Astrology 3/14-3/20: Churning The Ocean

Astrology 3/14-3/20: Churning The Ocean

The Moon waxes as we pass between eclipses, the days overflowing with an agitated mixture of the past and future.  The week begins with a potentially chaotic but brief grand cross.  Its middle, however, is characterized by introspection and emotional upwelling, courtesy of Mercury’s conjunction with Chiron and the Dragon’s Tail.  Finally, the weekend holds both the equinox and a rather lovely conjunction of Venus and Neptune in Pisces.  The old and new swirl about- for everything is in this season, churn, churn, churn.

Passing Shitstorms

Mercury begins the week in a complicated configuration.  On Monday the pathfinding planet squares Saturn in Sagittarius and opposes Jupiter in Virgo nearly simultaneously.  The Moon, which is in the middle of Gemini, joins in on the fun, aspecting all three of these bodies.  These four planets take up positions on the four points of a cross, completing a configuration known in astrology as a “grand cross.”  Grand crosses are tense aspect patterns, and tend to brew up storms large and small.  The specialty of this configuration is to generate tangles of interconnected issues.  These complicated knots of energy tend to breed confusion as to how to proceed, and can make prioritization difficult.  As grand crosses go, though, this one is mild and should pass by Wednesday.


Meanwhile, on Monday, Venus in Pisces swishes into a square with Mars in Sagittarius.  This is a conflicted but passionate aspect.  Contacts between Venus and Mars like this highlight interpersonal friction.  Sometimes that friction is of the delightful variety, but in other cases it is more a matter of chaffing and emotional inflammation.

If Venus were to square Mars in isolation, it would be somewhat easier to handle, but this aspect occurs on Monday, during the brief Grand Cross.   Ambient stress and confusion may make differences of opinion or perspective more difficult to reconcile.  If in doubt, save the discussion for a day with more ambient clarity.

The Fruits of Industry

This week Jupiter in Virgo perfects its trine to Pluto in Capricorn, highlighting just how transformative the seemingly mundane work of attending to the details can be.  Incremental gains accumulate over time, and are subject to compound interest. This is the second of three trines between the two bodies, and thus speaks to a process already well underway but months from completion.

Drag the Waters

underwaterkidsLater in the week, Mercury goes on to conjoin the planetoid Chiron and the Dragon’s Tail- the South Node of the Moon.  This combination reinvigorates the themes which last week’s eclipse offered.

The Dragon’s Tail reaches deep, and dredges up shipwrecks from voyages long past.  Ghost ships sail these seas, the specters of their sailors ready to share their tales.  What the Tail churns up is complicated, for some of these stories need to be heard, while other narratives desperately need to be put to rest.   As promised by last week’s solar eclipse on the Tail, a sorting process is in action- some of what lies dormant must rise to the surface, while some of what resides at the surface needs to be submerged and dissolved below.  All of this serves to highlight the process of remembering and releasing which is at work this month.  Yet those traumas which are ongoing cannot be released, for those stories are yet to have their endings penned.  Unless we would rely on the kindness of strangers for our narrative, we must seize our quills and remember our author-ity.


After a month trolling the ocean-floor, the Sun rises from the waves, triumphant, entering Aries on Saturday, March 19th. In Aries, Sol illuminates potential, heats the spirit and sets the body in motion.  It is vigorous in Aries, but combative.   The Sun will be in the Ram’s sign until April 19th, when it enters Taurus.

The Sun’s ingress into Aries marks the beginning of the tropical zodiac and the moment of the equinox.  Equal in length and power for just a bit, day and night call a temporary truce.  Though it is signaled by a single event- the Sun’s ingress into tropical Aries, the equinox can also be seen as the period of time- roughly a week- when the ratio of day to night is not only unusually equal, but also unusually stable.  Celebrations may thus partake of its power without needing to be scheduled to the minute.

The equinox marks our entrance into a new season, and the second quarter of the year.  While the Sun crosses this pivot-point, look back to the resolutions you made and hopes you held at the New Year.  Review and renew the vows you made to yourself.  Though your discipline may have flagged over the last few months, much of the year still remains.

