Spring Equinox is exact tonight at 8:49pm PST (0° Aries) with the waning Dark Moon in Aquarius. While it is beautiful and sunshine-y here in Portland, Ore., we’re asked to practice social distancing, when what we really want to do is socialize and share in the buzz of excitement as the Sun brings life back to the earth in the Northern Hemisphere.
Spring Equinox is the time to celebrate the sign of life’s return from Winter. However, it’s also a time to honor the balance of light and dark, since the Equinox splits the day and night equally. During the Spring and Fall Equinoxes we honor balance. The Sun rises directly in the East and sets directly in the West.
As much as we want to celebrate and be active, this year Spring’s entrance falls on a waning moon, a time when we are meant to honor the energy of discension and inner work. The Spring is about rebirth, but this year it is being born during the dark lunar time of going inward. And this lunar energy is certainly being highlighted!
As we quarantine ourselves, it’s an opportunity to use the Springtime energy of rebirth to reflect on our personal resurrection. To shine a light inward and honor the emotions we might be feeling during this strange and chaotic time.
We have been going through a Dark Night of the Soul together, and we are on the same ride for better or worse. As humans, we want to be productive, to stay busy and distracted from the things that cause us fear, and it’s much easier to ignore our feelings sometimes.
However, I think these intense times, which bring a lot of uncertainty, is ushering in a new era! There’s a huge shift happening this year, and we’re going through growing pains. The old ways aren’t working for the collective anymore and there’s a breakdown of old structures and traditions that are toxic and stagnant. As a result we are awakening to new ideas that will create significant shifts that I believe will not be temporary!
We will be going through these changes at least through December 21st--Winter Solstice—when many astrologers believe that the Age of Aquarius will be fully actuated. I realize that's a long way off, but I'm sure it will be worth it!
In tarot, this is an Emperor year (2020=2+2=4) that has been tinged with the Tower card's energy. Saturn is 29° Capricorn and will move through 1° Aquarius through June (where we will see a relief of some of these energies), and then he will retrograde back into Capricorn until he moves direct again in December (back into Aquarius by the end of the year). This movement of Saturn in 29° Capricorn is showing us huge karmic changes that we have been, and will be, working through the rest of the year.
The established ways are broken. The Age of Aquarius will put a halt on what isn’t working anymore. The “me against the world” attitude and “every man for himself” is no longer going to cut it. And, we are seeing that it does not work in the current situation we are finding ourselves. We are in this together and the humanitarian energy of Aquarius—the visionary, the reformist, the illuminated mind—is what will save us! We are on the precipice of change!
Here’s part of a card from my new deck, the Lua Tarot. Today at 12:02 pm PST, Venus goes into Aries. Venus in Aries is associated with the Four of Wands.
This card is about sharing in the joy and festivities of a commemoration, such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or milestone of some sort. The message is about the gratitude and abundance we find in our community or home and the stability gained from them.
Venus will be in Aries until March 4th. The transition today can create discomfort since Venus tends to focus on others and Aries is the sign of selfhood. If you are more of a giver, then the next four weeks will bring lessons around how to accept things...like love...and other gifts from others. ✨💓✨
Venus in Aries wants to make love and mischief. Their combo brings adventure (and risk), excitement and passionate creativity!
Out with the old, in with the new! The New Moon in Aquarius begins at 1:42pm PST. ✨💫♒️ Today's double Aquarius energy (Sun and Moon, but Mercury has also been in Aquarius) brings the Tarot Star’s energy. Though Aquarius is an air sign, she's the Water Bearer, bringing renewal and new ideas. Aquarius is the visionary, the inventor, the humanitarian, and the revolutionary. And she brings progress!
Some astrologers believe that the Age of Aquarius dawned in the 60s, but others say that the Aquarian Age hasn't really begun—that December 21st's Great Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction will be the true gateway to the Age of Aquarius. (That conjunction will be in Aquarius.) I think it's a bit of both. That we've been in that doorway of transition! (If you don't know an astrological age lasts 2000 to 2100 years, and we're leaving the Age of Pisces.)
As the lunar month begins (and the Lunar New Year! Tomorrow is the first day of the Chinese New Year 🎆🎊and the start of the Rat year🐀), I've been cleansing my space, settling into my self-care practice, and launching into creating my new tarot deck, the #luatarot I’ve completed about 25 cards! Here’s the Star 🌟 again—as one piece this time. Aquarius is often connected to technology and I’ve been working on perfecting my digital collage technique 🙃!
Since the Sun-Moon blast of Aquarian energy is present, I've been cleansing my space with water and essential oil. (Water in the Air...Aquarius combo.)
Many blessings to you on this New Moon. May the innovation, genius and progressiveness of Aquarius bring the renewal, peace and revelation of The Star.