Monthly Astrological Insights for March 2023

Date Posted: February 28, 2023

March begins with the auspicious conjunction of two benefics: Venus and Jupiter in sidereal Pisces. Given the third benefic Neptune which is already in Pisces, at least during the first eleven days of March (Venus leaves Pisces and enters sidereal Aries on March 12), Pisces is going to be loaded with beneficial energy of these three planets. Pisces is the sign where Venus is in exaltation and Jupiter and Neptune rule Pisces. Just a wonderful combination when, for a change, world is likely to witness love of heart more than the intelligence of mind even in the middle of chaos, senseless killings in Ukraine, and violence in some part of the world. Jupiter-Venus conjunction is very auspicious for material prosperity and spirituality for those who have such conjunction in their natal charts in any house except the sixth.

While Venus ingress Aries on March 12, Mars enters Gemini on the same day.  Gemini being the air and mutable sign, the energetic Mars is likely to provide the needed energy boost for Gemini rising (and Gemini Moon) people unless Mars is poorly placed in their chart.

Neptune’s reentry in sidereal Pisces (Feb 15)

After being retrograde, Neptune returns to Pisces and continues to transit through Pisces for the following 14 years (till mid 2036). Neptune being the spiritual planets of our solar system that deal more with heart than mind, it will certainly affect the matters related to Pisces in a significant way. 

Pisces being a water and mutable sign ruled by Jupiter some of its significant characteristics are: Divine, fruitful, fertile, emotional, honest, outspoken, religious, spiritual, nonviolent, polite, modest, moody, affectionate, hermit, psychic, water, compassion, love, heart connection, non-verbal communication and introvert. These qualities complement very well with qualities of Neptune that include: spiritual, intuitive, divine, psychic, magical, highly emotional, moody, clairvoyant, inspiration, imaginative, love, compassionate and mystical. 

As a result, a subtle and slow change in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions is certainly going to be manifested in the way we never experienced before. This era (next 14 years) will be remembered as the period of spiritual inspiration and transformation. Interestingly, this era also complements well with the era of Pluto’s transit in sidereal Capricorn (a sign ruled by spiritual Saturn) that runs in parallel during the same time. The way we have been used to deal with religions will no longer be our norms.  Our moral codes will be greatly influenced by our collective spiritual experiences. And in that sense a subtle but most effective transformation of world morality during this unique era of the next 14 years is likely to take us to a level where the norms solely based on spiritual experiences will dictate and guide our lives with new level of understanding.  

Pisces, being the sign for poets, musicians, singers, monks, religious leaders, spiritual leaders, nurses, nuns, social workers, caregivers, saints, psychics, actors, sailors and ship captains, these respective fields will go through significant transformations. And these transformations will be reflected in the new norms of morality and ethics, expansion of our collective psychic abilities and mystical experiences keeping in line with steady progress in our ability to directly perceive truth. Also, creativity in areas of music will likely complement our spiritual progress. 

In scientific and technological areas, a lot of drastic changes and emerging new ideas coupled with mystical experiences will find their way into innovations and discoveries.  However, it will be the first time the scientific and technological research will be more focused in areas that will bridge the gap between the science and morality. The likely areas of research will be in spiritual healing, and life-force related activities, looking for ways to tap new sources of energy without disturbing global climate (recent news about the possibility of harnessing energy from nuclear fission and minimizing the usage of fossil fuels will very likely be materialized in next 14 years). The return to the holistic and Ayurvedic practices and alternate medicines are also very likely. The availability of inexpensive generic drugs for those who cannot afford the expensive brand name drugs is becoming reality. Thanks to Mark Cuban and Amazon who are already filling up the prescriptions at almost no cost for many.  A new wave of philosophers and philanthropist with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world in next 14 years with a new level of understanding of life.

