Autumn Equinox

Well we’ve finally reached the end of our Astrological year. For those of us in South Africa, the Sun enters Aries tonight (20 March) at 6:57. This also is the  Autumn Equinox, which means equality of day and night. So tonight is the turning point at which our days start to get shorter and our nights longer.

Aries is the sign which governs new intentions, new beginnings, new life … so this  is the time of the year when we usually feel a real desire to emerge from the oneness, express our individuality, stand up, be seen and push forward with new initiatives. The cusp on which Aries falls in your Natal chart is the area of your life which is where you will be wanting to focus your energy and  where a new cycle of expression will begin.

The chart for the year ahead, which is drawn up for the moment the Sun enters Aries, however, tells a slightly different story.

First of all, Mars, the ruler of Aries, is REtrograde in Libra (its opposite sign) – The retrograde motion suggests that the focus is more on RE-envisioning, Re-flecting, RE-structuring. The Libran scales bring our focus to creating balance in our lives rather than pushing, shoving, achieving in a desperate attempt to be number one.  Actually, the spotlight is more on others than little ol us right now. Libra  governs relationships and  the Mars / Libra combination can present us with some interesting, if not tricky interactions right now.  It’s really about noticing how we’re relating and responding to others… or not … and what they’re mirroring in us.

As I wrote  at the beginning of the month, Saturn is also retrograde for the next while and right now is in close contact with the moon, which is in the waning phase. This further indicates that we might be feeling a little emotionally cut off, isolated,  a tad  depressed, negative, numb or even somewhat stuck…. Heavyish!

So… The way I’m reading this energy is that we need to be as present and authentic as possible, staying centred and connecting to our hearts intentions rather than our goals.

The difference as I see it, is that Goals focus on specific outcomes in the future (which are unlikely to be clear right now) , whilst intentions focus on the present and provide the guiding light  which points us towards our deepest hearts aspirations and values.

We need to be asking ourselves if what we’re putting out there is congruent with our deepest hearts desires. If not, we’re unlikely to feel as if we are living purposeful lives.

I’ll be writing more about this theme next week and will be running 2 workshops in April and possibly one in May on Inspired Intention or as it’s referred to in Sanskrit, Sankulpa.  This is probably one of the most important workshop I’ll be running all year and I really feel that the time is ripe for it. Email me for  details.

You are what your deepest desire is (Sankulpa).
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
~ Upanishads

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Happy Equinox everyone.

In life and light