Time to Get Busy 

For the week of March 14-20, 2012.

Throw out the retrograde rulebook, seize the creative moment, and do your best to get comfortable with the idea of moving free-form through the routines of daily life. This week, we're all making it up as we go along. And while the co-creative power of every moment always determines reality, the knowledge of that power usually rides beneath the surface of normal consciousness and regular routines. But not this week — so many potent moments play out simultaneously that even your multidimensional beanies with the special antennae won't capture enough bandwidth to handle the potential for extraordinary experiences. I know ... I sound like I am exaggerating, but this is the week to err on the side of wishful thinking. So think big rather than small, and visualize what it is you want to bring into manifestation. Then focus on all the details necessary to give birth to your dreams.

Both Mercury and Mars are retrograde, but even as they seemingly move behind instead of ahead, they are busy — really, really busy — and their hustle and bustle nullifies a large portion of the normal retrograde sluggishness. For those of you new to Mercury Retrograde, because Mercury symbolizes all things related to communication and travel, conventional astrological wisdom views retrograde phases as great opportunities to review the details of what's already in motion and to refrain from starting anything new. But Mercury's current position defies that warning: Mercury is conjunct Uranus, the planet of revolution; both are in Aries, the Sign of exploration; and their united presence is a powerful combination for ingenious innovation. This is a direct celestial invitation to "think different." By the weekend, but especially by the start of the workweek and on the vernal equinox, the Sun joins this dynamic duo, and its light intensifies the need for intellectual freedom as it simultaneously amplifies the need for personal freedom. Be prepared to move, quickly, in all areas of your life, and let stagnation become a thing of the past.

But the purely creative beauty of the week is a Grand Trine between Venus, Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto, all in Earth Signs and all coalescing into a benign configuration that supports the potential to manifest the heart's desire. Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, is already forming a perfect union with Jupiter, the planet of expansion; both are conjunct in Taurus, where they are happily fostering harmonious environments and joyous attitudes. The benefits of this radiant coupling are amplified by their trine to Mars, in Virgo, a positive combination that supports artistic endeavors. And despite the Mars Retrograde signature, which could signify a delay in the actualization of creative efforts, the entire configuration indicates the potential for success. But that's not all. Venus, Jupiter and Mars also trine Pluto, in Capricorn, and that's what super-charges the entire bundle. Pluto supplies the extraordinary power to tackle big plans and projects, and its presence makes possible all sorts of success.

Use this beneficent Grand Trine to visualize joy, yours or others, and don't despair if it takes more than a moment to actualize those visions. This Grand Trine is in Earth, the astrological element that persists in its endeavors until the mission is accomplished.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

ARIES It really is all about work and money, and you have a unique opportunity to turn a new financial page. Contemplate what financial health would look like and then be intentional in your endeavors.

TAURUS Bask in the brilliance of the combined light of Venus and Jupiter in your Sign, and then channel that light into all the areas of your life in need of grace, beauty, and wisdom.

GEMINI You have a rare opportunity to feel grounded, inside and out, rooted and connected, in the reality of life. Should that centeredness feel elusive, take your shoes off and literally feel your feet on the earth.

CANCER Allow yourself to experience the ties that bind you to friends and family. If the lines of connection are negative, contemplate how to transform the energy. If they are positive, make them stronger.

LEO Like your fiery counterparts, Aries and Sagittarius, there are abundant opportunities to improve your career and financial situation. Be willing to do the hard work of the day-to-day, and you'll be pleased with the results.

VIRGO Taking a stand for what you believe in is not the challenge. What's difficult is finding the ground of compromise that allows others to do the same without anyone having to feel vanquished.

LIBRA Continue to anchor yourself in the truth of who you are, and you'll find the insight and strength to work through relationship issues in need of clarity and adjustment.

SCORPIO The focus is on relationships, including and most importantly your relationship with yourself. Contemplate how you can apply greater creativity and grace to all your interactions, internal and external.

SAGITTARIUS Continue your efforts to actualize your ambitions and don't let any retrograde or other obstacle interfere with your goals. Yes, it's hard work; but the results are worth it.

CAPRICORN The grunt work can wait. You have a chance to dial up a new wave of creative inspiration; so don't procrastinate by spending your time on chores.

AQUARIUS Let yourself rely on the depth of your innate creativity. Of course, there's work to do, but if you trust and use your full potential, the "work" will effortlessly turn to joy.

PISCES You can make war or love, and while the choice sounds like a no-brainer, choosing love means acknowledging and respecting your sensitivities, as well as the vulnerabilities of others.

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