Astro-Notes on March 20, 2019 – Spring Equinox and Libra Full Moon

The Sun’s ingress to Aries at 2:58 pm PDT and crossing over the Aries Point marks the Spring Equinox and the start of the astrological year, when we not only celebrate the arrival of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, but also International Astrology Day. We’re standing at the alpha point of the zodiac again, where the ‘personal becomes political’. 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 as it falls on the Aries point. 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.

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Consequently, the Sun’s transit through Aries corresponds to a time of emergence, “birth”, new beginnings and self-assertiveness, when we feel the urge to initiate action, 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. We will be strongly inclined to express our animus or the yang principle during this period and thus show a tendency to act from an instinctual and primal level.

However, this year’s Aries ingress leads right into the Libra Full Moon, which is a rare occurrence indeed and not only that – it’s the 3rd and final Full Super Moon in a row. This means that this new solar year starts with a culmination and this happens on the world axis with the Full Moon in the relationship sign Libra and the Aries Sun approaching a conjunction with Chiron, the wounded healer. The Full Moon also forms a quincunx to Uranus in Taurus.

Thus, the completions and new beginnings associated with this powerful Full Moon bring a confrontation with a wound that involves our self-assertion and sense of identity or role in a relationship situation, where an adjustment to a change in our routines is required and we need to make some progress. Both, Mars, the ruler over the sign Aries (dispositing the Sun and Chiron) and Venus, the ruler over the sign Libra (Full Moon) are in square aspect to each other and tie in Pluto in Capricorn, Vesta in Pisces and Eris in Aries. If we want to pursue our intentions and be successful with our initiatives and actions we have to change our values and priorities. Moreover, we have to be resourceful and persistent in our efforts as well as unflinching in our dedication and focused on ‘winning’, while promoting our self-interests and marketing ourselves. We need to mean business.

As the Pisces lunation cycle reaches its climax with the Libra Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Libra New Moon back in October of 2018 also comes to fruition. In the symbolical language of the Sabian Symbols we get the following story: ‘In the quiet of his study a creative individual experiences a flow of inspiration’ (SS for the Pisces NM), which is resulting in him ‘becoming the embodiment of an archetype’ (keynote of the SS for the Libra FM) – in his dedication to this ‘perfect or idealized life’ he’s morphing into the role he has envisioned. Whereas ‘the boat that was in need of reconstruction after a storm’ (SS for the Libra NM from October 8) has been replaced by ‘a woman rising from the sea, a seal is embracing her’ (SS for the Aries Sun) – the repairs that have been ‘carried out’ have led to ‘the emergence of new forms, to potentiality and the impulse to be’ (keynote of the SS for the Aries Sun) that what we ‘embrace’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 0:09 Libra states:
“In a collection of perfect specimens of many biological forms, a butterfly displays the beauty of its wings, its body impaled by a fine dart. Keynote: The immortal archetypal reality that a perfect and dedicated life reveals – MADE SACRED, becoming the embodiment of an archetype.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 0:09 Aries states:
“A woman just risen from the sea. A seal is embracing her. Keynote: Emergence of new forms and of the potentiality of consciousness – IMPULSE TO BE.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 170-172 and 49-51)

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Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Wands”, suggesting that we’re coming out on top of a situation as things are going well and projects move right along. Thus, we seize the opportunity, are firm and act resolutely as we’re going after what we want. We stand our ground and show determination, even in the face of adversity. Our inner strength and tenacity give us the ability to meet all challenges head-on.

While Uranus was in Aries – my personal story

Zodiac_signs_Aries_sign_on_a_red_background_047509_ Uranus is placed in the 1st house of my chart and rules the 6th house of service, health and daily routines in my horoscope. Aries is the first sign of the tropical zodiac. It is a cardinal fire sign and related to emergence, beginnings, initiatives, action, conquering etc. The sign Aries begins in my 8th house and is on the cusp of my 9th house.

Uranus transiting through my 8th house (shared values, intimacy, joint ventures, mortgages etc.) finally ended my marriage, thereby liberating me from a relationship and circumstances that felt suffocating, while at the same time relieving me from shared debts and ventures. I got my freedom and independence back. For the first time (Aries) since I had moved to Canada I truly ventured out on my own and was completely on my own in this foreign country.

In March 2011 when Uranus had settled into Aries I was sending out resumes again, actively engaging in a job hunt, and once he was at 4 Aries in quincunx aspect to my Mars, I got hired. It was not a job I wanted and only a part time position, but I took every shift I could get in addition to the ones assigned to me and worked my way up, so to speak. And then, in 2013 with Uranus at 9 Aries, forming a trine with my Mercury (chart ruler), an opportunity came along to get a full-time position in a city I wanted to live in – Stratford, Ontario.

Although I didn’t get the position I had applied for, I got offered a job with benefits and regular hours for which I needed to train a lot. Besides, I was now living in Stratford and looking forward to exciting and fun weekends with my daughter, who would visit with me regularly on every 2nd weekend. However, once t Uranus in Aries engaged in a square to my Ceres (13 + in house 5), followed by a quincunx to my natal Uranus and a semi-sextile to my Chiron (14+), my daughter told me that she would move to Timmins for her certification as a licensed aircraft mechanic. Timmins is way up in Northern Ontario. My daughter could only come a couple of times during the year for a visit due to the long drive (almost 10 hours one way). Thus, I felt really lonely then and my environment had lost its appeal to me, especially since I didn’t have a circle of friends there.