On the downside, the religious leaders and social reformers may tend to form cults and spread cult like activities, rise in organized religion scandals, deceptive activities under the disguise of promise of spiritual experiences are likely to be on rise in certain parts of the world.  The scandals of the secretive collaboration between the medical doctors and pharmaceutical industries will continue to be exposed.  The increase usage of mind altering drugs, disregard for social and to some extent moral responsibility, rise in mental disorders, and losing the touch with reality are some of the likely symptoms of the negative side of Neptune. One of the prominent fall-outs of the Piscean Neptune will be a significant decline of authoritarian regime’s influence around the world.  Russia, China and other authoritarian regimes will continue to lose their hold as they face the forces of our collective spiritual transformation.

On individual level for those who have water sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) as their ascendant in their natal ninefold (Navamansh) chart should get ready for a brand new and long lasting (14 years) cycle of change, especially a very pronounced cycle for those who have Neptune as a dominant planet in their birth charts. The changes that might occur would be very subtle and would deal with new or renewed interest in spirituality, openness, psychic abilities to perceive truth, divine experiences, transformed perceptions and beliefs, and the way of living.  

Saturn’s return to sidereal Aquarius (Jan 17)

On January 17, Saturn returned to the sidereal Aquarius and will stay in Aquarius until March 29, 2025.

What does Saturn in the sidereal Aquarius mean?

Aquarius being the air (intelligence) and fixed (perseverance) sign, Saturn’s energy will likely be strongly reflected in the scientific research that deal with information technology which help us collectively bring us together at a phenomenal rate leading to a new level of understanding of this world as a part of the process of our spiritual growth.

Thus, philanthropists, social reformers, philosophers, scientists, spiritual leaders (not religious leaders) and peace-makers will shape our world with better clarity and purpose.

On the downside, some of the prominent social media and internet related companies (would Fox media network be one of them?) likely to go under and replaced with new companies as a part of Saturn/Pluto’s transformation process.

Those who have Saturn in Aquarius (Saturn return) in their natal charts have already been experiencing Saturn’s energy as their lives transformed to a new settings due to a drastic change (mostly) at mental and psychological levels. In my opinion, despite a painful period of frustration due to unexpected drastic changes in life, it’s going to be an exciting period for those who have dominant Saturn in their birth chart and have Aries, Taurus, Virgo and Sagittarius as their natal ninefold (Navamansha) ascendant. 

Russian-Ukraine war and senseless killings

While the intensity of Russian-Ukraine war may seem to be diminishing, this war is very likely to continue on and off for a long time.  In addition to the on the ground fighting, It is likely to continue more intensely in Cyber-space.  Until the Russian president Putin loses his grip and becomes powerless this war is not going to end and so will be killings of innocent civilians.

President Biden’s challenges in March

For President Biden, March looks to be very refreshing and politically rewarding after challenging February.

As it was pointed out in the past several months, according to his current Dasa in Vedic astrology, he has been in a Saturn’s major cycle of 19 years since September 8, 2022. This is a major cycle shift, and since then it has been slowly but certainly reflected in his achievements as a commander in chief.  In a long term, things will look to be slowly falling in place for him.

In my opinion, it is because in his natal chart, the Taurus Saturn rules the third and the fourth house, and occupies the 7th house.  It sextiles Pluto within three degrees, a very favorable aspect, especially when Pluto being in the Nakshatra (constellation) ruled by Saturn becomes a very important and active planet for him for the next 19 years. During the next 17-18 years the transiting Pluto will be in the 4th house of his transit chart, thus making it an extremely powerful planet of politics for him going forward. 

As for this month, with Saturn’s major, intermediate cycle and Mercury’s sub-cycle, the planets that fall in the constellations ruled by Saturn and Mercury become active, and they are: Pluto, Venus and Sun and Mercury.

Presently the transiting Pluto is going to be in the 4thhouse, and in the 5th house of his ninefold transit chart. Despite being nonstop challenged by his adversaries, he still will slowly continue to pave his way by figuring out the political solutions and effectively govern the country.

As for Venus, it’s going to be challenging for him as he will be struggling to deal with his adversaries, and perhaps some trouble with law. In addition, especially during the second half of the month, he might want to be careful with people surrounding him, especially females.

