On March 20th, 2021 the Sun enters Aries and we have the March Equinox.

Sun’s ingress into Aries – or Sun at 0° Aries – represents the beginning of a new astrological year. The Sun starts a new journey around the zodiac. No matter where you live on the Earth, the day is equal to the night.

Equinox (‘equi’-’nox’) literally means “equal night.” At the Spring Equinox, day and night are the same lengths.

No matter where you live, you experience the exact same amount of light and darkness. The Sun and the Moon share the sky as equals.

And it’s only when the day and the night are equal, it’s only when YANG (the Sun) and YIN (the Moon) energies are in perfect balance – that life can emerge.

It’s this perfect equilibrium that allows new life to be created and that’s why the March Equinox marks the beginning of the new astrological year.

If we want to know what to expect from the 2021-2022 astrological year, we cast a chart for the exact time when the Sun is at 0° Aries.

The 0° Aries chart is like a “Solar Return” chart for the Earth, and will influence every single one of us at a meta-level.

0° of Cardinal signs (0° Aries, 0° Cancer, 0° Libra, and 0° Capricorn) are the most potent degrees because this is when the Sun changes direction, and we have the seasons. When we have an equinox or a solstice, we’re celebrating the start of something new.

Casting a chart for the time of the Equinox is nothing new. Cardinal ingresses have been used since the time of Ptolemy to predict public events.

If we look at what’s going on in the sky on March 20th, 2021 we will know what to expect in the upcoming 12 months.

What Really Matters

This year, the equinox point (0° Aries) is conjunct Venus and sextile Pluto.

That’s a change from last year, when the Equinox point was conjunct Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and square the Lunar Nodes.

This upcoming astrological year Sun still applies a wide (8.5 degrees) conjunction to Chiron, but the tightest aspect is the conjunction with Venus.

The 2021-2022 Solar Year will be infused in Venusian energy.

Venus is the planet of love, relationships, self-worth and values. Venus tells us what’s important for us.

If Mercury is our objective experience of the world, Venus is our subjective experience.

With Mercury we see, hear, and decode information through language and mental activity. With Venus we go one level deeper, by adding a layer of personal meaning. Is the Mercury information relevant, or not?

If it is, we keep it, if it’s not, we drop it. Venus tells us what’s relevant and what matters to us.

That’s why Venus rules love and personal values. Love and personal values are totally subjective experiences, and can only ever be subjective. Love and personal values are totally personal. They choose us and we choose them.

“We are what we love. We are the things, the people, the ideas we spend our days with. They center us, they drive us, they define us to our very core.” – Daisy Whitney

A Sun-Venus conjunction brings matters of the heart to our attention.

We have one Sun-Venus conjunction every 9 months.

One, when Venus is retrograde, and it is called ‘interior’ conjunction (the previous one happened on June 3rd, 2020 in Gemini).

The 2nd when Venus is direct, and close to the Sun, and it is called ‘superior’ conjunction (like this one we have now).

When we have an Interior Venus-Sun conjunction we act from instinct, based on what ‘feels’ right at a gut level. Venus is at the closest distance from Earth!

However, when we have a superior conjunction (like the one we have now) Venus is at the farthest possible distance from Earth, and at its closest to the Sun. Venus is less impulsive, and more guided towards an ideal (the Sun).

Venus is ready to sacrifice some of her pleasures for something deeper, more valuable, for something that has substance and meaning.

The Solar ideal is what drives us forward, the reason why we’re here.

With Sun conjunct Venus, in the upcoming astrological year, your actions will be driven by this ideal.

Does this (project, action, person) bring me closer to my ideal Self?

If the answer is yes, Venus will guide you on what to do. If the answer is no, the Pluto sextile to Sun and Venus will make it easier for you to remove anything that is inauthentic from your life.

In the upcoming year, you may feel a pull to cut ties to projects, activities and relationships that don’t feel ‘right’ and are not good for you, and for your mission in this lifetime.

The Equinox and the upcoming year is a time to find what really matters to you, and to let that ideal guide you in everything you do.

Astro Butterfly

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