Equinox Astrology, Ostara, Pagan New year

For the first time in 2016 DAY and NIGHT are equal. This is the first of two balanced “sacred marriage” days in the year.

Equinox, Horoscope Tara Greene

This event marks SPRING in the NORTHERN HEMISPHERE and AUTUMN in the SOUTHERN. It is a time of perfect equipoise, the balance of the masculine and the feminine energies as a new spark of Life is lit.

March 19 @ 9:30 pm PDT/ March 20 @ 12:30 am EDT/ 4:30 am GMT  

SUN enters zero degrees of Aries and an archetypal new cycle/year begins.  Zero Aries is the beginning of all astrology calculations. It’s International Astrology Day BTW. Aries symbolizes the first spark of LIFE “Let there be light” the Big Bang. Bonfires are lit in celebration. Rituals are created to symbolize rebirth, the sowing of seeds, pregnancy, marriage and joy for a fertile, fruitful New Year of much growth and abundance.

In the NORTH it is a time of REBIRTH.  The time of conception, of the creative spark and the egg, zero/void of all possibility meeting.

ZERO point in the TAROT is connected to the symbol of THE FOOL. Total OPen to new possibilities.

Pagans celebrate this date as the first spoke in the wheel of the year, associated with carnal pleasure, new growth and fertility.  Traditionally associated with Eostre { from which the word estrogen} or ASTARA which means the Stars. Eostre was a Saxon/Germanic Goddess of springs and fertility associated with the Dawn { Venus}, with rabbits or hares, very fertile animals and eggs. Also associated with the Norse Goddess FREYA /Venus/ Venredi in French. The Christians adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. 

The astrology chart symbolizes the entire year from Spring 2016 until Spring 2017. It is a very important chart to discern. You can also use it to plan the next three months cycle until Solstice.

Overall ,we are swimming in deep waters. Besides indicating a lot of flooding, things are extremely emotional, moody and changeable. There are Six planets including points in PISCES- a mystical, dreamy, creative, spiritual sign. Venus and Neptune, Ceres, Chiron the SOUTH NODE and MERCURY. This augurs for an intensely moody,   spiritual, compassionate, karmic, dreamy, creative journey. We will  be dealing with endings, facing delusions, illusions, our addictions, martyrdom and turning inwards. This is a time of discovering our shadows, the hidden inner realms of the psyche and the shadows of the collective.

The MOON, always symbolizing the Feminine, the moods of the people,the unconscious and emotional needs is in LEO, a fixed fire sign of Royalty and Divine Right. Powerful  passionate feelings will rule. There will be much pride, courage, daring, grandstanding, acting entitled and competition. Moon in Leo needs to be the leader, the center of attention. Selfies, it’s all about me, the ego. We will need to be very courageous, and wear our hearts on our sleeves. Leo is the strength of the will and the heart, and also the sign of the child. Innocence is coming up again.

Mercury the planet of communications is weak in Pisces opposite the sign it rules. Mercury is squaring the GALACTIC CENTER ENCOURAGING US TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE.  We can receive messages from Higher Realms if we meditate and stay open to listening to our Guardian Angels. Our minds are governed by our moods and unconscious. This is a very creative but be careful of being too dreamy and projecting what you want to see onto others. 

VENUS and NEPTUNE are conjoined at 10 degrees OF PISCES, the symbol of the SACRED MARRIAGE.

In the Tarot this is the symbol of Alchemy Tarot Trump #14, echoing the day/night balance. This is an extremely beautiful conjunction. Did you watch the Bachelor on Monday? The feelings when Ben got down on one knee to ask her to marry him and she says yes; that was a VENUS Neptune moment. Neptune is the Higher Octave of Venus and this aspect can take us higher in love than we have ever been before. This is cosmic, unconditional love, charity, benevolence and acceptance of ourselves with the Source. We are both all humans and eternal souls. It is blissful, extremely spiritual and creative. This is Christ Consciousness/oneness guiding us.