If learning more about astrology happens to be one of your priorities, consider my Fundamentals of Astrology class, which begins the day of the equinox, this Saturday the 19th.

In addition to beginning the quarter, the Aries ingress begins the zodiac, and its chart has long been used to peer into the fortunes of the year ahead.  Though an analysis of this year’s chart is beyond the scope of this article, my friend and colleague Nina Gryphon has been kind of enough to post an article about the 2016 chart on her blog.

Rainbow Coral

The week ends with Sunday’s lovely conjunction of Venus and Neptune in Pisces.  The star of Aphrodite and the distant blue planet share many significations, and both are amenable to lovely beaches of Pisces. Sunday would be naught but leisurely glory, but for the Moon in Virgo’s square with Mars, which contradicts the otherwise harmonious conjunction a bit.  Fortunately, Venus’ conjunction with Neptune will be active for the days surrounding Sunday, particularly on the preceding Friday.

Here pleasure meets imagination, and affection with compassion.  A brief vision of the heart’s pretty reefs emerges, all rainbow coral and sea-life abundant.  If you can, schedule an activity which opens the heart to wonder and beauty this weekend.




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Aries: The Ram

The early week’s confusion is likely to entail a balancing act between different types of problem solving. Make what improvements you can to each area that vies for your attention, but don’t get stuck on anything- keep moving.
Mercury’s conjunction with Chiron and the South Node on Thursday may coincide with the emergence of some material from the psychic depths. Old stories which have circled you like sharks flop onto the deck, asking to be examined in full.
The mighty flaming ball of the Sun rolls back into your court this Saturday. The Sun’s time in Aries not only heralds your upcoming birthday, but serves to illuminate who you are, and what you are capable of. Though you likely have some ideas about who you are, such concepts need to be revised and updated regularly. Though your center may be forever unchanged, the periphery shifts with surprising rapidity.

Taurus: The Bull

The small mess of the early week may temporarily tax your resources- financial, psychic and otherwise- but it will pass quickly.
Later in the week, Mercury’s conjunction with Chiron and the Dragon’s Tail may see your mind turn to old relationships with friends or colleagues. There’s something about those stories, even the tragic ones, which is worth re-reading. Like any good book, life is a text whose meaning is different each time you read it.
The Sun’s equinoctial move into Aries on Saturday sees it spotlight unsolved issues surrounding self-assertion. Of concern are not just those times you fail to speak up, but also the instances where you push too hard on others without acknowledging it. Work on balancing assertion and respect.

Gemini: The Twins

The complicated configuration which begins the week highlights a tangle of different priorities. It’s likely to send you into a temporary tailspin if you fail to prioritize. Hold center and do what you can- and don’t worry about what you can’t.
In the middle of the week, Mercury conjoins both the Dragon’s Tail and Chiron. This stop on the pathfinder’s tour of Pisces highlights the stories you tell yourself about your professional life, particularly the ones that aren’t doing you any good. It might be time to cut some of those storylines from the plot of your career.
The Sun’s movement into Aries on Saturday sees the big orb swing around to spotlight the status of your social sphere. Relationships with organizations, friends and colleague are all energized over the next month.

Cancer: The Crab

The week begins with a bit of tangle, which may involve a variety of small but interconnected problems you need to solve- little fixes to this and that.
The middle of the week, though, holds Mercury’s conjunction with Chiron and the Dragon’s Tail. Out of this brief conjunction pour the stories you tell yourself about the purpose and meaning of your life. There’s something about these grand narratives that might do with another look.
The Sun’s movement into Aries on Saturday brings its bright beams to bear on your professional life, where it will energize and illuminate matters for the next month.

Leo: The Lion

The week may begin with a few snarls that tax your resources, but a little patience should see you through them. Wednesday and Thursday, though, are colored by Mercury’s conjunction with Chiron and the South Node, which sees what once transpired between you and others rise again, ghost-like. This configuration echoes and reinforces last week’s eclipse, highlighting old connections.
Finally, the Sun’s movement into Aries on Saturday brings Sol’s power in line with your aspirations. Travel, and goal-setting are both stimulated for the month that the Sun remains in the Ram’s sign.

