Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Astrological Analysis - March 2012

 The Astrology of March 2012

The Six-Pointed Stargate(s)

The New Status Quo

March brings a remarkable improvement and a remarkable change of direction as well as remarkable levels of confusion. March’s energies will support, motivate and uplift us.  It will also turn our attention sharply inward, in a spiritual direction.  It will also set us adrift in a promising but puzzling future.

Noticeable patterns, encouraging trends, and emerging opportunities will replace the seemingly endless stream of disruptions, challenges and turbulence of recent years.

However, a new and potent spiritual impulse will transform our motivation and our goals.  Our ties to the past will dissolve.  Our old plans for the future will become unclear.  The things that normally guide our decisions won’t be there. That will bring many unknowns into our lives. Things will become even less predictable than they already are.

New Rhythm Will Emerge

In the last four years or so, the three most powerful planets in the Zodiac have each complete their transition into new signs. Pluto settled into Capricorn in November 2008. Uranus settled into Aries in March 2011. Neptune settled into Pisces in February 2012.

Each of these planetary ingresses was especially important and unusually powerful. Each brought unique challenges. The combined effects
sharply punctuated global events and the flow of individual lives.

Pluto in Capricorn broke our financial and political systems.  Uranus in Aries spurred confrontation, rebellion, insurrection and outright revolution.

Neptune in Pisces rendered our already unstable situation fundamentally uncertain.  It transformed our political and economic crises into cultural and ideological crises. It triggered spiritual and psychological crises at the individual, personal level.  It also brought seemingly bottomless confusion to our thoughts and feelings.  I have discussed all of these planetary transitions at length in previous posts.

A successive waves of crises made conditions increasingly chaotic. Each wave made it less likely that we would ever go back to the way things were before the crises struck.

But these three big planets have now settled into their new signs. The three new energies will blend and stabilize.

With no major sign changes in sight world events can begin to settle into new, more stable rhythms and patterns.  The changes, the challenges, the risks and the relentless confusion will not end, but they will abate.  Day-to-day conditions will become more manageable. While change will continue apace, events will begin to take on a predictable, reliable rhythm.

Uranus and Pluto - an Anti-Climax

Uranus will square Pluto exactly for the first time this coming June. It will be exact 6 more times by March 2015. Uranus square Pluto energy will linger at some level until 2019.  The Uranus/Pluto square is often viewed as a possible source of increasing disruption and turbulence.

But I believe we needn’t be as concerned about these Uranus/Pluto energies, which seem so dangerous at first glance. But I believe
we have probably already seen the worst that Uranus/Pluto can throw at us.

An influence usually peaks the first time it is exact, each recurrence weaker than the last. This suggests that things could get rough in June when the Uranus/Pluto square is exact for the first time. However, I believe that long familiarity with these energies will soften their impact. So will the general lessening in astrological tensions by the, settled placement of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

By June, the Uranus/Pluto energy will be one ingredient in a more encompassing, more stable and more manageable mix of energies, not a continuing source of radical disruptions.
I will have more to say about this new mix of energies, the new energetic status quo, in future posts.

Having said that, there are crises still ahead, but they will not be on the scale that we have seen the last few years. We don’t want to minimize or in any way discount the power of the planetary energies that are at work.

Taking the Challenge to a New, Spiritual Level

So, March’s chart promises new opportunity and greater stability.  But March also adds a new, spiritual dimension to our efforts. March brings an influence that pushes our awareness decisively beyond the egotistic, material, mundane level and into decidedly spiritual realms. I say that because a rare, well-formed six-pointed star dominates the composite chart for March 2012.

I believe March’s energies will do this by weakening the barriers, thinning the veils, between the ego and the higher self.  This will open us to more immediate, direct and powerful spiritual experience and more direct and frequent interventions in our lives by our higher, spiritual natures.

On a practical, day-to-day level, this will bring about healing crises with distinctly spiritual, psychologically liberating effects. Our understanding of ourselves will be transformed and our goals in life will change dramatically. This, in turn, will change the course of events on the local, national and global levels.

March’s chart(s) suggest that, in some sense, at some level, we must now think of the globe as an ashram, a center of conscious spiritual striving.

