The Spring Equinox and the Resurrection of Life

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(I intended to post this article on March 20, 2018 – the day of the Spring Equinox. Alas, life has been intense and overwhelming – as clients in my astrological counseling practice attest to day after day. So despite the fact that the Spring Equinox is past, and we are almost to the Summer Solstice, you may still draw some inspiration from what is written below. All apologies for not getting this to you on time! ~Michelle)

The Wheel of Life continues its turning, and with this fleeting moment of equal day and night at the Spring Equinox, we are delivered into the freshness of being, the bursting forth of life, and resurrection from the darkness and cold of the Winter just past.

As the Sun continues his sacred, life-giving journey and enters the sign of Aries, he advances higher in the sky, increasing in heat and intensity. This annual enlightenment encourages the recently cold ground to warm, the plants to push their way above the newly verdant earth, to unfurl their tender, new leaves, soon to burst with flowers and seeds… everything swells with life once more. We in the Northern Hemisphere are reminded each March that the battle between darkness and light, lost each Winter and won each Summer, stands at a truce – even if only briefly. This Spring Equinox détente delivers both relief and a promise – that as the light strengthens and warmth returns to stir and embolden us, and the glistening hues and fragrances of nature enchant and astonish our senses, we know that the descent into darkness is always rewarded with the sojourn back up into the light… into life.

Yin-Yang-flora-fauna“Equinox” describes that moment of equality between the darkness on one side and the light on the other. This means that we must emerge from the darkness to go into the light – to be resurrected. This idea, this symbolism of the battle between dark and light, is the source of stories passed down since the dawn of time. We witness our connection to this eternal battle via great literature, our most popular modern books and films, and from a spiritual perspective, much religious mythology throughout the world. It is no coincidence that one of the most enduring religious stories, that of crucifixion, death, and resurrection (shared by numerous deities throughout religious history), is the one many embrace during Spring – the time of Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Ostara (return of life from death), Passover (resurrection from slavery), and Isra and Mi’raj (ascension of Muhammad). There is an inherent knowledge deep within us, that the cycle of life and the ceaseless journey of the Sun, will bring us back into life and light – eternally.

Each Spring Equinox offers its own unique energy to mark the beginning of the return of warmth, life, and light. The astrological chart of the moment the Sun moves into Aries at 12:17 PM Eastern on March 20, 2018, ushers us into and provides the “background” influences for the duration of the Season. This year our first thrust into re-burgeoning life is one of mastering the challenge between impatience and passion, with the wisdom of the natural timing of belonging, of acceptance, and of healing. Mars challenges us to push forward with our desires, while Saturn and Chiron make sure we do so with pragmatism, and the experience of the time-tested. Actually, the Serenity Prayer comes to mind with this Spring energy – renew and reinvigorate your life with the serenity to accept the things you can’t change, to have the courage to change the things you can, and to call on wisdom to know the difference.

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Chart for Spring Equinox 2018. Sun moved into Aries at 12:17 PM EDT.

 

To read all four of my Seasonal articles for the year across 2017/2018 please click below:

The Spring Equinox and the Resurrection of Life

The Summer Solstice and the Wisdom of Spiritual Action

The Autumn Equinox and the Moment of Balance

The Winter Solstice and Loving Responsibility

Meditating with the Super New Moon in Gemini, May 25, 2017

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Neural networks, like the human brain, are capable of ‘deep learning’, recognition and prediction. Credit: Firstsignal/istock

MEDITATING WITH THE NEW MOON – Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 3:44 PM Eastern

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As with every New Moon, this one marks the beginning of a fresh new cycle. Because the Moon is so close to Earth giving us a Super New Moon – even though we can’t see her when she’s new – your responses may be stronger, the pull greater. During a Super Moon, due to the closeness of Luna to the Earth, the ocean’s tides run higher, and I expect, your responses are more strongly felt as well.

Being in the sign of Gemini, this is a fertile time to engage your mind and to communicate what you think, what you learn, and what you know. Give your curiosity free reign, and allow that restless, questioning spirit to guide you to the next exciting moment, and then the next, much like a bee gathering nectar – only you’re gathering information, enjoying the experience, and banking it all mentally to use later.

If you’ve been reticent about sharing new ideas, use this New Moon to break free of whatever has held you back, and trust that this is the time to offer your ideas to others. Emotionally the energy of Gemini isn’t prone to deeply felt or “sticky” exchanges, but rather feels that the mind is the path to the heart. With that understanding, during this New Moon appeal to the minds of others, to their intellect, and watch as the seeds of knowledge and information you plant begin to take root and grow. 

Sacred Energy within this Super New Moon

For those of you who watch midpoints, Neptune, the planet of Source, of connection to the Divine, is squaring the midpoint between the Sun/Moon conjunction and Mars, all in Gemini. This creates a challenge to bring spirituality and sacred flow into this new beginning, as well as mystic, visual and creative stimuli. 

