Ostara Equinox time of balance

Spring Equinox/ Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and International Astrology Day arrives March 20 @ 9:15 am PDT/ 12:15 pm EDT and 4:15 pm GMT and March 21 further east. The one of two days of balance between the Light and Dark in the year. 

Spring Equinox is the beginning of the Natural New Year in the Northern Hemisphere which our ancient Anglo-Saxon pagans ancestors called OSTARA which was the origin of the word Easter.

The festival of Spring is a fertility festival celebrating the turn of the Wheel of Time and the promise of new life and growth celebrating the masculine Horned God {Pan} and the spring maiden the Goddess. Eggs and rabbits are main symbols of fertility and eternal life which are still used today. 

The Mayans of the Mexico and Central America celebrated Spring’s arrival on the  Equinox by the pyramid of El Castillo at Chichen Itza as the Sun casts a long shadow in the late afternoon as the serpent God Kukulkan makes his descent down 91 steps of the pyramid symbolizing the return of the Sun God.

The Chinese celebrate Spring by balancing eggs for good luck.

in Japan, Spring And Autumn equinox are marked by a celebration called Higan. This is a Buddhist tradition which literally means “the other shore.” These Equinox’s mark crossing over dates for the spirits of the dead who are able to reach Nirvana after crossing the river of life and death from the mortal world of suffering into the world of enlightenment of spirit.  

Spring is the beginning of ARIES season HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARIES and marks the first quarter of this year and begins a new 12-month cycle.  ARIES is initiatory energy- get rid of the old. Aries has lots of energy passion desire and drive to burn. All signs will be feeling it -especially Cardinal ones- Cancer Libra and Capricorn. 

This Equinox’s signature feature is NO PLANETS in AIR SIGNS. No Air is a serious condition we can’t live without breathing oxygen. We may literally feel like we can’t breathe are choking or gasping. Air symbolizes ideas and can indicate difficulties in communicating for the next three and 12-month cycle. We may feel like we can’t communicate or that our ideas are not getting across. We may feel at a crossroads and at a loss of new ideas. We spend way too much time thinking and analyzing in our heads. Perhaps this can be a good thing. 

The PLANETS

The SUN and CHIRON in late PISCES are in conjunction. We have a lot of emotional healing to complete by burning up old karmic wounds suffering and victimization.Chiron the Wounded Healer is acting as a huge catalyst to let go and complete a major cycle.

MARS ARIES ruling planet runs the show from early earthy CAPRICORN squaring the Newborn Sun. Mars in Capricorn brings fire purpose and the stick with it determinism to finish what it starts. This brings in a stable fiery energy with grounded realistic drives leadership and new beginnings in government career and worldly things. 

MARS is conjunct SATURN in CAPRICORN

 The “two malefics can bring one-two punches and difficult tests as initiations.  This can indicate fires volcanic explosions terrorist attacks gun issues and major anger at government leaders or those in power. Aries and all Cardinal signs will feel this more intensely. Ultimately these Saturn-Mars tests are a trial by fire. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

The MOON is the unconscious mood and feelings of the people especially women. In stable sensuous fixed TAURUS symbolizes that our emotional safety must be in our bodies; rooted in nature; in beauty sensuality and in trusting our gut feelings and instincts and in speaking our truth to create the new.

SATURN in CAPRICORN Trines the Moon at 8 degrees 

Saturn brings stability and maturity to our emotional wellbeing. Find safety in nature and following the tried true and traditional while the new is being conceived and born. Patience is a virtue.

MERCURY and VENUS in conjunct in ARIES

These two very beautifully visible in the night skies these days symbolize the marriage of the heart and mind. A very beautiful revelation. Venus is in Mars’s sign lending a strong Wonder Woman Amazon fearless feminine energy. Write and re-write; speak and spread the word about women’s roles in creating equality between the sexes in a new world.

MERCURY-VENUS Trine the North Node in LEO

Trust your instincts passion and heart. Indulge in beauty creativity and self-expression. You’re the star of your own show.

