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March 2018 Sun Signs
© 2018, Jodie Tighe, all rights reserved. Full moon the 1st or 2nd?

PISCES: The 1st’s full Moon may leave you wondering what changeling some alien ship brought who looks just like your Significant Other or your buddy, but who unaccountably no longer speaks English. Life can imitate Art: In the 2016 film, The Arrival, a linguist tries to make contact with newly landed, squid-like aliens through a transparent but solid wall, with their side of it full of swirling mist. The linguist doesn’t panic when the aliens slap their tentacles against the wall; she just mimics the gesture from her side. When they squirt something dark and inky into the mist, she doesn’t immediately assume it’s a threat. Despite an extremely weird and disorienting start, communication is eventually established. Imitate the linguist: Remain calm, assume nothing, don’t get on your soap-box, and interact however you can: reflective listening, telepathy, smoke signals . . . Your intuition’s at an all-time high; let it help you. Dispelling any communicative fog will lead to more clarity about compromises that help meet both party’s needs. Nevertheless, after the 22nd and until mid-April, quadruple-check every detail, appointment, ticket, chunk of fine print, etc., which you or others could possibly have misunderstood.

ARIES: At this point in your life, you’ve probably realized that the Angel of Assertiveness Training is always hopping up and down beside you and yelling, “Your toes ‘bout to be stepped on! Come on over here and take care of yourself!” It can take longer to realize that the Devil of Assertiveness Training is always hopping up and down in the exact same place, yelling the same thing, and sometimes adding “Fight! Maim! Kill!” What are they saying this month? That you may need to set boundaries with an authority figure who treats you like a machine with no need of sleep or food. Or you may need to face fears or take risks related to becoming more widely known, visible, or controversial, without having any meltdowns. Confused? Look at your calendar and think carefully about how you felt on the 1st, when the full Moon illuminated any tension between how much time you spend dealing with responsibilities and tasks, versus how much you spend engaged in inner work or personal growth.

TAURUS: In one corner: your sweet, accommodating self is backed against the ropes and feeling overwhelmed with plans, agendas and schedules. From the opposite corner, fun, creativity, play, or new companions all beckon. They’re not trying to beat you up or knock you down; they just want you to spend some more time with them. The 1st’s full Moon may leave you wondering how to be your own referee. Ask yourself two questions. One: What are your most cherished goals and projects? Not all of those agendas pounding at you are actually yours . . . Two: What type of playful or creative time makes you feel most alive? Aim for a comfortable balance of quality time spent in both areas, but remember that we have differing needs for community involvement versus creativity and play. You may need to compromise, but don’t let disapproval, criticism, or lack of understanding from either your committee members or your new buddies block you from making progress in the direction that feels best to you. Hint: longtime intimates may have lots of perspective and enthusiasm to offer, and help you see more possibilities. Be careful, however, that they don’t have a track record of promising more than they deliver.

GEMINI: I hope you can hear me over that pounding in your house. In case you still can’t see some of them, it’s the skeletons in your closet or basement or under your bed who’ve been making all that racket. They got louder last December, and the volume goes up another notch by the middle of the month. Who are they? Usually, some habit or attitude installed in your psyche by your Family System, large or small. Sometimes, they’re a difficult event or transition or feeling that you haven’t fully processed. This month, a cosmic Ghost Hunter, in the form of the 1st’s full Moon, can give you some help with the boney critters. You might understand a family conflict in a different, more wholistic way, or from someone else’s perspective. You might see more about how your family interacted with the wider world, or how your parents treated each other. Perhaps another skeleton or a  secret will come to light. It may not be pretty, but facing it will help you grow. Accept new insights calmly and without beating yourself up, and you might be pleasantly surprised by fewer feelings of guilt or shame, or by an improvement in your health, energy, or peace of mind.

CANCER: Did your fairy prince or princess turn into a frog? Has a controlling, demanding, or hostile person appeared in your life? Don’t panic. Although you may want to crawl deep inside yourself and observe the anomaly for a while, come back out as soon as you can. You have some on-the-record communicating to do, possibly about your ideals, values, or beliefs, and where you don’t want them trampled or compromised. Or about your need for more freedom, more time, or more experiences. Don’t hide and wait for someone else to start these conversations: You have some communicating to do. With passion, nerve-wracking honesty, directness, wisdom, common sense, and the resolution to stand your ground without bullying or being bullied. Sound like a tough order? It’s worth it. Through this sort of dialog, you’ll learn if the other person has the amount of depth, insight, maturity, realism, courage, and anger-management skills that you deserve in a relationship. You’ll also learn more about the importance of bringing those qualities to the table yourself.

LEO: No, you’re not perfect. Yes, you’ve acquired some scars along whatever roads you’ve taken. We all have, and some faults, too, and sometimes we get the blues. Accepting yourself as you are, accepting that you’re human, accepting that your goal is to feel happy and whole within yourself, not strive for some arbitrary, external ideal of unchanging perfection—that’s all part of the basic groundwork for Leo sanity. Your need to maintain that firm foundation may be very apparent to you this month, especially around the 1st’s full Moon. Don’t let close connections undermine your self-esteem, or sap your energy if they’re ungrounded. Spend time with intimates who both see what you could be and love you as you are. Make a list of all the ways you’ve grown since your teens, and all the people you’ve helped since then. Chances are that those are two mighty long lists. Revisit them any time you feel your self-confidence slipping. Time alone is more restorative for you than usual these days, so make sure your schedule doesn’t get overloaded.

