(2:31AM). Anytime the largest bodies in the solar system are at loggerheads there is a tendency toward pride and over-confidence. However, less than five hours later, love vibrations sound a joyful note — thanks to the monthly Moon-Venus union in Aries (7:08AM). Don’t be too surprised if Cupid’s arrows strike their target as a Moon-Venus contact like this can equate with romantic overtures. This aspect also doubles as a support for creative artistic expression and social activities. A potential impediment to forward progress clocks in later on when the Moon in Aries begins a void uncertainty zone at 8:59AM that lasts until 2:29PM. It is wise to complete odd jobs with a quiet sense of accomplishment during this 5+ hour, weakened lunar transit. Once the Moon enters the sign of its exaltation — Taurus — at 2:29PM, Mother Nature pulls you into her nurturing orbit. Gardening and visiting favorite countryside trails are highlighted. Get back into your exercise routines with enthusiasm. Insights abound concerning business, literary, educational or multi-media projects as Mercury form a 72-degree rapport with lightning-like Uranus (4:27PM). If safety, security and investment-oriented themes are being injected into your waking consciousness with increasing frequency, then you are tuning into Vesta’s shift from reverse to forward coming up on Tuesday. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
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(waxing/12% of Illumination)
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.
(waning /12% of illumination)
This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the “big picture.” A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.
The Equirria was an ancient Roman festival of horse-racing held in honor of the God Mars. It was said to have been established by Romulus and held in the Campus Martius on Caelian Hill. There was a similar festival held on March 14 called the Mamuralia.
Mars was originally a God of agriculture and guardian of fields and boundaries, known as Mamers, Maris, or Marmar. He became identified with the Greek God Ares and so assumed the major role of war God. He was regarded as the son of Juno, and the month of March was named after him. He had a succession of festivals in February, March, and October.
Magickal Activity for Equirria
The First Pentacle of Mars
The First Pentacle of Mars is used to invoke the powers of Mars for gaining courage, enthusiasm, ambition, and all physical accomplishments.
You will need:A square of red card stock 1 Red red votive candle in a glass holder A small red cloth bag
Inscribe the First Pentacle of Mars on the red square of card stock. Light the red votive candle, and place it on top of the pentacle as you chant:“Almighty warrior and God of power, Fill me with courage from this hour.”
Allow the candle to burn completely out. Place the pentacle in the red bag and carry for courage
As the second month of 2014 begins winding down toward the beginning of March, the next ten days will see a flurry of major planetary alignments as well as celestial stations — where key bodies in our solar system appear to stop from the Earth’s perspective to move either retrograde or direct. Right now, Pluto attempts to seize center stage by making its monthly union with the Moon in Capricorn (8:22AM) while Pluto also forms a fairly rare, 60-degree rapport with Chiron in Pisces (2:36PM). Intensity and extremes are always huge potentials when Pluto makes an appearance in the human domain. Tuning into your spiritual willpower and laser-like mental concentration will give you a clear boost. The Moon and Venus attempt to ratchet up love vibrations and their romantic frequency as these two goddesses of the heavens parallel (6:05PM) and then unite in Capricorn (9:18PM). What may keep the love boat anchored at shore are a somewhat dour Moon-Saturn parallel (9:00PM) and a far more unpredictable, surprising square between Jupiter in Cancer and Uranus in Aries (11:30PM). Whatever stability and reassurance you can muster around these time-periods can become a saving grace. With a little maneuvering and clever attitude-shifting, the frictional nature of the Jupiter-Uranus 90-degree aspect could turn into a tour de force — providing you with a cornucopia of insights on the cutting edge of science, medicine, and arcane studies. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
(waning /56% of illumination)
This is a tremendous time of transmutation. All of the prior elements are coming together for a final burst of creative output. You have seen a clear view of your own needs and the posture of significant others. Now the accumulation of that input is leading to a deep, core change within you. In this phase, you will naturally be inclined to seek higher guidance so that you can emerge from this transformation successfully. The Disseminting Moon favors sharing what you have learned (and are learning) with others.
(waning /135-90 degrees)
This is a tremendous time of transmutation. All of the prior elements are coming together for a final burst of creative output. You have seen a clear view of your own needs and the posture of significant others. Now the accumulation of that input is leading to a deep, core change within you. In this phase, you will naturally be inclined to seek higher guidance so that you can emerge from this transformation successfully. The Gibbous Moon favors sharing what you have learned (and are learning) with others.
It was on this date in 1930 that ex-planet Pluto was discovered. On this ‘Pluto Day,’ download an image of Pluto’s glyph and reproduce it in cornmeal on the threshold of your entryway door. It is said that doing so will attract the formidable attributes that Pluto is famous for. Considering that Pluto wields considerable power, you can expect to feel pretty potent after enacting this exercise. Let the cornmeal blow away or sweep it away after leaving it in place for twenty-four hours.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com