Those already actively pursuing spiritual goals will enjoy unexpected progress.  Many others will consciously adopt spiritual goals for the first time. There will be a resurgence of spiritual movements and increased interest in films and books relevant to spirituality in the media.

Much of the above is already happening to some degree, but March will bring a marked increase in such things.

Spiritual and healing processes are often inefficient and awkward. Anyone familiar with life in an ashram can tell you that. Spiritual progress often foregrounds dysfunction; it frequently brings abrupt, inconvenient, life-changing decisions; it often thrusts people into unfamiliar, new situations at home, at work and in the community.  It often triggers new, unexpected, “colorful” behaviors.

It often brings an interest in things some consider questionable: the paranormal, ESP, UFO’s, communication with the dead, drugs, unusual diets, extreme physical activities, etc.

In brief, the weird public behavior and strange headlines we often see nowadays are only likely to increase. So is the number of friends and family we hear about, making unexpected, life-changing decisions.

Six-Pointed Stars and More

The thing is, a six-pointed star dominates the composite chart for March 2012.

A kite dominates both the new and full moon charts. The full moon chart also contains a partial mystic rectangle.  We need to take all of these things into account.

The effects of kites and the mystic rectangles are paradoxical.  They support and facilitate, but they also destabilize.  They nudge us continuously to seek better answers and more solid foundations.  We can expect to see a lot of that in March: events will bring opportunities, but they will also push us to use these opportunities will contain a challenge to reach well beyond our former limits.

But it is the six-pointed star(s) that demand our attention. And two kites and a partial mystic rectangle do not really add up to a six-pointed star.

Not One, But Two, Real Six-Pointed Stars

First, is it really there really a six-pointed star in the heavens in March 2012? Or is it just an artifact produced artificially when the data for the two charts are combined mathematically?

The six-pointed star is really there.  In fact, there are two six-pointed stars in March. March opens and closes with six-pointed stars.

One six-pointed star lasts for about 36 hours, from the evening of March 1st through the morning of March 3rd. You can view an animation of this formation at: <> or <>

A second six-pointed star exists for about 30 hours, beginning the morning of March 29th and breaking up on the evening of March 30th. An animation of this event is available here: <> or <>

I estimate that the first six-pointed star is at maximum strength at about 5:11 PM UT on Friday, March 2nd.  The second at 3:06 AM UT on Friday March 30th.

Better Times Ahead

The six-pointed star in the composite chart is very encouraging on a strictly material, physical level.

The upward pointing grand trine is made up of Mars in Virgo in the 3rd house, trine Pluto in Capricorn in the 6th, trine Jupiter and Venus in Taurus in the 10th house.

This trine lasts throughout March and into April.  It is a robust, wealth-building trine. The house placements suggest a grand cooperative effort on the part of communities, labor and management to rebuild our economy.

The downward pointing grand trine is made up of Saturn in Libra in the 4th house, trine Neptune in the 8th and Chiron in the 9th, both in Pisces, trine the Moon in Gemini in the 12th.

This is a grand, healing trine, conjoining the houses of home and family, collective wealth and long-term finances and spirituality.

Thus, a wealth-building grand trine is interlaced with a healing grand trine to form a six-pointed star, in the composite chart.

The strongest midpoint picture in the composite chart is especially revealing and encouraging, I think, and helpful in understanding the overall effects of this six-pointed star.  This midpoint picture is made up of the north node exactly conjunct the midpoint of Mars and Chiron. This points to open, active discussion and consensus-building on the question of how to heal our broken world.

On a strictly material, physical level, this chart is all but bursting with positive synchronicity. It also points to extreme fluidity, however. There is just way too much energy being set released and set in motion.

Although March’s chart is very promising, outcomes will be very hard to predict and even harder to control because of the rapid flow of events and the rapid transformation of individual and collective motivations.

The extreme pace of change and the blizzard of emerging possibilities will doubtless raise stress levels and foster conflict. Pisces, Neptune and spiritual movements are associated with bloody wars.

However, an “option rich” environment and extreme fluidity will probably forestall any serious crises. For the most part, people will just be too excited about the future and have too many options to think seriously of going to war, say.