And for those who appreciate the inclusion of the Goddesses, later this evening the Super New Moon will connect in a lovely angle to Vesta – the Lady of Focus, the restoration of the heart, sacred sexuality, and the commitment to the Self to become whole unto the Self. During the dark of the moon this night find an opportunity to be alone to restore and rejuvenate your symbolic “virginity” or wholeness. 

WORDS FOR MEDITATION
I open my mind and my words to the people around me, understanding that it is the time to engage curiosity and the intellect. I am open to expressing myself in a new and exciting way, trusting in my own intelligence. I imbue this sacred moment with the fire of my inner Divinity. 

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MOONRISE: 6:35 am Eastern
MOONSET: 8:35 pm Eastern

MOON’S ASPECTS: quincunx Saturn 1:59 am; conjunct Sun 3:44 pm; sextile Vesta 8:34 pm Eastern

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH THE MOON

Using the simple Moon thoughts above are a wonderful way to begin a daily meditation practice that keeps you focused on, and grounded in, the emotional energy of the Cosmos each and every day.
 
You can do a very simple 8/4 count meditation, which means you settle into a comfortable position, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and breathe in to a slow count of 8, hold it for 4 counts, and then breathe out for a slow count of 8. Hold your breath again for 4 counts before breathing in again. On the in-breath recite a word or phrase from the Moon Meditation in your mind, focusing on that energy and holding it, and then consciously release that same energy out into the world on the out-breath. Then begin the process again on the in-breath, either using the same word/phrase you’re working with (until it feels comfortable and “right”) or move on to the next word or phrase from the Moon Meditation.
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Chart for the Super New Moon in Gemini on May 25, 2017 at 3:44 PM Eastern from Atlanta, GA

For wonderful astronomical information about the Super New Moon and what makes it Super read here! 

Astrological Transits – The Intuition of the Soul

 

What I love about Astrology is that it shows you your intentions and potentials… and it maps the energy of the moment – any moment, whether a birth, or right now, or a particular time on a day 200 years ago. And that energy can be compared to the unique energy you were born with – which in Astrology is represented by your birth chart. When you make that comparison, between the now energy and the birth energy, you get what astrologers call “transits.”

Incredibly, using that comparison – those transits – gives you scads of rich information about where you’re up for evolutionary change and transformation. If you know your birth chart and your current transits (comparing the current energy to the energy with which you were born) – you have a remarkable tool for navigating life and for bringing your potentials into reality. I love this stuff!

I like to say to my clients, “Live your transits – listen to them – because they are the intuition of your Soul.” Your Soul, or Fate, or your God Self, or Core Self – whatever you want call that guiding direction – can be seen and understood through your birth chart and the transits that are impacting it, meaning you, in any given moment. Listen deeply and respond intuitively – and fearlessly!

Here’s just a little example:

woman-of-lightA woman we will call Adara experienced the orbiting planet Uranus making a challenging transit to her birth Moon in the 4th house. During this time (about a two year period) she lost her job and subsequently her home and was forced to move to a new state to live with relatives.

This certainly brought new challenges into her life and created much anxiety for her emotionally, to put it mildly.

However, the transiting planet Uranus was also connecting with her birth Jupiter/Sun combination in her first house and with her Midheaven (the portal into the house of career.) This meant that while her life was certainly being shaken up, Adara was also being supported and could experience great benefit and find tremendous meaning through the experience. 

Shortly after she made the necessary move, which initially felt incredibly unfair and difficult, Adara unexpectedly met someone who propelled her toward an entirely new career where she soon felt both excited and fulfilled. She was finally doing her life’s work!

Without the unfortunate loss of her previous job and all that resulted from that, Adara wouldn’t have had the opportunity that ended up unlocking her heart and bringing her happiness.

The beauty of this story is that not only was someone propelled toward a more joyful existence, but that Adara, through astrology, was able to understand, sometime during the midst of these events, that some sort of upheaval and life changes were necessary to her evolution – to becoming who she was meant to become. She was then able to prepare to expect the unexpected.

After Adara began making discoveries about herself and what was impacting her via several astrology sessions, she no longer felt that something sinister was being done TO her – but instead understood that theses changes were her Self – her Soul – speaking directly to her to help her change what needed to be changed in order to move her toward the state of fulfillment. She decided to remain positive and to look at her challenges as opportunities for growth and possibility – and therefore she was rewarded with exactly that. And she was also able to understand the time frame during which all of this would happen, because transits, the impact of orbiting planets to your birth chart, are very easily timed.

What a great story, yes?

I’d love to hear your comments!

And if you’re interested in discovering your own “intuition of the Soul” via astrology, please be in touch! Email astrology@michellegregg.com or click here to get started.