It’s an incredibly intense and exciting equinox followed by the Full Super Moon on March 20. It is a time of clarity and intention for spiritual seekers—an opportunity to move more deeply into the light and awaken inner abilities. In a sense, it is an elevator ride for those who are ready to know more, express the essence of the heart, and move more into their inner being.
Sun in Aries marks the beginning of a new cycle, the return of the light, which brings equivalent day/nights. It urges us to balance the light and darkness within ourselves. (The light leads and sustains on a spiritual quest; the dark nourishes the unknown and undiscovered within us. By exploring the darkness, we integrate the unknown and find gifts and treasures.)
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun (life, light) is “A Woman Has Risen Out of the Ocean, A Seal Is Embracing Her.” The sea refers to mass or group (emotional) consciousness, which shapes our lives until we become conscious enough to seek new land. The seal represents a creature that is equally comfortable on the earth and in the sea. Overall, the symbol speaks about the emergence of life into a physical form that reflects our inner being and conscious spiritual desires.
The Moon (emotions, the mother) is in Libra, a sign of beauty and balance. The Moon trines (harmonious) Mars (action), allowing our emotions to align with action. The Moon trines Pluto (subconscious, transformation), and this aspect gives the power to unravel secrets and alter our emotions to transmute old patterns and create a better life. The Moon also conjuncts Super Galactic Center, a black hole that can represent darkness or enlighten us about our relationship with the dark or unevolved parts of life (personal or outer world.)
Mercury remains retrograde until March 28. It sits in Pisces, casting a spell of mild tiredness and weary confusion. (Mercury retro always does this.) However, its symbol is “A Master Instructing His Disciplines”, which may refer to the importance of transcending lower emotions such as moving through small frustrations and having patience when electronics and/or communications refuse to cooperate.
On a higher level, Mercury’s retrograde in Pisces brings conflicting emotions to the surface. Often, we have two voices or two feelings about a situation, and we vacillate about them without finding the answer. Mercury retro encourages remembering that the answers are in the heart, and it’s how we transcend duality. That’s the lesson. (Mercury sextiles (positive) Mars (action), Saturn (karma, structure), and Pluto (underworld, transformation), so there are many influences to help in finding clarity.)
Venus (love, partnerships, art) sits in Aquarius, a somewhat detached air sign. It encourages detachment from passion with a focus on spirituality and humanity. On the interesting side, Venus prefers the unusual and eccentric in this position. Venus squares (tension) Mars, asking for communion between the male/female sides of the self. The planet also sextiles (positive) Jupiter (good fortune), encouraging expansion in spiritual pursuits and love for humanity at large.
Mars (action, male) in Taurus helps with strength in action, particularly changes in the physical world. The planet trines (positive) Saturn, which gives clarity in action and a strong sense of structure. Mars also trines Pluto, aligning our consciousness with hidden resources and power.
Jupiter (good fortune) in Sagittarius asks for pursuit of spiritual quests. It indicates expansion comes from this course of action. Jupiter trines Uranus (sudden change, quantum field), and the aspect can create unexpected good fortune or the simple feeling of alignment with the good in life. Jupiter squares (tension) Neptune (mysticism, idealism), asking for resolution between higher growth and mystical insights and/or dreaming.
Saturn (karma, limitation) sits in Capricorn tends to rule the world through finance and corporations. It sextiles Neptune (mysticism, idealism), which means our spiritual ideals and dreams may influence the flow of its energy. Saturn also conjuncts (close to) Pluto, which can awaken the underground energy or result in the creation of a new system of resources.
Uranus (sudden change, awakening) squares (tension) Pluto (underworld, transmutation), and it continues the process of pressuring us to examine our personal and global underworld to find the darkness and transmute it.
Overall, it’s an excellent chart for those who are prepared to reach a higher level of being. Certainly, it is a starting point for a big and positive shift.
- It’s a wonderful chart for awakening, which supports growth and movement in our spiritual life. Sun in Aries, Mercury in Pisces, and Jupiter in Sagittarius encourage a state of receptivity to spiritual insights.
- Sun, Moon, and Mercury square Jupiter, so we’re asked to consider how our lives, emotions, and thoughts are out of sync with the higher forms of good fortune and growth. (For example, we may know that we need to exercise more, but our habits and thoughts don’t support it.)
- There’s an opportunity to glimpse our darkness—or how we become stuck there—with Moon conjunct Super Galactic Center. Part of the quest of the equinox is balancing darkness and light as nothing can exist in physical form without both dualities.
- Mercury retro in Pisces stirs the waters and brings our conflicting emotions and thoughts to the surface. Again, centering or balancing is the goal, and we center through attention on the heart space.
- The significant energy of a full moon (fruition) on the equinox hints at the appearance of a new cycle and a new phase of life.
Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill
Sun is on Aries 1, “A Woman Has Risen Out of the Ocean, A Seal Is Embracing Her.” The symbol speaks of leaving the sea of conception through a conscious decision. A physical creature embraces and welcomes her. The symbol speaks of a new beginning, created by the light of consciousness.
Moon sits on Libra 1, “A Butterfly Preserved and Made Perfect with A Dart Through It.” The symbol refers to the preservation of beauty by artificial means—or capturing a moment or event that is displayed repeatedly in our consciousness. The answer lies in opening to the movement of the past and flowing into the future by transcending a frozen or stuck moment in time.
Mercury retrograde is placed on Pisces 19, “A Master Instructing His Disciples”. With Mercury retrograde in an emotional water sign, the symbol could easily refer to the importance of transcending emotion by centering in the heart. After all, it’s how we overcome oscillation. (Many recent astrological charts could refer to tests associated with spiritual growth.)
Venus sits on Aquarius 24, “A Man Turning His Back on His Passions Teaches Deep Wisdom from His Experience.” It’s an interesting symbol for Venus, the planet of love and relationships. Ironically, we often find greater love for our fellow humans and important “loved” ones by understanding the causes of our desires and passions. At this point, we may find our spiritual quest and/or a greater connection with the universe, which allows us to move into universal love, which ignites compassion and understanding.
Mars is placed on Taurus 24, “An Indian Warrior Riding Fiercely with Human Scalps Hanging at his Belt.” The Oracle warns of territorial pursuits, revenge, and conquests, which only lead to nightmares (eventually). Although we may feel victimized, it’s important to remember we have the power to change our lives and the energies around us.
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.If you would like to seek additional spiritual change and insight into your life, please contact me for information about an intuitive session.