Pivot Point

Pivot Point


This week the Moon waxes while planets pile into Aries.  The Sun goes first, crossing the equinoctial boundary late Tuesday night.   Venus, not long behind, follows Sol into Aries on Thursday the 21st.  Meanwhile Mars, who crossed into Aries last week, spends this one on his way toward an explosive conjunction with Uranus, which he completes on the 22nd.

The Equinoxrobert-weigand-night-and-day

   The Sun enters Aries late Tuesday night marking the Equinox.  The equinox is a point of balance, a temporary truce between the forces of day and night.  This equilibrium is however, fleeting, and will swiftly give way to the dominance of day in the Northern Hemisphere and night in the Southern- a reversal of the previous season’s arrangement of forces.

   Yet in the midst of this repolarization there is a moment of equilibriated silence, poised between what has just passed and what lies immediately ahead.  Relax and let your mind encompass both seasons.  Much has occurred, and much still remains to be done.   You won’t win this race by sprinting.  Pause, catch your breath and reflect on your strategy for this next lap.

The Sun Enters Aries: Fusion Core

solarcore  The Sun in Aries concentrates our awareness on the irreducible atom of individualized spirit which animates us.  The solar tides push people to act as they are, yet the self is easily misunderstood, confused with images.  Yet these visions of self are not the nuclear core of who we are, merely the play of the light issuing from it.  All attempts to embody and assert the self are useless if they do not emerge from the core.  Follow the rays back to their source.


Venus Enters Aries: A Flower For TheeFake_Fire_Flower

Venus departs Pisces’ wide oceans on Thursday, the 21st, storming Aries’ well defended beaches in a chain mail bikini.  While Venus in Pisces soothed and buffered frictions, in Aries Venus exults in showers of sparks.  Here Venus smiles on the martial sphere, decorating the forge and picking flowers from the battlefield.  Both lust and tempers are inflamed.  Venus will be in Aries until April 15th.  For more on Venus in this particular sign, consult “Venus in Aries: The Red Queen Effect.”

Mars Conjunct Uranus in Aries:  Lightning Rod

red_lightning_stormMars spends the entirety of this week conjoined Uranus in Aries.  The conjunction of these two bodies inflames our need for personal sovereignty.  There is a violent need for independence, and a low threshold for repressive influences.

The energy here is revolutionary, yet volatile.  Under this conjunction, some will find the strength to break away from limiting situations, or burst through restrictive paradigms.  Meanwhile, others will burn bridges and dramatize otherwise functional relationships over trivia.  Be careful what you immolate, for not everything rises like the phoenix.

The road that winds away from the Equinox is lined with these considerations.   Mars, the Sun and Venus will all pass through the Uranus-Pluto square over the coming weeks.  Fire birds and dragons light these skies, and the corpses of old tyrants and would-be phoenixes stock the earth.


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Aries: The Ram

The Sun and Venus enter Aries this week, joining Mars.  You’ll likely find these changes energizing, rousing you from the last month’s aquatic torpor.  What is latent bursts forth, and delayed changes surge to the forefront.   Radical separations from the past may be on the horizon.  If a split is forthcoming, try to make it a clean cut.  It is unnecessary to destroy what is contrary to us, we merely need to sever our connection to it.  Find the umbilicus and strike true.

Taurus: The Bull

The Sun and Venus race into Aries this week, where they join Mars.  This shift may come as unpleasant to you, stirring feelings of frustration and pushing you to act in situations where you are still uncertain.

The cluster of planets in Aries brings up the hidden frictions within your life.  It is not entirely pleasant, but it is an excellent time to meditate on those unhappy sparks, and the role you play in creating them.

Gemini: The Twins

The small mob of planets gathering in Aries stimulates your social life.   The actions of friends, peers and contacts come to the forefront.  You may find yourself recruited for another’s mission, or looking to conscript some help yourself.

Cancer: The Crab

The movement of Venus and the Sun in Aries this week brings more emphasis to your professional activities.  There is, in fact, a lot of energy building around your career right now.  There may be some friction between your internal rhythm and the pace the world is setting for you right now, but you don’t choose the right moment- it chooses you.   You strike when the iron is hot, not when you feel like striking.

Leo: The Lion

The growing pile of planets in Aries pulls your thinking toward future accomplishments.  Flares illuminate what you’d like to do, lining the horizon with ambitious visions.  Do what you can in the present to get you closer to those goals, but consider what tools you’ll need to bring your plans to complete fruition.  Taking the time to gather or forge the proper implements may well make the difference between success and failure.

Virgo: The Virgin

The ingress of Venus and the Sun into Aries this week highlights the exchanges of time, money and energy between yourself and other people.   Are your partnerships making you stronger or weaker?  Are you and those you’re partnered with diluting each other or is your combined work the stronger for it?  If there is a distinct lack of synergy, you may want to analyze the alchemy, or lack thereof, taking place.

Libra: The Scales

The rush of planets into Aries vitalizes your relationships.  Passions flare, both dark and light.  Spend some time reflecting on the dynamic between yourself and those you hold dear, for there are radical insights hovering about these weeks, old patterns afire, taken by the wind.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The small mob of planets in Aries highlights the number of tasks you have to accomplish.   Physical and fiscal irritations gather here.  Attend to small problems so that they stay that way.   There are also larger changes looming, radical alterations to your work life, as well as your approach to mental and physical health.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The growing mob of planets in Aries spotlight how you’re spending your energy.  Are you investing in good times, or something with a better return?  Take a step back and consider how much of yourself you’re willing to spend on revelry, and how much you need to reserve for greater works.

Capricorn: The Goat

The entrance of the Sun and Venus into Aries sets a fire.  That’s smoke coming from somewhere in your house.  It may be that you need to put it out.  It also might be that the house-spirits are trying to drive you out- for your own good.

Regardless, events circle around your living situation, and whether it is empowering or oppressive.  If it’s empowering, then fight for it.  If it’s oppressive, then fight your way free.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The Sun and then Venus join Mars in Aries this week, lighting up your weekly schedule.   The phase we are entering is likely to be a busy one for you, with numerous short term goals clamoring for your attention.  You may find it exhausting, like a game of whack-a-mole.  Remember, however, that its just  for a little bit, and that if you win the game, you’ll probably get a prize.

Pisces: The Fish

The small mob of planets in Aries highlights the value of your resources, both internal and external.  This week’s configuration suggests that you are due to begin reconsidering the value of your wares.  You may have overlooked treasures, or priced the trash too high.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


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