March: Quick-change month

March – the only month that is also a verb – implies action. This year it overachieves, with snappy animation during the next few weeks. Consider: March brings the year’s fastest sunlight gain, especially in the afternoon when we most notice it (April provides the quickest gain in morning sunshine). Each day now has three minutes of additional light compared with the day before. Each sunset happens about two minutes later, shoving back evening darkness.

Mars and Jupiter are both striking during March. Jupiter rules as the night’s brightest “star,” and dominates from on high as soon as night falls . . .

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