I chose this image of the Cheshire Cat from the exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Imaginary Worlds Alice’s Wonderland, because I know we all feel like we have slipped down a very, very strange rabbit hole. Alice says, It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. The Cheshire Cat says, The Proper order of things is often a mystery to me. You too? as all but his smile disappears.
Spring Equinox 2020 arrives on March 19th at 11:49 PM EDT and on 8:49 PDT and 3:39 UT
This is Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere ion March 20, at 2:49 PM AEDT
This is the earliest Spring Equinox in 124 years (Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere). You can read about why at Space.com EarthSky always has good information March equinox: All you need to know
This Equinox is the moment each year when the Sun returns to the beginning of the Zodiac wheel, leaves the waters of Pisces and rises to fiery Aries. The chart for this Equinox reveals trends for the upcoming season.
There is no way to discuss this year’s Spring Equinox without addressing coronavirus and how it has been affecting the entire world. I’ll analyze how this shows up in the Equinox chart, but want to mention more about it here and also give you links to good articles about it too.
A Medical Intuitive Take on the CoronaVirus by Susan Corso
Spiritual Practice and Awareness to Navigate Crisis by Janet Straight Arrow
Astrology Musings on the Coronavirus by Lynn Hayes
All astrologers knew that 2020 was no ordinary year with the monumental Capricorn emphasis, most especially the widely (and wildly!) discussed once in 500 years conjuction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn exact on January 12th. In ordinary times effects of these important planetary connections manifested later than the actual conjunction, years or even centuries. But in the current moment the effects are manifesting in lightening speed – life as we know it has changed almost instantly! Yet the seeds of this head whipping time were planted as far back as 1989, with the approaching connection of Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn (the Berlin Wall fell down) and more potent seeds were sown when Pluto entered Capricorn in late 2008 (the Great Recession). Now in 2020 the results are in full blown bloom.
One definition of corona is “crown”. Five hundred years ago the last time transformer Pluto and Lord of Structure Saturn were traveling together in Capricorn the power and dominance of the Catholic church began to be toppled with the Protestant Reformation. The next time Pluto was in Capricorn was during the American Revolution which initiated the fall of long reigning monarchies – toppling their crowns! And now the perfectly named coronavirus is collapsing the structures of the entire world! Consider this – when you have tried to change ingrained negative habits without success, often the only thing that forces you to make appropriate changes is illness. Society at large with its greed, over consumption and disregard for the planet itself is sick and in dire need of change, but politicians, world leaders, powerful corporate “monarchies” and financial institutions along with fractured for profit health care industry here in the US resist change and like things just the way they are. Enter coronavirus to say, “Guess what? Like it or not time’s up!”
What new structures will eventually manifest is unknown, but the exciting thing is that we all on the front line! You are not just a witness you are part of the process. Decisions and choices each of us make effect humanity at large into the future, just like the coronaviris pandemic wave pushes through affecting the world at large. It truly is a powerful and fascinating time to be alive! My personal belief is the more we embrace this unavoidable change with light hearts, expanded minds and loving thoughts and action, we will create the best world ever known! May it be so!
Now onto the Equinox chart. The Sun is always at 0 degrees Aries at the moment of the March Equinox and this year like last year finds Centaur Chiron near the Sun both creating a tense T-Square to the North Node (new direction) in Cancer and the South Node (past patterns) in Capricorn. Chiron acts like a key and in Aries wants us to open a door into new and better ways of doing things and leave past paradigms behind and the Aries Sun shines on this dynamic. This T-square represents the challenge of action indicating the choice between lagging behind in old, static structures which only serve the few, or moving forward into new more nurturing and supportive frameworks that benefit all. This challenging pattern also accentuates the Capricorn themes already so obvious this year.
Mars, planet of action, is in Capricorn and as the ruler of Aries is more dominant now. At the Equinox moment Mars forms an exact conjunction with massive Jupiter both at 22* Capricorn. Mars in Capricorn is exalted and manifests as the adult in the room while Jupiter in Capricorn expands the need for better boundaries and works best by holding steady focus on long term goals. Exact conjunctions manifest more forcefully and this one is extremely obvious in the quarantines, boundary closures along with mandatory school and all nonessential business closures too. (Who could ever believe this could happen in our lifetime?!) Jupiter is also near Pluto and not far away from Saturn re-emphasizing the major Capricorn structural themes. Mars connects with Pluto on 3/23 continuing to pressure Pluto’s transformational power.
