Happy New Year
On March 20th, the day and night will be equal in majesty, length and grace. This wonderful date has been celebrated for thousands of years as the Spring Equinox, the first day of spring and the beginning of the astrological Year. For most of us, it will signal a shift in the collective mood. For the last three months, since the Winter Solstice, we have been focusing on survival, battling with our shadows on a social as well as personal level. But the Spring Equinox is like a beam of sharp bright light that cuts through darkness and ignorance. It is a beacon of light that summons the hero, Aries, to the rescue.
For those of you who have a garden or live close to plants, you can see these metaphysical truths manifest in the shape of rose buds, new leaves covering the pitch trees and tones of …weeds. It seems like nature is in a far better mood.
Spring has always been associated with liberation from sadness, freedom from oppression and a new hope. This spring promises all that and more. We might have to wait until April 17th, when Venus finally stops her retrograde motion, to get the full benefits offered by Spring. But no need to wait that long, on March 26th we will experience a wonderful New Moon, the beginning of the Biblical New Year and the first day of Nisan.
The New Moon in Aries is arguably the most important New Moon, marks the beginning of the beginning. The initiation – rite of passage of the soul. It is in this month, Nisan, that according to Kabbalah, God preformed the most amounts of miracles. Nes in Hebrew means miracle and the word Nisan (נִיסָן), the month of Aries, contains the word miracle. It is a clear message that during this month not only we experience the miracle of nature reviving but also our souls, higher-self, and our divine nature blooms and becomes more visible and active. It is as if our spiritual guides (our Moses) come to liberate us from our oppressions (Pharaoh). According to Rabbi Joshua ben Hananiah (131CE) and many other Kabbalists, the cosmos was created in Nisan. This means that mythologically and botanically speaking, you can create your own Universe this next month.
Since I believe we create our own future, albeit with some guidance from the stars, I urge you to go to this web site: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ which for the last 12 years has been providing good news and spreading optimism. The web site launched in 1997 when Jupiter (the planet of optimism) was in Aquarius (the sign of computers and hope). This year Jupiter is once again in Aquarius and we all need some good news!
On the Equinox, make sure to take a few moments and meditate or contemplate on the meaning of dark and light in your life:
- Why are they both needed?
- Why when they are balanced does life bloom?
- What areas of my life need more darkness (more focus and more depth and patience)?
- What areas need more light (more awareness and action)?
- Who is my Moses – my liberator who can make miracles happen in my life?
- Who or what is my Egypt, my Pharaoh my oppressor?
On the New Moon (almost a week later) you can send a request to the heavens. Ask for a miracle, help in manifesting something you need in your life. Aries is all about action and movement so just asking for it wont do it, you have to start marching towards your Promise Land, and God would surely come…