EQUINOX is a time of balance – the light is exactly balanced between light and dark. Are you feeling balanced now? If you are balanced or not, this can help you understand be why….
Equinox is about the Sun. The SUN is exactly at the Equator at Noon, moving north.
The Sun in the Equinox chart shows our balance on Earth. At the time of Equinox, the Sun makes no exact aspects to any planets. This means it makes no connections and has no influence from others, except a quincunx from Ceres. We are off balance with the Mother Goddess, or Mother Earth.
The Sun in Aries is ruled by Mars. Mars (the masculine, giving principle) is currently in Venus-ruled Libra (the feminine, receptive principle), which means Mars is out of alignment and is not strong. Like the Sun, Mars doesn’t connect (make aspects) with any other planets – only with Goddess Asteroids Vesta and Pallas. Mars is also moving backwards, called Retrograde. For all these reasons, Mars, the warrior, is not in a position of strength.
Astrologically, Mars is considered debilitated. The main theme of MARS is ACTION. In Libra and Rx, motivation for ACTION is hidden, not upfront. Cagey. This is a passive/aggressive Mars. It has strong needs, but won’t admit it, and will try to fulfill its passions without being upfront.
While Mars makes several aspects to the Goddess Asteroids (conjunct Vesta and sextile Pallas) and is close to a conjunction with the Lunar North Node (moving toward the future), it makes no other aspects to any of the planets. Mars is riding this out alone. And Mars-in-Libra is not in its usual role of the strong, masculine man. In relationship-oriented Libra, there are other things going on, including the need to find harmony through diplomacy, which Mars doesn’t really want to acknowledge. Not outwardly. And outwardly is how Mars operates.
What does this say about our state of BALANCE? It shows we are not very balanced, and that the male principle, dynamic and outgoing, is in need of adjustment.
While the Feminine principle seeks relatedness – as symbolized by Mars in Venus-ruled Libra – the Masculine principle is geared to action. The need to relate seems like backsliding to Mars. Yet this chart shows that’s exactly what we need.
Does diplomacy turn us into wusses? Does relating make us weak?
If we think so, or thought so, even slightly, why is that? Because the masculine principle can appear weak if anything beneath its image of invincible strength becomes too visible, potentially revealing weak spots to the enemy. The armor must be intact for the warrior to hold his image, his position.
Anything that hints of a lack of confidence, that shows any flaws or lack of courage, takes away our bragging rights, and can weaken our social status. Any visible lack of authority can be seen as weakness.
And why does any of this matter? Because as a society, we tend to value masculine over feminine principles. We want to appear strong and capable, and the feminine is seen as weaker because it needs to relate. And to relate, the feminine needs to be open and vulnerable enough to risk failure and rejection. As a society, we are changing this, and the chart for Spring Equinox shows that we need to continue to adjust these values until we find balance. Meanwhile, during Mars Rx, we can find the places in ourselves we still hold these values.
This Spring is about finding balance between giving and receiving. To receive, you need to be open. Otherwise, you can only give. When you can do both, you create balance.
Chart for Spring Equinox (in NYC):
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