Top Tips For The Equinox

 

The Sun enters Aries this week on March 20, 2019 at 21:58 GMT. This is the Sun’s annual ‘fresh start’ as it moves to 0 degrees Aries and begins a new cycle of the zodiac. Western astrology is aligned to the seasonal points, the Summer & Winter Solstice in June and December, The Spring & Autumnal Equinoxes in March and September.

This is the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere (Autumn Equinox in the southern hemisphere). In honour of the Sun’s new zodiac cycle, here’s how to make the most of this pivotal point in the year.

1. Spring Into Action

There’s a physical quality to Aries, due to the fact that this is a competitive sign and Aries likes to win. Aries’ ruling planet, Mars, is linked to strength & stamina and martial arts are named after the God of War.

Whether you’re training for a marathon or you’re leaping into a yogic warrior pose every morning, this is the perfect time to start a physical activity that makes you feel strong and invincible.

2. Healthy Habits

Many people use the start of the year to begin a New Year’s resolution and commit to healthy habits. Dry January is a regular fixture in our house. Yet, it makes more sense to use the Equinox energy to focus on your health. The weather is less grim and cold and summer means less clothes!

Start a detox, eat smaller portions or any other new habit that boosts your energy levels. The Sun in Aries takes place during Lent, a four week chapter which completes on April 19th. You might decide it’s not about giving something up for you. Instead, add a daily habit or some healthy tweaks to your diet or routine. Honour your body. Aries mantra: “my body is a temple”.

3. Be Spontaneous

Fire signs, like Aries, are the ‘just do it’ brigade. Aries in particular is the expert at starting something new. This isn’t about the mind and thinking things through. Instead it’s about spontaneous action, immediacy, acting without thinking.

This can be seen as foolish, which is why The Fool card in the Tarot is linked to Aries energy, the first card of the tarot deck. There’s a naive innocence to the sign of Aries. Yet, how many times do you look back on your life and think ‘if I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be where I am now’.

IMPORTANT NOTE. During the Equinox, communication planet, Mercury, remains retrograde. Therefore, think of the next few weeks as key stepping stones, leading you closer towards your goals. The important dates are March 28th, when Mercury turns direct, April 5th, the New Moon in Aries & April 17th, the day Mercury enters Aries. Take one step at a time and set your intentions now.

4. March Into Spring

Aries is the sign of the crusader, the white knight of the zodiac, ready to go into battle to fight a good cause. Mars is God of War in mythology. This is the perfect time of year to join a march, stand up for what you believe in, defend the weak and fight for peoples’ rights.

An independent sign, Aries understands that you only need one person to make a difference. One small act can impact in a huge way. Don’t wait for other people to start a revolution. If there’s something you feel strongly about, here’s your opportunity.

5. The Sap Is Rising

Mars rules your libido and it’s the planet linked to sexuality and passion. The birds and the bees are getting in on the act at this time of year and new life is budding. You only need to step out into the countryside or go for a walk to notice that the animal world is starting to feel frisky.

Plus, sex has a huge number of physical benefits as it releases oxytocin and other feel-good hormones into your body, which can ease pain, boost your mood, even help smooth your wrinkles! In the words of Aries soul-singer Marvin Gaye (b. April 2 1939), ‘Let’s get it on’.

6. Big Yourself Up

If you’ve seen a true Aries in action, they are not afraid to tell you how good they are at their job or to reel off their impressive list of credentials. Aries tends to be brilliant at self-advertisement, even if it sometimes can flip into arrogance or boasting.

Yet, diva like behaviour isn’t always a bad thing as it gets you noticed and it’s a good thing to love yourself. In a world where modesty is a revered quality, it doesn’t do any harm to let the world know who you are. Celebrate your individuality and focus on your personal strengths. Be more Aries and let your confident self do the talking.

7. Sow Seeds

Aries is the initiator of the zodiac, where new beginnings take place and new life comes into being. This is the ideal time of year to sow seeds, whether you’re doing so in your garden or greenhouse or in life in general. What small steps can you take right now that will plant an acorn or a seed in someone’s ear that can grow into something bigger over time?

