By Debra Infante
On March 1 and 2, exalted Venus conjuncts Jupiter in Pisces, a generous and highly spiritual combination. Venus remains in its favorable sign of Pisces until March 12 when it enters Aries. Venus in Aries is influenced by both Rahu and Saturn, indicating a time to bring more authenticity and patience into our relationships. Also on March 12 Mars enters the air sign of Gemini, generating passionate thinking, as well as a critical mind. On March 15 Mercury is combust the Sun as it enters Pisces, its weakest sign, a time to be clear in communications. Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Pisces on March 28, a time of higher learning and deeper understanding.
Venus, planet of love, relationships, and finance, has been transiting its exalted sign of Pisces since February 15, and remains in Pisces until March 12, 2023. On March 1 and 2, 2023, Venus is conjunct Jupiter at 17 and 18 degrees, and with both planets well-placed in Pisces, this combination is quite creative, idealistic, and generous. Both Venus and Jupiter are interested in social concerns and humanitarian causes. Sometimes the Venus and Jupiter conjunction can bring over-indulgence or financial extravagance. Let the Venus-Jupiter combination increase the much-needed higher expression of unconditional, spiritual love in our world.
On March 9, Venus reaches its exaltation degree of 27 degrees Pisces, which amplifies compassion, inspiration, sensitivity, creativity, and romance. But be aware that Venus in Pisces can also increase romantic illusion too, and its good to use some discernment in love and have proper boundaries.
As Venus ends its transit and enters Aries, it travels through the gandanta degrees of 29 Pisces to 0 Aries from March 11 to 12, a time to let go of old patterns and past relationship burdens, in order to express a more expansive, unconditional love in all aspects of your life.
Venus enters the fire sign of Aries on March 12 and remains there until the evening of April 5, 2023. Venus in the Mars-ruled sign of Aries is passionate, adventuresome, impulsive, and even competitive. While in Aries, Venus will be somewhat afflicted as it will be conjunct Rahu in Aries, and aspected by Saturn in Aquarius, and both can be challenging aspects.
On March 17, Saturn aspects Venus exactly at 7 degrees, and we can experience a ripening of emotional restrictions or feel undervalued. This is a time to realize that personal comfort and self-nurturance is important and needed in our lives to feel more whole. On a higher note, Saturn aspecting Venus can bring maturity and commitment in relationships, along with greater realism and authenticity.
On March 20, Venus conjuncts Rahu, the north node, exactly at 10 degrees Aries. Venus and Rahu together can bring an urgency and compulsion with relationships as Rahu wants excitement and doesn’t always think of the consequences of its actions. We may also want more space and independence in love. As Venus also rules finances, it’s a good time to not overspend and be mindful. Venus and Rahu also can be quite creative and alternative, so this can be a good time for artistic, innovative projects.
Mars moves to the air sign of Gemini from March 12 to May 10, 2023, after being in the sign of Taurus since August 11, 2022. Mars in this Mercury-ruled sign gives an assertive and sharp mind, but sometimes is impulsive, headstrong, and confrontational. Mars in Gemini needs proper mental stimulation, that generates new and interesting ideas. Watch for speaking before thinking and being too critical. Beliefs and opinions can be challenged. The Mars in Gemini transit is helped by practices that calm the mind, such as meditation, retreat, and pranayama.
On March 15, 2023, Mercury, planet of communications, transits the water sign of Pisces until March 31, 2023, a very short stay. Mercury is debilitated or weakened in the sign of Pisces. However, there is some reversal of Mercury’s debility, as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter, the ruler of Pisces. Mercury in Pisces can increase our mental sensitivity and visionary qualities.
When Mercury first enters Pisces it travels very close to the Sun, and will be combust the Sun within 5 degrees, from March 15 through March 22. This is a time to be careful with all communications, and be as clear as possible to avoid misunderstandings. Pay attention to details and really listen to what others are saying, and not make quick assumptions.
Mercury and Jupiter will exactly conjunct at 24 degrees Pisces on March 28, 2023. Jupiter, planet of spirituality and divine grace, is very well-placed in inspirational Pisces, a sign it rules. As Mercury and Jupiter are both educational planets and are transiting the otherworldly, spiritual sign of Pisces, we want to understand and integrate higher philosophical and transcendental concepts and teachings.
Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has taught Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ from 2002 to 2020. Debra can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or firstname.lastname@example.org for astrological consultations by phone or in person. Contact her to receive her monthly Vedic astrology article. You can also find her at http://ayurveda-sedona.com/yoga-and-vedic-astrology/about-vedic-astrology/