The main theme for March is GET READY!
Subthemes we will be working with all month are preparation, action, forward movement, intensity, fortification, focus and discipline.
The image is that of anticipating a battle or a long winter or an extreme adventure or a huge move or any large event or permanent change. All of these require preparation, discipline, focus, a good plan, fortification, a serious commitment to your goal and hard work. You better know what you want and be willing to work hard for it. You better be disciplined about protecting yourself against the distractions of unimportant things and energy leaks that could derail the process.
The commitment theme of February moves into an action plan this month. The aggression/perseverance mode of the year could cause some irritability and impatience. Keep your eye on your own goals and do not let others get to you. The warrior casting comes to the forefront and uses the aggression/perseverance mode to accomplish what needs to be done. So if you are clear about what's important and about where you are going, it could be a highly productive time. This is a no-nonsense month of hard work, staying focused, embracing your disciplines and setting boundaries against distractions.
Watch for the projections of others. The discomfort in facing one's own issues may trigger behavior that uses the obstacles to project negatively onto you something from a deep personal process that has not been dealt with. For example you may find yourself becoming the good or bad sister, brother, father, mother or teacher especially if you are in a support position for the person. And you may have judgments thrown your way that actually represent something in the other person that has come up for their review and processing. So don't take anything personally and watch your own tendencies to project onto others.
This is a big month with a huge engine of energy that can either thrust you into chaos or move you towards your goal more quickly than you could ever have imagined if you have all your ducks in a row. January's theme of resetting priorities comes back to haunt, so if you did not do well with this task in January you get another chance this month. Know what you want. This knowing is not as much a knowing from the information you have but rather a knowing from what you know intuitively to be true. Making the right choices and decisions should have less to do with the information you have gathered or with what others think, than with what you feel inside. You still may not have a lot of mental clarity about how you will reach your goals as the mind cannot grasp what has not yet been created, but at least you can have clarity about what those goals are and the intent to actualize them.
"Is this really important? How important is this really in the larger scheme of things? Is it important to me?" will be the questions of the month and should be asked daily when faced with overwhelming decisions, distractions and responsibilities. This will help you with your priorities and will help keep you on track with eliminating energy leaks.
The element of fire is featured this month as opposed to the water theme we've been dealing with. The fire element will affect things externally as well as internally. Watch for fiery outbursts and heated arguments in the negative and sparks of enthusiasm and inspiration fueling the engine of creativity and action in the positive. This is an excellent month to recharge your body, mind and spirit through discipline, exercise, health maintenance, visiting power spots and upgrading something in your life. The upgrade could be anything from a new toothbrush to a new shirt to a new set of sheets to a new home, car or computer. Whatever it is, upgrade it with intention and gratitude for the opportunity to move to the next level. See it as a symbol of something bigger.
There is a deep desire for growth and for becoming bigger than the provincial and myopic view and experience of personal day-to-day life. The desire to advance and move to the next level can translate into a sudden idea to learn something new, join a cause, enroll in a study, or volunteer for a community project. We want to be better, to act better, to feel better, to move beyond our petty behaviors and miserly thoughts towards more generosity, forgiveness, flexibility, joy, strength, power, better health, wisdom and well-being. We are tired of being small, scared, powerless, asleep, ineffective, overlooked, weak, behind, confused, ambivalent, bitter, blaming and miserable. It is time to get over ourselves and become the larger minded global citizens we need to be if we are ever to advance and evolve. Give us something new, we say. Give us a new muse, a new inspiration, something to lift us up out of the "same old" and give us new hope. Give us something larger than ourselves to focus on, something to make us aware of the expanded container we suddenly find ourselves in. This desire manifests as a higher emotional state that can be accessed during some of the peak energetic times this month. Look for inspiration and move towards it as a reference point.
The bottom line is that this is a highly energized month to be taken seriously. Get your distractions, energy leaks and anything else that does not move you forward handled. Live from integrity, have good values, tell the truth and only go straight.
How the month shows up:
You will be tested for your fortitude, commitment, intention and integrity. You have the opportunity to better yourself, to step up to the plate, to realize your goals, to move forward quickly and to be incredibly productive with clarity and insight provided you know what you want. You will need to keep asking the question about what's important and what is not. You will need to be disciplined about not taking projections personally and staying clear of distractions. You could feel chaotic, ungrounded, terrified, excited, powerful, despairing, confused or very clear all in the same day as the time frames open opportunities for change. Stay focused and do not judge the big picture by the day you are having. Getting ready personally means making sure that everything you are and have is running at its optimum; That you fortify yourself with confidence, with a strategy, with support. If you are behind in anything, try and catch up this month. Not only will it make you feel really good but it will eliminate the energy leak of it still being on the "to do" list. It is still a really good time to keep cleaning and eliminating anything that is no longer useful or important. You should gain much clarity over the month about the direction of your life. Full steam ahead!