However, my daughter and I had started to go on mini vacations or spend long weekends together – per example, we stayed in Toronto one Easter weekend and did something special for Canada Day weekend etc. So, as Uranus contacted my Venus and Neptune (17+) we flew to the Dominican for a 5-day all-inclusive stay in a resort. It was our first time on a real vacation on an tropical island and it was extraordinary (Uranus).

But when Uranus retrograded and contacted natal Pluto, Uranus and Chiron again in June of that year and the months following, I fell sick and got misdiagnosed, which let to me visiting the emergency room of the hospital regularly and getting one antibiotics treatment after another. It was a period of irritation, ordeals and uncertainty, during which I experienced a few gallbladder attacks the doctors didn’t recognize as such, because they were focusing on something different.

Once Uranus had reached the end of my 8th house and moved into a quincunx with my 3rd house (immediate environment, locality) Sun (22+) and a trine with my 4th house Pallas in Sagittarius (I was actively pursuing strategies to move to the west coast), my daughter was sending out job applications to BC, because she wanted to live there. She was done with Ontario and so was I – I knew I needed a fresh start as well. My daughter moved to Vancouver Island at the end of August and then found a nice condo for us in October.

Uranus hit my 9th house (long distance travel, expanding of horizons, perspectives) cusp (23 Aries) and engaged in a sextile with my 10th house North Node/trine 4th house South Node (line of destiny, axis of fate), when I followed her across the continent at the end of October 2016 after I had resolved my household. Another adventure lay ahead of us. We both started a new chapter in our life. I was still struggling with my health though, until a visit with a naturopath (a first time) led to the discovery of gallstones and subsequently put me on a waiting list for surgery.

Although I had gotten a transit from my store, where I worked in Ontario, to a store in Langford, they didn’t give me a full-time job here. Basically, I ended up with the job I had started out with when I got hired in 2013. Understandably, I was very upset and unhappy with the situation, especially since I had to work all these crazy shifts again and couldn’t spend as much time on the weekends with my daughter as we had planned. When Uranus reached 27 degrees of Aries and formed adjusting aspects to my IC/MC axis (private and professional life), I got surgery – my gallbladder (Mars, ruler over Aries) was removed and after that I quit my job with my daughter insisting to support us on her own until I would find work again . Uranus was in sextile aspect to my 6th house Saturn  when I started looking for a full-time office job and enjoying my time off work, while recovering.  In November 2017 I got a full-time job as service coordinator in a fire alarm company (Aries), where I’ve been working since.

Astro-Notes on March 6, 2019 – Uranus ingress to Taurus and Pisces New Moon

Early this morning at 00:26 am PST did Uranus, the awakener, the planet of revolution, technology and rebellion, move from assertive, action-oriented Aries into sensual, earthy Taurus. Uranus already dipped into Venus-ruled Taurus for a short time last year from May 15 to November 6, when we got a first taste of this energy. It takes Uranus 84 years to travel around the zodiac. Thus, the last time he has been transiting through Taurus was from 1935 to 1942. Over the course of the next 7 years will we see similar trends surfacing as happened back then.

While Uranus is about unconventionality, unpredictability, the future, inspiration, innovation, instability, disruptions, chaos, change, reform, liberation, independence and progress, shaking things up or turning them upside down, electrifying the airwaves and sudden and unexpected developments, Taurus is related to stability, steadfastness, security, comfort, ownership, complacency, substance, sustenance, attachment, materiality, worth, routines, repetition, persistence, endurance, sensuality, gratification, immovability, stubbornness, getting stuck in a rut, accumulating and slow build-up.

Thus, we can expect to see new trends surrounding currency, banking and finances (i.e. bitcoin), including changes in housing and stock markets, liberation from attachments, shocking disruptions to our sense of security and stability, sudden awakenings to the impermanence of things, innovations and new technologies concerning sustainable and organic systems and a lot more. There could be an increase in earthquakes; unexpected events might jolt us out of our comfort zones and our routines might be subject to change and improvisation and all of these could be very unsettling.

This major energy shift ushers in a new lunation cycle in Pisces with the New Moon conjunct Vesta and Neptune, the ruler of the sign Pisces. Although this is an auspicious time to set intentions toward letting us be guided by our intuition, imagination, vision and higher ideals and values, we have to beware of illusions, deceptions, addiction, escapism, wrong idols and projections. Moreover, during this cycle we could experience heightened sensitivity or vulnerability and be receptive towards all kind of influences. Revelations and insights could lead to illumination and self-awareness. On the other hand, we could also feel uncertain and unsure, confused, clueless, victimized and overwhelmed. The more important is it to let go of expectations and go with the flow instead.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 15:47 Pisces states:

“In the quiet of his study a creative individual experiences a flow of inspiration. Keynote: Reliance upon one’s inner source of inspiration or guidance – SUBJECTIVE STRENGTH.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 278-279)

Tuning in to our centre (Vesta) and drawing inspiration from there will not only provide us with guidance, but also help us to focus our intent and dedicate us to a cause that could require devotion, compassion and sacrifice on our part.

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Tarot card of the day is the “3 of Pentacles”, a card that refers to encouragement due to cooperation and collaboration. Teamwork and planning are the essential ingredients toward the achievement of our goals. We’re taking the next step toward becoming established. Improvement of our situation and success are possible if we apply the necessary effort and show persistence.