On Wednesday, March 18, Mercury will be exactly conjunct Neptune, @13 deg Aquarius.
The planet of Rational Thinking combines with the planet of Dreams & Fantasies. This may be good for the Creative Imagination, but otherwise, the result is Confusion, Obfuscation, and Mistakes. Since Mercury is also the planet of Communications, therefore The Media, we have to remember that the Media will likely be even less truthful than usual. This energy pattern manifests for a couple of days before and after as well, so basically the whole week is suspect.
The New Moon, and Total Solar Eclipse, will be on Friday, March 20.
This marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Month of Chaitra
, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, Chitra, except that this year, the Full Moon will actually fall in the previous nakshatra, Hasta (on April 4). Traditionally, the Chaitra New Moon is the Lunar New Year, and is considered important for determining how the next 12 months will play out. Therefore, it is especially significant that this New Moon happens to be a Solar Eclipse. Eclipses signal forth-coming changes.
The Eclipse will be visible from the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, and over to Russia, but the Moon will only be seen to completely obscure the disc of the Sun if you are hanging out in the North Atlantic Ocean. Due to the Solar Eclipse, as well as the Lunar Eclipse of the month's Full Moon (April 4) the energy of this lunar month is considered Compromised, i.e., the coming 4 weeks are Weakened for any favorable events.
And, in addition:
The Spring Equinox is on March 20.
On this day, the duration of Day and Night is (approximately) equal. The Sun is directly above the Celestial Equator (equator of the Earth projected into space). This marks the first day of the Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. In Vedic Astrology, this is a Sankranti, an ingress, and therefore the days of, previous to, and afterwards, are considered Weak for doing any actions that have long lasting material significance. It is however, auspicious for spiritual practices.