This month could be rough on relationships as the energy is very strong pulling people either apart or together. It is intense and dramatic and aggressive. Watch out for increased violence, fighting and emotional outbursts. Tempers are high and there is plenty of opportunity for an outburst later regretted. Pay attention to communication so that nothing remains ambiguous or confusing. Put things in writing instead of trusting the spoken (or shouted) word. Think before you act in an impulsive way. We are likely to see entanglements sprouted by karma and unfinished business. On the other hand this is an excellent time to move into a deeper commitment with relationships that clearly are right, true, and meant to be.Never make decisions out of fear or the process of elimination. Wait for the clarity that moves you intentionally towards it.
There is a fierceness about the environment this month; both from the environment itself and from those who represent the environment and environmental issues. There will be heated discussions, lots of polarity, and opposing views on the state of things as well as how to proceed. So what else is new? The environment itself expresses an aggressive aspect of weather phenomena and natural events that may create sudden change and refocus priorities for some communities. In a larger picture way that serves global progress and evolution, environmental events may play a big part in providing a venue for people to be bigger than their daily lives and routines. We are not necessarily predicting disasters here but warning against disruptions caused by natural events that force us to be more flexible, helpful, patient, understanding, compassionate and resourceful.Little by little we are becoming more accustomed to greater degrees of instability and less attached to a rigid way of life. This is good and serves as a preparation and getting ready for what is to come: that which is totally unpredictable.
As this is a fire month, there will be fires. Do your part in honoring the spirit of fire.
HEALTH AND THE PHYSICAL BODY
Getting ready this month means taking care of the body as if you were readying yourself for something big to come. Upgrade your health, jump start your immune system, get on a good diet, eat well, exercise and get into the best physical condition you possibly can. Eliminate addictions, commit to your well-being and be disciplined. You may find yourself craving extra protein this month as the body wants to feel grounded while processing a lot of subconscious material. As things shift and change you may feel sudden sensations, phantom pains, achy teeth, and indigestion. The third chakra and the masculine are the focus of energy so having an outlet for physical energy is key. Jogging, dancing, biking, martial arts and other physical activity will provide balance. Some of you may feel the opposite: listless, low energy, unwell, unfocused and overwhelmed. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep going straight. Low energy in these times is either caused by a need for the assimilation of something you are processing, or caused by something that is unresolved and keeping you stuck perhaps even in the form of an energy leak. The best solution is to do something and to move your body. Use music to focus your emotional center so that it is not all over the place and then ask for help.
FINANCE, PROJECTS, PARTNERSHIPS, BUSINESS
Get your ducks in a row. If you were "thinking" about quitting your job, you may want to do it now. If you have been "thinking" about starting a class or program, do it now. If you have been "thinking" about opening up your own business, do it now. If not now when? However, make sure you are well prepared. Have your financing in place, your partners in agreement, everything in writing and feel good about what you are doing before you take the next step. If you have been procrastinating anything having to do with your business, finances, taxes, communication with partners or the next step in your projects, do it now. Catch up as a way to be prepared. Beware of putting too much on your plate. If you feel overwhelmed, prioritize. There will always be somebody that will be disappointed due to their own expectations. Remember not to take anything personally.
Because of this month's aspect of sudden change, watch for sudden changes to show up when you least expect it. Be willing to be flexible and trusting. As long as you know where you are going and keep your eye on the goal, the universe should continue to unfold your intentions in the most efficient way.
POLITICS AND GLOBAL ISSUES
The climate is charged and heated with a revolutionary mode. This is exactly the kind of time we could be looking at riots, fighting, aggression, intolerance and new innovative ideals and ideals. We are now past the point of returning to old ways. The question is which new ways will prevail. There is an opportunity for new leadership to come out of nowhere and for the crowd mentality to shift gears and focus. Agreement and collaboration will come from the least likely people and will probably be brought about by something larger happening that requires all the attention. This is an extremely unstable time fraught with much uncertainty and many experts trying to unpack and dissect the linear sense of it all. Good luck with that! Don't get hooked, stay neutral, follow your own ideals and make your own path.