The Spiritual Symbolism of Six-Pointed Stars  

Six-pointed star formations are rare and so is useful information about what they mean.

In esoteric astrology, the astrology of the soul, the six-pointed star represents the spiritually realized person.  It represents the perfected personality in complete harmony with the soul, or higher self. It represents the spiritually realized person.

Hence, the six-point stars in March’s chart(s) suggest a strong, spiritualizing influence. But the effects of such elaborate structures are lasting, not temporary, or transient.

They seem, rather, to mark a threshold, a portal, or gateway into a new era; a point beyond which we can never return.  In this case, it is, I believe an era of accelerated, intentional spiritual progress.

Hence, from this point onward, events will be enriched, or further complicated, by a spiritualizing process. Things connected to personal spiritual transformation, good and bad, convenient and inconvenient, will become a major, unpredictable factor in our lives and in global events.

This spiritualizing impulse will add yet another dimension, a specifically spiritual dimension, to our efforts to define who we are and what kind of world we want to live in.

A strong spiritualizing impulse arrives at the very moment when global economic and political recovery begins in earnest.  This impulse will ensure that the world not rebuild itself using the old, materialistic paradigms that just got us into so much trouble.

The old paradigm will be so obviously inappropriate and unattractive for these new times.  People will search frantically for a new paradigm.

This idea of a new, potent spiritualizing impulse is supported by the presence of Neptune in Pisces. The most spiritual planet is in the most spiritual sign, inaugurating a new cycle of the Zodiac.

The sudden appearance in the heavens of such powerful spiritual symbols just as Neptune enters Pisces for a whole new transit of the Zodiac seems to be telling us something.
This is only Neptune’s second complete cycle of the Zodiac since its discovery in September 1846, when it became an active, conscious element in human awareness.

What Does it All Mean, Briefly?

March is a turning point in our efforts to restore and reform our much troubled world.  It marks the beginning of a smoother path forward, astrologically and otherwise.  But it also marks a point of transition into a time of increased spiritual striving and growth.

This ‘new,’ spiritualizing force in human affairs will act as a wild card.  With human psychology and human motivation undergoing such a powerful transformation at such a fundamental level at such a crucial, momentous point in our history, we simply cannot expect things to go as they have before. Expect the unexpected, as you never have before.


Fre$h said...

I find this very interesting, thanks for the info. Maybe its the start of the second coming of christ.

Anonymous said...

"March’s chart(s) suggest that, in some sense, at some level, we must now think of the globe as an ashram, a center of conscious spiritual striving."

What a beautiful sentence, Carl. I am still reading through but I enjoy and anticipate all that I am reading, an exciting time to be alive. Your blog is truly a treasure.


dawnatilla said...

Your video on this subject won me over ..Im a fan ..thank you for sharing this not commonly found insight on the reality and subtleties of astrology. its sad so many think of the weekly newspaper "horoscopes". However there is one in mytown that is damn good.Im sure uyou have heard of hium..maybe not... Free Will Astrology with Rob Brezsny. anyways thx again Ill be around!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your astro blogs. I like it and think it is really helpfull.

William Benton said...

Hello Carl, I just watched your video re: the astrology of March and I must point out that you are quoting the wrong Sabian Symbol for the Sun in your composite chart. When the Sun is on 25 Pisces, you read phase 356, not the preceding one that you quoted. There is a one degree offset, as the degrees on a horoscope are numbered 0-29, and the degrees of the Sabian Symbols are numbered 1-30. You will find examples of the proper use of these symbols in the final chapters of Rudhyar's work. See pages 365 and 367 for instance. Having been an astrologer for 30 years, I have seen this issue crop up many times. Didn't mean to criticize you publicly, but couldn't find a private way to email you.
Wm. Benton

Carl B. said...

Ooops. Thank you for that! I knew I was forgetting something. Now I remember puzzling over that very issue - a few years ago. In the effort to get the analysis up, I just couldn't figure out what was gnawing at me.

It's hard to know how to correct the record.

The proper Sabian symbol doesn't quite support the point I was making, but it raises important, Uranian nuances that I was unable to include in this analysis.

