Astrology 2023, the Spring Equinox and Nature’s New Year
On Monday, March 20, 2023, the Sun entered O degrees of Aries, initiating the Spring season in the northern hemisphere and starting the astrological and energetic year. During the equinox, the Sun shines directly on the equator, creating almost exact equality in the length of light between day and night. The Equinox occurs at the exact same moment around the world, and looking toward the horizon, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west, whereas at other times in the year, the Sun appears off center if you’re facing those directions. Here in Chicago, because of the grid system of our streets, there’s a phenomena called Chicago Henge that occurs at the Spring and Fall Equinox, where the Sun is visible rising and setting, framed within the city blocks that run east and west – very cool!
Spring Equinox, aka the Aries Ingress
The Spring Equinox affords us a genuine, energetic opportunity to start our year. This is a natural time to set goals and declare our intentions for the next 12 months – to plant seeds and begin again. This year’s Equinox is amplified by the New Moon in Aries on Tuesday 3/21/2023 that occurred less than 24 hours after the Equinox itself. Over the next 2 weeks especially, we are called to be courageous and take action – where appropriate – in the areas of our lives where we’d like to make progress. Exercising patience could be a bit more challenging as we could feel very energized to get moving again. Each Equinox offers its own unique, challenging, and promising energies which help to set the tone for the next 12 months and suggests guidelines for what to focus on for at least the next quarter, until the summer solstice. Notably, this year’s Equinox occurs with the next Mercury retrograde only 1 month away and planet Saturn just two weeks into its 3 year transit through Pisces! More on Saturn in Pisces
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