LILITH in CAPRICORN squares MERCURY VENUS

Lilith means business right now. She amps up the power of the Mercury-Venus conjunction to tell it like it is and to shout down and refuse to compromise to any Patriarchal government structure rules or laws. This goes for any issue-gun laws immigrants rights women or indigenous rights. 

MERCURY turns Retrograde March 22 until April 15th

The Retrogade is so close to the Equinox it indicates a “slow burn.” Make sure you review your options first and wait. I know this is really difficult for Mercury in Aries- this is part of the Mars- Saturn test.  Your mantra until April 15th is “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

JUPITER RETROGRADE TRINE CHIRON IN PISCES

This is a beautiful healing aspect which was initiated and intensified at the New Moon in Pisces March 17th. Continue to shed let go and cry. Grieving is very important to go deeper into soul retreival to transform and to rise like the Phoenix.

PLUTO in CAPRICORN -URANUS ERIS square

These two are still in a square further inducing the birth of new revolutionary government and corporate change.The squares of 2012-2015 are manifesting more obviously now.

 

Enjoy springing into the new energies of this quarter. Many Blessings Tara

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Spring Equinox rituals for transformation

The Vernal Equinox is one of the most powerful days of the year as the balance of Day and Night and the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is celebrated. 

Ostara Unknown author / Public domain

Ostara_by_Johannes_Gehrts

English: “Ostara” (1901) by Johannes Gehrts. The goddess Ēostre/*Ostara flies through the heavens surrounded by Roman-inspired putti, beams of light, and animals. Germanic peoples look up at the goddess from the realm below.

Celebrated as OSTARA by Algo-Saxon and Germanic tribes as a celebration of the First day of spring.  The Green Man who fertilizes the Goddess is resurrected and the symbols which are associate with Easter, rabbits, and eggs are basic symbols of fertility. An American Witch and poet named Aiden Kelly who was looking for sabbat names more interesting than Spring Equinox ended up adopting Ostara for the Vernal {spring} Equinox and we’ve been using it for over 40 years now. 

This is a powerful day for Ritual and Ceremony to release old energies and transform them.  We are aligning ourselves with the relationship of the Sun to the earth. Call in the four directions and elements, in the indigenous tradition I was taught we also call in the 4 non-cardinal directions during the 8 stages on the circle of the wheel of the year. Pagan and

To begin the ritual first smudge yourself. Create a sacred space or circle. Call in the four directions and elements, in the indigenous tradition I was taught we also call in the 4 non-cardinal directions during the 8 stages on the circle of the wheel of the year. Pagan and Druids, and Tibetans also mark an 8 spoked wheel of the year. 

You will need some soil and some seeds. Flowers are also used to represent the growth of nature that will be arriving soon. 

Wear red yellow or green.  I don’t do banishing rituals or spells but transformations. 

Based on a rejuvenation spell by Walter L. Mora

This 1st ritual uses FIRE as this is ARIES a Fire sign

In the Tarot ARIES energy is the Symbol of The EMPEROR # 4

Ritual items” a black and a white candle, a yellow or green candle. Smudge and incense. Essential oils of jasmine or rose flowers. Paper and a black marking pen and a gold one. A lighter or matches, a fire-proof container, seeds a container and some water.

Split the paper in two and with the black pen right “Be Gone” on 1 half. Write all the things, situations, feelings and habits that you desire to let go of and to transform. Take your time. Place this negative list under the black candle. 

 Then as you leave the sacred circle with spirits and elements you have called in you must say ” All my ancestors.” before you can leave the circle otherwise you dismiss all of them in a very crude dishonouring way. Never leave a sacred circle without acknowledging the spirits which you have summoned. Then take a shower or bath to cleanse yourself.  Visualize the water washing away any heavy negativity and feel that your aura and spirit becoming clean and new.  Get dressed in clean clothes and anoint yourself with the essential oils or you can also do this ritual naked or “skyclad” as most witches do. 

