Twice a year we are reminded, by the wisdom of the natural world, about cultivating the art of balance.
As the sun hovers on the equator ready to favour either the northern or the southern hemisphere, thus heralding the onset of winter or the approach of warmer times, there is a moment of perfection. A moment of equanimity. A moment of being able to embrace the whole view, without fear or favour.
A moment that passes just as instantaneously.
And this is enough to remind us humans that our constant aspirations to perfection and equilibrium can only ever be fleeting. Because equilibrium is never stasis, it has to be found in dynamic motion.
For millenia we’ve used these cornerstone moments to divine the spirit of the times and listen to messages about the way through.
So I asked the stars today, what is the zeitgeist in action now? And what insights offer the keys to opening impasse, and unblocking the evolutionary forces, so we can gain passage through into the spaces our hearts crave?
This year’s Aries Equinox combines with a Full Super Moon in Libra (‘super’ because of its proximity to earth). A phenomenon that occurs every 19 years or thereabouts.
Many astrological blogs will be speaking of the Spring Equinox for this moment of fresh starts. Once again, those of us in the southern hemisphere are dominated by the mindset of the north. To what degree this reflects much of the exclusivity of our times, where one point of view dominates over another is a rich topic that deserves a much fuller exploration. Can we in the south re-write and re-story such archetypal models as the astrological system? Do we succumb and follow the system? Do we find a new system more relevant to our own locale and experience of the natural cycles? I leave these questions to another time… and instead return to the cosmic shout-out of this particular moment, 21st March 2019.
Because this juncture of time is unique, and the astrological players signal this is so.
The fresh energy of the astrological new year with Sun in the first degree of Aries and the Moon in the first degree of Libra (in full and glorious opposition to each other), is tempered and coloured by volatile forces and destabilising rumblings that have been going on below the surface of our personal and collective worlds for some time now…
How do things begin? Do they begin from nothing? Or from a slight shift on what’s already been? Or via some cataclysmic wake up call? Or all of the above?
The fresh energy of Aries, launching with a childlike enthusiasm (into a northern spring), comes into opposition with Libran beginnings which are gestating something entirely different – a vessel for a new kind of future. One that will move us beyond our naive faith in the security of the current system. One that will show us the way through the drama of a world trying to hold onto what is way past its use by date, visions of ‘progress’ that have festered and soured in the collective psyche.
This equinox Sun with it’s close conjunction to Chiron is unable to shake free of the past and charge forth without complications or entanglements. Chiron weighs down the winged boots of Aries. Events like the bizarre divisiveness engendered in response to the NZ massacre of more than 40 people in a place of worship shows the gaping chasm between our white world and a bright future.
The nourishing and growth of our own self-love is the true aspiration of our astrological sun.
Working with Chiron, the Sun is called to bridge this chasm between the wound at our deepest core and the truth field of love. Whatever the wound, it can be traced to the same seeds: shame, guilt, fears of not being enough, of not being lovable.
Though we become adept at sidestepping and covering these over with ego justifications, this is the stuff standing in the way of whatever future we desire – whether it is one of glowing health, abundance, deep love and acceptance (substitute your core craving at this point in time). Whatever the core wound, it blocks us from fully loving ourselves, in all our imperfection and failings, in all our grandeur and giftedness.
Meanwhile the Libran super moon is reflecting on how we meet and relate to the world in our full selfness – and to what degree we allow the world to meet us.
Libra’s traditional designation is the sphere of relationships. What kind of relationship do you have with the world? Are you bargaining your truth for security? Are you opening to possibility or are you blocking it with compromise and fear?
We’ve witnessed #metoo and the fallout from ousting ‘toxic masculinity’. But how prepared are we to be honest about ‘toxic femininity’? It seems particularly fitting that this archetypal balancing act of masculine and feminine ( Mars ruled Aries sun in opposition to Venus ruled Libran Moon ) is at the centre of this Equinox Full Moon.
Is this the full, clear sight of each other, and the other within ourselves? Or are we still making the other into the enemy?
At this same moment, there is a celestial square between Venus and Mars, suggesting that we still have a long way to go before we get through this.
These energies throw up challenges not only in relation to partners, but also in relation to whatever is blocking our own sense of wholeness – the divine masculine or feminine within.
This bickering god and goddess are pressured by expansionary Jupiter and the North Node of destiny because all are sitting at the potent and challenging degree frequency 24. This frequency is the underworld rumbling of complete change. It says we need to go in, all the way in, to face whatever is impeding our destiny.
This, then, is the zeitgeist of the Equinox moment: to face whatever is holding back our access to the force field of love.
If you’re feeling the upending of things long considered safe or sacred, if you’ve been stuffing down emotions and sidestepping that little voice inside you that says ‘it’s time’, then like the canary in the coal mine you are sensing these powerful forces at work in the current zeitgeist.
These forces are very different to those symptoms of the actual disease, like the political manoeuvres of deluded leaders, or the glyphosate conspiracies by Monsanto-Bayer. I’m talking of the non-human forces, the ones our rational, progress oriented world view has been invested in hiding, ignoring, denying for so long.
This Equinox energy says we can be anything we have it in us to be.
This is not the same as saying we can be anything.
What kind of vessel are you making of yourself now? How are you a conduit for future worlds now coming into form?