When are Aries dates?
Aries starts on March 20th and is considered to be the first sign in the zodiac wheel and therefore the beginning of the astrological calendar. Aries season lasts until April 21st, when we then enter Taurus season.
What are Aries’ traits and personality?
Symbolized by the head of the ram, which is believed by many to embody the qualities of the womb, a very fitting symbol for the first sign of the astrological calendar if you ask us, the ram is also known for energy like fearlessness, confidence, strength, and new beginnings. Aries is a cardinal modality, and as we have learned from the other cardinal signs (Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) cardinal signs are known for being the initiators of the zodiac. It is the energy needed to get things started and explore uncharted territory. In combination with being a fire element, we have just the perfect sign to catapult us into the new astro year. As we have learned, fire is the element which is “quick to burn” and brings with it passion and dynamism to the table. It comes then as no surprise that Aries energy is know for being bold and ambitious while catalyzing action, bringing inspiration and motivation with passionate enthusiasm; a very welcome energy to ease us out of the more sleepy winter months and get ready for the vibrancy ahead of us with spring's arrival in full bloom.
When is Spring Equinox?
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring equinox, also known as Vernal equinox, takes place on March 20th or 21st depending on what your timezone is.
It is an astronomical event where the sun crosses the equator’s path and creates equal hours of day and night here on our planet. From this day forward the days will get longer, until we reach summer solstice on June 21st.
Another name for Spring Equinox is Ostara, stemming from the Germanic fertility goddess Oestre with an emphasis on themes of rebirth, renewal, and regeneration. Aside from the known symbolism like the egg and the rabbit, Spring Equinox is also associated with the Labyrinth, an ancient icon kindred to the symbolic passageway from the seen world of humans to the unseen dimension of the celestial or spiritual as well as liminal states of consciousness. The veil between the different realms is considered to be very thin during this time period with possibly easier access to guides from the spirit world and nature.
We invite you during this special astronomical event to pay homage to the delicate balance of yin and yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine energies and welcome in a sense of balance in your life.
This article was written by Molly McDonnell, AVMM’s owner and founder.