Even if you don’t have a clear picture of where you’re heading, what you start can lead you down a new path in life. Some projects will work out, some will fall by the wayside, just like seeds – some germinate, some never make it. Yet the more seeds you sow, the greater your chance of success.

Where To Make A Fresh Start?

Here’s a quick guide to specific areas where renewal or a fresh start are recommended. Read both your Sun Sign and your Ascendant sign, if you know it:

  • Aries: Your image, profile, name; how the world sees you
  • Taurus: Your inner world, self care, retreat, your spiritual life
  • Gemini: Your social life, group connections; you out in the world
  • Cancer: Your career & vocation in life; your status & reputation
  • Leo: Your lust for travel or knowledge; the bigger picture, your beliefs
  • Virgo: Your joint finances & shared resources; the metaphysical world
  • Libra: Your relationships, personal & professional; your enemies
  • Scorpio: Your work & routine; your lifestyle & health
  • Sagittarius: Your love of play, where you find joy; children, love affairs, creativity
  • Capricorn: Your home & family; your past & where you come from
  • Aquarius: Your community; the way you communicate & get from A to B
  • Pisces: Your personal money; what you value highly in life

Happy Equinox!

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Full Moon Libra: Taking Sides

 

Full Moon [0 Libra 09]

– March 21, 2019 (01:43 GMT)

This week’s Full Moon is one of the most important Full Moons of the year, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it takes place only a few hours after the Equinox when the Sun enters Aries. The light of the Sun (consciousness, clarity) and the light of the Moon (knowingness, intuition) peak at the same time. Inner & outer are closely aligned.

Also, this Full Moon takes place at 0 degrees of the Aries/Libra axis, a potent degree. In four weeks time, on April 19th, there’s a second Full Moon cutting across the same axis of the zodiac at 29 degrees Aries/Libra, another potent degree. Therefore, what comes to light during this Full Moon resonates and repeats in four weeks time. A beginning & an ending.

Finally, the Sun sits next to Chiron at 1 degree Aries during the Full Moon. Therefore, themes of healing and wounding, insight and forgiveness are strong during this first Full Moon in Libra. If your birthday is this week, expect a powerful time of illumination and revelation.

Aries/Libra Axis

During the Full Moon, the Moon is in Libra, the sign of relationships, opposing the Sun in Aries. This axis of the zodiac is about the self (Aries) v. the other (Libra) and this is where we learn about relationships. A Full Moon reminds us of life’s polarities by its very nature. The King (Sun) and Queen (Moon) of the heavens look at each other from across the zodiac.

The relationship theme is especially prevalent during these two Full Moons in Libra. The challenge may be how you keep your own identity when you’re in relationship to others, either personally or professionally.

Relationships are great teachers but can be tricky to negotiate when a union or partnership lasts for a long time. You see more closely the balance of the scales (Libra’s zodiac symbol) as they swing up and down. At times, you’re perfectly aligned. Often, you’re out of sync, even if only slightly.

The ‘two peas in a pod’ scenario may be the perfect goal for some. Yet, the deeper learning comes from seeing and understanding yourself in relation to others. Sometimes, that learning is greatest when your scales are out of balance. When you dive deep into love or another key partnership in your life, you hold up a mirror revealing more about yourself.

Taking Sides

This week’s Full Moon in Libra comes at a time when our world feels out of balance and we are seeing the huge divides within society. Venus rules Libra and, on the day of the Full Moon, Venus is square to Mars. Us versus them; me versus you is not an ideal way to play out this Full Moon energy. That’s the danger, falling into extremism, taking sides.

Instead, focus on Libra’s strengths and aim for relationships based on equality and fairness. Find the places where you unite with other people, our common ground. After all, Venus is currently in Aquarius, the sign ruling the collective.

Plus, Venus in Aquarius makes a positive sextile aspect to Jupiter in Sagittarius on the same day as the Full Moon/Venus square Mars combination. Jupiter rules faith, Sagittarius rules truth. The Venus/Jupiter connection is the way to rise above petty squabbles & ugly divisions within society. Be philosophical about your own relationship challenges. When in doubt, know that Jupiter expands what it touches and Venus rules love & Love.

