SPRING EQUINOX 2019 (March 20 at 2:58 pm PDT): Happy Astrological New Year! Happy New ARIES!

18 Mar

The Astrological New Year is coming – as the SUN enters ARIES!

Happy New Year, dear Astrology Friends!

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with SPRING Equinox / Ostara, Beltane, SUMMER Solstice / Litha, Lughnassadh, FALL Equinox / Mabon, Samhain / Halloween, WINTER Solstice / Yule, and Imbolc.

SPRING EQUINOX is the day of equal daylight and night hours.
From Wed March 20 onward, the days are getting longer than the nights, in the Northern hemisphere.
It’ll be the reign of the SUN over the next 6 months, until FALL EQUINOX.

SPRING EQUINOX is one of the 4 sacred Corner Stones of the natural yearly cycle, and one of the 8 Celtic / Pagan Holidays.

This year, there will be also a FULL MOON – and SuperMOON – , on the DAY of  (just 4 hrs after) SPRING EQUINOX – super rare!
The energy is building and we feel it…
More about the ARIES FULL MOON in the Astro~News post dedicated specifically to it.


Easter was named after Ostara!
Yes, Easter is one of the few Christian festivals based on the Solunar calendar.

Sooo, a little MERCURY retro curiosity… I was wondering – maybe you too:
Doesn’t Easter fall on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon in Spring? Which would be already March 24.
Well, found out since by ecclesiastical rules, the Equinox according to Christianity is fixed on March 21, and doesn’t consider the actual start of ARIES. That assumption / rule places this year’s Easter Sunday on April 21, 2019 – the Sunday after the next Full Moon on April 19.
Which will be a ‘Blue Moon’ (second of two) in LIBRA – ARIES. Both Full Moons on March 20 and Apr 19 frame the ‘Season of ARIES’.


With the emergence of Spring, the Spirit of Newness, and Healing through Authenticity is building, as the SUN enters ARIES – to meet ‘Wounded Healer / Warrior Shaman CHIRON (now freshly in ARIES) – exact on March 22.


Here’s a sneak peak at the LI-AR Spring Equinox Full Moon chart:

The FULL MOON will be exact at 6:43 pm PDT on March 20  – less than 4 hrs after the exact Spring Equinox at 2:58 pm PDT.

Just look at that close alignment of the SUN at 0°09′ ARIES – on the the ‘Emergence Point’ where Life Awakens and Arises – just barely behind CHIRON at 1°44′ AR!

Out of the PISCEAN unifying waters of Oneness New Life arises.
Just as snow and ice have (hopefully) melted, the rivers are running again, and fresh Life emerges from the ground-up, and from the blossoming trees out and down!

Likewise, in these very last PISCEAN days it’s time to let go and let out-flow the old wounds and woes of Winter, and perhaps of the last 7-8 years with CHIRON in PI – and let their teaching become our healing agents.
And to rise again, into the freshness, newness and NOWness of Life!

MERCURY retro (until March 28) in PISCES, about to unite with NEPTUNE for the second time (on March 24) helps us with awareness about and letting go of old energy & mind forms that used to draw us in – almost in an intoxicating and addictive way – and perhaps allowed us to check out.
Now we can see those patterns more clearly (M-r is doing its job to re-mind us of what’s usually under the radar!) – the first step to becoming FREE.


…and URANUS now freshly in TAURUS (since the day of the last New Moon on March 6!) cooperates, by kicking us out of old habits, stuckness, and attachments, to EmBody Freedom!


Plus, as you can see in the chart:
SATURN comes very close to PLUTO now (they won’t meet until Jan 12, 2020 but travel side by side this Spring, together with the South Node, all of them between 19° and 24° CAP.
Let the Old Empire Expire continues to be the motto – brought up with the Partial Solar Eclipse with SATURN, on Jan 5 / 6.

You’re probably well aware by now what these Old Empire themes are in your life, personally, relationally, and societally…

The CAP shadows of control and abuse are a good place to check in on:
How are we treated by others, and do we treat other people, Nature, and ourselves…?

Amazing how Nature always ‘accomplishes’ what needs to ‘get done’, and ‘just in time’.
Nature is such a model for being on purpose – nature-ally!


MARS in TAURUS – the Cosmic Gardener – brings an Earth Trine support to the CAP Concentration of Old – their alignment is exact on March 20 too, and active all week. 

Amazing how Nature always ‘accomplishes’ what needs to ‘get done’, and ‘just in time’.
Joyful Productivity!
Nature is such a model for being on purpose – nature-ally!

MARS in TAURUS – the Cosmic Gardener – brings Earth Trine support to the CAP Concentration of Old (SATURN / SN / PLUTO) – the MARS – PLUTO alignment is exact on March 20 too, and active all week.
Slowly, steadily planting new seeds that outgrow the ‘wintry conditions’ and cultivating the transformation…
How can that come in, in your Life?


Cherry Blossom Bliss – Photo by Melanie, March 2018

Here are (in Mercury retro mode) a few little Haikus I created spontaneously last year, inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Victoria Art Gallery:


Here comes Aries.

Cherry Blossoms
Such de-light-full Rebels.


Victoria in March –

Cherry Blossoms and Girls in Sandals
Ignore the calendar.


Cherry Blossoms 
At Equinox – 

Come Alive!


Happy Spring-ing!


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger






Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with yourself in the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified with them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!



Wanna come for YOUR Spring tune-up?

44 min Flash Focus sessions are coming up, March 22 – Apr 4 – for $ 44!


…via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 14 years I’ve been facilitating them) become quite potent and catalytic.
Join us in person or online if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you.


You’re welcome to join the…

Spring Tune-UP ASTRO Parlour

2 groups on March 21 &
2 groups on March 25

…and the Experiential Body / Intuition Guided Co-Creation

EmBODY Astrology –
ASTRO Charts & Archetypes Come to Life!

March 23
3:23 – 6:06 PM



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