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artist: Raymond Douillet
Mar 19 – Apr 19, 2020
Remember – your sun sign is just one planet in your star-soup.
The equinox officially takes place at 8:49 pm PST on Mar 19!
From the belly of a long, strange dream, you awaken. The earth is cold and night yet all around. You crawl to the shore. Step by step, dark water falls away. Ahead looms the mountain. You climb effortlessly and without hesitation. Your eyes open to the blood red sun, rising over jagged peaks. You kneel before the gong, body quaking with the earth as she splits, and into her fires you fall.
Welcome to the crimson mesa, where bright flames lick inner shores. If Pisces is the last breath, Aries is the first. Pisces season dismantles everything. This is often a confusing, uncomfortable time. Here we are plagued by indecision, existential crises, fantasies, or a yearning to be invisible. Aries season comes with the spring equinox. This cycle represents, categorically, the turning of the earth toward all that is new.
Here we are now, the first stop on the zodiac wheel, burning orgiastically in springtime’s lusty blaze. Change and endings during the Pisces season start to make sense. Pen and page touch; planets form. Come, let’s lay the groundwork for the year.
A scarlet gem smolders in the pineal gland, arousing the senses. This is the ram’s invincible life-giving power. Suffering sizzles in columns of sparkling orange smoke. Doubt, insecurity and fear evaporate. Fire does not reflect, it moves. Dance, fill the dark sky with your light! See the sun chasing down this endless night! Stoked by will power and directive force, revel in the glory of your sweat. Look in the mirror, kiss yourself clean.
Aries season is an examination of the ego. This means sitting with ourselves and watching it all come in, the endless parade of thoughts and impulses and aversions and attachments, the parade of ME and what it means to be me. We’ll move too. Aries lives to move. This archetype embodies the third niyama known as tapas, or heat generated by the body. The literal translation of tapas is austerity or discipline – so it is not just heat, but the burning of impurities, a burning which leaves us cleared, ready to commit.
We will still be feeling the effects of Mercury Retrograde by the time Aries comes along, though the retrograde officially ends on the full moon of Mar 9. We don’t need to be as cautious by the spring equinox, but it is still helpful to keep in mind that not everything will pan out exactly as we would like. Everything should feel totally back to normal by Mar 29.
Two days after the equinox, Saturn transitions to Aquarius! I am extremely excited about this transit, despite the fact that it marks the beginning of my Saturn Return. More details soon in my upcoming post on Saturn in Aquarius ~ Mars will join the Aquarius party as well on Mar 30 ~ Venus also makes moves into an air sign, entering Gemini on Apr 3 ~ On Mar 24 we have the new moon in Aries, which is like the new year, a massive reawakening, so get excited for more fresh energy and invigoration coming your way.
Not related to the Aries sun but important and worth mentioning: Jupiter in Capricorn will be conjunct Pluto on Apr 4. All of the deep work that Pluto has been performing in Capricorn since 2008 will now receive an infusion of felicity from Jupiter the benefic – it’s time to collaborate on our goals and really go out on a limb together. Jupiter fosters growth and expansion; in Capricorn, this growth is professional. Though we will be working together to better the world at large, our drive and motivation will come from personal ambition. However, we’ll be feeling so powerful and supported that we’ll be able to effortlessly recruit others to our cause. We will solve long-standing problems, as well as uncover resources which may have been previously ignored or forgotten. This conjunction brings materials, people and beliefs together to hone systems that are already in place; these systems include finance, education, grants, taxes, business and law. Get ready to spend more time, energy and money on your greatest passion! Also prepare to receive boosts or advances from those in positions of authority. We will see this aspect twice more on June 29 and Nov 12.
Apr 7 is a supermoon, the largest of the year! Mercury joins the Aries party on Apr 10. The sun squares Pluto in Capricorn on Apr 14, coinciding with the Last Quarter Moon in Capricorn. Such a powerful day to explore the contentious square between Aries and Capricorn! This is a restless influence which causes us to overdo things; take it easy on the vices. Lastly the sun squares Jupiter one day later on Apr 15. When this aspect came around last year, I was hit by a car – I am not at all saying this is going to happen to you, just beware. Not a good day for travel.
Get up at dawn and practice powerful morning breathing exercises like kapalabhati and uddiyana bandha. Jump into the day, salute the sun, be a warrior! In meditation, power up the solar plexus chakra. Celebrate the spring equinox with Aries Yoga.