Spring Equinox 2021

Light in the sky – painting by Noriyuki Kobayashi

Spring Equinox 2021 arrives on March 20th at 5:37a EDT, at 2:37a PDT and 9:37 UT
This is Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere on March 20, at 21:37 AEDT

This Equinox marks the beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere. EarthSky always has good background info and has a nice visual of the Sun’s path across the sky too.

This Equinox is the moment each year when the Sun enters Aries and begins the annual journey around the Zodiac Wheel . The chart for this Equinox represents the birth moment of the new season and reveals upcoming trends.

What a difference a year makes! The chart for Spring Equinox 2020 was tense and conflictual, not surprising as this was when the entire world was in or heading into covid lockdown and all the chaos that followed. The chart for Spring Equinox 2021 (cast for Washington DC) is SO much lighter and brighter!

Spring Equinox 2021

The Sun as always at this Equinox is at 0 degrees Aries, the first sign in the zodiac and the first fire sign too. When the Sun moves through Aries it is easier to feel more confident, to stop hesitating and dive into new areas of life. Mars is the ruler of Aries and this year Mars is in airy Gemini which plays well with Aries. Mars is the planet of action and motivation and in Gemini motivates people to lighten up, become more flexible and to have more fun and enjoy life more. Mars entered Gemini right before spring break and the college kids sure did embrace Mars’ energy with pics to prove it! College students return to beaches .

The Moon represents public emotions and is in Gemini too which means people are feeling much happier this year as vaccinations role out and the future seems brighter. Along with this, Mars and the Moon also flank the karmic North Node (at 14* Gemini) highlighting the current compass point guiding humanity toward enlightenment. Gemini rules average people going about their daily lives, so this Mars/North Node/Moon connection at the Equinox brings much happier energy to us all. It’s easier to follow the North Node path to a brighter future!

The mighty planets of Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (structure) are stationed in elevated air sign Aquarius at the Equinox and continue to put extra energy into helping people lift to a higher perspective to take the long view and make smarter decisions, verses reactionary responses that lead to dead ends. Aquarius rules group effort and collective cooperation which bodes well for people being able to come together more, as the divisive energy so pronounced over the last many years gradually begins to wane. Adding to this, at the equinox both Mars and the Moon reach out harmoniously (trines) to Saturn and Jupiter which further expands this positivity!

Communicator Mercury swims lazily through the calm waters of Pisces singing sweet messages of healing and love. Mercury’s lazy river vibe encourages people to relax and let the healing unfold but clashes with Mars in Gemini’s “I want to have fun NOW!”  This challenge is not a major one, but does indicate the contrast between those who want to go back to ‘normal’ life quickly versus those who say to wait until more of the population has been vaccinated and it’s safer to move around freely again.

Satellite dish Neptune remains in Pisces too (in year 9 of his 14 year Piscean journey) vibrating closely to lovely Venus in the last degree of Pisces, the sign in which she is exalted – a beautiful and spiritual signal at the beginning of this new season!  Neptune tunes us into higher spiritual vibrations, but also is the planet of delusion and irrationality. At the Equinox the Moon in Gemini (public mood) forms a square to Neptune, not a heavy-duty slam, but represents  the challenge we are all too familiar with – the way many people believe only what they want to believe, damn the facts! So folks who see a conspiracy everywhere they look are not likely to see anything different soon.

Cell tower Uranus is in year 3 of his 7 year journey through Venus-ruled Taurus and forms the only tense major challenge in the Equinox chart – a 90* square to Saturn in Aquarius. This challenge between Lord of Chaos Uranus and Lord of Structure Saturn is a familiar one. Earth sign Taurus resists change while Aquarius, which Uranus rules, is the sign of revolutionary change. The worldly power structures that have had their way for decades (millennia!) are not ready to let go of their strangle-hold on common people, but as 2020 proved people are rising up and demanding change! How long does it take to turn this massive ship around? The answer is as long as people let the captain fool them into thinking they are heading in the right direction.  People are finally waking up and looking out the portholes to see where the world has been heading and are beginning to demand new captains, yet this square lets us know it is still a difficult process.

Pluto is the planet of ultimate transformation and is the only planet left in Capricorn after last year’s Capricorn planetary stampede. Pluto has only 3 more years in his lengthy Capricorn journey and will enter Aquarius in 2024. In the Equinox chart Pluto stands alone with no big challenge but does have a nice sextile to Venus in Pisces.  Sextiles similar to trines are favorable aspects, but need a push to get the positive energy moving  (trines flow without effort). This means if you want to help transform the existing structures in the outer world and in your own life, tune into the higher love that Venus in Pisces brings. In other words, stop judging what’s going on in the world and stop judging yourself too. When you consciously add more love and understanding,  you will help the inevitable transforming of reality as we know it into a better, more harmonious future. Won’t that be nice!

To sum it all up, if you are sensing that energy is shifting to a more positive level, you are right! There will be fluctuations but the spring tides will carry you through if you maintain an optimistic attitude. Aries represents new beginnings and Spring Equinox 2021 encourages you to leave the past behind. Yes keep your beautiful memories, but let go forever the negative, shadowy past which only exists if you hold onto it. It is time for the world and all of us upon it to wake up and move into a new and better era!

William Wordsworth, poet for all time who was born with Sun in Aries, expresses so well what I wish for you as the new season dawns:

Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.
–William Wordsworth