Courage and Conviction: Horoscopes for Adar Bet 5779

Purim begins at sundown on March 20, just hours after the Full Moon in Libra and Tekufat Nisan, the Vernal Equinox, as the Sun enters Aries.

A star in the night sky [Illustrative] (photo credit: PIXABAY)
A star in the night sky [Illustrative]
(photo credit: PIXABAY)
Adar Bet (March 7 through April 5) is colored with courage and conviction “ad d’lo yada” this year! Because 5779 is a shanah meuberet (a “pregnant year”) on the Hebrew calendar, we added Adar Aleph, the extra (13th) month. This makes Adar Bet overlap Tekufat Nisan, the Spring Equinox, when the Sun enters Aries. In years when Purim of Adar Bet falls during Solar Aries, redemption is an action word, not merely a theoretical, theological hope!
Adar Bet (and Adar during any non-leap year) is associated with the tribe of Naftali and the constellation (mazal) of the mutable water sign of Pisces, “dagim” – represented by a pair of fish swimming in opposite directions. This symbol reminds us of the deep waters of the subconscious and unconscious mind which is the realm of Pisces: the place of unbridled imagination, deepest dreams and fantasies, the universal, the immortal, the undifferentiated oneness and unity of souls beyond ego constructs and personal identities.
Pisces has dual planetary rulers: Jupiter (Tzedek) in classical astrology, and Neptune (Rahav) in modern astrology. This year’s transit of Jupiter through Sagittarius enhances Pisces’ prophetic gifts in harmony with Neptune’s innate idealism. The New Moon in Pisces on March 6 activates spiritual insights and ignites devotional passion. Like tribal ruler Naftali whose legendary swiftness was supernatural, Pisces energy empowers us to break through the natural barriers of reason and logic with the tensile strength of unimpeded faith.
Purim begins at sundown on March 20, just hours after the Full Moon in Libra and Tekufat Nisan, the Vernal Equinox, as the Sun enters Aries. That’s a recipe for a rocking Purim, sure to ignite fresh, fun and stimulating encounters. May courage and conviction join hands with passion and purity “ad d’lo yada,” uniting idealism and self-sacrifice in the service of the greater good!
Jump start your heart on Tekufat Nisan, the Vernal Equinox on March 20! The Sun enters Aries, awakening latent passions modeled by your Mars (Ma’adim) – ruled tribal leader, Yehuda. Your own raw Yehuda-energy deserves a productive outlet, so avoid running in circles during Mercury retrograde, March 5-28. Recently triggered security needs can be managed by putting your nose to the grindstone: not your favorite position, but hard and consistent work will pay off in the grand and glorious ways of which you dream. You’ll feel energetic, nimble and vital by the New Moon in Aries on April 5.
With both Mars (Ma’adim) and Uranus (Oron) in Taurus, the pursuit of practical accomplishments and earthly pleasures predominate. Like your tribal ruler Issachar, you are gifted with an innate knowledge of the times and seasons – a gift you’re using to evaluate your position in life. Like signage maps which read “You are here,” you’re looking for the big red arrow showing you the actual location of “Here.” You’re ready to dig root-deep and you need the location of your personal Ground Zero, as well as your own True North. Trust your inner Issachar to lead you home.
You’re seldom accused of being a homebody, but the relatively quieter phase you’ve been in recently ends by the First Quarter Moon in Gemini on March 14. Like your Tribal ruler Zevulun, you know that keeping your schedule flexible also keeps you ship-shape. Convoluted communicative misunderstandings may occur during Mercury retrograde March 5-28. Avoid oblique threats, word salad entanglements and startling or dramatic declarations you’ll need to walk back later. De-escalate attempts by others to goad you into reactionary responses. Energetic Mars (Ma’adim) enters Gemini March 31, and by early April you’ll be operating on cruise control.
The Sun and Mercury in fellow water-sign Pisces through most of March enhances Moon-ruled Cancerians tendency towards emotional impetuosity – especially around issues of home and family – inherited from your tribal leader Reuven. A spontaneous connection may feel “fated” or “meant to be” around March 26 when romantic Venus enters dreamy Pisces. Don’t let the strong feeling of destiny which dominates this month prevent you from exercising your free will in matters of the heart. You are free to choose to benefit your own sovereign interests and independent needs. Pursue healthy, positive connections which support your deepest values.
