Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun's importance, we've learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth's perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun's journey through the tropical zodiac.
The Sun’s journey through the sign of Pisces this year is marked by a number of challenging transits - there is a lot of influence coming from Pluto, Saturn, and Mars, in addition to the impending Mercury retrograde. By their nature, these are difficulties - not necessarily in the extreme, but definitely not an easy walk through the park. Even Jupiter’s involvement is, at times, tense due to it’s sign-based square (an aspect that is confrontational) to Pisces and all of the planets that make their way through it. Fortunately, we’ve got a number positive influences that support productivity through the stress of obstacles and challenges.
To add, the Pisces nature is inherently opened and receptive. As the mutable water sign of the zodiac, Pisces is ultra sensitive, intuitive, and flexible. An overused, but still very useful example for Pisces is the ocean - a huge mass of water, which engulfs many depths, entire systems of life, and yet on the surface we don’t see this. There are two rulers for Pisces - Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter illuminates Pisces the Generous - the person who gives the best hugs, who really listens to your problems, who believes in you and your dreams. Then we’ve got Neptune who casts the image of Pisces the Etheric - the person lost in the clouds, lost in dreams, floating from moment to moment, living a life filled with synchronicity and blended realities. Put these two together, and we see that Pisces is as much lost in their own cosmologies as they are deeply invested in the real world and the people they care about - they are as complex as the deep blue sea - with more to their inner worlds than we can describe with simple archetypes, with strength to carry massive loads of emotions, and with gentleness to soothe those who are lucky enough to be in their lives.
So, with that in mind, as we enter the Pisces consciousness this season, we are lifted into a state of optimism even despite the difficulties that may lie ahead. And in fact, some of these challenges may offer structure amidst the sometimes overwhelmingly ooey-gooey Piscean environment.
For a more in-depth forecast, find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life will be activated by the Sun’s movement through Pisces. This will also be the area of life influenced by the upcoming Mercury retrograde. Once you’ve learned the area of life that is involved, continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion to identify the dates and times of influential transits - keep an eye on transits related to the Sun and Mercury.
ARIES - 12th house topics, to include:
TAURUS - 11th house topics, to include:
GEMINI - 10th house topics, to include:
Long term responsibilities
Expectations and judgments
CANCER - 9th house topics, to include:
Occultism and metaphysical engagement
LEO - 8th house topics, to include:
Appreciation for others
Exploration of emotional bonds
VIRGO - 7th house topics, to include:
Helping your partner(s)
Listening to others
Love and responsibility
LIBRA - 6th house topics, to include:
Filtering through priorities
Routines and rituals
SCORPIO - 5th house topics, to include:
Romance and flirtation
SAGITTARIUS - 4th house topics, to include:
Responsibilities to home and family
Comfort and security
Understanding deeper roots
CAPRICORN - 3rd house topics, to include:
AQUARIUS - 2nd house topics, to include:
PISCES - 1st house topics, to include:
Being seen by others
*all times are listed in Eastern Time.
Feb 18 at 6:03 PM, the Sun enters Pisces.
Earlier in the day, before the Sun’s ingress, it sees a sextile to Uranus. This shock of electricity before jumping into a vast ocean of emotions and watery contemplation seems a little risky, but it is unavoidable. As such, take any surprises in stride, and allow this early evening shift of energy to soften and open yourself to the changes or reversals that may have come out of hiding.
In the early morning of Feb 19 at 1:36 AM, Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces. This conjunction marks the shadow of Mercury’s upcoming retrograde. Keep an eye out for the happenings in the hours leading up to the conjunction (basically as soon as the Sun enters Pisces) because the ideas/thoughts/communications that come up at this time will likely be braided into the unfolding Mercury retrograde.
On the same day, Feb 19 at 10:53 AM, the full moon in Virgo is exact at 0 degrees.
The full moon is a peak experience, during which the the Sun’s light is reflected entirely by the moon’s pale face. This kind of illumination typically relates to the climax of a project, an intense conversation, and the shift from extraversion to introversion. Sometimes there can be a felt charge in the lived experience, especially in the area of life that Virgo represents in your chart. (This would be whatever area of life is opposite from Pisces).
Because this lunation has a strong tie to Mercury (ruler of Virgo), there is an added emphasis on the fact that Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn later in the evening at 9:39 PM. This kind of aspect is typically good for cognition and planning, but because of Mercury’s earlier Neptune conjunction and the upcoming retrograde, it seems that the sextile to Saturn is more of a balance than anything. I imagine a drunk Mercury wobbling around, and then finding something sturdy to lean against so that it can gather its bearings. In the lived experience, this can look like a sudden awareness of one’s surroundings - perhaps a sense of disillusionment - sobriety amidst what seems to be otherwise chaotic.