From the Sun’s energy point of view, until March 14, he may have to deal with some health issues and stress. However, during the second half of March he can expect a successful period with recognition, fame and happiness.

The energy of Mercury seems to slow him down during the first half of the month with some fear of dealing with issues at hand and stress.  After March 17, the coast is likely to be clear to continue governing the country with success and well deserved recognition.

Thus, in summary, March looks to be very refreshing and politically rewarding for him after challenging February.

Global Insights……..

The important challenging planetary configurations for March include:  Pluto-Mars (March 23-27) quincunx; Pluto-Rahu (March 9-16), Neptune-Saturn (March 22-31), Saturn-Rahu (March 26-29) ninefold quincunxes; Neptune-Mars (March 13-16) square, Pluto-Saturn (Feb 28 – March 6) and Uranus-Rahu/Ketu (March 15-21) ninefold squares; and Neptune-Rahu (March 25 – April 1) ninefold conjunction.

The Pluto-Mars (March 23-27) quincunx may become responsible for natural and man-made calamities all around the world as well as a possibility of an outbreak of an undesirable happening.

The energy of the Pluto-Rahu (March 9-16) ninefold quincunx is likely to become responsible for an eruption of new waves of violence in the Palestine-Israel, Syria and Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan regions. And perhaps, towards the end of this period due to Pluto’s transformation process, the resulting changes are likely to become irreversible. In addition, world religions, in general, and religious leaders in particular, may experience themselves having to go through undesirable situations that require changes. In other words, the orthodox religious leaders may come under social and moral pressures to change the way they handle their responsibilities. 

The manifestation of energy of the Neptune-Saturn (March 22-31) ninefold quincunx is likely to be responsible for a sudden rise in covert activities and natural and man-made calamities. Autocratic places like Russia and China are likely to experience political and social turmoil. Non-democratic countries are likely to see shift of power from one faction (or dictator) to another. Religious activities around the world will likely to appear more secretive than open. 

The energy of the Saturn-Rahu (March 26-29) ninefold quincunx is likely to become a cause for barbaric activities all around the world. Terrorists and hackers are likely to be successful in creating confusion and chaos. Social turmoil in Europe and Russia is likely. Religious activities all around the globe could get stalled for no apparent reason.

A possibility of a sudden outbreak of an undesirable event as well as natural and man-made calamities cannot be ruled out due to the energy of the Neptune-Mars (March 13-16) square.

The manifestation of energy of the Pluto-Saturn (Feb 28 – March 6) ninefold square may become responsible for serious and sudden changes that Russia might face.  To some extent China is also likely to go through similar experiences.

The energy of the Uranus-Rahu/Ketu (March 15-21) ninefold squares is likely to become challenging for the United States and particularly for the Biden administration in dealing with foreign matters.  Terrorist activities are likely to occur in the United States besides the volatile region of the Middle-East (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Israel and Palestine). 

The Neptune-Rahu (March 25 – April 1) ninefold conjunction means social as well as economic turmoil in Russia and China cannot be ruled out.  Covert activities around the world may find a new momentum (but because of Neptune’s secretive character we may never know) with regard to terrorism and other international conflicts.

The important auspicious planetary configurations for March include Pluto-Uranus (March 21 – April 9) ninefold trine.

The manifestation of energy of the Pluto-Uranus (March 21 – April 9) ninefold trine maybe reflected in an extraordinary time for technological discoveries and inventions.  Expect some new important technological breakthroughs during this second half of the month. For the United States, in particular, this period is going to be remarkable and successful one.

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are:  The middle-east region, Russia, Ukraine, China and the United States. 

Natural and Man-made Calamities……..

The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as manmade accidents are likely to occur during March 9-16, 22-31.

Earthquakes:Based on a new Earthquake prediction model (the work is still in progress), the earthquake(s) of magnitude 6.9 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on following dates and Times and possible locations: Earthquake Predictions 2023.  Please note that these hourly predictions refer to the Universal time (GMT).

While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents, and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts, hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires