The Sun enters Aries today, making this the Vernal Equinox in the tropical zodiac, the time when the days and nights are of equal length. This therefore is a time of balance and the moment that Spring begins.
The chart for the equinox, which occurs at 7:44 am this morning, features a square from Pluto to the Sun which signifies great power and the potential for transformation but also for conflict. Pluto in Capricorn demands sacrifice and respect for the contracting cycle, and the new Aries Sun resists this and wants to burst forth impatiently into Spring, unconscious of the greater contraction in the world around us.
Mercury is conjunct Uranus in Pisces, suggesting new ideas and experiences from which we can draw wisdom and greater understanding. The opposition of Saturn to that conjunction adds a need for practical application and the creation of a structure within which to operate to create change. The Moon trines Saturn and sextiles Mercury/Uranus, so the deeper instinctual wisdom is the key to maintaining balance. Chiron and Neptune are in conjunction and the process of exposing old wounds so that we can connect to the divinity in our lives in a way that is more real and more true.
The Equinox is a resurrection festival that is found across a variety of cultural perspectives and religion. Attis, Adonis, Osiris, Jesus, Dionysus – all are gods who die and are reborn in the spring. This is a time to be reborn ourselves – to blossom and shed the old skins that are no longer working for us.
The Moon interacts in harmonious sextiles with Venus at around 10:15 am and with Uranus at around 4 pm EDT, so the planetary energies are generally positive today. This is more of a time for thinking and interacting with others than for beginning new projects because we are in the last quarter Moon period. That does not mean that projects cannot be started today – just know that more effort will be needed to kick them into gear.