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.
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)
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.