Honoring all fathers, St. Joseph’s Feast Day is Thursday, March 19. On Friday, March 20, spring begins. Less than one hour after the New Moon (29.29 Pisces) total solar eclipse, the Sun enters Aries. It’s spring equinox, the new Spiritual year begins, and we celebrate International Astrology Day. Essential eclipse themes—endings, completions, departures, breakdowns, breakthroughs and revelations.
The gate of Aries, sign of “all things made new” swings open at spring equinox and the primal fiery green force within all life on Earth resurrects. This fiery life force is the hidden mystery of Easter and resurrection. Ancient people believed at the beginning of time/creation, when elements first appeared forming the substance (matter, mater, mother) of our cosmos, the Sun was in Aries.
As spring unfolds, the creative life-giving spiritual essences within humanity and Earth’s kingdoms ascend. Spring initiates (Aries keyword) new life, new hope and vision, the new world order, culture and civilization. Sparks of fire appear at the rootlets of plants, “resurrecting” them “from fire to light to life.” The two first leaves of new plants resemble the sign Aries.
The first day of spring is the first full day of fiery Aries (after Pisces waters—fire and water together form new life), initiating the new spiritual and astrological year (International Astrology Day). A new cycle of time begins in the tropical (seasonal) zodiac. Astrology is the heavenly directional template, the guidepost for beginnings, endings, changes, transformations for humanity.
Aries Sun, spring equinox, Sun at the equator, light equaling darkness, the northward equinox occurring also signal the Iranian new year (Norouz); beginning of the Bahá’í (Naw-Rúz) calendar; Ostara (Germanic spring goddess, giving birth to Yule in nine months); Chunfen (Vernal Equinox) in China. In Maya, it is the “return of the Sun serpent. The ever-moving wheel of the year turns once more. We together, “ascend.” Resurrection begins within all life on Earth.
Esoteric Astrology as News for Week of March 18
Aries-March 21–April 20
The next three months sees you working in groups, then sliding behind veils, protecting yourself in order, later, to reveal yourselves to the world with new ideas, thoughts, processes and a new identity. Be aware of fluid shifts within and without. When summer comes you communicate a new way of life, new values, new finances and new ways of to create the foundation of the next civilization. You’re impelled.
Taurus April 21–May 21
More and more of you identify yourself as integral to group work. Groups call to you and although you may be at times overextended, you’re challenged to fully participate. Taurus uses their “will and willingness” to maintain. You’re a forward thinker, always creating ideals and future goals, concerned with ways humanity can efficiently and ethically live differently. Study alternative homes, building and ancient architecture.
Gemini May 22–June 20
Jupiter asks, “Will you travel, take short trips, expand your area of interests even though there may be a wound involved or a state of unknowing? Are you seeking right livelihood in areas that reflect you or in areas others expect you to work? Are you asking what your role in the future is? How to serve?” If you ask yourself these questions, the answer begins to form quietly within the self. Ask Mercury, then Venus.
Cancer June 21–July 20
You’re learning new things, given the opportunity to redo much of the past in order to heal that past. This will continue. Through discussions with people—teachers, shamans, those who till the land, mentors—a new world opens. It’s what you’ve been seeking. You realize others are interested in your life, thoughts, and how you see yourself. Who you thought you were in the past is dissolving. A new self-identity is forming.
Leo July 21–August 22
The planets are maintaining their presence in your house of shared resources, the Scorpio house. Is your sense of self shifting? Do you feel something about yourself dissolving. You’ve thought about relationships. They bring you fortune, they wound—all part of their purpose. We always move from relationships to things shared. Are you sharing with another? Are important papers, finances in order? You’ve gone into hiding again.
Virgo August 23–September 22
You may feel the need to study a subject that brings the future into closer focus. Study heals wounds, brings ideals forth, sets you upon the path chosen before coming into this lifetime. Mercury, your ruler (guardian), nudges you into integrating work that serves others. Should this occur, a new confidence comes forth. In what ways do you seek to serve?
Libra September 23–October 22
You always wish for fun and romance and having a playful time. These balance you, make you happy and creating a golden light to emanate from you. You seek love and humor and warmth of companionship. These are available. However your greatest joy will be the way you creatively and freely express your talents and gifts. Something’s hidden. A wound, a sadness. What is it? Consider now a long tropical summer vacation.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
You’ve sought comfort from home and family. Now you seek daily life plans, agendas, work for comfort. You will create a home in a new place. It will be an inner sanctum. You’ve come to understand the foundations of your family, which helped you grow. Now you must create a new foundation with new values, comforts and nourishment. There may be a move, new dwellings may be constructed. Forgiveness comes forth.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
Your intelligence increases and you take up new studies, the new knowledge needed to build your new life, along with the new culture and civilization. Your gifts teach others, expanding their knowledge, inviting them to be part of the new era being built. Walk though many neighborhoods, become familiar with them and the people living there. This is humanity. Photograph, draw and paint aspects of these neighborhoods. Design your new life from these.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
Great parts of yourself are hidden. You seek these found objects of self. They are your talents and gifts. Your talents are part of your value system. Think about what these talents and values are and how they will help bring forth your new era of life, different than yet colored by the past. Give abundantly to others in all ways, especially praise. This assures that abundance is returned back to you. Giving becomes the true value.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
You’ve experienced great changes in your life. Now you’re faced with new challenges. You’re creating a new value system. Make sure that as much has been given to you, that you, in return, give to others. Tend to all relationships and interactions and to things lawful. And think about how you are helping to build the new world. You are one of its leaders. Identify what daily life actions are already there. Right identification is most important.
Pisces February 19–March 20
You’re always behind a few veils, behind the scenes, private, hidden for protection in order to contemplate the future in many ways still unformed. Your inner self wants to give to those in need without expectations of being noticed, known or even thanked. Giving allows our inner life to regenerate. Dreams become intuitive information. Faith and religion and spiritual things nourish. Do all these things with gratitude and a sense of purpose. They save you, so you can save the world (Pisces task).
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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