“Shift from ‘What can I get from the world that exists?’ to ‘What can I give to the world that’s emerging?'” – Gregg Braden, interview on Conscious Media Network

the sunThe astrological new year begins tonight (10:15 pm PDT), when the Sun moves into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. Spring Equinox is the time to plant seeds of intention for what you want to create over the coming year.

Every new year is an opportunity for a fresh start — a chance to realign with your authentic self, trust your instincts, step into your passion, and set off in a brave new direction. This year, as Spring Equinox launches us fully into the much-hyped 2012, the intentions we set and the steps we take feel particularly loaded with significance.

The 5,125-year cycle specified by the Mayan Calendar may have closed on October 28, 2011 (according to Carl Calleman), or we may be approaching its end on December 21, 2012. Either way, we’re at a tipping point — the old patriarchal paradigm is dying, while a new paradigm is emerging.

In Western astrology, the hype around 2012 is reflected in the square between Uranus and Pluto, which will be exact for the first of seven times on June 24. As with all planetary configurations, it’s up to each of us how this aspect plays out.

We have the opportunity to awaken to our personal power, break free from the fear-based control system, and contribute our vital life force toward creating a healthy, sustainable, loving new world. Or, we can buy into the perception that we are powerless, insignificant beings, and play victim to the world-destroying systems and structures that are, on an energetic level, already dead.

uranusThe Sun’s move into Aries activates the Uranus-Pluto square, sparking the question of how we as individuals can best participate in the unfolding collective story. The chart of the Equinox — which provides a blueprint for the spring season and even the year ahead — advises us to take our time answering this question, and get very specific and precise with our intentions and actions.

Spring Equinox is typically a time to embrace the boldness and courage of Aries and “just do it!” But this year, both Mars and Mercury are Retrograde, tempering forward momentum and suggesting that we may need to slow down, turn inward and make some adjustments before we’re ready to make a new start.

Retrograde Mars — the ruler of Aries and the presiding deity of the season — urges us to rethink our desires, and revisit and resolve issues from the past. Mars is in Virgo, focusing attention on both work and health, and the connection between the two. Does your work contribute to your overall well-being, or drain your energy? Can you trust that the work that feeds your vitality is actually your highest path of service?

At the Equinox, Mars forms a potent Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter and Venus in Taurus. Pluto, God/Goddess of the Underworld, transforms and heals through the process of digging deep into the subconscious to uproot whatever is stagnant, diseased, corrupt, or otherwise in the way of accessing and expressing our authenticity and power. Mars in Virgo in cooperation with Pluto facilitates a thorough house-cleaning of the psyche, sifting through the past to identify what is ready to be purged or purified.

venusThe Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus points to the power of the feminine — honoring our bodies and the Earth, and standing strong in our values. As part of the Grand Trine, Venus-Jupiter suggests that we can support this deep healing process by slowing down and taking time to care for our bodies, enjoy sensual pleasures, and cultivate our gardens.

Mars in Virgo signifies the power of the little things — the everyday details of life, our routines and rituals, the choices we make on a moment-to-moment basis. This Spring serves as a preparation period, with a strong focus on our personal lives, where the small changes and adjustments we make can have a huge impact on our ability to create the future we desire.

– Emily Trinkaus

For more Virgoan details and in-depth analysis about the cosmic energies of the upcoming Spring season, you can purchase a recording of my Equinox talk here.