This aspect opens increases our intuitive and telepathic senses. Your sleeping dreams and your waking life become seamless. Synchronicities abound. For those who choose the Highest expression fo these two planets it can be an amazingly rewarding experience. But also there are the dangers of denial, illusions, delusions, snake-oil salesmen, addictions, projections, and shadow material being romanticized. This is not an easy territory to navigate.

We are in a tense T-square from JUPITER in VIRGO, to SATURN in SAGITTARIUS to NEPTUNE in PISCES.

WHAT is real and what is an illusion? Telling the truth is what Saturn demands.

Jupiter rules both SAGITTARIUS and PISCES traditionally. Jupiter is the WHEEL OF FORTUNE in the Tarot, the teacher, leader, the optimist, risk-taker, symbolizing faith. Jupiter is conjunct the NORTH NODE pointing us to follow VIRGO energy. We need to be grounded, humble, hard working, practical, on budget, health conscious, disciplined.  We need to honor the Body as the Temple of the Soul, especially if we are going to manifest that Heavenly Venus/ Neptune conjunction.

Virgo is ruled by MERCURY. Jupiter and Mercury are in mutual reception, easily accommodating each other. We need to embody our spirituality in very grounded ways. Our work, our speech our ways of life must reflect this, real/spiritual energy as immanent.

SATURN, LORD of TIME, OBSTACLES, KARMA is at 16+ SAGITTARIUS squares Jupiter and Neptune. Saturn is the bottom line of reality. Saturn’s lessons challenge us to incorporate Virgo discrimination with NEPTUNE in PISCES compassion. Saturn tests and matures us, he is the tax man,the consequences of our actions. PISCES is beautiful but can be a hall of mirrors. Jupiter in VIRGO demands substance; smart, lean, simple and workable. NEPTUNE in PISCES can be escapism, false gurus of every kind. Neptune in Pisces is glamour, Hollywood, fake Reality shows . . The Lord of Time’s presence  in SAGITTARIUS governs politics and he has just crossed the U.S. Ascendant for the first time in 29 years. He uses humor to make his points. I think the joke is at the U.S. expense. It can also mean government crackdowns and limitations on freedom of speech.

Jupiter is Trining Pluto the billionaire’s transit.  The Plutocracy, the 1% gains more and more wealth by the minute and is striving to control the earth. This is also what we must watch out for and make Saturn in Sagittarius laws to limit and control this. On a personal level,trines are considered beneficial, easy aspects. Use it to your advantage if you have earth planets at 15-19 degrees in your natal chart.

URANUS in ARIES @ 19 degrees is square to PLUTO, the last degrees of their square is still in effect. URANUS is inconjunct to JUPITER. With Goddess ATHENA at 19 degrees AQUARIUS they create a YOD or Finger of God to Jupiter. We need to put on our warrioress gear and fight the higher consciousness AQUARIUS battle for the rights of women especially but for all of humanity to be at the table together. Virgo is the harvest and we need to care and account for the earth and the environment, the food supply and be accountable.

LILITH at 22 degrees LIBRA is opposite URANUS in ARIES

There are some strange politics going on. LILITH symbolizes the collective’s shadow of the rejected dark feminine energy who is independent and refuses to compromise. As strange as this may sound, i feel in its twisted, mysogynist, ego-driven, distorted way, a part of Lilith’s energy is coming out through Donald Trump’s mouth. Yes it is in its discrimination of others, Mexicans, Muslims, it is non-descriminated. It is more like the repressed masses unconscious energy. Energy can only be repressed for so long, when it is it comes out in angry, hateful ways. In another way Bernie Sanders is also voicing Lilith’s message by speaking out as an Independent against the powers that be. They are two opposites sides of a similar energy. Like The Fool and the King in the Tarot. The Fool is the divine enlightened One. The King is the power hungry ego.

Set new intentions. I will be doing ceremony in Toronto and sending blessings to you all for a wonderful new year. 

Happy Ostara, 

TAra

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