead. Quicksilver Mercury fires into Aries and your 10th house on March 2, sparking new ideas and spurring you to pick up the pace at work.
The expressive Sun goes next into audacious Aries on March 20, the Vernal Equinox, followed by the New Moon, also in the 10th house, on March 22 that's bound to increase the demands of your public life. Independent Uranus' conjunction with the Aries New Moon brings unexpected changes of status or responsibility. You could be feeling restless and ready to strike out on your own.
Working hard to achieve your goals this month goes a long way toward getting the material support you need for career success. However, you may not see tangible results right away. Mars remains retrograde in your 2nd House of Income, possibly delaying financial rewards.
Additionally, quick-witted Mercury in impetuous Aries begins its three-week retrograde period on March 12, in your 9th House of Future Vision, revealing weak links in your logic that require you to rethink your long-term strategy. But don't let yourself get discouraged; the obstacles you face now are meant to give you more time to strengthen your plans. Instead of taking on new projects, build on what you've already started. Luckily, acting with integrity will gain you the respect you deserve when Mars backs into a stabilizing Grand Earth Trine with motivational Jupiter, tasteful Venus, and powerful Pluto on March 13-14. Don't be afraid to take a stand at work for what you believe is right.
Pushy partners, both personal and professional, and a crisis-driven atmosphere motivate you to move faster this month. An uncharacteristic impulse to leap before you look may arise when your curious ruling planet, Mercury, zips into impetuous Aries on March 2.
However, analytical Mercury turns retrograde on March 12 and continues moving backward until April 4, marking a period when you'd be wise to adopt a more leisurely pace. Errors tend to pile up during this period, as do complications with details and communications. Carefully tying up loose ends and tightening up inefficient systems instead of going into overdrive now will make you more productive in the long.
This month presents you with significant opportunities, but you must take the initiative, and maybe even risk loss, to make the most of them. Decisive action is required, but you may not see the results of your efforts until later in the year. Action-planet Mars in skillful Virgo continues to backtrack in your 12th House of Secrets, enabling you to act behind the scenes effectively without requiring recognition from others.
Communicator Mercury blasts into enthusiastic Aries on March 2, but then slows down for its retrograde period on March 12-April 4 -- a time when your words can become tangled, your explanations misunderstood and solutions unraveled. You may also be hitting the brakes in relationships on March 4, when eager Venus in impatient Aries opposes restraining Saturn.
Expect adjustments in your daily routine this month as planetary currents pull you in several different directions. The Sun continues floating through fanciful Pisces and your 5th House of Love and Creativity until March 20, keeping you in a playful mood. Captivating Venus dances into your 7th House of Partners on March 5 to attract supportive allies who help make your life more enjoyable and easier to manage. However, your comfort in relationships is countered by cerebral Mercury's move into impatient Aries and your 6th House of Work on March 2.
Developing new skills or responding to emergencies challenges you to get off your cloud and take immediate action, and Mercury's retrograde turn on March 12 could force you to return to projects you thought were already finished. It's wise to keep working steadily until Mercury turns direct on April 4.
Lingering tension from recent demands at work and at home adds stress to your relationships when this month begins. Fortunately, the opposition between aggressive Mars in your 10th House of Career and the willful Sun in your 4th House of Family on March 3 can also expose differences about priorities, which is a good way to start finding solutions. Short tempers could lead to an open conflict, but your good intentions and a willingness to work toward a long-term solution to a current dilemma should be enough to get you through a difficult situation.
Thankfully, the instability begins to settle down when graceful Venus enters practical Taurus on March 5 and forms a cooperative sextile with altruistic Neptune on March 6. If you must be critical on March 8, when the perfectionist Virgo Full Moon hooks up with expressive Mars, do it constructively rather than saying something hurtful for no reason.
You're ready for a fresh start at home and work this month, but you must complete some unfinished business before you can take the next step. Curious Mercury blasts into uncontainable Aries and your 4th House of Foundations on March 2, stirring restless feelings that can provoke domestic conflict if you don't have a constructive outlet to occupy your overactive mind.
However, Mercury turns retrograde on March 12, slowing your progress with interruptions and backtracking until it goes forward again on April 4. Moving at a more leisurely pace enhances the pleasure that comes with captivating Venus' entry into sensual Taurus and your 5th House of Fun and Games on March 5. Your creativity and charisma sparkle when you indulge yourself in each delightful moment instead of hurrying to reach a goal.
Money issues are on your plate this month with the Sun in your 2nd House of Personal Resources -- and its opposition to insistent Mars in your 8th House of Shared Resources on March 3 means that others are involved in your financial picture, too. Mars in introspective Virgo is retrograde, turning your energy inward as you seek solutions through logical analysis rather than overt action. The cautious Virgo Full Moon is conjunct action-planet Mars on March 8 in your regenerative 8th House, but even if you know your next move, you might not be able to put your plan into motion yet.
Someone comes to your rescue or you receive sound advice on March 13-14, when Mars forms a practical Grand Earth Trine with sweet Venus, magnanimous Jupiter and insightful Pluto. But everything takes longer than you wish because your everyday life is so busy, with mischievous Mercury turning retrograde in your 3rd House of Immediate Environment on March 12. Because of its backward turn, the trickster planet's conjunction to erratic Uranus on March 5 is repeated on March 18, bringing detours and unexpected distractions that can surprise and even shock you with their suddenness.
Your natural tendency is to be trusting and open-minded, but it's important not to let others influence you to make decisions that go against your instincts. On March 8, the Full Moon in skillful Virgo highlights your 7th House of Partners, which can connect you with authoritative individuals who provide you with valuable information. But these facts don't necessarily resonate with your deeper feelings and needs, so take your time before acting on them.
Intelligent Mercury turns retrograde in your 2nd House of Self-Worth on March 12, reenters Pisces on March 23 and turns direct on April 4, which means this an ideal period for reflection and reconsideration before you make any significant choices. It's often difficult to explain your thoughts with mental Mercury in revers -- especially in your impressionistic sign -- but that's not reason enough to surrender the power of making up your own mind.