Friday, March 20 is a HUGE day!!! The Vernal Equinox, a full Solar Eclipse, a New Moon, and the Sun moves in Aries (heralding a new astrological year) – all on this day. It also is the Pagan holiday called Ostara. Oh, and if all this isn’t enough, Saturn turned retrograde on March 14 and Pluto is currently (again) square Uranus. Here’s what all of that means.
According to www.aquariuspapers.com, “This Solar Eclipse will have a very beneficial stabilizing effect for a very long time. All eclipses shut something down, taking away elements of our lives no longer true for us. Over the next 4+ years many will go through endings while finding forms of deeper and wider compassion and connectedness with people and experience…… Because this Eclipse lasts 4 hours and 9 minutes from start to finish, it’s of extremely long duration, so will have an impact for about 4 years and 2 months. Thus it will have effects for a long time to come, so it’s good that we have several productive and harmonizing aspects in play at the Eclipse. Here we open to seeing what has been and what is with new “eyes of compassion,” and can bless and forgive much as we envision new ways of living, feeling, and relating to our human-ness. Whatever is cleared out will create a void that is sure to attract new forms of Pisces energy as the old ones get cleared out.”
Vernal Equinox/Autumnal Equinox in Southern Hemisphere
It’s true. You really can balance an egg on its end at the exact moment of the Vernal Equinox, which occurs at 6:45 pm eastern time on Friday. The Equinox is all about balance – day and night, light and dark. As we move into Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, we move toward the light and the warmth of the sun, and of course, the opposite is true in the Southern Hemisphere.
Moving into the Sign of Aries
The astrological calendar begins with the sign of Aries, so this is a time of new beginnings. Aries, a Fire Sign, gives us energy and impetus to do what needs to be done. During Aries, we bring to fruition what we’ve been dreaming during Pisces!
Have you planted your potatoes yet? You should have had them in the ground at St. Patrick’s Day, but if not, plant them this weekend. New Moon energy is all about beginnings too, and about setting your intentions for what you want to manifest in your life. Create a goal book or a vision board to motivate yourself toward reaching your goals!
Uranus/Pluto Square and Saturn Retrograde
If the theme of finding balance, closing old chapters in our lives, and being open to new experiences need any more reinforcement, these astrological events provides that reinforcement. Pluto and Uranus have been square each other seven times over the past few years, and this final square for some time to come will influence our behaviors as we move into new beings. Saturn stays retrograde until August 2.
The Pagan holiday that celebrates the Vernal Equinox is named after the Goddess Eostre, a fertility goddess. One of her animal familiars was the Lunar Hare, representing love, fertility and growth and was associated with the Moon and dawn. In ancient Anglo-Saxon myth, Ostara is the personification of the rising sun, depicted with a hare’s head or ears. She is associated with the spring, fertility and resurrection. She is the friend of all children and to amuse them, she once changed her pet bird into a Hare. This hare laid brightly colored eggs, which the goddess gave to the children as gifts. It’s easy to see how this holiday was transformed by Christians into the resurrection story, with the Easter Bunny and colored eggs as a part of the story.
So, given all these events on Friday, contemplate this: what do you need to release from your life? What do you need to begin? How do you celebrate light in your life?
Many blessings to you,