16. März 2018
An astrological-analytical look at the stars, planetary movements, seasonal phenomena, and the world at large, by Uli Mai
It’s the day of equal light and darkness, and it’s the astrological New Year!
On March 20th, the Sun enters Aries, sign of spring. The transition from Pisces to Aries is a watershed moment. Pisces is the sign of solitude, sensitivity, dissolution of the individual self. It’s is the last sign of the Zodiac, and it’s a lot about endings. Aries on the other hand is a cardinal sign, initiating, on fire and inspired. It’s about the new, about beginnings and action.
Zero Aries leads us to the heart of past civilisations and many mysteries. The day of equal nights and days was an important marker for many old cultures, the moment to shake off the bonds of winter, and welcome back the life-giving Sun. Babylonians celebrated Spring Equinox more lavishly than any other holiday; Egypt’s Great Sphinx was erected gazing eastward, so the first rays of the Equinox Sun would illuminate her face. The Northern European people of stone-age Menhir cultures used this knowledge for building their Henges, and there is evidence that in France’s prehistoric caves, paintings were placed according to illumination on Equinox day.
Humans have been celebrating and calculating the movement of the Sun for ten thousands of years, and probably much longer. 0 Aries is arguably the Zodiac’s most energetically charged point, and it’s a marker for a phenomenon called precession which marks the World Ages. Because the constellations move (albeit very slowly), the Sun illuminates different constellations on Equinox day through the millenia. Currently, the Sun sits in the Fishes on March 20th, which is why we still live in the Piscean Age! Contrary to popular belief, the Age of Aquarius has not yet begun; it will in around 100-200 years, when on March 20th, the Sun will move through the constellation of the Waterbearer…
Astrologically, you can use the planetary positions of the Equinox moment to determine the flavour of the next 3 months. This years’ chart has two important features: the Moon is going to be in Taurus, forming an exact supportive aspect to Saturn. With all the turmoil happening in Spring and early Summer, there will be still a chance to stay serene. You’ll want to build some real structures that make you feel comfortable and that last. Don’t neglect simple pleasures like food, massage, and tenderness. Gardening and smelling the roses can soothe your nerves considerably.
The second feature is a conjunction of Mercury and Venus in Aries, receiving some heat from Pluto in Capricorn. Whatever your goals are, you will have a lot of self-determination to accomplish. If you want to break free from unwanted structures or obligations, you will work tirelessly towards that aim, and be able combine charm and directness in a productive way. However, you’ll have to withstand considerable pressure from authorities, or from power structures in relationships, in order to achieve what you want.
Image: ESA/NASA. Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency took this striking photograph of the moon from his vantage point aboard the International Space Station on March 28, 2016. Peake (@astro_timpeake) shared the image on March 30 and wrote to his social media followers, „I was looking for #Antarctica – hard to spot from our orbit. Settled for a moonset instead.“
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