Go back to your sacred circle and as you enter you say “All my ancestors.” as a sign of respect.  Take the second sheet of paper and write rebirth on it in gold ink. Write down all of the positive goals, affirmations, positive changes you wish you to grow and have.  Affirm that you have all of these now. Never say ” I want, i desire, i should, I would, I hope, or I wish” these statements banish what you are trying to create. Feel how you feel when you would have all of these things. It’s important to bring emotion into your projected desires.  Take your time. When your accomplishment list is completed put the gold-inked list under the white candle.  Light the black and white candle and incense. 

You will burn the negative list in the black candles flame and throw it in a fireproof container.  and use its flame to set it afire and throw it in the ashpot, etc. As you do this say:

”  Let go of this negative energy and I transform this negative energy into positive energy, by the Light of the candle and of the increasing Sun. So may the dark be transformed into the Light. So mote it be. So it is.” 

Then after this take the positive list and you will light it with the white candle as an ignition of fire. State out loud “I have the love of my Beloved for which I am grateful, I am blessed, healthy, healed, whole, joyous, abundant.” Or whatever is on your list.  Set this lit alight with the white candle and use it to light the third green or yellow candle. Take the ashes of the positive list and put then in a shell or fireproof container. 

The third green or yellow candle is now lit.  You will take the seeds and pot of soil and plant the seeds in the soul while saying out loud.

” On this day of balance between the Masculine Sun and the Feminine Earth may all beings be balanced, whole, happy and joyous. I celebrate the Sacred Marriage of the God and Goddess of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine today and all days. May we celebrate equality, peace, respect, and love amongst all peoples and within ourselves. As above, so below and so within.

“I plant the seeds of new positive growth in the fertile soil of Mother Earth. As life returns to earth I am also reborn anew, in the Light. As Persephone is reunited with her Mother Ceres/Demeter again, all beings, creatures, rivers, and situations, all that has been out of balance is whole and balanced again upon this Vernal Equinox. “

You can sit and meditate then take your ashes outside and bury them in the earth where they will fertilize new growth.

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Spring Equinox, Ostara, Happy Autumn down under.

Happy Spring and Happy Autumn to my friends South of the equator. 

HAPPY OSTARA the pagan celebration of EQUINOX. 

The SUN begins a new journey. We are half way to Summer and 9 months till winter again. 

The GODDESS gives growth and fertility to the land, and SHE becomes Maiden once again.  The God {the SUN} begins to grow to maturity becoming the Goddess’ lover at Beltane. The LIGHT is ascending.

SPRING Mucha Tara Greene

In Greek Myths Persephone return to the Upper world to join her mother DEMETER after being HADES/PLUTO’S wife since Autumn. 

Lets look at the Astrology chart for Spring/Autumn’s arrival at 6:45 pm EDT/ 10:45 pm GMT/March 21 @ 9:45 am Melbourne Australia. 

This chart symbolizes the beginning of the year. We can use it to forecast the next three months. I will do a tarot reading video tomorrow and post it too. STAY posted.

SPRING EQUINOX 2015 Tara Greene astrology

The chart has all the emphasis in the 6th and 7th houses.  Work, service, health, food, it is VIRGO traditionally. The 7th house is the house of marriage  and all relationships with “others.” It is naturally LIBRA which are the essence of the next 3 months.

There are 4 planets and the SOUTH NODE in Cardinal fire of ARIES, with MARS in his power in that sign. He rules the Spring season. War, anger, defenses, attacks, explosions, danger of volcanic explosions and wild raw, ruthless, impulsive masculine energy being unleashed. The South Node indicates the past where we have been, what we need to leave behind. MARS is conjunct ERIS the newly discovered dwarf planet of DISCORD And STRIFE.  We see this coming from war mongering Russia and Israel, the Isalmic State among others. 

There are 3 planets in mutable water element of Pisces. NEPTUNE ruler of Pisces, Chiron and Mercury are tight. The humble spiritual work is going on below the surface, in the unconscious, in tiny acts of kindness. By being vulnerable we find our true strength. Neptune rules oil, it’s being squared by Saturn Retrograde. The price will stay down for months on end. They will stay in square to each other well into 2016.

