Astrology 2/29 – 3/6: Water Pressure

Astrology 2/29 – 3/6: Water Pressure

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This week, the Sun’s undersea journey through Pisces sees the pressure mount as the depth increases.   As we go progressively deeper, the light of the waning Moon steadily disappears, leaving our eyes to adjust to the scarce light of the deep-sea realm.  Though it may be dimly lit, there is a flurry of activity about.

The early week is characterized by Venus crossing the midpoint between Saturn and Uranus, which queries the ratio of freedom to duty in our lives. The weekend, though holds a cluster of configurations.  Mercury makes a potentially irritating square with Mars on Friday while the Sun completes an onerous square with Saturn on Saturday.  Furthermore, both Mercury and Mars move on to new signs over the weekend, with Mercury entering Pisces late Friday night and Mars making a portentous move into Sagittarius on Saturday.

Duty and Liberty

The early portion of the week is colored by Venus’ aspects to Saturn and Uranus.  Monday holds Venus’ dutiful sextile with Saturn, while Wednesday contains a pleasantly pattern-breaking sextile with Uranus.

Here Venus treads the path that Mercury walked last week.  With this pair of early-week aspects, the heart encounters both the weight of obligation and the lust for freedom.  While these impulses are on the surface contradictory, this configuration illuminates the possibilities for reconciliation.  The issue is always one of proportion and our ability to reconcile ourselves with the ratio that we create.

Take Venus’ mediation between these two powers this as an opportunity to reflect upon what portion of your energy you have bound and what you have left uncommitted, to be used as you see fit.  We are always free, always duty bound.

Harsh Words

Mercury and Mars come to dominate the aethyrs as the weekend approaches.  The pair not only ingress into new signs, but also perfect an aspect just before doing so.  Mercury and Mars square on Friday, the 4th (9:42 PM PST).  Though tightest on Friday, the friction between the two spheres will be evident from Tuesday onward.

The aspect between the planets occurs with Mercury at 29’ Aquarius and Mars at 29’ Scorpio- just before their respective ingresses.  This is a frictive angle, and considered to put the two planet’s agendas at odds. While Mercury in Aquarius calmly advocates for detached analysis, Mars in Scorpio impels us toward passionate action.  The two imperatives are not easily reconciled.

Mars is quite strong in Scorpio, and in position to rise first.  Mercury is thus considered to be at a disadvantage, which means that Mars’ significations will tend to over-rule or interfere with Mercury’s.

The result of this will be similar to what many people associate with Mercury’s retrogrades.  Communications, travels and electronics may be troubled.  On a personal level, people will tend toward the irritable, and anger may hijack trains of thought.  The friction between Mars and Mercury will not lay waste to otherwise harmonious relationships, but it will provide the spark necessary to ignite combustible ones.

This is actually the third and final Mercury-Mars square since December’s solstice.  The first occurred on December 29th, and the second shortly thereafter, on January 5th.  This last installment of the series may thus bring resolution, or at least proper diagnosis, to issues which the year began with.

Dream Journal

Mercury enters Pisces on early Saturday morning (2:22 AM PST), shortly after squaring Mars. Mercury’s time in Pisces opens the mind to vast oceans of awareness- the big picture.  However, this panoramic perspective can make it easy to overlook important details.  Mercury is considered to have a difficult time in the watery sign, as it is more predisposed to poetry than precision.

In practice, Mercury’s time in Pisces can be quite helpful when directed toward imaginative works, although pursuits requiring diligence and rigor may suffer.  Mercury will be in Pisces from March 5th until the 21st.

Fire When Ready

On Saturday, March 5th, Mars enters Sagittarius (6:28 PM PST).  While Mars usually spends only 6 weeks in a given sign of the zodiac, this year he will be present in Sagittarius for almost 5 months.  The ingress on March 5th begins the first leg of this trip, which will last until he regresses into Scorpio on May 28th.  As if this almost 3 month stay was not enough, Mars will return to Sagittarius again on August 2nd, and take until September 27th to exit the Archer’s sign.  In total, that is nearly 5 months of time Mars will spend in Sagittarius.

