Articles & Horoscopes
|Posted by Lauren on March 17, 2017 at 12:30 AM|
March 17th ~ 24th
A sacred activist is someone who knows that the world’s profound crisis is challenging everyone to act from our deepest compassion and wisdom, and who is committed to ‘being’, in the face of growing chaos, suffering, and violence. In Shambhala terminology we call this the way of warriorship.” – Acharya Marty Janowitz
This week we welcome in the Vernal Equinox, which in the Northern Hemisphere is the first day of Spring (and the first day of Autumn in the South). The Vernal Equinox is the time of Ostara, the natural Easter, when seeds of intention and resolution begin to sprout, and we approach them with renewed conviction and enthusiasm. The Aries Equinox is one of the most powerful days of the year. A day that sets the tone for the new astrological year ahead.
Aries is a sign of New Beginnings, flush with the excitement of emerging strength, procreation and initiation. At the time of the Spring Equinox, which is the first day of Aries, the days and nights are equal. This is when the God of Day, the Sun, and the Goddess of the Night, the Moon, stand as perfect mates, with neither one standing in the shadow of the other. In the Northern seasonal cycles, the green life is just beginning to return, and with these is reborn the Green Man, the reincarnation of the Corn King cut down at the last harvest. The Equinox is seen as a time of conception, of renewal, when the Goddess mates with her lover in order to conceive her next son.
And so it is with us all that this is a time of renewal and conception. This year the Equinox is accompanied by a closing square between Jupiter and Pluto. And as Jupiter retrogrades back to once again perfect its square to Pluto (exact on March 30th), it is time to think about our relationship to power. Who has it? What do they do with it? Do we feel powerful? Or do we feel helpless in the face of insurmountable odds? Do we stand daunted and filled with fear? Or, like David, do we confront the giant Goliath, knowing that we have the force of justice on our side, as we stand ready to take on the challenge.
Jupiter square Pluto can make you or break you. It can take stuff away, stuff that you worked really, really hard for.... or if you welcome the wave, and let it expand and lift you at its crest, it can endow you with a sense of authority and power, even in the face of what appear to be dire and unequal odds. It is said that when you are on the side of the Good, you automatically have the advantage. This is because the nature of the Universe veers on the side of the Good. In Jupiter/Pluto weather when you fight for the good of the all, rather than your own selfish interests, you have the power of the Universe on your side, and therefore have a greater chance for success.
However, if your motives stem from greed and the desire to use undue influence in order to promote your own interests at the expense of others, then you can most likely expect the opposite. Plutocracy, the abuse of power, using one’s wealth or privilege to leverage power and influence, are all Jupiter/Pluto themes. What is interesting about this square, right now, in the light of this Jupiter/Pluto square at the Vernal Equinox, are the nascent seeds being germinated in this extraordinary time.
I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts. ~ Mark Twain
This coming week, Mercury in outspoken and forthright Aries forms a tight t-square with Jupiter and Pluto. This is the weather of extreme, perhaps even fanatical views…and opinions. Everyone has one this week, and everyone thinks they are right. Therefore we will be stretched to reach agreements. Everyone is certainly entitled to opinions, however if you wish to be taken seriously, it probably would be helpful to be armed with the truth. Unless, of course, if you are Mark Twain.
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