Celebrate a Fresh Start with the Spring Equinox and Astrological New Year

Everything you need to know to get prepared for the spring equinox 2022 and the start of Aries season.

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An energetic reset arrives on March 20 with the spring equinox, or vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. In the sky, this simply means that the sun crosses over the equator and starts moving north, marking longer days and more sunshine. Every year the spring equinox also coincides with the start of Aries season and the beginning of spring. When the sun saunters back into Aries, it returns to the start of the zodiac and welcomes the astrological new year. If you've lost momentum with your New Year's resolutions, don't panic — this is the cosmic reset you've been waiting for. (FYI — here is the complete guide to zodiac signs and their meanings.)

In astrology, Aries is a cardinal sign that isn't afraid of initiating and taking charge. This zodiac season invites you to realign with our goals and heart's deepest desires. It's a time to reflect on what lights you up? What makes you feel whole? Your energy matters and so does how you decide to use it. This is an invitation from the universe to release what's no longer serving you so you can make space for what you would like to call in throughout the next year. The spring equinox 2022 is a time of growth, nurturing, and abundance. As the blossoms bloom around you, so do your dreams. Feel re-energized with a hint of optimism and eager to embrace a fresh start.

The Astrological Meaning of the 2022 Spring Equinox

The sun will be in confident and passionate AF Aries, but what are the other planets up to this year? Each spring equinox promises the hope of a fresh start but arrives with different cosmic conversations and themes. Here, take a look at what the planets are doing on the day of the vernal equinox.

This year, Mercury, the planet of the mind, and Jupiter, the planet of fortune, opportunity, and expansion, will be meeting with one another at the same point in the sky in the mystical sign of Pisces. There has never been a better time to make some magic! The spiritual sign of Pisces expands your mental faculties and invites an opportunity to not only imagine the future of your dreams but to embody that energetic frequency. You will be rewarded for listening to your intuition and tapping into your creativity at this time.

The moon will still be in what's considered a full moon phase, separating from a Virgo full moon a few days prior. In this phase, your manifestations are in the spotlight. If the new moon is about setting intentions and planting seeds, the full moon is when to harvest the fruits of your labor. This is a time to step into the spotlight boldly (in true Aries fashion) and celebrate how far you've come. The moon itself will be slinking through skeptical Scorpio and gearing up to form a handful of intense conversations.

First, the moon will be approaching a tense square with Mars, the planet of action, anger, and motivation. You may find that emotions are running high and your sense of security feels threatened in some way. This planetary conversation can stir up triggers and have you operating from a more reactive place. You'll need to remain as grounded as possible. The moon will then face off with Uranus, the planet of surprise and sudden events. Going with the flow today is key. Things aren't likely to go to plan. Use this cosmic foresight as a guide to circumvent any frustration that may arise. It's your adaptability and willingness to embrace change that allows you to tap into a deeper level of magic.

Make the Most of the Spring Equinox 2022 with This Ritual

The spring equinox and astrological new year mark a powerful and potent portal for the year ahead. It's time to release the cold chill of winter and the all-encompassing emotional tidal wave of Pisces season. The days are gaining light, and so does the passion and confidence to go after your most heart-centered desires. This is a magical time for spellwork and to manifest alongside this celestial cycle.

Here are a few actions you can take on the spring equinox that will supercharge any manifestations you are calling in for the year to come.

  1. Create a sigil (aka a symbol). Write your intention down on a piece of paper. Be specific and use the present tense, as if it's already materialized. For example, "I am abundant." Next, remove all of the vowels and redundant letters from your sentence. Take the remaining letters and form them together in an abstract symbol. Now you'll want to charge your sigil with your energy. You can visualize your energy moving toward the sigil and charging it, or use movement or dance to embody the feeling of your intention. Lock it in. Next, burn the sigil (it is fiery Aries season after all) and leave the rest of the magic to the Cosmos.
  2. Clean out your closet. Sorting through your clothes is a wonderful way to release past versions of yourself and stagnant energy. Who knew spring cleaning could be so magical? By removing old pieces from your wardrobe, imagine you are releasing old patterns and versions of yourself that no longer align with what you're calling in for the year to come. You're creating space for a fresh slate. (BTW, here are 9 cleaning hacks from TikTok.)
  3. Deep clean the entry way to your home. Scrubbing your entryway signals to the universe that you are ready and eager for new opporutnites. The energy flows better and you can even add in a dash of cinnamon to your cleansing mix to call in more opportunities and abundance your way.
  4. Plant a seed. There is nothing more potent than planting an actual seed. As you are planting the seed, envision your goal. Embody the feeling of what it will be like to work toward your goal and what it will feel like once you've finally reached it. As you nurture the seed and witness its growth, hold your vision and imagine this as a physical representation of your desires.
  5. Create a vision board. Go through some of your favorite magazines and collage a vision board. Cut out images that inspire you, light you up, and that remind you of what you'd like to manifest for the year ahead. Cut out specific words, too, that align with your goals.

The mind is more powerful than it gets credit for. The intersection of the mind and the mundane is where the magic happens. When you pair any of these practices with your intention, you are creating space and taking physical action toward your goal. Enjoy the astrological new year and watch the magic unfold as you move through the remainder of the zodiac this year.

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