Today March 20 is the Aries Equinox when the Sun reaches 0 degrees in Tropical Aries. Astrologically speaking, this is the start of our New Year so it’s a perfect moment for a re-set our intentions as we embark on a tour around the zodiac.
0 degrees Aries is one of the most significant degrees in the zodiac known as the Aries Point which includes 0 degrees of all the Cardinal signs (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). As the Sun highlights this point, it signals a time of initiation and initiative.
The term “Cardinal” comes from the French cardo meaning hinge, that on which something turns. Since a hinge is the device on which a door turns, the noun cardo also came to be used for “something on which a development turns or depends,” which we can take to mean something very important. This of this as a significant turning point that takes our will (Aries) to succeed.
Seasonally, in the Northern Hemisphere we are welcoming the start of Spring and the return of the light of the Sun, while our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are entering Fall and reaping their harvest. In either case, this is a significant “turning point” of the year and as nature turns so must we follow suit in our consciousness and daily habits.
In the chart of the Equinox, the ruler Mars in Taurus is in a mutual reception with Venus rx in Aries. This YIN/YANG dynamic of the feminine and masculine qualities is highlighted and is calling for balance and integration while power dynamics emerge in the collective. Identifying the masculine/yang qualities within the feminine as well as the feminine/yin within the masculine is a theme infusing this season.
The Moon in Capricorn is in a near exact conjunction with Saturn on the Galactic Center suggesting that the intentions we set now we want to take seriously and soberly with a commitment toward the long term. Fruition may take longer and there could be blocks and setbacks along the way, but with patience, discipline and commitment much can be achieved in the world.
Venus RX disappears from the evening sky
This idea of initiation is key as Venus retrograde disappears from the evening sky as she journeys toward her conjunction with the Sun on March 25. All things Venusian – relationships, beauty, harmony, values – are entering into deep alchemy as the Goddess fuses with our life force, the Sun.
Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion
With Venus retrograde and in the darkness, now is a perfect time to invoke Kuan Yin anytime we are confused or in the dark in how to return to love, compassion and harmony in our lives.
Kuan Yin Invocation
Goddess of Eternal Mercy
Touch my heart with your radiant light
Touch my eyes with the clarity of vision
Touch my hands with the gift of service
I open my soul to your grace
Mother, please guide me
To think, speak and act in perfect compassion
In alignment with my Diamond heart
In fulfillment of my sacred Dharma
As my soul joins all compassionate souls
In honor of your grace and eternal love.