In Sagittarius, Mars rushes forward in pursuit of dreams, ideals and grand works.  The goal, which resides just over the horizon, provides the bull’s eye and center of gravity.  A vision of accomplishment hangs in the sky here, like an aurora borealis.  This celebratory banner, though, tends to maintain its position on the horizon, never growing closer, for it is the image of ideal realized- a metaphysical contradiction in terms.  Yet its appearance is necessary, and powerful, for this burning vision provides the heat necessary for the unification of diverse functions and resources.  Body and mind, horse and human, become one in the figure of the centaur.  The heart of Mars in Sagittarius’ war is this struggle to achieve functional unity in pursuit of what truly matters.

It is worth noting that the entire time that Mars is in Sagittarius, he will share the archer’s sign with Saturn.  Although they will not conjoin precisely until August, their mere co-existence will serve to double up the pressure in one area of life.  Together, the two malefics will sing us a song of ice and fire, obligation and impetus, which will be the soundtrack to this year’s ordeal.


While last week the Sun conjoined Neptune in Pisces, this week the Sun moves on to square Saturn in Sagittarius.  Although the applying aspect shadows much of the week, it is precise on Saturday night (10:03 PM PST).  Here we move from dreams to discipline.  The weight of necessity increases throughout the week, and our happiness will suffer to the degree that we are not equal to our commitments. The Sun’s square with Saturn thus darkens the week, for it pulls our gaze toward obstacles both stubborn and opaque.  Yet neither heavy clouds nor eclipses actually extinguish the Sun’s light- they merely conceal it.



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Aries: The Ram

The Mercury-Mars square this week highlights the potential for conflict with friends and colleagues over exchanges of time, money and energy. If you need to borrow power from someone, or vice versa, do so with as much clarity and mutual understanding as possible.
Mars’ entrance into Sagittarius illuminates, in dusky red, your aspirations and beliefs. Big goals, especially those which have attained prominence since last September, are the topic here. Yet the trek toward these goals is long, and the way full of tests. The matter of quests and the endurance necessary to reach their conclusion is further attested to this week by both Venus’ and the Sun’s aspects to Saturn in Sagittarius. It may be helpful to consider not just your destination, but the vehicle your journey will require.

Taurus: The Bull

This week’s Mercury-Mars square highlights potential conflicts between personal and professional spheres. The intrusion of the personal into the professional may be an issue here.
Mars’ exit from Scorpio on Saturday will likely come with a certain degree of relief, as it takes the red planet’s eye off of you for a bit. In the first leg of Sagittarius, Mars points toward what you borrow and are, in turn, loaned. This doubles down on the focus that Saturn has put on this area of your life since last September. The Sun and Venus’ aspects to Saturn this week also serve to further reinforce it. Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius color your exchanges with others, and may spark conflicts or disagreements over what you owe and are owed. Be careful and upright in order to minimize potential conflicts.

Gemini: The Twins

This week’s Mercury-Mars square may serve to irritate, as it suggests material issues, either financial or bodily, intruding on or delaying your plans. You may need to spend some time problem-solving before you can proceed as planned.
Later in the week, on Saturday, Mars enters Sagittarius, putting the planet across the sky from you and casting a red glow over your relationships. This ingress sees Mars join Saturn in the Archer’s sign, and it is here that the two will dwell together for the next several months. Pay special attention to your relationships with people, and see to it that neither fire nor ice, neither anger or distance, damage the connections most important to you.

Cancer: The Crab

This week’s Mercury-Mars square emphasizes potential frictions between the way that you are allocating your energy and what other people expect of you. If you are having a hard time living up to your commitments, you may need to work on setting more realistic expectations.
This Saturday, Mars joins Saturn in Sagittarius, likely adding to your workload. In addition to further labors, Mars’ ingress also brings with it a fresh fire, an increasing determination to get it all done, come hell or high water. Mars’ ingress begins a season which carries with it a substantial potential for burn out, so take care not to push yourself beyond a sustainable pace.

