– Sun ingress to Aries at 3:28 am PDT – Spring Equinox
– Moon ingress to Capricorn at 8:30 am PDT
– Third Quarter Moon at 0:13 Capricorn/Aries at 8:58 am PDT
– Venus Rx in Aries semi-sextile Mars in Taurus
– Vesta in Cancer square Jupiter Rx in Libra
Early in the morning, at 3:28 am PDT, did the Sun make ingress to Aries, the first sign of the tropical zodiac, marking the Vernal Equinox and the beginning of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s also the beginning of the astrological year and International Astrology Day.
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 when the Sun enters a cardinal sign and ushers in a new season. Therefore, the energies present at this potent moment are relevant for the duration of it. However, the Spring Equinox can have influence over the entire year, 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 territory; when self-determination, impatience and willfulness are on the rise and when we are courageous, fierce and impulsive, even daring, as we push forward. Moreover, during this period will we be more inclined to assert our animus or the yang principle and also tend to be driven by or act from an instinctual or primal level.
The Spring Equinox this year coincides with the Last Quarter Moon in the Pisces lunation cycle, implicating that the new season and indeed, the new astrological year, is ‘overshadowed’ by a ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’ that challenges us to take charge over our life. We could feel limited or restricted by an issue that has been going on for too long (the Moon is in the last degree of Sagittarius at the time of the Equinox) and is therefore preventing us from starting this new life or starting over.
Mercury in Aries’ square to Juno in Capricorn, who holds a sextile to Neptune in Pisces, in addition to the squares between Vesta in Cancer and retrograde Jupiter in Libra and between Pallas in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius, show that we’re struggling in a relationship situation, where we can’t reach an agreement or get the cooperation needed in order to feel safe or supported and that leaves us disappointed or defeated. No matter how hard we try to reason with others, it seems as though our words are falling on deaf ears or that they are in some way circumventing the problem. Therefore, we might be at a loss at how to deal with this; all we know is that we have to endure this ordeal somehow and this requires that we set our priorities accordingly. We have to make this situation work for us, put in an effort, be patient, realistic and practical (Venus Rx in Aries is semi-sextile Mars in Taurus).
Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Pentacles”, a messenger who brings news about material matters. We have to pay special attention to our health, assets, possessions and resources and cannot take any risks in this regard. However, we’re asked to start and work with what we have and slowly make it grow, one step at a time, while never losing our sense of purpose.