DATES AND TIME FRAMES
March 1-10: For some of you this will feel like a more grounded energy than we have had in a long time. You will appreciate the movement and action and be able to harness it for your own tasks. Those of you that are used to working hard and being productive will find this time frame to be supportive seriously nurturing.However you workaholics will need to budget your time and energy so that you don't run out of steam at the end of the day. This is a good window to access where you are behind and take care of any business that has been on your to do list or anything you have been procrastinating. If you need to go to the dentist do it. If you need to get new glasses do it. If your car needs an oil change, do it. If you need to communicate something to someone as unfinished business, do it. Start the month off by upgrading something or completing something big. Watch the distractions and be disciplined. Do only what is important. This time is not meant to be ha ha fun, but satisfying in an accomplished way. As we navigate the intensity of the different times, connect in with a deeper sense of calm hope and trust that everything is just exactly as it should be at this time.
March 4: New Moon at 1:47 PM Mountain Standard Time. A good day to work at something, to finish, start or be productive on a project. A good day to be focused and centered and undistracted. A good day to reward yourself at the end with a good meal that is perhaps an upgrade from what you would usually have. This is also a good time to reflect on what in your life feels prepared and what feels completely out of control and unprepared. Don't judge, just notice. And maybe create an action plan to handle the unprepared list. Honor this time as a preparation for the big events to come.
March 9: The Mayan calendar changes into its last cycle. This cycle is compressed into 280 days. (The last one was from 1999-2011. The one before that was from 1755-1999) This is just a note to advise you of this day as an important one that coincides with some of the potent astrological events this month and to be aware of the accelerated aspect of everything that is happening on the planet. The good news is that change will not take long. The bad news is that change will not take long, which means more intensity in the process.
March 11: Uranus changes signs for the next 8 years (see Pat's New Moon update for details) This is one of those potent astrological events we mentioned that creates an opening or a portal to something new, sudden and unpredictable. It will definitely be a shift in consciousness but it could also manifest in a variety of other ways. Be prepared and ready for this one by being flexible, unattached and willing to be creative.
March 13: Daylight Savings Time begins
March 12-22: Two powerful events close together fall into this time frame: the full moon and the spring equinox. This time frame is like a portal to what is possible. There will certainly be chaos with people losing their minds and their footing. But there will also be incredible opportunities to gather power, energy, health, abundance and strength. If there was lightening, there would be some hiding and shaking under the bed. However there would be others out exhilarated with the intention to harness its power. It is the same with these events. There is much power to be harnessed if you are not distracted, worried, fearful and addicted to your misery. Take advantage. Do it now! Be bigger, step up, and be prepared.
March 19: Full Moon is at 12:10PM (noon) Mountain Daylight Time. This is a super moon with strong energies and very close to the earth. If you can possibly be around a power spot during this moon it would be a benefit. However, you can take advantage of the amazing energies wherever you are. Being so close to the spring equinox, this full moon signifies change and opportunity. Pay attention to any opportunity that has landed your way. If it has come easily perhaps you are prepared to act on it especially if it feels right.
March 20: Spring Equinox at 5:21 PM Mountain Daylight Time. Do something to honor the fire element so pronounced this month. Burn something old that represents not only what you wish to give over from the past few months or weeks, but something from your childhood or from your youth that represents very powerfully an identity of yours that is past. This would also be a great time to identify something you are still attached to and either symbolically or actually burn it.Fire is purifying and signifies complete change and transformation. Use it, honor it, and thank it.
March 23-31: More hard work getting your ducks in a row. Watch frustration about how much you still have to do. The mountain was climbed with a million baby steps not in one giant leap. Keep taking those baby steps and beware of what's not important that wants to stray you from the path. Have immense gratitude for anything new in your life that has manifested even if it was at the cost of losing something you were greatly attached to. Trust that spirit knows best and acknowledge yourself as the co-creator of everything that has occurred and that is occurring in your life. Practice flexibility now more than ever. Pay attention to details and take responsibility for what you have started and what you need to finish.
March 31: Mercury goes retrograde slowing things down a bit and causing some to falter and some to breathe a sign of relief. Make sure that any important communications, travel plans, contracts and legal matters are either handled for the moment or given extra care and attention to detail. If you have kept up with the preparation focus of the month, all of your equipment should have been either upgraded or well maintained. If not you could be facing some electronic malfunctions during this time.
Have fun and have a good month!
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