What Is the Spring Equinox and What Does It Mean for Your Zodiac Sign?

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The spring equinox—aka the vernal equinox or simply, “the first day of spring”—is coming up this Saturday, March 20th. In the Northern Hemisphere, this means that the sun crosses over the equator and begins traveling north, marking the beginning of warmer, brighter days. (Thank goddess!) The spring equinox is also the first day of Aries season and the astrological new year!

Immediately following Pisces season, a time for imagination and intuition, Aries season is for initiation. It’s go time, people! If you know an Aries, you know that once they’ve started something, they’re not going to stop until they’ve totally crushed their goal. Here’s how each sign can harness that energy to turn those dreams into a reality!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

It’s your season and your time, Aries babe. The spring equinox means the sun is lighting up the part of your chart that’s all about you and your body. It’s more than OK to be selfish. Celebrate the season with a soak in the tub, extra-long oil cleanse and clearing out your closet to make room for some new looks. With Venus also in your sign this month, you’re super in touch with what makes you feel beautiful, so don’t be shy about expressing yourself!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

For you, Taurus, Aries is your twelfth house or what we call “the unconscious sector.” So the spring equinox and dawn of Aries season might feel less like forward motion and more like a retreat. Now’s a great time to set boundaries whether that’s with your digital devices or dramatic family members. If you recharge your battery now, you can shine later in the spring!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Aries season lights up your friendship sector and the spring equinox is for getting back in touch with your community! You may want to host (whether it’s via Zoom or safely IRL) a Friends’ Night to celebrate the season with a full-on picnic-style spread, tarot readings and DIY flower crowns. Mars (the ruler of Aries) is in your sign until late April, giving you lots of energy to put yourself out there. 

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You may have noticed that you always make big career moves in the spring and that’s because Aries season illuminates your tenth house or “public image sector.” Whether you’re happy in your current position or actively searching for a new job, like clockwork the spring equinox ushers in tons of offers, projects or upgraded responsibilities. Time to hustle!

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Usually, you’d be going on vacation at this time of year—since the sun in Aries lights up your ninth house of long-distance travel—but this spring equinox, that trip might only happen in your dreams. Celebrate the season with getting takeout of your favorite cuisine and binging travel docs for some escapism. This could also be the moment to tackle that stack of books that’s been sitting on your nightstand since the beginning of lockdown. If you can’t get away, you can still get inspired!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

The spring equinox and Aries season lights up one of the “darker” parts of your chart—the eighth house of death, taxes and other people’s money. This could bring up obsessive feelings for you or bring some skeletons out of the closet. To harness this energy productively, light a candle, say a prayer and tackle some of your credit card or student loan debt (or those overdue tax payments from 2017). Working on this scary money stuff now gives you the freedom to get away (and get ahead) later in the spring.

Libra (September 23 – October 21)

Aries season highlights your partnership sector, so this spring equinox is all about refreshing your one-on-one relationships. Much of the second half of 2020 had you doing a lot of thankless labor for your loved ones or caught spiraling in the comparison trap. Now’s the time to get some love (and favors!) in return. Celebrate the spring equinox by shamelessly asking your boyfriend for a foot rub. He owes you! 

Scorpio (October 22 – November 21)

Why are you always so busy in the spring? Why can you never get away from work and join your friends for a bottle of natural wine in the park? Well, it’s because Aries season highlights your daily grind sector, making this a perfect time to refresh your routines—especially for your health! Celebrate the spring equinox with a fitness challenge, setting up your home gym or just making sure you’re drinking enough water!

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

It’s no coincidence that your romantic life always gets dramatic as soon as the days start getting warmer. Aries season illuminates your fifth house of dating, creativity and all forms of pleasure. This year, with Venus also traveling through this part of your chart, you’re going to be having more fun (and more sex!) than any other sign. Celebrate the spring equinox by making a list of all your heart’s desires (and then going after them)!

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

No one has a work ethic like you, Capricorn, but this isn’t your time to hustle at the office or agonize over your five-year plan. Aries season lights up your fourth house which is the most private part of your chart, focusing on home, family and personal space. With Mars (the ruler of Aries) in Gemini and your daily grind sector, you still want to get moving so celebrate the spring equinox by starting some DIY improvement projects around the house. 

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Aries season lights up your communication sector, so the start of spring is your moment to get back in touch. If you’ve been meaning to call your grandma, catch up with a former roommate or send a lengthy email to your favorite college professor, now’s the time. You could also use this momentum to get into the habit of daily journaling! Celebrate the astrological new year by writing a gratitude list with your morning coffee!

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Aries season illuminates your money sector, Pisces, so the spring equinox is all about getting paid! For much of 2020, you struggled with burnout as you put in a ton of effort with very little reward. Now with Venus joining the sun in Aries, you must acknowledge your own worth and speak up for yourself! Ask for a raise, take on a side hustle or just give yourself some wiggle room in your usually strict budget. Let the abundance flow!

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Jaime Wright is an astrologer and writer based in NYC. She has been writing PureWow’s weekly and monthly horoscope columns since 2019, and also authors the cult favorite...