From Ptolemy to Charles C. Carter and over thousands of years, there has been much contention among history’s most eminent astrologers about where the solar cycle (new year) begins. With the planetary cycles, the seed moment is its conjunction. But where in the perpetual cycle of the Sun is its actual beginning, since no single degree of any circle can assume any exceptional importance?
Indeed, most astrologers agree that, as with other bi-planetary principles that are sensitive to their quarter-phase relationships, the entire Earth/Sun cycle of unfoldment defines the turning points. Consequently, these are most evidently characterised by the cardinal points – the Solstices (Capricorn/Cancer) and Equinoxes (Aries/Libra).
As such, some astrologers claim the start of the annual Solar cycle to be at the winter solstice, when, on entering 0° Capricorn, the Sun begins its journey northwards, and the days start to get longer. This assertion agrees with the ancient Pagan traditions of Yule (birth of the Sun King). It also aligns with Julian’s reasoning in the fourth century – that time when we symbolically celebrate the ‘birth’ of the year with Christmas and ‘New Year’ festivities.
Similarly, others observe the Vernal Equinox – when the Sun at 0° Aries crosses the equator from south to north – as the point of the ‘world’s creation’, celebrated in Pagan tradition as Ostara, or the resurrection of the Sun King. Again, this time is coincidental with Easter in the Christian cultures, as marked by the first New Moon following the March equinox.
Others argue that it is the Libra ingress that should be appropriated its rightful place as the most powerful of these four cardinal ingresses, or even the Cancerian, for various reasons.
Whichever point we prefer to see as the ‘beginning of the solar cycle’, the principle involved is the same.
The Cardinal ingresses – Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – mark the most critical Sun/Earth developmental stages. We can observe the sensitivity of these moments in the weeks prior, as the Sun approaches these points every three months.
My observation is that each of these points can describe the whole year ahead if we choose to approach the solar process from a different perspective (depending on which modality is significant to you and your particular cause). In this sense, I see Aries as the spark, or inception of spirit, which tells us most about the raw nature of the year we are to experience. And, just as the Capricorn ingress builds ‘yuletide’ excitement from the end of November into December, the significance of the Aries ingress can be felt from the end of February to early in March.
For instance, observe how the happenings of the past 3-4 weeks have already lain down the pulse for the year ahead – a clear example of how events cast their shadow before them, much the same as how lunations (New and Full Moons) tend to become operative in the 2-3 days before the actual celestial event.
Hence, the anticipation for the year ahead has already been laid down in the past few weeks. Before I begin to unpack the 2022 ARIES INGRESS chart, we first need to get a sense of what such a chart means in terms of what the cycle represents. Is this EQUINOX the start of something, and what does the ARIES INGRESS chart reveal about the interaction between our Earth and Sun, the rest of the planets, the galaxy, etc.
Most importantly, how indeed does this affect our lives here? Stay tuned for more updates during the week as we look closely at the year ahead.
For now, please take this day to honour and enjoy this most important shift in our yearly lives, and may it be a happy and prosperous Equinox for you and your tribe xx
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