Happy Astrological New Year! The Spring Equinox happens, March 20th at 12:30 AM ET, when the Sun enters Aries at 0°.
This is a very important and special time of the year in the astrology world because this is our astrological New Year chart. It gives us a glimpse into the energy we will be using until March 19th of next year.
The Equinox and Solstice charts (0° of Aries, Cancer and Libra and Capricorn) are special in a sense because they are a longer pattern in the cycle of astrology, each lasting 4 months. However, the Aries Equinox chart, signifies the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It is about new beginnings, planting seeds and setting the stage, using creative and inspirational energy. We are ready to come out of the cold and become active as we sow seeds to nurture, harvest and reap the rewards, later in the year.
Later, when the Sun travels to 0° of Cancer, 0° Libra and 0° Capricorn, we will be able to see how our new year has unfolded and provide more information on what types of potential energies we will be experiencing.
In the context of Creating an Intentional Life, astrology is a very powerful tool used to help us become aware of who we truly are, recognize our greatest needs and assist us to grow in those areas of our lives. The Spring Equinox/ New Year is a perfect time to create a map, plan the steps, and transform ourselves. By taking action, we progress toward attaining our goals and desires and ultimately achieve success.
Sabian Symbol for 0° Aries ~ “A woman has risen out of the ocean, a seal is embracing her”
This is an especially exciting Spring Equinox/New Year because the Aries Sun is part of a major aspect called a Grand Trine and it is in the element of Fire! Grand Trines are powerful because all the planets involved are in the same element and, in this case FIRE, which rules action, creativity, leadership and ambition. A Trine is an aspect of great ease and in this case we have 3 Trines connecting 5 planets. Awesome energy to begin our New Year!!
The planets forming the Grand Trine are Sun 0° Aries, Uranus 19° Aries, Moon 23° Leo, Mars 4° Sagittarius and Saturn 16° Sagittarius. Normally, we need tighter orbs (meaning the degrees need to be closer together), however, this chart is special because it sets the foundation for the whole year. As I said, this Grand Trine New Year chart is chock full of energy! Uranus in Aries energy is in the same sign as the Sun stirring the pot and triggering our itchy feet to make changes, sometimes suddenly or unexpectedly. The Moon ruling our needs and emotions is in the sign of leadership and ego, triggering our need for recognition and creating from our emotions. Mars in Sagittarius is urging us to take action and expand ourselves, breaking free of old outmoded beliefs but, if we are not conscious, we could also push our dogmatic beliefs onto others. The good news is we have some help from reliable and steady Saturn, also in Sagittarius. This could help us stay grounded enough to be focused, but it may keep us stuck in old patterns of beliefs, if we are not using it consciously.
How this Grand Trine may show up in the general world:
We may see many creative, innovative or new ideas unfold quickly.
Our leaders taking charge and taking action (either positively or negatively)
A clash of egos and dogma, against positive expansion.
In personal charts, those with strong Fire (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius), may see things unfold easily and effortlessly, but only if action is taken! Ideally, it is best to use this energy with focus and intention on what we want to create, or those things in life we do not want will unfold easily and effortlessly as well.
The Aries Sun’s tightest aspect, a Trine, is to its ruler, Mars in the sign of Sagittarius. We have the life giving planet of creativity, will power and ego in nice compatibility with the planet of action, ambition and energy. Anything new and inspiring (Aries) we want to create (Sun) has the potential to expand (Sagittarius) through the application of energy (Mars). Again, as with anything in a chart, this energy can be used positively or negatively, depending on our perceptions and beliefs about life. The more you focus consciously and use this energy for creating what you want and desire in your life the greater your positive results.
What do you want to create to make a positive difference?
What actions can you take to move forward with your idea?
Although not part of the Grand Trine to begin on March 22 through the 25th, Mercury will Conjunction the Sun in the early degrees of Aries. This is not unusual since Mercury can never travel too far from the Sun. But this is important because Mercury, the planet of communication, will be the loud speaker for whatever is happening at the time, regarding the Grand Trine energy. This is an excellent time to make those calls, send out emails, and brainstorm your new ideas for planting the seeds of your desires. You may find people very receptive and inspired to help you. As with any planet in Aries, it is wise to slow down a bit and think before taking action. Mercury in Aries has a tendency to speak before thinking and arguments can be triggered. But this is not you because you are using your words to connect with other like minds for creative accomplishments.
Who can you contact that may be supportive of your desires?
Who could be inspired by your ideas and may be of help?
The next important aspect will be the Trine to Saturn from April 4th to the 6th: I really do love Saturn energy; much can be accomplished with its energy as long as we have a plan, focus and patience and not let the obstacles stop us. Be aware, if there are too many hindrances, it may be time to review your path and make adjustments. Saturn’s energy opens the doors when we are on the right path, but will cause many stumbling blocks, if whatever we are doing does not serve our highest good. Saturn’s energy is not easy but it has long lasting rewards, if used correctly. And the nice thing with all this fire energy is that anything we create has a chance to have a good foundation and last a long time into the future. During these few days, you should have some definite plans and ideas to work with and implement for creating a solid foundation.