Saturn is at the very last degree of Capricorn (29*51′) on the Equinox, a ‘charged’ degree even more dynamic because Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn. Saturn is like the stern teacher we hated but we sure learned how to write a good term paper! Saturn at this degree says, “This is your last warning, you must complete the test or fail!” Just a few days after the Equinox Saturn enters Aquarius on 3/22 for the first time in 29 years to give us a taste of what the new structures will be.
The Equinox Moon, which represents the public mood, is in Aquarius in sync with the new energies emerging. An Aquarius Moon longs to bring equality to the common people and the largest asteroid Ceres representing mature nurturing is near the Moon in Aquarius too. Here in the US as I write this there is a multi-billion dollar stimulus bill in Congress for emergency aid to off-set the economic impacts of coronavirus. There is even talk of giving people $1000 in UBI (universal basic income) during this crisis. (What a great idea, thanks Andrew Yang ‘-)
Venus at the Equinox is showing her strength in Taurus, the sign she rules. Taurus rules resources like income and money markets like stock exchanges which have been so volatile lately that it makes you dizzy to look at the ups and downs. Not to mentioned if you own stocks or have a 401K being scared shitless! Is this why everyone is hoarding toilet paper? Venus reaches out to Mars and Jupiter in fellow earth sign Capricorn letting it be known that her helpful hand is here to grasp. All will be well eventually, says Venus, just stay calm and carry on. In other words stop jumping around like a silly jelly bean and let things play out.
Messenger Mercury has returned to Pisces where he was on 2/5 a few days after public health officials like the WHO and CDC made public proclamations that the coronavirus outbreak was a public health emergency of international concern. Mercury in Pisces is a bit fuzzy and was also retrograde from 2/16 – 3/9. Here in the US while Mercury was retrograde in February President Trump was giving the public mixed messages about this outbreak like “It’s a hoax, and will be over by April”. Finally on 2/26 he announced that VP Mike Pence was taking over the cornavirus task force indicating a much more serious approach. Now with Mercury back in Pisces we can expect communication to continue to be confusing about the pandemic and the potential ramifications. At the same time Mercury makes a nice trine to the North Node in Cancer. Cancer is a healing and nurturing sign so even if messaging is confusing the intention is toward the good.
Neptune is in Pisces too, making this the 8th Spring Equinox he has been in the sign he governs. Neptune rules the highest spiritual vibrations along with deception and confusion. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is: In A Gigantic Tent, Villagers Witness A Spectacular Performance. Wow, could this be any more appropriate for this time?! Neptune also rules the oceans and shipping and look what is happening to the cruise line industry!
Finally lets look at Uranus which is at 4* Taurus on the Equinox. If I had to pick one major trigger to this Corona Pandemic it would be Uranus who entered Taurus for this first time in 84 years in May, 2018, then went retro and re-entered Taurus on March 6, 2019 to stay until April 25, 2026. Taurus rules Mother Earth, our home planet and Uranus is both the planet of chaos and enlightenment. Uranus’ symbol looks like a cell tower and has been trying to get us humans to tune into better ways to take care of Mother Earth. Many people are listening and making positive changes, as well as many governments, but sad to say, most are not. Here in the US the Trump administration has rolled back much of the legislation in place for decades that protected the environment, which has also happened in Brazil with the continued destruction of Amazon rain forest, and the same in many other countries too, while the whole world is still heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
When expansive Jupiter entered earth sign Capricorn on 12/2/19 which was another portend of major changes (Jupiter was last in Capricorn in 2008 during the Great Ression) Jupiter made a trine (positive connection) with Uranus on 12/15 but Uranus was retrograding and more internalized then. Now that Uranus has come back to the degree of this trine he is in full active mode. It’s as if Uranus finally got tired of sending out his “Protect Nature” broadcast but getting no response. So in his coyote, lighting bolt guise Uranus Lord of Chaos, said ok folks if you refuse to wake up and take stronger action, I’ll send one of my bolts to jolt you awake! Already it is working as the pandemic reduces carbon emission air becomes cleaner and lives are saved in the process. After the pandemic recedes, it’s up to us, the people, to keep pressure on governments and corporate polluters to maintain better practices into the future. Also at the Equinox, just as Mercury forms a beneficial exact trine to the North Node, Uranus forms an exact trine to the South Node adding more positive potential for the changing structures to be much better than ever before. Yay.
And here is a wonderful quote that you may have seen already, but is worth seeing over and over in these kind of times by Kitty O’Meara who interestingly enough seemed to spring from nowhere, no information on who she is except for these words.