You can be pulled in different directions during this Full Moon phase or find a way to bring opposing factors together so they complement each other.

It’s worth remembering that a relationship is a product of two people together and sometimes you have little or no say over what the other person says or does. The decisions you make when a relationship’s not working out are just as important as the ones you make when a relationship’s going well.

The Houses/Areas of Life

Aries and Libra symbolism focuses on relationships for everyone but these two signs rule specific areas of your life. These areas are where balance may currently be required. Notice whether your scales are out of kilter or closely aligned. Read both your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign:

  • Aries: Personal goals & self care/relationships & one-on-one partnership
  • Taurus: Retreat & recuperation/work, service, health & fitness
  • Gemini: Friends, groups & networks/self-expression, creativity, children & love affairs
  • Cancer: Career & vocation/home & family
  • Leo: Travel & exploration, seeking meaning/life close to home, neighbours & siblings
  • Virgo: Other peoples’ money & joint resources/personal possessions & values
  • Libra: Relationships & one-on-one partnership/personal goals & self care
  • Scorpio: Work, service, health & fitness/retreat & recuperation
  • Sagittarius: Self-expression, creativity, children & love affairs/friends, groups & networks
  • Capricorn: Home & family/career & vocation
  • Aquarius: Life close to home, neighbours & siblings/ travel & exploration, seeking meaning
  • Pisces: Personal possessions & values/other peoples’ money & joint resources

Happy Full Moon Libra

Aim for Balance, not Division

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Full Moon Virgo: The Art Of Surrender

Mercury conjunct Neptune Pisces – February 19 2019 (06:37 GMT)

Full Moon [0 Virgo 42] – February 19 2019 (15:54 GMT)

This coming week, the Sun enters Pisces on Monday 18th February followed swiftly by the Full Moon on Tuesday 19th February at 0 degrees Virgo. The Sun in Pisces opposes the Moon in Virgo.

Virgo is ruled by Mercury and Pisces’ co-ruler is Neptune. On the same day as the Full Moon, there’s a Mercury/Neptune conjunction at 15 degrees Pisces. Therefore, Pisces energy is coming in with a real whoosh. This could be an emotional Full Moon.

Virgo v. Pisces

During the Virgo Full Moon, there’s usually a sense of busy-ness, when you want or need to be productive and get things done (Virgo’s realm). At this Full Moon, however, the planets in Pisces have the stronger pull.

They are whispering to the Moon in Virgo to give in, to surrender and let go. Consider whether this is relevant for you and how you want to make the most of this strong Pisces energy.

What will bring you fulfilment? You may choose to devote yourself to a creative, romantic, spiritual or caring activity. You may choose to let go and rest deeply and find a spa bath, a warm sea or a fantasy world to lose yourself in.

Whereas Virgo’s ruling planet Mercury enjoys the busyness of the mind, Pisces’ modern ruler Neptune wants to go with the flow, be intuitive and tap into its sensitive nature through dreams and imagination, not words.

Both points of the Virgo/Pisces axis are highlighted now. Through the confusion of ideas, thoughts and feelings which emerge, your goal is to find a route to clarity, efficiency, order. Yet, there might be another way, one that’s connected to not knowing, being willing to go wherever life leads, to surrender to life rather than try to direct it the way you choose.

Mercury’s Shadow Phase

This fits with Mercury’s shadow phase which begins during this Full Moon. I don’t often pay close attention to the shadow phase of Mercury which elongates the three week Mercury retrograde phase to eight weeks.

This time around, there’s a good case to make the most of this extraordinary period when Mercury’s diving deep into Neptune’s realm. If you’re ready to lose yourself, go off piste, experiment, try something different, here’s your opportunity.

The only proviso is if you’re already feeling untethered or unsafe. Mercury, the planet of precision, isn’t comfortable in Pisces’ boundless realm. If you’re in danger of losing your mind or the fine line between madness and creativity tips too far in one direction, don’t cast aside your anchor in gay abandon.