What are some of your ideas that could become concrete and provide positive long-lasting outcomes for you?
From April 7th to 11th, the Sun conjuncts Uranus in Aries: These few energetic and changeable days should have an element of fun and excitement to them. The ideas will be flowing. The hardest part will be to stay still enough to use the energy towards a direction! Make sure you write down, or capture in some form, all those inspiring ideas that are flowing, for later use. It is also an excellent time to try new and risky things as long as it is not self-sabotaging or destructive. Be the rebel with a cause, not the rebel without!
Do you have some ideas which are inspiring you to do things differently?
What have you been afraid of trying or risking, that may pay off in big ways?
As the Sun moves away from Uranus it immediately makes a tight Trine to the Spring Equinox Moon in Leo (not the transiting Moon of the day): A nice synergy between the ego and emotions. With this combination of energy, we do need to give ourselves recognition and nurturing to feel good about who we are and what we are doing. Recognize the fact that you are a powerful creator of your life and you deserve to celebrate who you are and your purpose in this world. This is a good time to make a list of all the positive things you have done, as well as your positive traits.
Have you given yourself the recognition for who you are and what you have created?
Other planetary aspects worth mentioning:
This is a biggy! Jupiter 16° Virgo Square Saturn 16° Sagittarius: The planet of expansion square dances with the planet of restriction! We have already been feeling this energy since March 14th, exact on March 23rd and will continue until April 1st with Jupiter Retrograde and Saturn Direct then turning retrograde on March 25th and Jupiter going direct on May 9th. Usually, retrograde planets have 3 passes over the same spot, but the first and second happen simultaneously. Since the 2 squaring planets are in retrograde/direct and direct/retrograde motion, it is taking longer to move away from each other and give us a reprieve so we can evaluate. The 3rd of the Jupiter/Saturn square is from May 17th, exact on May 26th and finished on June 2nd.
How can we use this energy? To say the least, it is an interesting combination, as the expansive nature of Jupiter, in the sign Virgo ruling details and routines, challenges the restrictive and structured energy of Saturn, in the sign ruled by Jupiter – Sagittarius! Now the low energy of this combination can be expressed through analyzing and getting caught up in trying to make logical sense of new beliefs and/or holding onto and pushing our dogmatic views as truth onto others. Yet, it can be the reverse as well, as Jupiter loosens up the energy of Saturn for us to let go of old and outmoded structures, especially in regards to beliefs, religion and spirituality, allowing us to expand our awareness. It could be a time of testing out new religious and spiritual routines, evaluating our old beliefs and trying on new ones. An excellent book to honor and use these energies to the fullest is “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz.
Are you holding tight to old beliefs and structures that feel safe but are not serving your highest good?
What kind of routine and structure can you implement to help you expand your awareness?
Venus moving in Aries on April 5 joining the New Year Sun: A lovely day for being social, connecting with our loved ones, planning something fun and romantic with others, or taking the day for yourself to do something spontaneous that you enjoy.
Not all is easy during this time. We have been living through a powerful square dance between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn since 2008 and until 2018, when Uranus leaves Aries into Taurus. I don’t need to tell you the world has been going through major upheavals, revolutions and changes and transformations, you already know this and maybe have personally experienced these energies. These chaotic times seem to escalate when other planets travel through the cardinal signs of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn and stir up the Uranus/Pluto Square.
The Sun travels to the same degree as Pluto from April 5th to the 7th and immediately to Uranus from the 7th to the 10th. The massive upheaval and transformative change in the world and in our lives will be triggered on these few days. In a personal chart, we can use this energy consciously to break free of situations, people, and old structures to regenerate. It can be difficult energy, but only to the degree you resist.
What do you need to let go of and allow yourself to create something new?
What areas of your life need major transformation and changes?
Jillian, as I looked back over my 2015, I was filled with gratitude for your services! I want to thank you, again, for the confirmation of my many intuitions, the resting of my many doubts about my intuitions and for helping me to awaken my ability to see life on a broader spectrum. I hope this year brings you many blessings!
Astrology Consultation ~ Michael G., University of Michigan Student, Ann Arbor, Mi. Jan. 9 , 2016
The following signs most affected this Spring Equinox Aries Sun: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, especially those at 0 to 6°. If you have any planets or points in these signs and degrees, you will experience the energies personally. During this time, consciously implement the highest forms of the energy to positively create your life!
***The transiting planets affect all of us on a global level, either directly or indirectly. However, in order for you to be affected personally, you must have the transiting planets making aspect, or connection, to your natal, and/or other, chart planets. AnAstrological Consultation will provide insight if you are being affected by the transits, and how you can use them to create your life intentionally.