March 2019 is setting the tone for an interesting and quite unstable rest of the year. This month is eventful astrologically with lots of movement. Rahu and Ketu move into new signs, Jupiter is in Gandanta and will move into Sagittarius for a short time, and Mercury goes retrograde.
March 5th and 6th are especially eventful days. Mercury will be retrograde between March 5th and March 28th. After a busy period, this intellectual planet Mercury needs to slow down in order to integrate new information, and to reflect over the future. It is a complex time for Mercury and his ruling signs Gemini and Virgo also feel it.
Mercury is debilitated in Pisces and does not think very rationally when in this sensitive and intuitive sign. In addition to the debilitation, Mercury is also retrograde after March 5th. It is good to think twice before making decisions now, Mercury does not think very practically during this time.
On March 14th, Mercury moves back to Aquarius. He previously travelled very quickly through this sign and returns again to readdress and rethink his humanitarian and political agenda.
There is an affinity between Aquarius and Gemini now because Mercury in Aquarius exchanges signs with Rahu in Gemini. Rahu co-rules Aquarius. This is good for unusual and innovative thinking and science.
Mercury turns direct and begins his journey towards Pisces on March 28th. By April 11th Mercury is back in Pisces again. Mercury is now direct and remains in Pisces until May 3rd.
A New Moon takes place in Aquarius, Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra, on March 6th. Purva Bhadrapada indicates that we seek answers to difficult questions.
Rahu moves into Gemini and Ketu moves into Sagittarius on March 6th.
It is a big astrological event for the lunar nodes to change signs. Read more about the effect of Rahu and Ketu's new positions have on 2019 and 2020.
Rahu in Gemini can indicates expansion and creativity in areas of science and communication. Because Saturn is opposite Rahu throughout the year there will also be challenges. Rahu and Saturn are first rate malefics.
Ketu moves to the nakshatra Uttara Ashadha on March 6 and stays in this nakshatra until May 8th. After May 8th and for the remainder of 2019 Ketu will be in the Purva Ashadha nakshatra in close conjunction with Saturn. Uttara Ashadha indicates that which cannot be suppressed. Ketu’s conjunction with Pluto in early spring indicate a powerful and deep transformation.
Jupiter is transiting Scorpio until November this year. But this month Jupiter moves briefly into Sagittarius, between March 29th and April 22nd. Jupiter is in Gandanta between March 15th and May 6th and Jupiter moves retrograde from April 10th.
Stay tuned for a new blog post next week about Jupiter's role in 2019.
Saturn and Ketu have been traveling very close to one another for many months in Sagittarius, a sign concerned with ethics, values and law. The two planets are now slowly separating as they both travel in opposite directions.