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Sun Enters Aries – The Equinox And The Beginning Of A New Astrological Year

On March 20th, 2019 the Sun enters Aries and we have the Northern Equinox.

Sun’s entrance in Aries – or Sun at 0° Aries – represents the beginning of a new astrological year. The Sun starts a new journey around the zodiac. No matter where you live on the Earth, the day is equal to the night.

Equinox (‘equi’-’nox’) literally means “equal night.” At the Spring Equinox, day and night are the same lengths.

The reason why the Equinoxes are so powerful is that they are the only times of the year when the day is equal to the night.

No matter where you live, you experience the exact same amount of light and darkness. The Sun and the Moon share the sky as equals.

And it is only when the day and the night are equal, it’s only when the sacred masculine (the Sun) and sacred feminine (the Moon) are in perfect balance, that life can emerge.

It’s this perfect equilibrium that allows new life to be created, that allows creation to set forth its marvels.

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Why The Spring Equinox Is The Beginning Of A New Astrological Year

What does the equinox mean from an astrological perspective? As you know, in a year we have 2 equinoxes and 2 solstices.

The equinoxes happen when the Sun is at 0° Aries and at 0° Libra. The solstices happen when the Sun is at 0° Cancer and at 0° Capricorn.

The 4 degrees mark the “cardinal cross” and represent the 4 points in the sky where the Sun changes direction (as seen from Earth).

 

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All these 4 points are extremely important, but 0° Aries is the most relevant from a “new beginning” perspective because this is when the Sun rises North of the equator (and North = ascension, initiation).

No matter where you live on Earth (in the US/Northern Hemisphere or Australia or Southern Hemisphere), on March 20-21st, the Sun will rise North of the equator. By June 21st (when we have the Cancer solstice) the Sun will reach the Northeast point, and after June 21st, the Sun will start descending or start going South.

Because the Northern Equinox happens when the Sun starts its ascension, we consider the Northern/Aries equinox (March 20-March 21st) the beginning of a new Sun (yearly) cycle.

In many traditions, the time around the Spring/Northern equinox marks a new beginning. The Easter is in fact calculated based on the Equinox. The Easter takes place on the first Sunday (‘Sun’-day) after the first Full Moon after the Northern Equinox.

The Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ (the cardinal cross) in the same way the Sun is ‘resurrected’ from the Southern descent and crosses the celestial equator going from South to North.

What To Expect From The Upcoming Northern Equinox On March 20th, 2019

In 2019, the equinox takes place on March 20th. That’s why March 20 will set the tone for the new astrological year.

If we look at what’s going on in the sky on March 20 (what transits we have) we will know what to expect in the upcoming 12 months.

This year, the equinox point is conjunct Chiron. This conjunction stands out because it is very tight. Chiron is a symbol of holistic healing. This means that 2019 will be the year of holistic healing.

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The term holistic or “wholistic” implies that there is an inherent fragmentation that keeps us broken. There wouldn’t be a need to “make whole” something that is already whole.

In Shamanic tradition, illness occurs when someone’s spirit is fragmented. The Shaman is a healer with special spiritual powers who is able to travel in between worlds. In Shamanic tradition, there are three worlds: the lower world, the middle world, and the upper world.

The Shaman is able to make the spirit whole again. In astrology, the Sun is a symbol for the Spirit (the divine spark of consciousness in the center of our being).

Because the spirit is broken into pieces, the person cannot function properly. This is when illness – physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual – occurs.

The Shaman will then go on a journey (in the lower world, middle world and the upper world) to find the broken pieces of the Spirit. Once the Shaman finds all the broken parts and brings them together into a whole, healing takes place.

Chiron is a symbol for the Shaman. Chiron orbits between Saturn (the lower world) and Uranus (where the upper world begins). That’s why Chiron in astrology represents the Shaman, or the ‘mediator’ between our animal side and our divine side. Chiron is half-horse (animal), half-God after all!

A Journey To Wholeness

The Northern Equinox conjunct Chiron means that at a collective and individual level, this year we will have the opportunity to restore our wholeness.

The journey won’t be easy. We will have to go down in the lower world and face what’s in there. We will have to open ourselves to the mysteries of the upper world, and embrace the unknown. Yes, the journey will not be easy, but it will be totally worth it. There is no greater gift than restoring one’s wholeness.

No matter what needs healing in your life, in the coming year you have the chance to finally restore your balance and become whole again.

This year you can become a Shaman or you can meet one. A literal Shaman or a teacher, a priest, a healer or a medicine man or woman. Chiron is also a symbol for mentors, so you can expect to find a mentor that will stir your life in the right direction.

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Equinox 2017 – Half Way Through

On September 22nd is the Equinox day – the  Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

Equinox literally means “equal night”.

No matter where you live on earth, today the day is equal to the night. The Sun and the Moon share the sky as equals.