Instead, focus on the earth sign energy that’s currently strong, take one step at a time and feel your way forwards while keeping your feet firmly on the ground.

Mercury’s Long Swim

If you are in a romantic, creative or spiritual phase in your life, know that this will continue throughout March while Mercury is retrograde in Pisces. In fact, it’s only during mid-April, when Mercury finally completes its journey through the star sign that represents wisdom, spiritual knowledge, vulnerability and escapism, that your long swim through Pisces’ realm is finally over.

There’s no one way to experience this boundless Full Moon. Instead, consider the symbolism laid out for you and apply this to your current situation.

What do you need right now? Is life urging you to let go and surrender? Are you willing to sacrifice yourself for the needs of others? Do you want to lead your life differently so you can tap into your subconscious, stir your imagination, listen to your dreams and encourage your creative and/or spiritual source to emerge?

It’s a peak moment in the astrological year when you’re being encouraged to dive in, connect with your self on a deep level and reach outwards to connect with humanity, the universe and life.

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Mars Conjunct Uranus: Handle With Care

Mars conjunct Uranus [29 Aries 11]

– February 13 2019 (06:21 GMT)

Mars is fiery and furious over the next couple of days. The red planet that rules anger and action is currently strong in Aries: the strident activist, the daring hero, the martial arts expert. This Mars knows what it wants and is out to get it. Mars in Aries is fast, direct and takes no prisoners.

This is great news if you need to be assertive, make things happen, take charge. Yet, it’s important to know that Mars is currently teaming up with unpredictable Uranus at the last degree of Aries.  This will fan the flames of Mars as temperatures swiftly reach boiling point.

This is an important planetary conjunction because these two lively, volatile planets have been involved in a love affair for many years. Since 2010/11, Uranus has been in Mars’ sign of rulership, Aries. Last year, 2018, Mars spent almost six months in Uranus’ sign of rulership, Aquarius as Uranus took a six-month vacation in earth sign Taurus. Uranus moved back into Aries in November 2018, when Mars left Aquarius.

Mars/Uranus In The World
One example of how this played out in the world was the Yellow Vest movement in France. The demonstrations began in November 2018 but the movement started in May 2018 with an online petition that grew over the ensuing months, reaching 300,000 signatures by October.
You can see the symbolism clearly here; Mars went underground last year, when it turned retrograde while activism was spreading virally, online and by social media, Aquarius’ domain.
Once Uranus leapt back into Mars’ star sign, Aries in November 2018, the violent demonstrations began, primarily in Paris, but elsewhere in France too over the coming weeks. Anti-government, the people were rioting over higher fuel taxes and demanding an increase in the minimum wage.
Therefore, this week’s Mars-Uranus conjunction in the final degree of Aries is potentially volatile, there are no two ways about it. This is one final clash, one push for victory before Mars leaves Aries on February 14th followed by Uranus leaving Aries on March 6th.
Mars/Uranus – It’s Personal
On a personal level, look at what you’re not prepared to put up with any longer or where you’re ready to get things moving and fast. The Mars/Uranus conjunction can act as a trigger for change.
This planetary combination is independent and excitable, decisive and wilful. It is important to look closely at your motivations and be wary about taking foolish risks. If you’re feeling unsure, use your passion constructively and rein in your impatience. The Mars/Uranus conjunction is the proverbial ‘leap out of the fire into the frying pan’, i.e. acting impulsively can make things worse.

There’s a real danger that this ‘flick-of-a-switch’ Mars is about to be activated and rage out of control. So, take care over the next couple of days. Know that this is a volatile period, do battle when necessary but also trust when to turn the other cheek.

Red Tuesday

I just discovered that today is one of the most popular days to split up! 48 hours before Valentines Day. Rather neatly for this article, the phenomenon is called ‘Red Tuesday’ – red is Mars’ colour, Tuesday is ruled by Mars and Uranus is the planet most often associated with splits, i.e. break ups!

Mars conjunct Uranus – handle with care and take good care!

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