A Musing on the Equinox
Exact March 20, 5:24 pm EDT.
The Equinox is a place of balance – equal days and night, equal light and dark. It is also the halfway point in a journey. The Northern Hemisphere is halfway from maximum darkness to maximum light. The Southern Hemisphere is halfway from greatest light to greatest darkness. Is the glass half empty or is it half full? Or is it both?
The Equinox is the mid-point of a pendulum swing between two extremes. We have as much in front of us as we have behind us. But the destinations are very different. Maximum darkness is very different from maximum light.
The Winter Solstice (maximum dark) contains the glimmer of new life emerging out of the desolation of death. The Summer Solstice (maximum light) manifests a glorious crescendo of life which will inevitably lead to death. The days gradually get longer after the Winter Solstice; they become shorter after the Summer Solstice. Our relationship to the pendulum changes depending on which direction we’re going. At the two Equinoxes, we are equidistant to both destinations and how we perceive the journey is dependent upon our perspective.
The Zodiac is a model of duality; comprised of opposite experiences of a specific earth reality. Aries – the March Equinox - describes the birth of the individual; Libra – the September Equinox – relates to the birth of the collective.
These are both births and they are also deaths. When contemplating the opposites described by the astrological signs Aries and Libra, the question must be asked: If we are fully an individual, can we be in relationship to others? If we define ourselves through relationship, are we really an individual? Is that glass half empty, or is it half full? Or is that really a distinction at all?
March 19, 2023, by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.