Ruled by the planet Mars, this first, cardinal sign is the opening energy of fire, containing visionary courage to overcome odds. There is a single-minded insistence on new life that moves Aires out into the world to be creative through crises.
This receptive, earthy energy implements practical visions from organizing goals from sound judgment. It is the first of four serpent signs having to do with power and will. Ruled by Venus, Taurus projects are usually bound in beautiful ritual and ribbon.
This third spring signature explores and talks about process, questioning results, sharing them, then moving on. Its twin forces of human and divine are ruled by the dual energy of Mercury. Its job is to throw seeds of possibility in the wind.
The Astrological New Year-The Vernal Equinox
Astrologically, the seed forces open a new year open at the Vernal, or Spring, Equinox, arriving between March 19 and 21, when the sun reaches zero Aires. ‘Equinox’ literally means ‘equal night,’ when day and night each hold twelve hours. It was the ancient victory of the God of Light over the God of Darkness, and spring celebrations, such as Easter and Passover, reflect this affirmation of birth and re-birth.
Spring’s three signs, or rhythms often move into the world from the power of their visions to begin again, knowing they have an ability to inspire others, and lead the way. Spring imbalances often come from over-stepping boundaries. Aires self assurance can become arrogance; Taurus’ quiet assertiveness grows inflexible, and Gemini can lose the thread of an idea to just talk and talk.
Physically, the body is ready to increase its practice, to clean out and gear-up. Spring, after all is the time of mating. All signs when stressed take their natural, balanced energies to an outer limit of anger and fear, blocking an innate ability to move forward and accomplish. Wisdom prevails with re-balancing, and finding center.