Nothing is better than moving into spiritual energy, discarding patterns, and mitigating karma. It makes it possible to ascend into the qualities of our higher self—and leave the past behind. The planets offer this opportunity for the equinox on Sunday, March 20.
With lovely, spring-like weather and planets placed in interesting designs, we can contemplate beauty, the dreams of the higher self, and take action to create a better life. With five planets in Pisces, much of the emphasis is on emotion because Pisces is a water sign, symbolized by two fishes (emotions) swimming in opposite direction. If we can reconcile the opposites within the self (the light and darkness), it’s possible to move into a higher dimension or representation of life.
Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune, and Chiron are placed in the sign of Pisces. Mercury in Pisces can be a bit dreamy and slow, and it’s important to make the effort to communicate our visions and dreams. Venus (love, beauty, material pleasures) in Pisces is exalted, meaning it enhances the feeling of esoteric love in relationships and life. Venus and Neptune (mysticism, illusion) in Pisces can feel make life feel (briefly) exquisite before returning to the impact of dualistic energies.
One of the challenges of the equinox is dealing with very different energies. Pisces causes two conflicting emotions, beliefs, or thoughts to come into play—and the sun is on the cusp on Aries. Pisces and Aries are very different. (Aries is an active, male, fire sign with much mental energy, and Pisces is imaginative and dreamy. It prefers to rest and gently ponder.) Once again, we are asked to understand the diverse parts of the self and combine them in a new order.
There is a great deal of focus on karma in equinox chart. On reflection, it’s probably more about knowing what to leave behind than dealing with unresolved issues. Chiron (wounded healer) is also in Pisces. Chiron squares (creates tension) with Saturn in Sagittarius, hinting at the importance of seriously looking at our lives to clear old, limiting emotions and beliefs because they pull us down and away from the opportunity of receiving higher energies.
When we move into higher wisdom, we leave behind things like judgement, lower frequencies, and negative perceptions. (It’s important to point out that we often stop “receiving” them as well.) These changes often mark endings—and new beginnings.
Mars (overall energy, assertion) is placed in the same sign as Saturn (time, limitation.) When both planets are in fiery Sagittarius, Mars can give the power and boldness to move through karmic limitations (patterns) to create positive change. Saturn urges devotion and patience with spiritual teachings, and Mars can lend power in putting our inner vision into physical form.
Jupiter in Virgo (beneficial energy, good fortune) exactly squares Saturn (time, limitation, karma), underscoring the importance of aligning spiritual teachings with physical reality. Virgo holds mystical knowledge and practical information in the physical world.
Jupiter also trines Pluto (transformation, subconscious), which opens a doorway to stepping into a better, metaphysical/physical reality. In other words, we can transform our reality by clearing the subconscious and focusing on a more, positive life.
- Working with two opposite states is the theme for the year. It doesn’t mean all drama comes from us, but it does mean we react to it. If we can calm the emotional reaction, we can often find answers hidden beneath the surface. This is one of the important tests associated with the element of water (Pisces).
- Mars (strength, courage, assertiveness) and Saturn are closely placed. They can give courage, resourcefulness, and strength when working through personal obstacles and challenges. (It’s how we alter karma.)
- Part of personal evolution means leaving things behind. It’s a sacrifice—another Piscean quality. With Neptune in Pisces, we have to see the truth, which may mean seeing beyond our idealism or projection of positive traits on others. It can also mean rewriting our hopes and dreams.
- Bridging between two sides of self—and handling diverse energies—can lead into unknown territory. You find more of the true self by improving your perception of the known (through visualization and appreciation) and discover insights and valuable gifts by exploring the unknown. It’s part of awakening, and it’s all good.
- When we search our soul for answers, the universe helps. It hears and responds to the thoughts and feelings of a focused mind and a loving heart. This practice brings results when nothing else works. This is single-mindedness; it involves staying in rhythm with the universe—and listening with all of your heart with the hope of having and creating a better personal and outer world.
Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.