The nature achieves the perfect equilibrium between light and darkness, male and female, yin and yang.

With the Equinox, Libra season starts. The symbol of Libra is the scales. The scales of Justice has been, and it’s still used as a symbol of the democratic legal system. The scales are associated with judgement, balance, and the Truth.

The Equinox is about finding balance – inside and out. Now is the best time to ponder in which area of your life you need to have more balance.

Balance is a somewhat abstract concept. We always aim to achieve balance, just to get out of balance in the very next moment.

The Equinox is similar to the concept of “zero” on the number line. Zero is a balanced number which has equal amount of positives and negatives. On the other hand, infinity is the point of extreme chaos.

At the Autumn Equinox, the Sun is on the zero line, setting on the other side of the horizon. From there, the Sun has a panoramic view.

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Right in the middle, having passed half of the zodiac, and having ahead in sight the other half, the Sun is in a position to judge in an unbiased way. He can see both perspectives.

Imagine you enter a restaurant and pick the last table in the corner. You can see everyone, yet not everyone can see you.

At the Autumn Equinox, the Sun has already been though half of the zodiac. From there, the Sun can see what he left behind, but he can also look forward, toward the path in sight.

When it sets, the Sun has both perspectives. Just like the Sun, now is the time to ponder on what you have done in the first half of the year (from March 21st until now) and adjust your plans for the 2nd half of the astrological year (from September 22nd 2017 until March 21st 2018).

The goals and intentions you planted during that time of the Spring Equinox will now reach their fruition. If you’ve been trying hard and doing your best, your efforts are very likely to pay off now.

The Equinox is a significant time for relationships. Now is the best time to get clear about what you want out of life and out of your relationships, and then make the necessary adjustments.

Libra is the sign of relationships, and that’s because a relationship represents that point of balance, where both partners give and take equal amounts of value. Any relationship that is not build on fairness, balance, equality, is not a real relationship.

It is nothing wrong with going for romance, having an affair, but when we mean relationships we mean two partners coming together, cooperating, and adjusting to each other’s needs.

When one partner starts giving more than the other, the relationships usually breaks.

Right now, you know better who you are and what you want. If at the beginning of a romantic relationship we tend to give everything, to be overly generous, to hide some parts of ourselves, the Equinox is that point in our development when we get honest about who we are and what we want.

Now it’s time to get things straight – this is what you have to offer and this is what you expect in return.

That’s why Libra is the sign of negotiations. “I’ll give you this, if you give me that – so we can both win”.

If some people in your life got used to take advantage of you, now is time to take action and claim what you deserve.

On the other hand, if you have not been giving your best and tried to understand the other, the Equinox is the point where you need to bring things to balance. If you are prone to jump to conclusions, now you may want to slow down and give people more chances.

If your partner is upset that they are always cooking dinner and you never do it, now is the time for you to start cooking the dinner, and “do your part”.

It is very important to strike a balance right now and adjust to what you have learned – you don’t want to live the 2nd half of the year in remorse.

The Equinox take place at the 0° of the cardinal sign of Libra. The cardinal 0° is VERY powerful and is associated with action and new beginnings – we only have 0° Cardinal in the first day of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

September 22nd is one of the 4 times in a year when is best to take action. If in the spring, action is about starting something new, now in the autumn, action is about setting things straight.

Half of the year is already over. Now you have the chance to ponder over what you’ve done – and reap what you’ve sown. And later in the dark winter months, you can finally take the time to reflect on what is really important for you and prepare yourself for the next Spring.

The Autumn Equinox is a time to embrace the paradox of duality. The truth has many facets and your truth might not be the other person’s truth.

The Autumn Equinox is also the best time to make objective judgements.

Right now you may feel that “you can’t hide any longer” the truth of who you are. Face what you have to face and let it go so that you can move on. Make that decision. This decision will shape the 2nd half of the year and next chapter of your life.

In the process of letting go to make space for the new, some regrets may arise. Wounds from the past that you never had the chance to heal, things you cannot forget and forgive, remorse, bad habits you don’t have the courage to break – they will all come back to you now.

We have a natural tendency to focus on what could have been, what might have been, what should have been, the truth is, we have absolutely no idea what the outcome of that would have been!

Our assumption is that would have been different in a sense that would have been better, but we simply don’t know that. And without knowing, we cannot really say that what would have happened. We don’t know!

We tend to assume that things would have been better. The truth is that things could have been worse too.

Now take a pen and a piece of paper and make a list of your regrets – big and small. Everything you wanted to achieve in the last 6 months but you didn’t.

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Go through them one by one, and spend only 30 seconds for each one. Once you’ve reflected on it, put a line through it and cross it from the list.

Well done!

Now you are set for the Equinox, you are set to allow the 2nd half of the year unfold, beyond regrets, wiser and a lot more prepared.