When I drew this card for the week, I actually laughed at how totally spot on it was. From the moon to the delicate little violets in the picture.
Somehow through the seemingly unending blankets of white (and then brown and soot black) snow, things have growing, unnoticed. Last week everyone was still in ugly coats, shoveling driveways and scraping wind-shields and toddling over dead, tan lawns, but this week the sun has suddenly burst on the scene and today I spied crocuses poking their noses up, daffodils in sunny yellow dresses, tender little white and purple violets and periwinkle on the vine. Kids in shorts? How did it all happen so fast?
There’s a lot of stuff happening (and fast!) this week, so it makes sense. Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and on Friday March 20th, we’ll have three very interesting astronomical events happening at once, which is very rare! First, spring is springing with the vernal equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the beginning of the astrological new year starting with Aries. It also happens to be a total solar eclipse (another total solar eclipse will not happen with a vernal equinox until 2053, and in the 2100s – not at all). As if that isn’t enough, it will also be a super-moon when the moon is at its closest point possible pass to Earth, pulling on our tides. It’s also a new moon because in order for an eclipse to happen there must be a new or full moon (the earth and moon lined up directly with the sun).
So much great symbolism in these events: spring represents new birth and new beginnings, and the new astrological year ushers in a new cycle, while the new moon (super moon this time!) is pulling on our emotional and intuitive bodies in the traditional symbolic association of release. The solar eclipse, super-new-moon equinox also happens in the 29th degree of Pisces which is said to be astrologically significant. As I mentioned the other day, some astrologers correlate this degree with powerful events of change or misfortune, but it serves us best to not worry but take in the energy (or symbolism) as a whole. This is a week for concrete movement towards new starts, but also concrete revelations about what needs to move out of our lives.
Just as spring quickly moves into view, we have more energy, and insistence pushing issues of letting go, and lucidity; the tearing of illusion. But it won’t necessarily be a painful time for everyone and some will experience excited nudges towards tapping into creativity and connection to their heart and soul. Some will even be feeling really positive even in times of change. For most, change won’t be in the form of an anvil dropping on us, but rather true clarity and conviction about what we felt back towards the middle of February, those points of awareness about what is no longer able to be part of our lives as well as the willingness to to step out of what we used to know and into new territory.
Another significant theme this week will be around relationships. The ending of the relationship may have happened a long time ago, or perhaps it was simply a matter of someone unable to join us on this fork of our journey and we’re finally “getting it” or starting to deal with this on a deep level. For others, this is about the release of our perceptions or illusions that are keeping us from joining a new life fully. We see what we need to see again. Because emotions are more vivid and a lot is going on this week, keep all relationships and friendships within reach of compassion and patience. It’s a week for extra kindness.
The new moon is a time for the positive attributes of shadows and revealing the unseen. Instead of scary, this is a good thing. Think of how scientists and astronomers will be descending en masse to places like Svalbard Norway to view this rare eclipse. Because the moon will block the rays of the sun from view, the total eclipse will be a unique time for solar scientists to study the sun’s corona and allow new discoveries to be made in a time when the blinding brilliance of our star is subdued. Shadows, dreams, things unseen, emotions unexamined… these things can be really powerful and helpful!
Unfortunately, most people won’t get to see the total black-out eclipse unless you’re fishing in the North Atlantic or hanging out in Norway. In parts of the UK and Scotland, as well as parts of Europe the eclipse will still be partly visible. Be careful though, never watch an eclipse directly! – Use a pin hole projector or colander.
And don’t forget to wear your lucky green (like the luna moths in the card!) for abundance and St. Paddy’s Day if that’s your thing!
About this deck: About this deck: The Victorian Fairy Tarot by Lunaea Weatherstone and Gary Lippincott, published by Llewellyn, is one of the most beautifully painted and illustrated tarot decks ever created. Even if you’re not into “fairies” – this one is worth it just for the artwork