Out of the Hibernation Cave 

For the week of March 17-23, 2010.

This week carries a curious dual signature. Externally, daily life bustles as Mars Direct finally provides traction for plans and projects. Yet internally, powerful unconscious forces, personal as well as collective, exert a strong pull toward introspection. And while prevailing opinion tends to view external and internal modes of existence as oppositional, what's curious about this week is how clearly our internal and external worlds can be seen as complementary. Moving within and without requires skill — you have to be able to straddle two perspectives simultaneously. But the result is always worthwhile, because aligning these two realms strengthens the unity of mind and body, as well as head and heart.

We just finished the first full week of Mars Direct, and although we are still in the beginning phase, Mars' forward motion is deeply motivational. Mars is all about muscles and movement, which is why you or someone you love could suddenly crave activity. Whether that means dusting off the bike, skates, swim goggles, or running shoes, Mars can put you in the mood to "just do it." This is the perfect time of year to put bodies in motion, and if for some reason physical motion isn't possible, move your mind. Stagnation is simply not an option. Not this week. The Sun enters Aries on March 20, the Vernal Equinox, and in the Northern Hemisphere, that means it's spring and we are out of the hibernation cave and into life. A Sun/Mars trine amplifies this seasonal emergence — Sun, in Aries, and Mars, in Leo — a fiery combination that is certain to spark creative fires. Allow this passionate energy to ignite your enthusiasm for life. The winter doldrums are done. Yes, Saturn opposes the Sun in Aries, but that's not enough to dampen a spring spirit.

A Sun/Uranus conjunction, in Pisces, in combination with Jupiter (also Pisces, but not part of the conjunction), provides the internal pull of the week. Pisces, highly sensitive and susceptible to suggestion, tends to live in the imaginal realms (which is probably why some people assume that every Pisces is psychic). When Uranus and the Sun, both vital, active, and creative forces, share the same space, they stimulate nervous systems. And even though this conjunction won't last for long — not even for the entire week — it lasts long enough to provide inspiration and vision about the coming year. You may not be able to see the entire picture, but the fire created by the Sun/Mars trine will generate enough light for glimpses. Use these visions to contemplate what it is you want to create during the coming growing season. Don't be afraid to dream big — Jupiter is also in Pisces, and by the end of April, as Jupiter begins its conjunction with Uranus, the world is going to open wide with possibilities.

As I often express, we can only create what we can envision. That's the thread that unites the internal and external dimension of life. What we create isn't always an exact replication of what we've imagined, but the more practice we have of aligning body, mind, heart, and soul, the closer we get to co-creating a world that is congruent with our best intentions.

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

ARIES Refuse to engage in anything petty, no matter how tempting it may be to get involved. There's no need to waste one moment on trivial pursuits, and every reason to stay focused and clear about what's important.

TAURUS While it feels as if your center is destabilizing, you're actually in the midst of a significant transition from one level of understanding to another. Give yourself time to adjust to the new view.

GEMINI Be prepared for strident, even harsh, words, but also expect those interactions to clarify your position. It may be uncomfortable, but it's also productive.

CANCER You're in the midst of real opportunities to create greater financial health, so rather than fret about how you're going to handle it all, roll up your sleeves and get to work.

LEO Consider your strategy carefully, and before you take the next step, gather as much information as possible. Structure your decision wisely, and you'll be pleased with the results.

VIRGO Your week is about paying painstaking attention to detail, even if you don't want to. Apply your innate ability to analyze little bits of data, and your thoroughness will pay off.

LIBRA Figure out what it is you want, as well as need, from your relationships — all of them, including your relationship with yourself — and then do what it takes to implement the new regimen.

SCORPIO The only thing holding you back is your inclination to brood over perfection. Remember, there is no such thing as perfection in the material world. Let go, and surrender to the process.

SAGITTARIUS I'm still suggesting that your imagination is more powerful than you realize. Hook it up to your focused intention and see what happens. You might be amazed at the results.

CAPRICORN You're in an intense phase of personal transformation, and although some of what's occurring is discombobulating, some of the insight you're gaining is priceless. Try to appreciate this time for its spiritual value.

AQUARIUS Read Libra, above, and add this: Occasionally, it's appropriate to take a strong stand for yourself in order to redefine your role in a partnership, whether personal or professional.

PISCES It's all about attaining equilibrium and finding a way to roll with internal or external shifts. I'm not suggesting you postpone major decisions; I'm simply advising you to be ready for necessary adjustments.

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