Virgo: The Virgin

This week begins with Mercury in a bit of tangle, which may set your compassing spinning. You may end up running here and there, but by the middle of the week, things will have calmed down and taken a more inward direction, courtesy of Mercury’s conjunction with Chiron and the South Node. Here Mercury tells you stories of love and loss, and asks you to consider the script of your own romantic comedy.
Come Saturday, the Sun enters Aries, shifting the spotlight onto your exchanges with others. What you do for others and what they do for you is likely to glint in this light, revealing the hidden details of these trade-offs.

Libra: The Scales

The week begins in a bit of a hurry, with a short burst of problem-solving and necessary prioritization, but by midweek the undertone shifts toward a contemplation of your daily rituals- their nature and the reasons behind them. You may find stories hiding under these habits, little reasons and narratives which justify and reinforce the patterns which drain you.
On Saturday, the 19th, the Sun moves into Aries, where it will reside for the next month. In the Ram’s sign, the Sun will highlight your significant relationships, shining a spotlight on what those close to you are capable of.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The week may begin with a little confusion, and perhaps tax your resources a bit, but things shift quickly. By Wednesday, the week will have taken on a more interior tone, due to Mercury’s conjunction with Chiron and the Dragon’s Tail. This line up highlights the stories you tell yourself about what you’re creating with your life, as well as those that justify what you’re not creating.
Come Saturday, the Sun moves into Aries, where it will highlight your habits for the next month. Imagine, for a moment, what you could be, and do, if you did all the things you thought you should on a regular basis.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The week may begin with a muddle of priorities, but by mid-week the topic comes to rest solely on your living situation and family. As a continuation of last week’s eclipse, the stories of your past float up from the floor boards, begging to be listened to or exorcised.
On Saturday, the Sun moves into Aries. In the Ram’s sign, our star sends its radiance toward the activities which define “the good life” for you, spurring you toward your preferred bouquet of pleasures.

Capricorn: The Goat

Mercury’s conjunction with Chiron and the South Node during the middle of the week highlights those stories which haunt your regular schedule. These narratives wrap themselves around the everyday, tying facts and events into patterns which reinforce the same old story. Perhaps its time to take a step back, and ask whether another set of tales might be told about the same events.
Come Saturday, the Sun enters Aries, where for the next month it will spotlight your living situation and familial bonds. Consider the degree to which a sturdy fortress can empower you, and the strength that family, be they blood or not, can lend when you need it.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

Mercury conjoins Chiron and the Dragon’s Tail in the middle of the week. Out of this line up comes a continuation of last week’s eclipse theme- the stories you tell yourself about money. Whether you’ve been taught that “all you need is love” or you’ve retreated to fearful materialism, this week’s configuration asks that you take a second look at the surprisingly dramatic relationship between yourself and your bank account.
Saturday’s Equinoctial ingress of the Sun into Aries sees our star’s light sizzle hot across your schedule. Old Sol is likely to push the pace over the next month, kindling a series of fires under your ass.

Pisces: The Fish

The middle of the week hosts an interesting conjunction of Mercury, Chiron and the Dragon’s Tail in your sign. This configuration continues what last week’s eclipse began, namely the exhumation and examination of the story you have about yourself. It may be that yesterday’s fairy tale no longer fits as well as it did. Like a snake ready to shed, there’s already a new story growing beneath the old one.
On Saturday, the Sun leaves your sea behind for the bright potential of Aries, highlighting the value of what you do for the next month. Look to the financial potential of your activities.

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. JohnL 4 years ago

    Sharing my “Author-ity”

    The temple becomes sacred when I set it up just so
    With tone & rhythm flowing…tells me which way to go

    When thought and image haunt me–grimoires of the past
    I know I can discard them…. coffee grounds don’t last

    The coffee beans were useful: when ground, they made the brew
    Now they’ve served their purpose , I want freshness, something new

    Enjoy the morning coffee, the quivering of the air
    And then toss out the grounds and sense the morning fair

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