BY: MOLLY HALL, ASTROLOGY EXPERT
THE SOLAR WHEEL – TURNING POINT
Spring Equinox (March 19th) is the time to burn intentions into your being, and begin to live “as if” you’re on the way to making them happen. With Sun into 0 degrees Aries, the theme is action, vitality, courage.
At Summer Solstice, the Sun is at a peak, what’s been set in motion is bearing fruit and ripening. The Cancer Sun equates to flourishing, and acting to secure home base.
The Fall/Autumnal Equinox is a time to see what’s being harvested, and weigh options. Libra’s balance is with us, to refine, or alter the course.
Winter Solstice is the dark time when creative visions gestate. The Sun is in Capricorn, for strengthening the constitution and soul searching.
Solar New Year
The Vernal/Spring Equinox is the launch of the astrological year. Happy New Year! Equinox means equal night. Now the Sun wins over darkness, and the fire sign Aries brings warmth, a lust for life and Spring Fever.
Big rewards come from taking the time to put your attention on what you truly want to create. There is great momentum behind your intentions now, with the life force of Aries. This is a chance to set forth your wish list for the year. Clearing psychic space to have a ponder, meditating, sitting in your sacred grove, walking in nature, making a New Moon vision board/collage — all these help you rally your whole being behind your intentions.
Your intentions are your magic beans, to grow over the next three months to the Summer Solstice.
Resurrection and Rebirth
Mars-ruled Aries signals the beginning, and from Mars we get the name for March. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ, the Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox.
The natural pulse of the season merges with ancient rites and the theme of resurrection for high spirits at Easter. Some seasonal rites have roots in Saxon indigenous traditions and Teutonic (Germanic) myth. The storyteller Grimm writes in Teutonic Mythology that “Ostara, Eástre, was goddess of the growing light of spring.”
It’s noted in the Druid Animal Oracle, that the hare (original Easter bunny) was sacred to the Saxons’ goddess Eostre, who made lapwings eggs magically appear. From the Oracle: “As goddess, the hare has brought new life — rebirth — at the Equinox. The Christianized version becomes the Moon-determined time of Easter, when the appearance of ‘bunnies’ and chocolate or painted eggs marks the time of the resurrection of Christ.”
Myths and Phenomena
The Great Sphinx of Egypt is said to be positioned facing the rising Sun at the Spring Equinox. This is just one of many Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Spring Equinox around the world. The sites were power spots, to deeply attune to the eternal, and experience this annual rebirth.
Spring’s arrival harkens back to the mythic return of Persephone from the Underworld, where she dwells with Hades for the winter months. The spiritual meaning is that after every descent and time in an initiatory experience — sometimes dark — there is rebirth.
A site called America’s Stonehenge in Mystery Hill, New Hampshire, has alignments to the Spring Equinox and other solar/lunar points. It’s 4,000 years old and has several ancient European scripts on it (including Ogham).