The Sun has entered 0 degrees Aries, this marks the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the zodiacal year. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and rules the head of man. In Aries we symbolically plant seeds that if nurtured properly throughout the year grow bountiful and abundant throughout the year. The fruits of the seeds are symbolically planted in Aries and the bounty of the fruits culminate, and profits accounted for, at the Winter Solstice when the Sun arrives at 0 degrees Capricorn. Capricorn is the culmination point of man. Capricorn at it’s highest expression symbolizes where Heaven and Earth meet or “The Kingdom of Heaven” or “The Perfection of Matter”. Astrologers have associated the first day of spring with Aries, but whats a more inclusive world view is its where 0 Aries is the intersection of the ecliptic (sun’s path) and the earth’s equator – at 17:41. The 1st degree of Aries “0 Aries” point is an abstract point, symbolic of the intersection of the Sun’s path in the sky “Heaven” and the equator “Earth”.
A passage symbolic of the Aries point paraphrased from the book of Matthew 13:31, the Kingdom of Heaven behaves like a mustard seed.
Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a physical speck, mustard seeds are tiny things. Seeds are planted in Aries. The mustard seed starts close to nothing and then transforms into a tree where birds perch; It is a tiny point inside of us that grows beyond our comprehension. The inner mustard seed can be an idea, desire, impulse or call to action. All seeds need proper nourishment soil, earth, sunlight and space to allow growth. We observe from following the news about Monsanto and genetically modified seeds, that the quality of the seed we plant is also important.
This time of year is a time to plant a seed for a new initiative.
We also are told through Matthew that the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence or force. Mars, the god of war, rules Aries. Mars symbolizes passion, emotions and the base animal instincts that propel us to experience the world through the five senses but are to be transformed into something “more refined in quality”. Mars also rules Scorpio where this process of death and transformation of “the baser instincts” symbolically takes place. Carl Jung had the right idea to tie this together when he said, “There can be no transformation of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotions.”
Finally In Matthew 13-24:30 can explain how we “sow what we reap”. A Farmer plants good seeds in a field and overnight an enemy or The Devil plants weeds within the field as well. The farmers servants ask if they should uproot the weeds but the farmer tells them not to because they will also uproot the wheat as well. He instructs his servants to wait until the time, In Capricorn we learn timing and patience perfects one’s labor, when wheat is ripe for harvest. At that time, pull the weeds burn them up and then harvest the wheat.