Fortunately, I guess, the thrust of the analysis doesn't rely too heavily on the Sabian symbol for support. Conversely, the Symbol I did use is quite relevant to the current astrological situation, which is a relief.

I'll have to think about how to correct the situation.

Carl B. said...

Bill B.

I decided to eliminate the entire reference to the Sabian symbols from the blog post. It seems like the simplest thing to do. As for the email posting and the YouTube video, accuracy is an issue, but there is so little harm done in this case that I might just let them stand.

Arahminta said...

Hi Carl,

You mention "mystical rectangle" in this blog/vlog. I have a mystical rectangle in my natal chart. What makes a rectangle "mystical"?

Thank you kindly.

Carl B. said...

That's just the name they give them. You can google it or check out Robert Hand.

They are protective and supportive - nice. But they will let you know if you violate your dharma. They are supportive, true, but they are kind of karmic/dharmic echo chambers, too, letting you know if you take a wrong step.

Anonymous said...

another great reading, thanks Carl... I do feel like we are being impelled on a spiritual level to evolve... hope we can!

however, im confused by the "wealth building" aspects as it feels more like the economy is about to collapse again, it sure looks like it is coming in Europe and even China is weakening... \
I still feel this summer will begin to shake up the economies and markets even more

as an environmentalist, i sure hope so, to replace "growth" with "

Carl B. said...

Try not to draw any conclusions until the smoke clears. We have just entered a whole new astrological situation. Events will not fit the old patterns, the old narratives or the old paradigms. It will take a while before we all get our bearings. I would advise people not to jump to conclusions based on one day's worth of news. This situation is very complex and it could take a bit before we have a sense of it of where things are headed.

Foxx said...

Carl, what is your email address?

Carl B. said...

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Carl B. said...


Allowing for technical variations, I use the same kind of chart that you mentioned. A composite chart mathematically combines data for two or more dates into a single chart. It works well for people, but it also works well for other combinations of things: countries, events/dates, people and places, people and events.

People normally analyze a month by looking at the charts for the New and/or Full Moon. I use a composite chart for the New and Full Moon.

In practice, it offers a view of the theme(s) that apply to the whole month, an overview, a trajectory. It just doesn't give quite the detail you'd get from doing both charts, which I generally don't have time to do. But it does tell us what we need to know about the month, just without so much detail.

I don't know if any other astrologers use composite charts this way, but I have always gotten good results with them.


Anonymous said...

I had a dream in the early morning of march 22 that was very spiritual with a powerful message. I can't write it all here but the one part that had shocked me is your mention of 6 pointed star my dream there was a star in the center of the moon and then it disappeared and the moon had a glow around the rim of the circle but only one half of it was lit fully.I was protecting a baby which was growing too big really fast for the carseat it was in...and I remember running in a blizzard with the baby wrapped up and I was protecting it and I turned around away from the gust of wind and that's when I saw the large moon infront of me...

Carl B. said...

OK. Dream analysis is not my strong suit. I don't do too much of it. I will put my ideas out there, though, for what their worth.

The 6-pointed star represents the soul-realized, enlightened person. The Moon represents the personality. To me, it seems like your soul and personality are in the process of merging. I think running in the blizzard while protecting the child represents you protecting the new you that is emerging as a result of this communion (atonement) of soul and personality. Protection is necessary because it is coming forth into a cold, inhospitable world.

alyssa said...

Hi Carl,
Great stuff. My birthday is 3/29 when the second of these mystical apects will fall. I didn't run my solar return yet. Do you think one of these aspects would fall in my individual chart? It sounds like you were doing a composite chart. I've been doing a lot of healing work and synthesizing nonetheless! A lot seemed to resonate. Thanks much. Alyssa

Carl B. said...


This six-pointed star actually occurs in the heavens. It will show up in any chart cast for *that time period.* However, whether or not it is visible, or how it manifests, will depend on the kind of chart you cast. I assume that if the moment of your actual solar return falls within that time period, it will show up clearly amidst the transiting planets.

A six-pointed star first appeared in the composite chart, but I went back to basic charts and two of them showed up all on their own, completely independent of the composite chart.