The new moon takes place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:11 a.m. CDT in 26° Pisces.
Pisces is a sign of intuition, empathy and compassion. Your dreams at night and the sparks of insight in your daydreams become more vivid and meaningful during this new moon time (including three days before and after). Hopefully, you are already journaling these types of things. Dreams and inspiration are fleeting and easily forgotten later if not written down.
Two aspects of note at this time:
The new moon is squared to Mars. This aspect symbolizes a sensitivity to criticism. You may find that your emotional buttons are easily pushed. In advance of this, rehearse in your mind how you choose to respond, for example with detachment or with kindness or with firmly but diplomatically setting boundaries. And vice versa, if you have a "helpful" critique for another, give consideration to the other person's feelings. Remember that lunations have effect for two weeks. If you start an argument now, it will take some time to resolve.
The new moon is conjunct to the asteroid Chiron. As an astrologer, I use Chiron, when it's in a strong position like this one. Mythology and Jungian psychology talk about Chiron as "the wounded healer." This means that at this time you can be helpful to people with the wisdom gained from having worked with your own deeply difficult experiences. You may not have perfect resolution of your own personal issues, but your journey toward wellness may shine a light on the path for others. Don't give advice, just share your story when the time is right.
For creatives, artists, and art enjoyers:
The new moon in Pisces is a wonderful time to write, paint, draw, craft, make music, listen to music or play in whatever medium makes your heart sing. If you need a bit of motivation to get you going, visit a museum, go to a concert or simply sit out in nature with a sketchbook or notebook. Julia Cameron, who wrote the wonderful book The Artist's Way, suggests having a weekly "artist's date" when you take time to do something that feeds your soul. Here are her 101 Artist's Date Ideas.
I am giving two talks at the Temple of Kriya Yoga this weekend, Sunday, March 18 :
Noon Meditation: The Spiritual Essence of New Beginnings
A special meditation for the Vernal Equinox
1 p.m. Lecture: Astrology and the Practice of Tarka
Tarka is the spiritual practice of inner reflection in order to better know yourself and understand your world.
The Temple of Kriya Yoga
2414 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Marcia Sacks is an astrologer in the Kriya Yoga tradition.