– Venus in Taurus square Juno in Leo and quincunx Saturn Rx in Sagittarius
– Vesta in Aquarius semi-sextile Ceres in Capricorn
– Total Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 29:27 Pisces at 5:36 am EDT
– Moon ingress to Aries at 6:27 am EDT
– Sun ingress to Aries/SPRING EQUINOX at 6:45 pm EDT
– Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn
We have to turn a corner in our interactions with others in order to be able to build up the emotional and material security we need and can make progress with our projects and causes, especially in those cases where we have been feeling unsupported and unaccomplished. In the same sense as the winter cannot last much longer, even though it seems to be holding on with a firm grip, shall we see change and progress soon. Current struggles are part of the transitional process we’re undergoing. They are only temporary and will lead to more appreciation of the simple pleasures life has to offer.
The Sun’s ingress to Aries later tonight at 6:45 pm EDT marks the Vernal Equinox and the beginning of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. Day and night are of equal length today, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the side of the light. This is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, where now autumn begins. All solar festivals are quarter days in the wheel of the year that start a new season and are therefore relevant for the duration of it. However, the spring equinox can have influence over the entire year by revealing the trends that will ‘shoot up’ like the germs that pierce the harsh crust of the soil at this time of the year. The festival itself is sacred to dawn, the east, the morning star and to youth. Eostre (from whose name the direction East and the holiday Easter is derived) is a dawn goddess of the Saxons, like Aurora and Eos. Just as the dawn is the time of new light, so is the Vernal Equinox the time of new life. Holidays in March are dedicated to all the great fertility goddesses, who show themselves in the blossoms, the leaves on the trees, the sprouting of the crops, the mating of birds and the birth of young animals. In the agricultural cycle, it is time for planting. We are assured that life will continue. Consequently, the Sun’s transit through Aries corresponds to a time of emergence, “birth”, new beginnings and strong self-expression, when we feel the urge to initiate action on our behalf, to pioneer things and to conquer unchartered territories; when self-determination, impatience and willfulness are on the rise and when we are courageous, fierce and impulsive, even daring, as we’re pushing forward. Moreover, during this period will we be strongly inclined to assert our animus or the yang principle and thus show a tendency to act from an instinctual and primal level.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 29:27 Pisces states:
“A majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it as his ideal of greatness and as he grows up begins to look like it. Keynote: The power of clearly visualized ideals to mold the life of the visualizer – ARCHETYPALIZATION.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 288)
The Pisces New Moon, which is a Total Solar Eclipse, transpires at 5:36 am EDT this morning, setting the ‘tone’ for the next half year and, in some cases, even years to come. A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up exactly as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun.
However, the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon. Thus, we don’t see a total occultation, instead our attention is captured by this ‘fiery’ circle of light that dominates the sky with its allure and is an ‘omen’, not only for things to come, but also in the sense of a ‘portal’, leading right into the ‘heart of darkness’. Things that have been eclipsed in the area of our life, represented by the house in our natal chart, where the Eclipse has an impact, have now a chance to be brought into the light of day/conscious awareness, triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings. Eclipses belong to a larger pattern or series; each Eclipse is a member of a family and each family has specific characteristics. The current Solar Eclipse is a member of the Saros Series 17 South, which means the Pisces New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct the South Node of the Moon, a point of extraction that is triggering the release and filtering of accumulated energies. This Saros Series was the last time around in March 1997 (look for the common theme). It has Jupiter on the New Moon/Uranus midpoint and Venus/Pluto midpoint and the Node on the midpoint of Mercury and Venus, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:
“The issues with this family of eclipses are of sudden success in group projects or personal relationship matters. Happiness in love, thinking of love matters, good news concerning relationships or creative expression with a group.”
(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark”, Appendices, Page 333)
A vision that has been formed over a long period of time or something we’ve been yearning and waiting for rather desperately is finally materializing and it’s affecting us in such a profound way that a ‘whole new life’ will be born from it out of which new possibilities arise and these in turn will shape our development and future.
Tarot card of the day is the “Queen of Wands”, suggesting that we’re renewing ourselves as we’re summoning our creative energy and approach our life’s situations energetically and confident. We are not afraid of challenges and use our tremendous energy constructively as well as within the scope of our capabilities, which means we’re equipped to be successful and to effectively multi-task.