Overall, the significations suggest that the full moon is offering us awareness around the more practical areas of life. While this may be desirable for those of us working on work projects, financial endeavors, and career pursuits, the awakening nature of this lunation may cause an unpleasant disruption to some escapist tendencies others of us have been engaging with. Like the moment when you realize you’ve spent far too long binge-watching your favorite show while all the work you need to do piles up.
Feb 22 at 7:55 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.
A few months ago, in November and December 2018, Mercury and Jupiter made three conjunctions in Sagittarius. At that time, elements of insight-awareness, consciousness, mind-expansion, and intuition had come up. There may have also been a sense of overwhelm with messages and information coming at us from all angles. It was one of those transits where the best we could do was to answer or respond to the loudest or most important messages as they made themselves available.
In this square pattern, there is a recall to that moment. The way you had handled the information overload at that time likely developed into a new pattern of thinking about the world around you. It may have been only a slight change in the way you mentally process things - or perhaps a mental project that has matured since then. However, now with this square between Mercury and Jupiter in the two Jupiter-ruled signs (Sagittarius & Pisces), there is an echo back to the initial moment. What was prioritized back then and why? Is it still a priority now? Is there another way to look at the way things have unfolded?
This can also mark a time of information overload - lots of details and thoughts in the environment, and trying to parse through it all, but not having the capacity for it. At this time, once again, prioritization needs to be made - what is coming through the clearest? If it is clear, does it mean that it is important? Lots of questions to ask in this moment, and not a lot of answers in response (or so many answers you can’t hear them all).
Later in the evening at 10:52 PM, Venus conjoins Pluto in Capricorn while the moon in Libra sees a square to their conjunction.
As Mercury and Jupiter remain tight in their tense aspect, Venus is taken to Pluto’s Capricornian underworld, and the waning tired moon witnesses this darkness. There is something very cold and upsetting about this illumination - it can reveal uncomfortable vulnerabilities about society and politics. It can also illuminate our inner politics and the futile bondages we create for ourselves. There is hope, though - the moon’s witness can assist us in identification of these sensitivities. And with the Mercury-Jupiter square occurring in parallel, some of the awakened messages or insights might even help us in determining solutions. Ultimately, though difficult, this can be a very productive evening for shadow work.
Feb 23 at 12:17 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.
The planet of cognition and rationality offers further witness to the abduction of Venus. Though Mercury is already overwhelmed, it can still sense and express what it sees into tangible feelings. We are given further opportunity to connect with the shadows of last night.
Feb 26 at 6:27 AM, the Last Quarter Moon is exact in Sagittarius
As the moon has lost light over the past week, there has been a great deal of information thrown at us. But we haven’t been able to see the information clearly - it’s all been a little murky. We’ve had to become intuitive, emotive, explore depths and shadows. And what we’ve had to listen/witness has been difficult: internal and external tensions. At this point, if the message hasn’t come through, it will with this quarter moon. The mark of darkness - that half face which indicates a loss of lunar light - is ultimately what we need to see in the dark. Like sitting in darkness, it takes a while for the eyes to adjust, and it doesn’t help if there is too much light streaming in.
On top of the clarity that comes with our darkening moon, there is optimism - a felt sense that all will work out in the end - Jupiter is waiting for the moon to drop by, giving us the gift of union - if even for a moment. Union can mean: people coming together, ideas coming together, unity of what was once separate.
Feb 27 at 9:32 PM, the Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Mars in Taurus.
Sun-Mars aspects often elicit energy activation, and there will definitely be energy coming through this transit. However, both Sun and Mars are touring through traditionally passive signs, suggesting that energy is more evenly displaced. It won’t come as a burst or a bright and bold move forward. Rather, there is a steadiness and wandering quality. Perhaps - imagination or motivation is sparked and then carried into measurable action.
This is a passing transit, but useful if you need to motivate yourself to get something done.
Mar 1 at 7:31 AM, Venus in Capricorn sees a square to Uranus in Aries.
The Venus-Uranus connection is about to strengthen considerably as Uranus is so close to entering this love-star’s sign. However, before that 7 year bond begins again, the two are butting heads. Because Venus is so closely connected to our intimacy, love, relationships, and desires, this can relate to a shock or shift in the more romantic or pleasurable areas of life. And if you do experience a shock to your system, then it is likely that this shock/revelation/wake-up-call will further develop once Uranus enters Taurus later in the month.
Later on Mar 1 at 11:45 AM, Venus enters Aquarius.
When Venus is in Aquarius, we are able to shift from heavy duty water/earth energy to playful air. Venus’ trip through Aquarius gives us space to feel, an outlet for fun, and an impetus for lightness. Love and desire are now expressed socially. Wanting others to see that you have what you desire, but also wanting to know what others desire. It reminds me of the phrase, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.”
