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VEDIC ASTROLOGY BY SAM GEPPI
The New Moon in Aquarius sets up the month of March to be an auspicious
time to step up our service to the greater good.
MARCH 1 - 30
A new cycle of contribution and service begins with the New
Moon in Aquarius. The next 30 days is an ideal time to focus on
causes greater than yourself. Look for opportunities to serve and
support causes or organizations you believe in—both personal
and cultural. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, ruled by Saturn, which
supports a willingness to commit to ideas that endure, uplift, and
This New Moon is in Shatabishak Nakshatra, which means “100
Doctors” or “100 Medicines.” It refers to the need to seek alternative remedies to life’s problems. The energy at this time supports exploring “thinking outside of the box.”
MARCH 1 - MAY 19
Fighting the inner fight takes on new meaning when Mars turns
retrograde in Libra. Mars is known as the planet of war; but he
only wages outer battles when he is lacking inner strength. Relationship themes and the act of making compromises with others will play a large part to contribute to the process of inner
strengthening now and until May 19, when Mars turns direct.
MARCH 3 - JULY 20
Our long-term commitments will be scrutinized and plans revised
when Saturn turns retrograde on March 3, remaining retrograde
until July 20. Saturn is also in Libra, just like Mars, showing
some introspection and reflection on our relationships with others, social fairness and justice, and happiness. Recent progress
with women’s rights in India and across the globe, gay rights in
the United States, and greater accountability for NSA spying programs are evidence of this Saturn in Libra transit. Now similar
themes will be scrutinized in our personal and public lives.
MARCH 9 - 10
Higher learning and spiritual study will be important when the
Moon joins Jupiter in Gemini. Giving voice to our teachings and
making sense of our beliefs will be important. These are also important days to take or teach a class. Jupiter is the great teacher
and guru, one who connects us to something more than just life’s
Emotional scrutiny and responsibility will be significant themes
with the Full Moon in Virgo. We may feel a need to be more orga-
nized, practical, and psychologically rational for the next month
or so. Life is in the details and Virgo is the sign where those de-
tails either overwhelm us or lead to greater self-understanding
and self-mastery. But we also need to make sure to invite grace
into the process, or else excessive nit-picky crankiness can set in.
This Full Moon is in the Nakshatra of Uttara Phalguni, ruled
by Aryaman, the god of official business and contracts. This is a
good time to work on your taxes and get your finances in order.
MARCH 19 - 20
Major emotional/relationship intensity will be dished up with the
Moon in Libra joined Saturn, Rahu, and Mars, with them all retrograde. Having these three major malefic/stressful planets in one
sign is trouble enough. Yet the Moon’s conjunction now signals a
couple of days to just “roll with the punches,” because you might
otherwise be throwing punches. Your romantic relationships may
feel very stressful now. It might be a good couple of days for a
MARCH 23 - 24
A renewed sense of hope and optimism returns with the Moon
in Sagittarius, aspected by Jupiter and Saturn. This is a good day
to ponder the more inspiring side of life and concentrate on the
deeper meaning behind things. Go to the library and study a new
metaphysical teaching, or delve deeper into a teaching that is already part of your life.
A fresh cycle of hope and creative beauty begins on the New
Moon in Pisces. Now is the time to swim in the ever-changing
celestial tides that exist between this world and the others. Allow
your heart to merge with these highest teachings. Pisces is ruled by
Jupiter, the planet of wisdom traditions and healing. In addition,
there is also enormous creativity, romance, and emotional expansion possible for the next 30 days.
This New Moon is in Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra, ruled by the deity Ahi Bhudnya, the celestial serpent. This is a time to dig deeply
into life’s mysteries and explore all of the holes in our psyche.
Sam Geppi is an internationally-respected Vedic astrology
teacher. For free Vedic astrology DVDs and
courses for students at all levels, visit: Samgeppi.com