By Len Wallick
Almost there. This coming Saturday, March 20 at 17:32 UTC (1:32 pm EDT) the Sun’s rays will squarely encounter the equator of our little planet with an angle of incidence equaling ninety degrees. Everywhere on our stony wet sphere, every living thing will receive a square deal of equal days and equal nights, for about one week centered on that day. Equator, equal, equinox: just recite that three word chant a few times to yourself. Feel the reality.
At the exact time of the equinox, the Sun moves into the sign of Aries. Of all the calendars and all the new year days, this one seems the least arbitrary and most resonant. To start over again from equality shared at a point of balance. Equinox is the last of the New Year holiday events. The first is the Pagan New Year, in November, followed by the winter solstice, followed by our civil New Year, followed in turn by Asian New Year, which leads to the vernal equinox.
As of today, the Sun is still in Pisces. All around the wheel, the cusps are crowded on both sides. Its almost as if the luminaries and planets are queued up to pass through security checkpoints or just having done so. Can you imagine what contraband they smuggle, what treasures they carry?
Joining Sol in the last degrees of a sign are Uranus (also in late Pisces) and Neptune (in late Aquarius) and Chiron (in late Aquarius, still just one degree from Neptune). There’s Ceres (in late Scorpio). There are other Centaurs: Chariklo (also in Scorpio), Thereus (in Taurus) and Cyllarus (Gemini). Asteroids Klotho (time, history, story), Magdalena (the free woman), Sphinx (the presence of a mystery), Siva (sound, ritual, transformation), Atlantis (the use and abuse of technology; ethical issues around technology) and Sisyphus (the work we do that seems to get us nowhere) are in aspect to the Sun as well. There is always a lot going on, when you look at the small planets, and they tell a story. It just might take a while to see what it is.
On the other side of their respective gates, re-assembling their baggage, re-filling their pockets and getting their shoes back on are nearly an equal number of bodies. It is as if there is a massive immigration, a vast diaspora of the zodiac. Heed that and tell me that it does not indicate a time of change. As a clock on the wall would indicate the position of the Sun in the sky, not cause-and-effect, but rather synchronicity.
Hence, none of us present are exempt. We’re in this together. All of us bring an aptitude and purpose. We are all here for a reason. In these last hours of solar Pisces, give yourself a break and find a quiet space where you can hear yourself think.
What do you need?
What can you do to aid your own cause? What can you do for other human beings?
Some of the planets offer a hint. Last night Mercury followed the path recently trod by Venus and the Moon before, crossing into Aries — forerunner of the equinox. It’s like the Sun thinking ahead, receiving reports of the topography, judging the reception.
Just as Venus broke trail and Luna got the feel (the two were conjunct yesterday), Mercury completes the reconnaissance for a springtime like no other. When presence, awareness and appreciation will encourage the full germination of gratitude.
Venus, for her part, continues her remarkable journey in a strange land, trying on some new things for size. Today she exacts a fire trine to the Great Attractor in Sagittarius and the Asteroid Child, in Leo. What an amazing image. Venus as hero. It’s about time. Let us make love our weapon and compassion our shield. Let nothing be so vast or powerful that we cannot embrace its mystery. Let nothing be so small and vulnerable that we cannot be in awe of its grandeur. If you will please forgive your clumsy correspondent a colloquialism: you go! Next week, it gets better.
Jupiter at 14+ Pisces finds itself somewhat impaired in a square with the Great Attractor. But this is not the fall of our mighty benefic. It is an initiation, a rite of passage. That Jove (an older name for Jupiter) may find itself challenged in a sign that it rules while Venus is triumphant in a sign of exile is not an irony, but rather part of the journey; and it will also pass. Jupiter has its own date with Uranus in The Aries Point. This is a preparation for that time. After all, once one has squared the majestic magnitude of mystery, Saturn and Pluto finishing their long square won’t seem nearly so intimidating.
And so it goes as a new season heralds a new era. Some of us have plunged ahead and are reconnoitering the other side, trying on new clothes. Some of us are in transition, not sure of anything yet. Some of us are preparing, sorting out what we will leave behind from what we will carry. Others are hesitating or stepping back into the familiar to encounter the realization that there is no return to that which no longer exists except in memory, finding the courage that will come with encouragement. None of us are alone. Be gentle with each other. Those offering a hand up now will welcome one later.
Offered In Service