VIRGO: The 1st’s new Moon speaks to your relationships with your intimates: your  lovers, partners, close friends, and confidantes. Good To Know: You may find yourself with a current or potential significant other who’s wandering around in some sort of a funk or a fog, or is otherwise not fully present. Or one who’s unusually intuitive, gentle, or fanciful. Or both, and they may or may not be the same person. You may find yourself wanting some significant communication with him or her. If he’s lost in something like composing, meditating, reading or painting, you’ll have more success than if he’s in a substance-induced altered state, lives online, or is binge-watching something. In either case, don’t let him evade an important conversation. Make sure to let any new relationship develop slowly; meanwhile, observe whether this person explores his inner life or would rather numb or ignore it, and whether he takes responsibility for himself. Bonus: Someone who’s expressing this energy in a healthy way can be more unpredictable fun than a litter of kittens.

LIBRA: Wherever you are, you prefer calm waters and a tranquil horizon: at home, work, or the dentist’s office. Your private life, however, whether it takes place in your apartment or between your ears, could be smoother sailing lately. You’ll need to keep exploring, restructuring, and now, starting mid-month, protecting that private life when, like Clint Eastwood cleaning up the town in a spaghetti Western, Mars arrives at the door of your astrological house of home and roots—and you have to let him in. He’ll start from the ground floor up: home and roots. Hint: That can include your taking enough time off to be able to hear yourself think when you need to, and being direct with relatives or housemates if you don’t like their attitudes. Don’t let anything simmer. Meanwhile, an epiphany’s waiting to happen at work, where you may need to be patient with someone you may have privately regarded as a nitpicker or a critic. Try to see his or her point of view without letting yourself or your co-workers feel victimized. You prefer fairness, too.

SCORPIO: Since October, the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate, a.k.a. Jupiter, the Greco-Roman world’s King of the Gods, has been dropping good things in your path. Jupiter’s the personification of hope, faith, benevolence, and what makes life  meaningful. You’ve felt some mellowness that can be a welcome balm for intensity in your immediate environment lately. Let that balm cheer you and guide your actions until late this year. This is a season of forgiveness and renewal for you, of seeing possibilities for growth and self-confidence that you may have overlooked before. Think carefully about what opportunities might have appeared 12 years ago, the last time Jupiter transited Scorpio. Do you see any parallels with today? The 1st’s new Moon illuminates any tension between your schedule, goals, and “tribes,” and your precious unstructured time, which is infinitely worth protecting. Consider the fact that all adult mammals play. Dogs, cats, horses, dolphins: all adult mammals. Playing is necessary for our health and well-being. Don’t forget how! You may need to defend your right to unstructured time off. Do so as strategically as possible, with an eye to long-term resolution of conflicts. Don’t win a battle and lose the war at the same time.

SAGITTARIUS: Since about 2008, you’ve learned a lot about what adds to or subtracts from your sense of self-worth. You may or may not have included events from your childhood in your analysis. If you haven’t, now’s the time to add those events to the mix. The 1st’s full Moon left you aware of the need to balance time spent at home or in deep contemplation, with time spent at work or in the public eye. It may also have made you more aware of the needs of your job versus those of your family, or of any significant differences between your parents. How does any of the above affect your self-esteem? That, my friend, is your question this month. Listen carefully for any negative voices in your inner monologue—how you talk to yourself each and every day, and what you say—and ponder what the negativity’s sources might be. If those voices remind you of anything that your parents or family said, either out loud or with their behavior, it’s time to let go of their opinions, particularly any hostile, angry, or passive-aggressive ones. Also beware of any critical messages you received about your natural curiosity and inclusiveness. Those traits will always help you. Remember that you’ve arrived here embodying the archetype, among others, of the Explorer or the Anthropologist or the Philosopher. The less that the unexamined world-view and assumptions of your childhood affect you today, the more freely you can explore, and the more you’ll grow.

CAPRICORN: Been feeling a bit raw, as if you were in psychotherapy with Darth Vader? The 1st’s full Moon can leave you examining what you believe, along with the accuracy of your perceptions. For about ten years, you’ve been questioning what you think you know about your basic nature, and how your psyche has affected your most important life choices. That’s a tall order. Remember that during deep self-examination, we often see our shadow, the darker side of our nature, before we see the rest. Remember, also, that you’re not just your faults, blind spots, wounds, or the uncivilized primate impulses we all have sometimes. The point is to observe them, not identify with them. This month you may discover some anger, too: yours or others’. About what? You may have weathered various forms of hostility over the years, some understandable, some seemingly inexplicable. Or you may have lived through “acts of God” that weren’t the fault of any human agency. You may have been a jerk sometimes, too. (We all have.) Whether the anger’s old or current, now’s the time to analyze why you or someone else felt threatened. It may not be fun, but it can definitely be both healing and energizing.

AQUARIUS: The 1st’s full Moon can highlight matters related to self-esteem, resources, your mate, or an icky bit of criticism. Self-worth is complex in your case, because your life’s journey probably hasn’t included many road stops where you received praise, admiration, or other warm fuzzies from the outside world. Better to look for affirmation from within, or from deep, compassionate, and imaginative friends who share some of your values and appreciate your visionary qualities. With that said, you may have something to work out this month with your mate, your shrink, or another person extremely close to you. If it’s criticism from someone who loves but doesn’t understand you, you may need to give reassurances while maintaining sovereignty over your own life—that’s non-negotiable for you. If it’s criticism from an intimate who does get you, listen carefully and discuss it. Perhaps you’re the party with a beef, instead? Consider whether the behavior you don’t like is intrinsic to that person, which means it’s not changeable. For example, an extravert can’t live an introvert’s quiet lifestyle for very long without developing cabin fever, nor can an introvert socialize every night without being overwhelmed by the need for peace and solitude. Compromise is the solution, and compromise is the child of honest and respectful negotiation.