In addition to the play, there can also be a curiosity-mental element that displays as cold and calculating. So separation can also become a theme - a need to have distance in order to cognate feelings - distance makes the heart grow fonder - calculating potentials of joy and pleasure. Even though separation can seem unpleasant, when you’ve got too much mushy-messiness (like can happen in Pisces), it is actually really nice to have an opportunity to breathe.
Mar 5 at 1:18 PM, Mercury stations and begins it’s retrograde at 29 degrees of Pisces.
The long-awaited, long-dreaded Mercury retrograde begins. In truth, Mercury has been in a difficult position for several weeks. It has been swimming in the vastness of Pisces since February 10th, and will continue to be floating along until well into April. Though it is a wonderful placement for so many born with Mercury in Pisces, as a transit it can offer us a great deal of confusion and brain-mush. At times it can seem like we are living in an endless fog, light is dark and dark is light, and clocks are melting off the walls when we desperately need them to stay solid. Other times, we find ourselves gifted with an incredible depth of words and language, which allows us to bend the alphabet and all logic into these unbelievably poetic artscapes.
And so, as Mercury performs it’s perceived acrobatic flip through time-space, we are extended an opportunity to suspend what is tangibly real and to explore something more fantastic. That being said, tangible reality does dictate timing and math and that sort of rational stuff which is always useful when it comes to finances, planning, and reviewing or analysis. What I’m saying is this: try to avoid your basic systems, planning, and analyses tasks if you want to go through Mercury retrograde relatively unscathed.
I know it will be difficult because oftentimes it is during the Mercury retrograde that we tend to notice those super-rational tasks that we hadn’t touched earlier when it might have been more appropriate. So if you have to do something of relative importance, make sure to review it - save it - make copies - and get it proof-read by others. If you can, I strongly suggest holding off on any serious technical endeavors (eg, technology, vehicles, budgets, etc).
Mar 6 at 3:26 AM, Uranus enters Taurus.
Uranus is done with Aries for approximately 84 years! It had been moving through Aries for about 8 years, waking us up to the different ways we could express ourselves, our freedoms, and our aggression. We have learned those lessons, and are being shuffled towards a new focus. Uranus in Taurus awakens the fixed earth sign in the zodiac and the place where Taurus resides in your chart. Here’s a quick review of Taurus’ house alignment based on your rising sign:
Aries - 2nd House; finances | Taurus - 1st House; self | Gemini - 12th House; isolation | Cancer - 11th House; community | Leo - 10th House; career | Virgo - 9th House; philosophy | Libra - 8th House; exchanges | Scorpio - 7th House; relationships | Sagittarius - 6th House; responsibilities | Capricorn - 5th House; pleasure | Aquarius - 4th House; origins | Pisces - 3rd House; communication.
Whichever house Taurus aligns with is the place where Uranus will be jolting your life into wakefulness. Consider electricity running through the significations of Taurus, which include: tangible pleasures like food, sex, drink, clothes, materials; agriculture; and survival. In the shock, we are tested and forced to reveal weaknesses. Consider these weaknesses to be old patterns and systems of futility that no longer support the core growth and development of the Taurus placements in your chart.
Like developing a new skill, this can be an unpleasant experience initially, but with time and flexibility, we are promised individuation and change.
Mar 6 at 11:03 AM, a New Moon in Pisces is exact.
This dark moon in Pisces begins a new lunar cycle as a number of planetary shifts occur. First, Venus lightens the mood in Aquarius. Then, Mercury retrograde amplifies the already-mushy Pisces rationality. Then Uranus in Taurus electrifies a new area of life. This all occurs under the dark moon, and then the moon is reborn with the imprint of these changes. As the new lunar cycle, the moon and Sun conjoin Neptune. This is dreamy and drifty and docile. A sort of sweet nothingness, an empty egg.
Typically a new moon is a good time to plant intentions - a gestation period. Time-space is fertile and ready for the energetic seeds to lay themselves in the invisible soil of the mind. When we think of seeds planted, it is easy to imagine the follow-up sprout and forthcoming blooms and fruits. However, with the Mercury retrograde in full swing and Uranus’ innate reversing nature coming alive in Taurus, we might find the seed sprouts upside down, growing into a different universe, a different kind of organism. Things are not entirely what they seem. So. Plant your intentions wisely. Consider the Pisces placement in your chart (and if you are more advanced, consider Taurus, too!), and create a special seed for further insight into the affected area of life.
(The stars can only offer what they know.)
Mar 9 at 2:10 AM, Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.
Sun-Saturn can be a little drab, especially when both are in such heavy signs. We could wake up on the morning of the 9th with a sense of responsibility laid on the shoulders of our spirits. I imagine someone saying, Perhaps it is finally time we start working on taxes, but oh wait Mercury is retrograde. This is a touch depressive, too. It might remind us how tired we are and the rest we need, so you could find yourself laying around with a heavy sense of impending to-do’s.