Leo: The Lion

Mercury’s square with Mars this week highlights tensions surrounding your living situation, family and partnerships. Some difficult conversations may be necessary to untangle everything in process right now.
Mars’ entrance into Sagittarius on Saturday sees him join Saturn. Their copresence in the Archer’s sign and the emphasis on each this week underscores the importance of using what energy you have in an efficient manner. With both sword and scythe, cut away at the fruitless, the frivolous and the distracting.

Virgo: The Virgin

Mercury and Mars’ square this week may interfere with what you have scheduled and what you expect to get done. Be prepared to handle delays or take detours.
Mars’ entrance into Sagittarius this week brings the red planet’s heat to bear on your living situation and familial relations. In spotlighting these areas, Mars joins Saturn, who is already in Sagittarius. You may find yourself increasingly restless with your current abode, or find that it requires more work than usual to keep your cave in order. Mars in Sagittarius may also overheat some of your family members, suggesting the possibility of rancor.

Libra: The Scales

This week’s Mercury-Mars square highlights disconnections between the resources available to you and the way you’re choosing to spend your energy. You may need to re-route some energy from creative projects back toward the bottom line.
Mars enters Sagittarius this Saturday, and there joins Saturn, where their combined light falls upon your weekly schedule. Your calendar is likely to become increasingly crowded over the coming weeks. Do what needs doing, but do not let furor eclipse the need to prioritize. Not everything that wants doing actually needs doing.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Mercury-Mars square this week will highlight irritations with your living situation and/or frictions with family members. If your space displeases you, channel that irritation into improvement. Family is another matter, as they don’t generally appreciate being renovated.
On Saturday, Mars enters Sagittarius. Here the red planet joins Saturn in an inspection of the resources available to you, and raises questions about how best to mobilize and invest them. All goals have a price, but not all have the same value. You may find yourself calculating the cost/benefit ratio for a variety of different enterprises over the coming months.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

Mercury’s square with Mars this week may see your obsessions and fantasies taking precedence over scheduled events or communications. There may be something beckoning from within, a hidden fact or insight, just waiting to be unearthed.
Later in the week, on Saturday, Mars joins Saturn in your sign, bathing who you are and what you’re working to become in a ruddy glow. Mars’ entrance marks the beginning of an intense, but likely transformative, period for you. Heat the forge, for your mettle is due to be beaten and folded into a more perfect blade.

Capricorn: The Goat

The Mercury-Mars square this week highlights the relationship between the social and the financial sectors in your life. Take the time to iron out whatever frictions are developing between the two spheres.
Mars enters Sagittarius this Saturday, bringing the planet’s dusky red light to bear on persistent, but difficult, questions of meaning. The issues raised here are not so much about how to accomplish this or that, but what goals are worth pursuing at all. Visions of possibilities realized and those abandoned waver in this quiet fire. Answers are not due to emerge immediately, but they will come. Let the pyromantic vision unfold at its own pace.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The Mercury-Mars square this week highlights how well you’re balancing professional and personal priorities. Though your equilibrium may be excellent, tasks are likely to test it this week.
On Saturday, Mars enters Sagittarius, with plans to reside there, alongside Saturn, for much of the coming season. The red planet’s stay in the archer’s sign will provoke motion in your social sphere, stirring up both action and friction. Groups and communities are likely to be the site of this year’s ordeals, which will serve to refine, or possibly transform, your role within the collective.

Pisces: The Fish

The Mercury-Mars square this week highlights potential conflicts between long term goals and your need to fantasize and withdraw. For now, strive— later in the month you will have ample opportunity for reflection.
Mars enters Sagittarius this Saturday. The red planet will hang there, like a dull vermillion torch, for the next several months, challenging you to catch it. Along with Saturn, Mars will set an intense pace for your professional life. Try and keep up, but don’t hesitate to stop when you need to catch your breathe.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

1 Comment

  1. Christine S. 4 years ago

    Austin, I just wanted to let you know you were absolutely right about the Mercury retrograde feel to this past week–my car spent the whole week in the shop and 2 laptops crashed on me! Will stay on the lookout for this configuration in the future. Regards,

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