Spring Equinox, March 20th 2016
By Isaac George
Back before 1994 I hardly paid attention to things like Equinoxes or Solstices. To be honest, I had only a passing fascination with astrology before that year. All that changed and although I had not planned it, my study of astrology and my eventually becoming an astrologer led me into a whole new appreciation and understanding of these four annual primary geocentric events. In fact, it was also the very thing that pointed me back towards the mystery schools and pagan and shamanistic traditions.
This year’s Spring Equinox is happening between two eclipses. We did have a similar situation occur last September, when the Autumnal (Vernal) Equinox occurred between the eclipses of September 13th and the 28th. That was a very powerful time, and in many ways, those eclipses are like bookends to this month’s action. First, the astrology of this month’s Equinox and then I will provide an overview of what I feel the energetic signature and possible manifestations might be over the next six months.
The first ingredient is a wide Grand Trine involving Uranus at 19 Aries, Jupiter Retrograde at 16 degrees of Virgo, and the Moon at 23 Leo. The Moon action is stronger with Uranus, and weaker with Saturn. Frankly, I like using a 3 degree orb, as there is more sensitivity with it. However, because the spiciness of Uranus, this stands out as a significant part of the recipe in Fire signs. The messages here are to get ready for some chaos and creative pushing…but keep examining your motivations for doing anything with the energy! This will be pretty much in force until Jupiter goes direct May 10th. In what manner and to whom will your gifts be in service to is now under the microscope!
Chiron and the South Node are still tightly conjoined, providing a healing balm. Any ancient emotional wounding, replayed in childhood or young adulthood in this lifetime, are still coming up for recognition and healing. Primal fears are included…about connection with Source, and the ability to survive physical demands of this life. Old beliefs around self-sacrifice or loss of boundaries may also be “up”.
Venus and Neptune conjoined in Pisces are a nudging us towards a spiritual love that transcends. This is a highly romantic type of love, but one with a strong spiritual or esoteric flavour. Spiritual romance or themes about soul mates, Twin Flames and/or star-crossed lovers will be prominent. Since they’re roughly opposite Jupiter retrograde in Virgo, any relationship you’re currently in, or wanting to be in, will need a more expansive purpose beyond the personal arena. Service to the healing and transformation of the human condition vis-à-vis recreating our masculine-feminine paradigm will be the focus.
Mars trine Sun in Aries will provide a sense of renewal, both in a felt sense and in practical ways, but since Mars will keep on moving, it’s more of a jet booster and initiation than a sustained push.
Now, Combine Ingredients:
Since this Equinox is between the Solar Eclipse of March 8th-9th and the Lunar Eclipse on March 23rd, and because it has echoes in it from last September’s eclipses, I feel that there is a haunting going on…of unfinished business.
Last September the Solar Eclipse was at 20 Virgo. This year’s Solar Eclipse on March 8-9 was at 19 Pisces. The Equinox Nodal Axis is at 21 Virgo-Pisces, and holds the energy of both Solar Eclipses. This is quite significant I feel, as it illuminates the theme of service to the Goddess (Virgo), which is synonymous with our planet and our human societal structures. Virgo’s ruler is Mercury, but its role is in the capacity of analysing the needs of the moment, not for self-aggrandizement. Those with their natal Sun in the 6th House, especially if in Virgo or Pisces, are almost over-obsessed with service to others. There has to be a real effort to rebalance all outward concerns with inner nourishment. This is also a Piscean theme about nurturance from the spiritual realms.
Within this mixture are the other bookends of the Lunar Eclipse “Blood Moon” of last September 28th and the upcoming one on March 23rd. Now the Aries-Libran theme is activated by the Spring Equinox, just as the pair of eclipses last year was activated by the Fall Equinox. BALANCE is the overriding message…between self and other, and service projected outward versus self-care and nurturing. Extremes aren’t going to work here. Over-devotion or overwork will not produce sustainable results, just as narcissistic pursuits will fail dramatically. With these Cardinal signs juxtaposed with Mutable signs, flexibility is called for. And then, there’s Uranus.
We are just about to leave the Uranus-Pluto cycle that commenced in the March 2011. As Uranus moves further and further away from the square to Pluto after next week, his energy will be more free to initiate without the constraints of Pluto in Capricorn. Uranus and the dwarf goddess planet Chaos conjoin exactly in early June, during a very potent Mutable Grand Cross. I feel that the period between this Equinox and the Summer Solstice is pivotal for all of us and the Planet. Uranus will demand freedom…Eris will demand innovation. Together we have the potential for new creation out of chaos.
In the outer world we will probably see the reaction to all of these celestial impulses as sudden surprising shifts, breakdowns and breakthroughs. The political, economic and social structures will be very challenged to hold their grip on power. People are awakening, and this Equinox and the upcoming transits will probably assure that not one human being will remain unaffected or unmoved. Although we don’t like chaos and crave certainty, the influences of Saturn in Sag, Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo are like a steady hand on the rudder. It will help us make sense out of what looks to be nonsensical.
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To celebrate the Equinox, the mantra or question best utilized would be “Here am I…how can I best contribute?” Real humility is a rarity these days. Perhaps your role is very invisible, or unassuming. Perhaps it will be earth-shaking in scope and reach. I can’t tell. One thing I can say for sure is that the extremism that is evident, whether political, religious or social, is the result of the collective unconscious turning inside-out and revealing itself in our environment. Those beliefs or assumptions that we’ve relied on for so long are being shown to be unworkable and in some cases, simply wrong. Cold Virgoan logic, akin to the Vulcan penchant for mind over emotion, is going to be needed to steer us away from the error of the 1930’s that created fascist movements and global war, a process that in the end, resolved nothing. We now face even greater perils than at that time, and it will take a revolution within our spirituality to create the next evolutionary leap on our world.
Go in peace, and enjoy your ceremonies, or quiet meditations and reflections.
P.S I'll have a blog out by Tuesday morning for the Lunar Eclipse Wednesday. Hang in there!!
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