The Equinox, the Ides of March, April Fools’, and Easter
“Beware the Ides of March” is a saying that comes from the passing of Julius Caesar, 15 March, back in 44BC. Then the Jesus Christ times got 00AD rolling, and it’s now 2022 years later. Jesus himself died not too far from the Ides of March. Easter this year is in April, but it can other years just as easily be in March depending on full moons.
By 15th March each Year, Weigh and Settle
The connection is the annual timing of the March Equinox, and 2022’s was 21st March. Equinoxes are super powerful turning points in the way our globe interacts with cosmic energy due to our planet’s 23.5 degree tilt on its axis. And so, the Ides of March are mid-month, the 15th. In the Roman times, debts were meant to be settled by 15 March. And so, for long ages, March has had the feeling of being a ‘settle your debts’ month in preparation for the Equinox. This is not referring simply to money debts, but to all types.
Barter to Find Balance
Debts are naturally not only financial as we are beings who operate on mind, body, spirit, soul, community, networks, and etc. Is some mojo or voodoo coming our way? What might we, or our influences, have done to attract either which vibe? Or are things feeling fair to middling, with a sense of balance, and nothing conscious or ‘sign-wise’ in the air? It’s a time to weigh, juggle and barter to find balance.
June and July Bring the Next Turn
If we think of the two JCs (Julius and Jesus), January, June, and July are the J months. So perhaps in the same way January has ‘died’ by March, then by mid-year, there are two J’s back… June and July; an interesting resurrection image. So if you had a tough March, look to June and July and see what the Solstice brings.
When the Equinox ‘knocks’
The March Equinox can carry the feeling of ‘knocks’, which sounds the same as ‘nox’, meaning night, darkness or invisibility. And ‘equine’ from the Latin equinus ‘horse’. This creates images of knights (nights) stopping on their horses to knock. If a knight knocked upon your soul in the night, in the way Santa visits each of us at December solstice, then how might this soul encounter feel and what message might the knight bring?
Tide In Tide Out
At solstices and equinoxes there’s always a tide in and tide out of ‘soul lines’ and ‘fate decisions’. Words like ‘equitable’ and ‘inequitable’ (fair and balanced or not, equal or not equal) also relate to the word ‘equinox’.
April Fools Day & The Fool Card
This April begins with a New Moon in Aries on 1 April, April Fools Day. The Fool of the tarot deck encapsulates the spirit of the energy of the Equinox from the point of view of how around 21st March every year the zodiac resets. On the day of the March Equinox it returns to 00Aries, and the yearly round of the 360 degree zodiac begins again, 30 degrees to each zodiac sign. The Fool is affected by a type of optimism and sense of fresh opportunity as he/she steps into this new annual cycle. So happy April Fools Day!
Saturn Square the Nodes
The Black Moon (aka Black Moon Lilith) moves into Cancer on 15 April, and on 12 April Saturn squares the Nodes. Saturn square Nodes has a serious decision-making feeling to it. Effort, responsibility and commitment to paths and goals are challenged. Is it Saturn that holds up the ‘pit-stop’ sign, or is it the Nodes who do that to Saturn? It’s as if the police and the law (Saturn) stop us to check our papers, but the Nodes (destiny/fate) equally are stopping Saturn to check Saturn’s papers, so that could be an interesting week or so with destiny decisions, approvals or no-way-go-back signs.
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer
As for Lilith, she is one of the original female creations and the first wife of Adam, and in our far past, but still with relevance, just like the Black Moon, which is mathematically there but invisible to us, a point in the cosmos of powerful ‘shadow input’, whereby the less visible, the archaic yet worthy, the alien yet wise, is potent and part of us all. With the Black Moon in Cancer for 4 months, it’s a time for mindfulness and inclusion of those who offer a different type of nourishment even if the usual value exchanges don’t fit or work in the usually understood ways. And it’s a time to heed themes of belonging and welcome, and to foster sensitivity toward those on the fringes.
Goddess Eostre, Eggs, the Wheel & the Cross
Goddess Eostre is seen as an original goddess of Easter, and the tradition of hares, rabbits, bunnies and eggs come with her. Eventually the Christian Easter tradition with its themes of sacrifice, death and resurrection spread too, and the experience of facing ‘the cross’. This is seen in the Tarot card of ‘the wheel’, and astrologically, every person’s chart has a Rising point (birthing/resurrection), a Descending point (‘fall’), a High Point and a Lowest Ebb point.
Full Moon in Libra Easter Sunday
Interestingly on Easter Sunday, there’s a Full Moon in Libra, zodiac sign of the scales. Social connection and opportunities for agreements and choices about who gets a turn at which involvements are weighed, and the Libran diplomatic accord helps civilise the process.
We’re all subject to seasonal wheel turns, so here’s to resources being there to support movement through each stage and happy Easter!
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