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by Diane Booth Gilliam
Today marks the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Equinox means equal: Day and night have the same amount of hours; light and dark are in perfect balance. (Now doesn’t that have a nice ring to it?) After today, the sun graces us with increasingly longer periods of illumination and we, too, are inspired to lighten up.
In Western astrology, the sun is at zero degrees Aries on the spring equinox, which is the first degree of the entire zodiac. This means that the equinox marks not only the beginning of spring, but also the beginning of the astrological new year.
Ah. New beginnings. And what better companion for a fresh start than fire-sign Aries? The planetary ruler of Aries is passionate Mars; March is named after Mars, and the Equinox is Mars’ big day. Mars/Aries packs the punch to deliver us into the season of sparkling streams and fledgling flowers.
So what is ready to blossom in your life? Springtime intentions work like magic seeds that get planted in fertile soil. And this year, the astral embrace is very verdant because Venus, the planet of love and money, engages in a scintillating relationship with unpredictable Uranus. When these two celestial bodies hook up, look for surprising windfalls. ’Tis the season for serendipity. Sudden sweepstakes winnings? An unexpected love affair? Whatever it is, it will come out of nowhere.
Mix in Venus/Uranus wizardry with Mars/Aries alchemy, and you’ve got a recipe for wild creativity. Here are a few ways to use your practice to make the most of this moment:
Poses for Spring
The traditional zodiac-body correlation for Aries is the head. To harness equinox energy, do balancing poses and calming practices
Headstand: While you work on building this asana, think about how equinox means equal, and notice how your body makes subtle shifts to achieve equanimity.
Warrior II Pose: Use this asana to align with Mars, the planet that instills the winning spirit. The Sanskrit name comes from Virabhadra, the mythic warrior who was made from a lock of Shiva’s matted hair.
Child’s Pose: Even as Mars pushes us forward, Venus reminds us that we need time to adjust to the seasonal shifts. Place the forehead on the floor, or a folded blanket, to soothe the body and simultaneously stimulate ajna, the third-eye chakra or energy center located between the eyebrows.
As we leave behind the wintery cold and answer the ardent call of the new season, we can use our practices to help us stay strong and feel refreshed. Expect the best. Have a happy spring!
Yogastrology® founder Diane Booth Gilliam’s groundbreaking Online Course teaches yoga teachers how to use the sisters — Yoga, Astrology, and Ayurveda — for optimal wellness year round. Visit Yogastrology.com.