Posts Tagged ‘equinox’
There is an on-going debate, varying opinions and much confusion about the Age of Aquarius and when it actually began. Let’s clear that up.
First of all, we need to understand the role of the Spring Equinox, which is also known as the Vernal Equinox. This is the moment each year when the Sun enters the first sign of the Zodiac as it traverses the Celestial Equator, Northbound, bringing longer days to the Northern Hemisphere. Quite simply, the Sun commences its annual pilgrimage through the twelve signs of the Zodiac, starting on March 20th every year, as the plane of the Earth’s Equator passes through the center of the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »
We all take for granted the sun’s diurnal and seasonal activity and its life-giving energy, but to many civilizations it was also its passage that marked the agricultural and seasonal alterations that were essential for survival and migration. For the ancients the Sun marked the passage of time, as it went through the twelve Celestial Houses of the Zodiac.
It is interesting to note that the Sun itself is one of the orbs that acquires the characteristics of every astrological house, or the personality of each zodiac sign it passes through. When we look deeper into the astrological methods used to divine the planets, we know, in part, the sun is not a planet, by a technical margin. It has a third path of travel known as the precession of the equinoxes, in which it retrogrades around the Zodiac through the twelve signs at the rate of one degree every 72 years. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s Full Moon has many names. It is known as the Lenten Moon, Chaste Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, The Big Famine Moon, and Worm Moon, among many other names originating from various cultures and belief systems.
March 20th was the Spring Equinox, the first day of spring. It is traditionally the day many Pagans celebrate the rebirth of the Earth. Earth is thawing and loosening itself from the cold grip of winter. New life will soon emerge and the land will grow green and fertile. What will develop into the ripened fruits of summer and autumn is still young and fresh. In March we see the fleeting virtue of innocence, the potential of the growth to come, while honoring the fleeting virtue of innocence.
Lent is a major religious observance of many Christian denominations. It begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Day. Its tradition is not much different from other traditions and cultures, which also view this very early spring moon as a time for repentance, giving alms to the poor, atonement and self-denial. Read the rest of this entry »
The Sun moves into Aries upon the Spring Equinox, at the beginning of the astrological year, making March 21st to April 20th the approximate astrological dates for this first sign of the zodiac. Appropriate, considering the Ram’s motto might be “me first!”
Aries, the Ram, is not only the first sign of the zodiac, it is also number one in many other ways. People with a strong Aries influence in their chart are likely to be forthcoming, pioneering, and independent spirits. Just look at the sign’s glyph (symbol), which looks like a ram with its head lowered. It says it all.
Perhaps the most traditionally masculine sign in the zodiac, Aries is ruled by Mars (the god of war), its corresponding color is red, and it is a cardinal (leading) Fire sign. That’s some heady symbolism! No wonder that even the women born under Aries (think warrior types like Sarah Michelle “Buffy” Gellar, Lucy “Xena” Lawless, and pioneering feminist Gloria Steinem) are likely to have nerves of steel… or perhaps of diamond, another Arian symbol. Read the rest of this entry »
In the northern hemisphere September 23rd marked the Autumn Equinox and the start of fall. In these days we traditionally celebrate harvests and the bounty of summer, and enjoy the last warm days before winter. But what to do about the increasing lack of sunlight?
In our psychic lives, we need the energy of the sun as much as we need water, air, or ground under our feet. Sunlight represents the fourth essential spiritual element of fire. If we don’t have enough of it, we can easily become depressed and lose touch with our psychic self.
So how can we incorporate the sun in our daily lives, even if we can’t afford a winter home in Hawaii? The most obvious answer is to make time to get natural sunlight. Sorry, but that artificial sunlamp in your office doesn’t count! Of course, if we’re able to, it is nice to take that winter vacation to a sunnier climate, but if not, a walk outside each day can prove extremely beneficial. Read the rest of this entry »
This year we were up on four occasions, watching as the Sun, and the Moon, Lady Moon, were in the sky at the same time. The sun passed over the Moon, turning the Moon and sky blood red… four times in a row. The whole of the purple, darkened sky lighted up as if thousands of fireworks had burst into colors raining down on our spirits with beauty.
The first Blood Moon eclipse in this total series of four happened on April 15, 2014 and the last one happened on October 8, 2014. This special occurrence is known as a lunar tetrad. The next total eclipse will take place on April 4, 2015.
The majesty and wonder of the Hunter’s Moon, the Blood Moon, reminds us of the glories of the universe. With this we see the doors to Other Worlds, the Other Side opening up, allowing the lights to come back in. With this, we can expect great events, wondrous omens of changes to come. Read the rest of this entry »
The Celtic druids observed nature in all its glory and individual properties. They were known in the ancient world as “tree worshippers,” but it was not just the trees that they observed. They were focused on life itself through studying the energy of all living things.
All nature was an oracle to the druids and many of their sacred rites revolved around delving into the spirit world, green healing and divination. Through their observations they were able to pair the personality traits and associations of persons born in a specific month to a sacred tree.
In Celtic Tree Astrology there are thirteen lunar months, as opposed to the twelve zodiac signs in conventional astrology. These thirteen months combine associations with the Solar and Lunar cycles, so that each month and astrological sign is associated with a sacred tree, and each tree has its own personality traits and magical attributes.