Moonletter March 2020

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on February 23rd 2020 with the new moon in Pisces, and spanning the full moon in Virgo on March 9th, 2020.

New Moon in Pisces – 23 February

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is still headline news for astrologers as its effects will resonate throughout the rest of the year. We expected that this conjunction would be a major challenge to the world’s financial system but we did not think that it would take the form of the coronavirus which is already impacting life and business in East Asia and potentially around the world.

But let’s start by looking at the influence of this conjunction on everyday life. For us ordinary mortals, at least those of us who are not captains of industry, not members of the royal family, nor involved in government in any way, the main impact is going to be on our dealings with bureaucracy – the large organisations that seem to run our lives – from government departments, to local authorities, to the online retail companies that operate as virtual monopolies and collect data on us. This is the Kafkaesque reality we have created for ourselves.

Astrologically these issues come under the auspices of Capricorn. And with Saturn in its own sign, it would be foolish to ignore these matters and hope they go away. And with Pluto – the power broker – having just connected with Saturn it’s very important not to fall into victim mode when dealing with these organisations. Don’t let them bully you. Be aware of your power in whatever situation you’re involved in and let whatever challenges arise be opportunities for empowerment.


At the same time, the influence of the new moon on 23rd February is quite subtle. It’s in Pisces backed up by Neptune and retrograde Mercury. Neptune has the reputation for being dreamy and insubstantial. But don’t be fooled, it’s still a powerful operator. To get an idea of what is going on, I checked out the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new moon which reads: “Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seaside resorts”.

The Sabian Symbols were created in 1925 by clairvoyant, Elsie Wheeler who channelled an image for each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac.

The image is a busy one. There’s a lot of back and forth happening. Things are intense and we don’t always know what’s going on. To deal with this intensity means not only to concentrate on what we’re doing but also to be very aware of the other cars on the road (to continue the image). What are the other drivers up to? Why aren’t they signalling? Why are they switching lane without warning? Mercury is retrograde in Pisces so it’s easy to misread others’ intentions.

How to handle these ‘driving conditions’? What can help is that good old hippy adage, ‘to go with the flow’. The flow in the image is the flow of traffic, but you can also understand it in the Taoist sense of flow which requires great sensitivity to the moment, and awareness of all the factors that go to make up the moment. What is needed here is mindfulness: the relaxed concentration that brings in both central and peripheral vision. And trust.

Full Moon in Virgo – 9 March

With Neptune conjunct the Sun in Pisces at the full moon, the temptation to ‘turn off your mind relax and float downstream’, is almost irresistible. It’s a full-moon weekend after all and you deserve to cut loose a bit from all that Capricorn business.

Full moon energies are full-on. They can’t be contained. And with Neptune the planet of imagination the possibilities are endless. As the ruler of Pisces, Neptune connects us beyond our boundaries, making for a great time for music, dancing or any creative endeavours.

There’s also a cosy conjunction between Venus and Uranus around that time. Though maybe ‘cosy’ is the wrong word. Uranus likes to experiment and that could mean discovering new aspects of a relationship or as the conjunction is in Taurus, to indulge in a bit of creative experimentation. You have my permission (as if you needed it). Other possibilities could involve yoga or meditation. Ideally something tantric.

The usual caveats apply of course. You don’t want to come back to reality with a bump on the following Monday. Mercury will be turning direct on that day and those communications you have been waiting for will be coming in. You don’t want to have to face them with a cosmic hangover.

Go well


Key Dates this month:

16-FebMars enters Capricorn
17-FebMercury turns retrograde in Pisces until 10 March
19-FebSun enters Pisces04:58
20-FebJupiter sextile Neptune
23-FebNew Moon in Pisces15:31
25-FebShrove Tuesday – Pancake day in the UK – Mardi Gras
26-FebAsh Wednesday – Lent begins for Christians
08-MarClocks go forward one hour in most of USA and Canada
09-MarFull moon in Virgo17:47
10-MarMercury turns direct in Pisces
Hindus celebrate festival of Holi
Jews celebrate festival of Purim
17-MarIrish celebrate St Patrick’s Day
20-MarSun enters Aries – Spring Equinox in Northern Hemisphere03:51
21-MarPersian, Kurdish, Zoroastrian, and Bahai New Year – Nowruz
Mars conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn
22-MarSaturn enters Aquarius
23-MarMars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
24-MarNew Moon in Aries09:29

All Key Date times are GMT

What’s going on in Capricorn?

As well as the impact on our personal lives, Capricorn is to do with business and government – anything outside the home and family. Unless of course you’re the Queen and you have to deal with both at the same time – for her, affairs of the family mean affairs of state. Good luck, ma’am.

There are three slow-moving, heavy-hitting planets currently in Capricorn, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. On February 16 they are joined by Mars, the planet of action and decision. Mars acts like a trigger, setting off or manifesting the energies of what ever it touches and as it transits the sign of Capricorn it will trigger each of the slow-moving planets in turn. More on this next time.



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