With Venus (Noga) in your solar opposite of Aquarius during most of March, you’re attracted to unusual or even eccentric people, places and ideas. Your tribal ruler Shimon’s fierce protectiveness finds “different” to be delightful if it doesn’t translate into disloyalty. Separate the sincere from the sycophantic by removing profit incentives from the relationship. The charismatic personal charm factor you’re famous for kicks into high gear March 17-18; you’re full of creative ideas and bursting to share them with supportive influencers. Tekufat Nisan / the Vernal Equinox comes with a big energy boost on March 20.
Your tribal ruler Gad’s emblem is a troop, and you’ll need that kind of military-like precision and order this month, with your ruling planet Mercury (Kochav) retrograde in solar opposite Pisces March 5-28. Communication in business or personal partnerships may be murky March 23-April 2. Avoid personalizing the frustrating ambiguity you feel around the way others fulfil their commitments. Careful not to mistake your feelings for facts, or verbal promises for contractual agreements until the Mercury retrograde dust clears mid-April. Your high standards are an example for others, even if you’re unaware that you’re a role model.
The Full Moon in Libra on Tekufat Nisan / the Vernal Equinox March 20 energizes your partnership prime directive: togetherness! You shine brightly on Purim as your ruling planet Venus (Noga) in egalitarian Aquarius prompts you to share the spotlight with others. Like your tribal ruler Ephraim, you seek harmony among disparate constituencies, and your good-natured encouragement and willingness to seek common ground makes you both desirable company and a valuable ally. Parenthetical passion flares March 7-9 and April 4-5, bookending a brief but thrilling encounter: what you lose in equilibrium you’ll make up in valuable insights.
Just as your tribal ruler Menashe was a messenger and interpreter for his father Joseph, you are a messenger and interpreter between the deepest values of your soul and the mundane demands of the everyday world in which you must function. Your pragmatic instincts are strong right now, guiding you to negotiate between practical bottom-line benefits and expansive future potentialities. The energetic pace picks up after Tekufat Nisan / the Spring Equinox March 20, sharpening your focus and intent. Your persuasive powers peak March 23-24 – you know how to ask for what you want and get it.
Your recently upgraded priorities are tested again March 25-26 after they’ve been reviewed, refined and vetted for viability. Like your tribal ruler Benjamin, you’re the exception to the rule, but exceptionalism doesn’t get to take all the credit for your current run of good luck. Acknowledge the role hard work, personal sacrifice and due diligence have played in any success you’re enjoying. Others see you as “the real thing.” Your results speak for themselves. A wave of community support buoys your confidence. You’re earned the opportunities coming your way so take the time to enjoy the victories.
A new phase of ambitious planning begins for you on Purim, as the Full Moon converges with Tekufat Nisan and the Vernal Equinox on March 20. You’re happy to make merry but your mind is on more monumental issues. Your tribal ruler Dan stands guard over borders and boundaries, and you guard against security breaches in your personal space. Use wisdom to discern a bid for closeness from a threat to your privacy. Tie up loose ends when the last Quarter Moon in Capricorn on March 27 brings resolution to a pet project you’ve been working on since January.
You’re cooking up an exotic concoction of fertile innovation and imaginative creativity with Venus (Noga) in Aquarius through March 26. It’s a charmingly original recipe best served warm, and like your tribal ruler Asher who fed his brethren out of his bounty, you have plenty to go around. Magnanimous feelings towards neighbors and community abound especially March 16-18, strengthening identity ties and prompting you to consider a new and wider leadership position. Others feel you instinctively understand them, and are willing to support you as their representative. Your integrity inspires trust, and trust inspires you to loyalty.
It’s prime time for Pisces to dream big when the Sun and Mercury conjunct Neptune March 6-7 and March 24-April 2. Ideas you’re germinating now will be fertilized by your own hard work, sweat equity and experience. The seed of your future fruit is being formulated now so focus on where to plant yourself for maximum growth potential. Channel your tribal ruler Naftali’s legendary swiftness in response to diverse opportunities being presented – don’t hesitate to say “yes” even if you don’t have all the details settled. It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask permission!
Author and multi-media communicator Lorelai Kude began her career as a professional astrologer in the 1980s. She holds a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and an MA in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, where her thesis topic was astrology in Jewish cultural history. More of her work is at