MOON trines Saturn in Sagittarius. 

Some discipline in our higher goals.

VENUS and LOVE is strong in her sign, TAURUS, in the 8th house which is Scorpio’s natural sign/house. Both masculine and feminine planets are in their own corners where they are powerful. Venus in Taurus is sensuality ensconced on her earthly paradise, seducing her lover Mars to come on over,which he will do March 31. Be embodied, feed your body, your senses, love this earth,walk barefoot.

Spring art Tara Greene Astrology

Spring by Archimboldo

SATURN and JUPITER are also in fire signs, and both Retrograde creating a RETRO Grand Fire trine with the Sun and Moon. Saturn in the 3rd house of communications is exactly inconjunct VENUS- exact on March 21, this means strife in the economy, shrinking of foreign imports/exports. Money-=Venus,  has reached a cap, Markets will go down, financial troubles.

PLUTO is in the 4th house of the self, your home. Your personal roots, your place of emotional sustenance and nurturing / homeland security. PLUTO’s lower level expression is the control of the elite, the Plutocracy. Pluto is the financial and banking system.  Pluto is of course still in square with URANUS. Something’s gotta give here or at least crack. “Home wrecker” is one way to put it.

Pluto is inconjunct to JUPITER in LEO and forms a FINGER OF GOD Aspect with Chiron and Neptune to Jupiter.Yah gotta watch those admonishions. 

Jupiter in Leo is like the child who says the “EMPEROR ISN’T WEARING ANY CLOTHES.

” We need that to happen now. All of us “children” need to see what is really going on and speak out with that innocence from the place where we feel wounded by the Plutocracy.

My intuition told me to check out where TransPluto or ISIS is in the chart. TransPluto was the famed planet X,a hypothetical planet. With the misnomer ISIS for the Islamic State taking the name of the Great ancient Egyptian Goddess in vain i felt I needed to see how it fits in. 

Since July 4 2014 {BST}  ISIS/TransPluto  entered the sign of VIRGO theonly sign with a Goddess symbol and will remain there until July of 2,107. Robert Wilkinson has written about Transpluto as the DIVINE MOTHER Energies.  

The Fixed star REGULUS which was in Leo for two thousand years- sign of masculine ROYALTY, the LION, etc. moved into VIRGO as well late in 2011. REGULUS is the only star on the ecliptic.  Also known as Archangel Raphael his emerald-green ray heals the heart. REGULUS should now properly be called the Hearth of the QUEEN of the earth. 

Yes the QUEEN of the Harvest will rule the roost serving humbly for the next two thousand years. Regulus remains at zero degrees Virgo for the next 68 years or so. Along with ISIS/Transpluto. 

The SPRING EQUINOX ARIES ZERO POINT is inconjunct to ISIS and REGULUS.

The war against the Goddess has to be fought with fire.

What does that mean?

It means those evil Islamic terrorists misogynist psycho’s are totally out of synch with the emerging Goddess energies. There is a new beginning and a new cycle in honoring the Feminine and the earth. People need to see that it is not a “religious” war at all. It is a war about controlling women. It cannot and will not be tolerated in any name, form, guise or excuse. 

The gOddess also had her warrioress aspects Ancient Queens were warrior Goddesses. ATHENS Greece was built to honor one, the Goddess ATHENA. Interesting that Greece may depart the EU. The Goddess of war is taking her strategies back into herself. She would never be dominated by anyone. 

THE NORTH NODE is in LIBRA in the 1st house. This is where we need to go. Co-operation, karmic balance, peace, relationships, beauty, art, as primary resources. 

Plant seeds today. water and nurture them daily. Look ahead to the bloom of life.

Wishing you a very Happy Spring, OSTARA and International Astrology DAY!

LIGHT YOUR FIRE! stay true to your heart. 

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FIRE by Bruce Springsteen