"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring & The Start Of The Astrological New Year Can Bring Anticipation And/Or Anxiety

The main players on the cosmic stage this week are the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Uranus all expressing themselves in Aries, the fiery first sign of the zodiac! That's where the anticipation and/or anxiety comes from - new beginnings, sparks and jump-starts and the unknown.

First, let's look at the element of the unknown. Sunday's conjunction of communicative Mercury and uprooting Uranus may have brought epiphanies or unexpected upheaval to your life. Mercury, traveling in retrograde motion in Aries, the fiery first sign of the zodiac, rejoined maverick Uranus for an out-of-the-box feeling of awakening or intuition that was first triggered on March 5th. That cosmic energy may have been the aha moment that you needed, yet somehow, you still knew that the time to act hasn't quite arrived. Add to that the fact that we're still in the dark of the moon.

Beginning early tomorrow, the Sun moves into Aries, then it joins Mercury on Wednesday, and finally comes together with the Moon in Aries for the first New Moon at the start of the zodiac, on Thursday. That day, the Moon enters Aries very early in the morning, where it meets up with Mercury, then the Sun, followed by Uranus - all the main players on the stage in the first sign of the zodiac. That's a whole lot of energy for new beginnings... a whole lot of potential sparks and a whole lot of anticipation!

The Vernal equinox is considered by astrologers to be the start of the year astrologically. While the Sun travels through Aries for the next month, this is the time for considering new ideas, expressing oneself and being bold. Aries represents the forcefulness of nature pushing it's way into life. What Aries lacks in consideration of others opinions, it makes up for in a courageous spirit of independence. Where do you need to push against restrictions or find a new horizon?

Before Mercury back-pedals into Pisces on Friday, it comes under the solar spotlight on Wednesday. The image that comes to mind is an interrogation, not necessarily a bad thing, but an opportunity to ask all the right questions on an introspective journey inward. Questions like, "am I ready for______?" or "what do I need to do before I can begin again?"

Time spent in meditation and/or contemplation of one's feelings during this Last Quarter Moon phase,prior to the New Moon, will help bring illumination to the influences of the preceding lunar cycle. This period of connecting with the subconscious during the darkest phase of the moon prepares us for the new birth, or rebirth, that happens every month at the New Moon. With the Sun's entry into Aries, the sensitive and impressionable Pisces cycle is ending and we need to prepare for action. Before the lunar and solar energies come together on Thursday at the New Moon, it's important to tune inward and get the rest we need.

Even though it's a New Moon on Thursday, there is still no light to illuminate the way, to show us the seed planted in the dark earth. We must rely on trust that the seed will begin to grow and during the waxing Moon phase while the energy builds up again, we have to be diligent in our efforts to nurture and grow the new idea, project, relationship or phase of our life. Remember to align your will with your intention at the New Moon by making a list of five to ten things you want to nurture and see grow in the months ahead. Yes, I said months, plural, because what we plant at this time of year is what we will see flourish as the Sun moves through the zodiac in the year ahead! Plant and nurture wisely.

Mercury re-enters Pisces on Friday and we experience a return to perceptive understanding as it travels all the way back to 23 degrees of Pisces before turning direct on April 4th and moving forward once again, reappearing in Aries on April 17th. Take this time to review and analyze what needs to be finished up or followed through on. Once the reasoning abilities of Mercury begin to express it self in Aries, there will be no stopping what your words give voice to!

The Sun makes it's annual visit to Uranus on Saturday in early Aries. Expect the unexpected as vital life force joins with the need for freedom of expression. A revolutionary approach to destroying whatever is old and outdated to make way for something new and unknown can be difficult to handle but may be necessary to shake us out of lethargy! This adds to the excitement of new beginnings even while it brings disruption. Paying attention to the intuitive self and trusting the spirit is about the only guidance one can expect in times like these.

As you set out for new horizons, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground! Bon voyage and bon chance~

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