But, if you want to use this passing transit for it’s best value, then get started on something you’ve been meaning to do. It will be easier to continue a project once it has begun (especially with the engine of new moon beginning to build light).
Mar 10 at 12:19 PM, Mars in Taurus sees a sextile to Neptune in Pisces.
Mars-Neptune can sometimes express as an excessive escapist nature, often alluding to drugs and drinking. I believe this is especially the case with Mars in Taurus, an ultra sensual sign which delights in taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound. Alternatively, the escapist desire could also express via creativity. With Taurus there is a manifestation quality since physical form is emphasized. Especially with Mercury in Pisces is offering us Neptunian downloads, it could be Mars’ sextile that ends up funneling these ideas/fantasies into something real.
Mar 13 at 10:29 AM, the Sun in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. Later that evening, at 9:29 PM, the Sun sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.
This is a busy day for the Sun as it meets with heavy-duty Pluto and catches up with buoyant Jupiter nearly simultaneously. In the human realm, our minds and spirits will be illuminated with dark yearnings and grandiose adventures. It is possible that we come to see a bigger picture of what we desire from our lives. Perhaps also, society reveals the way it uses faith and spirituality to gain power over others. There is potential for both good and bad to come to the surface. It is up to each of us to move towards what calls us forward.
Mar 14 at 6:02 AM, Mars in Taurus sees a trine to Saturn in Capricorn.
Early morning, the two malefics conspire together. With these two in cahoots, we can apply Saturn’s goals to Mars’ ability to take action. This actually relates to a longer cycle that began in early 2018, and right now is a perfect time to reflect on how this has been working out for you. Consider the parts of your life that are related to goal-setting and acting-upon-goals. Are these parts of your life intertwined or separate? Can you blend your future-sight with manifestation? The Mars-Saturn trine can offer some ease and harmony between these two inherent parts of life. Just because they are challenging planets, doesn’t mean they can’t offer productivity and positive outcomes.
Approximately 20 minutes later, at 6:27 AM on Mar 14, the First Quarter Moon in Gemini is exact.
Isn’t it cool that we have this power-house trine occurring at the same time as the building moon exactly shifts towards excess light and manifestation? It is an indication that we can really make something happen. That said, the ruler of Gemini - Mercury - is lost in the space-time continuum of Pisces. So how well will this moon actually help us? Hard to say. My impression is that things will work out for the best, even if at first there is significant confusion along the way. It is like ritual sacrifice - you have to give something of value in order to receive something of value…. perhaps we are sacrificing our time and cognition for a greater story to unfold.
On the night of Mar 14 at 9:47 PM, the Sun conjoins Mercury in Pisces.
Barely a day after the quarter moon and Mercury is already getting involved. Trickster energy will be alive at this time. Have a sense of play and flexibility - it’ll be easier to handle confusion if you are letting it be rather than trying to force rigidity.
Mar 15 at 7:16 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius.
Once again, we get a Mercury-Jupiter contact as Mercury moves in reverse. The last one occurred on Feb 22. Was there something then that is relevant now? Is there some kind of review related to ideas and communication, sharing beliefs? Perhaps this marks a crisis point around a decision or project begun at the earlier date. This is a moment of awareness more than a moment of reaction.
Mar 16 at 9:08 AM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.
On this day it is possible that deep dark shadows begin to show up in the periphery. We’ve already worked with them throughout this season and the last, but perhaps they still need work. Consider the ways you tell yourself about your own inner darknesses. Is there something about this self-talk that constricts you?
Mar 17 at 11:23 PM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Mars in Taurus.
This transit relates to understanding and comprehension of the work we’ve done thus far. This can be work-work, life-work, shadow-work, etc. Like the day earlier with Mercury’s sextile to Pluto, self-talk comes to light, and we check in to see how far we’ve come in the process of our work. This placement can also make tongues sharp and judgmental, so carry a sense of caution on this day.
Mar 20 at 7:41 AM, Mars in Taurus sees a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. A few hours later at 10:26 AM, Mercury in Pisces sees a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn.
As the Sun moves through the final degree of Pisces en route to Aries and the equinox point, we get a double-dose of Capricornian expansion. Mars’ trine to Pluto eases tension around any challenging shadow-work and clears paths towards healing. One could also opt-out of the work, and live in blissful ignorance with such an easy aspect. Mercury’s sextile to Capricorn finalizes the retrograde trickster’s contacts with our malefics (though it will come back into contact in direct motion later down the road), offering one more level of hellish insight. But maybe not hellish insight - perhaps just a steady sturdy awareness of surroundings. It depends on your chart and your choices. Do you want to open yourself to the difficulties? Do you prefer to live on the surface?